Yoga, Yoga, And Even More Yoga For Your Health!

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My first personal interest in yoga was when I was about 18 years old. I needed my yoga practice to offset my already busy work schedule. I needed energy, flexibility, stress reduction, and just plain old time to myself! Can you relate to this? As time went on, my yoga practice came and went according to my filling schedule. I had a renewed interest when children came along. The first thing I wanted was to be back into my nice work clothes, not to mention my jeans!

During a very stressful marriage break up, yoga became an anchor for me. My mind, body, and spirit needed the practice to keep balanced when my emotional footing was not as stable as I would have liked it to be. I have to admit my practice still was off and on as time seemed to constrain me more, but there comes a time when excuses are no longer an option! I needed my yoga practice!

As someone who supports mind, body, and spirit connection, I can not think of a better practice with all of these elements and so many benefits. Just to teach you all of those benefits, this blog post would have to become a book! Yes, it is that good for you!

When I was surfing online for the best yoga practice that I could stick to, I discovered Yoga Downloads! YES! I was so happy to see such a diverse community of yoga practitioners dedicated to their practice. “Yoga Download” is an online platform that gives you unlimited access to over 1700 exclusive classes from the world’s top yoga instructors.” (Yoga Download Website).

What is remarkable is it is so affordable! You can choose your level of commitment and also participation. You will meet multi-level yoga practices taught by happy and dedicated yoga practitioners and instructors. If you are seasoned in yoga or just want to give it a try, this is for you! Join over 250,000 people who are apart of this yoga community that has been moving forward since 2006. Choose the practice and the instructor you desire. You have nothing to lose just checking it out! Keep going, and you WILL BE HOOKED!

Yoga is so good for your body and especially your mind and emotional wellbeing. Sometimes we just have to take a leap and do what our heart is crying out for. Yoga Downloads is very inexpensive, and you can stop your membership any time you want!

I encourage you to come along and join me! Become hooked on yoga and do great things for your body at the same time! You can use the hyperlinks above or the links I have provided below. ** I am a Yoga Downloads affiliate

Namaste!

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, Ph.D.

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Healing and Restoration Through Memory

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I will always cherish the moments my mother would bring me grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup when I was sick as a little girl. She would tuck me into bed during the day, put a little black and white television in my room next to me and bring me my comfort food with a little glass of apple juice on a tray. All day, my job was to get better. I watched old black and white episodes of “I love Lucy” and anything else that came on after that.

Every now and then I would drift into a deep sleep and wake feeling much better. Sometimes Mom would bring me hot chocolate or some tea with sugar in it to soothe my throat or whatever else was bothering me. They were not medicine in the form of pills but they healed because love was in the giving of them and the receiving of them.

Sometimes on lazy Saturday afternoons I would wander into the spare room where the sun was shining brightly on the floor. I would have a book in my hand and ready to snuggle into a cozy green lounge chair with a blanket for the day. My day was spent lost in the stories of the book I had chosen for that day. The characters, the scenery, the chapters, became my reality just for that moment. It was so much more than that though. My thoughts were also lost in the innocence and beauty of the story and how the ending would unfold. It was not so much the story, the book, the chair, the sunshine, or the room that was healing to me, but the love I felt for myself at the moment. Self care is actually learned early on. We choose to somehow unlearn it over time. It’s like we begin to think spending time on ourselves is a waste of time so we lose out on that experience.

Whenever life becomes hard for me and tears end up flowing from my eyes and heart, I like to wander back to those moments in time. Since there really is no time when we think of eternity, my experience is just the same now as it was then. I get just as much comfort in the memory and reenacting the moment in my mind. In fact, it has been found that our bodies will respond to what we are thinking of and visualizing at the moment, just like they did when the actual event had happened the first time.

This is why it is so important to dwell on things that are uplifting for us. Our bodies respond to our thoughts. Whatever is good, pleasing and admirable; think on these things. The Bible always has had good advice. When I want to feel love I go back and dwell on what gave me that child like experience of love before I knew any different. Sometimes we overemphasize the harm of “comfort food” that we forget that sometimes there is a use for it. That would be when the act of giving it created a feeling and experience of healing love. If that is not what you are feeling then put down the cupcake! I think you get what I am saying.

Sometimes I close my eyes and watch myself play with jax on the hardware floor of an old three story house we used to live in when I was little. Or there was the time I used to use the floor heaters to pretend to make tea for my little tea parties. The memories are endless and they are so healing as long as I know I can stay with the good loving feelings that they can reproduce in my body. When this happens depression can be lifted, anxiety can be calmed and the body can be restored to a cell level. Our bodies “remember” what state it was in when those things happened. To our bodies there is no time or space. It is like the scene is happening again right at the moment of remembering and feeling.

On a particular windy day I remember walking down a familiar street and suddenly stopping to close my eyes and just feel the breeze against my face. I remember how I smiled at that moment. To this day, bringing back that memory when I am meditating will still bring me a smile.

I completely believe our bodies, minds, and souls can be restored just by allowing them to “remember” to that deep of a level. It’s not modern medicine. It’s not a pill, and it does not really make sense to many people but it does work! All we have to do is remember to remember. Our unconscious mind will bypass the conscious mind and take over like it has been waiting to bring some wisdom of thought! This is why hypnosis works so well. It brings the body into alignment with what is being programmed into the unconscious mind instead of analyzing every little thing that is happening in front of us. Habits can be changed to good ones. If we don’t reprogram our unconscious mind it will drive our lives with all the mess we have experienced over the years.

I ask you. Do you really want that? Or, do you want to be restored by the renewing of your mind?

Loving you from here,

Dr Jenine Marie Howry

Weekly Wisdom: Mastering Calm in the Storm. “Peace be still.”

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Have you ever experienced a natural calm during a time of challenge or disaster? Our bodies create this calm in order to help us see a situation clearly and deal with it quickly and efficiently. It truly is quite a miracle! I know I have felt this sudden calm during some of the most difficult times in my life so I know it first hand. It’s obtainable and available when we need it.

What we often don’t realize is it’s also available any other time too. This wonderful calm is like when Jesus commanded the waves of the sea to become still. His utterance, “Peace, be still” is almost like an affirmation He put out to create the environment He wanted all to witness. The disciples were in a boat filled with fear, panic and anxiety. We know this could only create more of the same. Jesus had to change the state of the situation by calming the sea so they could see more clearly. They were never in danger, but they perceived they were. Remember fear is “false evidence appearing real”.

We have this stillness ability anytime we need it. Everything Jesus did we can also do. I love the saying “sometimes God calms the storm but sometimes God lets the storm rage and calms His child.”  The amazing thing we eventually notice is, once we become calm in the midst of a storm, the storm subsides for us and we become clear minded to deal with just about anything. The waves of life often appear so much bigger than they actually are. They are highlighted by our manufactured fear concerning them.

The key in moving back into the calm state is within the “pause“. Practicing taking a breath, tapping into our Christed state within us, and interrupting the false state of the mind is one of the most helpful things we can ever learn. Not only that, the pause helps to create a clearing of the mind and the light of “calm” can be allowed to shine through. I like to call this a “critical bypass”. We enter into a critical moment where we can choose one state of being or another. Life is about choice. We can take that pause and choose to not see fear. We can question if what we are seeing, thinking, or experiencing is real or false. Ask yourself during this time, “Is this true?” Often we discover what is happening or about to happen is not true at all, but things that are manufactured in our brains. We love to project our fears into the future, don’t we?

Try this instead…

Take some deep breaths during this time. Oxygenate the blood within your body. We tend to breathe very shallow when upset, see fear, or feel anxious. Deep breathing brings more oxygen into the brain. An oxygenated brain is a better thinking brain. While doing this place three fingers from one hand on your heart area where your sternum is. This is where your thymus gland is. Then press one hand into your belly right where your belly button is. Or you can press two fingers into your belly button area and one right between your eyebrows on your forehead. The area between the eyebrows is the pineal gland. Breathe deep a few times and then breathe normally. You will automatically become more calm. Affirm Jesus’ words, “Peace be still.” You are affirming stillness into your being and your body. You are also activating calm by using your bodies natural energy meridians.

Believe me, you will begin to see things more clearly, the storm will seem more calm, and decisions will be made in a more proficient way. You will express yourself in a more calm and assertive manor and your body will thank you for it! I’ve often heard it expressed that the “pause” is a moment of creation. Let this practiced pause create more stillness in your life’s situations. Be gentle on yourself. Life is a journey and no one masters any practice immediately. That’s why we call it practice! This is God given energy medicine at its best and most simple perfection.

This week, practice mastering calm in your life by also mastering the creative pause. Then take your practice into the following weeks until it becomes a part of your natural state. Have beautiful calm moments in the weeks ahead!

Loving you from here,

Dr Rev Jenine Marie Howry