Three years ago, I realized that my “dream job” was making me miserable. I earned a considerable amount of money but I had no free time in which to spend it. My favorite part of the day was working out before work or attending a yoga class after work.
When I was a kid I was introduced to the world as a place that needed to be explored. I had no idea why I felt compelled to see as much as I could, but I enjoyed every moment of it. As I got older I found my love for photography and it became a way for me to express myself. I never took a formal photography class, but continued to learn as much as I could from anyone that would teach me. Fifteen years ago I found myself looking for a career change and I became a flight attendant so I could see the world. Today I am still a flight attendant as my full time job and have been taking pictures while on layovers and vacations all over the world. I am lucky to be able to say that I have been to 48 states and over 30 countries. Most of my trips I was accompanied by my camera so I could capture the moments in my life that I never believed as a child I would ever be afforded to have. I always kept these pictures to myself or shared them with a few people from time to time, until about a year ago when a friend of mine told me that my pictures were great and that I should be doing something with them. Its been an amazing journey so far, and this is just the beginning.
As I have traveled the world I have learned first hand how truly lucky we are to live in the United States and are able to take for granted things that most people in the world could only dream of. I’ve always tried to help out in anyway that I could, for that reason I have decided that I am going to be donating 25% of the proceeds of all my art to charity. The first charity that I am going to be donating to is one that believes that no child should die from a curable condition. If you would like to learn more about this charity you can go to their website www.faithbasedaid.org
If you would like to see more of my work you can view my website www.ungeronthego.com or checkout my instagram: Ungeronthego.
Karen has a deep passion for self-care and helping others connect with their purpose and passions in life in a variety of ways.
Recently fermented foods have been popping up at farmer’s markets, health food stores, and even traditional grocery stores. Why should you introduce fermented foods into your diet?’
Since the time of Hippocrates (470-360 B.C.) it has been understood that “All disease begins in the gut.” If disease begins in the gut, it is probably to our benefit to have a healthy gut to help us ward of disease. A healthy gut leads to overall better health.
One way that good gut health is achieved is by including fermented foods in your diet. Fresh fermented foods contain probiotics. They are alive with good bacteria and yeasts that help to populate your gut and fight off bad bacteria. These gut microbes act as a digestive aid, helping to break down some foods and making their nutrients more available to the body. Research has shown that good gut microbes bolster the immune system and can enhance mood. Certain lactobacilli are being recommended by researchers to supplement other treatments for osteoarthritis and osteoporosis and to increase bone mass density. Those microbes need to be nurtured and supplemented.
The fermentation of vegetables is officially called lacto-fermentation. The “lacto” in the name refers to the lactobacillus strains that are active in the fermentation process. In the right environment, microbes in the atmosphere create lactic acid which is a natural preservative for food. The microbes pass into your system when you eat the food. Pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, and yogurt are a few of the more common foods you may recognize that contain lactobacilli.
Although you may buy fermented foods, it is easy and inexpensive to create some delicious ferments yourself. Cooking from scratch gives you more control over your ingredients and the length of time, and therefore the density of microbes in your foods. One can add a variety of flavors to sauerkrauts and other fermented vegetables, for example, which leads to a diverse menu full of flavor and good gut health. In Benefits of Traditional Fermented Foods, Dr. Jyoti Prakash Tamang laments that fewer and fewer people possess the traditional knowledge to create fermented foods from scratch. Despite the health benefits, because there are limited providers of fermented foods in the marketplace there is a decline in biodiversity of micro-organisms. Eating a variety of fermented foods will increase the biodiversity in your gut and give your gut more tools to improve your health.
Contributor: Liane Paulson, Wow Wow LLC. Liane will be offering an Introduction to Fermentation at Rise on Saturday October 13, 2018 from 1:30-2:30pm. Sign up for this or another workshop through her website at www.wowxtwo.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“To restore life to your life, to defeat aging, to regain the youth you still possess,
get your body in motion.”
— from Act Your Age , an essay by George Sheehan.
The author of that quote is right of course. If you don’t move your body the way nature intended it to move, your muscles will shrink and lose their strength, your bones will get brittle and become easy to break, your blood will pool like a stagnate pond, your joints will get rusty and squeak like ancient hinges. And your breathing will become shallow as your lungs lose their elasticity.
But when you do move your body, and take care of yourself like nature intended, your muscles will fill out and gain strength, your bones will get stronger, and you will move with the the power, fluidity and grace of a well maintained race car . . . A jungle cat on the prowl . . . A thoroughbred playing in a “horse country” pasture.
That’s what you need to come alive, feel alive and stay alive. That’s what Health, Fitness and Personal Energy is all about. That’s how you stave off chronic illness and stay independent as you get older. That’s how you awaken the Fountain of Youth within you and energize the Flow of Life.
So, whether it’s yoga, dance, pilates, weights, running, walking, or whatever your choice of movement may be, you must get your body in motion . . . Your well-being depends on it.
Bob McMillan is a Senior Fitness Specialist (NASD), blogger, speaker and workshop leader on the subject of Health, Fitness & Personal Energy for Active Seniors. His blog is at www.thecomealiveproject.com.
Recently, I’ve come across 2 studies which show that people have lost weight without adding vigorous exercise or changing their eating habits. In this blog post, we will explore what lifestyle change has been proven to bring about this unexpected weight loss. The addition of adding a Restorative Yoga class once or twice a week has a positive impact in many ways, but weight loss (and fat loss) was a surprise to me!
In Restorative Yoga, participants use props such as blankets, bolsters and blocks to support their bodies in relaxing poses and hold these poses for 5 to 15 minutes. These positions are designed to allow the body to completely relax and rest, while helping people increase flexibility. This deep rest supports a healthy immune function and healing in all systems of the body.
In one study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, 2 groups of people were followed for 48 weeks. One group performed a simple stretching routine, the other participated in Restorative yoga. The results showed that both groups lost weight but the Restorative Yoga group lost almost twice as much weight and interestingly, lost 2.5 times the amount of subcutaneous fat (abdominal fat) as the group that did the stretching. Researchers were not able to explain why but theorize that it could be the reduction in cortisol, the stress hormone. Higher levels of cortisol contribute to weight gain especially as belly fat. Yoga is known to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. This study is important too for encouraging those with limited mobility because of weight or other factors who may not be able to participate in more rigorous forms of movement to try Restorative Yoga.
At Rise, we love pairing our Restorative yoga classes with sound healing or Reiki to amplify the relaxing and healing experience. Currently, we have several Restorative yoga classes on our schedule each week. There is Restorative Rest with Sound Balancing, Restorative Flow with Reiki, Deep Release with Healing Sound, and Restorative Rest. Check out the schedule. Join us for a class!
Yoga plays to both my loves, community, "sangha," and the love of nature.
Human beings seek the connection with one another. We look for recognition, eye contact, approval and praise. Yoga teaches us to look within ourselves for these things as well.
My goal for the time spent with my students is that they be present and comfortable in their physical body. I work to engage and implement their breath in a way that keeps them present in this time we spend together. The yoga mat represents a place where we safely come to unite the body, breath and spirit within each of us. It does not have to be a mat, it can be a chair. What is important is that it be a place to create a moving meditation of breath, recognition of self and knowledge of what best serves us.
RYT 500Prime of Life Yoga (POLY)--Certified Instructor
“As human beings, we all have a need to connect. Connection is a part of our wellbeing and we all need to manage how we connect with ourselves and others. In my experience, people come into our lives with lessons that we need to learn in order to grow internally. If we do not learn these universal lessons, then we find ourselves connecting with certain types of people that may not meet our needs and can debilitate us from serving from our hearts. Our nature is to give freely but if certain basic human needs are not met then we may find ourselves behaving out of our loving nature. I recommend sitting in a silent room, closing your eyes, take several long deep breathes to relax your mind and imagine people who are close to you in your life right now. Once you have a clear image ask yourself, “Do we both bring the best out of each other?” If the answer is no, then contemplate how you can improve the relationship or if you need to let it go. Imagine the relationship improving in a way that brings you both joy, love and fulfillment. Cultivating a healthy relationship with the people you are around the most is important to your own wellbeing. Once you practice this simple meditation/contemplation, you will recognize how much joy you will bring into your life.”
After graduating from Art School in 1996, I moved to California and took my first yoga class. It was love at first breath.
For most of my childhood and through my teens and twenties, I struggled with severe depression and eating disorders. As difficult as it was, I never lost hope that there was something that could help me feel more “at home” in my body, and my life. I was fortunate to have a mother who was wise and open minded, and who brought me to Reiki healers, sound shamans, and other gifted teachers who taught me how to listen to my own intuition.
After finding yoga, I dedicated my life to learning, practicing, and teaching this powerful practice of living well. Over the years, I have developed a deep sense of reverence for the body’s natural healing capabilities, and for the heart’s wisdom. I have learned how to manage my own energy in ways that honor my vitality and natural rhythms. This is what I teach, as this is what I know.
In 2000, I received a Master’s Degree in Art Education, which helped me to more fully understand the art of teaching, and soon after I completed a 300 hour yoga teacher training with Sharon Gannon and David Life. I am also certified in two other schools of yoga, as well as Thai Massage and Ayurveda for Self-Care.
In 2012, I gave birth to my son and daughter-twins. They have become my greatest teachers, and are my daily reminders of what really matters.
Yoga is the invitation to live awake. It opens the doors to a more elegant relationship with the Mystery. It teaches us how to embody our values, and how to make art with our lives.
Learn more at www.marnisclaroff.com
Did you know laughing is good for your health? Laughing triggers the feel good hormones, endorphins and serotonin, that create feelings of euphoria, love and happiness. These endorphins can also suppress pain. So laughter can be great pain killer as well as an antidepressant. The positive effect of laughter can even help prevent serious illness by improving the immune system. Laughter increases immune cells and antibodies to strengthen its ability to cope with viruses and disease. There are so many benefits….Laughter is an antidepressant, pain killer, stress reliever and a great way to make friends and strengthen bonds. And best of all, it’s free!
Elizabeth is a yoga therapist, yoga instructor, Ayurvedic health coach and Reiki Master. She enjoys integrating energy healing modalities with therapeutic yoga, aromatherapy, elements of Ayurveda, hatha yoga, pranayama and meditation for a full mind, body, spirit transformation.
The health benefits of drumming are many: reduced stress, tension and anxiety, increased immune function, alleviate chronic pain, help with depression and more. We tried out some drumming with guided (Nia) dancing on Tuesday evening August 21. We found it to be exhilarating and fun. Each drum had its own vibration and association with a different energy center in our bodies. It was interesting to see which drum we were each drawn to. We plan to make this a monthly activity and have scheduled another one for September 11. Mark your calendars! See for yourself the joy we experienced.
Most mornings, I start my day with a mix of diverse practices to put me in the best possible emotional, spiritual, mental and physical state for the day. One of my practices involves the use of weighted tuning forks on my body. Weighted forks releases Nitric Oxide (NO) which reduces pain and inflammation. Additionally, it helps the body release stuck energy which can be emotional.
The first step is to activate the weighted tuning fork. Activating a tuning fork means to get it vibrating. This involves striking it against a hockey puck, your hand or somewhere else on your body that isn't sensitive. Next, place the tuning fork -or forks- on the knees, hips, chest, back, head and bottoms of your feet. Place them anywhere on your body that you think could benefit from the vibration. Keep activating the fork -or forks- as needed. It's really that simple. This will help keep you in-tune physically and emotionally.
Tuning forks can be found easily on the internet. I recommend the 128 Hz Otto Tuner from biosonics.com. The 54.81 Hz and 62.64 Hz weighted tuning forks from biofieldtuning.com are great as well when used together.
As an aside, Nitric Oxide is an important molecule to health. If you want to check your NO levels, try a NO test strip from HumanN (humann.com). They also sell NO supplements which I take. Check with your health care professional before taking any supplements.
I love an abundant life, and I am blessed with one. I am a thinker, and a doer, so my mind and calendar can go on overload. Work, family, and even friends can sometimes seem demanding. This happens when I say yes to everything, any invitation, any responsibility, even though I actually do have a choice to say no. I want to enjoy what I do, and I want to enjoy the moments I spend with friends and family. I don’t want to feel like a victim: angry, resentful. After all, no one forced me to say,“yes.” So, I have had to learn to say the word,“no.” I use a pleasure scale to do this. I step back, take a deep breath, and ask myself……”Will I feel as delighted in agreeing to this event as when I hold a baby, watch a butterfly, or play with a puppy?” Sometimes the event involves another person, then I ask myself an additional question, “How important is this event to that person?”, Knowing myself, I delight in making others feel joy, even if the event has little interest to me. I am looking for balance. I want to make it a win, win situation. I find that my life is more joyful when I only accept invitations that have meaning to me and to those I love. Anger and resentment are gone.
Ashley is a talented musician, songwriter and singer. She uses her voice and multiple musical instruments to assist people in returning to a balanced, peaceful state
Wellness has been a loaded buzz word the last few years. On the one hand it is a good thing as it is now on everyone's radar. On the other hand though it can be overwhelming as there is so much information out there giving us anxiety as yet another thing we should be doing to be whole and happy. My recommendation is to do some research, talk with wellness practitioners, ask friends what they are doing and then decide what works for you. Choose activities that will nourish your body, your mind and your heart/soul/spirit also. Choose ones that are easy to keep and ones that resonate with you and your lifestyle. Wellness and well-being is a whole person experience and it's best if practiced daily. Always be kind to yourself about these activities, be open minded that they might change as you change or your circumstances change. We learn and evolve every single day of our lives so our wisdom of what we need should do as well time to time.
All that said, one of my favorite practices the last year or so has been my morning check in. As soon as I wake up, still in bed, I take a few deep belly breaths, place one hand onto my heart the other on my belly and greet my body. I would say to myself: "Good morning belly, good morning heart, good morning legs good morning [FILL IN HERE with any part of you that needs a greeting]. Thank you for carrying me, my insides, my outsides, my thoughts, my feelings. I am grateful for your strength, your unique beauty, your perfection to keep me going. I love you and I appreciate you, lets have an amazing day". I change it up as I feel every single morning. It takes about a minute, while I also use my deep breathing to scan my body. If you have more time (I have a four year old who now might sleep later than me so this minute has been getting a little longer) enjoy more time checking in. Give gratitude to your body, send love to it, appreciate it no matter what. And with that deep appreciation from the morning on, you can have a good start followed by other mindful practices throughout the day. Good luck!
Did you ever wonder why people love gemstones? Well, besides the fact that they are incredibly beautiful….Gemstones have healing properties! You can add more peace, balance or other qualities to your life by incorporating gemstones. They can enhance your life in many ways. You can add some to your workspace at the office and wear others as colorful jewelry. For example, here is how Healing Crystals describes Rose Quartz," The soothing energy of Rose Quartz fosters empathy, reconciliation, and forgiveness of others. Lowering stress and tension in the heart, Rose Quartz clears out anger, jealousy, and resentment of others, and allows healing of heart issues and dis-ease associated with holding on to such negative emotions." At Rise, we have incorporated gemstones throughout our space. If you haven’t come by yet, please do so. We’d love to show you how we’ve put them to good use and suggest ways you can too. We have just added some gemstone jewelry to our retail offerings. Gemstones have become popular and there are many places where you can purchase them. There are also lots of books describing their individual properties and ways in which they are helpful. We have a few in our lending library you can borrow or peruse! I have found that Healing Crystals in Dulles, VA is an incredible resource for both information and good, quality gemstones at reasonable prices.
I love to learn new things and to study! One of the ways I connect with other people is by sharing what I’ve learned. The last two years I have been studying the wisdom of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga and is literally translated as the Science or Knowledge of Life. Ayurveda offers a different perspective on health and well-being. It offers instruction on how we can keep and care for our physical bodies. One simple concept in Ayurveda is Dinacharya-following the daily rhythms of life. We can create optimal health and well-being by following nauture’s cue and getting into the flow and rhythm of our planet and our own natural cellular intelligence. These rhythms include things such as going to bed early, waking early, elimination, exercise, meditation, eating at the same time each day and body care practices. Our body systems thrive when we are in sync with nature and with the nature of our body systems. For example, our digestive system has an intelligence to its’ inner workings and when we are tuned into that and honor that, we can extract maximum nutrients from our foods, we have regular elimination, and no digestive issues.
The Dinacharya practice that I have made a consistent habit is drinking hot water with lemon in the morning. This practice over a period of time has many health benefits. It helps with hydration, boots your immune system, assists with digestion and peristalsis, flushes the liver, reduces inflammation, and is loaded with nutrients. Since making this a regular morning practice, I have found that I start my day hydrated and clear headed. I have more energy, improved digestion and my skin looks great too! Give it a try and see how your body systems respond. Upon waking in the morning, heat 8 ounces of water and add the juice of half a lemon. Drink it within 10 to 15 minutes. Good luck!
For more information on Ayurveda, visit: www.banyanbotanicals.com
Wellness is very different from one person to the next. How I practice wellness from day to day is by incorporating ‘Mind, Body, and Soul’ activities! This is something a friend of mine shared with me years ago that just stuck! The best part of this, is that you can personalize it! Mind activities are the ones that are stimulating and challenging your mind. For me, I like to do Soduku puzzles, read, color or journal! Body activities are the ones that have you using your body! It can be anything from practicing yoga to taking a spin class, or maybe just taking a walk! Soul activities area always fun for me, because they are those activities that just make you feel good! You know the ones, the ones that make you smile uncontrollably and just make your heart happy! For me personally, I love to dance, take baths, light candles, make something yummy in the kitchen, call a family member, play with my dog, or watch a really funny movie! The important thing that I have found with this exercise is making sure that I have done a mind, body, and soul activity every day. Sometimes if I’m feeling a little off and I reflect on what I’ve done that day, I usually find that I did way too many body activities and have totally neglected my mind! It’s always encouraged to complete more than one of each category every day, but I have found that each one must be completed to help me feel my very best!
Jackie Tury, MSW, CPC is an artist, life coach, workshop leader and the founder of Artful Awakenings. Her passion is helping others awaken their mind, body, and spirit through art and the creative process. Jackie creates colorful, inspirational artwork infused with positive energy. Her coaching services, workshops and retreats uniquely blend personal and spiritual growth with expressive arts, guiding others to experience their own “artful awakenings.”
Jackie sees painting as a source of joy, healing and self-discovery. She believes creativity can be used to connect to self, others, the universe and your own unique purpose. Jackie considers art an important part of her self-care practice and wellness routine. She understands the beauty and power of art to transform, heal and inspire!
When not in the studio painting, Jackie can be found swimming in the ocean, walking in the woods, and spending time in nature with her family. She also enjoys yoga, reiki, meditation, travel, and photography.
“Rise is a dream come true for me! For years I’ve been envisioning a peaceful, nurturing space dedicated to individual and collective well-being. Lisa and Marcia have created just that! I am so grateful to be part of the Rise community!”
To learn more about Jackie and see more of her art go to: www.jackietury.com or connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.