Three Ways to Improve Learning Readiness Through Play

Can your unique learner improve his or her learning skills?

Yes! In fact, it is easier, and more fun, than you think. You can improve your child’s learning readiness in ways that feel like play.

Let’s start with a better understanding of learning readiness. It isn’t about how fast they can finish a timed math quiz, nor how neatly they print. Learning readiness occurs after foundational developmental abilities are in place.

Students who are ready to learn know how to take in and make sense of the information around them. They know how to recognize patterns. They can consider different explanations before selecting the most likely. This type of problem solving must occur when performing arithmetic, reading, and writing. However, these skills develop outside the classroom first.

You can’t accomplish this with more math worksheets or printing practice. How can you help your unique learner improve their learning readiness? The answer may surprise you.

Learning readiness only occurs when the developmental building blocks fall into place. If your unique learner has some developmental gaps, don’t despair. These gaps can be filled in with activities that feel like play.

Here are three ways to use play to improve your unique learner’s learning readiness.

Try One More Time

The first area to focus on is improving your child’s ability to practice “try one more time” strategies.

Start by stretching your child’s attention span by having them “hang in there” a little longer. Play with that toy a little longer, work on solving that difficult puzzle just a moment longer, read a little longer, and encourage them to “stick with” that chore you assigned them, just a little longer.

Make this goal of yours, designed to help your child, a secret. Without talking about it, start role modeling this behavior yourself and when you’re playing together.

If you’re playing a game with toy cars, stretch out the game a little longer by adding a new and creative dimension. Perhaps enjoy having the cars drive to a pretend parking lot at the pretend zoo.

If your child is reading a story, have him or her look at the pictures just a little longer. Ask your child to describe all the things that are red in the picture or all the things that make a sound.

Invent a new way of playing with the backyard bowling set and teach your child to stretch their imagination.

Teaching your child to stretch their imagination to “play longer” will help improve attention span for academic activities.

Look for opportunities for your child to “think a little more” or “try one more time”. Encourage and support their effort. Help your child to enjoy feeling their mind successfully wrap around a problem.

Teaching your child to “hang in there”, problem solve and execute one more attempt can all help keep the mind engaged in a productive manner. That may be trying one more time to find the lost sock or problem-solve how to get that bicycle wheel back onto the bike frame. It could be figuring out the best solution to the riddle of the day or finishing their chore independently.

We want children to enjoy using their minds and develop “try one more time… ” strategies. They will need them at school as well as for the rest of their lives.

Improve Spatial Awareness

Being ready to read, write, and perform arithmetic requires good spatial awareness. If spatial awareness isn’t innate and automatic for the child, academics will be challenging.

This means that children must understand three dimensional space. They have to be able to navigate their physical body in, over, under, through, around, and to explore all physical spatial relationships.

Navigating space seems simple to us because with just a quick glance, we can easily see how to navigate to the restroom in a busy and unfamiliar restaurant. The visual sense of space develops after experiencing it physically. We may not remember learning this skill, but learn it we surely did.

Our children need to learn this skill too. They must learn the words to describe physical space and be able to separate themselves from that space.

The ability to separate themselves then allows them to learn to observe the objects, people, places, and things that are in the space around them. This in turn develops into the ability to visually judge space without having to physically move around the room.

Developing spatial awareness can be accomplished very well through games. Here are some examples of games that children love to play that also develop spatial awareness:

• Simon Says

• Hide and Seek

• Red Light, Green Light

• Chutes and Ladders (board game)

• Obstacle courses

• Treasure hunts

Your child will never know that you are really working on developing their learning readiness.

The unique learner who has difficulty sequencing, reasoning, and independently problem solving literally needs physical movement (often more beneficial than added homework) in order to facilitate effective thinking.

Balance and Movement

The ability to physically experience the world around us relies on the sensory system that perceives movement in relationship to the space around us. This sensory system is the vestibular system. The vestibular system provides our brain with a strong urge to maintain balance.

Our need for balance notifies the muscle and joint system. This system has its own set of receptors, called proprioceptors. The proprioceptive system allows the body to smoothly respond to different shifts in the center of gravity.

Most physical activities require the integration of the vestibular system with the proprioceptive system.

When these systems work together properly, a student is ready to learn.

In many unique learners, these systems aren’t working properly. This is a big reason for their academic struggle. It affects the ability to sit in a learning ready position. It impacts the student’s ability to look and listen. It distracts their focus at a subconscious level as their brain pays attention to information from the vestibular system that indicates the student might fall off the chair. These are just three out of hundreds of ways these systems affect learning readiness.

Movement, exercise, sports, martial arts, yoga, dancing, and juggling all offer excellent opportunities for the movement and balance systems to stimulate and help facilitate brain functioning.

You can support your unique learner’s growth by embedding movement as a part of the fuel necessary to grow the brain. A more typical student may seem to respond well to practice, practice, practice. A unique learner seems to respond better to practice, movement, practice, movement.

The more you “strategically” playing with your unique learner, the more improvement you will see in their learning readiness.

Source by Suzanne Cresswell

Top 10 Intentions, Ideas and Inspiration For Personal Growth

As good intentions go I was remiss in keeping a few of them myself in the past, especially last year, and we can pretty much agree that 2009 was a year of great challenge and change for many of us.

Are you about ready for new beginnings?

I certainly am and intend to make the rest of this year about greater focus beginning with creating more opportunities, gains in finances, clarity and joy and, of course, more mindful travel adventures. I often write about destination spas as I believe in them for personal growth, self-improvement, relaxation, rejuvenation and reinventing self. A destination spa can also help you with clarity and define what you desire to bring into your life, especially as we continue in this new decade and to that end, I’ve come up with a Top Ten list of Intentions, Ideas and Inspiration to help you move forward.

We’re the creators of the life we want to have and albeit the lessons have been many and difficult at times, we can make positive choices now that will move us forward and take us beyond our wildest dreams. It begins with a step, and then another and then another. So if you’re ready to take action and get off the sidelines, then this is for you.

1. Most resolutions for joining a gym have faded away by now, so consider making an intention of adding more activity to your day. Take a walk, consider a yoga or Pilates class, look into a Wii (I enjoyed the baseball option with my niece and nephew). The key is to do something you enjoy and you’ll stay with it.

2. You’ve heard the phrase, “diets don’t work,” so consider cutting back, watching your portions, eating out less, adding more whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and cutting back on salt and sugar…and doing more of #1 above.

3. Have you given up on going out? Consider inviting friends over for a night of wine tasting and conversation. Invite your friends to bring a bottle over (set a price range) and do your own tasting. Rate the wines and discover which ones are the most popular and offer the best value.

4. Are you an impulse buyer or in the habit of getting a cup of coffee just for the heck of it? First, consider if you really want or need the item and if not, put that money into a travel fund. Take that vacation you’ve been putting off and open up to a world of culture, great food, amazing wines and adventure.

5. “They” said the web would change our lives and it certainly has in many ways. So, perhaps it’s time to reconsider time used on excessive web surfing and online games (and obsessive work hours). Set an intention to reconnect with friends and family more often. It could be as simple as an afternoon or evening sharing good food, wine, games (board games or outdoor activities) and conversation. Your relationships will improve as well as your health!

6. Worriers rejoice! Live for today because we know we can’t change yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. Consider starting a journal, such as a Desire Journal and jot down what you’d like to bring into your life such as deeper friendships/relationships, healthier eating, more activity, a beach getaway, reunion with family/friends, more time for yourself, reading at least one book per month, starting a wine club, etc. What we do today will have an affect on tomorrow.

7. Are you a yes man (or woman)? Consider saying no. We can all agree that the world is moving at a rapid pace and time appears to be going by much more quickly (especially as we get older). Many of us occupy every moment with work/projects, home/life, volunteering, etc. and sometimes it’s necessary to step back and take an eagle’s eye view of your life.

8. Intend to relax more! There are many ways to relax and yes, of course I’m an advocate for going to a spa for a massage or other service, however you can set up a sanctuary area in your home as well. Aromatherapy scented candles, a comfy sitting area, soothing tea, calming music and a good book or just alone time to contemplate your life are all relaxing. Oh, and there’s that Desire Journal you started (#6 above).

9. Learn more. Is there something you’ve wanted to do and you’ve put it off year after year? Make this the year that you refocus your attention and get to it! Perhaps learning a second language, going after another degree or learning how to cook have been on your list. You name it, there is probably something on your list and if not now, then when?

10. Create your own Reality Show! Day after day we hear something about one of the reality shows. What about your own life? You have so much more to gain when you pay more attention to your own reality. Get out there. Get involved. Make a difference.

Consider starting with these ideas and intentions and let them inspire you to take the steps you choose to take to make Twenty Ten your best year.

Source by Donna Adinolfi

Can Yoga Be Utilized to Help a Man Perform Orally-Stimulated Sex & Masturbation on Himself?

There can hardly be a man in this world who hasn’t entertained the thought of wondering if he could perform oral sex on himself. After all, it’s not uncommon with the rest of the mammals roaming the earth. Such thoughts of this form of sexual stimulation tend to originate in a man’s early pubertical months. Some men forget such thoughts; some men still ponder them.

When looking at autofellatio (the act of a man performing fellatio on himself without the aid of a sexual partner) it becomes clear that two things would be a necessity to perform this action. One being that the man has to be rather flexible (especially in the spinal region) and that the longer the penis the better.

As Yoga becomes more and more of a common household world, it’s hard to escape its impact on the world. Especially in these tough economic times. When financial times get rough, three things evidently happen in the consumer marketplace. First of all, people become more thrifty and watch every penny they spend. After that, the sale of alcoholic beverages skyrockets. Thirdly, is that people spend more money (than usual) on exercise equipment. Clearly, the stress of such negative-financial climates puts tremendous strain on people that takes its toll on people’s mind and body functions. Sales of such goods would indicate that people turn to two methods as a catharsis to relive (or escape) this stress. Those being Alcohol and Exercising.

So, as one can imagine, Yoga is all over the place now. One can hardly walk into a store or watch television without being bombarded with Yogic images and people stretching and posing on Yoga mats. It is bigger now than ever before. This clearly is a reflection of its positive usage in helping people relieve the impact that this tenuously-weak economy is suffocating people with.

Now, what does the man who has pondered autofellatio think when he sees such images of people in Yoga positions and postures that seem almost impossible? He realizes that it may not be that hard, after all, to autofellate. Surely, if these people can bend their bodies into pretzels then the realization that Yoga can not only be used to quiet the nerves and mind, but also to help one engage in autosexuality, will inevitably come to mind.

So, yes, Yoga can help men and women, too, to engage in autosex. For men it is called autofellatio. For women it is called autocunnilingus. However, there are other methods that go beyond the stretches of Yoga. Such methods incorporate the dynamics of modern physical therapeutics and body mechanics to release muscles, fascia, and ligaments to encourage more flexibility. Yoga is obviously a great help for the would-be autofellationist. However, incorporating modern sports medicine into the equation is also quite helpful. The reason being is that stretching and positioning can be achieved in a much shorter amount of time if such actions are incorporated into the exercise template. Instead of spending months using older, out-dated, and more conventional approaches to stretching, effects can be realized much faster using more modern methods.

Men and women interested in exploring such forms of sexuality and stress-release have, thanks to the Internet, a huge database of information that can be useful. Caveat emptor, however; not all information, from what I have witnessed, is necessarily correct.

Source by Kimi Kalfino

Mass Energy Equivalence – Mass and Energy Correlation in Physics and Its Spiritual Relevance

Mass and energy appears to us in conventional thinking as two entirely different entities.

We all know, or at least seem to know, what mass is. We know that it is somehow inextricably connected to weight. A heavier object has more mass. It is also usually connected to size, but this is of less relevance, as a large amount of cotton for example, would have less mass than a sand heap of the same size. In scientific terms, mass is defined through the property of inertia, the more mass an object has, the more its inertia. This means that the more the mass of an object, the harder it is to get it to move and to stop it once it is moving. We can understand this easily when we consider how much easier it would be to push a small car and get it to move, or to stop it when it is moving, than it would be to start or stop a huge truck, for example.

Energy is a bit more illusionary. It is defined as the capacity of an object to do work. It is unseen, and it is only its effects that can be experienced, when it is let off as heat or light for example. We can also see its effects when an object moves or does any work.

Energy and work thus seems too entirely different things. While mass of an object is what makes it loathe to move, so to say, energy is what gets it moving and doing work. Mass is something we can touch, something which we can carry around, but energy is a concept and only its effects are experienced.

Therefore, it is quite perplexing to know from Einstein’s equation, E=MC2;, that energy and mass are so inextricably interrelated.

A common misunderstanding of E=MC2 is that it shows that mass can be converted into energy and vice versa. But this is not so.

What the equation means is that mass is the same as energy, and mass and energy can be expressed as each other. When an atom bomb bursts and gives off 21.5 kilotons of energy, the amount of matter left behind loses 1 gm of weight. This does not mean that 1 gm of matter in the bomb has been converted into 21.5 kilotons of energy. What it means is that 1 gm of matter in the bomb can also be expressed as 21.5 kilotons of energy and vice versa. The bomb when it bursts can be said to have lost both 1 gm of mass and 21.5 kilotons of energy. If we were to explode the bomb in a large box which absorbed all the 21.5 kilotons of energy, we would find that the box now weighs 1 gm more.

The real way to understand E=MC2 is that it unifies mass and energy, in that we can express a certain amount of mass as its equivalent of energy and vice versa. Energy and mass are like two sides of a coin, the same phenomenon appears as mass on one side and as energy on the other.

This unification of mass and energy, besides its implications for physics, also has very important ramifications for philosophy. Since matter and energy combines together to form this material world, what it means is that all things are unified, that there is a single commonality behind this world, which is expressed as matter on one side and energy as the other, and which is the root of all the phenomena in this world. Thus E=MC2 brings us closer to the monism of Advaita Vedanta philosophy of Hinduism.

Source by Palash Mazumdar

Yoga, The Eight Limbs of The Science of Spiritual Self-Realization

For many people yoga simply means a relaxing and energizing form of exercise. Its gentle stretching and bending make the spine and muscles supple and relaxed, bringing blood to all tissues and organs of the body, and at the same time energizing them. The breathing exercises bring about a sense of peace and mental calm giving one the sense that we are in tune with our bodies and in balance with the universe.

This important and integral physical part of “ashtanga” yoga is called “asana” and refers to the physical postures. The breath control used in conjunction with asana is called “pranayama”. The benefits gained teach us how to direct our vital energy, the life force within us called “prana”. In Chinese medicine this vital force is referred to as “chi”.

There are actually 8 limbs of yoga and they are meant to progress a person not just toward physical and mental health, but towards higher realization of who we really are and what we are doing in these bodies in this world. My own teacher once said to me many years ago “religion without science is simply sentiment”. Yoga is the scientific process of action leading one towards spiritual growth.

The first 2 principles of yoga are “yama” and “niyama”. Yama pertains to following the proper rules of true human social conduct. Its principles are nonviolence, truthfulness, never taking what does not belong to us (stealing), nonattachment to temporary things, which must disappear in course of time and learning to control our sexual energy.

Niyama refers to proper rules of personal conduct. Its effects develop from following the social conduct taught through yama. Niyama brings about contentment, purity of mind and force, self-discipline, a desire to imbibe higher spiritual teachings and ultimately inner surrender to the Supreme energy of Godhead.

Yama and niyama are actually the first 2 limbs of yoga, which are traditionally taught to allow students to become eligible and ready to swiftly advance on the path of yoga. Then asana and pranayama are taught which begin to bring the body and mind under our control.

This takes us to the next stage, or limb, of yoga called “pratyahara”. Pratyahara means the student now actually is able to not only control the bodily senses and urges, but also the mind. At this stage there begins equanimity and freedom from the anxieties that most people running the “rat race” of the material world are subject to feeling. It is a turning within, rather than looking to external stimulus for pleasure.

Once achieving this stage of peace, strength and control we are now ready for the next stage. This is called “dharana”. This means we now are able to have complete concentration and control of our attention. Living in our modern society with the hustle-bustle of material life our minds generally are impossible to control. Try to concentrate on one thing or point with no other thoughts entering your head for even 2 minutes. For most people not trained in yoga it is simply not possible. Right? Yet, it is absolutely necessary to master in order to move to the next stage of meditation.

The next stage, or limb, of yoga is called “dhyana”. Dhyana means meditation and proper reflection and direction of our concentration and attention gained through dharana. Real meditation means you can control the mind and senses first. If the mind is constantly flitting from one thing to the next and hasn’t been properly trained, it is not possible to truly meditate. One must be calm, peaceful and have the mind and senses under control first in order to be able to meditate. Meditation takes our consciousness through the dimensional layers of the universe and brings us to the transcendental plane. This is what we are all seeking, whether we realize it or not. No material gains, facility or acquisitions can bring such peace, bliss and total satisfaction of the soul.

The 8th and final stage of yoga is called “samadhi”. At this point one has fully mastered full control of the mind and body. The aspirant is fully absorbed in meditation and one’s vision pierces the dimensional veil on all levels. We have correct vision and understanding of the world we live in and the existence of so many other worlds and dimensions of existence, be they temporary, material planes or those that never dissipate or are subject to destruction.

In samadhi we are not only unperturbed by events around us, but become fully enlightened in spiritual truth and self-realization. This stage is the final stage one passes through toward entrance into the spiritual dimensions from where one never returns to the material world’s cycle of repeated birth and death in so many forms of life, be they human, animal, plants, etc.

In practicing yoga with a view to eventually achieve the highest goals of human existence we gain so many benefits that enrich our lives in the here and now, as well as the lives of those with whom we associate, our families and friends. First there is a purification of the body. Then there is purification of the mind and a change in our desires toward higher human qualities of love and compassion. Through the pranayama breathing the vital force within us is strengthened.

Our intelligence becomes sharpened and reoriented while the false ego and false identification with temporary matter is dissolved. At that point our minds become focused and internalized bringing greater control of the bodily senses. Ultimately the consciousness becomes calm and emptied of all material consideration, having been filled with knowledge of the “self”.

In the “Bhagavad-Gita”, chapter 2 verse 13, it says “As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change”.

Yoga is a scientific process that raises our level of awareness so that we act in accordance with proper principles that keep our bodies and minds healthy. It raises our consciousness so that we act in ways that allow us to have meaningful relationships together. One who sincerely practices yoga, developing self-discipline, then begins to gain a higher awareness on a spiritual, cosmic level. From this point one’s path in life becomes very clear. With a healthy mind, body and spirit we can all go forward, healing ourselves, our relationships and all that is out of balance on this planet today.

Source by Howard Beckman

Tips for Meditating to Decrease Stress and Aging

The wisdom of eastern meditation practice is now being embraced by western medical centers, with research findings that show tremendous health benefits in reversing chronic disease and the aging process.

If you have high blood pressure, chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, diabetes, heart disease, or are just simply stressed out, it may be time to dip your mind into meditation.

According to medical research, meditation decreases oxygen consumption, heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure, and increases the intensity of alpha, theta and delta brain waves – the opposite of the changes that occur during the stress response that can lead to chronic disease.

The results of a study recently completed by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital also document meditation-produced improvements over time in the brain’s gray matter, important for learning and memory.

Meditation can also keep you young, according to research showing that those who had been practicing meditation for more than five years were physiologically 12 years younger than their chronological age, as measured by reduction of blood pressure, and better vision and hearing.

So how do you reap these benefits? There are myriad meditation classes available, but if you’d like to start your own traditional eastern-style meditation practice at home to connect to your inner stillness and inner knowing, here are some tips for success:

Regularity – Try to schedule the same time each day for your meditation, for instance, just after awakening or just before bedtime.

Exercise – Doing yoga or other stretches first can relax your body, making it easier to sit in meditation.

Location – Choose a quiet spot with a cool breeze, just for meditation.

Sitting – Sit with your back straight, chest raised, head erect, eyes closed and hands resting palms upturned, in your lap.

Realistic time – It’s better to start meditating 5 to 15 minutes at a time and be very consistent about it, then increase your time as you can. One longer meditation each week is very helpful.

Never fear – there is a meditation style for every personality. For example, Type A’s may prefer a more active style of meditation, such as guided visualizations, which can offer the same benefits of relaxation. To try a guided visualization that you can listen to lying down, try this Chakra Meditation.

Source by Becca Chopra

10 Tips For A Healthy And Happy Pregnancy

To have a good pregnancy we not only have to look at physical health. Being healthy is fundamental in these moments, but also be mentally calm, prepared and happy. That is why we are going to give ten keys to a healthy and happy pregnancy, in which the mind and body combine in harmony to welcome a new member into our lives.

Eat and drink healthy during pregnancy

The diet has to be varied and balanced. The important thing is to take foods rich in nutrients and vitamins such as folic acid, iron, calcium, and iodine, but not in fats. The diet must be varied based on vegetables, fruits, cereals, dairy products, and legumes, without forgetting the daily contribution of meat and fish proteins.

A healthy diet includes maintaining correct hydration. Drinking enough water and milk to give us calcium is essential. We can also take juices, better natural and not sugary. Of course, let’s forget about alcoholic beverages and coffee.

Take the recommended vitamin supplements

To complement a healthy diet the doctor will recommend certain vitamin supplements that include folic acid, along with other vitamin and mineral supplements also beneficial for pregnancy care, such as iron, iodine, calcium… In this way we help the fetus to develop properly, avoiding deficiencies that they could cause complications for both the baby and the mother.

Perform exercise during pregnancy

For our well-being and an ideal weight gain, it is fundamental to perform physical exercise appropriate to our state. Whether swimming, yoga, walking, the Pilates method…

By performing a moderate and constant exercise we will improve our cardiovascular and muscular condition and favor postural correction. All this will provide the pregnant woman with a better general physical condition and will allow her to face the work of pregnancy and childbirth with fewer risks.

Go to medical visits

Regularly visit the gynecologist to do the corresponding tests and obtain adequate prenatal care. This way we will monitor both the health of the baby and ours, having the possibility of consulting the specialist all our doubts and fears, as well as talking about our delivery plan. The prenatal tests will give us peace of mind, they will help us to “get closer” to the baby and with the ultrasound, we will have their first images for the memory.

Wear appropriate clothes

We must wear comfortable clothing (including shoes), appropriate to the increase in weight and volume we experience. This will help the blood circulate better, our movements are correct and not forced and the skin stays healthy. It’s not about being dressed like bags of potatoes, since fortunately being pregnant is no longer at odds with going fashion, and many stores sell beautiful pre-mama clothes. The heels can wait but feel comfortable and beautiful with a nice “wrap” favors a psychic well-being important at this time.

Pampering our mind during pregnancy

If we dedicate time to take care of our body, we must also save time for our relaxation and the care of our mind. Not only is the body more vulnerable during pregnancy. Finding our tranquility and doing relaxation exercises at home will help us feel better. We do not have to park the activities that we like going to the movies, reading, going out to the country, crafts…

Take care of our skin

During pregnancy, it is essential to apply sunscreen creams to prevent skin spots and burns. Due to the action of hormones, the skin of the pregnant woman suffers alterations such as hyperpigmentation. Also, antistrictive creams are important, which prevent the appearance of these scars with the stretching of our skin, with special attention during the final months, when the skin stretches at a very fast rate.

Hydrating the whole body after a bath or shower gives us a moment of relaxation. Gentle massage after exercise helps us feel better. Of course, external hydration must be complemented with internal hydration, drinking plenty of fluids, as we have already mentioned in the section on nutrition. Everything combined will increase our well-being by feeling more careful and beautiful.

A good rest during pregnancy

Sleeping and resting what the body asks of us is very important. Fatigue and sleep can accompany us from the first moment as one of the first symptoms of pregnancy and hopefully will disappear. But it is more than likely that we will feel very tired and sleepy again in the final phase of pregnancy. It is what the body needs, and we must listen to it, resting as much as possible, without forgetting that moderate exercise will make us rest and sleep better.

Childbirth classes

Attending childbirth classes can be very beneficial for both our physical and mental health. Relating to other pregnant women and sharing experiences opens our mind to discover that we are not the only ones who have doubts or fears.

They also help us to acquire knowledge and awareness about the changes in our body, knowing concepts about the phases of childbirth, baby hygiene or breastfeeding will help us feel more prepared for the changes that lie ahead. Through knowledge, an important self-confidence is generated thanks to security, and being a father begins to live already. As much as possible, it is good to share these classes accompanied by the couple.

Communicate with the baby

Talking to the baby, communicating with him, playing music, will make him feel closer, preparing us for the moment in which he really reaches our arms. Know how your evolution is going on month by month, how it is growing in our womb, write a letter, keep a diary of our pregnancy, respond to your kicks…

All these simple activities will achieve that the life that is gestated in our womb will fill more life to us. The possible discomforts of our pregnancy are forgotten in these moments of communication.

Do not forget, to have a healthy pregnancy requires a happy pregnancy. We have to take care of mind and body in this delicate stage of our life, full of emotions and sometimes contradictory sensations. I hope that these tips to achieve a healthy and happy pregnancy encourage you to face this stage of your lives with an optimistic and full of vitality.

Source by Fuad Hasan

Bioenergy Tapping on the Brainstem Influence Neurological and Emotional Issues Directly

Millions of people settle for living their lives in poor health. Are you one? If not, undoubtedly you can name many. My challenge-you first! With practice of Bioenergy, others will see positive health results, and in-turn, realize a healthier, more fulfilled life.

Don’t be a person who is stuck-not knowing how to achieve a joyful and satisfying life, accepting a lifestyle of emotional trauma, chronic physical pain, or for some-a troubling emptiness. Along with these problems come pills to kill the pain, pills for sleep, and pills to suppress anxiety. But this is hardly better than the dis-ease.

Don’t be a person who is trapped, caught in an unhealthy cycle. The signs and symptoms are self-evident. A person, you or someone else, in this unhealthy cycle is tired of feeling sad, depressed, anxious, discontent, and unwell; sick of the expensive and ineffective treatments; fed up with relinquishing the power over health and happiness to doctors. Having forgotten what it feels like to grow, flourish, and thrive, this person has given up on being their healthiest best, living each day the same.

Instead, I want to influence people to live life with inner peace, joy, and fulfillment, from day-to-day, and moment-to-moment.

My challenge-you first! With Bioenergy, you can achieve this. Chiropractic evolves! Discover the vital secret for wholeness in body and mind-take physical and emotional well-being into your own hands. Bioenergy provides relief from chronic pain, disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical ailments. While Bioenergy is newly set to revolutionize the field of health and wellness based on current neuroscience, Bioenergy represents a blend of ancient wisdom that has been in practice as Eastern medicine, in acupuncture and Ayurveda for over 5,000 years.

Restore balance to the body’s energy and you will mend the negative emotions and physical symptoms that stem from the energy disruption to the brain. The body, like everything in the universe, is composed of energy. The practice of Bioenergy re-establishes the body’s energy balance, by correcting interference to the brain. When the mechanoreceptors are stimulated, life-force energy is sent to the brain enhancing physical self-healing and mental well-being.

In some ways, Bioenergy is similar to acupuncture. Acupuncture achieves healing through stimulating the body’s meridians and energy flow. However, unlike Bioenergy, acupuncture involves needles! “No needles” is definitely one of the advantages of Bioenergy. Acupuncture also takes years to master. Acupuncture practitioners must memorize hundreds of meridian points along the body; the knowledge and training take years to acquire. Bioenergy is painless. It can be used with specific emotional intent towards your own unique life challenges and experiences. Most importantly, it gives you the power to restore optimal wellness, allowing control and health destiny to be in your hands.

Like acupuncture and acupressure, Bioenergy allows the body’s life-force energy to flow. You can stimulate the brainstem by working on the suboccipital muscles-literally tapping into your body’s own life-force energy and healing power. Your body is more powerful than you can imagine… filled with a compelling ability for self-healing. With Bioenergy, you can express your full potential.

Bioenergy Nourishes Your Brain: it’s like taking your brain to the spa!

Current Neuroscience suggests Bioenergy may be effective because of its perceived ability to balance out the nervous system, leveling off the activity of the parasympathetic and sympathetic regions. Responsible for promoting cell regeneration and relaxation, the parasympathetic nervous system helps to slow our heartbeat, support digestion, and more.

My personal journey in healing has taken my search for healing solutions to this whole new level. Yoga, meditation, massage, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, Ayurvedic medicine, energy healing, and herbal remedies; these are just some of the contributions to my decades-long search for ways to live well with fewer pills and less-invasive health care. But with the discovery of Bioenergy, the field of integrative medicine is cutting-edge because-it combines current neuroscience and the ancient wisdom of acupressure’s meridian point therapy, and Ayurveda and massage.

The practice of Bioenergy, or brain health, consists of locating and stimulating specific suboccipital muscles which cover the brain stem. By relaxing these muscles we stimulate their corresponding mechonoreceptors; this results in sending signals directly to the cortex; to the higher levels of our brain.

Bioenergy simultaneously reduces stress on many different physical and emotional levels, and provides us with the best potential for nourishing and restoring body and mind. It’s like taking your brain to the spa.

In fact, it’s Bioenergy’s ability to access the amygdala, an almond-shaped part of our brain which initiates our body’s negative reaction to fear, a process we refer to as the “fight or flight” response-that makes it so powerful. By reducing stress, Bioenergy corrects dis-ease.

Cortisol, the “stress hormone,” is integral to our body’s “fight or flight” response. However useful in short bursts, releasing cortisol too frequently, as we seem to be doing in response to the ongoing or “chronic” stress of modern life, may have serious, even dangerous impacts on our physical, mental, and emotional health. In fact, living in this kind of biological “survival mode” makes us more vulnerable to everything from cancer to heart disease. We read or hear about the detrimental effects of chronic stress on health every day.

Since Bioenergy can produce a neutral emotional state, which, biologically speaking, is considered by many to be the highest level of health and wellness. It’s also the state of well-being people have sought to achieve through meditation, prayer, and yoga practices.

As we grow as chiropractors, and are willing to “go first,” Bioenergy and the focus on brain health will have powerful results personally and professionally! I’m seeing it every day, but when you join me in “going first” in the practice of Bioenergy, there will be positive impact on millions of lives in incredibly healthy ways!

Source by Terry Rondberg

Marathon Running and Vegan Diets For Beginners

Perhaps you’re considering going on a vegan diet, but can’t see how you’ll ever get there. Maybe you’ve dreamed about running a marathon, too, but abandoned it as impossible?

If so, just ponder the expression by William Arthur Ward:

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”

Five short years ago, I had not begun a vegan diet, nor had I run more than an occasional 1-2 miles on the running machine (staring at the wall at the fitness club, it felt like a death sentence). Growing up, I had been a miserable athlete, skipping all PE classes from 9th grade onward to avoid humiliation.

Just as a plant-based diet often begins with small steps, such as avoiding meat one meal a day (or one day a week) or eliminating a single kind of meat from your diet, until you’ve actually begun running, it’s totally natural for you to believe you’re not capable of getting in shape to run a marathon.

Only after you have run around the block or survived 5 minutes on the dreaded running machine do you start to recognize your true potential. After settling into a training routine, you get a few 5- and 10ks under your belt, and start to realize that a half-marathon is within your grasp.

I don’t mean to understate the preparation and commitment you need to run a marathon. But while you shouldn’t expect to get there overnight, it’s not as difficult as you might think. There are unlimited resources available to develop your marathon training plan, and first time runners should generally allow from 4-6 months, depending on your condition.

It’s OK if it takes you several months, or years to develop the confidence to sign up for a marathon, as long as you keep moving in a positive direction. Whether preparing for a marathon or starting a plant-based diet, you’ve got to expect occasional setbacks and self-doubt along the way. The key is to not allowing yourself to be deterred from reaching your goal.

Although I ran Tokyo Marathon, my first, in March 2009, after 1 1/2 years, I began to doubt whether I could do another marathon, and whether I would be able to make it to Honolulu, owing to time, finances, as well as minor injuries including knee pain and a sore achilles tendon. There were last minute surprises, too, like discovering I had forgotten to pack my 5-fingered grip socks just before laying down to sleep on the eve of the marathon!

Once you make your mind up to run a marathon, you need to decide your specific training goals. Avoiding injury, more than a running a fast time, was my first priority throughout training the past year. In addition to running (cardio), I have been doing core exercises and yoga for strength, balance and flexibility. Although I was sucking wind at the end, I had finished the Honolulu Marathon, in a time that even surprised me.

After finishing a marathon, you’ll feel like you can accomplish anything. If you have prepared well, I guarantee you will enjoy it, and want to do it again. Scheduling another running event in the future will give a purpose to continue your training, too. Like a healthy vegan diet, running benefits your physical fitness and your mental outlook.

Whether you run a marathon or adopt a vegan diet, you will be charged up for bigger challenges, and realize you truly can do anything you can imagine!

For more information on upcoming running events in scenic Hawaii:

Maui Marathon

Honolulu Marathon

Source by William Santoro

Effects of Obesity and Health Risks

Obesity restricts the mobility of a person and increases the risk of developing or worsening many serious health conditions or diseases such as anxiety, hypertension, sleeping disorder, blood sugar and even cardiovascular diseases (heart problem) due to excess of bad cholesterol (ldl) and triglycerides. Obesity is also the main reason of joints problem particularly knee joints.

Prevention and controlling of obesity

Amend lifestyle

Get up early in the morning and drink a lot of water. For releasing of stress laughing everyday is must. Control anger and anxiety by avoiding the situation, keeping calm or taking deep breath. Brisk walking in the morning for twenty minutes or jogging, along with doing stretching exercises, asana and yoga’s (PRANAYAM) is the best way to prevent the obesity. Do not watch TV while taking food. Avoid spicy and oily food and sleep after two hours of dinner. By following the four “Mool Mantras” of ancient India “Niyam, Sanyam, Swad And swabhav” one can prevent most of the diseases. Balanced diet The change in eating habits will rejuvenate energy and strengthened the soul and will power. Our timing of breakfast and meals should be fixed and we should take meals only when stomach is empty. In daily life we must take food from all food groups such as Vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, legumes and low fat milk products. We must see that intake of carbohydrate in our diet may not exceed the limit. We must enhance intake of fruits and green raw vegetables to reduce the level of bad cholesterol and triglycerides and ward off the cardiovascular diseases and obesity. Regular use of lemon and honey is also very effective to control obesity.

yoga and Exercises

Exercises and Yoga play important role in the treatment of Obesity. Exercises and yoga stimulate the body and create necessary hormones for the proper and smooth functioning of digestive system, heart, brain, kidney and all other organs of our body. Brisk walking in the morning for twenty minutes or jogging, along with doing stretching exercises, asana and yoga’s (PRANAYAM) is the best way to prevent the diseases and control obesity. Various Yoga techniques can be practiced effectively to reduce the weight. Following Yoga positions or postures are especially useful to reduce the fats in various parts, especially forward bending, twisting and backward bending. Asanas help reduce the fats near abdomen, hips and other areas.

Surya Namaskar/Sun Salutation

Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is the best way to burn the calories and reduce weight. It is useful for the people of all ages from kids to old people.

Ek Pad pUtanasana
Pawanamuktasana ——- Pregnant women should not do this asana.

Pada Sanchalasana(Bicyling)

People suffering from obesity can practice Pranayama Kapalbhati, Bhastrika & fast breathing; these Pranayama help in burning fats.

These yoga asanas should be avoided by persons suffering from the high blood pressure, serious heart conditions, and back problems such as Sciatica and Slipped disc or soon after abdominal surgery. All the asanas and exercise should be learned from any guru and be practiced under his guidance.

Regular exercises, yoga and meditation are also very useful in controlling psychological factors like depression, anxiety, stress and anger. Exercises and yoga are also very effective in controlling the diseases due to heredity and genetic reasons. For medical conditions consult the qualified doctor. For more details and anti obesity products you may visit my website.

Source by Hari Om Agrawal