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Yoga and Lyme Disease: An Interview with Erin Bidlake

"Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Erin  is a fellow Canadian yogi who understands what it’s like to live with a chronic illness all too well. Before taking her first yoga class,…
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Why You Don’t Need to Clear Your Mind in Yoga Class

Have you been told you need to 'clear your mind' in yoga or meditation? Have you felt like that's asking the impossible? When you think about meditation, there’s a good chance you envision a monk sitting on top of a mountain.  Her mind free from thoughts or worries, and feeling at peace with the world.…
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Yoga for Lyme Disease

Yoga for lyme disease- is yoga helpful for people living with this illness? Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks.  The ticks must remain attached to the body for at least 36-48 hours to transmit the disease.   The ticks must remain attached to the body…
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Yoga for Insomnia: How Yoga can help you get a Good Sleep

It’s important to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every day so that your body has time to remove toxins and repair itself on a cellular level.  Achieving these 6-8 hours of sleep can be very difficult if you have insomnia.  There are generally two types of insomniacs: those who can't fall asleep and…
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3 Reasons to Practice Yoga Outside

Today is the first day of summer! And with that comes getting to spend more time outdoors in the sun. I love to practice yoga outside during the summer months. I remember being a kid in school, and whenever spring rolled around and we had a sunny day, we would beg our teachers to let…
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Mindful Eating: an Interview with Sara Best

I've  talked  on this blog about how mindful eating and nutrition has helped me on my journey to wellness. Yet, when I found Sara Best I knew I needed to pick her brain and share it with you! She is a nutritionist who doesn't talk about food. She uses mindfulness to tackle the problems that cause…
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How To Set Goals When Living With A Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness is unpredictable. Some days, you feel well enough to socialize with friends and go to the shop. The next day you can't get out of bed. These ups and downs are all part of the journey to getting well. This is especially challenging if you are trying to increase your…
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Should You Always Feel ‘Good’ After Doing Yoga?

As humans, we like to seek pleasure and avoid pain. So we should want to do things that make us feel good, right?  Most people start practicing yoga because they hear that yoga can make you feel relaxed, happy, blissed out, healthier, and less stressed. All those things are possible to feel after a yoga class.…
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Breathing Techniques for a Better Night’s Sleep

Originally published on ProHealth.com Do you struggle to sleep? If so, you’re not alone. More than 75% (1) of people living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Trouble sleeping is especially harmful if you are living with a chronic illness, because it can make all of your symptoms…
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