The Breasts and their Energetic Value

As nature’s way of allowing women to perfectly feed their newborns, those who can breastfeed offer the most nutrients to their babies. The breast’s energetically are considered the “heart center”, and the heart center represents perfect love.  For breastfeeding moms, there are times that their “love” is not accepted in society and it disturbs their heart center.  Women have been encouraged to “cover up” their love when nursing, to be embarrassed of their love leaking, and basically to apologize if a squirming baby doesn’t quiet down quick enough after latching on to their love.

To make matters worse, blasted on billboards or the windows at Victoria’s Secret is a message that a woman’s sexual value is based on her “love” or cleavage hanging out.  It is a dirty trick,  a false message that attention, or “love” will be given to her if she complies. On the contrary, it is in her groundedness that she knows she is worthy of love at the heart center, she does not feel isolated or forced in that matter to show her breasts in order to receive false love.  And when and if she chooses to reveal her bosom, it does not come from the Ego, but from a sense of self acceptance, peace, contentment, and trust.

For a lactating mom,  her heart center transfers her milk which represents love, joy, compassion, and respect.  This newfound energy flowing from her breasts can feel wonderful, but sometimes due to engorgement or sensitive nipples it can be cumbersome.  Then add all of the media coverage on what the perfect breasts should look like, when to show them, when not to show them, it can be a physically, emotionally and sexually challenging time.

As far as intercourse, the breasts are the gateway to the vagina.  After childbirth in general can be a difficult time to open up sexually.  When giving so much love mom can feel depleted at heart center and not want to open up sexually.   Breasts, being erogenous, when caressed or fondled increase blood flow to the vagina followed by lubrication. (This caressing can be helpful, as estrogen levels are low during nursing and some women complain of vagina dryness.)  Coconut oil can also be useful, it can be rubbed gently on the breasts, and also “down there”.  Give your partner some homework.  Keep in mind that while nursing the hormone oxytocin triggers the milk ejection reflex. This is the same hormone that is released when a woman has a orgasm, so there may be leaks during intercourse.

I have been in your shoes, I nursed my children until they were about 2 1/2 years old and experienced all of the above. In conclusion, my advice during breastfeeding would be to stay grounded, rest, breathe, and receive as much love as you are giving to your baby. This is why I am offering breastfeeding moms holistic advisement free of charge.  If I can help re-ground, re-assure, and protect the heart center I know mom will be more successful at breastfeeding. Mom, baby, not to mention the entire family will be healthier and happier!

 

 

 

Expand Your Life Force with DIRGHA, the 3-Part Breath

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I was once enrolled in some business/personal coaching with an experienced holistic psychotherapist and he at one point said to me “Jenny, do you breathe?”

Sadly, like many of us, the answer was…

“NO, why do you ask?”

Well thank goodness since that many moons ago I became not just a Holistic Practitioner, but also got certified in YOGA!

Many people may experience breathing in a yoga or fitness class, but once they walk out the door its “Off to the races!”.  I encourage my clients once they’ve come to me for MELTing, Yoga Therapy, or even a Holistic Consult, that they maintain their breath awareness throughout their day.  Here are a  few reasons why:

*breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system which breaks us from that “fight or flight” mode

*breath work circulates oxygen in a more efficient fashion throughout the body giving us more energy and concentration

*proper breathing aids in the digestion process

*mindful breathing stimulates our immune system

Dirgha pranayama is easy to do and is all encompassing. First start from the lower abdomen, drawing the breath up through the solar plexus or stomach area, finally filling up the lungs with air.  You can place your hands, one on your lower abdomen, and one on your chest to feel the breath fill the body.  Then make the exhale long and slow, squeezing out all the stale air from the alveoli in the lungs so that they have more potential of receiving a fresh supply of oxygen.

Notice how anxiety and tension leave the body,

replaced with peace and tranquility.

 

 

 

Sexual Liberation Through Tantra Yoga

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Shhhh…….should we talk about this? YES! YES! YES!

I could be wrong, but for people that have a regular Yoga regimen, my guess is that they do it because it not only makes them feel disciplined, but sexy at the same time. Let’s get down to the historical aspects of Hatha and Tantra-Style Yoga in particular and why they should be embraced more often, not just for the art of the practice, but for the intimate connection that is created when partners come together in a Yoga Union.

Tantra means to “liberate” and “expand” or “stretch”.  Tantra comes from the same branch as Hatha Yoga which means “sun” and “moon”.  Notice how in Hatha the meanings are opposite which is not uncommon in Hindu translations.  Even the Yogi’s teach that a posture (asana) should be “sthira sukham asanam”, meaning that we should be “strong”, but “soft” in our practice. There is some debate about the translations, even in reference to violence along with sexual psychosis, although for our purposes here I’d like to focus on a more New Age definition as described in  “The Science of Yoga”, by William J. Broad.

The opposites that enter my mind are Man and Woman, and sometimes I wonder about the “State of the Union” if you know what I mean.  Tantra Yoga, while criticized for being used for esoteric, erotic and purely indulgent sexual purposes in ashrams historically, there are actually very beautiful aspects I am incorporating into my Holistic Practice in order to liberate women in the bedroom.  The more savory take-aways being Tantra’s ability to unite a couple in perfect harmony, binding them in a an intimate and oftentimes sexual union which is very Godly not to mention Biblical. Of course there is also proof in regards to better circulation, hormone balance, along with stimulation using specific postures, but what I am talking about here is more than just the clinical health studies in regards to Yoga.

Sharing a “tantric kiss” with your lover, breathing deeply together in a seated spinal twist, or draping over your husband while he’s in child’s pose with no agenda can offer more creative intimacy. Our bodies are supposed to feel good together, a female is given the Divine Power to bring her lover to a state of ecstasy and vice versa. As far as I am concerned, that is a beautiful, healthy, mutual, not to mention sexy union between couples not many could resist!

What Triggers Adrenal Fatigue?

Let’s break down in simple language what the adrenal glands do for us and why they are often neglected as far as overall health is concerned.  The adrenals are located on top of the kidney’s, they are small, just about the size of a grape. There is an outer shell which produces hormones, and an inner part that regulates the cortisol response that is sometimes referred to as “flight or fight”, which occurs in the sympathetic nervous system.  Its not such a bad thing…this “flight or fight”, its what keeps us from a potentially harmful situation, like running from a bear, or fleeing from any life-threatening condition.  The problem arises when there are constant triggers such as situational stress, ongoing illness or injury, and possibly organ weakness or deficiencies that ask the adrenals a bit too much.  When “flight or fight” is in action, our bodies only concern is to survive that moment….therefore, our immune system shuts down, along with our digestion.  As the adrenals overcompensate time after time, they eventually get tired and worn, i.e., “adrenal fatigue”.

What are the common symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

The list of symptoms are quite broad but if you are constantly tired all of the time, have depression, sweets cravings, insomnia, brain fog, mood issues, allergies, or environmental sensitivities, its likely your adrenals are stressed.

Is there any way to test for adrenal fatigue?

According to Glen Depke, (Traditional Naturopath) of Depke Wellness, he has tested over 4300 clients and nearly ALL of them tested positive for adrenal fatigue!

There are many ways to test for adrenal fatigue right at home. Take for example, ZRT labs Adrenal Stress Profile, which measures adrenal hormones like DHEA and cortisol levels throughout the day.  These test are available online, or through your holistic health care provider.

Are there supplements that are helpful for adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal herbal support including adaptogens or glandular supplements offer relief and recovery to weakened organs. This in turn allows the adrenals a break from overcompensation.

What triggers wear out the adrenal glands?

If there are inflammatory foods being eaten on a regular basis that are damaging to the gut, the adrenals will become stressed.   Sometimes it is wise to eliminate foods that may be considered inflammatory, like gluten or dairy for a week or two in order to evaluate energy levels as well as digestion.

Another helpful tip would be to eliminate situational stressors.  Perhaps we come home every day to a stressful situation, or our work is not only unbearable but the people we work with are too!  Experiencing these situations on a daily basis contributes to adrenal fatigue.  Another example of a stressor is if we are having allergies or our immune system is always fighting something.  In this case an anti-inflammatory diet high in antioxidants is very wise, along with a supplemental regimen to further facilitate healing in overworked adrenals.  Exercise is also recommended, although it is important to not overdo it. Many people with stressed adrenals are already exhausted and this will only make matters worse.  A light exercise regimen is best until the energy levels come up.

What additional alternative healing modalities are helpful?

Yoga therapeutics as well as MELT Method are also very good healing modalities that activate the para-sympathetic nervous system. This part of the brain is what we need to spend more time in, as it puts us in a more mindful, restful state.  Good chiropractic care is also essential, making certain that there are no subluxation concerns along the spine that mix up nerve communication throughout the body causing overall weakness.

Please take note that it took quite a while for chronic states to wear out these precious glands, and they usually do not respond overnight.  Listen to your body, rest when you can, and take good care of yourself.  It is always a good idea to work with a qualified health professional that understands your concerns both emotionally and physically so they can get you on the path to feeling alive once again!

The Sun Salutation


After getting the boys off to school, I love to come back home and do some sun salutations (Surya Namascar) to get my body loose and warmed up for the day. Although there is disagreement about the origin of the sun salutation, it generally means adoration, in this case of the sun. I like to interpret it as honoring the start of a fresh, new day full of possibilities.

While there are different combinations of postures used for sun salutations, it generally starts with mountain pose, followed by various postures finally ending in downward dog. The image here best depicts the standard Surya Namascar but I like to add half moon before the upward salute. However I eliminate that asana for folks who would find the slight back bend painful.

Also, as I am in downward dog I often times lift each leg to the sky, one at a time, arching the leg while pointing the toe toward the opposite side of my body, then glancing toward the toe. This opens up the hip all the way up to the ribcage and allows for a nice stretch throughout each side of the body. Additionally, I always do my salutations to beautiful music, selecting the song from my iTunes based on my mood of the morning.
If time permits toward the end of the song I add in Yoga Mudra, the symbol of yoga, then Garbasana (child’s pose) to rest my body and be thankful for the day before me.

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A Little Namaste

namaste-pic-bestWith Thanksgiving fast approaching, I’m supposed to be in a more thankful mood right?

Unfortunately my week was shot with a sick kid, I grew behind in my studies and duties at home, then came the doozy when my father-in-law was rushed to the hospital….frankly, I didn’t really feel the love of the holiday season approaching.

Then I found myself stuck in traffic taking my three-year-old to the doctor. I thought “Ugh, come on green light…dammit!”

I sat there at the red light and saw two men diligently working to restore grass that had been ruined in a recent construction project and I actually felt really thankful that they were doing something about the dirt pile eyesore at the Solana and A1A light.

My own light went on in my head. “I wonder what they are thankful for?”

Here’s what I found out:
Wilbur’s wife enjoys yoga and is thankful for LIFE in general. He was kind to explain to me how the seed has been laid to make the grass grow. Interesting as well, the hay on top of the grass is helpful not only to keep the new seed moist, but also to deter the birds from getting to it. Wilbur pounds the hay into the ground with his shovel to make sure the hay stays in place and doesn’t blow away. So there you have it, my three-year-old just got a great lesson on grass seed! And Theo, Wilbur’s boss, is thankful for his strength and life as well, he shared humorously that if you are not 6 foot under than you are in good shape! I laughed. His faith in God get’s him thru the day with joy and thankfulness.

I gave them my gratitude and went on my way.

By the way, Micah learned to ride his bike that day.