Benefits of Yoga Nidra

What is Yoga Nidra?  It is a technique which places your attention on different  parts of the body for relaxation.  The idea is to get out of your head and come into the awareness of  body sensations.  I became a Yoga Instructor in 2008 and this is what I learned ~ When I work with students I have them lie on the floor and use props to support there back.  I guide them to focus on various parts of the body for 15- 20 minutes.  Yoga Nidra can be used for shorter periods or longer periods.   I have been a student and teacher of this technique and the benefits I reaped were;

  1.  Calming the mind
  2.  Observing my thoughts
  3.  relaxation of my muscles
  4.  Flowing with life instead of pushing against life
  5.  Expansion of breath
  6.  Calmer Digestive system
  7.  Headaches subsided
  8.  Problem solving:  Awareness
  9.  Getting in touch with that deeper part of myself
  10.   Flow of prana
  11.  Body sharing with me of how to “eat” better
  12.  Put me in touch with my emotions and vulnerability

more benefits…

  1.  Calming the nervous system
  2.  Lenghtening the spine
  3.  Relaxation of the internal organs
  4.  Letting go and softening
  5.  And many other benefits

This is a great practice if you are looking for ways to deal with stress and a great way to to get out of your own way so new ideas can flow into your awareness.

Please contact me if you are wanting to learn more about Yoga Nidra at annelamantia@verizon.net

A Gateway to a New Expression: Self Love….

IMG_5467I have always been under the belief that “self love” is selfish…this is not true!   I was brought up in a family of 7 which included my parents and I tended to the younger siblings quite often as my Mom always did for everyone else but not herself.  I am sure this contributed to my belief system  of putting  yourself first is selfish.  I also was under the influence of the church that it was better to give than receive and I felt quilty when I did receive.  Most of my life I would seemingly  put other peoples needs before mine.  I  believe the resentment I have felt was because I didn’t nuture myself, but I was an expert at nurturing others.  After all it is much easier to tend to others than yourself!
I lean into what “lights me up” instead of what brings me down when I make a decision.  I have learned and continue to learn to surrender.  I have no control of how things are going to turn out but I do have control of how I will respond.  I am learning to say “No” and not giving my power away to outside sources.  Prioritizing my schedule has been essential to my growth.  At this moment I believe my purpose is to know that everything is possible and we live in an abundant universe AND it “lights me up” when I witness other people doing this!  My advice is… do for yourself first and everything will fall into place, listen to your own voice and sway from outside distractions, do something everyday that nutures your soul,  patterns can be broken and go after  your dreams…after all isn’t that why we are here!

How to Bring Love to the Pain Body

I have resisted “what is” all of my life thinking what I had experienced was bad or “ugly”.  This only created shame, doubt, guilt and pain.  Until one day I woke up and realized everything I had been resisting was a message or my guidance.  One would never think guidance would come in this form.  I was keeping self love at a distance wishing it would  go away.

I decided to go within and look at those parts I deemed unworthy or neglected.   I discovered my incessant negative self-talk, and ongoing stories of the past.  This can be destructive.  I was creating unnessary pain in my life in which I would call the “pain body.”   This layer of pain is very much alive but has softened over time.  What helped me soften the pain was naming the thoughts that arose, i.e. past, story , lies etc.   I certainly was not at a point of loving what arises but naming these part of myself was an act of self-love.  Recognizing it for what it was helped me to lighten up and let go.

The Emotional Body plays a huge part of the “pain body.”  I discovered when the emotional body is neglected depression and hopelessness seeps in.  Sharing my feelings was not a part of my family structure.   I was taught to move forward and keep my mouth shut.  As a result I formed a pattern of putting other peoples needs ahead of my own.   This pattern can be changed!

What I discovered about the Emotional Body:

Go within and see what is there.  ie.  sadness, fear, shame, neglect, anger.  Allow, accept and feel into it.  You won’t die.  You will open up to parts of yourself you have put aside for years.  Give yourself permission to experience this.  Deal with what is right in front of you.  I was yearning for self – love, gratitude, presence and acceptance but the only way i could do this was to go within and give to myself first.

Best Retreat in Portland, Oregon

I had the opportunity to travel to Portland, Oregon in the Spring of 2016.  I went there for a retreat for 5 days with a beautiful community of people.  It was a retreat given by Matt Kahn and Julie Dittmar.  I have been following Julie and Matt for several years now.   They are spiritual teachers whose humor and grace will capture you unwillingly.  I felt totally loved and nurtured the entire time I was there.  Not only by Julie and Matt but everyone at the conference.  My barriers came down whether I liked it or not.  I also felt I was in a safe place to allow my emotions to surface.  Imagine being in the company of 330 or more people!  Knowing that the person sitting next to me was probably going through the same thing I was gave me such relief and comfort.    By day 5 I was lighter, happier, confident and radiant.  Would I do it again?  Absolutely!  I have been to a lot of retreats and I would say this was one of my favorites.

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The retreat was held at the “World Forestry Center” in Portland Oregon.  I was captivated by the beautiful trees which surrounded the center.  It was a hop skip and a jump from where I stayed.  I stayed at the Marriott Center in downtown Portland.   I was surprised of the short distance from the Marriott to the Forestery Center.  I took the Max Light Rail Terminal.  It was less than a 10 minute walk from the Marriott to the terminal.    Food in downtown Portland was delicious and fresh.  I don’t remember the names of the places I ate at but I can reassure you it was delicious.  One of my favorite dishes was a blend of rice, vegetables and sauce ( I wish I remembered the name of this place).  I ate there more than once and I found it soothing on my digestive tract.   The breakfast at the Marriott was good and the staff was very accommodating.  Can it get any better than eating breakfast and viewing Mound Hood.  I found Portland to be very clean and nourishing.  I was surprised of the amount of homeless people.  On my last day I was gifted with meeting several homeless people.  It’s hard to put into words how I felt.  My heart cracked open and I found the 2 men to be very wise souls.  Looks can be deceptive!  If you ever have the opportunity to travel I would highly recommend Portland, Oregon.  There was nothing I did not like about it!

I Did A 21 Day Cleanse And lost 10 lbs. Here’s What I Learned

I gave up all my vices – Coffee, Alcohol, Gluten, Sugar, Dairy And Meat for 21 days!  I did this because I wanted to lose weight and feel better.  I also needed to eat differently but I did not know where to beIMG_0082-300x200gin.  A friend told me about Dr. Junger’s 21 day cleanse and I decided to give it a go.  I liked the idea that he was a Doctor and had written a cookbook called “Clean Eats” and I was curious to see if I had any food sensitivities.

Not eating after 8 at night I must admit was the hardest part along with omitting coffee and cheese.  I’m usually “not going by the rules” kind of person but I was curious to see what the results would be when I was finished.  Low and behold I was blown away with my experience.

Here’s what I learned:

1.  My Bloating went away.

For as long as I can remember I have always had a bloated stomach.  After 1 week I did not have a bloated stomach and my digestive tract felt cleaner and healthier.  After the 21 Day I re-introduced Gluten back into my diet and I became bloated and “gassy.”   That is proof in the pudding!

2.  At night I felt at ease and slept better.

Having a nursing background I have always known that the body needs rest and nourishment during the sleep cycle and the digestive tract needs a rest from breaking down food.  Having that 12 hour period without food was quiet time for my body and my body was not hyped up from caffeine, sugar or alcohol.  I also felt keeping a clean diet was effective of not having my system raise havoc.  I also woke up feeling like I had a good night’s rest.

3.  I pooped every day!

Need I say more.

4.  I became more conscious of what I put into my mouth!

It  forced me to be attentive to what I was buying and what nutritional value the food had.  You would be amazed what sources of food has protein in it.  It was also important to note how I felt after I ate certain foods.  I felt much lighter overall and my digestive tract did not have to work as hard.

5.  Brain fog went by the wayside.

My thoughts were clearer and I was less anxious.

6.  My mood was brighter and my Central Nervous System was more at ease.

I’m attributing my calmness to no sugar, caffeine and who knows no gluten and dairy.  I remember a week after I came off the cleanse I had a can of ginger ale and instantaneously I felt exhausted and my brain was in a fog.  The first week of the cleanse “I was fit to be tied” and after that I felt more even keeled.

7.  Put me on tract for a “better eating cycle”

I decided that my health was important to me and taking the time to investigate my eating choices was worth it to me.  After 21 days I was more mindful of what I put in my mouth and how my body reacted to the food.  IT was as if I broke an old habit and began a new one.   I was making conscious choices and stayed on an eating schedule.

8.  I became more Confident and looked better.

Doing something for myself and feeling healthier and lighter gave me a boost of confidence.  Friends would ask what have I done differently and wanted information about this cleanse.

9.  I loved my juices, smoothies and food choices!

The receipes are endless with this cleanse.

10.  You don’t need to sign up and do his protocol (unless you find it helpful).  I just got his information off line and did it on my own.

11.  Your worth it!

Proper nutrition is important for your well-being.

12.  Yes, you still can have dessert! 

I love desert  and that has always been the hardest part for me until I started experimenting with other options such as gluten free, whole foods and different replacements for sugar.

13.  When you make conscious choices your life always improves.

 

With love,  Anne

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Anne Lamantia

What to Eat Instead of Meat to get Protein?

I don’t know about you but I am constantly wondering what to eat as a protein substitute for meat.  I used to eat a lot of meat.  Probably 3-4 times a week.  I no longer have an appetite for meat.  I just no longer crave it like I used to.Pistachio-Pesto-crusted-salmon1-0693-300x200

Protein is a necessary building block to our body.  Our cells are constantly dying and re-building and protein helps rebuild and re-energize us.

These are the foods I have found to be a good source of protein other than meat:  Fish, cheese, tofu, beans, yogurt (greek has more protein than other yogurts),  seeds.

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Posted on September 8, 2015 by Anne Lamantia

Simple Steps to Healthy Eating

What does eating healthy really mean?  We can go from eating horribly to identifying with our food way to much. Both aspects don’t serve us but don’t beat yourself up for it ~ we all do it!  Lets explore another possibility.  Perhaps it just means being mindful of what you are putting in your mouth…  Here are some helpful and healthful tips:  Take conscious action: 1. Are your eyes bigger than your belly?  2.  Stop and see what foods you naturally gravitate towards even if it does not make sense.  3.  Notice your reaction when you look at foods ie.  if you become nauseous you know the  answer if it feels expansive than you are on track.  4. Notice “emotional eating” – if you don’t know what that means check in with your mood! 5.  Notice how you feel after you eat.  ie.  Are you tired, restless or foggy?

What you can do to change your eating patterns.  1. Take a baby step.  Most change occurs in small steps that add up.  2.  Throw away your diet books and check in with your innate wisdom.. or find a recipe book that meets your needs.  3.  Give yourself a break.  There may be days where you eat like grap and that is okay.  4.  Choose consciously.  5.  Check in with your mood before you eat.  If you are angry you may want to wait.  6. Bring your favorite snacks when you travel or to work where choices can be limited.  7.  Do you feel you have to eat everything on your plate or are you okay when you become full and leave food on your plate?  8.  Is there something else you rather eat or eating what’s in front of you because it is easier?

My hope is that you flourish in health!

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Does the environment affect our digestive system?

I’ve come to realize that our environment plays such a huge role on my digestive system.  What I mean is I went to the nail salon today and I almost passed out with thTreese smell of the environment and my stomach found it offensive.  I had to leave and get some fresh air.  It made me wonder how often we are bombarded by toxins and don’t even know it.  Taking care of ourselves involves not only being mindful of the foods we ingest, exercise and releasing emotions but environmental hazards as well.  Research has shown that computers and cell phones disrupt our electro-magnetic fields.  We keep a clean body by bathing and I believe we have to keep a clean energy field.  Outside stimuli is the new norm and it is unfortunate.

Take the time to slow down, breathe and relax.  Nourish your system with good foods and find time to nourish your soul, whatever that may be ~ nature, having fun or being creative.

Posted on March 20, 2015 by Anne Lamantia

Panaseeda ~ Black Cumin Oil

The Black Cumin seed (Nigella saliva) has been used for centuries to promote health and panaseeda-black-cuminfight disease.  The extra virgin oil  of the seed is the key!  Black cumin has been written about in every religious text ever published.

Hundreds of medical studies have been published in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the United States.  It focuses on it’s immune-enhancing properties.  It is also highly effective for healthy weight management.

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Anne Lamantia

What I know about Heart Disease

I am going to start this conversation with a testimony.  It begins with Eugene Carns who is my father.  He is 79 years old and was diagnosed with heart disease when he was in his early 30’s.  He had a heart attack.  He was very thin and smoked cigarettes and drank Genesee beer.  He sought the advice of his Dr. and was given a diet to adhere to.  It included skim milk, magarine and lean meat.  Yep, I remember drinking skim milk due to the fact it tasted like water.  Oh yeah I forgot to mention my grandmother had artheriosclerosis.  I don’t know alot about her circumstances.  As a child I never understood why he would have heart disease at such a young age and being as thin as he was.   Moving forward ~ 10 years later (age 40) he had another one.  He had awoken in the middle of the night with indigestion that would not go away.  The end result ~ Open Heart Surgery.  When he arrived home he looked 20 years older and Mom began balling her eyes out.  I knew he was going to be fine but I was afraid.  My Aunt Mary Pat who was taking care of me and my 4 siblings was afraid too.   Again, he needed to adhere to diet and exercise.  He slept on the second floor and was told not to climb stairs.  I remember he would never lift anything heavy (Dr’s orders).  I had  to haul wood from outside and up a flight of stairs into the second floor!  Luckily there was 5 of us for this hard labor.  He healed rapidly and was back to his old self.  What went through my mind was: ” I don’t understand why he has this disease he is so skinny.”  I did understand one thing ~ he had a blockage in his vessels which impeded his blood flow.  I never understood how diet was related due to the fact he was a very thin man.  When I look back at all of this I can see how afraid he was of dying.  He always spoke about it and seemed cautious with life to venture out and try new things.  Ten years later he had open-heart-surgery once again.  Same protocol as far as diet and exercise.  He was always mindful of what he was suppose to eat or not eat.  He did cheat with bacon.  He drank alot but did not smoke cigarettes since he was 30.  Fast Forward;  since than he has had another heart attack and stents put in and struggles with his body temperature and shortness of breath.  In the past he has been on a beta blocker and has gone off of it due to the fact he was barely alive while taking it.  Side effects are atrocious!

My observation;

I have always questioned what has caused his narrowing of his vessels and blockages.  We all know it does not help to be type A personality.  On a scale of 1-10 I would rate my Dad a 7 maybe a 8.   What I do know about my Dad is I rarely saw him cry and he seemed angry and sad alot.  He also was very controlling.  It makes sense to me when we do not allow are feelings to flow we constrict and become tight and are vessels do the same.  According to Panache Desai emotions are energy in motion and when they do not flow they get stuck in the body and this creates density.  I read a study once and it said when we are stressed are DNA tightens up and when we are calm it relaxes.

Helpful hints:  Breathe and relax.  Let go of the outcome of situations and let go of control.  Let go and let God.  Feel your fear, anger and sadness.  In the past it was easy for me to step aside from my feelings labeling them bad or wrong.  A dear “old” friend reminded me that these feeling were the doorway to my humanity.  Thanks to this “dear” friend of mine I feel free, alive and learning everyday in every way to love who I am.

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