What Style of Yoga is “Best” for Your Health?

What type of yoga should you try? A new 2016 study published in the Complementary Therapies in Medicine shows that as long as you are showing up to your mat, you’ll reaping the benefits. Researchers looked at over 300 research trials on yoga and found that, of the 52 styles of yoga studied, more than…

Mindfulness Helps Prevent Depression

A little mindfulness a day helps keep depression away. A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can do just as well, if not better, than traditional forms of therapies to prevent depression. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program and geared toward people who…

Mindfulness Promotes Relationship Satisfaction

As a therapist, I often hear this: I feel like I am trying hard working on myself and becoming more aware, but the people around me aren’t doing that. If I work on my own mindfulness, will it improve my relationships, even if others aren’t learning those skills? A new pilot study in the journal…

10 Ways to Fight Job Burnout

Chronic work-related stress over time can lead to job burnout. Job-related psychological stress was first termed “burnout” in 1975 and is defined as a “prolonged response to chronic emotional and interpersonal job stressors.” Burnout is measured by symptoms in three areas: emotional exhaustion or feeling depleted, cynicism or a sense of detachment from others, and…

Five Affirmations for Resilience

Have you ever wanted to get rid of frustrating or distracting negative thoughts that keep milling about in your mind? A recent study in Brain and Behavior shows that silently repeating a single word to yourself quiets your mind. You can choose  your affirmation based on how you’re feeling. Do you feel bored and want…

Six Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Stress Relief and Sleep

Emerging research shows aromatherapy can help relieve stress and promote sleep. Scents are powerful— a simple smell can immediately trigger a powerful memory, place, or person. Scents have power to evoke emotions and memories instantly and can directly impact our bodies through our nervous system. The olfactory nerve gives us our sense of smell and…

5 Ways to Use Yoga for Better Sleep

Yoga is a gentle and restorative way to wind down your day. A national survey found that over 55% of people who did yoga found that it helped them get better sleep. Over 85% said yoga helped reduce stress. You can use supportive props like bolsters, blankets, and blocks to make poses comfortable so that…

Top 10 Foods for a Better Mood

When was the last time your therapist or doctor asked you what you’re eating? Food is important, not just for our physical health but also for our mind. It can be an excellent source of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. Growing research supports the theory that what we eat everyday can improve our mood and help…

10 Questions to Ask Yourself From Positive Psychology

How do you retrain the mind to focus on the positive? Find out more in my latest article on PsychToday. Positive psychiatry examines how to enhance well-being by focusing on strengths and positive characteristics, emotions, and behaviors. This is not easy. It goes against our natural instincts. We are set up to pay more attention…

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Light Therapy

Bright light therapy can help seasonal depression– but it can be confusing how to use your light box. It may not just be the cold weather that is making you sluggish and want to hunker down at home on the couch with your best friend Netflix. Shorter days from early fall through winter can cause…

Is Yoga the Next New ‘Antioxidant’?

  Most people do yoga for flexibility and strength, but there is a lot more that yoga can do for your body and mind– even at a biochemical level. A new study shows that 12 weeks of yoga boosts your natural antioxidants and defends you from the damage from free radicals. Read more here on…

Why Do People Do Yoga?

After my last weekend of yoga teacher training, a friend asked me over dinner, “Why do you do yoga? So you can learn to do what… headstands?” Why do people do yoga? More than 90 percent of people come to yoga for flexibility, stress relief, health, and physical fitness. But, for most people, their primary…