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Omega Institute Walking Meditation 101
What: Walking meditation involves focusing on the physical sensations of every step you take, sometimes in coordination with the breath. Examples: The Zen Buddhist practice of kinhin; the Native American vision quest; Kundalini Yoga's breathwalk practice; the Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist practice of parikrama; and the Christian practice of walking a labyrinth. More
Ditching Diets & Releasing Stress: An Interview With Jon Gabriel
An Interview With Jon Gabriel
Omega: How did you transition from being a chronic dieter to finding a more holistic approach to weight loss and life? Jon: I came to a place of desperation, where I was 400 pounds. I was exhausted. I was stressed out. And life had just given me a second chance: I was almost on one of the planes that crashed on 9/11. I thought to myself, “Here I am killing myself and the universe just gave me a second chance.” More
Omega Institute Standing Meditation 101
What: Standing meditation encourages you to tune into your body—and the present moment—while standing up or holding a specific standing yoga or tai chi pose. Some teachers may invite you to focus on the physical sensations of standing while tuning into the world around you. Others may encourage you to focus on your breathing and/or an internal visualization. More
Omega Institute Resilience & the Yoga of Recovery: An Interview With Nikki Myers
An Interview With Nikki Myers
After her struggle with addiction, Nikki Myers founded Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR), a relapse-prevention program that integrates yoga with the tools of 12-step programs. Myers says that addictive behaviors can disconnect and separate you—from yourself, your loved ones, and your environment. In Sanskrit yoga means "union" and the practice can help restore balance and wholeness, especially for those in recovery. Omega: What does resilience mean to you? More
Omega Institute Trauma Workers Need to Help Themselves, Too
Burnout. Compassion fatigue. Secondary traumatic stress. These are terms used to describe the emotional (and physical) drain experienced by many trauma workers. The symptoms can mimic those of post-traumatic stress: feeling numb, anxious, depressed, cynical, discouraged, or fatigued. Caregivers may also experience sleep issues from working too many hours or seeing too many patients. More
Omega Institute Brain-Boosting Avocado Smoothie
This simple green smoothie features a secret brain-boosting ingredient: avocado. Unlike many other fruits and vegetables, avocados contain healthy unsaturated fats that help keep your brain cell membranes flexible and protect nerve cells. As a bonus, avocados create a creamy, silky smooth texture much like soft serve ice cream. Try blending this treat today. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients More
Omega Institute Moving Through Grief by Ana Forrest
Holding on to anger, fear, or resentment can cause physical pain, but when we heal our emotional pain, our physical pain often subsides. The emotions need to be in motion in order for us to be healthy. We've got to move them and feel them and let them express themselves. More
Omega Institute What's the Best Wellness Treatment for You?
One of the best ways to reboot your mind, body, and spirit is with a little self-care. Bodywork is a great option, but sometimes it's hard to know what treatment will work best for you.  Omega's Wellness Center offers more than 45 services, from energy work to life coaching to massage and more, but choosing a service doesn't need to stress you out. The reservations staff is trained to listen to your needs and make recommendations based on what’s going on for you. Plus, they make sure the timing works with your workshop, meals, and other Omega events. More
Omega Institute Don't Let Your Vacation Days Slip Away
Call it martyrdom. Call it work-a-holism. Call it what you like. The fact is, Americans are taking fewer vacation days than ever before. A recent study shows that Americans basically work for free for about one week per year. More