Category: Yoga for Diabetes
It’s Easter today and we just went through a huge storm. The roads were flooded and a local bridge nearly washed away. We drove past this morning to find huge logs and tree stumps wedged into its railings.
When I see Nature like that, at its wildest, it puts my need to control even the smallest detail of my life into perspective. Something my partner John often says is, “ We have no idea why we are here, or what creation is up to. What we do know is that we exist and to exist and be able to explore and enjoy creation is a huge blast. The biggest blast we’ll ever get! ”
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It’s so easy to forget the absolute miracle that we are when facing the daily onslaught of Diabetes. While most people are taking their bodies for granted we wage war. Well…let me speak for myself, at the worst of times I do.
Concentration is the first and most important step to meditation. Students often share that they can’t meditate. You might even be thinking that right now.
Sitting quietly, watching the breath, practicing slow mindfulness we experience ourselves as the peace itself. We think it’s the practice thats enabling the peace, but in reality we are never not peace. The body is peace, the thoughts are peace and all of nature, all that has come before and all that will ever be is peace.
I love the idea of keeping things simple, its something that really appeals to me about ayurveda. When you go for an ayurvedic consultation you’re encouraged to ease into a new routine slowly. When you add one thing at a time the body and mind have time to adjust. When we bombard ourselves with too many changes and go for the quick fix its hard to sustain and maintain.
Fear! We all have it and we all loathe it. Many people feel that fear is False Evidence Appearing Real, or that fear is the opposite of love, but in reality fear is an emotion which begins as a thought. A thought about something that threatens our stability or happiness.
A Guest blog from Yogi and Ayurvedic Chef, Jody Vassallo I believe that mornings are the foundation of our day, it is when our feet first come in contact with the earth and we can consciously set our intentions for the day ahead. Taking time out to sit and really take in the morning is so important, this is when I make decisions about … Read More ARE YOU CREATING THE BEST POSSIBLE START TO YOUR DAY ?
I’m having a crap day. I know I shouldn’t start a positive blog about Yoga and Diabetes like that, but if I’m not real with myself who will be? I could blame my blood sugar levels, but I’m managing things quite well. I have no idea how fast my pancreatic function is declining and how much longer I’ll have before I am on a pump or multiple shots and I understand that I can live a normal happy life with my levels under control, but it doesn’t change the fact that I still feel frustrated and like things are beyond my control sometimes.
I have been reflecting on the axiom, “energy flows where attention goes.” Whatever we are identified with; be it our health thoughts about our health, what we are doing right, what we are doing wrong etc. that’s where all the energy collects- in the whirlpool of thoughts and concerns, which in turn creates even more stress . Most of the time this is so unconscious that we don’t even realise it and we might question why we are so tired or feel burnout.
When I first started Yoga I didn’t have a clue what was going on. My body was tight and uncompromising and I felt stupid moving my body into shapes that hurt. Don’t get me wrong I have always loved being physical, I was a dancer from a young age. But Yoga was a whole different story. As a dancer my body was athletic and muscle bound, years of jumping and minimal stretching plus weak arms meant that I broke a sweat in just about every Yoga posture.
When I was first diagnosed in 2008 it was a complete shock. I’ll never forget the moment my ex-husband rushed into my Yoga room and announced that the doctor had told him my blood work was odd and I needed to make an appointment straight away. I thought it was Yoga Burnout, working too hard for too many years, nothing a good rest and some herbs couldn’t cure.
Don’t you love it when someone takes your hand and holds it lovingly? It could be your partner, a child, a friend or that handshake when you meet someone new. The sense of touch is essential to our development. Studies have shown that children learn better when they are hugged and touched by their parents because touching releases oxytocin, the feel good hormone. In Yoga there is a practice called Mudra which involves the hands. Mudras are hand gestures that act like switches and turn on the part of the brain responsible for movement and emotion. By bringing fingers together, interlacing them or holding them in certain positions the mind and emotions relax. Instead of holding someone else’s hand, you hold your own.