Psoas: Diving Deeper

Tightness in the back? Grinding your teeth at night? Tension in your hips? The psoas (pronounced SO-az) might be the culprit. This muscle is the only muscle in the body that starts in the back and ends in the front. It begins right at T-12, wraps itself around the ribs, underneath the abdomen, and inserts…

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Breathe Essential Oil

We were at my family’s brunch the other week and my Auntie Seanne was in town from California. She was congested and was suffering from itchy eyes. My Auntie Kim offered up a Benadryl or some other type of medication and Auntie Seanne felt a sense of relief. Auntie Kim immediately runs inside to grab the…

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Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

Nadi Shodhana is a breathing technique used for many benefits. According to Sue Neufeld, it balances the hemispheres of the brain. You can use this breathing technique when you have a stuffy nose. It is also great for focusing the mind, supporting the lungs and respiratory functions, rejuvenating the nervous system, removing toxins, and settling…

Save yourself from fall allergies

A Claritin a day keeps the tissues away. Or so you think. This transition into fall brings about many seasonal changes. You may be that student in yoga class who keeps a box of Kleenex next to your mat. Pollen and ragweed are here for the fall allergy season and you are probably praying for these…

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How are you breathing?

Have you ever taken a moment to just sit and observe your breath? The way the body inhales and exhales? Is the inhale longer than the exhale or vice versa? Where does the breath begin?  “First, take a deep breath,” I usually say to my sisters and friends when they start to get stressed. My…

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5 Easy Ways to Meditate

“I can’t meditate. I never would be able to turn off my thoughts,” I hear from a number of friends. Meditation is an interesting concept. The key to meditation is being present with each moment. Meditation allows your thoughts to focus in on what you are doing in that instant rather than letting the “monkey…

Stressed? Connect with your breath for just ONE minute!

With the holidays upon us, lots of stress is blowing in the air. Even one minute of mindful meditation practice can start to calm your thoughts. “I cannot stop thinking” is a phrase I often hear. To be honest, your thoughts will never completely go away. Even the most mindful meditators have thoughts that arise…