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Resources and Practices for managing distress in times of uncertainty

In these times of global uncertainty, I wanted to share a few thoughts and resources for positive coping and stress management. As both a yoga teacher and therapist I fully encourage feeling into the full rainbow of emotions, sensations, and thoughts, however, in situations of extreme stress, loss, and uncertainty I also encourage coping practices …

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Resolutions, Goals, Intentions and Being

The beginning of a new calendar year for many is symbolic of fresh starts, renewed vision, and, or resolutions. Working in the wellness industry for over 20 years now, at the top of many peoples resolutions is self-improvement in the form of weight loss, quitting bad habits, getting in shape, improving diet, or mastering some …

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Spring Wellness Part 4 – RENEWAL & VITALITY

The Dirt on Cleansing….. Did you know that the body naturally contains “toxins” and there are more bacterial cells in your body at times than your own cells? Did you know your body is designed to “cleanse” all on its own and that disrupting these natural processes may actually reduce vitality and balance? This week …

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Spring Wellness Part 3: COMPOSTING

COMPOSTING The art of composting involves taking all of the dead, rotten stuff in your life and turning it into nutrition and fuel. This composting practices has allowed me to understand my behaviour through a compassionate lens and then be proactive about providing myself that which I am seeking. Begin by calling to mind a …

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Spring Wellness Part 2: MENTAL DETOXIFICATION

This weeks “spring cleaning” blog will discus an often under looked aspect of spring cleaning and detoxification. WORKING WITH YOUR MIND. Mental Detoxification involves working with the thoughts and beliefs that are tainting our perceptions. Our mind and body are not separate and therefore in order  to have a healthy vital body the mind must also …

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Spring Wellness Series- Part 1

Increased daylight hours and warmer temperatures may bring a sense of renewed energy and anticipation. Spring is about new beginnings; it’s a time of germination and creation.  After a long winter of dormancy where energy conservation and introversion protect and support the “roots”, the feeling of sunlight, sound of splashing puddles, smell of soil, and sight of …

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Fall Wellness: Returning to the roots

  Fall Wellness The Fall equinox  is almost here and personally for me the crispness in the air and changing winds offer a freshness to each morning, that seem to inspire  both introspection and resilience amongst the fluctuating temperatures, winds and scenery. There is something about the fall lighting-the angle of the sun providing a delicate illumination …

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Disconnect to Re-connect

  Through decades of yoga, meditation, movement, supporting others, and research, I have become increasingly aware of the power of self-awareness, self-compassion and self-reflection on living with integrity. I often use the word integrity to define one of the intentions of yoga, in that for me they are both the practice of aligning your head …

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Summer wellness part 4: Movement, Breath & Lifestyle.

Summer Yoga and Lifestyle Tips Below are some movement and lifestyle suggestions to complete the summer wellness series. I always have a difficult time making generalized suggestions as each individual is unique. These suggestions are based on some of my personal experiences as well as some best practices from working with many clients. Please check …

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Boundaries: Summer Wellness

 Boundaries In part one of the Summer Wellness blog series we discussed how the summer months for many come with increased energy and motivation.  However, sometimes with an abundance of energy and motivation we can easily over commit to everything and everybody around us. When we have difficulty saying no or take on too many peoples …

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Nutrition and Digestion: Summer Wellness Tips Part 2

Part 2 Summer Wellness: Nutrition and Digestion Because the Summer is associated with fire element and the digestive organs in many natural health paradigms, I thought I would briefly explain the anatomy and physiology of digestion We are a gut system; we actually developed around our guts and in order to thrive we must take in nutrients …

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Summer Wellness Tips: Mind Body Lifestyle

Part 1 Summer Wellness:  A Time of Transformation and Growth The Summer is a season of abundant energy, growth, expansion, activity, and transformation. The additional hours of sunlight may increase energy, productivity and mood; however, some may also struggle with insomnia, dehydration, heat sensitivities, frustration, resentment and anxiety as a result of altered schedules and …

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