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 …

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

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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 …

Music Yoga

Let’s think about it. You carry the memories of your life and you have the ability to think about what may come in the future. You can plan. You can reminisce. You can replay events and ponder what you should have said. You can imagine new and innovative ideas. All these are thoughts, electro-chemical lightning in the brain. The ability to think is an important part of being human.

When one plays music, it involves an action that is happening right now, in the present. When one practices yoga, the same is true. In fact, life itself is only happening right now. You may memorise a piece of music. You may memorize a set of yoga poses to follow in your practice. When you play or practice, these memories guide you, but the playing is not a memory, and the pose is not a memory. These things are actions that exist in real-time now. Your breath flows in and out of your lungs right now. The music is heard right now. The body stretches right now. The experience of hearing and feeling is right now and you are immersed in it.

As discussed in Music Yoga #1, your breath is …

Why Gratitude is Essential to Your Growing Success

Whatever you think about the most manifests in your life.

And, when you think about what you don’t have, ironically, you actually attract and cause it to linger in your life. For example, I have a girl friend who once told me all the things she didn’t want in a relationship, and lo and behold several months later she ended up with a boyfriend who was everything she didn’t want. She couldn’t understand how that happened. I could.

Now, sometimes thinking about what you truly want and being grateful becomes a test of your heart, your confidence level and who you genuinely are. Approach this challenge as a positive growing experience. See it as an opportunity for you to do some important soul searching and exercising of your willpower and determination.


The thoughts you think are often a by-product of how you were raised, your circle of friends, your interests, and who you are today.

While it might be tough to remember to consciously change your thoughts, any new habit can be learned and easily assimilated into your life with consistent practice. You must strengthen your positive, grateful muscles and utilize them on a daily basis.


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