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Articles related to chidren’s health and wellbeing, tips and recommendations.

Tapping exercise to nourish your heart

Heart chakraTraditional Chinese Medicine theory believes that the heart houses the spirit or “shen” and plays key roles in regulation of emotions. Heart is the governor of all the meridians and it keeps the spirit in place.
Nourishing and nurturing our heart is the most powerful gift we can give to ourselves and others. As various mystics are saying it will keep us in the path of been Healthy, wealthy and wise.

Do- In to nourish Heart

This exercise will bring you emotional release, relax your chest, improve anxiety, releave tenderness in the breast and increase your energy level.

Procedure

Tapping CV 17– Standing foot shoulder width apart.
– Take a big breath in with your nose, with the tip of your tongue touching behind the upper tooth. As you exhale pronounce the sound “Ah”, which is the sound of the heart chackra.
– With the four fingers of both hands, tap CV 17 point, located in the middle of the sternum between the two nipples. This point stimulates the thymus gland and opens heart energy.
– Continue tapping this point for 3 minutes as you pronounce the sound of love “Ah”.
If you prefer you can also repeat the word Love, Love, Love
Finish by saying thank you to your heart and chest area.
Repeat this exercise everyday twice a day.

YOGA FOR FERTILITY

by Guiomar Campbell

Health yogaA lot of studies on fertility shows that women that are trying to get pregnant and practice yoga frequently have more chances to conceive than the women that don’t practice.

Now a days women that are  trying to get pregnant experiences significant level of mental stress, depression and also weak immune system. The high level of stress that women goes through in this process causes abnormal levels of the pituitary hormone prolactin, which is responsible for ovulation and consequently can delay menstrual cycles.  A lot of studies on Sterelity and Fertility also found that among women trying in vitro fertilization, those  with high levels of stress  produced fewer eggs and not enough embryos that could be transferred into their wombs.

Yoga asanas and pranayama are well known for releasing stress and improving the flow of Qi energy in the ”nadis” or energy channelsl. it helps to tone the nervous system and improve the functioning of the glandular system.
As in Hatha yoga Pradipika states “When the breath wanders, the mind wanders but when the breath is still, so is the mind still”.

energy bodyTraditional Chinese medicine, for instance, holds that blockages or imbalances between the masculine (yang) and feminine (yin) energies in the body can be the root causes of ill health—or in this case, stress-induced discomforts and dysfunctions. 
Yoga is based on this same concept of enhancing the flow of energy through energy channels, which are part of what yogis call the “chakra” system. The word chakra literally translates as wheel or disk. It refers to the sphere of bioenergetic activity that emanates from the major nerve ganglia branching forward from the spinal column.
The chakra is a center of activity that receives, assimilates, and expresses energy.
For women trying to conceive it is important to maintain balance on all the centres of energy and specially the second chakra.
The second chakra is of utmost importance for sexual health. Located around the lower abdomenand groin, this energy center rules the reproductive organs, and relates to movement, sensation, pleasure, sexuality and, theoretically, fertility.
Imbalances on the second chackra can cause physical symptoms

FACTS ON YOGA AND FERTILITY

~ Increase blood flow to internal organs and improves lungs capacity
~ Help to stimulate ovulation and make the uterus more conducive to conception by regulating hormone
~yoga increases the chances for conceiving a baby by improving overall physical
and emotional health.
~Facilitates regular and healthy menstrual cycles and, more predictable
ovulation.
~ Yoga exercises gently work on the reproductive organs and pelvis providing
blood and nutrients to the developing  fetus.

ASANAS FOR FERTILITY

A- Supported Bridge Pose – Setu bandhasana

It calms the mind and helps to stretch and abdominal muscles, reduces anxiety, fatigue and insomnia, relieves menstrual discomfort and helps photo 1to relieve the symptoms of
menopause.
Position
. Lie on the back flat on the floor, belly up, and bent your knees with feet flat on the floor, close to your bottom.
. Inhale and on the exhale lift your pelvis and buttocks up, off the floor while keeping your feet flat on the floor.
Lift your chin slightly away from the sternum and, firming the shoulder blades against your back,
. Stay in the pose anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute. Release with an exhalation, rolling the spine slowly down onto the floor.
B- Badda konasana- Cobbler’s pose
It means “bound angle”.
It releases tension on lower back, tones muscles in the pelvic floor, good for women during menses and menopause because it stimulates the ovaries, easy childbirth pain, Stretches the ligament and muscles of your pelvis to bring more space to your baby.

Position- Badda konasana- Cobbler’s pose

Guia yogaIf your hips or groin feels tight, you may want to raise your pelvis by sitting on a folded blanket
Sitting on your mat with your legs straight out in front of you, exhale and bend your knees, pulling your heels toward you. Bring your foot as close as possible to your body.
Inhale and exhale drop your knees towards the ground, pressing the soles of your feet together.
Bring your hand to your feet. Continue inhaling and exhaling while making sure you are sitting up straight. Open your feet as if you were opening a book.
Exhale and round your body forward.
Hold the pose for one to five minutes. Rest your elbows inside your knees
To come out of the pose, inhale and lift your knees up, away from the floor, keeping your feet in contact with the floor at all times.
Exhale and extend your legs back to your starting position

Regular practice of Yoga, breathing and meditation will deepen your knowledge on yourself as well as open the possibilities around you to create balance between mind body and spirit.
Namaste!

How to keep your baby healthy

by Guiomar Campbell R.Ac. Dip. Sh.

SUNLIGHT
Let them be in the sun bare chested near a sunny window to get vitamin D from the sun
It helps their skin and helps them to sleep. It also improves brain functions.

NOSE
Make sure to keep their noses clean, to help them eat, sleep and breath well

Use homeopathic remedies to keep their imbalances under control.

WASH HANDS
Wash your hands and babies hands regularly to get rid of cold and flu.

ACUPRESSURE
Apply acupressure along the spine from tail bone up towards the neck. Use both index and middle fingers. It increases motor reflexes, and stimulate brain functioning. Babies love it.
Massage babies belly everyday after shower and stretch their legs. Improve digestion and elimination.
Massage babies feet circular movement around the heel bone, press and pull the toes. It helps babies to relax.

FOOD
Cook organic vegetables and offer healthy snacks such as mashed avocado and bananas. Offers plenty of fruits.

SING
Lots of singing, dancing and story telling. Sing to sleep, sing to bathe, sing to eat and sing to play. Celebrate everything babies do.

LOVE, LOVE AND MORE LOVE!

Natural immune care for little ones

Nothing is more painful than see your lovely ones sick and suffering. Before you choose drugs, try a preventative approach use your intuition and have no fear.

Kids are very strong and with a tremendous ability to heal themselves, as they do not carry as much as emotional and mental stress as we adults do. They sometimes run up and down the stairs with a fever and running nose and still have lots of energy. If your child has no history of asthma or severe allergies there is no reason to panic. Try to help them naturally.
I have been treating my two kids 8 and 12 y.o. with natural remedies such as hot compress, teas, massage with essential oils and acupressure. They hardly get sick and if they do get colds, it only lasts for couple of days with mild symptoms.

As soon as you notice the first symptoms such as lack of appetite, low energy, mood swings, slight headaches, gas and sore throat, begin a preventative approach. Cut or reduce all sugar, from simple sugars to complex ones. Reduce or cut dairy foods and processed food. Stay with oats, whole grain bread and cereal, lots of soup ( lentils, chick peas, squash, vegetables, and chicken soup, if you eat meat). This initial approach will give energy and nourishment to your kids and help strengthen their immune system. It is also important to consult with your Doctor if the symptoms persists.

What to do when kids get colds or flu
Most important is to give them comfort and make them feel very special. read stories, massage their bodies, talk to them, draw uplifting pictures, write in big letters “I LOVE YOU”. Hydrate them regularly by offering home made teas and lots of water.

Kids loves to be cuddle and listen to soft music. Choose quite activities and lots of REST


For fever symptoms

Monitor the fever so it does not get higher than 37.5C
Apply warm compress
Soak a flannel or towel in warm water and place it on forehead and feet to help cool down the body
Hydrate- Offer a sip of water every half an hour, or if they can drink a full glass of water, every hour it is also great.


Beginning symptoms of sore throat or congestion

Gargle with 1 drop of tea tree, 1 drop of lemon in one glass of warm water 3-6 times daily. You may also use celtic sea salt 1/2 tsp in one glass of warm water.
Rice milk
It is beneficial to heat rice milk and sip slowly for more soothing relief 2-4 times daily.
Direct inhalation by applying one drop of Lavender or diluted Tea tree in the palm of hands and inhale deeply. It prevents the germs from descending down the bronchus to the lungs.
Inhalation through vapor- Add 2 drops of eucalyptus and rosemary in a bowl of hot water, cover head with a blanket and breath in the warm steam. Clear germs from throat and upper airways.

Echinacea tincture and vitamin C, preferably a natural form such as camu berry powder are also helpful during the acute stage.

Good luck with flu season!

The information above is intended to educate not to cure. Please consult with your physician or professional health care specialist.

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