25 Nov Aveda Educator Helga HefnerReading Time: 3 minutes
“Conscious breathing is one of the most powerful practices for well-being.” – Helga Hefner
A healthy body starts with conscious breathing. How we breathe affects more than just our ability to be alive. Slow, deep breaths aid in activating the parasympathetic nervous system which is when the body changes to recuperate, regenerate, and heal.
The more awareness you have in the present moment, the more likely you are to connect with your intuition or internal teacher. Your body knows how and what to feed itself to be healthy, how much and how often to move, and how much to rest.
“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind.” – Shakyamuni
Helga took a moment to ask everyone one simple question, “How are you feeling at this moment?” She reminded everyone that it’s okay to admit if you’re not feeling great, that you won’t always be in a positive place. And if you aren’t feeling great, there are steps you can take to shift your mood.
Before you react…
S – Stop
T – Take a breath
O – Observe yourself
P – Proceed with kindness
If you are not willing to shift your mood, that’s okay. Don’t judge yourself. Just be aware that you are choosing to stay where you are. Everything that has a problem has a purpose; there are always solutions and opportunities. Acceptance and integration of your every emotion are crucial steps to unleashing your pure potential.
“You are what you eat, you are what you digest.” – Helga Hefner
We’ve heard it before, food equals fuel. Our bodies use what we feed them to make energy and sustain your life. Even more than sustaining your life, a balanced diet can improve your physical and mental wellness. Combining animal protein with leafy vegetables and separating them from meals with starchy vegetables can aid in your digestion. It also helps to eat melon-type fruits alone, that is why they make great snacks.
Did you know about these helpful hits for easy digestion?
– Relax before you eat
– Chew your food well
– Don’t drink more than one cup at meal time
– Eat two good solid meals, far apart
– Eat one liquid meal (smoothie/blended salad)
– Drink plenty of liquid nutrition before and after meals
“Every decision you make moves you toward or away from health.” – Helga Hefner
Finally, this Thanksgiving week, it’s important to remain grateful. Cultivating gratitude will help you develop a happier self. Whether you feel gratitude in this moment or not, that attitude will be what carries with you into tomorrow. So breathe well, think well, eat well, and be well.
“I personally feel this was a life changing for myself and I wish I could have attended even longer then three days.”
“It truly has been the best session I’ve attended this far. Her passion was incredible and honestly, she opened my eyes to a lot. I will be doing my own research into Ayurveda now. I’m excited to change my life and figure out who I am thanks to Helga.”
“I didn’t want her to leave. She is amazing. Everyone should be able to see her. What she teaches is so valuable, and I am grateful she has come into my life.”