Monday, November 17, 2014

Healing, Strength, and Courage

In today's #BWD: yoga that heals; a safe and effective core workout; and the story of a woman who walked her way from death to life. May it bless you.

Be Well!

Yoga's unique blend of exercise and mindfulness has been proven to improve mental health. In 5 Yoga Moves that Help with Breast Cancer Recovery, the folks at everydayhealth offer a healing path that includes modifications for the beginner and infinite challenges for the more experienced practitioner. This simple practice will benefit everyone, not just cancer warriors.

There are a lot of causes for lower back pain, but one of the most common is weakness in the core: the structural powerhouse system that extends from the shoulders to the hips. Core weakness is responsible for the poor exercise form that makes so many movements painful. Here is a nice core workout that almost anyone can do to strengthen your body's powerhouse. (Sorry about the ad at the beginning, but hang in there; Jessica and Peanut are worth the wait.)


When Jen Corn realized that at 5'-6" and 311 pounds, she could not travel the 30 feet to her mailbox without gasping for air, she knew that she had to make a change. She started walking. Three years and 150 pounds later, her story is inspiring and motivating. Jen's journey reminds us that living is always an option, and that none of us is beyond redemption, no matter how destructive our past choices might have been. See a slide show about her journey here, and read her story in her own words in Half the Person I Used to Be.