A word about Yoga. Described as the covering made of food, this layer describes all that has tangible form.
The body is the vehicle in which we take our life journey. Regarding the body as a sacred temple for our soul presents an opportunity to shift our perspective in how we care for ourselves. Movement is life, yet is often the under sung hero of self-care for our well- being. Physical activity stimulates our body’s internal pharmacy to create a natural elixir that nourishes all the systems of the body and generates positive mood states. Our body is dynamic, with new cells continually forming as others recycle! At any life stage, we hold the capacity to improve health and access our innate gifts for healing.
“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.” B.K.S. Iyengar
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Our brain tissue can literally be remodeled by habits of thought, brain games and regular practice of meditation. The scientific term is Neuroplasticity. The brain learns to conserve energy by forming neural networks that wire and fire together for more efficient patterns of activation. Less active neural connections atrophy. Richard Hanson PhD refers to this a type of “neural Darwinism: the survival of the busiest.” So we get better at whatever patterns of thought we practice most often. This can work for your well- being, or against it!
Games Designed by Neuroscientists to Challenge your Brain http://www.lumosity.com/landing_pages/521?gclid=CKXYhf28mL8CFdclvQodT7MAHQ
A 3-D learning tool for anatomy and function of the brain http://www.g2conline.org/2022
Brain Waves : Alpha Beta Delta Theta http://www.doctorhugo.org/brainwaves/brainwaves.html
Throughout our lifespan, our diet, physical activity and our stress response greatly influence the health of our bones. Bone loss does not just affect the elderly.
Osteoporosis &Musculoskeletal Disorders http://www.iofbonehealth.org/osteoporosis-musculoskeletal-disorders
Calcium Calculator from the International Osteoporosis Foundation http://www.iofbonehealth.org/calcium-calculator
Helpful handouts and teaching modules by condition from the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Public Health http://www.fammed.wisc.edu/integrative/modules
Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in this country and is largely preventable with diet and lifestyle modifications. High blood pressure or hypertension is a primary risk factor. Download a handout on natural approaches to lowering hypertension. Hypertension
The American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/
Spectrum program by cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish http://ornishspectrum.com/
Heart Health by Dr. Andrew Weil http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/PAG00099/Heart-Health-Dr-Weil.html
Move it or lose it. It really IS that simple. The future you is not any more likely than the present you to start being physically active. Find something, anything, that you enjoy doing and MOVE . Start now.
20 Exercise Tips from the Harvard School of Public Health http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/tips-for-getting-exercise-into-your-life/
Healthy People. Gov Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans http://www.health.gov/PAGuidelines/guidelines/
National Institute on Aging: http://go4life.nia.nih.gov/
Visit this site for sample workout, exercise videos, motivational e-cards, printable tip sheets, success stories, online tracking tools, and more.
Online Fitness Tracking
Exercise Resources for Youth
Advice on Strength Training from the Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/tween-and-teen-health/in-depth/strength-training/art-20047758
Download great articles on how to promote physical activity from the American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.healthychildren.org/english/healthy-living/fitness/Pages/default.aspx
Input determines output. You literally are what you eat. To feel well, you must eat well. Cut through the “info mania” surrounding food by keeping it simple. Eat and drink only what comes from the earth in its most unadulterated form whenever possible. Treat your senses with a broad spectrum of colorful fruits and vegetables and tantalize your six tastes( Sweet sour salty, pungent, bittern & astringent) every meal. Gauge your portions simply by eating no more than what can fit in your two hands. Bless all that enters your body as that which will become your body….. because it does. Honor the chain of human and nature’s actions that bring food to your table. Consider including in your blessing the intention that all beings have access to pure food, air, water and shelter. Download a handout on top 10 tips for a healthy diet Top Ten Tips
Download handout on tips EatingTips Chronic low grade systemic inflammation is a culprit in most stress and lifestyle mediated illness in industrialized nations. The rationale for an anti-inflammatory diet is to reduce intake of dietary components that trigger inflammation while increasing intake of more beneficial nutrients. The body becomes more acidic in the presence of chronic Inflammation and can be assisted back into balance with more alkaline foods.
Dr. Andrew Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02012/anti-inflammatory-diet
The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
How Acidic is Your Body ? A Self Test
Dietary fiber has positive anti-inflammatory effects. Sources of Fiber
GMO(Genetically Modified Organisms in Foods
The GI ranks carbohydrates according to how much they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Hi GI diets contribute to coronary artery disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity. Low GI diets hold blood sugar more stable and control appetite by reducing hunger.
Weight Management Glycemic Index Calculator from the University of Sydney http://www.glycemicindex.com/
The Healthy Eating Plate Graphic from Harvard School of Public Health
The world prevalence of obesity has nearly doubled between 1980 and 2010 (W.H.O. 2010) More than 1/3 of US children and adolescents are obese. The downstream health and societal burden for this issue is beyond our worst nightmares as a nation. It is the loudest call for diet and lifestyle change on the part of parents.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/index.html
Obesity in Children: Let’s Move. Americans Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids http://www.letsmove.gov/learn-facts/epidemic-childhood-obesity
Personal Health Trackers
Super Tracker for personal tracking of foods, nutritional value and physical activity: https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/default.aspx
Yoga offers a multitude of physical practices to optimize health of each of the body systems.
Yoga Health Benefits