Yoga for a Healthy Heart
February is American Heart Month, sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA). According to AHA, 1 out of 4 Americans will suffer heart disease in their lifetime. More and more studies show that the practice of yoga is good for your heart. Yoga can help to lower blood pressure, increase heart rate variability, ease stress,...
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Your Magical Life
Your Magical Life Many years ago, when my husband and I bought a beautiful home that we fell in love with, the man who was selling it left behind many things that no longer served him.  As I was cleaning through it, I came across several very old books and a little thin red book...
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Pratyahara: The Fifth Limb of Yoga
Pratyahara: The Fifth Limb of Yoga Pratyahara, the Fifth of the Eight Limbs of Yoga is typically translated as “withdrawal of the senses.”  David Frawley describes it as “fasting from the sensory impressions, but it includes all methods of control of the senses and motor organs and the internalization of attention” (Yoga & Ayurveda).  ...
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Your Best Self
Your Best Self Are you ready to become the best version of you? Along my life’s journey, I was guided to work on me, and the results have been beyond amazing. However, I spent many years of my life blaming my circumstances on the economy, my parents, my husband, my in-laws ……. etc. When I...
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Holiday Blues
Holiday Blues By: Cheryl Sidwell Holidaze got you down? For many of us the holidays or more generally, the season of winter, can be a difficult time to navigate. Some of you may experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, as the days grow shorter; others may simply experience depression or anxiety this time of year due to...
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Gratitude is my Prayer
Gratitude is my Prayer As we become more aware that Thanksgiving is around the corner we are reminded of gratitude.  For some people being grateful comes easy and for others is more difficult.  Life has a way to challenge us in different ways, and no one can escape it.  Our human tendency is to stay...
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Practicing Gratitude
Practicing Gratitude by Cheryl Sidwell When you swing your legs over the side of the bed and your feet touch the earth in the morning, feel gratitude for the earth beneath you. The same earth is in your bones and gives you stability and a body. When you get a drink of water or brush...
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The Language of Success
The Language of Success As a Spanish speaker, I took many years of English classes, and by the time I graduated form high school, I was not able to put one sentence together in English. Dropping the class was not an option, would have done it if I could. I had to keep going despite...
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Staying Grounded in the Midst of Turmoil
Staying Grounded in the Midst of Turmoil Anyone who grew up with trauma – particularly who grew up in a chaotic home, knows what it is like to feel like you have no control over your environment. Children who grow up with an alcoholic parent or a parent who has anger issues learn how to...
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Prayer and Meditation
Prayer and Meditation Someone shared with me that praying is talking to God and meditation is listening to God, this shifted the way I perceived prayer.  I grew up in the Catholic religion at a time when the population of my country was about 95% catholic.  In those days, there was a lot of reverence...
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Healing with Yoga Therapy
Healing with Yoga Therapy Yoga is an ancient healing tradition over 4000 years old. Originally the practices were developed as a spiritual path to develop connection between the self and the Higher Self, transcending the limitations of ego, and freeing oneself from suffering. However, the first textual evidence of yoga as therapy appears in the...
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The Story of Your Life
The Story of Your Life We write the story of our lives as we go through life.  Most people are not aware that we are doing this because we tend to think that “life happens to us.” In the book The Power of Story by Jim Loehr he says: “the story you tell yourself about...
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