Wellness Category

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
An important part of preventing illness and infection is to provide the body with ample amounts of the nutrients it needs to keep the immune system strong. In late fall and early winter, it is critical to be thinking of prevention, before the cold or flu bug has a chance to settle in. Eating the right kind of whole foods, like those found in my “Immune-Building Brown Rice Congee” from my book Meals that Heal Inflammation, is a great way of doing this. Congee is a rice porridge commonly servedRead More
As the cold winter descends, I thought I would write about the beautifying and therapeutic properties of oiling your body for detoxification, rejuvenation and to combat the dry weather. Many of us view oil as “too heavy” or “clogging”, but in fact, oils are restorative for our skin as well as cleansing. Some oils are even used in Ayurveda to kill parasites internally and externally. It is also important to understand that each oil is unique: some oils stimulate, some oils calm, some oils rebuild tissue and some oils areRead More
The Various Kinds of Yoga Yoga is a 5,000-year-old life science and art. It touches upon many topics and areas of inquiry, such as herbal medicine, meditative and contemplative practices, ritual, chanting, astrology and sound – just to name a few. The yoga most commonly known in the West is Hatha yoga, a practice that cultivates the experience of a balanced and unified state of being through physical exercises. The Sanskrit word “yoga” means to join, to yoke or to unify. All yoga practices have the development of a harmoniousRead More
Meditation is very dear to me as it fuels my life and is the foundation of all I do. It is a deepening, ongoing process that continues to teach me the true value of life and love. In our active lives, meditation helps us step out of our business and see a bigger picture. I like to say that meditation is my medication: it’s my way of healing the neuroses of my mind. Our minds wander. They want. We can feel spontaneously happy then suddenly unhappy. Yet enlightened teachers tellRead More
Most of us would agree that when we are not feeling ill or don’t have pain, we think we are healthy. We don’t even think about it much and take it completely for granted that we wake up in the morning, are able to get out of bed and that everything works and functions as it is supposed to. Until it doesn’t. When something fails in the body, we go to a doctor and trust that he or she will tell us what is wrong with us and has theRead More
Have you toyed with the idea of improving your body for a while now? Whether your chief aim is to lose fat, improve your tennis swing, have more stamina in hockey or just feel better when your feet hit the floor in the morning, something has hit the fan to make you sense this time is different. This time, you will stick to your guns and make it happen. You must believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself to make the needed changes in your daily habits, youRead More