5 Tips for Pow-Wow Happiness

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Get busy being happy, or get out of the way.

I recently attended an Indian Pow Wow and while browsing through the arts and crafts I came across a burden basket, which is a combination of a dream catcher and a basket intertwined with decorations of different colored beads and a variety of feathers.   The Cherokee people believe you should not bring your burdens into their homes and while you are a guest you are at ease and carefree.  The basket hangs on the front door and your guest would symbolically place their burdens aside and enjoy the warm spirit that their host had to offer while visiting with them.   It is small reminders that help set the tone for me sometimes and I hope by sharing this short story it will do the same for you.

People study the science of happiness and share it in a variety of blogs and studies published on the Internet.  Trained professionals like psychologists and life coaches dedicate their lives to making people achieve a greater state of happiness.  The brain is an amazing organ that can bring us great joy and laughter into our lives or also create great sorrow and tears.  The universal hope is that we can all achieve a greater state of inner peace and we all have our own quirky little ways of doing so.  I have outlined 5 basic reminders of things to help with putting your mind and body at ease as another constant reminder that we were designed to be happy.

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10 Reasons To Turn Your Body Upside Down Every Day!

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Act Like a Kid and Go Upside Down – Your Body Will Love It!

Did you know that Hippocrates use inversion exercises dating all the way back to 400 B.C.? Chiropractor Dr. Robert Martin introduced inversion therapies to America by in the 1960’s. Inversion is any activity done upside down to stretch and lengthen the spine. [2] It is mainly used to providing pain relief and reduce stress from a person’s back and neck. [2] Some inversion exercises include specific yoga poses, some Pilate’s moves and inversion therapies performed with gravity-defying machines such as inversion tables and chairs.

I use to attend a breathing and meditation yoga class every week. During this class I noticed the instructor would make a point of having us do at least one inverted or upside-down position. After class one day I asked her if there was a meaning behind this. The instructor went told me about how healthy it was for your heart and mind to almost “reset” the blood that is circulating in your body. It peaked my interest so I looked into the benefits of going inverted and wanted to share them with you.

Ten Great Reasons to Invert Yourself

1.) Relieves spinal pressure by increases the space between individual vertebrae and lengthening the spine. This helps reverse the compressing effects of running, jumping, sitting, and standing

2.) Strengthens your ligaments to help prevent bones accidentally breaking. [3]

3.) Improve circulation in the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. [1]

4.) Increased blood flow moves metabolic waste such as lactic acid out of tissue more efficiently. This helps detox the body and strengths your immune system. [Click The Link to Tweet] [2]

5.) Increase blood circulation to the brain which gives brain cells more oxygen. This increased blood flow helps improve memory, concentration, and awareness. [2] Inversion may also be helpful with recovering from traumatic brain injuries (ask your doctor before trying).

6.) Reversing gravity rushes nutrients and oxygen to your face which removes toxicity including acne. [Click the Link To Tweet] It also stimulates your facial capillaries and hair follicles.

7.) It will make you happier!  Inversion flushes your adrenal glands causing them to release neurotransmitters and endorphins which make you feel happy. [Click Link to Tweet] These happy hormones can help counteract depression, mood swings and seasonal affective disorder. [2]  Upside Down Smiley Face

8.) It also helps reduce anxiety and anxiousness by stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system, which produces feelings of relaxation and calmness.

9.) Helps move along the digestion process in your colon and can help relieve forms of indigestion.

10.) Relieves muscle tension for a better night sleep. A study conducted by LJ Nose showed muscle tension declined by more than 35 percent within 10 seconds of inverting. [2]

Different Ways to Invert Yourself

  • Yoga poses that involve any movement where your legs are over your head or your head is pointing downward.
    • Downward facing dog             Yoga Pose 10
    • Supported shoulder-stand
    • Supported head stand
    • Plow pose (advanced yogis only)
  • Using an inversion table, bar, or chair
  • Doing a Handstand

*PLEASE READ: “Inversion exercises have been found to increase both blood pressure and pressure behind the eye in healthy people. Because of these findings, inversion therapy is not recommended for those with high blood pressure, glaucoma or spinal instability and patients taking anticoagulants or aspirin therapy. Inversion therapy is also not recommended for pregnant women, stroke patients, and those with detached retinas. Seek the advice of a qualified health professional before beginning any program involving inversion exercise.” 2.

I hope you found this information useful and interesting. Please share below any inverted exercises you practice and how they have helped your life.

Missty L. Klinger
March 9, 2016

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  1. Jennifer Arnett and Demand Media. (2014). What Is Inversion Exercise? http://woman.thenest.com/inversion-exercise-10616.html
  2. Gillian Mandich and Angela Peters (2013). Six detoxifying health benefits of inversions. http://www.chatelaine.com/health/wellness/the-health-benefits-of-inversions/
  3. (2015). These Are Just Some Of The Many Benefits Of Inversion Therapy. http://www.energycenter.com/grav_f/benefits.html#dep

Slow Down – Happiness is Trying to Find You

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Slow Down and Take Time To Smell The Roses…

Slowing down is hard to do! I’m working on it.  I am a women always trying to do it all.  As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and a women devoted to her career I continue to struggle with finding my balance.  I’m working on breaking the habit of being busy and live a slower more intentional life! I need to stop to smell the flowers…sing in the shower… say good morning to my neighbor… have lunch with a friend…take a different route home… watch the sunset…and make sure I tell everyone I love “goodnight”.  I want to take advantage of the small moments! I aspire to be a better person, to live in the moment and to appreciate life and all that comes with it.  After all, the happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything! [Click to Tweet]

Getting a great start to my day has been key to my slowing down and becoming more mindful in the moment.

Below is a sequence of Sun Salutations that I have incorporated into my morning routine.  By taking a few moments to invest in ourselves we will be much better suited to face the day.  So why not make the most of those first few moments of your day? Simply follow the sequence of poses, holding each pose for as long as it feels good.  Slowly waking your body, elongating the spine, getting the blood flowing, breathing deeply and working out the kinks.  Follow this sequence in a series of 3 or simply listen to your body each day. Maybe just start with one sequence and work up to 3 sequences a day.

I invite you to Slow down….take time to invest in yourself, others and those small moments…and let the happiness catch up to you. [Click to Tweet]

Yoga Pose 1 Yoga Pose 2 Yoga Pose 3
Tadasana                               Ardha Uttanasana               Uttanasana
(mountain pose)                  (half way lift)                         (standing forward bend)

Yoga Pose 4 Yoga Pose 5 Yoga Pose 6
Uttihita Chaturanga            Prep for Bhujangasana      Bhugangasana
Dandasana (plank pose)                                                    (cobra pose)

Yoga Pose 7 Yoga Pose 8 Yoga Pose 9
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana Marjaryasana                       Bitilasana
(upward-facing dog)          (cat pose)                              (cow pose)

Yoga Pose 10 Yoga Pose 11
Adho Mukha Svanasana    Balasana
(downward facing dog)     (child’s pose)

Joy Vale
November 11, 2015

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

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Sources:

“Stop and Smell the Roses: 5 Ways to Be Present Now.” ‘positively Present’ N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2015.
Photograph’s of and by Ashleigh Vale, My Favorite Yogi.

 

A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

Yoga Picture            A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

Raising a family and having a fulfilling career has not come easy for me.  I’m sure I am not alone.  Trying to find balance in this fast paced world, juggling family, a career, housework, deadlines, baseball games and choir concerts, can leave one feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and completely stressed out.  This is exactly where I landed. I found myself just going through the motions – essentially showing up where needed.  As my children were growing right before my very eyes I began to realize how quickly time was passing by.  I became acutely aware of the fact that I had lost sight of the bigger picture. I was missing out on all the little things that I would soon come to realize were really the biggest things.  I no longer wanted to go through the motions I wanted to get back to living with intention and to actively participating in my own life!    If I was going to pour all of my energy into something, I wanted do things that mattered…this is where my yoga journey began.

I started by signing up for a beginner level class at the local YMCA.  The class  was 2 times per week and worked perfectly into my schedule.   The more I practiced, the more I wanted to learn. The more I learned, the more I wanted to practice.  The benefits were almost immediate.  I was able to breathe and sleep better.  I was more focused at work and overall I felt better!

The health benefits of yoga are well-established.  Practicing yoga on a regular basis cultivates cardio-vascular health, musculoskeletal strength and flexibility.  It reaches every organ system-respiratory, digestive, reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic and nervous.   Yoga cultivates the body’s natural capacity to relax and reduces the negative effects of stress.

There are many forms of yoga and an overwhelming amount of information on the internet, but, in general, yoga focuses on postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana).   Start with the basics and develop your practice.  Below are 7 quick tips to getting started:

What you will need:  A yoga mat and an open mind.

  1. Choose your location: The comfort of your own home, a local gym or a yoga studio.
  2. Choose a beginner level DVD, online video or yoga class.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the Beginner Poses and how to do them correctly.
  4. Familiarize yourself with Yoga Etiquette.
  5. Familiarize yourself with Basic Breathing Techniques.
  6. Work at your own level and always listen to your body.
  7. Just Breathe.

Yoga has taught me to once again, live with intention, to pour my energy into what truly matters, to be present…and be okay with it.  I still have to deal with everyday stresses, deadlines and problems.  However, they no longer get the best of me.  I can deal with them with confidence, clarity and ease.  In general, I have a more defined sense of purpose in my life. I’ve learned to honor my body and to let go of things that no longer serve my purpose so that I can do more than I once thought possible.  By taking time out for myself, on my mat, I am a better person for everyone in my life.   Carrying my practice with me in my daily routine, I am more mindful, focused and confident. I continue to grow in my life each day as well as in my practice.  This is my journey.

Namaste my friends,

Joy Vale
Client Care Coordinator

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