Monday, November 13, 2017
BREATHING THE YOGA WAY What is breathing and why is it important? Every cell in your body inhales the oxygen and exhales the carbon dioxide – a process called respiration. Breathing is important because our cells constantly need a new supply of oxygen so they can produce energy – without this vital oxygen, cellular function is impaired, and damage or cell death is possible. For optimal health, breathing should be full and rhythmic using the diaphragm and ribs to fill and empty the lungs. Proper breathing is governed primarily by the movement of the diaphragm. As it descends, the abdomen expands drawing fresh air in through the nose and into the lungs. Deep abdominal breathing promotes a full exchange of air, keeping the oxygen/carbon dioxide ratio balanced. Proper breathing can tone up your entire system and enhance health and vitality. The inhalation and exhalation with each breath you take establishes a constant flow of energy and release within you. The inhalation brings continuous energy into your body. The exhalation heals and relaxes you. Emphasis placed on inhalation will generally create a stimulating or energizing effect on the system; while emphasis on exhalation will bring about a more passive or relaxed state. Elizabeth Barrett Browning puts the importance of breathing into perspective well with this quote: "He lives most life whoever breathes most air." “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ― Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
Friday, September 9, 2016
MARION KIELAR 12-10-30 TO 8-27-16 Saint Francis Prayer Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. The Life Of MARION KIELAR: A Eulogy From His Loving Daughter Thanks for coming to share this tribute to my father’s life. Dad is rejoicing with us from his new home at 777 Kielar Lane in Heaven. There are so many reasons that I loved and admired my dad. First and foremost: It was important to my dad that we grow up in a Catholic Christian home. While my dad lived with my husband Dave and I, we started every day off with prayer. I loved spending time with my dad because he was so happy to be alive. He was grateful for every day God gave him, and he was very appreciative of everything we did to help him. He was humble. From his early days in Poland, Dad was poor and told stories of catching rabbits to eat from the farm. Dad never bought brand new cars. He could fix anything and was always out working on one of those old clunkers..... or the Refrigerator, plumbing etc. My dad taught me to drive, and to drive defensively. He co -signed a loan for me so that I could buy a brand new car at age 17. I loved that my dad put family first. Upon discharge from the marines Dad married Mom and then they had me! Dad and Mom had more battles to face together than most, and even in the darkest days they stayed with each other: 56 years until Mom passed in 2013. Dad's words of wisdom: TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. It comforts me to think that they are now together with each other and others who have passed before them. My dad lost his mom when I was just 2 years old. That must have been really hard for him. I remember vacations in St Helen (up north) in the summer --- piling into the old station wagon and driving up there for a week or so to stay at my grandfather's cottage. My dad valued education and sent us to parochial schools. I know he was so proud when I graduated college and started a business. He loved to give me business advice and to be supportive. I couldn't have asked for a better dad. He was supportive, hard working, charismatic and very handsome. He would love me saying that because it was important to him to look nice. I admired my dad's love and appreciation of music. In my dad's world: After God and family came music. He played the harmonica and brought smiles to so many faces for over 80 years! Dad liked to shop – or maybe he just enjoyed spending time with me while I shopped. In any case, he had really good taste, and I will remember him every time I see one of the items we shopped together for. I loved my dad's sense of humor and his ready smile. That smile lit up the room and lifted many spirits, including mine~ My dad was an inspiration. He was a go with the flow type of person despite infirmity. He called everyone, male and female…..BABY AND MAMA- mainly because he had a hard time remembering people's names. Even mine, sometimes. My dad was really fun to be around. He was always making us laugh! My dad loved to eat. He loved to bowl.. He was proud to be a member of the Knights of Columbus. My dad loved to plant trees. I have memories of several trips to pick out trees with my dad and then planting them together. My dad was a great dad and an amazing person. I am such a proud daughter. A legacy isn't only about leaving what you earned but also what you learned. My dad taught me to be a mensch. A mensch is a person who is decent and honorable, a person of high integrity who has genuine caring for his fellow man. A mensch always looks for an opportunity to do good in life, to be of help to others and to give without regard for anything in return. A mensch doesn't cut corners in their relationships with people. You always feel safe in the presence of a mensch because you instinctively know that they will not deceive you, undermine you or diminish you in any way. Thanks Dad, and this is not goodbye but until we meet again. ST TERESA OF AVILA Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
10 Cancer-Causers to Remove From Your Home from Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic (New Society Publishers, 2007) by Liz Armstrong et al, cautions against 10 household products, in addition to cleaners, that you should avoid having in your house. 1. Air fresheners: Often contain napthelene and formaldehyde. Try zeolite or natural fragrances from essential oils. For more information, see Easy Greening: Air Fresheners. 2. Art supplies: Epoxy and rubber cement glues, acrylic paints and solvents, and permanent markers often contain carcinogens. For more information, see Arts and Crafts: Make it Safe. 3. Automotive supplies: Most are toxic. Keep them safely away from the house and dispose of at a hazardous waste disposal center. 4. Candles: Avoid artificially scented paraffin candles that produce combustion by-products, including soot. Beeswax only, with cotton wicks. For more on beeswax candles, see The Brilliant Beeswax Candle. 5. Carpet and upholstery shampoos: Use only wet-clean, natural ingredients. For DIY carpet cleaning, see how to Remove Stains and Pet Odors from Carpets. 6. Dry-cleaning: Choose clothes that don’t need perchlorethylene to clean them. Ask for the wet-cleaning option at you local cleaners, or seek dry-cleaners that use liquid C02 or citrus juice cleaners. For more information, see Healthy and Green Dry Cleaning. 7. Flea, tick and lice control: Avoid lindane-based pesticides. For more information, see Natural Flea and Tick Control. 8. Paints and varnishes: Always chose low- or no-VOC finishes. For more information, see Is Your Paint Making You Sick? 9. Household pesticides: Go natural. Make a Sugar Ant Hotel. 10. Microwaves: Never microwave or heat food in a plastic container. For more information about the dangers of food and plastic, see Kitchen Plastic: Easy Greening.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
YOGA MYTHS Myth 1: Yoga is a religion Yoga is a technology. Anybody who is willing to make use of it can make use of it. Myth 2: Yoga practice means you need to put your body into pretzel like positions. Most people only think of asanas when you say yoga . Many people have chosen to represent yoga with only the physical aspect. In the yogic system, there is very little significance given to asanas. For a little over two hundred Yoga Sutras, only one sutra is dedicated to asanas. With yoga practice, we want human beings to start their journey with the body but move towards their inner nature. The yogic system is a subtle manipulation of your system to allow it to rise to a different level. Yoga means that which allows you to attain to your higher nature. Every asana, every mudra, every way of breathing – everything – is focused towards this. Myth 3: Yoga is great exercise Yoga is not just exercise, because it has other dimensions attached to it. If hatha yoga is taught in a proper atmosphere, it is a fantastic process of shaping your system into a fabulous device to receive the Divine. Myth 4: Yoga should be done in front of a mirror and with music If you want to get the involvement of that which is the source of creation within you, your body, your mind, your energy must be absolutely involved. You should approach it with a certain reverence and certain focus. Myth 5: Need a yoga study guide? You can learn yoga from a book. Many people have caused immense damage to themselves by learning yoga through books. It seems to be very simple, but when you do it, you will see it is a very subtle aspect. This has to be done with perfect understanding and proper guidance. Without this, one can get into deep trouble. A book can inspire you, but it is not meant to teach a practice. Myth 6: Yoga is something you practice every day One must become yoga. If it’s morning-evening yoga, the rest of the time entanglement – this is not yoga, this is only yoga practice. There is no aspect of life which is excluded from the yogic process. If your life becomes yoga, then you can do everything. COME AND CHECK OUT YOGA WITH ANGIE OR ONE OF THE OTHER FITNESSRX YOGA TEACHERS. VISIT OUR SITE AT WWW.FITNESSRXONLINE.COM FIRST CLASS IS FREE 248 488 9830
Friday, April 4, 2014
Exercise is "the best preventive drug" for many common ailments According to Jordan Metzl, a sports-medicine physician at New York City's Hospital for Special Surgery and author of The Exercise Cure: “Exercise is the best preventive drug we have, and everybody needs to take that medicine.” Exercise helps normalize your glucose, insulin, and leptin levels by optimizing your insulin/leptin receptor sensitivity. It also releases mood boosting brain chemicals that help combat depression . Another side effect of exercise include clearer complexion. To improve your skin, you’ll want to focus on resistance training. Excessive cardio can actually cause your skin to lose its youthful elasticity. Research shows that the “secret” to increased happiness is a long-term investment in regular exercise, and a little each day appears to go further than a lot once or twice a week. There’s plenty of research validating the use of exercise for the treatment of depression. In one study, aerobic exercise was found to be as effective as Zoloft.
Friday, March 14, 2014
YOGIC EATING Food is fuel for your body! Your body knows what it needs in order to keep running efficiently--it needs the fuel of vitamin and nutrient rich foods from a variety of food groups. That’s why it’s important to listen to your body and respond to its natural hunger. It will tell you what it needs. And if you don’t listen, it will find ways to keep reminding you--like headaches, a growling stomach, and obsessing about food. The FIRST key to listening to your body is being able to detect when you are getting hungry. If you are indeed truly hungry, and not just looking for food to cure your boredom, stress, or loneliness, then it is time to refuel. The SECOND key is being able to know when you have had enough. Listen to your body. When you begin to feel full, you will know that you have had enough to eat. The goal is to feel content--not uncomfortably stuffed but not starving either. For some people this means planning 5 or 6 smaller, well-balanced meals a day instead of 3 large meals. And remember, it takes about 20 minutes for your body to realize it’s full. Also, be aware of what you are eating—eat sitting down, chew slowly, enjoy the tastes, smells, and textures of your food. The THIRD key is moderation, nothing to extremes. Often people hear this advice and think it means they can eat whatever they crave, all the time. Obviously we cannot survive on potato chips or peanut butter cookies alone. And if you tried, chances are you’d probably start to crave some pasta or fresh fruit after awhile. These cravings are your body’s way of helping you get the nutrients it knows you need. Eat what you want, when you are truly hungry. Stop when you’re full. And eat exactly what appeals to you. Do this instead of any diet, and you’re likely to maintain a healthy weight and avoid eating disorders. Listen To Your Body
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Yoga Myths DEBUNKED Anyone Can Do It The great thing about yoga is that virtually anyone can practice it! Don’t be intimidated by the exotic bends and pretzel-like twists you sometimes see adept practitioners putting their bodies into. The truth is: There is a yoga practice that is right for your body and stage in life, and regular practice will bring you all the benefits yoga has to offer! The Myth – I have always been as stiff as cement, so I can’t do yoga. The Truth – Unless you are ballet dancer or gymnast, it’s very normal if you feel tight, so don’t worry if touching your toes seems impossible. The good news is that with regular practice, yoga is extremely effective at improving flexibility. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Myth – I already work out at the gym, I don’t need to do yoga too. The Truth – Although many forms of exercise provide a wonderful physical workout, only yoga can also claim to be a therapeutic system that helps heal injuries, improve chronic illness, and balance mental stress. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Myth – Yoga is just for girls. The Truth – While it’s true that certain things (like pink lip gloss) are just for girls, yoga is not one of them. Historically, some of the greatest yoga teachers for over 2000 years have been men.