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Yoga Moves that Help with Anxiety

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Oct 23, 2014 10:00:00 AM

By Kristin McGee

As a new mom let’s just say I have a lot on my mind. I am trying to run my business, teach classes, take care of myself and look after my adorable baby boy. I never thought I would have so many anxious thoughts all day long. I am constantly worried about my little guy having enough sleep, food, playtime, love, etc. “Am I being a good mom?” “How can I get work done and still spend precious time with him?” “Should I teach less hours?” I have a laundry list of questions running through my brain. And on top of it all, I’m barely getting any sleep each night!

Yoga to the rescue…every time I start to get really overwhelmed, I stop and take a deep, full breath. Whether Timothy is with me (I can do yoga poses while he’s playing in his activity gym) or I’m on my own, I will do these three yoga poses to help calm my nervous mind and quell the anxiety.

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Yoga, Nature & Connection

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Oct 21, 2014 10:00:00 AM

meditation-on-the-beachby Jenniferlyn (JL) Chiemingo

I love the summertime. I was born in July and to me – summer means being barefoot, walking on beaches and swimming in the water.  All these elements connect me to ME. They ground me and make me feel alive too! I remember, growing up in New England, summers where I never wore shoes at all.  I didn’t know it then, but maybe as a child I felt connected, safe, and in my body.  I spent fall in running shoes, winters in boots, spring in rain boots. But summertime, ahhh, meant freedom.

In my late 20s, I discovered yoga thanks to my mom and best friend.  I’d always thought it was just stretching.  As a person who loved moving my body in exercise, I worried it would not be enough for me.  But just the idea of returning to movement and without shoes, somehow felt like coming home.

Yoga is like coming home, to yourself.  In the yoga sutras the fourth Niyama (part of the 2nd –of 8- limbs of yoga) is svadhyaya or self-study. Svadhyaya comes from the root sva or “self.” Adhyaya means study or education. And what better way to understand yourself then to move and meditate.

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How Meditation Works

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Oct 14, 2014 9:15:00 AM

By Ashley Turner

Meditation is one of the most crucial aspects to cultivate more peace and happiness in life. It is literally the first thing I recommend to all my students and clients to build self-esteem and intuition, hear your truth, make wise, skillful choices, improve communication, increase creativity and productivity and let go.

We can be in one of two states - either the mind is running us or we are running our mind.

My mentor, Dr. Ron Alexander, speaks of MIND STRENGTH and the changes that can occur as we begin the process of training the mind. Mind strength is one of the most empowering tools we can employ to impact and improve all aspects of life.

Here's the breakdown of how meditation works.

There are five major categories of brain waves, each corresponding to different activities we do. Meditation enables us to move from higher frequency brain waves to lower frequency and calm the mind.

Slower wavelengths = more time between thoughts = more opportunity to skillfully choose which thoughts you invest in.

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7 Ways a Yoga Retreat Can Change Your Life

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Oct 7, 2014 10:00:00 AM

By Jennifer Pastiloff

I lead yoga retreats all around the world. What I have found through my experience with this is that they are life changing. You may ask, "Why would I want to go on a retreat rather than just simply a vacation?"

Here's why:

1. You will fall in love.

I fell in love at my last retreat.

I was surrounded by palm trees and magnificent ocean views and hammocks. Part jungle, part fantasy, my heart burst open and cracked in half with wild love. I was giddy with it.

Yes, I have been married for two years and no, it was not with my husband.

And yes, I love my husband deeply. Although it may not be him I am speaking of directly, he is, in fact, directly affected by this falling in love of mine, as it were.

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11 Fascinating Facts About Breathing

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Sep 30, 2014 8:30:00 AM

By Amy Landry

Throughout our yoga, meditation, and pranayama practices, there is a huge emphasis on the breath. But not so often do we focus on how we breathe day by day, moment to moment – and, in turn, how this affects our lifestyle.

Recently I completed an incredible course titled “Applied Anatomy and Physiology” with the inspiring yogi and physiotherapist Simon Borg-Olivier, through Yoga Synergy. Simon talked (and demonstrated) a lot about the breath, and invited along “Respiratory Physiologist, Behavior Modification & Breathing Therapist” Roger Price. Between the two, I learned many amazing facts about the breath, and how these facts can completely transform your life! Here are 11 of them:

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3 Yoga Poses to Help You Sleep Better

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Sep 23, 2014 10:00:00 AM

By Kristin McGee
I wrote my last blog post on sleep training and how to deal with Timothy’s lack of sleep. I really appreciate everyone’s comments and thoughts. I am still navigating my way through it all. He managed to make it until 2am last night in his crib before he started to wail. I know it must be habit at this point and I should try and let him cry it out, but I always cave and end up cuddling him for the rest of the evening. Timothy’s never taken a pacifier nor sucks his thumb so there isn’t much else I can try and soothe him with.
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Essential Oils for Chemotherapy, Radiation and Emotional Healing

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Sep 18, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Cancer. Just writing the word gives me goosebumps as I think of people I’ve known who have been affected by this disease. Statistics show that one in every two men and one in every three women will likely experience cancer in some form by the time they turn 85, which means if you haven’t personally been diagnosed, chances are high that you have been part of a support system for someone who has. A cancer diagnosis in any stage or form elicits strong emotion from the patient and their closest supporters as it is one of the most complex and difficult to treat of any human disease. Essential oils are our oldest form of medicine, so though cancer patients should always consult a physician for primary care, the following are some ideas of natural therapies with essential oils that can be included in the treatment process.

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The Tao Of Bacon

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Sep 11, 2014 10:00:00 AM

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” - Anatole France

I did not have a dog when I was growing up. I didn’t get the whole “Man’s best friend” thing. I liked dogs, I just didn’t have a need to have one in my house.

My children campaigned for over two years for a dog. I had all the usual excuses, I didn’t want another body to take care of, I was not going to walk a dog in the rain and snow (or at 5:00 am). I didn’t want a dog shedding all over my house.

It all changed one weekend when my family was invited to my friend’s beach house for the weekend. At the time my friend had a full-time job, four children (all of whom played more than one sport), and she was getting her master’s degree at night.  She was and is one of the busiest people I know. She makes it look easy and she has a dog. A big one.

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How to Unleash Your Inner, Selfless Superhero

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Sep 4, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Recently I wrote an article on how to unleash your inner superhero…and it got me thinking.

Normally I think of superheroes as fantasy figures with superhuman powers that live in a world (very) separate from my own. But, really, superheroes are just ordinary human beings with what seems to be limitless power. So as a human being how can I harness that potential?

Now it’s been a while since I watched Superman, but I do vividly remember images of him saving the day. I remember Superman as a normal everyday human being…when suddenly duty calls, and he would dart off to save someone.

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3 Yoga Poses to Combat Depression

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Aug 28, 2014 10:00:00 AM

By Kristin Mcgee

I recently attended a Health event as the magazine launched its new mantra, “Happy begins here.” I love that saying. I have been really trying to remind myself daily that happiness comes from within me. All I have to do is see my little guy’s smile to be really happy; but there are some days I admit I can feel blue. I spoke at the event about anxiety and depression. Anxiety usually stems from worrying too much about the future and your “to do” list. Here are some yoga poses you can do to combat anxiety. Depression, on the other hand is when we get stuck in the past. Practicing yoga helps ground ourselves in the present moment so we can feel truly happy.

Try rocking forward to the front of your feet or sit bones (if you’re seated) and notice how it produces anxiety, moving in to the future too fast. Now, lean back in your seat or to the heels of your feet; notice how you slump your shoulders forward and feel a little down. Finally, feel yourself anchored right in the middle of your seat or your feet and feel grounded and present. Try this exercise whenever you find yourself a little too anxious or a bit depressed.

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