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This is Your Brain on Yoga

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Heather Dunn for Radiance Herbs and MassageIt’s well accepted that a yoga practice supports a calm emotional state and long limber lines to the body. But scientific research has been supporting the ancient understanding that yoga supports a flexible, vital mind, too.Here are three ways a yoga practice supports brain health:Brawny Brain—In a recent study, magnetic resonance imaging of yogis’ brains showed that yoga practice was associated with enlargement of multiple brain areas. These enhanced areas of gray matter are involved with functions such as memory, attentiveness, self-concept, spatial navigation, and stress response. In a particularly interesting note, one of the study’s authors, Chantal Villemure, suggests that the observed improvement in visual cortex size was related to guided visualizations common in yoga practice. The study found these areas of the brain were proportionally larger in those who practiced yoga more often. Keep Your Cool—Yoga’s link with stress reduction is well established. The brain gains are just part of it. When our bodies go into fight-or-flight mode, the adrenal glands secrete the steroid hormone cortisol. Long-term elevated cortisol levels destabilize blood sugar regulation and encourage weight gain. These factors dampen immunity and promote inflammation. Yoga helps prevent all this by reducing the severity and duration of stress responses. Lower inflammation levels, in turn, reduce the risk for chronic inflammatory diseases including arthritis, cardiovascular issues, and Alzheimer’s disease.center_img Communication is Key—One region of the brain beefed up by yoga is the somatosensory cortex, which plays a role in promoting a unified perception in how we experience the body and sensory stimuli. Yoga also increases levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter known to induce relaxation, elevate mood, and lessen anxiety and pain. By helping the body and brain communicate better, yoga can help us stay happy and avoid injuries.If you’re thinking of renewing your yoga practice, or stepping up your game with a new strap, prop, or non-toxic, BPA-free yoga mat, please check out our selection at Radiance. We’ve also got inspiring books and other resources to help you take your yoga, and your brain, to the next level.last_img read more

Nelson Cup Regatta comes to Nelson this weekend

first_imgSailboats will add to the landscape of Kootenay Lake this weekend as local club plays host to the Nelson Cup Regatta.“The Organizing Authority is the Kootenay Lake Sailing Association,” said the Notice of Race flyer.“The race will be governed by the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing. . ..”The race, expecting boats from Kootenay Lake, Balfour and Crawford Bay, is held on Kootenay Lake between the Government Wharf at the foot of Hall Street and the Big Orange Bridge.Registration is between 6-8 p.m. Friday at Ric’s Pub in the Prestige Inn and Saturday from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Government Wharf.Sailing instructions and class flags will be issued at the skippers meeting following Saturday registration.Sailing instructions may change some of the RRS so all skippers must attend. The course will begin from the start/finish line in front of the Government Wharf beside the Prestige Inn. There will be a yellow marker one kilometer stream (southwest) from the start/finish line and another yellow marker kilometer stream (northeast) which will be the windward/leeward turning marks for the keel boat divisions.The Nelson Cup Regattahosts three keelboat divisions — black for PHRF rate boats; greater than 170, blue for boats rated 171 to 215 and green for boats rated greater than 216 PHRF.If there is no BC Sailing PHRF certificate is held by the boat see:http://offshore.ussailing.org/Assets/Offshore/PHRF/High+Low+Mean+PHRF+Handicaps.pdfIf four or more register a Dinghy Division will also be included.Race are scheduled for noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday or until the last race of the day is completed.Saturday, captains and crew will be hosted by the Kootenay Lake Sailing Association at the Knotical Ball beginning at 5 p.m. at the Granite Pointe at Nelson Clubhouse.For more information see the Kootenay Lake Sailing Facebook Page at:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kootenay-Lake-Sailing-Association/260697637334349last_img read more

Ioane out for two weeks

first_imgIoane suffered the injury in the 21st minute of the match with the scores tied at 7-7 and was taken from the pitch, but was able to return nine minutes later and see out the match.However, on Sunday it was confirmed that the 20-year-old would miss some time. UPDATE: @rieko_ioane dislocated his finger in last night’s #AUSvNZL Test. Steve Hansen says he’ll be out for two weeks.The injury will see Ioane miss the All Blacks’ clash against the Barbarians in London on November 5 (NZ time), with the touring squad set to be named on Monday.His injury could open the door for the likes of Seta Tamanivalu or Julian Savea to get the chance to pull on the black jersey again.  Photo by: BRADLEY KANARIS/GETTY IMAGES (Caption: Rieko Ioane is out for two weeks)last_img read more

GAC to Audit US$5M, Other Ebola Funds

first_imgThe Senate plenary Tuesday, September 30, unanimously voted to authorize the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to conduct an audit on funds disbursed to both local and national Task Forces set up  for the fight against the Ebola epidemic.The Senate accepted suggestions that while the GAC works on the details of the audit, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), that is responsible for all public accounts be given the responsibility with a specified time frame of two weeks to be able to bring a report to the Senate in terms of the expenditure of the allotments that were made to the various institutions.The Senate’s decision Tuesday came days after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf submitted a disbursement report from the National Task Force on the US$5 million approved for the fight against the spread of Ebola virus.President Sirleaf in her report noted that the implementing agencies have made a budget request of US$34,820.98 for three months.Of the amount of US$5 million, according to President Sirleaf’s report that now goes under the GAC, approximately US$4.7 million was disbursed to the various implementing agencies against their respective budgets submitted, leaving an undisbursed balance of approximately US$1,069,094.91.The GAC is also mandated to conduct audit on Social Development Funds that were used by some of the counties for the fight against Ebola, and an earlier amount of US$250,000 approved for the purpose of fighting the epidemic at its early stage.Bong County Senior Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, who is one of the advocates for transparency, thanked President Sirleaf for submitting the report.At a critical period when the country is dealing with Ebola, Senator Taylor said the intent of the Senate is not to be unduly critical, but to make sure that funding given to this process is done in an equitable way so that each county gets its fair share to fight Ebola. She suggested that the Committee on Ways, Means and Finance that is responsible for Expenditure and Revenue write all of the line Ministries and other spending entities that received money to ask them for their full report.During Tuesday’s debate, the Senate’s representative on the National Task Force, Grand Kru County Senator, Dr. Peter Coleman, made several attempts to caution the Senate that the call for audit may be interpreted by the international donors that the government is corrupt.  But this was thrashed out by his colleagues, causing him to short land his argument.Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais, who is a strong advocate for the audit, in a strong words to counter his colleague’s intervention, argued that the issue at bar was not corruption, but an audit which will be accepted by the plenary.  “So to insinuate otherwise than what the plenary had agreed is unfortunate.”Meanwhile, Senator John Ballout warned that while the audit goes on, the Senate must maintain allotment of funding that may be requested for the fight against Ebola, until it is proven otherwise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Amid Setbacks, Vision 2030 On Course’

first_imgAt the just-ended Gbarnga, Bong County, National Development Summit, held on Monday, April 25, 2016, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the implementation of Liberia’s shared vision, Vision 2030, which seeks to make Liberia a middle income country, is well on course and that government is committed to ensuring that the national vision is realized in the next 14 months. The summit aimed at highlighting progress made by government since 2012.The President rallied every Liberian to form part of the process and take ownership of it. With the progress that was enumerated by outgoing Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh on Monday, President Sirleaf said her administration would have gone further, but the prevailing economic circumstances are serving as major impediments. She noted that despite the challenges, the progress is there for Liberians to see.Vision 2030 was adopted on December 12, 2012. At its launch that year, President Sirleaf presented the idea to young people and civil society organizations (CSOs) asking them to take full ownership of it. Upon its adoption, many Liberians, who are accustomed to the syndrome of lack of implementation, saw it as one of those documents that though beautifully crafted, would be left to gather dust on the shelves. Contrary to that perception, government was able to outline some major progress, especially in infrastructure, such as roads, energy, bridges, etc. Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC), said at the Summit on Monday that, “to craft this document, consultations were done in all 73 districts across the country. We must ensure that their aspirations are achieved.” Dr. Sawyer is one of the architects of Vision 2030. “The vision of the Liberian people is a collective vision and we must work to achieve it,” he said. He added that the stage in which the Vision implementation process is at now, “it is no time to cease the momentum, but rather building and closing upon it.” He frowned on the tendency of Liberian leaders to always abandon projects initiated by their predecessors. “Every leader wants to be a pioneer, because they refused to build on what their predecessors have begun. So if we want to be pioneers, we will not leave from the frontier,” Dr. Sawyer said. He cautioned the young people, “This is your future; you must guide and protect it.”For outgoing Minister Konneh, he enumerated progresses the government is making, noting, “Steadfast progress [is] being made in all of the pillars,” including peace, security and the rule of law, economic transformation and human development.The minister said government is making steadfast progress as it relates to pillar one, which comprises four sectors to create an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence based on reconciliation and conflict resolution and providing security, access to justice and the rule of law. It has to do with the Liberia National Police (LNP), Bureau Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA).With regards to the LNP, Minister Konneh noted that since the launch of the National Vision, 5,192 officers have been recruited, trained and deployed nationwide. The LNP has also purchased and delivered nonlethal weapons to 10 camps vacated by United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) police.The current strength of the BIN is 2,346. In 2013 and 2014, Minister Konneh disclosed that 234 and 265 officers were trained and deployed respectively. He also said UNDP funding is helping to train additional 250 recruits in Grand Cape Mount County. Upon completion, uniforms, communication equipment and vehicles will be provided to the trainees.“With the private sector development component of the Economic Transformation pillar, there are enormous progress that is making doing business in Liberia simple and interesting,” Konneh disclosed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teacher elected 1st female Toshao of St Cuthbert’s Mission

first_imgSenior Mistress at the St. Cuthbert’s Mission Primary School, Beverley Clenkian, was recently elected the first female Toshao of St Cuthbert’s Mission, an Amerindian Reservation located in the Mahaica River.In a race with seven other candidates which saw her garnering 122 votes, the mother of two was elected as the new toshao, while Anderson Clenkian was elected as her deputy.Regional Chairman Genevieve Allen; newly elected St. Cuthbert’s Mission Toshao, Beverley Clenkian; Regional Executive Officer (REO) Pauline Lucas, Regional Education Officer Tiffany Favourite-HarveyThis Toashao, who said she was approached and urged by fellow villagers to get involved owing to the enormous and significant challenges being faced by residents, declared herself prepared and ready to serve.Clenkian disclosed that she was privileged to have served three previous toshaos, as she worked as a councillor on those councils.“My experience would have been enhanced and moulded by three previous toshaos. I didn’t serve under the last outgoing toshao as I was in the USA at the time of the last election, three years ago,” she said.Toshao Clenkian declared that her primary focus is to create more opportunities for the youths within her mission, thus providing training and other working opportunities for them.“I am going to ensure that the residents here can be able to showcase their handicraft more, thus generating tourism-related interest in what they are doing, while at the same time I am going to create opportunities for the youths through training and other exposure,” she promised.Region Four Chairman Genevieve Allen, in congratulating the new toshao, stressed that with yet another woman occupying a once dominated male position, ample testimony is provided that more women are rising up to the task of leadership.“This is certainly an indication that our women are taking up leadership roles, and I would like to urge other women to emulate these achievements being made by Toshao Clenkian and others. Today we have a female REO, a female REDO, and now a female Toshao, which shows that more women are demonstrating that they can lead,” a smiling Regional Chairman noted.The Regional Chairman declared that with Local Government Elections (LGE) slated for later this year, she would like to see more women coming forward to assume leadership roles. “I remain confident that our women can lead, and lead responsibility and effectively. So let the election of the first female toshao be a motivating factor for you women out there, that you can do if you so choose to. Women are on the rise, and we here in Region Four are prepared to continue paving the way for more women to assume leadership roles and responsibilities; and I am reiterating that I would like to see more women getting involved,” she urged.The other eleven elected councillors are: Simer Pereira, Timothy Andrews, Neil Henry, Alicia Hendricks, Denise Pereira, Foster Simon, Reone Causway, Julio Pereira, Paul Andrews, Cierre Andrews and Julian Kactow.last_img read more

Soldiers remanded for snatching teen’s phone

first_imgTwo Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldiers were on Friday charged for snatching a cellular phone from a teenager.Thomas Richards of Lot 95 Plum Park, Sophia, Greater Georgetown; and Lloyd Seymour of Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before City Magistrate Judy Latchman. The duo, both 20, denied that on September 12, 2017, at Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD), they robbed Keron Wells of one cellphone valued ,000. It is also alleged that both men on the same day, at the same location, used personal violence against the Virtual Complainant (VC).Police Prosecutor Vishnu Hunt objected to bail on the grounds that the defendants are both serving members of the Defence Force.He revealed that on the day in question, the VC was walking through a “shortcut” when he was attacked by the men, choked and relieved of his phone. A third rank, who was also involved in the crime, is yet to be apprehended, the court was told. Bail was refused and the men were both remanded to prison. The case will continue on September 18.It was previously reported that after being robbed, the 18-year-old raised an alarm and a public-spirited person assisted him in pursuing the perpetrators.One of the robbers was apprehended and upon being caught, allegedly identified himself as a GDF Private.He was reportedly taken to Base Camp Stephenson, in Timehri, where under questioning; he allegedly admitted that he and two other ranks had robbed the teenager.The suspect also reportedly identified one of his accomplices; who was also taken into custody. A third suspect is still being pursued.last_img read more

‘He is a wonderful talent and will make a big impact’ – Liverpool summer signing hailed by Rodgers

first_img Adam Lallana 1 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has hailed Adam Lallana as a ‘wonderful talent’ and backed him to make a major impact on the club.The £25million summer signing from Southampton did not have the ideal start to his career, with tactical changes and injury meaning he has had to bide his time to make his mark.But he has impressed in recent games to help the Reds recover from a woeful run of form, and capped a fine performance with a well-taken goal in Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Leicester.The England international now seems certain to retain his place for the visit of Sunderland on Saturday, and Rodgers reckons he will be a key man for the club for years to come.“Some changes in the team and behind that tactically have meant he has missed out in some games, but when he has played he has shown up very well,” the Reds boss said.“He took his goal very well, and he has great work-rate and intensity. I have been delighted with him since he has come in.“He is a wonderful talent and will make a big impact during his time here.“It’s important the midfielders chip in. It’s nice to see the goals starting to pick up and we are becoming a bit more resolute, which is critical for us.”last_img read more

Van Gaal ‘lying’ about four injured Man United players? Fans react to team news ahead of Chelsea game

first_img Daley Blind is one of four players ruled out for the Chelsea game by manager Louis van Gaal Chelsea v Man United is live on talkSPORT from 5pm on 18 April – click here for listen live options.Ahead of the weekend’s match at Stamford Bridge, though, Old Trafford manager Louis van Gaal has revealed FOUR key men will miss out through injury.Michael Carrick, who has won praise this season is sidelined as are Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones. The latter two, combined with the suspension of Jonny Evans leaves the club with a depleted defence.CHELSEA HAVE A GAME PLAN TO DEAL WITH FELLAINIHere, Man United and Chelsea fans shared their view on Saturday’s late kick-off. 1last_img read more

Once-joined twins cheer U.S. doctors

first_imgBy Jamie Stengle THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DALLAS – With bright smiles and energy to spare, formerly conjoined twins Mohamed and Ahmed Ibrahim of Egypt have returned to Dallas, four years after a marathon operation to separate them. The 6-year-old boys, who are walking on their own and speaking English and Arabic, were separated here in October 2003. They were born joined at the tops of their heads. The boys came with their mother and 14-month-old brother while their father and two older siblings stayed in Cairo. While in Dallas, the boys and a set of twins born joined at the head in Italy were guests of honor at a fundraiser for the foundation, which helps children with deformities of the head or face. “We’re joyous,” Salyer said. “We’re happy with them. They’ve been celebrating since they arrived back to their home away from home.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAfter their 34-hour surgery, they stayed in Dallas for about two more years as their skulls were reconstructed. They returned to Egypt in November 2005. “These boys to me represent the culmination of a very long journey, where they are arriving at what we all envisioned would be a possibility, but it turns out to be a reality,” said Dr. Kenneth Salyer, chairman and founder of the nonprofit World Craniofacial Foundation, which brought the boys here for evaluation last week and has been directing their care. During the two weeks they’ll be in the United States, the boys will be evaluated by doctors in Dallas and also travel to Arizona to get an MRI that should tell more about how their brains are functioning, he said. “But just from looking at these boys, I’m very pleased with how they’ve done,” Salyer said. “They’ve made tremendous progress.” last_img read more