Showing posts with label guest blogger. Show all posts
Showing posts with label guest blogger. Show all posts

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mid Month Moment of Health with Guest Blogger Heather Askinosie! - 'Yoga, My Saving Grace'

We are super excited to bring you our first official 'Mid-Month Moment of Health' for 2011, with a very special Guest Blogger! We plan to bring you a special Health Related Post every month on the 15th, with rotating Guest Bloggers, feel free to reach out to us if you are interested in contributing an article! And as always we encourage you to comment and show our Guest Bloggers some love, make her feel welcome everyone!

~ Ascending Butterfly

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@Pablo Lomeli 2011

I have been doing yoga for the past 20 years and it has been my saving grace. Sometimes my practice has been strong, flexible and powerful, while other times it has been reflective, slow and gentle. The one constant is that yoga always gives me what I need at that moment. When you are on a spiritual journey life gives you lessons, obstacles, joy and many choices. Our current state of mind determines how we choose to handle each situation which arises.

If the mind controls the body, then the mind needs to be calm, clear and balanced, which is much easier said than done. However a great meditation will help the mind shift to a state of nothingness, and some days this works better than others. One of the main reasons I find yoga vital in my life is because I do not have time to think. Rather the act focuses on the breath and the expansion and after an hour and a half my perspective changes. Everything becomes more manageable and clear. My personal connection with the divine is reinstated and my connection with myself is more complete.

Yoga has taught me that some of the greatest things in life take multiple years to learn. Poses can be perfected but in time that too will change. Each day on my yoga mat is different because each day I show up I am different.

"Yoga has taught me to be kinder with myself and accept where I am right now in this moment." ~Heather Askinosie

Yoga is a healer, a teacher and one of the greatest gifts one can offer to yourself. After every class I thank my body for being healthy and allowing me to do the YOGA.


@Pablo Lomeli 2011
About the Author: Heather Askinosie's mission is to educate and reconnect the world to the ancient wisdom and healing properties of crystals and gems. She has traveled the world to learn ancient healing and uncover lost knowledge that serves to help guide the mind, body and spirit. Her jewelry line, Energy Muse, serves as a tool to help you tap into your inner power and manifest your desires.
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FTC Disclosure Information: This is not a sponsored post. No compensation has been received in conjunction with this guest post. This is a regular feature on our blog where rotating Guest Bloggers speak on the topic of mind, body and soul health and wellbeing. All opinions expressed by our Guest Bloggers are solely their own, as are the experiences they relay in their posts. Our Mid-Month Moment of Health does not offer Medical Claims, it is recommended that you check with your own physician regarding physical fitness and any form of excercise.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

New Feature! : "Mid-Month Moment of Health"

We are launching a new feature on Ascending Butterfly called 'Mid-Month Moment of Health'. We are going to have guest bloggers post articles related to health. The health of our bodies. Our daily inspirational posts are very much 'mind' and 'soul' oriented, but the health of the body is equally important. Helping you get BOTH in sync makes for a better you. We aim to offer something for the 'body', 'mind' and 'soul' and this feature helps us to do just that! We thought this article would be a great place to start considering the tension that builds up on 'Tax Day'.

This is one of several new regular features we will be offering. Stay tuned, we are soon going to launch a new feature that YOU will play a part of!

Without furthur ado, here is our first "Mid-Month Moment of Health", this feature will appear here each month on the 15th!

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Comfort is Key

by guest blogger, Dr. James Lee, inventor of the UGLee Pen, who writes about ergonomics

Have you ever noticed that when you don’t feel well, it’s hard to be happy? When you have an ache or a pain it’s just constantly on your mind, so, not only is your body feeling poorly, your mind follows suit encountering challenges with focus and happy thoughts. There are so many things that can cause dis-ease in the body and create pain and discomfort. I love to enlighten people to the joys of ergonomic living because it can help alleviate stress and strain to the body which provides comfort. And, comfort can definitely be the key to happiness!

Why Ergonomic Stretching is Important

The body was not designed to stay in one position all day. Sitting or standing at a desk, computer or work station can cause muscular tension. Ergonomic stretching is important to ease the stiffness of your major muscle groups. Taking short stretch breaks, at least once per hour, can ease stiffness and muscle strain in the hands, wrists, arms, neck, back, and legs. If you notice pain or tension in any area of the body, just give it a quick stretch to reduce and stress on your muscles.

Here’s 5 easy-to-do ergonomic stretching routines for the hands and forearms

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Wrist Bend

Open the palm of your hand and face it downward. Gently bend the wrist from side to side. Hold for 3 – 5 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Forearm Rotate

Stretch your arm out, palms facing up. Slowly rotate your palm facing down. Hold 3 – 5 seconds. Rotate palms back up. Hold 3 – 5 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Wrist Stretch with Fingertips

Hold one arm out straight. Hold the hand up, like motioning someone to stop. Grasp and hold the fingers with the other hand and pull towards you. Hold 3 – 5 seconds. Relax. Repeat 3 times. Then bend your wrist down and with the other hand, pull the back of the hand toward you. Hold and relax as before.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Palms Together

While sitting at your desk, place your arms on the table with your palms together. Move your elbows outward as you slide your wrists down, attempting to touch the table. Stop when you feel a good stretch. You do not have to rest your hands on the table, just keep your palms pressed together and get a good stretch for 5 – 7 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Finger Roll

Start by opening your hand. Then, make a fist but keep the thumb out. Slide your fingertips up your palm so the tips of your fingers are now near the base of your fingers. Keep the fingers curled tightly for a good 5 second stretch.

In addition to ergonomic stretching, you can also consider using an ergonomic pen. This will ease muscular tension when writing for long periods of time at work because a properly designed ergonomic pen will almost grip you, so you don’t have to expend muscular energy to tightly grip it. A more relaxed hand grip will ease tension in the fingers, hands and arm.


Dr. Lee,
Inventor of the UGLee Pen

Remember to show our guest blogger some love and make him feel welcome, leave your comments and questions for Dr. Lee HERE!

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