Wellness and Personal Development
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Wellness and Personal Development

Welcome to our Wellness topic area, which is all about how people can enhance the quality of their lives and avoid serious illness by making simple but sometimes surprisingly difficult changes to their lifestyles. Wellness is a broad topic that includes disease prevention (the taking of steps to avoid getting ill at a future date), stress reduction, and even personal, social and spiritual growth.

At least as applied to healthcare, wellness is a new idea. The western world's healthcare establishment has historically always focused on illness, and curing illness. Until quite recently, very little attention was ever paid to helping people who are not ill, disordered or diseased in some way learn how to further enhance the quality of their lives, or prevent the onset of future illness. To this day, medical doctors, psychologists and other health professionals are primarily taught categories of disease and how to fix those diseases. The healthcare insurance system is geared almost completely towards paying for interventions designed to fix disease. It is easy to get an insurance carrier to pay thousands of dollars for coronary bypass surgery. It is much harder to get them to pay for gym memberships and nutritional counseling that might have helped avoid the need for such surgery in the first place. Awareness that an "ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure" is only slowly dawning. You can get ahead of this curve by reading and takin...

 
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Accessible Yoga for Every Body DVD
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Ageless Mobility: Pain-Free Wellness For Longevity
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Answers for Aristotle
Anywhere, Anytime, Any Body Yoga
Athlete's Guide to Yoga
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Dr. Andrew Weil's Guide to Eating Well
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Gaiam Yoga For Weight Loss Kit
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I'd Rather Laugh
In Defense of Food
Insight Yoga Earth: Balancing Yin Energy
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Insight Yoga with Sarah Powers
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Kripalu Yoga Dynamic DVD
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Kundalini Yoga to Detox and Destress DVD
Kundalini Yoga Transformer All-In-One Workout
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Living Room Yoga DVD
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Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian
Make It Fast, Cook It Slow
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Maui Pilates
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
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Pure Sculpt
Pure Yoga Pilates with Kerry Bestwick
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Qi Gong Flow for Beginners
Qi Gong for Low Back Pain
Qi Gong for Upper Back and Neck Pain
Qi Gong for Weight Loss
Qi Workout AM/PM
QiGong for Healthy Joints & Bones
QiGong Illustrated
Quick Blast Method
Reach - Upbeat Toning & Flexibility for a Dancer's Body
Red Lotus Yoga
Resistance Stretching With Dara Torres
Restorative Yoga Practice
Sara Ivanhoe's Taste DVD
Saving Normal
Self-Compassion
Seven Challenges To Change Your Life DVD
Sleep Better
Solar Flow Yoga DVD
Soups
Spark
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Sports Hypnosis in Practice
Step By Step Strength Training
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Surf Yoga Soul
Sybel's Yoga For Sports & Fitness
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Taming Your Inner Brat
Teach Yourself Meditation
Teen Yoga
TeenYogi DVD
Ten Minutes to Relax
The Accidental Vegan
The Angelica Home Kitchen
The Art and Science of Mindfulness
The Athlete's Guide to Yoga
The Beginner's Guide to Healthy Eating
The Best Things You Can Eat
The Booty Barre -Total New Body
The Breathing Field
The Cafe Brenda Cookbook
The Complete Book of Raw Food
The Complete Vegetarian Handbook
The Easy Yoga Workbook
The Feeling Good Handbook
The Five Things We Cannot Change ...
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The Healing Remedies Sourcebook
The Health Psychology Handbook
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The Heart of Yoga
The Indian Vegetarian
The Jewel Tree of Tibet
The Joy of Meditating
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The Little Book of Healthy Teas
The Little Soy Book
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The Mozart Effect
The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation
The Perfect Exercise
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The Will to Live and Other Mysteries
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Think Smart
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Total-Body Toning
Transform Yourself with Jivamukti Yoga
Transformative Yoga
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Vegetarian Turkish Cooking
Viva Vegan!
Walk It Off in 30 Days
Walk to the HITS Radio Remixes
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Walking a Literary Labyrinth
Watch Me Do Yoga
Weight Loss Cardio Kick
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What We Say Matters
When Things Fall Apart
Writing in Flow
Yin and Yang Yoga
Yin Yoga DVD
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Yoga & Pilates Workouts for Dummies
Yoga 4 Teens
Yoga : Beginners Flow for Everyone
Yoga Anatomy
Yoga and Psychology
Yoga as Medicine
Yoga Beauty Body
Yoga Bliss Hips
Yoga Body : Lean & Defined Total Body Workout
Yoga By Teens DVD
Yoga Emergency DVD: Arms & Shoulders
Yoga Emergency DVD: Back
Yoga Emergency DVD: Full Leg Stretch
Yoga Emergency DVD: Hips
Yoga Flow DVD
Yoga for Anxiety
Yoga for Back Care
Yoga for Beginners
Yoga for Energy & Stress Relief
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Yoga for Osteoporosis
Yoga for Pain Relief
Yoga for Regular Guys
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Yoga for Strength & Flexibility
Yoga for the Young at Heart
Yoga for Your Week
Yoga In Bed
Yoga in Bed
Yoga Inside Out: Go Deeper
Yoga Inside Out: The Healing Way
Yoga Journal's Yoga for Stress
Yoga Journal: Yoga for Strength and Toning DVD
Yoga Link: Core Integration
Yoga Link: Hip Helpers
Yoga Link: Shoulder Shape-Up
Yoga on Demand
Yoga Quick Fixes
Yoga Sanctuary
Yoga Sculpt
Yoga Shakti
Yoga Therapy for Back Pain
Yoga Therapy Prescriptions - 60 Health Restorative Sequences
Yoga To Go's Yoga Quick Fixes DVD
Yoga to the Rescue - Feel Good from Head to Toe
Yoga to the Rescue for Back Pain
Yoga to the Rescue for Neck & Shoulders
Yoga to the Rescue for Pain-Free Back, Neck & Shoulders
Yoga Weight Loss for Dummies
Yoga: Freedom from Back Pain
Yoga: Relief from Neck and Shoulder Pain
Yoga: Spirit of Vinyasa Flow
Yogabody
Yogawoman
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You'll See It When You Believe It
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Your Brain on Food
Your Miracle Brain
 
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