Other than being difficult to spell, what is Ho’oponopono? (Pronounced ho-oh-poh-no-poh-no) Ho’oponopono is an effective psychological tool for cleaning up your subconscious, reconciling personal and external disharmony and managing stress.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to own your own yoga studio? In this month’s Profiles In Yoga, our series featuring yoga studio owners, we’re talking with April Clark, owner of Second Wind Eco Tours located in Swansboro, NC.
It seems like everyone from the neighborhood dog walker to the cashier at the grocery store is talking about heading to their yoga class. What is yoga? Is this the latest fitness fad? What’s so great about it?
You’ve probably heard of The Secret, also known as The Law of Attraction? Well, there is another secret that many don’t know about, and it has to do with your very own body. To be specific, we’re talking about your hair and the reason you have it. Oh, you’re probably thinking your hair is just for show, but generally, there is nothing on the body that is extraneous. And if it appears that way, it’s only because modern day scientists haven’t figure out its true purpose.
by April Clark
Yoga is a practice that invites inquiry, which can help in the creative process. By asking questions, remaining open and stating intentions, we find clarity and answers and our Dharma or purpose unfolds. Yoga can be the vehicle to pave the way, stilling the mind so that the inspiration needed to move forward in a project emerges from within. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness in the body and mind. The practice helps one to relax and manage stress and anxiety. Stress in the body can inhibit and block inspiration and creativity. When barriers are moved away from our body and mind, we benefit from our ability to focus and concentrate, releasing the creativity within. Through yoga, you access what may be suppressed and through writing, you are able to articulate your thoughts and ideas.
Whether you own a yoga studio, coordinate group fitness at a gym or direct your company’s health and wellness program, you know that having awesome yoga teachers is a must. Certifications and experience are required but you will need to search for much more in an instructor.
If you’re a military spouse, you already know how challenging life can be. And if you’re a mother, your primary focus is usually your children’s well-being: are they doing well in school, are they participating in the right activities… are they getting enough social interaction? The checklist for your children is endless, however, have you stopped to check in on yourself?
There’s nothing better than biting into a fresh, juicy apple that was grown on a local farm in your city, is there? Shopping at farmer’s markets is fun. It’s almost sensory overload, all of the gorgeous colors, fresh produce, artisanal food products… and you’re getting fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season. This means produce is at its freshest and tastes the best. The food is typically grown near where you live, not thousands of miles away or another country. And shopping at farmers markets also support your local farmers and keeps the money you spend on food closer to your neighborhood.
Martial Arts have been popular in the US for a very long time. But did you know, besides the benefits of cardio exercise and learning self-defense and discipline, there are forms of martial arts that are great for reducing stress? One of the best martial arts for your mind, body and soul is Tai Chi.
In 2014, Jacksonville’s Daily News wrote an article about Greg Matos, a clinical psychologist who began a weekly meditation group at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune’s Chapel. Though Matos is a practicing Buddhist, meditation can be useful to anyone, and you need not be a Buddhist or any particular religious denomination to enjoy the benefits.