things not to apologize for:

to your movement/wellness professional (yoga teacher, personal trainer, coach, etc.) I wrote this post the other day after a few sessions with clients who have a deep-seated apology habit– even when there’s nothing to apologize for. I always express that there’s no need to apologize, and that my job is to help this process feelContinue reading “things not to apologize for:”

what is hypervigilance?

and how can we work with it in the body? Have you ever found yourself feeling really jumpy, or on edge– for days, or weeks at a time? For some folks, this can become so common they don’t even notice it anymore. Hypervigilance is an enhanced state of sensory sensitivity and reactivity. Our nervous systemsContinue reading “what is hypervigilance?”

do isometric contractions freak you out? here’s what to do.

Isometric contractions are a popular (and powerful) choice for mobility & strength work. They’re incredibly useful as a tool to both expand and strengthen ranges of motion. They teach the brain to recognize and respond to areas of our body where we may have limited awareness. They’re a brilliant strategy for stabilizing joints. And theyContinue reading “do isometric contractions freak you out? here’s what to do.”

Oatmeal “Everything” Breakfast Cookies

Who doesn’t love cookies for breakfast? This is adapted from a friend’s recipe to include vegan options. It’s pretty forgiving– feel free to play around and adjust to your family’s tastes! 3/4 cup flour (regular or your favorite GF blend) 1 1/4 cups oats 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon  1/2 cupContinue reading “Oatmeal “Everything” Breakfast Cookies”

your hackable brain: why knowing yourself is more important than ever

The other day I was listening to a podcast. The “commercial break” was 30 seconds of “the sounds of nature.” As I listened to the sounds of a woodland scene (birds, trees, wind), I felt my body softening and relaxing unconsciously. I didn’t need to make anything happen– it happened naturally. Then, the sounds faded,Continue reading “your hackable brain: why knowing yourself is more important than ever”

peanut butter black bean brownie bites

This is another one of my favorite recipes– quick, easy (you don’t even need a bowl– just a food processor), and they’re packed with fiber and protein. For those of you who care, there’s no refined sugar and no flour. These are vegan; you can use gluten-free oats to make them GF. You can watchContinue reading “peanut butter black bean brownie bites”

charisma vs. trust

A few weeks ago, I was on my way to get a massage and reflecting on the fifteen years I have had with my massage therapist (if you’re in Martin County, Florida, Beverly is where it’s at). Not only is she experienced, professional, and intuitive, but I also feel such an incredible amount of trustContinue reading “charisma vs. trust”

mindful anger

What’s your capacity to be embodied, present and engaged with anger? Before we jump into this topic, it might be helpful to reflect for a moment on your relationship with anger: When you read or hear the word “anger,” what do you notice in your body? In your personal history, what has happened when youContinue reading “mindful anger”

taking control of the narrative

sometimes our deeply held beliefs about ourselves don’t hold up to scrutiny. For years, I’d been sure that I was not getting enough sleep. I would wake up in the morning feeling tired, often disturbed by the vivid dreams I experienced. If I woke up in the middle of the night, I’d anxiously count theContinue reading “taking control of the narrative”

pyschosomatic doesn’t mean imaginary

Just because it doesn’t “make sense,” doesn’t mean it’s not real.  Psychosomatic symptoms are caused by a complex constellation of factors, including mental, emotional or social conditions. They are as harmful or dangerous as any medically-diagnosed condition.  When I was 13 years old, I had all of the symptoms of mononucleosis. After being tested byContinue reading “pyschosomatic doesn’t mean imaginary”