Wellness

Your Body Speaks Your Mind

Authored By: 
Kim Salisbury

One of the most amazing books that I was introduced to several years ago during my yoga therapy certification was “You’re Body Speaks Your Mind,” by Deb Shapiro.  Since reading this book the very first time it has remained at my bedside and weekly I go to it for answers and inspiration.  It is filled with stories and recommendations for decoding the emotional, psychological, and spiritual messages that underlie illness.  It presents the idea of how interconnected the mind and body are and the importance of listening to both. 

About the Author: 

Kim is the owner of The Fit Room in Plano, TX and much of her week is spent one on one with people seeking healing and health. Having a passion for all things physical, Kim began her career in personal training, became curious about the mind/body connection opening her world to Pilates and then dealing with injuries herself and those of her clients, dove head first and still hasn't come up for air into the healing world of yoga.  Currently studying to become a health coach, Kim wholeheartedly believes that your health and wellness is not just dependent on being on your mat or showing up at the gym.  Living a healthy life involves meaningful relationships, physical activity, fullfilling employment and a spiritual practice.  It is keeping balance in these 4 areas of life that keeps us well, joyful and passionate.  

When Healthy Eating Becomes an Unhealthy Obsession

Authored By: 
Lisa Breitenwischer HHC, AADP, E-RYT500

Orthorexia Nervosa:
When Health Eating Becomes an Unhealthy Obsession.

The term Orthorexia was coined by Steven Bratman, MD. in 1997. He started using it with patients that were overly obsessed with healthy eating. The word Orthorexia is derived from anorexia and “ortho” meaning straight or right. But unlike anorexia which focuses on restricting food intake in order to become thin, orthorexia restricts foods that are insufficiently clean, healthy or wholesome.

About the Author: 

Lisa Breitenwischer is a Certified Health Coach and has been empowering people to make changes in their life over the last 4 years. If you are looking for change with your diet and in need of finding balance in your life contact her today at lisa [at] balancingenrgy [dot] com. To learn more about Lisa click here.

The Power of Ayurveda: 3 Ways to Beat the Late Summer Heat

Authored By: 
Sarah Guglielmi

As summer’s nearing end, I find myself and the world around me entering a season of change – back to school, vacation’s over, and the lush vibrant greens of midsummer are now showing browns and yellows at the edges.  Just today I saw a hint of red coming forth!

No matter where you live geographically, your internal “nature” experiences the change of the seasons.
Summer is the season of heat.  The sun is close, and the element of fire is predominant in nature.

About the Author: 

Sarah Guglielmi has been on a personal journey of healing and spiritual growth for over 15 years. She has taught yoga since 2002 in corporate, studio, and clinical settings. Originally drawn to yoga practice to relieve chronic stress and illness, Sarah has not only regained her health, but has discovered a spiritual dimension of life she finds rich and inspiring. Sarah serves on the teaching faculty of the Himalayan Institute and is the Professional Education Manager at their headquarters, where she has lived in residence since 2004. She holds a Masters Degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Delaware, and completed an eight-year engineering career with W.L. Gore and Associates, prior to joining the Institute.

Teaching Children's Yoga & My Yoga Story

Authored By: 
Kristi McDonald

Yoga is a very relevant topic to explore in the society of today’s children because it offers something nothing else can offer, a non-competitive outlet. Yoga also has many undeniable benefits that go along with it. Adults are reaping these benefits with great reward. It’s time we share this same outlet with our children today.

About the Author: 

Kristi McDonald, E-RYT 200 & Registered Children's Yoga Specialist with Yoga Alliance, is the Director of Samadhi Kids and creator of the Indigo Project Children's Yoga Specialty Teacher Training Program. Ms. McDonald holds a Master's Degree in Education, and is an elementary school coordinator, Reiki practitioner, and licensed Massage Therapist. She is a graduate from The University of Texas at Tyler, Corepower Yoga Teacher Training, and Collinson Massage School.

Ms. McDonald is passionate about helping children and families navigate today’s stressful and ever-changing environments by imparting evidence-based skills from her unique expertise in this wide variety of disciplines. She has also been involved in creating audio practices for children on two digital albums, “The Indigo Project: Meditations for Children” and “HappyThoughts: Positive Practices for Children."

Her goal is to build and inspire community well-being by focusing on the health and happiness of the family and child, sharing the teachings of yoga, meditation, and other healing practices.

Ms. McDonald currently offers an array of continuing education and online programs via Samadhi Kids and The Indigo Project trainings and retreats, including convenient online courses and resources.

Yoga & School Performance

Authored By: 
Kristi McDonald

Today’s schools are filled with never before seen challenges. High violence rates, low success rates and an increased population of mentally and physically unhealthy children are rampant. Yoga is accessible, easy and the benefits come quickly. The more you grow your practice, the more benefits you will see.

About the Author: 

Kristi McDonald, E-RYT 200 & Registered Children's Yoga Specialist with Yoga Alliance, is the Director of Samadhi Kids and creator of the Indigo Project Children's Yoga Specialty Teacher Training Program.

Ms. McDonald holds a Master's Degree in Education, and is an elementary school coordinator, Reiki practitioner, and licensed Massage Therapist. She is a graduate from The University of Texas at Tyler, Corepower Yoga Teacher Training, and Collinson Massage School.

Ms. McDonald is passionate about helping children and families navigate today’s stressful and ever-changing environments by imparting evidence-based skills from her unique expertise in this wide variety of disciplines. She has also been involved in creating audio practices for children on two digital albums, “The Indigo Project: Meditations for Children” and “HappyThoughts: Positive Practices for Children."

Her goal is to build and inspire community well-being by focusing on the health and happiness of the family and child, sharing the teachings of yoga, meditation, and other healing practices.

Ms. McDonald currently offers an array of continuing education and online programs via Samadhi Kids and The Indigo Project trainings and retreats, including convenient online courses and resources.

The Sacredness of Daily Practice

Authored By: 
Douchka Lecot

We were all born yogis, we just forgot who we are.

About the Author: 

Douchka is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance E-RYT and an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist with over a 10-year experience in yoga science. With a vast knowledge on Ayurveda, nutrition and aromatherapy, she considers herself an “eternal” student. She constantly questions, explores and researches on therapies, systems and techniques that could enhance her life experience and support a deeper and better understanding of the Self. She’s committed to her true mission of sharing her experiential and universal yoga and tools with others. In 2011, she co-founded Yana Shala with the mission of developing a community-based platform providing education and resources through workshops, seminars, lectures, trainings and retreats for self-development and personal growth. on March 27th 2015, Yana Shala is launching 'Manifest Your Inner Teacher', a 200-hr certified teacher training and advanced yoga study in Dallas/Fort Worth. 

The Absolute Necessity of Doing Nothing

Authored By: 
Judith Hanson Lasater

We are just too busy, too occupied, too distracted, too over-scheduled.

We try so many strategies: new calendars, to-do lists, New Year’s resolutions, and endless promises to ourselves to do less.

But we don’t.

So every day do these three things instead.

One, a 20 minute relaxation. Lie down, set a timer, cover your eyes and totally disconnect from the world.

Two, do not look at your phone during meals. Put it in another room and turn it off.

About the Author: 

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., Physical Therapist, has been teaching yoga since 1971.
She trains students and teachers throughout the United States as well as abroad,
is one of the founders of Yoga Journal magazine,
and is president of the California Yoga Teachers Association.
She has written eight books.

Let's Think Differently about the New Year!

Authored By: 
David Romanelli

I will save you the mumbo jumbo about New Years Resolutions.

On New Years Day, I looked in the mirror, 1 newborn baby, 2 bloody-marys and 3 football bowl games deep into the day...and thought:

“My wife is the one breastfeeding but my manboobs might just do the trick!”

“These moose-knuckle-high-waisted-dad-jeans are not going to further my image.”

“Dave! Yoga Journal is on the phone. They want you for their new cover,” said no one...ever!

Yeah, I got a little down on myself. It happens!

About the Author: 

Dave Romanelli is a leading health and wellness innovator. He has pioneered the art of fusing ancient Eastern practices with modern sensibilities.  His unique wellness projects such as Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Newsweek, and O, the Oprah Magazine.  His first book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment, reached #1 on Amazon's Self-Help List. Discover more about his journey on www.yeahdave.com. David lives in New York City.

Boost your Immunity For Winter By Optimizing your Vitamin D Level Now!

Authored By: 
David C. Morcom, PharmD.

There’s been lots of buzz about vitamin D in the last decade and is regarded by some as a “Super Nutrient” with a multitude of broad benefits. Is this all just media hype? In my opinion, vitamin D is the real deal and its prime importance in health is supported by loads of literature & the evidence continues to grow. This article will shed some light on the importance of optimizing your vitamin D level, how to most effectively do this, which form of vitamin D is best, how to get your vitamin D level checked & much more.

Are you Vitamin D Deficient?

About the Author: 

David C. Morcom, PharmD. Doctor of Pharmacy & Certified Herbal Specialist Dr. Morcom is a practitioner of Functional Medicine fusing traditional herbalism with his knowledge in pharmacology, pathophysiology & the newest research in herbs & nutrition Dr. Morcom is certified in Medication Therapy Management (MTM), is a Certified Herbal Specialist & has specialized knowledge in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. With an integrative approach, he enjoys assisting patients achieve optimal health using a range of herbs and nutritional supplements as his medicinal allies. He has a strong dedication to patient care and is driven by the fulfillment he receives from helping others.
DCMorcom [at] integrativewellnessrx [dot] com

The Beauty in Stepping Off the Mat

Authored By: 
Noel Crane

     We’ve all been there. Sitting on our mats in an open room surrounded by yogis with jars of green goodness, lotus tattoos, and exuding inner peace. They stinkin’ glow with the “inner light” we’ve been trying to harness for years by juicing, sweating, and pushing ourselves harder. It’s discouraging, it’s shaming, but if met with a dose of self-compassion and awareness, it’s a beautiful part of our process.

    We as yoga teachers and practitioners are called to be seekers, not saints.
  

About the Author: 

   Noel Crane is a 200-hour RYT trained under Shanon Buffington and the Tantric Hatha philosophy. Her focus is on energetics and incorporating Ayurvedic principles of balance into practice. Noel lives in Carrollton, TX, where she enjoys teaching at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve or fire-side at her home. Check out www.noelcraneyoga.com for more groovy info!

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