I picked this up on a mix over on mixcloud:
I picked this up on a mix over on mixcloud:
I am still working on the transition from my wordpress.com site to my self-hosted blog. I don’t know why, but I do rather like the old blog. I guess that I, too, am prone to attachments.
Here is a link to an article that I published this morning. I hope you like it:
The Guardian published a nice opinion piece, written by a Doctor, in which she basically poo-poos medicalised back-pain management strategies. Here is the link:
I will never forget the day I had someone come to me for sever, chronic back and shoulder pain and say to me, when I asked “Are you doing anything about it?” meaning, are you exercising? swimming? lying on your back on the floor? doing yoga? I almost fell over when she replied
“Well, I am taking the pills my doctor prescribed me.”
I don’t have a lot of time to blog this morning, so the links will be few. But know this: time and time again in the past decade, scientific, peer-reviewed, academically published studies and meta-studies (a meta-study is a study of a group of studies, comparing conclusions and crunching numbers) have found that exercise and ideal weight are the best tools for fighting back pain.
So, get on your mats, dear ones, practice and all is coming. If you can live pain-free, you release energy for other things, like creating, communicating and just being happy in your skin.
The guru is within you.
Warning: biochemistry…put your thinking cap on, people, because we are going deep.
When we breathe with our lungs, the pressure difference between outside and inside makes air rush into our lungs. This air contains Oxygen. Oxygen, once in the lungs, is carried across the membrane of the alveoli and into the bloodstream. In the blood, Oxygen is carried by the haemoglobin, using Iron.
Where does the blood take it? The blood takes it to all the cells of the body. Everything needs Oxygen. well, almost everything. The brain, heart and muscles definitely do, not to mention all the internal organs, the skin, the endocrine (hormonal) glands… Pretty important stuff.
But, these cells don’t want Oxygen as O2 bound to haemoglobin. No. They cannot use Oxygen like this. They want something called ATP. Imagine you live in England and you earn British pounds. You are flush and decide to go on holiday to Thailand. Everything seems cheap, there is plenty to buy and to eat. But they can’t use your British pounds. They want you Thai Bhat. What do you do? You convert your money. You probably lose a little on the way, and maybe if you decide to use your credit card, you get stung. But you can have that delicious meal, that massage, whatever…paying in Bhat.
So, Oxygen in the body is a bit like this. You, hopefully, take in loads because of excellent breathing (earning British pounds). It gets into the blood (your flush wallet, ready for your trip) and gets transported to the cells (cushy flight on Thai airways). It gets to the cells (airport) and the conversion to ATP starts.
ATP is Adenosine-Triphosphate. It is a carrier of energy and is made from the glucose and Oxygen. I won’t explain further, but get that clear.
Glucose, sugar, without Oxygen gives 2 molecules of ATP. Glucose with Oxygen gives 38 molecules of ATP. So, without oxygen, you use your credit card in British pounds, get a terrible exchange rate and a service charge and maybe some dodgy waiter takes an imprint of the card. With Oxygen, you find the best rate in town, get a reliable service with a smile and walk away happy. Easy enough to understand.
So, cellular respiration is using Oxygen to make ATP. ATP is then used for, well, everything else the cells want to do. That can be reproducing (dividing), making new DNA, excreting waste products, importing nutrients, whatever a cell wants to do, it does with ATP.
Any questions? Comment below. Thanks for reading and have a super day. Get on your mats!
I found this YouTube channel via an article in The Guardian. I decided to post it because of what the author wrote here:
I’ve always had a near-pathological embarrassment about exercising in public. I’m far from alone in this.
It’s interesting because I myself give yoga classes and yet have always been a solo practitioner of yoga. I started off taking classes at the Sivananda Centre in London, but once I worked out what I needed to do, I just practiced by myself.
Nowadays, I keep it to myself as my practice is so deep that I regularly burst into tears (not weeping, nor sadness, but an energetic movement in my body), make rather strange noises in pranayâma (have you ever felt your pericardium tendon on a exhalation retention? No? Tell me about it when you do) or even collapse into savâsana halfway through my sequence. It all happens when you really do yoga, when you really get deep, and for me anyway, I prefer discretion and solitude.
For those of you just starting out, though, Yoga With Adriene might be the perfect solution. If she, or I, can convince even a single person to roll out of bed and get on the mat, in that strange and sleepy twilight world that is the first hour of the morning, then we are doing our jobs.
Having said all that, don’t forget this: the group energy is healing, positive, friendly, and so, so necessary in these times of isolation and loneliness. The key is to join a group, but with the aim of establishing a home practice! Go on, you can do it!
Yog and all is coming, the guru is within you.
I admire her determination and focus. Her lifestyle is a form of tapas.