Monday, December 18, 2017

Life Doesn't Just Happen To Us

"The ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, who was a contemporary of Confucius, Lao Tsu, and the Buddha, is reported to have said, “you can never walk though the same river twice.” More accurately, the English translation from the Greek goes thus: “The river where you set your foot just now is gone—those waters giving way to this, now this.” Put simply, Heraclitus is telling us that we live in an ever-changing world, one that is filled with the ebbs and flows of life, of life energy. He’s also advising us that, as the river (of life) changes, it’s in the past, so let it go and move on. The “new” river offers water that is filled with possibilities and untapped potential, so be prepared to go with the flow! This is great advice as we prepare for the New Year, don’t you think?" (To view the full article entitled 'Life Doesn't Just Happen to Us' visit the original article link here.) 

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A new year is close and for some, the idea of another year closing and a new one beginning can be daunting. But it doesn't have to be. If you are resistant to change or have trouble seeing what the future can hold, you're not alone. Please reach out today for your free 30-minute consultation and learn how Inner Passages can help you embrace the change of a new year in 2018.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Yoga and Asthma

As you know we are more than just therapy. We believe in a holistic approach to navigating through life's ups and downs. As you probably already know, what we feel is a big part of that holistic mindfulness is yoga and meditation. Today we are sharing an article which talks about how yoga can have positive effects on asthma sufferers (among others!). It's incredible how research is proving the positive effects of conscious thinking, breathing and body awareness.

If you want to learn more about Inner Passages and how we can help you begin your journey of healing, self discovery and wellness, visit us online at: 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Coping With Mental Stress of The Holidays

The holidays are coming up and sometimes they can be taxing for us mentally. Here is a very interesting article from about coping with mental illness during the holidays. It talks about a variety of topics including:

-Being estranged from family and friends resulting in loneliness during the holiday season.
-Having an eating disorder and having to face the issue head-on during family gatherings and parties that center around food.
-Dealing with alcoholism or other addiction with alcohol being a main attraction during holiday get-togethers.
-Stress and anxiety that comes along with hosting holiday season celebrations or going to too many events.
-It's the holidays and your therapist or doctor is out of town.

Check it out at the article link here.  If you are looking for professional, caring help to get you through the holidays and provide long-term support visit us at: 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

13 Unexpected Benefits of Exercise

Good morning,

Today we are sharing an article from entitled '13 Unexpected Benefits of Exercise,' which talks about some mental benefits to regular physical activity. Everyone knows that regular cardio can help heart health and longevity but did you know that regular exercise can actually increase the "happy brain chemicals" we produce? What about the fact that it can help to alleviate anxiety. We don't share articles from these types of sites often, but this one is great in that it brings up many valid points about making regular exercise as part of your mental health plan. As a holistic health specialist, we have integrated yoga classes into our client offerings and this article touches on some of the reasons why we are excited to offer yoga and feel it's important.

Monday, November 20, 2017

11 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Depression Triggers

Good morning,

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and for most it can be a happy time with a lot to look forward to. But for many others, it is a time of depression and "high expectations, money woes, and other holiday hazards can spell trouble for anyone, but especially those prone to depression."

With a bit of foresight and planning, however, holidays can leave you feeling up, not down or at least help you manage to get through. Having a professional help you talk through possible scenarios and devise a plan can be ideal. However if you don't have a professional to talk to, this article from offers 11 suggestions on ways to get through.

For many, even the thought of therapy is daunting. But the outcome is life changing, and the first step is simple—visit today to schedule your free 30 minute consultation.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Myths About Meditation That Might Be Keeping You From A Fuller Life!

Today we are sharing an article from entitled ' Three Meditation Myths that Keep You from a Healthier Life.'

"Meditative practices offer a simple, intuitive approach to improving your life and mental well being, yet many who could benefit from meditation are quickly deterred by misinformation. Meditation is not difficult, it has a huge positive impact on the brain, and anyone can make the time to learn and practice it. What’s stopping you from meditating? Probably misinformation. Here are three myths about meditation that I hope you will overcome to make meditative practice a regular part of your plan for better living..."

Have you heard that meditation doesn't do anything? Or that it takes too much time? How about the 'it just isn't for me excuse?' If any of these sound familiar you might want to follow the link below to learn how to possibly use meditation to further your sense of self:

To talk to a professional to help guide you through your life, or to learn about integrative medicine practices that we offer, visit: today!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Walking for Health and Longevity

Good morning,

Sometimes we know that when you are stuck on a problem in your life or are having trouble focusing on what to do next, it can be hard to know where to go. Some studies say a great way to clear your mind or re-focus your thoughts is by getting up and going for a walk. That's right! Something as simple as walking can actually help you think more clearly.

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"Hippocrates (460 BC-370 BC) was a Greek physician who is considered by most to be the father of modern medicine. Long ago, Hippocrates wisely observed that “walking is the best medicine” and prescribed peripatetic exercise as a panacea to help citizens of Ancient Greece maintain a sound mind in a sound body (mens sana in corpore sano) across their human lifespans.

Today, a large prospective cohort study of almost 140,000 older U.S. adults, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, corroborates what Hippocrates said. Surprisingly, the investigators found that even walking less than the currently recommended guideline of 150 minutes per week was enough to significantly improve public health and lower mortality risk compared to inactivity."

To view the rest of the article and learn how walking can help your health and longevity visit the original article link here. 

To learn other strategies to help revive your mental health and energize your soul again, contact me at: where we have a variety of integrative-health practices.

Monday, October 30, 2017

12 Steps To Stay Positive In A Negative World

Hello all-

We know that this world can be tough so today, we're sharing an article from Mind Body Green that although a few years old, is still relevant today. It talks about the author's opinions and techniques on how to try and remain positive in such a negative world. Take a look and see if you can relate to any of the following:

1. Control the amount of negative news in my life.
2. Control the number of negative people in your life.
3. Listen to music.
4. Meditate.
5. Live consciously.
6. Practice gratitude.
7. Pray.
8. Read positive books and interviews.
9. Give hugs.
10. Disconnect.
11. Laugh.
12. Connect with animals.

 "Dalai Lama was quoted as saying, “When we meet real tragedy in life we can react in two ways, either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.”

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Energy of Shifting Emotions Workshop

I am hosting a workshop coming up that I am really excited to tell you about! Read below for more information or visit: to register.
The Energy of Shifting Emotions Workshop: Thursday, November 2nd from 10 am - 4 pm.

This unique class is designed for social workers, nurses, and mind-body practitioners whose clients desire to enhance their emotional health. Participants will benefit from a retreat-like day of exploring the connection between the mind, body, and energy system in addition to practicing experiential exercises, such as laughter yoga, designed to guide participants gently and safely through a variety of feeling states.

Practitioners will experience and learn a mind-body approach to facilitate emotional shifts and healing in themselves and their clients. Lead by Pauliann Long, this class provides participants the necessary tools for gaining insight into energetic and emotional patterns for both personal and clinical use.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Importance of Thinking Better Of Ourselves

Today we are sharing an excerpt from an article entitled 'One Hard Thing You Must Start Doing (To Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy)' written by Marc Chernoff. This article is raw and brings to the forefront what a lot of us can find ourselves struggling with daily... insecurities.

"Truth be told, all of us, to a greater or lesser extent, suffer in precisely the way my friend does.  There isn’t a person among us who doesn’t have insecurities—some of us are just better at coping with them, or perhaps hiding them.

We worry about what other people think of us.  We worry about our appearance.  We worry if she’ll like us.  We worry if he likes that other woman.  We worry that we’re not accomplishing all that we should be.  We worry that we’ll fall flat on our faces.  We worry that we’re not enough just the way we are.  And of course, we worry about all those foolish, thoughtless things someone once said about us.

And social media—with its culture of getting us to seek constant approval with virtual likes and hearts—with its endless highlight reel of perfect bodies and epic travels—it only intensifies the problem."

The article goes on to talk about our feelings of inadequacy and some tools to help us start practicing thinking better of ourselves. Like Marc says "it’s perhaps the hardest thing we all need to do for ourselves. We need to NOT be our own worst enemies when it comes to self-image. But that takes practice.  Lots of it…"  To continue reading the article CLICK HERE for the full, original version.

To get help from a qualified, caring professional to learn how to start the practice of being your best friend, not your worst enemy, visit us at: 

Monday, October 9, 2017

What Is Mindfulness… And Why Is It Important to Therapists?

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing an excerpt from an article entitled 'What is Mindfulness...And Why Is It Important to Therapists?' from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. We can't stress enough how important mindfulness is in the journey to not only healing, but happy living. Take a look at the excerpt below and follow the link to read more.

"Psychotherapists are in the business of alleviating emotional suffering. Suffering arrives in innumerable guises: stress, anxiety, depression, behavior problems, interpersonal conflict, confusion, despair. It is the common denominator of all clinical diagnoses and is endemic to the human condition.'

'Some of our suffering is existential, such as sickness, old age and dying. Some suffering has a more personal flavor. The cause of our individual difficulties may include past conditioning, present circumstances, genetic predisposition, or any number of interacting factors. Mindfulness, a deceptively simple way of relating to experience, has long been used to lessen the sting of life’s difficulties, especially those that are seemingly self-imposed. In this volume we will illustrate the potential of mindfulness for enhancing psychotherapy."

"Successful therapy changes the patient’s relationship to his or her particular form of suffering. Obviously, if we are less upset by events in our lives, our suffering will decrease. But how can we become less disturbed by unpleasant experiences? Life includes pain. Don’t the body and mind instinctively react to painful experiences? Mindfulness is a skill that allows us to be less reactive to what is happening in the moment. It is a way of relating to all experi­ence—positive, negative and neutral—such that our overall suffering is reduced and our sense of well-being increases.'

"To be mindful is to wake up, to recognize what is happening in the present moment. We are rarely mindful. We are usually caught up in distracting thoughts or in opinions about what is happening in the moment. This is mindlessness.

'Examples of mindlessness are:

-Rushing through activities without being attentive to them.
-Breaking or spilling things because of carelessness, inattention, or thinking of something else.
-Failing to notice subtle feelings of physi­cal tension or discomfort.
-Forgetting a person’s name almost as soon as we’ve heard it.
-Finding ourselves preoccupied with the future or the past.
-Snacking without being aware of eating.
(Adapted from the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale Brown & Ryan, 2003)

Mindfulness, in contrast, focuses our attention on the task at hand. When we are mindful, our attention is not entangled in the past or future, and we are not judging or rejecting what is occurring at the mo­ment. We are present. This kind of attention generates energy, clear-headedness and joy. Fortunately, it is a skill that can be cultivated by anyone."

To view more of this article visit the link here.  To set up a free, 30-minute phone consultation and start your journey to mindfulness contact us today at: 

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Essence of Doing and How It Consumes You

Good afternoon everyone,

"Most people spend most minutes of most days doing one thing after another.' 'For all the "labor-saving" devices of the past 50 years - dishwashers, phone machines, word processors, etc. - most of us are laboring more, not less. For example, in terms of employment, the average work week in America has gotten longer over the past 50 years. Meet someone and ask how he or she is, the answer is likely: "busy." Doing is a huge part of life, yet we don't usually bring much awareness or wisdom to it."

We understand that 'doing' is a part of life, it's the way we're programmed, it's the way society expects us to be. However there are ways you can change how you relate to the 'doing' in your life and how you can bring meaning to it.  "So the crux is not so much the doing itself but our relationship to it. How can we do what we do without getting pressed and stressed, contracted and driven, about it?" (CLICK HERE to view the entire article from Psychology today.)

If you are looking for ways to change the way you go about your daily life or are looking for help in managing your stress, visit us today! Learn about the integrative services we offer to help you find your true life's meaning and not feel like you are stuck "doing." Learn more at: 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Understanding Mental Health

Emotional well being, psychological well being, and social well being are all dimensions of mental health, and subject to change under stress. Mental health issues are rarely the result of one event, rather, they often develop over time as the result of linked causes. For example a stressful job, a difficult relationship, or a significant trauma can cause shifts in thinking, feeling, and mood that, in turn, color our perceptions, tax our energy levels, impact our ability to function productively, and challenge our ability connect with others.

Part of my commitment to helping my clients is ensuring we are pursuing a path of happiness, health and wellbeing. Oftentimes, clients begin this process at a difficult and painful point in their lives. They are turning to therapy because they have already reached a stage where they feel overwhelmed, scared, angry, or disconnected. I help clients peel back the layers of emotional pain, which can result from a myriad of experiences. Because I take a holistic approach to therapy we will explore a variety of different practices to generate a completely personalized experience.

Together, we will explore practices aimed at guiding you inward to release pain, anger, and other difficult emotions, and at moving you forward armed with practical tools and methods for dealing with life’s crises and transitions. My training in conventional psychotherapy, integrative medicine, and mindbody practices such as mindfulness, yoga and yoga therapy, breathing practices, coaching, and healing touch, is extensive. I have a broad variety of resources and nearly 20 years of experience from which to draw in serving my clients, assisting them in easing their suffering, helping them heal, reconnecting with their truest selves and their loved ones, and thriving in their lives.

Contact me today to learn more and start your process of healing:  #240-447-0131.

Monday, September 18, 2017

More About Energy Healing & One Author's Experience

Hello everyone,

Energy medicines such as healing touch and Reiki, or therapeutic yoga, are holistic practices that activate the body’s subtle energy systems in order to remove blockages or regenerate resources that feel stagnant or depleted. By breaking through these blockages and stimulating renewed energy flow, the body’s inherent ability to heal itself is stimulated.

At Inner Passages, I offer Reiki and healing touch — energy therapies which involve the non-invasive use of my hands and heart-centered intention, to clear, energize, and balance my clients’ energy fields. It is based on a heart-centered, caring relationship that can facilitate the client’s health and healing. The goal is always to restore balance and harmonies in the energy system, so the client is in an optimal, receptive position to self-heal.

In one article from NY Daily News, a writer explores several popular methods of energy healing and shares her own experiences. "Can a slight touch, a firm touch or even no touch really heal what's ailing you?

Energy healing — tapping into the body's own frequencies as a type of alternative medicine — is being taken seriously by health practitioners trained in both eastern and western modalities of medicine.

And science is backing up its powers: One 2013 study found that 10 minutes of energy healing was as effective as physical therapy in improving the range of motion in people with mobility problems. UCLA even has en electromyography (EMG) lab that studies electrical activity in the body."

To learn what this author's experience with Reiki was, click here to view the entire article link. 

If you are looking to try Reiki as part of your integrative therapy or are looking for new ways to restore an balance your energy system, contact me today! You can learn more by visiting: 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Behavior & Perceptual Change

Good afternoon everyone!

Perception is the sense we make out of all our experiences—our thoughts, physical feelings, emotions, and moods. Behavior is the outward expression of our perception. It is what we do with the information, experienced and interpreted through all the senses we have available to us, when we choose to respond to our experience.

Our perception both colors and fuels our behavior. So how we feel about any given experience influences how we respond and react, which we often develop into patterned responses. Most of my clients come to me when some combination of thinking and behaving is causing them to feel painfully stuck in one or more of these response patterns, which they perceive and characterize as “negative,” “dark,” “lonely,” and “scary.”

Many people who turn to therapy have already reached a stage where they feel overwhelmed, scared, angry, or disconnected. With work, we can turn those negative and fearful emotions around and build a safe and trusting course forward. It’s of utmost importance to me that I help lessen my clients’ fears by creating an environment where each and every person I work with feels safe and supported. Therapy can be hard work. I strive to make it easier. I want those I work with to know that with me they have a knowledgeable and compassionate partner who will guide them on their journey toward living a pain free and fuller life.

It is my goal to provide clients with a toolbox of practical strategies, through processes and practices so that when they are out in the real world they have what they need. For nearly 20 years, I’ve helped people get unstuck through counseling and emotional healing techniques. At the onset my promise to my clients is that they will have the full benefit of my experience and that I will work just as hard as each client who comes to my door to assist them on their personal journeys. This work goes far beyond scheduled therapy sessions.

What many clients may not realize is the long-term effects of pain. Even events from the distant past can  hold them back from attaining a sense of ease and wellbeing in present relationships, work and daily life. I am committed to helping all of my clients improve their sense of balance and quality of life.

If you want to learn more or schedule a free, 30-minute phone consultation visit:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Link Found Between Generosity and Happiness

Good afternoon!

Today we are sharing an article published on a study done by Nature Communications on the link between generosity and happiness. The study found that there is a neural link between the two and when people do more generous tasks for others, they often feel more self satisfaction and happiness. If you are looking to establish a plan to help get your life back on track to find your own happiness, contact us today!  

If you want to learn more about the scientific specifics of this neat study click on the link below:
"Generous behaviour is known to increase happiness, which could thereby motivate generosity. In this study, we use functional magnetic resonance imaging and a public pledge for future generosity to investigate the brain mechanisms that link generous behaviour with increases in happiness. Participants promised to spend money over the next 4 weeks either on others (experimental group) or on themselves (control group). Here, we report that, compared to controls, participants in the experimental group make more generous choices in an independent decision-making task and show stronger increases in self-reported happiness. Generous decisions engage the temporo-parietal junction (TPJ) in the experimental more than in the control group and differentially modulate the connectivity between TPJ and ventral striatum. Importantly, striatal activity during generous decisions is directly related to changes in happiness. These results demonstrate that top–down control of striatal activity plays a fundamental role in linking commitment-induced generosity with happiness." Source:

Monday, August 21, 2017

Exciting News....!!! Take a look!

Good morning everyone,

We wanted to do a quick blog post to let you all know, we have some exciting news! Inner Passages now has a BRAND NEW website! Not only did our site get a face lift but we now have a better detail of the services we can offer as well as capabilities to do Skype sessions & more! Be sure to do us a favor and take a look here:

Contact us today to start your journey of healing!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Who Do You Choose to Be?

Good morning,

Today we are sharing an article from entitled 'Who Do You Choose to Be?
3 Steps to Defining Your Life's Legacy' which talks with author Marcia Reynolds as she goes through her journey of life searching for her true life's purpose. She mentions three points for reflection that can be useful when looking for our own path through this life and trying to decide what we would like to be remembered for. Here are three things she mentions:

Step #1: Claim your best self

Step #2: Choose the next step on your journey

Step #3 Fortify your foundation

To read in-depth about each one of these steps and how they might be able to help you reflect, you can visit the article link here. To talk to a licensed, professional, holistic therapist who can help you develop specific tools for your life, contact me today at:

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Reiki and Meditation, Tools for Healing

As you may or may not know, the holistic healing here at Inner Passages can often include a Reiki session, coupled with meditation at home or in office. We know the power of touch and how useful Reiki can be in healing. Today's article share is from entitled 'Reiki and Meditation' and talks about why both are so important in alternative forms of healing and how you can set aside time each day to work on strengthening these practices.

If you want to learn more about Reiki offered at Inner Passages, visit today to set up you first session! We are open to helping you heal by whatever tools and practices necessary, whether it's Reiki, meditation, yoga, talk therapy or a combination of all!

Monday, July 31, 2017

11 Intriguing Reasons To Give Talk Therapy A Try

"Some people are under the misapprehension that therapy is for wusses. This couldn’t be further from the truth. As Richard Taite, founder of Cliffside Malibu and big proponent of behavior change, told me earlier this year, “Not only do successful people not fear therapy, they embrace it…. Psychotherapy is a tool that creates success. Smart people use it.” And therapy is not just something that smart people use, it’s something that most everybody should probably try during at least some point in their lives." (
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So, wondering if therapy is right for you? Here are just a few of the many reasons that everyone should be open-minded to trying therapy at some point in their lives!

Therapy’s effects persist over the long-haul

Physical symptoms get treated, too

Repressed emotions will come back to haunt you later on

It will give you a whole new perspective on other people, too 

If you want to continue reading this article and learn a few more reasons to give therapy a try click on the original article link here. If you are looking for a holistic therapist who can help you learn the tools to navigate through life, contact us today at:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Yoga as Medicine for Depression

Good morning,

As you know we are all for using yoga as a tool to help navigate through life and other things you might be dealing with, such as depression. This great article shared from Psychology Toda is older but not irrelevant.

"According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, 58 percent of those who practice yoga do so for mental and physical well-being, and 16 percent use yoga to treat specific conditions. Yoga is increasingly being studied as a medical treatment for various conditions and the preliminary results are that it is an effective treatment for several disorders, including depression."

To view the article and learn how yoga is scientifically proven to help various medical conditions visit the article link here. 

If you want to learn more about yoga as medicine and other various tools to help you cope with life, come talk with us today! Visit to learn more and schedule your free, 30-minute phone consultation.

Monday, July 17, 2017

New neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy

Good morning,

While we all know there is not one solution for everyone to experience their own happy, sometimes it is nice to explore other things that have helped other people on their journey to inner peace. This article from entitled 'New neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy' talks about four rituals you you can do to help get to your own happy point. Here are the main points of the article, but to learn about each one individually click here for the full article.

"Here’s what brain research says will make you happy:
  • Ask “What am I grateful for?” No answers? Doesn’t matter. Just searching helps.
  • Label those negative emotions. Give it a name and your brain isn’t so bothered by it.
  • Decide. Go for “good enough” instead of “best decision ever made on Earth.”
  • Hugs, hugs, hugs. Don’t text — touch."

If you are looking for help getting through an issue or getting your life back on track contact me today at 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mindful Meditations for a Peaceful Evening

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing an article from Psychology Today entitled 'A Mindful Evening.' This article shares a few brief meditations from one author's book. As you know here at Inner Passages we believe that meditation can be a useful tool for helping get through the daily stressors of life, or to help rejuvenate ourselves each day.

"How much time do you spend running scenarios in your head, with thoughts like, Perhaps I should have done this instead... or, maybe if I had chosen x instead of y...? Implicit in this kind of exercise is an imaginary comparison between the present state of affairs and some imagined better state of affairs. This sort of thought exercise posits an alternate reality and then invidiously compares the present reality to the, well, fake reality. You will almost never come out ahead in such mental exercises, so it is best to stop running the scenarios as soon as possible. Say a mantra or recite the Declaration of Independence. Most thoughts are better than the proverbial Monday morning quarterback exercise of examining the past."

Take a look at the three examples from A Mindful Evening and see what you think! If you want to learn specific meditation techniques which can help you, contact us today! 

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Bottom Line About Meditation

As a holistic healing practice, we support all types of methods for healing. We not only help our clients dig through the past and peel back layers of pain, we also help to give them tools so they can tackle each day with the necessary support. One of those such tools is meditation. So what exactly is meditation and is there research to support it?

Actually, there is. "Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Mind and body practices focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior. Some research suggests that practicing meditation may reduce blood pressure, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression, and insomnia. Evidence about its effectiveness for pain and as a smoking-cessation treatment is uncertain."

To learn more about how to meditate or if meditation might be the right tool to help you tackle stressors in your life, contact me today at:

To learn more about meditation and some of the specific research behind it visit the link from the National Institute of Health here!)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Grounding to the Earth (This one is for my yogis!)

Good afternoon!

This article is for all of the yogis out there! Sharing a great article from The University of Maryland Center for Integrative Health about some yoga poses you can do to help ground you to Mother Earth. Take a look and see if you have done any of these before, or if you want to try them in your next session!

*To learn more about how practicing yoga can help you transform your life, contact us today at 

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Role Of Yoga In Healing Trauma

"A new report from the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University's law school, says that for young women like Hart, who have been through trauma, there is mounting evidence that yoga can have specific benefits."

Yet another benefit to practicing yoga has been found! We can't stress enough how great yoga can be, and if you are looking for a place to start and learn how to incorporate yoga into your daily routine, contact us today at: 

To read the entire article from NPR, visit the link here. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Organizing and Prioritizing Life: Food for Thought

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing an article from ThriveGlobal, entitled 'If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life is More Off-Course Than You Think."  We are sharing this article not because we want you to feel your life is "off course" (we all lead different and unique lives!) but mainly because it shares some good "food for thought" questions, which can help each and everyone of us reflect on our lives. The good news is, if you are unhappy with your life, or find yourself in a pattern of what-ifs, you can change it!

Talking with a professional who is non-judgemental and has been there, can help! Contact us today at: or call Pauliann directly at: 240–447–0131.

To view the article and the thinking questions it brings up, click the article link here!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mental Spring Cleaning in 10 Tips

Spring cleaning... we all know about it, some of us might even practice it yearly. We work hard to organize our closets, donate items that we no longer need and re-organize our lives. Some people even go as far to do full body cleanses, but how many of us actually clean out our minds? How many of us learn to move on and move forward from those things which hold us back? In this blog article share from, the author talks about 10 tips for helping to clean through the problems of our minds.

"We do this for our houses and even for our bodies, but how often do we do it for our minds? In the same way you might cleanse your body of physical toxins and waste, you can also cleanse your mind of mental toxins like bitterness and unforgiveness. If left to fester, these poisons can eventually destroy their containers, like acids of the mind. To replenish our energy and regain our balance, we have to stop feeding off of mental “anti-nutrients” like perfectionism and the need to always be right."

To read the full article follow the link here. 

If you would like help coming up with a "mental spring cleaning plan" then visit us today! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Neuroscience and the True Purpose of Yoga

We all know that yoga has been proven time and time again that it is beneficial for our bodies and spiritual health. But how many avid yogis know the true science behind the improvement? Or why certain poses can be so helpful? In this article share today from, it talks about one yogis journey into discovering the science behind the poses.

"Like going back to the beginning of the television series I’d started watching in the middle, I suddenly saw new depth and had a more complete understanding of everything I’d already seen so far. For example, it suddenly occurred to me that this opening of spinal flexibility and increase in strength helps one to sit for extended periods of time with the spine in a state of alignment, for connection to higher awareness in meditation."

If you are interested in learning more and reading the entire article click here for the link.

To learn more about our yoga services and other holistic practices we offer, visit!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Reiki goes mainstream: Spiritual touch practice now commonplace in hospitals

Good morning,

As part of our integrative and holistic healing process at Inner Passages we also offer Reiki. Today we are sharing an article from The Washington Post "A spiritual touch practice based on the notion that human hands can redirect one’s “life force energy” to heal stress and disease, Reiki is the hottest new Eastern healing practice making its way into the Western health industry."

And now, some hospitals and doctors offices are also offering the practice! "More than 60 U.S. hospitals have adopted Reiki as part of patient services, according to a UCLA study, and Reiki education is offered at 800 hospitals." We are SO excited to hear that more people are opening up to this incredible form of touch healing even though some still find it conflicting.

If you need help and feel like nothing else has worked come try Reiki. Contact me today at:

To read the entire article from the Washington Post, visit the link here. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Yoga Therapy: The Medicine Needed for Cancer Recovery

Hi everyone!

Today's article share is a special one. As you know we are big into yoga and other aspects of integrative medicine. Today's article is an interview from The Huffington Post about yoga therapy and how one teacher has experienced the tremendous benefits it can bring to people recovering from cancer. 

"Our bodies were made to move.” Cancer patients as well as many yoga teachers are fearful that yoga is dangerous to an individual who has cancer. Sitting on the couch or lying in bed just waiting for the next doctor’s appointment, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment is hurtful to the body, mind and spirit. Specialized Yoga and Meditation for Cancer Recovery classes help an individual become physically, emotionally and spiritually strong. Participants are empowered to take on whatever comes their way.

My students have told me that when their bodies are stronger they make better decisions because they trust themselves more. They are more involved in their treatment plans and recovery, and thus heal faster. When our bodies are strong, our emotions, minds, and spirits are stronger and more engaged in the healing process. This where the true power of healing lies."

To read more of this interview click on the full article link here

Monday, May 1, 2017

Why I Do Yoga: 8 Yogis Share How Their Practice Changed Their Lives

Good afternoon,

We don't have to tell you why we love the practice of yoga so much...! But here are 8 very different people who began yoga and have now transformed their lives. We love hearing about everyone's unique journeys!

Take a look at the article here:

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Daily Self-Care Ritual for Those Who Feel Lost in Life

Good morning,

Today we are sharing this great article from entitled 'A Daily Self-Care Ritual for Those Who Feel Lost in Life.' As you know, we all get lost sometimes as we go through life. Like this article mentions, sometimes, we get "so lost that we lose track of who we are, where we’re going, what we want, and how to give ourselves what we need to feel nourished and healthy."

Like most of us who have been there a few times in life we know that it’s an inevitable part of life
and to realize that it’s okay to get lost.

If you are feeling this way take a look at this article  and see if these suggestions could possibly help you find your way back to you. Of course everyone is unique and there are many different approaches that will work for each individual. If you want to discuss further or learn about other methods of healing, contact me today at:

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Secret to Happiness Is 10 Specific Behaviors

For any of you who celebrated Easter Sunday this weekend we hope that you had a great time with friends, family or those close to you. Today we want to share an article about happiness and what one particular author has discovered are ten specific behaviors we can do to help achieve happiness. If you are curious and want to look into this further, check out the article link from Thrive Global HERE.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Pyramid and the Pool: Why things are better than they seem

This is an excellent video! If you have a few minutes (8 minutes, 46 seconds to be exact) be sure to take a look at this great video by Martha Beck:

If you are looking for help and want to work through some issues in your life, contact us today at:

Monday, April 3, 2017

EQ: More Important Than IQ! 15 signs you have emotional intelligence

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing an article from World Economic Forum entitled '15 signs you have emotional intelligence.' We believe that EQ is so much more important than IQ and this article talks about certain things which point to having a great EQ. For example, knowing your strengths and weaknesses.

To learn more about the other signs you have a strong EQ visit the original article link here. 

To talk with a professional about changes in your life, or how to strengthen your EQ, contact us today!

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Power Of Regret (And Why You Should Always Choose Courage)

"Regret seems to take hold of the heart in a way that other states and emotions do not. Many other emotional states, however much power they may hold for a time, are dynamic. That is to say, most of us will recover from them even if we don’t want to, and even if it’s only to get into a state of numbness. Regret’s power however, is in its sense of permanence."

Does that statement hold true for you? If so you are not alone. The human spirit is resilient and can overcome so much, so why is it that regret seems to take hold on us when all else fades away? Why do they say that Heartbreak is transient but regret is eternal?

"Regret is a powerful thing. But it’s opposite, surprisingly, is not acceptance; it’s not simply “moving on.” I wager that the opposite of regret is courage. The courage to be the person who tries and fails, who searches and finds nothing in return, who endures with little to show but experience, and who loves and hurts." (To read more of this article visit the link here

If you or someone you love is going through some painful regret and want someone to talk to then contact us today at:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Meditators Have Younger Brains

Good morning,

Here's a statement to start your week off with: "When researchers at UCLA compared the brains of meditators to non-meditators they found that meditator’s brains were almost a decade younger by the time people reach their mid 50s."

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That's right! New research has shown that people who frequently meditate are proving to be decades younger in their brain function. "We’ve long known that normal aging is accompanied by a decrease in brain size. This decrease in brain size is due to age-related loss of connective tissue in the brain, often referred to as brain shrinkage, and affects memory, emotional regulation, and executive function. New research from the UCLA School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology shows that long-term meditators have younger brains, with higher concentrations of tissue in the brain regions most depleted by aging. In other words, the study found that meditation practice may help to minimize brain age and protect against age-related decline."

Here at Inner Passages we believe that for some, meditation can be an essential part of the holistic healing process. If you are stuck and looking for someone to talk to or help you through this time in your life, contact us today! We offer a free 30-minute phone consultation to see if we can be a good match for you. Visit: today!

To view the entire article from, visit the link here. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

11 Ways to Overcome Procrastination

Good morning!

Today we are sharing an article for anyone who has trouble getting things done or finds themselves starting projects but never finishing them. This article, shared from is entitled '11 Ways to Overcome Procrastination' and gives a few tips to stop putting things off.

"Everyone has fallen victim to putting off a task at some point in their life. Take, for example, this article that I had planned on posting yesterday...

Ever wonder why you- or others- procrastinate? While some view it (in themselves or other people) as laziness, there might be something else at play here.

In the world of psychology, it has long been believed that people who procrastinate have a faulty sense of time, thinking they will have more time to get something done than they actually do. And while that may be true for some, more recent research suggests procrastination is linked to difficulty managing distress. Specifically, it seems that task aversion is to blame. That is, when people view the task in an unpleasant manner (“It will be tough, boring, painful…”), they are more likely to put it off.

While procrastinators may be trying to avoid distress, ironically it can cause more in the long-run. Procrastination can lead to increased stress, health issues and poorer performance. Procrastinators tend to have more sleep problems and experience greater stressful regret than non-procrastinators. What’s more, procrastination can also hinder your self-esteem with the guilt, shame or self-criticalness that can result from putting off tasks."

To continue reading the article to find out several tips which may help you visit:

If you feel your procrastination is a bigger issue or comes from another underlying problem that you seek help with, contact me today at 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Practical Ways to Help Manage Stress

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I wanted to share this great article with you all about some suggested ways to handle stress. We all experience some form of stress in our daily lives, and there are many ways to address it. "Stress is inevitable. It walks in and out of our lives on a regular basis. And it can easily walk all over us unless we take action. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to minimize and cope with stress. Here are 10 ideas for handling stress without causing more strain and hassle."

If you are looking for help in managing stress and your daily life activities, I am here for you! Contact me today at:

To read this article's suggested ways of managing stress, then visit:

Monday, February 20, 2017

Unhappy at Work? Change How You Feel About Your Work

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It's Monday again and the start of another workweek. Do you enjoy your job? If you are like most Americans taken in a recent study, then you don't enjoy your work. This article shared from talks about how becoming more satisfied at your work can be achieved by simply taking care of your other needs and overall health first.

To read the entire article CLICK HERE
"If you are eating poorly, not exercising, or internalizing stress, you won’t feel well. And if you don’t feel well, you can’t treat your career with the attention and respect it deserves. Without energy, you cannot make your career as fulfilling as it could be."

If you are looking for an integrative approach to your health and want to start heading in the right direction for you, contact me today at:

Monday, February 13, 2017

Finding steady ground: strengthening our spirits to resist and thrive in these times.

Good morning,

If you are like many people who feel tired and overwhelmed with everything going on in today's world, this article is for you! It's brief but offers some excellent points to help us navigate through the news and troubles we face each day.

"What you choose to pay attention to during the day has an impact on you. Which news sources help you understand the world more fully, and which ones only leave you fearful and despairing? After getting your news, what works for you: moving your body, talking with friends, hopping onto social media? Make it conscious — and if it doesn’t work, don’t keep doing it." 

Do you feel you need support in balancing the challenges of my life? 
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Research Suggests How to Declutter the Mind

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Today we are sharing an article from about how to declutter your mind and work through an issue that you can't leave.

"You’ve had a disagreement with a friend and can’t seem to get it out of your head. Replaying the exchange of words over and over again, you wish it never happened. Or perhaps there’s a person you work with or see frequently who just plain irritates you no end but from whom you can’t escape. No matter how hard you try, you can’t get the reminders out of your head of all the things this person does that irritate you.  This cluttering-up process of going over and over the unproductive and distressing thoughts in your mind, or rumination, was investigated in relation to measures of well-being by Manhattan College’s Kelly Marin and University of Wisconsin’s Elena Rotondo (2017). Their study, in which college students recorded their stressful experiences over a 3-day period, shows just how dysfunctional the rumination process can be."

To continue reading more about some strategies you can use to help work through mental road blocks, visit the article link here. 

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Monday, January 30, 2017

12 minutes of yoga reverses bone loss

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Today we are sharing this brief article from which talks about how small amounts of yoga each day can have major impacts on your health! In '12 minutes of yoga reverses bone loss' the author mentions "Over a 10-year study, a research team from The Rockefeller University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, New York University and Columbia University, assessed the effectiveness of selected yoga postures in raising bone mineral density (BMD) in 741 volunteers. Participants were given a 12-minute DVD of 12 yoga poses that were chosen to stimulate an increase in BMD."

We love integrating yoga as a part of our approach to overall health and wellness! If you are looking for a more holistic approach to healing, then contact us today! for your free 30-minute phone consultation!

Monday, January 23, 2017

7 Mental Habits Of The Happiest Women I Know (an article from MindBodyGreen)

Good morning!

In case you missed it a few days ago, I wanted to re-share on here this article from MindBodyGreen entitled '7 Mental Habits Of The Happiest Women I Know'

Take a look to visit this brief but excellent article on 7 mental habits we can all do to become happier in our daily lives!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr., A Hero For All Time

Today in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day we are sharing an article from entitled 'Martin Luther King, Jr., A Hero For All Time.'  This is a great article which goes into some depth about who he really was as a person and what he did to shape our nation today.

To read the article, click on the link below...and enjoy!

Monday, January 9, 2017

One Writer's Yoga Discovery Journey

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Today we are sharing a recent article from entitled 'A Skeptic Fact-Checks Yoga's Health Claims And Goes With The Om.' As you know, here at Inner Passages we believe in holistic healing which often times can incorporate yoga, meditation, etc. This article goes in depth about one yoga skeptic's journey and the shortcuts she tried to take along the way. At the end of the article, she finally admits that she's going to continue with yoga. Why you may ask? "not because it's not b.s. but because I like occasionally painless stairs and quiet brains."

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To read the entire article and her opinion of her yoga discovery journey click HERE. If you are looking to begin your own yoga journey and want help knowing where to start, we are here! Contact us today at: