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Category archives for: Wellness

Valentine’s Day Morning

By Frank Simons The Meditation Center will hold a Valentine’s Day Morning of Zen on Saturday, February 14. There will be three periods of sitting meditation of 40 minutes, two periods of walking meditation of 20 minutes, and a live dharma talk, “The Heart of Zen Practice,” at 11am, presented by Reirin Alheidis Gumbel, who [...]

Yoga for the Season

By Deborah Miller Why change our yoga in the different seasons? Just as our eating changes with each season, so should our yoga. In summer we crave lighter, cooler foods like salads and fruits, and our yoga should be more cooling. As summer turns to fall, soups, stews, and casseroles are the mainstay of our [...]

Progress with Immersion

By Jennifer Kagan Learning something new requires consistency. This is true of everything, including learning another language — something many of us here in San Miguel are quite familiar with. Daily practice is priceless, but spend a significant amount time in immersion and see how rapidly you advance. This is true of yoga. Yoga, an [...]

To Prevent Falls, Improve Your Balance with Tai Chi

By Mary Murrell Balance is the key to reducing the chances of falls and fractures. According to a recently published book, The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, about 30 percent of people retirement age and up will experience a fall. Many will have physical injuries and some of them quite serious. Tai Chi [...]

What is an Interior Architect?

By Veronica c. Van der Neut Interior architects, though often grouped with interior decorators, take on a bigger task than making a room or building aesthetically pleasing. Their expertise is interior. Why would an architect work in the interior? They take into account what is practical and beautiful, but they must also understand the structure [...]

Mindful Living, Deep Listening

By Jeanie Seward-Magee There was a wonderful article and presentation by Ted Englander this past week on being non-judgmental and being impeccable with our words. The other part of this is deep listening. Thich Nhat Hanh’s Fourth Mindfulness Practice Training is about deep listening and mindful speech. “Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech [...]

Alto Does Not Mean Stop!

Live Like You Can By Janis McDonald The glorieta traffic circle is the wonderful way Mexico merges traffic from all four corners. When I first moved to Mexico, I was warned, “When you see the red Alto sign at the glorieta, do not stop unless you can’t go immediately. You will be rear-ended and hear [...]

Live like you can

By Janis McDonald A twice-monthly column on wellness, functional aging, fitness and optimal living, illustrated by inspiring stories of local people, points to ponder on positive aging. Patrica Chaarte Patricia Chaarte is a resident of San Miguel de Allende who moved here in l991. Her career has been in New York as an editor, art [...]

US First Lady, Michelle Obama, experiences Tai Chi in China

By Virginia Harford Michelle Obama looked pretty good as she was given an experience of Tai Chi while in China. She had high heels on, which is not recommended. The World Tai Chi and Qigong Day supporters created a petition. They want her to attend this year’s World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event in [...]

T’ai Chi Chih—a moving meditation

By Virginia Harford A while ago I wrote that the movements of T’ai Chi are the fourth component of a wellness program—the energy part. The first three are diet, exercise and supplements. The gentle movements have been described by many as a moving meditation. Justin Stone, creator of T’ai Chi Chih, often said that while [...]

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