Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jilly Shipway, author of the new Yoga Through the Year.
Seasonal meditation questions are a series of open inquiries that help you to reflect on how you wish to use your energy and set your intentions for the coming season. In seasonal yoga we use them every six weeks or so (to correspond with the solstices, equinoxes, and seasonal transition points). By working with them you can become your own year-round life coach. The questions combined with a meditative approach give you access to the deep wisdom of your subconscious mind and help you to align your own energy to the prevalent energy of the season. Throughout the year they give you the
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Ally Hamilton, author of Yoga's Healing Power.
There's no doubt that we all face challenges in this world, and that few journeys come without some heartache. Being human is a vulnerable undertaking, and no one even asked us if we wanted to undertake it! We arrive in the world, and we are loved and nurtured, or we are not. We are cherished and celebrated, or we feel unsafe, abandoned, or neglected. It's not a level playing field, the spectrum is wide, and the possibilities are endless. On top of that, we have unknown expiration dates, as does everyone we love, and we don't know for sure what happens after this.
Nonetheless, at a certain
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Robert Butera, PhD, Erin Byron, MA, and Staffan Elgelid, PhD, PT, co-authors of the new Yoga Therapy for Stress & Anxiety.
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We live in an era where most of our time—including so-called "leisure time"—rests in the shadow of ongoing demands. Pressure from bosses, family, and our own internal agendas creates a climate of continual stress within the body-mind complex. There has been a loud buzz about "stress management" for decades as experts teach us how to relate to our busy lives. Although the last thirty years of discussion has taught us to "manage" stress,
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Melanie Klein, co-author of the new Yoga and Body Image.
We struggled with negative body image most of our lives—running the gamut of diet fads and fitness trends. To call our pursuit of the beauty ideal an obsession is to put it mildly. And, sadly, our preoccupation with making over our bodies is not a rare occurrence.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, negative body image and rates of eating disorders are rapidly increasing among girls and women across race. But this is not just limited by gender. Body image concerns, eating disorders, and rates of muscle dysmorphia are impacting more boys and men. The emotional,