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Good morning, beautiful day – how can yoga and breathing exercises help me stay positive

I hope everyone is doing well. I thought I will share some ideas about how you can start your day more energised and happier. To get your body working I recommend having a lukewarm glass of water with a slice of lemon after waking up. You can prepare it the night before and leave it next to your bed, so you don’t have to get up for it. That will clean and hydrate your body telling it that it is time to start functioning. 

Afterwards, you can do a few easy yoga and breathing exercises which further help you to get the (mental and physical) energy you need for the day. Start with sitting either on a chair or on the floor with your legs crossed (or even still in bed). Take a few long inhalations and exhalations. Focus on your abdomen and start with 3 or 4 counts of inhales and 3 or 4 counts of exhales. With practise you can increase to 5 or 6 counts (increasing the counts will also increase your lung capacity). Now close your right nostril with your right thump and inhale and exhale slowly through your left nostril. Repeat 3 times and then change sides closing your left nostril with your right index finger. Inhale and exhale slowly through your left nostril. Repeat 3 times. Lower your hand and breath deeply and slowly through both nostrils. This is a good exercise to balance both body sides and one which can be used if you start to feel nervous or stressed at any point during the day.

You can continue with some good stretches for your legs, arms and upper body. Keep on sitting and bend slowly forward; you can straighten your legs or bend them a little if your lower back hurts. Stay there for a while letting your spine bend and your stomach compress – it will give your digest system a good stimulation. Following this forward bend you can lay on your abdomen, bring your elbows on the floor and place your chin into your hands. That gives your spine a nice and easy extension. You can read your book in that position, too but always come out very slowly.  Now that you have bend forward and backward think of a side twist for your spine which you can do in sitting or standing (think Socrates “If you would seek health, look first to the spine”). Finally, you can always include a balancing practise in your daily activities, eg preparing your meals in the kitchen. If you do that standing up, then lift one foot and place it on top of the other one or against the inner leg. Don’t forget to change sides in order to keep your body balanced.

These are just a few ideas which can be modified and extended by many other movements (always according to your abilities and physical health). I hope you will try those or others as I am convinced that they can help you – alongside nutritious meals – to stay strong and happy. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions in that matter. I wish you all well.

Nicole Herpich

Let’s talk about nature

WELCOME to my first blog and if you decide to stay I will start trying to entertain you with topics I am interested in and which hopefully also will be of some use in your daily life …. Naturopathy, Nutrition, how we can follow nature and listen to our body, Yoga, Meditation and many more related subjects.

But let’s start at the beginning and for those who have just started to let thoughts of Naturopathy and Naturopathic Nutrition enter their minds I want to give some general information about the two topics. Naturopathy is based (as part of the name suggests) on the laws of nature. The human body as well as the whole universe are made out of five elements – water, air, fire, ether and earth. A healthy nature – and a healthy body depend on the balance of these five elements.

If we listen to our bodies and follow nature we can use Naturopathy as our guide to good health. It is – compared to for example Allopathy – simple, natural and safe. The aim is to find and work on the root cause of the disease and eliminate it which can be done on the physical, mental or emotional level.

The intention of Naturopathy and Naturopathic Nutrition is to purify the body, to eliminate toxins and to educate the body in order for it to follow the principles of nature.

During a Naturopathic Nutrition treatment we look for a way to achieve the best lifestyle possible for the client – including what best to drink, eat, exercise and rest and we consider work and the environment in which one lives. We treat body and mind in order to enhance a healthy life style.

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If we have a family how can we make sure we are happy with ourselves and the rest of our family members? First and most important we take care of ourselves in order to be able to help others (like in the airplane). Then we can concentrate on our children’s health. We should give them from birth onward the best support to grow up healthy, happy and balanced. Childhood is such an important time – whatever goes wrong and is not addressed at that time will take even longer to heal and fix as an adult.

They don’t know anything, they learn from us. Help them for example to stimulate their taste buds as early as possible and be a good example. Nobody can expect from a child to eat carrots and spinach if the child doesn’t see you enjoying it as well. If you nibble on French fries or chicken nuggets then the child will want as well.

It is not only about physical nutrition but also about psychology. When we get children used to a certain type of food right from the beginning – fresh, homemade, steamed, sugarless, colourful food life will be easier for you and the children once they have learned to verbally oppose you since their bodies will not want processed sugary food and children will actually dislike it.

What can we do if we or our children get –since we are in the cold season at the moment – a fever, a cold, blocked nose, or a cough? First of all, if the diet is right and the immune system is strong enough (and in a child’s case has been given the opportunity to build itself up) the body will not suffer as many illnesses as it might with an incorrect diet and life style. Furthermore, the body will be able to do the recovery work by itself since we are given it sufficient nutrients and energy through our diet. But there are natural helpers which are very effective to give support to our organs and body parts which have to deal with intruders such as Colloidal Silver, Turmeric, steam inhalation, cleansing of the nose with salty water and many more.

For now, I will leave you with this information hoping it was an easy and helpful read and will continue with details about the mentioned Naturopathic Techniques in my further posts.

Be natural, be healthy and be happy.