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Digestive health is crucial to the body’s overall wellbeing. The digestive system breaks down foods (solids and liquids) into their chemical components—carbohydrates, fats, and proteins—which the body absorbs as nutrients and uses for energy for growth, maintenance, and repair. Digestion happens in three phases: first in the mouth, then the stomach, and finally in the small intestine. After the last phase, the digested food is absorbed and transported into the bloodstream. 

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Plans Change: Can You Change Along with Them?

Yesterday I was excited about all the things I was going to get done. I had a lot of plans and commitments scheduled for work. So, I woke up early, ready for a super productive day. I made Jack’s lunch and... Read more
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Restorative Yoga: A 75-Minute Sequence to Soothe the Nervous System and Initiate the Relaxation Response

Restorative yoga is magical. It’s a simple practice of self-care that stimulates the relaxation response within the brain and the body. The relaxation response activates the parasympathetic nervous system, our... Read more
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Tame Your Mind: How to Be Mindful All the Time

I often get asked about how to remember to be mindful more of the time. How can we remember not only to be present more but to be compassionate, to drop into our bodies when we’re feeling difficult emotions,... Read more

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Yoga Focus and the Wandering Mind

What does it mean to be in a state of yoga? With so much attention given to yoga’s postures, it’s easy to lose sight that yoga is ultimately about the quality and action of our focus, rather than our ability... Read more
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Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic Response: Balance Your “Body Budget”

I went skiing over the winter break and since I don’t do it very often or very well, every day on the slopes took a lot of effort. I could feel my body mobilizing its resources before every run: my heart rate... Read more

The Vagus Nerve in the Light of Yoga Philosophy - Polyvagal Theory and the 3 Gunas

Polyvagal Theory (PVT) has gained considerable attention among health professionals since a book of the same name was published in 2011 (1). Based on brain science, the theory describes how information... Read more
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The Yoga of Embodied Presence: Coming Home to the Body in a Stressed-Out World

As I wrap my attention around the breath moving in and moving out, I’m here right now. So simple to feel my abdomen rise on the inhalation and descend on the exhalation. So fresh to sense the coolness of in-... Read more
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Embodiment Is the New Xanax: 4 Reasons to Tune in Instead of Zoning Out

Everyone knows it’s important to get some downtime. But if your primary relaxation strategy is Netflix and/or alcohol, you may need an upgrade. Here are four reasons why kicking back with a bottle to binge... Read more

The Nap Meditation (How to Protect Your Happy Place Part 2)

Welcome to Part II of the Protect Your Happy Place series! No worries if you missed Part I, here it is: Protect Your Happy Place: Where Stress is Positive & Your Core is Strong. Now that you are all caught... Read more
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Sankalpa: The Yoga of Making Healthy Choices

Did you welcome the New Year with a resolution or two? You are in good company! According to The Journal of Clinical Psychology , 62% of Americans either usually or sometimes make resolutions. (1) The numbers... Read more