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.”
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.
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