Wellness Category

Whether you practice bendy poses, engage in selfless service or sit in meditation, yoga cultivates a balanced state of being in each moment. We learn to soften and rest in a rooted, vital and expansive state, as part of a much bigger whole. Our sense of separation dissolves and we find a oneness with an immensity beyond our limited sense of self. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, an ancient Hindu text, encourages yogis to cultivate “sukha” and “stira”, a balanced state of being that is neither too relaxed nor too alert,Read More
It is easy to turn to meditation wanting to escape the pain of our lives. Thinking of meditation as a happiness pill, we come to our cushion ready to feel better. At first, we meet our busy minds. We spend our meditation practice thinking about dinner, or tasks at our desk, or someone who pushed our buttons. With practice, our busy mind settles and we feel relaxed. Feeling hopeful, we come back for more feel-good meditation. Eventually, our mind settles enough so that deeper layers of our psyche come toRead More
As holistic health and yoga moved into the Western mainstream, Yoga Therapy became a valuable healing modality. Yoga Therapy can help patients tune in to discover what their body is communicating, so they may uncover that which is held over from the past, or aid in clarifying current life situations. Michael Lee, an Australian, created Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 1985 after years of looking at humanistic psychology, focusing on how people change and transform. He continued his exploration by moving to the United States and became faculty at theRead More
I recently travelled to Maui for Awesomeness Fest, a conference where speakers like Lisa Nichols, Vishen Lakhiani and the like gathered to share their insights and stories to create a tribe that thrives in awesomeness! It was a life changing event. As I flew into Dallas airport to catch a connecting flight, the sun was shining brightly over the clouds. The sky so closely resembled balls of cotton, then morphed into what looked like a snow-covered landscape with mountains in the distance. As bright and spectacular as the view was,Read More
[Editor’s note: We feel this article is appropriate for the holiday season in which many of us may be tempted to consume more cakes, chocolate and other foods than we usually would.] Are you eating to heal your body, or eating for comfort? You may need to address a tendency to eat extra food for comfort or out of boredom. Some foods can have quasi-addictive qualities. For example, when you eat tempting foods like chocolate, your body releases trace amounts of mood- and satisfaction-elevating hormones. This may reinforce a preferenceRead More
It’s that time of the year again, with the holiday season approaching. For many that means spare time is filled with shopping, events, parties and gatherings with friends and family. A hectic schedule can increase stress and really wreck havoc on our physical appearance. Here are some tips to get through the holiday season without a hitch. 1. Don’t let stress be the only thing to make you sweat… Steam: A week before an event, it is excellent to steam your skin. I would do this a minimum of three times. NotRead More
In the wash of Lululemon colours and flat abs, it can be easy to lose the plot of why we go to a yoga class. As an externally driven society, it is easy for us to allow our senses to carry our practice over to someone else’s mat and forget to place our focus within. Yet the very practice of Hatha Yoga is geared to create balance while drawing our awareness within. To stay within our practice is to remain rooted in our being, not captivated by someone or somethingRead More
The practice of meditation involves drawing our awareness inward. As we learn to let go of our attachments to passing thoughts, we develop a sense of internal space. Eventually we rest into the field of pure consciousness that lies behind our thoughts. This clearly takes practice. Meditation is a discipline cultivated over time. Even a few minutes a day is like putting money into your evolutionary bank account: valuable. Our ego, where most of us place our attention, is attached to feeling separate and in control. It is not interestedRead More
It is a fairly new practice for me to feel gratitude not just daily, but on a moment-to-moment basis. Six years ago I didn’t really see how one could be grateful for all aspects of life. I waited for the “good” stuff to feel grateful for: a child’s accomplishment, losing ten pounds, a work bonus, a beautiful new plant for the garden… you know what I mean. When I went to school in 2004 to pursue training in Art Therapy, I began to realize that I had been missing theRead More
Now that the cooler weather is upon us, it can be more challenging to stay motivated to keep your body moving, and work out instead of watching TV. While flopping on the sofa under a warm blanket seems like a good idea at the time, it does not serve your highest good in the big picture. Maybe the only physical activity you usually get in the cooler months is a little thumb action while channel surfing. Cooler weather brings more clothing, and an opportunity to hide under layers of cloth.Read More