Monday, October 21, 2013

Defeat back pain by reclaiming your primal posture!

by Dr. Louann Tung: President of Core-Herence Coaching
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Listen now to to my guest Esther Gokhale on  "Defeat Back Pain by Reclaiming your Primal Posture" or download the replay on iTunes

Esther Gokhale: bio
Do you have chronic back pain and hip, neck, or knee pain? Have you consulted doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and even received acupuncture treatments for your joint and muscle pains? Have you just written off your problems to old age? The solution may be as simple as discovering your primal posture! In the modern society we have lost the wisdom of our elders and follow the latest fashion on how to walk, sit, and stand. The laid-back look is fashionable. Slouching over our computers and phones is just what Esther Gokhale who the New York Times has named “The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley.” Her unique, systematic approach is called the Gokhale Method® which helps you find your primal posture. Her techniques are based on extensive research in 3rd world countries where the primal posture is naturally passed to each generation. Learn how to walk, stand, sit, and sleep with primal posture and watch your pains disappear!
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New York Times article on Esther Gokhale

TEDx Stanford talk (6 minutes) on Esther Gokhale

ABC Channel 7 news on Esther Gokhale

"The Ayurvedic Cookbook"

My favorite pressure cooker - a huge time-saver! 
Have used almost daily the past 4 years - new gen - very safe! 

Recipe of the week    

Sicilian Vegetable Salad

This works best with sweated vegetables. Sweating vegetables means to place the vegetables in the pot with a drizzle of olive oil and few shakes of sea salt but with NO water. Use a pot with a tight-fitting lid or use a pressure cooker but keep the heat low enough to not increase the pressure. Leave the temperature on medium-low for about 10 – 20 minutes. The vegetables self-steam in their own juice which brings out their natural sweetness. I have used sliced ¼-inch wide 4 carrots, ¼ onion, and 3 celery stalks, with 3-medium red potatoes (1-inch cubes) with this recipe. Instead of potatoes, you can add 1-can of drained warmed, cooked garbanzo or kidney beans too. I mix the beans in at the end and not cook them with the other vegetables. For added color and nutrition, add ½ inch x 2-inch strips of ½ bunch of kale that has been steamed about 11-minutes. Mix all with the dressing below. This dish is good warm or cold the next day!

Simple dressing: Splash of unsweetened brown rice vinegar and sea salt to taste. Brown rice vinegar and sea salt is magical or any steamed vegetables!

Sicilian Dressing (adapted from The Ayurvedic Cookbook):

1 Tbsp brown rice vinegar
1 tsp dry organo
1 tsp dry basil
¼ tsp dry or fresh rosemary
½ tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp frozen apple juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp chia seeds – ground in a coffee grinder (optional to thicken dressing)

Put vinegar in a small bowl and whisk in the spices. Add the apple juice, oil, and chia last.

Meditation for the week

Walking Meditation 

"Walking and Falling" by Laurie Anderson. Fun song from a very creative artist to listen to before you start your walking meditation.

Practice Esther's technique for glide walking. To move your unweighted leg forward, contract the gluteus medius muscle at the top of the buttocks. This muscle can be found by rotating your leg outward 45 degrees  then lifting the leg behind you. Basically if you are standing on that leg and contract the gluteus medius muscle as if to lift that leg behind you then that action pushes you forward! But then you keep that muscle engaged so that the other foot lands softly. Do this slowly with awareness - focus on engaging that muscle for one leg as you walk for a few minutes then switch to just engaging that muscle in the other leg. Finally alternate to reprogram your walking! This helps to relieve lower back problems and takes the flat out of your bottom! Do this with full awareness - even around the house slowly  - to make this your walking meditation.

Dancing song of the week

"Rejoicing" by Oregon. I saw this band live in 1979 in Illinois. This is such a happy song - great that you can get such gems on Amazon now!

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