Beautiful November

I hope that you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather. If you have been affected by the political wrangling within our city, I hope that it has not affected your capacity to see each day as a precious gift. As I travel through the greater D.C., area, I hear stories of concern and uncertainty.  Even though our region has not ... Read More »

Effective Treatment for PTSD and Trauma

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy that is listed in the new Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Practice Guidelines as highly recommended or category “A”, for the treatment of trauma, panic attacks, grief and depression. EMDR is a neuropsychological approach to trauma resolution. EMDR helps to access and activate the intrinsic healing process. Many have referred ... Read More »

Preventing Osteoporosis Through Exercise

Women often want an exercise program to strengthen their bones. Before beginning such a program, it is recommended that they share a Bone Density Scan (DXA scan) with a professional health care or fitness trainer, to see where the majority of bone loss is and whether they have osteoporosis or osteopenia. Based on the results of the bone scan and ... Read More »

Building a Mindful Nation, Veterans First

What if America’s combat veterans were able to combine their formidable skills with inner awareness training and mind-body healing practices? Imagine public schools and VFW halls in urban and rural communities across the country becoming centers of social renewal, staffed up with a corps of veterans turned educators and trauma recovery specialists. This is the vision of Rep. Tim Ryan ... Read More »


The heart is the bridge to our upper and lower energy centers (the chakras), and it is the connection to our inner and outer lives.  A well-established heart connection helps us to be more creative, it allows for wise decision making, and makes for more harmonious relationships. The heart is the keeper of our inner treasures.  It holds the gems ... Read More »

How Chinese Medicine Can Help Alleviate Depression and Anxiety

From a Chinese medicine perspective, depression and anxiety can be understood as a disturbance to the shen, or roughly translated, our spirit. When shen is disturbed, manifestations might include a feeling of lack of meaning in one’s life, an inability to connect to other people, feelings of worthlessness and inauthenticity, self-loathing or a lack of energy among other things. Moreover, ... Read More »

Explore the Sacred Feminine with Kris O’Shee

Psychotherapist, Kris O’Shee brings together three passions in her practice that focus on supporting women: dance, mind-body medicine and the rich history of the sacred feminine. Women often experience a gap in their lives today, a longing that hovers just beneath their consciousness. Through O’Shee’s research into prehistoric images of goddesses and the feminine spirit, and in her work as ... Read More »

Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman Discuss Love Your Enemies

Leading meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg and Tibetan Buddhist scholar, Tenzin Robert Thurman will tackle the gold standard of spiritual topics from their new book Love Your Enemies, on October 14 at Friends Meetinghouse in Dupont Circle, D.C. Mixing ancient Buddhist wisdom, modern psychology and the latest neuroscience, they will address the real sources of rage and fear and offer practical solutions ... Read More »

Conscious Cooking and Enlightened Eating

On October 11 to 13, enjoy a fun, relaxing and informative weekend of hands-on cooking classes and demos, mindful eating, yoga and meditation—all designed to nourish the body, mind and spirit. Gilah Rosner, clinical pathologist turned herbalist and Debbie Arnster, integrative nutritionist and health educator, will teach you how to easily prepare delicious health-supporting foods and how to utilize nutritional principles to ... Read More »

Ageless Grace® Seminar and Educator Certification

Janie Peterson, fitness professional and national trainer, will offer a personal practice seminar, followed by educator/teacher certification, the weekend of November 15 to 17. Based upon the cutting edge science of neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to change no matter what age, the  Ageless Grace® program consists of 21 simple tools for lifelong comfort and ease. Movements are done in a ... Read More »