It isn’t always easy, but being mindful can make all the difference.
As women, we know all about stress. From running a household to working, from chauffeuring children and coordinating extracurricular activities to business meetings, from trying to keep up with friends to trying to keep up with your family, from making sure the bills are paid to making sure homework is done…the list goes on and on.
According to the American Psychological Association, 40% of women report frequent stress – that’s 5% more than men. 83% of women report being stressed out about money – and, again, that’s 5% more than men. And the most frightening statistic: 87% of women reported dramatic increases in stress associated with health problems affecting their families in relationship to the declining economy.
by Deborah Metzger
The Courier News and Home News Tribune, April 6, 2010
I’m amazed by professional athletes. To get where they are, these men and women endure intense training to participate in a sport at such a high level. This got me thinking about what athletes must do to give themselves an edge and make themselves be the ones to beat.
by Deborah Metzger
The Courier News and Home News Tribune, February 10, 2010, and on MyCentralJersey.com
Seasons change, and many of us change with them. During fall and winter, many people experience a lack of energy, mood swings, a change in eating or social habits, and the desire to sleep excessively.
By Deborah Metzger, Founder and Director of Princeton Center for Yoga & Health of Skillman, NJ
According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work – in fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at one point or another in their lives and that Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain – and that’s just for the most easily identified costs.
Yoga can be a great way to address back pain. It is a system which balances strength and flexibility and addresses the whole body. Most people are tight in key areas affecting the spine, for example in the hips and shoulders, hamstrings and psoas. The spine may be compressed and back muscles tight or weak. For these considerations, yoga can be ideal for back pain sufferers.
by Deborah Metzger, correspondent
The Courier News and Home News Tribune, October 27, 2009 and on MyCentralJersey.com
With memories of mortifying class discussions led by a high school gym teacher, what adult would sign up another round of sex education? As it turns out, lots of them — especially when the lesson is about more than physical aspect of sex and focuses on the complexity of intimacy.
Sexuality is a very important, very complex part of the human experience. In yoga, we are taught about the power of uniting mind, body and spirit. This translates into intimacy; there is a depth to intimacy that we can all benefit from learning about.
I’m sure many of you reading this are wondering, “How can yoga teach me about intimacy?”