Sunday, August 22, 2010

Easy Yoga for Arthritis

I recently renewed my membership with WGBH (our Public Broadcasting System station) and as a bonus, received this wonderful DVD called Easy Yoga for Arthritis. This is Peggy Cappy's most recent DVD and I have to say I think it's far and away her best! She includes some wonderful warm-ups that not only would be helpful for people with arthritis but would also benefit those who would be looking to maintain more flexibility, particularly in their hands and feet. Her instructions are clear and she has a beautifully modulated voice - which I really enjoyed listening to during the relaxation and meditation sections.

This DVD is currently offered exclusively as a pledge gift through public broadcasting stations nationwide. It's expected to be available from Peggy Cappy's website early November. Keep an eye out for it. You won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Add a spiritual component to your practice

In Victoria Moran's book, Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate your Body and Revitalize your Spirit, she offers some great suggestions for improving your spiritual health. I love the fact that these ideas could be applied no matter what your religious background or beliefs.

  • See yourself as part of something greater
  • Spend some time each day in quiet contact with the best that's inside you
  • Promise yourself that you'll come alive every day
  • Empathize so fully with other beings that generosity and kindness, even self-sacrifice when necessary, become second nature

The book is a wonderful inspirational read and full of uplifting advice.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Where to begin...

So much has happened since my last post. As I mentioned then, my mother was in the hospital and we were practicing relaxation techniques. It wasn't a week later that my dear mother died. She was not in pain and I am so grateful that she truly didn't suffer. She remained calm throughout the last stages of her life and exhibited a bravery and a faith that will stay with me forever. As I reflect on these last few weeks, I have come to the conclusion that only by staying in the present moment was I fortunate enough to witness the abundance of love between a mother and child.