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Yoga Challenge!

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Events, Featured, Health | Comments Off on Yoga Challenge!

Yoga Challenge!

[Image by ponsuwan]  We are well into 2012 and it’s time for some spring detox and revisiting our new year’s resolutions.  A great way to ease into this season is to do some yoga!  With good weather just around the corner (hopefully!), we here at Source Centre thought yoga would be a great way to bring some balance and a state of zen into our lives.  So for the month of May, we want to see how many yoga classes we can all do!  We are going to keep track as a collective and see how dedicated we can be as yogis/yoginis. Tell us about your sadhana (practice). We are happy to offer yoga classes right here at Source Centre with our instructor Genie Davis! And starting on the first day of the May yoga challenge, we are pleased to introduce our newest yoga instructor Rupel Pandya. Rupel is offering yoga classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Genie continues to offer her Tuesday 10:30am class as well as a new Thursday 10:30am class. Please check out our special event schedule for more details and call us at 416-923-4325 or show up for yoga class to register for the challenge. See you on the mat all of May. Namaste. Keep track of your progress to win great prizes Whoever does the most yoga by the end of the challenge will receive a Network Spinal Analysis session and Chakra/Marma therapy with Dr. Anita Rajan!  How blissful is that? Register for the challenge by calling us at 416-923-4325.   CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of our yoga challenge who won an Ayurvedic session!  May the light of Ayurveda illuminate our hearts and our minds! Ayurveda is the sister science to Yoga and a wonderful approach to health and wellness....

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Tips for Optimal Recovery

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Featured, Health, How-To's, Testimonials, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Optimal Recovery

Tips for Optimal Recovery

(Image: sscreations / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Recently, I had a couple of wisdom teeth extracted. Admittedly, it was an uncomplicated procedure as far as these things go but I was amazed and delighted with the speed of my recovery. After a couple of days, I felt fully healed and experienced barely any pain throughout. As I contemplated and expressed gratitude for this good fortune, I realized there were definitely some things that helped speed along and ensure a fantastic recovery. I would like to share them here with you in the hopes that you might find them useful too. In no particular order: Daily meditation and prayer: we may hear a lot these days about the value of this practice and there is good reason for it! Given our busy lives lived within chaotic and noisy cities, it is absolutely vital to create a quiet, centering space within. The more I practice this, the quicker and easier am I able to access the calm within even the most stressful times, thereby easing any tension and anxiety.  Prayer is a relatively new addition for me and I like to end my meditations with a short wish that I may meet all that is coming my way with dignity and grace; that I am able to surrender to the things I cannot change.  That I accept and trust. In the weeks before my appointment, I also added some affirmations specifically directed towards my procedure. In the meditative state is where I employed them and they ran along the lines of: I am a terrific healer. I heal quickly and well. (Visualizations, too,  work wonders if you are a visual type.) Support: I found it invaluable to know and understand the type of support I would need in the lead up to the procedure, the duration, and the recovery period. Then I ensured that I asked for it.  For me, this meant having a knowledgeable and gentle dentist (a huge, huge thanks to Dr. Kevin Kliman and staff) whom I trusted and knew respected my anxiety issues around dental care. It also meant having a loved one come with me to my appointment, wait for me,  greet me with loving arms when it was over, and help me home (then make me mashed potatoes for dinner because it was pretty much all I could eat). It also made me feel better to talk about my impending procedure because I felt nervous about it and talking helps me. It allowed me to commiserate and receive words of support and counsel from those who had already been through such a thing. It helped me feel less alone. For all of us, support means something different but ultimately the important thing is to articulate to yourself what it is exactly that you need. Then, ask for it! If we carry unspoken expectations, we’re bound to be disappointed. Better to connect and discover what you need and then find the help. Most of us are delighted to help, but we just need to know how. Plan ahead for rest: we push ourselves very hard and often get caught in a mindset that we have to do everything ourselves. The world won’t fall apart if we plan for an extra day or two of rest, even if we think we’re feeling okay to continue on as before. I found it very helpful to know I had an extra couple of days blocked off to heal; it eased any anxiety I may have nursed about having to go back to work when I wasn’t quite ready. We can’t heal fully...

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Synchronize yourself to health with Network Spinal Analysis

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Synchronize yourself to health with Network Spinal Analysis

Synchronize yourself to health with Network Spinal Analysis

[ Image: digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net ] Imagine this. You’re walking down the street with your headphones on. Your favourite song has you strutting to the beat and humming to the melody. The sun gently warms your face as you smile at the sky. Carried by a cool breeze is the sweet aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans. You take a deep breath and unwind. All is well, peaceful, and tranquil. As you continue, you look back at the people inside sipping their lattes and americanos and think  you too would like a pick-me-up. You feel relaxed, maybe too relaxed to be going back to the office. Suddenly, as you feel a  wave of sound and pressure at your face. The hairs on your neck stand on end, your muscles tense, and your breath comes to a screeching halt. A truck rounding the intersection nearly collided with you, but thank goodness you are safe from harm. Still, the panic and anxiety could linger for minutes or hours, even longer. Perhaps it just makes sense that a stressful circumstance can leave our bodies and minds feeling stressed. And conversely, that a relaxing environment can bring us peace and tranquility. Have you ever wondered though, how this actually works? Ever wonder how some people stay calm under fire or others suffer from constant tension without rhyme or reason? The key link between external stressors and the the sensation of stress is quite simple, synchronization. Synchronization as a general phenomenon takes places in every imaginable circumstance and the examples are limitless. Slow your breath and so too will your heartbeat. Dim the lights and feel the drowsiness take over. Hear the music and notice yourself sing, hum or whistle to the tune, or your body sway to the rhythm.  As Dean (played by Ryan Gosling) says in Blue Valentine, You know when the song comes on, you just gotta dance? The need to move and sing is our body’s need to synchronize. What makes synchronization possible is our nervous system.  Made of 75 km of nerves originating from the spine for communication between the brain and all the tissues and organs of the body, and 2.5 million miles of wiring in the brain alone, our nervous system is extremely capable of perceiving and adapting to our ever-changing environment. The sight or smell of food causing our mouths to water and the faintest illumination at night causing our alertness to increase are two well-known examples. But did you know that a light touch from a Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) practitioner can help our body lighten the tension in our muscles, joints and other tissues? With Network Spinal Analysis, wide ranging health benefits are possible – including greater physical health, emotional well-being, and ability to handle stress. Synchronization is at the core of NSA and it all starts with a gentle touch. Want to learn more about how NSA can help you? Talk to an NSA practitioner today. Dr. Leo Quan   Discover Network Spinal Analysis in person at the following workshops: [google-calendar-events id=”10″ type=”list-grouped” title=””...

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January Fitness Challenge: Zumba!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Events, Health | Comments Off on January Fitness Challenge: Zumba!

January Fitness Challenge:  Zumba!

[Image: photostock/freedigitalimages.net] With the start of a new year, it is a great time for some health and wellness resolutions!  Our team at Source Centre has decided to do a monthly fitness challenge where we choose a specific workout and try to incorporate that activity into our schedules as many times as we can.  For our January challenge, we are going to start with Zumba fitness. Zumba is a Latin-inspired, exhilarating, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance fitness-party™. It blends vibrant international music with catchy steps to form a ‘fitness-party’ that’s moving millions of people towards joy and health.  Zumba began in 2001, and has since grown to become the world’s largest dance-fitness program with people of all shapes, sizes and ages participating. Zumba has its origins in Colombia, where a fitness instructor named Alberto Perez was in a rush to teach an aerobics class and forgot his usual music. Instead, he improvised by using his own mix of music that he had in his backpack (salsa and merengue). Spontaneously he created a new kind of dance-fitness, one that focused on letting the music move you (instead of counting reps over the music). An electrifying energy filled the room and people couldn’t stop smiling. His class loved it! On that day, a new fitness concept was born, the Zumba® fitness-party. Zumba is taught in gyms and studios all over the world to numerous fitness enthusiasts. It recently even became offered in the video gaming platform! As the Zumba program continues to evolve, its growth has deepened in the commitment to providing accessible fitness to all, with the pure joy of a party. The Zumba goal is to spread the philosophy of health and happiness and of loving everything you do, especially your workout.  We here at Source Centre want to share that philosophy too! To find a Zumba class near you, check the following website for locations:  http://www.zumba.com/en-US/parties/search/ We will be planning a day to do a Zumba class together, so come join us!  We will keep you...

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Gentle Chiropractic

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Gentle Chiropractic

Gentle Chiropractic

[Image: smokedsalmon/freedigitalimages.net]  C hiropractic has the amazing capacity to heal and facilitate proper functioning of the nervous system by specific adjustments performed by hand. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding this form of healing which can be done in a very safe, effective manner. So, I’d like to help you understand how gentle chiropractic adjustments to the spine along with soft tissue therapies can help to alleviate everyday musculoskeletal and joint conditions. Chiropractic adjustments and mobilizations to the articulations (spinal and extremity) help restore optimal movement and maintain alignment of the joints.  Keeping proper movement of the joints intact is very important, especially with so many stressors that we encounter everyday. Chiropractic adjustments help to keep joints in motion, relieve compression of the nerves and reduce muscle tension.  A nervous system that has no interference can work maximally and allow proper signals to be conducted throughout the body, leading to health and wellness. Gentle chiropractic adjustments to the spine along with soft tissue therapies can help to alleviate everyday musculoskeletal and joint conditions. My approach to gentle chiropractic care includes the following therapies: Manual adjustments to the joints. I palpate to feel if there are restrictions along the vertebrae of the spine. I then apply a controlled precise movement with gentle pressure along the joint in coordination with your breath to help release the misalignment. If at any time there is discomfort, I ask you to let me know, as there are many modifications that I can make to release a joint fixation. The process is to help relax your system, not to cause any more tension.  Soft tissue therapy to the muscles. I use trigger point therapy and myofascial release techniques to help reduce any muscle tension knots that have developed due to buildup of toxins, adhesions or scar tissue. Heat therapy helps to relax and elongate your muscles, and feels so soothing! I will guide you through breathing techniques to facilitate the release of these tender points in the myofascial connective tissue. To top it off, you will learn range of motion and muscle stretching/strengthening exercises to help sustain the release and effectiveness of your chiropractic sessions. I promise that the exercises I recommend are totally do-able and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. I want to help you learn to use the tools to keep your body healthy! That is my goal for your wellness. Gentle chiropractic can help keep your nervous system healthy. Be active and stay proactive! Dr. Anita...

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Raw Zucchini Marinara Pasta

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Featured, Health, Recipes | Comments Off on Raw Zucchini Marinara Pasta

Raw Zucchini Marinara Pasta

(Image: Jean Scheijen / sxc.hu) Besides being passionate about Network Spinal Analysis, I’m an avid raw foodist. I’ll save the full personal story for another post, but I’ve been raw vegan for the past 4 years and during that time was even 100% vegan for over 1 year. Before that, I had been steadily cutting out animal products from my diet. My health, my morals and the future of planet earth demanded it. Even the research literature supports a plant-based diet (again to be covered in another post). In keeping with my interest in raw and vegan nutrition, I have been conducting raw food talks at Source Centre and the response has been very positive so far! I’ve also been sharing my raw food creations at recent potlucks and have been asked to share my recipes. The sharing starts now with a simple and quick recipe for Raw Zucchini Marinara Pasta. Enjoy the flavours, the freshness and the health benefits!   Recipe: Low-Fat Raw Zucchini Marinara Pasta Serves 4  Pasta 4 medium zucchini  Marinara Sauce 100g Sundried tomatoes (not in oil), soaked overnight in water, drained and squeezed 250g Fresh tomatoes, chopped: ideally roma, campari, cherry or grape 3 tbsp Balsamic vinegar ½ medium onion 1 clove garlic Oregano or other herb of your choice  Garnish Fresh basil (if available)   Preparation Using a spiral slicer, mandolin, or vegetable peeler, make “noodles” from the zucchini. Set aside. To keep spiralized noodles manageable to eat and handle with a fork, you may find it useful to cut in half each individual noodle pile that comes out of the spiralizer. Place sundried and fresh tomatoes with all other ingredients in a blender and blend on high. Plate the noodles and top with ample amounts of marinara. Garnish with basil and enjoy!   Did you know? Both tomatoes and zucchinis are super dense with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, and low in calories? According to http://nutritiondata.com, my go-to for detailed nutrition info, 300 grams of zucchini (a hypothetical serving size of noodles) contains: 142.5 mg omega 3 fatty acids, 5.1 g of well-balanced protein, 4.8 g fibre, 52.5 mg Vitamin C, 285 mL water, 48 calories, and more. 200 grams of fresh tomatoes can provide you with: 1666 IU Vitamin A, 25.4 g Vitamin C, 15.8 mcg Vitamin K, 474 mg Potassium, 189 mL water, you get my drift? We’re talking serious nutrition here....

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