Dr. Alan Viau

Yoga teacher, health scientist, dad & stage artist

10 Tips to Stick to a Diet on Halloween

Halloween is almost here, quickly followed by Thanksgiving in the US and Christmas after that. While many people find joy in the holiday season, for those trying to lose weight … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Health-Tech Mentorship with a Soul

Big health companies invest in safe ideas that apply to a large population. There is little interest or effort put into “orphan” research – efforts to find treatments for small … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Infographic: Uncovering McDonald’s Health Facts

Want some super-size facts about McDonald’s. How about that the restaurant needs to kill a million cows yearly to feed you with burgers, or to make about 75 hamburgers per second, … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS: Q&A with Bill Hayes on Yoga

Billy Hayes recounts the riveting true story in his Broadway show. He recounts his arrest in Istanbul in 1970 for smuggling hash, his 5 years in prison, and his brazen, … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

7 Unique and Easiest Ways to be Fit and Healthy

Staying healthy is one of the most common resolutions worldwide. One does not need to make healthier decisions annually as every day presents an opportunity to make changes. Listed below … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ebola Virus – Our Next Black Swan Event?

The Ebola virus has found its way out of Africa into the United States. This may be the Next Black Swan Event that I pondered about two years ago; an … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Men: Reduce Fat, Reduce Your Cancer Risk

A recent report published in Cancer Prevention Research, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, stated that men who ate a low-fat diet with fish oil supplements … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Combination of Aerobic and Resistance Training is Best for Weight Loss

What exercise program can best fight obesity? According to a Canadian study, aerobic exercise combined with resistance training may be answer. The study specifically targeted youth. “Obesity is an epidemic … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Disaster Resilience: More Older People Die From Disasters

It is shocking. A disproportionately high number of deaths from disasters are people over 60.  As a result the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and HelpAge International today issued … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Surviving Cancerland by Kathleen O’Keefe Kanavos

This is a book about two personal journeys. It is the gut wrenching experience of going through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.  It is also about the maturing of an intuitive … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bikram Yoga Burn Calories Like Other Yoga Styles

Bikram yoga claims to boast energy expenditure to 1000 calories per session. However, these claims are increasingly being challenged. Studies are saying that Bikram yoga is similar to other yoga styles … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Hold That Yoga Plank Position for Good Core Strength

There is a lot of talk about the need for good core strength. But what are the norms for core strength so that you can compare yourself and know you are … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Infographic: Beer vs Wine

“If you can’t drink it, don’t cook with it,” so said the late celebrity chef, Keith Floyd, about using wines to flavor food. If the guy was still around, he’d … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Aging World Population is Challenging Our Social Systems

Population aging is happening in all regions of the world. The good news is that on average, people can expect to live 16 more years at age 60. The question … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Survivors on the Yoga Mat- Edited by Becky Thompson

Every day we hear of people dealing with trauma. Recently, there has been increased interest in alternative and complementary therapies to understand and treat trauma. Yoga has emerged as a highly effective … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training – Saturday November 22nd

My friend Amanda DeGrace is hosting an upcoming Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training on Saturday November 22nd.  This one day training is fantastic for yoga teachers and even fitness professionals looking … Continue reading

September 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wheat Belly author goes even further in campaign against grains, saying seeds of any grass are no good

Originally posted on National Post | News:
Two years after his popular book urged readers to cut modern wheat from their diets, Wheat Belly author William Davis is going even further…

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Light on Iyengar

Contributed by Emily Burns Morgan via Mediander Before I settled on vinyasa as my favorite style of yoga, I sampled Iyengar. I found the postures pretty challenging, to say the … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Q&A with David Young: Meditation-based Musician

David Young is a twice Grammy nominated double flautist who has sold over 1,000,000 CDs. He has been on CNN, Coast to Coast radio and numerous other spiritually based radio … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

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