Blogs about Mind-Body Fitness

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.

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. 

Public park workout for martial artists

This is a workout I designed for the students of a friend who teaches Hung Gar. 

Free Yourself From The Shackles of Procrastination To Stop Dragging Your Feet

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Mind & Health - connected?

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

How can I?

How much time do you spend thinking reasons why you "can't" do something? Why you can't lose weight, why you can't get the job you want, why you can't buy the house or car you want...etc.What if, instead, you asked yourself "How can I?" When you tell yourself you can't, you shut yourself off from any possibility of doing what you want and destroy any motivation to act. When you ask yourself, "How can I?" you open up your mind to think of possible solutions and you are motivated to act.

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.