A Path to Inner Peace
In my conversations with people I notice that everyone is looking for one thing: inner peace.  Many of us are chasing money, relationships, status, success, etc. but when I ask why they want this or that it always comes down to the goal: inner peace.  Sometimes people will think is freedom (especially when it comes...
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The Power of FAITH
“Those who have great faith, have great power.” Ernest Holmes In times of suffering or struggle, it is hard to keep a strong faith and know that everything will work out fine in the end. During hard times, our mind becomes vicious and remind us again and again of how bad things could turn out,...
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When Life Falls Apart
When Life Falls Apart The past seven years of my life, I have been put to the test through a variety of challenges that I never thought I was going to have to face in my life time.  Everything I thought I had secured or taken care of has fallen into pieces in one way...
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A new season, a NEW You!
Spring is a wonderful time for renewal and new beginnings.  To reinvent ourselves takes courage, to release our old self is scary to our ego and it will fight you.  Courage is necessary to make the leap from the old to the new.  Courage is not the absence of fear but a recognition that fear...
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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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