Archive for April 2017

Gravity and Exercise: Going Upside Down

Our language is filled with gravity-related idioms. We fall down drunk, we are head over heels in love, we fall on our sword, we give up, we are over the moon. These idioms express the mishaps we experience in terms of being out of balance with gravity – as if gravity was some kind of…

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Gravity, the Mind, and Meditation

Gravity is an indisputable force that has an impact on everything from the subtle foam atop your café cortado to the vertical alignment of skyscrapers. It is necessary for life as we know it, but is it also essential to our perceptions of that life? In this part of our series on gravity and the…

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Gravity and the Body

“Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake.” (Terry Pratchett). In fact, the very activity of that shaking is dependent upon gravity. It is the law our bodies cannot break. Gravity demands our adherence to it. All biological processes on earth evolve in response to it. Even in space, we are subject to its…

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Gravity and Exercise: Pranayama, Yogic Breathing

In yoga, the breath is called pranayama; and it is a practice. Pranayama is a composite of two Sanskrit words: “Prana,” meaning life force, and “Yama,” control. Control your life force. It is a terrific concept we don’t often take seriously. Certainly, your life force is subject to the force of gravity. Why not harness…

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