If you've ever had a really great foot massage, or any foot massage for that matter you know just how healing it can be. Kids can also benefit from the healing touch of foot massage.
When the feet are massaged, anxiety is eliminated and this brings about a deep state of relaxation. One important point that is situated on both feet is the solar plexus reflex. The solar plexus is sort of a little warehouse where all your stress is stored. When the solar plexus point is pressed on, stress is released and the body is renewed.
Foot massage is restorative in that it gives the receiver energy. When the foot is rubbed and palpated, all the elements of a foot massage come together to bring energy to the body. According to theories of reflexology, foot massage releases any blockages that can hold back energy that should be flowing through the body freely.I like to incorporate a short foot massage at the end of every kids yoga class. In last night's class, three year old Emmy couldn't get enough foot massaging.. After her turn was complete, she follo
wed me around the circle sticking her tiny little feet up at me asking for me to keep rubbing. He parents were laughing as they looked on.. Some of the benefits are:
- A greater sense of trust and security
- Reduction of stress and anxiety
- Improved mood and behavior
- Improved circulation
Understand that 5 minutes of daily massage is a long time for most
kids.2. Establish massage as part of the bedtime routine to help your child settle down.3.
Always ask your child if he or she wants a massage, demonstrating
your respect for your child's right to say "no" to touch.Tips & Warnings:
If you continue to make massage a part of a child's routine, he or she may return the favor one day and massage your weary parental shoulders. Not a bad family routine!
“Housekeeping ain't no joke.” ~
Louisa May Alcott
A clean house is more than just preferable- it’s a necessity for good mental and physical health. Experts agree that maintaining a regular cleaning schedule is just as important as eating organic food, doing yoga, and taking vitamins.
According to Wikipedia, cleanliness is both the abstract state of being clean and free from dirt, and the process of achieving and maintaining that state. Cleanliness may be endowed with a moral quality, as indicated by the aphorism "cleanliness is next to godliness."
Our homes are a reflection of our well-being. The way we use, care for and create space activates energy and helps us establish a nourishing environment for healthy, harmonious lives. We need to feel safe at home. A clean, appealing home, no matter how small, can become a special space for you to recharge your batteries, connect with your loved ones, or create something magical like a garden or a lovely meal. Think of your clearing, cleaning, and purifying as part of the sacred act of living. Cleaning is Not for Whips
Not to freak you out or anything, but there are roughly more than 500,000 bacteria living in your kitchen. Countertops, sinks, drains, sponges, and floors are home to thousands of germs and bacteria. There are more bacteria living in your shower than the garbage can. The good news is that the germs and viruses come off our body when we bathe. The bad news is that they stay in the shower until it’s disinfected because moisture goes with germs like peanut butter and jelly. If that’s not enough to convince you, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health administration reports that dust buildup can cause poor indoor air quality, which has been tied to causing headaches, difficulty with concentration, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Cleaning the house is serious business, and needs to be done on a regular basis to keep germs at bay and health in check. Cleaning Can Provide a Sense of Well-being
Health factors aside, there are other reasons why cleaning is so vital. One reason is a sense of satisfaction with a job well done. The joy of cleaning comes with a tangible result. The house is clean, uncluttered, germ-free and smelling good. This small achievement can spill over into other areas of our lives, giving us the confidence that we can tackle a project and succeed. You may not be able to control the economy, your boss’s mood, or the stock market, but you do have control over having a clean sink.
Cleaning can also be calming to the mind. Cleaning up our external environment can make us feel like we’re cleaning up our psyche. It feels good to clean the past week of old energy and debris so that we can start the week ahead fresh and new. And who would not benefit from a little meditation in the form of a mindless task to reduce the stress of living a busy life in a fast-paced world? I actually find cleaning to be a relaxing activity- whether I listen to an audio book, music, repeat a mantra, recapitulate the events of the past week, or just shut off my mind completely. No matter how much change occurs in my life, the need to clean is consistent and that is somehow reassuring. Cleaning is a Mood-Boosting Workout
Not only does cleaning burn calories (roughly 170 calories for a moderate effort and 200 for a vigorous effort per hour) research shows that it also can increase endorphins (feel good hormones in the body). A 2008 study conducted by the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that just 20 minutes of sustained exercise a week- such as cleaning - can improve your mood and lift depression. The more strenuous and frequent the activity, the greater the effect. How To Get Motivated to Clean:
Most of us really do enjoy having clean homes, but sometimes we just need a little motivation. Here are some suggestions:
- Put on some good music- something upbeat that you love and can move to.
- Poor yourself a glass of something.. Red wine is a favorite.
- Dress the part. Put on comfy, stretchy clothes.
- Set a timer and clear and clean what you can in the allotted time.
Do you see cleaning as part of your well-being? Let us know.
- Put on the pressure if needed- invite someone over for dinner. The fear of having someone judge you for being untidy is motivation enough for anyone.
Do you have a Wish Board in your home or office? These are also often referred to as Vision Boards. Oprah calls this a "Life Map." My board contains pictures of people, places and ideas that I love. These images carry the energy of ideas or concepts that I wish to manifest into my life and into the world. I look at them every day when sitting at my desk. I look at them all day long and I let the energy of their presence surround me.
The drawing on the right was given to me by a 5yr. old yoga student. I didn't even tell her it was my birthday, she just knew. That's why I cherish it so much. It was like the universe wished me a happy birthday through that beautiful child. That, and the fact that I look so skinny.. Plus, I love pink and green. The universe always gets it right..
Cut out pictures of things that you love and display them in your space and see what happens. Over time, I have had to update my Wish Board with new images and ideas as old ones come into manifestation.. It's very cool.
How to Create Your Wish Board:
Gather magazines, catalogs, images of icons, spiritual guides or anything that inspires you or makes you happy. This can also include words, phrases and quotes that inspire your life.
Cut out and place all of your words and images on a large board in an way that feels right to you.
Review your Board every day and feel the feelings of having everything in your life that you have visioned on your board. Start to make room in your life for these new creations to appear.
Hear ye! Hear ye! Big news out of California.
The ruling on the yoga trial in Encinitas has been announced. Judge John Meyer ruled that the yoga classes are not religious and can continue in the school district. It’s a win for yoga! And for kids.*
The lawsuit, filed by conservative parents concerned about the “inherent” religiousness of yoga classes offered in the Encinitas school district, and the consequent trial was the first of its kind, bringing the debate on yoga and religion to the San Diego Superior courtroom. The ruling essentially declares yoga OK for public school children and could set a precedent for future cases as yoga continues to grow and expand to kids big and small.
The yoga program is being funded by a $533,000 grant from the K.P. Jois Foundation and is based in Ashtanga (naturally). The non-profit is conducting a three-year study on the effects of yoga on school kids.
RecipeAntibacterial / Antifungal
- 1 cup Warm Water
- 3 table spoons White Vinegar
- Add 15 drops of Essential Oils like Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Lavender, Mint, or Tea Tree Oil
Mix thoroughly and place the solution in a spray bottle. Spray Cleaning Instructions:
1. Spray your yoga mat cleaner liberally over the surface of your mat. If your mat seems especially dirty, let the cleanser sit and soak in a bit before cleaning it off.
2. Wipe the yoga mat with a microfiber cloth. Now repeat on the other side.
3. Allow your mat to air dry, which should take only about 5 to 10 minutes. If it takes longer than this, try rubbing your mat down more with a dry microfiber cloth to remove the excess water and speed up the drying time.Enjoy! Namaste.
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Superhero Yoga from the Land of Geekdom Posted by YD × July 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm
Rob Osborne, the artist responsible for tickling our childhood/geek/yogi fantasies with the Star Wars “Yoga Galaxy”
is back once again with Superhero Yoga.
What is the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga class?
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga is a program developed by Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon. This practice integrates 5,000-year-old Vedic wisdom with modern yogic interpretations, creating a daily yoga practice to help you unite body, mind, and spirit. Based on the teachings presented in Deepak Chopra and David Simon's popular book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, this beautiful practice blends meditation, pranayama, yoga philosophy, sun salutations, and asana development to bring you into alignment with the magnificent rhythms of the cosmos.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga infuses your practice with spirit while bringing the seven laws into action each day. Every class plays a crucial role in yoga's path to unity and wholeness, while providing you with a wealth of meditation techniques, mantras, breathing exercises, and yoga poses.
"Enhancing flexibility and releasing stress are as noble a purpose for performing yoga as the awakening of spirituality. This is the great gift of yoga - it serves and nourishes us at every level of our being and spontaneously contributes to greater well being in all domains of life. Yoga will help you discover gifts within yourself that have remained unopened since your childhood - gifts of peace, harmony, laughter, and love." ~ The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga by Drs. Deepak Chopra & David Simon
The increasingly popular practice of yoga has many health benefits, including many for prenatal women.
In addition to the many physical benefits of the practice, prenatal yoga assists women through the preparation process for birth by providing you space for inner reflection and providing a healthy outlet for your physical body and emotions. Taking group prenatal classes also provides a supportive community during the process of pregnancy. Increased Circulation and Focus
When you practice yoga, you stretch your muscles and the tissues that surround them. Prenatal yoga stimulates your organs, promotes oxygen, blood circulation and intentional breathing, and allows you to focus your attention inwardly through meditation and imagery. Reduction of Lower Back Pain
You can carry yourself and your belly in a more integrated manner through prenatal yoga as you become more acutely aware of proper body alignment techniques. This can help decrease the degree of pelvic tilt that is associated with pregnancy and thereby alleviate the lower back pain a pelvic tilt causes. Reduction of Other Back Pain and Fatigue
It can be challenging to find a comfortable space for yourself to sleep during pregnancy. This causes your spinal alignment to become compromised. Prenatal yoga teaches you how to gain more spinal fluidity by stretching your back in specific ways that assist your spinal alignment and integrity. Reduction in Joint Swelling
Regular, consistent prenatal yoga practice promotes and improves your blood and oxygen circulation throughout your body. This helps decrease the amount of swelling you experience around your wrists and ankles during pregnancy. Improved Digestion
As your baby grows, your intestinal organs will move around. This can cause you to experience indigestion. Prenatal yoga includes exercises (such as gentle, safe forward bends) that help aid in your overall digestive flow. Preparation for Birth
The squatting exercises included in prenatal yoga in particular help to tone your pelvic floor muscles, enabling you to gain strength to be comfortable squatting for a long period of time. Even if you decide not to squat during labor, you will need to be able to use these muscles effectively when it is time to push your baby out of your body during labor. Community and Support
Being part of group prenatal yoga classes helps you form a community with the support of new friends who are going through what you are experiencing. Some prenatal yoga classes even include discussions about topics related to pregnancy, such as nursing and birth plans.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/39185-benefits-prenatal-yoga/#ixzz2Pt7RDNZz
The rabbit, or the Sasangasana, is an inverted yoga pose that provides excellent traction on your back, shoulders and upper extremities. As you turn your body in an inward position, your back will have a good stretch followed by elongation of your spine. With the spine properly lengthened, the circulation of your blood will improve, allowing your nervous system to receive its proper nutrition.The placement of your upper torso helps relieve pressure from your back and shoulders all the way up to your neck and head. It also balances your hormones, stimulates your thyroid gland and improves your immune capacity. For people suffering from sinusitis, colds or congestion, tonsillitis, laryngitis, upper airway allergies and glandular problems, this position is the best way to find relief.
1. Begin in a child's yoga position--kneel down and then lower your buttocks to sit on your lower leg and feet. With your arms on the sides, lower your torso on your thighs, as you bring your head down on the floor. From this position, you can start the rabbit pose.
2. Press your forehead slightly on your knees. Then, extend your arms backward and hold on to the base of your feet. Give your heels a firm hold and then take a deep breath.
3. Exhale as you gradually lift or elevate your hips. Keep your forehead as close as possible to your knees and the topmost part of your skull (crown of the head) near the floor or mat.
4. Contract your abdominal muscles as you hold the pose for 5 to 8 seconds, then relax.