A Better Way to Tone Up the Abs, Yoga Style

Here is a better way to tone up the abs.

It beats doing a bunch of sit ups.

This exercise was actually taught in a class called, Yoga for Back Pain. So this movement may be of help to people suffering from back pain issues.

Lillah is an experienced yoga teacher and does a great job of teaching this exercise.

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Speaking Out About Nuclear Power

Dear Blue Ridge Commission Members,

I am distressed by the prospect of the shipping of nuclear waist from Germany to Tennessee for processing.   Asheville is one of the proposed routes from Virginia Beach. Not only that , Our “new energy future ” proposed by Obama’s administration includes starting up the building of more nuclear power plants after a 30 year nuclear freeze.

In light of the continued meltdown of the Japanese nuclear plant after the tsunami, the almost same scenario after the mississippi flooded this past spring, and the “cracks” discovered and not yet discovered in the Virginia nuclear plant after the recent east coast earth quake, It is time we pay attention. Nuclear Power is not safe and remains a risk to civilization as we know it.

Have our elected officials been blinded by the nuclear industry?  Are you blinded?  It is a ‘no win’ situation, as not only does the cost of producing the uranium for a plant greater than the power the plant produces, there is still no way to satisfactorily handle the waste. The percentage that nuclear power contributes to our energy needs is I believe below 20%. Solar energy can easily make up that small percentage from daytime usage even with out storage. I know this as I have solar panels on my house that reduced our consumption by 33%!

Also, I am not interested in a tax surcharge on my electric bill to cover the costs of production and “clean up” as if satisfactory clean up was possible. If the people of Germany can choose to close down their nuclear plants, so can we. It is time for all of us to make our voices heard. Why have these meetings not been better publicized?

And we need alternative power options now.


Helpful links;

No nuclear waste in WNC!

Local non-profit creating awareness about nuclear waste and WNC

Did you know infant mortality rates were up by 35% in 5 major west coast cities 4 months after the nuclear accident started? Go ahead Google it. Fukushima – worst nuclear accident in history.

For great understandable information visit: Nuclear Information and Resource Service

For opportunities to give public input  two links:

Blue Ribbon Commission on Americas Nuclear future – many meetings in October – Make a comment Please! You can also simple copy and email my letter to them directly here: CommissionDFO@nuclear.energy.gov.

Send your Representatives an email through http://www.house.gov/   ‘Find your Representative’ , type in email , click go.

Thank you! – May all Beings be Happy… Safe and Healthy. Namaste, Lillah




Music for the Soul

The American composer Eric Whitacre seems to be one of those forces of nature that comes along every now and then, threatening to turn things on their heads. When I first came across his work on You Tube, my jaw dropped. When I watched the TED talk with Eric I have posted below, I wept.  May you be so moved and may your heart be uplifted by the possibilities of beauty. Read more about Eric in this months OM times. Namaste, Lillah

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IAYT & Yoga Therapy Today

We all know yoga is therapeutic in many ways, and in different ways depending on the style. IYAT, the International Association of Yoga Therapists is an organizing body for those teaching and currently researching yoga therapy.  The following link is a recent study released on Iyengar Yoga for Chronic Low-back Pain. Be still my heart!  There are several useful resource links in the study for those of you who are currently teaching yoga.

If you are interested in more studies and resources for yoga therapy, become a member of  IAYT at this Link.

SYTAR – Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research September 1-4, 2011 Monterey, California

Thank you for reading. I hope the information was helpful to you.  Namaste, Lillah

Healing our Backs with Yoga

Greetings everyone, Next weekend I will be offering my first official yoga therapy course called “Healing our Backs with Yoga”. The course is designed for anyone who has a back, as well as yoga teachers and massage therapists. The video offered here was filmed by Ryan of  ‘massagenerd.com’ and introduces my perspective on yoga for body workers.

I am also offering an intro to this course at the Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference Oct 30, 2011 in Palm Springs , CA.
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I Am – Great New Documentary Film

Hello Yogis and Friends,  I am certain this info is going viral but just in case you have not seen it here it is again. I wept watching the trailer. Is this a milestone for consciousness? So spread the word!  From comedy director Tom ShadyacI AM celebrates compassion, empathy and cooperation. To see why this film is so special, watch this trailer.

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Japan, Impermanence, and Nuclear Energy

Conditions in Japan on the human and Nuclear front remind me why I was active in the “Nuclear Freeze” movement of the 1980’s. Information here…

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Bandha Yoga Free E-Book

Greetings all my Yogi friends … If you have not yet checked out the Bandhayoga books you will find a wealth of info here with fabulous illustrations. Enjoy!

You can also buy a copy of any of several books in this series through my blog – http//: www.Lillahschwartz.com

Combining Science and Yoga with Some Personal Reflections , Free E-Book by Dr. Ray Long

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One Heck of a Ukulele!

The jake Shimabukuro concert last night at UNCA was awesome! He plays fast and slow, popular and original, one song made me cry… such emotion comes through his playing. This is his most pop you tube clip. Enjoy! A 4 string classical Hawaian instrument. Wow!

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Freedom from Back Pain

Here is a clip from the Freedom from Back Pain, DVD

This pose is called the Traction Twist.

It is a great relaxing stretch for the lower back.

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