Why we need to ditch the self-criticism

I used to believe that being hard on myself was a good thing and that criticising myself would make me better. Yet we know how we feel when a friend criticises us, we contact, shut down or get defensive. Or we ruminate for days on end. Unless the criticism is constructive and said to highlight [...]

The Hidden Cause of Muscle Tension

People often ask me the best yoga pose for a stiff neck, sore back, or tight shoulders. But chronic muscle tension is not caused by a lack of stretching. The real cause of muscle tension is stress, and that stress is often emotional. Every time we bottle up our anger, we suppress our resentment, or [...]

Chasing happy and feeling crappy?

Most people I know want to be happy. Yet, the things we think will make us happy often don't live up to our expectations. We might experience temporary happiness but as soon as that feeling fades, we start pursuing the next thing we think will make us happy. We can read books and articles on [...]

The Happiness Trap

Have you ever noticed that the more we strive for happiness, the more miserable we are? Or that when we try to think only positive thoughts, we become acutely aware of our negative thoughts? It seems that our effort to pursue happiness only make happiness more elusive. This phenomenon is known as the Happiness Trap [...]

Yoga for Insomnia

Insomnia sucks. It's estimated that 1/3 of us suffer from insomnia from time to time. We either have trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep,  or both. Sometimes insomnia is the result of an illness or medication. But if you've ruled that out, the underlying cause of insomnia is often mental or emotional stress: When our [...]

Think you thrive under pressure?

Do you think that you thrive under stress? That you perform better under pressure? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, dear reader, but after the initial adrenaline rush that lasts about 20 min, stress actually makes us stupid.   Let me explain. The stress response releases adrenaline into our bloodstream, which [...]

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