In last week's blog post I wrote about a simple meditation technique that anyone can do. It is based on mantra meditation, or if you prefer, sacred word meditation. It's a way of tricking the mind to quiet down by speaking your chosen sacred word out loud for a while, then saying it softer and softer until you are repeating it mentally. The hard part is actually getting yourself to sit!
In choosing your sacred word, I suggested using a mantra--an ancient phrase, usually quite short, that has a vibration that calms, focuses, and heals the mind. There are hundreds,
Things are pretty wierd right now. I hope you're staying safe. I'm praying for all of you. My main goal every day is to stay in a bubble of grace and joy. Living in the country, I don't have the same challenges that other people living in cities have, and I feel tremendous compassion for them--you.
I thinks it's really beneficial for those of us who are well to keep broadcasting love, light, peace to those who are suffering and dying. Bless them as they move into the next dimension.
For our health care workers, send your strength and bolster them with your compassion.
For the truck drivers who bring us fresh vegetables to market and all the other folks inbetween the produce and your shopping bag--bless them too. And the folks who work at the meat packing plants--they were hit pretty hard. Send them some love.
Other than that, there really are no words. Practice pranayama to keep your lungs healthy and strong. Go to my You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxgehugGEfo for a video on a great practice for the lungs. Many blessings to you and yours. Om shanti.
This link will take you to a practice called Bhramari, the humming bea breath, that I thought would be very helpful during the CoVid19 time, keping our lungs and diaphragm healthy.
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I recently posed for several pictures for a new book that's coming out soon--Take a Deep Breath, from Square One Publishers, co-written by me and my friend Dr. Sandra McLanahan. The book offers information on how to deal with breathing disorders, such as asthma, and COPD. Also, there are several yoga-based exercises that can be done by folks with lung disease, and it got me thinking about chair yoga.
If you have a chair and you can breathe, you can do yoga at the chair. It's easier than getting up and down off the floor as you do in a regular yoga class, but you can still improve flexibility, build your strength, and expand your breathing capacity when you do the simple exercises that are provided in the book. The best thing is building your vitality!
From our new book--
Laughing can be a kind of nutrient in its own right.
Have a five-minute hearty laugh break, taking a longer class or internet session, choosing comedies, or whatever makes you laugh regularly can help you take adeep breath! It can be an important and joyful addition to a healthy lifestyle that helps to prevent and treat lung disorders. You may not feel at all like laughing, but once you get started, even fake laughter can act very quickly
to help you feel better. (It’s hard to sustain fake laughing for very long before you are really chuckling and then guffawing at yourself.)
Laughing uses the same muscles as exercise; strengthens your core
and lower back muscles. Laughing can get you breathing more deeply,strengthening your respiratory muscles; helping prepare you for the breathing exercises program given in this book, and bring a quick form of stress management into your life.
SAVE THE DATE!
March 21, 2020 FROM
10AM TO 3PM
$35.00 per person or
bring a friend for only $55.00
The dys are getting longer, and the lake and the sky are a constant source of delight. I love to share the experience of the majesty of our beautiful Lake Michigan, so I'm offering mini retreats here at the lake once a month, on the third Saturday, until June. The main focus will be on meditation and relaxation, and will include.
Gentle stretching exercises
Guided progressive relaxation
Light vegetarian lunch
Walking meditation on the beach if weather permits
Chanting and healing sound bath
Don't worry if you've never done yoga before. This will be a great introduction, because everything is based on relaxing and tuning in to your own peaceful self. We're not working on a six pack. My motto has always been YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE THIN AND FLEXIBLE TO DO YOGA!
There will be another mini retreat April 18, so save the date. Space is limited so sign up early by sending me an email (check the CONTACT button at the top of the page) and I'll send you all the details. It will be a perfect antidote to the crazyness of the Corona Virus!
I've been eating a lot of sugar. At Holiday time, I love to bake Christmas cookies, and this year I really overdid it. After a while, I began to notice my teeth hurting, my bones aching. Sugar is known to leach calcium out of teeth and bones, and I certainly don't want to run the risk of having osteoporosis, so I've been taking my calcium tablets and hoping for the best.
If you're a woman "of a certain age", you may also be concerned about bone health. But before you are told by your doctor to start taking a pharmaceutical--Fosamax or Boniva--here's what the latest research is proving:
YOGA IS BETTER THAN DRUGS FOR BONE HEALTH!
Some of the side effects of taking these drugs are:
On the other hand, Yoga has been proven to improve
My mom was prescribed Fosamax when she was about 80 years old. Over time, her jaw definitely shrank, to the degree that she couldn't wear her dentures anymore, they were way too big. And she developed compression fractures that were extremely painful. She also complained about losing her appetite, from upset stomach. Finally, she fell, breaking her hip. Did she fall and then break her hip? Or did her hip break and then she fell as a result of a compression fracture in her weakened bones? She never recovered her ability to walk again, yet, because of her great constitution, she lived another 2 years, in misery. It broke my heart to see my once vibrant, feisty mom turn into a helpless, depressed vegetable.
So do your Yoga! Stay vibrant and feisty!