What Is Stress?

April 14th, 2006

Stress - related disorders have become increasingly common in Western Society, and the wear and tear caused by chronic stress can contribute to physical and mental breakdown.

Some disorders such as Hypertension, have reached almost epidemic proportions. Because of these increases, stress and ways of dealing with it, are a major target of medical and psychological researchers. Of course, it is not possible or advisable to attribute all disease to stress.

A person’s health is, after all, the result of complex environmental, biological, behavioural and health care factors. In the promotion of personal health, stress deserves our attention in the treatment of disease and in the promotion of health.

What Is Stress?

Stress can be defined as the experience of unpleasant over- or under- stimulation which actually or potentially leads to ill-health. No human being can function without stimulation and challenge. It is part of life and provides excitement, impetus and motivation, as well as, unfortunately distress and Anxiety. As long as you feel in control, challenge can be invigorating. However, with some of the challenges you meet, the more disabling, feelings and actions associated with stress, can take hold.

Stress is the result of a mismatch between the challenges you experience and your belief in your ability to cope. The challenges may come from sources external to you and may be the result of too much or too little pressure. Pressures may also come from within you, and be a product of your own value systems, needs and expectations.

Do bear in mind that everyone has powerful personal histories which affect their attitudes and actions. Therefore, everyone perceives and interprets stress in different ways.

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Yoga FAQ

April 14th, 2006

What is Yoga?

The word “Yoga” means “union.” Yoga is a psycho-physical discipline with roots that go back about 5,000 years. There is a lot more to Yoga than physical postures (Asanas), or the breathing exercises (Pranayama) or even the Meditation. In the true tradition of Yoga the goal is union with the Absolute, known as Brahman, or with Atman, the true self. Most people now, however, approach Yoga to obtain the very real benefits of health, mental clarity, stress release and fitness. The wonderful thing about Yoga is its flexibility. Practitioners can focus on the spiritual, psychological or physical benefits of Yoga, or all of the above.

Is Yoga a Religion?

Yoga defies categorization. Whatever your method of contacting the Divine, Yoga can accelerate movement in that direction. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender or religion or race. Yoga is truly universal. Most people find that they can practice Yoga without any conflict with their religious beliefs.

Is Yoga Good for You?

Studies in the United States and India suggest that Yoga can help conditions such as stress, Anxiety, and even Epilepsy. Western science has been studying Yoga for nearly 50 years and evidence suggests numerous physical and psychological benefits.

How many styles of Yoga are there?

There are many different styles, and this is a good thing because people have such differing temperaments. There are four basic paths of Yoga: 1) Jnana, which is the path of knowledge and wisdom; 2) Bhakti, the path of devotion; 3) Karma, the path of action; and 4) Raja, the path of self control. Within this path (Raja) is found Hatha Yoga, which is the most popular path in the West. In India, Bhakti is perhaps the most popular. Many paths such as Iyengar, Kripalu, Astanga, Integral and Jiva Mukti, to name a few, are Hatha Yoga styles. A common lineage dates back to Patanjali’s Yoga sutras, the text which outlines the basic philosophy and practices of classical Yoga.

What does Hatha mean?

The word hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha Yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body�especially the main channel, the spine�so that energy can flow freely.

Hatha is also translated as ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects�active, hot, sun�and feminine aspects�receptive, cool, moon�within all of us. Hatha Yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.

Hatha Yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.

Is Yoga a New Age Practice?

Yoga and New Age movements share a common focus on the improvement of the body and mind and their connection to the soul. Yoga goes back thousands of years.

What is Om?

It is a sacred Hindu sound symbolizing the Absolute. It can be spelled Aum. It is used as a mantra during Meditation. Correct pronunciation rhymes with “home.”

Is Yoga Aerobic Exercise?

The physical Yogas are certainly aerobic, because they improve oxygenation of the blood through increased heart rate and deeper breathing. Astanga and Vini Yoga are good examples.

What is power Yoga? Is it okay for beginners?

Power Yoga is a style of Yoga that moves quickly from one posture to the next. The foundation of this practice are 3 variations of the sun salutation, named simply A, B, and C. All of the other standing postures are thrown into modifications of these 3 series, making the practice very vigorous and challenging. Generally, non “power YogaYoga classes are slower, softer and a bit more static.

The problem with power Yoga and the beginning student is that there is none to very little alignment instruction provided. The other problem is that a beginning student doesn’t know how or when to slow down, stop or modify a posture. Both of these problems lead to Yoga students hurting themselves in class by poor alignment in the postures and by over exerting themselves and going past their edge.

What if I am out of shape?

Finding a good teacher is the optimum way to go. Also books and videos can be very helpful. Remember, if you have any condition or physical situation you are in doubt about, consult your health care practitioner.

Is it difficult to do Yoga being overweight?

Yoga can be difficult for any body type. Being overweight is going to make it a bit more challenging on a physical level, but Yoga is as challenging as you make it. Do not try to fit your body into the pose, but adapt the posture for your body. Accept where you are at and do not judge or criticize yourself because you cannot it perfectly.

How is Yoga different from normal exercises?

Yoga focuses more on process than goal. Gym activities or other more goal-driven exercises are quite different. You are not competing with anyone when you do Yoga. Toning is the way in which Yoga achieves muscular strength, in contrast to, for example, weightlifting, which breaks down muscle to build it.

Do I need to be vegetarian to practice Yoga?

Recent surveys suggest that only one out of three Yoga practitioners is vegetarian. The traditional Yoga diet is vegetarian, but one’s awareness keeps evolving, and at each stage a person can tune in to what is best for her/his own body.

How often should I practice Yoga?

I would suggest starting by practicing Yoga 3-4 times per week, 30-60 minutes per day. It is best to start slow and gradually build up the duration per day and per week. Your body may change a lot the first year of Yoga, and you need to listen and adapt/adjust your practice to work with your body. Most importantly do not push yourself, and do what feels good for your body. Shorter sessions like 20-30 minutes a day are better than one 90-minute session a week.

Will Yoga help me to reduce weight?

You will look and feel better very soon if you practice regularly and eat healthy food, fresh vegetables and more water will soon improve your physique. Also your muscle tone and strength will improve.

I am wondering if Yoga will tone my body in the same way as working out?

Yoga does tone and strengthen the body, but not in the same way as working out. To build strength in Yoga focus on holding the postures longer and longer (without strain) and possibly move on to more advanced postures.There is also a style of Yoga called “power Yoga” or ashtanga Yoga that moves very quickly between postures, which builds strength and Endurance.

Is it normal to experience soreness after Yoga?

Some soreness is normal following your first class. However, a nagging ache or intense pain is not.

Is it normal to feel tingling in the arms and legs during Yoga?

Yes, a small amount of tingling is normal. If the tingling is intense, you may be holding the pose too long, or not resting sufficiently between poses. The tingling sensation usually occurs in new students and subsides with time and further practice.

Sometimes my legs shake when I am doing stretches, do I continue the stretch and just let it shake. Or do I stop?

Usually when the body shakes during Yoga it is because the muscles are becoming fatigued and need to be strengthened to hold the posture longer. In postures where the focus is on building strength (like upward boat) its okay to shake a little, if you hold too long you can strain a muscle (or just feel really sore the next day).

I’m not sure why your legs would be shaking if you are only stretching the muscles and not strengthening them as in seated head to knee. You may be pulling yourself a bit too hard into the posture. You want to work on finding the balance between using effort and relaxing into the posture. If you are tensing up the muscles they will not be able to stretch and increase their flexibility.

Is it okay to use a chair to assist me with some balancing postures?

Yes, it is fine to use a prop (chair, block, wall) to help you with balance. Try to use the lightest touch possible to support yourself, slowly lessening the pressure until you can hold yourself up without it. Most importantly, focus your gaze at one point on the wall or the floor in front of you, as this will assist you in being balance.

Are there certain postures that you might suggest to help me as I basically have little balance?

I would suggest trying some of the balancing postures on the floor: upward boat, balancing table, prayer squat, balancing bear, half warrior, and balancing bound angle. If you want to work on the standing balancing postures use a wall to help support you. In both positions, focus on building Concentration by using a drishti or focal point to stare at.

Whenever I do any inverted postures (especially the Headstand) I usually get a Migraine, is there a way in which I can overcome this?

Usually inversions would be a good thing to do for Headaches and Migraines. But it sounds like the increase in blood pressure is triggering them for you. I would avoid all inversions where the legs are over the head (head stand, shoulder stand, hand stand) and would experiment with plow, Yoga mudra, standing angle, standing forward fold, downward dog and other semi-inversions.

The other possibility is to only go into the full inversions for very short periods of time on a daily basis, and very very gradually lengthen the amount of time you hold the posture.

I have a problem with my hands and feet sliding during poses. I have a sticky mat but it has made no difference. Do you have any recommendations?

You may want to try several things: 1. wear socks and use a small hand towel between hands and sticky mat. 2. wash your sticky mat. 3. try a different type of mat. 4. hold the postures for shorter times.

Do I have to exhale through the nose or mouth?

You inhale and exhale through the nose, unless doing a specific pranayama.

Can Yoga help me improve my height?

Yoga can help improve your posture, which will make you feel and look taller, but it will not make you “grow” any extra inches. The bones in the body stop growing once you reach adulthood, and thus make it impossible for the body to increase it’s height.

Practice the mountain posture (tadasana) not only in your Yoga practice, but all through your day, standing, sitting, driving your car, waiting in line at the supermarket. Consciously keep your awareness on your posture, keeping the spine long and straight as much as possible.

Which style is best?

Try a few different styles and when one clicks, commit to that one. Any style you choose will help you. Availability of a teacher whom you like can also play a big part in your enjoyment.

Should I do Yoga while I am Pregnant?

Yoga is a great way to strengthen the pelvic area, normalize thyroid function and blood pressure, and reduce stress, all of which are good for the baby. It is fine to continue modified practice if you were doing Yoga before; if you are just beginning, it is best to work with a teacher who has prenatal Yoga experience. In general you should avoid strain, compressing the abdomen, and inverted postures, especially in the later stages.

What postures are contraindicated during Pregnancy?

Avoid all postures that put pressure on the belly, especially after the 3rd month. Inverted postures are not contraindicated but are cautioned. This is mostly a concern late in the Pregnancy, as the weight of the belly will compress the chest and make it difficult to breathe. It may also be just to strenuous to lift the legs and belly over the head.

In Pregnancy there is a hormone secreted that makes muscles very easy to over stretch, which can cause injury if the woman pushes/pulls to hard into the pose.

Postures done on the back are cautioned due to the weight of the fetus pressing on the abdominal aorta and inferior vena cava (cutting off Circulation), and shavasana should not be practiced, have her lay on side in fetal pose.

Why are certain postures contraindicated during menstruation?

The postures that are contraindicated for mensuration are inversions: shoulder stand, head stand, plow, etc. These postures increase the flow of the menses, and cause a greater loss of blood which could leave to health problems. Other postures may be cautioned because they put stress or pressure in the lower abdominal region.

A slow gentle Yoga practice is recommended during mensuration, focusing on postures that stretch the sides of the torso (triangle), open the hips (bound angle), forward folds and spinal twists.

I am 45, in early Menopause and I would like to know which styles of Yoga would best help me at this stage of my life.

The best styles of Yoga to balance the endocrine system and regulate the hormones are ones that hold postures for long-ish periods of time: Kripalu, Iyengar, Sivananda.

Can Yoga help with social Anxiety?

Stress and Anxiety levels can be drastically reduced by Yoga practice. A stronger sense of self is built with regular practice, and over time this increased confidence and well-being can reduce or nullify feelings of Anxiety. Nadi Shodhana, which is a breathing technique, can help alleviate the symptoms of an Anxiety attack. You may also become more able to observe the factors that lead to an Anxiety attack, and deal with them before the symptoms escalate. There can be significant improvement within months.

Is it possible to use Yoga to help lower back pain?

Yes Yoga can help. Try knee down twist, child, forward bending poses, half and full wind relieving poses. I would also suggest strengthening your abs and core body strength using upward boat, triangle, and some belly down (prone) poses (being careful not to strain the back muscles).

I have a Circulation problem in my hands and lower arms, which includes numbness and pain. Is there an asana or pranayama that will help release the energy blockage?

Standing and inverted Yoga postures and kapalabhati pranayama will all help improve Circulation.

Can you recommend any Yoga positions that may be beneficial for Hypertension?

Yes, it has been shown that practicing Yoga does lower blood pressure, mostly due to its calming and relaxing nature, but also because it is a form of exercise. There are a few postures that are contraindicated for Hypertension, mainly the inversions where the head is placed below the heart. I would suggest you focus on gentle Yoga postures, mostly doing the postures done on the floor. The most important posture to practice is “Savasana” (relaxation/sponge/corpse pose). Pranayama (yogic breathing) and Meditation will be very helpful as well.

Can I do Yoga when I have a cold and a headache?

For Headaches and colds a slow gentle Yoga practice is best. Focus on floor postures, especially those that are focused on the spine. Try spinal twists (seated and knee down twist), forward bends (seated forward bend, seated angle, seated head to knee) and inversions (half shoulder stand, plow, standing Yoga mudra).

I have Anxiety attacks and cannot relax, can Yoga postures help?

Try a slow gentle Yoga practice focusing on asanas that stretch out the area(s) where you hold the Tension and stress in your body. Specific postures to reduce stress would be: standing Yoga mudra, triangle, standing forward fold, cobra, camel, child, knee down twist, and at least 10 minutes of conscious relaxation in shavasana.

How do Yoga positions open up the chakras?

Even though the chakras are often described using physical qualities, these are energy centers in the body. Yoga effects the energy of the body, and using Yoga postures that focus on the chakra centers will stimulate them allowing the energy to flow and open.

Stress and Tension (physical as well as emotions and thoughts) that accumulate in the areas of the chakras will obstruct the flow of energy, and make the chakras close down. When these areas are stretched, twisted, pressed into and lengthened (though Yoga), the stress and Tension in these areas are released, and the energy of the chakra can flow and open.

How do I recognize a qulified teacher?

There are no universal standards. Someone who is certified may have just done a weekend course or may have studied for many years. Yoga is so diverse and broad that some people in the Yoga community feel it would be impossible to create uniform standards. However; the Yoga Alliance has outlined some minimum requirements that Yoga teachers must meet in order to become “registered.” Yoga teacher registration has no national or official significance. The training requirements for registration are very reasonable and are followed by most training organizations.

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You’re Always Tired - Could It Be Your Adrenal Glands?

April 4th, 2006

What do your Adrenal Glands do?

The Adrenal Glands are two walnut-sized structures situated above each of your two Kidneys. They consist of two separate regions: an inner adrenal medulla surrounded by an outer adrenal cortex.

The function of the Adrenal Glands is performed by a wide variety of hormones released by these structures and is mostly directed at the physiological response to stress. The medulla is responsible for producing epinephrine and norepinephrine (adrenaline), which control the body�s reaction to stress and affect blood pressure, heart rate and Sweating.

The adrenal cortex produces hormones such as cortisone and aldosterone which are necessary for fluid and electrolyte (salt) balance in the body as well as regulating the use of dietary protein, fats and carbohydrates and controlling inflammation.

What can go wrong with your Adrenal Glands?

As with all structures of the body, the Adrenal Glands are subject to a range of disorders and diseases.

Major health problems can occur when the Adrenal Glands produce too many or too few hormones. Two disorders caused by impaired functioning of these glands are Addisons Disease and Cushings Syndrome. Addisons Disease is caused by damage or disease to the Adrenal Glands, resulting in a deficiency of the hormone cortisol. The overproduction of cortisol by the Adrenal Glands leads to Cushings Syndrome.

Cushings Syndrome may also result when steroid drugs (such as hydrocortisone, prednisone or dexamethasone) are taken over a prolonged period or at high doses. These steroid hormones are often used to treat inflammatory illnesses such as Asthma, rheumatoid Arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Additionally, long-term treatment with these medications can inhibit normal pituitary function (which usually controls the adrenals) and cause secondary Adrenal Insufficiency. Adrenal Insufficiency or Adrenal Fatigue is a common problem characterized by a deficiency of the hormones produced by the Adrenal Glands.

High stress levels, which are often accompanied by an unhealthy lifestyle, can weaken the Adrenal Glands. When stress continues over a long time, the Adrenal Glands� response to this stress can deplete the body’s hormonal and energy reserves, and the glands may either shrink in size or hypertrophy (enlarge). The overproduction of adrenal hormones caused by prolonged stress can weaken the Immune System, disrupt the metabolism, cause weakness, fatigue and a feeling of being run down. It can also interfere with normal sleep and cause a light and unrelaxing sleep state which can make one feel worn out even after a full night’s sleep.

Adrenal Insufficiency is sometimes linked to chronic fatigue and thyroid problems as well.

What are the symptoms of Adrenal Disease?

Adrenal Disease may often go unnoticed until far advanced. When symptoms do appear they are often vague and may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • Decreased Immune System with recurrent illness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness on standing up
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Decreased tolerance to cold
  • Hair Loss in women
  • Increased pigmentation of skin

How is Adrenal Disease diagnosed?

Adrenal Disease is most commonly diagnosed based on laboratory tests which measure the levels of adrenal hormones (Specifically cortisol) in the blood.

How is Adrenal Disease usually treated?

The specific type of treatment usually prescribed for Adrenal Disease will be based on the underlying cause. Treatment generally takes the form of synthetic hormones which increase the low levels in the body or hormone inhibiting drugs- depending on the disease. Treatment is usually lifelong unless the cause of the disease is removed, such as a tumor which is surgically removed or treated with radiation or Chemotherapy.

Can Natural Remedies help?

As adrenal damage and Adrenal Fatigue are so often caused by a stressful and unhealthy lifestyle, it is logical that this situation can be best treated and improved with a holistic and natural approach. One�s overall health, as well as the well-being and optimum functioning of the Adrenal Glands, should be addressed.

Certain herbal ingredients are well-known for their tonic effect on the Adrenal Glands and improving ability to cope with stress. Relaxation methods and reducing stress in ones daily life, as well as eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly can all be of great benefit to Adrenal Disease.

What is AdrenoBoost?

AdrenoBoost is a 100% Herbal Remedy containing Herbs known for their ability to improve the functioning of the Adrenal Glands and protect it from the damaging effects of stress and modern lifestyle.

Use AdrenoBoost:

  • To improve functioning of the Adrenal Glands.
  • To help treat Adrenal Disease and protect the healthy Adrenal Glands from the damaging effects of stress and the modern lifestyle.
  • As a restorative remedy for increasing Stamina and performance in people who are run-down by stress.
  • To improve Circulation, boost vitality and as an overall systemic invigorator
  • To regulate blood pressure, blood sugar and boost the Immune System especially after illness.

What are the ingredients of AdrenoBoost?

AdrenoBoost contains the following ingredients in our unique 100% herbal formula:

Borago officinalis (Borage) has been used since ancient times and was well-respected by Celtic warriors who used it to lift their spirits and promote courage before battle. This herb acts as a restorative remedy for the adrenal cortex. Borage is excellent at reviving the functioning of the Adrenal Glands when they have been suppressed by drugs such as steroids. Borage acts as a tonic for adrenals affected by stress. It is also a soothing and anti-inflammatory herb excellent for people recovering from illness or those suffering from fever.

Eleutherococcus senticosis (Siberian Ginseng) is an overall system tonic and improves Immune Functioning, performance and Stamina. In the 1950’s it was used extensively by Soviet athletes to enhance athletic performance. This herb can combat stress and is a tonic stimulant for the adrenal hormones. In oriental medicine, Ginseng is highly respected and prized as a herb which promotes yang energy, improving Circulation, boosting vitality and acting as an overall systemic invigorator. The active ingredients in Siberian Ginseng, eleutherosides, increase mental performance, physical Stamina and resistance to disease.

Astragalus membranaceous (Huang Qi) is an herb which has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many centuries as a revitalizing tonic. It is a very useful protector of adrenal cortical function and regulates blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Recent research confirms the positive effect of Astragalus on Immune Functioning and its ability to help the body fight against disease. There is also mounting evidence for this herb�s effectiveness in support of Cancer patients undergoing radiation and Chemotherapy therapies.

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“Five years ago I was diagnosed with Addison�s disease and it was almost a relief to find out that there was something very real wrong with my body. I was put on corticosteroid drugs which helped, but every time I had something stressful happen in my life or I got the flu I felt like I was back to square one and the doctor had to increase my dose. I didn�t want to be so dependant on these drugs and started to look into alternative treatment. I found your product on the internet and showed the information to my doctor- he was cynical but said I could try it as long as it was under his monitoring. After a few months on AdrenoBoost we had to drastically reduce my steroid medications and I felt better than I had in a long time. My doctor was impressed and so am I! Thank you so much for providing a safe and effective alternative, I am going to tell everyone I know about your Natural Remedies.” K.D.

How do I use AdrenoBoost?

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Dosage:

Adults: Dilute 15 drops in about 1/4 cup water or juice three times daily.

Children over 6: One drop per age year in 1/4 cup of water or juice three times daily.

Caution: Do not use within 4 hours of bedtime. Safety during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding has not been established.

How long till I see results?

With regular use, results should be noticed within 3 - 6 weeks, although some people may respond sooner.

How long does one bottle last?

One bottle of AdrenoBoost should last 3 - 4 weeks.

What else can help?

  1. Employ stress-coping and relaxation techniques and try to reduce the amount of stress in your daily life
  2. Eat a healthy, balanced diet with a focus on fresh, whole foods and don�t skip meals.
  3. Exercise regularly.

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3 Shocking MYTHS About Sleep

March 27th, 2006

The 3 Shocking MYTHS About Sleep That You Don’t Know About - Which Are Depriving You of Your Life Energy.

MYTH #1) �If you sleep longer, you’ll be more awake and have more energy in your life�

TRUTH: Sleeping Longer ROBS You of Energy and Damages your Sleeping System.

There are several reasons why sleeping longer damages your sleep system. What most people don’t know is that there is a very important element of your inner sleep clock which is prior wakefulness. When you sleep longer you limit your prior wakefulness which puts stress on a number of other factors such us your melatonin hormone levels, your exposure to sunlight, and your body temperature rhythm.

Getting longer sleep or “catching up on sleep” only weakens your sleep system, which in turn can even lower your Immune System. The common belief that trying to sleep less makes you tired and low on energy is simply because people don’t understand how the bio-temperature rhythms work (what you will learn soon).

MYTH #2) You need to �Catch Up on Sleep� if you missed some before.

TRUTH: Unless you…

Unless you go on a huge sleep deprivation marathon, you do not need to “catch up on sleep”, if you downloaded the 2 free chapters of the Powerful Sleep eBook, you learned precisely why this is true. It is only during the first 3 - 4 hours of sleep that we experience most of State 3 and Stage 4 sleep. Sleeping longer than you usually do isn’t physically beneficial to you in anyway, and puts your body temperature rhythm out of balance.

MYTH #3) �I feel so low on energy, I Must Get More Sleep�

TRUTH: More Sleep DOES NOT Provide You With more Energy!

You don’t need MORE sleep, you need QUALITY sleep.

People think that sleep is a very basic thing. We don’t really think about it do we? We sleep, we wake up, and we magically feel refreshed, don’t we? In truth, sleep is actually quite a complex and fascinating system that most of us take for granted. Because most of us don’t understand how our inner sleep system works, we aren’t even aware of all the actions we’re taking in our lives that are damaging our sleep systems and depriving us of energy.

There is a difference between MORE sleep, and Powerful Sleep. The only way to make your sleep more physically energizing is to learn about the inner science of sleep! Only once you learn how to optimize your sleeping system for maximum performance, can you try to reduce your sleep.

In this short report we only barely scratched the surface of these vitally important understandings. What we briefly talked about here is completely covered in rich detail in the first two chapters of the Powerful Sleep system, and for a limited time you can get those two chapters FREE right now (see details below).

About The Author:

Kacper Postawski is an innovative sleep science researcher and the creator of the �Powerful Sleep - Secrets of the Inner Sleep Clock� system. He can show you how to reduce your sleep by up to 3 hours, create more time, and an abundance of energy in your body by sleeping LESS! Not more. He dispels the �8 hour sleep myth�, tells you what most people never realize about sleep, and what the drug companies DONT WANT YOU to know. Find out more about Powerful Sleep now.

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How To Relax and Ground Your Body

January 18th, 2006

Grounding exercises help tremendously with maintaining a balance of our physical and spiritual bodies. This particular exercise can serve as an excellent tool for identifying physical stresses and upsets.

Here’s How:

  1. Lay down comfortably on a bed or massage table.
  2. Bring your thoughts from its busy mental chatter downward by focusing on your feet.
  3. Notice the soles of your feet, your toes, in-between your toes, the top of your feet. Do they feel hot? or cold? Do they hurt? Are they numb? Do you feel your blood circulating through them? Are they feeling tired?
  4. Once you have a made a strong connection with your feet, you may then move your focus upwards to your ankles.
  5. Notice, but don’t judge how the different parts feel. For example, when you wiggled your toes, how did that feel?
  6. Gradually shift your focus now to your lower legs, onto your knee caps, behind your knees, your thighs and upward.
  7. Keep reminding yourself not to rush.
  8. Allow yourself to breathe throughout the exercise, especially as you come to any areas of discomfort (stressed muscles, soreness, etc.) or at any spot that feels like there may be an energy block.
  9. Once you have moved through your torso and up to your neck drop back to your fingertips.
  10. Move to the hands, up your arms and shoulders, returning now to your neck.
  11. Finish up with your face and scalp.

Tips:

  1. Don’t rush this process. Take your time moving upwards to each part of your body.
  2. Do not touch yourself. Just allow your mind to switch focus from wherever it is and mentally consider your body’s sensations.
  3. Do this exercise while laying down is recommended, but for anyone who tends to fall asleep quickly upon hitting the pillow sitting upright in a chair may be preferable.

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Super Sleepy Time Tea Recipe

January 16th, 2006

2 parts Chamomile 2 parts passion flower 1 part St. Johns wort 1 part Hops flower 1 part Valerian root 1 part Catnip 1 part Lemon Balm

2 teaspoons per cup of water before bed time will help you sleep soundly all through the night! Really!

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How To Make Stress Relieving Eye Pillows

January 9th, 2006

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag Any soft fabric-8inches by 3 inches
  • 1 cup flax seeds

Directions

Make a simple bag. Leave 1 inch open. Fill bag with seeds with a funnel. Stitch opening closed. Store in the freezer or refrigerator in a small plastic bag. Use to relieve stress or just to feel great!

Can also be used on forehead or behind your neck for headache relief. Use for 20 minutes and rechill. Some prefer room temperature - experiment to see what you like best.

Add Herbs and flowers if you want a scent. Some great relaxing Herbs are Hops and Lavender. You can customize these types of eye pillows for colds and flu also - simply add a couple drops of Eucalyptus oil to help relieve sinus and nasal congestion!

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More Meditation Techniques

January 5th, 2006

Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana means “insight” -to see things as they really are, through a process of self-observation. It means insight into your own nature which enables one to recognize himself the cause of suffering and eliminate it.

Method:

It is usually done in a course of 10 days, when the participants refrain from reading, writing, and even talking (except discussing difficulties faced during Meditation with the teacher). Set aside 15 minutes. Find a quiet place. Sit down cross-legged on the floor or a chair with a straight back. Become aware of your breath. Take a mental note of whatever feeling you are experiencing.

Open your eyes slowly after 10 or 15 minutes and get up gradually. Do not worry if you do not get any great insights in your first session. Try to be aware of your senses and emotions and their impact on you.

Benefits:

It is free of rites. Allows one to study sensation in the body like cold, pain, itching etc. One develops wisdom.

Raja Yoga Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation fills the yogi with super-sensuous joy or bliss which is the highest and the most ennobling experience. The bliss elevates the mind and raises the yogi above carnal pleasures, and moulds his bad habits.

A Raja yogi establishes a relationship with God . He withdraws from all the superfluous and avoidable worldly activities. He spends minimum time and resources on his personal comforts and devotes maximum energy for noble cause i.e. spiritual awakening of his felloe-beings.

Zazen

It refers to zen Meditation as was done by Buddha.

Method:

In this you sit in lotus position with back straight to allow free movement of the diaphragm. The chin is tucked in and the weight of the body equally distributed on both the legs.

Benefits:

It is a way to discipline life, and makes one realize how much valuable time is wasted each day.

Nada Yoga

Plug the ears with the thumbs as in Yoni mudra and concentrate on the internal body sounds. At first the sounds will be faint and will progressively become louder. By listening to this sound mind becomes internally focused. Very beneficial meditative object.

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What the Mind Possesses, The Body Expresses

January 4th, 2006

Stress is the underlying cause of 85% of visits to the doctor and includes Fibromyalgia, Headaches, and other Chronic Pain syndromes. If this is so and the research shows it to be true then why do we not recognize these stressors? How is it that we let stress create such problems in our lives?

These questions are being studied more than ever before as is noted in the latest issues of Time, News Week, US News and World Report, National Geographic and a host of other weekly and monthly magazines including O, The Oprah Magazine.

If we understand that the underlying cause of stress is a mind body connection response to our thoughts and our bodies response to those thoughts then it makes since. Florence Nightingale, in her book Notes on Nursing written in 1859 stated that volumes are now written on the connection of the mind and the body. Even then she declared that if we help the patents to vary their thoughts we help them get better.

So why is the Medical Community so slow in connecting the two. Good Question and not so hard when you think of our fast paced world and how easy and routine it is for a physician to write a prescription to calm our nerves.

As humans we experience daily stress totally different than say a rabbit in the wild. A rabbit while leisurely feeding will respond with all its senses with any sign of danger. However, unlike humans the rabbit will relax and go on feeding as soon as the signs of danger pass. It has no thoughts of what just occurred, or what might occur or what could have occurred.

When humans sense danger we also go on the alert. Our heart rate faster, our blood pressure higher, our blood diverted to our arms and legs so that we can fight or get the heck out of Dodge. On the other hand, we humans unlike the rabbit tend to proceed to worry about the �What Ifs.� What if the danger comes back? What if it isn�t gone and I just I think it is gone?

When the �What Ifs� set in we are beyond the protecting intentions of the stress response and become distressed. We take a thought and turn it into worry, which creates High Blood Pressure, fast pulse, etc.

Read the following and then try the exercise: Close your eyes take a deep breathe and pretend or imagine that you are in your kitchen. Look around the kitchen and listen for the hum of the refrigerator. Walk over to the refrigerator. Did you hear your footsteps? Now open the door of the refrigerator? Feel the cool air as it flows out.

You notice a bright yellow Lemon and you reach in and take it out. Pay attention to the size, color, temperature, and texture of the Lemon as you hold it in your hand.

Now take the Lemon over to where you would normally cut up fruits or vegetables. Take out your favorite knife and slice through the Lemon. Watch the Lemon juice as it oozes out onto the cutting area. Now pick up one half of the Lemon and smell the scent of the Lemon.

Now open your mouth and take a bite of the Lemon. Taste the Lemon juice as it passes across your teeth onto your tongue. Taste the tangy tart taste of the Lemon as you feel it in your jaw. Go ahead and notice and then swallow the extra saliva in your mouth.

If you are like most who try this exercise then you may have noticed a little sour taste with some discomfort in your jaw and/or extra saliva in your mouth. What you created with just your thought was a physiological, biochemical response in your body � yes, just from a though � So the old saying �We are what we think we are is true.� Therefore, change your negative thoughts to positive thoughts and experience the changes in you.

How do I know if I am stressed?

If you are finger tapping, compulsively eating, biting your nails, having repetitive thoughts you might be stressed. If you have increased your smoking, drinking or drug use you might be stressed. If you are absent or being late for work then you might be stressed.

Prolonged stress can result in Heart Disease, food cravings, Insomnia, Depression, PMS, obesity Arthritis, Diabetes, and multiple other conditions that are a direct result of uncontrolled stress.

The most stressful jobs: 1. Teaching 2. Nursing 3. Management 4. Other professionals 5. Social workers 6. Road transport 7. Police and prison officers

On an average workday, an estimated one million workers do not make it to work due to stress. �Health and Executive Magazine,� claims 6.5 million sick days are being taken every year as a result of stress.

Stress Reduction

Stress affects blood pressure, sleep habits, nervousness, and confusion. Whenever our bodies are stressed � whether the stress is real or imagined � our brains respond as if it is real. Stress, by the way, can come in many forms: an impending deadline, an inability to complete work tasks, or even a verbal lashing from another person. The body�s response is the same regardless of what causes the stress.

Ten Ways to Cut Down on Stress 1. Talk it out. Get support from family and friends. 2. Exercise regularly. 3. Avoid false guilt. 4. Set realistic goals and priorities. 5. Avoid perfectionism. 6. Keep a sense of humor. 7. Hang loose. Set aside idle time to relax every day. 8. Live by the calendar, not the stopwatch. 9. Avoid over indulging in drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. 10. Think positively

Taking time out of a busy schedule to relax is very important. Everyone experiences relaxation differently so the key is to relax as best you can. The ability to relax is enhanced by finding a quiet place, creating positive self talk, listening to soft music, day dreaming, or taking a walk.

Try this simple breathing technique to relax and decrease stress. Blow your stomach out like blowing up a balloon. This will drop the diaphragm down and automatically create a deep breath. More oxygen is able to enter into the two lower lobes of the lungs, which has more blood vessels to carry oxygen to the cells.

Exercise

Exercise is the most widely recommended form of treatment for relieving the effects of stress and Depression. It increases endorphin release (the bodies natural morphine) along with melatonin (natural sleeping pill) and serotonin (natural Prozac) production, and helps level out blood glucose. Exercise helps us sleep better which also decreases stress.

Think Stress Control

Skipping breakfast is a bad idea. Starting your day on an empty stomach results in DECREASED ATTENTION and POOR PERFORMANCE. Even if your breakfast consists of something sweet or fatty, which is common, it can still help you get a better start on your workday. It is also true that breakfast eaters are leaner, have lower blood pressure, eat less throughout the day, and are in better health than those who skip the most important meal of the day.

In Conclusion

Stress responds well to Meditation, Relaxation Therapy, Self-Hypnosis Exercise, a walk in nature, soft music, get 6-8 hours of sleep and a proper diet with the right vitamin and mineral Supplements greatly decreases stress and enhance wellness.

About the author

About the Author: Michael R. �Ron� Eslinger, Captain, U.S. Navy, Retired is a Board Certified Hypnotherapist, Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Hypnotherapy Instructor and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. He has served as Chief Nurse Anesthetist, Assistant Department Head for Administration Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA. and is the Past President, Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He is Owner/Director of Healthy Visions Wellness Center in Oak Ridge, TN USA. For more information regarding hypnosis as an adjunct therapy, Ron Eslinger can be reached at The Healthy Visions Wellness Center. Go online to http://www.eslinger.net for more information.

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Mantra Meditation

January 4th, 2006

One of the very important tools which help in this meditative awareness is Incense. Incense helps in creating a favorable atmosphere which calms the mind and makes it suitable for enjoying the meditative experience.

In a certain school of thought, Meditation can also be practiced by chanting “AUM” or reciting and repeating words called mantras. The aim of these methods is the same - that is to stop desire and to enjoy the experience. Only then can the mind become focused and samadhi attained which is the highest goal of Yoga.

Mantra chanting creates powerful vibrations which are said to be directed to the right “chakras” to attract divine forces. This process is said to mysteriously heal the spiritual, physical & psychological body. It is important that when the mantra is chanted, the words and their rhythm must be enjoyed and one must surrender oneself to this experience.

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