I don't know about you, but my experience of space has significantly changed these past few weeks. Life in a global pandemic brings big ebb + flows. I'm in a paradox of gratefulness for the space I have and a strong desire for freedom to choose a different space. Physical distancing has meant most of us are and should be confined to our home living spaces. It can feel like a loss of freedom. So much, right now, can feel like that. Mindfulness can be a way to still our desire
In this time of COVID-19, stress is something ALL of us can relate to. We are not alone. This is affecting all of us, in one way or another. I recently spoke about stress with one of my closest friends Anita Lambert @holistichealthphysio on the podcast that she and @jessiemundell co-host. This was a big deal for me. Not only do I always love chatting with Anita (we’ve been friends since our undergrad and we were in each other’s wedding party), but I was deeply ho
Happy Valentine's Day!!! Maybe today (and ideally more than just that) can be a day that we show ourselves love and kindness. When we are in pain or our bodies and minds are not doing the things we want them to, it is so common for us to speak and think pretty mean things about them. Does this help? Or does it worsen our discomfort?
Dr. Kristin Neff has done a lot of research on self compassion (check out her research here: https://self-compassion.org/). When compared with s
BREATHE IN. BREATHE OUT.
Taking "deep and slow" breaths for 5 minutes has been shown to decrease sympathetic nervous (flight or fight) system activity; to decrease feelings of tension, anger, and depression; and to increase pain thresholds.
Most of us are living life, rushing around. This means that we are in flight or fight mode a lot of the time. This isn't always a bad thing. However, humans thrive on variability and the resilience to move into and out of
Pregnancy can be a time of extreme emotions; excitement, nervousness, fear, and exhaustion, are just a few.
These and our busy lifestyles can put us in "flight or fight" and this can make it hard to sleep, it increases tension in our pelvic floor, and it can lower our threshold to pain. Prenatal yoga has been found to increase the duration of our sleep and to increase our heart rate variability. This is a measure of how resilient our nervous system is and how w