Archive for July, 2010
Modern medicine is one of the greatest advances in human development. Yet, it’s only part of the solution in creating good or hopefully, excellent health. Doctors help get us out of critical conditions. They help to stablize us when we can’t stablize alone. It’s like, we can’t save ourselves from drowning. And for that I am eternally grateful. However, healing can only truly be done by us. The human body is an instrument that has the potential to heal itself. For example, when we get a cut, a cold, a broken bone, or even a clogged artery, doctors don’t “heal” our bodies, they get us out of critical conditions, they aid us. We heal our bodies. I remeber feeling so encouraged when hearing that fact. But I knew there was more to it. I’d like to share some information that really does work. This information is not intended to replace good medical care, but with your doctor, a powerful tool to naturally heal the body and mind.
No one wants to live on perscription medication for the rest of their lives. No one looks forward to knee and hip replacement, or bypass heart surgery. Sometimes we get to the point that it is absolutely necessary to save our lives, or improve the condition of it. What if you could use short-term perscriptions medication to get out of a critical conditions, and learn the secrets of healing enough to begin to reduce the usage and need. Too good to be true…remember our body has the capacity to renew itself roughly 90% over the course of a year. Meaning the body you have today will either be renewed or degenerated over the course of the next year. If you’d like to renew, read on….
The first step in using Yoga to heal is to understand, it’s not just the yoga poses or the breathing that does the work. It’s a lifestyle adaptation. The first adaptation is to commit to not harming the body and mind any more. What harms the body is what we put in it. The food, the beverages, the media, TV, movies, our thoughts even.
Yoga and meditation teaches us how to train our thoughts. The brain is simply an organ, and thinking is what it does. So much like an active puppy, we can train it, with training we can change our thoughts, and by changing our thoughts we change our body chemistry. It’s a well know scientific fact that the thoughts we think can either increase or reduce the hormone release of cortisol and adreanaline. For expample, what happened to your body that last time you were driving and heard a siren and saw flashing lights behind you. You thought they were after you, heart elevated, blood pressure increased, body became flush and began to shake. Then, the vehicle sped by you, and you knew they weren’t after you. Whew! The body returned to normal because your mind told you, they weren’t after you. It was all happening in your mind. This is an amazing realization, we’ve all had. It’s the tip of the iceberg. Our bodies have been living in this state of disruption because of our mind. Another example is anorexia, these precious women tell themselves they are fat over and over again until they believe they are. Then through starvation, become addicted to the stress hormone adreanaline to get “high”. I say this with love, because I have personal experience with the disease. And again, with good medical care, yoga, meditation, the commitment to never harming the body again, I have seen healing.
Begin a yoga practice with a qualified teacher, like ours at the Yoga Studio. Make a commitment to yourself to practice regularly, at least once a week, over an extended period of time. People see results immediately, but real progress takes roughly 6-8 weeks. I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent lot’s of time and money at the doctor’s office, leaving with a perscription that left me scared of possible side effects that included death.
Give up your attachment to the idea that you can’t heal your own body. You can, if only you believed you could. Begin with a daily affirmation, “May I enjoy happiness and freedom from pain, and may my thoughts, my words, and my actions contribute to the happines and freedom I deserve.”
Lisa Tokarz, ERYT200, founding director and senior teacher at The Yoga Studio of Shelby, has studied yoga and dharma for over 17 years with the foremost teacher’s from around the world. She has been sharing her wisdom successfully for 10 years. Join her, with her playful spirit and uplifting presence, and begin to heal your body and your life naturally.
Every year the Yoga Alliance (YA) requires registered yoga teachers to complete continuing education credits to maintain their RYT status.
Lisa Tokarz, ERYT200 is qualified to mentor/teach professional yoga teachers, as students may study under her to receive their required number of hours to maintain their RYT status. Check out the many workshops offered throughout the year and get direct contact hours or essential professional hours (EPH).
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Many people think yoga only stretches the body. What most people don’t know is that yoga can strengthen us by using the body as the free-weight. We move more weight with our own body, than we would consider moving at the gym. I would never think of benching pressing 140 lbs. but I do move that much weight in a yoga class. By learning specific poses (asana) we build strength and definition unlike traditional exercise methods.
About the author
Lisa Tokarz, E-RYT, is the founding director and senior teacher at the Yoga Studio of Shelby, locate in Macomb county. Lisa has studied the philosophies of yoga and dharma for 17 years, and believes we all contain the potiential to reach optimal health and happiness through a regular yoga practice both on and off the mat.