One of my favorite breathing techniques to soothe the nervous system, quiet the mind, and improve focus.

This breath is named alternate nostril breathing, or nadi shodhana in Sanskrit. The high school students that visit me in the Mindfulness Room use it before tests, to leave home stressors behind, and to clear their minds in order to decline choices that impair their personal best.

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Why meditate? Because your life depends on it. [and how to do it]

Here’s why YOU’RE going to fall in love with meditation: 
Meditation…reduces stress, decreases anxiety, improves emotional intelligence, decreases loneliness, decreases depression, lessons PMS symptoms, enhances self-esteem, increases optimism, increases resilience with adversity,  improves mood (God knows I need that some days), enhances immune system, increases relaxation, decreases impulsivity, helps manage pain, enhances self-acceptance, helps develop and improve social connection, decreases fear, increases energy, improves focus, relieves asthma symptoms, keeps dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay, increases empathy, lowers blood pressure, makes you more creative, alleviates fibromyalgia symptoms, improves concentration, helps manage ADHD, helps overcome addictions, prevents emotional eating, improves memory, slows cognitive decline, improves decision-making abilities, and reduces risk of heart disease… just to name a few things (references available upon request).

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How To Make The Good Stuff Stick

Continuously swimming in mindset pond scum, overtime, can lead to ubiquitous negativity, stress, depleted energy stores, and negative health implications. On the other hand, when we filter the scummy waste out of our minds, we can boost our immune system, increase the longevity of our lives, and feel delicious head-to-toe. One tool that I use to shift my mindset is making the good stuff stick.

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What's so special about new beginnings?

The space between endings and beginnings are where the juicy things are born. The unexpected, the miracles happen. This is the time when we figure out what we're made of, who truly stands next to us. This is when we learn surrender, and quit resisting. But it can be painful! It's scary, unpredictable, anxiety-provoking, self-worth crushing. We question everything. Why is this happening? Why ME?

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Are you avoiding something? What happens when you hide from risk.

The definition of risk is a situation involving exposure to danger, harm, or loss. Now let’s pause…is playing a wrong note dangerous? Is hearing “no” to your great idea truly harmful? Is being not being a yoga guru during your first yoga class really a loss, dangerous, or harmful?  Yes, we may feel uncomfortable or exposed. But, what are you missing out on if you don’t take a risk?

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This is the reason to be vulnerable

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken.” 
Throughout my life, I lived with the belief that vulnerability, being sensitive, showing emotion, and tenderness were weaknesses. So, I tried to go through life with a “suck it up” attitude.  I did my best to hide my sensitivity (not very well). This was especially evident when dating; rather, avoiding commitment, from the get go.  

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Do You Find Yourself Saying, "I'm Too Busy?"

Check in. Have you said, “I’m: too busy to exercise, too busy to be social, too busy to spend time with people I love, too busy to be creative, too busy to meditate, too busy to go to the grocery, too busy to sleep, too busy to journal, too busy to date, too busy to go on vacation, too busy to cook, too busy to TAKE CARE OF MYSELF?”

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Uncover the Value of Listening: How to create an inestimable spark for awakening


We create clamor by talking to fill the void, stuffing our feelings down with food, bitterness, or avoidance. We often forget that each in-breath is an opportunity to begin again, and each exhale allows us to let go of what is no longer serving us…envy, angst, resentment, victimization, judgment. 

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The Art Of Saying "No"

Looking at situations in which you say “yes,” to or “no” to can be a powerful unearthing of how you spend your time and energy, where you place your values, and where YOU are on your priority list. In my own personal development and work with clients, examining the ability to say “yes” or “no” uncovers imbalances in personal power, confidence, resilience, conviction and self-esteem.

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