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July 2013
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Wellness Brief: De-stress, Find Balance with Yoga

by Lorraine DAversa

Editor’s note: Wellness Brief is a monthly column that will look at all aspects of health and living well and offer tips on how to bring well-being into your daily life.


here is a higher incidence of stress and depression among attorneys and judges than the general population, according to the American Medical Association and the American Bar Association. Additionally, studies have found that lawyers suffer from stress-related conditions such as high blood pressure, headaches, fatigue, asthma, insomnia, heart disease, and face weight management issues at an above-average rate. Yoga can serve as an antidote to these less pleasant byproducts of the legal profession in one fell swoop.

Common Food Myths — Busted!

Myth: Dairy is good for us because it builds strong bones and teeth and is needed because it is our sole source of Vitamin D.

Why it’s busted: Dairy robs your body of calcium because it is acidic and your body neutralizes the acid in dairy by pulling calcium from your bones and teeth. A 12-year Harvard study of 78,000 women found that women who drank milk three times a day actually broke more bones than women who rarely drank milk. So where do I get my calcium? The same place a cow gets it: eating dark green, leafy plants! Furthermore, the best source of vitamin D is sunshine. Vitamin D found in milk is only there because it was added to it during its enrichment process. For more on this topic, visit or see the 7th edition of “Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care.”


The Denver Bar Association will offer a free yoga class for members every Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting Sept. 6, at 1900 Grant St. on the 10th floor.

How can yoga help you? Many attorneys are now using yoga to achieve stillness and peace amid the hectic pace and turmoil of the workday. Of course, anything that gets someone away from a desk, eighth cup of coffee, cola or diet cola, and bag of Tostitos is bound to improve matters. Yoga purifies and strengthens the body, mind, and spirit as it increases blood flow throughout our bodies. According to brain health specialists, the practice of yoga not only benefits our muscles, organs, and connective tissue, but it also enlivens our brains as it delivers nutrients while removing toxins and waste.

There are as many kinds of yoga as there are areas of law practice, all of them low-impact, with varying amounts of intensity, creating movement that is tailor-made for your body and disposition.

Among the many health benefits of this ancient practice recognized by modern science are flexibility, strength, mental sharpness, and relaxation. The result is a formidable trifecta: a lawyer who is physically well-tuned, mentally attuned, and karmically in tune.

"Yoga helps me step out of my hectic world and focus and relax," said DBA President Dan McCune, who does yoga as often as he can and is "looking forward to doing yoga at the bar!"

But don't take my word for it: Grab a mat and assume an asana. Experience the results—res ipsa loquitur. D

Lorraine DAversa is a nutritionist, lifestyle coach/consultant, and marriage and family therapist. She may be reached at Find me at;;; YouTube:

Check out Lorraine’s Video Downloads at In one of her videos, she explains three easy yoga moves to do when you get out of bed each morning.

Whole Food, Plant-Strong Recipe of the Month: Grilled Veggie and Bean Burritos (serves four)
• 1 cup organic sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
• 1 cup organic red pepper, chopped
• 1 cup organic green pepper, chopped
• 1/2 cup organic carrots, chopped
• 1/2 cup organic tomatoes, chopped
• 1 cup organic onion, chopped
• 2 teaspoons organic garlic, minced
• 10 ounces cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
• 1/4 cup organic cilantro, chopped
• 1/4 cup organic jalapeño peppers, chopped (optional)
• 1 teaspoon organic lime juice
• 4 nine-inch whole wheat tortillas
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix sweet potatoes, red pepper, carrots, green pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and jalapeño peppers in a large bowl and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lightly sprayed with olive oil cooking spray. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, tossing halfway, until vegetables are tender. When vegetables are done, allow to cool slightly and combine with black beans, cilantro, and lime juice in a large bowl. Heat tortillas in a frying pan for five to 10 seconds to keep them from cracking when filled. Divide mixture among tortillas. Fold the ends of the tortilla in and then roll. Wrap each burrito individually in aluminum foil to keep warm and moist.


Please send your favorite Whole Food, Plant-Strong Recipe to Lorraine DAversa at Each month, we will select one recipe to appear in The Docket. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Whole Foods Market.

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