Shirley

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About Shirley

Shirley has combined her background in higher education and marketing with her personal healing journey to become a writer, public speaker, wellness coach, and certified yoga teacher. Located in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Shirley teaches gentle flow and hatha yoga, yoga nidra meditation and mindfulness. In addition to teaching stress relief tactics, Shirley has helped people with acute illnesses, physical limitations, chronic pain, trauma, mental illness, and eating disorders. Book Shirley at Thumbtack

Mother’s Day: Remembering Gramma

By |2018-12-02T21:23:59+00:00May 8th, 2016|Blog|

Happy Mother's Day. There are many ladies whose influence have a significant impact on our lives. Today we celebrate and remember our mothers, and I, like so many children, will honor my mother today, even if 500 miles separate us. Two of the other principal female players in my upbringing are missing – my great [...]

5 Mistakes New Yoga Students Make

By |2018-12-02T21:24:00+00:00April 11th, 2016|Blog, Health, Wellness, Yoga|

I've been taking courses from Mindful Schools to add a different perspective to my professional and personal life. Because of this program, I've been doing a lot of self-reflection. After seeing a lot of "doozies" in a recent class I attended, I wish I'd learned about the common mistakes we make as yoga students "new to the [...]

Mindfulness as I See it

By |2018-12-02T21:24:01+00:00September 9th, 2015|Blog, Health, Relationships, Wellness, Yoga, Yoga for Home Practice|

Mindfulness is... ... The stillness in my house and the trills of songbirds I hear every morning. Breathing deeply in and out. Finding my center before I rise. ... Savoring every bite of my meal. Eating slowly, mindfully. Noticing the food's texture and subtle flavors. Focusing all of my attention on the moment without distraction. ... [...]

Back to School Recipes Meet Mindfulness

By |2018-12-02T21:24:01+00:00August 27th, 2015|Blog, Health, Recipes, Wellness|

It's now Week #5 of our kitchen renovation, which has turned our back porch table into a prep/dining/cleaning space. Armed with a mini convection oven, Vitamix, crock pot, hot plate, electric kettle and a faucet, we've been trying to find simple recipes we can make with as few pots and pans as possible. Some meals [...]

Stuck

By |2018-12-02T21:24:01+00:00June 15th, 2015|Blog|

In early March, a neighbor hauled her car down her snow-packed driveway into a sizable pile of icy snow sculpted by city snowplows. The car remained stuck in that pile for 3 days. A new job... college... a new relationship... the birth of a child... the death of a loved one... buying your first house... moving... illness... Life is full of [...]

7 Ways to Be Your Valentine

By |2018-12-02T21:24:02+00:00February 14th, 2015|Blog, Inspiration Quotes, Relationships, Wellness|

The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself. ― Mark Twain We're just recovering from the 6-week holiday blitz that begins every Thanksgiving. For those who are lonely during the holidays, Valentine's Day can be another painful reminder of broken relationships or loneliness. As Mark Twain and other wise sages have said, loneliness [...]

Kicking the Birthday Blues

By |2018-12-02T21:24:02+00:00February 9th, 2015|Blog, Relationships, Wellness|

This Capricorn recently marked another birthday. Being human, we celebrate and yet complain about the different aspects of our birthdays. As children, we earn for the cake, the candles and gifts. Let's be honest... as kids, we love feeling special for a day. And yet... We also have that dissatisfied side, which finds some type [...]

Wings, Beer… and Eating Disorders

By |2018-12-02T21:24:02+00:00January 29th, 2015|Blog, Relationships, Wellness|

My friend Carole wanted to share the entire “American Experience” with a friend visiting from France. That included a jaunt to the local sports bar, something hubby and I hadn’t done since the girls were born. “I want her to try wings and beer, a completely American thing. Besides, we can also celebrate the birthdays [...]

Happy New Year – A Beautiful Some Kind of Day

By |2018-12-02T21:24:03+00:00January 2nd, 2015|Blog, Relationships, Wellness|

Happy Holidays! Since starting this blog in 2013, I can see the significant positive changes that continue to bubble up in my life. Life is good! We are all on a continuous journey, and we sometimes need the down time from the holidays to really appreciate what we have. Far too often,we reflect on the madness of [...]

The Grinch and Good Will

By |2018-12-02T21:24:03+00:00December 9th, 2014|Blog, Relationships, Wellness|

Last weekend, we took our girls to an annual gingerbread exhibition we visit every year. We saw this colorful and cute rendition (above) of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. I remember as a child how terrified I was of this nasty green creature, but as I got older, I began to appreciate Dr. Seuss' need to teach [...]