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Child Chi April 30, 2010

Filed under: Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 9:39 pm
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To be successful at making changes in our lives,

it can be helpful to observe the behavior and attitudes of young children.

Observe them change as they age.

“In order to fit in, there are parts of ourselves we have out fit”
ib’nallah

Our minds are very much like children

Always questioning. Initially the world. Later ourselves

Knows how to get your attention.

Restless the night before a big event.

Will wander away if not monitored.

Initially abhors clothing (ideological constraints).

Curious yet fearful.

Is a born swimmer but soon forgets (the subconscious).

Loves to tinker (experiment).

Has imaginary friends.

Sings for there own enjoyment.

Dances cause it feels good.

Born wild and is later domesticated.

Are easily satisfied until their desires are multiplied.

Are in touch with there senses.

Thrives in an environment that foster expression.

Enjoys a good joke.

Has trouble focusing for long stretches.

Approaches pleasure and Avoids pain.

Loves to move.

Takes things personal.

Loves it’s mother (earth).

In our quest for healing, change and integrity

what can the child-mind teach us?

What gems can we find, hidden

in forgotten but not dead recesses of our soul?

muchpece,
Kazi

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Tuesday May 4 is the Official Jump Off

BodyFit Boot Camp – Branch Brook Park

Mornings: Tuesday, Thursday 6 AM – Saturdays 7 AM

Evenings:  Tuesday, Thursday 7 PM – Saturdays 7 AM

Warning:

Side effects of boot camp may include: weight loss, muscle tone,

increased energy, libido and cat calls.

In essence, a boot camp is the “I’m finally sick and tired of being sick and tired workout. It’s the “I’m serious about transforming my coach potato body into a sleek, tasty sweet potato fry workout.” The BodyFit Boot Camp pits you against your doubts, procrastination and denial in a no holds barred, knock down, drag out conflict for the title of:

“BOSS OF ME”

See you at boot camp.

PS. Tai Chi Kung beginning May 8 at Branch Brook Park.
Free Pre-Boot Camp continues Saturday. 1 sessions remaining.

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There is more than one way to skim the fat. April 29, 2010

Filed under: Fitness,Health — Kazi @ 4:59 pm
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Whenever I hear a fitness professional, insisting that success in reaching health and fitness goals is based on the ability to force oneself to do the things necessary to achieve those goals, I get a little peeved.

Pushing the idea that will power is the be all and end all
to making changes in one’s life that make dreams come true,
can be the death of any chance at success
for at least seventy five percent of the general population.

Everyone is not a type A, Alpha female, self motivated, go getter. These are just the facts on the ground. Non-constructive criticism doesn’t help someone struggling with sticking to a workout schedule or diet. It just reminds them of past failures and creates doubts about their ability to be successful in the present. 

The latest research in the field of motivation confirms
the position that positive reinforcement is more effective and long lasting than negative reinforcement.

So why do some professionals still cling to this philosophy?

I think most are just ill informed. Some use their own character as a baseline for how everyone else should respond to difficulty. This tunnel vision doesn’t allow them to consider other possibilities, nor resource alternative  methods for motivating clients.

A model I have found to work wonders for those struggling
with making life changes are Group Fitness classes.

Group fitness when done properly can serve as a social support to the individual members of the class. In the boot camps that I run, I’ve witness members organically form friendships that extend beyond boot camp. 

Group members motivate each other by:

  • encouraging each other to push harder
  • being a reminder of why you joined the class when doubts arise
  • assisting each other with challenges that could interrupt attendance
  • sharing information like recipes, amateur sports events, discounts on equipment, local restaurants to get healthy meals, etc.
  • celebrating milestones in there wellness journey together
  • car pooling to boot camp sessions

Our motto  at BodyFit Boot Camp – Branch Brook Park:
“It’s easy to quit when no one is expecting you to show up.
It’s impossible to quit when everyone is cheering
when you show up.”


Showing up for your own goals and dreams is 80% of success.

Being part of a supportive group increases your motivation to show up. Showing up is keeping your word to yourself. The power you derive from this simple action becomes the seed for the manifestation of dreams in every aspect of you life.

Let’s show up for our dreams, for ourselves

and for our kindred spirits support group members.

Show up and show each other the way. 

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Tuesday May 4 is the Official Jump Off

 

BodyFit Boot Camp – Branch Brook Park

Mornings: Tuesday, Thursday 6 AM – Saturdays 7 AM

Evenings:  Tuesday, Thursday 7 PM – Saturdays 7 AM

Warning:

Side effects of boot camp may include: weight loss, muscle tone, increased energy, libido and cat calls.

In essence, a boot camp is the “I’m finally sick and tired of being sick and tired workout. It’s the “I’m serious about transforming my coach potato body into a sleek, tasty sweet potato fry workout.” The BodyFit Boot Camp pits you against your doubts, procrastination and denial in a no holds barred, knock down, drag out conflict for the title of:

“BOSS OF ME”

See you at boot camp. 

 

PS. Tai Chi Kung beginning May 8 at Branch Brook Park.
Free Pre-Boot Camp continues Saturday. 1 sessions remaining.

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Who’s batting Cleanup? April 28, 2010

Filed under: Detox,Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 7:41 pm
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Spring is one of the most propitious times of year to involve ourselves in a detox program. It’s the time of weeding and feeding. So we align ourselves with the spirit of the her cycle when we do as nature does.

But we don’t have to limit ourselves to the spring.  There is always a certain level of detox going on around the planet.  Some call them natural disasters.  Others say they are acts of God and that we are paying some moral debt.  I’d rather see it as her way of reducing excess and supplementing deficiency.


Cleansing Foods and Supplementsmake sure at least two of the following are in your diet each day: Cherry, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, crowberry, blueberry, bilberry/wild blueberry, black currant, pomegranate, red grape, orange, plum, pineapple, kiwi fruit, grapefruit, lemon, prune, raisin.

Kale, spinach, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, chili pepper, red cabbage, red bell pepper, parsley, artichoke, Brussels sprouts, spinach, ginger, onion, eggplant, asparagus, avocado

Some Super Cleansers are: Beets, Shitake mushrooms, apples, papaya, kifir, Supplements: spirulina, chorella,

Herbs: fennel, milk thistle, dandelion, verbena, red clover, burdock (stimulates the liver, the body’s blood purifier).

Cleansing Practices:

  • Saunas, exercise, sweat lodge– sweating carries out toxins through the skin.
  • Stimulate the circulation and remove dead skin with a skin brush or Lufah while showering. 
  • Movement– the lymph system plays a major role in our bodies immune function. But it has no pump to force the toxin trapping lymph through the lymph vessels. It depends on our movement throughout the day to work efficiently.
  • Down time– stress is a major contributor to the creation of toxins in the body. Pause throughout the day and take a moment for prayer, meditation, appreciation of nature, gratitude or just to Be.

We are creating toxins in our bodies and environment everyday. Doesn’t matter whether you are a vegetarian, omnivore, industrialist or environmentalist. We all contribute to the mess. So let’s contribute to the clean up.


muchpeace,
Kazi

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I Smell Something Fishy April 27, 2010

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I love food. I don’t think you heard me. I really enjoy a good meal. Beginning with the aroma. Wafting through the air. Fish hooking me by the nostrils and leading me to the source of earthly delight. To the gastronomic bliss of a belly sated (but not full). Ummm! Did I mention that I really get off on good vittles. Ok, ok.

My guess, is that a few of you out there, like to eat just as much as I do.  So I’m going to share a recipe for one of my favorite dishes. It’s delicious, nutritious and simple to prepare. Baked Salmon is a dish I can’t get enough of. I could eat this several times a week and never get bored. Even the color turns me on. I mean come on, how many fish have a color named after them. Before Justin, it was salmon that brought sexy back. 🙂

Enough of my food porn. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and cook up some Baked Salmon.

Ingredients
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 (6 ounce) fillets salmon (preferably wild)
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the garlic, light olive oil, basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and parsley. Place salmon fillets in a medium glass baking dish, and cover with the marinade. Place in the refrigerator about 60 minutes. Turn occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Place fillets in aluminum foil, cover with marinade, and seal. Place sealed salmon in the glass dish, and bake 35 to 45 minutes, until easily flaked with a fork.

Serves 2. Calories: 613, Total Fat: 51.9g

Serve with your choice of salad or steamed vegetable and you’ve got a meal I guarantee you will return to again and again and ……………  You get the point.

muchpeace,

Kazi

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Workout of The (Rainy) Day April 26, 2010

Filed under: Fitness,Health — Kazi @ 5:47 pm
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Here is one you can do with minimal equipment. A set of dumbbells and a stability ball will do the job. It’s down and dirty. No frills. No time to look in the mirror. Don’t worry, the results are coming. Trust me. You can adapt the weight to your fitness level and your goals. Today, I used a set of 15 lb.ers (not a typo).  My goal was maintenance of my present fitness state via a combined cardio/strength workout.

If your goal is to get a little more definition, use a weight you find more challenging for you. For less of a cardio challenge, rest between each exercise.

Routine:
10 minutes warm up on Schwinn Airdyne stationary bike.

Do each set back to back. No resting between sets.

Maintain a rhythm throughout. No seesawing.

20 Bent Rows

20 Dead Lifts

20 Bicep Curls

20 Shoulder Press

20 DB Squats

40 Stability Ball Sit Ups.

Rest 2 min. between sets

Rinse and Repeat

Do as many sets as you can for 20 minutes.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Not Just for Pampering April 25, 2010

Filed under: Fitness,Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 5:15 pm
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I see plenty of advertisements for Spas, Spa services and Spa parities these days. The promote the purchase of massage, facials, saunas, body scrubs and more. The Spa business along with fitness (sometimes combined in the same space) has been one of the fastest growing businesses in major cities around the country for the past 20 years.

The marketing of spa services has been very successful. The emphasis in the marketing has concentrated on the pampering aspect of going to a spa. The need for pampering in a fast paced, competitive society such as ours is legitimate and deserves exposure. At the same time, this emphasis on pampering may go over the heads of certain segments of the population, who could benefit greatly from regular of even an occasional spa experience.

In particular, many men still have not experienced the benefits of visiting a spa.  The idea of pampering in some minds is still something for women and metrosexuals.  Real men don’t eat quiche and most certainly do not enter the fru-fru halls of a spa.  Stone age thinking, but still very prevalent.

Massage is the one aspect of the spa that is pretty acceptable across genders. But it too fails to attract some people because it is looked at as a luxury. “I’ve had a massage before. I felt like a new man afterward. But it’s just to expensive to do regularly’”. This is something I’ve heard from woman also. Not just in reference to getting a massage, but in response to any sort of spa treatment.

I think there is an opportunity here for those of us in the health and fitness professions to highlight the health benefits of going to a spa or soliciting the services of a spa professional and integrating spa therapies into our clients healthy lifestyle programs.  The treatments that I listed above are not only delightful to experience, they are healing to the body, mind and spirit.  Spa treatments are detoxifying, stress reducing and can also be bonding for couples, families and friends. These three aspects alone are some of the most powerful preventive and curative medicines at our disposal.

The two that I find indispensable to maintaining my health are massage and saunas or steam baths. The sauna takes a few minutes to get used to if you haven’t been. But the moment of initial discomfort is worth it. As the body temperature rises, perspiration and blood circulation increases. The muscles and organs are stimulated and toxic waste is removed from your body through perspiration.

The heat also relaxes the muscles, making them soft and pliable. Try stretching after spending a few minutes in a sauna or steam room.  You will find that your range of motion has increased significantly. Minor aches you may have been experiencing many times melt away.

To put the icing on the cake, have a massage done after spending at least a combined half hour in a sauna and hot tub.  You will arise from the table so relaxed, you would be wise to take a little nap before leaving the spa.

High powered business executives, pro athletes, politicians, royalty and entertainers have been taking advantages of spa treatments for hundreds of years. If you feel you can’t afford a massage, get a 30 minute chair massage. You will not regret it. Most chair practitioners charge somewhere in the region of $1/min.  Shop around for a spa or freelancer in your area that has reasonable rates. You can usually save on treatments by buying multiple sessions as part of a package.  This will also motivate you to get treated on a regular basis.

My favorite place here in New Jersey is King Sauna. I go mainly for the variety of heat treatments available. Women swear by the body scrubs they get there.

Make spa services an integral part of your Sacred Wellness Lifestyle Program.  See you at the spa.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Eating Programs April 24, 2010

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A conversation around dieting came up this morning after our boot camp session. One of the ladies expressed their disappointment with the diets they had tried in the past and the confusion she was experiencing, trying to find a diet that would work for her long term. Before getting into any discussion on the merits of one diet over the other, I tried to drive home the fact that originally, the word diet was defined as ‘lifestyle’.  Funny we have finally come back to viewing lifestyle as a key component in our self healing toolbox.  That being said I then talked about the 7 keys to adhere to in any weight loss program. So below you will find an excerpt from an article I wrote about 2 years ago, covering those 7 keys.

At the core of most effective nutrition plans you will find about 7 common must dos. These ” must dos” ensure you get what you need, in the quantity you need, when you need it. They work along with the bodies own self-regulating intelligence to adjust your weight to a personalized range that considers and compliments your activity level, metabolic rate and modern lifestyle.

According to Dr. John Bernardi in Precision Nutrition there are 7 Habits of Highly Effective Nutritional Programs, and they are:

1. Eat every 2-3 hours, no matter what. You should eat at least 5 meals per day.

2. Eat complete (containing all the essential amino acids), lean protein with each meal.

3. Eat fruits and/or vegetables with each food meal.

4. Ensure that your carbohydrate intake comes from fruits and vegetables. Exception: workout and post-workout drinks and meals.

5. Ensure that 25-30% of your energy intake comes from healthy fats.

6. Drink only non-calorie containing beverages, the best choices being water
and
green tea.

7. Eat mostly whole foods (except workout and post-workout drinks).

So what about calories, or macro nutrient ratios?
Dr. Bernardi response is: “If you aren’t already practicing the above-mentioned habits, putting them to use over 90% of the time, everything else is just short of useless. The first Step in developing a nutrition plan to complement your decision to embrace a lifestyle that improves your health is to learn, embrace and practice new habits of food selection, and timing. Then you will be ready to adopt a more personalized diet”

Put these 7 must dos into action, document your results tweek as needed. Rinse and repeat.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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No Justice, No Peace, No Healing April 23, 2010

Filed under: Health,Lifestyle,Wellness — Kazi @ 2:48 pm
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I’ve been involved in the health and wellness movement here in the US for quite some time. I have seen great progress in the raising of awareness around the need for common folks to take more of a hands on approach in creating a healthy life for themselves and their families.

But there are a few things that have always rubbed me the wrong way when it comes to the healthy living mindset. Some of us limit health and healing issues to personal concerns like diet, exercise, stress management and the usual suspects that impact upon our personal health and happiness. Surprisingly, this thinking is still prevalent among many health and wellness professionals.

The origins of healing as a profession or specialty can be traced back to the traditional Shaman.  Practically every culture on earth had their version of the shaman or medicine women/man. She was the go-to gal when one became ill and needed expertise beyond the home remedies that were common knowledge in the community.

But the Shamans scope of practice was not limited to personal illness. In addition to the common villager. The shaman was consulted when the tribal or clan leader was confronted by social dynamics that were new or just beyond the leaders and his councils collective wisdom.  The shaman job, was to bring new insight to a problem that had eluded the leadership.  This could be in situation involving politics, economics, spirituality, etc. No major decisions were made without the Shamans input.

The point being that health (wholeness) was not seen as personal.  It was viewed as a force that required the full participation of everyone in the tribe.  That included humans, animals, plants, nature, the living and the dead. The heavens and the earth. As the native Americans would say: “All of my relations.”

No man is an island. We can not be healthy in a sick family, a sick community, a sick society, a sick environment or a sick world. The circle of life is broad and touches us all for better or for worse. Wholistic healing requires that we address all members of the body of life. The present day health practitioner must be the model for the human family and lead the way to planetary wellness by removing our professional blinders and addressing social and environmental injustices that plaque the planet.

I’m not advocating that we all become activist. But in our role as educators and coaches, we must address the issues that stand in the way of human evolution and human healing. Antiquated belief systems, oppressive social orders and anti-environment technologies need to be challenged. You don’t have to become an expert to say “Sorry, but I just don’t agree”, when presented with diseased thinking. No need for argument or debate.  Let you life, your light and your effect upon the world do the talking.

Enough of my rant. Here is a great article on 13 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day by my friend Susan Levinson. Great stuff we can all do TODAY to make a better tomorrow.

A better world is possible

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Green Phoenix Smoothie – It’s on the money! April 22, 2010

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Here is another taste of ice chilled bliss from the smoothie vault. Before I can share the recipe, you have to take an oath of secrecy because ‘I will never reveal the ingredients, processing nor source of this smoothie recipe to anyone. So help me…..’

Ok. That’s out of the way. (some of you caught that and some of you didn’t. what’s done is done).  Let’s get busy.

1 banana
1/2 pineapple
8 tbsp pineapple juice
2 tbsp coconut milk1 tsp spirulina
4 cubes crushed ice

Place in blender or my smoothie fav, the magic bullet and viola.
(hey Jillymeg, check me out).  Smoothie bliss worth a kiss.

OK Kazi, sounds delish, but what’s the Phoenix got to do with it?  Never thought you’d ask.

The story of the Phoenix is centered around an ancient myth describing that phoenix habit of living for 500 years. After which it would migrate from it’s present home in Arabia to Egypt where it would build a nest, set it on fire and burn to death. Within days, a new Phoenix would be born from the ashes.

Well as it turns out, south of Egypt in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, there are volcanic lakes which are home to the lesser flamingo.  These lakes are so hot from deposits of volcanic ash, they are uninhabitable by any other any animal. This provides a safe environment for the flamingos.  It is believed that the story of the Phoenix originated from indigenous tales of the flamingos that inhabit these volcanic lakes. The the parents build a mud-cone nest that holds one egg, which males and females take turn incubating. When the chicks hatch, their parents must take care to keep the infants from falling off the nest into the caustic lake.

As nature would have it. These lakes are also the natural habitat of Spirulina. The only food eaten by the lesser flamingo. Thus, Green Phoenix Smoothie. Stay tuned for more of the random, useless information I have stored away in the curiosity box I call a brain.

Here is another smoothie recipe if you missed it.

PS. If you wondering about the Great Seal of the U.S. graphic in the upper right of this post.  The Phoenix was the original bird on the great seal.  How’s that for random.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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A step in Time April 21, 2010

Filed under: Fitness,Health,Lifestyle — Kazi @ 10:53 am
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Running and Jogging is not something I do often. I kinda like my Knees and shins just the way they are. And at age 50, can’t see any real benefit in pounding the pavement everyday.  But, occasionally I get an urge to run.  So I go to my local park and put in a couple of miles.

To make it interesting, I incorporate a few strength exercises along the way.  I have found this to really add to the workout. I guess it helps ME because, in addition to the above. Jogging can get to be a bit boring.  Especially running around a track.  Which is something I haven’t done in years.

By adding some body weight exercises to your jogging routine you create a great interval workout and reduce boredom at the same time (read efficient).  Did I mention no equipment required.

Here is the workout I have planned for today:

  • Start off at a slow pace
  • after 5 minutes pick up speed (still jogging, not running)
  • at 3 min. stop – 20 power squats
  • resume jog
  • after 2 min sprint equivalent of about 20 yards
  • resume jog
  • at 3 min. stop – 20 push ups
  • resume jog
  • after 2 min. sprint
  • resume jog
  • at 3 min. stop – 10 reverse lunges (stepping back)
  • resume jog
  • after 2 min. sprint
  • resume jog
  • after 3min stop – 20 crunches
  • follow with Walking Stretch Routine

This should take all of 30 min. to complete. You can use this as is or replace with your own exercises and intervals.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Sitting Bull April 20, 2010

Filed under: Health,Lifestyle — Kazi @ 9:22 pm
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A healthy lifestyle addresses all of the aspects of our lives that contribute to our ability to thrive physically,socially and psychologically. No stone should be left unturned. These three components of our lives are integrated.  They support each other, inform each other and work together as a unified whole that is the cornerstone of true health.

As you already know.  I am a stickler for efficiency when it comes to health and healing power tools (strategies, techniques). I am a believer in the acronym KISS: keep it small and simple.  So anytime I find a tool that is not only safe, effective and efficient, but addresses more than one of these crucial areas of our being at once. I incorporate it into my way of life. One essential power tool that I discovered over 30 years ago and have been committed to for over 20 years is the practice of meditation.

Meditation practice addresses the physical body through relieving stress and resetting the sub-conscious, life maintenance faculties of our being, in the way that you re-start your computer after a minor crash.

Meditation teaches us patience and to pause the constant ego chatter that prevents us from truly hearing and connecting beyond our own self interest, without becoming a slave to tribal, common senser standards of right and wrong.


Meditation also acquaints you with that part of your self that is quiet, non-judgmental and most important enduring.  The part that is always and forever in the here and now, which is all there is. Making this acquaintance is the key to mind health and to tapping the wealth of the psyche.

Here is another simple meditation practice you can begin today.

  1. Find a comfortable, quiet space.
  2. Sit erect, but not tense on the edge of your seat.
  3. Breathe deeply and slowly into your belly (your chest and shoulders should not rise and fall).
  4. Mentally scan your body from head to toe for areas of tension and release them.
  5. Now, begin counting backwards from 100. Counting one number for each inhalation and each exhalation.
  6. If at any point you lose count, return to 100. Do not become frustrated. Losing count is normal in the beginning. It too shall pass.
  7. When you arrive at 0, just sit quietly and listen. Just listen.
  8. After 5-10 minutes, very slowwwly open your eyes.
  9. When your focus fully returns to the outer world, slowly stand and end your practice.

Run this experiment for 28 days (four weeks) and keep a journal of your experience during the practice and of new things you notice in your physical, social and psychological life since beginning the practice.  Come back and share with us your findings.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating!
bro. jamal

muchpeace,
Kazi

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The Exerpill. Side effects may cause……, ……,……,……,……. April 19, 2010

Filed under: Exercise,Health,Lifestyle — Kazi @ 11:31 pm
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Here we go again!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water (ok the gym, park, garden, basement; wherever you get your workout on), here is another pharmaceutical mirage, aimed at getting your attention and keeping you fixated to your couch.

LA Times August 1, 2008 reported: AICAR: Scientists say they’ve put exercise in a pill.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies Ronald Evans holds a vial of a drug that boosts the effects of exercise in mice. Evans works at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Ca. Researchers experiment with a chemical compound that they say can produce the benefits of aerobic activity without the work.

Physicians, public health officials, employers, researchers and average folk all agree: America needs to get off its ass and get moving. We’ve got the largest obesity epidemic in history, right here in our laps and the latest hype is about how science is going to save the day by allowing us to have our cake and eat it too. All 2,000 calories of it. But professor Krump (sorry Eddie) is going to protect us with another miracle pill.

AICAR has been tested in humans for a variety of conditions since the 1980s as a means of preserving blood flow to the heart during surgery. But the interest in AICAR as an exercise substitute is the result of the research of Ronald Evans, a molecular physiologist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Evens made headlines in 2004 for engineering “marathon mice. He accomplished this by means of injecting a single gene into a fertilized egg.

Evans then turned his research to the possibility of getting the same results with a drug. Enter AICAR, a drug that closely resembles a nucleotide that prompts the production of an enzyme that activates the high-endurance genes. To everyone’s surprise, the experiment worked. The result is a chemical compound that drastically elevates the fat burning chemistry in mice, in the absence of exercise. Evans predicted that in the wake of his study, published in the journal Cell, the drug would “fly off the shelves.” You don’t say!

Let’s just say this pill actually works with humans. What do you get for the ability to remain on the couch? The fat burning equivalent of aerobic exercise. Ok,

  • but how do you prevent the muscle wasting (loss) that occurs in the absence of strength training.
  • the actual act of exercise can help improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, reduce mental stress, reduce depression and strengthen bones. Are you going to wait on the couch until a pill is developed to achieve this too?
  • does this give folks a green light to eat any and every brightly wrapped, highly processed, toxic excuse for real food on the shelves of you local super duper mart?
  • will the user of this drug get the same self-esteem boost that comes from adopting a healthy lifestyle and witnessing the positive physical, psychological, social and economic effects it produces?
  • Is this the kind of therapy universal health care will fund?

The compound, which is naturally produced in tiny amounts in human muscle cells and has been studied for decades, is readily available through scientific supply companies. One company was offering AICAR for $120 a gram. At that price, giving a person the drug in the same concentration the mice got would cost thousands of dollars a day.

For the record, let me say: if AICAR turns out to be an effective, safe means of preserving blood flow to the heart during surgery and in preventing weight gain in the bed ridden; it should be employed in these circumstances. But to depend on another drug to lose and maintain a healthy weight is yet another step, in a long walk in the wrong direction. Break you dependence on the pharmaceutical industry to fix you once your broken. Use the strength and sense you were born with to “Make Your Lifestyle your Medicine and Your Medicine Your Lifestyle.

Nuff said.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Knead To Know April 18, 2010

Filed under: Bodywork,Fitness,Health — Kazi @ 2:07 pm
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I guess it was somewhere in my thirties that I began to become intimately cognizant of my mortality. My bodies ability to mask and repair damage quickly and in the background, began to falter. I started noticing little kinks and aches that lasted beyond the initial incident and linger with me like that kid in grade school who just didn’t get the hint- “I don’t really want to be your friend dude.” Don’t judge me, it was grade school.

Since then, the incidents of aches, pain and accidents incurred while executing movements that I previously pulled of with my eyes closed, have increased exponentially. Truth be told, this is one of the reasons I became a fitness trainer.  I’ve always been an information junkie. I needed to know what the heck was going on and what could I do to prevent it.

My research revealed that I needed to change the way I was treating my body. I needed develop a program to strengthen my areas of skeleto-muscular weakness and relax their corresponding excesses.  Through self experimentation I discovered that many of my aches were do to hypertonicity.

Hypertonicity is an increased tension of the muscles, meaning the muscle tone is abnormally rigid, hampering proper movement. This condition is the opposite of hypotonicity. Hypotonicity is a decreased tension in muscle tone. A lack of muscle tone inhibits proper movement as the muscle is not developed or is too soft to support the body.

So, information junkie that I am, the next stop for me was massage school.  There I learned simple time tested techniques for relieving hypertonic muscles.  But there was still a problem.  Occasionally I would have pain on my own body that I either could not reach or could not apply the proper pressure in order to relieve the pain.  Back to the drawing board.

The solutions I found were in the use of a few simple inexpensive tools that everyone (at least everyone over the age of 35) should have in there homes.  First up, the Thera Cane. This is a deep pressure massage device that can be used to gently (or not so gently) massage muscles on any part of the body.  What I like most about the Thera Cane, is that it greatly reduces the amount of strength you need to get deep into the muscle. I use it mainly for trigger point work. Relieving a trigger point requires that you apply continuous pressure to a pin point area for up to a minute. Sounds simple until those minutes start adding up.  You can get a Thera Cane online for about $30.

The Dolphin Massager gets the most use in my arsenal. Slaving over a hot computer to bring you folk these illuminating and popular post (i have total of 10 followers as of today, woohooooo!) can lead to aching upper back, shoulder and neck muscles.  The dolphin relieves that pain for me in a matter of minutes. It’s also good for relieving lower back ache.  A client was purchasing these to give as Christmas gifts a few years back.  Sharper image was going out of business and selling them for about $20 bucks each.  I asked her to get me one also. (are yo u starting to see a pattern here. some say i’m cheap, i prefer frugal.) The Budgetnista would be proud of me). This is a purchase that has paid for itself a thousandfold.

Research over the last ten years has directed the attention of bodyworkers and fitness professionals to put more time into releasing myofacial tissue.  Muscles are covered with a sheath of connective tissue (fascia) that helps them glide over surrounding tissues.  This tissue can loose its pliability and stick to adjacent muscles, bones or ligaments. I use foam rolls and my own body weight, to reduce pain and tension resulting from restricted fascia. Foam rollers run anywhere from $15 to $40 depending upon the length, type of foam and manufacturer.

Ball of varying sizes can also be used for myofacial release work. There are balls made specifically for this technique, but tennis balls, soft medicine balls and other firm balls of various sizes have worked just fine for me.

So if you suffer from acute aches and pains and looking for some tools and techniques to help you spell relief. Give these a try. If you need some extra direction, hit me up.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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In Season April 17, 2010

Filed under: Food,Health,Lifestyle,Wellness — Kazi @ 9:46 pm
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Here is a tasty dish that you can whip up in about 10 minutes. It’s lite, nutritious and green (read PC).  It is rich in monounsaturated fat and full of protective phytochemicals and fiber. I would lean towards buying organic to avoid any pesticides or other chemical exposure, but you decide. Either way this is a great meal, especially during this time of year.

Avocado-Broccoli Salad

1 pound broccoli
1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon grainy prepared mustard

  1. Trim and wash the broccoli and cut it into bite-sized pieces. Steam or boil the broccoli in a large pot until it is just crunchy-tender and bright green, then drain it well, and cool.
  2. Peel and pit the avocado, then cut it into small cubes. Fold the avocado into the broccoli.
  3. Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, and mustard together in a small bowl, until well mixed.
  4. Toss the broccoli and avocado with the dressing.

Simple – Quick – Tasty

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Work In, When You Can’t Workout April 16, 2010

Although I’ve been enjoying the outdoors lately, working out in the open air, getting inspiration from the other folks exercising in my local park. There are those days when it rains and I just have to settle for a home gym training session. So is life. Flexibility is my middle name (well, at least for the sake of this post).  When the heavens hand me a lemon. I proceed to make lemon aide.

Simple indoor workout to keep me 50andFit:

20 min. on Schwinn Airdyne Stationary Bike. If you’re not familiar with this piece of equipment, the movable arms allow you to get an upper body (arms), lower body and cardio workout all at once. (I’m really big on efficiency. Just not an hours in the gym kind of guy.)You can even place your feet on the pegs and power the bike using your arms alone. This is a great stationary bike for athletes, beginners and even someone using it for rehab purposes.

I purchased mine used, from someone on Craigs List about 5 years ago (evolution model) for about $150.  It was practically brand new,although the owner had the machine for over 3years. This is often the case with exercise equipment. Folks commonly make the purchase, use the device for a month or two, then it becomes a clothing hanger. One day I’ll tell you how I got a bow flex machine for $0.00.

Added bonus in using the Airdyne: the resistance is provided by a fan which replaces the front wheel. Once you get this baby going, the fan provides a welcomed breeze while you ride.

An alternative for those who already own a bike, is to get a stationary bike stand or trainer which allows you to turn your road bike into a stationary bike.

Add a little music (I like to listen to audio books) and you get your workout indoors.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Rise and Shine Your Light Divine April 15, 2010

Filed under: Health — Kazi @ 2:36 pm

Rise and shine your light divine
The morning is your sacred time

Your first steps lead into the day
They open up your private way

Wash yesterdays right down the drain
Now your face is pure and plain

Sit still and listen to your breath
Embracing spirit conquers death

See the day unfold ahead
Plant the seeds of daily bread

Feel the joy of goals achieved
Taste the fruits of rolled up sleeves

Now is time to move the limbs
To dance the rhythm of vintage hymns

Exercise is your right to life
Exorcise till your left with light

Perform your rakas, asanas,sets
Stoke your furnace, work up a sweat

Now full ablution, head to toe
Prepares us for the social show

Now your ready for first meal
But only eat what’s whole and real

For every bite that you consume
Conceals the seed of boon or doom

A prayer before you take a bite
A thank you for this earths delight

Now your ready for the day
To work, to serve, to lead, to play

To shape the world this one more time
To rise and shine your light divine

muchpeaceluv
kazi

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Believe You Me April 14, 2010

Filed under: Exercise,Health,Lifestyle,Mind,Movement,Wellness — Kazi @ 9:29 pm
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Because I am a fitness professional, people often assume that my philosophy on health revolves around physical exercise.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Physical exercise is a important and integral part of any health and wellness program, but it’s not the be all and end all.

In working with private clients, I try to drive home to them that attaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle revolves around six key components. They are: diet, exercise, hygiene, sleep, mindset and social support.  These are the bedrock of an effective and holistic healthy lifestyle program.  But if I had to choose one, as the most significant in the effect it has upon a persons success in their attempt to get and stay healthy; I would have to go with mindset.

Your mindset is the mental model that informs your value system, your goals, ethics, self-esteem, social interactions and in fact your reality.  Your belief system is the filter through which everything you experience and perceive is screened to be accepted, rejected or modified.  Some of these beliefs you are very much aware of and others have long ago receded into the unconscious.

When you decide to make some changes in your lifestyle in order to improve your own and your families health, it’s because of the value you have placed on health in your head.  Just as important as your value for health, is your belief in your ability to make the changes necessary and degree of confidence you have in the method or professional you choose to aid you in reaching your goal.

If you approach the task of transforming your lifestyle with a head full of doubts and negative thinking, you are almost sure to fail. Likewise a lack of confidence in the person you have chosen to help you, may very well render you un-coachable.   Both of these attitudes lead to self sabotage.  Fortunately, like behavior, your beliefs and attitudes although deep rooted can be modified.

In essence, when choosing a program that involves any kind of behavior change.  Make sure it addresses the powerful influence played by the unseen, intangible and elusive committee of beliefs.  Once you are successful in getting your head centered in the game, you are guaranteed to be a winner.

“With confidence, you have won before you have started”
Marcus Garvey

muchpeaceluv,
Kazi CPT, CMT

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Warm Up Before You Heat Up April 13, 2010

Filed under: Exercise,Fitness,Health,Movement — Kazi @ 2:58 pm
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Hopefully, my readers belong to the committed few who haven’t strayed away from your New Years Health & Fitness resolutions and continue to make exercise an integral part of the Sacred Lifestyle.  The benefits of exercise are well documented throughout medical journals and the general media. So, I will not bore you with my rant on “why exercise.” If you are reading this blog, I assume, you are already convinced and can skip the lecture.

Let’s get straight to the meat of the matter.  To get the benefits of exercise it is necessary that you do it consistently.  I have found that one of the obstacles to being consistent about exercising is injuries incurred while working out.  Sometimes we are so gung-ho about getting in shape, that we leap into exercising head first.  Although this is great as a motivator, it can lead to unnecessary injuries that can side line you for days, weeks or even months.

A few common practices that may lead to exercise related injury are: Using improper form while executing movements.  Pushing yourself too hard or lifting too much weight is another common way people hurt themselves while training.  The one I would like to offer some assistance with today is injury due to lack of properly warming up before going hard in the gym.

Warming up your body is essential to preventing injury to yourself while you are exercising. Here are a few reasons why you want to warm up:

  • a warmed muscle both contracts more forcefully and relaxes more quickly.
  • improves muscle elasticity, also reducing the risk of strains and pulls.
  • reduces the resistance to blood flow and lower stress on the heart.
  • increased Blood Temperature means a slightly greater volume of oxygen is made available to the working muscles, enhancing endurance and performance.
  • the range of motion around a joint is increased.
  • the warm-up is also a good time to mentally prepare for an event by clearing the mind, increasing focus, reviewing skills and strategy.

In essence, warming up not only helps to prevent injury, it enhances performance and allows you to get the most benefit from your exercise routine.

Here is a video of me demonstrating some dynamic warm up movements developed by fitness professional Loren Landaw.

If you have not been warming up before your workout, try this routine.  I am interested in hearing how this warm up effects your workout routine in general.  So leave me a post after you have tried it for a week or so.

muchpeaceluv,

Kazi- CPT, CMT

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Magnolias, Lilac and Sage – Oh my! April 12, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kazi @ 9:30 pm
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Here I go again. Running my mouth about the spectacle of spring. I can’t help it. Ever since I was a child, spring always had a way of capturing my attention and giving and connecting me to the earth. It’s as if the world just becomes a much Kinder and Gentler (my favorite Bushism) planet, with unending opportunities for discovery.

So, I bump into my neighbor Joann today. She insist I come and experience the aromatic cacophony unfolding in her backyard. Her two big magnolia trees blossomed last week and are dropping the petals all over the place. Now if you have ever seen magnolias in bloom, I don’t have to tell you, it’s a beautiful sight. They are hot pink,white and large. The flip side is when the petals fall they decompose very quickly and turn brown. Not pretty. But the fragrance is fabulous. It takes over the air.

Next, we walk over to the lilac tree. You have to get very close to smell the fragrance, but when you get a whiff, man it’s heaven. Not to mention, the lilac flowers are some of natures eye candy.

In the back of the yard are three tall pine trees. Because the one in the middle is the tallest and they are so close together, the actually look like one huge pine from afar. When we walked up to the pines, the scent of pine needles made a bee line for my olfactory nerve. I got a rush that any drug addict worth there salt would die for. Ok, my secret is out. I am a certified tree huger. I’m not ashamed to claim it. I’m secure in my masculinity 🙂

Last on the list was the herb garden. The leaves of sage and thyme were just making their appearance, but their odor was already strong. I found the thyme to have a spicy odor. The sage reminded me of an astringent type of sour. Fresh herbs added to your food (at the right moment) in addition to the nutrients and flavor the contribute, bring fragrances that supplement the saying of grace They alert the taste bud and the digestive system to prep the house for the family reunion that is about to occur. We are what we eat.

So Kazi, that all sounds real nice and natury (I made that word up), but what does it all have to do with health and fitness. Well, whole health goes beyond working out and eating a balanced diet. A healthy lifestyle attunes you to the gifts, wonder and downright awesomeness of the everyday world around us. The ability to appreciate the simple things, the natural things, is a sign of a healthy body and psyche.

We spend so much time looking for happiness in things that have to be acquired or achieved. As if happiness has to be earned. I know this is the common sensors view of the world. And I agree that happiness can be found in our achievements and acquisitions. But the foundation of our happiness is in our ability to Be. Be-hold the miracle that is the earth. Be-hold the miracle of the creatures of the earth. Be-hold the miracle that is you and I. Be-hold the happiness shared by a flower dying. Grateful to have lived for just a few days. Just to remind us that we all have our time to shine and open the way for the next performance of natures show.

Let’s show our gratefulness for our common home. When nature smile on us, smile back.

muchpeaceluv,

Kazi

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On the 7th day he rested April 11, 2010

An integral factor in improving and maintaining health, wellness and fitness is often overlooked by the strong and the young. This factor is rest and rejuvenation. As members of a society that promotes the aggressive pursuit of goals, wealth and power, we have all been subliminally seduced into accepting the idea that work and play are both superior to rest.

We put the energetic, go getters on a pedestal of some inferred psycho-physical superiority that the rest of us should some how strive to match or at least concede our inferiority as mere mortals. Rest is viewed as a reward for our labor, not a major contributor to our health and happiness.

Fortunately, our lives are not completely in the hands of our belief systems and social pressures. Rest is something we cannot LIVE without. Sleep is an unavoidable, consequence of our daily energy expenditure and need for psychological and biological repair.

That part of our psyche that does not depend on outer, social, man made judgments to keep us alive, has no problem reducing our work output and shutting us down if necessary, when we don’t get proper rest. So let’s take heed to the guidance of our inner physician and make rest, recovery an integral part of our wellness regime.

Here are a few ways to ensure your getting the down time you need:

  • try to get to bed at approximately the same hour each night.
  • If you work from home, rise early and schedule a 15-20 minute siesta/cat nap into your day.
  • Take 3 minutes when transitioning from a completed task to begin a new one to just sit and release.
  • Schedule a vacation, staycation) or spiritual retreat into your annual calendar.
  • Hit the spa or schedule an appointment with a bodywork therapist at least once a month.
  • Get out of the city at least one weekend seasonally.
  • Include an healing art such as Yoga or Tai Chi as part of your exercise program.
  • Develop body awareness. Your body will let you know when it needs a break. This could help you avoid unnecessary down time.

muchpeaceluv,
Kazi

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Compassionate Confrontation with Comfort April 10, 2010

In the past couple of weeks I have stepped up my own fitness routine to take advantage of the exuberant energy of the season and to prepare for the Spring/Summer season of BodyFit Boot Camp at Branch Brook Park in Newark. Over the years, when exercising at a challenging intensity I’ve become well acquainted with my minds borderline panic reaction to physical stress.

When we exercise our bodies at a level it has not been accustomed to, when we push or get pushed beyond our comfort zone, our mind sounds a crisis scale alarm before we even enter our personal Red Zone. The alarm takes on various tones. Rationalizations- logical, reasonable arguments that support the idea of letting up – “Take it down now and go hard on the next set.” Suddenly remembering something Important and slowing down to “….gather your thoughts.” Or, after the sensation of your lungs and muscles burning, get outright ignorant with some “what da fuk am I doin, this sht is crazy.” (Pardon my french)

On the flip side, exercising at athletic intensity requires a very monitored field of attention. You don’t have the luxury of allowing your thoughts to drift in whichever direction the wind is blowing. The successful (safe, efficient and effective) application of strength, balance, agility, speed, energy transformation and will; to complete a movement or series of movements is tied directly to ones’ ability to stay in the moment.

So a polarity is set up in the psyche, with the thoughts running in one direction and the attention affixed to another. Some may see this as a less than ideal situation. It is most ideal. It is the ideal opportunity for the sedentary man and women to practice an ancient and simple method of gaining physical and psychological strength, simultaneously. Here is a technique I have found useful. Put it to good use.

  1. In safe surroundings. While performing a movement/exercise you have mastered and can execute with proper form.
  2. Allow your attention to remain fixed on the observation of :
  • your movement in space and in your body
  • the breath entering and leaving your body (don’t try to control it)
    3. When your mind begins to make SUGGESTIONS to let up or stop:
  • scan your body for pain
  • if you find pain, observe it, along with your motion and breath
  • do not comment on the suggestions from the mind keep returning your attention to your movement, breath and body

This is the practice of compassionate confrontation with comfort. It yields strength, body awareness and stress resilience. So don’t just read this post and go back to the couch. These holistic benefits will carry over into every aspect of your life. I dear you to take these 5 simple points and see what a difference they will make in your daily wealth, health and wisdom.

Leave me a comment about your experiences with entering your physical discomfort zone.  I would love to hear it.

Kazi

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Vital Signs April 8, 2010

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A good indicator of your cardiovascular health is your Resting Heart Rate (RHR). Your resting heart rate is the number of times your heart beats in 1 minute, when your body is at rest.  You can take your pulse at you radial artery (wrist) or carotid artery (neck), counting each pulse/beat for 1 min. The most accurate time to do this is before rising from bed in the morning.  A healthy RHR should be below 90 beats/min.


Your resting heart rate is an indicator of what’s called your Stoke Volume, the amount of blood the left ventricle of the heart fills up with before it pumps that blood through your system.  An increase in stroke volume means the heart does not need to pump as often, hence a decrease in RHR.


Regular cardiovascular or endurance exercise (walking, running, cycling, swimming, etc.) can assist in lowering your RHR and improving your heart health. As you become more fit, your RHR should decrease.


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Springboard April 7, 2010

I pray that everyone is enjoying the transition of the seasons.  I can’t remember my first conscious experience of spring blossoming. What I do remember is being fascinated by how one day the landscape is grey, brown and black.  Soon the rains move in and bring their luggage. They cast  a darkness over the land (da duuuum).  Suddenly, the sun reappears,  high in the sky. This is when the magic happens.  Everywhere is growth, color and fragrance.  The very air is filled with the sound of activity.  Heads that were covered and faces towards the ground (and away from the wind) are revealed. Community returns above ground. I can’t help it.  Every single time, it blows me away. It all happens minus computers, management, paper work, etc.  It’s so elegant and efficient.

When spring reveals itself, I actually feel the same way I do upon awakening in the morning.  Not sure where I’ve been, but I’m very familiar with what’s ahead of me. We use morning water to cleanse and purify the  images, thoughts, memories and judgements we may encounter in the uncensored night.  Morning is when we release and consume water,  salt and fresh.  The water is refreshing, cleansing and connecting. Spring brings the rains.  She splashes water on our heads, gently coaxing the thirsty soul back into this world .

Springs energy is also explosive.  It takes over a previously dormant space and fills it with life, activity, community and beauty. It transforms the landscape so drastically, in such a short time, that it can SHOCK the consciousness into bearing witness to it’s presence.  Spring doesn’t creep up on you.  She explodes into your awareness like plant spirit medicine shamans.  She whirls on one leg sending the wind spinning from the hem of her skirt. The sweat from her head showers sweet water when it shakes like calabash and shekere.  If you allow her to teach you her whirling dance, you can ride the hem of her skirt to the success of your aims.

Our annual wake up call visits us this season. Let’s ride in the direction of the wind. Let’s spend a few days weeding and seeding our psycho-social gardens. Lets’ reach out, touch, expand our family/networks.  Let’s get working on our new projects or new phases of old projects. Let’s Spring Ahead.

Let’s be Rainmakers, Garden Keepers and Truth Sayers again.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Learn how to ease the stress and pain of your loved ones. April 4, 2010

Filed under: Bodywork,Health,Massage,Stress,Wellness — Kazi @ 7:11 pm
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Seated Massage Workshop – for Partners, Family and Friends.

This workshop is for anyone who would enjoy being able to gift their partners, loved ones and friends with the relaxing, revitalizing response of massage. This workshop will give you the awareness, tools and confidence to give anyone a 10-20 minute seated massage.
Help your partner to relieve the daily stress, ignite their internal healing resources, prepare the body for restful sleep and cultivate the bond of love and mutual healing.

No special tools are required. Your hands and a chair are the only prerequisites to qualify for this workshop. We provide the chair.

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When creativity wanes. April 1, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kazi @ 10:08 am

In todays economy, in fact in todays world, it’s no longer enough to “know your stuff”.  Being relevant in ‘the game’ (whatever field you play on) requires us to continually reinvent, our product/service, our marketing, our mission, our recruiting and sometimes ourselves.  The advent of mega-mass communications (the internet) has resulted in an exponentially growing tide of information overload that makes it difficult to be heard above the crowd.  Becoming a Purple Cow is not easy when everyone else is trying to do the same.

To get the creative juices flowing, it’s sometimes necessary to do the opposite of what the experts would advise, which is to dig in and push until you come up with something astounding.  Creative ideas are a bit shy and don’t necessarily adhere to the usual rules. I would suggest taking a step back.  Ease up on the gas,  pull over and take a look at the  scenery you drive by each day, totally unawares.  What I’m saying is, to boost your creative faculties, it may be best to pay them no attention.  Don’t try to force insights, intuitions and genius.  When your genius-soul has something unique and mind blowing to share with you (and the world) it will smack you upside your head and get your complete and undivided attention.

Here are some techniques for getting the creative juices flowing:

  • Take a hike, literally. To the urbanized mind,  nature is a fascinating and awe inspiring environment which can awaken the dormant centers in our brains.  Exercise your wild side by visiting a forest, mountains, beach, lake, cave, river (boat, kayak, swim, etc.)
  • If you can’t escape the city (I’m sorry), then you need to find some alternate routes of travel.  Commute to and from work by a different route than usual.  Allow your brain to exercise it’s discovery muscles and realize that their is a bigger world than the rat maze.  Turn off the GPS.  Technology is not evil, but it can retard our faculties when we become addicted to it.
  • Read something you usually would not.  If fiction is your thing, read a non-fiction.  If the Times is your daily bread, try the Voice or some other left of center publication.  I find reading children’s books very helpful in opening new avenues of thought and exploration.
  • Take 5 a few times a day to reset your internal management systems.  When you complete a project or task for the day, spend  a moment in meditative silence before starting your next task.  Allow your mind to re-organize and close all of it’s open files.  Allow the woman behind the curtain a moment to relax, regroup and center her energy before the next hump.

These are just a few suggestions of the top of my head that will help you give your creativity a boost.  What tricks do you use? Feel free to share with all of us in the comments section below.

Kazi

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Shaking Up The Parts to Make a Soluble Whole March 30, 2010

Filed under: Health,Uncategorized — Kazi @ 4:41 pm
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The medicine movement arts have been an integral part of mans’ self-healing protocol since our first steps. Movement is essential to the holistic health of all living things. So much so, that we associate prolonged stillness with death. Although the body is the most apparent beneficiary of regular movement, whether recreational, medicinal or ritual; our mental and spiritual bodies also benefit from regular exercise.

In movement arts such as Yoga, Tai Chi and the various forms of ritual dance, movement is supported by measured breathing and guided by healing intention. The resultant dance elicits a bio-energetic tonic that strengthens the body, while stilling the mind and refueling the soul. Three for the price of one. These are truly holistic exercises.


The benefits of movement forms do not demand decades or even years of practice. The calming, vitalizing effects of these simple exercises can be witnessed the very first time they are practiced. We are in fact, genetically prescribed, hormonally prepared and neuro-chemically pre-disposed to reap the rewards of medicinal movement practice. Of course, the more you practice, the more benefits and mastery you accumulate. Some of the recognized benefits that has brought these arts into the mainstream include: improved cardiovascular health, stress reduction, blood pressure reduction, improved balance and coordination, improved mental clarity and creativity to name a few.

Medicine movement is the missing link in your self-healing arsenal. It is the catalyst of the dormant, unseen nutrients in your food, herbal, supplemental regimen. Movement medicine gently shakes up the medicine bottle of your body, mixing and reactivating the settled particles into a soluble, unified life elixir.  The movement arts are to the body temple, what construction workers are to a building project. The engineer and his workers follow the design of the architect to build a structure to the carry out a pre-defined purpose. The workers use all the tools at their disposal (breath, posture, gesture, attention, discipline, visualization, memory, etc.) to transform the building materials (nutrients, oxygen, blood, libido, neuron-transmitters, hormones, etc.) into a temple worthy of inhabitance by the divine.

RISE and SHINE your LIGHT DIVINE

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Sweet Dreams March 29, 2010

Here are a few tips that can help to support your quest to secure the restorative sleep you deserve:
  1. Establish a consistent bedtime routine, and try to go to bed at the same time every night. This will help set your body’s internal sleep–wake cycles.
  2. Don’t sleep late on weekends, which can disrupt your pattern. It’s better to get up at your regular time and take a nap later in the day if you need it.
  3. Get plenty of exercise during the day. The more energy you expend during the day, the sleepier you will feel at bedtime.  Don’t exercise within 30 minutes of your bedtime— doing so may make it more difficult to fall asleep.
  4. Reduce or eliminate your intake of caffeine, stimulants and alcohol. Even when consumed early in the day, these can affect sleep.
  5. Avoid large meals late in the evening.
  6. Learn and practice a relaxation technique regularly: Breathing exercises, meditation and yoga are good examples.
  7. Make sure you have a comfortable bed, bedding, and pillows. Foam mattress pads or toppers can also improve your bed’s comfort level.
  8. Take the TV out of the bedroom. You should be sleeping, not watching television late into the night.
  9. Don’t obsess about not sleeping. Instead, remind yourself that while sleeplessness is troublesome, it isn’t life-threatening.

    Put these to use today and get the sleep you need. Sleep is the Repairer and Restorer
 

Meditation Practice for Virgins. March 24, 2010

I will not stack the deck with any explanations on what meditation is, does or what the benefits are.  This way we avoid the power of suggestion.  Just follow the directions below and share with us  your personal experience. Experience is The Best Teacher.

Meditation 101 for First Timers (Virgins).

Find a quiet space. Sit erect, yet relaxed. Feet flat on the floor. Hands resting on your lap.

Softly focus your eyes on the tip of your nose.

Inhale deeply into your abdomen. [when you inhale, only your tummy should expand. Not your chest. If necessary, place your hands on your tummy (navel area) until you feel your tummy expanding with each inhalation.]

Inhale slowly, but not so slow or deep that you find yourself straining. Maintain a relaxed effort.

Pay attention to the sensation of your expanding and contracting  tummy as you breath.  Keep your mind on the sensation you feel with each complete breath.

Periodically check your posture.  If you begin to slouch, gently resume your original erect/relaxed posture.

If your mind wanders (you start thinking about other things (job, lunch, telling your friends how you meditated), return your attention to feeling the sensation of breathing in your tummy.  This will definitely happen. Do not become frustrated.  Just keep bringing attention back until your time is up.

If your eyes become heavy and want to close allow them to close.

When done, open your eyes very slowly.  Then you can begin moving very slowly.

First timers practice for at least 5 minutes.
You can do this a few times a day. Most important, is to practice everyday at least once.

First timers, please post comments on your experience.

“The proof is in the pudding”

 

The 20 Minute Booty Buster March 18, 2010

Filed under: Exercise,Fitness,Health,Uncategorized — Kazi @ 6:10 pm
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Getting my workout in late tonight, so I’m going to use one of my favorites. It’s ultra efficient as far as time required, equipment needed and bottom line results.

This routine comes from the folks over at Crossfit.com.  It’s one of their baseline workouts.  They call it Angie (the give their workouts girls names).  It’s very simple and mucho effective.
I have modified it for my goals and purposes.

5 pull ups
10 push ups
20 sit ups
40 squats

Do them back to back.
5 Sets
2 min. rest between sets.

This is a great body weight training routine.  Works your heart, lungs, back, shoulders, biceps, grip, chest, triceps, abdominals, quads, hamstrings and glutes.  All in under 20 min.
Sounds easy. Give it a shot.  Let me know how it went.

 

Smoothies Back In Season March 17, 2010

Filed under: Health,Medicine,Uncategorized — Kazi @ 12:38 pm
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Here is a little somethin somethin to keep you stoked when the 2 O’clock brain fade invades your productivity parade:

Blueberry Blitz

1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapples
1 tbs Berrie Greens (or another green supplement)
1 tbs hemp protein powder (or your fav protein powder)
1/3 eye dropper of  stevia extract

place ingredients into Magic Bullet blender and blend until smooooooooth.

Wallah.

Tell me what you think.

 

Guess who’s coming to dinner? March 16, 2010

Filed under: Detox,Health,Lifestyle,Uncategorized — Kazi @ 5:03 pm
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When we last tuned in,our hero had been fasting for about 2 days and was experiencing symptoms like voices encouraging him to “just say no” , grab a pizza and stop trying to act like a monk.  Well by day three that all passed.  I fact, I was feeling so good on day 4 (which was my day to break the fast on raw food) that I decided to go an extra day (to teach my self a lesson. Ha).  So on saturday I broke the fast and lived on raw food for the next three days.  Needless to say, I feel great.

Eat Me

I did workout on the third day of the fast.  I was able to get about 1/2 way through the strength training routine I had planned.  But started to feel a bit lite in the head, so I cut the workout short to be on the safe side.  I tried this once before and ended up with the same results.  So, I would concur with most who advise against any type of strenuous activity on a liquid fast.  When you can feel your heart beating in your hands and feet.  It’s not really a good sign.

I broke the fast on simple raw food detox diet of spinach, snow peas, and mushroom salad.  I supplemented this with a miso broth.  These are nutritious, easy to prepare, tasty and have enough fiber to get the old GI system up and running again.  I also took some acidopholus tablets to restoring some good bacteria to my bowels.  The day after I started eating, I began having bowel movements again. Oh yeah, forgot to mention; I didn’t have a bowel movement for about 3 1/2 days.  This is common when fasting if your not also taking some type of laxative.  Or should I say, it’s common for me.

So that’s about it. Not exciting stuff, but I hopefully gave you some insight into what to expect on a short fast/detox (4 days fasting and 3 days raw).  If your interested in incorporating fasting or seasonal detoxing into your lifestyle and would like a personalized program, hit my inbox at  ibnallahskazi@gmail.com