Mind - Body Wellness Coaching,Orange County,Ca.
MIND - BODY WELLNESS
At Your Best Life Mind-Body Wellness I value and honor the powerful connection between the mind and body. I have worked to create a one-stop shop for wellness! I strongly believe that the two are interconnected and if the body is in pain we will suffer emotionally. On the flip side, when we have emotional struggles we will feel these struggles and pains physically as well.
Everyone has within themselves powerful self-healing capacities to create the change they want in their life. My role in the healing process is to help you actualize these untapped abilities.
I am honored to share the journey of health, happiness and wellness with you.
Here at "At Your Best Life " Mind-Body Wellness Coaching, Orange County, Ca. We help our clients identify their health goals, deal with barriers, and implement effective processes for developing new, healthier practices and habits. Mind-body skills are used in the process to enhance outcomes and provide the client with practices they can use in their everyday life.
Meditation is one of the most effective ways to increase your positivity. The practice of meditation expands awareness within the individual and allows for a clear connection between mind, body and soul. Through meditation, you can learn to release negative emotions that are holding you back and connect with your higher self.
Find a quiet and comfortable place to sit, lie down .Wear clothing that is loose and comfortable, do not eat a large heavy meal before meditating as this will make you tiered and you may fall asleep during meditation. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and allow yourself to relax. While breathing deeply, feel yourself letting go of all the emotions you are holding onto. With each breathe, let go a little more. As you let go, realize everything around you is made of love and allow yourself to live within this love.
If you are new at meditating try starting with a guided meditation . http://antidoteforall.com/
What are your tight hips trying to tell you?
Your hips are the body’s junk drawer - they hold emotional stressors when you’re not sure where else to put them, yet you’re not entirely ready to release them. Have you ever felt the need to burst into tears in the middle of or directly after a yoga class? If so, it’s likely that the class included a host of hip openers, causing an emotional release marked by a flood of tears.
Our tight hips aren’t just a result of sitting at a desk, in a car, or on the sofa while watching television, they’re also a sign of emotional stress building in the body’s largest joint. The hips are the body’s stabilizers, but they also serve as storage units that house sad memories, financial fears, relationship woes, and family issues. By taking the time each and every day to focus ample attention on the hips, you’ll release anxiety, fear, depression, and sadness.
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Prana, or the body’s life force, needs to flow freely in the hips in order to release blockages that eventually result in physical ailments. Do you notice deeply ingrained mental habits of worry? By opening your hips you can unlock mentally stuck thought patterns as well.
Hips are tight because of dense musculature around the hip joint, inside the pelvis, near the groin, and around the upper thigh. First, becoming aware of physical tightness in the hips leads you to understand your mental blockages as well. And knowing is half the battle. By loosening your hip joints you can send messages to nerve endings at the spine and all the way to the brain telling it to stop releasing stress hormones.
1. Focus on your breath.
Your breath ignites prana in the body, which lights your internal fire, called agni in Sanskrit. Agni warms up the tissues of the body, especially those of the hip joints, so they can soften and open up.
2. Keep your awareness on the hips.
Even when you’re not doing a hip-opening yoga posture, keep your awareness on the hips.
3. Consider some gradual hip-opening poses.
If you dive in with deep hip-opening poses at first, you won’t be able to go as far. Hold each pose for five long breaths. Start in triangle pose to gently add some mobility to the hip joint. Release into a low lunge to open up the front of the hip. Further deepen the posture in lizard pose , ankle-to-knee pose , and finally, butterfly pose.
4. Be gentle.
Don’t force an opening. These things take time and even if your hips are completely immobile, keeping your awareness on the breath while working to open up this crucial joint in the body is a step in the right direction. Direct the power of your awareness toward change and you’ll begin to notice progress both mentally and physically.
As the body's "fight or flight" muscle, your psoas is deeply connected to our natural survival instinct. It instantly tightens in moments of danger to either protect you (in a fetal position) or help you run, fueled by the release of adrenaline. However, if your psoas is constantly tight, it signals to the body you are in constant danger, leading to overworking of the adrenal glands. When this happens, your immune system suffers and your body automatically switches into fat storing mode in anticipation of danger. Can’t shift that weight? Blame your hips also known as your "survival muscle".
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Wabi - Sabi What Is It?
I can tell you what it is not...a new Sushi dish.
According to Wikipedia Wabi-Sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.
"In short, wabi is a way of life or spiritual path. It precedes the application of aesthetic principles applied to objects and arts, the latter being sabi. The Zen principles informing wabi enjoyed a rich confluence of Confucian, Taoist, Buddhism, and Shinto traditions, but focused on the hermit’s insight and the reasons why the hermit came to pursue eremiticism. These philosophical insights are familiar: the recognition of duality as illusion, the clinging to ego and the material world as leading to suffering, the fear of death precluding a fulfilling life, the appreciation of life’s evanescence as a prompt to living in harmony with nature."
"Sabi is literally solitude or even loneliness."
"The term wabi-sabi suggests such qualities as impermanence, humility, asymmetry, and imperfection. These underlying principles are diametrically opposed to those of their Western counterparts, whose values are rooted in the Hellenic worldview that values permanence, grandeur, symmetry, and perfectabi is an intuitive appreciation of a transient beauty in the physical world that reflects the irreversible flow of life in the spiritual world. It is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect, or even decayed, an aesthetic sensibility that finds a melancholic beauty in the impermanence of all things."
‘Highly fit’ middle-age women nearly 90% less likely to develop dementia decades later, study finds
If this doesn’t encourage you to squeeze in a workout today, nothing will: a new study from Sweden shows that women who were highly fit in mid-life were nearly 90% less likely to get dementia decades later.
After initial exercise tests in middle age, researchers followed the women for 44 years. Both groups lived just as long, but those who could ride an exercise bike at a fast rate for 6 minutes in the initial test had a much lower risk of dementia later on than those who couldn’t complete the workout.
The study, published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, couldn’t prove that exercise prevented dementia, and the findings aren’t a surprise — it’s long been known there’s a correlation between exercise and decreased dementia risk — but the results were particularly dramatic.
About 5% of the women with the highest peak workload — those who were able to bike the hardest over those 6 minutes — developed dementia, compared to 25% of those with medium fitness and 45% who weren’t fit enough to finish the test, the study found. Overall, women who were highly fit compared to those who were moderately fit decreased their risk of dementia by 88%.
The few highly fit women who did develop dementia became symptomatic at age 90 on average, 11 years later than the moderately fit.
“I’m very surprised that the finding was so strong,” said Ingmar Skoog, the paper’s senior author and a psychiatry professor at The University of Gothenburg in Sweden. “It really shows the importance of exercise."
However, the study was fairly small — only 191 women took the initial fitness test, which means it’s hard to maintain statistical significance while breaking the group down into sub-categories of more or less fit. And all women in the study were Swedish, which limits the ability to generalize its conclusions to a more diverse population.
Alzheimer’s and other dementias are believed to begin 15-20 years before symptoms even appear, so it makes sense that exercising in mid-life would affect the risk, Skoog said. Exercise alone is not likely to prevent Alzheimer’s, but the study shows people are not helpless in the face of one of the most feared, costliest and common diseases of old age, he added.
And the same activities that help prevent Alzheimer’s — including avoiding smoking, getting adequate exercise and sleep and eating a healthy diet — also prevent cardiovascular disease, he said, making them even more worthwhile. “You can do something yourself to decrease your odds,” Skoog said.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in mid-life, decades before disease sets in, makes sense, said David Knopman, a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, who was not involved in the study.
“I suspect it’s a dose,” said Knopman, also associate director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “Starting in late life is better than not starting at all, but starting in mid-life seems to confer a larger benefit.”
Although it is not entirely clear why exercise helps put off or prevent Alzheimer’s, Knopman said it’s likely that exercise maintains good blood flow to the brain. “(When) the brain is healthier from a vascular point of view, it can absorb more Alzheimer’s pathology before people become symptomatic,” he said.
The message isn’t that everyone needs to run marathons in middle age, Knopman said, but a healthy lifestyle pays off.
This type of study can’t say exactly what kind of exercise is best, or how much is needed — only a study that has a placebo group and tracks people going forward can do that, said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach at the non-profit Alzheimer’s Association.
“The literature has not yet settled on an amount or type of exercise that is going to be key, although the bulk of literature has suggested that aerobic exercise is what you need to be doing,” he said. That doesn’t mean you have to compete in triathlons but “more than a 10-min dog walk” would be a good idea, Fargo said.
Several lifestyle studies are getting underway soon, including one backed by the Alzheimer’s Association called the US POINTER study, which will offer at-risk adults, ages 60-79, a series of lifestyle interventions to see if they impact Alzheimer’s risk. That and other Alzheimer’s-related studies are always looking for volunteers to participate, he said.
In the next three to five years, these studies should allow researchers to provide clearer recommendations for exercise and other lifestyle modifications that might reduce Alzheimer’s risk, such as sleep, diet and social activities, Fargo said.
But it’s already quite clear that exercising at any point in life is better for your brain than not exercising at all, Fargo said.
" Without realizing it, you are experiencing this connection during any of the following common experiences: Getting butterflies in your stomach when you feel nervous, overeating when you feel anxious, feeling dull and sluggish after taking an antibiotic, contracting stomach cramps before a competitive challenge, experiencing nausea or stomach upset from taking antidepressants. These are all evidence of the intimate connection between brain and gut that we ordinarily do not notice."