Yoga Nigra: A Stress Reduction Practice

Yoga Nidra is an excellent practice for reducing stress, improving brain function, and guiding the body into a calm, relaxed state. It is sometimes referred to as dynamic sleep. A 30 minute Yoga Nidra practice can be equivalent to about a two hour dose of sleep, according to practitioners.  Yoga...

Interoception: A Mindfulness Practice for Stress

A specific form of mindfulness that is useful for improving both physical health, and managing stress, is called interoception. Interoception, also referred to as interoceptive awareness, is simply focusing your attention on your internal physical states, or bodily functions. For example, when you pay attention to your heart rate, or...

The Importance of Sleep

I talk mostly about the non-physical aspects of health and well-being on this platform, namely the mind. That's because it’s our thoughts, in particular, philosophical notions like meaning and purpose, that bring about the greatest degree of fulfillment. But I also talk a lot about the brain, which is certainly...

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)

A simple relaxation exercise that helps to calm the brain and body, reduce stress, and is useful for falling asleep is called progressive muscle relaxation, or PMR. This easy practice consists of tightening one muscle group at a time, then releasing that tension and relaxing.  I found that, when combined...

Communication

In my blog post about Hormesis, I talked about the importance of good stress. I described why leaning into challenge is good for the brain and body and why we shouldn’t shy away from difficult situations in life. One of these challenges that we encounter almost daily is communication.  Communication...