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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

Releasing the Burden of “Shoulds” and “Wants”

12/4/14 |

December can be a lovely month full of delicious flavors, connection with people we care about, and those sweet, sweet vacation days. The excitement and busy-ness of the holiday season can easily displace our center in the here and now, as we pack extra obligations into our already full schedules and accumulate more belongings. This …Read More

How to Let Go

12/4/14 |

I’ve seen this exercise time and again. A person with 2 fingers holding onto a tissue or a piece of paper, and the instruction is given: show me what it looks like to hope to let go (no change).  Show me what it looks like to try to let go (no change).  Show me what it looks …Read More

Self Care Isn’t a Luxury

9/24/14 |

I used to equate “self care” with a trip to the spa. It seemed to be a luxury available only to those with the time and money to spare on pampering and stress relief. I didn’t see myself in that picture, so I didn’t process how badly I needed self care until I was emotionally …Read More

5 Bedtime Habits for Better Sleep

9/12/14 |

For many Americans, lack of restorative sleep is one of the most troubling factors impacting our health.  Sleep is our body’s time to restore and heal, so it is no surprise that poor sleep duration and quality are linked with a range of chronic health problems, as well as diminished productivity and effectiveness.  American adults are averaging …Read More

Self-Kindness Meditation

7/2/14 |

Sometimes our inner critic speaks to us in harsh words that we would never use toward loved ones. During those times when gremlins of self doubt and negativity are taking over your day, take a few moments to direct some compassion inward. You may be surprised at how nourishing one minute of self kindness can be. …Read More

Yoga for Sleep

6/24/14 |

Few things are as frustrating as being wide awake when you’re craving a good night’s sleep. Research shows an alarming list of ways we are hurting ourselves by not sleeping. Lack of sleep is related to everything from depression to heart disease, which is enough to work any insomniac into a frenzy. Which really stinks, …Read More

Dirga: 3-Part Yogic Breathing

5/14/14 |

  Emily leads us through a breathing exercise called Dirga, or 3-Part Yogic Breathing. This exercise can help calm our thoughts and bodies. Try this at any time of day. Feel your breath moving from your belly to your ribs to your collar bone. Love this post? Find more from Emily Burrows here. For one-on-one …Read More

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

4/15/14 | 3 Comments

This is a wonderful meditation for releasing tension and helping your mind and body relax. If you’re able, turn off the lights and TV during this practice. Get comfortable, follow along and enjoy the restfulness. Learn more about community partner Emily Burrows with Starting Now.   I want to try this (add to my List) Forget …Read More

20-minute Yoga Practice

4/15/14 |

This accessible 20-minute yoga practice will help you build strength, mobility, and connection with your breath. You don’t need any fancy  props for this practice, but you may want to have a small box and a belt or scarf nearby if you’d like extra support. This video also features occasional chicken squawking, as all farm-based …Read More