Category: Mind & Body Blog

3 Simple Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

A big piece of being successful in the Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge – where you weigh the same on January 1st that you do today, instead of gaining the average pound or two that typically never comes off – is stress management. So here are three easy restorative poses that are profoundly relaxing and […]

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How to Finally Get Mindful About Eating

No, you don’t have to sip broth while everyone around you feasts in order to avoid the typical holiday weight gain. You just have to be mindful about your choices. And by mindful, I mean pay attention.  Because awareness is always the first step in doing things differently. First, it gives you a chance to […]

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5 Essential Rules for Using Your Standing Desk

The fact that ‘sitting is the new smoking’ has inspired many individuals and companies—including Google, Facebook and Twitter—to start using standing desks. These workstations are heralded as the antidote to the harmful effects of chronic sitting and as a productivity booster. Are standing desks a good idea? Absolutely. They provide variety to your daily movement. […]

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7 Ways to Make Him Healthier Without Nagging

At a restaurant, you order a salad. He gets a bacon cheeseburger. On Saturday morning, you go to yoga class. He sleeps in. When you’re traveling, you pull up a streaming workout from Acacia TV on your tablet. He watches SportsCenter. You say tomato, he says ketchup.  You say potato, he says French Fry. He’s a […]

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Pressure Yourself Into Sweet Dreams

You workout, you do yoga, you even meditate – so why can’t you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow? Just as you’ve got to be up for a while (and perhaps consume some caffeine) before you’re ready to face the day, you need a reverse process at night — one that helps […]

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One Simple Exercise Cultivates the Will to Chill

You might have trouble drifting off to sleep. Or you fall asleep just fine but then wake up at an odd time. Either way, if you lie awake while the rest of the world slumbers, it’s a recipe for angst. While there are many physiological explanations for insomnia — stress, menopause, an interrupted circadian rhythm, […]

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Posture: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Whether you’ve got a standing desk, a job that requires you to be on your feet all day or you only stand still on an elevator just to be polite, good alignment will help staying upright on your feet feel better on your body. Read More: Coffee Before Yoga? Yes Please. Staying upright with good […]

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Perk Up: Do Yoga Before Coffee

Raise your hand if you roll out of bed and feel like a million bucks. I didn’t think so. That creaky, cloudy feeling so many of us have when we first wake up explains a lot about why the coffee industry is such an economic force—give us our caffeine, stat! So you crawl out from […]

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ABCs of Sitting Like an “S”

You’ve probably heard by now that sitting could be as bad for you as smoking. (And if you haven’t heard, here’s a great infographic.) Even if you exercise regularly, you aren’t off the hook health-wise if you’re planted in a chair 8 plus hours a day. So I think my first point about having better […]

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Try Cooking Up Some Inner Peace with ‘Kitchen Yoga’

A yogi’s biggest challenge is always to figure out how to bring the calming effects of practice out into the world—and doing a few poses while standing in the kitchen as you wait for the coffee to brew or eggs to fry helps you do just that. While not my first choice as a place […]

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Why You Should Unplug to Unwind

My husband and I both work for ourselves, so the majority of the vacations we’ve taken together have started off by searching for hotels or rental houses with Wi-Fi. On the trip we took to Mexico three months after our first baby was born, my husband worked several hours a day in the hotel room […]

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11 Reasons to Avoid A Vacation Slack Attack

Ahh, vacation! It’s all about getting away from the daily grind and doing exactly what you what you want to do. Right? Well, not if you’re a person who pays attention to your health. Because if you are, slacking off on good-for-you habits while on vacay probably isn’t going to feel all that great. I […]

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The One Must-Do Stretch For Heel Lovers

You stretch out your quads before and/or after a run. You stretch your hamstrings—or you try—in yoga class. If your neck is tight, you do a couple shoulder rolls. You’re good, right? Well, if you wear shoes with any amount of heel – and that includes running shoes and “flats” with even a slight heel […]

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5 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On

When you look up the definition of overwhelm in the dictionary, you’ll find it’s not pretty. You get words like, submerge, massacre, engulf, bury and deluge. And let’s not forget clobber, devastate, and dumbfound. And that’s what the experience of overwhelm feels like – there is so much coming at you it’s hard to think […]

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Why Busy Moms Need A Yoga Time Out

When my kids were babies and toddlers, I’d fantasize about all the amazing things I’d be able to get done while they napped—finish up a work project, clean the kitchen, nap and get in a lovely yoga session. Um, yeah. It rarely worked out that way. I know how tempting it is to think that […]

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5 Simple Steps to Everyday Mindful Eating

This photo is of my kids, on the day my son had his very first ice cream cone. Talk about total focus on the act of eating! I’m passionate about helping the busy people who use AcaciaTV realize that they can transform things they do every day into an opportunity to slow down, calm down […]

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4 Ways To Let Annoyance Go

The friend who keeps posting her political views on Facebook. A parking ticket. That email your co-worker cc’d your boss on. That squabble you had with your significant other. There are so many little things you encounter on any given day that can really get stuck in your craw. The problem is that one little […]

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Meditation ‘Me Time’ Is Necessary, Not Narcissistic

After my second (and last) child was born, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea: I would give up my 15-year yoga and meditation practice, cold turkey. It would save me so much time! I would be able to get more done and thus, I would be happier. Ha ha ha ha ha […]

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Prepare For Allergy Season With a Simple Spring Cleanse

I have a love-hate relationship with spring. The love part is probably obvious – warmer temps, lighter clothes, open windows, trees leafing, flowers budding. Ahhhh. The hate part is about my seasonal allergies, which typically make me feel like crap for most of April, May and June. More than just a runny nose and watery […]

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Easy Ways to Meditate: Listening Meditation

Here’s what a lot of people think when they think of meditating: Be in a quiet room Sit in a really uncomfortable position while your feet slowly fall asleep Force yourself to stop thinking Uncontrollably starting thinking about dinner, or worrying about work, or wondering what your husband is doing and, boom, you’ve flunked meditating […]

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5 Tricks to Staying Consistent With Your Self-Care—No Matter What

Kate Hanley stretching

After my second child was born, I gave up a 13-year mind-body practice cold turkey. I just didn’t have time to do one thing that wasn’t directly related to keeping those kids fed, rested, housed and cared for. At least that’s what I told myself. So I stopped doing all the things that made me […]

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