FIVE MYTHS ABOUT ANGER

FIVE MYTHS ABOUT ANGER

This article was written by Albert J. Dytch, MFT and you can find the original posted here on his site.   Myth #1:  “I get angry. That’s just the way I am.” Reality:  First of all, feeling angry and acting angry are not the same thing, although one typically leads to...

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CLARIFY YOUR RELATIONSHIP PURPOSE

CLARIFY YOUR RELATIONSHIP PURPOSE

In a previous blog, "10 (+1) Principles for a Healthy Relationship", principle #8 spoke to the importance of knowing your relationship purpose and values, and holding each other accountable to them. If you think of your relationship like an organization, perhaps even...

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RELATIONSHIP CHECK-IN

RELATIONSHIP CHECK-IN

As a couples therapist, and a woman who works full-time and is married, I can appreciate how challenging it can sometimes be to find time to check-in with your partner. In an ideal world, our relationship with our partner comes first and we prioritize time together...

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10 (+1) PRINCIPLES FOR A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP

10 (+1) PRINCIPLES FOR A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP

As a couples’ therapist, I see a lot of conflict. I also see a lot of repair, and over the years I have come to understand what makes a relationship distressed and headed for unhappiness, separation or divorce, and what makes it healthy, happy, and continually...

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WHEN THINGS GO WRONG

WHEN THINGS GO WRONG

"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer." ~Denis Waitley February 25. The long awaited day was here. I had planned this yoga retreat in Costa Rica more than 8 months ago....

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ON BEING RE-PARENTED

ON BEING RE-PARENTED

If you know me, you know that I am a huge fan of yoga, life coaching and therapy, and have diligently followed numerous teachers (of both yoga, coaching, and psychology) around the country, the world, and online. I am also a really big fan of quotes and sayings. One...

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DEPOSITS IN THE BANK

DEPOSITS IN THE BANK

Back in 2013, when I was an avid yoga practitioner travelling around the world to study and teach, I had the fortune of spending a lot of time with a teacher of mine, Christina Sell. One spring, I was attending a particular workshop called “Asana Junkies” with a group...

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UNDERSTANDING RELATIONSHIPS & COUPLES THERAPY

UNDERSTANDING RELATIONSHIPS & COUPLES THERAPY

If you are experiencing distress or dissatisfaction in your relationship, or considering couples therapy, you are certainly not alone. Today, one of the primary reasons people seek out counselling or therapy is due to conflict or distress in their relationship with...

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

Before I shifted to practicing psychotherapy and offering coaching & mentorship full-time, I was a yoga for 10 years. I was regularly asked a lot of questions about yoga teacher training by students, clients, and even strangers. Sometimes, people would even want to...

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CREATING A DAILY YOGA PRACTICE

CREATING A DAILY YOGA PRACTICE

In the yoga community, the term “Daily Practice” is used a lot in conversation. People often ask me “What does your daily practice consist of?” and I’ve heard many people say, “I really need to start a daily practice.” What I haven’t heard as often are some questions...

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SELF-DISCLOSURE AS A HELPING PROFESSIONAL

SELF-DISCLOSURE AS A HELPING PROFESSIONAL

Many years ago, while studying with one of my teachers, our group was discussing the appropriateness of self-disclosure in yoga classes and to our students in general. Some people in the group felt that self-disclosure wasn’t appropriate at all, and that conversation...

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DEALING WITH STRESS

DEALING WITH STRESS

We hear the word stress a lot in our society today. Often, it is referring to a mental or emotional experience of tension, strain, or pressure caused by unfavorable or demanding circumstances. I imagine it is fairly safe to say that we have all experienced stress to...

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WHY YOGA NEEDS PSYCHOLOGY

WHY YOGA NEEDS PSYCHOLOGY

Resistance says: “I don’t want this. This isn’t supposed to be happening.” Love says: "Come sit on my lap. You are welcome here as you are." In 1999, I left home for the first time and took my first steps into adult life as a student at Queen’s University. I would go...

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I AM NOT A YOGI

I AM NOT A YOGI

As a former yoga teacher, and student of yoga for nearly 20 years, I have a confession to make: I am not a yogi. Let me explain. According to arguably the most famous yogi, Patanjali, yoga is ‘chitta vritti nirodha’, or “the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind”....

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YOGA DOESN’T MAKE YOU HAPPY

YOGA DOESN’T MAKE YOU HAPPY

As a practitioner of yoga for nearly 20 years, I have seen all sorts of claims of what yoga can do -- mostly well-intentioned to help people out of their own suffering. Claims like ‘finding your bliss’, ‘experiencing our inner peace’, ‘learning to calm your mind’ are...

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3 MAJOR BLOCKS TO GETTING THINGS DONE

3 MAJOR BLOCKS TO GETTING THINGS DONE

Here are the 3 biggest obstacles that will prevent you from accomplishing your goals and checking things off your to-do list. Until a few months ago, I was traveling constantly, working occasionally and had quite a bit of free time on my hands. I enjoyed this luxury...

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Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.

~ David Richo