For thousands of years, people believed that stress made you sick. Up until the nineteenth century, the idea that the passions and emotions were intimately linked to disease held weight, and people were told by their doctors to go to spas or seaside resorts when they were ill. Gradually these ideas lost favor as more concrete causes and cures were found for illness after illness. But in the last decade, scientists like Dr. Esther Sternberg, director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program at NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), have been re- discovering the links between the brain and the immune system. [Read more…]
Meditation can conjure up visions of yogis peacefully residing on a mountaintop, one with the earth and sky. That may seem to be a very unobtainable state, however, meditation is something that everyone can do (mountaintop optional).
As a yoga instructor and a mom of three, I welcome families to come together to take my classes, in fact I encourage it. New moms with their babies, moms and dads with toddlers in tow, everyone can benefit from the practice. Parents are often surprised at how their kids are natural-born yogis! I often use the babies to show the proper way to breath, deep from your belly. The babies are my best assistant instructors in long deep breathing. After class, no matter the group I am teaching, is always meditation time and there are some wonderful meditations that families can participate in!