Wellness Category

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
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