From Om to OH!

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 6, 2016 |

Chant to come? Yoga is not just for the svelte, green tea-drinking, virtuous types. We can all benefit from down dogging it, even from the comfort of a chair. Chair yoga is a real thing. As a famous yoga master said, “If you can breathe, you can do yoga”. The whole purpose of yoga is…

Thank you, Body

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 17, 2015 |

Feel the soothing breeze? See the gorgeous blue sky and billowy clouds? Smell the delish salty air? Can you just about taste it? Hear the sound of the sea? ​If you said yes to any of these, thank your body!

Want happiness? Top 10 Don’ts

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 25, 2015 |

Happiness. Ahhh. The elusive pursuit. “I just want to be happy!” say friends, family, and strangers. Magazine headlines, book titles, websites, FB posts, BLOGS (hello!) – all promise happiness. “Do this!” and you will be happy, the lists say. Advertisers suggest that if you use their product, you too will be happy (and beautiful, and successful, and fill-in-the-blank).…

Comfort Zone

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 18, 2015 |

“All deliberate change first comes from denying the logic that most gives you comfort” What is Mike Dooley, the author of the quote, saying? My take is that he is reminding us that change is hard, and that we tend to take our thoughts as fact, especially when those thoughts have become automatic. It is…

Revolution Time!

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | July 30, 2014 |

58 Reasons to Feel Good about Your Body (At Any Size!) Start a Revolution: Stop Hating Your Body! ​​— By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach​​ I am re-posting this excellent idea! One particularly hot September afternoon when my daughter was in the fourth grade, she invited a few friends to enjoy an after-school swim in our…

The skin you are in

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | June 15, 2014 |

What have you done to honor your body today? Assignment: Find a body lotion that you love. Maybe you love the scent of the lotion. Maybe you love the way it absorbs into your skin. Or, maybe, just maybe, the tactile connection between your own hand and your skin feels like a friendship.Or a romance…. Or…

Gratitude as one of nine choices

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | June 1, 2014 |

Greg Hicks and Rick Foster set out on a three-year journey to study extremely happy people. The began to study happiness in 1995, and they eventually traveled to all 50 states, 7 continents, and over 40 countries, finding and interviewing hundreds of extremely happy people. Their initial research uncovered a system of nine choices that’s…

Chocolate cake: The weight of guilt and levity of celebration

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | May 26, 2014 |

A recent study in the journal Appetite examined the effect of eating chocolate cake. In particular, the researchers were interested in understanding the association of either guilt or of celebration with eating chocolate cake. In other words, when eating prototypic forbidden food like chocolate cake, were women likely to feel helpless and out of control (ie guilty) OR…

Multiple Choice

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 16, 2014 |

“How do I choose love if I hate myself?”, ‘Sherri’ (not her real name) asked me yesterday during her therapy session. I said nothing but could feel my eyes soften and water slightly. (Who does not know that feeling?!) She continued. “My stomach sticks out. I have a zit on my chin. The guy I hooked…

Divergent: In Ashley’s Words

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 14, 2014 |

In a recent magazine interview, Ashley Judd spoke about her role in the movie Divergent. Based on the book series, the film is about a society that divides people into five factions, each based on a different virtue.  A decision has to be made at age 16 to remain in the faction one was born into or switch into another, for…