- Is Yoga Good For Any Body?
Ann Marie Johnston is the founding director of the global yoga platform YogaMate, and the founder of Global Yoga Therapy Day (21 June). For more than half her life Ann Marie suffered from chronic depression. She felt she had no light and little inspiration. In 2008, Ann Marie was introduced to mindfulness and how to ‘be in the present’ rather than constantly reliving the past or projecting forwards. This was a monumental shift for her. She found yoga by learning about specific kriyas (breathing techniques) and in 2012, after experiencing profound shifts to her health and wellbeing, Ann Marie went on to complete her yoga teacher training. Through the regular practice of mindfulness, breathwork, meditation, physical yoga and a healthy diet, she was able to overcome her depression and has since dedicated her life to sharing these tools with the world..
- FEATURE: PSYCHEDELICS
Recent research has shown that psychedelics, used in a therapeutic setting, in combination with psychotherapy, can reduce suicidality, ease end-of-life anxiety, and offer a road out of both depression and addiction – all with as few as one or two doses. This is in striking contrast to traditional pharmacotherapy, which usually requires daily dosing of a pharmaceutical medication such as an antidepressant or anxiolytic for extended periods. However despite the growing recognition of psychedelic medicines in science, their broader acceptance has been limited by cultural misconceptions. Awareness, education and better therapeutic solutions are required if we are to alleviate both the suffering of individuals and the burden of mental health disease on society.
- MDMAIn 1986 Rick Doblin, a trainee therapist with a PhD from the Harvard Kennedy school, founded the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to overturn the decision by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the United States to criminalise MDMA use. MAPS opted for medicalisation, taking MDMA through several phases of clinical trials to establish its safety and therapeutic efficacy. “I just knew from personal experience, from working with patients, that MDMA was so different from the way the government was trying to present it, so much better …”
- PsilocybinPsilocybin, the active ingredient in psychoactive mushrooms, has provided the spiritual and cultural bedrock of many great civilisations. The Aztecs referred to it as teonanácatl, which translates as ‘divine mushroom.’ Modern neuroscience has revealed how psilocybin interacts with serotonin receptors in the brain in order to produce a range of consciousness-altering effects.
- The 3rd Wave Recreational Drug EpidemicFentanyl is one of a crop of new drugs called novel psychoactive substances (NPS). NPS are synthetic, and intended to mimic the effects of traditional drugs. They are made in laboratories and often sold over the Dark Web using Bitcoin in anonymous transactions where the drugs are delivered directly to the customer’s door. In the recreational drug setting, NPS are replacing traditional drugs like marijuana, cocaine, LSD, and ecstasy. In America they are also killing more people annually than any drug in history, as well as growing numbers in Canada, Europe, the U.K., Australia, and beyond. In this interview we talk to Ben Westhoff, author of Fentanyl, Inc., who spent four years investigating the use and production of fentanyl and other drugs.
- Anorexia: The Hardest Thing
The hardest thing I had to learn was how to deal with the impotent rage that stalked my every thought when juggling work, family and the demands of caring for a very sick child.
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