Benefits of Mindfulness

By Amanda L. Chan 1. It lowers stress — literally. Research published just last month in the journal Health Psychology shows that mindfulness is not only associated with feeling less stressed, it’s also linked with decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. 2. It lets us get to know our true selves. Mindfulness can help […]

Benefits of Forrest Yoga

Forrest Yoga, invented by Anna Forrest, combines Native American elements that act as a means of therapy by sweating out toxins within the body. The yoga is intense, focusing on abdominal exercises and breathing techniques. The exercises taught in Forrest Yoga have a multitude of physical and emotional benefits, including stress relief, emotional healing, emotional […]

Benefits of Strength Flow

One of the great things about Strength Flow is the ability to combine movements and training techniques into new exercises and workouts. These movements, commonly referred to as “flows,” attempt to combine exercises in the most fluid way possible, allowing for a smooth transition from one to the next. The movements flows used are from […]


By Phil Stutz, a practicing psychiatrist, and Barry Michels, a practicing psychotherapist. We both have psychotherapy practices in Los Angeles, which means we treat many creative people. Do you know when these people display the highest degree of creativity? It’s not when they perform, write, or sing; it’s when they make up excuses to postpone […]

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Stress and Performance: Finding A Balance

by MikeBaltren Minimal effective dose, do all that’s necessary not all that you can, less is more, these are all ways to describe the same thing.  The picture below is a performance curve that I borrowed from a DVD lecture series called “The Philosopher’s Toolkit: How To Be The Most Rational Person In Any Room”.   […]

I’d love to get started; I’m just waiting for the perfect time.

by KRISTA SCOTT-DIXON Always waiting for the “perfect time” to get started on new projects? To learn a new skill? To eat better? To exercise more? If so, here’s something to think about. When I get a different job. When things are less busy.  When I find a workout partner. When I find the right equipment. When I […]

S.M.A.R.T goals: Your key to ultimate fitness

by If you’re one of those people who resolve to get back into shape every time the New Year rolls around yet always fails to accomplish it, listen up: You might need to adjust the strategy you use to set those hard-to-reach objectives And that’s where the S.M.A.R.T goal technique comes in. What are S.M.A.R.T […]

Benefits of Combat Conditioning

Conditioning: By performing a variety of exercises from different disciplines, you are asking more of your body than with a traditional, straight-forward approach. Increased workload and variety lead to increased capability. In other words, by doing more with your body, your athletic and fitness levels have no choice but to grow. Cross-training workouts aren’t tailored to […]

Benefits of a Kundalini Yoga Practice

By Cate Baily  1. A Flexible Spine. There is so much in Kundalini Yoga that is focused on the agility of the spine — sufi grind, spinal flexes, spinal twists, cat-cow, bow, camel, cobra, and wheel. The yogis say that age is not measured in years but in the flexibility of the spine. In other words, […]