Blogs about Mind Body

Creating a Vinyasa

Vinyasa can be described as a linked series of postures. Typically in a vinyasa one strings the postures on the breath like beads, and the flow will repeat a series between longer holds at specific points in the chain. 

Trauma, Loss, and Grief: thoughts both practical and personal

In a couple of minutes I am leaving for Kripalu. For those who aren't familiar with it it is a yoga training center in the Berkshires. That is a pretty bare bones description for a place that offers some of the best training programs for teachers and students alike, as well as acres of natural beauty, wonderful yoga classes, fabulous food, and quiet spaces to sit and read or meditate.

Thoughts for the Holidays: Yoga and Gifts

Much of the practice of yoga is centered in the idea of balance. Rather than building muscle but ignoring flexibility, or flexibility without strength, we seek both. We seek to open and express and develop our self across dimensions of being: physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social. This doesn't mean that we strive for the fullest expression of each of these aspects, but that we breathe toward both: like a focal point, still and strong, able to stretch outward in more than one direction. 

Why the Right Mindset is Key to Fitness Success and How to Achieve It

When it comes to fitness – whether a person’s goals involve losing weight, gaining muscle, or some combination of the two – people tend to be so focused on their body that they forget a key aspect to success: the mind.The bottom line is that you can have all of the fitness know-how, the best equipment, and find the perfect diet, but none of that matters if you can’t get in the right headspace to make it all come together and stick to your plan.

Doing Yoga on Thanksgiving

There will be no lack of options for yoga classes on Thanksgiving. However, I suspect that many of my students, and many people generally will less be making a choice of which of a dozen classes to attend, than between yoga and cooking, travel, family, and other duties and pleasures. I thought I would make a few suggestions of ways to adapt your practice to the more common needs of this time of year, and to doing that practice even if you cannot make it to your usual class. 

5 Specific Things You Can Do Each Day to Feel Better

Everyone just wants to feel good. While we can’t always control health-related factors, there are certain things we can do to make sure our bodies and minds feel as good as possible. By understanding what these things are and how they affect us, we can live happier, more productive lives. 5 Things Worth Trying While your life is much different than the next person, the following tips are pretty universal - give them a try and see what happens. 

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.

A question I was asked recently: What do aromatherapy and gong baths and the like have to do with yoga? Actually quite a bit.

If you werer going to take an exam, would you prefer a room with workers using jackhammers outside the window, or one that is quiet? Or, if you were writing an essay would you do your best work at the library, or in a disco with strobe lights flashing and loud music? There are certainly some people who would say they prefer to work with some external chaos, but most people find focus easier in a quiet environment.

Grief and Loss and Healing in the Gym and Yoga Studio

There was a time when medical wisdom was that bed rest was good care for a heart condition. A lot of thought and research has led us away from that notion. We have come to understand the role of activity in healing, as well as in maintaining health. We also have a better idea of how multifactorial health and wellness are. One of the most interesting early studies to look at this was the lifestyle heart trial of Dr. Ornish. He showed how exercise, diet, and lifestyle support eachother. 

Dance Glance, Sept. 2015

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