October: Unchain Your Fears

October 19, 2015 by Carol Tibbetts

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery/None but ourselves can free our minds.” – Bob Marley In this month of Halloween, it’s an ideal time to confront fears – past, present or future – that haunt us. The lens of fear distorts what we see, often exaggerating, and focusing on the negative.  Fear can also  masquerade as anger, jealousy or ego attachment.  Most fears are unfounded, yet they force us to compromise our core values by putting us in survival mode. Try these 3 mindful strategies to unchain your fears and liberate your mind: Practice Meditation and Mindfulness:  These skills keep you present, instead of ruminating about the past or projecting into the future.  It’s not an escape mechanism to ignore your worries; you just put them on hold, so they don’t rule your life.  You acknowledge them, let them go, and address them later, to determine whether they are indeed real, or …


Try Some Turmeric

October 22, 2015 by Susan Piergeorge

Did you know that turmeric is a cousin of ginger? Like ginger, turmeric can be utilized in both fresh and powder form. It has a beautiful yellow orange color. Powdered turmeric is somewhat mild in taste with a hint of pepper. Fresh turmeric has the taste, texture and color of a spicy orange carrot. Those colors pack some incredible health potential. Turmeric has been shown to be utilized in treating arthritis, digestive issues (including heartburn, gas, bloating, diarrhea, gallbladder disorders, loss of appetite). Additional areas turmeric is used is headache, bronchitis and colds. Turmeric has also been shown to potentially slow the onset of Alzheimer’s, play a role in detoxification, and slow the replication of some cancer cells.  A mighty spice indeed! Dosing of turmeric varies with differing health conditions. Turmeric is best absorbed with white or black pepper (the piperine in pepper has been shown to assist with absorption), …


Sensing Your Yoga

October 27, 2015 by Francine Hoffman

Yoga offers rich opportunities to focus on the “now” by using your senses as potent guides to the present moment.  Your kinesthetic sense tells you where you are in relationship to the earth; your haptic sense reads impressions of touch, both powerful guides to mind-full moments.  Additionally, your sense of sight and sense of hearing can be used to create a strong focus instead of causing distractions.  Here are some ways to refresh your yoga practice and thus, your mind, with sensory mindfulness.   To hone your kinesthetic and haptic senses: – Practice your poses facing away from the mirror to sense your position without the help or critique of your eyes. – Locate your head, hands and feet in every pose to give you a sense of grounding, whether you are upside down, twisting or bending. – In sitting poses, notice how your sit bones touch the floor, i.e., …