Join us in Mexico for a Mindful Yoga Retreat

Join us in Mexico for a Mindful Yoga Retreat

Join me for a week of deep relaxation and nourishment in beautiful sunny Mexico.

At our private beach front villa you'll enjoy daily practices of yoga, meditation, and self reflection. Replenish your energy and take this time to slow down.

You'll also have plenty of time to watch the waves, go for long walks, enjoy the sun, read a good book, or simply rest.

Healthy, nourishing meals will be served to our group by our private chef and staff.

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Wellness Wednesday :: Remedies for Depression

Wellness Wednesday :: Remedies for Depression

Depression and low moods affect so many people so I put together a few suggestions and herbs that may help you find more emotional balance.

There are many factors that contribute to a low mood. First, its important to assess whether there could be physiological reasons why you’re feeling the way you are. Thyroid problems, lack of sleep, problems with blood sugar, and low iron or nutrition can all contribute to the symptoms and signs that look like depression. 

There are many studies that now show anti-depressant medications have very low efficacy especially in cases of low to moderate depression. In fact, we now know that mental illness is really not just a psychological or chemical issue in your brain. Depression is actually just a symptom that something else in your system is out of balance.  

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Winter Solstice Meditation

Winter Solstice Meditation

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, tomorrow is winter solstice; the darkest day of the year. 

Winter solstice is a magical time. The darkness asks us to slow down and re-connect to the light within. This time of year holds such a beautiful and soulful energy. It gives us time to cultivate warmth through gathering with others and taking care of ourselves. 

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Acupressure for Yin Yoga

Acupressure for Yin Yoga

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (and many other eastern healing arts), the body contains channels of Qi or prana. These channels are called meridians in Chinese Medicine and they act as gateways to the "energetic" or "subtle body" system.

Each channel is related to a pair of internal organs and can be activated through acupuncture, touch, movement or meditation. Along each of these channels lie acupressure points which have specific functions and/or actions.

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New Yin Yoga Practice Video

New Yin Yoga Practice Video

In a yin yoga style practice postures are softly held (mostly on the floor) for long periods of time. 

Holding a yin yoga posture creates circulation in the tissues and joints keeping them flexible and supple, calms the nervous system, and increases circulation of Prana or Qi in the energetic channel system of the body.

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Strengthen Your Core

Strengthen Your Core

Over the last couple of months I've been exploring Thomas Myer's book Anatomy Trains, and the teachings of Tias Little, in a series of posts related to the "myo-fascial" lines, planes, or sheaths of the body.

These planes are a wonderful way to understand how movement, including asana (yoga postures), affect the physical structure of the body. In addition, the planes provide a helpful map in understanding how to use body mechanics and movement, therapeutically, to address specific imbalances.  

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2 Powerful Herbs to Boost your Energy

2 Powerful Herbs to Boost your Energy

One of the most common complaints I see in my private practice is fatigue. Many people feel they don’t have enough energy to get through the day or they finish their day exhausted.

There are many different reasons why a person can have low energy. In today's video I focus on depletion of energy in the body and what you can do about it. But remember - when addressing low energy in the body herbs are only a part of the healing process - read and watch to learn more:

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Wellness Wednesday :: Remedies for Stress

Wellness Wednesday :: Remedies for Stress

Any discussion of health and healing is incomplete without a discussion about stress and the effects of stress. By now we all know the effects of stress can lead to imbalance in body and mind. This is especially true if the stress is chronic and ongoing. 

So what exactly do we mean when we say stress leads to illness? Stress is actually an essential part of being alive. You have an entire stress system that protects you during danger. When encountering a stressor the body produces hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. It also temporarily increases your blood sugar and blood pressure. These changes help the body to respond to the threat you’re encountering.

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How does acupuncture work?

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture involves working with the bodies Qi. Qi is considered the basic life force that runs through absolutely everything including our bodies. Qi travels along channels or meridians in the body. These channels are related to internal organs, certain emotional states, bodily tissues and/or fluids. Sometimes the Qi in these channels becomes stagnant and deficient. When this happens the Qi is not able to nourish the body and promote healing.

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