Monthly Archives: April 2017

How to sacrifice… when you really don’t want to sacrifice

The flow of sacrifice
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on April 25, 2017

I was running my mouth about the same person.  Again.

Reiki master Shakti Barnhill looked at me. Again.  Her patience was dwindling.  Again.

“You’re talking about this person.  Again,” she said.

I was.  Again.

Exasperated Shakti held up her hands and said, “Let’s set a time limit.”

After some negotiation, I decided I would stop again-ing by Easter weekend.

This was going to be tough. I liked making myself miserable talking about this person, endlessly dissecting every email and flippant comment.  I knew talking about this person was just some of my crap, and I, like everyone else, like my crap’s familiar terrain. Continue reading

Do-it-yourself reflexology

DIY reflexology
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on April 18, 2017

Lynda works the feet with myofascial release.

There is something blissful about a foot massage.

Devotees call it “foot work.”

There is evidence of foot reflexology being practiced long ago in ancient Egypt and China, the theory being different parts of the foot correspond to different parts of the body. Applying pressure to these foot points can alleviate distress in the body, both physical and energetic.

According to Lynda Artesani, yoga teacher with Joyful Yoga, Bonita Springs, the foundation of your body is your feet as it is where you connect to the earth. What happens in your feet travels all the way up the body, and the alignment or position of your feet will have an effect on your knees, hips, low back and overall health.

“Think train tracks; that is the alignment you want to go for,” Artesani said. Continue reading

Yoga for asthma relief

Yoga for asthma relief
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on April 11, 2017

For about 25 million American asthmatics, the breath can be the enemy.

According to Dr. Charles V. Klucka, an allergy and asthma specialist based in SW Florida, asthma is a chronic, obstructive airway disease.

An asthma attack’s possible triggers are plentiful and vary significantly from individual to individual.  The cause can be allergic (i.e., cat or dust allergies) or non-allergic due to viral infections or, for some people, exercise.

Traditional treatments include medications, allergy injections, and avoidance of common triggers.  But even these measures won’t eliminate attacks completely.

Asthma attacks are frightening.  Peggy Phillips, life-long asthma sufferer in SW Florida, described how harrowing an attack can be: “It’s as if someone is tightening a belt around my chest.  It keeps getting tighter and tighter, and that, of course, elicits fear and makes the attack worse.  To say that I’m gasping is inadequate. I become simply desperate for breath. Desperate is the word.”

“I have to slow down and remind myself that the anxiety and terror aren’t real, and they will just exacerbate the attack.  My mind has to take over,” she said.

This is yoga. Continue reading

Combat the slouch, enhance spiritual evolution

Learn from the slouch
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on April 4, 2017

Sandy and Tristin, two South Fort Myers High yogis, demonstrate a steady seat. Sandy has tight hips, and her knees pop. Tristin is flush to the floor.

 Hit the floor and sit cross-legged.

Are your knees flush to the floor and your spine straight?  Or, do your knees pop off the floor causing you to slouch?

If your knees are floating, your hips are tight. Overuse can tighten the hip flexors and glutes, but so can marinating in a chair for hours each day.

Yes, flexible and stable hips are key for athletic performance.  They can also avert knee and lower back pain.

But, what’s even more important is how tight hips throw the entire body out of alignment and impede spiritual development.  Continue reading