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Be Unique

August 18, 2017
Have you wondered what is unique about you? There is a lot of course, just think about your DNA. Really, when you take a moment to look at what is unique about a person what if we considered the true value of uniqueness. Kosuke Takemura (Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Vol 45, 10, 2014) conducted some amazing research about ‘Being Different Leads to Being Connected.’ In this piece of research, Takemura discovers that in some cultures, a high need for uniqueness (NFU) is positively linked with life satisfaction, relationship satisfaction, and income. What value is there when a collection of unique thinkers come together in a society, in an organisation, or in a specialised team? Have you ever wondered how you can take your uniqueness to the next level and create your destiny with more clarity and achieve those beyond goals? Interestingly, our uniqueness can enable us to achieve in both our personal and professional lives. Marianne van Woerkom and Maaike de Bruijn reported in the ‘Journal of Industrial and Organizational Psychology’ (2016, Vol 9, Issue 2, pp. 275-281), that concentrating on employee strength and maximising those strengths can strengthen motivation for improved performance outcomes. Considering both journal articles leads me to wonder about how we connect unique and motivated people who have high levels of life satisfaction as well as relational satisfaction with business or individual leadership success in a long-lasting way. In another short article, I write about ‘True North’ and leadership. It seems clear to me that there is a powerful connection between uniqueness, self-awareness, character leadership and success. When was the last time you identified the unique qualities you have that have directly helped you to achieve a positive outcome that has benefited you and others? To be unique can mean different things to different people and if we want to get clear on manifesting uniqueness for the betterment of the world, we can do that now. This is a topic I am enthusiastic about so let’s talk about how you can unleash your uniqueness in a meaningful way and create positive change. To learn more about being unique, enrol in StrategiseMe, Business Mastery or NLP Starter. Alternatively call me to talk about accentuating your uniqueness. Glen Palmer Master NLP Coach & Trainer

Spinal Alignment Yoga

August 15, 2017
The spine has two major functions. It serves to keep the body balanced and upright, and it works to protect the central nervous system. When the spinal column is in its proper alignment, the entire body is in balance, and the central nervous system is able to facilitate communication between the body and the brain at an efficient rate. Stress, tension and injury can cause the spine to become misaligned. If you are experiencing head aches, digestive issues, anxiety, depression, joint pain or fatigue you may find a misaligned spine may be a contributing factor. Good rest, exercising, stretching, investing in good shoes, good posture and regular body treatments can all contribute to maintaining a great spine. On Wednesday the 16th of August Glenys Randall from Earth Essence will be commencing a 4-week Spinal Alignment Yoga class in the Wellwood Cabin Hall.  During this class you will be given specific instructions and propping to align each person, for the purpose of preparing the body to open as fully as possible, and awaken the Nadi channels for deep meditation. We begin the class in supported Shavasana with a body meditation and ujjayi breathing, followed by a sequence of Asanas that work directly on the tail bone then the sacrum continuing up the spine. Subtle releases and openings of the specific muscles that hold the spine takes place. With awareness these subtle softening’s can be felt and the result is beneficial for bringing balance and optimum alignment to the body. There are gentle adjustments given within the session. These assist the body to let go of holding patterns and create better flow. We end in supported Shavasana with a full body Mudra to seal the benefits of your Yoga practice.

The Benefits of Sound Therapy

August 7, 2017
The Healing Powers of Sound. Sound Therapy refers to a range of therapies in which sound is used to treat physical and mental conditions. Indigenous societies around the world have traditionally used sound in healing ceremonies, including drumming, hand-clapping, singing, dancing, and pulsating since the beginning of time. Sound Therapy techniques vary but all involve the application of sound waves and harmonic vibrations to the body through the use of instruments, including the human voice. Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using entrainment. Entrainment synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur). Imagine receiving a gentle bath of sounds allowing your body to let go and move into a deeper state of relaxation. Sound Therapy is effective in not only achieving a state of relaxation but it also has a way of moving through blockages in the body. Sound Therapy has been known to help treat such conditions as stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, sleep disorders, pain and autism.      

My First Yoga Experience

July 12, 2017
Feel free to drop a few lines about your first yoga experience. Here is mine. I was a Uni student at the time. I turned 20 and the year before I had a strong calling to go vegetarian. Thinking about me back then, I was a bit strange young girl; I read Bhagavad Gita and Tibetan Book of the dead. Every night I would visualize how I go up towards the sky and then I’d go higher past the clouds and again higher past the orbit and I would get so high where there was absolutely no restriction to my mind. I’d stay there expanding and merging into a huge vast space without any limits. Well, you know where I’m coming from. Lets get back down to the Earth… lol Flashback into the end of 90’s The post – Soviet countries just gained their independence and there was a beginning of the great chaos. I was lucky enough to be born, raised and toughen up in the country of beetroots and sunflowers. Yes, I’m talking about Ukraine. In the Soviet period yoga was considered to be illegal and only existed in a form of a few underground secret gatherings or practiced individually at home. People would exchange some home-printed yoga posture charts and there was only a couple of books circulating around. They were just as valuable as gold! When I discovered yoga in 2000, it just started loosing its decadent status so the first yoga schools stated to spring up across the city. One night I walked into one of them at our Uni. One of the university teachers organised a little space for yoga at the Uni gym and there it was. The Yoga mat was still a non-existent item at that point so we had to practice on some kind of semi-soft mats for martial arts. (Remind me please I might tell you the story about how and when I got my first REAL yoga mat, more than 2 years into practicing yoga). So I arrived for my first yoga class not knowing what to expect. It was a very dynamic yoga class, probably something close to what we call a vinyasa class these days. We were going through the postures, one after another. It was a pleasure, enjoyment and a total bliss. What’s more important, on that night I’ve recognised that I already knew all that, postures, movements and breathing seemed to be something that was known to me but somehow forgotten. Suddenly, I could remember all of that. It was a big revelation night for me that have changed the course of my life. I knew in my heart that this is the reason why I was born and what I will be doing from that day on. It’s been 15 years since that night. I’m still madly in love with yoga. I’ve never stopped. Practiced trough dark times, through pregnancies and sometimes even through tears.  

Neuromuscular Activation

July 12, 2017
Neuromuscular activation is a term used by physical therapists working to strengthening the brain to muscle connection. This brain to muscle connection happens naturally within the neuromuscular system when the nervous system (neural) and the muscular system (muscular) are working together effectively. The neuromuscular junction is the point at which an electrical impulse is sent from the nervous system and passed to the muscle. These impulses signal the muscle fibres to contract and produce movement. Sometimes this movement does come naturally and with little to no effort (e.g. using your legs to walk or using your hands to pick something up). Take your mind back to the time you learnt to ride a bike or swim in the pool. In the beginning it was challenging and un-natural, and it was only with practice that your movement became easier and more fluent, but before long you were jumping on your bike or in the pool and riding or swimming laps without even thinking about it. Sometimes however, that brain to muscle connection can become damaged or weakened through injury, or perhaps it never developed correctly to begin with. This means that the electrical impulse that is usually sent from your nervous system isn’t being passed through to the muscle correctly or at all. Regular Neuromuscular Activation exercises not only help to build strength between the brain and muscle connection but they also help you gain better control over your muscles, improve muscle strength, overall improvement of your balance and allow the muscles to work in conjunction with each other which not only helps you get more from your workouts, but it can help you move more fluently and functionally through life in general!

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