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The Beginner’s Mind on a Through-Hike

Arielle Parris by Arielle Parris | March 9th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth

“The beginner’s mind is the mind of compassion. When our mind is compassionate, it is boundless.” – Shunryu Suzuki

Yoga, Disability, and Community

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | March 1st, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga

Seven years ago I found a copy of yoga teacher Matthew Sanford’s book Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, in the local used bookstore. The book lit me on fire: Not only did Sanford’s story of loss and healing profoundly move me, his deep and unique experience with yoga’s ability to transform touched into my own and inspired me to teach to people with disabilities.

3 Ways to Return to a Beginner’s Mindset

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | February 12th, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

How long have you been coming to your yoga mat? When you think about your yoga practice, can you remember what brought you to yoga and how you felt during your first class? It’s been over 15 years since I first stepped on my yoga mat and I remember exactly how I felt. Excited and terrified.

Into the Pool

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | February 2nd, 2016 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation

It’s mid-morning and I’ve just finished a client’s photo edits. Light pours into our living room through south-facing windows, tiny dust particles dancing and defying gravity in the rays. I place my meditation cushion in the center of the rug, my brass singing bowl sitting off to the side. I turn my phone’s ringer off and set my timer for 20 minutes. With one swift tap of the velvet-covered stick, the singing bowl chimes a long, unwavering sound that slowly fades. I close my eyes, inhale through my nose, and exhale through my mouth. “Hello,” I say.

4 Ways To Brush Off Body-Shaming

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | January 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth

If you’re a fan of social media, you’re probably getting used to seeing frequent stories about people innocently posting photos of themselves, only to find that “body-shamers” have come out of the woodwork to make negative comments about their looks, their hair, their clothing choices, their weight…you name it.

Self Love

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | January 19th, 2016 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth

Self love.  It is the foundation of a happy life and yet, at times, is so hard to hold on to. So, what is self love? While some consider self love to be conceited, the Yamas and Niyamas of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras teach us that self love is a combination of ahimsa (non-violence) brahmacharya (non-excess), and santosha (contentment).

10 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | January 5th, 2016 | 7 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

To be your most authentic self, you need to incorporate self-care into your daily life. Self-care anchors you in kindness and love, even amidst a whirlwind of stress or trauma. Dr. Kristen Lee Costa, a professor at Northeastern University and stress expert defines self-care as “being aware of a wide range of needs and deliberately taking action to support our own well-being.”

8 Tips For Making A Resolution You Can Keep

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | December 28th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth

It’s that time of year again, when everyone starts talking about all the changes they want to make come January 1. Talk of “resolutions” is everywhere—on social media, during TV commercials, and standing around the water cooler. Then it gets us thinking about all we want to accomplish in the coming year, too, so we start making promises to ourselves that will be really hard to keep. That’s where it gets tricky: though the numbers vary a bit, experts believe that only eight percent of people are able to keep their New Year’s resolutions. Ouch!

4 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude Daily

Arielle Parris by Arielle Parris | December 23rd, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth

I find that this is the ideal time of year to tune into the here and now and remember all there is to be grateful for. So if you are feeling stressed out by this season and always thinking of the future, these tips will help you reconnect to the present moment and the gifts you currently possess—through this season, and all that follow.

Forgiveness and Moving On

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | December 7th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

When was the last time you felt really stuck? You couldn’t seem to get out a funk, let alone out of your sweatpants?