Recipe of the Week: Parsnip Cream Soup

Parsnips are a food that many people shy away from because they don’t know what the heck to do with them. Parsnips are a staple for many fine-dining chefs because they’re naturally creamy and luxurious. As humble of a vegetable as they might appear, parsnips are quite versatile and dynamic.

A great way to enjoy parsnips is in this super simple creamy parsnip soup. It really hits the spot on a Spring day and it can be enjoyed cold in the summer.

Give parsnips a chance and you might just end up with a new favorite root vegetable like me!

If you’re looking to lose weight and improve your gut health it’s all about making small changes. Swapping out starchy grains and potatoes for low glycemic parsnips is just one of the things that can get you closer to your goal.

 

Ingredients

Serves 4

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 large celery ribs, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

4 large parsnips, peeled and chopped

2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

2 cups broth (chicken or vegetable) or water

sea salt and black pepper to taste

½ cup dairy-free milk of your choice

 

Directions

Place a large pot on a medium flame and add coconut oil. When the oil is hot, add the celery and onion. Sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add parsnips, poultry seasoning, and broth (or water) along with sea salt and black pepper. Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Then lower the flame and simmer for 20 minutes. When the parsnips are tender, remove from heat.

You can use an immersion blender to make the soup smooth or blend it in batches using a high speed blender. When the soup is blended, add it back to the pot and add the dairy-free milk. Reheat the soup. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Want even more nourishing healthy recipes to help you lose weight, improve your digestion and increase your energy?

Check out my new program, 14 Day Clean Eating Program, details here

 

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To your wellness,

Shaline

Massaged Kale with Fennel

This salad is delightfully nourishing and gives you all the benefits of kale, without the digestive distress. When you massage kale you break down some of the tough fibers in the cell wall that make raw kale hard to digest.

When I started eating healthy I couldn’t digest kale very well. It upset my digestion and I didn’t get what all the fuss was about. If this happens to you the solution is to either steam your kale or massage it. This recipe is one of my favorites because you still get all the amazing benefits of raw kale: the enzymes, magnesium, vitamin C and more.

Massaging nourishing oil and lemon juice into the kale also help make the nutrients more bioavailable and easier to assimilate. Plus, it tastes delicious and can be paired with grilled chicken or fish for a classic healthy meal.

Ingredients

1 bunch kale, chopped

1 large lemon, juiced

1 large garlic clove, minced

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup chopped celery

½ cup thinly sliced fennel

¼ cup pine nuts

 

Directions

Add kale to a large mixing bowl along with lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Using clean, bare hands, massage the kale until it is wilted (about 2 to 3 minutes).

Once the kale is ready, top your salad with carrots, celery, fennel, and pine nuts. No extra dressing is needed.

If kale is something that’s hard to digest for you, there might be a deeper issue that needs to be addressed. If you want to be able to eat whatever you want and have no digestive issues, you need to check out my gut health program. These principles have truly transformed my life as well as countless others.

 

Please join me in my Facebook group, where I’ll be sharing more information, tips and recipes to help you live a happier, healthier life. Sorry men. This group is for busy moms.

 

To your wellness,

Shaline

Poll Time!!

Hi everyone! I hope you all are staying well and safe.

I am conducting a poll. What topics would you like to see discussed on my blog?

  1. Relieving stress during Coronavirus
  2. Using essential oils to help emotional health
  3. Tips to ease Exhaustion/insomnia
  4. Meal planning ideas

Thank you for taking time to answer my poll.

Stay well!

Love and light,

Shaline

 

 

 

 

February Recipe of the Month

I love to start each day with a positive affirmation. This is your affirmation of the month.

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. -Rumi

Soul Food

Think for a moment of a food from your past, one that makes you feel great after you eat it for no specific reason. Maybe it is macaroni and cheese, slow-simmered tomato sauce, ice cream cones or potato pancakes. Eating comfort foods (every now and then) can be incredibly healing, even though your rational brain might not consider it highly nutritious.

Food has the power to impact us on a level deeper than just our physical well-being. What we eat can reconnect us to precious memories, like childhood playtimes, first dates, holidays, our grandmother’s cooking or our country of ancestry. Our bodies remember foods from the past on an emotional and cellular level. Eating this food connects us to our roots and has youthening and nurturing effects that go far beyond the food’s biochemical make-up.

Acknowledging what different foods mean to us is an important part of cultivating a good relationship with food. This month when we celebrate lovers and relationships, it’s important to notice that we each have a relationship with food—and that this relationship is often far from loving. Many of us restrict food, attempting to control our weight. We often abuse food, substituting it for emotional well-being. Others ignore food, swallowing it whole before we’ve even tasted it.

What would your life be like if you treated food and your body as you would treat your beloved – with gentleness, playfulness, communication, honesty, respect and love? The next time you eat your soul food, do so with awareness and without guilt, and enjoy all the healing and nourishment it brings you.

Food Focus

kidney beans

Beans, or legumes, including peas and lentils, are an excellent source of plant-based protein. Beans are found in most traditional cultures as a staple food, offering grounding and strengthening properties that enhance endurance. They offer a highly usable and absorbable source of calcium for the body. A very inexpensive source of high nutrition, beans can be rich, delicious and satisfying,

Lack of sexual energy is often due to overtaxed adrenal glands and kidneys. Beans are known for strengthening these organs (ever noticed the shape of a bean?) and can help restore vital energy as well as sexual energy.

Beans have a reputation for causing digestive distress, but this is usually because they have been under-cooked or improperly prepared. To help reduce gas-forming properties, soak beans overnight prior to cooking, increase cooking time, add spices like bay leaf, oregano or cumin, or add kombu (a sea vegetable) when cooking.

Recipe of the Month

Easy Beans and Greens

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

1 can black beans (or pinto, red, kidney—your choice) 1 bunch collard greens (or kale, spinach—your choice) your favorite toppings, such as salsa, avocado or guacamole and sour cream.

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, heat drained beans. Add your favorite seasonings, if desired.

2. Fill a separate medium saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and bring to a boil.

3. Wash and chop greens (you can use the stems, too) and add to boiling water.

4. Cook for 2-3 minutes until greens are bright green and tender. Drain off water.

5. On a plate, arrange a portion of the greens, top with a portion of the beans and finish with toppings of your choice. `

Have fun trying the recipe.

Shaline

 

The Sudden Death of a Legend: Kobe Bryant

Last Sunday morning  I was working on my computer and saw an email come in from my local neighborhood app that asked if Kobe Bryant had died. I was thinking: “No, it can’t be true. He is so young!” So, I asked my husband if he had heard anything. He said no. We both began searching Facebook to see if there was anything from any local news sources and/or friends. I saw a post that there was a helicopter crash in Calabasas. I shared this post to determine if anyone else had heard anything. I also turned on the TV. When I found out it was true, I was so sad. I couldn’t believe it! I was in complete shock! I’m still in shock! At first, there were reports that there were five people on the helicopter including Kobe. As the day progressed, we found out that there were nine people (daughters, moms, dads, and a pilot) on the helicopter.

So, do you ever wonder why good people are taken when they are young? I was trying to make sense of this tragedy. All I could think of was that this tragedy has brought people together. I believe Kobe’s purpose was (is) to inspire people to be the best they can be and it takes hard work to achieve your goals.

Yes, Kobe was a basketball legend and people think of him as just that. But if you look beyond his basketball days with the LA Lakers, you will realize he is a lot more than that. He reminds me of another Laker great, Magic Johnson! Both had similarities: family men, businessmen, philantropists, etc. Wow! I can’t believe I’m referring to Kobe in the past tense!

Basketball was used as a vehicle so more good works could be done.

I had recently seen Kobe on The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Talk. If you saw him on either show, you will realize that he is more than just basketball. Yes, basketball was his passion. But he used what he learned from playing basketball to help others.  I recently read on Alex Rodriguez’s Instagram page that Kobe coached him during his most difficult days in baseball as a NY Yankee. Adults and children looked up to him as their mentor/hero.  This is a good thing…he was a good role model.

It is great that he created a place that kids could play basketball. We need this because most schools have gotten rid of after school programs due to budget cuts. If a child wants to play an after school sport, their parents would have to pay for the sports program. Kobe gave children moral support and helped them feel good about themselves so ultimately they can go into the world having the self confidence that they could do whatever they set their mind on.

I feel for the victims’ families of this tragic accident – Kobe’s wife, Vanessa and their daughters; John Altobelli’s family, Sarah and Payton Chester’s family, Christina Mauser’s husband and three children, and Ara Zobayan’s family. I can’t begin to imagine what they are going through.

In conclusion, we need to appreciate the time we have with our families and make the most of it. Remember this: the past is in the past, the future isn’t guaranteed, and the present is a just that, a present.

Love and light,

Shaline

 

 

 

 

 

Switch to Better, Safer Beauty

Hey there!

Happy Monday! Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Today, I’m sharing about better, safer beauty!

First, there is no definition of “natural” or “organic” when it comes to makeup. Just because a product is labeled natural and/or organic, doesn’t mean that the skin care or cosmetic doesn’t contain synthetic chemicals. Natural is a buzz word these days. It’s important to know that “natural” has very little meaning beyond advertising; the FDA even tried back in 1998 to establish an official term for “natural,” but nothing was ever done about it. Being “organic” doesn’t mean anything either unless you see the USDA organic seal.

Unfortunately, cosmetic ingredients are purposely not transparent. The laws in the US allow companies to omit ingredients that are problematic to human health, like the ingredients inside fragrance. When you see “fragrance” on the bottle it means the company has decided to leave you in the dark about what makes up that fragrance. And legally, it can contain over 3,000 chemicals, which don’t have to be declared. None of those chemicals are required to be on the label because lobbying efforts have focused on protecting the formulation of a product and calling them “proprietary” even though modern technology can reverse engineer every ingredient inside the bottle to find out. Therefore, companies can easily steal each other’s formulations by using a laboratory. So when a company refuses to be 100% transparent about their ingredients, it’s not about protecting their formulation, it’s about refusing to be transparent.

Exposure to cosmetics comes in many forms. For example, swallowing bits of lipstick, and most likely, absorbing cosmetic ingredients through the largest organ, your skin. Studies have found that ingredients like paraben, preservatives, triclosan, PFAS, and a whole bunch of others are often found in the bodies of people of all ages. The enhancers that the industry uses often allows these (and many other nasty ingredients) to penetrate even further into the depths of the skin.

Another important point is many of these chemicals disrupt hormones, are carcinogens, irritants and allergens. These types of chemicals are linked to harm in very small amounts. Note: Check out the Environmental Working Group website.

Way back in 1938, the FDA passed an act called the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which gave the FDA authority to oversee the safety of food, medical devices, drugs, and cosmetics.

The act actually lists out some pretty clear definitions and penalties. But there’s a problem, the FDA doesn’t actually do any of that. Instead, they’ve passed this onto a group (who actually had no power) called the Cosmetic Ingredient Review about 30 or so years ago. These people that worked within the industry haven’t really done much either.

  • They’ve only deemed 11 ingredients or chemical groups to be unsafe. (Compared with over 1,300 in Europe)
  • Aligned themselves with the big cosmetic companies
  • Their recommendations on restricting ingredients are not binding on companies, meaning no one gets in trouble when they use these ingredients or chemical groups.

 

Because of this, there are more companies developing better/safer beauty products.

It’s no secret that the personal care and beauty products commonly found in stores are full of toxic chemicals shown to cause all types of cancer, autoimmune and other illnesses. One company, Beautycounter, believes we have the power to change this which is why they are actively lobbying for stricter regulations and better laws that protect consumers. As a Clean Living/Clean Eating advocate, I am so glad Beautycounter is actively lobbying for stricter regulations to protect us from these toxic chemicals!

Beautycounter bans over 1500 potentially harmful ingredients in all their formulations and believes in total TRANSPARENCY by:

  • listing all formula ingredients on their website
  • a rigorous 5 step ingredient screening process
  • third party testing each batch of cosmetics for heavy metals

If you’ve been curious about safer makeup, check out to see if their Flawless in Five makeup bundle is for you!  It includes six (6) products to create a simple and natural makeup look in 5 minutes. And right now, they are having a promotion where you receive a free retractable brush! How cool is that?!

 

Flawless in Five 3

 

Flawless in Five includes six safer products:

  • Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation or Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
  • Touchup Skin Concealer Pen
  • Color Define Brow Pencil or Brilliant Brow Gel
  • Lengthening or Volumizing Mascara
  • Satin Powder Blush
  • Lip Gloss

 

Check out this video on Clean Living which aired on The Today Show.

Please share this information with your family and friends!  Knowledge is power!

Let me know when you plan to swap to clean skin care/makeup to help you ditch the toxins and make a switch to clean living!

To your health!

 

Happy New Year 2020! And a new decade…

Happy New Year and welcome to a new decade!

I like to a start off each day with drinking warm lemon water, meditating, doing yoga, and doing a mindset shift. And journaling.

Here is January’s affirmation:

True life is lived when tiny changes occur.

-Leo Tolstoy

 

New Year, New You

A lot of people begin the New Year by making resolutions. We’ve all been there. We take a vow to lose weight, exercise more or spend more time with our family. We start the year with great intentions, but then we quickly relapse into old habits. Why is it so hard to stick to those New Year’s resolutions?

Here are some ways you can make your intentions a reality this year:

Vision Board

  1. Write down your intentions and keep them in a visible place, like taped to your bedroom mirror or the dashboard of your car. Or create a vision board. I love doing vision boards. By the way, let me know if you’re interested in joining an online vision board class.
  2. Get to the source of whatever is keeping you in a rut. Are you in a stressful relationship that causes you to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s every night? Are you stressed at your job and feel too tired to exercise after work? If you don’t tackle the root of the behavior, it will be much harder to accomplish your goal.
  3. Be clear about what your life would look like once you achieve your goal. If you resolve to go to the gym more, how will this benefit you? Get connected to the result of your action, and you will be more likely to stick with your plan.
  4. Share your resolutions with friends and family. Hold each other accountable for achieving your goals. If you want to go to the gym more, have a friend call you two or three times a week to check on you or invite them to join you.
  5. Reward yourself with every little accomplishment. If your intention is to lose weight and you lose 1 pound a week, pamper yourself with a massage.

Big changes do not require big leaps. Permanent change is more likely to happen gradually than through one big restrictive plan. Allow yourself to climb the ladder one rung at a time.

sea vegetables

Food Focus: Sea Vegetables

In traditional Chinese healing, sea vegetables correspond to the winter season and to the kidneys, adrenal glands, bladder and reproductive organs. The strengthening, balancing and cleansing properties of sea vegetables are known to help these organs as well as the hair, skin and nails. Sea vegetables (or seaweeds) provide a variety of minerals and vitamins, including calcium, iron and iodine, and can help balance hormone and thyroid levels in the body. Eating too many processed foods or foods grown in mineral-depleted soil can result in a lack of minerals in the body, leading to cravings for salty or sugary foods. Adding sea vegetables to your diet can help balance your energy levels and alleviate cravings.

miso-soup

Recipe of the Month: Mighty Miso Soup

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

Yield: 4-5 servings

 

Ingredients:

4-5 cups spring water

1-2 inch strip of wakame, rinsed and soaked 5 minutes

in 1 cup of water until softened

1-2 cups thinly sliced vegetables of your choice (see notes)

2-3 teaspoons barley miso

2 scallions, finely chopped

Tofu (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Chop soaked wakame.
  2. Discard soaking water or use on houseplants for a boost of minerals.
  3. Place water and wakame in a soup pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Add root vegetables first and simmer gently for 5 minutes or until tender.
  5. Add leafy vegetables and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove about 1/2 cup of liquid from pot and dissolve miso into it. Return it to the pot.
  7. Reduce heat to very low; do not boil or simmer miso broth.
  8. Allow soup to cook 2-3 minutes.
  9. Garnish with scallions and serve.

 

Note:

Any combination of vegetables can be used in miso soup. Here are some classic combinations:

  • onion-daikon: cleansing
  • onion-carrot-shiitake mushroom-kale: mildly sweet
  • onion-winter squash-cabbage: great in wintertime
  • leek-corn-broccoli: great in summertime

 

Variations:

  • Add cooked grains at the start of making the soup. They will become nice and soft.
  • Add a tablespoon of uncooked quinoa or millet at the beginning and let it cook with vegetables for 20 minutes.
  • Add cubed tofu toward the end.
  • Add bean sprouts toward the end.
  • Season with 1/2 teaspoon ginger juice for an interesting twist.
  • If using dry shiitake mushrooms, let them soak for 20 minutes, slice and add at the beginning.

I hope you enjoy the recipes and would love your feedback.

 

To your health and happiness and a great 2020!

Shaline

 

 

Happy Holidays!

Hey everyone!

Sorry I’ve been missing in action for a while. A lot has happened this year…my sister-in-law passed away after a 16-year battle with breast cancer, and family members have had health concerns throughout the year. And I recently became a grandmother! Yes, my daughter and her husband had a baby girl on November 19.

As far as nutrition/wellness goes, I have some things in the works , so stay tuned. And I’ve been busy taking a Kundalini Yoga class and Raw Desserts Chef Course.

Christmas tree

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a great new year, 2020!

blue and silver gifts ornaments

Holiday Wishes,

Shaline

PS Thank you for following my blog!

 

 

 

 

 

15 Anti-Aging Health Benefits of Yoga

While age does affect you in various ways, there’s a lot you can do to limit its impact on your body. Yoga is an excellent anti-aging tool. It is capable of relieving symptoms and in some cases improve medical outcomes. It doesn’t matter where you’re starting from or how old you are. Movement and yoga can help.

Along with smile lines and gray hair, aging brings changes that are harder to see but very easy to feel, especially during movement. As you age, you’ll encounter general physiological changes in elasticity, stability, speed, strength, and endurance, as well as a different perspective on physical goals. Specific health problems emerge as we age, and these age-related illnesses might affect your yoga practice. Here, we offer our thoughts on how to modify your practice for these common ailments, and we detail the ways that (in some cases) yoga can actually relieve symptoms or has been proven to improve medical outcomes. From heart issues to less lung capacity, decreased bone density to hormonal changes, and bad backs to artificial knees, physical changes will affect and dictate the needs of a yoga asana practice, but in all cases, doing yoga will make you feel better.

Bad News

So, as you age, your body becomes less flexible, less stable, slower, weaker, and less competitive in endurance. With age you lose elasticity in your muscle and (as you can see in a mirror) skin. This results in generally less flexibility, which can translate to instability and stiffness. Muscle loss and bone loss are common aspects of aging. Both can contribute to less strength, speed, and endurance. While it does get harder to build muscle with age, it’s not impossible, and it’s never too late. Exercise and yoga help you maintain the muscle mass you have and continue to add more. Whether you suffer from bone loss or not, it may have as much to do with genetics and gender as it does with your physical activity level, but movement and weight-bearing exercises keep bones healthier for longer.

This information probably doesn’t come as a surprise, though; we tend to be well versed in the changes that come with aging, especially as we get older. The good news is that you also have all the attendant wisdom, confidence, and life experience of your years on earth. And let’s be honest: while it might be nice to still have the body of a twenty-one-year-old, we know few people who actually want to be twenty-one again (we certainly don’t!). Besides, the news gets even better: while age does affect you in various ways, much of it is in your hands, and there’s a lot you can do to limit the effect of age-related changes. Yoga is an excellent anti-aging tool. It doesn’t matter where you’re starting from or at what age you begin, movement and yoga can help.

yog pose

 

15 Health Benefits of Yoga for Aging Adults

These 15 Anti-Aging Health Benefits of Yoga that will make you want to start practicing now

1. Osteoporosis/Osteopenia

Problem: As you age, your bone density decreases. For some people, this decrease is so great, it results in osteopenia or osteoporosis, which means their bones are more susceptible to fractures.
How yoga can help: Weight-bearing exercises can marginally increase bone density, although the gains are small. Still, yoga is valuable not only because of its potential effect on your physical skeleton but because it helps you build muscle, body awareness, and better balance.
Tips for your yoga practice: Weight-bearing lunge poses, like Warrior I, Warrior II, and Side Angle Pose, help build hip and leg strength; balancing poses like crane, tree, and Warrior III help protect against falls that can cause fractures in already-brittle bones.

Because bone density loss makes your spine more fragile, be sure to consult your medical practitioner to create a plan of safe movements. Depending on the degree of your osteopenia, it might be wise to limit poses that require folding forward or minimize the degree to which you fold. The same is true of poses that require twisting. Be gentle in approaching movements that cause your spine to rotate, or skip twisting poses all together.

2. Arthritis

Problem: Arthritis can cause daily pain in joints like hands, knees, wrists, or elbows. It can make you feel stiff and creaky, limiting comfortable range of motion.
How yoga can help: Recent research shows that a regular yoga practice can aid in reducing joint pain and help in improving joint flexibility. A regular yoga practice might also reduce inflammation.
Tips for your yoga practice: Avoid weight bearing in your hands and wrists, a common location of arthritis pain.

 

3. Spinal Stenosis

Problem: Spinal stenosis, the narrowing of the spinal canal or vertebral openings, can squeeze your spinal cord and cause radiating pain and numbness that affects your hips, legs, and even your shoulders.
How yoga can help: A yoga practice that cautiously approaches forward folds and side bending and avoids extension (back-bending) poses can help significantly reduce pain.
Tips for your yoga practice: If you have stenosis and osteoporosis, you might avoid forward folds altogether. In general, avoid big, deep movements of the spine. Less is better. Safe yoga, though, can help you build strength and create better postural habits, which can help alleviate chronic pain. An experienced teacher with knowledge of your condition will be a powerful ally.

 

4. Disc issues

Problem: Herniated, bulging, or slipped discs can press on your spinal cord or nearby nerves, causing spasms, limited movement, and radiating pain. Disc issues and back pain are more common in the lower lumbar region but may occur anywhere along the spine.
How yoga can help: Yoga can help you build core strength and flexibility in your spine, and these two things can go a long way toward remedying back pain.
Tips for your yoga practice: If you experience pain from disc issues, often it is best to avoid forward folds or any pose that causes your spine to round, as this can exacerbate the issue by squeezing the disc more. Instead, focus on back-bending poses and poses that challenge your abdominal muscles and strengthen your hips.

 

5. Core Strength and Back Pain

If you’ve ever experienced back pain, you’ve probably been given the advice to strengthen your core. Building up the muscles in your trunk, back, abdomen, hips, and legs means that your spine is better supported.
How yoga can help: Any new movement or exercise that you add to your daily life will likely result in a stronger core; as you move your body in new ways, your major stabilizing muscles have to adapt. Yoga also offers specific poses for core strength.

 

6. Nerve Issues: Pain, Neuropathy

Problem: When nerves are injured, pain, weakness, numbness, cramping, or tingling can occur as a result. In peripheral neuropathy, this often occurs in limbs, hands, feet, fingers, and toes. Nerve issues can result from a myriad of illnesses. Often caused by circulatory system issues, neuropathy also can be a side effect of other diseases or injuries.
How yoga can help: Yoga poses improve circulation; movement alone can help! Body awareness is also key.
Tips for your yoga practice: The more you are aware of what exacerbates or helps with pain or numbness, the better you are at making wise choices with your movement practices. Yoga allows you to explore your body in slow, safe movements. It gives you the opportunity to get to know what works for your nerves. Be sure to move slowly and pay careful attention to your body’s response in each pose.

 

7. Ligament Tears

Problem: Ligament tears are common in aging, stressed, and over-used joints, especially knees, shoulders, hips, and ankles. As we age, we put increasing stress on these joints, which can result in abrasions and tears. If the ligaments give out, or if the joint is degraded, you may find yourself with a replacement.
How yoga can help: Yoga is useful for ligament issues in several ways: First, yoga helps you strengthen the muscles around your joints. Your knees, for instance, will be better protected if your hamstrings, glutes, and quadriceps are strong. Many common yoga lunge poses help keep your legs strong. Yoga is also useful if you are recovering from a ligament tear injury, as it allows you to continue moving even amidst injury.
Tips for your yoga practice: You should choose a gentler practice as you heal, and omit any poses that exacerbate your injury. Finally, yoga is adaptable enough to continue even if you experience a hip or knee replacement. You’ll be able to come back to a yoga practice, and doing yoga after a replacement (with your medical team’s approval) may even speed up the healing process.

8. Tendonitis/Tendonopathy

Problem: Although it’s often a temporary condition, tendon inflammation can cause joint pain and stiffness, and it can also create instability in weight-bearing movements. And as tendons age they can degrade, a condition known as tendonopathy.
How yoga can help: Acute tendonitis generally requires some days of rest. But after allowing time to heal, yoga can be useful in helping establish new movement patterns. Because tendonitis is often caused by repetitive movements, practicing a variety of yoga poses offers you a chance to continue movement.  But in some ways, shoring up the muscles around the tendon gives the inflamed areas a chance to heal.
Tips for your yoga practice: If your health-care team diagnoses tendonopathy, ask which movements are safe and which you should avoid, then follow their directions in your home practice and convey them to your yoga teacher in class. Because of yoga’s adaptability, you will be able to find poses and sequences that continue to work for you.

 

9. Myofascial tightening, stiffness due to decreased collagen

Problem: As we age, we lose flexibility in our muscles and connective tissue, which results in stiffness, imbalance, and less confidence while balancing.
How yoga can help: If you don’t use it, you lose it! A regular yoga practice can help reverse some of that acquired stiffness. Gentle, regular stretching can help keep your body fluid and flexible. We’re often as amazed as our yoga students when we see the changes that habitual stretching and movement can confer. You don’t have to touch your toes, but yoga might get you a little closer to them.

 

10. Hormonal Changes/Hot Flashes

Problem: In women, menopause can bring temperature changes and hot flashes.
How yoga can help: Some studies have shown that a restorative yoga practice can help decrease the hot flashes that can come with hormonal changes.
Tips for your yoga practice: During a yoga class, it can also be helpful to lighten the amount of clothing you’re wearing or dress in layers so that when you feel warm, you can peel off a longer-sleeved shirt. Some yoga classes are warmer than other others. If you plan to attend a class, ask in advance about the temperature of the room.

 

11. Blood pressure

Problem: High blood pressure is one of the most common ailments that affect adults as they age. One in three American adults has high blood pressure. Rapidly transitioning from standing upright to folding forward can exacerbate dizziness, a common symptom of low blood pressure and a side effect of common medications for high blood pressure.
How yoga can help: Some studies show that regular yoga can lower blood pressure, so a routine yoga practice will help.
Tips for your yoga practice: As you move, avoid transitions that put your head below your heart, and opt out of sequences that require you to move quickly from standing to forward folding.

 

12. Asthma

Problem: Age-related lung changes can aggravate asthma, so as you age, bouts of asthma may increase.
How yoga can help: If your asthma is provoked by exercise, yoga is a good fit, since with yoga your heart rate stays relatively low.
Tips for your yoga practice: Keep in mind that in some classes yoga teachers use essential oils or incense to enhance the students’ experience. While this is a lovely intention, if you are asthmatic, strong scents can be triggering. It’s appropriate to ask in advance if these types of scents will be used in class and to request that they be omitted. Calling ahead to verify this may be the wisest choice.

 

13. Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, COPD

Problem: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, and emphysema make breathing very challenging and limit your ability to do cardiovascular activities.
How yoga can help: Yoga is low impact. For this reason, it is a useful movement practice if you have COPD or similar respiratory problems. Additionally, a yoga practice often has pranayama, or breath practices. Focusing on inhaling and exhaling can be useful if you have a chronic breathing problem, since breathing exercises can potentially help strengthen muscles used in respiration. Time spent in mindful breathing can also help you have more awareness of your breath; noticing when you get breathless or when you feel short of breath can help you seek treatment quickly.

14. Insomnia and Sleep Issues

Problem: Night wakefulness or restlessness may disrupt sleep.
How yoga can help:Intentional, slow breathing can foster a sense of relaxation and calm. A slow yoga and stretching routine before bed can help encourage drowsiness and tranquility. In fact, studies show that yoga can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Exercise of any type helps tire us out and promotes exhaustion, which can lead to better quality sleep.

 

15. Chronic Illness

Problem: Chronic illness can cause pain and hopelessness and may create limitations to practicing yoga.
How yoga can help: Yoga can be effective as a pain-management tool for painful diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Since yoga is so adaptable, it can be practiced in a chair or in a hospital bed. It may also be a helpful meditative tool for those diagnosed with a terminal illness.

The Yoga Rule You Need to Follow

The Yoga Sutras contain bits of wisdom and yoga philosophy. This text is one of the earliest yoga books. Regarding yoga poses, the sutras don’t say much. Yoga sutra 2.46 tells us simply that yoga poses should be steady and comfortable. Knowing that this is the only prescription for the poses frees us from feeling like our yoga practice has to look a certain way. A yoga student can do a handstand, or not; a lunge, or not; a balance pose, or not. Your practice is your practice. Find strength and ease, and do what works for you.

 

Source: yogajournal

A Conversation with Gabby Bernstein

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition will be hosting a live conversation with IIN-visiting teacher Gabby Bernstein this Tuesday, October 29, at 11 am Pacific Time/2pm Eastern Time!

Gabby Bernstein is one of my mentors and is the author of several NY Times best selling books such as Judgment Detox, May Cause Miracles, Spirit Junkie to name a few.

This will be an incredible opportunity for you to:

  • Meet Gabby Bernstein, bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back.
  • Hear about her new book, Super Attractor, and understand the essential methods for manifesting a life beyond your wildest dreams.
  • Get insights on health coaching and the importance of Health Coaches in the world.

Do you know someone who may be interested in improving his or her life and/or making a difference in others’ lives. Signing up for the Health Coach Training Program may just be what they are looking for to help others. Register for the webinar here!

Love and Light,

Shaline