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Case Study: Oral Cancer and Yoga

R. is a 43 year old woman from the Northern Territory, married with four (4) children. She is a Ward Clerk, working in hospital administration for more than seven (7) years. In July 2015, she visited her dentist with symptoms of a sore tongue, culminating in an oral cancer diagnosis requiring surgical excision of half her tongue and 31 lymph nodes from her neck.Timeline13 July 2015Consulted dentist with a sore tongue – no diagnosis, no treatment, recommended to come back in two weeks.14 July 2015Second dental opinion sought – no diagnosis, ground teeth to ensure no impact, referred to specialist20 July 2015Following difficulty with specialist availability - consulted Maxillofacial team, two painful biopsies taken under local.27 July 2015Results indicated low...

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Happy New Year - Changes at Mr and Mrs Pose

Happy New Year! I want to wish you a beautiful 2016 and fill you in on changes taking place at Mr and Mrs Pose. Firstly, I want to thank you for your support since our launch in 2011. It has been a wonderful five years growing from yoga clothing and accessories for men and women to live events, online classes and video content. I launched the business with the vision to "Practice with Someone You Love." The idea was to encourage people to practice at home with partners, family, and friends. It has been such a pleasure to enjoy that evolution with you, our extended yoga family. Secondly, changes are underway at Mr and Mrs Pose. I have been accepted...

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Quantum Physics, Yoga, and Intention

Reading the Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra last night before bed, I went to sleep with images of the micro-verse whirling in my head: Protons; Neutrons; Electrons; electromagnetic field theory; and the ‘duality paradox’ of light being both a wave and a particle in quantum mechanics. [1] In the quantum view of the universe, it becomes much less clear where we begin and end. Watching Jill Bolte-Taylor’s TED talk, My Stroke of Insight, many years ago, I considered that it might be only the limits of our conscious perception preventing us experiencing this for ourselves. Seeing 1950s Housewife Describes Her First Experience with LSD this week, made me ponder it again.  Psychotropic drugs aside, the current standard model of particle physics reveals an inherent unity....

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Skin Cancer and Yoga

Wear sunscreen, kids. For most of my family and friends, this is quite unremarkable. I was born and bred in the red centre of outback Australia with fair skin. This isn’t the first skin cancer I’ve had cut out of my body, and it is unlikely to be the last. The same beautiful sun that, combined with good nutrition, has granted me a strong, happy, healthy body also inflicts lasting damage.  I’m fantastically lucky. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) aren’t dangerous though they can be destructive. I got this one lasered a few years ago but it recurred until I could ignore it no longer. I’ve been pretty sun smart over the years but I was a wilful child and it doesn’t...

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Commercialisation of Yoga

The judgement ‘that’s not Yoga’ is heard regularly within the Yoga community. Whether it’s criticism of: one tradition against another; criticism of ‘workout mentality’; overemphasis on asana at the expense of the other seven limbs of Yoga; or the proliferation of Yoga teachers tumbling out onto an unsuspecting public with inadequate certifications. Some aspects of these criticisms are founded, some represent unwelcome elitism and negativity. Being in business as well as steeped in Yoga for nearly 30 years, this is a topic I contemplate often. The commercialisation of Yoga is an easy target for criticism. As I researched this article, I found that the criticism fell into two main philosophical schools: the purist, ‘denigration of ancient traditions’ school; and the...

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