We’ll get back to you as soon as possible with your answer.
Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity are conditions that can be exacerbated by stress. Through regular yoga and meditation, symptoms of these conditions can be better managed.
We have the capacity to maintain our health and well being through understanding how illness and disease occur and what we can do to prevent and/or reverse this process. We can`t change what we don`t know. Knowledge is power.
Medication is a valuable resource when used correctly. As a Health care provider I often prescribe medication to my clients. The problem with medication is that it does not get to the core or the root of the problem. Too often we rely on medication to be a quick “fix”.
Our emotions are powerful and do affect our health. Research shows that negative emotions such as anger, worry and anxiety are associated with Heart Disease, Hypertension, Heart Attacks, Asthma, Stomach Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome to name a few.
Conversely, positive emotions such as compassion, joy, and positive attitude boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, prevent heart disease, stomach ulcers, and improve Asthma.
Our spirit is our inner fire, what inspires us and gives us joy. Current research is indicating that our heart is more than just an organ that pumps blood. Through its ability to process information and communicate with the brain, how we act and what we do has a significant role in health and well being.
There will always be stress in our lives. The key is in how we react to it and manage stressful situations. Stress is only a problem when it controls us and takes over our life. Research shows that inability to manage and control stress affects our health and can even kill us. There are simple ways to learn to relax and “turn off” the stress hormones. Yoga and meditation are two very powerful, simple examples and can be customized to individuals and their life styles.
Yoga and meditation are similar and can be used together or separately. Yoga is a form of gentle exercise that works every muscle and bone in the body. The health benefits include strong bones (preventing osteoporosis), increased flexibility, and better balance. It is a moving meditation that keeps you in the present moment—concentrating on the task at hand. This helps to alleviate worry and anxiety. Yoga helps to cleanse and naturally detoxify the body`s internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, and intestines.
Meditation is spending quiet time alone. It requires little effort and results can be achieved in very little time. Sitting quietly with your eyes closed turns off the stress hormones, lowers the heart rate and improves the quality of breathing and delivers more oxygen to all the cells in the body. When practiced on a continued basis it relieves anxiety and depression.
Losing weight is hindered with prolonged stress despite our best efforts of good nutrition and exercise. Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, helps our body hold onto fat. Managing stress helps with weight loss by “turning off” excess secretion of cortisol.
The airline industry illustrates best why it is important to put take care of our self first. “Put your own oxygen mask on first”. Our instinct is to be nurturing and care for others. If we do not take care of ourselves first, we have nothing left to give to the others who need us. Putting our needs first is a necessity, not a luxury.
Menopause is part of our wonderful journey through life. Problems occur as a result of the fluctuations in hormones---a disruption of balance in the body. Most times, this can be addressed through yoga, meditation, and breath work.