Category Archives: mindfulness

Yoga for Depression (are you feeling SAD?)

“the severe pain and the great trials we go through teach us the real essence of great joy” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah When Winter comes and bathes the world in its icy grasp, it’s important to remember that Spring is always just around the corner. Until it comes, there are many ways to lift your…
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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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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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What Is Mindful Yoga

Exercising with a chronic illness is a battlefield. You know you should do it. It’s part of a healthy lifestyle. But you also know it could make things worse. Like biking 60km without training and becoming bedridden for the next week worse(I maybe did this). So how can you reap the benefits of exercise without…
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What Is Mindfulness?

If you’re living under a rock, you may not have heard the term ‘mindfulness’ yet. But for most of us the hype around mindfulness is filling up our news feeds with promises of better health and quality of life. So what is mindfulness and why is everyone so excited about it? Mindfulness touts many benefits,…
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Why We Struggle To Sleep And How To Get More Snooze Time

Sleep helps us heal. We all know that. Rest is prescribed for any ailment from a cold to cancer. But even for healthy people, getting a crap night’s sleep is never fun. Just this morning I snapped at my flatmate, neglected to clean up my dishes, and put off writing this blog post for as…
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5 Reasons Why I do Yoga When I’m Well

A few weeks ago I wrote an article on the Pillow Fort blog about Why I Do Yoga For Chronic Illness. If you've read any of my other blog posts, you know that I think yoga for chronic illness is a pretty awesome idea for unlocking your potential and living better with illness. But what about…
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My 5 Favourite Restorative Yoga Poses

My students often ask me how often I practice yoga. When I say I aim for 5-6 days a week I often see a look of fear on their faces. Do you really need to dedicate time each day to see the benefits of a yoga practice? To answer that questions depends on how you…
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