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Want to live a healthier, happier way?  On this page, you find blog posts filled with philosophical musings, actionable lifestyle tips, and ways to improve your overall wellness.

 

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Simple Stretches To Do In Bed

Simple Stretches To Do In Bed

Through the years, I’ve stumbled on some pretty amazing things that make my body happy. But one of the easiest has been to take a few minutes in the morning and evening and to stretch my body while in bed.

This can be done laying down or sitting up – or both – first thing in the morning and the last thing before turning out the lights.

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Creating A Movement Plan

Creating A Movement Plan

There’s a ton of research that’s been done about the benefits of getting in some movement each day. Some of those benefits include getting your lymph flowing, your blood circulating, and your joints lubricated. It’s also great for your cardiovascular system and mental health.

If you already have a consistent daily movement practice, go you! If you don’t, now is a great time to begin one. I know that just thinking about doing daily movement might be overwhelming if you’re not used to doing it, or you might be feeling like you’ll get bored by doing the same thing every day. With so many options out there – and most of them free – there’s really no reason not to get your groove on in some way, shape, or form.

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Word Of The Year, 2023 Edition

Word Of The Year, 2023 Edition

For the last several years I’ve chosen a Word Of The Year. What started as a suggestion from a good friend has turned into a yearly ritual that I look forward to.

In case you haven’t heard of this practice before, it’s pretty self-explanatory: You’ll pick one word to keep in the forefront of your mind for the whole year.

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Ways We Can Give To Ourselves

Ways We Can Give To Ourselves

During busy seasons (whether that’s our personal season in life or the season in the more traditional, broad sense), it can be easy to put ourselves towards the bottom of the to-do list – if not at the very bottom.  But what if we make a conscious, active decision to change that up this year?  What if – and hear me out on this – we take some time to give to ourselves this season?

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Shorty McShorterton

Shorty McShorterton

For someone who’s pretty body aware and who teaches body/breath awareness, I’m surprised at how much I hold my breath.  Or, if I’m not holding it in, I’m taking little dinky baby breaths a lot of the time.

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Being Comfy In Your Own Skin

Being Comfy In Your Own Skin

I was brought up in the age of “Do these jeans make my butt look big?”.  With subliminal messaging and subconscious internal dialog, it can be challenging, especially for women, to feel comfortable in their own skin.

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Discovering Drag

Discovering Drag

Being a cis, hetero, white woman, I had a lot to learn about the Drag community.  Initially, I thought Drag Queens were gay men who liked dressing up as women.  While it’s true that there are some gay men who do drag, it turns out that not all Drag Queens are gay or even men.  

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Ahhhhh, relationships

Ahhhhh, relationships

As we head into the season filled with celebrations of Mother’s and Father’s Days and graduations, all sorts of feelings might come up.  Whether you have a strained relationship with your parent or child, or you’re being reminded of the difficulties of conception, or you’re tired of being asked if and when you’re going to have a baby, this time of year can be challenging, to say the least.   

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Creating Internal Balance With Yoga

Creating Internal Balance With Yoga

The practice of AyurYoga is not a new one, yet it’s one that is rarely taught.  It’s a way to completely customize your own personal yoga asana practice on a seasonal or even daily basis.  This methodology creates the right type of practice for our individual needs, giving us the understanding of how to adjust the practice to cultivate harmony within our bodies.

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Are You Addicted to Seeking Knowledge? Me Too.

Are You Addicted to Seeking Knowledge? Me Too.

Do you feel this chronic urge to continuously gain information? It’s a little easier to see (and call out in oneself) this pull for more info to appear in the realms of news, politics, worldly events, etc., because we’re all very aware of the oversaturation of CONSTANT information being catapulted at us, literally at all times. However, it can be trickier to catch when it is masqueraded as “personal development”, “health and wellness”, and/or “spirituality”.

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The Pain Body

The Pain Body

It’s an unfortunate truth that many of us have to deal with pain.  Whether it’s just occasionally – like when you accidentally hit your elbow on something – or more long-term in nature – like recovering from surgery or living with a pain-producing disease – navigating life with a pain body can be a total bummer.

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Boost Your Metabolism

Boost Your Metabolism

There’s the phrase “You are what you eat.”  But that’s not entirely correct.  The ancient science of Ayurveda has a huge emphasis on gut health.  So to make that statement more accurate, it should be “You are what you digest.”  Can you see the difference?

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Riding The Z Train To Snoozeville

Riding The Z Train To Snoozeville

Chances are you’re one of the millions on this planet who are walking around in the zombie-like state of sleep deprivation.  Whether it’s due to stress overload or hormones (hello, menopause), walking on the path to dreamland can sometimes come with challenges.  

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Creating Wellness Rituals

Creating Wellness Rituals

Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.”  When you take a moment and think about all the things that you do on the regular, you might be surprised at the rituals you already have in your life.

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How The Mind Impacts Our Health

How The Mind Impacts Our Health

We’re all familiar with the words “brain” and “mind”.  Generally they’re used interchangeably.  But did you know that, according to Ayurveda, the brain and the mind are totally different things?  

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The Costs of Not Being Well

The Costs of Not Being Well

When our bodies are like well-oiled machines, life is good. Things flow. But when we're out of whack -- say, from a chronic illness, a broken arm, or high blood pressure -- it completely changes things. I know someone who recently came down with covid. Okay, so I know...

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What’s That Sensation?

I would definitely consider myself as body-curious.  I love learning about the ways the human body works, how the mind is such a huge influencer on the body, and how our acts of self-care positively impact our overall health. Lately, I've been exploring the...

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Spilling The Tea About Drinking Warm Water

Spilling The Tea About Drinking Warm Water

It's no secret that we all need to be drinking lots of water throughout the day. But did you know that there are some guidelines that can help your water consumption work more effectively for your body? It's true. One of the primary focuses in Ayurveda is to keep our...

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Word Of The Year

Word Of The Year

In 2019 a friend of mine mentioned to me that each year she does a Word Of The Year.  I hadn't heard of that tradition, but I instantly knew it was something I'd like to participate in.  2021 will be my third year of working with this practice, and it's given me lots...

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Living in Gratitude

Living in Gratitude

If I took a poll of people I know, asking them what they'd like most, I think it's safe to say that the majority of folks would respond that they'd like a happy life, a full bank account, incredible health, and rich relationships. While it can be easy to wish for...

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Dump The Hurry

Dump The Hurry

The other morning, I was rushing around, trying to hurry and wash my face quickly.  There was no reason for me to be frantically lathering up my face, no important task I needed to get to.  I was just rushing because, as it turns out, that's been my default setting...

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Wellness As A Preemptive Strike

Wellness As A Preemptive Strike

Several years ago my mom had a stroke. It happened out of nowhere, and we were all obviously in shock when we found out. She went from being a busy, self-sufficient woman to needing different types of therapies to help with her left-side paralysis literally overnight....

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