Blogs about Body-Mind-Spirit

Brain Health: Exercise is Key to a Healthy Mind

Thinking healthy leads to being healthy.  ~Michael R. Mantell, PhD, Behavioral Psychologist Most of us know that losing weight and feeling great are two of the benefits of leading an active lifestyle, but did you know that exercise is amazingly good for the brain? Research findings continue to suggest that physical activity, even in small amounts, may delay or slow cognitive decline in older adults. This is great news to those of who wish to remain independent as we age.

Mind Body or Mindfulness Training: A theoretical construct for practical application

We often talk about yoga as a 'mind/body' exercise, or about the practice of 'mindfulness', as though it was a simple dichotomy: Here is a mind and here is a body and I will put them together and be mindful. I think this is all very interesting, but a lot more nuanced and complex in practice. I've been teaching introductory mindfulness techniques in daily life for a while, and my sense is that it is helpful to have a theoretical framework in place that captures some of this nuance. 

Mindfulness and 'Stuff'

When we first met my husband used to joke about how I cooked multi course dinners with just a fork. This is hyperbole, but it is true I didn't have a microwave or a blender or a food processor or a mandolin or a meat thermometer, or.... well, you get the idea. It isn't that I didn't cook. I rarely ate out and baked bread weekly for a long time, and even made dozens of boxes of chocolates at Christmas time. I just never saw the sense of having more kitchen ware than I needed, and was happy to do things like kneeding dough by hand.

Thoughts on life, mindfulness, and more

One of the worst diseases is a self inflicted victim mentality. The key is to work on your thought life and emotional health as hard as you would anything else.

Mind & Health - connected?

Does your mind affect your health? (Excerpt from the psychology documentary "Health Mind Behaviour" with Philip Zimbardo)

A Visual Guide to some of the Objects you will find in a Yoga Studio

Yoga studios tend to have a certain look. Part of this has to do with the practical needs of doing yoga. For example, a carpeted floor tends to hold more dust, and is less desireable for a practice where your face is regularly close to the floor. Part has to do with the rather long and highly fluid history of the practice of yoga.

Feelin' the Love at the PJCC (Blink and 10 years go by)

“Blink!... Blink!” ordered my ophthalmologist.  Two ophthalmologists checked my eyes for nearsightedness, complete with the eternal question, “Which is better? One? Or two?” Turns out I needed a daily dose of eye drops, especially working in windy Foster City. Otherwise I could see perfectly fine.

A Meditation on the Beauty and Science of Movement

A bicep curl is a movement where a muscle called the biceps brachii shortens to pull the forearm up into flexion. 

10 Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety (The End of the Year Blog)

While I'm not sure that I will be able to give you anything as good as last year's holiday/end of year 'zombie twinkie' blog ( ) I found a couple of handout s(while I was doing some end of year cleaning)

Massage, Fascia, Yoga, and Foam Rollers (Yes, They Really do Connect)

The idea of using pressure and friction on the human body for health and relaxation is not new. Massage was prevalant in the time of the Roman empire: if you went to the baths it would be common to have a body rub in addition to the hot and cold tubs. The Greeks as well had it, and before them the Egyptians and the Chinese, and the Indians. There are even some European cave paintings that suggest massage may date back thousands of years earlier. So the practices and the understanding of their benefits predate a lot of our modern medical science.