Will and Surrender-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Challenge and Ease I was in a yoga practice earlier this week engaged in a relatively uncomfortable hold in a deep lunge. Had I been practicing at home I might have avoided this posture all together or only stayed in … Continue reading

My Gratitude List-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Feeling Grateful As the year comes to a close it is a good time to reflect back on goals and intentions I had set back in January. Often these reflections are uplifting and joyful but I also notice how sometimes … Continue reading

5 Mindfulness Myths-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Demystifying Mindfulness What is mindfulness really? In short, it is the practice of paying attention. But, we tend to “jump ship” from the present moment when we feel uncomfortable emotionally. We avoid feeling our discomfort by distracting ourselves or pushing … Continue reading

Resources for Trauma Part II-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Healing Emotions Healing trauma involves reclaiming a sense of choice about how, when, and where you feel your emotions. For example, you do not want to process traumatic memories in the grocery store or when you are parenting your children. … Continue reading

Resources for Trauma Recovery-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Cultivating Peace in the Wake of Trauma Traumatic events disrupt life, leaving you feeling ungrounded, frightened, and often overwhelmed. Terrifying events strip you of your sense of safety. The experience of distressing or traumatic events is, to some degree, inevitable. … Continue reading

Equanimity amidst Change-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Finding Balance The only constant in life is change. This wisdom can be found across traditions. Ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, illuminated the world with his scientific and philosophical understanding that “life is flux.” Within Buddhism we are reminded of the … Continue reading

Natural Vagus Nerve Stimulation-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Trauma, Health, and the Vagus Nerve When working with clients with chronic trauma I commonly hear stories of seizures, migraines, gastrointestinal problems, and autoimmune disorders. The connection between trauma and health is complex, not surprising because there is still so much … Continue reading

Mind-Body Medicine-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Mind and Body in Psychotherapy *Diane is not an actual person, but a composite of several clients Dr. Schwartz has seen over the past several years. Identifying details have been changed to protect their privacy. The treatments and outcomes are … Continue reading

Yoga for Trauma Recovery-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Healing PTSD with Yoga Yoga saved her life. Six months before her wedding she travelled to South America with her parents; without warning her mother had a heart attack and died in her arms. Coming home, she attempted to re-engage … Continue reading

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

An Initiation into Mindfulness Nearly 20 years ago I entered my yoga teacher training. During one of our lectures discussing the importance of mindfulness I was lying on my stomach on the floor, my legs outstretched behind me. All the … Continue reading