Entries Tagged as 'Integrative Wellness'

By: Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer

This is a relatively quiet and even month despite the last month of the election cycle.  We begin October on Saturday the 1st with beautiful Venus in harmony with visionary Neptune.  Sensitivity in love and good taste in art and decor are in the air. Venus is in Scorpio now and Neptune in Pisces. Both are water signs highlighting intuition and compassion.  

On Sunday October 2nd the sun is irritated somewhat by Neptune.  During this period some may be dissatisfied with themselves or with what they have accomplished thus far in life. This can be an idealistic time, and when standards can be set too high. A fear of rejection or of social obligations can keep you from seizing opportunities. Also the air sign planets Mercury and Uranus could add more confusion in travel and communications primarily for those born in the signs Aries, Virgo and Scorpio.

The sun blends well with Saturn on Tuesday the 4th bringing stability and security through organizational skills and effective planning. Those born in the signs Libra and Sagittarius can experience stable business growth and increased security.

Venus and Pluto become passionately involved intensifying relationships on Wednesday the 5th. Financial gains are possible as the assessment of the value of stocks or goods is right on target. Scorpios and Capricorns especially have ability to attract others and increase charisma. Some can cultivate latent talents. The warrior Mars squares off with excessive Jupiter. Litigation and taking unnecessary risks should be avoided. Overdoing or overspending may affect Capricorns and Librans the most.


By: Jes Gale, Yoga & Meditation Specialist

The Yamas, or “observances”, are one of the 8 limbs of yoga. There are 5 Yamas. I like think of them as: good guidelines for life. They’re good guidelines because they lead us out of darkness and into the light, or we might say: out of ignorance and into knowing. Aparigraha (uh-par-E-grah-ha) is the 5th of these guideline. It translates loosely to “non-greed”, “non-clinging”, “non-attachment” or “non-hoarding”. Aparigraha challenges our belief that something outside of ourselves will make us happy.


By Lisa Frank, M.Ed., Wellness Counselor and Yoga Instructor

This Yama is often interpreted as celibacy, yet it could be said that it represents much more.  It is about creating a virtuous lifestyle, practicing self-control and moderation in all things, including control of one’s sexual desires and impulses.  Life is created through sex and is thus necessary for the survival of a species.  For some celibacy is their chosen virtuous lifestyle, but for most householders’ celibacy is not the aim. Rather than denying sexual pleasure try instead to engage in meaningful and respectful physical contact.  


By Sheryl Brooks, R.N., Women's Health Expert

Have you considered the boost to how your work team would feel after venturing away from the office together?  You may find that the cost of group travel is more than offset by the improvement in how that team works together and what they take back to the workplace.


Even though Ayurveda emerged more than 5,000 years ago in India, it's still a relevant, applicable system based on the laws of nature. See how balancing your doshas can lead to better health.