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A New Tool for Sleep and Anxiety

After experiencing Yoga Nidra first hand here in Colorado Springs, I decided to explore it more and found out that it is a must-have in anyone’s tool belt as a way to love and accept yourself, release negative thought patterns, and help you become the highest and best version of yourself.

 

Yoga Nidra, also known as yogic sleep, is a great complementary tool for the biofeedback work I offer. Both working on the experiences registered in the mind as grooves (in yoga known as samskaras) that reside on a level deeper than the mind.

 

These experiences become beliefs and habits that may not serve us. Both Biofeedback and Yoga Nidra offer a way to release various long held emotions and negative beliefs about ourselves and the opportunity to create new beliefs as your consciousness travels through one layer to another.

 

It’s a beneficial practice that can increase your ability to concentrate, improve sleep, increase stress resilience, improve brain neuroplasticity, reduce anxiety, and relieve psychosomatic conditions such as hypertension and asthma.

 

Did I get your attention yet?

 

Yes, I did say better sleep and less anxiety, and well…who doesn’t want that?

 

Yoga Nidra is a practice designed to take you to that brief space in time between sleeping and waking first thing in the morning.

 

The good news is that a single hour of yoga nidra can be as restful as 4 hours of sleep.

 

One of the best things about Yoga Nidra is that you can’t do it wrong…so let go of any beliefs about yoga you are carrying.

 

A proven antidote to anxiety, Yoga Nidra has been adopted by veterans, recovering addicts, and average stressed-out people. Source – yogajournal.com

 

Yoga nidra is an ancient yogic practice that typically is done for 35 to 40 minutes at a time.  It is a systematic form of guided relaxation that has a single-pointed awareness that’s becoming increasingly popular as both a form of meditation and a mind-body therapy. This form of guided relaxation rotates your consciousness through different parts of the body.

 

It does not require any physical movements but instead requires you lie in corpse pose (savasana), stay aware, and move your mind freely as you listen to the instructor’s voice.

 

This practice can release long held thoughts and emotions no longer servicing us by bringing deep layers of the conscious experiences as you travel through one layer to another.

“In yoga nidra, we restore our body, senses, and mind to their natural function and awaken a seventh sense that allows us to feel no separation, that only sees wholeness, tranquility, and well-being,” says Richard Miller, a San Francisco Bay Area yoga teacher and clinical psychologist who is at the forefront of the movement to teach yoga nidra and to bring it to a wider audience.

 

While many prominent teachers offer classes, CDs, and books on yoga nidra, Miller is responsible for bringing the practice to a remarkable variety of nontraditional settings. He’s helped introduce it on military bases and in veterans’ clinics, homeless shelters, Montessori schools, Head Start programs, hospitals, hospices, chemical dependency centers, and jails. What’s more, thanks to Miller, it’s beginning to get serious scientific attention. Researchers are examining the practice’s potential to help soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; addicts struggling to get clean; people with depression, cancer, and MS; health care workers; and married couples coping with stress and insomnia.

 

“Most people are trying to change themselves,” Miller says. “Yoga nidra asks them to welcome themselves. That moment of true welcoming is where the profound transformation takes place.” Source: Katherin Griffin – yogajournal.com

 

Learn more here:

Read Richard Miller’s 10 Steps of Yoga Nidra.

Listen to this guided Yoga Nidra audio practice.

See also Breathe to Relax in Restorative Yoga + Meditation

 

I can see this practice becoming very popular for those struggling with anxiety and sleep based on my experience. It’s another avenue to source, our beloved self, and self-love.

 

Being with ourselves without wanting anything to change, including our body, environment, and any other triggers is a practice to surely help us build resiliency in this life.

 

After all, we are living in a multi-tasking, externally focused, and impersonal day and age. Having a practice to help shift our attention inward is something that we can all practice in becoming the best version of ourselves, bringing our gifts and more compassion into this world.

 

If you haven’t tried it yet, find a local class or comment below. It may just change your life.

The Difference Between CBD and THC

Over the years, the debate about the usefulness of hemp related plants has always been a hot topic. Today in the new political climate, many countries have been moving to decriminalize these plants and their relatives, and at the center of it all are the two most famous chemicals that come from these plants, CBD and THC. Efforts to silence these movements has resulted in a large amount of misinformation being spread in the public view, so many people have no idea that there is a difference between CBD and THC.

THC 

Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, is the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. THC shares many of the attributes of another chemical found in these plants called, CBD. Researchers have long praised THC for its ability to help people to treat loss of appetite, nausea, and various types of pain. The use of THC has been considered controversial because THC delivers some effects that could be considered unwholesome. While still under study, the medical community has made allowances for it to be used as an alternative to other treatments in cancer and AIDS patients.

THC Effects

When people smoke or take THC in a concentrated form, many people have remarked that they generally experience feelings of relaxation, and that they are less prone to feeling various pains. The primary reason that it’s been allowed some use in medicine is because of its ability to help sick people regain their appetite. This has been especially effective for AIDS and cancer patients who have to deal with treatments that may halt their desire to eat entirely. THC is also effective in getting people who suffer from eating disorders to eat.

CBD 

CBD is the non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. In recent years CBD has been used as an alternative treatment for anxiety, depression, and other disorders that can keep a person from being able to relax. It has even been used to treat animals for stress, and it can help fight gut infections. It can be cooked into food at low temperatures, or it can be taken in tinctures.

CBD Effects 

There aren’t a lot of effects besides its anti-inflammatory properties, and its ability to reduce that amount of anxiety that people and animals encounter, but more studies are needed to establish exactly how useful it can be in the future. Researchers have remarked that it’s probably best to avoid taking large amounts of CBD when you plan to work or have to operate machinery.

To learn more, join me for my webinar on CBD Wednesday 8/14 at 12:15pm EST.

RSVP here to reserve your space. It is complementary, and if you can’t make it, don’t worry my team will send you the recording.

Unraveling the Stress Response

Time feels so abundant to me now that I have slowed down…pleasure surrounds me.

I am choosing BEING MORE and DOING LESS. Breathing into this new mantra.

I had a loved one share with me last night how his anxiety was through the roof!

And many of us use exercise as a way to de-stress but what if you don’t have time?

Or what if you are not physically able? Then what?

Stress is the precursor to all dis-ease.

I am being shown on my most recent journey to health that stress is actually triggering my vertigo response. SHIZNIT!

We know we always have room to uplevel in our life. Whether it is through a new mantra, cleaner eating, more self-care and self-love, or exercising more.

There is always more we can do in taking our health to the next level. Our bodies can talk.

So in an effort to fully surrender to this known fact, I want to share how to truly activate the parasympathetic nervous system; our rest, digest, and relax system. 

We already know the sympathetic nervous system response, fight or flight, and many of us live there!

It is imperative that you retrain your body in this day and age so it doesn’t forget how to simply relax. Your health and vitality depend on it. 

The good news is it’s available to us all and it can change your life, like it is changing mine.

As I do less, I can hear more…more intuitive hits on where to go and have divine encounters like my recent visit to the health store and the soaking mineral springs spa. Two divine encounters with divine beings that have led me to my healers on my journey.

I am being humbly reminded of all the tools to explore for managing our stress response when our “go-to’s” are on longer in our wheelhouse for healing.

These all support balancing our 7 chakra system

Balancing needs to start in the root chakra, which will support and address addictions, low self esteem, sense of security, fears, and money issues. 

Here are my favorite go-to’s for anxiety, overwhelm and getting back into my body:

Essential lavender oil: This has been such a powerful tool for me this past few months. My anxiety has been through the roof because of vertigo and riding in cars has been the most stressful thing for me! I also use it as a ritual for sleep. I put a drop on the back of my hand and then lick it before going to bed. *Please note it must be high grade and an ingestible essential oil like Young Living or Doterra. (Click here)

Tai Chi: I practice a simple 8-form practice that takes less than 5 minutes a day. I am crafting a new video for my clients now so please email me if you would like to download it when it is released and use it at home! I would love to share…

Get Grounded: Bring energy and balance to your root chakra. Without it, you will be spinning and overwhelmed. Take your shoes off and walk in nature or sit under a tree.

Practice a Mantra: “I am safe, protected, and in my body”. Say this three times as your feet hit the ground first thing in the morning. Simple and effective. I have seen this work for my clients time and time again. Try it for three weeks.

Essential Cedarwood oil: Mentioned over 40 times in the bible and used by the Egyptians and Tibetans for centuries for healing. It brings about mental clarity and focus (yee haw!) and eases anger and tension. Use 2-3 drops on the bottoms of your feet or diffuse in water in an oil diffuser. (Click here)

Wear or Meditate with Stones: Red and Black stones will support balance. Ruby brings about the support of your angels (my favorite necklace is a ruby), balances nutrient insufficiency, depression or mood swings, and fatigue. Obsidian can be grounding especially to just drop in your pocket for the day. Meditate with a stone by rubbing it between your hands generating heat. Then bring the stone to your nose and breath in, as you exhale breath onto the stone. Repeat three times and ask for your guidance and/or support. Here is a great app to give more insight on how different stones can support you.

Take a daily supplement to combat stress on a cellular level: Curcumin from turmeric (Curcuma longa) supports multiple pathways in the body and is a potent free-radical fighter and immune system modulator. By reducing oxidative stress, curcumin is able to help the body resist cellular damage in the brain and in breast, colon, and prostate tissue.* Curcumin research has also shown benefits in supporting healthy blood glucose levels and proper liver function, making this powerful botanical compound a perfect choice.* Source: CURAMED. My daily dose of Curamed (or cooking with Turmeric daily or taking a Turmeric/Curcumin supplement) is the most powerful way to fight inflammation on a daily basis. This is available on my online dispensary…email my team for your personal invitation to join for personal discounted pricing.

A dose of healthy fat: 1-2 tbsp of fat per meal will do. Enjoy avocado, olive oil or olives, coconut oil or butter, nut butter, or grass fed butter. It all counts and it all reduces inflammation in the brain and helps with trillions of cellular functioning.

Trust that everyone, every animal, every being…on your path is here to guide and support you.

You are your best healer and have the divine guidance within! Trust in that and take charge of your health by starting a new daily ritual for managing stress. 

Love to hear your thoughts below…