Category: Stress Reduction

Envy Hurts

Envy Hurts

We all experience envy. And although the word most notably is pejorative, envy can also be a positive emotion if used in a “benign” way. Envy hurts. According to an article in Psychology Today, envy is when we lack a desired attribute enjoyed by another, on the other hand, jealousy is when something we have is

The Power of a Smile

A few years ago, I remember commuting to an event in San Francisco on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit).   I remember sitting on the train and observing so many people glued to their electronic devices.   Heads down, face without a smile, as I thought to myself this is the new norm.   I was saddened to experience

Pranayama Breathing

Pranayama Breathing to Uplift and Energize

The light is beginning to emerge at the end of the tunnel, but let’s face it, we’ve all had quite a year! This year feels more like cramming a decade of anxiety and loss, a full spectrum roller coaster of emotion into the longest/shortest year. This is why pranayama breathing is so important. Pranayama, one

Yoga Quotes

Mind Nourishment – Yoga Quotes

Exploring nourishing words about yoga can inspire the use of mantras, or help you stay motivated, no matter where you are at in your yoga journey. Yoga is a mind-body practice, and it is fruitful to give your mind the necessary nourishment to focus on as you move on and off the mat. Here are some

What Are You Clinging To?

Written by: Erin Doty Yoga unfolds and purifies what is no longer needed.  It reveals what we cling to, starting with the breath.  A held breath stifles energy flow, much like holding onto beliefs, expectations, and judgments that can lend to toxicity.  The ancient practice of yoga has eight limbs, and aparigraha is the sixth limb of yoga.  Aparigraha explores

The Beauty of Silence

Written by: Shalyni Paiyappilly Today’s world is filled with so much sound where the beauty of silence is seldom appreciated. Amongst the great sages and gurus, silence is often taught and observed to cultivate one’s spiritual connection. For most modern-day folks, moments of silence are resisted as it is deemed as uncomfortable. However, when silence

Pranayama Breathing

Pratipaksha Bhavana: Positivity is Always an Option

Written by: Sojourner Walker Williams Pratipaksha Bhavana, the practice of choosing positivity, does not always come easily or naturally. When life gets in the way of our plans, it’s much easier to see the negative side of things. You walk through the doorway and stumble over the raised strip on the floor – “I hate this house!”

Go Outside!

By: Lillian Cuthbert Go outside! Nature can inspire us, cheer us up, comfort and calm us. In fact, it is hard to find a better cure-all, at such a cheap price, as a stroll through a park, or even simply a walk around a city block or two. Consider including a walk outside as part

Practicing Self Awareness & Self Gratitude

by: Sarah Schoolden 2020 has been faced with very unprecedented times – most of us Americans have been facing hardships with many when it comes to the loss of loved ones, loss of jobs, uncertainty to how bills will be paid for, or when they’ll next see their families whom may be across the country

Find Your Calm With Animal Breathing Exercises

Written by: Jennifer Schidlow When faced with stress or anxiety, the human body might automatically go into “fight, flight, or freeze” mode. This causes us to take shorter breaths while tensing up the muscles and can actually increase those feelings of stress. It is important to try to be mindful of these changes, in particular