Is yoga good for weight loss?  Wea€™ll, Ia€™d like to answer that question with my review and testimony to this program. Since beginning to really get into the habit of exercising, Ia€™ve tried doing my workouts at the gym and I have also tried doing them at home.
Having tried yoga classes both at the comfort of my own home and at the gym, I have to say that this program is ideal. The Video Training Series, broken into 4 videos, is great for covering beginnera€™s and intermediate levels.
If youa€™re skeptical about the program or about following the visualizations, please try to keep an open mind.
I wish there would be more types of full yoga videos (50 minutes) with specific targets, apart from weight loss. I urge others to ask themselves the question: a€?Is yoga good for weight loss?a€? Then try this program out and see just how effective it is if you really invest in it. If you have any questions about the program just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer them. Yogasanas are only one part of the complete yoga system for physical, mental and spiritual health. On this website, you will get detailed information about everything related to yoga and meditation.
Winter is a great time to get out and have fun and to stay active this season you need to stay happy, well and flu virus free. Many of you have this info from last year but a revision is always good to help you adjust 'your sails'a€¦.. Two to three serves of green leafy vegetables daily will help keep up your Vitamin C - as will fresh fruit. For those of you more at home with supplements than fruit and vegetables, an effective way to increase your intake of Vitamin C without stomach upsets and loose stools is to mix 2000-5000mg (Adult dose) Vitamin C powder into 1 litre of filtered water and sip it during the day. For those of you who embrace the Winter Yuletide festivities and refuse to entertain even the faintest possibility of catching a flu - here is our Mulled Wine Recipe and subsequent Hang-Over Cure - by request.
Drink 1 glass before retiring (Perhaps you should think ahead and prepare this before you venture out as it could be interesting getting this all together when really inebriated. I hope this will be of some help in keeping the nasties away or bouncing you back from some self-imposed 'nasties'. If you need a tonic as a preventative (or you catch a flu and need one for treatment) I can make one for you.
Red Nose Day, held annually on the last Friday in June, is the major fundraiser for SIDS and Kids.
SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and to supporting bereaved families. Following the July School holidays, I will be on Long Service Leave from the NSWDEC until mid August, subsequently travelling here and there and catching up with people. Other days will be available but will change from week to week depending on family and other commitments.
Ita€™s great to see some of you have joined Tryfoss Therapies - Health and Education on Facebook. Those of you who know me well, also know that the Winter Magic Festival at Katoomba is upon us (21st June). And with the a€?Seasonal New Yeara€™ there are some small changes - see below in Tryfoss Clinic Information for details. We will be closed from the June Long Weekend until July 14th to catch up with friends, family and hopefully my a€?young apprenticea€™ Angus.
Following the Long Weekend in June, I will be on Long Service Leave from the NSWDET until September, subsequently travelling here and there and catching up with people.
I am not booking any appointments for this period, prior to July, as some of my travel details are yet to be finalised.
Judging by the current and rising statistics, many of us know or will know, someone who has this condition. MS is the most common disease of the central nervous system and affects more than 20,000 Australians. Lettuce Deliver is a family owned organic fruit, vegetable and groceries home delivery service based in Sydney. Milkwood Farm is a 20-acre (8 hectare) Permaculture demonstration site, nestled on the hills above Mudgee, on the ridge line of the Great Dividing Range in the central west of NSW. I’d just like to say that I never recommend a product that I have not personally used and trust. The problem with the gym is that I have to travel quite far to get to the one nearest to me.
Ita€™s the same relaxing experience of doing a complete workout, minus the worrying about getting home immediately after.
I am at a point in my life where I would like to take losing weight seriously, but I understand full well that therea€™s no shortcut for success. Being honest and open with yourself is half the work of getting to the place where you can really start to focus on achieving your goals.
After the age of 30 the number starts to decrease to about two per year (there is a definite upside to getting older!!) So, now that I have you feeling less than optimistic, what should you do for treatment if a cold snags youa€¦..
This includes not only milk, but ice cream, all yoghurt except plain, and especially cheese. Research has shown that zinc reduces the severity and duration of cold symptoms particularly a sore throat. Where possible buy seasonal and organic or if gardening appeals you could try applying some good Permaculture techniques. If you are congested and cana€™t breathe very well because your nose is plugged upa€¦a€¦.there is a great variety of herbs which can help build your immune system and address specific symptoms.
Surprisingly, there is very little garlic breath with this a€“ possibly something to do with the lemons.
For you risk takersa€¦think of it like a healthier version of touching your nose or walking a straight line - please be careful with sharp knives or get a friend to help).
If you have recently been to clinic and I have all your current information, you can just ring ahead and we probably wona€™t need to bring you in for a consultation.
Funds raised through Red Nose Day activities assist SIDS and Kids in providing vital services and programs to the Australian community.Follow the link for mor information on how you can help.
I find it better in some ways than regularly attacking your emails as I personally spend way too much time each morning deleting trade ads and info mails.
All information offered in this newsletter is for general interest only and is NOT to take the place of recommendations by qualified health practitioners with access to your complete medical history. Yep, my favourite little festival of the year, when Katoomba in the beautiful Blue Mountains resonates with all sorts of interesting a€?stuffa€™! Get regular access to valuable information on meditation that you can use to improve the quality of your health and life. Clinic will be completely closed until July 14th and as I am unable to lock in definite dates, due to family conditions most of you are aware of, clinic will operate on a very flexible basis during July and August.
I will be taking bookings after the 1st July, as to book people in and then shuffle things about would be unfair to you all and in some cases detrimental to the flow of your treatments. The MS Walkathon helps raise awareness, support and money for the much needed research into Multiple Sclerosis. With the help of extensive water harvesting earthworks, tree-crops plantings, food forests, animal systems and good design, Milkwood is being transformed from a pocket of clapped-out, dried up sheep country into an example of how Permaculture principles can be applied to produce a productive, fecund, resilient and beautiful small-holding with plenty of water and biodiversity, and dripping with good food, all year round. Those of you who know me well, also know that the Winter Magic Festival at Katoomba is upon us (22nd June). You look for information online or on a bookstore, and see that there are a LOT of different ways of doing meditation, dozens of meditation techniques, and some conflicting information.
I also have to plot my workouts according to the gym class schedules, as I prefer classes to exercise machines. Having so much experience in fad diets and fad exercises in the past, I can attest to the belief that losing weight is a lifestyle and perspective change that should be permanently practiced. Rather than obsess over superficial changes you can do to yourself, why not aim for working on a body thata€™s healthier and looks better naturally.
Since beginning this program, I have noticed that Ia€™ve become much more limber than before.
However there is a direct relation between your risk of catching a cold and the amount of time spent in contact with an infected person.


Chicken contains a natural amino acid called cysteine.A  Cysteine can thin the mucus in the lungs and make it less sticky so you can expel it more easily.
The benefits of a good nights sleep should never be under-rated, it's when your body gets a chance to repair and build up those components necessary for the next days onslaught! This step is helpful to decrease the extra mucous that dairy products can cause you to produce.A  Other normally wonderful foods like bananas and avocado can also aggravate the mucous condition.
It has been suggested that zinc is ,directly toxic to the virus and stimulates your body to produce antibodies to destroy the virus.
Generally we all head straight for oranges, however other juices such as pineapple and grapefruit are very useful.
However, it is advisable to seek professional advice before self-administering these as some may not be suitable for your particular condition or clash nastily with any existing medication you are taking.
Sunshine has been getting a raw deal over the last decade due to fear of melanomas and skin cancers (hey I've had few burnt off myself), however recent research has shown that Vitamin D can have a very positive affect on immunity and resistance. Patients can also be given this as part of a maintenance program to prevent sinus build-up, or as a preventative for colds during winter and changes of season. Bring to the boil with the lid on, then simmer for 30 minutes, occasionally mashing the garlic and lemon with a potato masher while simmering.
Drink another glass on rising and continue every hour or so, or until you feel more alive than zombie. If however, I have not seen you for a while and there are some gaps I need to know about, a short 30 minute consultation should be sufficient to get us up to speed. Bookings can continue to be made by email, facebook or phone (as I will be checking my messages even when away). Please note I do not book these days a€?in advance of more than a weeka€™ and the times cana€™t be changed due to other commitments. They specialise in the delivery of CERTIFIED ORGANIC produce and products across Sydney to most areas twice a week. You wonder which way is best for you.This article will help you navigate the sea of different practices of seated meditation, briefly explaining each of them, and pointing to further resources. To start off, Ia€™d like to describe my exercise habits: I am a moderate practitioner of yoga. If it just so happens that my favorite classes dona€™t coincide with my free time, then I have to settle for a class that I dona€™t care much for.
Morning Practice helps practitioners prepare themselves for the day to come, while Evening Practice helps in winding down. If you keep your goals in mind, it spills over onto your everyday life that you even base your decision-making on your goals.
We have previously offered information on a€?Winters Blues and Depression and this is still available via the following link: Types of Depression . The time you are ill may be longer if you do not allow yourself to recuperate and recover completely. If you are caring for a child with a cold, PLEASE WASH YOUR HANDS every time you have to wipe their nose. Pineapple juice actually contains more Vitamin C than oranges and is considerably less acidic and breaks down mucous plugs faster, while grapefruit also helps to detoxify the liver. The best way to get Vitamin D is to be outside for as little as 5 - 10 minutes without sun block, as this inhibits the body's ability to absorb this essential little vitamin. Also if you have been down the antibiotic path recently we may need to consider a probiotic. The mere act of paying conscious attention to individual body parts is enough to melt away any stress or tension in those parts.You can do yoga nidra meditation twice a day - in the morning just after waking up and at night before going to sleep (but be careful lest you fall asleep during the meditation). MS Australia aims to minimise the impact of Multiple Sclerosis on all individuals affected by the disease, as well as their families, carers and the community, by offering a wide range of services, equipment and support. This means that I rotate between different workouts depending on my mood and available free time. Flow Practice is the very heart and soul of the program, which I find challenging in all the right places. Therea€™s a lot less tension in my muscles, which really helps because cardio tends to wind me up.
For those who dona€™t much like to prepare their own diet food, I urge you to try these out.
That aside, I am pleased with my results so far and will continue to work on myself until Ia€™ve reached my ideal (naturally achieved) body. The most common route of infection is not from coughing or sneezing, or walking barefoot in the rain, but from hand-to-hand contact. If you exercise regularly, you should definitely cut back on the intensity until you feel better. MS Australia's goal is to assist everyone affected by MS to live life to their fullest potential and secure the care and support they need, until ultimately a cure is found.a€?Did you know? MS Australia's goal is to assist everyone affected by MS to live life to their fullest potential and secure the care and support they need, until ultimately a cure is found.Did you know? Cardio is my main form of exercise, but I find yoga good for relaxation or if I want to have a thorough stretching. While Ia€™m not big on weighing myself obsessively, I did notice the improved fit of my clothes. The likelihood of you becoming a victim of the cold virus increases however, if you are overtired or physically exhausted. As a whole, it wasna€™t all that convenient and I mostly ended up immediately cancelling the gym trip if some other activity came up. Two old standards, Chamomile and Peppermint are very useful for clearing and warming the sinuses. Antibiotics, including penicillin, DO NOT have any effect on viruses - which is why doctors prescribe them, to treat the secondary bacterial infections that can complicate a cold.
I believe I am at an intermediate level, meaning, I can do most of the poses but still need to use the easier variations on some of the more complicated ones. And leta€™s not forget about the toned areas, because I feel like I have a lot more strength in my arms now. Don't stop at chicken soup, be creative with soups and casseroles that utilise a range of legumes and root vegetables, and don't forget to keep up your intake of raw fruit and vegetables to help your body build and maintain the necessary white blood cells.
NB I know we don't associate dehydration with Winter but most us spend a great deal of time in doors, centrally heated and this can be very 'drying'!
Most uncomplicated colds last between eight and nine days, but about 25% last two weeks, and 5-10% last three weeks.
This object may be the breath, a mantra, visualization, part of the body, external object, etc. As the practitioner advances, his ability to keep the flow of attention in the chosen object gets stronger, and distractions become less common and short-lived. It is the process of non-reactive monitoring of the content of experience from moment to moment, without going into them. Most of the meditation quotes you find speak of this state.This is actually the true purpose behind all kinds of meditation, and not a meditation type in itself. All traditional techniques of meditation recognize that the object of focus, and even the process of monitoring, is just a means to train the mind, so that effortless inner silence and deeper states of consciousness can be discovered. Eventually both the object of focus and the process itself is left behind, and there is only left the true self of the practitioner, as “pure presence”.In some techniques, this is the only focus, from the beginning. It has its roots in the Chinese Zen Buddhism (Ch’an) tradition, tracing back to Indian monk Bodhidharma (6th century CE). In the West, its most popular forms comes from Dogen Zenji (1200~1253), the founder of Soto Zen movement in Japan.
Each time you inhale you count one number, starting with 10, and then moving backward to 9, 8, 7, etc. When you arrive in 1, you resume from 10 again. It is a traditional Buddhist practice, dating back to 6th century BC. Vipassana-meditation, as taught in the last few decades, comes from the Theravada Buddhist tradition, and was popularized by  S. This is typically done through breathing awareness.Focus all your attention, from moment to moment, on the movement of your breath. Simply notice these phenomena as they emerge in the field of awareness, and then return to the sensation of breathing.
If a secondary object hooks your attention and pulls it away, or if it causes desire or aversion to appear, you should focus on the secondary object for a moment or two, labeling it with a mental note, like “thinking”,  “memory”, “hearing”, “desiring”. One observes the objects of awareness without attachment, letting thoughts and sensations arise and pass away of their own accord.


You can find plenty of teachers, websites, and books about it, as well as 3~10 days retreats (donation based). Do like this for the length of your meditation practice, constantly redirecting the attention to the breath. Whenever that happens, gently recognize that you have been distracted, and bring the attention back to the breathing, or to the objective noticing of that thought or sensation.
If you are speaking, that means paying attention to the words you speak, how you speak them, and to listen with presence and attention.
If you are walking, that means being more aware of your body movements, your feet touching the ground, the sounds you are hearing, etc.Your effort in seated practice supports your daily life practice, and vice-versa. It is beneficial both for selfless and self-centered people, and it will help increase your general level of happiness.
It is not an affirmation used to convince yourself of something.Some meditation teachers insist that both the choice of word, and its correct pronunciation, is very important, due to the “vibration” associated to the sound and meaning, and that for this reason an initiation into it is essential.
Others say that the mantra itself is only a tool to focus the mind, and the chosen word is completely irrelevant.Mantras are used in Hindu traditions, Buddhist traditions (especially Tibetan and “Pure Land” Buddhism), as well as in Jainism, Sikhism and Daoism (Taoism). The practitioner then repeats the mantra in his mind, silently, over and over again during the whole session.Sometimes this practice is coupled with being aware of the breathing or coordinating with it. In other exercises, the mantra is actually whispered very lightly and softly, as an aid to concentration.As you repeat the mantra, it creates a mental vibration that allows the mind to experience deeper levels of awareness. As you meditate, the mantra becomes increasingly abstract and indistinct, until you’re finally led into the field of pure consciousness from which the vibration arose. Repetition of the mantra helps you disconnect from the thoughts filling your mind so that perhaps you may slip into the gap between thoughts. Mantras can be viewed as ancient power words with subtle intentions that help us connect to spirit, the source of everything in the universe.
Because a mantra is a word, and thoughts are usually perceived as words, it can be easier to keep the focus on a mantra rather than on the breathing. It is useful especially when the mind is racing with many thoughts, since it mantra meditation demands constant attention.Meditating with a mantra can also make it simpler to  integrate your meditative state into your daily life. In whatever activity you find yourself into, it can be as simple as repeating the mantra in your mind.
There are over 600 scientific papers, many of them peer-reviewed, and I have used part of their research when composing my benefits of meditation page. However, there are also critics of the Maharishi and his organization, and some accusation of cultish behavior and doubtful research practices. To know more, check out this answer I wrote in Quora.If you wish to try something similar, for a fraction of the cost or for free, have a look at NSR (above), or Mantra Meditation. Tradition goes as far as 1700 B.C, and has as its highest goal spiritual purification and Self-Knowledge. The most common and universal one is the “third eye meditation”.Third Eye Meditation — focusing the attention on the “spot between the eyebrows” (called by some “the third eye” or “ajna chakra”). Most commonly it is done on the heart chackra, third eye, and crown chackra.Gazing Meditation (Trataka) — fixing the gaze on an external object, typically a candle, image or a symbol (yantras). It is done with eyes open, and then with eyes closed, to train both the concentration and visualization powers of the mind. After closing the eyes, you should still keep the image of the object in your “mind’s eye”.Kundalini Meditation — this is a very complex system of practice. The goal is the awakening of the “kundalini energy” which lies dormant on the base of the spine, the development of several psychic centers in the body, and, finally, enlightenment. There are several dangers associated with this practice, and it should not be attempted without the guidance of a qualified yogi.Kriya Yoga — is a set of energization, breathing, and meditation exercises taught by Paramahamsa Yogananda. This is more suited for those who have a devotional temperament, and are seeking the spiritual aspects of meditation.
To learn it, you can apply to receive the Self-Realization lessons, free of charge.Sound Meditation (Nada Yoga) — focusing on sound.
Starts with meditation on “external sounds”, such as calming ambient music (like Native American flute music), whereby the student focuses all his attention on just hearing, as a help to quieten and collect the mind. By time the practice evolves to hearing the “internal sounds” of the body and mind. The ultimate goal is to hear the “Ultimate Sound” (para nada), which is a sound without vibration, and that manifests as “OM”.Tantra — unlike the popular view in the West, most Tantra practices have nothing to do with ritualized sex (this was practiced by a minority of lineages. It is not exactly meditation, but an excellent practice to calm the mind and prepare it for meditation. There are several different types of Pranayama, but the simplest and most commonly taught one is the 4-4-4-4. This means breathing in counting up to 4, holding for 4 seconds, breathing out for 4 seconds, and holding empty for 4 seconds.
This regulation of breathing balances the moods and pacifies the body, and can be done anywhere.Yoga is a very rich tradition, with different lineages, so there are many other techniques.
Kundalini and Chakra meditation should only be attempted with a teacher.Probably the simplest one to try is the “third eye meditation”, which is simple and yields results fairly quickly. For the other types you would probably need more instruction, either of a teacher or a good book (see references above). It means to “investigate” our true nature, to find the answer to the “Who am I?” question, which culminates with the intimate knowledge of our true Self, our true being.
When explaining it, however, it may sound very abstract.Your sense of “I” (or “ego”) is the center of your universe. It is there, in some form or another, behind all your thoughts, emotions, memories, and perceptions.
It’s the biggest mystery in our lives.With Self-Enquiry, the question “Who I am?” is asked within yourself. You must reject any verbal answers that may come, and use this question simply as a tool to fix your attention in the subjective feeling of “I” or “I am”.
This will then reveal your true “I”, your real self as pure consciousness, beyond all limitation.
It is not an intellectual pursuit, but a question to bring the attention to the core element of your perception and experience: the “I”. This is not your personality, but a pure, subjective, feeling of existing – without any images or concepts attached to it. From then you ask “Who am I?”, to bring the attention back to the subjective feeling of self, of presence. It is pure existence, objectless and choice-less awareness.Another way of explaining this practice is to just focus the mind on your feeling of being, the non-verbal “I am” that shines inside of you.
Keep it pure, without association with anything you perceive.On all other types of meditation, the “I” (yourself) is focusing on some object, internal or external, physical or mental.
It emphasizes living in harmony with Nature, or Tao, and it’s main text is the Tao Te Ching, dating back to 6th century B.C. The purpose is to quieten the body and mind, unify body and spirit, find inner peace, and harmonize with the Tao. Here is a brief overview:Emptiness meditation — to sit quietly and empty oneself of all mental images (thoughts, feelings, and so on), to “forget about everything”, in order to experience inner quiet and emptiness.
In this state, vital force and “spirit” is collected and replenished. This is similar to the Confucius discipline of “heart-mind fasting”, and it is regarded as “the natural way”.
One simply allows all thoughts and sensations arise and fall by themselves, without engaging with or “following” any of them. If this is found to be too hard and “uninteresting”, the student is instructed with other types of meditation, such as visualization and QigongBreathing meditation (Zhuanqi) — to focus on the breath, or “unite mind and qi”. There are particular instructions for following this practice, and a good book or a teacher is required.These meditations are done seated cross-legged on the floor, with spine erect. Traditionally it was practiced and taught in secrecy in the Chinese Buddhist, Taoist and Confucianist traditions. Qigong can be practiced in a static position (seated or standing), or through a dynamic set of movements – which is what you typically see in YouTube videos and on DVDs. The exercises that are done as a meditation, however, are normally done sitting down, and without movement.To understand more about Qigong and learn how to do it, I’d recommend getting a book or DVD set from Dr.



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