Tip of the Month – December, 2011
Yoga is the oldest spiritual practice, which transcends human nature, and emphasizes eternal qualities of the soul, through meditation. Thousands of research studies have shown that the simple ability to quiet our minds and adjust the rhythms of our body can help prevent many chronic problems. Just 20 minutes of daily meditation is enough to provide therapeutic relief from ailments such as low back pain, headaches, depression, anxiety, anger and stress.
Tip of the Month – November, 2011
Did you know that by listening to deeply relaxing music, you can assist your body to release its healing powers? It has been proven that when the body and mind are relaxed, the body's natural ability to heal itself is greatly enhanced. Studies have shown positive benefits when patients listen to relaxing music before and after surgery. Soothing music is a great source for elevating your mind which can significantly reduce your stress level.
Downward Dog or Downward Facing Dog has several health benefits if practiced regularly. Although it is a resting pose, it is a pose that strengthens the muscles in your arms, shoulders, sides, chest and upper back, while stretching the muscles in your ankles, calves, thighs and lower back. The compression of the stomach and the intestines experienced while practicing Downward Dog, helps to improve digestion. And if you are feeling anxious, sad or upset, relaxing into Downward Dog can help calm your mind while alleviating mild depression and stress.***Caution: Do not practice Downward Dog if you are pregnant. You should also refrain from practicing Downward-Facing Dog if you have symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Tip of the Month – September, 2011
The Nopal Cactus, also known as the prickly pear cactus is native to the Northwestern Mexico desert areas. It has traditionally been used as a food substance and as an extract of medicinal remedies for about 12,000 years. In addition to the many medicinal benefits, the cactus paddles are rich in fiber, high in potassium, calcium and provide Vitamins A, B, and C.
***Caution : Sufficient studies have not been conducted on pregnant or nursing women and young children. Therefore, Nopal cactus use should be avoided on them.
Did you know by doing the Boat Pose, also known as the Nav Asana, brings abdominal and core strength as well as strengthening the intestines, kidneys, liver, gall bladder and spleen which are some of the most important organs of your body? The torso will naturally fall back, but do not let the spine collapse. Make a "V" shape with the body.
***Caution: Very important - The torso will naturally fall back, but do not let the spine collapse. Make a "V" shape with the body. Also, do not forget to breathe!!! You often find yourself holding your breath, but this makes your body tighten up more instead of relaxing and letting go.
Tip of the Month – July, 2011
WHEN TO DRINK WATER
WHEN TO DRINK WATER
WHEN TO DRINK WATER?
When on a high protein diet:
When on a high protein diet:
When on a high fiber diet:
Constipation can be an uncomfortable side effect of high fiber intake.
When having an illness that causes vomiting or diarrhea:
Vomiting and diarrhea are signs of dehydration.
When being more physically active:
Drinking more fluids will combat that water loss by replenishing the body.
When being exposed to warm or hot conditions:
Without proper fluid intake, the change in climate could leave people having the uncomfortable effects of dehydration.
Drinking water, on average, (8) 8-oz glasses per day will suffice in aiding in the prevention and cure of many types of diseases, ailments and disorders that affect the many systems of our bodies.
In many practices, there is a belief that there are many energy centers in the body that are tuned to an aspect of life. The energy centers in which energy flows through are called Chakras, which are represented with colors and believed that the person has the ability to open and close them individually with practice and discipline.
The 7 Chakras with its Sanskrit translation:
1. Root Chakra – (red) - Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
2. Sacrum Chakra - (orange) - Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra (yellow) - Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives
4. Heart Chakra (green) - Our ability to love.
5. Throat Chakra (blue) - Our ability to communicate.
6. Third Eye Chakra (indigo) - Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
7. Crown Chakra (violet) - The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
Blocked energy in any of our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness so it's important to understand what each Chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy in balance and flowing freely.
Did you know that turmeric has been an important part of Eastern cultural traditions, including traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. It is a natural healer for skin conditions such as eczema, acne, dry skin. The use of turmeric in cosmetics and skin care products helps to naturally slow the appearance of aging and restore youth. Continued use decreases the formation of deep creases and wrinkles.
Turmeric purifies the blood and stimulates the formation of new blood tissues. Daily intake of turmeric powder offers numerous health benefits.
Did you know the almond is a very nutritious nut. It is a rich source of vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. It also contains zinc, selenium, copper and niacin. Almonds contain the most nutrients in comparison to all other nuts.
Almonds are a source of many nutrients which help in development of the brain. The mono-saturated fat, protein and potassium contained in almonds are good for the heart. The almond contains folic acid, which helps to reduce the incidence of birth defects in newborn babies. Unsweetened almond milk helps one to reduce weight. The mono-saturated fat contained in almonds satisfies appetite and prevents over-eating. Studies have revealed that almond rich low calorie diet is good for obese people to assist in shedding their weight.
Did you know clinical evidence suggests that green tea is made from fermented leaves and reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols? This tea has many health and beauty benefits whether drinking it or applying it directly to your skin. Even the leaves can be used as a gentle exfoliate to give skin a healthy glow.
Recent research shows that green tea extract is naturally rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body from free radicals - naturally occurring particles in the body associated with accelerated aging and an increased risk of major diseases. Exposure to pollution, smoking and excess sunlight increases the number of free radicals in the blood, but the potent antioxidants found in Green Tea add strong weight to the belief that green tea not only promotes good health but also makes you look younger.
Camel Pose, known as Ushtrasana in Sanskrit, helps stretch the front of the body including the chest, abdomen and quadriceps? The Camel Pose also improves spinal flexibility. This backbend is a great way to release stale energy and revive the throat, & heart chakras.
It is meant for intermediate to advanced yoga practioners. Hold for one minute and then counteract with the Child's Pose or Balasana.
***Caution: Be careful if you have neck injury or lower back pain. Not to be performed during pregnancy.
Did you know that Cloves are herbs used to make medicine? Clove oil is used for diarrhea, hernia, and bad breath. Either by sucking on a Clove or taking Clove oil helps ease intestinal gas, nausea, upset stomach and vomiting. Cloves are also great pain relievers for toothache by applying them directly to the gums. In addition, it has antiseptic, antifungal, and anti-bacterial properties and has been widely used to prevent oral diseases such as plaque and mouth ulcers. Cloves are great breath sweetners.