Q: I don’t like being pushed so many pills by doctors (with side effects like depression and more sickness), but it feels like all the natural alternatives are much more expensive. How can a regular person plan on using natural health to help them live a long life and what kind of healing remedies do you recommend that are affordable?
A: One of the great misconceptions in the modern, Western world is that we can medicate our way into greater health and a longer life. As your question illustrates, it’s likely the medication and all of its associated side effects that’s killing us more quickly. Even for those who don’t have the resources to consult with practitioners of alternative modalities, the Yogic path offers us a very simple, very accessible method for creating both greater longevity and a higher quality of life overall: the breath.

There are numerous yogis who have recalled how animals that breathe fewer times per minute tend to live longest. A field mouse may only live to be one or two years old, and they breathe several hundred times per minute. In contrast, a giant tortoise lives to be more than 150 years old and yet it only breathes four times per minute. Humans tend to breathe anywhere from twelve to twenty times per minute, and so to create a longer, more peaceful life, slow down your breathing. When you breathe slower and fuller, you will not only create a more sustainable life, but you will respond to adversity with less stress, have less severe negative emotions, and generally enjoy your life on a much higher level.

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Yogi Cameron is a former super model turned Ayurvedic healer and yoga master who uses ancient healing treatments to help people recover from their health issues in Z Living's TV show Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru. He left the world of high fashion in 1998 to seek the higher path available to all of us. He began his ongoing studies in Ayurveda at Arsha Yoga Vidya Peetam Trust in India under the guidance of his guru Sri Vasudevan after training at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and Yogaville of Sri Satchidananda. Since then, Yogi Cameron has worked with individuals throughout the world to provide them with these ancient methods to live healthier, greener, more spiritually-minded lives in accordance with the Ayurvedic and yogic path. Using a combination of treatments, meditation, herbal remedies and diet guidance, Yogi Cameron helps treat specific conditions and set his clients on a path to greater mental, physical, and spiritual health. A primary goal of this path is helping each person find their purpose and practice. Yogi Cameron has also brought Yoga and meditation to Afghanistan as part of the reintegration program to prepare the country for troop withdrawal in the coming years, and works with young girls rescued from sex trafficking practices in Cambodia in coordination with the Somaly Mam Foundation. Yogi Cameron has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Extra and Martha, amongst others. He has also been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, The London Times and ELLE magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Sharecare, a health portal which is part of Dr. Oz’s outreach program for health and lifestyle experts. The Guru In You, his first book, was published by HarperCollins in January 2011. His latest book, The ONE Plan (HarperOne January 2013) provides a realistic approach to the Patanjali teachings designed to penetrate one’s entire being to result in a positive transformation of one’s life. Through The ONE Plan, Yogi Cameron translates these complex, intricate teachings into practical daily tasks, routines and systems that can easily be incorporated into everyday life for an improvement in one’s overall physical, mental, and spiritual health.