Month: March, 2013

Would You Like to Jumpstart Your Spring with a Mini-Detox Using Essential Oils and Yoga?

Detox with Essential Oils and Yoga

Are you feeling sluggish and would like to rid yourself of this sluggishness and the toxins you have stored in your liver over the winter months? As extreme temperatures can be draining to the body, and the detoxification process requires quite some energy, Spring is the perfect time to start a cleanse because the mild climate does not place additional demands on the body. After removing and eliminating toxins and feeding your body with healthy nutrients, your body is better prepared to protect you from disease and maintain optimum health.

Detoxification mostly means removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. Other organs such as the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin also eliminate toxins. In order to help the body to detoxify itself, different traditions recommend a great variety of methods to remove these impurities.

At Grapevine Yoga, we offer a 2-hour workshop this April. We’ll use yoga and aroma therapy to support a mini cleanse. The yoga poses/stretches and the essential oils together improve digestion and elimination, balance the nervous, respiratory, and immune systems, and create emotional balance. This mini cleanse will also work well if you feel stuck in specific thought patterns and need some support to discriminate which ones are supporting you and which ones you need to let go of.

Check out our events page and mark your calendar for April 7, 2013!

A word of caution: if you are planning to do an intense cleanse over several days or weeks, consult your physician before you start to see if it is right for you. If you have a severe illness, have very low energy, are pregnant, or feel exhausted before you start a detox regimen, this is not be a good time for you to initiate any intense detoxification program. Be gentle with yourself and begin slowly!

 

Here are Gaiam’s 10 ways to avoid re-storing toxins on a continuous basis:

After a detoxification program, you can cleanse your body daily through diet, supplements and lifestyle practices.

1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.

2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.

3. Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.

4. Drink at least two quarts of water daily.

5. Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.

6. Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions.

7. Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes.

8. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration.

9. Dry-brush your skin or try detox foot spas/foot baths to remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural products stores.

10. What is the most important way to detoxify? “Exercise,” says Bennett. “Yoga or jump-roping are good. One hour every day.” Also try Qigong, a martial-arts based exercise system that includes exercises specifically for detoxifying or cleansing, as well as many other exercises with specific health benefits.”

Read the full article at: http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-ways-detoxify-your-bodyHow does detoxification work?

Research Shows that Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Is Beneficial!

Some of the greatest difficulties for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are anxiety, uncontrollable behaviors as well as language and coordination difficulties.

My experience in teaching yoga to children has shown that it can help tremendously to soothe the nervous system and release anxiety, improve self-control and coordination. It has also shown that children who were diagnosed as selective mute, started to talk after gentle movement.

Eliza Barclay’s article “Classroom Yoga Helps Improve Behavior of Kids with Autism”, Oct. 12, 2012 confirms that the children with autism who participated in yoga behaved better, showed less aggressive behavior, social withdrawal and hyperactivity then the children who did not participate.  This is the result of a 16 week study in a Bronx school. Researchers found that kids who practiced yoga every morning exhibited significantly fewer problematic behaviors overall than the control group. The key was to reduce anxiety and give kids a strategy to cope.  They used yoga stretches, breathing activities, and singing. As  a regular morning practice, yoga allows children to become calm, focused and ready to learn.

Another research was done in Hartford, Conn.  An 8-week multi-modal program with yoga, dance, and music therapy based on the relaxation response also showed positive results.  The behavior of the children was assessed with BASC-2 and ABC. The study found that the core features of autism measured on the BASC-2 significantly changed.

As far as I know, few schools are open to having a daily yoga class at this time. The next best thing is for a parent and child to go to a yoga class at least once a week,  so they can learn the movements together and then practice them every morning. This will help them both. A parent who models yoga for his/her child gets the same benefits and can lower his/her own stress level significantly by helping the child to control his or hers. This is a wonderful way to start the day!