A yoga practitioner practicing Child's Pose (Balasana) on a kayak to benefit of self-awareness

A blue kayak floats on a lake of crystalline water. White clouds drift lazily across a blue sky punctuated by the pinks and purples of early sunset. It’s not visible, but there’s a breeze, gentle and cooling. Also invisible is the fresh, piney scent of lush greenery that surrounds the lake. It was crisp and refreshing. I know because I’m in that kayak taking the shot.

Older beginner yoga students practicing yoga for stress and the brain in Plank Pose (Phalakasana)

Stress and the Brain: How Yoga and Mindfulness Can Help Keep Your Brain Healthy

In today’s uncertain times, you are probably aware of the negative consequences of stress in your life. Maybe you suffer from stress-induced headaches, worry about getting enough sleep, or experience the... Read more
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How Yoga Can Help Heal Generational Trauma

On occasion, people offer me alcoholic beverages. Out of awkwardness or embarrassment, I used to quip, “No thanks, I come from a long line of Irish drunks.” But when I started studying trauma, I began to... Read more
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Yoga for Stress Relief: Why Do I Hoard? How Do I Stop?

Do you hoard? What is the first answer that comes to mind? What is the first visual image you see when you think of the word? Let us first look at the definitions of the word hoard to give us some perspective... Read more

A Quick Yoga Pick-Me-Up: Pranayama Practice for Increased Energy

Several months ago I got in a habit of going for a short walk in the morning to clear my mind and get myself ready for the day. Those 15 minutes turned out to be crucial in getting my day off to a good start,... Read more
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Quarantine Blues: How to Make Home Yoga Practice Your Sanctuary

“Isolation makes any problem bigger,” says Leslie Wilkin, a clinical social worker. Normally, Leslie Wilkin sees her clients at Island Health in Nanaimo face to face for depression, anxiety, addictions, and... Read more
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Relaxation, Yogic Breathing and The Vagus Nerve: It's All About the Exhalation

What is the number one thing anyone is told to do in moments of high intensity or stress? Breathe, of course. But do you know why? It’s not a secret that your breath is the most accessible and powerful tool to... Read more
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Good Vs. Bad Stress: The Critical Difference Between Challenge and Threat

When we’re faced with a potentially stressful situation, we automatically and subconsciously ask ourselves two questions: Could this situation cause me harm or loss, or is there a potential benefit? Am I... Read more
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Santosha: How Yoga Can Help You Realize that You’re Enough

What does it mean to have enough? How much food, shelter, clothing, money, health, and wellbeing is enough? And perhaps more importantly, what does it mean to be enough? The answer will vary from person to... Read more
Study finds yoga helps ease depression

New Worldwide Study Finds that Yoga Can Help Ease Symptoms of Depression

Each year, 17 million people or 7 percent of American adults experience at least one major depressive episode of two weeks duration or longer. Depression is also a common additional symptom of several other... Read more
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Yoga and Resiliency for First Responders: Part 2

This is part 2 of an article on Yoga and Resiliency for First Responders. Here’s a link to part 1 . Yoga is a Pain Management Technique Pain is something that many first responders deal with on an ongoing... Read more