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WISDOM WITHIN - September 2017 - Kansas City
Fight Auto-Immune Challenges with Yoga
By Suzette Scholtes
One of our students who has the auto-immune challenge called Parkinson’s disease has kept her health strong and stable for over 12 years. She seldom misses her four-times-a-week yoga class, counts on friends and family for support, and keeps her nutrition strong.
For the over 25 situations of auto immune challenges, (even high blood pressure may be one) we need four concentrations: 1. Self-care 2. Professional yoga 3. Nutrition and 4. Faith and support.
Self Care: It is important to manage fears and worries and one of the best ways to do this is surrender them to a higher power of your faith. Remind yourself of your worthiness and value before getting out of bed. Breathe in love and breathe out love. Enfold yourself in light. Saturate yourself in love. Use affirmations to train your mind to positive thoughts. Let go of numbing your feelings. Find ways to feel gratitude and appreciation for the gifts of life.
Professional Yoga: There are techniques of yoga to flush out the lymphatic system and strengthen the endocrine system, especially the glands of health including the thyroid, thymus, and adrenals. There are ways to move the blood to all parts of our body. One-third of our blood is in the legs. It’s important to keep the legs and core strong for support to the immune system. Those who manage their auto-immune challenge will benefit greatly from a strong yoga program. Check out the Yoga Studio for a free class on how to help yourself.
Nutrition: First, one must stay fully hydrated to soak nutrition into every cell. Anti-inflammatory foods include a daily supplement of turmeric, any form of ginger, onions, and garlic are all anti-inflammatory. Avoid the toxic properties of too much caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and processed foods. A healthy diet of vegetables and fruits and organic meats go a long way to boost immune strength and energy.
Faith & Support: We all need to lean upon good friends and family or maybe a therapist to really listen to us and affirm our wellness. The lady with PD was walking to a concert on a cold day with her hands in her pockets. She said later if she had held onto her husband’s arm she would not have taken the bad fall which cut her face and hurt her shoulder. Lean upon others who you may trust to be a friend. There is magic in the telling of our concerns and fears and worries. Again, to be a bit redundant, it’s so important to keep strong in your faith and surrender the pain and fears to the great love. Our guides and angels are always with us to help us in any way when we ask for this support.
An auto-immune challenge means the body literally attacks itself. With these tips, we may not be able to reverse the challenge, but it will stabilize and make our health strong and give us more energy and hope. Hope is based on expectation and anticipation. When we take care of ourselves we feel better. In the great mysteries of love, there are always windows to open to love ourselves more. This is my quest, and one I love to share with you.
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Suzette Scholtes’ non-fiction writing won the prestigious “Writers Digest” award. Her passions are writing and yoga and she feels one needs a sense of humor for both. She founded The Yoga School of Therapeutics where she manages one of the regions prestige teacher training programs. 10400 W. 103rd Street,