Yoga Research: Can Yoga Be an Effective Adjunct Therapy for Trauma, Depression and Anxiety? | YogaUOnline

Now that yoga is an established part of mainstream culture, there is an increased interest in using yoga as therapy for psychological problems such as depression, anxiety and PTSD. A new meta-review of all published studies on yoga for trauma, anxiety and depression in the journal, Trauma, Violence and Abuse, suggests that yoga can be beneficial as an adjunct therapy, but those delivering services need sufficient training and expertise to be effective.

Source: Yoga Research: Can Yoga Be an Effective Adjunct Therapy for Trauma, Depression and Anxiety? | YogaUOnline

Authentic Love

Loving authentically Through our Words and Actions

Did you know that when we speak our heart, it enforces the level of interconnection among us, no matter where we are? That’s because our conscious intention is not bound by geography or time. There are different kinds of love, and many different ways to show love.  But, there is one consistent thread  – if we show love authentically through both our words and actions, we can experience the true joy that is abundant in all of us. It is, after all, our birthright.
"What greater gift can you give to those you love than your own wholeness?" - Shannon Tanner, Worthy: The Power of Wholeness

“There is love in everything, and when we live in our truth with an open heart (and live in our truth), the light illuminates the way.” ~ Kasi Kaye Iiopoulos

Think about your words or actions for any given situation lately. Do the actions and words in your relationship(s) come from a space of love because you cherish the relationship and authentically want to nurture and grow it, or are they based on the fear of being alone? Are your food choices based on the love you have for yourself and your authentic desire to nourish your body, or are they based on fear of disease or illness?  When you make choices regarding personal wellness and self-care, do they come from a loving place in your heart that wants to make yourself stronger and more vibrant, or do they come from a place of fear regarding how you might look (physically or otherwise)? When you donate (time, energy, money), is it out of pure love or is it out of a sense of obligation? Do you love your job because it feeds your soul, or are you staying at your job based on fear of the unknown or possible instability?
When we take the time to go inward and reflect on our actions and motivations, it helps us to see whether we are speaking/acting from our heart. Free your ego with authenticity. It will open your heart and allow you to show your true colors. When we speak from our heart, we are showing our authenticity. When we are authentic, we connect with our soul. And when we connect with our soul, we experience the wholeness and joy that resides in all of us. Try this self-love meditation if you have a couple of minutes.
 “Never Water Yourself down just because someone can’t handle  you at 100 proof” ~ power of positivity
~ Written by Amy Mazeski