Feeling tense this time of year? Muscle tension is not only a symptom of stress but a major energy suck. The fix? Yoga poses that lengthen overactive, tight muscles in the back, sides and chest. The next time you feel stressed, assuming you aren't driving, in the grocery isle or in the middle of a meeting, lie down. While flat on your back bring your knees to your chest one knee at a time. When your knee is at your chest, gently take the opposite hand and pull it to towards that side. Hold for three breaths and repeat with the other knee. This pose will alleviate the tension in your back and in doing so release a bit of stress. This is also a good pose to do before bed to help ease your mind before slipping under the covers.
Rather than go to a gym and lift things that don't need to be lifted, give us one hour a week to move in a way that is meaningful and purposeful! Nia is a whole body workout based on 52 moves that your body is meant to do. New classes start in Devon January 12 and Beaumont January 17. Registration information is on the Nia page of this web site. Start the year off by inviting movement and joy into your life. Move with us for one hour and enjoy the benefits all week!
It's FASCIA! Muscles get blamed for pain but in fact it is the mesh that surrounds the muscles that are sending the pain signal. Fascia is the interconnected fibrous collagen tissue that surrounds every part of our body and it has nerves that register the imbalance or the pain. Healthy fascia slides, glides and is moist. Unhealthy fascia is stringy, stuck and stiff. Chronic dehydration is just one factor that makes fascia unhappy. Lack of movement is another. What can you do to prevent the drying out of your fascia? Hydrate often with water infused with fibrous vegetables like cucumber. Move all your joints every day. Nia, Qi-gong, walking, belly dancing and playing with kids are all great forms of movement that help your fascia stay lubricated. Motion is lotion! See you on the dance floor!
The season of fall is often used as a metaphor to understand the Ayurvedic dosha called "Vata." They both share cool, dry and windy characteristics. Vata is referred to as the air or wind dosha because it is cold, light, dry, rough and mobile, much like air. Our bodies assimilate these external influences which can make us feel out of sorts. Like a life blowing in the wind, not sure what direction we want to land.
To balance out the seasonal influences, Ayurveda recommends bringing in opposite qualities. We need more warm, heavy, moist, smooth and stable qualities in our lives at this time of year. Long walks in nature is one way to ground as are Yoga and Nia. We will be starting a class soon! Join us and bring a little balance to your life while having fun and getting some exercise.
One way to master your mind is to quiet your thoughts through the use of a regular meditation practice. Meditation quiets your mind, helps control your thoughts, and revitalizes your body. Starting with just three to ten minutes a day can be incredibly powerful for gaining control over your thoughts. Slowly work up to a maximum of 20 minutes a day for optimal health.
Ghee is possibly the most important ingredient to keep stocked in your pantry. Ghee is made from butter that has been heated and purified. The process separates the difficult to digest milk solids which are then removed. What remains is pure, golden ghee! It has the comforting taste of butter without the heaviness of dairy. Ghee can be used like most other oils for baking, roasting and frying, but it is much more than a simple cooking oil. Ghee is highly revered in Ayurveda for its medicinal properties. It acts as a herbal carrier, transporting the benefits of herbs efficiently through the body. It is cleansing, anti-inflammatory and acts as a nutritive tonic helping you build strength. It stimulates the digestive tract, promotes immunity and vitality and nourishes the nervous system and the brain. It's high smoke point makes it an excellent cooking oil. Want some?? Send me a message from the contact page and I will let you know the BEST place to buy it.
Do you know that in our feet we have: 33 joints, 26 bones, 100 plus ligaments, 19 large muscles with many more smaller intrinsic ones, and 7.000 nerve endings? Our feet are our connection to Earth. We ground, center, move efficiently, gracefully, and powerfully from our feet when they are connected to the earth. Our bodies are one giant web of connective tissue. If you have low back pain, or shoulder pain or pain in your knees and hips, pay close attention to y our feet. Notice how your shoes fit. Notice your toes-are they able to spread and grip? Listen to your feet. Become attentive to your base. The more connected you are, the more power you can generate from them. Meet us on the dance floor for Nia and become more aware of the power of your feet!
Anatomically we are capable of more than 300 different kinds of movement, yet in our modern culture, by the time we are adults, we are down to a range of about 30! With COVID, we have been unable to move together as a community, but there are plenty of opportunities to move throughout the day. I am not talking about a stroll, although also good, I am talking about a kitchen dance party! Where you move all 13 joints! Try it! Your body will thank you!
That seems like a good mantra to recite every day while we maneuver through the challenges of COVID. It might not be enough, however. A good foundation for a strong immunity begins with the fundamentals: hydration, sleep, stress management, good hygiene and a well balanced diet. Immunity enhancement can mean the difference between an enchanted evening with your partner and one spent at home surrounded by balled up tissues.
Start with oregano, garlic and thyme: they are naturally antimicrobial, which means they will kill bad micro-organisms trying to attack. They are great to cook with, have in tea or ingest through oil or supplements. Include goldenseal, a power herb, for additional support. Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory that helps regulate the activation of immune cells. Finally consider astragalus, an adaptogenic herb that stimulates the immune system.
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