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"I was driving up 1-80 when an earthquake occurred. A four-foot boulder came down the hiiiside and I collided with it going around 60 mph. I am lucky to be alive because I was lucky enough to buy a Subaru." -Robert P., Reno, NV. Love. It's what makes a Subaru, a Subaru.

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To live passionately, Julia Butterfly Hill says: "Find your purpose and grow with it."

This is how we create the world wc want to live in: by being bold enough to dream the impossible dream, even if it defies the status quo, or others think it is crazy. Then we have to be bold enough to live our dream in such an inspired way that others join us, saying, ''That's the world I want to live in!"

How does one plan to live in a tree? I don't know. I didn't even know how to climb using ropes before I got to the base of Luna, the i,ooo-year-old redwood I lived in for 738 days in the 1990s to keep it from being cut down. We live in a production-driven society rather than a purpose-driven society. We approach everything backward, looking at the result first. Rut we don't have to know how to do something before we begin it. People thank me for what I did, saying, "I could never have done that!"And I think,"! couldn't have either!" But passion and purpose called me to live my life in a way I didn't know was possible.

Often we feel overwhelmed and isolated and think, "I'm just one peson; how can I make a real difference?" And sometimes it's easier to shut down because we're busy, and there's so much wTrong in the world.

But yoga teaches us to take action, to do service for the sake of service, to embody the world we want to live in. Yoga teaches us to say "I know the world ©

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I want to live in can only come alive through me."

One of yoga's greatest lessons is reminding us of the power of union. When we are on the mat and our breath is not in union with our asana, there is Struggle and disharmony, a lack of peace and joy. When breath and asana are in union, we are in that divine flow, and we can see the possibility for growth in the midst df challenges, adversity, and fear.

The same is true of our work out in the world. The greatest change happens when we are more committed to being connected than to being right. When we feel passionately about something, it is easy to become self-righteous and what I call "granolier than thou." But while we might feel good about how "right" we are, what are we changing in the world around us? Connection and union translate to peace, power, and joy in our activism, just as they do on the mat. This is why yoga is so important for a life of activism. Yoga is what makes the difference between becoming worn out and discouraged that the world is not what we want, versus being happy, lit up, and at peace, knowing we couldn't have lived any other way. It's the difference between living life as a reaction against what we don't like, and living in alignment and connection with the vision we hold for the world.

Consciousness alone won't change the world. Consciousness in action will. So uncover your purpose by asking, "Who am I supposed to be in my life?"There is a symbolic tree for every single one of us on this planet. What do you want your legacy to be? julia butterfly hill

Julia Butterfly Hill is an activist, author, life coach, and co-founder of the Engage Network ).

passion in action

Yoga teacher and activist Seane Corn does this joumaling exercise with students and in her Off the Mat, Into the Worfd workshops. Try it, and ignite your fire for making positive change in the world.

Write down two or three words that someone who loves you would use to describe you. Choose the qualities you think others appreciate about you, whether it's that you're spunky, smart, playful, funny, or grounded.

Write the ways that you express those qualities in the world. Maybe it's through cooking, or teaching yoga, or knitting.

Write down your ideal vision of the world: Maybe It's "I envision a world that's free of violence" or "where everyone has organic food to eat" or "where people are open-minded."

Put it all together into a single statement: "I will use my intelligence, spunki-ness, and humor, through cooking food for the people that I love, teaching, and making art, to create a world that is peaceful and free of violence and in which everyone has an open mind." Then, do it!

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It's never too late to begin a yoga practice.

In the past five years, I have seen some wonderful changes in my body and mind. My daughter calls me "buff." My golf game has improved dramatically I romp freely with my grandchildren. My mental attitude has transformed, from hard-nosed and militaristic to what I think of as a more accepting kind of perfectionism. I find that my zest for life has been renewed.

Five years after I retired from the Air Force and four months before my 6oth birthday, I joined a group of colleagues at a yoga studio after work. It was a Rikram Yoga class, and my first thought was, "Vietnam was hot. This is hell." But I returned the next day, as much because I hated the idea of quitting as because I was intrigued by the ideas expressed by the teacher. I stayed with it and never sweated so much while learning so deeply about myself.

Bikram Yoga was a good start, but I wanted a more inclusive approach. Thus began a search. Vinyasa proved to be interesting and challenging, because the flow was like dancing. Power Yoga almost killed me, so I left that to the 20-somethings. In Forrest Yoga classes, I discovered a fear of flying (in Handstand, of course). Finally, in Anusara Yoga I found a home. In July, I celebrated my 65th birthday, and I practice with a Level II-III Anusara class, filling in with an almost daily personal practice and classes at a recreation center near my home. I plan to start my teacher training later this year. Today, better aligned and speaking a soft, new language, I tell my friends and colleagues that one is nevertoo old to begin ayoga practice, len brady

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Yoga Sutra I.i

Now we undertake the study of yoga.

One of the fundamental principles of yoga is that you start where you are. In the first Yoga Sutra, 1.1, "Atha yoga anusasanam," Patanjali begins with the word atha. Often translated as "now," atha can also mean a blessing, turning point, or commitment. It implies that regardless of what we were doing before, now that we've made a decision to practice yoga, yoga can meet us and serve us right where we are, whatever our age, interest or ability.

In addition to meeting us wherever we are, yoga is designed to keep serving us throughout our journey, as long as we choose to take it. The last word in the sutra is anusasanam. Anu can be translated as "continuous," and sasa-nam indicates a practical experience.

Though yoga is designed for the mind, the practice is not merely a mental exercise. We are meant to apply the principles and incorporate the practices into our everyday lives for as long as we choose to practice.

We can begin our practice at any time, at any age, and yoga will continue to serve us until our very last breath, if we so wish, it is truly a universal practice, kate holcombe

Yoga Sutra in Action

Kate Holcombe'5 teachings apply the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali to daily life. She is the founder and co-director of the Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco, lucy inspires performance1

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releasing painful tension in your jaw.

When you're stressed, chances arc you can feel it somewhere in your body. ''The nervous system creates neuromuscular habits in response to stress," says yoga therapist and chiropractor "Rim Alden. "Some people hold or metabolize tension in the jaw: Cithers hold it in the neck and shoulders, or low back." In yoga class, "Relax the jaw" is a common instruction for bringing awareness to unconscious tension in the body Rut for the millions of people with temporomandibular joint disorders, or chronic tension in the jaw, mouth, and tongue, that simple instruction can seem as daunting as being asked to put a leg behind the head.

Temporomandibular joint problems, a collection of conditions characterized by pain or stiffness in the jaw and surrounding tissues, can be caused by stress or misalignment of the teeth, and can cause headaches and painful tension in the neck and shoulders. Alden says that deepening the awareness of the tension and getting to the root of the stresses that cause it can help, but he advises that wThat works for one person might not be as helpful for the next. Therefore, he recommends using the following poses to explore the source of the tension and experimenting with releasing it. If a pose provides relief, you should keep doing it, but be mindful that you aren't creating additional tension. ERICA RODEFER

Supine Ujjayi Pranayama (Victorious Breath)

Lie on your back with a bolster or thinly folded blanket under the length of your spine, addinq support under your head if you need it. Practice Ujjayi Pranayama, with awareness of the sensations in the chest, neck, base of the skull, and jaw.

Simhasana (Lion Pose)

Sit on your shins, Open the jaw and extend the tongue toward your chin as you exhale intentionally. Then, synchronize the movement of the tongue and eyes as you move them down, up, and to the sides.

Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

As you come into Ustrasana, observe the interplay between chest, neck, base of skull, and jaw, noticing if you're holding tension in any of those areas. Open the mouth and extend the tongue. Repeat Simhasana or move on to Down Dog.

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Doq Pose)

in Downward-Facing Dog, rest your forehead on a block or bolster. Observe the interplay between chest, neck, base of skull, and jaw. Repeat Supine Ujjayi Pranayama.

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Spicy Korean kimchi powerhouse has compounds that can stave off colds and flu. (r> many South Korean households, a meal without kimchi is unthinkable. Koreans eat more than 1.5 million tons of this pickled vegetable dish annually, alongside everything from rice dishes to pizza. A staple for centuries in Korea, kimchi is becoming more widely available in American supermarkets. It's also easy to make yourself, just in time for cold and flu season.

There are as many reasons to include kimchi in your winter wellness arsenal as there are ingredients. Cabbage is loaded with vitamin C and phytonutrients. Crushed garlic, thought to have decongestant properties, contains powerful antioxidants linked to boosting the immune system and reducing infection. Vitamin-rich hot pepper is high in capsaicin, believed to kill harmful microbes. Rounding out the list, ginger is an Ayurvedic remedy for coughs and colds.

But kimchi's real cold-fighting power lies in its fermentation process, which produces high levels of beneficial bacteria, or probiotics. Our intestines are home to trillions of beneficial microbes that can be decimated by illness, stress, poor diet, and antibiotics, creating an imbalance in which harmful bacteria reign. Probiotics are said to encourage the growth of friendly microflora, restoring the balance. Though probiotics have proved most effective in treating digestive disorders and yeast infections, evidence suggests that they may boost immunity and shorten the duration of cold symptoms. Some doctors suggest that eating a few bites of probiotic food a day can be beneficial.

For kimchi to be most effective, scientists say, it shouid be properly fermented and eaten two to three weeks after it's made, when the lactic acid bacteria and vitamin levels peak. Lavinia Spalding

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