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  • The Importance of Emotional Endurance

    We all know the importance of physical fitness and how it impacts our health.  During the pandemic, most of us valued the importance of getting outside for simple walks and staying active.  When we are physically fit, we enjoy the ability to live, move and play with a level of freedom and endurance that feeds both the body and the mind.   This year we also saw an increase dialogue around mental health and we were encouraged to reach out and ask for help when needed.  When we are mentally fit, we are able to be in touch with ourselves, …

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  • Are You Languishing?

    I usually greet each of the students as they log into our zoom classes in the morning with the familiar greeting, “How are you?”.  What has been interesting over the course of this past year, is that it seems we are becoming more honest or revealing with our answers to this common greeting.  Most days, one of my students will reply “meh” to that question.  Meaning, “I’m alright.  I’m not great, but I am here, and for that I am fortunate.” Recently, I came across an interesting article in the NY Times and it has been circling around on social media the …

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  • How To Inspire Creativity

    Do you consider yourself a creative being? Or do you believe that you don’t have a creative bone in your body? Regardless of how you answer the questions above, every one of us requires creativity to exist in our daily lives.  (Some just live with a little flair more than others.)   😉 As students of mindfulness, we learn to lean into many of the same qualities that enhance a creative process in our daily lives.  Skills that generally support creativity are the ability to observe, intentionally acting with awareness and undivided attention, the ability to describe and relay ideas …

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  • How Does Your Morning Routine Shape Your Day?

    A morning routine is a set of actions that you curate usually before starting your day’s main activity.  The actions can be anything from drinking a coffee, brushing your teeth, reading your emails, or sitting for morning meditation. It is really not important what you choose to add to a morning routine, however, it is important to choose activities that fill you up and sets your day in a positive direction, which will lead you to enjoy more wins and to feel more motivated. Your morning habits are the secret to it all.  I chuckle to myself as I write this because I …

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  • How Is Your Squat? part III

    Why have I focused on squats so much this winter?   In my opinion, squatting should be a part of every person’s movement routine, young or old. The squat is more than just a yoga pose or leg exercise. It is a functional movement that can help with daily living and overall strength. It is easily modified and there are so many variations to add intensity or create more ease. An increase in our functional movement allows us to perform daily activities more easily and without injury. Squats are one of the best functional movements out there. They don’t require any …

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  • How Will You Move On?

    It’s been a year since the initial lockdowns and much has changed in the world.  But optimism seems to be on the horizon!  Lately, I have been thinking about how will we all move on?  I know that is a loaded question and one that I have been contemplating.  What is next?  Where do we go from here?  Here are a few questions that I have written down and that I am currently in the process of exploring for myself.  Let me know if they are helpful for you?   Questions to spark a fresh way forward…   How could …

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  • Make Space For Rest and Wellness

    Rest will look different for all of us.  For some, rest is as basic as taking a nap.  For others, it may mean reading a good book, sitting in stillness, or reconnecting with close friends. I don’t believe the idea of rest is off-putting, but rather I suspect that the concept of slowing down can make some of us uncomfortable.  And this is what has been forced upon us this past year.  We have been forced to slow down and change our habits, and surely this has created a simmering discomfort in our society. For some, feelings of anxiety and …

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  • How Is Your Squat? part II

    Our bodies are made to move and squatting is one of the most basic movements we learn as young toddlers but risk losing as we age.   At the most basic level, we need to squat to sit down in a chair, get into a car, and use the toilet.  Have you noticed that modern staircases, toilet heights, and chairs have all been raised to accommodate this declining ability?  As the population has become more sedentary, the squats we used to be able to perform have decreased for varied reasons. Squats target multiple joints; the ankles, knees, hips, and spine.  However, squats can …

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  • How Is Your Squat?

    When I prepare a squat class in advance, I never tell my students where the practice is heading.  If I reveal a week in advance that we were going to have a squat class next week, chances are there would be a good percentage of my students would not show up for that particular class. I once prepared a 4-week class series dedicated to exploring and improving the basic squat.  It was the one and only class series that I received no inquiries, no registrations, and mostly blank stares when I spoke of it. Now I could take all of …

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  • Pause. Reflect. Rebuild

    The Covid pandemic has changed the world and has touched every individual in some way.  We have been forced to alter the way we work, socialize, and how we schedule, and move about our basic days.  It has forced us to slow down and spend more time in personal reflection. It has been equally devastating and freeing. Innovation often arises in periods of adversity, and we have seen this unfold in real-time as we watched the world’s top scientists work together to create a vaccine in an astounding time frame.  (Sending gratitude to these scientific heroes!)  On a smaller scale, we have seen businesses …

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