Category Archives: mindfulness

30 Day Mindfulness Challenge (2019 update)

This is a repost of my 30-day mindfulness challenge back in 2013! Re-reading this made me remember this day on the mountain, and my inspiration for the challenge, perfectly. It's also amazing to see how much progress I've made with my health, my yoga practice, and living a mindful life in the last six years.…
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What Is Mindfulness?

Have you heard about mindfulness? The hype around mindfulness is filling our news feeds with promises of better health and quality of life. So what is mindfulness, how is it different from meditation, and how can it help you live a healthier and happier life? Mindfulness touts many benefits, such as increasing productivity, increasing immune…
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The Power of Mediation For Anxiety and Depression

In high school, I got into mindfulness meditation. My mom, who was an avid meditator, introduced me to a guided mindfulness meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Kabat-Zinn is one of the founders of the mindfulness meditation movement. He runs the stress reduction clinic at the University of Massachusetts. Listening to the guided mindfulness meditation helped me…
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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, but I think mindful yoga can help. You know exercise is 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…
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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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