The Ayurvedic Alternative: On the Path to Perfect Health

Perfect Health with Genevieve Nedder a Chopra Center Certified InstructorIt’s a profound body of knowledge to a holistic way of daily living. One that restores balance, increases vitality and brings healing and transformation. In fact, thousands of people worldwide are quietly changing their lives as a result of this program and eventuating their own perfect health.

Personally, I can share that the Perfect Health program and study of Ayurveda has made a measurable difference in my life. I first discovered the program during an anniversary getaway with my husband, Robert in 2014. We were inspired by the knowledge gained and how immediately applicable it was.

Incrementally, we’ve made adjustments to our nutrition, communication style (with each other and others), meditation practice and exercise.  Results are ongoing – as are challenges and daily life! There’s no denying the positive impact we’ve seen in our physical and spiritual health.

I’m very excited to share this effective, healing and transformative material with you.

Perfect Health at Body Fundamentals*

The upcoming September program will be held at the studio, with space limited to 12 people to allow for personal attention. Registration in this retreat includes: daily meditation and yoga, morning Pilates classes, healthy snacks, heart healthy lunches on Saturday and Sunday, Ayurvedic nutrition course, conscious communication techniques, information on detoxification and purification, healing through sensory input, and much more.

Hosting an Ayurvedic lifestyle program

In talking with several clients, I found that the studio dates for some retreats and course dates conflicted with other plans. Since these life changing  programs are so powerful and meaningful to those who attend, I’m considering how to make them more convenient and available. Would you instead like to host an Ayurvedic lifestyle program for your family, friends or clients?

Please talk to me about how I can bring an event or program to you and your group.  It is highly customizable and I’m confident that together we can design the perfect fit for you.

In health,

Geneviève

P.S.  Private Meditation instruction is offered ongoing; please me for information or to schedule a session.

*How to register for Perfect Health
http://changingthroughmovement.com/perfect-health-registration/

Forward Equals Backwards Series #1 Balance

Diana Bailey Essential Motion Pilates

By featured Guest Writer Diana Bailey
It is surprising to find that balance is more often explored and defined by how it is lost than how it is maintained. How do you figure out what something is when it is most often explained by what it isn’t?

In a perfect Pilates world, balance is the dynamic play between opposing forces that allows for responsive, unrestricted freedom of movement. Coordination is the ability to solve the balance puzzle that has been presented with nimbleness and grace. An example of this distinction using an activity would be: Balance is the ability to swim. Coordination is the number of different strokes you can use to swim. Both are amazingly improved with accurate practice.

The most helpful statement about balance and coordination training is that: If the challenge is both purposeful and achievable, the results are phenomenal. Consider how a baby evolves from rolling over, to sitting up, to standing, to cruising, to finally taking the few first steps without the support of furniture. There is never a moment of permanent futility, only repeated efforts to move within a graduated level of difficulty. The sum total of the work is a command over muscle and nervous system. From a child’s view, there was never a question of success or failure, good or bad balance, coordinated or uncoordinated gesture; only curiosity sparked by desire.

Basic Types of Balance Training

Results fuel enthusiasm! At first, balance training that challenges the body’s ongoing ability to adapt and respond while in motion carries great psychological value. Effort is rewarded with quick improvement. Playing with where and how to land while jumping or running is a great example of learning on the fly. This is part of the fun of trail running, stream crossings, dance and gymnastics. Momentum provides the opening to err completely and still possibly recover, or to reset and do it again. This is the essence of over exaggerating to teach: In this case, to build faster, more accurate communication between the brain and the body.

The more the body is allowed to self correct in a manner that builds physical awareness, the better the result.

The next step in the ladder of balance training is holding a single position, perhaps on one leg. This would be much like the childhood game of Freeze. Holding balance absent momentum may be frustrating for some because it actually takes a great deal more strength to hold still. Momentum provides the opportunity to “cheat”, or default to favorite habits of body usage. Devotees of Pilates, Yoga, Dance, and Martial Arts are often challenged with exercises that remove momentum in order to provide the opportunity for the brain to re-establish a conscious link with deep postural muscles. Efficient posture provides the frame for articulate body motion and use. Students discover the inherent value of this work when there is a sudden test. Awareness, and the physical skill to apply it, brings ease and grace to the response.

While genetic and overuse issues can be a factor, falls and resulting injuries are the number one reason for interrupted training, loss of fitness, and even loss of independence. Basic life moments, such as being able to put pants or socks on while standing, descending stairs, crossing icy  walkways, or climbing up and down a ladder, all speak to the need for balance and coordination. Including this type of work in daily life as well as your fitness program is easy with a few simple guidelines.

 

 

The Purpose of a Bind is to Discover There is no Bind.

Diana Bailey Essential Motion PilatesBy Guest Writer Diana Bailey
Part I

The deep “binding” stretches of Pilates and Yoga challenge body and mind to learn balance in their work together. Releasing chronically held tension takes the patience of repeated invitations and acceptance of the often minimal response. Dissolving the tension is the immediate goal, and certainly the most obvious one. Yet, the lesson goes deeper than bodily flexibility if the purpose is to discover no bind.

Each time physical tension is approached with respect and tolerance, it yields a bit. The realization may even occur that there’s nothing particularly wrong with being in a bind. This is often when the bind yields the most. One student described stretching as “The practice of being voluntarily stuck.” He was absolutely accurate! The process to gain lasting flexibility asks us to engage in the following work if the goal is no bind:

• still the mind in order to be attentive to the body
• feel for the release or change
• move purposefully into a link of breath
Repeated stretching underlies the discovery that the ingenuity to get in and out of a bind exists. You are not really stuck if you are learning. This is the study of increments. Flexibility builds in increments. It is remarkably helpful to use the guidance of a professional until the nature of stretching with respect for the body is clear.
The barrier of inflexibility is not broken, it is dissolved.

The body responds best to the approach of seeking ease by gently and consistently moving at the edge of ease rather than the edge of pain. A focused, quiet mind is willing to do without trying hard because it understands how critical this is to long-term success.

Flexibility is only a quest for the discovery of wiggle room, after all.

Simple Solutions for Back Pain: #5 Posture check

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Poor posture is a primary cause of back pain.

Being hunched over at the computer or twisted in some way, sitting on a chair without lumbar support and keeping your back overly arched , working at your desk for long hours at a time,   driving, talking on a cell phone, standing long periods of time without supportive shoes, scrap- booking, painting,  cooking,  –  these are ways we get stuck in a non-supportive postural position and create or exacerbate back pain. spine                    

The Solution: Posture Check.

  • Align and strengthen the muscles in your back to hold your bones in the right place. Train your posture on a consistent basis by increasing your awareness, improving your gait, and incorporating postural correction techniques into your exercise program.
  • Learn good posture for sitting, standing, and sleeping.
  • Take daily steps to change, condition and re-condition your muscles and ligaments. When you change poor habits, you simultaneously retrain your muscles to hold correct spinal alignment. Our muscles are designed to hold our bones in the proper alignment.

Tools and Tips:

  • Lie on the Foam Roller 5 to 10 minutes in the morning or evening.
  • Practice the Pilates Roll down series on the wall.
  • Cultivate a daily Lower Back Stretch series.
  •  Incorporate basic Yoga Asanas every morning or in the evening before bed.
  • Invest in quality computer and desk chairs.  This can be a game changer when dealing with chronic neck and back pain.
  • Use a lumbar support while working on a computer or driving long distances.
  • Practice Pilates mat work several times a week.
  • Practice Tai Chi.

Depending on your present posture and whether or not you have chronic back pain, it may take some time to return to functioning and eventually ideal posture.  Be patient.  Our bodies are designed to be in the right alignment.  As Jospeh Pilates said, to move “efficiently.”

 

 

 

Talk Less, Breathe More.

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Practice breathing with every movement.

Breath is Life. And as we know from Vedanta philosophy, Yoga and Meditation, “Where attention goes, energy flows.”

Take a moment to center yourself before moving by bringing your attention to your breath.  Fill up your lungs  on your inhalation, empty your lungs on your exhalation. Let your breath be easy and soft to begin.

Try connecting your breath your to your  movement during your pilates sessions this week. Be easy with  your breath and your body. Try not to make this a strong effort. There is tremendous power in learning how to move without tension.  Our bodies are designed to move well and with ease.  They’re designed to move freely. Increase your awareness of how and where you hold tension.  If you’re holding your breath,  pause, slow down and consciously exhale.  Try  to practice without a lot of chatter, internally or externally.

Talk less , Breathe more.

The benefits of this kind of awareness and focus on your breath encourages calm and relaxation,  helps focus muscular engagement and release,  and allows for ease of movement.

Keep Breathing,

 

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Previously Published in October 2011