Can you imagine being a solar powered individual, deriving all your energy from the sunrise or sunset? Never needing to eat? As wild as it sounds, one individual, Mira Hanek, has been doing so since 1995, with great health success, and he lectures around the world on the power of Sun Gazing to heal the mind, body and spirit. Hanek's beliefs center on the direct connection of the eye to the hypothalamus and pineal gland, an endocrine organ which produces melatonin. Dr. Mercola explains; "HRM believes that the light energy you take in while sun gazing activates your dormant pineal gland, which then turns your “brainuter” on. It is this activation that causes you to experience the magical conversion of sun energy into nutrition, healing of disease, heightened energy, increased psychic abilities and, ultimately, enlightenment." (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/01/08/feasting-on-sunshine.aspx).
The process is simple; gently gazing at the sun in the rising or setting state (not mid day times) for a maximum of 10 seconds to start, and gradually increasing the time by 10 seconds for a period of several months. After three months, improvements in health and well being have been documented. Hanek describes the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of sun gazing, drinking sun charged water (leave your water in a glass container out in the sun to "charge" it), and walking barefoot in the dirt (also known as Grounding; beach sand is the best!). While the exact health mechanisms are not understood, we all know the rejuvenating feeling of a barefoot walk on the beach, gazing at the sunset. And the profound effect this has on healing. I am curious to know of any Malibu Sun Gazer experiences in optimizing health...Enjoy the glorious sunrise and sunset.
Hanek's presentation can be found here.
Best to all,
On my personal quest to unravel the mysteries of myofascial tension patterns, I have been learning how pivotal jaw alignment is, in not only biomechanical health, but in preventing inflammation and disease. Because of the location of the jaw, beside cranial nerves and the top of the spinal column, any malignment in one's bite can have far reaching effects on the nervous system, and hence, on overall health. In addition to muskuloskeletal imbalances extending through the spine and limbs, (cases of intense knee pain have been observed to subside with correction of bite alignment) bite dysfunction creates chronic stress on the body, raising the nervous system to a state of flight or flight, and elevations in Substance P, heightening inflammation and impediing healing. Speech defects, oculomotor imbalances, eyelid droop, and anxiety have also been observed. Dave Asprey's Bullet Proof Radio recently highlighted this in an interview with Dwight Jennings, a dentist and specialist in dental orthopedics (https://www.bulletproofexec.com/dr-dwight-jennings-tmj-jaw-pain-substance-p-179/).
This is an area not often explored when addressing imbalances in the body, and yet, it is critical. My personal experience in correcting my life long habit of teeth grinding, and aligning my jaw with the guidance of local experts Dr. Bob Perkins, D.D.S, and Joy Moeller, a myfunctional therapist, is leading me to unravel chronic tension patterns in my body from head to toe. The effects of jaw tension are extensive; the good news is, so are the benefits of correcting it! If you experience jaw tension, consider seeking out a neuromuscular dentist or a myofunctional therapist to help you. In the interview cited above, several resources are made available, including the I.C.C.M.O. A relaxed and well aligned jaw is key to overal health and well being.
Wishing you all a vibrant, healthy, happy holiday season.
Haivng listened to another great interview with Mary Bond, I am inspired to share the information; Mary studied with Ida Rolf, and is leader in the field of balancing the body from within. Mary eloquently differentiates between support and stabilization and how this affects the way we inhabit our bodies. Support is received from the environment; if we trust our environment and feel supported, we may release tension and arrive at a sense of relaxation. Stabilization is generated from within, and demands internal tension, in essence to protect oneself. While healthy levels of tension are required for movement, too much tension will block movement and create compression in the joints. For example, the way we perceive our environment will determine the flow of our walk; from a relaxed fluid spiraling motion, to a rigid side to side type of gait. The tension we hold in our eyes and jaw directly relates to the tension we experience in our spine. If you spend hours in front of a computer screen or have experienced stress/trauma to your head or neck, you will benefit from this simple, quick exercise by master teacher, Mary Bond. This video oulines how freeing movement at the junction of the head and neck liberates movement throughout the spine. Small changes in how we perceive, navigate, and respond to our environment can have profound effects on the organization of our bodies, and thus how we move and feel. Enjoy the freedom! http://healyourposture.com/2013/08/free-your-head/
The field of Epigenetics illuminates how our environment and behavior affect the expression of our DNA. A fascinating study highlighted in the New York Times, (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/17/how-exercise-changes-our-dna/?emc=eta1)
Jump into the sand for Pilates at 8am, and then onto a paddle board with Tyler Lennon at 9am, Dec 20 at Escondido Beach in Malibu. Get connected and your core firing with pilates in the sand, and then glide across the ocean with Tyler's expert coaching. Give the gift to yourself, or a friend, and shed some holiday stress by filling yourself with a revitalizing morning at the beach in nature's majesty.
As we dive into this season, stress can run rampant; how do we enhance feelings of joy and bliss amidst all the chaos? Movement is the answer. Upregulating our healthy hormones, stimulating our brains and bodies, and creating a space for mindfulness, movement shifts us into a natural state of revitalization. Movement abounds in healthy systems; waves oscillate, rivers flow, birds soar, blood circulates, lungs expand, cells migrate. Stagnation leads to states of imbalance, blockages and disease. Why does movement feel invigorating? Because nature wants us to keep moving! Give yourself a gift of at least ten minutes of focused movement each day, whether it is a barefoot walk on the beach, a spin around the block, a pilates class, cross fit, whatever speaks to you and revitalizes you. Your physical, mental and spiritual health will reward you. And just in time for the holidays, the VYPER Roller is a fantastic gift of health! Combining the science of foam rolling and vibration technology, the VYPER takes performance and recovery to an all-star level. Hydrating tissues, stimulating proprioceptors and enhancing healing at a cellular level, just a few minutes on the VYPER before and after training will escalate one's performance and speed recovery. Like a deep tissue massage at your fingertips. Contact me to place your order; they are going fast!
Have you wondered what is behind all the hype about grass fed meat? An important part of my personal healing journey over the past few years has included the addition of grass fed bison to my diet. This was a giant leap after being a pescatarian(fish eating vegetarian) for decades; how was I to begin eating red meat? I dove into researching high quality meat sources, disovering the importance of locally grass fed, humanely raised animals. A good friend introduced me to Lindner Farms at the Santa Monica farmers market, and as I spoke with the owners Ken and Kathy, I knew I had found my answer. The bison roam free on their ranch, graising on fresh grasses, in a peaceful, open environment. When we consider that what we eat becomes our cells, we realize how crucial it is that the animals we eat are the healthiest possilbe; this includes being fed on the highest quality grasses, and in a clean, natural environment. It was important for me to know that the Lindners are great stewards of humane animal husbandry and genuinely care for their animals from the time of birth to death. They educated me on the fact that steaks make up only 15% of an animal, and provided me with an array of meat, bone marrow, soup bones, and organ delicacies (more rich in nutrients than the steak cuts) to get me started. While they are strong advocates of saving resources and prefer that people come to the markets to get their bison, they also ship/deliver. I am about to place my order now and wanted to share the info! Check out www.Lindnerbison.com to learn more, and enjoy the wealth of healthy grass fed bison.