Yoga and Money

May 17, 2011

by Kristin Shepherd

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First of all, thanks very much for the approximately 26 billion pieces of mail you sent after I posted a short blog about the cost of yoga classes. It may take me a while to get back to each of you on that one.

It seems it’s a contentious subject.

The mail indicates we’re far more conflicted about money than we are about yoga. No one wrote saying, “I have piles of money but I can’t stand yoga.” It was all about how much we love class and would like to go more often. How lovely is that?

Your mail made me wonder something. We know that yoga spills into every little bit of life: into relationships, food, career, parenting, political choices, etc.

Has yoga affected your relationship to money?

I suppose yoga has strengthened my impression that money is energy, and that the healthy flow of money into and out of my life has to do with the health (or not) of my own energy, of my confidence, my resistance, my fear, my flexibility and strength.

That’s one new yogini’s thought. What’s yours?

Thanks to yoga for showing up everywhere. Thanks to you, always, for the wonderful conversation,

kristin

Dr. Kristin Shepherd is a chiropractor, actor, and speaker (About All Things Wonderful) in North Bay, Ontario.  Join her on the web, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on iTunes.

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On a Roll

Too busy for a massage? Grab some props and try these do-it-yourself tips from expert bodyworkers.

By Karen J. Ohlson

You’re caught in the grinding maw of a stressful day and your neck and shoulders have morphed into a tight mass of tension. As your demanding boss or cranky child drones on and on, complaining, you find yourself drifting into your favorite fantasy. The one where you have an on-call bodyworker who’s attractive, attentive, and available day or night, strong fingers kneading just the right spots to melt that aching tightness away … A piercing yell from your boss or child yanks you back to reality, and you sigh as the fantasy fades.

As it happens, that dream isn’t completely out of reach. When you don’t have time or money for a massage or when your yoga practice doesn’t penetrate certain tight knots, you can pick up a few props and follow these tips from expert bodyworkers. Here’s what you need to know.

HEALING HEADACHES
If pounding headaches visit you all too often, it’s time to learn how to tap into your craniosacral still point—a momentary cessation of the pulse of your cerebrospinal fluid that dissipates tension and pain. “It’s great for headaches,” says Ann Honigman, a chiropractor and craniosacral therapist in Berkeley, California. “It really helps you quiet the nervous system.” The pros do this for clients with their hands, but you can do it for yourself by lying on an easy-to-make still point inducer.

WHAT YOU NEED Two tennis balls and a sock (stuff the balls in the sock and tie a knot at one end to hold them in place side by side), or a latex still point inducer ($15 from the Upledger Institute, at www.upledger.com or 800-233-5880

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Raw food diet

BACKGROUND

The raw foods diet is based entirely on the consumption of uncooked foods as a majority of an individual’s entire nutritional intake. A person who consumes a raw foods diet is sometimes referred to as a raw foodist. Followers of the raw foods diet may eat fresh or dehydrated vegetables, nuts, and fruits, as well as sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes. Some individuals may also consume unpasteurized dairy products or raw eggs, fish, and meat. Pasteurization heats foods and liquids to about 63°C (145°F), which is over the food temperature limit observed by most raw foodists.
The primary rationale behind following the raw foods diet is that the enzymes present in uncooked foods become inactive when heated. Raw foodists believe that these uncooked food enzymes aid digestion, thereby potentially allowing the body to devote more of its energy towards other bodily processes, such as immune system functioning.
The publication of Leslie Kenton’s book, “The New Raw Energy” in 1986 popularized the consumption of sprouts, fresh vegetable juices, and seeds as a dietary option.
Advocates of the raw foods diet claim that eating uncooked foods may help to prevent a variety of diseases, including diabetes, fibromyalgia, acne, migraines, back pain, neck and joint pain, asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypoglycemia, colitis, diverticulitis, yeast infection, arthritis, allergies, depression, anxiety, mood swings, heartburn, gas, bloating, skin diseases, obesity, chronic fatigue, and various types of cancers. Many adherents believe that in addition to destroying enzymes, which assist in digestion, cooking food may also change the chemical structure of foods in a way that makes them more toxic.
There is a lack of available high quality clinical trials evaluating the raw foods diet for any medical condition. The statements by advocates about cooked foods being toxic or more difficult to digest are largely theoretical.
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