Mindful Yoga & Therapy: Two paths to mental clarity

Many people practice yoga for stress relief, the health benefits of the exercises and for the mental acuity that accompanies the practice. Originally, yoga was developed as a way of preparing the mind for meditation - to sit in silence, stillness, and detachment from the normal thoughts and emotional patterns that fill everyday life.  This aspect [...]

By |2019-02-19T13:51:50-07:00February 19th, 2019|Tags: |

Should Artists go to Therapy?

The stereotype of the tortured artist is a persistent one.  We often think of writers as depressed, actors cycling in and out of rehab, and musicians struggling to control their impulses.  It’s true that past experiences, both good and bad, are powerful tools in creative work.  Fleshing out a character, writing, dancing, or creating music [...]

By |2018-12-12T14:43:59-07:00December 3rd, 2018|Tags: , |

How to Practice Gratitude

Practicing gratitude can have many positive effects on your overall health and wellbeing.  It can help you be more present, improve your mood, decrease anxiety, and allow you to have a more positive balanced perspective. Gratitude helps you realize what you have instead of what you are missing. It can help you feel more peaceful [...]

By |2018-12-03T13:19:31-07:00December 3rd, 2018|Tags: , |

Using Mindfulness as a Couple

Your partner says something that pushes your buttons, and before you know it, a minor disagreement quickly escalates into a heated argument with blood pressure rising, stomach churning, and fists clenching. How can you avoid this vicious cycle as a couple? One word—mindfulness. Mindfulness is the non-judgmental awareness that enables you to shift out of [...]

By |2018-09-26T04:59:26-07:00September 26th, 2018|

Mindfulness and ADHD

Although it may appear at first glance that using mindfulness to manage symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be a fruitless endeavor, recent research studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can be effective in treating ADHD, especially in adults. Unlike many tools for ADHD, mindfulness develops your inner skills—it improves your ability to [...]

By |2018-01-19T08:57:56-07:00January 19th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Morning Mindfulness with Melanie

Have you been searching for ways to lower stress, increase mental focus, and feel a sense of calm and inner peace? By cultivating your capacity to observe your thoughts and feelings non-judgmentally and to be fully present in the moment, mindfulness meditation can provide you with the tools you need to reduce stress, enhance performance, [...]

By |2017-11-11T12:26:31-07:00November 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Using Anger Mindfully

Anger has become synonymous with political and cultural awareness, and outrage has turned into a defense against powerlessness. So the question is, how can you transform anger into workable energy? How can you mindfully channel anger in positive ways? Practicing equanimity in the face of what is happening today in the U.S. political arena and [...]

By |2017-11-03T08:17:06-07:00October 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

7 Essentials for Overcoming Addiction and Creating Lasting Change

Many factors contribute to our susceptibility towards addiction, including our biology, genetics, and the environment around us.  Living in NYC provides its own set of challenges when it comes to healing as there is temptation around every corner.  Whether it is your relationship to drugs, food, exercise, alcohol, porn, or internet use, here are some [...]

By |2017-09-21T12:32:25-07:00September 21st, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Use CBT to Think Positively About Yourself

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (or CBT) can help you re-frame your thoughts to be more positive, which in turn can help you make lasting changes in your life. CBT techniques have proven particularly helpful for people struggling with depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem but anyone can use it. It’s time to stop being your own worst [...]