Author: chanellejohn

#MeditationMonday

 

Happy Monday everyone! Get your week off to a great start by making time for mindfulness. The video above is my favorite daily meditation, led by the venerable Sharon Salzberg. I’ve experienced firsthand the profound impact that Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation can have on one’s self talk, body image, and stress level. Want to learn more about the benefits of Metta Meditation? Sign up for the Whole Soul Health Newsletter to read this week’s feature article.

 

 

Meditation’s Most Common Challenges–And Ways to Push Through

How’s your meditation practice right now? Stagnant? Non-existent? If so, today we’re going to get to the bottom of it. Meditation is one of the most important wellness tools we have access to. Before I was a yogi, I was a meditator. I was lucky enough to grow up with parents who had mindfulness and prayer rituals they practiced daily. I have experimented with many forms of meditation, like japa, mantra, vipassana, and others. Though I consistently meditate now, I would be lying if I said my practice was always as solid as it is today. Struggling with your practice is part of the practice. Still, I constantly meet people who say they want to practice meditation but find it difficult to stick with it. If you hit a meditation plateau, read on for tips on how to push through. If you are just beginning to meditate, congrats! Be aware of these pitfalls, and watch your practice flourish. Continue reading

Haters Gonna Hate: 3 Reminders to Maintain Your Motivation

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Are you doing something innovative and new? Are you committed to a vision for your life and taking risks to make it happen? Are you setting goals for yourself that you previously didn’t think you could achieve? If so, you’ve undoubtedly encountered some haters. Whether you’re trying to take your health and fitness to the next level or making bold moves in your career, these 3 reminders will help you deal with their doubts. Continue reading

(MORE) Reasons Why Your Yoga Class is so White–What the Atlantic Missed

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When I saw this article in the Atlantic last month, I practically jumped for joy. I couldn’t help but think,”Yes! Finally!” I have dedicated a significant amount of my intellectual energy studying the intersections of race, class, and culture. As an avid yogi for the past 6 years, my beloved yoga practice did not escape my racial critique. Continue reading

Beyond BMI: 3 More Holistic Ways to Measure Your Health Success

It's Time for a New Health Paradigm

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the best ways to measure our health. Body Mass Index (BMI) is one of the most common measurements used today. BMI estimates how much body fat a person should have based on their height and weight, and categorizes them as underweight, normal, or overweight.  But what is more accurate: BMI? The scale? Are numbers even the best way to measure success?  Continue reading