Fish are undoubtedly the best source of omega-3 fatty acids in the human diet, which poses a problem for vegetarians and vegans. Here, Dr. Joseph Hibbeln, lead clinical investigator at the National Institutes of Public Health and internationally recognized authority on the link between essential fatty acids and depression, explains what measures those who do not eat fish should take to prevent an omega-3 deficiency. He spoke at the Integrative Mental Health Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. on March 23, 2010.
Duration: 1' 24"
Release date: 2007
Version: SD PAL
I was inspired by the article of the American psychiatrist C. R. Cloninger, The science of well-being: an integrated approach to mental health and its disorders. The music excerpt comes from Deaf-Mute Alphabet (Cranky Moments Album, by a.farOne/Plastic Joy)
Frustrated by Amateur Tai Chi videos? The trouble with many of the Tai Chi DVDs available today is that the instructors have very limited training and are selling through distributors who are more interested in profits than quality. There is precious little information offered, and many of these have over 24 complex moves (some with as many as 108!) and with no hint as to what the benefits are.
In contrast, Mark has been trained by many different Masters and has been teaching Tai Chi and Chi Kung for over 45 years. By adding the extra dimensions of self-healing that Chi Kung provides, Mark has helped improve the health of over 600,000 seniors and beginners. He has also been a Tai Chi tournament judge for 20 years, officiating over 50 tournaments. So why not study with the best?
Did you know that Tai Chi is the most popular form of exercise on the earth? It is no longer just a Chinese phenomena. It is rapidly spreading throughout the world. It is more popular now than ever before because the millions of people who practice it are living a more active life than those who don't. As a result, many Western doctors are now recommending it to their patients, especially the elderly.
Most forms of exercise dissipate your energy and make you tired and hyper at the same time! Our form of Chi Kung/Tai Chi accumulates energy and leaves you refreshed and relaxed when you finish. The graceful, slow speed of our styles, coupled with an emphasis on deep breathing and mental focus, creates balance, flexibility and calmness, which relieves stress and allows for the integration of your mind and body.
Mark's Beginners/Seniors DVD has only 10 movements to learn, and each movement is well explained for easier learning. (See the TV screen above) This DVD features a women who is 93 years old! If she can do them, anyone can do them. Our goal was to take the mystery and difficulty out of learning Tai Chi and to make it easy for everyone to do.
Recent medical studies (Emery University) confirm what Chi Kung/Tai Chi practitioners have known for centuries - that just 20 minutes a day of Chi Kung/Tai Chi can dramatically improve your coordination and balance, which for the elderly, can significantly cut the risk of falls.
How do we know about the effectiveness of our Beginner/Senior DVDs? We hear from many students each week who tell us how their daily 20 minute practice has helped to improve their health and well being.
For more information on the traditional practice of oil massage while cleansing, daily support for your yoga practice, and overall wellness please visit doctorblossom.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=73%3Aabhyanga-&catid=1%3Asite-content&Itemid=26.
Many thanks to Kat O1O for allowing us to use selected tracks from her album Natural Phenomena. More of here celestial sounds can be found at KatO1O.com
This video features Andrew Thomas, Clinical Ayurveda Specialist at Doctor Blossom.
Abhyanga is a luxuriously relaxing full-body warm oil massage practice designed to soothe accumulated stress and remove toxins from the body. Abhyanga is an integral part of the daily routine recommended in Ayurveda for overall health and well-being. Traditional Ayurvedic texts recommend it for its nourishing properties, especially for pacifying certain Vata and Kapha imbalances.
Benefits that can be expected from regular performance of this pleasant daily ritual include:
* Relieving fatigue and increasing levels of stamina through the day
* Increased circulation, especially of the lymphatic system, which generally improves immune functioning
* Calming for the nerves
* Maintaining optimal mobility of the joints
* Increased mental alertness
* Improved elimination
* Softer, smoother skin
* Deeper sleep at night
* Protection from negative emotions such as fear and anxiety