Month: April 2015

Back pain: is your yoga practice hurting you?

The statistics on back pain are staggering. A whopping 85% of the U.S. population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Ninety percent of these cases will involve low back pain. Back pain is one of the top reasons why Americans stay home from work, and the second-leading surgical procedure. Yoga is known for its healing qualities, but is it possible that yoga postures may also contribute to back pain? As a seasoned yoga teacher with a reputation for smart practice, students have long come to me for help recovering from and avoiding yoga injuries. Complaints and concerns about back pain are particularly common, especially with yoga styles that involved extreme and sometimes vigorous forward and backward bending, as well as rapid or asymmetrical twisting. As a teacher, I emphasize safe yogaand effective practices based on anatomically optimal alignment and individual modification. As an advanced yoga practitioner, the story was different. For decades, I followed a different set of rules. In my own practice, I was willing to take risks with …

10 tips to strengthen your yoga practice

10 tips to strengthen your yoga practice After years of practicing yoga, we’re bound to pick up a few tips along the way to help us along with our practice whether from teachers in class, from watching others practice or simply by downloading them directly from the universe. Here are ten tips downloaded directly from the universe to you. Enjoy. 1. Aligning the neck – It’s easy to get a sore neck these days, especially while driving. While behind the wheel, it is common to strain the chin forward and thus take the neck out of alignment. Here is a simple exercise to help minimize this complaint: every time you come to a complete stop at a red light, bring your finger to your chin and gently press it back. This small movement will help to open up the back of the neck, and stack the vertebrae of the spine in proper alignment. 2. How much water is enough? – More than you think, and probably more than you drink in a day. Eight full …

What is Paleo diet?

What Is The Paleo Diet? The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility. – Robb Wolf Okay To Eat  Fruits Vegetables Lean Meats Seafood Nuts & Seeds Healthy Fats Avoid Dairy Grains Processed Food & Sugars Legumes Starches Alchohol Building A Healthy Paleo Diet Lean proteins Lean proteins support strong muscles, healthy bones and optimal immune function. Protein also makes you feel satisfied between meals. Fruits and Vegetables Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing a number of degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes and neurological decline. Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, fish …

Why we should eat Pink Himalayan Salt and what are it’s benefit.

What is Himalayan salt?, and that it is super-healthy. Origin The Himalayan mountain range goes across Asia, and passes through China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and India. People usually associate the Himalayans with Mount Everest, or the highest peak on the planet, but there is something even more exclusive about it – the Himalayan salt. Hundreds of millions years ago crystallized sea salt beds were covered with lava. Today, they lie deep in the Himalayans. The salt was not only preserved in a pristine environment surrounded with snow and ice, but the lava also protected it from pollution. This is why Himalayan Pink Salt is considered to be the purest salt out there. Today it is hand-mined from the mountains and later sold on the market. Why is it pink? Its pink color indicates that Himalayan salt is loaded with minerals and energy-rich iron. Health Benefits Same as the vitamins and minerals are packed with fruits and veggies, minerals found in this pink salt also work in synergy. Synergy is an interaction of multiple elements …

Could you be protein deficient? Here are the hidden signs

ref to: Dr. John Douillardon Dec 8, 2011 More: Vegan/vegetarian Sources of Proteins. Complete Protein? Complete Nonsense. Every winter I find myself treating an inordinate number of patients for protein deficiency. Most of them are quite health-aware and have made conscious decisions as to what they include—and don’t include—in their diets. But somehow, despite their best intentions, they find themselves with this very significant deficiency. Many of these patients are vegetarian. Others—perhaps the majority—have stopped eating red meat years ago but continue to eat chicken or fish once in a while. Though it is my personal belief that a vegetarian diet may be the healthiest, it seems there is something in the way we are doing it that leaves us vulnerable to protein deficiency and its consequences. Article-At-A-Glance – Why is protein deficiency so common? – Telltale signs of protein deficiency – Effective protein-building strategies Why is Protein Deficiency so Common? Interestingly, many traditional Asian cultures seem to do well eating a vegetarian diet. So why can’t we eat that same way and thrive? No …