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Blog Archives: August 2018

Therapeutic Yoga For Addiction and Recovery

August 31, 2018
Laura Marcotte
Addiction is a disease that touches many lives.  We can be addicted to all sorts of things- diets, shopping, sex, food, love, substances and our phones.  We start using these things as a distraction from pain but end up separate from ourselves. Without our center we forget our truth and become lost. For the last 10 years, my work with clients struggling with substance abuse has been extremely informative. The tools they receive from yoga and meditation serve them. When you think about the transformative powers of yoga, awareness is one of ...

Sleeping with the GONG

August 25, 2018
Mehtab Benton
Have you ever heard anyone snoring during a gong relaxation? It can be a little annoying, especially if it turns out to be yourself. Yet it does seem natural to zonk out during a deep relaxation. But if you do sleep with the gong, you may be missing the best part of the relaxation – the deep personal transformation that comes from the sound of the gong while in an engagedaltered state of consciousness. There is a special state in the practice of yoga called Yoga Nidra, or literally “yogic sleep.” Yogic sleep is a state of consciousness ...

Change Your Brain with Yoga

August 23, 2018
Mark Uridel
There's an urban myth that "it takes 21 days to start a new habit."  This was a statement from a plastic surgeon in the 1950's. Dr. Maxwell Maltz noticed that when he gave a patient a new nose, it took about 21 days for them to get used to it.  “These, and many other commonly observed phenomena tend to show that it requires a minimum of about 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to jell.” he wrote in his book, Psycho-Cybernetics, that sold 30 million copies, and the rest is history. First of all, he said "a minimum of ...

Mindfulness in the Workplace

August 13, 2018
Lisa Feder
Let Yoga help you clear your mind of clutter. The second of the Yoga Sutras states: Yogas chitta vritti nirodha. This means “Yoga is the resolution of the agitations of the mind”. Think about your typical workday and some of the “agitations of the mind” that you face.  Maybe these take the form of a tight deadline, a difficult co-worker, or a quality control issue. If you are really thinking about this difficult situation, you are probably becoming a little bit stressed just thinking about it. When you thought of your stressful ...

How to get rid of injuries

August 10, 2018
Dave Cohedes
I want to challenge you... Do a quick assessment of your own body. Sit up straight and check in on your feet, knees, hips, low back, midback, shoulders, neck, wrist and elbows. Do you feel any tightness?  Have you had injuries in one of these areas in the past that flares up from time to time? How does this tightness or injury affect you? Are you a better person for having this? How long do you intend to keep this injury? I ask you these challenging questions because keeping an injury or tight area in your body might be supporting ...

Mindfully mind your mind in mindfulness

August 09, 2018
Joe Hauger
Ages ago in India, there lived a legendary Buddhist monk named Bodhidharma who traveled to China. There are many fantastic and mystical stories of his travels and deeds. Here are some of my favorites: Once while meditating for 7 years straight in a cave, Bodhidharma fell asleep. In response, he cut his eyelids off so he would stay awake. His eyelids fell to the ground and grew into tea plants. Which is why there is tea in China. After meditating for 9 years his arms and legs fell off after from inactivity. This is why Japanese ...