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Archive for August, 2018

Acupuncture for Better Sleep

At the very foundation of a healthy life, we need good food, clean water, and quality sleep.

You may hear about the recommended (mandatory?) 8-hour sleep we should get — which is not false — but are you getting quality sleep for those 8 hours?

The question is: do you feel rested upon waking up?

Are you alert and productive during the day?

Quality sleep, even if it is less than 8 hours (because every body is unique and will require different amounts), will give you the rest that your body needs to function at its optimum.

Most people in the US are walking around without adequate sleep, either because they did not get the proper amount, or the proper quality. Over time, this state of sleep deprivation can effect your immune system which may lead to undesirable long term or serious health problems.

There are so many reasons why you may be not getting the sleep your body needs. An over-scheduled life, excessive stress, imbalanced hormones, poor diet, poor sleeping habits are just some of the common causes of insomnia.

So, how can you get proper quality sleep that you need?

The body needs deep rest when the nervous system can go into repair mode while we are sleeping. All day long, when we are awake and alert, we overload the nervous system with stimuli required for the fight-flight (survival) mechanism. When healthy and in balance, the well rested nervous system works in harmony and our mind and body function well. We are energized, alert and productive. We are able to enjoy and create the life we want.

If the body does not get the rest it requires, however, we are in constant survival mode that does not turn off for that needed rest and repair mode.  The parasympathetic nervous system – our rest and digest system – can’t function at its optimum. We only get by with what is crucial for survival and end up with a tired body, a fatigued mind, and a relatively negative experience in daily life.

Recent research has implicated that impaired parasympathetic nervous function is responsible for a wide range of autoimmune diseases, including arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

How can we foster our parasympathetic nervous system while we sleep?

There are lots of ways, most of them require that we decrease stress stimuli during our daily lives.

How are YOU decreasing stress in your life?

Are you prioritizing your health by allowing your body and mind to rest?

Are you taking a break from electronics, choosing healthy foods, exercising our body?

Are you pausing during the day to allow space and peace in your day?

Are you getting the support you need in your life?

Are you implementing tools that can help you further decrease stress?

 


 

Where does acupuncture come in?

Acupuncture, like other forms of natural medicine, works to help the body find its natural balance.

Research has proved that acupuncture helps reduce stress by stimulating the release of oxytocin, a hormone and signaling substance that regulates the parasympathetic nervous system. It is a safe and effective tool that helps our body find its own equilibrium for that quality sleep we all need and deserve.

Because the body knows how to heal itself, a natural form of therapy like acupuncture can put your body back into balance. When rest and relaxation can be restored, better sleep quality can be achieved.

 

Want to give acupuncture a try?

 

Come to our Group Acupuncture Workshop on August 26 @ Bexley Yoga Studio. Registration is open, and space is limited. Sign up soon, right here.

 

Pausing Lesson: Root to Rise

My favorite meditation during Learning to Pause Retreat with Jillian Pransky was the Root to Rise meditation.

 

I loved it for its imagery: to be still like a tree, with roots growing further and deeper into the ground while the tree branches keep growing and rising toward the sky.

 

Rooting down is very grounding.

 

When we feel our feet on the ground, touching the earth or the floor, we connect with what is below.

 

When we feel our hands rising up toward the sky, away from the ground, as far as we can, we connect with what is above.

 

Rooting keeps us grounded. This is the Yin side of life. 

 

Rising helps us grow. This is the Yang side of life. 

 

The interdependence of Yin and Yang, ground and sky, roots and branches plays a huge key to the harmony within us.

 

To experience both at the same time is the experience of being a human in harmony with itself.

 

It is only when we are well rooted can we rise further.

 

It is only when we are grounded that can we grow beyond who we currently are, to realize our full potential.

 

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If you want to feel this in your body and in your mind right now, simply stand with your feet on the ground. Make sure you really feel them on the ground.

 

Now raise your arms above your head, spreading all your 10 fingers wide, and high.

 

Breathe in deeply while you stretch your hands above, as high as you can. Feel the space and freedom above you. This is where you can grow toward… it’s expansive and infinite. 

 

Breathe out completely while you plant your feet firmer into the ground. Feel the earth beneath you anchoring you down. Feel supported and nurtured and rooted by digging deeper. You are solid and grounded. Nothing can sway you now. 

 

Repeat this at least 5 times, preferably with your eyes closed, and pay attention to inside your body.

 

Let thoughts come and go, only focus on your breath.

 

Root to rise.

 

Ground to grow.

 

When these two work in unison, you are in harmony with yourself, and with the earth. 

 

And that is a moment of magic.

 

A moment of peace.

 

A moment of all possibilities. 

 

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Pausing Lesson: Most Important Relationship

The one lesson that Jillian Pransky reminded us over and over during our Learning to Pause Retreat at Kripalu was recognizing the most relationship we have.

 

It’s not the relationship with our kids, or our spouse. It’s not the relationship with our mother, father, or sibling. It’s not with our house, or community.

 

It’s the relationship we have with our breath.

 

That is it: our breath.

 

Since the day we were born, this relationship began.

 

And it will continue to the very end of our time in this body.

 

It is, by far, the longest and most intimate relationship of our life time.

 

Cultivating this relationship allows us to connect and trust the very essence of our being: the most basic foundation of life.

 

All relationships begin and grow with trust. 

 

In order to do this, we must pause.

 

When we pause to connect with our breath, we are truly connecting with our original source of energy.

 

When we pause to connect with our breath, we are attaching our mind to our body.

 

When we pause to connect with our breath, we rekindle the relationship with our being.

 

We have to be still for this relationship.

 

We have no choice, but to pause, and breathe.

 

This very moment, the moment we make this connection, we are truly living.

 

It sounds simple. But it’s not easy.

 

How often do you pause to feel your breath?

 

It’s a practice that is ongoing. Without the practice, we are out of touch. Without the practice, we are not connected to our original and only true source of ourselves.

 

“We practice to remember,” said Jillian.

 

We practice to remember. 

 

Right now, wherever you are, and whatever you are doing,

 

 

P A U S E…,     B R E A T H E…,     and    C O N N E C T… 

 

The more we practice and connect with this most important relationship, the stronger it will be and the most alive and present we will show up in our own life.

 

The more we trust ourselves. 

 

And from there, anything is possible.

 

“Between stimulus and response there is a space.

In that space is our power to choose our response. 

In that response lies our growth and our freedom. 

The whole reason to pause.” ~ Victor Frankl

 

 

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