The Covering Made of Food
I would like to begin this conversation by referencing a concept by the Eight Century Vedic scientist and philosopher, Adi Shankara. Shankara described the physical body as a temporary state; something that appears solid, but that in reality, is continuously transforming. He accentuated the interrelationship between the physical body and the food we ingest, positing that the majority of our cells are derived from what we eat. He actually referred to the physical body as annamaya kosha, meaning “the covering made of food”.
The research on meditation has grown staggeringly and the health benefits that come from this daily practice have become indisputable. While meditation comes easily to some of us, I feel many others struggle to get into a meditation groove, and others still do not even understand what all the excitement is about.
If you are already meditating, that’s great for you. If you are questioning why you should even begin or are confused about how to do so, this blog is for you. There are countless health benefits that come with a daily meditation, but the short of the long is that meditation greatly reduces your stress response, creating an internal terrain that supports healing on all levels.
On the whole, it seems that modern society has a generally negative viewpoint of sleep. Similar to healthy eating and physical activity, sleep often gets clumped into the category of “I know I need to do it, but who has the time?”
Nowhere is that sentiment more apparent than in New York City, “the city that never sleeps”. New Yorkers classically wear 4 hours of sleep like a badge of honor, patting themselves on the back for their productivity, in spite of barely sleeping the night before. But imagine how much more productive they might be on 7 or 8 hours of sleep, with less reliance on nutrient-lacking stimulants that perpetuate a stress response in their bodies and wreak havoc on their health and well-being.
So many of us go through life never thinking about our breath. And why should we? Doesn’t breathing happen involuntarily?
While our brains will luckily inform our breathing whether we are consciously thinking about it or not, breathing is one instrument that we can train and utilize on a conscious level, in order to control other subconscious/involuntary functions that greatly impact our health. Read More
As we exit the hecticness and over-indulgence of the holiday season and enter this new and wonderful year (2018!), my mind, like many, wanders toward resolutions and resets. This is such a great time to set 6-month and 1-year goals and to write down concrete action steps for accomplishing them.
The first calendar month of a new year is so filled with hope and grand expectations, particularly around the areas of health and wellness. Our bodies instinctively crave a healthier, more relaxing and more nourishing way of being; a return to equilibrium after the festivities of the previous weeks.
Myofascia has been quite a buzz word for the past 10 years or so. It has completely revolutionized the fitness world and altered how people stretch. It has had an enormous impact on how we see form, biomechanics, range of motion and referral pain. It is singly responsible for the creation and sale of hundreds of different mobility tools and seeming torture devices for opening and stretching it. But what is it? Where had it been hiding before 10 years ago?And why am I such a huge fan?