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Yoga Therapy For Children with Autism & Special Needs

July 8th, 2014
As a former yoga teacher, I used to consider Anatomy of Hatha Yoga my bedside manual. Years later, after my life priorities changed and the focus on physical stamina became less important than attaining a peaceful mind, I revisited the practice. It was a different yoga in my forties than in my twenties and thirties, despite that ...

The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress

BOOK REVIEW.
Depression and anxiety are among the most common, if not the most common, issues that bring people into therapy. The struggle to get better can be a long and arduous one. One individual shared with me that she had visited numerous therapists over the years, but still struggled, and that she was told by one ...

15-Minute Vacations

  <small><a href="http://www.shutterstock.com">Cardiovascular system photo by shutterstock</a>.</small>For those of us who have a 9-to-5 indoor job, it can sometimes feel like summer is passing us by. If we already took a vacation, it can seem like a distant memory. If a vacation week is a month ...

Book Review: By All Means

BOOK REVIEW.
A few pages into this “Zen cautionary tale,” the dramatic stakes are set high and our attention is arrested when its main character, Edward, barely manages to extricate a piggy hand-puppet from the jaws of a neighborhood feline -- just as the interloping cat tries to slink out Edward’s side door. We soon learn that Edward ...

Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder

BOOK REVIEW.
Blaise Aguirre and Gillian Galen, both based out of Harvard Medical School, have written a book that is one part guide, one part Buddhist manual, and one part scientific compendium. That may sound like almost too much to cover in a mere 181 pages of text, but the authors pull it off splendidly. Mindfulness for Borderline Personality ...

How to Avoid Bedtime Struggles

How to Avoid Bedtime StrugglesMother of two young kids, Molly Skyar, interviews her mother, Dr. Susan Rutherford, a clinical psychologist, about best strategies for enforcing bedtime with young kids and how your parenting decisions today may affect your child as an adult. Molly: I received this question from ...

Relaxation: Make Time and Take Time for Self-Care

Relaxation: Make Time and Take Time for Self-CareRelaxation is defined as the act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed. It is also defined as the refreshment of the body or mind/recreation. My favorite definition of relaxation comes from Wikipedia. It defines relaxation as ...

Tips for Getting to Sleep — and Staying Asleep

Tips for Getting to Sleep -- and Staying AsleepScenario 1: You’re nice and relaxed. You’ve gotten into your comfortable pajamas, and you’ve gotten in just the right spot. You’re warm, comfortable, and in no time you are fast asleep. ...

Reiki Healing and Mental Health: What the Research Shows

Reiki Healing and Mental Health: What the Research Shows Healing touch therapies, the best known being Reiki (pronounced RAY-key), are ancient practices in increasingly wide use today. According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), “Reiki is [a] subtle and effective form ...

Reiki’s Use in Dementia Patients and For Their Caregivers

Reiki's Use in Dementia Patients and For Their CaregiversMemory problems. Stress. Confusion. Bizarre behavior. Depression. Anxiety. Caregiver burnout. These challenges all too often occur in the territory of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD). But what if a gentle “laying on of hands” could give ...