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Well-Being Guidelines During a Crisis

July 20th, 2021

By Duke Integrative Medicine Psychotherapy Team We can easily let go of our healthy routines and boundaries when dealing with crises. During a crisis, we may let go of important practices that cultivate the four pillars of a stable mood: nutrition, connection, movement, and rest. During highly stressful times, it's important to do what we can to maintain and bolster ...

Keeping Older Yoga Students Safe

September 16th, 2019

Janet Rae Humphrey C-IAYT, E-RYT, C-YFHA, C-IYFS is a yoga teacher from Scottsdale, Arizona who primarily teaches older adults. Janet first walked into a yoga class at the age of 58 after a lifetime of medical issues, including a lumbar fusion, six knee surgeries, fibromyalgia, and three neurosurgeries, followed by life-threatening infections, severe pain, muscular weakness, and scoliosis. Through her ...

How the Wisdom in the Wizard of Oz Can Bring Clarity to Your Life

September 5th, 2019

By Peter Guzzardi The film The Wizard of Oz just celebrated its 80th anniversary in August. It’s the most-watched film of all time – and not just because of the phenomenal writing, acting, singing, dancing, set design, and costuming. As we see Dorothy go on a hero’s journey, we learn a lot by watching her travel the Yellow Brick Road, ...

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for Grief, Anger, Fear and Weight Loss

August 29th, 2019

By Larry Burk, MD E-motions can be thought of symbolically as “energy-in-motion.” Negative experiences can block the flow of energy or qi through the acupuncture meridians resulting in physical symptoms. EFT is an effective way of releasing these stuck emotions by tapping on acupoints on the face and chest to allow the energy to get moving again through the body.

Some Commonly-Taught Yoga Poses May Present Risks for Older Adults

August 28th, 2019

By Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT Teaching yoga to seniors is often erroneously considered an entry-level job for a yoga instructor, since older adults aren’t likely to attempt complicated, “advanced” postures. Unfortunately, this ill-informed attitude puts the most vulnerable students with the least-trained instructors who may  unknowingly put their students at risk. Older adults ...

How the Yoga for Seniors Training Changed my Teaching and my Life

August 21st, 2019

My name is Kathy Freedlund I took the Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Training in November of 2014. I am the director of fitness at our community park district in Batavia, Il. I have been there for 33 years. I can say that there isn't a day that I don't think about what an impact your training had for so many people, ...

Let’s Get Rolling: 4 Self-Massage Techniques to Release Hand Tension

August 5th, 2019

By Angela Kneale, OTD, MA, OTR/L, NBC-HWC Body tension and stress often seem like inevitable problems in the modern world. To combat this, include ball rolling and self-massage techniques throughout each day to counteract some of the repetitive movements and poor postural habits associated with daily tasks. Here are a few movements selected from the book, Ball Rolling for Happy, Healthy Hands, ...

Cultivating Kindness

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