Posts by Christine Briel

Christine Briel
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Hi! I work with Dr. Rob on several of his websites including MindBodySmile.com.

I am a wife, mother of 2 beautiful daughters, and keeper of the family pets (1 rescue Pit Bull and 1 Quaker Parrot). When I’m not working I love to spend my time doing yoga, writing, reading, walking, gardening, hiking and enjoying my family.

Find A Way!!

»Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating … Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that’s how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida — at age 64. Listen to her video below and prepare to be inspired — Christine Briel

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Revitalize Your Daily Practice!

»Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Some of us have no problem at all with developing a daily practice and sticking to it. Others of us, myself included, can find it a bit challenging. I’ll admit that I do find myself getting bored and unmotivated, with a daily practice, and am always looking for ways to change it up. I need a little adventure, some newness, to stay committed to it. Yoga, meditation and getting outside to enjoy nature – this is my daily practice. I’m grateful for the changing seasons, especially in CNY, because each season is so very different from the other. They’re an adventure all by themselves. Admittedly, my yoga and meditation practice fell completely off the mat over the past few months. I know this happens to many of us, especially when we get busy...

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Scientifically Proven Ways to Beat Stress

»Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

As the temperatures have been cooling in CNY, signifying the change of seasons, I’ve found myself slowing down and spending more time reading. Recently, I went through several yoga journal magazines that had been piling up on my stand, unread. It’s funny how just sitting down for a bit and reading can help you de-stress. In one of the articles I read they did a nice summary of scientifically proven ways to beat stress that was a welcome reminder. We can all use reminders as we plod through our busy lives. Smile: A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science supported the idea that the act of smiling measurably lowers your heart rate after a stressful event. It doesn’t even matter if you “feel” happy while smiling, the...

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TED Talk – The Power of One

»Posted by on Jul 20, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

I absolutely love TED Talks and found this one recently. René Carayol, one of the world’s leading business gurus specializing in leadership and culture, shares four stories during his March 2013 TED Talk: 1. Wrong assumptions can be the greatest learning opportunities ever 2. Culture is more powerful than strategy 3. The best communicators are the best listeners 4. What do you stand for and how will you be remembered

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Photo: Backyard Magic

»Posted by on May 28, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

  Recently while barbecuing on our back porch, I captured this photo: a single dandelion seed, stuck to a single spider web string, blowing in the wind. Love the simple things in life! — Christine...

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A Yogic Lifestyle: Letting Go of Expectations and Desired Outcomes

»Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

I’ve been practicing yoga for almost 5 years now and it has truly changed my life. Yoga is not just a class that you experience for an hour or so once a week (or more), it’s truly a lifestyle, a habit. One that grows and becomes exactly what you put into it. For the past few months we’ve been doing some remodeling inside and outside of our house. Traditionally, I’ve been responsible for the painting when we’ve done home projects in the past, and this time is no different. As we move from one room to the next, deciding on color schemes is the easy part. Cary (my husband) and I have very similar tastes. Our house is about 40 years old so we’ve been discovering places in the walls that need “touch-up.” This means the...

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Kale Green Smoothie Recipe and Nutrition Information

»Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

About 6 months ago I watched the documentary Forks over Knives and it has totally transformed my eating habits. If you haven’t seen it, there is also a book form now that includes recipes, I highly recommend it. There is some amazing scientific information in the movie that argues a whole-foods, plant-based diet is the way to go for a longer and healthier life. This Kale Green Smoothie is an easy and yummy way to add more vegetables to your diet. I drink it for lunch most days and it gives me a great energy boost. Kale: Nutrition and Health Benefits Kale contains beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin (a carotenoid similar to lutein), calcium and fiber. A sulfur-containing phytonutrient in kale called sulforaphane is believed to have...

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A Glimpse of Spring

»Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

I close my eyes and I feel the bright sunshine as it warms my face. I hear what used to be snow as the water runs quickly through the gutter around the house. I hear the rhythm of the wind as it blows through the pines in our backyard and off in the distance I hear the faint sounds of birds busy at work. Ahhhh, spring is coming ~ Christine Briel  

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Your Inner Roommate: Letting Go of Your Thoughts

»Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in blog | 2 comments

This year I received one of the best holiday gifts ever! My husband, Cary, bought me the Kindle version of The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer. I’m about halfway through the book and find myself reading it very slowly, savoring every lesson learned, as well as highlighting and re-reading sections that really resonate with me. Chapter 2 is titled Your Inner Roommate, there are definitely some powerful lessons in that one. I love the way the author really helps you to recognize the thoughts and incessant chatter that go on inside your head each and every day. He suggests that the key to letting go of these thoughts is by taking a step back, removing yourself from your own melodrama, and watching what’s going on in your...

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How to Stay Young

»Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in blog | 0 comments

My mother sent me this in email the other day and I really loved it!! We all need to read this one over and over until it becomes part of who we are! HOW TO STAY YOUNG 1. Try everything twice. On one woman’s tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph: “Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!” 2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. (Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!) 3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever…Never let the brain get idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s! 4. Enjoy the simple things. 5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who...

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