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Natural Options3 Easy Meditations for People on the Run

These simply meditation practices work whether you are walking, hiking, riding a bike, or sitting. 1: Grounding & Opening Start by bringing your awareness to the soles of your feet. Visualize these energy centers opening and growing roots deep into the earth, going down and out to stabilize you. Then Read more…

Natural OptionsMeditation: A Widely Studied Phenomenon Today

Not that long ago, the word “meditation” conjured up images of ascetics dwelling austerely in Himalayan caves. Today, just about every town in America has a yoga studio which typically offers some form of meditation practice. Until recently, however, no one really knew if meditation could offer consistent, practical benefits, Read more…

Natural OptionsMeditation for Military Troops

Our military is well trained for the rigors of combat, but many veterans find themselves unprepared for the debilitating post traumatic stress many experience when they return home to their families. Coping with depression, anxiety, insomnia, and flashbacks of war experiences can be overwhelming. In January, Time magazine revealed that Read more…

Through the GenerationsMeditation

Stalingrad 1942 was one of the most savage battles in military history. My father, a reluctant German infantry soldier (the other option would have been execution) was wounded and sent back from the front. That saved his life and for me, the guide of my life. He never talked about Read more…

Natural OptionsMeditation Delivers Results in Schools

We know that stress can be detrimental to adult health, but what about children? Significant research now suggests that American children are indeed experiencing stress at new levels: suicides among adolescents have quadrupled since the 1950s; only 36 percent of 7th graders agreed with the statement “I am happy with Read more…

Natural OptionsWhere Does Transcendental Meditation Take You?

I had only heard of Transcendental Meditation™ (TM®) in the George Strait song “All My Ex’s Live in Texas.” Because of these circumstances, he lived in Tennessee, and through transcendental meditation he would return to Texas each night. “But I always come back to myself, long before daylight.” From this Read more…

Medical NewsAre You Grounded?

When was the last time you walked barefoot on the beach or lay in the grass with your face in the sun? How about camping in the forest or hiking without your shoes? This may be the perfect prescription for what ails you. Of course, this statement is nothing new. Read more…

Health is a ChoiceWanderlust’s Wellspring: Transformative

Transformative. It’s the word I’ve heard most from those who attended Wellspring, the mind-body-spirit think tank produced by Wanderlust and held at the Palm Springs Convention Center last October. With over 150 influential speakers, yoga, meditation and fitness classes, and an array of spaces to experience products and practices, the Read more…

Wellness Awards2019 Desert Health® Wellness Awards Nominees

Nominations are open now through March 31. Submit yours today! 2019 Nominees INDIVIDUAL Valeria Batross Fitness & Wellness Director, Sun City Shadow Hills With over 22 years in the industry and a team of 25, Valeria has led the wellness charge in her community, introducing members to life-enhancing practices beyond Read more…

Medical NewsGetting Into Zen

Is it a coincidence that the words Zen and Zone are so similar? There must be a reason that when human beings do what we love at our highest level of proficiency, we are also at peace and experience fulfillment. There is clear evidence that our thoughts often get in Read more…

Natural OptionsValley Teens Becoming Mindfully Resilient

As rates of stress, depression, and teen suicide have soared in the past decade, the Health and Nutritional Sciences (HANS) Academy at Indio High is piloting a new curriculum called Mindfully Resilient. Units in anger management, the science of stress, anxiety, depression, healthy relationships and more are taught to bring Read more…

Natural OptionsNew Year’s Resolutions:

There’s no denying it—having cancer (or any other life-threatening disease) definitely changes the way one looks at the future. So it’s only natural that, after a diagnosis of cancer, the nature of patients’ New Year’s resolutions changes as well. I can say that from my own experience (diagnosed with breast Read more…

Through the GenerationsInner Space, Inner Peace

One of my deepest intentions is finding a peaceful heart. The inspiration has, in part, stemmed from my dad, who passed away in 1982 but not before leaving an indelible imprint on the person I am today. He was a metallurgical engineer and researcher in aerospace back in the day Read more…

Desert HealthThe Greatest Gift

What is the one thing you hope to have with you for life? Your children? Your spouse? Your sanity? Your mobility? When you think about it, the most treasured thing you could wish for yourself and your loved ones is good health. It can be the difference between happiness and Read more…

Natural OptionsCome Home to Who You Are

The hot summer days are finally behind us, and it is now the time of year when snowbirds make their way back to their desert homes, reminding us that we live in a culture of movement. We move from our childhood home to a place of our own. In time Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Invisible Power of Energy Healing

“In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyl, MD, Nobel Laureate in Medicine When most people think of methods for achieving physical healing, medication, surgery, and other concrete modern modalities designed to bring the body back to health come Read more…

Natural OptionsWellness Served at the JW Marriott Resort & Spa

There is something fresh brewing at the JW Marriott Desert Springs. Not only are they underway with a multi-million dollar renovation, but wellness is now being served to their 1,200 employees, local visitors, and international guests. The team leading the charge includes internal nutritionist Regina Basterrechea and Executive Chef Peter Read more…

Through the GenerationsHome for the Holidays

The holidays can bring both great joy and great stress. It’s often a time when family members who live elsewhere come “home” – with expectations and extra demands associated with preparations for and celebrations of the holiday season. Being a family caregiver of someone with dementia can bring an even Read more…

Live Your WellestAre You Living Your wellest?

As you may have read in our previous issue, now is the time to Live Your Wellest and Greater Palm Springs has just what you need. Our valley is the ultimate health and wellness destination and we are lucky to live here! Certainly, the area boasts other exceptional attributes for Read more…

Live Your WellestIt’s Time to Live Your Healthiest Self

What is living your wellest? It’s finally making time to do those things for yourself you’ve talked about for years – exercising, meditating, losing weight, changing your perception. It’s replacing those habits that don’t serve you well with those that do. It’s waking up in the morning with a smile Read more…