Monthly Archives: March 2013

Getting to “no” with yoga

Getting to No with “NoGa”
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on March 19, 2013.  Posted with permission. 

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Practicing pigeon pose.

Taking care of the self can be a radical act if you can’t say, “No!”

The first rule of yes is to only give of overflow.  The universe hosts a pre-established harmony that only sings when you nurture your own soil.  (Note of clarification:  Since publication, I’ve realized this is poppycock. The way one develops an overflow is by giving and serving others. We all evolve.)

That can’t happen when you’re a people pleaser. A yes is too much when the results are exhaustion, stress, resentment, and the sacrifice of your work, your truth, and your needs.

 

NoGa will save your life.  Use your yoga practice to cultivate boundaries and to release what no longer serves you.  There is a time to say no more food, no more clothes, no more debt, no more abuse, no more of this job, and no more of that friend.

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Conscious parenting

In parenting, there are more choices than you think
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on March 12, 2013.  Published with permission. 

It’s a myth that life begins at conception.  It’s also a myth that life begins at birth.

Life is a continuum.  The decisions made generations ago are rippling through our bodies now and in children of the future.

The prospect of parenting sparks awareness of life’s profound interconnectedness.  No relationship is isolated:  mother to child, human to human, human to planet, individual to life.   Even if we choose to be childless (I am in this group), our actions and choices impact future generations.

This is what conscious parenting is all about.  Decisions and relationships reverberate.

Pathways Connect (aptly named) is an educational outreach program of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.  The SWFL chapter is bridging the great divide between the granola green brigade and those who don’t spot what the fuss is all about.

According to Pathways Connect SWFL facilitator and Cape Coral chiropractor John “Doc” Edwards, times have changed. It may be too late to rectify individual choices in the past, but right decisions can begin now.

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Mudras: Yoga for the Hands

Mudras: Yoga for the Hands
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on March 5, 2013.  Posted with permission.

When the workday crazy breaks loose, centering with a sun salutation isn’t always convenient. For serenity, just move your fingers. Mudras offer a quick yogic do-over.

Many metaphysical schools of healing ascribe significance to the hands including astrology and palmistry, reflexology, Chinese medicine and acupressure. Mudras, “seals” that influence the body’s energy, are yoga poses of the hands.

Begin by sitting in a comfortable, cross-legged position or even at your desk. Tune into the breath to clear the mind, and hold one of these three calming mudras for one minute, working your way up to five.

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