Why Visit A Naturopath?


If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional medicine, you may want to consider seeing a naturopath. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) use a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on treating the whole person, not just the symptoms of a disease.


What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine that focuses on the body’s ability to heal itself. Naturopaths use a variety of natural therapies, including herbal medicines, acupuncture, and massage therapy, to help the body heal itself. NDs also focus on lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, to help the body reach its maximum health potential.


What do naturopathic doctors do?

NDs focus on providing natural, holistic and patient-centered care. They use a variety of therapies to promote optimal health and well-being, including nutrition, lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, homeopathy and acupuncture. NDs also work to educate patients about their bodies and how they can best take care of themselves.

Naturopathic doctors work to find the root cause of a patient’s health concerns and then treat them with the least invasive methods possible. They believe in using the body’s own healing ability to restore health and promote wellness. Naturopathic doctors also focus on …

The Science of Yoga: How It Affects the Brain and Body

Yoga is more than just stretching and holding poses; it’s a practice that has been improving lives for thousands of years. But what exactly happens to your brain and body when you do yoga? It turns out, scientists have been looking into this, and the results are pretty amazing. From boosting your brain power to strengthening your heart, yoga offers benefits that go well beyond the mat. Let’s dive into the fascinating world of yoga and discover how it impacts your health, backed up by real scientific studies. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just curious about starting, there’s something in the science of yoga for everyone.


The Connection Between Yoga and Physical Health

Yoga’s influence on physical health is vast and varied. It enhances strength and flexibility, crucial not only for the body’s overall function but also for preventing injuries. Regular practitioners of yoga experience improved respiratory and cardiovascular health, indicating better endurance and heart health. Moreover, yoga plays a significant role in weight management and metabolic regulation, assisting individuals in maintaining a healthy weight and metabolic rate.

Studies have consistently shown that yoga practitioners exhibit significant improvements in physical health markers. For instance, a systematic review highlighted …

Integrating Yoga and Mindfulness into Daily Routine

Creating a harmonious balance between our bustling lives and nurturing our mental and physical health is more crucial than ever. This blog post delves into the seamless integration of yoga and mindfulness into daily routines, offering a beacon of tranquility in the storm of daily responsibilities.


Understanding Yoga and Mindfulness

Yoga and mindfulness are ancient practices with roots stretching back thousands of years, primarily aimed at enhancing physical and mental well-being. Yoga combines physical postures, breathwork, and meditation to strengthen the body and calm the mind, while mindfulness encourages an attentive and non-judgmental awareness of the present moment. Together, they forge a powerful duo that can significantly improve one’s quality of life by reducing stress, enhancing concentration, and fostering an overall sense of peace.


Simple Yoga Poses for Everyday Practice

Incorporating yoga into your daily life doesn’t require hour-long sessions; even a few minutes can make a difference. Start with simple poses like the Mountain Pose (Tadasana) for grounding, the Cat-Cow Stretch for spinal flexibility, and the Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) to rejuvenate the body. These poses can be done in a small space and are perfect for beginners or those short on time.


Mindfulness Exercises

Breathing techniques to reduce stress

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Breathing techniques are a simple, effective way to reduce stress. When we feel stressed, our breathing becomes shallow and rapid, which can lead to feelings of anxiety and panic. By focusing on our breath and taking slow, deep breaths, we can instantly begin to feel more calm and relaxed.


Breathing techniques


There are many different breathing techniques that can be used to reduce stress, and it may take some trial and error to find the one that works best for you. Some common techniques include counting your breaths, focusing on your breath, and visualizing a peaceful scene.


Technique 1: Count your breaths

  1. Inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four.
  2. Repeat this pattern until you reach a count of 10.
  3. Then, reverse the pattern, counting down from 10 to four.
  4. Finally, return to the original pattern of counting up from four to 10.

Technique 2: Focus on your breath

  1. Start by sitting in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.
  2. Take a deep breath in through your nose, filling up your lungs.
  3. Breathe out slowly through your mouth.
  4. Repeat this breathing pattern for a few minutes, focusing on nothing but the sensation

The Benefits of Breathwork

older woman and man sitting in shady park legs cross on yoga mats

There’s no denying that breathwork is an incredibly powerful tool for healing both the mind and the body. But what exactly is breathwork? And why is it such an effective workout?

Breathwork is the conscious awareness of your breath. It’s a practice that dates back thousands of years, with many different variations, styles, and names. But at its core, breathwork provides the opportunity for personal transformation through improved mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Our breath is literally what keeps us alive. Yet so often, we go through the day shallow breathing, denying ourselves our full life force. This can keep us in a state of anxiety or “fight or flight.” Breathwork, or the process of deep rhythmic breathing, moves us out of fight or flight and into the parasympathetic nervous system (which is responsible for regulating activities that occur when the body is at rest, such as digestion and urination).


What are the benefits of regular breathwork?


1. Breathwork can help improve your breathing and overall lung function.

Breathwork can help improve your breathing and overall lung function by increasing the amount of oxygen in your blood, helping to clear mucus from your lungs, and improving the …

Attitude of Gratitude

I had been thinking for some time about keeping a Gratitude Journal. Having a better personal attitude sounded like it could be a good thing.
My intentions are to recognize my Blessings, have a Grateful heart and remind myself daily to be very Thankful.

I have a notebook by my nightstand it has now become my Gratitude Journal. I can not wait to keep at it, this is my gift and promise to myself, I will try and
write nightly. I have not had it long, it is separate from my Daily Journal, this writing hopefully will cultivate a better, more rich internal life, and an attitude of gratefulness.

Before bed I think of at least one thing that I was grateful for that day, I’m hoping for more, but am thinking I’ll take one, that’s good for starters. In the beginning, I had a few times I could think of nothing, I asked myself “What was I grateful for today?” “Think,” I came up blank. It wasn’t going so well for a few days and then one night I wrote “I am grateful for being Alive!” That was huge, I was tired and grateful I had written something and …

Simple, Relaxing Yoga Poses for Pregnant Women

Exercise during pregnancy is very important for your overall health and well begin during and after pregnancy. Yoga is a great way to keep some of your muscles strong, flexible, and relaxed. This will help reduce the amount of pain and tightness you will experience during pregnancy, and will help ease the labour process.

If you are not experienced in yoga, it would be a good idea to take a class or two before trying it on your own at home. Prenatal yoga DVDs are also available on the market that you can follow at home. Be sure to only do the poses that are comfortable for you to do and start slow. The following are some yoga poses that are safe and that I have found to be most effective during pregnancy.

  1. Child Pose
    *Note: If you are in your second or third trimester, use a pillow under your belly for support in this pose.

Start by supporting yourself on your hands and knees with your toes pointing backward. Your arms should be shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly more than hip-width apart. If you are using a pillow, or your belly is large, place your knees as …

Advanced Yoga Poses Part 1: Arm Balances

Advanced Yoga Poses Part 1: Arm Balances

Arm balances in yoga are considered more yang (pronounced: yon) in nature, they are active poses that require your attention, focus and muscular energy. Yin poses, on the contrary, are more inward and stretch tissues and muscles. In Yin poses we focus on receiving, stretching and breathing. A mix of Yin and Yang are necessary for a body to be in balance. Both types of poses should encompass a complete practice.

Yoga for Strength

Arm balances both build and require core strength, which creates a bit of a chicken and egg scenario. Which comes first? The pose or the building of the strength required for the pose? Consider this: muscles have memory. Each time a new pose is practised, the body remembers and adapts to be able to do the pose. Which means, each time it is practised, a bit of improvement is realized. Once enough strength is built up, the pose is achieved.


Tips for arm balance success:

  • Have patience with yourself
  • Set a goal to achieve one new pose at a time
  • Practice the desired pose often
  • Find different ways to get into the pose (one may be easier than another)
  • Study someone demonstrating the pose

Yoga and Your Child

Children’s yoga classes have grown immensely – with new yoga lovers born daily. Many parents turn their children to yoga as a way to help them relax, and counter stress from piles of homework, competition activities, and packed schedules. Yoga postures along with specific breathing techniques are designed to stimulate specific areas of the body and the brain resulting in a release of tension.

The result for many is a powerful feeling of relaxation, inner strength and the ability to quiet one’s mind in order to be fully present in the movement. Children practice sitting still and engaging in the quiet art of controlling their bodies. This results in most children emerging calmly from their classes. Yoga is especially helpful for calming overstimulated kids.

Aside from decreasing stress, yoga is also helpful in building strong muscles and increasing flexibility. There are several styles of yoga including hatha yoga which focuses on merging energy from the left (ha) side of the body with the right (tha) side of the body in the centre of the spine. Iyangar yoga focuses on moving one’s body into alignment. Much attention is given to aligning the postures correctly and props such as straps, blocks, and …

Assertiveness with Mindful Speech: Is it True? Kind? Necessary? Then it’s OK to Assert Yourself!

Lets take the yoga practice off the mat for a moment and consider how Personal Ethics and the concepts of Mindful Speech tie to the Yamas and Niyamas of yogic philosophy.

For someone talkative and word-prone, the idea of speaking mindfully is a question of stopping the constant flow of chatter. It is a filter to slow down and choose whether or not to say the things.

However, there are others who might use the tests of Mindful Speech as a tool for liberation, rather than restraint.

Many people think that it is necessary to withhold their opinions or desires for the sake of being ‘nice’. That to utter something on his or her own behalf would be selfish or unseemly.

A practical example

Take for example, “Bob”, one of many people who have inspired the off-the-mat series having benefited from a random tidbit of practical yogic wisdom.

Bob was unable to assert himself out of fear of what others would think of him. He would not stand up to his wife, his boss, or another coworker who was taking credit for his work.

He decided to try mindful speech. If he were able to determine that his opinion was …