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As most of us are shifting into the Fall season, this is becomes an opportune time to engage deeper into wellness practices that enhance and boost our immune systems. To curb the onset of the waves of colds and flus, simple holistic practices can readily reduce the occurrence and duration of these seasonal maladies.
Some of my preferred ways of keeping my immune system operating well:
REDUCE STRESS: Eliminating acute and chronic negative stress reduces loads on the body overall allowing for a better balance of hormonal functions to set in. This, in turn, places less burden on the immune system. Explore meditation, relaxation and breathing exercises on a regular basis to purge stress and heavy energy that are taxing the immune system.
INCREASE CIRCULATION: Our immune system benefits from getting the lymphatic system flowing. Lymph fluid carries pathogens and other waste materials through lymph nodes to be processed and eliminated. Light exercise, yoga, and gentle inverting of the legs (ie Legs Up The Wall pose) support greater circulation throughout the lymphatic system.
GET AMPLE SLEEP: Make sleep a priority heading into these cold and flu seasons. I also fully encourage taking naps when opportunities present themselves. Help yourself fall in deeper sleep patterns by avoiding television viewing just prior to going to bed. Instead, enjoy some time reading, meditating or other relaxing activities for the nervous system. Consider consuming sleep-boosting foods like bananas, oatmeal or chamomile tea before bed.
CRANK UP YOUR DIET WITH IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS: Significantly reduce your intake of processed foods including refined sugars. Saturate your meals with nutrient-rich whole foods containing generous levels of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. Take this to an even greater level by regularly adding super foods to your meals and snacks. Some immune boosting super foods that I have been enjoying regularly (thanks to the team at Giddy Yoyo):
Maca – a root that belongs to the radish family and is grow in Peru, Maca is most commonly available in powder form. It is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E as well, it provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. Maca is believed to boost energy and mood while also balancing hormones.
Golden Berries – these mighty, semi-tart berries from Ecuador offer a hefty dose of vitamins, bioflavonoids, and antioxidants.
Chaga – a slow maturing mushroom, which grows primarily on birch trees, obtains nutrients from its host and makes these nutrients available to us. Chaga is considered to be a powerful antioxidant extremely high in vital phytochemicals, nutrients, and free-radical scavenging antioxidants, especially melanin.
Chlorella – broken cell wall Chlorella (Chlorella Pyrenoidosa) is a cultivated single-celled fresh water grown green algae that contains high levels of chlorophyll (the stuff that makes plants green-green pigments used by organisms that convert sunlight into energy via photosynthesis). Being one of the ultimate super foods, chlorella is top of my list as a immune boosting supplement.
Camu camu – a superfood champion originating from the Amazonian rainforest in Peru and Brazil. Known to be one of the most nutrient-dense concentrated botanical sources of Vitamin C in the world (2–3% of fresh weight), Camu camu may offer considerable disease prevention benefits including the prevention of colds and flus.
An important note when changing your diet and/or adding new super foods and supplements – read labels and consider consulting a qualified nutritional expert to insure these changes to your nutrition plan are appropriate.
GIDDY YOYO IMMUNE BOOSTER GIVEAWAY
I am excited to be able to give away 1 (one) $50 gift certificate from my friends at Giddy Yoyo. To enter to win, go to my Facebook page and enter your comment to the question provided (“What types of super foods or whole foods do you integrate in your nutrition plan to boost your immune system?”). Giveaway runs from Tuesday, September 29, 2015 (9 am EST) to Monday, October 5, 2015 (9 pm EST). Winner will be chosen via random draw and will be announced on Facebook. Giveaway prize can not be redeemed for cash value.
Join us for this exploratory charity yoga workshop at Element Yoga. We will examine and play with the concept of ‘line of gravity’ in relation to standing yoga poses. By mindfully connecting to our inherent flow of gravity, we can more readily align with fluidity and integrity throughout the biomechanics of our musculoskeletal systems. A major focus of this playful workshop will be on the ankle, knee and hip interactions and on how these concepts can be woven throughout our practice as well as into our other daily physical activities.
We will engage questions like:
•Where should our knees flow in relation to our feet when we squat?
•How can changing our application of pada bandha (foot lock) reduce negative stresses in the knee?
•What are some common limitations to accessing range of motion in the lower body?
•Why we should not expect everyone to be similarly aligned in standing postures?
Proceeds from this workshop will go to Paper Kite Children’s Foundation (supporting orphanages in Bihar, India). This workshop will be presented in english and will be suitable for teachers and students.
WHEN: July 25, 2015 2-4pm
WHERE: Element Yoga, 2325 Rue Centre #301, Montréal, QC
FOR MORE INFO/TO REGISTER: visit Element Yoga
I am excited and proud to announce that I am now an ambassador for Giddy Yoyo. This stellar company provides some of the highest quality raw organic chocolate and super foods around and do so in the most socially and environmentally mindful manner. As an advocate for whole food living, I look forward to sharing my Giddy Yoyo journey with you exploring all the wellness boosting power of their products.
Their raw chocolate line up offers diverse flavours including some with health-boosting super foods: banana nut, orange, mint, chaga, spirulina, mock cardamon, ginger, lemon lime, vanilla salt, maca and more. Their super foods line-up is also inspiring and impressive – I look forward to jumping into several super foods that I am new to including chaga, golden berries, red banana spears, and camu camu.
To celebrate becoming an ambassador of Giddy Yoyo, I am doing a giveaway. Read below for details. Here is more inspiring information on the Giddy Yoyo team.
Giddy Yoyo’s Vision:
We believe that the daily food choices we make for ourselves and our families affect every aspect of life on a global scale. Giddy Yoyo provides some of the most nutritionally dense & ethically sourced vegan and allergen free organic / wild harvested foods, body care, nutritional and lifestyle products available. It is our goal to provide ethical eco-conscious solutions to anyone who eats food, and assist in the understanding of the importance of real nutrition on individual and environmental wellbeing, with the ultimate goal achievement of optimal individual and community health. We achieve this by offering products, information online and in person via trade shows and seminars/ trainings, and providing real-life examples of team members living a loving, healthy, balanced & exciting life. Our Healing Centre will be a mecca of all that we stand for. Respect and compassion are at the heart of all we do. Our company consists of passionate, highly motivated and bright team members. Giddy Yoyo effects positive change in the world.
A few things that make Giddy food different from the others…
Giddy Yoyo foods are not the same as other certified organic or fair trade products. While our goods are always organic (both certified and uncertified) or wild harvested, direct and fairly traded, there are additional attributes that make our products unique. Our foods are the highest quality most nutrient dense foods available; nourished by mineral-rich soil, fresh water and grown in healthy remote environments. Our products are untouched by genetically modified organisms, the practice of hybridization, and chemical solvents and metals regularly used in the practice of bringing foods to market. Rest assured that all Giddy Yoyo offerings are free of nuts, tree nuts, dairy, soy, gluten, refined sugar, nasty funky mystery ingredients, and all common allergens.
Giddy Yoyo Giveaway: What Keeps Your Wellness On Track
I am giving away 1 (one) online gift certificate to be enjoyed on GiddyYoyo.com (worth $50). To enter: simply go to the Facebook giveaway post and share with us “What Keeps Your Wellness On Track?” in the comments section and LIKE the post. Giveaway runs from Monday, May 25, 2015 (9 am EST) to Sunday, May 31, 2015 (9 pm EST). Winner will be chosen via random draw and will be announced on Facebook. Giveaway prize can not be redeemed for cash value.
International Yoga presenter and exercise science specialist, Kreg Weiss (co-creator and co-founder of My Yoga Online), will lead you through this uplifting 70 hour program teaching you the fundamentals of how to confidently create a Classical Hatha Yoga practice that weaves in the intelligence and integrity of western science with the harmonious elements of this traditional Hatha Yoga. This training will begin with an expansive exploration of functional anatomy, then, journey through in-depth applications of yoga postures, and conclude with multiple days of designing of yoga classes for a variety of clientele and demographics.
This comprehensive program will include:
*guided hatha yoga practices (sadhanas)
*foundational review of anatomy of muscles, bones, and connective tissue
*an engaging exploration of functional yoga anatomy and applications
*on-going kinesiology (exercise science) group exercises and homework to develop and hone your teaching skills
*examination of classic Hatha Yoga poses breaking down the fundamental alignment principles from a Hatha perspective including corrections, modifications, and assists as well as the integration of western exercise science techniques to enhance asana development
*examination of the style of ‘hatha yoga’ in relation to other styles of practice and the methodology of Classical Hatha Yoga sequencing
*multiple days of learning how to design and sequence flows effectively for various clientele and demographics including beginners, mixed-levels, intermediate, athletes, and corporate
This program will provide the following:
*complete skills to teach Classical Hatha Yoga to a variety of audiences
*greater base of knowledge and understanding of yoga anatomy and exercise science fundamentals to empower your teaching and personal practice
*greater ability to adapt class designs so they are integrity-driven and purposeful based on students’ inherent needs and interests
*catalogue of yoga sequences and flows to work from and incorporate into your teaching practice
*increased experience and confidence with designing and teaching sequences as well as hands-on manipulation of student alignment
*70 Hours of CECs for annual Yoga Alliance membership requirements
*complimentary 1 year mentorship for guidance with yoga anatomy, class design, and career development
REGISTRATION AND CONTACT DETAILS:
Dates (held over 4 weekends from October 16-November 8, 2015):
October 16, 7:30pm-9:30pm, October 17, 2:00pm-8:15pm, October 18, 9:00am-5:30pm
October 23, 7:30pm-9:30pm, October 24, 2:00pm-8:15pm, October 25, 9:00am-5:30pm
October 30, 7:30pm-9:30pm, October 31, 2:00pm-8:15pm, November 1, 9:00am-5:30pm
November 6, 7:30pm-9:30pm, November 7, 2:00pm-8:15pm, November 8, 9:00am-5:30pm
Where: Element Yoga, 2325 Rue Centre #301, Montreal QC (near Station Charlevoix)
Rate: $795 +GST Early Bird Fee (expires on September 1, 2015) $895 +GST Final Rate *This rate includes your comprehensive online Hatha manual, all assignments, 60 contact hours and 10 hours of private homework before and during the course, and certificate of completion by Kreg
*early bird rate can be reserved with a deposit
To pre-register and reserve your space (the group size will purposely be limited in order for all participants to enjoy a fulfilling learning experience), please email Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel welcome as well to contact Kreg for any additional information (email@example.com). You can also view information for this training at Element Yoga.
Pre Requisites: To apply for this course, you will need to have had at least 12-months of solid yoga practice experience. For yoga teachers, you will need to complete a 200 Hour yoga teacher training in addition to this program in order to receive accreditation and insurance as a teacher.
Yoga Alliance and Certification: All graduates will receive a certificate of completion by the end of the course. For Yoga Alliance Registered teachers, this training allows you to add 70hrs CEC upon graduation.
Testimonials (from the Integrative Hatha Yoga Training 2015 in Dubai, UAE)
“Hosting Kreg Weiss in Dubai for the third time has exceeded my standards yet once again. From our initial smooth-as-always contact via email in proposing the idea of crafting a 100hr Hatha Yoga Training program for our UAE clients to constantly updating me with the construction of his manual and tailoring the program to meticulously meet our trainees level yet challenge them further in rich anatomy, Hatha Yoga sequencing, safety in adjustment, how to smartly use props for support and further, Kreg has taken in feedback and applied it to deliver a stellar training.
Throughout the 100hrs program, he’s sectioned each day to a wide scope of audience from corporates, athletes, injured clients to those craving an invigorating practice but away from the “vinyasa box”. He’s converted several Bikram / Vinyasa / Ashtanga / Hot Yoga devotees at this training to the world of Hatha Yoga – slower paced yet invigorating and delivering the true essence of what Yoga is and should be about. Less stress on the joints, body and mind and more on the powerful healing and slower pace while including excellent breathwork and meditation practices. Kreg’s generosity by offering a 1 year mentorship program for our students has encouraged students to chat with him and even launch their own business with his support and encouragement. As a facilitator running my business for over 5 years now, I always look forward to working with Kreg knowing he would deliver an exceptional program.” – Noura El-Imam, founder of Yogalates Bliss in Dubai www.yogalatesblissindubai.com
“Thank you for sharing your knowledge, for being so inspiring and graceful. I have noticed what an impact your teaching already had on me after I gave a class this evening. One of my students from India came up to me and just patted my shoulders after the class. He said well done and walked away with a big smile. My style has been transformed, that much is sure.” – Mia Mutic
“I would like to express my appreciation. I really, really enjoy your course! It’s a great opportunity to receive knowledge from you as a teacher. Your classes are extremely informative and educative! I would definitely attend your classes very often if you would live in Dubai! Thank you so much for finding the time and visit Dubai! I hope we will be seeing you more often here!” – Elena Shpaltakova
“Thanks so much for today and all the previous days. It really has been extremely enlightening! You are in a class of your own…AWESOMENESS! You are truly a Yogi and iving example of your teachings. Very rare!” – Katrina Valente
“First of all I would like to thank you for these amazing breathtaking wow-days and all the knowledge you gave us. I found out about my body anatomy, how the bones, muscles and joints move under my skin and how they influence one another. Now I know how to bend forward safely for my spine and being “Bendy Wendy” is not always good. And not everyone can be as flexible as another. If one side of my body can do more than the other I should stop where the other side stops, without pushing my body. I can now explain how to safely move into Downward Dog, plank, dancing cat and how to specific muscles in these poses. I now know so much more! I love the mudras and pranayama and will integrate them in my daily practice. Your approach to teaching is so unique and beautiful!” – Daria
“I love anatomy and I think it’s fascinating to truly understand how our body works. One of the best things about developing and having a yoga practice is how it connects us with our physical body. I remember when I started practicing yoga, even though I had been active my whole life, I start to discover my body in a whole new way. My muscles were opening up and it was a sort of re-discovering of each muscle, how they supported each other, which ones were working in each pose, etc. I simply loved the way Kreg made all the poses look so simple…thank you from the bottom of my heart” – Nina Dubash
“Thank you again for such a fantastic course. You are a wonderful teacher and your knowledge and passion for your subject truly inspirational. In my next life, should I have one, I will be a yogi-physiotherapist and the anatomy-yoga encyclopedia that you are going to write will be my bible! If only I’d known 35 years ago that this is what I should have done…” – Anne van der Velden
“This was an unforgettable and new experience I have obtained from your training. From my perspective as a beginner, it was absolutely profound and very knowledgeable. You have a talent of teaching and delivering the information in a very comprehensive way that everyone would absorb and definitely apply in their practice.” – Julia