Health & Fitness

Help Us Solve the Cruel Mystery

“What,” you may ask, “is the cruel mystery?” The mystery is Lupus. The word lupus is the Latin word for wolf. In the 13th Century, it was first described as Lupus due to the skin lesions, as many patients exhibit a malar rash across the bridge of the nose and the cheeks which resembled the markings of wolf bites. In […]

Honoring the Voice Within

Mind, Body and Spirit

“Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.” ~ Will Rogers For as long as I can remember, I have had a dog in my life. As a child, my family always had a dog. We also had cats, turtles, rabbits, hamsters, salamanders and a baby chick that I won in a school raffle […]

Becoming More Psychologically-Flexible Through Commitment

Stress Less, Live More

If you’re just tuning into this column for the first time you might want to go back and check out some of the previous columns online. Over the past few columns I’ve been talking about reducing stress by becoming more psychologically-flexible. In a recent post I discussed the six components of psychological flexibility: Valued Living, Mindfulness, Acceptance,  Commitment, Observing Self, and […]

Zen it Up for the New Year

Yogi followers of Laurie Kasperbauer, Megan Wood, Debby Amicucci of Marco Island Yoga and Julia Szilogyi of Revival Yoga Fitness Studio came together on December 15th at South Beach to raise money for the victims of the November 2nd tragic shooting at the Hot Yoga Studio in Tallahassee. In addition, members of the healing community such as Monarch Wellness from […]

Setting Values-Based New Year’s Resolutions That Work


Now that the dust has settled and all of the “experts” have chimed in regarding their thoughts on New Year’s Resolutions I’d like to offer you some new ideas to ponder regarding why resolutions work or do not work. The word “resolution” is derived from the root “resolve” and means to solve by changing, converting, or dissipating. In the case […]

Soulshine Yoga Offers Class for Fire Department

The Marco Island Fire Department was recently treated to a complimentary one-hour yoga class. Sarah Asbell and Kathi Bari of Soulshine Yoga transformed the firehouse into a make-shift yoga studio complete with mats, blocks, straps, and relaxing music. “This is our first class for the Marco Island Fire Department. We hope to offer as many as they will allow us […]

Becoming More Psychologically-Flexible Through Acceptance


In my last few columns I’ve been discussing the components of psychological flexibility. Research shows that being more psychologically flexible makes you more stress resistant. People who are more psychologically flexible cope better because they are more open to viewing stressors differently and trying different techniques to manage their stress. In this post I want to focus on Acceptance, the […]

Sex Expert Dr. Rich Blonna Releases New Book

How do you keep your sexual passion alive after you’ve been with your partner for 10, 20 or more years and have had sex thousands of times together? “The key is using sexual mindfulness to approach each erotic encounter with your partner as something new and fresh. Sexual mindfulness helps you adopt a ‘Beginner’s Mind,’ the Buddhist term for looking […]

A Wonderful Life


“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” As I wade through the thick of the Holiday Season with one hand hovering over a tray of hors d’oeuvres and the other wrapped around the stem of an earthy Merlot, I am eyeing the same pink shrimp on ice and pastry-wrapped wieners as the next person, but […]

Yoga Means Unity


“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”                           ~ Dalai Lama On Friday, November 2nd of this year, a man entered a yoga studio in Tallahassee just before class was to begin. Assumed to be a student, he didn’t raise suspicion, but rather […]

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