Most of us decided to take a yoga class because we wanted to work on our flexibility, complement our existing fitness regimen, or perhaps to manage stress better. What ends up happening, is we discover is that there’s so much … Continue reading
Each morning, I get up, step onto the mat and begin my morning yoga practice. Sometimes, since I also have a full time job, my practice consists of “the old standbys.” I start by centering, some neck stretches and shoulder … Continue reading
French writer, Milan Kundera once said, “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing … Continue reading
Whether you have the luxury of a whole room to dedicate to nothing but yoga, or you’re a city dweller with just enough space to lay down a mat, carving out space for your yoga can help set the tone … Continue reading
Meditation can relieve pain, by activating multiple brain areas, according to an April 2011 study in the Journal of Neuroscience. Fadel Zeidan of Wake Forest University and his colleagues scanned people’s brains as they received uncomfortably hot touches to the leg. When subjects practiced a mindful meditation technique that encourages detachment from experience while focusing on breathing, they reported less pain than when they simply paid attention to their breathing.
Read more on Meditation and Pain, from Richard Brunner’s blog Therapy and Wellbeing.
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Have you ever wondered about how much information you actually take in during a given day, and what happens to it? I’m not talking just about the computer content you consume at work, but everything. As you read this, you’re … Continue reading
In honor of July being National Cord Blood month, blogger Katie Moore provided this guest post on tips for a healthy pregnancy and preparing for child birth. Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy When women are expecting, they often carry many … Continue reading
As a yoga teacher, I try to learn something everyday from all of the other amazingly talented and compassionate teachers out there. When I teach a class, I typically come unprepared. That is, I might have an area of focus … Continue reading
We all have moments in our lives when something just “clicks.” Like when you learn to ride a bicycle or finally figure out how to program the VCR (she said dating herself.) In yoga, Aha moments come in many forms. … Continue reading
I once had an intense meditation experience in which I saw what I later discovered was my fear. It was this horribly ugly, misshapen, gray blob. It was like a weird Cartoon Network creature. It had one eye, some random … Continue reading