Mediation – Does the Mind Good

For most of us who live in this busy world where our cell phones are now literally attached to our ears, the idea of sitting quietly for more than a few minutes and focusing solely on our thoughts sounds either impossible or just downright scary. We can hardly sit still for ten minutes to wait for a table at a restaurant or at the doctor’s office. Why else would there be so many magazines around but to cater to the small attention spans we’ve all come to acquire? This is probably why many people have never even thought of trying meditation. Not even in the form of a hot, relaxing bubble bath once in a while.

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Climb and Say “Om”

Do you love to breathe in the fresh mountain air and test your strength by hiking? Do you love to stretch and elongate your muscles with yoga? What if you could hike and do yoga at the same time, all the while making new friends along the way? Tali Miller-Sanchez’s love for both activities inspired her to unite yoga and hiking together, creating YogaHikes—a challenging workout combining hiking to get your heart rate up, and yoga overlooking the beautiful natural scenery of Santa Barbara, to calm your mind.

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Imagine Your Way to Fitness

Want to improve your athletic performance, learn new techniques, and enhance motivation all without even lifting a finger? It may sound like a catchphrase of an infomercial for a new miracle product, but visualization is a completely free and effective method to complement your exercise routine.

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Biofeedback

Ever feel like your sweaty palms are trying to talk to you? Maybe they are saying “I’m too hot,” or maybe they are saying “I’m nervous.” What would you do if you could actually hear what your hand had to say?

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Meditation: On and Off the Trail

We’ve all felt it. We’ve felt it in those moments when at a particular mile marker, the rhythmic repetition of our feet on pavement, grass or sand allows us to slide into the zone of one-pointed focus, clarity of mind or even dare I say a state of bliss. Or, we’ve felt it perched on a surfboard scanning the horizon, catching a wave, sweating on a trail, pulling ourselves up on a rock wall, pedaling furiously on a trail, or even gazing off into the horizon.

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Can You Hear It?

I looked up and knew I had been caught. “Well, do you think I made the right decision?” she asked me. There was no recovery, I had to admit it. I wasn’t listening to her. She had started her story a few minutes prior, when I became distracted by a group of people riding their bicycles past the table where we sat for lunch.

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Waiting to Exhale: The Power of Engaging the Breath

Take a Deep Breath.Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. This phrase is an often used piece of advice to encourage relaxation. Fortunately, we don’t have to consciously think about every breath that we take, particularly since we breathe anywhere from 10 to 20 times every minute.

While our breath is automatic, the practice of bringing a greater degree of attention to our breath can have a dramatic effect on our state of mind as well as our physical performance.While physical and emotional factors can alter the natural rhythm of our breath, adjusting and modifying the way we breathe can facilitate a greater experience of ease of both body and mind.

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A Massage Sampler

The benefits of massage are numerous: improved circulation, stress reduction, greater range of motion, prevention of muscle injury… and best of all it feels good. But how do you know which type of massage is right for you? Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (www.abmp.com), a national massage organization, estimates there are over 200 different massage techniques practiced today. As a massage therapist with over 15 years experience, I’ve taken a look at some of the most popular massage styles to find out what people in Santa Barbara are asking for.

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