How to Slow Down

How to Slow Down

August 11, 2021

When I was 16 I got my first job. In the application and interview processes, I was coached to say things like “I’m good at multitasking” and “I can work in a fast-paced environment” -- things that would, unbeknownst to my 16 year old self, feed into the western world’s notion of “busy is better.” Years later, I realized that while I don’t enjoy monotony, I definitely don’t work best in a fast-paced environment where I have to multitask. In fact, according to a variety of research out there, most people do better in a slower and more focused environment. Studies have shown that “multitasking increases our brain’s production of cortisol, a hormone that creates stress. Once we’re stressed and mentally fatigued, anxiety builds up. And this leads to stress builds up. It’s a vicious cycle of constant stress and anxiety” (Oshin). But even if we recognize how we might benefit from slowing down -- even if we see the need and have the desire -- how do we actually make it happen?

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Building Self-Confidence (in 30 Minutes or Less!)

Building Self-Confidence (in 30 Minutes or Less!)

July 25, 2021

I’ve never yet met a person who would prefer to feel timid as opposed to confident. In truth, it seems pretty straight forward that we’d all like to feel comfortable in our own skin and while walking through this life. However, it’s not always easy to make that happen. With some targeted work and persistence, we can systematically build our own self-confidence and move through the world with our chins held a bit higher. Check out the ideas below - separated out by timeframes - for some inspiration.

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Naps: They're Not Just for Children

Naps: They're Not Just for Children

July 25, 2021

We know that naps are helpful for children. A bad mood, overt drowsiness, and a need for reset can all be mitigated through the simple grace of some shut eye. But what we don’t often talk about is how many of those same issues are still present in adulthood and can still, indeed, be helped via a nap. As we age, naps can continue to play an important role in our wellness through their myriad benefits.

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Summer Lovin': 6 Fun Date Ideas for the Season of Summer

Summer Lovin': 6 Fun Date Ideas for the Season of Summer

June 28, 2021

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re in the thick of the summer season. Long, sun-soaked, energized days offer us the opportunity to do so much. If you’re in the market for some fun ways to share the season with a loved one, consider trying out some of the ideas below.

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5 Meditation Myths That Might Be Hindering Your Practice

5 Meditation Myths That Might Be Hindering Your Practice

June 28, 2021

I cannot count how many people I’ve spoken with about meditation who have said things like, “I’d like to try it but [insert common misconception here]”. And truth be told, I WAS one of those people when I started into the practice. Although I’ve practiced yoga for 9 years now, I’ve only held an intentional meditation practice for maybe 5 years. Like so many others, I was intimidated by what, it turns out, I didn’t fully understand. So in hopes of making the practice more approachable to others, I want to address some of the most common misconceptions about meditation:

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Off the Mat: Incorporating Yoga Philosophy Into Daily Life

Off the Mat: Incorporating Yoga Philosophy Into Daily Life

June 28, 2021

I distinctly remember the moment I discovered that yoga was not just about movement. My teacher had brought out a whiteboard and was overviewing the 8 different limbs, and I found myself set back on my heels thinking, “8 limbs? 8 limbs?! And moving the body is only 1 of those?? How do we practice the other 7?”


And while I’m not here to get into all 8 of the limbs, I am here to talk about the first 2 (the Yamas & Niyamas) and how they can offer peace, freedom, and nourishment to your daily life -- on and off of the mat.

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5 Fun Transitions to Include in Your Practice

5 Fun Transitions to Include in Your Practice

June 10, 2021

Whether you are just starting out on your yoga journey or you are a seasoned practitioner of many years, including creative transitions into your practice can be a fun way to spice things up. It is, after all, often in the transitions that our minds become distracted. Intentionally link a few poses together, and suddenly you might find yourself more deeply immersed in the practice. Not to mention - creative sequencing can be a gateway to exploration and discovery on the mat, too.

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Wellness as Enrichment, Not Deprivation

Wellness as Enrichment, Not Deprivation

May 06, 2021

The health and wellness realm is crowded with ideas on what ‘wellness’ truly is. Diets, fasts, workout routines, rules, rules, and more rules… And while restrictions can be helpful, they can also promote a sort of deficit mindset that doesn’t contribute to holistic wellness at all.

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The Truth of Self-Care (It's Not Just Bubble Baths)

The Truth of Self-Care (It's Not Just Bubble Baths)

April 27, 2021

Self-care has become an increasingly popular notion in the past couple years. Like all things in a capitalistic society, though, it’s been so heavily commodified that the implication becomes that we can simply “buy” our way to self-care. Charcoal face masks, jade rollers, Thai massages… all of these things certainly can help a person feel better, but they also require spending money and don’t necessarily even create a lasting or meaningful impact. So what can we do for true self care?

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6 Fresh Spring Cleaning Tips

6 Fresh Spring Cleaning Tips

April 17, 2021

As we say goodbye to the season of quiet, of darkness, of drawing inward, we open to the season of renewal. Spring is a time of little delights: delicate blades of green within a yard of yellow and the first telling notes of birdsong. And with this rebirth, we often find a new energy within ourselves. Spring cleaning becomes a way to not just tidy up the house, but to prepare ourselves for a rebirth in our lives as a whole.

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Building Your Self Practice

Building Your Self Practice

March 22, 2021

Yoga self practice -- it’s a daunting yet incomparably nourishing endeavor. Not only does it lead to creative and exploratory movement but it also deepens your awareness of and relationship with your body, breath, and mind as you allow yourself to be guided by your immediate needs.

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Got Yogi Butt? Healing Yoga's Most Common Hamstring Injury

Got Yogi Butt? Healing Yoga's Most Common Hamstring Injury

March 08, 2021

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