Boost Your Energy Naturally

Boosting Your Energy Naturally

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Fatigue and lack of energy are common complaints with chronic pain and autoimmune disease sufferers. When your battery is running low or you are trying to maintain a constant stream of energy to keep you going, it’s important to seek out all the possibilities that could provide you with  additional  energy support outside of food. Back in the day, food was able to provide us with more energy than it does today.  Cheap food policies have negatively impacted how we can sustain ourselves through food. Processed foods, artificial ingredients, and overuse of pesticides leave our bodies fighting daily to rid our bodies of toxins robbing us of the energy the food was to provide.

So what can you do these days to boost your energy?

Get out in the sun. Being out in the sun for 20-30 minutes a day, preferably early as the sun is rising or as it is close to setting.  This is the most natural way to get vitamin D. Vitamin D3 is made in your skin when you expose all of your body to sun. In just 15-30 minutes, depending on your body type, where you live, and the color of your skin a person can produce needed vitamin D. Check out more from the Vitamin D Council here. Get Core Complete here to get a daily dose of what your body needs!

 

Drinking water with added salts and minerals will help your body absorb and perform vital body functions more efficiently, as well as, helping you sweat for cooling and removing toxins. Read more about water here. Ionic Elements can help to provide your water with a specially formulated combination of fulvic acid and ocean trace minerals supporting a healthy body. Get $50 of your $75 purchase of Ionic Elements here. Use code kimburns. On a fun note…getting a salt rock and licking it throughout the day can also be a great strategy for getting needed minerals into children.

 

Breathe the right way. Utilizing a 3 part and 2 part breath technique can provide your body with increase oxygen, reduce your heart rate and assist in moving body fluids for removal from the body. Muscles have memory. When the body is placed in a sitting position all day or curled up in a ball all night, we are training or body to breath using only the upper part of our chest. This can lead to diaphragmatic dysfunction leading your body to breath pulling the chest upwards  filling only the top portion of the lungs rather than expanding downward to full all of the lungs. The Detox Yoga Program teaches you how!

 

Move your body. Being a “couch potato” or being in a compressed position such as sitting at a desk all day can limit the flow of energy and fluid throughout the body. Movement produces kinetic energy, which can be converted into power to fuels the body. Detox Yoga can help to support good spinal alignment necessary for maximizing blood, lymph, and nerve flow throughout your body supplying your body with nutrients and protecting your joints. Detox Yoga Lifestyle is about influencing wellness through supporting your lymphatic system daily.

 

The Earth is similar to a giant battery with a natural electric charge. Grounding is charging your bioelectrical body through connecting with the earth. As we become more industrial, living off the ground, covering our feet with rubber soles, and staying indoors, we lose contact with the ground leaving us disconnected and out of touch with the earth’s natural resources. We miss out on daily natural strategies that can prevent illness and improve energy supporting well-being. If you have lost your electrical roots you can easily start to ground yourself by getting outside to enjoy the warm sun and Florida’s natural resources while walking barefoot. Can’t get outside? No worries, you can bring grounding in through use of chair mats, bed pads, body bands and more! Check out a grounding study here.

Want to know more and learn how to use the natural resources our body and earth provide us to be well? Contact me today for a complimentary 30 minute consultation by phone or video conference. You will also receive my top 5 exercises that you can do in 15 minutes a day to influence better spinal alignment, cleansing your lymphatic system and breathing to influence your nervous system for calming. MsKimBurns@gmail.com or call 215-499-0444.

 

References:

https://chopra.com/articles/grounding-the-human-body-the-healing-benefits-of-earthing

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25848315

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3116537/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3489133/

vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/#.XC-Nm1VKjIV

https://www.choosemyplate.gov

 

 

YOUR DOCTOR TOLD YOU TO DO YOGA

YOUR DOCTOR TOLD YOU TO DO YOGA – NOW WHAT?

by Kim Burns, OTR/L, CLT and Cheryl Albright OTR/L RYT

Some physicians are now prescribing or suggesting yoga for all sorts of medical conditions. That’s appreciated! But now what? Do they have recommendations or will you be left on your own to find one? Most won’t really know how to explain yoga other than to have their patients go for stretching and strengthening. It’s also likely they won’t know where to send them and it’s possible they think all yoga practices are the same. How is the patient supposed to know how to safely treat their body with Yoga if they are not instructed by medical professionals?

The moment someone hears the word Yoga, thoughts of twisting and bending come to mind. If you are in pain and seeking comfort, twisting and bending are not in your visions of healing. Unless you have selected the slow, restorative practice class, walking into a typical Yoga class can be putting your body at high risk for further damage.

If you have never been to a Yoga class before your doctor recommended, it is in your best interest to seek out a medical professional that can provide specific guidelines for your medical need. We would recommend to everyone who enjoys yoga or wants to try Yoga for the first time to also seek out consultation from medical professionals that incorporate Yoga into their practice. It’s not all about stretching. It must be about spine and joint protection.

 

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LYMPHATIC YOGA FOR ANTI-AGING

INSIDE OUT: LYMPHATIC YOGA FOR ANTI-AGING

Private and group sessions available. Contact me today to set up a workshop at 215-499-0444

Who doesn’t want to look and feel younger? It isn’t just about vanity. It is about keeping our body functioning properly by reducing the workload of our organs. Gerontologists feel that aging is due to the interaction of a variety of lifelong influences such as genetics, environmental influences, diet, stressors, past illnesses, injury and lifestyle. We can’t change our genetics or past factors, yet we can change the way we treat our body today with knowledge and natural techniques. An effective anti-aging routine needs to include what is going on within our bodies. Our food choices, along with attention to how the spine is aligned throughout the day, influences good blood and lymph flow. Learning how to live addressing the lymphatic system is as easy as daily yoga.

 

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28 Day Detox Yoga Therapy

Take back control of your health

Contact me today for your Free 30 minute phone consultation and exercise review!

Private workshop $195 includes 2-3 hour assessment and program review. Group programs are available with special rates per group. Grab a couple friends and make a change!

28 Day Detox Yoga Therapy is a guide to assist you to taking control of your health and well-being. It will help you improve your body awareness and medical knowledge. You will learn about your body and how your body moves fluids through your circulatory and lymphatic system. You will understand how breath is life and it is your ability to influence health. New food choices, best exercise practices and natural therapies to help you manage wellness.

Detox Yoga Therapy is a daily 4 week program. Begin your journey to changing your life in 28 days. Included in the package is a one on one initial assessment with an option to purchase  1 hour  sessions of consultation, personal training, and manual/massage services.

Call Kim Burns to set up or private or group program at 215-499-0444 or

Email: MsKimBurns@gmail.com

 

 

SPINAL ALIGNMENT

SPINAL ALIGNMENT

BY KIMBERLY BURNS, OTR/L, CLT

Dr. Roger Sperry, Nobel Prize recipient for brain research, says “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine”. Only 10 percent has to do with thinking, metabolism, and healing. When your spine is out of alignment, your brain will take energy from your thinking, metabolism, and immune function to deal with abnormal gravity/posture relationships and processing. With regular exercise and knowledge of how the spine is supposed to be aligned, the body will have a better chance to work and function correctly.

Exercise along with activity modification can help reduce improper alignment and nerve damage. Below are simple changes and exercises that will have lasting benefits for your posture and overall health.

Kim’s Top Spinal Alignment Strategies

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REHAB YOUR ASANAS

Rehab Your Asanas: Rejuvenating Pose

When first practicing breathing, one should learn how to align the spine properly to maximize the free flow of energy and the proper muscle activation for breath control. Our spine has 3 natural curves: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar. We lose these curves over time with prolonged standing, sitting, and poor sleeping postures. Your breathing patterns can also become disrupted. A lot of us tend to be chest-only breathers, which limits the ability to fill the lungs. When you address spinal alignment and base all of your physical movements on the correct posture, you place your body in the best position to strengthen the stabilizers, protect the spine, and to breathe correctly. The inability to properly control spinal movement and breath can contribute to injury, re-injury or delayed recovery. Our postural muscles, transverse abdominals, and respiratory muscles are slow twitch muscles that are used for endurance. In contrast, fast twitch muscles are used for short bursts of movement. Slow twitch muscles are typically closest to the spine, and are deep and internal. They form our architectural support structure and are controlled at an unconscious level. Typically postural muscles are only supposed to engage at approximately 15-30% effort. When they are fatigued from injury/pain/nerve damage, fast twitch muscles could take over causing spasms and compression.

Yoga is a great way to activate our slow twitch fibers when it’s performed correctly!

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Road to Wellness, Part 2. Finding Nutrients

Road to Wellness, Part 2. Finding Nutrients

Getting the most nutrients out of food can be a challenging job when what you eat needs to provide your body with the substances that will allow it to function at an optimal level. Just what is functioning at an optimal level? It has a variety of meanings; to me it reflects achieving internal balance and managing a gene to keep its influence under control. Learning a food style is a big part in learning to manage a disease process. Your genes can control what types of food your body will tolerate. You have to become knowledgeable on multiple factors that are influencers to health before you are able to put together a selection of foods and drinks that will be used to change the microbiome in the body making the goal of balancing internal systems achievable.

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5 Core Concepts for beginning Yogis

Therapy on the Mat – Private Lessons

5 things beginners should due in yoga class

  1. Know Neutral Spine! Getting the spinal muscles stabilized first is important before beginning to add advanced poses. Maintain neutral as much as possible!
  2. Learn correct breathing: I find yoga classes do a nice job warming up with breath, giving enough time for the participant to breath with a relaxed body yet there are not enough cues to instruct on breathing during exertion and 3 part breath for great detoxing influence through the lymphatic system. Very important to maintain the integrity of the abdominal organs.
  3. Pay attention to placement of your joints. don’t over do any movement, flexion, extension or internal rotation. These put you at risk of stretching ligaments, compressing discs, or blocking blood and lymphatic flow. Wrist, elbow, and neck hyper extension are most common. maintain neutral spine in positions to develop flexibility before compounding the integrity of the joint of placing your body weight over.
  4. Never try to look at the instructor or other participants. If you are unsure of how to continue a pose, back out to a resting position and observe from there. You are already putting your joints in a compromised position, by twisting and turning to look.  I like to look for studios that have mirrored walls. If there were mirrors on the ceiling, even better. It makes checking your alignment better and improves proprioceptive awareness, the way we can ‘feel’ where all our body parts are in relation to each other.  See it in “your mind’s eye
  5. Push to burning not PAIN! Back out slowly! Don’t push into it and its not OK to fall out. You want to teach your muscles how to get back to the place you just took it to!

The next time you head into any studio be it Pilates, Yoga, or Zumba, Think about your own level of flexibility, how your joints are positioned and modify the poses with safety and protection in mind.

Therapy on the Mat is designed as basic guidelines of yoga  for spinal alignment and good technique for joint positioning. Medically relevant information is provided during poses so that you get the most of of your class.  It is safe for those with back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and more. Poses are performed at a slower pace to ensure proper spinal alignment and to develop a better understanding of anatomy, posture and intelligent integration of the body. We will explore various breathing techniques and how they influence the lymphatic and nervous system. Modifications are suggested for safe and proper alignment. This class is also appropriate for advance yogis looking to improve core strength and learn alignment principles, biomechanics, breath work and detoxing through yoga. Aromatherapy is also presented as a way to intensify focus and the effects of yoga enhancing your practice.

 

Renew YOU! Yoga – Exploring Dragon’s Breath

Exploring Dragon’s Breath

Saturdays at The Yoga Hangout SRQ 352 Somerset Ave, Sarasota Fl Located inside the Alchemy Day Spa upstairs! Click HERE to register.

I never thought I would come to really incorporate Dragon Breath into my yoga practice. Ujjayi breath was my friend. I did Ujjayi breath every second I could so that I was always activating my transverse abdominis and lower spine multifidi for perfect pelvic stability during chiropractic care.elongation-998837 (2)

 

When you get stronger, you naturally just want to break out of that routine and step it up a bit.

 

 

 

 

That’s where I went! Feeling strong and needing more input to my spine, Dragon Breath came out! I had a little fun with it in different positions and found that in order to reduce the strain it could cause on your neck, it should only be done with arms overhead.woman-1456950 Want to Learn More? Join me  Saturadays from 9:30-10:30 am at The Yoga Hangout SRQ.

Renew YOU! Yoga  is a weekly class is designed as basic guidelines of yoga  for spinal alignment and good technique for joint positioning. Medically relevant information is provided during poses so that you get the most of of your class.  It is safe for those with back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and more. Poses are performed at a slower pace to ensure proper spinal alignment and to develop a better understanding of anatomy, posture and intelligent integration of the body. We will explore various breathing techniques and how they influence the lymphatic and nervous system. Modifications are suggested for safe and proper alignment. This class is also appropriate for advance yogis looking to improve core strength and learn alignment principles, biomechanics, breath work and detoxing through yoga. Aromatherapy is also presented as a way to intensify focus and the effects of yoga enhancing your practice.

$15 a class

 

Yoga Teachers can request a workshop class to get Yoga Alliance CE Units!

YA Categories: All workshops will include 3 of the educational categories. 1. Anatomy and Physiology of particular system(s) or body part which is being presented in the workshop to understand why these poses were chosen and how they influence the body. Information on indications and contraindications. 2. Teaching Methodology on how to set up asana sequence for best management of safe joint positioning through set up, visual and environmental aspects. 3. Techniques, Training and Practice will provide cues during poses to gently move deeper into the stretch. Participants will learn techniques to modify poses safely for beginners and advanced students refining their practice. 4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics as related to Occupational Therapy Ethics and Practice. Participants will understand the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others through yoga. How to incorporate yoga into daily activities to promote a healthy lifestyle.

 

Are you a paradoxical breather and didn’t even know it?

Detox Yoga can help!

Are you a paradoxical breather and didn’t even know it?

When things go wrong and nerves in our body and spine do not communicate correctly, our body tries to compensate by bringing in other muscles, recruiting them to help with movement. If there is damage to the chest or spine in the area of the lungs and diaphragm, or anywhere in your body due to use of compensatory patterns, what could occur is called abdominal paradox. The movement is spinal extension, abdominal activation, and chest elevation during inhalation. This can be a very subtle occurrence that you may not even know you are doing. It can occur when your attention is not focused on breath. It may be very damaging to internal organs and muscles.

waist trainerWaist trainers are a new fad developing out there to make you stomach thin or help with posture while weight training. It is thought that by applying the corset like vest and cinching it at your core, hips, and back, your body would mold itself into a slimmer figure. What is really occurring is that you are cramming your floating ribs, drawing your rib cage closer together while influencing alternate breathing patterns. Don’t wear them!

When your breathing pattern is changed for whatever reason, multiple muscles are then recruited to assist in breathing and take over causing the slow twitch muscles of the ribs to no longer be required to perform this breathing act. They then become weak and compressed by the larger fast twitch muscles that have taken over. Weak and compressed muscles then begin to lose blood flow and will struggle to overcome the fast twitch muscles.

Learning correct breathing patterns through yoga is a great piece of knowledge that is easy to learn and share. Managing it on a daily basis takes self-control and restraint yet it also teaches these same principles.

If you want to learn more about how to use breathe in healing yourself and others, please contact me for a complimentary phone consultation to review your specific health needs and learn about how the lymphatic system can support better health. Call or email me today at 215-499-0444 or MsKimBurns@gmail.com