My Body My Temple
Let the Liver Live!
Think of your liver. It sits in the upper right area of your abdomen, protected by your rib cage. This reddish brown organ weighs about 2 kilograms and is does everything from help digest the French fries you ate last night, helps to heal the cut on your baby finger and stores that extra bit of glucose you used up running for the GO Train. It’s a multitasker for sure.
In both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the liver, ensures energy and blood flow smoothly throughout the body. It also regulates bile secretion, stores blood, and is connected with the tendons, nails, and eyes.
Emotions... [Read more of this review]
Yoga for Seniors – At the World Partnership Walk
On Sunday, May 26 from 9am to 10am at Metro Hall in Toronto, I will be leading a Yoga segment for Seniors at the World Partnership Walk. Come out and support this amazing event and bring your friends and family.
Here is a selection of exercises to get everyone warmed up for the Walk:
These basic moves promote flexibility by loosening the muscles. These movements should be practices slowly with focus on the breath. Focusing on the breath encourages the mind to relax. For anyone with pre-existing conditions or a sedentary lifestyle check with your doctor before starting an exercise... [Read more of this review]
First Relax – Yogic Tips and Techniques to soothe the Soul
Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Concentrate this next breath through
your left nostril. Use your mind to control your breath. Repeat eleven
times. In the thirty seconds it takes to practice this technique, your
body, mind and breath shifts. It is a fact.
See, sense, feel or imagine the place in your life, in your body, in your mind
where you hold the most tension. Hold that knowingness. Come to an
awareness of where you are gripping, holding, or judging. Be with it.
Offer that experience over to your highest consciousness. Turn it over to be forgiven,... [Read more of this review]
Did you Get Angry Today?
Did you get angry today?
Come on be honest.
Did you swear under your breath when someone cut you off in traffic?
Did you grimace after talking a phone call from your mother, your mother in law, your partner?
Did you get pissed after stubbing your toe?
Anger is an ancient part of our human psyche. Back then we used it for dealing with danger, like running away from a wild animal or a rival tribe. Anger releases a flood of chemicals including adrenalin, putting our body and mind on high alert.
In the here and now anger doesn’t serve this purpose. It is more of a learned response.... [Read more of this review]
Your Power is Where Your Mouth Is
I asked my students, “what do you do most with your mouth?” The top two answers were eating and talking. Kissing was a close runner up. . .
Your mouth is the beginning of your relationship with the food you eat and your place in the universe. Let’s explore these topics from a yogic perspective.
When you eat you interact with the energy of the Universe. There is a connection between the thoughts we think and the food that we eat. A yogic diet is mostly plant based; easy to digest and easy on the mind. One way to bring consciousness to your meals... [Read more of this review]