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"Just breathe, Mom"

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | December 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

The winter holidays can be a pretty stressful time.  We see family and friends in greater numbers and frequency.  Our normal routines are disrupted as we try to fit in as many holiday activities as we can.  Many of us feel a sense of time urgency as we struggle to get it all “done” before…

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The Woods and Wellness

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | September 22, 2010 | 1 Comment

Do you have a special spot where you feel more connected to yourself and the world around you, present in a timeless sort of way? For me, it is in the forest. There are woods near both my house and the family summer cottage on Torch Lake. I go there to commune with nature and…

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Want to feel good? Practice Yoga!

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | August 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

I remember when I first started to do yoga – I didn’t really know what I was doing and I felt clumsy doing it.  I was in a period of my life where I was desperately unhappy and I didn’t know why. Yet when I was done with the yoga class, I felt really good. …

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Who's Driving the Bus?

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | March 14, 2010 | 2 Comments

I don’t know about you, but from time to time I realize that my life is driving me, that I am not in the driver’s seat. When I start feeling overwhelmed with too many things to do and I don’t feel like doing any of them, when I can’t get “enough” done each day and…

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Letter from an MBSR Student

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | December 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

This month, I am featuring a letter written by one of my prior students. Written to a dear friend, she shares her impressions of the 8-week MBSR class and describes her experiences in a way that I never could. I hope you will enjoy her letter, and that it inspires you take the class. The…

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Is stress making you sick?

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | November 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what it is about being stressed that makes you feel sick? In the classes I teach, we talk about how the events of our lives and the way we think about them can unleash a torrent of stress hormones and throw our bodies into disequilibrium. When this imbalance becomes chronic, we…

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What is your ratio?

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | September 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

I just finished reading “The Science of Happiness-Barbara Fredrickson On Cultivating Positive Emotions” by Angela Winter. This interview was published in one of my favorite magazines, The Sun, back in May (ok, I’m a bit behind in my reading) and it really hit home for me. Ms. Fredrickson’s thesis is that if we can cultivate…

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Feedback from "Calming the Anxious Mind"

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | September 1, 2009 | 0 Comments

Here are a couple of videos of people who took my last class, “Calming the Anxious Mind.” Check out their comments!

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Plan "B"

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | August 3, 2009 | 1 Comment

In the summer, I normally spend long weekends and an occasional week at our family cottage in northern Michigan. As my parents age, I have increased the amount of time I am there, because I want to be with them as much as possible before they return south for the winter. This year, I arranged…

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Building strong roots for mental health

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | May 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

I have a cottage on a lake in northern Michigan, surrounded by old and mighty trees. They persevere through the most ferocious blizzards and thunderstorms that come up out of the west. Yet each spring, I find trees that have fallen towards the west, by winds that have come from the east. After some contemplation,…

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