Relaxation Techniques

  • Ink Therapy

    For years, I’ve tried to discipline myself to write regularly in a journal. I’ve bought beautiful, leather-bound journals and expensive pens, hoping that these treats would encourage my writing. I always filled the first page, at least, but the journals invariably ended up on a shelf, accumulating dust instead of ink.

    One man's success in writing away the weight of the world.
    By E.C. Roy
  • It's a Wrap

    Luckily, it was October, and finding a pirate’s patch to wear during the drive from Idaho to Colorado for our family vacation was hardly a problem. No one but my husband really knew the true reason for the patch; everyone else just thought I loved Halloween.

    How a spa treatment gave me the confidence to conquer life's challenges.
    By Gloria Burrell
  • Yoga Rx: Reduce Hypertension

    At the pace we live, it’s no wonder hypertension has reached epidemic proportions—almost a third of adults have high blood pressure. But a review conducted by the Prevention Research Center at Yale University’s School of Medicine found that yoga may be as effective in reducing total blood pressure as conventional drug treatments. So strike a pose.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Turn a Lens Toward Your Life

    Remember the last time you came home after a long trip? When you walked in the door, the things you see every day—your couch, your bookshelves, your cat—may have looked a little different to you. For a split second, you may have seen them as they really are, not as your brain habitually interprets and judges them.

    How snapping photos mindfully can hlp you find focus.
    By Anne Ford
  • Into The Calm

    It’s 10 o’clock and you don’t know where your life is. You haven’t been sleeping well, and you’ve got a major presentation at work first thing in the morning. Your mother called two hours ago and can’t find hAer hearing aid (that’s the second time today), your daughter’s got a bad cold, and your husband thinks the two of you are growing apart.

    Find yourself constantly seeking sanity? Stress can impact your physical and emotional health more than you think. Here's how to achieve better balance before it's too late.
    By David Scrimgeour, LAc
  • Save Your Neck

    “You can put makeup on your face and concealer under your eyes and dye on your hair,” writes Nora Ephron in I Feel Bad About My Neck (Knopf, 2006). “But short of surgery, there’s not a damn thing you can do about a neck.”

    We beg to differ. Even if you loathe your neck, it’s never too late to perk it up. Here’s how:

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • What Color is Your Zafu?

    The color of your meditation cushion (zafu) may reveal more about your state of mind than you realize. Feng shui attributes mood-altering properties to each color—orange can make you feel optimistic, for example, while brown can imbue you with a dull-as-a-doorknob sensation.

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Poses for Poise

    Whether you’re giving a speech, interviewing for your dream job, or having coffee face-to-face with your eHarmony find, being on the spot has a way of draining your self-confidence. Suddenly your mind goes blank and your palms start to sweat. You can hear yourself rambling on, voice quivering, never quite making your point, but terrified of stopping.

    Boost your confidence through the practice of Viniyoga.
    By Jennifer Derryberry Mann
  • Energize (Ayurveda Style)

    Wish you weren’t so tired all the time? Here’s how to tap into the ancient science of ayurveda for energizing tips geared specifically for your body type.

    Wish you weren't so tired all the time? Here's how to tap into the ancient science of ayurveda for energizing tips geared specifically for your body type.
    By Nora Simmons
  • Yoga Rx: 2 Poses to Relieve Headaches

    Yoga can help prevent a pounding head by lowering stress levels, improving posture, and reducing muscle tension in the upper back and neck. But if you’re experiencing pain, your normal practice can make things worse. Here are three poses to help relieve a headache. Close your eyes, and breathe slowly and deeply through your nose.

    By Timothy McCall, MD