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23
May

Yoga Therapy for Teenagers

I attended a Yoga Therapy for Kids workshop last weekend and I learnt not only all the benefits of Yoga but also how you can use Yoga to help children (and adults) with conditions like…
Anxiety
Depression
Weight issues
Bed wetting
Asthma
Diabetes
Stress
Healthy digestion
Healthy backs.
I will be incorporating these exercises into my meditation classes for teenagers.

As described in my Zenergy Kids Teacher Training Course Manual… “Yoga correctives are a series of therapeutic exercises that work with the body to bring it back into balance. The aim of corrective exercises is to bring the energy flow back into the meridians and to assist the body in its natural healing process. They correct the functioning of organs, the body systems and correct structural imbalances”.

For example to have a healthy digestive system we need to look at how the Large Intestine functions.

On a metaphysical level our Large Intestine is all about letting go and feeling worthy. You can work with this by understanding that our thoughts do not define who we are, unless we give a thought some energy (more thought) a thought will simply pass through our minds. To help with this you can do simple breathing exercises to help release any unwanted thoughts by closing your eyes, taking in a deep breathe and on your out breathe imagine blowing out that negative thought, out into the universe and away from your mind.

On a physical level our Large Intestine is all about our healthy bacteria levels in our digestive system and also the releasing of waste material. A great way to help with this is to decrease sugars in your diet and increase natural fibres in your diet. To help with the function of the muscles around the large Intestine you can lie on your back with your legs above you and cycle your legs around (forwards and backwards) and to each side – continue this for a few minutes.

Give these tips a go today or you can do them with your children if they are suffering from either the physical or metaphysical side effects of a sluggish Large Intestine.

If you or your child would like more information about my classes, please email me at [email protected] For a limited time I am also offering a free trial session to both my adult and teenage classes.

To your happiness always,

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16
Mar

Love Your Brain!

With 4 school aged children in both primary and high school, I am very passionate about how to support children’s brains in learning. hence I have developed a program called ‘Love Your Brain’.

Our brains are just like any other muscle in our body, it needs to be exercised and looked after to function at its optimum level.

What can I do to help support my children’s brain in learning???

  • Water and lots of it! Check out my previous blog on the importance of water.
  • Make sure they are eating food high in protein (at every meal), check out my previous blog here on protein.
  • Encourage them to do brain exercises, check out my previous blog on some simple brain exercises.
  • Allow for relaxation time, time for the brain to unwind and relax. I love talking my kids through a gentle meditation before they go off to sleep.
  • Ensure they are getting enough sleep. Sleep is when the brain repairs itself, develops and allows it to relax a be ready for another day at school.
  • Have fun with my kids. As much as learning and discipline is important it is just as important that our brains have fun, to allow for our feel good endorphins to be released within our bodies.
  • Keep out additives, colourings, flavourings and preservatives from their diets. These are artificial products and can cause the brain to go either hyper, confused or anxious.
  • Lots of love and guidance. Some of the basic needs of our children are to feel safe and loved, if they do not feel this then their brains will not function as calmly and effectively as possible.

It does seem like a lot of things to do for our children’s brain, yet it really is not and I am sure you are already doing a few of these points.

It is about seeing your child’s brain as a focus and nurturing it through these different points.

Based on these points I will be running a webinar called ‘Love Your Brain’. It is a 1 hour webinar containing lots of information about how you can help improve the function of your child’s brain. These webinars are very informative and a must for all parents and teachers. To register for this ‘must see’ webinar please click here.

Until my next blog, enjoy your children and don’t forget to Love their Brains!

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30
Nov

Webinar – Happy Mums = Happy Kids

This week i was fortunate to run a webinar with some amazing Mums, called Happy Mums = Happy Kids.

I always love running webinars, as they give me a great chance to connect with you all on a more personal level. The most important tip from the webinar (and the one that i received the most feedback on) was ‘Don’t be so hard on yourself’.

Often as mothers we tend to strive for perfection and when our life and mothering falls short of perfection, we become hard on ourselves that we are not doing a good enough job! This leads us to get caught up in negative thoughts and beliefs about ourself that often are not even true! This negativity is laced with past experiences and years of being judgemental of ourselves.

What I asked on the webinar was…

“How can you be happy when someone is being mean to you all the time?”

This question is often a confronting one, as it makes it so obvious to us that how can we be happy with these negative thoughts running through our conscious and sub-conscious minds all the time? It is here in these thoughts that we need to make the changes to be able to step away from this negativity to become our own best friend.

So my question to you today, is how can you treat yourself kinder? I know for me, I am going to be kinder to myself by doing a short meditation each day, to help calm my mind and be present in the moment!

Here is the link to the recording of my webinar for you to listen to in your own time. Please click here….

Enjoy guys.

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23
Nov

Happiness starts within…

How often do we fall into the trap of ‘if only”. If only we lost 10 kgs, if only we went on a holiday, if only we had a different job or if only my kids would listen to me….then i would be happy!!

I know I have fallen into this trap many times! Yet what we fail to see when we are wishing our lives away is that it does not matter what or where we are, we are just the same person inside! Our inside person does not change by the outside world around us.

“Wherever you go, you take yourself with you!” – Neil Gaimer

No matter where we are or what we do, we always take ourselves with us!! How we are feeling on the inside will always shine through.

Happiness starts from within not in the external world! I believe that this was the biggest realisation for me, that I need to first look within to understand what is happening emotionally inside to be able to attend to what is happening in the world around me. It is here on the inside that I can make the long lasting changes to step into a happier and more fulfilled life.

To learn more register for my webinar on Tuesday night by clicking here..

Until my next blog, enjoy your children.

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14
Nov

St Michaels Health and Well-being Expo

Last week I was privileged to present Happy Mums = Happy Kids at St Michaels Health and Wellbeing Expo.
I receive a lot of positive feedback from the presentation and I wanted to share some of it with you, my wider audience.
Here are my 7 most crucial tips to becoming a Happy Mum:
Time freedom – the biggest complaint we as mothers make is that we don’t have enough time, time to look after ourselves, get things done around the house, prepare nutritious meals, spend quality time with our children or partners etc. etc. We need to first look at what we actually do with our time first in order to evaluate how we can utilise our time better.
The past is the past – often we let the past determine and influence our present and future happiness. We need to accept, understand, forgive and let go of the past. learnt he lessons from your past to move into the present moment.
Look within – often we let our external world determine our internal happiness, which is never a long lasting happiness. We need to focus on things within us to feel empowered in our own happiness and life.
It is what it is – letting go of the struggle to be the ‘perfect’ mother. Accept yourself, your children and the situation for all that you are, just as you are.
Set the tone – children learn 80% of their behaviours, actions and reactions through role modelling. Become the person you want your children to be!
Don’t be so hard on yourself – don’t compare your inner world with someone else’s outside world. Start to treat yourself with compassion and kindness, just like you would a best friend.
An attitude for gratitude – be grateful for all that life is and has to offer you, the good and the bad.
Over the next few weeks I will delve deeper into each of these tips, so please stay tuned!
Here is a picture of me at the presentation, it was great to have so many like minded Mums in the room sharing their experiences and helping one another!
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Here is some feedback I received…
“Good insights for mums. Refresh simple things that we often forget”.
“Really good and informative. A reality check, understanding everyone goes through the same emotions”.
“Practical straight forward advice that is easy to apply”.
Thank you everyone who attended.

Until my next blog guys, enjoy your children.

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4
Dec

Reflecting on new and past lives

Reflecting on new and past livesLast week I had the opportunity to stop and reflect on a very special time in my life. The pregnancy and the birth of my children, in particular my second daughter – Sofia. Together we attended a ‘Human Sexuality’ night at her school, with the focus on pregnancy and birth.

The facilitator took us through the story of a developing Embryo to Fetus. Then at times throughout the story she stopped and gave us a chance to discuss and share our experiences with our children.

Even though I have many times discussed my pregnancies and shared with my children many stories surrounding their births. I have never taken the time to sit down and reflect with one of my children on such a deep level.

We talked about that first phone call to the first kick and to how we felt and what we were doing when Sofia was born. This bought back so many wonderful memories and what a special way to share them with my Sofia.

With this amazing experience also brings a great deal of pain for me. As the facilitator acted out that first phone call to your parents advising them of your good news that you are pregnant and speaking to first the Mum and then the Dad – my gorgeous daughter looks at me and says, “Mummy you must have been so sad that you could not tell your Dad” (my Dad passed away before my children were born). I looked at her with such amazement that she thought of me and how I had felt. I then agreed with her and said, “My Dad already knew”. I held back my tears and refocused on what and where I was.

I was amazed as at how Sofia thought of this, that she was thinking about the importance of family and love – which is something we strongly enforce at home. It made me feel very proud of her and her ability to see beyond the face value of the discussion and see it with more depth with love and empathy.

This whole process also reiterates to me the importance of taking these times out to stop and reflect on new and past lives. Both are just as important and as heart-warming as heart-breaking.

My message from all of this is two very important things. The first is to keep the memory of our loved ones alive by talking about and celebrating their lives with our children. The second is to enjoy every moment with our precious children, to take time out to reflect and be present as that next phase is just around the corner and this phase will soon be a memory!

Until my next blog, enjoy your children.

Debbie

xo

8
May

Whole brain learning

In my previous two blogs I have given you a brief overview of the left and right hemispheres of our brain. Now in this blog, I want to discuss with you the importance of Whole Brain learning (left and right hemisphere together).

In the past it was thought that the left brain was only used for logic and reason and the right brain was only used for imagination and sensory experiences, but today with all the recent research that is been done on the brain it has now been proved that the left hemisphere and right hemisphere do not work independently they actually work together in each and every activity we do daily. For example a young baby who is using their senses to feel a new object, their right hemisphere is stimulated with the sensory information but their left hemisphere is also stimulated as it will code this new information as a blueprint for future use – for example that Teddy Bear is soft and safe, it is okay to touch it next time.

Most people tend to have a dominant side of their brain, and they will tend to process information using their dominant side. This doesn’t mean that individuals only use half their brain, it just reflects a balance in the right and left hemisphere when processing information and performing activities. Learning and thinking are enhanced when both sides of the brain are used in a balanced manner. For full integrated and balanced learning to occur we need our left and right hemisphere to work in conjunction with one another.

From just this information, i am sure you can understand how important it is for both the right side and left side of our brain to be working in conjunction with one another. In my kinesiology practice I have found that one of the major issues in children’s learning and emotional well being is that the left side and right side of their brain do not actually work together. This makes it hard for children to be creative in their thinking rather than just been focused on a past event or it allows them to put reason into an emotional issue. This will also make learning more stressful as it will take up more energy to observe and remember the information.

At home you can do simple brain exercises for your children by encouraging them to cross over their midline (centre of their bodies drawing a line from their nose down) and using the left side and right side of their body at the same time. So basically you are touching the left hand to the right knee and the right hand to the left knee, almost like you are marching on the spot. This will encourage your child’s left and right side brain to work together at the same time. Some children will find this quite difficult, persist with it as with more practice your child has they will find it easier and easier. A good tip I use with some children who are struggling with this is to put a yellow sticker on their left hand and right knee and a red sticker on their right hand and left knee – then ask your child to match up the sticker colours as they march.

I am in the process of uploading a utube video on this simple brain exercise, to help you to do it at home with your children (a visual explanation for all you Right Brain Dominant people).

Until my next blog, enjoy your children.

Debbie

xo

6
May

Brain The Right Hemisphere

Today’s blog is the second in a series of three Brain Blogs. The first blog gave you a brief overview of the left hemisphere, this blog will give you a brief overview of the right hemisphere and the next blog will talk about how important it is for the left and right hemisphere to work together in our children’s learning and our lives.

Brain The Right Hemisphere

The right side of our Brain is responsible for things like imagination, visual, emotions, creativity, rhythm, subconscious thoughts, music, art and for present thoughts.

The right side of the brain loves to daydream, see things or issues as a bigger / whole picture and create new ideas. It also plays a major role in gathering information for new ideas and thoughts which are then stored in our memories, for future reference. It is all about the now and present moment.

In our children’s classroom a child who is right hemisphere dominant has a great imagination, will be able to see a possibility and will require a more visual explanation of a topic. They are good at subjects where their creativity can be explored like art, music and storytelling.

We use the right hemisphere to explore what is going on around us. We are able to see the bigger picture in what we are learning rather than just focusing on the small details. It is in the right brain that we are able to take risks in what we are learning, as it does not rely on past experiences to determine our present thought, which can therefore limit our risk taking by going with what is safe and known to work in the past.

Are you right hemisphere dominant? Do you prefer to be given information in a more visual display as opposed to figures and facts? Are you able to see what is going on around you in the present, rather than relying on past experiences to determine how you feel right now? Are you good at reading maps and knowing where you are in relation on the map? If the answer is yes to these questions, then you are most likely right hemisphere dominant.

Our brains are powerful and complex. Now stayed tuned for my next blog, which is probably the most important in this series of blogs as it explains how important “whole brain” learning is for our children in today’s constantly changing world.

Until next blog, enjoy your children.

Debbie

xo

1
May

Brain, The Left Hemisphere

Our brains are the most powerful and complex organism in the world. The brain is divided into two hemispheres, the left and right hemisphere. These two hemispheres are connected via the Corpus Callosum – which consists of approx 200-250 million nerve fibres that connect the two hemispheres.

Over the next 3 blogs I want to give you a brief overview of your Brain. Starting today I will give you some basic background information on the left hemisphere or left brain.

The left side of our brain is responsible for things like logic, reason, auditory information, speech, numbers, time orientated, conscious thoughts and past or future thoughts.

The left side of the brain loves lists, sequences and order. It also plays a major role in the analysis of information.

In our children’s classroom a student who is left hemisphere dominant can be good at planning, listening to directions and following directions. They can be good in subjects which require reason, logic and order like maths, reading and spelling.

We use the left hemisphere of the brain to rely on things that are going on around us, as it will analyse what is going on by referring to past events and feelings in order to determine our present thought or action. It is in the left hemisphere that any new experience or information can be stored for future reference.

So are you left-hemisphere dominant? Do you prefer information to be given to you in order or in a sequence, like a list or graph. Or think about when you are under stress do you usually think about and discuss the issue before you take an action…… If the answer is yes to these questions, then you are most likely left-hemisphere dominant as before you can take an action or deal with a current situation your brain needs to access stored information from past experiences.

Our brain really is amazing, now stay tuned for my next blog on the right hemisphere. Once you have the background information on both hemispheres I will then blog about how important it is in our children’s learning to use the left and right hemisphere together for full integrated learning to occur!

Until next blog, enjoy your children.

Debbie
xo

23
Apr

Learning Do you get it or not

Today I want to give you an introduction to children’s learning and an overview of what can affect a child’s learning. As a mother of 4 school aged children this is a subject that I am very passionate about and deal with on a daily basis, from homework to teachers to classmates and everything else in between!

Learning do you get it or not

There are many things in a child’s life that can affect their learning, here are a few areas that need be looked at when looking at a child’s learning:

Brain Integration
Hydration (please read my previous blog on ‘Water is an Essential Part of our Life’)
Diet / Nutrition (please read my previous blog on ‘Learning about Protein’)
Emotional state
Life stressors

I will be going into detail over the up and coming blogs about these issues, today I just wanted to give you an introduction to learning.

As adults I am sure that there have been times in your lives when your learning has been easy and it has made sense and you get it! I am also very sure that there have been times in your life when your learning has been hard and nothing made sense and nothing was sinking in! Take a moment to think about each of those times and when you got it and when nothing made sense. I know when I feel that I am not getting it, I feel overwhelmed, hopeless, embarrassed and I just want to give up because I am not smart enough. The times in my life when I have caught on, I feel successful, secure in my knowledge and confident in myself and what I know. Our children do and will have the same experiences in their learning.

At those times in your life when you felt that you got it, did you feel a centred and peaceful state within? I know I did. This can be achieved with our children by incorporating body movements and visual experiences into their learning. By doing this our children are actually able to feel, visualise and imagine what they are learning and therefore it is centred into both their left brain (logic and detail) and right brain (visual and bigger picture). Once this occurs then the child is able to feel that their learning is coming naturally and flows easily. So next time you are with your children and helping them with their learning, encourage them to actually feel, visualise and imagine what they are learning to help anchor it.

It is my hope that my children and other children feel that ‘Got It’ state throughout all their learning, which will bring about a joy and confidence in learning.

Until my next blog, enjoy your children.

Debbie
xo

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