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#ThrowbackThursday: 5 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice


The Summer Solstice is soon upon us, sweet readers (Sunday, June 21, 2015, to be exact), and I thought now would be a great time to throwback to last year's post about all the things you can do to celebrate the longest day of the year -- and the first day of summer, of course.

After all, it's not all about performing the 108 Sun Salutations (though, that's definitely an immensely meaningful, challenging, and...
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Anxiety

Never Miss an Opportunity to Encourage Others


I had the MOST fun yesterday!

My favorite yoga studio started its summer pass package (all the yoga you can stand for one discounted price), so of course I had to sign up.

However, I didn’t venture into the studio alone yesterday.

When I saw there was a beginner yoga class scheduled for yesterday evening, I had to talk a friend of mine – who’s never tried yoga, not even using a video or yoga app – into going with me.

I figured because it was a beginner class, she’d be less intimidated.

Boy, was I WRONG.

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Diet

National Wear Red Day: 3 Ways Women Can Combat Heart Disease


Happy Friday, ladies!

If you get out and about today, you might see a sea of red -- and it's not just that everyone decided to make a bold fashion choice!

Nope, today is the annual National Wear Red Day 2015, hosted by the American Heart Association (AMA) Go Red for Women campaign.

According to the AMA:

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

Fortunately, there are many ways we can combat heart disease -- starting TODAY -- even if you're new to the game!

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Meditation

10 Mindful Quotes to Get You Through the Holidays


Last week I blogged about how my family couldn’t really “get it together” this holiday season. Food, presents, travel—you name it, we've agonized over it.

My rational self knows the holidays aren't about any of those things; they’re trivial. Still, that knowledge doesn't always stop me—or any of us—from stressing over them.

So, I've turned to what I often turn to when I need to focus—quotes—and compiled a list of 10 quotes that I believe will help each of us stay mindful during this holiday season. Whether you recognize Christmas, Hanukah, or another holiday celebration, I hope these quotes can bring some peace to an otherwise worried mind.

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Thanksgiving Meditation: Giving Thanks vs. Being Thankful

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“Thanksgiving is, after all, a word of action.” – Cameron

This has always been one of my favorite holiday-related quotes. During Thanksgiving, we feel thankful for all we do we actually give thanks for those blessings? Do we pay our blessings forward so that others might enjoy a little of what we have?

Tomorrow, many of us Americans will devour feasts fit for a...
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Meditation

Monthly Meditation: From Where Does the Joy Come?

Fe Ilya | CC

As I mentioned before, I've had a little trouble getting back into serious running lately.

I've had various conversations about this. Some people say, "Just get out there and do it." Others say, "Just be patient; it'll come back to you."

Others still say, "Maybe you just don't want to run anymore."

However, the funniest conversation I had about running (or, not running) was...
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Environment

5 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice


The Summer Solstice not only is the first day of summer, but it’s also the longest day of the year. After the Summer Solstice, the days start to get "shorter" (i.e. the amount of daylight we have starts to dwindle little by little).

This year, the Summer Solstice falls on this day, Saturday, June 21, 2014, which is extremely convenient for those of us who want to celebrate!

I’ll be attending another 108 Sun Salutations event like I did back during the Spring Equinox, only, this year we’ll be outside at my city’s gorgeous park – weather permitting – so we can really salute the sun accompanied by live music and refreshments.

I can’t wait!

However, not everyone can get to a Sun Salutation event – or is even interested in yoga – so I thought it’d be nice to come up with some other fun, healthy ways you can ring in the summer months!

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Monthly Meditation: Surfing the Waves


This post is part of Your Body, Your Mind’s “Monthly Meditation” series, designed to provide readers with an idea or thought to meditate on during the month.

June kicks off summer vacation and for many of us, that means a trip (or several, depending on where you live!) to the beach.

Ah, the beach. Most of us associate it with relaxation, rejuvenation, and maybe even some recreation -- like surfing.

Author Jon Kabat-Zinn said, "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

Wait, why would we want to stop the waves? Aren't the part of the fun?

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