Avoiding Summer Induced Relapse Drift

Lifestyle changes are often difficult to initiate (i.e., change is hard!) and can be even harder to sustain. Often, behavior change is easier if you identify why you want to make a change, and then plan out strategies for how to work towards those changes. Part of the strategy should include identifying change supporting behaviors, […]

Dr. Carrie Wilkens Quoted in Women’s Health Magazine

Dr. Carrie Wilkens was quoted in Maia Szalavitz’s piece in Women’s Health Magazine – Could This Controversial Treatment Help More People Beat Heroin Addiction? http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/heroin-addiction-recovery

How and Why to Start a Yoga Practice

Yoga is an ancient practice that uses breathing, moving, relaxing and meditating to achieve self-awareness and well being. Maybe you think it is a little bit weird. Maybe you think it looks kind of cool but find it sort of intimidating? Whichever your experience, it is worth the effort to explore it a bit more. […]

Spring Has Sprung, Should You be Worried?

Spring has sprung! The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and birds are singing. While you are replacing your boots with sandals and pants with shorts and skirts, you can feel the energy buzzing in the warm spring air. Sounds great, right? As you work to cultivate a life of mindfulness and present-moment attention, you […]

Twist into Spring

Throughout the winter months, there is a buildup of stagnant energy in the body that occurs , particularly in the colder northern climes, and especially if the diet has been more meat-based and rich in oils. Indian (Ayurvedic) Medicine says that springtime is the ideal season for cleansing and detoxification. Ayurveda, which means “life wisdom,” […]

Straighten Up with Pilates

Have you ever noticed that when you step in front of a mirror, you instinctively pull your shoulders back just a little bit, adjust your posture, and stretch your neck? Just a mere glimpse of yourself can activate a natural impulse to stand up a little straighter. On some level we know it is important […]

Coming “Om” for the holidays

The holidays can be a very challenging time for many of us, with feelings of loss or loneliness that are amplified by the seasonal imagery of full, happy families and holiday cheer. As a yoga teacher I know there is a wonderful way to manage these feelings during this season and beyond….practicing the ancient art […]

The 4 C’s for Better Fitness

Many people have the goal of “getting” or “staying” fit. The number of obstacles however, can be many. Finding time, figuring out which class to attend, self-consciousness, or fear of failure…all can get in the way. Whether you are choosing a gym, looking into attending a class, or wishing to work one on one with […]

Create a Sacred Space to Encourage Your Wellness Routine

“A sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again” (Joseph Campbell) When I think about the space I created in my home for working out, I often think of it like a boxer’s corner. At the end of a round, a boxer heads to his corner, where there is a chair […]

A Body In Balance – Exercises to Build and Maintain Your Balance

Everyone knows that finding balance in life is important to happiness and overall emotional well-being. But what about physical balance? How often do you pause and assess how your body is doing when it comes to balance? Our ability to balance is important throughout life in terms of reducing the risk of physical injury. The […]