Meditation has been shown to be an effective way to wind down and get to sleep—something that’s especially useful after a harried day of work. Mindfulness techniques have been shown to improve sleep quality, fatigue and insomnia in people who have trouble sleeping—possibly by helping them relax more and let go of stress.
Programs are using yoga and meditation to help reduce some of the effects of trauma experienced by young girls.
The good news is that yoga has exploded in the US and Europe and more people than ever are dipping into the practice. The bad news is all the misinformation out there that can be at best confusing and at worst a big turnoff for some folks who would otherwise really love and benefit from […]
The final step in integrating meditation into your awareness is to use the stuff of daily life as part of your meditation. There are ways of perceiving the world and the way you live in it such that each experience brings you more deeply into the meditative space. At the same time, however, this kind […]
Proper nutrition means eating a well balanced diet so that your body gets the fuel it needs to run at peak performance. Because nutrition affects all aspects of our body, a less than stellar diet can have serious impacts on your oral health. Improved nutrition means that your mouth can better fight off infections, which […]
I felt the carpet between my toes, yes, my knees were slightly bent, yes, I was sitting slightly, yes, my arms fell relaxedly by my side, and were there any thoughts in my head? “Don’t think,” I heard. Was that a thought? As I stood there not thinking, my body started to gently sway. Keep […]
In Chapter Three of the Yoga Sutras, “Vibhuti Padah,” Patanjali defines meditation as sustained concentration. Meditation is both a process and a state of being. Simply put, it is moving from distraction to attention, to sustained attention or concentration. As children learn about their bodies through yoga postures, they learn about their minds through meditation. […]
When it comes to meditation, I’m a hardgainer. I’ve continuously tried and failed to train my brain to sit quietly, slowly striving closer and closer towards nirvana. I’m a yoga teacher. This sort of thing is supposed to come easily to me,
Ever wonder why some people can eat ice cream and cheese like it’s NBD, while for others, dairy’s an express lane to breakouts and bloating? Well, according to the ancient Indian medical tradition of Ayurveda, your digestive quirks all have to do with your dosha. (That’s your overall energetic constitution, which is said to rule […]
Ho’oponopono means to “make right” and is the Hawaiian expression for forgiveness. Performing Ho’oponopono restores your light or energy body and your e-motion, or energy in motion. Through your light body you are connected with all of life. Through your e-motion you are always affecting everyone around you by your thoughts, words, feelings and actions.
As America’s most honest and ethical profession, nurses assume many different and unique roles—caregiver, teacher, patient advocate, and a listening ear. Now, nurses are taking on an even greater role helping their patients, families and communities lead a healthier life. HuffPost.com
You know how it feels when stress starts to infect you from the outside in—you might tense up, your stomach may hurt, or you might even find yourself feeling totally numb. One of the most helpful actions you can take in the moment is to pause, evaluate your mental state, and pull yourself out of […]
Practicing yoga may ease mild to moderate major depression, even in people who aren’t taking antidepressant medication or receiving psychotherapy. That’s the message of a small, but intriguing new study published in the journal PLoS ONE in March. It was the first study in the United States to look at yoga as a standalone treatment […]
Some doctors like to call it “medication in motion” because of its many benefits to the mind and body. Head to a major urban park on a spring morning and you’ll likely encounter a group of people practicing tai chi. It’s a beautiful, soothing thing to watch. The participants appear to be intently focused on […]
Mindfulness gurus share the two-minute techniques that will help you zap stress wherever you are. While fitting an hour-long meditation session into your schedule might seem impossible, taking time out for yourself—even for mere minutes—to get in touch with your emotions is huge for your physical health and well-being.
While every body has different needs and every exercise differs in intensity, experts agree that there is a simple formula to fueling your body before and after exercise. If you are rolling out of bed into your gym clothes, and then out the door for an early morning workout, you’ll want to reach for something […]
Just 10 minutes of daily mindful mediation can help prevent your mind from wandering and is particularly effective if you tend to have repetitive, anxious thoughts, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.
They have identified the neural networks that connect the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla, which is responsible for the body’s rapid response in stressful situations. Specifically, the findings shed new light on how stress, depression, and other mental states can alter organ function, and show that there is a real anatomical basis for psychosomatic […]
From small studios and trendy chains to online tutorials, yoga is everywhere in 2017. Students around the globe now have access to a variety of practice styles, both in class and at home. As a teacher who believes firsthand in the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga, I couldn’t be happier. The world could […]
As any seasoned yogi will tell you, there are many things you can expect from your first yoga class. You’ll feel energized and calm. Your flexibility and strength will be challenged. You’ll break a sweat. And you might have your first experience with meditation.
Fruits have always been considered as one of the best options to get fit and provide proper nutrition to the body. According to the most ancient health care provider, Ayurveda, various fruits contains healing power that has the capability improve your health. Apart from preventing diseases, consumption of fruits will also provide you a great […]
Your skin is your body’s largest organ; it protects you from the harsh environmental elements of sun, water, dust and chemicals. Every now and then, the ugly acne monster rears its head and your skin breaks out into angry red pimples. At this stage, most of us turn to expensive cosmetics laden with harsh chemicals […]
I like to say that India changed my life twice. The first time I was 24. An English major at the University of California, Berkeley, I’d turned down a job offer from McKinsey Consulting in my senior year—I want to change the world, I said, and make music. But a few years of doggy-paddling at […]
You’d have to be living under a rock not to have been recommended mindfulness meditation by someone in the past few years. Big name entrepreneurs swear by it, whole conferences are dedicated to it, and prominent dissenters have even pushed back against the mindfulness craze (so you know it’s really reached peak buzz).
A well-stocked kitchen allows you to throw together a fast, flavorful meal after a long day. And, when you wake up and have to dash out the door for work, it pays to have grab-and-go breakfast and snack options on hand. We tapped registered dietitians, personal chefs, and bloggers for their must-have foods to always […]
Jennifer Fisher has been designing jewelry for more than 10 years—her fun, personal pieces are adored by celebs and editors alike. But, she says, it was an entirely different product of her making that garnered truly massive praise. “I have never gotten more thank-you notes than when I sent people salt for Christmas a couple […]
In 2000-2001 I was carrying out action research for my PhD, investigating why some pupils got excluded and others didn’t and what schools could do about it. I introduced meditation and sharing circles to Year 7 drama at a time when it seemed new and radical, and it had a positive impact on the pupils […]
Much has been written about how the ancient Chinese art of feng shui can improve your love life. In fact, “more love” is second only to “increasing income” as the most popular reason people seek out the services of a feng shui consultant.
A team of researchers led by Dr. Lazar, a neurologist and instructor at Harvard medical school, has discovered that meditating for just 8 weeks can fuel grey-matter in the hippocampus and promote brain ‘growth’. More specifically, the practice of meditation can spark measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and […]
We’ve all heard the saying “beauty is an inside job”; and, while I thoroughly agree with it, a little outside help couldn’t hurt, right? Yoga is a healing practice in many ways, which is why it can offer some serious beauty benefits. Almost any practice you do will benefit your skin, but there are certain […]
A long time ago, I listened to a wonderful meditation CD by Ann O’brien. In the beginning of the disc, she spoke of how we all can have addictions, and that this does not necessarily mean drugs or alcohol. Addiction can be attachment to perfectionism, judgment and self criticism. Ouch! Those words struck a chord […]
To keep your body looking and feeling its best with each passing year, say “om.” Studies have shown that doing yoga is one of the greatest ways to slow the clock. And it’s not just because you’re helping your muscles remain limber—a regular yoga practice may increase the levels of stay-young hormones that can slow […]
The entrance to your home is the first thing visitors see, and it creates the all important “first impression” of you and your home. In feng shui, the front door brings life force to our homes and is considered the “mouth of chi.” A well appointed entrance is believed to promote health, wealth and happiness […]
Driving one evening in a part of town that was new to us, we decided to look for a particular restaurant that we heard was somewhere in the area. I drove and my partner used his cell phone to find the restaurant on a map. In a short time, he found it.