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The Yoga-Ayurveda Connection

Yoga has taken America by storm. The number of Americans who practice some form of yoga has doubled in the last five years, and is now estimated at fifteen million. Three-fourths of fitness clubs offer yoga classes, and yoga was named one of the two fastest-growing segments of the exercise industry by Trendwatch 2000, an annual report on fitness trends. While many view yoga as a gentler way to exercise, most long-time practitioners realize that yoga is not just physical — it creates balance in mind, emotions and consciousness […]

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Balancing Act: Staying Healthy as an Active Woman

For many women today, it’s hard to find a moment to breathe, let alone take care of your health. Whether you’re working in the office or in the home, raising your children or caring for elderly parents — it’s a balancing act just to get through the day. Yet taking care of yourself and staying in balance mentally and physically is central to meeting all the demands of your family and career. “Women today have so many areas of life to attend to, it’s important that they set aside […]

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A Heart-Centered Practice

According to the Eastern chakra system, when a person’s heart chakra (seat of love) is closed, it can’t hear, feel, or discern emotions.  As stated in ancient Eastern text, modern man/woman is ambivalent and confused due to a lack of knowledge.  Living without knowledge in a couple is like being hijacked by fear, dispensing energy towards the primitive instinct of self-preservation.  When this closure occurs, the body completely denies access to the frontal cortex, priming a survival pattern—all decisions made, or emotions expressed are rooted in fear and survival instinct. […]

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Mother-Daughter Conflict

Presumably, the most enduring relationship most women have is with their mothers. Researchers suggest that daughters form an attachment bond with their mothers during infancy and rarely discontinue their relationship irrespective of the bond. Working as a healthcare provider for geriatric clients, specifically aging mothers, I often notice mothers request their daughter over their sons for emotional support. Research conducted on mother-daughter dyads who were chronically subject to conflict revealed that despite experiencing negative emotion and resentment, daughters seldom end their relationship with their mothers. One could be curious […]

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Ten Tips to Avert Ama Build-Up Over the Holidays

Ama, the toxic waste-product of inefficient digestion, can accumulate at any time of the year. During the holidays, we’re particularly susceptible to it. The bounty of festive meals and lots of sweets tempts us to overeat and eat at irregular times, and these are all triggers for the build-up of ama. If left unchecked, our body can become clogged and our immune system weakened by the accumulation of ama. Do you experience lack of appetite, stiffness in the joints, occasional constipation, respiratory issues, allergen reactions, or weight gain? Ama […]

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Imago Relationship Therapy Represented In Scholarly Journals

After accepting a graduate counselor internship at The Imago Center of Washington DC, I became aware that Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) as an intervention was not well represented in scholarly journals.   However, my concern quickly diminished when conducting research on this subject. I came across an academic journal article published in July of 2016*.  The article identified a unique study surveying 273 couples’ therapists on their theoretical orientation with IRT and if their beliefs, values, and intervention strategies are aligned with IRT.   Of those surveyed one hundred participants held […]

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