During this season of awareness of our immune systems, there are practices and suggestions quite helpful for keeping the immune system toned. Sharing some of the many:
1. Reduce and regulate your exposure to stress. Stress affects the entire body and weakens the immune system as well as the digestive system. This involves the way you process stressful events in life as well.
2. Evaluate your lifestyle. Eat and sleep well. Focus on foods that are anti-inflammatory. Manage time and don’t over book or over burden your life. Being well rested helps your immune system fight and repair. It also helps the liver do its job detoxifying. Check out the Love your Liver Workshop coming up in April at this link: http://feelthepeaceblog.lynsirota.com/about/
3. Keep hands clean and away from the face. Sanitizing is good, but it is possible to overdo this. We need good bacteria too.
4. There are many foods, spices, herbs, and supplements that help the immune system. One of my personal favorites is Black Elderberry Extract. You can find it in stores under the name Sambucus and online. Try looking for a brand that is organic with little to no sugar.
4. Stay tuned in to your body and what it needs. Cultivate balance in the body and in life by staying deeply connected through physical movement especially yoga. Balance the body/mind through meditation.
Always check with your medical professional if you are concerned about your immunity or if you are thinking of trying new herbs and/or supplements to ensure no contraindications.
Meet FRANKinscense (Boswellia Carterii). Considered a Holy Oil, it dates back to ancient Egypt (16th century B.C.) as being used in prescriptions and recipes. When used regularly — topically and internally — it may support overall well-being and healthy immune function. Note: if you are ingesting, ensure your essential oil is 100% therapeutic grade.
Frankincense has a visual tightening effect on the skin and may benefit mature skin and slow signs of aging. A drop can be added to daily moisturizer. Research indicates that when inhaling the pure properties in essential oils, they stimulate the olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind. In Frank’s case, its earthly and uplifting aroma has wonderful therapeutic benefits!
The pineal gland in the brain loves Frank! This gland is considered “the seat of spiritual connection.” Frank can be used to enhance practices such as prayer and meditation. It’s grounding effect can promote feelings of relaxation and tranquility. The pineal gland also loves to be stimulated by frankincense because it aids in its production of melatonin, a serotonin derived hormone that regulates sleep patterns. Diffuse or spray Frank during bedtime as a great sleep aid. Quite Frankly, you’ll feel happy you did.
For Spray: and add equal parts of filtered water and witch hazel with 15 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil.
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Whether your practice is yoga, meditation, mindfulness, journaling, golf, or other beautiful moving meditations, every moment is an opportunity to grow your practice. Yes, every minute. How? By paying attention to your thoughts, your breath, your energy (physical, spiritual, emotional, cognitive, etc.). Your entire landscape. It’s being here now. Right in this moment.
Look inside and ask yourself questions. What can I do to grow? I have asked myself this question and the answer is my destiny. I am moving my Friday yoga classes from the Township to the Sand Hills Wellness center. There, they are a better fit in mind and body. Not only will my teaching practice grow, but there will be growth opportunities for students. This is a quiet, supportive, nourishing space. The setting for new practices will avail, there are many yoga props for new practices (bolster pillows, straps, extra mats, etc.). Props will also better support current practices. They make poses more accessible for the body. The wall space will be something completely new for students (note: an entire yoga class can be taught using the wall). Standing poses using the wall will grow and deepen with better alignment and support.
If you haven’t signed up for classes at Sand Hills, what are you waiting for? Class size is limited. Join me today…right in this moment!
Have you been hearing a lot about all the physical, mental, and psychological benefits of a meditation practice and wanted to learn more? You may even have tried one of the many meditation apps. There is nothing more effective than an intimate, in-person, hands-on workshop with tips and energetic discussion to create an effective and regular practice. This way you too, can enjoy all of these benefits in the comfort of your own home or even while on the go. In this 2-part workshop, you’ll learn the background, misconceptions, benefits, and techniques of meditation with an experienced practitioner. No previous experience is necessary.
I am offering this two-class workshop in May:
Saturday, May 4th 9:00-11:00*
Saturday, May 11th 9:00-11:00*
Email me for more details at email@example.com
* If the idea of getting up for a 9:00 session is too much, no worries. This is stress-free stuff. We can arrange a mutually convenient time to go through whatever content you missed prior to your arrival.
Due to space, comfort, and the importance of an intimate setting, I’m taking a small number of students on a “first registration” basis. Cost for this two-session class (total of 4+ hrs) is $60. Special Notice: Your payment is your registration and will officially hold your spot for you. Spots are already being taken. To register, please mail, drop off, or arrange a mutual meeting time to send a check or cash. If I see you in a currently running class, feel free to bring before or after. I will confirm receipt/attendance. Class will close with maximum number of students and a waiting list will then take effect. If class size falls below optimal, I will cancel and return any payments or shift them toward other classes based upon your preference. So…reserve your spot today, there is nothing to lose by registering in advance. Unlike a more traditional business, these are small, focused classes. Your deposit will be used to reserve your space or returned to you if class goes over max. or if your plans change.
Qigong, Moving Medicine, is a relaxing and meditative way to improve your health and well-being. Qigong, pronounced chee gung, was designed to be a system of medicine in China, and is comprised of slow moving, graceful forms. The movements of Qigong mimic nature, i.e. animal forms, such as tiger, bear, snake and crane, waving rolling oceans, willow trees and vast skies. The beauty of Qigong is that it can be practiced at many levels and at any age. Qigong forms are appropriate in a seated position, walking, standing, and lying down. Qigong is a beautiful way to un-stick the stuck places within the body, and creates a sense of quiet-mindedness and calm.
Robin Shapiro, seasoned Qigong Teacher, Keynote Presenter, Holistic Consultant and Author, has been studying and practicing Qigong for almost 35 years. Robin is currently teaching in Belmar, NJ, and has offered classes and workshops in many venues around the US. Her signature Keynote Presentation entitled Healing the Whole Person has been heard by audiences for over 30 years. Robin dedicates herself to guiding people to becoming the best version of themselves. To contact Robin, reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
You are bombarded by messages telling you what you need to feel fulfilled and how to get it quickly. You ride the runaway train of emotional highs and lows, feeling good or not about yourself, depending on what you see and hear. Like tech devices, these days, you rarely shut down from the constant stream of external input. Closing your eyes to tempting or disturbing images is not sufficient if you are still “playing the movie” in your mind.
There is a way to pause the movie. To pause long enough for the false desires to fade away. To pause long enough to change the movies that disturb your equanimity.
The yogic concept of Pratyahara is the ability to control how the mind processes sensory inputs. You unconsciously exercise this ability when you tune out familiar noises in your home or when you don’t feel hunger/thirst while immersed in an activity. You can begin to cultivate conscious control of this ability.
In a yoga class, the practice of Yoga Mudra shifts focus from the outward body-centric movements to an inward experience of quiet space. You deepen this inner focus in the Yoga Nidra practice. For many, this may be a first glimpse of a non-enhanced selfie.
To cultivate pratyahara you can:
-Practice the pause a day before clicking “BUY” or a few hours before responding to a text/tweet/email, or a few minutes before ordering dessert.
– Practice keeping your gaze soft, thus adopting an attitude of receptivity instead of a narrow focus which makes you more critical.
-Use breath awareness as an early warning system to nip unwelcome emotions in the bud, by mindfully slowing and deepening your breath when you notice it become tight and shallow.
-Commit to gifting yourself a few minutes a day to sit in silence with your eyes closed, your breath deeply comfortable, and your thoughts positive.
Practicing pratyahara helps you to hear the whispering of your innate intelligence. The more trust you place on your internal guidance, the less external input is needed to feel satisfied in who you are.
Sandi Merrill is an everywoman who stumbled upon yoga 20+ years ago. After some “taste-testing,” she found joy in the Integral Yoga tradition. She is honored and blessed to be able to share the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda. Yoga teacher training uplifted her life. Today, she is one of the lead trainers for the Integral Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training when she isn’t globetrotting with her newly retired hubby.
Meditation is not about sitting in a certain position with candles and incense burning in a darkened room. That’s all well and good if that’s your desire, but it’s not necessary. It’s not about seeing flashing colors. It’s not about seeing celestial beings. It’s about being comfortable and listening in your sacred place in however that looks to you. Life will always give us what is needed in the moment we are in. The very core of our true nature is Peace. It is here in one’s sacred place that peace lives silently in the stillness of the mind quietly leading the heart along the way. Breath is a meditation with life.
Left/right breathing is a powerful yogic practice. As we age, so does our anxiety, so having tools to calm the mind and body are extremely beneficial. In addition to balancing both hemispheres of the brain, this practice balances both the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system.
Breathing through different nostrils has different effects:
Right-nostril breathing: Stimulates the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight), stimulates the left brain, increases verbal performance, increases blood sugar, increases blinking, decreases intraocular (eye) pressure, increases heart rate, and inflates the right lung.
Left-nostril breathing:Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation), stimulates the right brain, increases spatial performance, lowers blood sugar, reduces blinking, increases intraocular pressure, decreases heart rate, and inflates the left lung.
Yoga masters believe the breath should flow evenly through both nostrils during meditation. This is why alternate nostril breathing precedes meditation in most yoga and meditation classes.
Not feeling balanced or feeling stressed? Try alternating your breath through both nostrils and see if it makes a difference in how you feel.