All Stress Begins with our Thoughts

All Stress Begins with our Thoughts

By: Dr. Mike Olpin All stress begins with a thought. It isn’t what’s happening “out there” that initiates the stress response. It’s how we interpret what’s happening “out there” that causes us to become stressed or not. We call this a perception of a threat. If we think this situation will lead to some kind of pain (emotional, mental, spiritual, or physical), we turn on the stress response automatically to prepare for the potential pain. The potential pain is what we call a “threat.” Prevention of stress, then, is best done by focusing on our thoughts, by changing how we think about those things we think are threatening. (more…)...
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Too Old for Yoga? Nope

Too Old for Yoga? Nope

By: Shanyn Olpin Do you know anyone who is suffering from osteoporosis, arthritis, curvature of the spine, depression, stress, or just not being able to reach down and tie their shoes? In a study done by The American Journal of Public Health, Yoga was found to help those who were in their 60’s who suffered from “dowager’s hump” (excessive curvature of the spine). (more…)...
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The Best Relationship Medicine

The Best Relationship Medicine

By: Shanyn Olpin One night a few years ago, I was in a deep sleep when I began to feel the presence of someone else very close to my face. I opened my eyes to find my six year old daughter staring at me from about three inches away. Startled and a bit freaked out, I jumped up to find she had apparently been there for a while, wondering if she should wake me. “Mommy, I had a bad dream.” I took a deep breath and asked her what it was about. “There was a monster in my closet.” From here, I did exactly the wrong thing as you will soon see. I said, (more…)...
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Parable of the Stacked Stones

Parable of the Stacked Stones

By: Dr. Mike Olpin I love to bike, hike, and run in the hills and mountains of northern and southern Utah. I love the workout of going up. I love the thrill and speed of coming down. Best of all, I love the views I get when I reach the tops of the trails. I particularly enjoy one trail that happens to be located only a few short minutes from where I live. Within minutes from home, I can find myself on a path where it immediately feels like no city exists anywhere nearby. I disappear into undeveloped terrain. As I ride, walk, or run along this trail, I head to the top that is only about 3 miles up the hill. However, it is a rise in elevation of about 1000 feet. It is a terrific workout by bike or on foot. Even more wonderful is the adventure I get each time I travel up the hill. The journey is varied and changing. On occasion,...
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Do this to Reduce Teen Sports Injury Risk by 68%!

Do this to Reduce Teen Sports Injury Risk by 68%!

By: SMP StaffAdolescent athletes in all sports, levels, and abilities have one thing in common. They hate being injured! They also hate it when they don’t perform as well as they know they can. The good news is by doing this one simple thing, you can improve performance mentally and physically, and reduce the risk of injuries by 68%. (more…)...
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Understanding Fear and Stress

Understanding Fear and Stress

Every turn you fear is empty air dressed to look like jagged hell. —Richard Bach FEAR AND stress are very similar. They oftentimes feel the same. If we truly understand fear and get a clear picture of what is happening when we feel fear, we can oftentimes dispense with the need to fear things at all. We can make the fear disappear! In class, when we begin our focus on fear, I start with this ominous sounding question: “Why do you think you are here?” I don’t mean to ask the students why they are here in this building on this particular day. I ask them why they feel they are alive and what they are here to do. What is their purpose for living and being? They commonly respond with answers like these: (more…)...
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Do You Have the Winter Blues, or is it SAD?

Do You Have the Winter Blues, or is it SAD?

Many of us dread the coming of winter, the darkness, the cold, the increased risk of getting the flu. About 10 to 20 percent of the American population suffers from what is commonly referred to as the “winter blues.” A smaller percentage, from about 4 to 6%, suffers from a more extreme form of the winter blues called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. SAD is a type of seasonal depression that shows up most of the time in late fall and lasts through the winter months, although there is a rare form that shows up in a smaller number of people in the late spring and lasts through the summer. In winter version of this disorder people suffer symptoms of depression including; (more…)...
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What is Stand Up Paddle Yoga?

What is Stand Up Paddle Yoga?

Water is a calming, natural stress reliever. Perhaps that is why so many of us love to sit and listen to the sounds of the ocean, or to a babbling brook, or to the waves of a lake lapping against the dock.[frame align="right"][/frame] Water is great for fitness too. Besides the regular water sports like swimming, diving, and water skiing, Stand Up Paddle Boards have become a popular way to work out. Imagine all the fresh air, exploring a lagoon, and getting fit at the same time- so it was inevitable that creative SUP enthusiasts would add a yoga component, and it is fantastic! (more…)...
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Wedding Day Yoga

Wedding Day Yoga

She doesn’t do yoga every day, yet on the morning of her wedding, Rylee Porter Alderman decided to do some yoga. [frame align="left"]Photo By Alixann Loosle Photography[/frame] Rylee originally started yoga because she loved the aspects that it brought to her fitness. “Yoga challenged me in my balance, posture, flexibility, and areas that my other [fitness] classes neglected. So why would she take the time to do yoga on the morning of the biggest day of her life? Rylee explains, “I chose to do yoga and a good meditation session on the morning of my wedding because even though I knew everything was taken care of and that the night would go wonderfully, I still felt anxious. So I decided yoga would be a really good idea to stretch and calm my mind, body, and spirit. I felt like it really centered me and put me in a really good place which set me up to have a perfect wedding.” “I highly suggest yoga to...
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