The month of January is special because it offers a time to recover and reflect. We all share in the closure of the old year, while we look forward to the clean slate offered on the threshold of the new. This is a traditional time to orient ourselves and our lives towards making the improvements we seek. Now is the time to use a yoga practice to clear the shadows and darkness that diminish the perspective we hold of self and of life and celebrate this as the season of light.
According to local yoga teacher Janet Lee, “Restorative yoga is a wonderful form of yoga that helps to engage the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for our body’s ’rest and digest’ state to restore balance.”
Over the last decade and a half, opioid use for chronic pain management in America has quadrupled; this increase has caused an escalation of addiction and overdose. In response, the #ChoosePT campaign was started by the American Physical Therapy Association to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic in the United States and to encourage the use of physical therapy to combat chronic pain.
Blue Rock School welcomes parents interested in kindergarten through eighth grade to visit their charming, wooded campus at 10 a.m. January 28 for its Winter Information Session and Campus Tour. Attendees will discover how Blue Rock School's unique educational approach brings learning to life. Admissions Director, Beverly Stycos invites parents to "Join us for a walk through our school and learn what a gift a Blue Rock education could be for your child."
“The only constant is change.” The I Ching, the ancient book of changes, offers insight into the nature and patterns of change and how to apply them to your daily life. It is based on observations of how the two primary energies of yin and yang interact with each other to express life. In yin-yang theory, change is essential for health. The absence of change, stagnation, is worse than death, which is a natural form of change. Stagnation is a place where change is impeded, movement is absent and corruption and illness can grow. Stagnant qi is another way of saying little to no change. Consider the difference between the martial artist regularly training martial arts in class and the person on the couch watching television every night. Which person undergoes more change? Which person is comfortable? Which person is healthier?
Often when we find ourselves in unpleasant situations that we can’t change, difficult feelings show up and we find it’s hard to escape them. During times like this we might get very upset and notice that it’s hard to pay attention to what we’re doing. If we’re feeling intense emotions and having a hard time focusing, it can be difficult to make the best choices in these situations. By learning to better navigate these grueling feelings, we can tolerate our discomfort with more ease and get the best outcomes for ourselves. Building coping skills can help us manage our suffering until we can overcome the obstacles before us.
You’re alive. You’re healthy, you want to stay healthy or you want to get healthy. From whatever condition you start this New Year, you can make 2017 your best ever by supporting your health with water.
From Sickness to Health
In my early 20’s, I suffered from relentless migraines. I went to doctor after doctor trying to figure out the cause. After having MRI’s, blood tests and more, they still couldn’t tell me what was wrong. They chocked it up to genetics, being that my mom reported having had migraines in the past.
Reiki Master/ Teacher and Integrated Energy Therapy® (IET) practitioner Lisa LaCava first became involved with energy work over seven years ago. Her desire to gain more knowledge of energy as a mode of healing led her to create her own intuitive healing practice. As her passion and dedication to helping others grew, she was guided to formalize her work and became a Reiki practitioner in 2013, and subsequently a Reiki Master/Teacher in 2014. She began offering Integrated Energy Therapy in 2015. Since then she has been guiding her clients to transformation and healing.
Annie Appleseed Project announces their 11th Evidencebased Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapies conference, being held March 2 to 4 in West Palm Beach. The event features informative speakers, an exhibit hall, organic meals, giveaways and much more. Visit AnnieAppleseedProject.org for a list of renowned speakers who will be sharing their expertise at the event.