Hypnotherapy works! You can feel it!
Think about it …
• Who would you be if you truly believed in yourself?
• How much better would you feel if you just stopped beating yourself up?
• What if you finally got rid of fear, anxiety, self-doubt?
• What if anger and guilt no longer had any power to control you?
• What if you could finally lose the excess weight?
• What if you could reduce or eliminate physical pain – without any of the negative side-effects of drugs?
What if you could start feeling better – physically, mentally, emotionally – right away?
Remember: “If you don’t look after your body you’ll have nowhere to live!”
We've spent some time researching the impact of yoga on the immune system (very good by the way), and one key point is that there are several research papers that show that the use of nasal irrigation (through a special plastic pot from the pharmacy, or a neti pot, and a saline solution) can make a big difference to how many symptoms people get, and how long those symptoms stay. Some of the research involved Corona viruses (not Covid-19 as it is too new) and the results were promising.
For example, this very recent research from Edinburgh academics shows that nasal irrigation and gargling produced less severe Corona virus symptoms and shorter symptom times. For now New Zealand is in the clear with Covid-19, but this research may also be useful for dealing with colds and flu:
We're taking bookings for in person yoga and hypnotherapy from mid July onwards.
Some of our events are listed here, but please get in touch to discuss your needs. We offer yoga on a 1-to-1 basis or in a small group. We specialise in working with people who have other health needs (for example: breathing issues, cardiac rehabilitation, cancer, depression, substance recovery, trauma, significant weight issues, older adults and people who are unfit and unused to yoga). We are happy to work with your doctor or therapist so that you get the help you need. We use a trauma sensitive approach and we adapt our work to your needs, rather than the other way around. Of course, if you're looking for a high energy approach, we'll happily accompany you to 108 rounds of Salute to the Sun.
We also offer relaxation and regression hypnotherapy for a wide range of needs including anxiety, stopping smoking, reducing drinking, weight management, and stress.
Pranayama (or breathing correctly) is central to a well rounded yoga practice. It ranges from simple practices like slowing down your breathing, or counting your breaths in sets of 10, to more advanced practices. What they all have in common is that they lead to better physical and mental health, according to many scientific studies.
This is a question and answer that we agree with:
"Is there an exercise that can boost feel-good chemicals in your brain while reducing anxiety and improving your mood?
As fitness and yoga classes start to reopen we came across this interesting article from the Centers for Disease Control. In the yoga group, no students caught Covid-19, even though their instructor was infected. Other factors may be relevant, and the study isn't definitive, but it does suggest that low intensity yoga is relatively low risk, compared to vigorous group exercises in a confined space. This is reassuring news.
New research indicates that yoga and medication provides significantly better relief for migraine sufferers than medication alone. In this study, the people who participated in yoga had a mix of taught classes and practice at home, and the yoga practice included asanas (physical yoga), breathing, and relaxation. One of the study authors noted that:
"the benefit was significantly higher in the yoga group in all areas, including headache frequency, pain, pain intensity, use of medications, and how much migraine interfered with the daily personal life or professional life,"
There is increasing evidence that yoga may help with depression. In a recent study, discussed on Medscape, it was noted that:
"Yoga appears to improve mood through increased activity of an amino acid neurotransmitter known to influence mood, anxiety, and sleep"
The type of yoga practice explored for this study was a traditional one that combined physical asanas, breathing (pranayama), and relaxation practices. One class per week with shorter home sessions were used.
The lead investigator was Chris Streeter, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Massachusetts who stated that:
"I think clinicians should consider this as a kind of a 'whole package. It shouldn't be just 'take the pill,' it should be 'take the pill and do some type of stress reduction,' and yoga is certainly acceptable," in terms of doing stress reduction.
Depression is serious. Consulting with your medical doctor is recommended, however, yoga may have an important role to play as part of the package of care.
Please note that we are yoga professionals and not doctors.
If you are reading this, your brain waves are in the beta state. Most meditation involves slowing down the alpha brain waves. This usually produces a relaxed mental state and, over time, a greater ability to not be dominated by our thoughts. Very experienced meditators may reach brain waves at the gamma level.
Yoga Nidra is a super charged form of guided meditation. It takes you from the beta state through the theta, alpha, and delta brain wave states. At the delta level, you should not be asleep, but in a state of deep calm and relaxation. Yoga practitioners often say that 1/2 an hour of Yoga Nidra is the same as about two hours of actual sleep. Not only can it help you to sleep better, once the Yoga Nidra session is finished, you are likely to feel a deep sense of calm at the same time as feeling refreshed.
Please ask if you have any questions about meditation or Yoga Nidra, or send a message.
In an interesting article, Dr Howard Luks discusses the necessity for exercise, especially for older adults. The loss of muscle, and balance, are factors that can increase the risk of serious falls for seniors. If the fall leads to a broken hip, this may accelerate ageing and the loss of independence.
An exercise programme can include aerobic exercise, resistance training, balance training, breath work, and mobility exercises. A properly designed yoga session can provide some or all of these elements at a level that suits the person, their current level of fitness, and any existing disabilities or illnesses. Chair yoga, and adapted asana poses, are commonly used for older people.
Please note that we are not doctors and we recommend that you take medical advice before beginning a new exercise programme.
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