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Your Body’s Talking to You — Are You Listening?

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | November 24th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness

katefeatureI love dark chocolate. Its perfect mix of bitter and sweet scratches an itch down deep in my soul.

And yet, the past two times I’ve consumed it (once in the form of squares from an actual bar and once in the form of hot cocoa made with the highest quality cocoa powder I could find), it has upset my stomach.

All Manner of Mindfulness: How I Spent My Day with Thich Nhat Hanh

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | October 23rd, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Personal Growth

ThayMarqueeIf you could attend a workshop with Gandhi, the Dalai Lama or Martin Luther King, Jr., you’d sign up just as fast as you could, wouldn’t you? I felt just as excited when I heard that Thich Nhat Hanh — a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, master meditation teacher and renowned advocate for peace — was offering a day of mindfulness near my home. The day-long program was put on by the Omega Institute at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, meaning all this Brooklynite mom had to do was arrange for childcare and get on the subway. Done.

How I Found My Dream Yoga Mat

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | July 22nd, 2009 | 21 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

Me on my blue beauty

Me on my new blue beauty

I just had the pleasure of test-driving an array of brand-spanking-new yoga mats — research for a Gaiam article on how to choose the right yoga mat. This was particularly exciting to me because I’ve had my current yoga mat for over 12 years. And although I’ve practiced on it hundreds, if not thousands of times, it is showing no signs of wear and tear.

5 Yoga Poses to Do with a Bolster for Extra-Strength Stress Relief

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | July 2nd, 2009 | 11 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga

Easy reclined heart opener

One of the great things about yoga is that you don’t need to invest in a bunch of equipment to reap its benefits. As long as you have a yoga mat and some stretchy clothes, and you’re good to go. And yet there is one yoga prop I wish I could magically disperse to every household in America. Heck—the whole world! And that’s the humble yoga bolster.

3 Yoga Poses for Back Pain (and Why They’re Better than Pills)

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | June 11th, 2009 | 4 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga

rodney-yee-demonstrating-extended-side-angle-yoga-pose-for-back-pain2The first time my back went out, I was 27 years old. I was about to go on a media tour, appearing on morning news programs to plug a book I had written, and I was terrified. I had a mortal fear of public speaking, and the very thought of waking up at 5 a.m. to talk eloquently about anything to thousands of people was … well, I can’t tell you because I couldn’t even ponder it. Whenever my mind wandered toward my impending TV debut, I froze. It didn’t take long for my back muscles to get the message to freeze, too — and pretty soon I was moving as gingerly as I could, whimpering with every step. And the pain lasted several weeks longer than the media tour.

When to Go with Your Gut: 4 Signs Your Intuition Is Right

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | April 5th, 2009 | 9 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

contribMy first job as a freelancer was a project from hell. My boss was a complete control freak. Everything I wrote he re-wrote 6 times. He insisted I go to client meetings in the next state, and then never shut up long enough for me to speak. He dallied on making decisions so long I had to work several weekends in a row to meet my deadlines. The kicker is, I knew when I was applying for the job that this guy was trouble. I had an undeniable pit in my stomach after the interview. When we were negotiating payment, I couldn’t sleep. But I listened to the voice that said “How will you pay your bills if you turn this down?” instead of the voice that said, “Run!”

3 Yoga Poses for Insomnia: How-to Videos

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | April 1st, 2009 | 9 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga

Supported Standig Forward Bend How-to from Yoga for Insomnia DVD from Mayo Clinic and GaiamInsomnia isn’t a four-letter word, but it ought to be. Lying awake at night is no fun, but everyone’s doing it: A survey by the National Sleep Foundation estimates that 58 percent of American adults experience insomnia at least a couple nights a week. Good ol’ yoga to the rescue once again! Selected with doctors at Mayo Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine program, the three yoga poses guided in the video clips below will calm your mind, release muscle tension and help you sleep like a baby.

Start Losing Weight Even if You’re Out of Shape: 3 Yoga Poses + Helper Props

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | January 27th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss, Yoga

Warrior II Pose with chair as a supportive propWhen it comes to weight loss, we all want a quick fix. That’s the instinct that causes so many people to try fad diets or overexert themselves on their first trip to the gym in many moons. My dad (bless his heart) periodically loses a bunch of weight by eating only one meal a day. He gains it all back as soon as resumes eating normally, of course, but I can’t fault him for the desire to want to see changes as quickly as possible. Part of me would love to blast the jelly belly I developed after giving birth last year.

A New Year’s Resolution a Lazy Person Can Love

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | January 12th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga

Our culture places a lot of emphasis on dramatic new year’s resolutions. We all want to lose 20 pounds, quit smoking, or make it to five yoga classes a week. If you’re a person who thrives on big challenges, by all means, shoot for the stars! But I know for myself, if I suffer a couple of setbacks on the path toward an ambitious goal, I’m all too ready to give up and go lie on the couch.

Undercover Yoga: Strike a Pose Wherever You Sit

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | December 17th, 2008 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga

Seated twist pose how-to from The Practical Power of Yoga

Seated twist pose how-to segment from The Practical Power of Yoga

I’m writing this post from a coffee shop. On one hand, I love working in a coffee shop: It spurs me to put on clothes that aren’t covered in smashed up pieces of banana (I have a 10-month-old), get some fresh air, and interact with other humans.