Enid R. Spitz

Enid R. Spitz
Enid Spitz is a writer and yoga instructor based in Charleston, SC. She previously lived in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, where she was a newspaper editor and researched yoga for Traumatic Brain Injury. Heartmanity combines Enid's passions for social wellbeing, neuroscience and yoga. When not writing or on the yoga mat, she is an avid traveller, enjoys a good whiskey, and loves being outdoors. Twitter: @enidrosalyn, Instagram: @littleyogibird.

Recent Posts

How to Jumpstart Your Mood and Mind with Scents

September 23, 2017

You’ve probably heard that smell is a powerful conduit of memory. Recently, I read a travel blogger’s advice to wear one perfume on each vacation—when you smell the scent, you’ll be transported back to that place, she explained.

For good or ill, scent can directly affect your mind.

For anyone familiar with essential oils, this might seem obvious. Understanding why is well worth it, though. The science behind essential oils’ affect on the brain is both an intriguing lesson in neuroscience and it might inspire you to use essential oils in new ways.

Scents are full of potential when it comes [...]

Posted in Habits for Health

Understanding Is the Key to Teens' Erratic Behavior 

September 08, 2017

Recently, an unforeseen disaster ravaged the renowned Columbia River Gorge, a long stretch of green mountains, waterfalls and riverbed running between the border northern Oregon and southern Washington state. Both states and thousands of visitors were devastated.

Then the news broke that the fires started from the spark of a mismanaged firework: teens playing with fireworks were throwing them from the edge of a bridge in the Gorge. One boy tossed while another recorded the stunt with his smartphone.

Posted in Parents: Permission to Be Imperfect

How to Navigate Being a Sibling in a Blended Family

September 02, 2017

"Are you an only child?"

That question always gives me pause. Yes, but also, no. I am not alone in being the child of a blended family. Nor am I the only one who’s a bit confused by the whole situation—parents included.

Between 1970 and 1990, the shift in family dynamics was staggering. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of children living with both parents declined by nearly 15 percent. The number of single-mother households or children living with grandparents saw similar, double-digit jumps. In the past decade, we’ve reached something of a plateau, as far as family [...]

Posted in Parents: Permission to Be Imperfect

Let Go of Expectations and Start Enjoying Your Relationship

August 28, 2017

“I’ll be home on the first….if everything goes according to the plan.”

He didn’t need to say those last seven words. That caveat—if everything goes as planned—is a given in every conversation with my longtime boyfriend, who works as an officer in the US armed forces. Like knowing that your partner loves you even when he doesn’t say it in so many words, I know that our life is subject to change with little or no warning.

Always assume that nothing will go according to the plan.

He arrived home over two weeks late. That is beyond a “stuck at the office” or “your dinner got cold” [...]

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

Back to School Essential Oils to Support Your Kid's Health

August 25, 2017

Back to school season is not just a mammoth shift for kids and their families; the traffic, germs and schedule changes affect everyone. Just try breezing past a K-8 at pick up time. Even more notorious are back-to-school illnesses, and just like traffic jams, they spread far beyond the classroom.

If you aren’t already using essential oils to ease stress, clean and disinfect, try incorporating some or all of these easy applications, even before the first day. Oils can help naturally keep everyone well through the transition into a new school year.

Posted in Habits for Health

Use Essential Oils to Fight Stress and Anxiety

August 20, 2017

“I was a little excited but mostly blorft. 'Blorft' is an adjective I just made up that means 'Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.' I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.”    ~Tina Fey, Bossypants

Stress has become the new status quo for many people and even entire populations.

Posted in Habits for Health

How to Boost Your Joy, Career and Love Life by Mindfulness

August 12, 2017

“How did I get here?” I recently found myself standing in the produce section of Whole Foods, somewhere between the lettuce and onion island, and I had no idea how I’d gotten to where I was.

This is not an abduction story, a memory-lapse or early-onset alzheimer's. I experienced an unfortunately commonplace phenomenon that is—in many people’s opinion—becoming a societal disease: a lapse in mindfulness.

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective

Why Being Grateful Is Good for Your Brain

July 27, 2017

You were probably told to say “thank you” from a young age.

Those two words have become so commonplace that their meaning is often lost. “Thank you” can become a rote response; mindless. That is especially ironic considering the word thank can be traced way back to the Old English word for “to think” or “thought.”

It is all about the mind.

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective

Addressing Sibling Rivalry in the Home

July 21, 2017

Sibling rivalry is practically guaranteed as soon as a family has more than one child. But that does not make it any easier to handle, or any less frustrating for the parents, most of whom have a very different ideal home life in mind.

When brothers and sisters argue, the entire family dynamic is rocked. Arguments at home can easily spill into each family member’s work or social life. Strife can make a happy, healthy family life seem like an unattainable dream. In extreme circumstances, it can even lead to enduring psychological or physical pains. This leaves parents frustrated and [...]

Posted in Parents: Permission to Be Imperfect

Easy Yoga Stretches to Do Right at Your Desk

July 10, 2017

Shoulder and neck tension are the top concerns I hear from my students. Many of us get tense in the shoulders, neck and jaw—nine-to-fivers and mom entrepreneurs alike. Whether you are in an office at a desk or running errands, everyday activities like texting, driving, using a computer, even sleeping can contribute to tension. Even the hands can get overworked and cramp. When was the last time you really stretched your fingers and forearms?

These yoga exercises are made to practice at work, a desk, at home or any time your notice tension creeping into your shoulders. Practicing these [...]

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective