Pandemic Stress? Coping strategies for breathing easier…

This post was written by my friend, Don Streit, who graciously shares his top coping strategies for easier breathing during an unprecedented pandemic. Thank you, Don! Karin asked me to share my top three mental health tips during this pandemic time of crisis. It sounded like an easy thing to…

Autoimmune Resources and COVID19

Monday morning news: “According to the Surgeon General, America will be hard hit with the virus this week.” Hmph. Happy Monday. This doesn’t even feel like a bad sci-fi movie anymore. Two weeks ago we did not have a single case of COVID19 in Arkansas. Today, there are 176 confirmed…

Pandemic Poem by Rev. Lynn Ungar

Here is a beautiful poem, which right now feels like a gentle, healing balm. Enjoy, my friends. “Pandemic” by Lynn Ungar What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for…

Awareness. Gratitude. Appreciation.

If you’ve ever been to one of my yoga classes you have probably heard me say, “We will begin our practice with awareness. It’s a good way to begin our practice, and it’s a good way to begin our day. And, we end the practice with gratitude — it’s a…

Autoimmune Disease and the Coronavirus

I called my doc today to find out about any additional precautions autoimmune patients should take regarding the coronavirus. I visited with the nurse and told her that those in my yoga classes are often living with autoimmune or other chronic health issues, which translates into a compromised immune system….

2020 Beginning

Here is a snippet of the email I sent to those in my yoga classes at the beginning of the month: …Now, regarding New Year’s resolutions- I’m curious to know if you make any. Of course, you all know me well enough to know that I am a Type A…

Is Chair Yoga Real Yoga?

Yes. Well, in my humble opinion, yes. This question has come up several times this week so, as someone who studies and teaches yoga, and chair yoga, I thought I would offer my own clarification and some words from those who practice chair yoga. First, overall, yoga classes can vary…

Sjogren’s and medication

“Do you take medication?” This is a question I am asked often from others who also deal with autoimmune issues. I do not take any medication specifically for autoimmune issues. Both my PCP and rheumatologist are great about taking a holistic approach to management and healing. My rheumatologist has recommended…

What is Sjogren’s?

Approximately 4 million Americans are living with Sjogren’s – sometimes called Sjogren’s Disease or Sjogren’s Syndrome. I am one of those 4 million and often keep this information close to the vest. My friends and family know I have this but for the most part, I deal with it and…

Yoga. Anxiety.

Sometimes, anxiety can hit you right between the eyes– and it can range from an elevated heart rate to full-on panic. At one time or another, it happens to most of us, and when it does, it helps to remember a few key concepts: Have some anti-anxiety tools in your…

A Book List for Creatives

Whenever I find an interesting book (interesting in my own opinion) I like to share it with others–and most often, the “others” are those in my yoga classes. Recently, in my Tuesday Chair Yoga class, we talked about a few books for those who live, or dabble, in some form…

Yoga. Sjogren’s. Celiac.

Most of my friends and yoga clients know that I have a couple of autoimmune issues. In 2014 I was diagnosed with both Celiac and Sjogren’s. Getting diagnosed was not a smooth or linear process and I’ve learned that living with these two issues can be challenging. I believe the…