I read a wonderful blog post today and it seemed appropriate to pass along the information. I’m summarizing a post provided by Chris Loper at becomingbetter.org. He reminds us that your brain is like clay and it can be shaped and molded through deliberate effort all up until the day you die. It never looses its neuroplasticity. Woohoo! That means that you can learn new things for as along as you are alive. This means that you can form new habits and literally change your life, mind and body. BUT… it takes some time. If you take a sledge hammer to clay, the molding doesn’t go so well. You mold clay by shaping it slowly with small changes over time. You can make dramatic shifts in your behaviors just by learning and practicing new concepts. Key word is practice. You do have to practice. Yoga is a practice of life behaviors. You can literally change your habits just by practicing something new. Meditation is also a great way to change the way your brain thinks. You don’t have to make your practice formal, you just have to do it. This could be a daunting task, but that is why you call on a mentor or teacher to help guide you. Are you trying to change or create any new habits? How are your doing it? Do you have a guide who is helping you create a road map? Changes can be made and your brain can be molded to accept and change your behavior and even your body. Let us know if we can help!
BendnMove now offers a 20 – 30 minute practice that you can use at home to build strength, flexibility, balance, and agility. Tamara has recorded practices that focus on different areas of your body and concepts to create ease in your movement. I am happy to share the first two with you: I will be creating a subscription for future practices that will be 8.95 per month. Each month you will get two home practices that you can download and use. The practices will be focused on movement, breath, and other ayurvedic and yoga concepts that are helpful in building a daily routine. I welcome your feedback and look forward to providing this to you. Feel free to send me an email at email@example.com.
This month’s Mindful Minute presentation is an interview with Dr. Chris Hill of New Balance Chiropractic. Dr. Hill and Tamara are talking about how posture, and overall health of tissues can play a big part in managing allergies, asthma, and breathing related conditions. The video is 4 minutes long and has some insights that may help you gain a better understanding of how your posture is effecting your health. You can find the video on YourTube at this location: https://youtu.be/ZHZmYv-0OJ8. We invite comments and suggestions for next month’s Mindful Minutes.
In the past year, I was asked to publish articles related to health, wellness, and movement to the West Seattle Herald. Here is an article related to setting healthy goals: Setting Your 2018 Goals: A roadmap to Success You can find my other articles on the Health Tab at the West Seattle Herald website.
BendnMove now has a new discussion group focused on healthy vibrant aging. We will be posting topics and information related to aging. You can participate in the discussion or just follow along. We will also be posting our Healthy Aging Videos here as well. Perhaps you want a short yoga practice to do at home at your convenience. Try downloading Yoga for Vibrant Aging part one from the discussion group. Go to Facebook to learn more!
As a gift to our students and friends, here is a recording of a short practice to get you through the holidays and ready to start the new year. Feel free to link directly to this video or download it from YouTube. This is a 30-minute gentle yoga practice. If the link does not work, cut and paste this link into your browser: https://youtu.be/mkuVF1y4olk
I get asked a lot about restorative yoga and why it’s important to focus on relaxation. We even had someone ask us why they should come to the class to “lay around”. Restorative yoga is all about relaxation and in this fast paced high intensity and distraction saturated environment, people need to find ways to relax their minds as well as their bodies. Restorative yoga can be very challenging for the person who is always on the go because it invites consideration for relaxation and letting go. There is a real science to it. Different conditions warrant different movement and poses to help the body and mind settle in and relax. For a person who is feeling high energy intensity from the day, it’s always smart to start them standing up or at least moving to get the energy to settle down. For a person who is suffering from fatigue, starting sitting or laying down is helpful. The practice can take many different directions, but it ends up in relaxation. Applying appropriate breathing techniques as well as supported postures allows the nervous system to access the para-sympathetic response and further nurtures the enteric nervous system for digestion. For the busy person who finds it difficult to slow down and relax, this class can be challenging, but certainly much needed for recovery. Sooner or later, the busy person can hit a wall and be faced with imbalance, colds, flu, and even more serious conditions. Try it out, especially if you are feeling tired, overwhelmed, stressed, or out of balance. It could save you a trip to the doctor’s office.
This last 18 months, I have re-discovered how breathing can shift my mental and physical health in either direction. Through the study of Buteyko Breathing Method, I’ve learned how to transform my mental awareness to one of anxiety to calmness and a feeling of sharp alertness. When I’m breathing light, my focus is sharp and I feel my best. My skin has a healthy glow to it and my overall physique has improved. When I begin to feel signs of anxiety or overwhelm, my attention goes to my breath and sure enough, I have begun to breath faster. Slowing down and taking slow mindful breaths deep into my tummy helps me to relax. I owe this all to my practice of Buteyko. That’s what I got more educated and started to incorporate it into yoga therapy. To understand more, go to my article written for the West Seattle Herald or schedule an appointment. I will be teaching a 5 week series on Buteyko coming soon.
I love this time of year when the weather starts to change and I’m drawn to new routines. I love to walk especially after rain; it smells so fresh. The earthy textures and smells awaken my senses. If you don’t have a regular practice of meditation, you might try using a short walk as a way of practicing mindfulness. So many of my clients say that they have a hard time sitting and meditating. Why not try a walking meditation. The Fall is a perfect time to try it with all the changing colors and smells. Take a short walk, and allow your mind and senses to focus on what you see, smell, and feel. If your mind wonders, as it will do, just remind yourself that you were just thinking, and return to sensing. You can even try verbalizing to yourself what you are sensing. The dew, the earthy smell, the soft leaves… This type of meditation allows your awareness to expand and it can be very relaxing. Take a break from thinking, planning, and worrying, and try to use your senses and enjoy.