How to Advance Your Yoga Practice

Take a moment to reflect on your yoga practice. How is it serving you? Do you continue to strengthen your body, improve your posture, reduce aches and pains, increase your flexibility? Are you able to use your breath to focus your attention, reduce your stress, increase your energy? Do you continue to deepen your awareness of the inner workings of your mind, your intuition, your spirit?  

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How to Become a "Morning Person"

This week, my Body Wisdom group is covering Habit 3 – Start the Day Right. For many of our members, this habit has made the biggest positive impact on their day-to-day lives. So I thought I’d share some of the philosophy behind this habit and our best tips and tricks for waking up early feeling rested, refreshed, and ready for your day. 

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Four Habits That Enhance Willpower

We often feel that in order to change a habit, we need to muster up bucket loads of willpower to turbo boost ourselves forward. Unfortunately, willpower is unreliable, easily exhausted and not around when you need it the most. To sustain real change, you can’t depend on it, but there are some things you can do to strengthen it.

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What Do You Want for Yourself This Year?

Have you set goals for the new year? I often hear people say: “I don’t set goals”. When I dig a little deeper, I learn that it’s often because they either don’t want to risk disappointment or that they’ve tried (and failed) in the past. I’ve tried and failed at MANY things in the past, and in doing so I’ve learned a lot about what it actually takes to reach the goals I set.

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Creating Balance in the Subtle Body

What I love most about the teachers at MSY is their never-ending quest for knowledge. Each of them is constantly honing and deepening her craft through education and experience. In this week’s blog, I’m stepping back to let Jen Sunderlin tell you more about her newest certification, Chakra Therapeutics!

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The Gift of Connection

What do you want for yourself this holiday season? In the conversations I’ve been having, especially with my Body Wisdom course members, I’m hearing that you want less things and more experiences. Your Christmas list isn’t full of the latest gadgets, cashmere sweaters or jewelry. You want connection with family, friends and self.

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Cultivating Holiday Joy and Presence

This week, I kicked off the holiday season with my grandson, Aiden. On Saturday, we walked through the Celebration of Lights at Morris Park with friends, and yesterday we went ice skating at PPG Place. Aiden is eight years old, and it was only his second time on ice skates. Watching him get his bearings and learn how to move himself (faster and faster) along the ice reminded me very much of watching him walk when he was very new to walking. His mind was totally absorbed in the process. For a brief period of time, he wasn’t thinking about video games. He was only thinking about how to stay upright on his skates. It was the perfect beginning to my holiday season, especially because I’ve set an intention to be more present, more in-the-moment, more mindful this year during the holidays.

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Fall Back . . . Into Better Habits

Many of us dread the end of daylight savings time. On one hand, it’s totally understandable. All summer long, we reveled in warm evenings that lingered until 9pm. Now we’re faced with cold, dark winter nights that begin at 5pm. BUT . . . what if we could use the end of daylight savings time to instill better habits?

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The Truth About Pumpkin Spice

In West Virginia, we get to experience the glory of all four seasons. Even if we favor one and complain about another, we have to admit that each is beautiful in its own way. Yet the transitions from one to another can sometimes wreak havoc on our bodies, especially if we’re not armed with the knowledge and the tools to make those transitions smoother.

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