Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Best Hot Dogs!

The other day, when leaving Home Depot, my son, Hugh, spotted & smelled the vendor who flips hot dogs at the door to the store. Hugh had a $1.25 in his pocket and asked if he could get one.   Being in a weakened motherly state, I said “Sure!” and even spotted him the additional 75 cents needed for the $2 dog.

You need to know this splurge was out of character for me.  I don’t each much meat.  Not for any particular reason, it’s just how I’ve been since my childhood. And one of my least favorite meat items is hot dogs. You will rarely find them at my house - even though my kids & husband love them.

Well, according to my son, this was the best hot dog he ever had in his life. In the car on the way home, he pontificated that the reason it was the best hot dog was because the vendor made them with compassion and hope. He was hoping someone would buy one.

Wow! A hot dog made with compassion and hope. That’s one worth biting into! As you know, you are what you eat.

first published online in 2010 at www.LongLisa.com

Monday, October 3, 2016

Soak It Up: Magnesium's Benefits

I became deeply intrigued about magnesium’s role in our bodies after attending a lecture a few years ago by Dr. Sean Orr (neurologist, Baptist Medical Center downtown). During his lecture he said he encourages his patients to explore several relatively safe natural products to help alleviate some of their issues. He spoke highly of magnesium.

I began taking a powdered form of magnesium after his lecture. My common issue of muscle “locks up” in my right leg (post surgery) - have disappeared. I no longer take the magnesium every day - just every so often.

I do soak in Epsom Salts now which is another way to absorb magnesium.  

Please google Epsom Salt & magnesium to learn more. You will be fascinated - helps not only with nervous system - but also digestive issues. Some even claim success with hyperactivity & autism.

In the meantime, here’s a few bath ideas. Please do not soak more than 20 minutes - and plan to go to bed post soak. You can google this topic to find out additional precautions that may apply to you.   And if you have concerns, please consult with a qualified medical practitioner.

This is my family’s current favorite mix.  2 cups epsom salt, 1 cup baking soda.  16 oz. bottle of hydrogen peroxide.  20 minute soak.

This bath opens pores and eliminates toxins and also helps to eliminate pain. Stir one cup of epsom salts and 2 tablespoons of ginger in a cup of water first, then add to the bath. Do not remain in the tub for more than 30 minutes.

This bath counteracts the effects of radiation, whether from X-rays, cancer treatment radiation, fallout from the atmosphere, or television radiation. 1 cup of baking soda and 1 to 2 cups of ordinary coarse salt (or epsom salts or sea salt) to a tub of water. You can soak for 20 minutes.

This bath helps with dry skin and stress. Take 1 cup of Epsom salt, 1 cup of sea salt (from the health food store), and 1 cup of sesame oil and put into a warm to hot tub of water and soak for 20 minutes. Pat yourself dry.

This is used when the body is too acidic. This is a quick way of restoring the acid-alkaline balance. 1 cup to 2 quarts of 100% apple cider vinegar to a bathtub of warm water. Soak 40 to 45 minutes. This is excellent for excess uric acid in the body and especially for the joints, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and gout.  I have even read that it’s good for urinary tract issues & vaginal issues.

Please do your own research and
explore what might be best for you.  

Happy soaking!

first published online in 2009 at www.LongLisa.com

Thursday, September 8, 2016

I Love the Deep Front Line!

With permission from Tom Myers, I share this image. It’s the breathing or respiratory diaphragm, as he and others dissected it as part of the continuous and amazing Deep Front Line of the body. Through his company, Kinesis®, and Anatomy Trains® teachings, many are being exposed to a comprehensive explanation of the anatomy and function of the myofascial system.

My senior Yoga teacher, Jenny Otto (Kinesis Certified & Anusara Certified) opened my eyes to this world view. Since 2005, I have been exploring this model even attending several Anatomy Trains training sessions. As well, over the years, I have hosted pot-luck gatherings at my house for teachers and body workers to watch Tom Myers’ videos so we may share and discuss concepts. It’s been Jenny, though, who has taught me how to feel the lines in my body. And therefore, help my students begin to see & feel from this empowering perspective.

At a recent Pilates conference, just about every senior teacher I studied with presented from the assumption that all in the room understood the body from the Anatomy Trains® lines perpective.

If you’re not on “the Train,”  I encourage you to begin the journey.  There’s no particular destination, only deeper understanding, a profound awe, and a marvelous inquiry as we seek.

Enjoy the ride!

first published online in 2010 at www.LongLisa.com

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Detailing and Knowing We Don't Carry the Load Alone
Our desire to create in a technology driven world may wreck havoc on our bodies. Sitting is the new smoking. We've heard this catch phrase across the media. What does it mean for those of us that sit and work on computers? Not only does it mean tight hips, but also some grumbly complaints in in our neck and shoulders.  
To help alleviate tightness in the hip joint, change positions regularly. I often work while kneeling at my desk. I will either be on both knees or one knee down and the other leg in a lunge position. This seems to really help alleviate tension and strain. 

As well, a few simple stretches for the upper body throughout the day may help decrease tightness in the head, neck and shoulders. Here's an easy exercise to do right now.

Levator Scapula, the muscle that elevates our shoulder, is at play often when we work on our computers or hold our devices.  With this particular muscle, it's important to let go of what is no longer necessary - to literally stop carry the load and "holding it up." 
I find this concept of getting rid of what I don't need connects with our movement work. I find myself trying to create cleaner and cleaner movement that still achieves my desired results. It's all in the details. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Life is Good!

I felt this way before the t-shirts were emblazoned and trademarked with this phrase! Life is good!   It’s also one of the reasons I resonate with Anusara Yoga. At its philosophical root, Anusara espouses that everything is intrinsically good. And there is a deep benevolence to life. All life is sacred.    

We all long for connection. Sometimes, we find ourselves traveling the world in search of connection and meaning.

We don’t have to go very far for the journey to be worthwhile. St. Augustine said, People travel to wonder at the height of mountains and they pass by themselves without wondering.

Through the teachings and trainings I’ve enjoyed with Anusara Yoga, I have spent much time wondering - as we all do about fundamental life questions:

Who am I?
What/who is God, the universe, and the nature of things?
What is my purpose?

May we all sense the good.

first published online in 2009 at www.LongLisa.com