Self-Compassion

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

The Courage to Change in New Ways

9/14/16 |

After a long and frustrating day at work, she searched the cupboard for some relief. A bag of something, a box. Finding nothing that would satisfy, she closed the cupboard and stepped back. She took a breath and remembered something.  She walked over to the television and clicked it off, cleared a stack of papers from …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

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

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 | 52 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

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

Delight in Romantic Eating (no partner required)

2/13/15 |

Whether you’re flying solo or with another this Valentine’s Day, a deep and resonant pleasure awaits. Mindful eating is a gift that can fill the heart, nourish the the body and banish discomfort, not to mention being a powerful tool in the lifelong journey of healthy eating. As you plan what to eat today, or …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

Letting Go of More and Better

12/12/14 |

By nature, I am a striver “” a big ol’ puppy dog of striving. I am someone who is always looking forward, searching for ways to please, help, improve, solve, better and satisfy. I’m always looking for the MORE and the BETTER life may hold. This aspect of my personality is one that I have to …Read More

Is Your Busy Schedule Owning You?

12/12/14 |

When someone asks you how life is going, how often do you heave a sigh and say “busy”? Not an abundant busy, but a “PLEASE take something off of my plate” busy. If we aren’t paying attention, our schedules can easily fill past our comfort. We find ourselves going from bed to work, from work to our …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

Boost Your Energy with Yoga

10/3/14 |

You’re probably already well aware that yoga can help you manage stress and relax your body and mind before bed. Did you know that it can also boost your energy? As our recent Yoga Basics grads can attest, the poses and breath we practice in yoga move prana, or “life force.” Prana refers to the …Read More

Seated Twist

10/3/14 |

Today’s yoga pose is a seated twist, adapted so it’s super comfy for those of us with larger bellies and/or less hip mobility. If you have trouble sitting tall when you’re on the floor, sit on a folded blanket, so your hips and low back are lifted. Twisting poses are amazing energy and mood boosters, and great for …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

What IS Body Positivity, Anyway?

9/1/14 |

Our work at Grow Well is shaped by several powerful movements for happier and healthier living. The body positive movement inspires us because we echo the call for greater self and body acceptance. Read below to learn more. How important is your physical appearance to how you feel about yourself?  That’s a tricky question to …Read More

Loving Kindness Meditation

7/8/14 |

Looking for a magic pill for reduced stress, greater resilience, reduced inflammation and greater social connection?  You just might be looking for a daily dose of the Loving Kindness Meditation. I invite you to spend the next 6 minutes with me in a meditation that is a simple and powerful offering of kindness to yourself and …Read More