The study of genes and heredity has come a long way since first discovered in 1865 by Gregor Mendel and furthered by C. H. Waddington in 1940 when he coined the term epigenetics. He saw changes that affect gene activity may result from external and environmental factors. Epi is rooted in the Greek word which means; upon, near to or in addition.This field picked up speed in 1970 all the way up to today with the study of why certain genes turn on and turn off. Current research has proven that behavior and lifestyle are the determining factors of whether or not a gene will be expressed.
The ancient practice of Ayurveda as a lifestyle medicine has promoted this for thousands of years. It is true that as humans we must live in accordance with nature. Ayurveda is a life science with particular practices and routines for each unique body type. There are approximately 7.9 billion unique ways for an individual to be put together in body and mind. Wow!!!
I’ve been a Wellness Coach in Ayurveda and Yoga for over 20 years and have taught hundreds of people as well as traversing my own healing milestones. I see some people take quantum leaps toward a more peaceful way of life while others do not. These same struggles are inside me. “On the path, off the path, on the path, off the path”. Underneath this are the habits and limiting beliefs we hold. It isn’t always easy making the suggestions I make. People live in a whole world of considerations for why they Can’t make Changes: shame, pride & fear of being found out, are a few.
The basic premise of Epigenetics is simple; change the way you think, eat whole food, drink clean water, handle emotions with less reaction, be flexible, change behavior, get more aligned with natural rhythms. Create an environment in the body so health can exist.
This should be easy right? Ha! not at all. Look around you when I say ”natural”. There is nothing natural about the world we live in. I recently had an awakening moment. I saw piles and piles of “not natural”....houses, synthetics, plastics, chemicals, industrialized food. I felt generations of behaviors, attitudes, eating habits, addictions, deprivations. Invisible patterns and limiting beliefs, all working against us/me. The experience continues to be profound.
This led me to a new phase in my work as a Healing Artist and Wellness Coach. I found the key to influencing the Epigene, changing behavior and releasing the True Self back into flow with nature. Accredited in Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP) as a Certified Coach with the Global Academy of Excellence, these profound techniques are now at my fingertips. Time Line Therapy, Parts Integration and so much more. A real habit buster tool.
Created in 1970 by Richard Brander and John Grinder they found the connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. In just one session I was able to see how I picked up a limiting belief in childhood that became a core belief. I was set free in just 10 minutes. I would like to share this with you as it is a true miracle tool! I am offering a free discovery session to determine your unique body constitution, what is and isn’t working for you and what you would like to create for your future. Don’t wait to make the changes. Time moves too quickly. There is no better time to transform than Springtime.
Are you challenged by constantly running a “go-go-go” life? Is it difficult for you to feel calm, effective and efficient as a busy professional? You may think that in order to have these qualities you would need to belong to a gym or perhaps a yoga center. These are only part of the solution. What we are talking about is transforming your daily life to an organic and seamless flow with your own nature.
Please join me and several other wellness coaches for our “Awaken the 8 Pillars of a Healthy Life”. In this challenge you will awaken the 8 pillars for a healthier lifestyle:
Each one of these pillars plays an important role in creating a healthy life. We will guide you step-by-step through the process of transforming in each one of these important parts of your life.
This 8-Day Challenge starts on Monday, October 19, 2020. If you missed it, contact me and I will personally coach you and provide the tools you need.
Enhance productivity, effectiveness, clarity, efficiency and longevity:
Strengthen your Immune System
Free your Nervous System for more Energy and Peace of Mind
Cleanse your way to Health
Redefine Healthy for Modern Living
Lifestyle as Nourishment
Food as Medicine
Routine as Rejuvenation
Connect the dots between Health and Quality of Life
Join our team as we support the transformation needed for today's world. This isn’t a magic pill---it takes work and a whole support system to affect change.
Awaken the 8 Pillars of a Healthy Life for Busy Professionals is the support system you need. Group support, coaching and recognition of your unique body type by trained practitioners is what creates measurable results on your path of optimal energy, effectiveness, efficiency, resilience and productivity.
It is March 15, 2020 and the Corona Wind is blowing crisis around the world. I choose the metaphor of the wind because like the wind, Covid-19 can seem uncontrollable. It’s an unstoppable force. It also primarily affects the lungs. Air is the common denominator in our lungs and the wind. Maintaining some sense of normal life in the face of such a threat is the challenge we all face. How we respond is the key. I believe the first thing to do is to realize that we do have a choice. We could succumb to the fear and panic. Or we could be creative and look for opportunity. This simple yet powerful change in point of view can have a profound impact on our quality of life. It puts us back in the driver's seat of our lives. This in turn reduces stress which is directly related to a healthy respiratory system. Stress causes the lungs to contract which restricts the airflow. This in turn causes major imbalance in our system. Just like a car with a clogged air filter, our bodies will not function properly. If we allow this to continue it will have serious consequences to our health.
Given that “Social Distancing” is recommended for all of us here are some suggestions for creative opportunities as we find ourselves spending more time at home. Catch up on reading. Start a journal. Take a class online. Explore the world of crafting. Spend time with loved ones. Dance. Play games. Go for walks. The outdoors is still not off limits even during the time of “Social Distancing.”
Regarding food and other natural remedies, it’s important to eat well to maintain a healthy immune system. At this stage of Covid-19 the best defense we have is our immune system. Soups are simple, easy, delicious and many of the ingredients are full of antioxidants that boost the immune system. Sweet Basil, also known as Tulsi is an adaptogen, fever reducer and immune-system builder. You can also make tea with Tulsi. Turmeric with black pepper help keep the blood clean. Cooking is also a source of creativity. Find new recipes. There are lots of groups online centered around cooking. Entering the Spring season, it’s recommended that we eat light as our lymphatic systems can get clogged. Using a Eucalyptus diffuser in the house helps keep the airways in the lungs clear.
Covid-19 is fostering chaos around the world. Another choice we can make is to create order and routine in our daily lives to help maintain health. Proper sleep, exercise, yoga and meditation all work in subtle yet powerful ways develop resiliency, so that like the bending blade of grass in the wind, you’ll bend but you will not break.
Though many people have only recently heard of sound baths, the use of music for healing is nothing new. From Tibetan singing bowls to Aboriginal didgeridoos, music has been used for its therapeutic effects for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks used sound vibration to aid in digestion, treat mental disturbance, and induce sleep, and even Aristotle's De Anima detailed how flute music could purify the soul.
Gong meditation is a unique type of sound practice that involves using therapeutic gong sounds and vibrations to bring about healing. This practice is also sometimes referred to as a “gong bath” because participants are “bathed” in meditation gong sound waves. The goal of “gong meditation” is usually therapeutic, whereas mindfulness meditation has many therapeutic benefits, but its deeper goal is awareness and non-judgmental appreciation of the present moment.
Sound therapy has long been used to manage a broad range of health conditions. The treatments are based on the understanding that all forms of matter – including our body’s cells – vibrate at different frequencies. Factors such as stress, depression and disease cause cells and organs within our bodies to vibrate at non-optimal frequencies.
“The gong is very simple. It is an inter-vibratory system. It is the sound of Creativity itself. One who plays the gong plays the Universe. The gong is not an ordinary thing to play. Out of it came all music, all sounds, and all words. The sound of the gong is the nucleus of the Word. The gong is not a musical instrument, nor a drum. The gong is a beautiful reinforced vibration. It is like a multitude of strings, as if you played with a million strings. The gong is the only tool with which you can produce this combination of space vibrations.”
Essentially, a sound bath is a meditation class that aims to guide you into a deep meditative state while you're enveloped in ambient sound played by instructors, or sound therapists.
Sound baths are like a combination of restorative yoga, meditation, and sacred sound concert. The goal of a sound bath isn't to listen and pay attention but rather to let the sound wash over you. Like a bath, all you have to do is just lie back and absorb. Let the sound transport you.
Some of the supposed benefits of sound healing include:
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Wellness Coach, an Accredited Neuro Linguistic Programming Coach and a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.