You may ask why? Why do I want to go to a yoga class to rest, to relax and do nothing. Or you may say, OMG, that is just what I need: no place to go, no one to call, nothing to do! In this day and age, multi-tasking is an expectation and one that we have become accustomed to, but I ask what is the cost?
The number one visit to the primary care physician today is related to stress. Stress sits in our body and causes all kinds of interference from anxiety, pain, fear, indigestion, insomnia and everything in between. We do not take time to chill out and let go of our phones, tv, or computers for that instant communication (good or bad).
Everytime I take the time to be in nature I feel like my senses have been reset. Even during
the coldest of days its important for me to step outside. Harvard has done studies as have others and the benefits are many. Just a few: (1) reduction of stress levels, (2) improves physical health, (3) helps with mental health and so much more. While we work with our bodies for optimum health, a key factor is getting outdoors, connecting with nature, and just enjoying the beauty that surrounds us. Grab a friend and go for a walk. Even better, practice qigong or yoga. On wintry days, find a window so you can gaze outside as you practice.
This New Year’s Eve was like no other. My husband and I were in New Hampshire where temperatures were frigid and there was a minimum of 16″ of snow. For anyone who knows me I tend to hibernate inside by the fire on these wintry days. When I saw smoke coming from the old camp in the woods I knew I needed to investigate – cold and snow forgotten I trudged over excitedly. I hadn’t been in the old camp for a long while. My husband and I reminisced
about all the memories we had with our family over the years. As we chatted, the camp went from 10 to 79 degrees. We decided to have our ritual for the new year later that evening so we kept the fire burning throughout the day for warmth. We headed out at about 7pm, temperature was -9 so we bundled up and luckily there was no wind and the moon was almost full so we didn’t even need a flashlight.
Check out these simple quick ways to raise your vibration, activate qi flow, loosen your joints, generates new cell growth and let go of worry and stress. The goal is to relax and gently shake allowing body to relax from top of head to tips of toes. By relaxing into this shaking practice for 3-5 minutes you will feel more energy/qi through your joints and add in the art of smiling and you lowers blood pressure, boosts your mood and releases endorphins which just make us happy. This feels a little silly at first so stick with it. Take 30-60 Continue reading
To prepare for this meditation: reiki for peace and balance, find a comfortable position allowing your entire body to relax. Gently close your eyes and take a deep, cleansing breath and exhale slowly. Imagine the energy of heaven above you, becoming aware of the light streaming through the crown of your head and down your whole body and out your feet into the earth. Continue breathing slowly for a few breaths noticing how this feels.
Now imagine earth energy flowing up through the center of the soles of your feet and up the body and out the crown of your head towards the heavens. Inhale and see the strong earth energy flowing up to sky. Continue to breathe slowly noticing how this feels.
The breath is a tool we can tap into for calming the nervous system.
A majority of people are going to their primary care physician due to stress and anxiety. Neck, shoulder and spine issues are common due to lack of movement and may be caused by our addiction to technology devices and other demands in our day to day lives. Symptoms of stress: Continue reading
Many of my clients describe feelings of worry, pain in their legs and feet, trouble sleeping and more. I find myself recommending Legs Up The Wall pose to assist in alleviating some of the symptoms. I have to admit that I am partial to the pose and find myself dozing from time to time.
Please click on the link, print the pdf and try it. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Enjoy.
As the holidays and cold days descend, it seems kind of natural to take out the yarn, patterns and start creating something beautiful and may even make a special gift for that certain someone. I like to plop down on my favorite comfy chair, with a fire crackling (when possible) and get lost in my work. This helps my spirits and allows me to carry on while my mind wanders here and there. I prefer quiet or soft music during this practice. The next best thing is to have a friend join in and chat, drink tea and relax.
Studies have shown that a hand-based craft such as knitting or crocheting is a tool to alleviate anxiety, depression and increases brain activity. The rhythmic nature keeps the mind active and allows for reflection, providing an escape from the grasshopper mind which jumps from thought to thought. In addition, the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand, states knitting can prevent arthritis and tendonitis. Harvard Medical School did studies that showed that knitting and crocheting as a meditative practice can lower heart rates and blood pressure and can alleviate symptoms related to insomnia, depression and stress.
Socially, there are many classes at local senior centers; and yarn stores hold classes which allow students to gather and share their stories, show off their work and help each other with their project and whatever else comes up. There is a special camaraderie amongst the group and newcomers are welcomed in with a warm greeting.
In addition, there is something magical about the colors, textures, size, weight of the colorful yarns that makes you want to collect your favorites. Maybe it’s time for you to pick up your needles and start!