Being mindful doesn’t mean you always have good days. It means when things are rough, you remember to breathe because you’ve practiced it. And when tears come, you don’t judge them. You just be with your feelings in the moment, notice your thoughts, tell yourself you are not the same as them, and call on wisdom you’ve read or heard or cultivated on your yoga mat. This can still look messy, don’t get me wrong. But as long as there is openness to believing there is something to be gained, even from pain, there is possibility. Even though I got there late, I found inspiration at the Achieving Optimal Health Conference.
Hardwood floors in a home can emit a warm and inviting atmosphere, giving a home a classic and timeless look. Unfortunately, that is not the only thing the floors are emitting. Many of the floor coatings used to protect wood floors contain numerous toxic chemicals that emit harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the air inside your home which can often be more harmful than the air outside your home. This comes from a new report by UL Environment, a global safety science company, entitled The Safety of Wood Flooring. Read More
‘Tis the season of cooler weather when viruses replicate faster and we all spend more time indoors where germs get spread. If you haven’t already stocked up on essential oils to support your immune system and and soothe your family during difficult times, do it now! This week doTERRA is offering a series of Buy One, Get One offers! Also put December 9 on your calendar for my next Essential Oils 101 class at ITR Physical Therapy in McLean.
The National Press Club hosted an Interdisciplinary Summit on Children and Screen Time November 1 with several pediatric media experts who have been involved in the first-ever special supplement to the journal Pediatrics on the issue of children and screen time. The non-profit organization Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development convened the summit and sponsored the Pediatrics supplement.
November is unique. Before I had children, I thought of it simply as the month of Thanksgiving, between the very-autumnal October and the beginning of winter in December. It’s taken on a different feel now that my children are in elementary and middle school… and now that I am in middle age! Read on for this more-personal-than-normal post about this season. Read More
Sarah Lascano is a Northern Virginia mom of three who, after healing from chronic illness, got trained in the modalities that made such a difference for her and now works with children and adults to help them heal. Her business, Veritas Wellness, is a new partner of Mindful Healthy Life. In this interview, Sarah shares her experience and her approach and offers a discount code and a giveaway for a free mini-session. Read More
Imagine a local family resource guide with over 500 listings of practitioners, wellness centers, yoga studios, parenting resources, nature spots and more to explore in Metro DC plus opportunities for self-care and a roundup of health & eco-friendly events and activities. It’s here – for free! – right here on this site!
The Mindful Healthy Life eBook Guide to Holistic Family Living is expanding and finalizing additions and revisions for its third edition to be released later this fall.
One of the staples of the fall health & wellness circuit here in Metro DC is the Achieving Optimal Health Conference held annually at Georgetown University. This year’s AOHC takes place Saturday, October 14. The event features inspiring exhibitors, a delicious healthy lunch and a full slate of terrific speakers, including Iyanla Vanzant, Spiritual Lifecoach and New York Times best-selling author.
I’ve got FOUR tickets to give away for this great event!
Parents engaged in public schools have a tremendous opportunity to effect change and improve the lives of hundreds of children. Whether your personal passion is nutrition, outdoor learning, mindfulness, conscious alternatives to reward and punishment systems, movement, gardening, recycling and composting or other topics related to health, wellness and sustainability, there are lots of ways to get involved and inspire others.
Women’s bodies go through lots of transition in a lifetime, and especially during the childbearing years. Women’s Health and Wellness Day, a first-time event in Reston on September 30, aims to support women through these transitions with a unique lineup of workshops by local experts in bodywork, movement, mindfulness and more.