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Welcome back

published: November, 30, 2017 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Social Media, Alternative Therapies, Gay Men, Health, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

The PositiveLite.com team is happy to welcome Daniel Uy back as a regular contributor. Here, Daniel shares what he's been up to since 2015.

Welcome back

After two years, I have decided to come back to writing. So, the biggest question I have been asked by my editor is, “What have you been up to?” Wow. When I look over that, it is pretty amazing to share. At the time, I was finishing up a Certificate Program in Project Management at Ryerson University and in an open relationship with someone. Life was full and busy. In the spring of 2016, I was at a crossroad. I had broken up with someone, had also completed some goals of mine, and was sor

HIVMA Comprehensive Guidelines recommend screening everyone with HIV,  offering multidisciplinary treatment focusing on non-drug options

published: September, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Yoga, Aging, Social Media, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Media

Chronic pain common in people living with HIV. From The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), this report.

HIVMA Comprehensive Guidelines recommend screening everyone with HIV,  offering multidisciplinary treatment focusing on non-drug options

ARLINGTON, Va. – Because ongoing pain is a significant problem that affects 39 to 85 percent of people living with HIV, everyone with the infection should be assessed for chronic pain, recommend guidelines released by the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Those who screen positive should be offered a variety of options for managing pain, starting with non-drug treatment such as co

Toronto's Dennis Battler says he's a "Seq Worker". But what does he mean?

published: February, 15, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Yoga, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Spirituality, Dennis Battler, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dennis Battler on how staying sane takes work

Toronto's Dennis Battler says he's a

Asked recently how I spend my time, a clear simple answer was hardly suitable. Yet to offer an accurate statement would take the entire evening. Spending the next few days pondering a succinct reply, irony speaks most loudly in my ear. Ready for the next time this question comes up, "Seq Worker" will be the response. Confusing and throwing the inquirer off balance – off balance because, firstly they would have to admit they know the term; secondly because they would be astonished to be in t

The importance of self care

published: October, 06, 2016 Categories // Yoga, Social Media, Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, Mental Health, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Jason Cole

"Now I know the true value of taking care of myself and what that means," says Maya Cole

The importance of self care

As a young child in elementary school, I was a crafty and resourceful young soul. I had to be. Protection was the name of the game and the players were the many bullies that would make school difficult, everyday. My resourcefulness paid off in the way of escapism from my bullies’ relentless attacks. I had mapped out the entire school yard. Everything was colour-coded, even the trees and neighboring houses. Strongly depicted were my ‘safe zones’. They were the places I would run to w

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

published: August, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Alternative Therapies, Yoga, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Fitness and Exercise, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Smoking Cessation , Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Vitamins - Supplements

The LHIVE Healthy study is currently looking for 750 adults living with HIV across Canada to participate in the study.

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

People living with HIV are living longer – but are also disproportionately affected by diabetes, heart disease and smoking-related illness. These ailments are not only a result of HIV, but rather are usually the result of lifestyle choices and risks factors such as tobacco use, low physical activity and poor diet. “One of the real challenges today for people living with HIV is to grow old in an healthy way,” said Dr. Jose Côté, principal investigator of the LHIVE Healthy study. It is i

No pictures

published: December, 17, 2015 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy says “It is so easy to block ourselves from experiencing life. Every time we lift our camera phone we place something between us and the one we are with. We disconnect from the moment. Put it away.”

No pictures

Sometimes I do not write a lot of updates or comments or posts on Facebook, my work Facebook page, my twitter feed, or to my editor here. Through the past few years of teaching, after spending all day communicating, when I am home, I have nothing to say.  That is not to say that I do not speak! You can ask my closest friends that I can talk freely, and then some.  But there are many times where things that are relevant or that I share, I endeavour to do it in a context where it can be recei

Clean up the mess of your life

published: September, 14, 2015 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Daniel Uy

With self-care slipping, Daniel Uy gets some advice from an unusual source: “Slow down. Make more space.”

Clean up the mess of your life

Laying on the table with needles poking out of me, my acupuncturist turns and goes, “Do you want an answer or do you want a Daniel answer?”  When summer was approaching I was planning to take off my longest stretch off from work, also called vacation time, all at once. I was excited and a bit nervous. Apparently month-long yoga intensive trainings and being ill in bed do not count as vacation times off. Part of me was a bit concerned about income but mostly confident I would have enou

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published: March, 26, 2015 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy looks back on 19 years of living with HIV and his recent full slate of activity

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It’s 9 pm on another Saturday evening. As pusual, I’m emptying my backpack with an assortment of cut-off shirts, shorts, my runners, and shaker cups and water bottle.  My bathtub is merely a clothing rack of the previous week’s work wear all in states of “drying” or piled in one corner of the tub.  Since I am at multiple gyms every day, this particular shower only gets used the one day, Sunday, after I shift all of these clothes to the laundry hamper.  It’s also the one day wh

What is the spiritual significance of your black socks?

published: July, 14, 2014 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Daniel Uy

Daniuel Uy is learning to field questions about his personal life from people who may not previously have understood him

What is the spiritual significance of your black socks?

This past spring I had an opportunity to be a part of a yoga retreat weekend. I had initially decided not to do a spring yoga retreat this year with the amount of things I had going on with going back to school and other family/life events.  I had actually turned to one of my students one day and said “I would do a retreat if I didn’t have to organize it or lead it but if I happen to be someplace doing some yoga then by all means you can join me” and POOF! The Universe made it happen.

Healing touch

published: April, 19, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Yoga, Alternative Therapies, CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Spirituality, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE, Gordon Waselnuk gets a feel for how nurturing touch can melt stress, take the edge off pain and work wonders for the mind and body.

Healing touch

This article previously appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici,  From the hug that comforts a crying child to the hand that steadies the shoulder of an anxious friend, touch can be a powerful tonic. As a long-term survivor of 24 years and counting, I am constantly exploring ways to Healing touchenhance my physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. And what I’ve found is that touch and physical intimacy can be powerful

Making the impossible possible: yoga and HIV

published: December, 27, 2013 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

Our Toronto contributor Daniel Uy was interviewed for this US article on the benefits of practicing yoga for people living with HIV

Making the impossible possible: yoga and HIV

This article by Karin McKie first appeared in The Edge, San Francisco here.  The founder of clothing manufacturer Lululemon, Chip Wilson, recently got into hot water when, in response to a recall of his pricey yoga clothespants, he was quoted as saying, "Frankly, some women’s bodies just don’t actually work," citing "the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time, how much they use it." In actuality, the practice of yoga has become popular because so ma

Urban Yogi Challenge – uni-tasking

published: October, 10, 2013 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy on getting one thing done at a time

Urban Yogi Challenge – uni-tasking

“Hey!  Hey!  Hey!!  Look at me!  I am driving my car down the highway, texting my family while in a conference call on a headset with my boss while listening to that new bio-documentary on the radio at the same time!  I’m so productive.” Ever had a moment like this? Sometimes we get so wrapped up in getting a lot of things done that we stretch ourselves too thin.  The trend seems to be the ability to get more than one thing accomplished at once and to juggle this all inside ourse

Urban Yogi challenge – sitting outside the box

published: October, 03, 2013 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Lifestyle, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy on how to deal with injury and how we sit can make a difference

Urban Yogi challenge – sitting outside the box

I have been chatting with many students these past few weeks who have been asking for info about dealing with one injury or another.  And what I have seen happening is during the class these things have been coming up on the mat.  Whether you practice yoga often or not at all, we all live in the pre-programmed pattern of behavioural movement and sometimes the symptoms of this rise up – maybe in pain, or soreness or lethargy or one of any number of physical symptoms.  The way we sit, the w

Urban Yogi Challenge – Just say no!

published: September, 25, 2013 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy on when saying no to others can mean saying yes to yourself.

Urban Yogi Challenge – Just say no!

Sometimes in class we go into challenging postures and poses.  And although many students in class may be doing them, and perhaps you have even done it before in the past, at that moment in time and space it’s just not working for you. I would suggest then simply not doing it. In life outside of the practice room, the same thing happens. As time gets busy and schedules can become hectic there sometimes exists these appointment time stealers that just aren’t working for you. The challe

Urban Yogi challenge: sitting and breathing

published: September, 18, 2013 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy with a challenge, a chance to turn the world off, for a moment, and just breathe it in.

Urban Yogi challenge: sitting and breathing

I was mentioning in some of the classes this week about a "weekly opportunity" or "weekly challenge" that I sometimes leave with students with something for you to consider in your daily lives outside the studio rooms.  If you would like to join us in some of these challenges, please feel free to. I would love to hear your feedback on them.  I am going to try to make it a weekly thing to keep going for a bit and seei what happens. So this week I have been chatting a bit about the history

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