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Robin Williams and Death: Dealing With the Physical and Mental Pain

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Robin Williams committed suicide earlier this week.

Say that again, out loud.

Robin Williams — one of the world’s funniest and, despite suffering from depression, seemingly happiest men on earth — committed suicide.


Monthly Meditation: From Where Does the Joy Come?

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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 with a friend a few days ago. We were talking about how great it feels after the run, but how we’re kind of literally cussing out the run while it’s happening!

I’m guessing I’ll figure it out eventually, but in the meantime I just keep trudging running along.

Isn’t that how it goes in life sometimes? You do things you think you want to do, and find out you don’t actually want to do them. Or, you don’t do things that, if you did do them, you’d actually enjoy?

What are some things YOU could stop doing that, by stopping, you’d actually gain some joy? On the other hand, what are some things you could START or KEEP doing that would keep the joy rolling in — even if you have to tough it out a little to get there?

Miss last month’s Monthly Meditation? Head over to Monthly Meditation: Declare Your Independence.


5 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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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!


Monthly Meditation: Surfing the Waves

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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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?


Yoga Lessons: The More You Resist, the More It Persists

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The more you resist, the more it persists”?

One of my yoga instructors used this phrase at the end of class last week. My fellow yogis and I were relaxing in savasana (or, the corpse pose).

The keyword here is “relaxing.”


Calling All Yogis: Which of the 8 Limbs of Yoga Do YOU Overlook?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Yoga International recently published an an ashtanga yoga Q&A with seasoned yogi Richard Freeman.

Among other things, Freeman talks about the importance of breath, practicing mindfulness, and acting compassionately, but the question — and more specifically, answer — that caught my attention was about the 8 limbs of yoga and which ones students tend to overlook…

…and why.


Monthly Meditation: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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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.

First, let me start by saying Happy May, sweet readers! I know some of you (especially those on the east coast here in the States) experienced a pretty harsh and unpredictable winter, so let’s rejoice in the warmth and sunshine (I hope) May brings.

Actually, that brings me to the second thing I want to say — or ask, really — which is the point of this month’s Monthly Meditation.

Will May bring warmth and sunshine?


Monthly Meditation: Spring as a Time of Transition

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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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.

We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief: March 20, 2014 marks the official first day of spring.

However, it’s likely the weather won’t suddenly turn hot; nor will the cold continue to cut at us. There’ll still be little reminders of the ice and snow we’ve (almost) left behind, but there’ll also be a lot more help from the sun.

I’ve always viewed spring as a transitional season. It’s no longer winter, but it’s not quite summer. The holiday season is over, but we’re not ready for vacations. All manner of flora and fauna begin to bud and awaken, but still it takes some of us a little while to really get the party started.

This rings true for certain transitional periods in our lives, doesn’t it? That summer between high school and college; that week or two between college and your first real job. The time between an engagement and a marriage, a pregnancy and a delivery, an illness and a death. Our lives are full of transitional periods, where — like Dickens alludes — you might see one around the corner, but you can still feel the other just behind your shoulder.

Think of a time when a transitional period played a huge role in your life. Was it job related? School? Romance? Were you trying to reinvent yourself?

How did you deal with the transition? Were you accepting and maybe even eager, or was it something you weren’t looking forward to (and maybe still regret)?

Share your story of a transitional time in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

Miss last month’s Monthly Meditation? Head over to Monthly Meditation: Looking Outward With Love.


Yoga Lessons: Don’t Sacrifice the Breath for the Pose

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Remember when I talked about ahimsa, my first and favorite yoga lesson, and how I’ve chosen it for my mantra this year?

Well, this week I’d like to tell you about my second yoga lesson — which, coincidentally, was my mantra last year and continues to be something I remind myself of time and time again:

“Don’t sacrifice the breath for the pose.”

For many folks — especially those who’ve never practiced yoga — yoga is about a ton of awkward, nearly (or entirely) impossible poses that — if you ever manage to halfway master — give you a nice little yoga butt.

Yoga is not about getting a nice ass.


Top 10 Healthy Valentine’s Day Ideas for Active Couples

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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Original Photo: epSos.de | CC

AH! Valentine’s Day is just a few days away!

For those of you into Valentine’s Day with no idea what to do, I know that strikes panic in your hearts (pun intended).

(Not mine, though; the beau and I already ROCKED OUT to Kings of Leon last weekend. Seriously, who wants roses when you can dance around to “Sex On Fire”? Not this chick.)

Don’t worry, though, I’ve come up with 10 healthy and active Valentine’s Day ideas perfect for all you couples, almost-couples, and we’re-just-friends-right-now-leave-us-alone folks.


 

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