DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE BREATHING CORRECTLY?

Proper oxygenation of the body, through correct breathing and body awareness, has really positive effects on the nervous system. It helps to reduce blood pressure, pain and stress, helps us to manage our emotions and be more assertive and grounded when facing situations where we feel we are losing control. It also improves our listening and reaction skills and is highly useful for improving awareness and helping us tune in with ourselves and our daily life.

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ABOUT BREATHING AND SOME TIPS

OUR FIRST TRICK:

Am I Breathing Properly?

Sit in front of a mirror and take a deep breath in – the deeper the breath you take, the clearer your current breathing habits will appear. Pay close attention to what your body does.

Did your shoulders lift up a bit, or your upper chest?

If they did it’s a sign that you are using your secondary breathing muscles and probably adding extra tension to your neck, upper back, upper-chest, and trapezius muscles.  From this we can surmise that you are taking short, shallow breaths and not getting enough air into the lungs.  The key is to train the primary breathing muscle.  As we work towards correct breathing we must also start paying attention to certain thoughts and emotions that are sometimes deeply rooted in us and keep us in constant tension.

Our thoughts, our breathing and our bodies are intrinsically linked, and so if we can learn how to control our breathing in emotional situations, it can have a positive effect on our thought patterns and our body tension.

OUR BODY AND THE WAY WE BREATH TELLS US WHAT OUR MIND IS TRYING TO HIDE FROM US AND THOSE AROUND US.

Natura Respira is a process of re-education; reminding the body of what it already knows but has forgotten under the pressures of modern life. Our exercises will align your heartbeat with the rhythm of your breath, so that your heart and lungs are in harmony; allowing more oxygen to access your cells, and your body to work to its utmost potential, Triggering the ‘parasympathetic system’ responsible for stress relieve.

Through our technique, training your body and mind, you will discover a new quality of life. You will enjoy a new-found serenity, and improvement in your concentration, perseverance, intuition, and creativity.

 

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Becoming aware of how your body and your breathing are reacting to the world is the first step to a healthier,less stressful life!!

NUTRITION: HOW TO CONTROL COMFORT EATING

We all know that we eat EXCESS food when we are feeling emotionally vulnerable; compensating for a lack of attention to our emotional needs by rewarding ourselves with the pleasure of eating food we know we probably shouldn’t.

But consuming these foods in excess can lead to imbalance our body, producing different damaging effects on our emotional and physical health.  Still, we carry on regardless.

What’s to stop us?  Well, the damaging effects and resulting conditions are a signal alerting us to the fact that we must change certain thoughts and emotions that are often deeply rooted in us.  Until we can learn to breathe deeply, to connect to our breathing and our heartbeat, and until we can LISTEN to our body, we’ll never be able to know when we are eating to nourish ourselves, and when we are eating to replace an emotional feeling of emptiness with food.  So before we prepare to fill that emptiness with food, it is essential that we talk to our bodies, listen to our bodies, so that we may know what we are feeling and balance those emotions.

The training of a personal breathing coach can help us to create new patterns of behavior and avoid the uncontrollable urge to satisfy our emptiness with emotional eating.

Learning to breathe properly, aligning your body and keeping the right Acid / Alkaline balance in your diet can help you control your emotions in a more relaxed way and THEREFORE Improve your quality of life. 

WE WISH YOU A PEACEFUL AND LOVELY CHRISTMAS!

FOR A SWEET GLUTEN FREE CHRISTMAS!

Hope you enjoy this gluten free recipe as much as I did last year! :)

Frozen Pomegranate and Cashew Cake

Photo by: Johanna Frenkel
Recipe  from: Green Kitchen Stories

Frozen Pomegranate and Cashew Cake
8 – 10 servings  

The crust is sweet and crunchy with nuts and dates, and the pomegranate topping adds a fresh, fruity note to the Christmas spiced filling. Serve the cake cold but not deep-frozen.

Crust
1 1/2 cups raw almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts
1/2 cup raw, shelled sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp. hemp seeds
12 fresh Medjool dates, pitted
2 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil
1 tsp. sea salt

Filling
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup agave syrup (nectar)
2 cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours
Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
Zest and juice of 1 orange
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

Topping
Seeds from 2 medium pomegranates (you could substitute it with frozen raspberries to make it less expensive)
Juice of 1/2 lime

Special equipment: An 8”-diameter nonstick springform pan

Crust  Grind the first 3 ingredients in a blender or food processor for 1 minute. Add dates, oil, and salt and purée until mixture comes together. Place in springform pan and press evenly across bottom of pan. Chill.

Filling  Heat oil and agave in a small saucepan over low heat, whisking, until liquid. Place mixture in a blender or food processor; add soaked cashews, lemon juice and zest, orange juice and zest, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; discard bean. Purée until very smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Pour filling over crust and chill in freezer until set, about 30 minutes.

Topping  Place pomegranate seeds and lime juice in blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour topping over cashew filling. Chill in freezer until solid, 30–60 minutes. Let stand at room temperature 10–15 minutes before serving. Run a sharp knife under hot water to make it easier to cut the slices. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Remove from freezer and let stand about 20 minutes before serving.