Yoga and Meditation

Do You Grind Your Teeth?

0 by / on April 3, 2009, 8:36 am

If you are a teeth clincher or a grinder, listen up.  If you don’t have some sort of jaw problem like TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome)yet, great.  Hopefully some of these ideas will stop you from wearing away tooth enamel, increasing your teeth’s sensitivity, causing loose teeth, morning headaches, sore jaw muscles and painful chewing.  My experience? I’ve had it all.  When I was in my teens, my jaw started popping and clicking.  Eventually I was evaluated by a dentist and I started wearing a night guard. I’m sure it protected my teeth, but it also made me clench harder.  Eliminating or avoiding [...]

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Heal Canker Sores Naturally

0 by / on March 29, 2009, 6:22 am

Are you prone to canker sores? Rejoice, friends – we’ve got some natural solutions for preventing and healing these pesky, painful little things. What are canker sores? Canker sores are small surface abrasions found on the inside of the mouth that can occur several times a year. They come and go within a week or so, on average. Canker sores can be brought on by fatigue, stress, fever, menstrual cycles, nutritional deficiencies and sensitivity to certain foods. They can be as small as a BB, or as large as a quarter, but they usually feature a white, fleshy, sensitive center [...]

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Helping Cure Insomnia Naturally

2 by / on March 26, 2009, 7:59 am

Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?  These problems could be short term, lasting for less than 3 weeks, or a chronic condition.  Insomnia could be due to anxiety, mental stress, nutritional deficiencies, poor sleep habits, physical disorders like sleep apnea (a breathing problem), or a reaction to medications.  A good night’s sleep consists of four or five 60-90 minute cycles, REM (rapid eye movement) and four stages of light-to-deep non-REM sleep, in order to achieve physical and mental well-being. Here’s something I didn’t know, minimum daily requirements for sleep are genetically determined.  Your sleep pattern will stabilize [...]

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Move It Along Folks…Natural Alternatives For Constipation

0 by / on March 22, 2009, 10:08 am

I know…it’s hard to talk about, but it’s actually one of my favorite subjects.  Poop and the inability to poop.  Let’s face it guys, EVERYONE POOPS!  Whether it’s infrequent or difficult to pass, in order for your body to eliminate waste materials (that which it does not need), you must have a regular bowel movement.  One to three bowel movements a day is normal.  If that is just not happening for you….then let’s talk about getting things moving and why they don’t move. Food sitting too long in the stomach and moving too slowly through the large bowel are the [...]

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Feelings And What They Have To Do With Eating

0 by / on January 29, 2009, 9:04 am

No doubt about it….feeling your feelings is a big part of getting healthy.  Healthy in the physical and healthy in the spiritual sense.  My saying is “Just Feel It”.  When I was young I stopped eating to get attention.  When I didn’t get the attention, I overate.   Then I just got lost in a sea of eating, not eating, stuffing emotions and denying emotions.  There is a difference between stuffing and denying your emotions.  Good luck figuring that one out.  Experiencing my divorce over 15 year ago, was when I could officially say I realized I hadn’t been feeling anything.  [...]

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Less is More..

0 by / on December 22, 2008, 12:05 pm

The saying “Less is more” means that when something is understated or done in a low-key manner it is much more effective.  Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, furniture designer and architect, is often associated with the phrase and a proponent of simplicity and clarity leading to good design.   Let’s first get out of the way when less is definitely NOT more….like love, kindness and gratitude. Seven years ago I was just about half way into a month long yoga teacher training.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner consisted of a wonderful buffet line of healthy food options.  I was practicing yoga about [...]

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What Do You Do To Take Care Of Yourself?

0 by / on December 16, 2008, 5:35 pm

A good question right?  I’m not just talking about excercise or eating right.  I mean pampering yourself.  Gentle yoga, breathing, a great bubble bath, sitting in front of the fire, meditating, singing, dancing. How about we take a moment to just breathe?  Sit upright, plant both your feet on the earth, and place your hands, palms up, on your legs.  Close your eyes.  (C’mon, this will only take a moment…turn your phone off, take a five minute break from your busy life)  Bring your attention to your belly and how the belly rises and falls with each breath.  Relax your jaw, [...]

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