5 Yoga Poses Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

When you’re pregnant, parts of your body hurt that you didn’t even know existed. Weird aches and pains pop up out of nowhere and your growing belly can make finding comfortable positions nearly impossible.

Cathy Louise Broda certainly felt the pregnancy pains, especially the second time around when she was carrying twins. Thankfully for us, however, Broda has been doing yoga for 23 years and has honed her practice specifically for pregnant women. At Purple Yoga Hawaii, her studio in Honolulu, Broda has found five positions that are especially helpful for relieving pregnancy pains as well as stretching the body to make room for the growing baby. An added bonus? Many of these positions are great, reliable methods to cope with pain and discomforts during labor.

Broda recommends starting by sitting and doing three head rolls to the right and then left. You may be tempted to rush through this part, but don’t — few things feel as good and relieve as much tension during pregnancy as a slow, deep head roll.

Feel better already, don’t you? Now, onto those 5 positions:

1. Extended Side Angle Pose:
We feel especially sluggish during pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find energy reserves to tap into. Try the extended side angle pose when you’re dragging. It requires strong legs and works to open up the hips — a much needed stretch if you’re sitting at a desk all day. “Extending the upper arm above the head at an angle works the whole side body from finger tips to the extended back leg,” notes Broda. If you reach for it, you might find you have more energy than you think.

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Remember to keep a bent elbow on the bent knee during pregnancy.

2. Triangle Pose:
Somewhere between remembering to take your vitamins and prepping a nursery, did you start to feel like you were losing your sanity just a bit? While pregnancy is a time of celebration, it is also a highly anxious time and you may find yourself carrying around a bit too much tension. Try a modified triangle pose to regain your sense of balance. This all-around good pose works the legs, stretches the side body, energizes the hips, and opens up the shoulders, which (we’re guessing) have started to cave in a bit under the pressure.

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Modify this pose during pregnancy to ensure your stance isn’t too wide.

3. Sitting Side Stretch:
Around week 30, you may look down in terror as you try to figure out where 10 more weeks of growth are supposed to go. The sitting side stretch will open your side waist and pelvis and stretch the hips. “As our bellies get bigger,” Broda reminds us, “it’s important to find as much space in your torso as possible.”

pregnant stretch

4. Cat / Cow Poses:
Do back pains have you already dreading the ominous and mysterious sounding “back labor?” We feel you. Most women will endure back pains at some point in their pregnancy, but gently rocking between cat and cow poses will work to warm up the spine and stretch the body, hopefully getting you back on track. They also help to shift the weight of the baby away from the spine, giving you some much needed relief. You’ll want to remember and practice this one, Broda says, in case you do have “back labor.”

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5. Child’s Pose:
If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you probably love child’s pose because it signifies a short break from all the hard work. When you’re pregnant, however, your normal day can begin to feel like a lot of hard work and it’s important to take time to rest and regroup. When in child’s pose, Broda recommends focusing on relaxing the face and breathing deeply into the back — two important lessons to remember in between contractions!

childs pose

As your belly grows, keep your big toes together and spread your knees apart to create space. Likewise, if it’s more comfortable to sit up high, rather than bringing your bum to your ankles, go for it. Just remember to rest your forehead and to breath deeply into your back.

Melanin II

What is melanin and what physical and metaphysical function does it hold? 

1) A carbon-based substance found in the HUE man body and all of the organs that are a necessary part of the electromagnetic system and provides color for the hair, eyes and skin (especially brown and black people).

2) A chemical molecule/natural element that gives color, life and consciousness to every tree, plant, animal, mother earth and the universe while connecting them with one another.

3) Dark matter Consciousness

There are three basic types of melanin: eumelanin, pheomelanin, and neuromelanin.

The most common type is eumelanin, and is produced in ‘black’ and ‘brown’ subtypes.

Pheomelanin is a cysteine-containing red-brown polymer of benzothiazine units largely responsible for red hair and freckles.

Neuromelanin is found in the brain, though its function remains obscure.

The production of melanin is called melanogenesis. In the skin, melanogenesis occurs after exposure to UV radiation, causing the skin to visibly tan. Melanin is an effective absorber of light; the pigment is able to dissipate over 99.9% of absorbed UV radiation.[1] Because of this property, melanin is thought to protect skin cells from UVB radiation damage, reducing the risk of cancer. Furthermore, though exposure to UV radiation is associated with increased risk of malignant melanoma, a cancer of the melanocytes, studies have shown a lower incidence for skin cancer in individuals with more concentrated melanin, i.e. darker skin tone. Nonetheless, the relationship between skin pigmentation and photoprotection is still being clarified

Where else can melanin be found?

Melanin has been found in the oceans, the soil and our food, particularly bananas, eggplants and greens. Melanin is present in clouds and stars, and it has even been discovered on the outer surface of Haley’s comet. Melanin has been found to be active in unearthed bones which were over a million years old.

As ever present as melanin is, it still remains a mystery to scientists. It cannot be analyzed. It cannot be broken apart. It cannot be fingerprinted. Recently it was discovered that melanin is mutating every 7 days so if you are experiencing mood swings, it’s because you are changing and evolving.

Why is having melanin an advantage on earth ?

(The more melanin, the greater the advantages)

– Protects from the sun’s harmful rays and radiation.

– Enhances vision (especially at night)

– Slows aging/less wrinkles,

-Provides “soul” and rhythm

-quickens muscle response

-protects against harmful effects of cold

-absorb energy like a magnet

-Allows proper digestion of vegetable proteins

-Enables survival off of plant-based (vegan) diet

-Connects with nature, animals, mother earth, and the universe

-Allows proper functioning of the pineal gland (3rd eye) and the chakras

What has an effect on Melanin? 

Melanin is influenced by the electromagnetic field of the earth, by light waves and sound vibrations. Because of its magnetic properties, people with higher concentration of melanin in their bodies are more in tune with nature and universal forces

 

 

 

10 ways to enhance visualization

There are innumerable creative aids, and most of them require an ability to visualize. Some people aren’t good at visualizing; so imagining different colors or objects can become a daunting task. Forget about trying to visualize how a room should be arranged; that’s next to impossible. Here are 10 ways to help you improve your visualization skills.

Smell it
It has been proven that our sense of smell is linked to strong memory recall. You could smell a scent today that you had not smelled since childhood and that scent would bring a rush of vivid memories. Get a scented candle, or incense to burn while trying to visualize. Use this scent every time you need to visualize this thing. Eventually the scent will trigger the vision.

Draw it out
One of the first things I try to do before visualizing anything complex; is to draw it out.
Do i need to visualize purple spheres or blue horses? Whatever it is I draw them in detail on paper. By drawing what one needs to visualize; it jump starts the mind and it serves as a point of reference to embellish from.

Create a mnemonic device
Sometimes improving memory can help to improve visualization ability. Make a mnemonic device to help you visualize. Get a rock or bracelet, a ring, anything will work. The objective here is to think of a green sphere around the object every-time you see it. Put the rock in your pocket. Now when you see the rock in your pocket visualize a green sphere around it. Over time this becomes instinct to envision a green sphere around it.

Practice
Almost no one succeeds the first time they try to do something; or the second or even the third. Practice and repetition make things easier. Over time we refine and articulate our actions. Practice helps us to become quicker at visualizing.

Reduce to simplicity
If you need to visualize a complex structure like a temple or mansion then look for simple shapes. Pick out shapes of squares, circles, and triangles. Then add details later. If the visualized base structure isn’t developed then one cant expect the details to be spot on too.

Read The Full 10 ways to improve visualization @  Excommunicate

Cynthia Sass and her Sassy Drink!

Cynthia Sass, the nutritionist that actually “invented” this drink, called “Sassy” in her honor, says that this magical water has amazing effect on the digestive system and significantly relieves bloating.

Ingredients:

  • 8 glasses water
  • 1 tsp grated ginger root
  • 1 medium-sized cucumber, peeled and cut into slices
  • 1 medium-sized lemon cut into slices
  • 12 fresh mint leaves and 1 tsp dried mint

 

Preparation and Consumption:

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, leave them overnight, and it is best if you keep the bowl in the fridge. Consume 4-5 glasses during the whole day.

You can start drinking it in the morning before your breakfast for better and instant results. You will feel like you have lost 1 pound after the first two hours.

Nutritionist say that by regular consumption of this drink and moderate physical activity, it would melt the belly fat and help you finally get that flat and sexy stomach.

People who consumed this drink regularly say that the results they achieved are more than fantastic if you take in consider that you could lose up to 12 kilograms, of course by following a proper diet regimen as well.

This “Sassy” water is not recommended for pregnant women and nursing mothers, nor for people having stomach problems or allergy to any of the ingredients listed!

See more at: FitLife 

ALS Natural Remedy Challenge

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) can be Treated Naturally

(NaturalNews) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a rare progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This degeneration eventually leads to cell death, making it impossible for the brain to initiate and control muscle movement. As the disease advances to its later stages, it results in total paralysis. The cause of this nerve degeneration is thought to be the muscles not receiving enough nourishment. Therefore, in this article we will look at how we can properly nourish the muscles and delay, if not reverse, the progression of this disease.

When the muscles do not receive the nourishment they need, they waste away. As the muscles degenerate, it leads to scarring or hardening of the spinal cord, disabling the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles.

In addition to malnourished muscles, other factors thought to contribute to ALS include environmental toxins, including aluminum, mercury, and lead.

Early symptoms of ALS include muscle weakness and difficulty in swallowing or breathing. As the illness progresses, it becomes increasingly more difficult to walk, use arms and hands, speak, eat, swallow, and breathe. However, ALS doesn’t usually affect the mind. Even in its advanced stages, people with ALS do not lose cognitive function, their memory and the ability to think and reason. Their ability to see, hear, smell, and touch also remain in tact.

Although, a diagnosis of ALS can be devastating, there are constructive steps that a person can take in order to treat this disease.

* Physical therapy can keep the muscles strong.

* Speech therapy can help retain the ability to talk.

* Joining a support group or seeking counseling can help deal with this disease emotionally.

Supplements that may be beneficial when treating ALS are:

* Vitamin C, which supports many bodily functions. Besides strengthening the immune system, it also strengthens deteriorating connective tissue. Vitamin C is also instrumental in detoxifying the body.

* It is essential to supplement with calcium and magnesium. Calcium and magnesium help stabilize aluminum and mercury, excessive amounts of which have been found in people with ALS. Additionally, ALS sufferers have been found to have low levels of these important minerals. When taking calcium and magnesium it should be done at a ratio of 1:2 or 1:3.

* B-Complex Vitamins and Vitamin E play an important role in muscle and nerve function.

* Creatine has shown to be effective in increasing strength in those suffering from neuromuscular disorders.

* Acupuncture is thought to benefit nervous system function.

* Herbs that counteract sclerosis are: Cayenne, Ginger, Cinnamon, Periwinkle, Butcher’s Broom, Manjistha, Chaparral, Goldenseal Root, and Comfrey Root.

* Herbs that repair the nerves are: Lady’s Slipper, Kava Kava, Valerian Root, Cinnamon, Chamomile, Blue Vervain, and Passionflower.

* Herbs instrumental in detoxing the liver include milk thistle, turmeric root, and dandelion root.

* Spirulina and chlorella help repair damaged cells, nerves, and muscle tissue.

* Colloidal Gold is also effective, due to its effects on the brain and nervous system.

Lastly, it is thought that people with ALS have too much acid in their system, often due to a poor diet. It is, therefore, recommended that they follow an alkaline diet. This would necessitate eating a mostly raw diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, preferably organic. All meats, dairy products, refined grains, starches, and unhealthy oils should be eliminated, along with processed foods, junk foods, and fast foods.

I came across this website and indiegogo page dedicated to those that are recovering from ALS and still maintaining a lifestyle as close to normal as possible.

I often see people pushing pharmaceutical treatments before giving a try on natural remedies. It has been well documented that Pharmaceutical companies would like you to believe the only way for to help yourself is by paying them for treatment. I want to shed light on the alternative ways one can take steps to healing themselves.

So I challenge you to share and promote not only monetary donations but also knowledgable donations to a cause.  Use Knowledge as power to heal thyself.

Learn more:  At Natural News 

Where does your water go?

Human Water Consumption

Our bodies are about 60 percent water

Water regulates our body temperature, moves nutrients through our cells, keeps our mucous membranes moist and flushes waste from our bodies. Our lungs are 90 percent water, our brains are 70 percent water and our blood is more than 80 percent water. Simply put, we Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 12.06.08 AMcan’t function without it. Most people sweat out about two cups of water per day (0.5 liters). Each day, we also lose a little more than a cup of water (237 ml) when we exhale it, and we eliminate about six cups (1.4 l) of it. We also lose electrolytes — minerals like sodium and potassium that regulate the body’s fluids. So how do we replace it?

We can get about 20 percent of the water we need through the food we eat. Some foods, like watermelon, are nearly 100 percent water. Although the amount of water that we need each day varies, it’s usually about eight cups (2 l). But instead of worrying about getting in those eight cups, you should just drink when you start to feel thirsty. You can get your water by drinking other beverages — but some beverages, like alcohol, can make you more dehydrated.

If your urine is dark yellow, you might not be drinking enough water. Of course, you need more water when you’re exercising; ill with diarrhea, vomiting or fever; or in a hot environment for a long time. Most people can survive only a few days without water, although it depends on a number of factors, including their health and environment. Some have gone as long as two weeks. Followers of a Buddhist boy meditating in Nepal claim that he has gone two years without food or water, but doctors have not been able to substantiate this

When you don’t get enough water, or lose too much water, you become dehydrated. Signs of mild dehydration include dry mouth, excessive thirst, dizziness, lightheadedness and weakness. If people don’t get fluids at this point, they can experience severe dehydration, which can cause convulsions, rapid breathing, a weak pulse, loose skin and sunken eyes. Ultimately, dehydration can lead to heart failure and death.

Source: How Stuff Works – Water

42 Home Wisdom Tooth Remedies

Being that I have 4 Wisdom teeth growing it at an extraterrestrial angle (all 4) I have been finding remedies for this slight pain very very … very very very useful.  As i type this i have a garlic clove on the left side of my cheek and it is working!

Wisdom teeth emerge between the age of 17 and 25. Actually, wisdom teeth have nothing to do with wisdom; they are just called wisdom teeth.  A person can have more than one wisdom tooth. Usually, when it appears, it causes too much pain whenever you eat something or grab a bite. You cannot stop wisdom teeth from growing, but you can apply some home remedies to get relief in the pain.

Causes

Wisdom tooth pain may result from impaction, where other teeth and jaw bone prevent the wisdom tooth from emerging. If not treated timely, impacted wisdom tooth may result in permanent damage to other teeth along with the jaw bone.

Symptoms

The warning signs of impacted wisdom teeth pain are:

  • Bad breath
  • Jaw pain
  • Swelling, redness and tenderness of the gums
  • An unpleasant taste when you bite down on food
  • Headache
  • Pain in the adjacent teeth

Home Remedies for Wisdom Teeth Pain

Home remedies can actually help you to get rid of the wisdom teeth pain. When it grows, wisdom tooth hurts a lot, therefore, here is the solution, provided for you to get relief and comfort in wisdom teeth ache.

1. Ice Pack

Applying an ice pack on the swelled area can help a lot in reducing inflammation and the level of pain. Use it as per the requirement.

2. Salt

Take hot water and dissolve salt in it. Now, rinse your mouth with it. It is the best home remedy to deal with wisdom teeth pain.

3. Clove

Clove is a very ancient and effective remedy. Take a clove and place it on the wisdom tooth. Do not chew it. Do not spit it out until your pain goes away.

Alternatively, take a few drops of clove oil on your fingertips and massage it gently on the area, where you are experiencing pain. Massage both the gum and the tooth. It will provide you relief in impacted wisdom teeth pain.

4. Peanut Butter

Take some peanut butter and apply directly on the tooth. It is a good wisdom teeth pain remedy. Apply it again and again.

5. Onion

Take an onion and cut it into half. Place it on the cheek side of the tooth, where you are experiencing pain. Occasionally, bite it to extract juice. It is a tested remedy for wisdom teeth, coming in.

6. Guava

Guava is very beneficial fruit, and so are its leaves. Take some fresh guava leaves; boil it into the water for a couple of minutes. Now, chew them for 30 seconds. Do not swallow it. Spit the boiled leaves after 30 seconds.

7. Olive Oil

We all know how useful and beneficial olive oil is. Whether you consume it or apply it, olive oil provides benefit from head to toe. Olive oil is also a pain reliever. Heat some olive oil and allow it to cool. When olive oil reaches on lukewarm level, pour a very small amount of olive oil in the ear on the side of the toothache.

Note- Use a very small amount of olive oil and be careful when pouring it.

8. Vanilla

Most of us love vanilla ice cream, vanilla cakes and so many products, made with vanilla. But, very few people know that vanilla can help to reduce toothache. Take a small cotton ball and dab it into vanilla essence. Now, place this vanilla cotton directly on the wisdom tooth. This will help to deal with wisdom teeth pain.

9. Whiskey

Take a glass and fill whiskey in it. Take it and hold it in your mouth for 1 minute. This will help to reduce the swelling, caused due to wisdom teeth growing in pain. After one minute, either you can swallow it or spit it out.

10. Peppermint

Peppermint is a really effective home remedy for relieving wisdom teeth pain. Take peppermint extract and dab small cotton in it. Now, place it on the aching tooth. You will feel good.

To read all 42 Remedies check out HomeRemedyShop 

7 ways to eat healthy on a hood budget

The following are 7 Ways to Eat Good While on a Hood Budget. But bottom line always remember, we can pay now or pay later (in suffering and doctor bills etc) when it comes to our dietary discipline and choices.

This was written by Stic of Dead Prez. Get the tips.

1. Choose Produce not Packages: People think eating healthy is about buying a lot of expensive boxes and packages of processed foods, but that isn’t the case at all.

The cheapest most nutrient dense food in a grocery store in the produce isle. Fresh vegetables and fresh fruits. Trying to buy costly packaged goods, potato chips and sugary juices and all kinds of over processed items, even at a health food store is when the budget starts to soar.

2. Cook Big and Save Some for Later: Cooking meals in large batches and freezing the leftovers for later in the week or month can save you a lot of time and money.

Instead of buying fast food or eating out at restaurants, or even cooking a full meal every time you get hungry, it’s way more cost effective and time saving and healthy for you to pull something out of the freezer and warm it up than it is to wash/chop/slice/boil/bake/wait in line/wait to be served etc.

3. Soup Up your Options: Large vegetable soups over brown rice or whole grain noodles pack in vitamins and nutrients, fill you up and are easy to make and delicious. Also Bean burritos, chili, and bean soup can be easy to prepare, cheap and good for you. Going totally meatless a couple of times a week (or for good) also helps your budget and gives your palate a variety to enjoy. Frozen veggies, which are inexpensive, work great in Soups. Nothing compares to that good and filling, good feeling of a hot and hearty bowl of Soup. Cheap, packed with nutrients, easy to prepare. Its the new “Soup-er” food! Lol!

4. Make A Plan and See Where Ya Values Are:  In the hood, in all honesty, We spend a gang of money on cable, hair dos, sneakers, weed, parties expensive bottles of alcohol,video games, big screen tvs, rims, jewelry, strip club tricking, trendy name brand clothes, car accessories, headphones, cigarettes all kinds of overpriced things. But when it comes to our health, we often skimp and look for the cheapest food we can find.

But in our best interest, We have to value our health above all these other things, and make eating healthy a priority in terms of how we spend the resources we have. Makes no sense to be fronting like a rich person on the outside ,but in reality, in poor health on the inside, right? But it’s easy for any of us to make excuses without looking at at a budget, so that’s where budgeting comes in handy.

Budgets help us see where our money is really going not where we feel like its going. Budgeting is also a master ingredient to financial stability in general, so not only will it help identify funds that can be used toward more healthful food choices; its an essential tool to manage our financial responsibilities better in general. Usually when we make a budget we can see plenty of stuff we can do without to make room for healthier eating choices.

5. Season your Food: Eat fruits and vegetables that are in season, that is! Otherwise you’ll be paying a much higher price. For example, if you live in the north east United States and you want some watermelon in the middle of the Winter of December, it’s gonna have to be shipped from where ever it is in season to your local market and you pay that extra cost. Also, eating foods that are current in their natural growing season helps strengthen your immune system for that season.

6. Join a Co-op or Local Community Garden: You get discounts on your groceries by being a member of grocery store co-ops. In exchange for your minimal volunteer work hours per month, you get your groceries at Co-op member’s only price. Same thing goes for community gardens. And not only that you get to learn a WHOLE lot about nutrition and health being in that kind of environment.

7. Drink more water: Many times we think we are hungry, it may be actually a sign of thirst.

The fact that it is recommended by holistic healers and medical experts alike that we drink half our body weight in ounces of water each day, it’s safe to say many of us are chronically dehydrated and as Rocko’s song lyric says “we don’t even know it”. When we are drinking enough water it curbs our appetite so we don’t over eat. Drinking water also says us money on all the sugary drinks on the market that are often what we choose to wet our whistles due to the drug effect of the high sugar, high fructose corn syrup content of most beverages sold in the hood. We can save our money and our internal organs by saying no to the liquid sugar caffiene crack juice aka sodas and artificial energy drinks and just sip on nature’s good old original elixir -H20!

BKS Lyengar

This is a film made by McPetruk in 1938 showing the Great yoga teacher demonstrating asana and pranyama. He was the teacher of BKS Iyengar and Sri K. Pattahbi Jois, founder the Astanga style of yoga.

BKS Iyengar a great inspiration to the Yogi community and will surely be missed as his legacy is passed on.

You must purge yourself before finding faults in others.
When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake.
This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement.
Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority.
All people are born with different constitutions.
Never compare with others.
Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength.
Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.”

“You do not need to seek freedom in a different land, for it exists with your own body, heart, mind, and soul,” he wrote in Light on Life.

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