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Buteyko in South Africa

Our first Buteyko workshop went very well. Two asthmatics, one emphysaemic and one person with seasonal hayfever escalating to asthma all decided to give it a try. Over five days they learned the art of better breathing, and all felt that they had had huge benefits. It will take perserverance from them, and a little courage, but they will succeed. All have learned that they can overcome their challenges by: learning to remain calm, learning how to stay in control, and discovering how breathing quietly and gently through their noses makes an enormous difference to their health! For more info on Buteyko in South Africa: www.buteyko.co.za

Thoughts on Buteyko Breathing Method

Hello again everyone

I wanted to share this newsletter from Jennifer Starke of the Buteyko Institute for Breathing and Health in Australia and New Zealand. Jennifer may be persuaded to come out to Cape Town next year and teach the practical component of the Buteyko Breathing method for asthma.  The Buteyko course for health practitioners costs AU$4000.00, but this does not include travel and accomodation for the trainer, the costs of which can be shared by participants. The theory part can be completed via correspondence, and the practical must be observed and completed with her over ten days, observing how she works with patients. We would like to set up a free “clinic” for a minimum of 20 asthma sufferers, to teach them to control their asthma with minimal use of drugs. The Buteyko Method has been clinically trialed in several double-blind placebo trials, in the UK, Australia and NZ. The results were astounding. Over 90% reduced their intake of broncho-dilators and over 40% reduced their intake of steroid preventors. Buteyko is not an “alternative” treatment which insists that asthma sufferers go without medication. It is an empowering tool to help asthma sufferers to better control symptoms, thereby reducing their reliance on medication. Jennifer needs ten people to commit to doing the course, before she can come to SA. Let me know if you are interested: clickholistic @ gmail.com

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Better Breathing = Better Health
By Jennifer Stark
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December 2009 – January 2010


–    The Cures that Kill?
–    The Asthma – Sleep Apnoea Link
–    Introduce Yourself to Buteyko
–    The Buteyko View-point on Food
–    Buteyko Practitioner Training in Australia, North America and the UK
–    Refresher Courses
–    Buteyko Tip of the Season

 
The Cures that Kill?

The claim that 80% of asthma-related deaths are due to the regular use of bronchodilators is a serious charge made by Cornell, Stanford researchers lead by Shelley and Edwin Salpeter. The research team states that the prime culprits are long-acting bronchodilators, such as Serevent and Oxis (Oxese).  And even when combined with the steroids Flixotide (Flovent) or Pulmicort to form Seretide (Advair) or Symbicort, these drugs are still thought to be potentially dangerous.

So much so that in North America the Food Drug Adminstration (FDA) has listed them with a “black box warning”, which is the strongest warning that can be applied without banning the drug altogether. Because of this strong warning, in the USA it is rare to find people using more than one puff of these medications more than once a day. In Australia and New Zealand however, this is certainly not the case as people are regularly prescribed two puffs twice a day as if our asthmatic people are somehow different to their US counterparts.

It is not that long ago that people were dying in large numbers from asthma that was attributed to the over-use of bronchodilators in New Zealand. Let’s hope that this does not happen again. If you are prescribed a long-acting bronchodilator, with or without an inhaled steroid, perhaps you could ask your doctor how this is going to improve your health in the future.

We are frequently told by users of these medications that while they no longer have as many asthma symptoms, they are less able to physically perform as well as they used to. This means that walks they used to find easy are now more difficult, or they seem to have more fatigue today than they had two years ago. In many instances these people are now experiencing something that seldom was seen in conjunction with asthma: they are experiencing sleep apnoea.

The Asthma – Sleep Apnoea Link

“My daughter now enjoys a solid sleep, no more middle-of-the-night coughing and waking.  She is also enjoying sports and participates more.”  Carol

Asthma has long been linked to poor sleep, and may have a problem with snoring, but before long-acting bronchodilators came on the scene, the person would wake during the night needing to take a short-acting bronchodilator, such as Ventolin. So the snoring that dries and cools airways as well as causing a loss of carbon dioxide, would waken asthmatics as their breathing became laboured. With the use of long-acting bronchodilators, this airway irritation is more likely to be masked, and as the airways become increasingly cooled, and dried, they typically respond by increasing mucus production and swelling.

As the airway narrows more than usual, and because the throat muscles are extremely relaxed during sleep, it becomes increasingly likely that the airway will collapse due to the excessive upper-chest breathing that is linked to snoring. When the airway is sucked closed in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, no air can enter or leave the lungs, making an ‘apnoea’ or abnormally long pause in breathing.

In addition to this, more carbon dioxide than usual is being exhaled as the person breathes faster or more forcefully than normally occurs during sleep, and when there is a minute but sudden drop in carbon dioxide, the breathing slows or even stops for a short period of time until the concentration gets back to its usual level. Both the collapsed airway and the passive pause in breathing raise carbon dioxide and lower oxygen, but because the person is asleep it takes a little while for the brain to realise that this is happening. After a time the person momentarily wakens long enough to re-start the breathing, but usually not long enough to register the wakening. This happens so many times a night that on waking, the person often feels more tired than before they went to bed. Day-time fatigue, headaches, brain fog and lacking of stamina are common symptoms of sleep apnoea.

“Before my Buteyko course, my husband woke me to stop snoring until he got to sleep. Now he wakes me to see if I am still alive and breathing. I can’t win!” Althea

Introduce Yourself to Buteyko

 
A simple way to introduce yourself to the Buteyko method and to discover if it is a suitable way for you to improve your asthma, snoring, sleep apnoea, allergies or hyperventilation problem is to read the Carbon Dioxide Syndrome book. It is extremely difficult to correctly perform Buteyko exercises just by reading about them, and so we do not recommend learning Buteyko that way, so this is not a do-it-yourself book.

Instead this book that is easy to read without any prior knowledge of anatomy or biochemistry, sets out clearly how breathing can adversely affect your health, it explains the whys and wherefores of the Buteyko method, and it also gives you plenty of tips to make improvements. The book can be purchased through our website http://www.buteyko.co.nz/products/default.cfm  for $25.

The Buteyko View-point on Food

Probably every Buteyko practitioner will bring a little of him or herself to this part of a Buteyko course because everyone has an opinion about diet and this opinion does not necessarily reflect what Professor Buteyko found in his research. When we had the privilege of spending time with Professor Buteyko, we found that he ate and drank in moderation almost anything that was placed on the table. The only thing that he seemed violently opposed to was chocolate. We received the understanding that this was to be considered the worst food in the world, and if your children have not eaten chocolate, then teach them that it is a punishment to do so in the hope that they will not develop a liking for it.

Moderation appears to be the key to any sensible diet because we all need sustenance but an over-supply is unnecessary. The Buteyko rule is easy to remember: eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you have had enough. This sounds simple enough, but social occasions often cause us to eat out of politeness; and boredom, stress, or fatigue often stimulate the appetite as a distraction.

Professor Buteyko found that eating cooked food increased the breathing more than eating raw food, and eating easily-digested proteins increased the breathing most of all. Perhaps then the best advice is that while trying to maintain a well-balanced diet, aim to eat these types of foods sparingly:

·    When you are unwell
·    Before bedtime
·    When you feel a little wheezy or tight-chested
·    Before an important meeting, such as a job interview or a presentation.

When hyperventilation is entrenched, the kidneys regularly dump bicarbonate ions, and when they do this they also excrete positive ions or cations, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphates. Without an adequate supply of these minerals, the body has a tough time maintaining good health, and so using unprocessed, fully mineralised sea salt in cooking is an easy way of replenishing them.

‘I not only learnt about my breathing, I learnt about my diet, my body and myself.  The course is excellent.  The things Russell told me in 5 days my doctor had failed to mention in years.”  Hayley

Buteyko Practitioner Training in Australia, North America and the UK

Teaching the Buteyko method is challenging and interesting as well as enormously rewarding, and with approximately  15% of the entire world’s population having asthma and the same with a snoring problem, there are plenty of people who would benefit from learniing to have better breathing. If you want to find out about the training then email Jennifer on training@buteyko.co.nz for more information about courses in Australia, North America and also in the UK.
 
Refresher Courses

“Since the first Buteyko course and refresher course, my asthma is under control without drugs.  I breathe through my nose 80% of my waking hours.  Buteyko is a new life for people who suffer from asthma”.  Robert

Don’t be shy about emailing or phoning to say that you need a bit of help with your breathing. We offer free refresher courses to anyone who has attended our courses. If we don’t have a course running in the near future, then we will try to help you by email or by phone.

“Well worth doing.  I had forgotten some of the exercises after a few months – was glad I could do a refresher.”  Leila

Buteyko Tip of the Season

With people staying indoors for longer periods each day in the northern hemisphere due to cold weather, increased outbreaks of viruses are likely. Your nose is a wonderful germ-filter, so use it to breathe through as much as you can. Make it a personal challenge to breathe only through your nose for a whole day, and when you have mastered that, aim for a whole week. Those living in the southern hemisphere should remember that heat is a powerful breathing stimulant, so keep as cool as you can.

Merry Christmas and Very Best Wishes for 2010

Better Breathing = Better Health

The Buteyko Works Team

Are you practising illegally?

I often find myself as a Holistic Health Practitioner, having to tell clients that I am not a “Therapist”, and that I don’t offer “treatments”. It shouldn’t really matter, right? A rose by any other name still smells as sweet…however, it does matter – and the reason is that I can be accused of practising MEDICINE without a license.
What? But medicine doesn’t even enter into what I do!
Exactly.

In terms of the Medical Scope of Practice Act, the word “therapy” may be seen to imply that that a diagnosis has been made and that a treatment is being given for that specifically diagnosed ailment. That is why a “therapeutic massage therapist”, for example,  is required to be registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of SA. In fact, anyone offering anything of a “therapeutic” nature is required to be registered.

Another interesting section to the Act, is the implication that recommending ANYTHING can be seen as “prescribing” – another thing that only registered Medical professionals may do. Even if what you are “prescribing” is not medicine – in terms of the Act, it is still illegal.

Do yourself a favour and get to grips with the terminology – it may save your practice in the future as regulations toughen up regarding these issues. i’d really like to hear your thoughts on this – please comment below, or send me an e-mail.

November sees many new workshops and opportunities for learning. I was asked to bring these messages to you regarding a few workshops on offer:

The first is a workshop titled: “A Return to Original Innocence”, facilitated by Jenny Brown.  Phone Cell: 082 872 0376 to book.

Day 1: November 7th 2009 10h00-17h00

Cost: R550

1st Ray of Will and Power – Alpha Centauri

2nd Ray of Love-Wisdom – Venus

4th Ray of Harmony through Conflict – Lyra

5th Ray of Concrete Knowledge – Arcturus

 Day 2: November 14th 2009 10h00-17h00

Cost: R550

9th Ray of Highest Potentials – Chiron

10th Ray of Divinity – Pleiades

11th Ray of Illumined Truth – Meldek

13th Ray of Solar Service – Antares

 Day 3: November 21st 2009 10h00-17h00

Cost: R550

14th Ray of Interstellar Service – Alcyone

15th Ray of Galactic Service – Sirius

16th Ray of Intergalactic Service – Andromeda

17th Ray of Universal Service – Orion

 Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

First ray of Will and Power – Alpha Centauri
In this guided visualization, you are going to travel in an external Merkaba Vehicle of Light to the etheric of Alpha Centauri, which holds the predominate energy signature of the first ray of Will and Power through the Alpha Centaurian Co-Creative Council of Twelve. You will be assisted by your Alpha Centaurian Higher Self of the Light, the archetypes related to first ray of Will and Power, and Overlighted by Chohan El Moyra, Archangel Michael, Faith and Khamuel, and Elohim Hercules and Amazonia. This process will clear any issues related to abuse and misuse of power as you find the symbols related to this ray, and through this, embody the associated magical images. Following this, you will be taken to the Ascension Seat in Alpha Centauri, where you will merge with the archetypes related to this ray, as well as your Alpha Centaurian Higher Self of the Light. You will take back your power and step into a deeper level of trust, surrender and union with the Divine.

For further information on the Return to Original Innocence Program see www.pleiadianlight.net

The second is a course offered by Felicity Aronson, Astrologer, to help you get to grips with Astrology and Numerology, and to assist with finding your “life signature”. Phone 021 – 790 – 5231 to book.  Or e-mail felicity FARRON22@yahoo.COm remember to use lower case when addressing the mail.

There’s also a Hout Bay Wellness Fair at the Health Path, Vitoria Avenue Hout Bay on 7th November 2009.

Have an abundant month!

Melody

 

Steps to acheiving your Goals, A Retreat for Women Who Dare and Aromatherapy Courses with a Difference

The Lovely Book For Wonderful Women By Lehla Eldridge

The Lovely Book For Wonderful Women By Lehla Eldridge

Clickholistic turns One next month and to thank you for being a loyal friend, I’ve decided to hold a special competition to celebrate – and you can win just by taking part. Thirteen people who send the most inspired ending to the following sentence: “Holistic Health is………”   will win a gift.  E-mail your entry to clickholistic@gmail.com before the 20 June 2009. The first three winners will win a signed copy of Lehla Eldridge’s “Lovely Book” (for more info go to: www.lovelybooks.co.za) in the post. The other ten winners will receive a link to download a copy of one Dr. Arien VD Merwe’s amazing books. So get typing!

Is your business succeeding as you would like? Are you following your heart and thriving, or are you paddling upstream, trying to make ends meet every month doing something you aren’t inspired to do?

NLP coach and trainer, Jevon D’Angeli, tells us in this month’s edition of Clickholistic, what it takes to get on the road to success. 

The First & Final Step to Success

What’s your track record of sticking to your commitments and achieving your goals?

Well, here’s why goals fail and what you can do about it:When we learn to take personal response-ability for how we deal with each experience as it unfolds, we’ll be well on our way to success mastery.Jevon Dängeli – NLP / HNLP Trainer & Wellness Coach

Most people set goals which they think will help them to feel better about themselves, make them happier, fulfilled, excited or relaxed. The problem lies in that nothing outside ourselves can ever provide us with a sustainable means of experiencing the internal mental and emotional states that we seek.

Although the attainment of an external goal may briefly provide the internal state which is really what we’re after, the novelty soon wears off. We therefore keep chasing illusive outcomes and life becomes a rat race that we never win. Goals don’t work when what you’re attempting to accomplish by setting goals is not something that can be accomplished by goals, i.e. to avoid feeling undesired mental and emotional states.

Often the goals we set up for ourselves are distractions from what we fear most in our lives! So we keep moving away from what we don’t want (fear), and continue setting new goals to avoid experiencing the negative emotions which we drag along with us anyway. Probably the greatest undercurrent of all fears is our fear of the unknown, of uncertainty. So we go about setting goals, planning and organizing our lives in a hopeless attempt to avoid the inevitable. The solution: Become comfortable with uncertainty!

If you want to grow, develop and thrive in this day and age, then uncertainty is necessary – it’s a natural order in life. It’s out of uncertainty that new possibilities, opportunities and creativity energy arise. Most people set goals to escape uncertainty, and in so doing deprive themselves of the very experience that they seek to have.

“Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.”
– Claude Bernard

When one learns to embrace uncertainty, life takes on a new meaning and we begin to identify the purpose and value of each experience. Be curious about the gifts awaiting you on the other side of uncertainty. Accept the uncertainty – accept the gift.

If you want to achieve your goals, make sure they’re authentic. An authentic goal is one which only you are responsible for. It doesn’t depend on other people or external circumstances. It’s the desire and intention to experience yourself in a particular way. People and situations may point you in a certain direction, but these are only indicator goals along the way to the achievement of an authentic goal.

Think of an indicator goal as a road sign, rather than the destination you are trying to get to. The indicator goal is only the sign or map. It is NOT the territory. One of my teachers used to remind us to beware of driving into the sign!

Be aware that you’re not setting your goal to avoid the very experience that life might have in store for you – such that you can move in the direction of your desires. For only when you can be with your life exactly as it is do you have the choice to change its direction. And changing direction is a mark of flexibility – one of the key ingredients in achieving your authentic goal. If, for example, happiness is your goal, then start by doing the things and changing your environment to how they will be when you are happy. And if that isn’t making you happier, then change the way you’re doing it until you’re being the person which you wish to become. Remain committed to achieving happiness and flexible as to how you go about it.

Remember the wisdom of the Chinese adage “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Quit focusing on the “thousand miles” part and shift your attention to the step you’re on. It’s only on this step, here and now, where you can experience your authentic goal. In any case an effective strategy to achieve more materialistic desires stems from the energy and focus which you’re cultivating on every step of your journey.

Each successive step along our way through life appears as a result of the thoughts, mental pictures and actions taken in our previous steps. Therefore we are constantly attracting the people and circumstances which are there for us to learn from in order for us to progress. If we refuse the learning and don’t take accountability, then similar situations continue to show up and nudge us along. We’re either successfully achieving the results that we want, or we’re successfully achieving the results that we don’t want!

Eventually we wake up, lock our focus on what we want (as opposed to what we don’t want), become flexible, begin behaving the part of that which we desire and therefore experience it!

It’s no wonder that Mahatma Gandhi said we must be the change that we want to see in the world. It’s the only chance the world has, and the only chance we have of achieving our authentic goals.

In my opinion our greatest opportunity for success in life is where we are each and every moment. It’s the step we’re on! 

How are you going to bring about what you want to be, do and have right now?

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Soul Tools for Modern Woman

Weekend Retreat

TIME OUT FOR WOMEN WHO DARE

Once a month Waterdown Health Farm and Spa organizes art, health and spiritual healing retreats for women who dare to reconnect with their bodies and souls. This retreat can also be arranged for any group: private or workplace; at your convenience and a venue of your choice.

Waterdown Health Farm and Spa is an integrative health and healing facility tucked away in a valley on a 22 hectare farm in Mpumalanga.  About 3.5 km from the main road between Nelspruit and White River surrounded by abundant birdlife, rocks and a stream running through it, Waterdown is a hidden sanctuary that provides an opportunity to step back from work and reconnect with the heartbeat of the Earth.  Integrating the healing power of nature, art, ritual, healthy eating, holistic massage, meditation and counseling, Waterdown seeks to find a deeper meaning of health that goes beyond the physical.

“Soul tools for Modern Woman” Retreat is facilitated by Mmatshilo Motsei and Dr Arien van der Merwe assisted by other therapists (art, movement, massage). Using deep relaxation exercises, painting, music, story telling, movement and meditation, the retreat is designed to create a quite, loving and caring space for women to rest, reflect and rejuvenate. By participating in a circle of love and delightful attention, women retrace their steps back to their magnificence.

Ms Motsei is a psychology graduate, Afrikan spiritualist, author and poet who spent the past two decades working as a counselor, trainer and consultant working mainly on personal empowerment for women across Afrika, North America and Europe. As part of her own healing process, Ms Motsei published a book titled Hearing Visions Seeing Voices in 2004.

Dr Arien van der Merwe is a medical doctor, author, health & wellness coach, Fellow of Royal Society of Public Health and Member of the International Stress Management Association. She works as a mind-body facilitator, spiritual teacher, health coach and skills development facilitator in the field of health and wellness. She is well known for her integrative approach in discovering blockages in the human energy system which leads to physical, emotional and spiritual disease. 

 

 

Because of the intensity of the retreat, only 10 women can be accommodated. For more information and/or bookings send email to  arienvdm@samedical.co.za 

 

Positive Health is an Academy of Massage and Aromatherapy.  Although we focus on massage classes for relaxation and release of the 3 T’s – tension, tightness and toxins – and later diplomas in massage, because POSITIVE  TOUCH IS ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH, we will also be providing classes on other complementary therapies, which will all lead to Positve Health

Our latest offerings are two workshops on Nutrition, presented by well-known Registered Dietician, Annelie Smith, who has had 13 years experience in solving Nutrition ‘problems’ and, from her work over the years, has developed a special interest in our relationships with food, how we sabotage living a full and healthy life by the food choices we make, and how we can change those patterns. Her first workshop is on 23rd May and the second will be on 20th June at the Wellness Centre in Llandudno. 

Please view the website www.positivehealth.co.za for more details (including how to register) and also view Annelie’s website www.anneliesmith.co.za to learn more about her and her workshops.

Other courses will become available over the months and it is suggested that the website www.positivehealth.co.za is regularly looked at for course updates.

Landmark Education Forum – is it a “racket”?

A family member recently went on the Landmark Forum’s 3-day weekend course. She came back very inspired and energised. She is the kind of person who has never much been into this sort of thing, but had made many attempts at psychological “self-help” in some form or another over the years. She came back with a new language. She talked about living “authentically”, about giving up her “rackets”, terms which did not sound at all like her. She insisted that if she had had the money she would enrol everyone she knew. She herself had been enrolled by a friend who had insisted she attend. This friend also paid for half the fees. I had no idea what the Landmark Forum was about. (The family member was unable to give me a unbiased opinion.) So I “Googled” it.

Lo and behold – heaps and heaps of sites appeared – many worth checking out, although some were disturbing  as they suggest that the Landmark Education Forum is a scam. I do want to say, for the record, that I am happy that the family member attended the course and that this person did find alot of value in it – but then, her expectations were not unrealistic.

My own (google) investigation revealed the following:
Landmark Education Forum is a business. It was bought in 1991 by the associates of it’s founder, Walter Erhard, (previously John Paul Rosenberg), after he began to get some bad press. All Guru’s get bad press so I won’t go into the details – you can Google it yourself if you are interested.
Erhard developed a “Large Group Awareness” training that became known as EST (Erhard Seminars Training) in 1971. It was a part of the Human Potential Movement and involved intensive 15 – 20 hour seminars over a number of days with huge groups of people.
Those critical of EST called it brainwashing. EST was very goal oriented, as is the LEF. Participants are made to take responsibility for their lives, get on with the future and not “live in the past”. They are encouraged, while attending the seminar, to telephone or contact people who they feel they have unfinished business with – in some cases to confront that person and open communication with them. Which, I suppose, is great – especially for people who are truly “stuck” and unable to get on with their lives because of some minor thing that has been blown out of proportion. But there are those who feel that this could be dangerous for some people – especially if they have been abused and have no support structures around them to help them through the trauma after they have come away from the Forum.
“I participated at Landmark Education for 6 years and have to admit it made a huge difference in my life. I also had some bad experiences at LEC, especially with their staff and other leaders. I found the negative experiences to be shame-based and that there was a hierarchy that had to do with power and dominating an individual. Any time I questioned an individual above me, I was told I wasn’t accepting their coaching. They never looked at the possibility that they might be contributing to the situation.”
“What disturbs me is the fact that they used bright fluorescent lighting with no windows, didn’t allow food or drink in the room, and required such long hours. Hell, if you sit in a fluorescent-drenched, stuffy room for three days and nights, with little hydration and no [unsupervised] communication with the people there, you will probably believe just about anything.”
“I went to the Landmark Forum, but walked out an hour before the end of the first night. I am a social worker with a background in psychology, a master’s degree and am currently working on my LCSW. The manner in which individuals were treated at the Landmark was shocking. I can’t believe that I sat through hours of watching the facilitator humiliate individuals. They chastised me numerous times for ‘sticking out’ and making problems for the volunteers. It is scary that no one was allowed to be by themselves for long periods of time or deviate from the Forum rules in any manner. They said that the reason I wanted to leave was due to my ‘rackets.’ But the Forum seemed similar to cult recruitment and I demanded a refund. They said my money would be refunded, but I ‘me still waiting. I can’t believe that I allowed myself to attend something like the Landmark Forum.”
These are comments that I have copied from Rick Ross’s website (see previous posts) regarding the Landmark Forum. Although I have never attended their seminars, and therefore cannot give a properly informed opinion, the idea of sitting in a room with over a 100 people for more than twelve hours at a stretch over a few days is a bit off-putting. The best article I came across was by a journalist named Karin Badt. She claims in her article, “Inside the Landmark Forum” (www.huffingtonpost.com/karin-badt/inside-the-landmark-forum_b_90028.html ) that she really found the Landmark Education Forum to be helpful. She found their methods of marketing (by persuading attendees to recruit their friends and family) off-putting. She felt their critism of critical thinking problematic. But she didn’t knock it entirely. It’s a good article, I urge you to read it.
If you have attended, I’m interested to hear your comments.

And a bit of wisdom from the folks at “Living In -Formation”, which I think sums it up nicely:

Every behaviour has a positive intention…

If you’re willing to look behind any behaviour, yours or another’s, you’ll find that the original motivating value is positive and purposeful. If the behaviour is a negative or unwanted one, then you can explore alternative and healthier ways of satisfying the value which the behaviour is trying to fulfill. If someone has done something which you find unacceptable, then aim to discover the positive intention behind this. When you find it you’ll be able to accept the situation/person better and respond more resourcefully. Now that’s freedom!

(Written by Jevon Dängeli – NLP Trainer & Coach www.neuro-linguistics.net )

Autumn Harvest

I love Autumn, with the cooler weather, the warm colours and all the harvest time rituals and ceremonies. Along with Autumn comes a symbolic sorting of the wheat from the chaff. There is work to be done, and this work must happen to ensure a fruitful year ahead. This is also the harvest time, a time when we gather toward us that which is needed for the winter ahead; reap the benefits of our labours and choose what is to be preserved. But it is also time to throw out that which has lost it’s usefulness. In this spirit, this month’s edition of Clickholistic includes a challenge: to try something new and also to be brave and let go of something that isn’t working for you anymore! This month’s edition has a few ideas to (hopefully) inspire you to make a change. I’d love to hear your stories.

The mailing address for submissions has changed, you can get in touch by dropping me a line at: clickholistic@gmail.com

I do get quite a few submissions, and want to include them all, so please get them to me ASAP so that I can be sure you all get a space! Thanks again to those of you who have contributed.

“Ancient way of healing with the Hands” Thai Yoga Massage :

Thai Yoga Massage is known as ‘Nuard Boran’ in Thailand. It is a Healing Art native to Thailand and comes from Theraveda Buddhism and Buddhist medicine. One does not need to be a Buddhist to practice however it is acknowledged that the technique has its roots in India and made its way to Thailand when the knowledge of Buddhism, Yoga and Aryuveda spread to Asia about 2500 years ago. It could be more accurate to call this medicine by its traditional name of Nuard Boran, or ‘Ancient Way of Healing with The Hands’, because its approach and technique differs considerably to what is commonly understood as massage or massage therapy.

A Thai Massage session incorporates elements of mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep stretching, rhythmic compression, acupressure, massage of the meridian lines, dynamic yoga stretches etc which are all used to create a singular healing experience. Thai Massage is based entirely on principles of energy balancing and works with energy lines to create harmony of the Koshas: body, breath, mind, intellect, ego, memory, emotions, and self. In Theravada Buddhism, the word ‘Metta’ is used to denote ‘loving kindness’ as well as ‘ProMiiWihan Sii’ which can be translated to the ‘Four Divine or States of Mind without limitation’. These ‘Four Divine’ are Love, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity. As long as these qualities are transmitted and exemplified during a Thai Massage session, we can say that it was good and successful. A truly good therapist performs their art in a meditative mood. The therapist starts with a ‘Puja’, a meditative prayer, to fully center themselves on the healing they are about to perform. The therapist must work in a state of full awareness, mindfulness and concentration. After a session clients report feeling energized, relaxed,,relief from Chronic pain and fatigue and a general lasting sense of well-being.

Thai Massage is the fourth branch in Traditional Thai Medicine and recognized by the government of Thailand as an official healing system and is practiced within hospitals. The technique can be used for therapeutic purposes to heal numerous specific ailments as well as achieve deep relaxation.

Become a Thai Massage practitioner with the School of Authentic Thai Yoga Massage About the School: The School of Authentic Thai Massage opened its doors in 2007 and specializes in the ancient therapeutic art-form of ‘nuard boran’ which is the ‘ancient way of healing with the hands’. The School offers authentic training in Traditional Thai Massage and qualifies the participant as a Thai Massage Practitioner and is ideal for those wishing to practice on a professional level as well as for those who wish to learn this knowledge of healing for themselves. The School is registered with the Natural Health Teaching Services http://www.naturalhealthaccess.info/ and was opened by Lisa Martin.

Upcoming Course Dates:: 25th-27th April 2009 For more info on how to register: http://www.thaiyogamassage.synthasite.com or Email: thaimassageschool@gmail.com 0r call Lisa on 073 838 0704.

 

 Demystifying Neuro Linguistic Programming:

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is well established as a powerful method to develop your potential and enhance performance. It can help you create order from chaos and encourages resourceful ways of thinking while expanding awareness of choices. We’re all born with the same basic neurology. Our ability to do anything in life, whether it’s learning a new skill, cooking a meal or doing business, depends on how we control our nervous system. So, much of NLP is devoted to learning how to think more effectively and communicate more effectively with yourself and others.

Neuro is about your neurological system. NLP is based on the idea that we experience the world through our senses and translate sensory information into thought processes, both conscious and unconscious. Thought processes activate the neurological system, which affects physiology, emotions and behaviour. Linguistic refers to the way human beings use language to make sense of the world, capture and conceptualise experience, and communicate that experience to others. In NLP, linguistics is the study of how the words you speak influence your experience. Programming draws heavily from learning theory and addresses how we code or mentally represent experience. Your personal programming consists of your internal processes and strategies (thinking patterns) that you use to make decisions, solve problems, learn, evaluate and get results. NLP shows people how to recode their experiences and organise their internal programming so they can get the outcomes they want.

NLP explains how we define and experience reality based on our neurological filters. These filters are programmed in our mind as a result of our cultural and educational upbringing as well as our significant life experiences. Our personal filters (like beliefs and values) determine our how our mind perceives all our experiences. These perceptions influence our mental and emotional state – leading to related behaviours. So it’s our perceptions that determine the quality of each moment of our life. NLP enables us to be in control of our minds by means of changing our perceptions. When we change our internal maps of reality, we change our external experience of reality too.

NLP can be described in various ways. The formal definition is that it is ‘the study of the structure of our subjective experience.’

Here are a few more ways of answering the question: ‘What is NLP?’

• The art and science of communication

• The key to learning

• It’s about what makes you and other people tick

• It’s the route to get the results you want in all areas of your life

• Influencing others with integrity

• A manual for your brain

• The secret of successful people

• The way to creating your own future

• NLP helps people make sense of their reality

• The toolkit for personal and organisational change

NLP began in the early 1970’s when Richard Bandler, PhD and Dr John Grinder, PhD, studied people, they considered to be excellent communicators and agents of change. From those days, the field of NLP has exploded to encompass many disciplines in many countries around the world. Some have made NLP more practical and humanistic – helping transform and enrich the lives of many people. The literature on NLP is prolific. Today you’ll find NLP applications amongst coaches and therapists, doctors and nurses, taxi drivers, sales people, accountants, managers, teachers and animal trainers, workers, parents and teenagers alike. NLP informs us that the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is not in how many resources they have, but in the way they think, in the way they talk and in the way they act. The way you think is what you create in your inner world. The way you talk and act is what you express in your outer world. If you want to be fully successful, you must align your thoughts, speech and actions and apply the following 5 basic principles:

1. KNOW YOUR OUTCOME What is your desired end result? Focus on what you want.

2. TAKE ACTION What is the next smallest achievable step that leads in the direction of your outcome?

3. HAVE SENSORY AWARENESS Use all your senses to notice the signs which confirm that you’re on the right path, or warn you that you’ve detoured.

4. HAVE BEHAVIOURAL FLEXIBILITY Keep trying new approaches until you get your desired result.

5. OPERATE FROM A PHYSIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCELLENCE Be the person you wish to become through achieving your outcome.

Some of the areas where NLP is used are:

Business: Coaching, Training, Negotiation, Sales, and Leadership Development. NLP provides the “how to do it” for all the “what to dos” of the other leadership models.

Education: Classroom management; incorporating the concept of different learning styles: Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic, including values and other deep structural “filters” that influence each individual’s interest and capacity to learn; accelerated learning technologies; photo reading; spelling and other strategies to enhance learning.

Therapy: Highly effective Brief Therapy models to treat: phobia, trauma, post-traumatic stress, habit & addiction cessation, allergic response, relationship problems, grief, depression, healing of negative emotions, ADD, ADHD and more.

Sports Performance: NLP is renowned for its capacity to enhance performance in Golf, Tennis and Diving. NLP is also used extensively in enhancing sports performance for athletes from the amateur to the world class level. Both individuals and teams can benefit greatly by including NLP principles in their training.

On the personal side, NLP will enable you to: Enjoy far greater control and freedom over your own state of mind, responses, and interactions with others. You’ll find it much easier to clarify your dreams for the future and identify barriers that may be holding you back. Change the unwanted habits and behaviours that are standing in your way. Understand you partner’s and children’s needs and communication styles more fully. Enhance rapport and communication with others. Recognize how others are using language to influence you. You’ll find it easier to achieve your personal and professional goals, because you’ll gain greater access to your internal resources.

Written by Jevon Dängeli – Certified NLP Trainer & Coach Cell: 072 198 4392 info@neuro-linguistics.net www.neuro-linguistics.net

 

Sri Sri Yoga

Like a flower bud, human life has the potential to blossom fully

Blossoming of human potential to fullness is yoga.” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

 

The secret to health and happiness lies deep within every human. Yoga is the science of discovering one’s own self – the very source of pure consciousness, peace and bliss. Everyone knows that we don’t feel good and we get stressed when there is disharmony in our lives, when our bodies are tired and our busy minds constantly chatter and judge. Through the discipline of Yoga we become more aware of ourselves by doing simple postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation to rejuvenate the body and quite the mind. It is in this manner that we cultivate harmony in ourselves.

Yoga is in this sense the practice of being conscious of all that we have, and tending to it with love and honor. Clear and simple- with Yoga we take care of our body and mind, so that we can experience ‘spirit’ (or our source, the Divine) which in turn creates more presence and energy. Only when we are in harmony within ourselves does harmony happen in our lives. Our instant gratification lifestyles have desensitized us; Yoga gives our senses a much needed break and re-instills our sensitivity. The more sensitive we are, the more present, the more present the more conscious, the more conscious the more, Divine!

Today, Yoga transcends religion and culture – its application is universal. It is ancient, yet practical wisdom for a healthier, happier and more peaceful way of living that ultimately leads to self-realization. The tangible success in Yoga is attractive to all of us, and its proven methods are undeniable promises of freedom.

 Sri Sri Yoga is a celebration of the diversity in Yoga in a simple and joyful manner. We combine yoga essentials- breathing techniques, stretching and postures, meditation and relaxation, and yogic knowledge. By incorporating all these beautiful facets of yoga we are able to look deep beyond the level of the physical body and really sharpen our sensitivity and awareness of subtler levels of existence. Practice of Sri Sri Yoga cultivates a more healthy and happy lifestyle.

On a physical level, yogic exercises strengthen, lengthen and replenish muscle tissues, which helps hold bones and align the whole body. Holding postures burns fat and reduces cholesterol. yogic breathing brings more oxygen to the heart and nourishes the whole system. The breath work also aids in reducing toxin levels in the body by expelling unwanted stresses. Yoga’s greatest benefits are felt in the mind. We all know that peace of mind is more valuable than an attractive figure. Even though the practice of Yoga will definitely improve one’s physical appearance, the radiance of a Yogi’s smile and energetic eyes are the best rewards.

 Geared for all levels the course beautifully combines:

  • gentle & vigorous asanas (postures)

  • pranayama (breath work)

  • meditation &

  • yoga philosophy

Experience the bliss of a dedicated yoga practice over 6 days. The course is designed to give a a true experience of the essence of yoga creating an in-depth personal understanding and solid foundation for you to practice at home.

 

COURSE DETAILS

Upcoming Dates: 14-19th April 2009

Times: Tues- Fri: 18:30 – 21:00, Sat and Sun: 09:00 – 11:30

Fee: R600

Place: Muizenberg, Cape Town

For more information contact: Lisa on 073 838 0704 mail her at: blissfulbeyond@gmail.com Or visit: www.srisriyoga.org

 

 I wanted to get this online before Earth Hour – Don’t forget to join the rest of the planet by turning

out your lights between 8.30 and 9.30 pm. on sat 28 March. Be part of the 1 billion people worldwide

expected to cast their “global vote” for climate change policies that will make a lasting difference to

our Earth. Also go to: www.voteearth2009.org/home

 

Happy Harvesting!!

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