Mindfulness is a state of being. It's been defined as 'paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non- judgmentally,' by Jon Kabat-Zinn. One of the best ways to cultivate mindfulness is to heighten sensory awareness, since when we are aware of what is happening now both within us and around us, we are grounded in the present.
I created this website as a resource for today's busy woman - you! I know, because I was you. We all hear about the importance of self-care and self love and you know that you need to be doing something to take better care of yourself, but because of everything you're juggling — work, family, friends, and community — it almost feels selfish to make time for personal wellness.
This summer, I had the pleasure to meet with new and old friends at the Midsummer Mindfulness Conference in Rome, Italy. My meditation experience began with my Japanese mom in childhood. My formal training is from yoga instructor trainings and the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program from the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts. Midsummer Mindfulness was a fantastic opportunity to renew myself at the source.
Mind-body fitness pros who are trained in relaxation techniques may want to teach clients these skills as part of a comprehensive wellness strategy. Stress impacts both physical and mental well-being. Excess stress can be a causal factor in certain health issues, or it can worsen conditions that are already present. Research findings support using relaxation techniques as part of an overall treatment for stress-related disorders.
Taking a moment to regain perspective before reacting to a stressful event may not only make you feel better at the time—it may also contribute to better health over a lifetime. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, studied the relationship between people’s reactions to stressful events and their overall health 10 years later.
A new mind-body study is shedding light on the biological reasons why daily meditation can successfully lower stress.
Just recently, I received the Pilates Deck, which is a set of 50 pilates exercise cards that allow you to make up your own sequences and develop a workout within your timeframe and skill level. I love the freedom these cards give you. I know we are all busier than ever, and these cards make it possible to get your workout in no matter how much time you can spare. Even if you only have 10 minutes, you can use a few warm up cards, then add in as many of the Pilates exercises that you want. They are illustrated and well explained, so that anyone can use them! And they are perfect to take on trips to get your workout in no matter where you are.