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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The Importance of the Breath

Deep breathing helps decrease tension, increase energy, improve concentration, and promote physical and mental health. You may be familiar with the word prana, a Sanskrit word that translates as "life force energy," or what is known in Chinese as chi. Prana, which...

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Comfort and Safety on the Mat

Hatha yoga has been used for centuries to promote relaxation, strength, flexibility, and overall health and well-being. Asana is a Sanskrit word that means "posture comfortably held." Whether you are doing yoga at home or in a class, this should not be a...

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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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