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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 [...]

The Spirit of Jack LaLanne Lives On

By Janis McDonald What do Jack, Janis, and Joe have in common except the “J?” We spent our lives helping people feel better, driven by a lifetime passion for fitness and a desire to share it with everyone. When my hero, “The Apostle of Fitness,” Jack LaLanne, died at 98, it was the end of [...]

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 [...]

Thai foot massage comes to San Miguel

By Joseph Dispenza In Thailand, it is not uncommon to see people lined up around the side of a temple to receive the healing touch of Thai foot massage and head-neck-shoulder massage. The temple setting emphasizes the unique character of this practice as both a physical and spiritual healing modality. Thai foot massage is a [...]

Half-Day Sit Meditation

By Frank Simmons The Meditation Center will hold a half-day sit. There will be four periods of sitting meditation of 40 minutes each, some walking meditation, and at about 11:45am a dharma talk by Nomon Tim Burnett, who will be offering teachings around the powerful and ancient idea of “emptiness” as expressed in the Heart [...]

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