4 Restorative Yoga Poses to Soothe Holiday Stress

When you have a to-do list that could rival Santa’s, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the holiday season. That’s why you need yoga more than ever right now. “You practice yoga to find joy and peace in your life all year long,” says Leslie Kazadi, a restorative yoga teacher in Santa Monica, California. “Then the holidays…

Managing The Seemingly Inevitable Holiday Season Stress

What Causes Holiday Stress? Welcome to the holiday season — that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, holiday parties, and activities galore that begins right after Halloween, builds to Thanksgiving and continues gaining momentum through the end of the year.   While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also the…

5 yoga moves to improve digestion

With Thanksgiving just one week away- here is some food for thought. After an indulgent holiday meal or a satisfying cheat day snack, your stomach may just need a little assistance when it comes to reducing the belly discomfort and improving digestion. “Yoga helps to both calm the mind and bring balance into the body,”…

Boost Your Health With a Dose of Gratitude

If you want to get healthier, give thanks. What would happen if we extended the tradition of giving thanks, typically celebrated just once a year during the holiday season, throughout the entire year? Such gratitude would be rewarded with better health, say researchers. No pill? No strict diet or exercise regimen? Can just a positive emotion such…

Chicken Enchilada-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

This healthy 5-ingredient spaghetti squash recipe is a satisfying low-carb alternative to taco night. If you have leftover cooked chicken on hand, skip Step 2 and stir 2 1/2 cups into the filling. Look for an enchilada sauce with less than 300 mg of sodium per serving, such as Hatch brand. This recipe is Egg…

Baltimore County schools trade detention for meditation

Imagine you’re working at a school and one of the kids is starting to act up. What do you do? Photo from Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. Traditionally, the answer would be to give the unruly kid detention or suspension. But in my memory, detention tended to involve staring at walls, bored out of my mind,…

APL Wellness Committee takes the win at 2016 Sidewalk Art Challenge

On a perfect fall afternoon, more than 100 staff members participated in Diversity Week’s kickoff event, the first-ever APL Sidewalk Art Challenge. Teams and individuals from all over the Lab created chalk masterpieces on the sidewalk next to Building 21, highlighting the theme of “Innovation and Empowerment through Inclusion and Collaboration.” Several participants came with elaborate plans carefully sketched on…

Why Silicon Valley’s top execs are obsessed with taking walks

A few laps around campus could alter your choices and promote a clearer way of thinking. Next time you are setting up a meeting in your office, you might want to set up the location to be “Central Green” or close proximity to a picnic table or sidewalk around the building. Take a look at…

Fostering an employee-centric culture at Johns Hopkins APL

It appears that today’s workforce is kept motivated not so much by money and status, but rather by jobs where the work is meaningful, and which make them feel part of a community, where they identify with their employer’s values, and where their employer understands that life extends beyond work. This trend is likely to…

10 Relaxation Techniques That Zap Stress Fast

Relax. You deserve it, it’s good for you, and it takes less time than you think. You don’t need a spa weekend or a retreat. Each of these stress-relieving tips can get you from OMG to om in less than 15 minutes. 1. Meditate A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety….

Staff Spotlight volunteers needed!

The APL Wellness Committee is looking for individuals who are willing to share their story about a positive wellness journey. *Including but not limited to, health, wellness, weight loss, mindful practices, healthy recipes, APL sanctioned club or group members or a personal commitment to accomplishing a healthy goal.* Please submit form above or contact Shannon Thornton…

Namastay Stress Free

Join us on the Central Green for our kickoff party, Tuesday, October 11 from 11-1 pm. We will have guided mini sessions from our APL clubs and also great giveaways. Take a walk and come join us! “It’s important to act engaged in your environment, be it through learning, be it through social interaction, be…