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: http://innerpassagestherapy.com/



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 www.innerpassagestherapy.com 

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: www.innerpassagestherapy.com 

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: www.innerpassagestherapy.com 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 thewellnessuniverse.com, 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! www.innerpassagestherapy.com 

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 upliftconnect.com, 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 www.innerpassagestherapy.com!

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: www.innerpassagestherapy.com

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:
https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-29226/why-i-do-yoga-8-yogis-share-how-their-practice-changed-their-lives.html

To learn about our yoga classes can help you, visit: innerpassagestherapy.com 

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 upliftconnect.com 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: http://innerpassagestherapy.com/

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz9IJMMWP4M&app=desktop


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


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! www.innerpassages.com

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: http://innerpassagestherapy.com/





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:  http://innerpassagestherapy.com/ today!


To view the entire article from mindful.org, 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 Psychologytoday.com 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: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/better-perfect/201703/11-ways-overcome-procrastination

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


Monday, February 27, 2017

Practical Ways to Help Manage Stress

Good morning,

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: http://innerpassagestherapy.com/


To read this article's suggested ways of managing stress, then visit: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/07/11/10-practical-ways-to-handle-stress/

Monday, February 20, 2017

Unhappy at Work? Change How You Feel About Your Work

Good morning,

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 livecareer.com 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: http://innerpassagestherapy.com/

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? 
Contact us today at: http://innerpassagestherapy.com/

Monday, February 6, 2017

Research Suggests How to Declutter the Mind

Good morning,

Today we are sharing an article from psychologytoday.com 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. 

Do you feel you need support in balancing the challenges of my life? Contact us today at: http://innerpassagestherapy.com/

Monday, January 30, 2017

12 minutes of yoga reverses bone loss

Good morning!

Today we are sharing this brief article from timeforwellness.org 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! http://innerpassagestherapy.com/ 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 psychologytoday.com 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!

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-peoples-professor/201301/martin-luther-king-jr-hero-all-time

Monday, January 9, 2017

One Writer's Yoga Discovery Journey

Good morning,

Today we are sharing a recent article from npr.org 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."

photo credit: npr.org


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: http://innerpassagestherapy.com/