10 Tips for Body, Mind, and Soul

1. Try a 3-part breath: inhale, filling your belly, then rib cage, up to the collarbone; then starting from the top of the lungs, slowly exhale all the way down to your belly. Repeat 5 times. 2. Gratitude. Focus on at least 1 thing to be grateful for. (Here’s a good...

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Yoga 101 for Beginners

Triangle Pose from The Healing Yoga Deck I have to thank my mother for my interest in yoga. Rusty (she’s a redhead and that’s been her nickname since she was 4) wanted to try it and I thought, why not? I did ballet as a kid and was fairly flexible so I gave it a go. I...

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5 Mental Health Benefits of Yoga

The word yoga means “union,” uniting body and mind. In other words, you really can’t separate the physical benefits from the mental and emotional benefits a yoga practice provides. Deep breathing calms you down during stressful times; focusing on a posture helps pause...

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5 Health Benefits of Yoga

As more people are finding out, a regular yoga practice has many health benefits. Gentle stretches and movement, deep breathing, and mindfulness can introduce wellness into our lives that extend beyond the yoga mat. You may find yourself sitting straighter, standing...

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Don’t Just Sit There…Do Yoga!

It’s super EZ to squeeze some simple yoga moves into your day. Really, you don’t have to put on your yoga clothes, unfurl the yoga mat, get centered, etc. and so on. You can breathe, stretch and move throughout your day. For instance: Don’t just stand there while you...

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Slow things down with Mindful Walking Meditation

There are days – too many, in fact – when I’m busy, busy, busy…and going nowhere fast, what I think of as “gerbil in a wheel syndrome”. To quote the Red Queen in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to...

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Loving-Kindness Meditation

This Metta Meditation is over 2600 years old. “Metta” means universal loving-kindness, friendliness and goodwill – free from expectation and possessiveness. Metta is an all-embracing love, a sincere desire for the happiness and well-being of others. To...

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The Hug

Last fall, a pair of gloves arrived in the mail from an animal welfare organization. I hadn’t ordered them nor had I made a donation. Even though the gloves looked warm and fuzzy, I doubted I would wear them but I didn’t want to toss them. When the Salvation Army red...

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Beat the Holiday Blues

Are you someone who, like many of us, swears that the holiday season will be different…this time you’ll be calmer and less stressed? But as the days get shorter and you-know-what is right around the corner, do you feel the cold fog of holiday dread creeping in? Don’t...

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Olivia H. Miller

Olivia H. Miller

Registered Yoga Teacher, freelance writer, student of yoga for more than thirty years. Author of The Yoga Deck, The Healing Yoga Deck, Essential Yoga, and others.

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