Monthly Archives: July 2013

Know Thyself: Know Your Doshas

Know Thyself: Know your doshas
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published by News Press on July 30, 2013

Tess Chiodo

Tess Chiodo of Joyful Yoga

Put yourself in the following stressful scenario, and you might learn the key to your health and happiness.

The airline has announced for the fifth time that your flight has been delayed before you hear the final bomb: Your trip is cancelled.

Yogini Tess Chiodo of Joyful Yoga likes to ask which reaction is closest to your extreme, under-pressure default?

Vata: You run frantically to another airline counter to book a flight, envisioning the disasters to be caused by this delay.

Pitta: You stalk over to the announcer, complain, make demands and maybe do worse.

Kapha: You scan the airport for Starbucks, grab a seat and a latte and sulk.

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PTSD: The solider meets the yogi

The soldier meets the yogi
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on July 23, 2013. Posted with permission.

downward dog

Yogi Gary Granza works with combat veteran Joel Morera

Night after night, American troops patrolled Iraqi streets.

SPC Joel Morera, raised in Clewiston, was a team leader and a military policeman.

He served three tours. It was three tours of RPGs, IEDs and pop shots from supposedly-vacant buildings. It was three tours of breaching doors, raiding homes and neutralizing threats. It was three tours of friends burned, blown to bits and disarticulated.

In July 2007 his left leg was blown off by an IED.

(In the film above Joel talks about his experience in Iraq and his difficulty in answering “that question.”)

Morera lives in Cape Coral, and he’s continuing his education at Edison College this fall, 12 credits away from his AS degree. He’s a father of two young sons, Joey and Jayden, with his wife of ten years, Ana.

But, regardless of his medical discharge, he’s still on active duty.

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Mind/Body Connection: Transcendence with the Seventh Chakra

The mind/body connection: achieving transcendence with the seventh chakra
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on July 23, 2013.  Posted with permission.

Michael Jackson didn’t really write his music. He said that the music was already written in the universe, and it just came through him. So many artists claim a similar creative process.

Divine inspiration or access to the subconscious? It’s the seventh chakra in action.

Over the past seven weeks, you’ve explored this bottom-up chakra journey. You liberate the self by cleansing the lower chakras, redefining your material life, and you come to terms with your feelings and desires. You then move beyond matter to the realm of mind and tap into the infinite abundance, the higher power, the spiritual dimension, the subconscious. You manifest intuition.

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Healing the past through bodywork

Know Thyself: Healing the past through bodywork
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on July 16, 2013.  Posted with permission.

The body keeps the score and stockpiles every event in our lives whether it is a traumatic accident, an invasive surgery, a difficult break-up or a humiliating stumble.

Dr. Michelle Brown of Alternative Natural Health Care in Bonita Springs believes there is a strong connection between mind and body when it comes to trauma. Trauma can be damage to the physical body as well as energetic and emotional distress.

Regardless of the source, these experiences will become cellular memory, Dr. Brown explained, and that stuff can be tough to shake.

Depending on the traumatic event’s severity, the fallout can be dire. Aside from aches, pains and stiffness, some may find it impossible to regulate their own behavior, becoming impulsive and reactive, outwardly or inwardly destructive. Their ability to reason vanishes, and they feel unsafe in their own skins. Drugs and alcohol become common means of self-medicating the mental imbalances and hyper-vigilance.

It can be helpful to go after the trauma’s energetic root.

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Pacifying anger, anxiety and lethargy with Ayurveda

Pacifying anger, anxiety and lethargy with Ayurveda
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published by News Press on July 9, 2013.  Posted with permission.

Sometimes, your perfect nature gets out of whack.

julie comer

Ayurvedic practitioner Julie Comer

Conflict, an extra-hot summer, the wrong diet, stress, insomnia – all of these and more can throw you into a pit. You might be anxious (Vata), angry (Pitta), or a lump on the couch (Kapha). When such moods become longer than temporary, they can interfere with living and, even worse, create disease.

Ayurvedic practitioner Julie Comer of Joyful Yoga in Bonita Springs recommends new routines for a client suffering with these energetic imbalances. These include yoga, breathwork, diet, herbal supplements and mantras. When you start to feel the whack, dig into your doshas with these basic suggestions.

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Defy gravity, and turn your world upside down

Know Thyself: Defy gravity, and turn your world upside down
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on July 9, 2013.  Posted with permission. 

headstand on the board

Headstand on the paddleboard

You’ve entered Cirque du Soleil.

When you slide into your rainbow harness at Super Fly yoga class at Fort Myers Ruby and Pearls, the first move instructor Roxanne Steele will teach you is the flip.

Do one thing every day that scares you, Eleanor Roosevelt said. This could be it

While cradled in a silk that can handle 1,000 pounds, you’ll jettison two safety nets at once: your connection to the earth and your right-side-up-ness.

“This is a completely new level of trust. Using the silk forces us to release control,” Steele said.

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The Mind/Body Connection: Seeing with the Sixth Chakra

The mind/body connection: seeing with the sixth chakra
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published July 9, 2013.  Posted with permission.

If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a noise?

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No. Understanding this unlocks the sixth chakra.

A falling tree’s crashing doesn’t happen “out there.” The audible splintering wood and toppling branches are the brain’s creation.

The sooner you figure out how much reality your mind is manufacturing, the quicker you’ll be out of the woods.

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Mind/Body Connection: Feel the vibration in the fifth chakra

The mind/body connection: feel the vibration in the fifth chakra
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on July 2, 2013

Ascending the chakras, you’re moving away from the earth and solid matter to pure consciousness.

Visuddha is the fifth stop in the chakra energy system, your neck and throat. This is the expression and creativity center, and it is the heart of manifesting your dreams.

Can you speak your truth? Can you ask for all of your needs to be met?

The essential element of the fifth chakra is sound, vibration.

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