Yoga For Back Pain, Part 2

Last week we looked at simple hip rocks, this week we will step it up a level to get more movement through the entire back, looking at what I call back rolls to get into a yoga pose called a bridge. To get used to the movement and to really pay attention to your whole…

Yoga for Back Pain, Part 1

Back in college I started studying yoga. Now I have in no way kept up with it consistently but I believe the practice I had in place for 3 years taught me a lot about myself and it greatly influenced my life. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at a variety of…

Postural Alignment for Your Health, Part 2: Sitting

Two weeks ago we talked about how to encourage a more proper posture when standing. This week we will focus on sitting posture. While this contains many of the same focuses there are key differences to consider when encouraging a good seated posture. I, myself, am constantly trying to develop alternative seated postures that feel…

Postural Alignment for Your Health, Part 1: Standing

While it may not at first appear that your posture can have that big of an impact on your health, posture can greatly effect our quality of life and many medical challenges as well. Some health concerns that can be supported by changes to our posture include digestive challenges, physical pains of all sorts, stress,…

Cupping For Beginners, part 2

How you do cupping will depend on the cupping set you have purchased. Most sets come with a basic set of instructions to get you started. If you have not previously experienced what the suction of a cup feels like before, I recommend practicing on your forearm as it will be relatively unaffected below the…

Cupping For Beginners, part 1

I first learned about cupping when I was studying TCM in college. It can be done as a very simple practice or a much more complicated one. For beginners, the basics of cupping can provide relief from a variety of musculoskeletal pains with a very low risk of injury, unlike with acupuncture and herbal medicine….

Take A Walking Meditation

So often these days when I go for a walk my focus is on exercise. I have my music to pump me up and keep my step rate high and I get going! But a walk does not always need to be for exercise. While it is a great stress relief tool to exercise, taking…

Why The ‘Dancing’ Herbalist?

Many years ago, I started calling myself The Dancing Herbalist. It is me, it is who I am. Many people who do not know me personally ask me ‘Why dancing?’ Movement and dancing is a huge passion of mine, in addition to herbs. I have been dancing since I was a wee one and I…

Are you healthy? Part 2

Check out our last post to see if you are meeting the very basic health descriptors listed and get some brief tips to help you achieve those first steps of health and wellness. Urine color is a combination of two things, your hydration level and your bodies detoxification ability. Most people are detoxifying just fine…

Are you healthy? Part 1

Probably most people would say no and not do anything about it. Some people might say yes and might actually be healthy. I know I am not healthy by my own standards but the average person would look at me and my lifestyle and probably say I am healthy. Look over some of these questions…

Benefits of Consistent Movement, Part 3

There are many benefits of movement on the entire body. This long article was written in 2015 on our old blog platform and I am glad to bring it to you again to enjoy. Stress Response It is well known that exercise helps reduce stress. Stress shows up differently in different individuals because of the…

Benefits of Consistent Movement, Part 2

There are many benefits of movement on the entire body. This long article was written in 2015 on our old blog platform and I am glad to bring it to you again to enjoy. Digestive System Exercise can increase intestinal permeability, promoting leaky gut syndrome, when there is a relaxation in the tight junction of…