A recent study at the Vermont Lung Center at the the University of Vermont provides support for yoga breathing as a new way of relieving symptoms of COPD. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) affects the lives of more than three million people every year. For COPD patients, the lungs have trouble exhaling air when they breathe. […]

The word “mindful” has become a big buzzword lately. There are plenty of products and services that promise to help you slow down and be your best self, but what is mindfulness, really? Research shows the potential of mindfulness to heal and support those with many different health conditions, from heart disease, stroke, depression and […]

“Mindfulness is a way of being present: paying attention to and accepting what is happening in our lives. It helps us to be aware of and step away from our automatic and habitual reactions to our everyday experiences.” –Elizabeth Thornton A healthy body begins with a healthy mind, and a healthy mind begins with mindfulness. […]

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” –Jon Kabat-Zinn A healthy body begins with a healthy mind, and a healthy mind begins with mindfulness. What is Mindfulness? Simply stated, it is our ability to pay […]

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” -Thich Nhat Hanh A healthy body begins with a healthy mind, and a healthy mind begins with mindfulness. What is Mindfulness? Simply stated, it is our ability to pay attention to the present moment, with curiosity and without judgment. Practicing […]

Doing what you enjoy is a better motivator for exercising and it helps you stick with it! Activities of daily living such as gardening, walking your dog, and playing your children “count” and even just sitting less can be of benefit to your health and wellbeing. Movement does not have to be vigorous or make […]

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. One in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Childhood obesity continues to be a problem. According to the Centers for […]

Breathing – it seems so simple, doesn’t it? Yet, when we engage in different ways of breathing, it can cause very different results! It may either cause stress or relaxation. At its core, breath is a bio-energetic feedback loop – breath is life. We must inhale and exhale, bringing in oxygen-rich energy and expelling toxins. […]

Anyone eating on the run or at restaurants has probably noticed that food portions have gotten larger. Some portions are called “super size,” while others have simply grown in size and provide enough food for at least two people. With this growth have come increases in waistlines and body weight. In the video below, learn […]

We’ve all been told countless times to eat more fruits and vegetables. We know it’s healthy to include more of them in our diet – they provide vital nutrients and fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals. But, despite our best intentions we sometimes come up short. We are always hearing things about how “easy” it is to […]