Foot Reflexology: Communing with Your Sole

You feel the sun caressing your face, and a salty breeze tousles your hair. You breathe deeply as waves of cool water refresh your hot feet, pulling sand through your toes . . . but then the phone rings. The daydream’s over—your desk is strewn with unfinished projects, and your

10 Practices to Help You Feel Grateful Every Day

The daily practice of gratitude can effectively train your brain to be more positive and perhaps even happier. When we repeat a behavior over time, our brain rewires itself to do it more effortlessly in the future. Try to contemplate on the happy events in life to enable the brain

Integrative Medicine or Holistic Medicine? Ask the Expert

For this Ask the Expert interview we talk to Dr. Theresa Oswald about how she practices integrative medicine, and how she’s using this approach to help her patients. What do you consider to be holistic or integrative in an overall approach to medicine? Technically, “holistic” and

10 Healthy Habits to Add to Your Daily Routine

Little daily habits will accumulate one way or another,” my mother, sainted Ruthie, used to say to me as a child, as she’d remind me daily about the things children seem to forget, like making my bed or picking up my clothes. Little did I realize that this

Six-Pack Diaphragm: Deep Breathing With a Pillow

Healthy breathing is both deep and full. How we breathe has a fundamental impact on the stress response —deeper, fuller breaths lead to a happier, calmer you. Deep breathing requires breathing diaphragmatically. How can we learn diaphragmatic breathing? With a little breath training. We are familiar with weight training

Insomnia? Ask the Expert

I’m generally exhausted by the end of the day so I fall asleep just fine, but I wake up a few hours later and can’t go back to sleep. Do I have insomnia or is something more serious going on? Unfortunately yes—you do have insomnia, but not the movie-scene

What Exactly Is Meditation? Is It for Me?

There has been a lot of buzz about meditation lately, much of it coming from recent studies showing it reduces stress or from endorsements from celebrities like Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, and Deepak Chopra who recount how helpful it is for them. There are many types of meditation, but

The Stress-Relief Secret of a Crocodile

Looking for a fast, easy way to unwind from the stress of the day? It’s long been known in the scientific community that diaphragmatic breathing or belly breathing is necessary to trigger the body’s relaxation response. There is a yoga pose—the crocodile pose—whose main purpose is to help train

Beginning Yoga? Hatha Yoga That Fits

Managing stress, sleep issues, and chronic health conditions can be a challenge in our fast-paced world. Anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, and hypertension are common concerns, even among our healthy friends. You’ve probably heard that yoga helps with these and other problems, but if thought of trying it is adding

Exercise? Ask the Expert

You have a background in nursing and exercise physiology, and now you’re focusing on yoga. How did you choose this path? How do these three disciplines complement each other? In college I was a good student, but an aimless one.  Through a series of fortunate circumstances, I was introduced to