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Pranayama

Today I was asked by a yoga student about breathing (aka Prana-yama). Breathing is everything, It is called Prana in yoga or life force. We are nothing without it. Breathing in allows us to bring in oxygen and breathing out allows us to let go of toxins.

Deep breathing (down in the belly) triggers the para-sympathetic reaction (relaxation), whereas shallow breathing (in the lungs only) triggers the sympathetic reaction (fight and flight). Yoga aims to relax.

In yoga, we inhale on extension/effort and we exhale on contraction/release. It is just the natural movement of the lungs. Inhale fill-up, exhale squeeze out. Now give it a try :)

Alexandra Le Ny
Certified Health Coach & Yoga Instructor
925 858 2133
“Empowering individuals to reclaim their health and happiness and regain balance in all areas of their life.”

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Smoothie or not Smoothie?

I am not a smoothie kind of girl. It may shock you to hear it from a Health Coach, but I prefer to chew my food and drink my liquids.

In my culture, we sit down at every meal and make it a ritual. It is a social thing, a time for ourselves or to connect with other human beings. We don't drive, work, phone, text, read or watch TV while eating. Besides distraction interferes with digestion. When you practice mindful eating, you feel satisfied, satiated and you digest well. For optimal nutrient absorption, foods are always best eaten in their whole form and well-chewed, so they can be processed by your digestive enzymes.

I only use my Vitamix to make a berry smoothie to sneak other liquid or powdered supplements such as chlorella and spirulina powders (since they taste gross alone!) and to get my daily dose of high-antioxidant berries, especially when they are hard to find in the winter. I typically buy them organic to avoid pesticides and frozen since they are more economical. I also like to make occasional treats like a tropical smoothie on a hot summer day or a decadent superfoods hot cocoa in the winter.

Unless you are always on the go, skip meals (which is a terrible “no” for blood sugar and weight loss) or don't eat enough vegetables & fruit, there is no need for a daily smoothie. If you do, be careful if you like to mix fruit & veggies together, they are not the best food combination, and can often lead to bloating, gas and discomfort if your digestion is sensitive. Fruit should be eaten alone or they will ferment in your digestive tract and you can imagine the rest. When sweetening your smoothie, stick to fresh or dried fruit.

I just saved you $400 from buying a fancy blender or from grabbing a daily smoothie to work that you can now invest in coaching sessions ;)

For more information, please consult with me.

Alexandra Le Ny
Certified Health Coach & Yoga Instructor
925 858 2133

“Empowering individuals to reclaim their health and happiness and regain balance in all areas of their life.”

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Is Your Water Clean?

Our skin is our largest organ and we need at least 6-8 glasses of water daily for our body to perform optimally. The problem is that our “clean water” is infused with chlorine (or chloramine, depending on where you live), fluoride, heavy metals, and VOCs, which are known to cause disease including cancer, Alzheimer, Parkinson.

If you want to optimize your health and prevent disease, you need to reduce your exposure to toxins. These are essentially found in our food supply, our hygiene products, our house cleaning products, household items sprayed with fire retardants, silver amalgams, EMFs, and the air we breathe.

The water you use for showering, bathing, washing dishes, cooking, and drinking is likely to be contaminated with pesticides, herbicides, and other toxins (heavy metals, chlorine, fluoride, VOCs, etc.). If you suffer from thyroid issues, it is especially important since chlorine and fluoride block the absorption of iodine by the thyroid. The same goes for Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases, since heavy metals are known to interfere with brain function.

I recommend investing in a good water filtration system (carbon filter or reverse osmosis) that is NSF-certified for your home to ensure that you are drinking the purest water possible. You can choose a whole-house filtration system. A less invasive and more affordable option would be a counter or under-counter system for your kitchen sink.

Did you know that we absorb more water by taking a shower or bath, than through the water we drink daily? Consider installing a shower filter, because once these toxins found in your tap water are heated and become airborne in your shower, they cause more damage to your body through your skin and lungs, than from drinking unfiltered water.

Water is essential for our body to function optimally, so aim for 8 glasses of filtered water daily either plain, or with a squeeze of lemon or lime, a dash of fruit juice, some cut-up fruit to infuse the water, or in the form of herbal teas. Take a metal water bottle everywhere you go and set an alarm on your cell every hour as a reminder to stay hydrated.

For more information, please consult with me.

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Work with Me!

Work with me!

Do you feel like you have lost control over your health & happiness and lost balance in your life? Health issues start creeping in that prescription drugs cannot seem to tame. You are cruising through life, without really feeling alive nor happy.

My name is Alexandra Le Ny. I am a certified Health Coach & Yoga Instructor. My work is that of a Nutritionist & Life Coach. I help my clients reclaim their health and happiness, by making realistic and sustainable changes to their diet and lifestyle, so they can regain balance in all areas of their life: body-mind-spirit.

I have a holistic approach to health, taking into account diet, lifestyle, exercise, work, relationships, and personal growth. I draw from my knowledge in nutrition, supplements, herbs, aromatherapy, and homeopathy to support their healing. I go down to the root cause of health problems, which are often connected to the heath of our guts, to eradicate them once and for all. I provide all the necessary lifestyle tools to help my clients transform and balance their life so they can thrive. When you are in a state of balance, there is no disease nor dissatisfaction. 

My goal is to empower my clients so they are no longer a victim. As a Coach, I put the power back in your hands so you can heal yourself. I would love to talk to you! Contact me through my website at www.alexandraleny.com.

Alexandra Le Ny, CHC & Yoga Instructor
925 858 2133

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Holiday Gift

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa or none of these, how do you handle gift giving in your family? Do you limit the number of presents? How do you communicate with well-meaning relatives?

If you have a holistic mindset, chance is that you want your children to remember the holidays for its spirit and meaning, not for its consumerism. You can choose to focus on building the atmosphere with decorating, crafts, caroling, baking, ice skating, and holiday fairs, to give them cherished memories that will outlast the gifts they might receive.

Our family lives overseas and since it is costly to send anything via mail, I offer our family to send us money and I will buy each kid one gift from them.

On Christmas day, each kid gets one gift from Santa, clothes and books from us, and one gift from each major family members (grandparents, godfather & godmother). During the holidays, we focus on re-creating the spirit and traditions of Christmas: cooking, baking, crafts, decorating, church, caroling, special outing, touring neighborhoods for lights and decorations, having friends over.

When we see the family, I suggest them to spend time with the kids and take them on outings. Last summer, they took the kids horse back riding, tennis, beach, circus, restaurant, merry-go-round, rafting, sailing, camping, etc. Since we don't see our family often, I want to make sure our kids and family build memories together, not clutter ;)

If they were local, I would opt for an online wish list or charity donation, explaining that you don't want to collect toys or end up with duplicates, and would rather they spend their hard-earned money in something your child does not have, contribute towards buying a bigger item (bike, ipad, activity, trip, etc.), donate to a preferred charity or save for college. I have no guilt in exchanging and re-gifting items that don't fit our criteria. It is the intention that counts.

For grown-ups, I like to offer home-made or consumable items since most of us have everything already. These include baked items, chocolate and tea, candles, body lotion, hand cream, an inspiring book, a special outing, or a service like a spa treatment or a Health Coaching session :)

Whatever you choose, the gift of time and the memories you create are always priceless and timeless!

Happy HOLIDAYS :)

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