Choose Joy!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

I  had a good long conversation with a friend the other day.  We hadn’t spoken in a while and much had taken place since the last tine we connected,  I left my full time job, I started working with my husband, Dr. Kent, as well as full time at our two yoga studios, Divine Power Yoga. Some days the transition has felt seamless and wonderful.  Other days it’s been frustrating and lonely.  I’m learning the ropes of a new job and in many ways Kent and I are figuring it out as we go along.  I start each day with a to-do list but then Kent has other ideas and I get pulled in lots of different directions.  I wonder where my autonomy went.  I wonder where my sanity went.  As we talked, I shared all of this with my friend who tried to be encouraging without discounting my feelings, which I really appreciated.

Later that day, I dropped him a quick note thanking him for the conversation and I realized that I might have made it all sound harder/worse than it really is.  I told him that I forgot to mention all the good things happening and the many things I take for granted each day.  I GET to do the work I choose and not what someone else tells me to do (except for Kent 🙂 ).  We are healthy and happy.  We have wonderful, supportive family and enjoy our children and grandchild (soon to be grandchildren!).  We GET to do yoga and share it with others.  We GET to bring healing to others.  We GET to coach people back to wholeness.  We have a roof over our heads, healthy food in the frig and a dog who loves us.  We have friends to play with and have the opportunity to explore new possibilities each and every day.

You see, it’s all about perspective.  It’s all about choosing.  I could choose negativity and sadness but instead I chose gratitude and appreciation.  In the movie The Cure Is…. (downloadable online), it seems that everything in our lives comes down to attitude.  When we get sick, do we choose fear or courage?  When we meet a barrier, do we choose discouragement or determination?  When we have free time, do we choose more work or play?  It seems that our choices impact our well-being and our very health.   Of course, it’s natural to feel sad, tired, discouraged from time to time….but the big question is, do you stay there?  Or do you choose something different?

In the midst of SOOOO many gifts, I had started to choose negativity that day on the phone…..but in the end, I chose positivity, potential and gratitude.  This holiday season, Dr. Kent and I are grateful for each of you and the part you play at Holistic Chiropractic and Healing Arts Center.  We are grateful that you continue to trust us with your health and that you continue to choose us to walk along side you.

In the midst of shopping, cooking, cleaning, wrapping and all that comes along with the  holidays, I encourage you….do what  you need to to choose happiness….choose JOY….for you, for your life, for the many blessings you have and for your health.

May the peace of the season fill your heart,

Mary

 

Germ Warfare: Beat the Germs this Cold and Flu Season

Monday, December 1st, 2014

You never have to wonder when the “cold and flu season” is around the corner. Big Pharma will be sure that you are reminded of its impending arrival no matter where you turn. When the dreaded season of doom drapes its black curtain over us, whatever you do, don’t come within sneezing distance of anybody, don’t even think about shaking anyone’s hand or otherwise engaging in bodily contact, and NEVER, EVER touch a doorknob, shopping cart, or any other object that might have possibly come into contact with any human at any point during its existence. Buy into the hype and you’ll find yourself locked away in a dark room waiting for the hazmat team to give the “All Clear.” Big Pharma and the medical community at large are depending on you to buy into the hysteria; to leave the fate of your health and well- being up to the questionable workings of chemical-laden pills and shots rather than the innate power that runs your body and the living world around you. The reality is that germs don’t make you sick. Rather, your body’s inability to fend off germs and foreign invaders is what results in you succumbing to illness.
Think about it… How is it possible that a family of 5 people living under the same roof can have completely different reactions during flu season? Assuming that everyone is exposed to the same germs and viruses, if the sickness were attributed completely to the virus, everyone would get sick and exhibit the same reaction and symptoms. What happens in reality is that one or two family members get ill while the others don’t. Clearly the issue is not the germs, but the body’s response to them. Chances are the last time you got sick you were running yourself ragged; missing sleep, eating improperly, slacking on your nutrition, all stressed out from work, skipping your acupuncture sessions, and neglecting your workouts. This is a vicious pattern that many of us fall into and it’s one that weakens the body and allows germs to take hold. Your best defense against the flu, colds, or any other germ-borne illness is not to drug yourself, but to bolster your internal defenses. You stand your best chance of being at your healthiest when you have an optimally functioning nervous system and immune response.
So come in for an acupuncture tune-up, keep your lifestyle habits in good order, and maintain a positive attitude. Do so, and those pesky little germs don’t stand a chance!

Take a Deep Breath!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Do you ever think much about your breath?  Most of us don’t, it’s something that happens automatically.   Our nervous system and brain work together to make sure we are inhaling oxygen into our body and exhaling toxins out of our body all the time.  It just happens….or does it?

The yogic principle of pranayama is about life force energy.  It’s the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat….and at the same time it’s none of that.   Maybe it’s more appropriate to say life force energy is what we GET from the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.  It’s the driving force of our lives.  We get more life force energy from air, water and food as well as people, special places and times in our lives.  At the same time, we also expend life force energy…we expend that vital energy through work, play, relationships.   The key is to have a good balance….more prana, more life force energy coming in than going out.

Sometimes the stress of any given day can disrupt that delicate balance of life force energy.  All it takes is a few rude people, bad traffic, running late or someone who seems to just suck up all your energy with their negativity…you know, energy vampires.   We’ve all met people like that, we’ve all had days like that.  So what do we do when we feel so depleted?  Breathe!

Try this simple breathing exercise:  lay on the floor with your knees bent, soles of your feet on the floor.  Place your hands on your belly and feel your belly rise and fall as you breathe.  If your belly isn’t moving, you are probably breathing in your chest and shoulders.  For good, prana increasing breath, you want big long belly breaths.  Start to count the length of your inhales (maybe to 4), pause, then exhale the same duration.  Do this several times increasing the number as you go, lengthening your breath.  If you do this simple exercise daily, you are ensured plenty of prana as well as relaxation to go along with it!

Can’t get onto the floor right this moment??  Take several deep breaths, in through the nose and out through the nose, wherever your are and feel yourself immediately begin to calm down.

Notice how deeper breathing helps you stand up straighter…and conversely how poor posture inhibits your deeper breath.   If you feel that your posture could use a little support, let us know!  We can help with that!

Eat well, be healthy, live happy!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Detox and LIVE!

 

Many people think that a detox can be drudgery…so difficult and restricting that life is just no fun anymore.  Well, depending on how you do it, nothing could be further from the truth.

 

These past ten days, folks at Divine Power Yoga and Holistic Chiropractic and Healing Arts Center have been participating in a Ten Day Sugar Detox as part of our Health is Divine program.  For October, the month of the year noted for sugar intoxication (Halloween) we gave us sugar for a minimum of ten days.

Here’s what it looked like in a nutshell.  For ten days we avoided:

  • Anything that is not real food (e.g. anything made in a factory that comes in a can, box or package) unless it is a canned whole food such as sardines or artichokes with only a few real ingredients such as water or salt
  • Any food or drink that contains added sugar (including honey, molasses, agave, maple syrup, organic cane juice or artificial sweeteners), especially any sugar-sweetened beverages or fruit juices
  • Anything that contains hydrogenated oils and refined vegetable oils (like corn or soybean oil)
  • Any foods with artificial sweeteners, preservatives, additives, coloring, or dyes – basically anything that has a label or is processed in any way
  • Anything sugar or flour based (cookies, cakes, candies, etc.)
  • Grains (rice, oats, quinoa) and all foods made from flours (crackers, pasta, bread, pretzels, etc.)
  • Starches (sweet potato, potato, squash, parsnip, beets, etc.)
  • Dairy with added sugar (yogurt, sour cream, cheese, milk, etc.)
  • Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits, etc.)

After seven days we gathered for a cooking class and got some feedback from the group.  The first few days were rough for most people….food cravings, headaches, fatigue, crankiness were the main complaints.  But after 2-3 days, energy came back better than before, food tasted better and cravings disappeared.  Some even admitted to weight loss although that was not the primary goal.

This detox had no special foods to buy, no shakes or supplements.  It was just real food, whole food, food that is good for you.  This is the way our ancestors ate, the way our grandparents ate, before the advent of convenience food, industrial canning and packaging.  Going back to basics is a simple way to detox that is delicious, easy and well worth it.

I’m feeling better than ever so I’m going to keep going….ten days and counting….not just a detox but a lifestyle!  Are you interested in taking the Ten Day Sugar Detox yourself?  Give us a call and we’ll help you get started!  630-548-0700

Because it’s good for you!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to the advanced health class at Waubonsie Valley High School about chiropractic and acupuncture.  Today it was my wife’s turn. Her assignment was to address the health benefits of yoga and then provide a brief practice so that they students could begin to experience it for themselves. It might sound strange to think that one brief class could make a difference but it can!  Of course, regular practice makes even more of a difference but these students….and YOU, could begin to feel the benefits of yoga from the very first class.

I often recommend yoga to my patients so I thought it might be helpful for you to know why!

Mary came up with a list of twenty health benefits of yoga.   She then had students make their own list and we compared.  The students thought of a few that we had missed…..but together we increased the list to TWENTY-TWO!!  So, here they are, twenty-two reasons to do yoga…..do you have any to add?

Twenty-two (yes, twenty-two) Health Benefits from Yoga
1. Increased Flexibility
2. Increased Strength (upper body and core especially!)
3. Better Posture
4. Deeper Breathing (less asthma and other lung related issues)
5. Stress Relief
6. Lowers Blood Pressure (lower risk of heart disease)
7. Slows Heart Rate (lower risk of heart disease)
8. Lowers Cholesterol (lower risk of heart disease)
9. Boosts Immune System
10. Eases Migraines
11. Decreases Insomnia, Better Sleep
12. Decrease Risk of Obesity, Lowers Food Cravings
13. Increased Concentration, Longer Attention Span
14. Lowers Risk of Depression, Increases GABA in Brain
15. Lowers Risk of Diabetes, Lowers Blood Sugar
16. Decreases Back Pain
17. Increases Nerve Impulses, Think Faster, React More Quickly
18. Increase Bone Health, Weight Bearing Exercise
19. Increased Coping Skills
20. Better Urinary Health (boosts sexual health too!) (can you say mula bandha?)
21. Better Balance
22. Increased Energy

Say YES to Yourself!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Say YES to yourself!!

Hi there, this is Mary, Dr. Kent’s wife!  Dr. Kent and I are so blessed to work together to help people through chiropractic, yoga, nutrition and more!  Dr. Kent is sharing his space with me this week because we have GREAT news that we want to share with YOU.  We are excited and we think you will be too.  Read on for the details and then don’t delay….act NOW!

October heralds great fall colors, a shift in the weather and lots of ghouls and goblins….but at Divine Power Yoga we are focusing on something than can be scarier than Halloween….our health.  In any given yoga class we focus on breath and poses and even clearing the mind, but how often do we consider how what goes into our bodies impacts not only our practice but our daily lives, our happiness and our longevity.

To give our community the best tools for the best health, we have developed Health is Divine.  Health is Divine is an ongoing program that will address health issues from all different directions.  For October we are going Sugar Free First!  So join us, and take the first step toward living your best life, the first step toward better health, the first step toward feeling better EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Monday, October 6th screening of the movie Fed Up

Monday, October 13th Ten Day Detox Meeting

Monday, October 20th Quick and Healthy Cooking Demo: Blender Style

Monday, October 27th: Quick and Healthy Cooking Demo: Breakfast to Dinner

Each session begins at 7:15pm, October 6th is 2 hours, all others 1 hour.

Attend all four sessions for only $40!  Bring a friend and save $5!  Drop in to one, $15.

Let’s face it, this small investment is less than the cost of a doctor visit or even some prescription co-pays and has the potential to save you thousands of dollars moving forward.   You are worth it!!  Take the time to invest in a new YOU!

Visit www.divinepoweryogaonline.com, click classes, then click sign up and finally the workshops tab.

All sessions held at Divine Power Yoga, 1163 E. Ogden Avenue, Suite 713, Naperville, IL 60563

Detox Helps Solve Mysteries

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Many people think that chirpractors only adjust the spine but as a doctor of chiropractic I am privileged to help people who come to me with all kinds of complaints and ailments.  CJ had suffered for years with various health issues.  For years she searched for answers and we both celebrated as I helped her find the answers.  Here is a bit of her story:
 
“It’s not often one finds a great doctor as I did in Dr. Christianson.  He is attentive and sensitive to my needs.  I knew immediately I could trust him.  I explained my discomfort, knowing something wasn’t just right in my body.  That’s when Dr. Christianson recommeded we start with a detox.  I had symptoms of fatigue and a diagnosis from another doctor of irritable bowel syndrome.  I suffered for twenty four tortuous years with bouts of constipation, low immune system, acne, body aches and mind fog.
 
Dr. Christianson recommeded a complete detox to cleanse my body of the build up of toxins.  As soon as I started the detox I felt improvement in my body and mind.  I started to think clearer and have more energy.  I could go out with my fifteen year old son and not be exhausted.  Through the detox, I also found out I am gluten and lactose intolerant.  Now I am free of toxins and know what not to put in my body.  I have no symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, no aches, no fatigue and have changed to a healthy eating lifestyle.
 
Thanks Dr. Christianson for being the great doctor I neede and recommending a detox!”
 
Thanks, CJ, for sharing your story and for making my day!!