Mindfulness

Jen Snider, Coach, Wellness, Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Meditation

Freeing an Insatiable Mind

3/3/17 |

My attention span feels shorter and my thinking has become more distractible. When I slow down enough notice the amount of time that passes before my mind wants to “bounce,” it’s pretty concerning. Often I add this concern to a mental list of “things to deal with” but I never do.  How about right now? Gentle Curiosity  …Read More

Living, Breathing Intention

12/20/16 |

For the month of January 2017 we will be “Bringing Intention to Life” in our mindful wellness online community. Click here to learn more about practicing with us (new topics every month).  How do we bring new intentions to life? “Ow!” The stinging twinge is familiar – one spot, now another across my shoulders. I pull my sweaty green …Read More

The Peace of Letting Go

12/1/16 |

For the month of December 2016 we will be “Practicing Letting Go” in our mindful wellness online community. Click here to learn more about practicing with us (new topics every month).  What does letting go mean to you, and why is it a valuable skill? Renown meditation teacher Jack Kornfield often tells the story of a soldier who attended a mindfulness-based …Read More

Letting Wisdom In

10/28/16 |

For the month of November 2016 we will be “Practicing Balance: Taking Care of Others & Taking Care of You” in our mindful wellness online community. Click here to learn more about practicing with us (new topics every month).  How often do we read or hear good advice these days? When it comes to taking care of ourselves …Read More

Rivers and Why We Need One Another

9/6/16 |

Many years ago I was in a raft on the Colorado River deep in the heart of the Grand Canyon. My nervous hands clenched a thin rope as we glided into the top of Crystal rapid (one of the big ones), and a fraction of a moment later I was deep underwater, holding nothing as my body hurtled through churning, wild water …Read More

One Story of a Girl and her Food

7/8/16 |

What’s your story with food and eating? My story is perhaps a typical one, unique in its ways. My early eating life followed the trends of the American culture in which I was raised. My parents did their best to raise me to be a healthy person and a good eater. Mom prepared home-cooked, balanced meals and …Read More

July Daily Kindness Challenge – 2016

6/28/16 |

Intended, planned, daily kindness. It was the experiment we ran in July 2014 Kindness Challenge, and it was a beautiful unfolding. It’s about time we did it again, wouldn’t you say? “Just know that the engine you kick started (with the July Daily Kindness Challenge) continues to purr away daily in my life. Awareness is …Read More

Downward Facing Dog at the Wall

2/8/16 |

Downward facing dog is one of those poses that people see and instantly realize it’s yoga. This standing variation is one that’s accessible if you can’t get up and down from the ground easily or if you can’t get on the ground because the other people in your office will notice. It’s also a helpful …Read More

Warrior 2

2/8/16 |

As I started to write this blog post, the first words that appeared on the page were: “Warrior 2 is one of my all-time favorite yoga poses.” I think I’ve started a lot of the pose tutorials in our Yoga for Every Body series that way! It isn’t that I’m lying, it’s just that there …Read More

Calm in the Storm: Mindfulness in Real Life

1/26/16 |

I’m merging onto a packed freeway and there is just enough space for my farm truck to squeeze into the 75mph flow. An 18-wheeler is hovering to the left of me and the car behind me is repeatedly speeding up to my back bumper. As I peek at the driver behind me, I notice an …Read More

Life and Wellness Coaching

Changing How We Change

12/30/15 |

I work with people to alleviate the the pain of too much. In our culture: Too much marketing that keeps us thinking about what’s wrong with us. Too many distorted images of what healthy looks like. Too much health advice flooding our news feeds. Too much negativity about our bodies, our naturalness, our variations, our aging. Too many unsupported …Read More

Comforting Ourselves through Change

5/14/15 |

Letting go of our dearest comforts takes extra special care.  This morning, we started a “no-binkie” experiment to see how our little boy would fare. He was upset first, then brave, and for a good hour, he was absolutely fine. Then, in a moment of absent-minded comfort-seeking, he went for the binkie. His courage collapsed into outrage, desperation, sadness and fear. …Read More

Moving Back into Your Body

4/29/15 | 33 Comments

During every yoga class I leave space for students to guide themselves through any movement their body is requesting, even if it doesn’t resemble a familiar yoga pose. We come back to this intuitive movement several times in class, and it’s the last thing we do before relaxing in savasana, corpse pose. Every once in …Read More

Is Clutter Getting in the Way of Self-Care?

4/8/15 |

Even though I’m a self-care and wellness coach, there are plenty of health habits that I’m still in the early stages of addressing. This post is about one of those habits. As I write this, I’m sitting on the couch, an area where I generally would prefer not to write. I’ve been working from the …Read More

Legs Up the Wall

3/25/15 |

One of my all-time favorite poses to recharge after a stressful day or wind down before bed is a restorative yoga pose called “legs up the wall.”  You can practice it on the ground or on a bed, or in our new Grow Well office during our Yoga for Better Sleep workshops this Spring! How to practice “legs up the …Read More

Boat Pose

2/25/15 |

Most of us know that the abdominals are part of the core, but did you know it also includes the lumbar spine, pelvic floor and many of the hip flexors? Boat pose can strengthen all of these areas of the core. Having a strong core supports a healthy spine and allows our joints to move more safely and …Read More

Pyramid Pose

2/25/15 |

Pyramid is a great “forward folding” yoga pose for stretching tight hamstrings, the muscles at the back of your thigh. It’s also one of my go-to poses for days when I’ve done more sitting than I like, since it wakes up my spine! As with any pose, stay gentle and listen closely to cues of discomfort from …Read More

Soft Bellies and Winter

2/24/15 |

I’ve been thinking about the extra bit of softness and roundness some of us experience in our bodies in the cooler months. I was having some fun with this article idea and googling things like “natural winter weight gain” and predictably finding a sea of articles with tips to combat, fight, and otherwise wage war …Read More

Feel-Good Lifestyle Changes

2/17/15 |

February is one of the best times of year to get a machine at the gym. About 40% of the New Year’s resolution crowd has already lost steam, leaving far less demand for the stair climber and plenty of parking spots out front. Even though we may start the year with the best intentions, the …Read More

Letting Go of “Tomorrow”

12/22/14 |

The “tomorrow” into which we postpone the courageous, promising, and healing actions that we envision for our lives doesn’t really exist. We count on tomorrow, plan for it, wait for it, but of course we all know that tomorrow is only a possibility, not a reality. A downer, right? Not at all! When we can spring to life in recognition of the sweet …Read More