Yoga Nidra Helps Anxiety, Insomnia, Migraines and More!

I have been learning and practicing yoga nidra rather intensely for the past few months.  Over that time, my sleep and stress levels have improved significantly. While I can’t say for sure that yoga nidra was responsible for all of these changes, the research actually supports these findings! Some days I practice for 15 minutes…

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Using your ears to calm your nerves

When was the last time you relied on your sense of hearing to interpret the world around you? Close your eyes and listen. Just listen.  Notice what you hear. Notice how you feel just listening. What we hear impacts our mood.  In fact, recent research has found that the sounds in our environment have a…

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The Physiological Sigh: A Small and Slow Solution for Anxiety

Indigenous people worldwide have known the value of using slow and small solutions, Permaculture Principle 9, to live in harmony with Mother Earth.  The physiological sigh, which decreases anxiety and heart rate, is one example of a slow and small solution for maintaining health and well-being. We explore this simple but powerful practice as well…

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What do Mindful Digestion and Heart-Focused Breathing Have in Common?

Mindful digestion and heart focused breathing are practices that speak to permaculture principle four: apply self-regulation and accept feedback. These principles evolved from indigenous peoples’ methods to regenerate the earth. Principle four involves pausing before acting and using feedback to maintain balance. For both human beings and planet earth, accepting and processing feedback is critical…

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5 Things to Do at Your Desk to Improve Your Health

When was the last time you spent several hours staring into a screen participating in Zoom meetings or responding to email and texts?  I just finished six hours of such activities, but because I sprinkle the activities below throughout my screen time, it all feels more pleasant and manageable.  I hope you find these activities…

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5 Solutions for Sleep that Worked for Me!

Many years ago when we had a toddler and an infant in our home, I remember thinking “sleep is a precious commodity”! Although we no longer have children at home, I still believe that sleep is precious, and I have worked diligently to identify natural solutions that work for me even in the most sleep-challenging…

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Honor the Earth: Time in Nature

According to Shakespeare, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”  Reading that quote makes me want to immerse myself in nature, yet as I type this sentence, I realize this is my seventh hour of screen-time today.  How can we increase our connection to nature and why should we? Benefits of connecting to…

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Patient Treatments: First, a Walk in the Woods

I work at a community acupuncture clinic where the treatment begins the moment you walk through the door.  With the use of dim lighting and wallpaper, the hallway from the lobby to the group treatment room has been made to appear as though you are walking through the woods.  For me as the acupuncturist, no…

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