Sometimes we can be very stressed. Me too. Things can be to overwhelming around you and you can feel that you are simply not enough. And when we are in this stress, the body activates the sympathetic nervous system (the fight and flight mode) and the muscles are tightening, the breathe becomes shallow and it feels like all the energy is up in the head. Recognize this? Well, then I recommend you to try this meditation that will get you grounded and calm again! It super awesome!
How you do it
Sit in easy pose or on a chair. Keep your spine straight and erect. Relax your shoulders.
Place your hands in front of your chest at heart level and press the fingertips together. Press not too hard, but not too little, you´ll feel some tension in the fingers and hands.
The shape of the hands is like a “tipi” (indian tent) or a cone.
Close your eyes and focus on your third eye point, the point inbetween your eyebrows.
Inhale slowly and gently through your mouth and slowly exhale through your nostrils. Continue to breathe in this pattern for 11-31 minutes (if you do it for 30 minutes, it´s good to sleep afterwords), always inhaling through your mouth and exhaling through your nostrils, long deep breathing. When you inhale through your mouth do it gently it´s like you are drinking some golden nectar ☺
To end the meditation: Inhale one more time through your mouth. Hold the breath in. Feeling the energy expanding in your body. And slowly exhale throught he nostril. Just sit and breathe normal for a while and feel the sensation in your body and mind.
You can do this meditation in the morning or whenever during the day. It´s also very good to do before going to bed.
Please tell me how it is working for you, so comment below.
When I´m writing this I´m in the middle of a detox. It all started with a lecture about hormones. I felt that I´ve started to reach some kind of perimenopausal issues and wanted to know more about this with the combination of endometriosis. I´d tried some herbs but actually they made me worse. I felt I wanted some more knowledge about supplements so I went there. I talked to the speaker about this and she said that “Well did you detox before you started with the supplements” “Hm, no”. I hadn´t thought about that I needed to detox before starting with supplements. So I decided I to do a detox. And here I am. And I´ve detoxed before, always feeling terrible, but I´ll tell you I feel great this time!
So the reason I started to think about this was that I´ve had some problems lately with insomnia, anxiety and headaches. My intuition told me it is some kind of perimenopausal problems. My approach is always, before taking herbs or other supplements, to keep a good diet and do my yoga programs, and if this isn´t enough I take herbs. But since this is my lifestyle and I´m already doing that, I figured out I needed something more. I tried some supplements and herbs and they just make me feel worse. My endometriosis pain came back and my headache got worse.
So going to this lecture was a blessing. I didn´t learn so much more about hormones that I already did, but what I did learn was the importance of detoxing before you start with supplements and herbs.
What happens in the body if your liver doesn´t work?
The liver is the cleansing organ in your body. It helps to neutralize the toxins, hormones and other bad stuff in your body. If this doesn´t work the toxins just continue to flowing around in your body in the blood circulation and you get all sorts of problems. In my case the headache was the most problematic. Another issue if you have hormonal imbalances like estrogen dominance is that the liver doesn´t break down and neutralize the hormones so they continue to circulate in your body making you feel terrible.
If your liver doesn´t detox properly you can have symptoms like:
Have anything of this? Wow, when I read this list I have maybe 50% of this symptoms.
I have detoxed before, all from a hardcore 6 week panchakarma in India to shorter and more simple fasting/detox. The detox I´m doing now is a half-fasting for two weeks, maybe I´ll do it longer. Mostly I feel horrible when I detox, so I decided to do a program with supportive supplements. And I decided to do it after my yoga courses finished in June so I could only focus on the detox. Being a week into the detox I feel great! My headaches are totally gone! I´m a little bit tired but overall I´m doing well. I feel much lighter and I´m not as hungry as I thought I´d be.
So my advice for you that has problems with headaches, sensitive to supplements and have hormonal imbalances. Do a detox. It´s so worth it! Support your liver with food that helps the liver!
Have you detoxed? What kind of detox? Did it help you? Please share below!
Since I was born I´ve been very sensitive. I pick up energy, other people ´s feelings and think they´re my own. I get very stressed by loud noise and when it´s too much clutter around me. So when I read the book the Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron a couple of years ago, I totally recognized myself. I was not crazy. To be this sensitive can take a lot of energy and also makes you isolated cause you can´t expose yourself as much as you want, going to parties, meeting friends in busy cafes etc. But there are things you can do to not get too overwhelmed.
Take care of yourself
My chiropractor once compared being this sensitive with music. He said that sensitive people are like a symphony. If the CD with the music is being played on a high-tech stereo you´ll hear all the shades in the music. You´ll hear the violins, the flutes, trumpets totally clear. It becomes a beautiful symphony. You´ll hear the beauty of the music and will enjoy it. If you play the CD on a low quality stereo the experience of the music will not be as clear and good. You will not enjoy it as much as on the good stereo. The music will not come to its right. So if the stereo is what you need to function and enjoy life, as a sensitive person, it´s more important for you that you take care of yourself than if you´re not a sensitive person. You´ll need your sleep, good food, recovery, being in nature, meditation & yoga to stay in balance.
So what I want to say is, it´s important that you take care of yourself to be able to use your abilities as a sensitive person. I don´t find it only bad to be sensitive, it can actually help you in your life in many ways. For me, for example, I use it as a yoga teacher knowing what the students need in the yoga class. I use it when I have to make decisions about things. I use it to enjoy all the nuances in the nature. I don´t think I´d want to be without it. It´s just more important for me to really take good care of myself.
Find your breath
There can be situations when you get overwhelmed without warning. When you get overwhelmed, the first thing that is good to do is finding your breath. Take a deep breath and breathe long and deeply for a couple of minutes. This calms you down. You can check out this video how to breathe long and deeply if you haven´t tried it before.
When I realized I was sensitive I learned that it was good to protect myself from others energy. I learned that I should protect myself with light, or imagine being inside if an energy field with the shape as an egg. This has not worked very well for me, it has felt like I´m suffocating. I think if you are balanced you don´t need to protect yourself so much, but if you do there are a great way I´ve learned from a friend.
Imagine you have a lot of tentacles going out from your body, like sea weeds. When you get affected of other people´s energy they are out there sensing everything around you. When you need to get away and protect yourself, you just roll or curl them into your body, like a party horn rolled into a coil. When they are in, you don´t feel others energy anymore. This has been the best method for me staying balanced and not getting affected by others energy.
Are you a highly sensitive person? How does it affect you? Do you have other tricks to manage? Please share!
I got a question from one of my yoga students a couple of weeks ago, if I could suggest some good books for her to read. Oh do I have suggestions what to read?! Yes, you bet I have! I devour books, especially health books. It can be books about yoga, nutrition, specific problems like endometriosis, anxiety. Sometimes I think I should read a lttle bit more ordinary novels but can´t help my passion for non-fiction books. It´s fun and gives me knowledge that I need to develop as a human being and as a yoga teacher working with health.
Here are my top 5 books at the moment:
1. Balance your hormones, balance your life
Author: Claudia Welch
2. Endometriosis a key to healing and fertility through Nutrition
Author:Dian Shepperson Mills & Michael Vernon
3. 12 Steps to Raw Food
Author: Victoria Boutenko
4. The Highly Sensitive Person
Author: Elaine N. Aron
5. The Pain Cure
Author Dharma Singh Khalsa
What are your favorite books that have helped you in your healing journey? Please share so we can add on the list!
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”