28 September 2017

The Benefits of Yoga, Part 4-Nervous System Benefits




The Main Benefits to the Nervous System In his book The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards William J. Broad summarizes the research findings to date on the benefits of yoga on the nervous system. In this blog post, I’m going to talk about the two main benefits to the nervous system:  Alternating […]

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21 September 2017

The Benefits of Yoga, Part 3-Primer on the Nervous System




As I mentioned in the last two blog posts, I’ve just finished reading a wonderful book reviewing the research to-date on yoga called The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards by William J. Broad. In this blog post, I’m going to present an overview on the findings of the research on the benefits […]

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14 September 2017

The Benefits of Yoga, Part 2-Brief History of Yoga and Range of Benefits




As I mentioned in the last blog post, I’ve just finished reading a wonderful book reviewing the research to-date on yoga called The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards by William J. Broad. A regular practitioner of yoga for almost two decades, I discovered this book at an airport bookstore some weeks ago […]

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7 September 2017

The Benefits of Yoga, Part 1-How I Got Hooked on Yoga




This may surprise you, but I began my yoga practice by happenstance and somewhat by force. Yoga was a required course at the graduate institution where I studied psychology. We were given a choice during our second year of the doctoral program: Continue with another year of Aikido or switch to yoga. I switched to […]

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31 August 2017

True Happiness is Based on Good, Warm Relationships




As I was gearing up to write the last blog post on the importance of connecting with others as an essential element of healing, an article came through my Facebook feed. The blurb caught my attention. It said that researchers have discovered that happiness is not based on fame or money, contrary to what some […]

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2 August 2017

Connecting With Others, Third Essential Element of Healing




Let’s come back to the Three Essential Elements of Healing: Self-awareness, Mindfulness, and Connection with Others. We could boil these down further into really two essential elements: 1) Connecting with yourself. 2) Connecting with others. Up until now my blog posts have focused exclusively on how to connect more deeply with yourself. Now I’m going […]

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26 July 2017

Final Debriefing of the Check-In Exercise




Let’s return to discussing the Check-In exercise. The Check-In is an exercise in self-care as much as anything else. To be successful with the Check-In exercise, you must be willing to pause and interrupt your normal routine. If doing so feels difficult to impossible, then work with this psychological dynamic within yourself before you do […]

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18 July 2017

Continued Debriefing of the Check-In Exercise




Let’s return to discussing the Check-In exercise. The Check-In exercise quickly demonstrates your strengths and weaknesses across a set of skills. Those skills include slowing down, paying attention, tuning into various parts of yourself, non-judgmentally observing your inner experience, and describing in words what that experience is. Your notes from doing the Check-In exercise along […]

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21 June 2017

What to Make of the Check-In Exercise




In the last blog post I presented the Check-In. The Check-In exercise is an expedient way for you to facilitate self-awareness and mindfulness, which is critical to healing. Self-awareness and mindfulness together deepen our insight into the way your thoughts, feelings, sensations, urges, impulses, needs, wants, heart, and body are functioning together as the integrated […]

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9 June 2017

The Check-In Exercise: My Favorite Practice for Practicing Mindfulness in Every Day Life (and Increasing Self-Awareness)




In the last blog post, I offered some general instructions for bringing mindfulness you’re your daily life and offered a number of simple ways to facilitate mindfulness in everyday life. In this blog post, I’m going to walk you through my favorite mindfulness exercise, which is also an exercise in increasing self-awareness. I came up […]

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