How Do You Know When You Are Overextended? I’m Wounded, What do I Do? Vanessa sat in her kitchen, feeling torn. She loved her children, her job, and her home. She felt fortunate, but at the same time, disenchanted. Tired all the time, her mind felt cluttered with lists of things to do amidst toys to clean up or step over, chores to complete, and job tasks left unfinished. But worst of … [Read more...] about How Do You Know When You Are Overextended?
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Pelvic Pain Recovery: Getting Your Life Back with Yoga This is part 4, an unexpected extension of the trilogy in our journey with Kate, who is a physical therapist and mother of two working diligently to overcome serious pelvic girdle pain (PGP). In the last post (part 3), I discussed the benefits of using yoga for pelvic pain relief, especially for myalgia or hypertonicity of the pelvic … [Read more...] about Pelvic Pain Recovery: Getting Your Life Back with Yoga
This week’s post is by guest blogger Renee Trudeau. Visit her at www.ReneeTrudeau.com It’s 1976, and my mom and dad are sitting quietly with their eyes closed, hands resting upward — thumb and index finger touching — while my younger siblings crawl on their backs and shoulders. My older two brothers and I sit nearby, holding our own meditation poses, bored, rolling our eyes and counting … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Nourish and Renew Your Spirit
A New Simplicity An Excerpt from Nurturing the Soul of Your Family Many of us feel called to simplify our lives and do less. Not a fluffy, it-would-be-nice-to-have-clean-closets simplicity, but a new way of being. This new simplicity is about purging and streamlining our thinking, our doing, our giving and receiving, and, of course, our stuff. We crave more time to just be — so we can … [Read more...] about A New Simplicity
This post appeared in Carolina Salt magazine in Ginger's column, The Balanced Life, September/October 2013 issue. Why Every Child Can Benefit from Yoga “Mom!” I heard my middle son call out to me from the basement of my parent’s home in central North Carolina, where I was visiting with my family for a weekend this summer. I was in the middle of a rather important conversation with my mother … [Read more...] about Why Every Child Can Benefit from Yoga
Is Stress Making You Sick and Sad? Inflammation in the Body Linked to Depression Today's post was a tandem project by Dr. Tianna and Ginger. Emerging evidence demonstrates that there is a connection between inflammation and depression. When your body is in a state of constant, low-level inflammation, you may feel sad. Recent research is encouraging, and shows that feeling sad or … [Read more...] about Is Stress Making You Sick and Sad? Inflammation in the Body Linked to Depression
The Minimalist Physical Therapist: Using Yoga as Medicine? A minimalist pares away all unnecessary things "in order to expose the essence or identity of a subject." Twelve years ago I decided to try that path. I had been raised with a "Depression Era" ethic, that is, collect and keep everything you can, because you "just never know what may happen." Instead of clinging to things … [Read more...] about The Minimalist Physical Therapist: Using Yoga as Medicine?
Loss and healing after Stillbirth This guest post is shared with us by Lexington, KY based yoga teacher Sharon Tessandori, a beautiful soul and mother to a precious, sleeping angel. Here is her story of loss, and of hope for tomorrow. October 16, 2012 - One week ago today, Andy (my husband) and I found ourselves in what felt like an impossible predicament. Andy was adorned with every … [Read more...] about My Story of Loss and Intentions for Healing
What Makes Survivors Resilient? Recently I was asked this question by a PTSD survivor-turned-therapist, about how I would answer the question: What makes survivors resilient? Here is my response (*name changed for privacy): What a great question, Kate:* I believe survivors are resilient because they exercise choice (either knowingly or unknowingly). By choice, they take the first step … [Read more...] about What makes survivors resilient?
This month's issue, September 2012, of Yang-Sheng magazine featured my article, The Happiness Inventory. Read a snippet below and get the post here. The Happiness Inventory Are you happy? The Pursuit of Happiness in today’s hyperactive, super-stimulated, and over-medicated society seems to be subtitled with the phrase “Immediate Gratification” or “If it feels good do it.” However, if we … [Read more...] about Happiness Inventory: Are you happy? How You Can Tell
Mothers Seeking Work-Life Balance I am a woman, wife, mother and a CEO. Therefore, I seek work-life balance. So this week when CNN asked for stories from mothers on Yahoo's appointment of its first female CEO Marissa Mayer (and oh yes, she's also expecting a baby in October), I had to respond. Here's a snippet of what I wrote. Catch the full iReport in CNN here. A boardroom … [Read more...] about Mothers Seeking Work-Life Balance
March 26, 2009 - Today, I was hurrying Michael (my 3 year old) into his car seat knowing both he and his brother William (18 months old), were on the cusp of a "I'm-hungry-please-feed-me-now-and-I'm-sleepy-too-melt-down." I knew I didn't have long to get them home, fed, and down to naptime before one or both of them imploded. I put them in the car, buckled in William, told Michael to do the … [Read more...] about My Greatest Guru