Pros and Cons of Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine such as tai chi, acupuncture, and other various forms are designed to bring the body into balance to help restore health. Benefits of using traditional and alternative medicine are many but there are also things you need to cautious of.

Here are the Pros of using alternative medicine:

  1. The difference between traditional and alternative medicine is that most forms emphasize on whole body care as some physicians often forget to also take care the healthy parts of the patients. Physical, emotional and spiritual health is being taken care of.
  2. It offers a great deal of personal attention from traditional physicians.
  3. It focuses on prevention. Prevention is always better than cure right? Traditional medicine treatments focused on preventing the disease before it occurs.
  4. It targets to treat the root cause of the health condition.
  5. It reduces stress. Stress is one of the factors people get sick emotionally, physically and even spiritually. Reducing stress helps to prevent or heal illnesses.

Here are the Cons of using alternative medicine:

  1. There is limited scientific research about it. Though there is a growth in funding for its research studies, evidence are still limited which left many questions unanswered.
  2. There is confusion in marketing between natural and safe. Some manufacturers of herbal medicines and dietary supplements make unrealistic claims that their products are miracle cures or secret ingredients.
  3. Supplements herbs can potentially interact with prescription and over the counter medications. Some of them may have side effects of their own.

So, if you are planning to try alternative medicine, it is important to do some research or get someone knowledgeable enough to help you with the process.

When considering alternative medicine, think balance. Get the best health care from both traditional and alternative sides of medicine can be your best option.

Call us at 216-210-1846 or check out our calendar of events to see classes we have so you can try alternative medicine that we offer here in Namaste Life Center.

8 Dimensions of Wellness That Will Help You to a Higher Quality Life

 

Wellness is the pursued goal of being in good health. It is very important if we want to function successfully in the world.

While health focuses on the physical and mental being free from any illness, injury or disease, wellness addresses the broader spectrum of our body encompassing the overall balance of your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Eight dimensions of wellness are:

  1. Emotional – this is the understanding of our feelings and coping effectively with stress.
  2. Environmental – this is the interaction and harmony we have in our environment.
  3. Financial – this is learning of how to successfully manage financial expenses.
  4. Intellectual – this is our open-mindedness with new ideas and continuing to learn and expand our knowledge.
  5. Occupational – this is about enjoying occupational endeavors and appreciation of our contributions to promote personal satisfaction and enrichment in life through work.
  6. Physical – this pertains to maintaining a healthy body and seeking medical care when needed.
  7. Social – this about us performing social roles effectively and comfortably. It encourages relationship with our peers and even intimate relationship with our romantic partners.
  8. Spiritual – this helps us seek meaning and purpose. It helps us to seek the right set of values to cope in everyday life.

Some people prioritize work and forgetting their wellness should be too. If anyone’s body diminishes, all others in your life will to.  Maintaining optimal level of wellness is crucial for a quality life. It matters because every emotion and all the things we do relate to our well-being. One diminishes and everything will be affected too. Each one of them directly affects our actions and emotions. Optimal wellness keeps our overall self healthy and happy.

So you see, these areas of wellness are interconnected so it is a must to take care of it. If you are looking for ways to take care of your wellness, check out our calendar for our classes, events and activities here in Namaste Life Center. Remember, the change in your life begins with you.

Everything You Need To Know About Sound Therapy

As our sound therapy session happening this weekend, do you also wonder why receiving it is meditative and therapeutic?

Music was not invented or discovered. Whether it is for entertainment, expression, celebration, ceremony or communication, it is surely something innate in us. We connect to music, our feelings, and our body is somehow connected to it. So many believed and have tried using it for healing.

Sound healing has been used as therapy to ease and cure many for centuries. Music is used to improve physical and emotional well-being. It may involve listening, singing along, meditating and moving to the beat of the music. Sometimes, special sounds are used to produce vibrations to improve brain waves.

Along with voice and different musical instruments like flute, harp and drums, tuning forks and singing bowls are also been used.

There are different types of music therapy such as:

  1. Vibroacoustic therapy where music vibrations are used.
  2. Neurologic music therapy is creating, singing or moving to music is used to promote relaxation.
  3. Guided meditation where one meditates to voiced instructions.

4.Nordoff-Robbins where skilled musicians use music familiar to those being treated, create new music together, or work toward a performance.

  1. Bonny method where it uses classical music and imagery to help explore personal growth, consciousness, and transformation.
  2. Singing bowl therapy where a metal bowl is used to produce a deep-penetrating sound to help on relaxing and repair the mind.
  3. Brainwave entrainment where a pulsing sound is used to stimulate the brain and encourage aligning brainwaves frequency.
  4. Tuning fork therapy where tuning fork is being similarly like acupuncture by applying vibrations to the different parts of the body.

Benefits of music therapy are:

  1. Can help improve or cure psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, PTSD, learning disabilities and developmental troubles
  2. Can help bring clarity and balance
  3. Promote relaxation and a stronger immune system.
  4. Help improve memory, concentration and sleep.
  5. It helps to lower stress, mood swings, blood pressure, cholesterol and risk of heart disease and stroke.

Sound healing has been found to be effective and has shown many health benefits. There is no risk to listening to music.

If you want to try it, click here.

 

Gratitude and DHEA Benefits You Should Know About

 

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and grateful for the benefits we have received or expect to receive.

They say mentally strong people choose to exchange self-pity for gratitude. They choose to always look at the brighter side of any situation. Cultivate gratitude whenever you have the opportunity is one of the best decision you can make in life. Take a few moments to focus and all that you have instead of focusing on what you don’t. While that is easier said than done, you’ll be grateful that you chose to be grateful. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

It does a good thing for our body. It contributes to a healthy mind and it aids in fighting off and healing illnesses. It helps reduce stress and changes chemicals in our body. Practicing it reduces the stress hormone cortisol and dramatically increases the feel-good hormone DHEA.

What is DHEA?

DHEA or Dehydroepiandrosterone, also known as androstenolone is one of the most abundant natural body steroid hormones circulating in our system.

Here are some of DHEA benefits:

Improves Brain Function and Sleep

DHEA helps improve memory by stimulating neurons and inhibiting cortisol. It also enhances the emotional regulation of memory and connections between the memory center of our brains. Because of this, REM sleep increased, which meant better memory storage as well.

Boost Hormones and Increase Pregnancy Rate

DHEA affects testosterone and estrogen levels in the body. DHEA is being converted into these hormones. It can help alleviate sexual dysfunctions due to poor hormone levels. With this, it also helps increase pregnancy rate.

Protects the Heart

It helps lower high blood pressure and lowers cholesterol. Low levels of DHEA are associated with heart disease in men.

Protects Muscles and Bones

It helps protect muscle against dystrophy. It helps prevent cell death from cell oxidation in muscles and bones. It also boosts the effects of anti-oxidants in the body.

Physical and Emotional Health

It is usually praised for its anti-aging properties. It also helps with weight problems, lower insulin resistance, inflammation protection, and decrease pain levels, reduces anxiety and depression and increases energy and vitality.

Looking for ways for a healthy and mind and body?  With all the hassles in life, be sure to make time for yourself. Check out Namaste Life Center’s events here specifically planned and created for you to have a better and happy self.

Namaste!

10 Office Feng Shui Tips

 

Feng Shui originated from China which uses energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment.

Here are some tips to help you harmonize energy in your office.

Clear the clutter and remove dusts in your office to improve flow of chi energy and help you be more productive and creative. Eliminate distractions by removing things that are not in use in your office or even in your computer by preparing a separate area to put unfinished and/or completed work. Clutter drains your energy and may dampen your best intentions so it is best to organize a clean and clear system and not let clutter ruin your health and business.

Cultivate the north if your desk to help you solidify your actions in your vocation. It will also help improve productivity. You can purchase an inexpensive water fountain or all things blue in color.

Avoid sitting back at the door. For a Feng Shui commanding position to attract stronger and successful energy, position your desk facing the door. Turning your back to the door means turning back on your business and makes you vulnerable to unnecessary fears and negative energy.

Your desk shall not be also placed with the right side facing door; it will lead to poor work efficiency and health and promote being disturbed by people in and out.

The office table shall also no face restroom door and walls on all sides.

The office table shall not have a window behind the seat nor your office table be placed near it. Window is the inlet and outlet of various Qi so it is ominous to put your head at the window to greet evil spirit.

Keep your office well lit. Good quality light can help influence your health and well-being. Light is the strongest manifestation of energy so it can help your body get nourished.

Bring in arts or objects that bring you happy memories. This is a must for any office space. This can help greatly in you overall mood, health, creativity and productivity.

Plants can help too. Bringing in fresh energy from nature is a must. Be sure to choose a plant that not only is pleasing to the eyes but can also purify air.

Create a meditative space. Keep one place in your office where you can meditate, relax or calm your self during stressful workdays. It can be a sofa, beanbag, side table or even a floor cushion.

To book a session with our certified feng shui expert, click here

The Benefits of Reiki

What is Reiki?

Reiki means “mysterious atmosphere, miraculous sign.” It is an alternative therapy commonly referred as energy healing. It emerged in the late 1800s in Japan and believed to involve transfer of universal energy from the practitioner to patients.

It is natural, simple and a safe method of healing and self-improvement.

Reiki’s Health Benefits

Despite skepticism of many, it is growing in popularity. It advocates that it can treat many condition and emotional states. Healing effects are mediated by channeling qi(pronounced as “chi”) – the universal energy, the same energy used in tai-chi martial arts.

This promotes harmony and balance in the body and promotes natural balance between mind, body and spirit which help improve focus.

It also creates deep relaxation to help release stress and tension to aid better sleep and support physical body healing. It also assists in the body cleansing itself from toxins and support the immune system.

It helps fight stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue. It also may reduce blood pressure, improve quality of life and reduce pain in ailing patients and stimulate healing and growth.

Some conditions Reiki has been used to help treat are:

Cancer
Depression
Anxiety
Fatigue Syndromes
Heart Disease
Autism
Chronic pain
Infertility
Metabolic Syndromes

How does it work?

It is held in a peaceful setting like Namaste Life Center then practitioner places hands on different areas of the body where the transfer of energy takes place. Some use crystals and chakra healing wands to enable healing or protect someone from a negative energy.

Typical session lasts for about 30 to 60 minutes. After each treatment, patients feel relaxed and experience reduced stress. Some people may need more than one session to feel the effects of Reiki. Your Reiki practitioner will let you know how many sessions are needed for you to actually heal.

If you want to know more and try Reiki, please feel free to join us. See our events for the month here.

What Repeating Numbers Are Telling You.

111, 222, 333, 444, 555:

What Repeating Numbers Are Telling You.

Do you see repeating numbers on the clock, in addresses or in other coincidental ways that are too eerie to ignore? The universe just might be pinging you with a message. Here’s a guide to decoding these “master numbers” and what they’re telling you.

111: Wakeup call.
1:11 or 11:11 is certainly a magical sign. In fact, The Magician card is number 1 in the major arcana of the tarot. When you see repeating 1s it’s like a wakeup call from the mystical realm. Look around and really pay attention to where you are and who you’re with. This is a cosmic confirmation that you’re moving in the right direction. There’s further to go as 1 is the first step, but you can be assured that you are on your path—and things will evolve so you won’t stop here.

The first house of the zodiac is all about self-expression. As Shakespeare famously quipped, “To thine own self be true.” You might see 1:11 when you’re feeling totally in the zone or just rocked it on the creativity or personal expression front. You’re getting the thumbs up to just be yourself and let your light and magic shine.

Eleven is a master number in numerology, and connotes a spiritual path. Many believe that 11:11 is a confirmation that you are a lightworker or earth angel, here to uplift human consciousness and restore a sense of oneness and harmony to the world. You are a bridge, someone who can bring together people from disparate factions of society, or weave together opposing energies into a beautiful blend. As above, so below. Without darkness there can’t be light. You are strong enough to hold paradoxes and understand that we are all dual in nature, yet singular at the same time. (Read more about 11:11 in our longer piece about it.)

2:22: Seek balance.
Two is the number of partnership and relationships. When you see 2:22, pay attention to the people who are showing up in your world. You might be bumping into a soulmate, or a soul friend, someone who will play a significant role in your world. This could also be a signal to balance the give and take in your existing relationships. Is everything on an even keel? Are you contributing enough or are you slacking, or maybe over functioning? Take an honest inventory and tweak back to equilibrium.

In astrology, the 2nd house of the zodiac rules our foundations, values and our creature comforts. In tarot, 2 is the High Priestess card of the major arcana. Hello, intuition! The appearance of 2:22 may be a reminder to stay true to yourself and voice your opinions with more oomph. So do a gut check when those 2’s appear.

While we may fear rocking the boat by speaking up, authenticity is the cornerstone of any great relationship. Let people know what you stand for when you see 2:22. This could change everything, drawing likeminded souls your way and clearing the decks of people who are on a totally different wavelength. 2:22 says, trust your inner voice.

333: Align mind, body and soul.
Three is the trinity number: mind, body, and soul. The appearance of 3:33 could be a confirmation that you’re hitting it on all three levels and really in the zone. You may feel insanely fulfilled by life when you start seeing those repeating 3’s.

Or, it could be a little alert to check what’s out of balance. Have you been working hard at the expense of your sleep pattern and beloved yoga classes? Maybe you’ve been in “spiritual bypass” mode, spouting off recycled mantras and skipping over the real struggle that accompanies growth. Adjust accordingly and you’ll feel a sense of peace.

In tarot, 3 represents The Empress: a fertile, abundant, sensual woman who loves to entertain and share with her realm. In numerology, 3 is the socialite. The third house of the zodiac governs communication, curiosity and mobility. This number pattern could be a wakeup call to get out more, pay attention to people, ask questions, and explore new terrain. Repeating 3’s may also be a sign that it’s time to have a party or shift into an abundant mindset rather than giving in to scarcity.

444: Home base calling.
Four is the number of home and family. In astrology, the fourth house governs the feminine realm so if you see 4:44, an important woman may have just come into your life. What are your loved ones up to? Your inner circle could use your attention. You may have just met someone who is a soul sister or a friend who will achieve ersatz family status in the days ahead.

Your body is your soul’s home: are you honoring it with proper rest, exercise and nutrition? 4:44 could be a reminder to eat more live, organic greens and purge your environment of toxic stress…including people who you don’t really trust. Listen to your heart: are you getting the warm fuzzies or feeling panicked when you think about the people around you? This might be a wakeup call to protect your space and the loved ones who inhabit it.

In tarot, 4 is The Emperor card, the wise, protective father figure, seated firmly on his throne. The appearance of 4s may also call you into protector-provider mode. What do you have to share with friends and family? How can you make life safer and more secure for your brood or entourage? Be a leader.

555: Change is afoot.
Change is in the air when you see 5:55. Like a fast moving current or a gentle breeze, there is momentum to move in a new direction. In tarot, 5 is the card of The Hierophant, the bearer of traditional wisdom. Yet, in astrology, the fifth house is about creative self-expression, glamour and passion. We like to see 5:55 as a mix of both. In numerology 5’s are the people who are constantly in motion—and just as eager to sign up for a spiritual retreat as they are to be at the red-carpet opening of a blockbuster film.

5:55 is a wisdom wakeup call, but who says we have to suffer to be spiritual? We can be moved to tears by music, see the divine in a bright bouquet of flowers—or in the mirror when we take time to dress up and care for ourselves. But this is not about reckless abandon. Responsible indulgence can get the chi flowing from root chakra to crown. 5:55 may be a sign to unblock our energy with meditation, Reiki, acupuncture or a treatment from a holistic practitioner.

 

 

Feng Shui – The Five Power Principles

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is a system for arranging your surroundings in harmony and balance with the natural world around you. In Chinese, the words Feng Shui mean “wind and water.” Feng Shui For Real Life is a contemporary, practical approach that allows you to use what you already have and what you want to acquire to bring good things into your life.

In the current economic climate, more people are turning to practical uses of Feng Shui to help them through tough times.

The Five Power Principles of Feng Shui

Power Principle #1 — Chi

Chi is energy. It is the constantly moving and changing life force that we feel around us making us feel either good or bad in a certain location. Chi can
accumulate in the objects around you. In your home or office, the chi will flow in through the door and out through the windows. The goal of Feng Shui improvements (or “cures”) is to keep the chi flowing gently throughout your environment rather than running straight through it. Chi can have a negative effect on your surroundings when it gets stuck or blocked.

Power Principle #2 – The Five Elements

The Five Elements is the collective name used to describe the colors, shapes, and textures around you. The Elements are: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. Each Element is distinguished by a characteristic shape, colors, and set of attributes. Feng Shui improvements for homes and offices balance all of these Elements in your interior environment.

Power Principle #3 – The Bagua

The Bagua is the chart used to map the areas of a home or office and determine where to locate the objects and colors that represent the Five Elements. The traditional bagua is an octagon (the word bagua means “8-sided” in Chinese). Modern approaches to Feng Shui use a grid-shaped chart to map nine areas of your life (see Bagua Map):

•Power/Wealth/Abundance
•Fame/Future/Reputation
•Love/Relationships/Marriage
•Creativity/Children/Legacy
•Compassion/Travel/Helpful People
•Self/Career/Work
•Knowledge/Wisdom/Harmony
•Family/Health/Community
•Well-Being/Balance

Power Principle #4 – Yin and Yang

According to the yin-yang theory, everything in the universe consists of two opposing, but interconnected, forces: yin, which is feminine, and yang, which is masculine. Yin qualities are female, soft, passive, nurturing, dark, while the yang qualities are male, hard, active, aggressive, bright. This Power Principle relates to balancing the opposites around you to achieve harmony, like soft and hard, cold and hot, dark and light, floral and geometric, straight and curvy.

Power Principle #5 – Continuity and Connectedness

This principle relates to the belief that the more your interior surroundings feel connected to the natural world outside, the more balanced you’ll feel inside. Because every action has a reaction, we are influenced by everything around us and, in turn, we influence everything. In Feng Shui, we believe “you are what you see.” That is, the colors, shapes, and images you use to decorate your surroundings will influence what you attract into your life.

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