Wandering Warrior- Qigong

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Wandering Warrior- Qigong

By Jill Roth


THE MARTIAL ART
This month we’ll be entering the amazing world of Qigong with the gentle guidance of Bina Bou. Bina is a certified instructor of Qigong and Tai Chi who enjoys sharing her knowledge with her students in Cave Creek and other locations in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

DEFINITION OF QIGONG
I began with Bina’s website (www.binabouchi.com), which answers the question “What is Qigong?” Long used in training for the martial arts, Qigong is described by Bina as an exercise “designed to cultivate your Mind,Body, and your Spirit; and revitalize your Chi, the life force energy, by deep breathing and synchronized movements.”Qi or Chi means energy—a resource so essential it is impossible to define or translate Gong or Kung means to cultivate—a practice or methodology.

Qigong, therefore, refers to the exercise of one’s internal energy, and is a path to Mindfulness. Intention – Attention – Repetition – Guidance.

While everyone has Qi, most people don’t know how to tap its potential for healing and stress management. Qigong training allows practitioners to learn to relax and develop their mind-body connection. Through slow and gentle movements, Qigong has the practical benefits of providing balance and enhancing the body’s own natural healing—benefits which are documented in numerous medical publications.

With this background on the Qigong tradition, I attended one of Bina’s classes. To warm up, the group of about 24 gathered together in a large circle. You could feel the effervescent energy rippling around the room. We started with some wonderful, uplifting music and reflexology for the feet. We accomplished this
by walking in a giant circle, first on our toes, then on our heels, followed by the outsides of our feet, and finally on the insides of our feet. Next, we continued to walk while kicking out to the front, and then kicking our tushes, kicking out sideways, and lastly, marching with our knees up high. The room was filled with smiling faces, exuberant walking, and good cheer. Oh, and did I mention that the participants in the class ranged in age from 55–83?

Qigong can be used for its martial, healing, or meditative aspects. Bina says that Qigong is the mother of all martial arts, and that with slight variations it can be used for each of these goals. According to Dr. Jwing-ming Yang, a well-known teacher and author in the field, there are two separate trains of thought in the Qigong schools focused on martial arts. One, Nei Dan, believes that one should build Qi in the body and then have that spread to the limbs to increase their martial effectiveness. The other, Wai Dan, follows the belief that you should build up the Qi in your limbs and then have it flow inward to your internal Qi. This type of Qi can be used to “energize the skin and the muscles, enabling them to resist a blow without injury.” Both schools teach that by harnessing the focus of the mind (Yi), you can send Qi to the muscles and increase your fighting effectiveness. The progression of acupuncture theory also increased the effectiveness of Qigong as a martial art. By gaining a thorough knowledge of the acupuncture meridians, a Qigong practitioner would know the most effective cavities to hit and the necessary depth at which to strike. This combination of knowledge had made for a formidable martial art.

The meditative aspects of Qigong can be as simple as enjoying the focus and stress release of the movements, or as in-depth as the intense Marrow/Brain Washing, a level of training revered and kept secret from all but a handful of practitioners in every generation. To learn more about this area you can read the Marrow/Brain Washing Classic by Da Mo. Da Mo wrote this book about energizing the brain and attaining enlightenment after nine years ofseclusion in a Shaolin Temple.

Bina Bou has focused her practice on the healing properties of Qigong. I was impressed by how her students were brimming with health. Don’t be mistaken— many of her students have faced and overcome health obstacles that would have stopped others in their tracks. Take, for example, Debra, who developed a serious illness and was having difficulty with stamina and balance. Debra had been in a wheelchair before she started working with Bina. After a few months of Qigong practice, Debra was helped to the extent that she is now walking freely. But more on this later; back to the class…

Read the rest of the article and get facts about Qigong on pgs. 40-43

By Jill Roth
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Are You a Heart Saver? Saving Lives One Heart at a Time.

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Are You a HeartSaver? Saving Lives One Heart at a Time.

By Kris Costa


 

Let me  tell you a about a relative who had a heart attack in a mall one afternoon in December. Wisely, and frankly uncharacteristically, he made his way to the shoe department of Macy’s, which luckily was near an exit door, and complained to a cashier of pain in his chest. The ambulance arrived quickly and loaded him in. En route to the hospital, he went into cardiac arrest.

Fortunately, he was in trained hands who administered CPR and swiftly used an AED (automatic external defibrillator) to shock his heart and bring his pulse back. By the time I arrived, he was in the ER, laying in the recovery position (on his left side)—ashen and still, but alive. Alive, with the necklace he bought for his wife still clutched firmly in his hands. In the weeks to follow, as we celebrated the holiday season,
my family was acutely aware of how very close we had come to spending this time in a very different, very dreadful manner.

There is much to learn from this story. One thing for sure is to not ignore the signals that our bodies communicate to us. Another lesson is to call for medical help immediately, as the cashier did. Had one or two of those elements not been acted upon exactly as they had, this gentleman may not have been in the ambulance when he arrested. And what if he had not? Would another set of capable hands been available to save his life? Did anyone in the store know what an AED was, or where it was? I am grateful to leave that an open question in my mind. However, there is another lesson to be learned from this experience. What if someone were to go into cardiac arrest in front of YOU? Would you know what to do to save a life?

My relative was shopping alone that December afternoon, but what of the person whose family is standing witness, screaming for help to those who are unable to provide any? That sort of helplessness is a hell all its own—and it happens every day. People watch as others die. Anyone can learn CPR—and everyone should.

WHY TAKE ACTION?
• Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths.
• Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32% of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
• Sadly, less than 8% of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.
• The American Heart Association trains more than 12 million people in CPR annually, to equip Americans with the skills they need to perform bystander CPR.

THE GOOD SAMARITAN LAW:
The Good Samaritan Law protects individuals who assist a victim during a medical emergency. Every state in the United States has a Good Samaritan Law or Act to protect individuals who offer reasonable aid during a medical emergency.Since a Good Samaritan typically does not have medical training, the law protects him or her from being liable from injury or death caused to the victim during such assistance. As long as a layperson has good intentions to aid the victim to the best of his or her ability during a medical emergency, he or she is protected under the Good Samaritan Law. Under some Good Samaritan Laws, as long as medical personnel, such as doctors, nurses, or medical responders, are following normal procedures, they too will be protected under the Good Samaritan laws. Each state law has specific guidelines.

AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL
DEFIBRILLATORS:
Automatic external defibrillators (AED) save lives. An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and if indicated, can deliver an electric shock to the heart to try to restore normal rhythm.

CPR/AED classes are taught nationwide, and many are taught for free. CPR/AED can be learned in one day, in just a few hours. Contact your local Fire Department for more information. Make sure the CPR course you inquire about also teaches AED. Many also teach child and infant CPR/AED, adult and child choking, and first aid. There is no excuse not to learn these life-saving techniques. Get going, get trained, learn how and when to use your training, and be prepared! You may never know when you may be called upon to save a life.

Kris Costa
Editor in Chief Mindset Self-Defense Magazine

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RESOURCES:
CPR/AED:
htp://www.redcross.org/take-a-class – (also offers pet CPR course).
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/CPR_UCM_001118_SubHomePage.jsp
Or contact your local Fire Department.
PET CPR:
http://www.pettech.net/index.php
GOOD SAMARITAN LAW BY STATE:
http://www.heartsafeam.com/pages/faq_good_samaritan

Read our article on pg. 34-35 with facts from the American Heart Association.

Ask The Trainer- Holiday Willpower & Dieting

Ask The Trainer- Holiday Willpower & Dieting
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How many of you have ever wished for more hours in the day? I think most of us at one time or another have felt the pressure of too much to do and too little time. There are only 24 hours in each day. What if you could use all 24 . . . every single day? Just think about how much more you could accomplish! Of course, you have to train yourself to function without any sleep. You have to eliminate that wasteful use of 8 hours each day. One third of your day . . . unnecessarily spent with your eyes closed.

What? You don’t think you can do that? You don’t think it’s healthy or the right thing to do? Well, how else are you going to achieve your goal of getting more accomplished in your 24 hour day? Just decide you are going to do it and summon up every ounce of willpower you can muster!

Of course, we all know how the above scenario will turn out. Your willpower may get you through one day without sleep, but the true needs of your body will soon take over and you will fall asleep. And it was NOT the fault of a wimpy willpower!!! In fact, it had nothing to do with your willpower whatsoever.

The definition of “will” is “the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action.” Willpower, then, would be the control of that decision making process. Obviously, the main emphasis in that definition would be on the word, “control.” And herein lies the answer to the universal complaint of all dieters: “I just didn’t have the willpower to continue.” “I fell off of the truck. It’s all my fault.”

Let me make it very clear right here that I strongly believe in personal responsibility. One needs to understand that actions have consequences and we reap what we sow. That being said, however, we need to examine the control factor with willpower and diets.

Most diets are designed with deprivation in mind. The HCG diet, for example, is built on severe calorie deprivation where the dieter must eat only 500 calories each day. Since most adult basal metabolic rates (BMR) are above 1200 calories, this is destined to fail. Your BMR tells you the amount of energy (calories) your body NEEDS just to function. That means sitting on the couch all day, breathing, but not moving. So if you are providing your body less than half of what it needs to function, what do you think will be the result? Do you think your body, which desperately wants to survive, knows that you are simply trying to make your gut smaller by consuming only 500 calories? NO!! Your body knows that in order to keep functioning, it
MUST find nourishment quickly. So it sends the appropriate hormonal cascade into action that signals hunger. Starvation, in fact. Ignoring that signal becomes impossible. It has nothing to do with your decision to lose weight. It has everything to do with the control of the hormones and the central nervous system that environment.is hard-wired for survival. It is not the dieter’s “fault” that they “fell off of the truck.” The fault lies with the diet that is completely counter to supporting the body
in a healthy way.

Think back to my ludicrous suggestion that you could “will” yourself to stay awake 24/7, without any sleep. You, of course, rejected that idea as a valid solution to getting more done each day. You knew that not getting sleep is harmful to your body and to your productivity levels. The only ending to that scenario is one in which the body takes over and controls the situation. Your willpower means nothing at that point, right?

So why do we insist on diets that are just as ludicrous, just as harmful to our bodies . . . and believe that we can “will” them to work for us? Restricting calories severely, eliminating an essential food group, or even excessive exercising in order to “purge” are all misinformed ways to approach weight and fat loss. They are destined to fail and will not provide the long term result of a healthy body that really is what we are all seeking when we go on a diet.

Consider my opening example again. What would be a better approach to accomplishing more in each day? We might focus on improving efficiency and effectiveness throughout the day instead of just adding hours. Who is in control in that situation? We are. We can decide to write a chapter in our new book instead of watching that mediocre sitcom on TV. We can meet by webinar at work instead of traveling to each different location. Making choices and utilizing our decisions to “initiate actions” give us the opportunity to work on our willpower because control is appropriately ours to exercise in each situation.

Now translate this same idea to losing weight. What is in your power to control? How can you use your willpower to help? Instead of working against your body by depriving it of certain macronutrients and consuming too little, work with your body to help it function at a higher metabolic rate and encourage it to release its stores of fat. When you eat quality ingredients and include a lean protein, a complex carbohydrate and a good fat with every meal, you send a signal to your body that it can have confidence it will receive what it needs and it won’t starve. In an atmosphere of abundance, your body will willingly release fat and not feel the need to store more. You can then use your willpower to focus on eating quality and not giving in to overly processed, sugar-filled, non-nutritive food. And your body will support you in this pursuit instead of taking over control because it feels threatened. There is no need to “fall off of the truck” because you, your willpower and your body are all working towards the same goal of being healthy !

Read the original in our Holiday issue; http://joom.ag/rZkb

Email your fitness questions to Dianne at: DBailey@TheConditioningClassroom.com
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Dianne has been providing professional weight management and sports conditioning training for individuals since 2002 and opened The Conditioning Classroom, a private personal training studio, in 2006.

Spa Renewal-Detoxify your Body

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Fall Renewal…Detoxify your Body

By Marie Bernat


Fall is a natural time of transition and an ideal moment for a gentle detox cleanse that will reset your body and mind, and prime your system for a winter of wellness. Ayurvedic practitioners say
it’s important to slow down, support your liver’s natural ability to remove toxins from the body, and take stock of the influences that you allow into your life. From the foods that you place in your mouth, the people you surround yourself with at home and at work, the joy and stress you embrace in your life as well as the other emotions you choose to hold on to. Doing this review and release, will protect your health year round. Particularly in the fall, as we begin to modify our eating patterns due to new school and work patterns, and we adjust what we eat and cook to the new seasonal fruits and vegetables locally available. Fall is a great time to harvest and prepare for the new way we want to live our lives.

We know that the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat are polluted and contain toxic chemicals. The prepackaged or mass produced foods we eat are loaded with sugar, preservatives, colorings and additives. Fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy may contain chemicals, pesticides and hormones. All of us face these toxins in our everyday life and we absorb them into our lungs, skin and digestive track. Your body fills with toxins stored in fat and then your body stops functioning properly You can’t sleep, you gain weight, you are bloated and you
are constipated. Your body wasn’t made to function with all these toxins. Think of a small baby, who has not been exposed to toxic pollutants. They eat, then right afterwards they release the waste from what they have eaten. As we get older that isn’t how it works for many people; many people eat and maybe they are not able to release the waste for 2 or 3 or 4 days or even a week. You have to ask yourself, where is this waste from these 6, 9 or 12 snacks and meals hiding? The food has been taken into your body but the waste hasn’t been released so it has to be somewhere.

In Chinese medicine, the intestines are related to ‘mentally letting go’. If one is unable to release and express emotions the function of the intestines will be altered and the body will not be
able to eliminate toxins. When trying to improve elimination it is imperative to calm the mind, let go of emotions and create a space for healing. Fall is a great time for letting go. The trees shed their leaves and so you too should shed that which you no longer need. Isn’t it time for you to let go, release the toxins and detoxify?

Don’t let the word detoxification turn you off. You may think it sounds like a New-age idea or something only celebrities who have addictions do. This is not true, detoxification is a normal, everyday function of life. It’s the body’s way of breaking down and eliminating anything that doesn’t belong. And, these days, there are a lot of things our bodies come into contact with that don’t belong. The bowel disposes of toxins from the digestive system and the liver helps clear the way for other organs to function properly and help rid of those unwanted toxins. Your body is
actually able to detoxify itself in a natural manner with the use of its lungs, liver and kidneys. However, if waste builds up, the level of toxins build up in our body and we get sick. With so many conditions on that list, it might seem that everyone is toxic, and to a certain extent that may be true. The reality is that many of you probably have symptoms of chronic toxicity but don’t realize that you’re toxic.

Some diseases you may suffer from if you are toxic:

• Parkinson’s disease
• Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia
• Autism
• Attention deficit disorder
• Depression and other mood disorders
• Insomnia
• Heart disease
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Fibromyalgia
• Cancer
• Autoimmune disease
• Food allergies
• Arthritis
• Digestive diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcers, and colitis
• Menstrual problems like heavy bleeding, cramps, PMS, menopausal symptoms, mood changes and hot flashes.

The following is a list of the common symptoms of chronic toxicity. If you suffer from any of the following, detoxifying might be critical for you to get healthy and feel good again:
• Fatigue
• Muscle aches
• Joint pain
• Sinus congestion
• Postnasal drip
• Excessive sinus problems
• Headaches
• Bloating
• Gas
• Constipation
• Diarrhea
• Foul-smelling stools
• Heartburn
• Sleep problems
• Difficulty concentrating
• Food cravings
• Water retention
• Trouble losing weight
• Rashes
• Skin problems
• Eczema
• Psoriasis
• Canker sores
• Acne
• Puffy, dark circles under the eyes
• Premenstrual syndrome
• Other menstrual disorders
• Bad breath

The most important thing before beginning any detoxification plan is to find the cause of imbalance. Once the root cause has been identified individualized naturopathic care can follow which
addresses an individual’s unique needs.

6 Simple Steps to Enhance Detoxification

Proper detoxification is so essential for health that you need to start enhancing your body’s ability to detoxify today. Here is how to do it:

Drink Water – Drink plenty of filtered water, at least eight to ten glasses of filtered water a day. Alkaline water if you have a water ionizer. The kidneys are responsible for flushing waste from the blood. Make sure you give them what they need by drinking plenty of water. Your body will not release the toxins that is stored in your fat easily. These toxins may be very concentrated and can damage other organs if they are released. However, if you drink enough water then your body will feel free to release these toxins as the water will dilute them so they can safely leave your body.

Go to the bathroom regularly – Keep your bowels moving, at least once or twice a day. And if you can’t get going, then you need some help. This can include taking two tablespoons of ground flax seeds or chia seeds, taking acidophilus or extra magnesium citrate capsules. If you have any chronic diseases or problems,you have to be careful about taking supplements and should work with your
doctor.

Eating and Supplementation – You should also eat organic produce and animal products to eliminate the toxins, hormones, and antibiotics in your food. If it is not in your budget, then properly
wash your fruits and vegetables to remove pesticides using a vinegar and water soak for 10 minutes, next add baking soda, these scrubbing bubbles and a vegetable brush followed with a good rinse will remove most toxins and dirt. Avoid sugar as well as other white foods. You should eat 8 to 10 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables a day. Take a high-quality multivitamin and mineral supplement.

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Read the rest of the article, and get spa deals on pages 36-38

Marie Bernat
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Marie Bernat is the owner of Scottsdale Spa and Holistic Massage Therapy. Scotts-dale Spa and Holistic Massage Therapy has two locations. They are located in Fountain Hills and Scottsdale Arizona. To schedule an appointment please call them at 480-522-1041 or visit http://www.scottsdalespaandholisticmassagetherapy.com.

 

10 Non-Surgical Ways to Take Ten Years off Your Face

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10 Non-Surgical Ways to Take Ten Years off Your Face
By Marie Bernat

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If you are ready to get rid of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin that are adding years to your appearance, but want to do it without evasive surgery, this article is a must read for you. Today’s innovative cosmetic surgery treatments can help you stop the clock without going under the knife. Medical spa procedures with laser technology, dermabrasion techniques and skin tightening treatments can create a dramatic difference within a few weeks. Many non-surgical methods, when they are used regularly, can improve the appearance of the skin. Keep in mind, that no non-surgical face lift methods will remove wrinkles completely. However, non-surgical methods are easier and less expensive and do deliver results. Most non-surgical face lift products and methods will need to be used regularly for there to be lasting result.

You may find that you need to use a combination of the six keys strategies for facial rejuvenation in order to achieve maximum benefits.
The Six Keys include:
1. Exfoliating to remove dead skin and wrinkles
2. Stimulating new collagen to plump wrinkled skin
3. Removing brown spots, and abnormal blood vessels
4. Removing crow’s feet, worry lines and frown lines
5. Filling or camouflaging of the deep facial lines
6. Tightening loose skin on the face and neck

All six steps can be achieved without surgery and with minimal or no down time. There are many minimally-invasive programs that use FDA approved and tested products and treatments that are widely accepted as safe and effective by the medical community. Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of a facelift without the pain? Consider these top ten non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures:

Anti-aging Treatments:
• HydraFacial or Aquabrasion Facial
• Thermage
• Microdermabrasion
• Juvederm
• Laser Skin Resurfacing
• PhotoFacial
• Photodynamic Therapy
• Microcurrent Facelift
• Chemical Peels
• Makeup Application

Read more tips to look 10 years younger and get more spa deals here (pg36-37).

Marie Bernat

 

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Marie Bernat is the owner of Scottsdale Spa and Holistic Massage Therapy. Scottsdale Spa and Holistic

 

Massage Therapy has two locations. They are located in Fountain Hills and Scottsdale Arizona. To schedule

 

an appointment please call them at 480-522-1041 or visit

 www. scottsdalespaandholisticmassagetherapy.com.