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January 23, 2016

How to be an Urban Monk

The world gets busier and more chaotic everyday. With traffic, wars, climate change, and lunatics harming innocent people, we’re constantly being fed bad news by the media. Of course we’re stressed out. The challenge of the modern world becomes one of sanity. How can we keep it together, provide for our families, be good global citizens, and not collapse under the “sky is falling” mentality that surrounds us?

Many have turned to yoga and meditation. Others have found Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Sufism, or chanting. All of these things are wonderful but they come with a major challenge. The majority of these practices have been developed for ascetics– [...]

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May 17, 2015

Review: Temple Days – A Spiritual Journey On the Way to Lightning in a Bottle Festival

The Do Lab hosted Temple Days at The Springs in Downtown Los Angeles earlier this month as the pre-event for the upcoming Lightning in a Bottle festival. The May 3 event featured a handful of speakers and workshops, covering topics from yoga and nutrition to incorporating spirituality into modern life and entrepreneurship. It allowed us to get a small, intimate taste of what’s to come at The Temple of Consciousness next weekend at LIB.

It’s amazing how much a day around inspiring people with positive worldviews can impact your mental state. Throughout the day, I found myself with an incessant grin on my face from the sentiments expressed, the people we spoke with and the [...]

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February 10, 2015

Yoga Can Boost Brain Power

Yoga has been proven over time to be successful at increasing flexibility, strength and overall health, but it might also give you a bit of a mental boost.

According to research conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, when comparing 20 minutes of yoga to 20 minutes of aerobic running or walking, the yoga showed better results for improving memory and allowing the user to block out distractions and stay focused.

After performing a standard aerobic exercise routine, the 30 female undergraduates participating in the study showed no signs of improved mental capabilities.

The reasons behind the improved memory from yoga may stem from yoga being [...]

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