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"Just breathe, Mom"

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / December 13, 2010 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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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Is stress making you sick?

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / November 2, 2009 /

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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Plan "B"

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / August 3, 2009 /

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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Don't believe everything you think!

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / May 6, 2009 /

How often do you examine your thoughts? Are you even aware that you are thinking most of the time? Most of us are not. And this opens the door for your thoughts to run your life, rather than you. “We are what we think. All that we are arises from our thoughts. With our thoughts,…

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Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / April 16, 2009 /

Looking for an effective means of stress reduction?  Mindfulness is an effective way to improve the quality of your life – whether you are dealing with chronic illness or pain, anxiety or depression, or just feel that life is too  full, yet empty. This YouTube video of Jon’s mindfulness talk at Google is a great…

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Attention to just "being"

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / July 24, 2008 /

Many of us are feeling overwhelmed and depleted. Family issues, politics and war, the economy, our jobs, our health, all occupy our thoughts. We worry about the future and may be obsessed with things in our past. All of these concerns weigh us down and we may not know how to start caring for ourselves…

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