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How to improve your immune system and generate greater well being with movement and exercise

health real life Apr 01, 2020
 

We already found that the immune system responds to what we eat and drink.
This video examines what effects movement and exercise have on the body.

We know that all tissues of our body respond to challenges, let’s call them stress, by strengthening. That holds true for our muscles as well as our immune system.

Overall, exercise and movement helps us build a more robust immune system and reduce influenza related mortality. [1], [2]

For this video I’d like to distinguish between movement and exercise.
movement is limbering up, removing stagnation from otherwise inactive parts of the body. This would include, for example: walking, gentle stretching and most breathing exercises.
exercise on the other hand involves a degree of exertion. And it’s at the exertion point where the role of the immune system becomes interesting.

But let’s return to movement first.
Circulating air through our lungs and pumping blood to all areas of our body is helpful for immunity.
Remember,...

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Improve your Immune System - How to Build Resilience in Times of Challenge

health real life Mar 30, 2020
 

Our entire body functions by adapting to stress. This adaptation happens by strengthening.
This can be easily related to when we think of our muscles. We challenge them with weights or certain exercises and they strengthen as a result. Most people have heard that weight bearing stress on our bones encourages increase of bones strength.This same principle applies to all other tissues in the body, including our fascia, nervous system and of course our immune system.

In these current times the main health advice we are given is centred around avoidance.
As a yoga practitioner and naturopath I know that passively sitting back, letting someone else do the work, is insufficient.
I would like to share with you in this and the coming posts five simple factors that help you build a healthier and more resilient immune system and increase our well-being.

We know:
- There are no medical therapeutics to help with COVID-19 [1]
- The COVID-19 and Flu virus are similar [2]
- Our immune system responds to...

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The Arches of Your Feet are an Action You Can Choose

alignment yoga postures Feb 10, 2020

You have a choice. Now you do. As a baby you didn’t. Back then, the task was to stand, counteract gravity in whichever way possible until your feet carried you.

Fast forward to today. How much have you consciously upgraded your standing skills?

When you let your mind drift to the last time you saw baby feet, or the feet of a very young child that couldn't stand yet, what shape feet were they? 

I get it, they are cute, and soft, and puffy and - flat. Babies don’t have arches in their feet. By what process do we then, hopefully, gain the arches of our feet as we grow up? 

The answer lies simply in the use and coordination of our muscles. 

Remember we have twenty six bones held together by connective tissues in our feet? 

In order to move and animate and support our body weight on our feet, we need to add muscles into the picture. Ligaments and fascia are all good and useful, but they don’t initiate movement. Plus, when put under load they stretch...

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How to Interpret Instructions in Yoga Practice - Arm Rotations in Downward Dog

alignment yoga postures Nov 11, 2019
 

Following yoga class instructions helps us move in and out of postures without having to look at and observe the teacher.

Many instructions that are given produce varying responses and results in class participants. This can be a result of individual interpretation of the meaning of such instructions, or, maybe for the sake of brevity, a hint actually referring to a range of actions or movements.

Interpreting yoga instructions helps us gain clarity on what certain instructions mean, what the intended postural action is.

Watch this video about turning the upper arms out in downward facing dog to see the difference between intended action and literal response.

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Alignment - Yoga & Life

 

Alignment suggests specific positions and relationships of body parts in postures.

In our life off the yogamat, or when not practicing specifically, we rarely adhere to those specific alignment guidelines.

In this video I discuss the reasons why alignment can be helpful. Looking at the example of the fierce pose, or utkatasana, or chair pose, I describe the difference between specific alignment and its real-life application and relevance. 

Once we are clearer why we suggest or follow alignment cues, we have greater choice and freedom to explore a broader range of movement and positions safely.

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