Releasing Stress and Tension through Meditation

Our body is typically reacting to stress long before we’re consciously aware of it. As we become more adept at observing ourselves, we cultivate our ability to identify the early signs of stress. Regular meditation increases our awareness of both physical sensations, and the ways that our mind and body interact.

Help! I’m Having a Bad Day!

Have you ever had a bad day? Are you having one now? I would like to propose a few strategies to employ on just such an occasion.

An Athletic Trainer Shares Fitness Strategies

Truth be told, I’ve always been more of a “class person”, when it comes to the gym. I suppose that is, in part, because I don’t have to decide what to do next. The instructor moves, I follow suit. Earlier this year, I decided to break out of my comfort zone to expand my weightContinue reading “An Athletic Trainer Shares Fitness Strategies”

Yoga as a Journey, Lifestyle, and Healing Practice

There are multiple layers of complexity within yoga. On the one hand, there are poses that are physically challenging to any yogi. On the other hand, the holding of poses for longer periods of time can be mentally and emotionally challenging. Poses may be physically difficult because they require a great deal of strength, balance, flexibility, or quick movements from pose to pose. The faster a participant moves through a sequence, the more demanding it is.

The Art of Assertiveness

Assertiveness is a mindset, that is demonstrated through our behavior. It is also a skill, that can be learned, practiced, and improved upon. It is not about “getting what you want”, it’s about having your desires be a part of the conversation, alongside of and as valued as anyone else’s.

Meditation: Focusing Attention

The mind can become more calm and still without being void of thoughts. In fact, there are many meditation techniques that involve focusing on specific thoughts, or noting thoughts but not getting tangled up in them.

Self-Care: an Attitude, Priority, and Practice

Not to downplay pampering, but self-care is more than taking bubble baths and drinking hot tea. We often take a narrow view of self-care, seeing it as spoiling oneself or indulgence, perhaps even in ways that are counter to long term health.