The Psycho-biology of Unity

mind body

April / June 2017

By Dr. Mike Olson

Does it matter if we stand alone or with others to experience the challenges and pain that often accompany this mortal life? Research suggest the answer is “yes.” In the challenging socio-political environment we live, the importance of unity is paramount.

Prima Ballerina Milena Lebeen

ballerina

November / December 2016

By Bay Area Health & Wellness Staff

Our lives are like a perfectly choreographed dance that weaves our experiences together to create a beautiful, original ballet. Milena Leben was given the extraordinary gift of expression and creation through dance. Her passion for ballet is undeniable and is finding its way into the homes of many young, talented girls in South Houston. Her story is remarkable.

Live, Love, Breathe Yoga. A Mother's Experience

Mind Body

September / October 2016

By Keena Lopez

Yoga is the ancient spiritual science that focuses on quieting the “noise” that comes from our thoughts that prevents us from having peace and feeling “still” and in control. The constant daily struggle is found when we try to “be still,” directing all our thoughts inward instead of outward to the things going on around us. “Yoga is the process of reversing the ordinary outward flow of energy and consciousness so that the mind becomes a dynamic center of direct perception no longer dependent upon the fallible senses but capable of actually experiencing truth.”1 Yoga teaches us, through meditation and body control, to focus not only the mind/body connection, but also on the spiritual connection we all share with the universe and the creations around us.

Henna and Healing

henna

June / July 2016

By Fatima Moosa

I have had a passion for art the moment I was able to pick up a pencil. My mom would tell me that when I was young, and if I ever got mad at my parents, I would lock myself in my room and draw in my journal for hours. I guess that’s a productive way to handle anger! As a child, during family gatherings, I loved to do henna on all my family members. I considered henna a form of art.

Your Mental Health Checkup

Mental health

May / June 2016

By Matt Brown, Ph.D., LMFT-S

Over the past several decades, we have experienced increasing awareness of health concerns and how they impact our lives. We are frequently inundated with information from empirical studies, reality TV, and our own lived experiences; all exposing us to the dangers and benefits of taking care of ourselves. It can be overwhelming to sift through all the things you should and should not be doing to achieve your optimal well-being. Fortunately, research is increasingly identifying areas of our lives that have the biggest impact on overall mental health. And just like your Primary Care Provider is able to conduct a regular physical exam focused on key indicators of health, this article will allow you to check in with yourself using key areas of mental health. We will focus on your relationships, stress, and mindset.