Here we are! The end of 2016. Hard to believe another year has gone by on the blog. We've covered a lot this year, so let's take a quick look back!
Blog Series Highlights
The Guide to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). We began the year with a look at 'SAD,' a disorder that affects millions of people, causing depression-like symptoms during the winter months. We showed you three exercises you could do to manage the major symptoms of SAD and experience a higher quality of life during the colder, darker months of the year. Check out the workout: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
The Series on Integrative Pain Management. In this six part series from late summer, we gave you a summary of the mind-body pain management strategies and research I contributed to this book. This is a great series for people looking to understand the scientific theories and evidence behind mind-body healing, as well as some of the philosophical underpinnings of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
Achieving Physical and Mental Balance Workout Series. Next, we created the series on achieving both physical and mental balance. This workout and post series will give you the tools needed to achieve a calmer mind and reduce your risk of accidental falls and trips. It also added some advanced techniques for people who are younger and unlikely to have harmful falls.
Mind-Body Workout for People Age 70+. And how can we forget the series we just finished? This, combined with the Balance series, makes a very well-rounded mind-body course for elderly students. And best of all, it is totally free! Just bookmark these pages and reference them at any time. (And also remember, if you are an elderly student looking to do these exercises, ask your doctor and have a younger person there to help you!)
It's that time of year that people make resolutions to exercise more and treat their body and mind better. If you are someone who has difficulty keeping those resolutions for more than a few weeks, a great way to stick to them is to use one of my Udemy courses to easily divide up the exercises you should do each day. No planning needed, just log-on, click play, watch the learn video, and then practice along with me in the practice video. You only need to do one exercise a day to start a good habit.
I have all kinds of courses available, including:
- Improve your Physical and Mental Success with Tai Chi
- Tai Chi and Chi Kung: Sitting, Standing, and Moving Meditation
- Relieve and End Lower Back Pain with Tai Chi & Qi Gong
- Alleviate Upper Back Pain with Tai Chi and Qi Gong
- 15 Minute Mind-Body Workout for Recharging & Reducing Stress
- Tai Chi for a Focused Mind: Pure and Simple
- NEW! Strengthen Your Immune System with Tai Chi & Qi Gong NEW!
It's never too late to sign up for a course and start changing your day-to-day life. Give it a try!
More Classes and Workshops
We've also had some great classes and workshops in 2016, including last week at the Tufts Women in Medicine and Sciences Committee special Week of Wellness celebration on December 8th! If you didn't make it to one of my events in 2016, be sure to keep an ear open for events in 2017.
Taking a Break
Just like we did last year, we'll be taking a break on the blog from now until January 13th, when we'll be back with more mind-body techniques, tai chi, qi gong, and meditation tips, tricks, and discussions.
Until then, Happy Holidays! And as always, Happy Stretching!