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Waking Up To A New Day

June 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Eastern culture, Food & drink

Many of us pay little attention to how we wake up. The alarm goes off. Some of us turn it to snooze and prefer another 10 minutes of slumber. Others throw back the covers and immediately get up and into action mode. This jolt taxes the system and creates strain on weak artery walls. Additionally, the body experiences a sudden and dramatic increase in blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate compared to its sleep state. When this is taken into account, it is no wonder that strokes and heart attacks commonly occur between six a.m. and noon.

There are various ideas about the best ways of waking up and preparing for your day.

I always have a full glass of water on waking that I keep next to the bed. This rehydrates you and some evidence suggests that this helps to reduce risk of stroke. If you have lemon in it, all the better. The lemon will stimulate your liver and wake it up so it’s raring to go for all the jobs you ask it to do for the rest of the day.

My yoga teacher suggests having a gentle stretch before you even get out of bed. You have been lying down for a long period with limited movements. Stretch out your arms, your legs. Move your fingers then wrists and ankles. Do a few rotations of the joints in the ankle and wrist. This will get the qi or energy awakening before you ask it to do anything more strenuous.

Taoists suggest an alternative massage. Begin massaging your sensory organs—your eyes, nose, lips, and ears—as soon as you wake up. Gently tap and brush your scalp with your fingertips. Then massage the rest of your body with a stroking action from your neck down to your shoulders, elbows, hands, chest and abdomen, hips, knees, and all the way down to your feet. Stroke your lower back with your palms. Inhale deeply into your nose and exhale through your mouth three times; this pushes out toxins. Then take three deep inhalations, filling your cells with vital oxygen.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gives you the energy you need to function during your daily activities. Instead of your usual cold cereal or toast or breakfast bar, try substituting a warm bowl of whole oats. Your body will thank you for years to come.

Whole oats balance the body’s blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates, and they also prevent colon cancer by binding toxic minerals and acids. Rich in antioxidants, whole oats keep cholesterol from sticking to artery walls. The outer coating of oats contains a high concentration of soluble fibers, which help trap cholesterol and move it quickly through the intestines. The saponins in oats increase production of natural “killer cells,” which play a critical role in the body’s supervision of the immune system.

These benefits are reserved for whole oats only; the oats that many people eat in refined form will not share the same lifelong health rewards because they contain very little of the precious bran that contains beta-glucan and saponins. So stick with unrefined whole oats.

Add to whole oats a good mixture of berries in season—especially blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. As another option, try apples or mandarin orange. For a sweetened taste, add raisins, honey, or date pieces. Simply add soymilk or almond milk, and you have a blockbuster breakfast!

There you go- ready to start your day!

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Using The Right Lubricant

May 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Fertility & Pregnancy

The Daily Mail recently highlighted the question of whether couples trying to conceive would benefit from using a sperm friendly lubricant.

We always advise couples we see who are trying for a baby not to use general lubricants during their love-making and not to use saliva. Both can harm sperm. However, if vaginal dryness is an issue, a sperm-friendly lubricant such as Pre Seed or Conceive Plus may help. The PH balance of the lubricant may balance the acid- alkaline balance of the more acid vagina which traditionally repels the more alkaline sperm. Increased moisture may also help the sperm to swim up the cervix.

A 2014 study measured the effect on sperm function of 11 lubricants, including some that claimed to boost fertility. It found that two – Pre-Seed and Conceive Plus – improved ‘motility’, a measure of how much sperm moves. All the others had a detrimental effect.

The jury is out on whether in general couples trying to conceive should use a lubricant at all. Some consultants are wary and warn that they won’t make a difference to the more common issues that make conceiving difficult such as low sperm count, endometriosis, PCOS or blocked fallopian tubes. However, if you’re trying to conceive naturally and do find vaginal dryness an issue, ensure you use a lubricant which will help the sperm do their job of fertilising the egg.
This is just one of the issues that we discuss with couples trying to get pregnant who come to see us to talk through how to maximise their chances of conceiving. A fertility consultation is £49 and you should leave with a clear idea of the way forward and advice on what you can do to improve your chance of conception.
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Tai Chi Gentle Movement Class In Leeds City Centre

May 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Eastern culture

The wonderful Barney Bardsley is half way through her current classes that run on a friday lunchtime in Leeds City Centre. But she still has a couple of places free for this friday and next. Do get in touch with her if you’d like to drop in and try her balance of gentle movements that move the Qi. What a wonderful way to end the working week!

BREATHING SPACE

Friday Classes 12.30 – 1.30pm, £5

Leeds Buddhist Centre

4th Floor, Leeds Bridge House,

Hunslet Road, LS10 1JN

Teacher: Barney Bardsley

[email protected]

07769 806236

These classes are run as a cycle of four, using the gentle breath and movement sequences of T’ai Chi/Chi Kung, and the principles of the Alexander Technique, to promote poise and equilibrium in body and mind. Suitable for all.

 

Come to as many – or as few – as you like. Pay on the day but PLEASE PRE-BOOK as places are limited.

 

  1. Clearing the Head, Friday 29 April, 12.30 – 1.30 pm. £5.
  2. Releasing the Back, Friday 13 May, 12.30 – 1.30 pm. £5.
  3. Oiling the Joints, Friday 20 May, 12.30 – 1.30 pm.£5.
  4. Return to the Centre, Friday 27 May, 12.30 – 1.30 pm £5.

 

‘the body becomes the flow, the stream of life and there is no separation between the workings of the body and the workings of the spirit’(Gerda Geddes)

 

FOR MORE INFO on my work visit:

www. barefootbarney.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/breathingspaceclasses

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Tai Chi and Chi Gung Class in Leeds

April 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Eastern culture, Other health topics, Pain

The lovely and talented Barney Bardsley is starting another sequence of lunchtime classes in Leeds City Centre on fridays. What a wonderful way of spending a lunchtime and setting ourselves up for the weekend!

 

BREATHING SPACE

Friday Classes 12.30 – 1.30pm, £5

Leeds Buddhist Centre

4th Floor, Leeds Bridge House,

Hunslet Road, LS10 1JN

Teacher: Barney Bardsley

[email protected]

07769 806236

These classes are run as a cycle of four, using the gentle breath and movement sequences of T’ai Chi/Chi Kung, and the principles of the Alexander Technique, to promote poise and equilibrium in body and mind. Suitable for all.

Come to as many – or as few – as you like. Pay on the day but PLEASE PRE-BOOK as places are limited.

  1. Clearing the Head, Friday 29 April, 12.30 – 1.30 pm. £5.
  2. Releasing the Back, Friday 13 May, 12.30 – 1.30 pm. £5.
  3. Oiling the Joints, Friday 20 May, 12.30 – 1.30 pm.£5.
  4. Return to the Centre, Friday 27 May, 12.30 – 1.30 pm £5.

‘the body becomes the flow, the stream of life and there is no separation between the workings of the body and the workings of the spirit’(Gerda Geddes)

FOR MORE INFO on my work visit:

www. barefootbarney.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/breathingspaceclasses

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Try Yoga To Improve Your Wellbeing

April 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Eastern culture, Other therapies

As many of my patients know, I am a keen Yoga practitioner and cannot recommend Om Yoga in Farsley, Leeds highly enough. Hatha yoga is a great way to move our Qi and Blood. When our Qi flows freely, we are in a place of balance and stay well. Concentration on the breath also encourages us to stay in the moment, letting go of any troublesome thoughts and anxieties. The sense of deep relaxation I gain from the Yoga Niddra practiced at the end of my yoga session allows me to act for the rest of my day from a place of calm deep wellbeing.

Om are offering a chance to try a class on Saturday April 16th. Click here for more details.

 

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