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 | 1 Comment
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).

Don’t Diet and Count Calories in 2016!

by guest | January 14th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness

Guest blog by Sara Vance, Nutritionist & Author of The Perfect Metabolism Plan and Host of The Metabolism Summit.

The holidays are over, the decorations have all been packed away, and many of us are also ready to start the New Year fresh! At the top of many resolutions lists – is to lose weight.

4 Apps to Help You Find Your Zen

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | January 13th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation

Photo of Meditation Studio app teacher, Koshin Ellison.

When I imagine peace, I think of a relaxing abode in a natural setting—no deadlines, grocery shopping, or distracting smartphones. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the advantage of an ashram or even a beach cottage to sink into our bodies and reconnect with our deeper selves.

6 Yoga Tips for Deep Sleep

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | January 13th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga

  1. Release tension. Before you get started with yoga before sleep, know that gentle forward bending will release tension in the postural muscles that support you all day long. When we lay down these muscles can rest but often do not shut off because of habit.

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.”

6 Ways to Keep Moving All Day Long

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | December 28th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness

“Working vacation.” “Exact estimate.” “Jumbo shrimp.”

These are all examples of oxymorons: two words that are commonly used together, but that seem to contradict each other. And here’s our favorite: Active sitting.

The Advantage of Being a Food Snob

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | December 28th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating

This time of year, people tend to go in one of two directions, eating-wise: Either they double down on their dedication to a healthy diet and forego every sugar cookie, candied pecan, and cheese plate they encounter—or they say some version of “screw it” and dive head first into the buttered mashed potatoes (or cookie platter).

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!