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What Happens To Your Brain When You Meditate?

Published January 14th, 2019 by Ana Lopez

We all feel better after meditating, we feel more calm, relaxed and if we are feeling down or we feel that things are out of control we regain balance in our day.

But are we aware of the changes and the reactions our brain have when we meditate? That's the question we where doing to ourselves, and then we found the answer on the results these studies had:

Forbes magazine presented an article Written by Alice Walton in which we could notice these points: 

She affirms that meditation will help to preserve the Aging Brain, based on a UCLA study, they compare two different groups of participants or different ages, the first group it was made up of people who have meditated for more than twenty years, and the second group was made up of people who haven't done any meditation on a regular basis during the last 20 years. 

What they found it's that the first group tend to have more grey matter volume through the brain, and the grey matter includes regions of the brain involved in muscle control, and sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision making, and self-control. So the more they meditate the more they can benefit from it.

Meditation it's consider as a tool to fight against depression and anxiety. We know there's no magic cure to problems like that, but after a study at the Johns Hopkins University they settle the relationship between mindfulness meditation and its ability to reduce those symptoms: 

the resercher and the team that were incharge of the study discovered that the effect of doing meditation it was sized at 0.3, and that might not sound like much but the effect size of antidepressants it is also sized at 0.3, which it's the same as doing meditation. 

Not only it will help you to decrease of having a better control of anxiety and/or depression, but it will help you to improve concentration and attention. Millions of people suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder and a recent study published on Sage Journals discovered that with a couple of weeks doing meditation training helped a group of people on their focus and memory during the verbal reasoning section of the Graduate Record Examination test. It shows a more or less increase score of 16 percent.

So if it feels good it must be good for us, take a few minutes of your day to do some meditation, you can look for the best way to do it as it has different ways to practice it and start embracing the positive results it can have on your life!

Let's make people wonder "how you do it?" instead of "Why you do it?"

Published December 28th, 2018 by Ana Lopez

With new year around the corner you might start thinking on your resolutions, if loosing weight and being more healthy it's on your list let us help you, we will give you the right advises and motivate you to keep going further and further because a healthy life should be a goal for everyone to seek.

Let's make your life more positive with one meal at a time and one workout at a time, because when it comes to health, exercise and food should go hand in hand. It is true that keeping the track of your meals plus doing exercise on a daily basis it is hard, specially when you're always running on a schedule, for that Om'echaye has the perfect solution, we provide different fitness and yoga classes plus wholesome and healthy food, release the stress and start your journey to a better life.

You can start by choosing between this three spectacular options:

1. Weight Loss Plan.

2. Detox Meal Plan.

3. Energy Boost Meal Plan.

Besides choosing your meal plan and start taking the classes that you like the most, om'echaye will offer a free consultation with our integrative medicine expert, that way you'll have the proper guidance when it comes to your meal plan. Each one is custom-made for you, and they'll include 5 meals and snacks for each day. So don't worry about feeling hungry, we will make sure you have your day at home or work covered

Start today and don't stop until you're proud of yourself!, because your life won't get better by chance, it will get better by change!

And remember, success requires effort. So try your best and get blown away by the amazing results you can get

How Can Seniors Benefit From Regular Exercise?

Published December 7th, 2018 by Ana Lopez

It is a common belief that seniors that workout are more exposed to suffer from an accident or an injury, therefore it's a common thought that daily exercise it's not safe for them. But on the contrary of this belief seniors can get many benefits from daily exercise, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. It is a fact that regular exercise prevents chronic disease, improves mood and lowers chances of injury, and for those who are already suffering from a chronic disease or a medical condition, such as Alzehimer's disease and other forms of dementia, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and so on, can see an improvement through exercise. 

An importan benefit from having an exercise routing it's that a strong, healthy body can fight off infections and diseases more easily than sedentary body. That's how huge the impact is on the older people.

Now, What exercises can be safe and healthy for them?

As a matter of logic, trendy and rigorous exercise regimens that younger people tend to practice it's neither safe or realistic for many seniors. a limited endurance is the most common reason why seniors are unable to practice and tolerate aerobic exercise routines on their daily basis, but there are changes in the cardiovascular system in the age-related that effects on the performance, its estimated that half of this reduction can be linked to the decrease on the muscle mass, and for that reason the perfect exercise regimen for seniors must consist in:

1. Resistance training and strength: The muscles are built through repetitive motions, and for the seniors training with weights, resistance bands, even by using the floor or the furniture can be an example of resistance. This type of exercise will help on the loss of bone mass and to improve the balance, which will help to avoid falls and therefore, broken bones

2. Endurance exercises and aerobic: It is recommended by Physicians to do 30 minutes of cardiorespiratory exercise everyday so the heart rate can be elevated and that way the breathing will speed up. A perfect example for this can be walking or swimming. If practicing exercise is a new thing for the senior tiring easily might be an issue, and for that it is perfectly normal to do three periods of ten minutes each of exercise during the course of the day

3. Stretching exercises: This helps the muscles to warm up and cool down when the exercise its finished: stretching will also help to maintain and improve flexibility, decrease the muscle soreness and prevents any injury. It can be also a time for meditation and the appreciation of the body, and that way one will discover the feelings. The best example of a stretching exercise can be yoga and pilates.

We have the conviction that our spaces are always welcoming for people of all ages, we are here to provide a guidance on your journey to a healthier and happier life.

Kind regards, Ana.

 

Tips for Cold and Flu Season from the Acupuncturist

Published November 16th, 2018 by Ana Lopez

In Chinese Medicine, we see the body in terms of circulating energy.  Energy runs from the organs to the exterior, meaning the skin and the immune system.  Energy that circulates along the exterior of the body is called Ying Qi and Wei Qi,  and we say it protects us from the exterior but you can think about that as your immune system.  This ying qi and wei qi is produced by the digestive system and disseminated around the body via the lungs.  When our external environment is too hostile (virulent agents are stronger than our qi), if our energy is scattered (we are super stressed, sad or angry) or if we don’t have enough energy, we are left open to getting sick.  The best thing to do in Cold/Flu season is to actively support your immune system before you are sick. But what do you do when you get sick?  There are lots of strategies an Acupuncturist and Herbalist will employ to make sure that the duration and severity of your illness is as short and mild as possible.  

4 Top Tricks for Not Getting Sick

Keep your ying qi and wei qi strong. By keeping your ying qi and wei qi defense system strong, you can overwhelm the pathogens lurking in the environment and not get sick in the first place.  I suggest:

  1. Support your digestive system by eating a balanced nutrient dense diet and avoiding processed foods high in sodium, bad fats, sugar and processed grains.  This gives your digestive system the right materials to create the best defense system. Eating pungent, aromatic and spicy food pushes the wei qi towards the exterior, so don’t be afraid to use your spice cabinet when cooking this Fall.

  2. Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.  Sleep is the restorative time in which energy is replenished. You should wake up feeling energized and rested.  If you aren’t getting this much sleep and it’s not behavioural (ie: too much screen time), it can point to underlying issues in the body.  Acupuncture and herbs can work like a charm to help you get a great night of restful sleep.

  3. Manage stress, anger and frustration.  These emotions can scatter and deregulate qi, which leaves your defenses weak.  Try meditating for just a few minutes a day. Pranayama can help cope with unwanted emotions.  If those things fail it could point to a stagnation of energy and acupuncture can help bring you back to an emotionally and energetically balanced state.

  4. MOVE!  One of the best ways to keep your energy renewing and circulating is to do exercise.  Increasing your breathing and heart rate makes the ying and wei qi circulate faster, it keeps energy moving smoothly for good defense, and aids with the renewal process.  Depending on your overall energy level, Om’echaye has a good exercise class for you. Pay attention though… don’t do a Catastrophic class if you’re feeling low on energy or weak-- you’ll be depleting your energy rather than enhancing it.  Opt instead for a yoga or stretching class. Both are good for proper energy circulation.

First Signs of a Cold/Flu: The Battle for the Exterior
 

Maybe it starts with a drippy, runny nose?  An itch in the throat? A barking cough? It’s important to note your symptoms at the beginning of a cold/flu and to take action immediately.  This is the pathogen invading the exterior and fighting with the wei qi. The battle will be won or lost depending on the strength of our defense vs the pathogen and the strategy our body employs for fighting.  If our wei qi is strong enough, it will overpower the pathogenic qi.  Yet, what if they are evenly matched? What if the pathogenic qi is actually stronger than our defenses?  We need an educated strategy to aid our wei qi to keep us from succumbing to sickness.

First, we need to figure out how deep the pathogen has penetrated.  Is it right on the energetic surface? In that case we firm up the exterior with immune boosters like Huang Qi or Astragalus.  A formula like Yu Ping Feng San is great at this time.  However, it would be counterproductive to take it if the pathogen as gone deeper, as it can lead to stagnation of the wei qi and stop it from properly dealing with the invasion.  Other formulas, such as Ma Huang Tang, that aid the outward movement of the wei qi, can quickly expel the pathogen and would be correct at that point.  Sometimes the wei qi and ying qi are not balanced at the surface of the body… ie our defense troops are not in position and without their weapons.  A formula like Gui Zhi Tang would organize our troops at the front to fight a proper battle.

Next, we need to take into account the overall body constitution.  Is there a deficiency in qi in general which is allowing the pathogen to penetrate?  If this is the case, we need to work with the digestion, lungs and possibly other organs.  Adding herbs like Ren Shen or Ginseng could help the body to generate more wei qi to quickly recruit more troops to fight in the battle for wellness.

Are there other complicating factors?  If there are body aches, congestion, phlegm, fever, and or sweating, we need a full understanding of how they got there in the first place and how they are complicating the situation.  In many cases, it’s advantageous and imperative to treat these things at the same time.

I suggest you drink tons of water and take the vitamins you normally take at the first sign of a cold or flu.  At the same time, call for an appointment for acupuncture and herbal medicine. A trained acupuncturist can discern all these things and determine the best course of action for your body.  A 3 day supply of herbs that take into account your symptom profile, your constitution and an analysis of your tongue and pulse can mean the difference between the full blown cold/flu and a little sniffle.  

Cold/Flu Wins the Battle, But You Win the War

In some cases, your body’s wei qi will just not be strong enough, will lose the battle for the exterior and the pathogen will invade.  In the full blown cold/flu, the pathogen has invaded into the interior of the body and could be causing high fever, body wracking cough, tons of phlegm, chills, headaches, body aches etc.  The trick at this stage is support your body systems, use antibacterial/antiviral herbs and to make you more comfortable while the cold/flu runs it’s course. What systems are weakened, and how do we support them? Each person in each case is going to need a slightly different strategy so it’s important to have and acupuncturist/herbalist on your team.  It’s also important at this time to listen to your body’s needs. You may feel very tired because your body is incredibly physiologically active. Drink lots of water. Call off of work. Rest. If you do these things, you are not only helping to prevent spread of the illness to others, you are also allowing your body to do what it truly needs… to heal itself.  Pushing through your day is expecting your body to behave superhuman. Without giving yourself this time, the cold/flu could linger for weeks and symptoms, stemming from internal damage and deficiency, can stretch on for months. Acupuncture and herbs can help with cold/flu sequelae but the best practice is always to partner with your body to support its proper qi dynamic.  

Are you noticing all the people around you getting sick?  Are you feeling a little run down? Don’t waste time! Book with a treatment with our acupuncturist TODAY by calling Om’echaye Reception; 954-456-6945.  Stay Healthy, Friends!

4 Main Paths of Yoga

Published October 29th, 2018 by Ana Lopez

“Did you know that there are "4 Main Paths of Yoga"? Asana, or postures, come from just one small part of Raja Yoga (the Royal Path). The other Paths include Bhakti Yoga (the Path of Devotion), Jnana Yoga (the Path of Knowledge), and Karma Yoga (the Path of Service). Whether you connect more to physical postures, divine ritual, sacred studies, or service to others, there are many forms of Yoga to practice. Yoga is like an ancient tree with many branches, deep roots, and fruits that flourish and nourish us throughout our lives. Check out or schedule for classes, retreats, and Yoga Teacher Training.”

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