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Yoga videos and Yoga Membership Site with Dr. Melissa West. Canadas 1 FREE One Hour Weekly Online Yoga Show. Yoga videos and yoga downloads.

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    Constipation Morning Routine

    Constipation Morning Routine

    Constipation Morning Routine



    Before you even get out of bed we can start your constipation morning routine with some simple and effective constipation yoga to pull and pressurize the ascending and descending colon. This will help to move the stool along and encourage your bowel movement in the morning.



    When you get out of bed we will continue with some gentle stretching to lengthen and relax the colon to make elimination of your bowels easier.



    Moving into the bathroom, I will show you a simple dry skin brushing technique that you can use before you get into the shower to increase the circulation to your digestive organs.



    In the kitchen we will start our day with:



    1 tsp of olive oil to line our digestive tract and encourage elimination



    Warm Lemon Water which promotes peristalsis (this means the contraction of the muscles in your colon, keeping waste moving out of your body)



    and



    Overnight Oats. Oats are loaded with soluble fiber, so more water remains in the stool.

    Stool is softer and larger and easier to pass.



    If you would like my 3 Favorite Breakfast Recipes to Beat Constipation this Summer CLICK HERE and I will be sure to send it to you!

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    Breathing Exercise & Visualization for Sleep

    Breathing Exercise & Visualization for Sleep

    Breathing Exercise & Visualization for Sleep



    1. Rub the bottom of your foot from the heel to the ball of the foot 100Xs



    (this is the first point of the kidney channel and regulates your mind’s sleep/waking cycles)



    Here is the first visualization: feel the energy from your head (the thinking that keeps you awake, go from your head, through your chest, your legs and out the bottom of your feet)



    2. Switch feet - rub the other foot from the heel to the ball of the foot 100xs



    Visualize the energy from your head - and imagine the hamster wheel of thinking go from your head, through your torso, legs and out the bottom of your feet



    3. Lie down in bed. Place your hands on your belly. Breathe slow and deep into belly.



    4. VISUALIZE warm energy from your head, through your torso, legs, and out your feet.



    Repeat this visualization for 36 breaths.

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    Breathing Exercise for Anxiety with Acupressure

    Breathing Exercise for Anxiety with Acupressure

    Breathing Exercise for Anxiety



    In this video I will share 3 acupressure points for anxiety, stress and insomnia that are combined with gentle breathing. These acupressure points along with breathing and visualization are designed to relieve anxiety, nervousness, stress and are also great for insomnia.



    1. CALMING NATURE



    Place your index fingers on the tops of your ears, trace up to the crown point



    Use first and middle finger to press down, BREATHE out gently and quietly, focus on exhale



    Visualize anxiety leaving your body with each EXHALE



    Hold for 1-2 mins



    2. HAMSTER WHEEL BRAIN - when mind is spinning, mental restlessness, anxiety



    Place middle finger on your third eye, feel calm wash over you as you focus on exhale



    Hold 1-2 mins



    3. CALM HEART



    Place a middle finger on the center of your breast bone



    BREATHE out gently and quietly, focus on exhale



    Visualize anxiety leaving your body with each EXHALE



    Hold 1-2 mins

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    Vagus Nerve Exercises for Relaxation

    Vagus Nerve Exercises for Relaxation

    Vagus Nerve Exercises for Relaxation



    1. Vagus Nerve Breathing Exercise for Relaxation



    The vagus nerve does pass through the diaphragm which supports breathing



    This diaphragmatic stimulation regulates your vagus nerve and stimulates your relaxation response.



    2. Sounding A E I O U while rolling down through spine



    The vagus nerve is connected to your vocal cords and the muscles at the back of your throat. Singing, humming, chanting and gargling can activate these muscles and stimulate your vagus nerve.



    3. Neck and shoulder rotations



    Since the vagal nerve passes through your neck, stiffness, tightness and decreased elasticity in your neck may compress the vagal nerve, by doing this exercise, you are opening the passageway and allowing for regulated vagus nerve function



    Remember, the most important thing for vagus nerve function is safe connection. HUGS!

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    Self Massage for Irritation, Frustration & Resentment

    Self Massage for Irritation, Frustration & Resentment

    Self Massage for Irritation



    Spring can be a disturbing season with wild fluctuations of energy surging through nature. There is a strong momentum created by spring Qi. Spring bulbs thrust up through barely thawed ground. In humans the qi rises as well, moving up into the chest where it stimulates the liver with fresh vitality. Rising qi carries with it the potential for problems.This rising liver qi influences irritation, resentment and bitterness



    If the liver contains any stagnant blood and metabolic waste, which is normal after winter’s inactivity it will obstruct the flow of qi. Any obstruction to the smooth and easy flow of qi will cause disruption to qi and blood circulation. Mentally and Emotionally this causes frustration and irritability. These exercises will release stagnation or obstruction of qi and blood in the liver. These knots can be undone with yin yoga, qigong, or self massage like we are doing today.



    Yin Liver Massage 



    Gallbladder Massage



    Smoothing the Gallbladder and LIver Meridian

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    Vagus Nerve Massage for Insomnia

    Vagus Nerve Massage for Insomnia

    Vagus Nerve Massage for Insomnia





    * Eye/Neck Magic for Safe Sleep 

    * Golden Bamboo to Release the Day 

    * Visceral Massage for Vagal Tone and Deep Sleep 



    If the ventral branch of the vagus nerve is not functioning properly it is not uncommon to have difficulty sleeping. 



    Eye/Neck Magic for Safe Sleep 



    80% of the fibers of the vagus nerve are afferent sensory fibers - which means they bring information from the body to the brain. When we do an exercise like this and improve our breathing pattern and neck alignment, our body tells our brain that we are safe and this in turn facilitates ventral vagus activity. 



    * Forward head posture reduces the space available in the upper chest for breathing. 

    * Reducing forward head posture takes pressure off of the nerves that reach the spinal chord to the heart, lungs and visceral organs. 

    * Improving the alignment of the cervical vertebrae relives pressure on vertebral arteries relieving some pressure between the shoulders. 



    Golden Bamboo 



    This is a point on your face that is an endpoint of a large intestine acupuncture meridian. Your large intestine meridians can support you in letting go, and in letting go of the day. This acupuncture point will also support you in improved breathing. The muscles of your face are innervated by branches of the 7th cranial nerve. Changes to tension in our facial muscles provide feedback to our brain. In this case, we are telling our brain that it is safe to let go of the troubles of the day. 



    Visceral Massage for Vagal Tone and Deep Sleep 



    This organ massage for your vagus nerve will help you “rest and digest” the day. Stimulating the vagus nerve through your viscera acts as a natural tranquilizer. It signals to your brain that it is safe for you to go to sleep. 



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