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Somatic Practices for Presence, Empowerment, and Waking Up in This Life
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781611805109
In stock now: 0

Breathing, sensing, and moving—the ways we know our body—carry tremendous contemplative potential, and yet, we so often move through our days unaware of or in conflict with our physical selves. In Bodyfulness, renowned somatic counselor Christine Caldwell offers a practical guide for living an embodied contemplative life, embracing whatever body we are in. Each chapter offers insights and practices that help us recover our lost physical wisdom—to integrate our bodies with mindfulness, to deal with emotions, and to develop attuned relationships. Bodyfulness inspires us to reclaim a body-centered contemplative life and challenges us to harness our potential to effect social and personal transformation in this body now.

This book for contemplative practitioners and people in the helping professions introduces the importance of somatic awareness, physical self-reflection, and conscious movement practices as a companion to sitting practice.

Both theoretical and practical, Bodyfylness will educate the reader about the body's role in consciousness, emotional maturity, connection to others, personal and social transformation, and spirituality. Chapter by chapter, the reader will be introduced to practices that help recover lost physical wisdom of sensation, breath, and movement. Most importantly, Bodyfulness will assist the reader in reclaiming a body-centered contemplative life, one that values both sensation and thought equally, as well as celebrating their interconnected nature.

“This beautifully organized and superbly informative book is a road map for an intimate and deep exploration of what it truly means to be a ‘bodyful’ being." —Ann Weiser Cornell, author of The Power of Focusing

Bodyfulness is at once a hands-on manual suitable for beginners, a rich resource for somatically-oriented trainers and counselors, and a heartfelt call for humanity to wake up to the untapped resources our bodies hold for living more fulfilling, wise, and ethical lives. I fell in love with this book.  —from the foreword by David I. Rome, author of Your Body Knows the Answer

Christine Caldwell was core faculty at Naropa University for 30 years. Also by her are Getting Our Bodies Back and Oppression and the Body.

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Cancer as a Wake-Up Call

An Oncologist's Integrative Approach to What You Can Do to Become Whole Again
$28.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172961
In stock now: 0

Cancer as a Wake-Up Call is an easy-to-read guide to an integrative approach to preventing and treating cancer. Conventional medicine focuses on attacking cancer cells, but doesn't address why a person gets sick. But cancer is a systemic disease manifesting a global condition locally. In this well-researched volume, oncologist Mara Laura Nasi offers holistic approaches to cancer. Rather than trying to disprove traditional methods of dealing with cancer, she demonstrates the limitations of seeing and treating cancer merely as an invader that must be eradicated; why do some people's bodies metabolize mutations without forming cancer while someone else exposed to the same carcinogens develops cancer? Why do some people see cancer return after it’s eradicated while others see no remission? Nasi invites the reader to look at cancer from a whole-person perspective that takes into account experiences, environment, and the full picture.

This book is for anyone with cancer, anyone who works with those who have cancer, and for all of us who know someone who has cancer. It offers a treasury of approaches to living with and beyond cancer, bringing holistic perspectives into focus as a path on the journey of cancer.”
—Roshi Joan Halifax, author of Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet

“In Cancer as a Wake-Up Call, Dr. Nasi gifts us with an engaging and entertaining overview of holistic cancer care. This incredible resource presents a huge amount of information in easily digestible doses with the assistance of charming illustrations, valuable Take-Home Messages, and vital Practice for Healthy Living recommendations. The patient interactions and quotations from a host of international sages really help target the message. A must-read for anyone living with or beyond cancer, the people that love them, and hopefully, for their oncologists!” —Donald Abrams, editor (with Andrew Weil) of Integrative Oncology 

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Eat Feel Fresh

A Contemporary, Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook
$32.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Alpha
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781465475626
In stock now: 1

The ancient science of Ayurveda teaches that food is divine medicine with the power to heal—but the best foods for one person may not be beneficial to another. Unlike many diets with rigid, one-size-fits-all guidelines, Ayurveda is a lifestyle that recognizes the ever-changing needs of each individual. Join author Sahara Rose on a journey to wellness and discover how to eat according to your body’s specific needs. Identify your Dosha, or mind-body type, and find out what foods are best for your body. Learn how changes in season and climate affect your digestion and how to adjust what you eat accordingly. Rather than focusing on calories, you'll focus on food qualities. Rather than focusing on macronutrients, you’ll focus on tastes—and you'll feel better than ever.

Fall in love with cooking as you explore more than 100 plant-based, gluten- and dairy-free recipes for every meal of the day, including contemporary twists on classic Ayurvedic cuisine, such as turmeric-ginger kitchari and gut-healing seaweed broth. Packed with practical guidance and very beautiful photography, Eat Feel Fresh integrates traditional Ayurvedic wisdom with contemporary nutritional science, providing a much-needed plant-based approach, and invites you to change your relationship with food and connect with your highest self.

By evolving into the healthiest, most radiant version of you, you have more energy and joy to share with the world… True health doesn’t end with the self, but rather transcends out into the universe, creating ripples of healing across the planet.

Eat Feel Fresh provides a wealth of knowledge about the Ayurvedic way of cooking. This book is well organized, a treat to your eyes, and a sheer pleasure to read. Sahara Rose is a shining light who will inspire you towards a healthier and happier lifestyle.” —Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, Ayurvedic physician and author

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Weeds in the Heart

Explorations in Intuitive Herbalism
$67.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Aeon Books
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781911597483
In stock now: 0

This is a unique and unusual herbal—a labour of love by herbalist Nathaniel Hughes and artist Fiona Owen. It is not a book of cures, it is a book of doorways. Through rich storytelling, first hand accounts of plant-meetings and tales of healing, the consciousness that can emerge within these plant-human relationships reveals itself. Artist and herbalist have worked closely together over three years, patiently letting the character of each plant express itself through Fiona's illuminations and Nathaniel's words.

Our hope is to share our experiences and in so doing, encourage you to dive into your own. We don’t dress up opinion as fact, rather we celebrate the rich diversity of subjective experience and encourage this. We believe direct relationship with the plants is the best way to develop herbal wisdom. Each of us percieves the plant through our own, conditioned filters—none are true, all are valuable.

The “doorways” in this magnificent book are Wild Garlic, Primrose and Cowslip, Nettle, Dandelion, Cleavers, Lady’s Mantle, Lemon Balm, Marigold, Horsetail, Chamomile, St John’s Wort, and Rose.

Immersing myself in the herbs through these pages, I am transported closer to the essence of my being. A healthy humbling is what plants truly offer—especially the oft neglected weeds—a means of getting close to the earth, to our roots, to the source. Savour this book as if smelling plants in a perfumed garden and allow the wise words and potent pictures to act as a spell… Each plant holds a key to our opening and unfolding, enfolding and healing us with its own unique blend of magic. —from the foreword by JJ Middleway, celebrant

Illustrated throughout with full colour gilded illustrations, this beautiful volume has to be seen to be believed.

The plants can guide us. They remind us that symbiosis is possible, that a thousand species can find shelter in a single tree and that nature possesses a potent force for healing, adaptation and wholeness, a force which awaits us in the realm of our wild companions.

“This is as richly imbued with spirit as it’s possible for a book to be. Holding it in your hands, you are already drawn into the woodlands and meadows, called by the plants into their realm. It reveals the alchemical blend of science and art that is true medicine.” —Pip Waller, author of Deeply Holistic: A Guide to Intuitive Self-Care

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Bodymind Ballwork Method

A Self-Directed Practice to Help You Move with Ease, Release Tension, and Relieve Chronic Pain
$28.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172909
In stock now: 3

Release stress and tension in the body using only simple rubber balls with this accessible, step-by-step guide to a bodywork system that can benefit people of any age or physical condition.

The Bodymind Ballwork Method is an accessible guide to the method developed by yoga and bodywork teacher Ellen Saltonstall—a self-directed, gentle practice to help people release tension and move with ease. The Bodymind Ballwork Method features the use of rubber balls in a range of sizes to support, massage, and stretch the body in specific places, with clear instructions for techniques from head to toes. With 70 black and white photos and 25 drawings to illustrate techniques and concepts, the author offers exercises for spine, head, neck, face, abdomen, ribs, shoulders, arms, hands, pelvis, thighs, knees, lower legs, and feet.

An integrative body-mind practice, Bodymind Ballwork works to relieve soft tissue pain as well as emotional stress and trauma, and is also designed to empower individuals to maintain their own health and mobility in connection with any ongoing physical activity they do.

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Concise Book of Muscles, Fourth Edition

$39.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781623173388
In stock now: 3

This newly revised fourth edition of The Concise Book of Muscles is a comprehensive guide to the major muscle groups. Fully illustrated with more than 500 drawings, and easy to use, this compact reference provides a complete profile for each muscle, clearly showing its origin, insertion, nerve supply, and action, the movements that use it, and, where appropriate, exercises that stretch and strengthen it.

The book’s distinctive quick-reference format shows students exactly how to locate and identify specific muscles, highlighting those that are heavily used and therefore subject to injury in a variety of sports and activities. Each muscle chapter now includes an overview of the gross anatomy of the body area to show bony landmarks, cross-sections of muscle layers, and points of attachment as well as a quick reference table and an overview of the nerve pathways that are most relevant. The book also includes a new chapter on the pelvic floor muscles—of particular interest to those studying or practicing yoga and Pilates—as well as a 20"x35" detachable muscle wall chart.

While designed for the student and beginning practitioner of anatomy, massage, bodywork, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, physiotherapy, yoga, and Pilates or any other health-related field, The Concise Book of Muscles is equally useful for athletes and anyone interested in the workings of the human body.

The Concise Book of Muscles… is the best anatomy book for nonmedical students that I’ve ever seen, and I’ve looked at them all. Get it.”—Timothy Ferriss, author of Tools of Titans

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Natural Antibiotics and Antivirals

18 Infection-Fighting Herbs and Essential Oils
$18.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781620557358
In stock now: 4

Nature offers us many natural antibiotics from the plant kingdom that work powerfully against germs while also being gentle on the body. Knowledge of these safe and natural antibiotics and antivirals is more crucial now, as modern antibiotics become less effective due to the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant germs. Natural antibiotics even offer an opportunity to reverse antibiotic resistance by reducing the use of pharmaceutical antibiotics to only the most critical cases.

In this practical guide, Christopher Vasey presents 18 of the most potent antibiotic and antiviral herbs from around the world and one beehive remedy, propolis. He details how to use them effectively as mother tinctures and essential oils as well as what illnesses each is best suited to treat. Drawing on the latest research, he explains how microbes can’t build resistance against these natural substances due to the many molecules in their make-up and their large spectrum of action in the body, which makes them effective against viruses as well. He reveals that, unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics and antivirals whose list of side effects grows in proportion to their strength, natural antibiotics generally lack any malignant side effects and have no adverse effects on non-targeted bacteria, such as intestinal flora. The author also includes information on probiotics to restore gut health after the use of pharmaceutical antibiotics, ways to strengthen your immune system and become less receptive to infections, and guidance on detox treatments to support the natural antibiotics as they work. He also provides an index of more than 50 common ailments and diseases with the most effective medicinal plants and essential oils to use in each case.

Offering a way to break free from the threat of antibiotic-resistant germs and improve the body’s immune system and internal terrain, this guide gives each of us the ability to fight infections naturally.

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How to Be Sick (Second Edition)

A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781614294788
In stock now: 3

Now updated with added practices, How to Be Sick is a must-read for anyone who is—or who might one day be—sick. That is, any of us. And it may be a gift of guidance, encouragement, and inspiration to family, friends, and loved ones struggling with the many terrifying or disheartening life changes that come so close on the heels of a diagnosis of a chronic condition or even life-threatening illness.

The author tells the reader how she got sick and, to her and her partner’s bewilderment, stayed that way. Toni had been a longtime meditator, going on long meditation retreats and spending many hours practicing, but soon discovered that she simply could no longer do it. She had to learn ways to make “being sick” the heart of her spiritual practice—and through truly learning how to be sick, she learned how, even with many physical and energetic limitations, to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy.

She clearly explains how such Buddhist principles as the four noble truths, impermanence, no-self, and dependent origination help her cope with limited energy and frequent enforced solitude.

No longer able to meditate formally, Bernhard describes a set of easy mental practices, drawn from her own daily experiences as well as vipassana (insight meditation), Zen koans, Tibetan Buddhist compassion exercises, and the “inquiry” technique of Byron Katie, a practice for working with thoughts.

Whether we ourselves are sick now—or later—there is much we can learn of the vital arts of living well in this book.

“Toni Bernhard has written a beautiful and heartfelt account of chronic illness and inner transformation. Her immense courage is present on every page. Truly worth reading.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

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Kiss the Ground

How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body & Ultimately Save Our World
$22.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Atria/Enliven Books
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781501170263
In stock now: 5

From Josh Tickell, a celebrated documentary filmmaker, comes “a fascinating, easy-to-follow blueprint for how eating in ways that nourish and regenerate the soil can not only help reverse global warming, but also bring greater vitality to our lives.” (Wolfgang Puck).

It turns out that for all our gadgetry we are still bound by the same contract as our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Soil gives food and in so doing soil gives life. Earth is our home and without the substance we call earth, we cannot survive.

This is why we humans will tell this same story in some form or another over and over again. It’s why we show our children how to garden and how to farm. And it’s why they show us how to eat dirt. Us and soil—it is a time-tested relationship…

The ground, otherwise known as the soil, is our home. No matter where we go, or how far we venture, or how long we live, we will always return home. And because of this, and because of the discoveries in these pages, I have great hope.

“A must read for anyone committed to healing our bodies and our Earth” (Deepak Chopra), Kiss the Ground explains an incredible truth: by changing our diets to a soil-nourishing, regenerative agriculture diet, we can reverse global warming, harvest healthy, abundant food, and eliminate the poisonous substances that are harming our children, pets, bodies, and ultimately our planet.

This richly visual look at the impact of an underappreciated but essential resource—the very ground that feeds us—features fascinating and accessible interviews with celebrity chefs, ranchers, farmers, and top scientists. Kiss the Ground teaches you how to become an agent in humanity’s single most important and time-sensitive mission: reverse climate change and effectively save the world—all through the choices you make in how and what to eat. Also a full-length documentary executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and narrated by Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground both informs and inspires with compelling storytelling, and you-are-there explorations of our human being-with soil, plants, food, garbage, and compost—the huge mystery that makes our life possible. As someone said, “History celebrates the fields whereon we meet our death, but rarely speaks of the plowed fields whereby we live.”

chi nei tsang and microcurrent therapy

Chi Nei Tsang and Microcurrent Therapy

Energy Massage for Pain Relief, Self-Healing, and Rejuvenation
$21.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: August, 2018
ISBN: 9781620557433
In stock now: 5

This illustrated guide to combining the new healing modality of microcurrent therapy with Chi Nei Tsang energy massage explains how microcurrent has a regenerative effect on the nervous system, helping to increase energy levels, promote circulation of blood and lymph, relieve acute or chronic pain, restore pH balance of the blood, balance hormone function, and improve the immune system. Its effects on circulation extend to all the body’s vessels, tissues, and cells as well as enhancing toxin elimination and reducing inflammation. The authors show how microcurrent therapy pairs extraordinarily well with Chi Nei Tsang massage. The microcurrent, flowing through the hands of the massage practitioner into the body, enhances the effects of the massage within the nerves and tissues, making it easier to harmonize the flow of energy, release tensions, and dissolve energetic knots in the meridians.

With illustrated, step-by-step instructions, Mantak Chia and Aisha Sieburth explain how to use microcurrent therapy during massage and describe the basic techniques of Chi Nei Tsang massage. They also show how CNT microcurrent therapy is beneficial for general physical health and for specific ailments such as nerve pain, arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, shingles, headaches, slow-healing wounds, and tendon and ligament pain.