Alternate Nostril Breathing

Anulom Vilom Pranayama

As we shift our energy into fall, it is important that we prepare and nurture the immune system so that it can combat the illnesses that may come our way.This breathing exercise calms the mind and body, and it can reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, and alleviate headaches and cold/flu symptoms. 
To practice alternate nostril breathing, first find a comfortable seat, preferably on the ground, with legs crossed and spine straight.

Using the right hand, begin to fold the peace fingers (index and middle) into the palm, leaving the thumb, ring and pinky fingers extended. Bring this hand to your face, block the right nostril with your thumb, and inhale deeply. Hold the breath, release the thumb from covering the right nostril, cover the left nostril with the outstretched ring and pinky fingers, and exhale. Keeping the left nostril covered, inhale and hold the breath. Release the left nostril, begin to cover the right one once more with the thumb, and exhale.  

Once you have set a rhythm, start to slow and lengthen the breath so that each inhalation and exhalation lasts for four counts each. For maximum benefit, repeat at least three times, rest, and repeat again, starting by covering the left nostril.

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If the right arm begins to get tired, place the left palm under the right elbow for additional support.

Stay healthy by breathing consciously! 

 

Fall Flavors

 

The time of harvest is upon us. Some great root vegetables are plentiful now. An easy way to savor their rich colors and earthy flavors is in a simple and easy recipe like this one. It's fun to prepare and can be supplied entirely from a farmer's market! 

Roasted Root Veggies

The ingredients you'll need are: 

2 Potatoes (white or sweet)
1 Carrot
1 Parsley Root
1 Beet root
2 Onions
2 Cloves of Garlic

1 Bunch of fresh Rosemary
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Coarse Salt

To prepare:
Preset oven to 425 degrees. Cut all vegetable and combine with olive oil and rosemary. Spread onto a baking sheet and top with sliced garlic and salt. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

 

Leslie's Summer Reading

Most of the year I spend my extra time reading books that will enlighten me clinically or with my nose in a parenting book. But this summer amidst the chaos of a busy practice and my hectic life with two children, I am finding myself drawn to poetry that nourishes my spirit.

Poetry is something that for me, must be digested, sat with, chewed upon; it is to be read and re-read. It must be allowed to enter slowly into my spirit. When I find that place behind the words, where resonance occurs and a feeling emerges, I am left open and speechless. I must breathe deeply and let myself be moved.

Lately, I have found myself reading once again one of my favorite Poets, Mary Oliver. Her observations and insights into both the natural world and human nature touch me deeply. I share with you today one of my favorite summer poems from her 1986 collection of poems entitled Dream Work. Please take a moment, still yourself and enjoy...

Morning Poem by Mary Oliver

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange
 
sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again
 
and fasten themselves to the high branches ---
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands
 
of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails
 
for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it
 
the thorn
that is heavier than lead ---
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging ---
 
there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted ---
 
each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
lavishly,
every morning,
 
whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

 

What does the NFL and the US Army know that most men don't?

 

One of the most common responses we get from our female patients after a good acupuncture treatment is:

"I wish I could get my husband to try acupuncture!"

I always picture all those poor husbands out there, going about their lives, unaware of how good they could be feeling!

It's true that, in the West, most acupuncturists--and people who seek acupuncture--are women. As the only male practitioner at Satori, I often wonder why it has been slower to catch on with my fellow American men, although this is changing as professional sports teams and even the male-dominated U.S. Army are seeing the value of this modality.

There is a theory that men tend to wait until "something is wrong" before seeking out any sort of treatment. That, of course, is the perfect argument for trying acupuncture, a holistic therapy that can bring your body and mind back into balance and prevent ailments before they even start, or help reverse them once they have.

Acupuncture can benefit men in so many ways, including relieving back and muscle pains, easing stress, helping to repair sports and fitness-related injuries, helping generate more focus and energy to get through the day, improving prostate and sexual health (including E.D. and infertility), raising testosterone levels, and more. Even just having a sympathetic person to talk to about their unique concerns can do wonders for the spirit--and as holistic practitioners, acupuncturists are excellent at helping people make the connections that bring ease into their daily lives.

If you are a woman and really want to share the benefits of acupuncture with your husband or significant other, let him know that your regular appointments are not like trips to the day spa; they are a serious commitment to your health and staying at the top of your game. And if we can do that for you--and the NFL and the Army--we can do it for him.

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