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Natural Health By Jenn

I believe that each of us has the ability to be happy and healthy, naturally.

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Detoxify

Late winter, early spring every source of media start pumping out news about the latest spring cleanse and fad detox plan.  Yes by all means once a year do a full on detox but NOT for the reason we see it plastered all over magazine covers (a flat belly).  No; instead do it for you!  For all the reasons the body needs a good clean out. Continue reading “Detoxify”

My Love Affair With Tea!

Weight loss, cancer prevention, heart health, antioxidants, youthful skin….

This list seems endless when we get into the health benefits of tea consumption.  Blog posts, news articles and even medical journals have these bases covered; several times over!  Instead, today let’s have a cup, for no better reason than pure enjoyment!  Continue reading “My Love Affair With Tea!”

Healing: A Bowl Full of Grains!

You take every precaution, those of us with celiac disease and our family members understand the importance of clean; clean everything to prevent cross contamination.  I never just buy anymore, now trips to the market include me asking “how gluten free is it”?  Meaning is this item prepared in a GF designated area?  Is there flour in the air? Do the employees know safe food handling procedures?  I hate this, I am usually easy going.  Having to ask a thousand questions before buying or eating goes against every grain in my body.

 

Continue reading “Healing: A Bowl Full of Grains!”

Food, Health, Healing

Many times we push, we push for things we want not often for those that we need.  We push for the things that we think will be best for us.  We avoid those things that are hard.

Sometimes we are pushed; pushed into directions that we never thought we would end up in.  When this happens things tend to fall together in ways we never imagined.  3 years ago I never would have considered that I would be taking this direction.  My blog has been many things over years.  My focus has always been natural health, wellness and yoga.  Now I stray. Continue reading “Food, Health, Healing”

Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Gluten FreeGluten Free Services for Food Industry

With the rise of Celiac disease and gluten intolerance many restaurants and food service facilities are choosing to offer gluten free alternatives; but how gluten free is your food really?  Cross contamination and/or improper preparation can leave a patron very ill and leave your facility with bad reviews. Continue reading “Corporate Services”

I believe that each of us has the ability to be happy and healthy, naturally.

The number 1 thing I have learned is Education is our best defense. Yes there is a time and place for every type of medical intervention. Holistic Medicine and Yoga Therapy are the best in way of prevention and recovery.

 Many chronic illnesses are caused by an imbalance in the natural system. Where pharmaceuticals add to this imbalance, natural therapies aim to rebalance the body to promote self healing.

My Story

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Hydrate and Feel Great!

Thirsty?  If so you are already dehydrated!  “But I drink all day long!  How can I be lacking in liquids?” you ask?  Drinks are not created equal.  While most drinks provide the body with much needed liquids some take it away leaving the body more dehydrated then before that first sip. Continue reading “Hydrate and Feel Great!”

Assisted Yoga For Healthy Aging

Health concerns of the aging population

During the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s there was an increase in the number of pharmaceuticals used by every age group.  Medical doctors, that used to tell you to have a good night sleep and eat your vegetables to cure the common cold, started prescribing drugs.  Three decades of misuse have shown us the long term effects. 
Coming out of the Great Depression people put more faith in earning a “decent living” than into their health.  They worked longer days, took more over-time to ensure the build up of a “nest egg” that would see them through any further economic problems.  This led to the idea of a “quick fix” something, anything that would get people better and out of bed faster so that they could return to unhealthy working environments.  Factories and offices where air quality was not a major concern.  Where you stood or sat for extended periods of time completing repetitive motions that lead to wear and tear on joints.
  
As the Baby Boomer generation ages we are seeing an increase in diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, arthritis, gout and bone degeneration…the list can go on!  We have more debilitated seniors now than in history and the number is only increasing. 
Not only are our elderly aging with more concerns but also our children are being born with more health concerns, autism spectrum disorders, allergies, asthma, nervous disorders etc.  Today’s youth will age with even more problems unless we start teaching alternatives.  
Yoga has ancient roots, it was not the same practice we know it as today.  Ancient yogis used asana (yoga postures) to correct imbalances they felt in the body and mind.  It was part of a whole health system (Ayurveda) used to bring freedom from mental and physical dis-ease.  Now as more people turn to natural medicine the benefits of yoga are being scientifically researched, what is discovered is that the ancient yogis were right!  They had discovered cures for hypertension, arthritis, digestive disorders and more without the use of modern science.  

Gentle yoga for general healthy living

With the use of modern science we can benefit from their great wisdom, by proving the “why’s” and “how’s” of yoga workings.  Knowledgeable practitioners can create health plans which include asana to heal the body without the use of pharmaceuticals.
Any form of physical exercise has health benefits, walking gets fluids moving, it promotes weight loss and supports healthy cardiovascular functioning.  Weight lifting increases muscle mass, supports bone health and stabilizes weak joints.  Yoga goes a step further!
Yes you get all the benefits of cardio and weight training with one activity however yoga has that little bit more.  The mental component that helps ease stress, anxiety, induces a state of relaxation, a downshifting of the nervous system.  It is here that we see the greatest health benefits.  Yoga offers both a physical and mental workout.  It gives us the tools to find self-love.  To discover compassion and acceptance. 
So how does this help the aging population?  Many age related dis-eases are a combination of mental and physical stress build-up.  The scientific community calls this psycho-somatic; the physical manifestation of psychological problems.  By retraining the mind and body relief is brought without recurrence.
As mental wounds are healed and the body is strengthen symptoms begin to disappear.  Physical activity allows for the physical release of stress.  The mental aspects of yoga allow for psychological healing through self-love and compassion.  Yoga allows people to work through limitations on both the physical and mental level.  Discovering strength and flexibility of body while working through it mentally can be translated into daily life.  Where people can recognize their strengths and weaknesses and use this knowledge to their advantage, learning and growing no matter the age.

Assisted yoga for therapeutic results

When dealing with seniors we are often looking at years of physical stress.  Assisted yoga is the best form of exercise in this scenario.  Tools like chairs, benches, straps, blocks and others can be used to modified postures and provide balance as seniors build strength. 
I have been teaching assisted yoga to seniors for several years now and I have witnessed people that could barely stand on their own build strength and balance so that they are able to move through an hour long yoga class without relying on the provided props.  
  • One client used a chair for every posture, even those on 2 feet, for the first year of practice now she flows through standing balance postures without reaching for the chair or wall.  
  • Last winter I had a lady thank me because she was able to dress on her own for the first time in 2 years!  
  • Another has told me they are able to reach into their higher shelves, ones they had stopped using and are now able to use again.  
  • I love all my students but i had a soft spot for one very quiet lady; over the years she slowly opened up until one day she had the courage to tell me that my classes had helped her come out of a long term depression.  That she now laughs freely and friends have commented on the difference in her.  She is enjoying her grandchildren, participating in community activities, for the first time, ever!  

Every day I walk into my senior classes I am offered a new insight into a way that yoga has helped them.

The ability to give back daily functions that were thought to be lost is an amazing feeling.  The best gift anyone has ever given me has been the smiles I see when a posture is attained that was thought to be too hard! 

Yoga provides the tools to heal, to reclaim independence.  Why not use it?!

Finding Balance – Intentions

This is the second of 2 posts on discovering balance.  Once we have realized our natural rhythms the next step becomes intentions.   Setting intentions allow us to work towards specific goals whether in a day, a week, a month, a year or longer!

Intentions:  Small phrases, ideas, to hold in the back of the mind that will guide you throughout the day, week, or year.  Similar to a new years resolution, an intention is a expectation of the self.  Though it does differ in some fundamental ways: ” i want to lose weight” can be considered a resolution, but it is not an intention!  Instead it is better to say “I will have respect for the food I consume and will take smaller portion sizes” what comes out of this intention is a healthy attitude towards food.  Ultimately leading to a healthy weight balance connected to your specific body type and personality.  The key here is balance in the self.  The intentions must ring true to your underlying value system and be connected with key aspects of your personality.

We are each unique causing intentions to vary greatly in how often we set them, what the main purpose is and how we aspire to fulfill them.
 
Personally I like to set an intention for the day:  “I intend to be peaceful and forgiving today”  
An intention for the week: “I intend to complete 2 blog posts and spend 10 hours active this week”
An intention for the month: “I intend to keep an open mind as i move through towards a new business venture this month”
And an intention for the year: “I intend for my business to grow by 25% this calendar year” 

When creating an intention for the day I look ahead to see where the day is heading, as in the above example I would set this before rising in the morning on a day that will see me in difficult situations or in interactions with difficult people.

 
My weekly intention would be set on a Sunday, looking ahead to what needs to be accomplished versus what I want to be accomplished, keeping in mind my yearly goals!  Sometimes these do not line up so well!  Such as the example that I wrote.  Getting in 2 hours a day of exercise when I know that writing has to be done is asking a lot.  However when the intention is held things have a way of working out!  The daily and weekly reasoning meld together to create an intention for the month that will show progress towards my year end goals. 
This breakdown helps me to keep an end result in focus.  I need this structure 🙂  Others operate at a very different level.  Some like to set the intended goal for the year, write it out, tuck it away and allow the mind to work towards it without a conscious push.  
The famous story of actor Jim Carrey:  The story goes that one night when Carrey was a struggling comic, he drove his old car to the top of a hill. Dreaming of his future, he wrote himself a check for $10 million, put in the notation line ‘for acting services rendered,’ and dated it for 5 years in the future.  Within that 5 years he had a number of block busters and if he wanted to, could cash his 

This is both a concious (alignment of natural rhythms) and subconscious (the setting of intentions) effort, to achieve lasting balance within our lives.
  
These are the beginning steps to finding balance in the face of attaining goals.  I hope this aids you on your journey. 

I want to hear from you!  What do you think?  Did this help you in anyway?  Ask me questions!  I am always looking for new blog topics!  

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