The 7 Chakras: A Brief Explanation

The 7 Chakras: A Brief Explanation

Within the body lie 7 vital energy centers. We can’t see them; they won’t show up in an X-ray or MRI. Yet, for thousands of years, Eastern cultures have recognized their importance to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Through these centers, known...

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Open Your Heart Chakra to Love and Compassion

Open Your Heart Chakra to Love and Compassion

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I invite you to focus on your Heart Chakra, the energy center located in the middle of the chest. Representing love & compassion, it is considered the bridge between the three lower – more physical – energy centers (representing safety...

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The Gift of Wellness

The Gift of Wellness

About a month ago, I received an email: “I am the Chair of Toy Purchasing for the Rockbridge Christmas Baskets program,” it began. “We provide food and gifts to over 3,000 people at Christmas time. For our 16- and 17-year-old-girls, we have purchased 70 yoga mats and...

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End the Day With Relaxing Yoga

End the Day With Relaxing Yoga

Sometimes it can be challenging to calm down and relax, especially after a busy day with barely a moment to yourself. Yoga is the perfect way to wind down, helping to release stress, anxiety and tension. Bring your day to a close with these calming breaths, gentle...

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Reduce Eye Fatigue with Palming Meditation

Reduce Eye Fatigue with Palming Meditation

Palming Meditation diminishes eye fatigue and helps relax the face and entire body. It can help soothe frazzled nerves and improve concentration. Try Palming Meditation when you’re having trouble focusing, feeling restless or unsettled. This is also a great way to transition from a hectic day to a quiet evening.

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Yoga in the Summer

Yoga in the Summer

Nama-staying Cool as a Cucumber!  During hot summer spells, here are a few suggestions for practicing some “cool” yoga:  Be sure to pace yourself. Perform poses just a bit more slowly. Take longer breaths while holding each pose.  Focus on long, cooling...

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10 Tips for Body, Mind, and Soul

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

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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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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