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Once upon a time I was a child of the 80s and I had no idea what stress was. I went to school, came home, played with Barbies in my room or GI Joe figures outside with the boy up the street, and spent my weekend and summers out on my bike. There was no stress. Perhaps you grew up like this too.Then we grew up and found jobs, got our own apartments or houses, and became bill-paying adults trying to figure out how you live your life…

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There are so many things that we do in our lives when we try to reclaim our health. We eat better, we juice instead of drinking beer, we have tea instead of wine, we exercise, we do everything right. However, one huge aspect of good health often gets overlooked – sleep.It’s not a big surprise that it does. Sleep is boring. Sleep is for the weak! Right? Wrong.I get the sleep sacrifice, I really do, because I am often guilty of it myself. I’m not a morning…

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It almost sounds funny, to think that there might be a need for instruction on how to breathe. Breathing is something that we do naturally and automatically every single moment of every single day. In each moment, we are either inhaling or we are exhaling (and maybe we’re occasionally holding our breath if we’re watching a thriller of a movie or ducking underwater!). Breathing is what we do without thinking and it helps us stay alive; after all we don’t have to think about making our hearts…

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How Yoga Can Help Anxiety

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I’ve been asked a question so many times that I wanted to state the answer very clearly right here: Yes. Yoga can help anxiety. For a great deal of my life, I found myself plagued by anxiety and by panic attacks that would quite literally leave me gasping for breath, feeling like I might faint or vomit, and worrying that I would never ever feel normal again.(You can read my description of what a panic attack felt like right here)I never took any pharmaceutical medication for it…

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We are a culture of busy. It’s all you hear some days. “I’m too busy to get the sleep I need.” “I’m too busy to go out with my friends for a drink.” “I’m too busy to read.” It might even be something that comes out of your own mouth regularly.I get a lot of questions about how I manage to make the time to have a yoga practice or how I fit in exercise. Aren’t I busy too? After all, I work full…

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I’ve spent a long time fighting off anxiety but here are some very simple truths.1. Preventing anxiety is easier and more effective than it is to let the anxiety happen and then try to get rid of it in the heat of the moment (although if it does sneak up on you then my favourite breathing technique works very well too).2. If I let myself slip and I don’t use these preventive tactics regularly then the anxiety comes back and it comes back like a bitter…

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I had such a great weekend. Friday night I just hung out with the kids watching a few of their shows (Breanna is really hardcore into a show called “The Next Step” which is a faux-reality show about a dance school and I really enjoy watching her watch it) and then I relaxed once they went to bed since George was playing.Saturday morning I got up somewhat early so that I could eat two pieces of toast with almond butter before heading out on a run. Last week…

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A month of yoga

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Back on January 1st I had no intentions of joining any kind of challenge, mainly to avoid falling into the new year’s resolution trap. I do enjoy making a few but anyone who is a regular gym member can tell you that while it’s easy to make big promises as you’re ringing in the new year, the novelty usually (not always) wears off and people stop doing what they said they would. It’s why I didn’t give up coffee last January 1st; instead I had…

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in Holidailies 2012, Holidaze, Yoga

And… end scene!

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Today Hayley and Breanna went to visit their two friends for the day for a special Christmas party and to stay for dinner. This worked out well for us and not just in the obvious, “woohoo, peace and quiet for a handful of hours!” kind of way.Actually, there wasn’t much peace and quiet to start, alas. George had gotten some of the Christmas shopping done the other day but we still had a bit more to do, so we took advantage of the opportunity for the two of…

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