Why Meditation is the New Medicine
I am borrowing the title of this article from Dr. Mark Hyman who is working tirelessly to help people become healthier using nutrition, exercise, and meditation to reverse diabetes and heal many other illnesses.  He considers meditation a foundational pillar to good health. I was born with a congenital malformation that created constant bouts illness...
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Reflections
Sometimes, people wonder how the principles of yoga align with the principles of social work. Both are sciences as well as arts. Both require discipline and commitment. Both develop over time and both have a long history with many vanguards who have blazed trails for us to follow in our search for our best selves....
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Making Stress your Friend
Making Stress your Friend What is stress?  We hear the word stress everywhere and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80 percent of visits to the doctor are believed to be stress-related.  Stress can be defined as the body’s physiological response to perceived challenges; stress it is a product of fear, anxiety...
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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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