Category: Yoga for Emotional Health

The Healing Benefits of Reiki

Kat Robinson
ReikiI began studying Reiki and energy healing well over ten years ago. At first, I was really skeptical. I just didn’t see how someone placing their hands on me would have ANY healing benefits, much less MANY healing benefits. But I have always been open-minded and willing to try new things. Since that time I have learned about how the body works energetically, and how a positive mind and relaxed body can...

What Are You Hungry For?

Anatara Buckley
When you look deeply into your soul, or when you relax and dream about what you really want… what are you hungry for? What do you want to ‘eat’ that will fill your heart with satisfaction? When there is hunger, it usually means that there is something that we need. Something that we hunger for. It could be food, Love, friendship, or a satisfying job that we are hungering for. It is this...
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Acceptance, That’s the Real Love

Kat Robinson
As most of you know, when I was young I had a horrible disease that nearly took my life. I was very ill for a very long time. It was such a profoundly changing time of my life. What was once a happy-go-lucky, easygoing kid became someone who was frightened and insecure in every aspect of my life. I struggled every day with fear, needing to hold on tightly to everything external...

The benefits of acute stress for people in pain

Neil Pearson
The stigma of chronic pain can lead us to persevere and try to push through the pain, only stopping when we cannot carry on. Then the pain flares up and we pay the price! If you have read my blogs or listened to the pain education I provide, you will have heard me suggest that this technique may be good for ‘getting the job done’, and it may be helpful in...

Biopsychosocial

Neil Pearson
Recently, a colleague asked me a good question – how do I know that pain is a biopsychosocial event? As we talked, it seemed he wanted to know two things: (1) how I can say with such conviction that our brain uses more than the input from our nociceptive systems to produce pain; and (2) wouldn’t this mean that chronic pain is outside the scope of physical therapists, and instead...
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Grief, Yoga and one of the Dark Sides of Pain

Neil Pearson
Students in my therapeutic yoga classes often ‘disappear’ from the class for a while. Some move on to other classes, and some come back when they are ready. I don’t worry when a student hasn’t been to class, but rather hope that they have found a path and a consistent practice that are serving them well. Yet sometimes people are coming to me with significant physical and mental health issues....

Consequences of Goal Setting

Neil Pearson
I had a goal. However, the outcome I expected was completely changed by pain. This goal was one I worked towards for over three years. During that time, I made sacrifices in order to move towards attaining my goal. I pushed myself to face fears. Then, when I took the final steps towards the goal, I failed to complete it. I feel much happier stating that the goal eluded me. I...

Canadian Pain Society Conference Musings

Neil Pearson
This past week I attended the annual conference of the Canadian Pain Society in Whistler, BC. These gatherings provide opportunities to develop collaborative relationships with other Canadian health professionals who are passionate about changing pain and changing minds. I am always impressed by people who not only commit their working life to research in pain care, but also to education and mentorship within the Canadian academic institutions. Nurses, doctors and psychologists...

Dolphins Initiate Healing

Anatara Buckley
I have heard for many years that dolphins can “heal” us. Now I know that they really can. Perhaps they are simply offering energetic information that we can access and follow. However they affect us, healing and balance is the outcome. I have expressed my feelings about how wondrous and personally integrating face-to-face time with the dolphins can be. In the last six weeks, since my return from my experience with...
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Communicating the Dolphin Way

Anatara Buckley
Talking about the Unseen What is it about the dolphins that we find so irresistible? They look so beautiful, they glide with such effortless grace, and they demonstrate their freedom simply by living wild in the sea. Dolphins live a life unencumbered by things or by written laws…the choices they make are based on that which is required by the moment. How they communicate the truth of the moment to one another is...
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