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Friday, December 18, 2015

The Stairs in Front of You -Proactive Anti-Aging


 
 
I’m so busy that I hardly have time to focus on my aches and pains. Perhaps that is one of the secrets of proactive anti-aging? Staying busy, social and active keeps the body and the mind focused on what needs to get done instead of what can’t be done. Change your perspective and everything around you changes. Of course there are those days when my arthritis kicks up and my bunion aches. But I remind myself that life is full of aches and pains. Focus on them and life becomes a pain in the butt. Focus on moving beyond them and life moves with a sense of joy.

 Every day after I teach my Spin class I climb three flights of stairs. Some days it seems like a long climb after teaching such a rigorous class and some days I simply run up the stairs with a sense of pride that I can, still at my age, run flights of stairs.

How do I do it? I’ve been doing it for over thirty years. Exercise and moment is what keeps my spirits up, my body strong and my focus on what I can do and not what I can’t do. Aging by anyone’s’ standard is no fun. But with the right attitude, a healthy diet, exercise and some fun the stairs in front of you will seem like an easy climb.

Doctor Lynn

Friday, December 11, 2015

Feed Your Face – Proactive Anti-Aging


 
 
 
There is a wonderful fruit that ripens this time of year. Its name in Latin means “food of the gods.” It’s called the persimmon! What two vitamins are essential for healthy skin? Vitamin A and Vitamin C and guess what?  One Persimmons supply 55% of our daily vitamin A and 21% of our vitamin C. Persimmons are also an excellent source of manganese, a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase, for healthy mucous membranes and skin, as well as a known protectant against lung and mouth cancers.

Both vitamin A and vitamin C are excellent vitamins for protecting the skin from wrinkles, age spots and loss of collagen.

Persimmons are an excellent source of fiber, which helps keep the digestive system regular. B-complex vitamins are present to stabilize the metabolic system, along with copper and phosphorus which both serve to support cell functioning and tissue repair.

Low in calories and fats, persimmons contain all kinds of phytonutrients, flavonoids, and antioxidants, such as catechins (known to have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as protecting small blood vessels from bleeding) and  gallocatechins and betulinic acid, a tumor inhibitor. Other powerful antioxidants found in persimmons include beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and cryptoxanthin. The zeaxanthin content absorbs into the eyes and helps filter light, protecting against night blindness.

Healthy skin, good digestion, antioxidants and cancer protection; I’d say persimmons are a good source of proactive ant-aging!

Every December I look forward to the persimmon harvest. My face glows with delight as I feed my face the food of the Gods!

 

Doctor Lynn

Friday, December 4, 2015

A La Natural’


 
 
 
The other day I saw a young black woman with beautiful braids. I remarked to her about how thick and beautiful her braids looked. She thanked me and then proceeded to tell me that her braids were extensions. Her hair actually was thin and unruly. She knew the braids were destroying her hair, but she just wasn’t ready to go a la natural’.

Later that day I saw an older woman with beautiful white hair pulled back into a ponytail. She looked elegant, refined and definitely older. Although her hair was its natural color she definitely had done a little “work” to her face. She was nicely dressed and of course her make-up was applied with care. I noted her hair and by the look of her face I knew she too was not ready to go completely a la natural’.

There are days when I think I would like to let my hair grow out, forget about the Botox, pack away the make-up. This would seem to me to be such a great sense of freedom.  It takes a lot of work to uphold a youthful image; especially in the face of aging. My hair is not a pretty combination of silver and white. It’s a mousy dark blond with a few strands of grey. It’s not that it’s getting thinner, but as we age our hair loses its volume due to shrinkage of the width of the shaft. Extensions might help, but they are expensive and I know they do more damage than help.

When you are young natural is so easy to do. As a young hippie I didn’t wear make-up, color my hair or worry about the lines on my face. At middle age I began to worry about all the fading, sagging and wrinkling my body was undertaking. I struggled to keep myself youthful. Now as I ‘m sliding down hill towards becoming a full-fledged senior I wonder when the day will come when I will succumb to a la natural’?  I’m not sure when that day will arrive, but for now I know I’m not ready.  So I’ll color, eat healthy and workout every day to keep the appearance of a slow progression towards maturity. That’s Proactive Anti-Aging!

Doctor Lynn
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Friday, November 27, 2015

Live to Share - Proactive Anti-Aging


 
 
 
We all want to find a sense of meaning and a sense of purpose in life. At a certain age you realize that purpose and meaning can be as simple as just sharing a word of wisdom.  And perhaps that is the whole meaning and purpose of life- simply to share what you have gained for the betterment of someone else.

If you think about it everything we do is a process of sharing. Life is about exchange. The challenge is in discerning the exchange that best fosters a healthy and prosperous life. This of course only comes with time and experience and both of these bring with them aging.

I now find myself in a position of mentoring young adults. I’m the older and wiser woman who can calmly still their fears and help them to see a broader perspective on life. I’m living now to share.

I admire and compliment the beautiful young women that come to my yoga and cycle classes. Many years ago I would have been intimidated and competitive. Today I see them as beautiful and I remind them to enjoy every moment of being young, energetic and physically near perfection. All too soon age creeps up on you and you find yourself advising, guiding and encouraging. Not long ago I was a young woman questioning, anguishing and confused.  That’s the nature of youth. However, experience provided me with some of life’s greatest lessons. So now I live to share because life without sharing seems pretty meaningless and without purpose.

Aging can be painful and depressing or it can be an enjoyable time to share and smile as you watch passively the wonders of youthful struggle with all the nonsense that you  now realize as you mature is meaningless.  It’s all about living so you can share. That’s proactive anti-aging!

Doctor Lynn

Friday, November 20, 2015

My Brain is full and it doesn’t want to work anymore!


 
 
 
 
My brain feels like it just ate a big Thanksgiving meal. It feels tired and would really like a nice long nap. What is filling my brain these days is trying to keep up with technology and the world of working. Some days I just feel like as the song goes by Status Quo, “ I ain’t gonna work no more.”

It’s not the work that gets to me, but the constant needing to be online and learning new skills. But really it’s not the skills and the learning, but the fact that I just don’t want to compete in the working world any more. I know what it is like to hustle and run to make a buck and try and get ahead. The truth is we never really get ahead. Sure may-be we have made our money and hopefully have a nice retirement, but as soon as you get to retirement they extend the average lifespan  and we wonder if the money we have will last into our really, really old age?!

I find myself slipping behind. And I don’t really care. However, I find myself now becoming a mentor to lots of younger people. They ask for my advice and look to me to encourage them. Today I am meeting with a young woman who is developing an app program. She wants me to give her some input, as if I know anything?! Actually she wants to show me what she has developed and our meeting is a deadline for her to have it ready to show me.   I’m only too happy to help. However, I also want to ask her how to make something go viral. She tells me she knows how to do this and I am curious as to how it happens.

So even though my brain is full it still is curious. It wants to understand, but not to go through all the processing and agonizing of implementation. Because in life it is not what you know or even who you know that counts. It’s how you execute an idea that makes for success. You can have all the knowledge and all the money, but if you don’t have the competitive edge…well it’s not going to happen.

Competitive drive creates stress and stress advances the aging process. I have decided to take a proactive approach to aging. Ideas are a dime a dozen. They come and they go, but to make it all happen takes time, energy and focused hard work. I’ve got the time and I’ve got the money, but I think I’ll put  my feet up, mentor the kids and  do what I like because “I ain’t gonna work no more!”

Doctor Lynn
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Proactive Anti-Aging – Move it or lose it


 
 
 
 
How long does it take to restore muscle strength once you lose it from inactivity?

We all know we should keep active and that exercise is one of the best ways to keep the body strong, flexible and mobile. But with aging come arthritis, aches and pains and a general slowing down of activity. Running a million miles an hour, jumping off cliffs and the endless pursuit of entertainment gives way to a gentle walk, a little yoga, escalators rather than stairs and home on the couch rather than dancing all night at a club.

Exercise science tells us that one of the easiest and most natural ways to slow down the aging process is to keep exercising. But sometimes due to injuries and sickness we need to stop moving and that is when we begin to lose it. But did you know that the younger you are the faster you lose strength and mobility and the faster your body ages when it stops getting regular exercise?

Ever wondered how long it takes to lose muscles strength after taking time off from exercising? Researchers in Denmark undertook a study using a young group of men (23 years of age) and older men (68 years of age). They immobilized one of each of the subject’s legs for two weeks. Then the men took part in a three to four times a week for six weeks bicycle endurance program.

During the two week period the younger subjects lost up to a third of their leg strength which is the equivalent of aging by forty to fifty years! The older group lost a fourth of their leg strength. Researchers are not sure why the older group fared better, but I might surmise that with age immobilization is met with a little less resistance and a greater appreciation for the mobility of the body. Even though the older group fared better, this still goes to show that if you are inactive for just two weeks you lose a tremendous amount of strength and mobility.

What is the best form of exercise to restore muscle strength?

At the end of the six week period the researchers found that cycling was not enough to restore muscle strength and mobilization.

The researchers concluded that if you want to restore muscle strength you need to include weight training. They also concluded that it will take you three times the amount of time to restore muscle strength than it did to lose it.

 So as the saying goes “if you don’t use it you’ll lose it!”

Doctor Lynn

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Never throw Away Your Bell Bottoms








Bell bottoms are making a comeback. I’m not sure if this is making me feel old or young again? I save everything so for me it’s not about buying a new pair of bells, but about reaching into the darkest recesses of my closet and pulling out the dozen pair of bells I still own. With delight I carefully unfold each pair realizing that I don’t need to spend any money to be in style… the hippie look has always been in style for me.
As I try on my bells I flash back (no pun intended) to my youthful carefree days as a young hippie. Oh the beads, the fringe and the bells! Of course this was met with so much resistance from our parents; just as the earlier phase of the Beatles, miniskirts and Go Go boots.
My first pair of bell bottom pants was bought at the Navy Exchange which was the only place to get bell bottoms. I bought a pair of sailor denim bells, took them home and altered them to fit my feminine frame. Soon after that Head Shops began to pop up with all the beads, fringe and bell bottoms a girl could want. (Anyone remember head shops? They sold more than bells!) At last I found my hippie niche! Woodstock here I come! Bells, beads, sandals and more I danced in the mud, hugged perfect strangers and never regretted that weekend at Woodstock.
However, before long bell bottoms went main stream and that ended the hippie era. Or may-be it was just time to grow up and get responsible?
Now once again the bells are coming back to main stream and I must admit I love it. When I wear my bells I feel young again. I feel a sense of rebellion, curiosity, peace and love. And with all this new found sense of youth I realize that old hippies never die. They just go dormant for a while.   In the eighties we all disguised ourselves as mainstream because it was easier to conform than keep pushing to the edge.  Responsibility for children, mortgages and retirement planning gave precedence over love and peace. Maturity teaches you that life is not the idealistic fantasy of the young, but a long process of learning to conform, compromise, negotiate and get involved rather than drop out.
So I raised a family, paid my taxes, voted and lived as a law abiding citizen. But now the bells are coming out and I feel that anti-establishment, free loving, and rebellious young hippie emerging from the back of my closet. But she has aged. Her hair has flecks of grey and her body is wrinkling and crinkling into a senior citizen. She’s not about to go and sit in a pile of mud dancing and screaming to the beat of the Who. But she will always love rock and roll, incense and brownies.   
I look at myself in the mirror all dressed out in my bells and I can’t believe how fast the years have passed. Here I am a Grandmother with a wild history of free love, anti-war rebellion and well you know all that “stuff” we hippies did…
Never throw away your bell bottoms. They’re a symbol of youth. As long as you have them they will remind you that deep inside of you there still is that young hippie with all the idealistic notions of a better world through peace and love. And you know what? With all the experience and all the wisdom I’ve gained over the last several decades I still believe that the world would be a better place if the hippies in bell bottoms ran the world. Peace would reign, love would be everywhere, we would eat healthy and we would be more concerned with the betterment of humanity than accumulating a bunch of stuff that only gets thrown away when you die. The more you own, what you own, owns you!
Idealism, they say, is reserved for the young. This unrealistic pursuit of ideal standards fueled by emotions and hormones is vested in naiveté.  Equality is what we all want. But equality is an elusive creature. It’s easy to be rebellious and idealistic when you have nothing to lose. However, when your parents threaten to cut off your support line conformity most always rules.
 Unfortunately materialism always usurps ideology. Money, politics and greed are mightily powerful force against a band of hippie. Conformity brought with it the era of the yuppies and the frantic rush to get rich. Brief cases, suspenders and wingtips replaced backpacks, beads and sandals. Then the yuppie era went bust and we all wondered what the hell went wrong. It’s just a recession and recessions happen over and over again.  We learned a valuable lesson; things go up and things go down. We learned to ride out the roller coaster ride of the capitalistic market until one day without warning the bell bottoms came back.  
This sliding back of time causes one to pause and reflect. Wisdom teaches you that life without music, love and peace is not really worth living. So don’t throw away your bell bottoms. They symbolize a sense of youthful freedom and that sense of youthful freedom will always keep you young at heart.  
Doctor Lynn
 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween – It’s Proactive Anti-Aging












I love Halloween; even though it’s a ridiculous ritual of commercial costumes and candy. We dress up in costumes and go door to door begging for candy and treats. Seems quiet immature and that is exactly why I love it! On Halloween you can be any one or anything you want to be. It’s festive and everyone gets in on the fun.

In all my classes I’m playing Halloween songs. We’re all dancing and singing to the Monster Mash and many more spooky songs. It makes everyone laugh and laughter and fun is what keeps us all young.

The true meaning of Halloween is a somewhat religious ritual where soul cakes are given to help the departed souls so they can reach heaven. It’s a hallow eve dedicated to bringing peace to the soulful world. It reminds us to live a healthy life and to be truthful. Otherwise we risk are soul being doomed to residing somewhere between heaven and hell.

The jack- o- lantern is everywhere on Halloween. It’s the pumpkin carefully carved and lit with a candle that symbolizes this hallow night. Here is a story about how the jack- o- lantern came into existence. Believe it or not, the truth be told, living a healthy life, telling the truth and having a good laugh will save you from hell and may even open the gates to heaven.

On route home after a night's drinking, Jack encounters the Devil and tricks him into climbing a tree. A quick-thinking Jack etches the sign of the cross into the bark, thus trapping the Devil. Jack strikes a bargain that Satan can never claim his soul. After a life of sin, drink, and mendacity, Jack is refused entry to heaven when he dies. Keeping his promise, the Devil refuses to let Jack into hell and throws a live coal straight from the fires of hell at him. It was a cold night, so Jack places the coal in a hollowed out turnip to stop it from going out, since which time Jack and his lantern have been roaming looking for a place to rest.[105]

What does Halloween and anti-aging have in common? Dress up in a great costume and spend the day playing trick or treat. Make everyone smile and laugh and  you will feel the joy of being young and playful ,and young and playful is just what we need to keep the aging devil away and open our soul to the heaven of feeling young!
Doctor Lynn


Friday, October 23, 2015

Proactive Anti-Aging – Technology is a Bitch!


 
 
 
Last week my computer crashed! I sank into a vast hole of desperation. I like many people in my generation am somewhat perplexed and technically challenged by the overwhelming structure called the computer and the internet.

Three days into the catastrophe and I was asking myself if I should have a meltdown, take up drinking shots of whiskey, watch TV incessantly and sleep for hours, or should I teach my yoga classes, take a week off from the computer, work manually on editing my manuscript and trust that in all good time everything would sort itself out. This to me seems the more reasonable way to go. What good would it do me to have a meltdown at this time in my life? I know what it does to your health; mental and physical. I never really liked whiskey, too much TV is boring and well I sleep pretty well anyway.

So I remind myself to be patient because it is a virtue. At this age I know that things always somehow get done, and we somehow get through each crisis, big and small.  I heard a story about the Zaidi people in Iraq and it reminded me that my problems were oh so very small. My problems are fixable. For many people in the world their problems cannot be fixed within a week. This story humbled me. The rest of the week I was grateful to have the time to teach extra classes, work on my manuscript and appreciate my life even if it is so very technically challenged. That’s not likely to change at my age. But at my age I do know that stuff happens and somehow it always works out. You just have to age and mellow a little to remind you that it’s all just stuff.  It’s all about the lessons and not about the damn computer and all that other stuff! So I’ll patiently rebuild my computer life bit by bit and bite by bite. That’s life- one bite at a time!

Enjoy each day – because each one is an adventure!

Doctor Lynn

Friday, October 9, 2015

Proactive Anti-Aging- Nothing is a Good Place To Be











It’s been one of those weeks where I have been working like a beaver and taught a couple extra cycle classes. Now normally a couple of classes don’t seem like much, but suddenly it’s Friday and I’m feeling, well, exhausted and I have two days and three more classes to go until I get a break. Am I over working or is this age thing catching up with me?

Seems in the last year if I add extra work during the week I am exhausted by the end of the week. Sure I was tired when I was younger and running after two kids while working all week, but this is different. Its more like I really don’t want to run this fast any more. OMG am I getting old or am I getting wise and realizing that running fast really doesn’t get you anywhere?

I want to slow down and enjoy the moments and not rush by the hours. But I’m a person who can’t sit idle for long. I like to be busy as a beaver and keep moving. Boredom is, well, so very boring and leaves me feeling a little guilty. There must be something I should be doing rather than sitting and doing nothing? Sometimes, however nothing is a good place to be. Nothing left to do because the damn is built, the house is clean, my work is done and the bills are paid is a good nothing place to be; so I think I’ll give nothing a try this weekend because, well, I’ve got nothing better to do than slow done a bit and take care of myself. Aging accelerates when time accelerates so if I slow it down I’m bound to regain my energy and proactively anti-age!

Then I’ll be up and at it again because nothing beats aging like something to do that is healthy and fun. Give yoga or cycle a try this week. See you at the gym!

Doctor Lynn

Friday, October 2, 2015

Proactive Anti-Aging –Hand in Hand


 
 
When things just seem to fit we call it hand in hand.  When our hands are stiff and sore we call it aging or arthritis and unfortunately they go hand in hand! Most of us don’t even think about our hands and all the things they do until the stiffness sets in and our movements are limited.

I heard a question asked about our hand that gives room for thought; if you could have four hands or four feet which would you choose? Most likely it would be your hands. That’s because hands do so very much for us. We can even walk on our hands, but our feet are hard pressed to do the fine movements that happen with our fingers.

As we age the hands begin to drape and develop what are called age spots. These age spots are actually as the result of sun damage. However, it is the accumulation of sun damage which makes it appear that the spots are a byproduct of aging. The hands and finger s hold very little fat so as the collagen begins to break down in our body the hands begin to take on the signs of aging.

Further carpel tunnel and arthritis can make it very difficult to maintain our normal activities. When I look at my hands I think of the diapers I’ve changed, the faces I’ve wiped, the shoe laces I have tied and the life-force experience of touch. What would life be like without touch?

Yoga uses the hands to make mudras or gestures that signify certain states of being. Namaste, the prayer mudra, is a sign of respect. It simply means my soul bows to your soul. It is formed by placing the palms of the hands together, the fingers extended and the thumbs resting against each other.

If you have carpel tunnel or arthritis you can use this pose to stretch the muscles in the hand and straighten the fingers. And if your hands are fine this simple hand exercise can keep them flexible and strong.

Gently press the palm together into the Namaste mudra. Bring the hands in close to your center near your chest. Now take a deep breath and then exhale. Begin to take some deep breathes and as you breathe encourage the fingers to move towards the thumbs while keeping the fingers together. Hold for a few breathes and release. Do this three times. This simple mudra will work to stretch the muscles of your hands and increase circulation while at the same time you’ll be practicing respect and humility. If there is one thing aging teaches you it is to be respectful and humble. Appreciate the movement of your body. Respect it and be humble enough to know that it will change with age.  So adjust, keep moving and remember all the things these hands have done for you.

My hands, just like yours are feeling the wear and tear of the years. I see the age spots and the draping. But I remind myself of all the good work these hands have done as I move them into Namaste and bow my soul to meet your soul. Because with aging – we’re all in this together!

Doctor Lynn


 

Friday, September 25, 2015

I’m Overwhelmed- How About You?


 
 
 
 
This week my blog is short and hopefully sweet. Sometimes it’s good to pull back a little and not push yourself too much. We all get overwhelmed from time to time with commitments; either self-imposed or otherwise. Mine are mostly self-imposed. Aging allows me to identify those self-imposed commitment and then gracefully decline to do them; because I can.  I’m proactive anti-aging by reducing the stress, find the balance and harmony and taking a chill. I’ve earned it.

Doctor Lynn
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Proactive Anti-Aging – It’s Good to be a Slowpoke


 
 
 
 
This morning I taught two cycle classes back to back. I don’t normally do this, but the gym needed a sub and my students asked me to teach so I said “o-k!”

Now to put this in perspective I’m not a spring chicken. Teaching any kind of exercise class is challenging. With a few years on my side and the intensity of a cycle class teaching two classes back to back is no small feat. But I love teaching and I love the challenge.

After the second class I asked myself if I thought I could teach back to back cycle classes twenty years from now. I’ll be into my eighties, so I doubt I will be teaching cycle unless I develop a senior cycle class focused more on getting on and off the bikes and just moving without intensity. I could play music from the sixties; wear hippie beads and burn patchouli incense. Not such a bad idea!?

Then I had a flashback to twenty years ago. In my forties I doubt I would have been able to teach back to back cycle classes without a few groans and moans. I wouldn’t have known how to pace myself and instead would have burnt myself out trying to prove something. What, I’m not sure, but I do remember in your forties you are trying to prove something; like how many of life’s metals can you pin to your chest?

I’ve got a few metals on my chest, but I’ve also lost and left many good ones behind. That’s o-k.  I made choices and those choices led me to the here and now.

There’s a Crosby Still and Nash song called Slowpoke that has a great line. “When I was faster I was always behind.”   And yes when I was younger I ran so fast that I was always behind. I was always trying to get somewhere not realizing that somewhere was in the moment. Once it’s gone-it’s gone. Now that I’m older, like the song says, I just want to be a slowpoke. I want to embrace the moments. Especially the ones where I feel good and I have lots of energy.

Two cycle classes back to back and I’m now exhausted. I did it to help out and to keep in the good graces of my students and employer. I also made extra money which never goes unappreciated. I think it’s time to relax and may-be call it a day.

“Slowpoke I want to run with you. Wear all your clothes and do what you do. We got some things to find. When I was faster, I way always behind.” Crosby Still and Nash

 

Doctor Lynn
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Friday, September 11, 2015

OMG – My Memory is Slipping! Well May-be Not!


 
 
 
 
 
 
O-kay who hasn’t had one of those OMG moments? Like, I can’t remember the name of that movie I just saw or that song I want to hear. The recall is not as quick as it once was, but the pistons seem to still be firing. We call it getting older. I prefer to think of it as my brain is so full of useful and useless information that it just takes a little longer to shuffle through the files.

Research tells us that contrary to what we think, in some ways our brain improves with age. They call this crystalized intelligence. This is the ability to use your ever growing storage of knowledge, skills and experience for situations as they rise. And guess what? It doesn’t start to peak until your mid-sixties to early seventies!

Crystalized intelligence is not memory, but it is our ability to quickly access our memory, evaluate a situation and apply our knowledge to solve problems and make decisions.

So while younger brains may have speed, older brains are more efficient; meaning they can take shortcuts to solve a problem. We’ve been there and done that before. So we simply reach into our stockpile of information for solutions and take the path of least resistance. This means as we age we’ve been through a lot in life and this allows us to go from one point to the next in a quick and logical manner. We can discern between what is important and what is basically useless in a relatively short amount of time.

There’s a simple term for this; wisdom! So let the young brains run fast. Someday they’ll catch up to us! In the mean time we can just watch them run with the full knowledge that they may be able to create an app a day, but we’ve got crystalize intelligence on our side!

Here’s to the wise!
Doctor Lynn
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Friday, September 4, 2015

Karma Lesson – Gravity’s a Bitch!


 
 
 
 
 
Take care of your health because with each passing decade it’s a little harder to stay fit. What you do today will be realized tomorrow. That’s Karma and like gravity it is a bitch to fight!

From the moment we stand upright gravity is pulling us down. When we’re young and growing the force of life defies gravity, but as we age gravity defies us. That is why I love inverted yoga poses. They change the force of gravity by changing the flow of blood away from pooling at the lower body and back towards the upper body.

The effects of gravity don’t really matter until that first day you look down and your ankles are beginning to swell. You look up and you see the skin beneath your jaw line beginning to sag. It’s an OMG moment!

Inversions like all things in life should be done with a bit of caution. There are certain contraindications that should be observed so as not to make things worse, such as high blood pressure, some heart conditions, neck injuries, recent strokes, detached retina, glaucoma and epilepsy. Talk with your doctor before starting yoga if you have any of these or other concerns.

Here are a few reasons why you might want to do inversions:

Improve your facial skin and hair. There are reasons why our skin gets dry and our hair gets limp as we age. One of the reasons is gravity. Bodily fluids such as nutrient rich blood and oxygen get distributed throughout the body via the heart. But upright the heart has to work over time to pump up to the head. An inversion makes the work easier and allows nutrient rich blood and oxygen to bathe the upper body. Remember with Karma; life becomes what life does. We can direct our energy to create anything we desire. So upside down in a forward bend we go and our skin and hair will thank us.

 Inversions improve immunity by assisting the lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is a key player in keeping you healthy.  It moves through your body picking up toxins and bacteria and eliminating them. Because lymph moves as a result of movement and gravity, getting upside down allows lymph to move more easily to the respiratory system (your lungs) where many toxins enter the body.

Inversions shunt more blood to the brain which both invigorates us physically and brings mental vitalization. Got the four o’clock slump? Get upside down and breathe!

Inversions calm the nervous system thereby bringing calmness and balance to our mental processing.

Inversions improve body balance. They work the core muscles, as well as, our equilibrium to improve our sense of balance.

Literally inversions give us a new perspective on life. We all react to our world in predictable ways. We spend most of our life being upright or laying down. Inversions teach us that there are other ways to deal with life’s situations. Sometimes, as Jimmy Buffett put it,” a change in latitude, a change in attitude, nothing remains quite the same.”

Inversions make us feel playful and playfulness makes us feel young. When was the last time you hung upside down from a monkey bar? They remind us that although yoga is a contemplative practice it can also be fun.

Some great inversions to try are down dog, standing forward bend and legs against the wall. If you really want to challenge yourself try shoulder stand and head stands. Make sure you do these with the help of a teacher.

Whatever you do try tipping gravity upside down on its head and take a look at life from a different perspective. It will keep you open and flexible and that is one of the secrets to staying young! So take an upside down proactive approach to aging!     

Doctor Lynn


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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Yoga Today- Neutrality


 
 
 
In yoga our ultimate goal is to become one with the spiritual force of the universe. This is a place of complete balance. The closest we can come to this here on earth is through meditation. But this requires that we clear the mind of all thought. The body and the mind exist in the material world. They are tethered to the world by the ego.

The spiritual world is beyond the material world, so as long as we have thoughts we are bound by the forces of karma to the material world. Thought are material- they manifest.

When you meditate pay careful attention to the thoughts that arise. All thoughts are like strings that keep us tied to emotions; both positive and negative.

 Ultimately we are striving for a state of complete neutrality. But we are humans here on earth living an earthly life which is full of emotional states such as anger, fear, hurt, greed, misperceptions and pride. So the first thing to do is move away from negative emotions and focus on positive emotions. Because it is positive emotions that neutralize negative emotions. The second step is to remove even the positive emotions and simply observe. Emotions throw us into action and action creates karma. Ultimately we are striving to become the observant one. Simply observe life and you will find a state of peacefulness and this state of peacefulness will bring contentment to your soul. With contentment comes happiness and then your soul is free to open the doorway to spirituality.

The sitting Zen is the closest we can come to experiencing this neutrality. So let’s begin our practice today with a sitting Zen. Close your eyes, clear your mind and simply focus on three deep long breathes.

Pay attention to your emotions as they arise. Observe them and you will notice how even the positive ones disturb a state of peacefulness. However, if negative emotions arise quickly change them to a positive emotion. If you feel anger, observe,and then change your thoughts to that of compassion. Remember we are all humans and we are all here doing the best we can.

The goal of yoga is to bring balance to your life and thus attain happiness. You cannot become happy until you balance your life. So seek balance in all things and in all things find balance.

Doctor Lynn


 

 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Proactive Aging - A Case for a Handkerchief


 
 
 
My father always carried a white handkerchief and my mother always stuffed a lacy embroidered one in my little handbags when I was a young girl. It was considered proper etiquette to have a hanky available for those times when the nose runs. Now that I’m getting older (and so are you, my dear friends) I’m starting to experience an age related issue that only a handkerchief can solve. I have developed what is called rhinitis.

 As we age the nasal lining becomes thin just like the skin on the back of your hand. This makes the mucus that was once thick now watery. Instead of us swallowing it back down (yes we do that!) it simply runs out of the end of the nose. We simply lose control over this flow of bodily fluid.

You may notice that you suffer more during the day. This is because when we are upright, blood flow increases, just as it does when you eat or drink. Outside temperature, spicy foods, hot foods and even emotions can speed up the flow of this watery fluid.

It is extremely common for people as they age to experience this issue. In fact it has been reported that more than half the people over seventy have the dew drop problem on the tip of their nose. There are many other causes such as allergies and hay fever, but here I’m focusing on the aging of the nasal cavity. It’s not a disease, but a natural part of aging and that is why you always saw your grandparents with handkerchiefs neatly tucked in their pockets or up their sleeves. I’ve become one of those people. I never leave the house without a couple of tissues tucked into my pocket. And you know what? My friends are experiencing the same problem!

We no longer use handkerchiefs which is really too bad. Tissues are quickly discarded and not recycled like a handkerchief. But long before tissues, handkerchiefs were an important statement of style.

It is believed that the handkerchief originated in China. However, it appears the first handkerchiefs were paper. When I was in China many years ago toilet paper and tissues were a luxury. If you did not have your own tissues you could find yourself in trouble.  I have squatted over an open toilet in China and been forever grateful for the tissues I had tucked in my shirt pocket.

Fabric handkerchiefs are believed to have originated in Rome around 1000BC. Primarily used by the wealthy to wipe away sweat, they were a marker of status and wealth. King Louie XVI declared that no handkerchief could be larger than his and that they all had to be square. No hanky panky in his court!

White was the color that ruled until about 1920. Then they began to take on color. Women would embroider lace or colored thread around the edges as a symbol of importance.

Handkerchiefs have many used for: blowing the nose, wiping sweat,  a head band, a signal device, to be chivalrous(nothing says manliness than a man giving a woman his handkerchief to dry her tears), a container, a bandage, a tourniquet, tie a splint, immobilize a sprained ankle, as a sling, camouflage, dust mask, potholder, toilet paper and on and on…

They have even been used by magicians to perform magic illusions by waving a hanky over an object to distract you from what he was doing with his other hand. This prestidigitation and the fact that the hanky concealed something illicit going on led to the phrase “hanky panky.”  What does “panky’ mean? Really it means nothing, but it rhymed nicely with hanky and so we got the phrase “hanky panky” for anything that might be- well you know…illicit.

Whether it’s for style, fashion or the plain old ordinary use of a handkerchief it is like having a good friend who doesn’t judge. It just catches your tears, swipes your brow and your wipes your nose.

A natural health tip: If you want to add something soothing try putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the handkerchief and breathe it in throughout the day. Short whiffs of the oil will help to dry the nose and relieve any uncomfortable drainage. Peppermint, and lavender oils can also be used.

How many times do you use one tissue? I must admit I use one tissue twice before throwing it away. With a handkerchief I think I could fold it and reuse it throughout the day and at the end of the day put it in the wash to be recycled. So the next time you see someone with a handkerchief stuffed up their sleeve remember it is less about fashion, more about necessity and a clear statement of environmental concern.

Wouldn’t it be nice if some things like handkerchiefs came back in vogue? We’d save money, recycle and always be prepared for those little moments in life when we all need  is a hanky (without the panky) to dry the dew drops of life.

Doctor Lynn


 

 

 

 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Karma Lesson – Gravity’s a Bitch!


 
 
 
 
 
 
Take care of your health because with each passing decade it’s a little harder to stay fit. What you do today will be realized tomorrow. That’s Karma and like gravity is a bitch to fight!

From the moment we stand upright gravity is pulling us down. When we’re young and growing the force of life defy gravity, but as we age gravity defies us. That is why I love inverted yoga poses. They change the force of gravity by changing the flow of blood away from pooling at the lower body and back towards the upper body.

The effects of gravity don’t really matter until that first day you look down and your ankles are beginning to swell. You look up and you see the skin beneath your jaw line beginning to sag. It’s an OMG moment!

Inversions like all things in life should be done with a bit of caution. There are certain contraindications that should be observed so as not to make things worse, such as high blood pressure, some heart conditions, neck injuries, recent strokes, detached retina, glaucoma and epilepsy. Talk with your doctor before starting yoga if you have any of these or other concerns.

Here are a few reasons why you might want to do inversions:

Improve your facial skin and hair. There are reasons why our skin gets dry and our hair gets limp as we age. One of the reasons is gravity. Bodily fluids such as nutrient rich blood and oxygen get distributed throughout the body via the heart. But upright the heart has to work over time to pump up to the head. An inversion makes the work easier and allows nutrient rich blood and oxygen to bathe the upper body. Remember with Karma; life becomes what life does. We can direct our energy to create anything we desire. So upside down in a forward bend we go and our skin and hair will thank us.

 Inversions improve immunity by assisting the lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is a key player in keeping you healthy.  It moves through your body picking up toxins and bacteria and eliminating them. Because  lymph moves as a result of movement and gravity, getting upside down allows lymph to move more easily to the respiratory system(your lungs) where many toxins enter the body.

Inversions shunt more blood to the brain which both invigorates us physically and brings mental vitalization. Got the four o’clock slump? Get upside down and breathe!

Inversions calm the nervous system thereby bringing calmness and balance to our mental processing.

Inversions improve body balance. They work the core muscles, as well as, the equilibrium to improve our sense of balance.

Literally inversions give us a new perspective on life. We all react to our world in predictable ways. We spend most of our life being upright or laying down. Inversions teach us that here are other ways to deal with life’s situations. Sometimes, as Jimmy Buffett put it,”a change in latitude, a change in attitude, nothing remains quite the same.”

Inversions make us feel playful and playfulness makes us feel young. When was the last time you hung upside down from a monkey bar? They remind us that although yoga is a contemplative practice it can also be fun.

Some great inversions to try are down dog, standing forward bend and legs against the wall. If you really want to challenge yourself try shoulder stand and head stands. Make sure you do these with the help of a teacher.

Whatever you do try tipping gravity upside down on its head and take a look at life from a different perspective. It will keep you open and flexible and that is one of the secrets to staying young and taking a proactive approach to aging!     

Doctor Lynn


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