The emotional pain of infertility often causes disconnect between your head and heart. There are days when your mind is flooded with despair, but your heart wants to preserve a flicker of hope. One of the purposes of yoga is to cultivate a perfect union with your true self—to practice aligning your mind with the inner, quiet desires of your heart. The tools you learn through yoga practice, stretching, breathing, and meditation, become your foundation for soothing your body’s response to daily stressors.
Migraine pain can be debilitating and stop you in your tracks. You may miss days of work or school and find it difficult to socialize or care for your family. It feels like a veil of pain has come between you and the rest of the world —the pain is piercing and throbbing, it may make you feel sick to your stomach and unable to concentrate. Sometimes, relief only comes after retreating to a dark, quiet space where you can sleep away the pain.
My boys love to garden! They proudly gather up their gardening tools (the real thing, but designed to fit a child’s hand), and pull on their wellies. Their boots come off before very long; little feet are now one with the garden. We get messy, we mimic the birds, and laugh. I delight in their freedom and the gift of seeing the world through their eyes.
“Be very still and gentle,” I tell Ian as I place a tiny snail into his warm, and eager palm. He and his older brother, Jake, look on in silent wonder as the snail slowly emerges from its shell. “Mummy, he tickles!” Ian squeals. And there, amongst the tender shoots of seedlings, the scattered sunlight, and invasive peppermint, I realize that my boys are learning life from the garden.
Here we learn companionship, nourishment, respect for the environment, and the rewards of hard work and patience.
How exactly does acupuncture work? There’s a complex series of physiological events that occur when you’re resting on a treatment table with thin needles stuck in your body. Acupuncture is not magic. Research is demystified the biophysical effects of acupuncture and demonstrating that it acts on several systems including your central nervous system and endocrine system. Acupuncture elicits an anti-inflammatory response, triggers the release of hormones, neurotransmitters and complex cellular communication throughout your body.