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Hello, dear ones!  I hope spring is treating you well thus far.

Today, I want to talk about Yoga Nidra and explore some of the ways this powerful practice can help you cultivate joy, body awareness, well being, pain reduction, and relieve (and ultimately cure!) PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking “Woah, Katie, those are some strong claims.  Back that up with data!”.  Not a problem.  Yoga Nidra, specifically the iRest modality, is an approved treatment (adjunctive or on its own) for military veterans across the US, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom and more research results can be found here, here, and here.  In short, this mindfulness meditation practice is powerful stuff and all it takes is a willingness to try and a helpful guide…like me!

A SINGLE HOUR OF YOGA NIDRA IS EQUAL TO 4 HOURS OF CONVENTIONAL SLEEP!!

Yoga Nidra translates to ‘Yoga Sleep’ but the ultimate goal is to increase self-awareness so we can have more control over our thoughts and feelings rather than be controlled by them.  It’s rooted in tantric philosophy and is many thousands of years old.  But practically speaking, you’ll feel a deep sense of rest and rejuvenation after just 1 session.

What does a Yoga Nidra session look like?  

First, we’ll start by making you as comfortable as possible.  You will lay on the floor and I’ll place bolsters under your legs and arms, a pillow under your head, an eye mask on your face, and tuck you in with a nice warm blanket.  Prepare for bliss!  From there, I will lead you through a series of guided meditations and body sensing exercises that will help you relax deeper and deeper.  You may fall asleep.  This is normal!  When the session concludes, I’ll gently bring you back to the present moment by making a tone with a singing bowl.  A full session take about an hour.

You'll probably look alot like this guy

You’ll probably look alot like this guy

You’ll find the 10 components of Yoga Nidra below.  Feel free to read them over and ask me any questions you may have.  Then, schedule a session with me!  No matter your dosha, you’ll benefit from Yoga Nidra and I look forward to joining you on your journey to bliss.

Much love,

Katie

Katie Meyer

http://katiemeyer.com/

10 Steps of Yoga Nidra  (Retrieved from Yoga Journal)

  1. Connect to Your Heartfelt Desire. Bring to mind your heart’s deepest desire—something that you want more than anything else in life. Perhaps it is a desire for health, well-being, or awakening. Feel this heartfelt desire with your entire body while imagining and experiencing it in this moment as if it were true.
  1. Set an Intention. Reflect on your intention for your practice today. It might be to relax and rest, or to inquire into a particular sensation, emotion, or belief. Whatever your intention, welcome and affirm it with your entire body and mind.
  1. Find Your Inner Resource. Bring attention to your Inner Resource, a safe haven within your body where you experience feelings of security, well-being, and calm. You may imagine a place, person, or experience that helps you feel secure and at ease and that helps you feel within your body the sense of well-being. Re-experience your Inner Resource at any time during your practice or in daily life when you feel overwhelmed by an emotion, thought, or life circumstance and wish to feel secure and at ease.
  1. Scan Your Body. Gradually move your awareness through your body. Sense your jaw, mouth, ears, nose, and eyes. Sense your forehead, scalp, neck, and the inside of your throat. Scan your attention through your left arm and left palm, your right arm and right palm, and then both arms and hands simultaneously. Sense your torso, pelvis, and sacrum. Experience sensation in your left hip, leg, and foot, and then in your right hip, leg, and foot. Sense your entire body as a field of radiant sensation.
  1. Become Aware of Your Breath. Sense the body breathing by itself. Observe the natural flow of air in the nostrils, throat, and rib cage as well as the rise and fall of the abdomen with each breath. Feel each breath as flowing energy coursing throughout your entire body.
  1. Welcome Your Feelings. Without judging or trying to change anything, welcome the sensations (such as heaviness, tension, or warmth) and emotions (such as sadness, anger, or worry) that are present in your body and mind. Also notice opposite sensations and emotions: If you feel worry, call up feelings of serenity; if you feel tense, experience ease. Sense each feeling and its opposite within your body.
  1. Witness Your Thoughts. Notice and welcome the thoughts, memories, and images that are present in your mind. Observe your thoughts without judging them or trying to change them. As you come upon beliefs that you hold about yourself, also bring to mind and experience their opposites, welcoming your experience just as it is.
  1. Experience Joy. Welcome sensations of joy, well-being, or bliss emanating from your heart or belly and spreading throughout your body and into the space around you. With every exhalation, experience sensations of warmth, joy, and well-being radiating throughout your body.
  1. Observe Your Self. Be aware of your sense of “I-ness,” or personality. Notice this sense of identity when you say “I’m hungry,” “I’m angry,” or “I’m happy.” Then, experience yourself as an observing witness or Awareness that is cognizant of these feelings. Set aside thinking and dissolve into Awareness, awake and conscious of the self.
  1. Reflect on Your Practice. As you complete your practice, reflect on the journey you’ve just taken. Affirm how the feeling of pure Being, or pure Awareness, is always present as a deep, unchanging peace that underlies every changing circumstance. Imagine integrating that feeling into your everyday life, in both pleasant and difficult moments, and always reconnecting to that sense of equanimity.

To Finish: At your own pace, transition back to your waking life, reorienting to your surroundings. Come back slowly, and pause for a moment to feel grateful for taking this time for yourself.

Seasonal allergies are a very common complaint for people to have especially in an area such as fall allergies Seattle WAthe Pacific Northwest.

Year in and year out allergy patients dread this season. The symptoms of seasonal allergies can be severe and can cause suffering for a large portion of the population. The pharmaceutical companies capitalize on it. From inhalers over shots to pills, millions of dollars are spent annually to combat the runny noses, sneezing, and itchy eyes.

We can draw some interesting parallel between Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. In the traditional medicine we treat allergies by balancing the Stomach, Spleen, Lung as well as large intestine Meridians. Each have their correlated symptoms. All the organs mentioned have meridians that run or flow through the areas where symptoms bother us most – the upper respiratory tract and face.

Western medicine explains allergies as a hypersensitive reaction to airborne particles such as pollen, dust or other environmental factors. Antibodies produced by lymphocytes react to the pollen or airborne allergens and cause the most bothersome reaction.  Overall allergies are a very complex topic. Each person etiology or reason for having allergies is different. It can be genetic, exposure, autoimmune and once one allergy is present more might develop.

The following is a list of medication classes that can be obtained. Antihistamines, Corticosteroids, Mast Cell Stabilizers, Leukotriene Inhibitors, Nasal Anticholinergics, Decongestants, Immunomodulators and Autoinjectible Epinephrine.

Many more over the counter drugs are available. All of the above have side effects that you should make yourself aware of. Most will have dependency effects. The body also adapts and builds a tolerance to most of these drugs.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine will look not only at the symptoms you are experiencing, but more so will take in consideration your stress levels, overall health, diet and potential underlying causes for your suffering. As mentioned earlier we work on meridians and prescribe herbs to help your body to move from one extreme back to a centered balance. Acupuncture has been shown to have anti inflammatory effects which can help your breathing and watery eyes. Herbs can be utilized to help with nasal discharge, itching eyes and sneezing. Once the we have diagnosed the underlying cause we are able to treat it and your body will regain strength to fight off allergens on its own.

Furthermore we are able to review your daily diet habits and guide you away from foods that aggravate your symptoms. Together we can develop a plan and based on the improvement levels after a few treatments assess what your body needs.

Carsten Rode Seattle WACarsten Rode is an acupuncturist at Glow Natural Health Center. In his free time he enjoys cooking, backpacking, and spending time with his daughter.

 

Parents with school age kids take note! Join Stephanie Vuolo, Certified Nutritional Therapist, as she presents tips, tricks, and healthy lunch box Seattle WAfresh ideas at The HealthyLunchbox Workshop. Stephanie will provide you with the tools to incorporate effortless changes to your lunchbox preparation that over time will give you big results. This workshop is a must for parents who strive to create healthier meals and habits for their children, but just don’t know where to start.
 

In this workshop, Stephanie will cover:

  • What is a healthy lunch and why is it so important?
  • How to pack a healthy lunchbox and strategies for making it less stressful
  • How to deal with picky eaters and tips for actually getting them to eat vegetables
  • How you can handle food sensitivities and allergies
Visit : http://www.primarilypaleo.com/workshops/ to learn more and register for either the September 14th OR September 28th workshop
7pm at the NorthWest Work Lofts, 3131 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

We are thrilled to announce that we have added an additional massage room. Mary Pottinger LMP will Massage room Seattlebe available Tuesday- Saturday and once again we have same day appointments available. Come check out the new room and enjoy a therapeutic or relaxation massage. Most insurances accepted. Massage available 7 days a week. Receive 20% 0ff when you use the Coupon Code SEVEN. Available only for time of service massages. Must be redeemed by 10/1.

by Holly C. Berman, EAMP, MSOM
Everyone knows and loves amethyst, a purple variety of quartz.  The word “amethyst” comesAmethyst necklace from the Greek word “amethystus,” which means not drunk or intoxicated. Amethyst’s many uses include sobriety, calming the mind and enhancing psychic ability. It is associated with the third eye and crown chakras and can be used as a meditation and sleep aid, to calm anxiety and for emotional stability and strength, addiction and protection on both the physical and psychic planes.  Amethyst promotes peacefulness, patience, happiness and contentment. Amethyst deposits are found all over the world, including many of the United States, Ontario, Canada, Brazil, Uruguay, Russia, South Korea, Austria, and Zambia, in southern Africa.

holly_berman_fertility acupuncturist in Seattle WA

Holly is an acupuncturist at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncture. She has traveled and worked with people from all over the world and has explored natural healing techniques from several different cultures.  In her free time, Holly enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, hiking, biking, sea kayaking, board games and travelling.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) calls the modern day viruses and bacterial infections “external Pathogens.”This medicine treats not by treating the flu itself, but by maintaining a healthy and strong Immune system, or strong “Wei Qi.”When we have strong Wei Qi the external pathogen cannot invade the body. TCM will therefore see and treat an infection as a result of a compromised immune system or weak “Wei Qi”.

Try these steps is you are getting a cold or the flu:

1.)When stress, poor sleep or chronic conditions wear us down and all best efforts to maintaining strong Wei Qi fail, we want to combat the invasion quickly. First and foremost a healthy diet and good sleep are best line of defense. Try eating chicken soup or a light onion soup for an immune boost.

2.)Herbs and essential oils with diaphoretic  properties are also great choices. Herbal remedies can promote sweating, open the pores and allow the pathogen to be released back out to the exterior. Other herbs have Antibiotic, Antiviral, Temperature lowering, Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory properties.

A Chinese herbal formula that is commonly used in this case is called Yin Qiao San.  This formula is perfect as a preventative remedy. Much stronger than Echinacea it can be taken after you were exposed to “the bug” or once you start having symptoms such as sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and/or fever.

2.) If the bug wasn’t caught in time and you start feeling worse with more symptom it is now a good time to see your Acupuncturist who can help you with headaches, clogged sinuses, sore throat and many more symptoms that make this infection so miserable to deal with.

Acupuncture and herbs are given at each stage of your cold or flu from the earliest slight fever to a lingering cough. Each treatment and herbal  formula is customized to your specific symptoms.

Be aware that there is a difference between the common cold and the flu. In either case neither is treated with Antibiotics. Only bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics and those can be a result of the virus in your body if things progress. Trust your health care provider to figure out the difference and do not ASK for Antibiotics.

Here is some good info from the CDC website.

Here is another source that is comprehensive:

If you are sick right now, call me at Glow Natural Health Center for an appointment 206 568 7545carsten Glow Natural Health Seattle WA

Carsten enjoys to find the root cause of an ailments. The biggest reward for him is a patient who smiles a little more after each treatment. 

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