Friday, June 24, 2016

Servitude-Volunteering for the Lakota Healing Way Center's Father's Day Fundraiser



Respect. Service. Gratitude.  All beings deserve to be loved and served.  To love and serve others is to love and serve Creator; God.  Elders, teachers, and children deserve special respect.  An elder's spirit and a child's joyful dance are profound teachings.  It is an honor to be in the presence of an elder.  It is a blessing to listen to their heart and wisdom.  My body and mind are healthy.  It is my responsibility to care for elders and those who not in perfect health.  I am committed to putting the needs of others before my own. 


I am blessed to have been introduced to Native ways and wisdom.  I do not take this lightly.  I feel a deep responsibility to the land and the people of this land.  I am humbled by this space and sense of place.  I have much to learn and much to give.  I come in respect, in service, and in gratitude.  


Unity


Unity is a member of the Sferrazza family and has an older sister who teaches yoga.

A Sophomore at MSU Denver, he has chosen a journey to discover his own unique ability to help others. 



http://www.lakotawayhealingcenter.org

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Connection of Eagle and Lion


by Little Flower

These two poses represent powerful animals that contain gentleness and intensity. The two different characteristics bleed into one another - as the majestic dive of the eagle or graceful pounce of the lion is the precursor to death. 

Garudasana (Eagle Pose) - Power, Freedom, Transcendence
Simhasana // Simhagarjanasana (Lion Pose) - Strength, Courage, Leadership


The Flow

Tadasana (Mountain Pose) : Feet together, palms facing thighs, head to the heavens and feet stabilizing us on the ground; variations: hand to heart center, hands above head, hands above head and up onto toes (palm tree pose)
-Garudasana (Eagle Pose) : Start standing, choose focal point, bend right leg and place on top of left, wrap right foot around the calf (gastrocnemius) muscle. Cross elbows in front of chest, right elbow on top, left elbow underneath. Try to bring palms together. Fingertips may only barely touch the palm. Be aware of one's own limits. May not have the hip or shoulder flexibility for this pose. Can put other joints at risk (like knees). 
- Tadasana (Mountain Pose) : Slowly come out of Garudasana by uncrossing arms, then legs. Bring hands to sides. Inhale arms to sky. Exhale arms to heart center (Anahata chakra). 
Garudasana (Eagle Pose) : Other side. Left leg over right and wrap around right calf. Cross left elbow over right. Right elbow underneath. Bring palms together. 
Tadasana (Mountain Pose) : Hands to heart center
- Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) : Using the heart to guide, keeping back straight, forward bend. Place handing on shins, feet, or floor. Let the head hand loose and keep the knees slightly bent. 
Ashwa Sanchalanasana : Bring the right leg as far back as comfortable. Place hands on either side of front leg. Lunge to stretch right hip flexor. Variation: hands to heart center or hands above head in prayer. 
Majari-asana (Cat Stretch)  : Hands under shoulders, knees under hips. Inhale - expand abdomen and bring belly button to floor. tailbone and head towards the sky. Pause between breaths and hold about 3 seconds. Exhale - round the back, push belly button towards the spinal column, tailbone and head towards the ground. Repeat with the breath at own pace for three rounds. 
Ashwa Sanchalanasana : Bring right leg forward to stretch left hip flexor. Variation: hands to heart center or hands above head in prayer. 
-Majari-asana (Cat Stretch)  : Hands under shoulders, knees under hips. Inhale - expand abdomen and bring belly button to floor. tailbone and head towards the sky. Pause between breaths and hold about 3 seconds. Exhale - round the back, push belly button towards the spinal column, tailbone and head towards the ground. Repeat with the breath at own pace for three rounds.
Simhasana // Simhagarjanasana (Lion Pose) : Eyes wide open, looking at eyebrow center. At end of inhale, tongue to chin. Exhale, "Aaa" noise. Do not strain or force noise. 5-10 rounds.
Balasana (Child's Pose) : Legs together, butt to heels, forehead to the ground or rest on hands if cannot reach. Arms to sides, back of hands on ground or stretched out front.
 

Dandelions, Dandelions Here and There. Medicine, Medicine Everywhere

by Little Flower

As I strolled down the lane labeled for pedestrians only, I scanned with a gentle gaze at all the plants surrounding the path and the river. Left, Right, Up, Down - four directions - and I noticed all the little yellow dots scattering the landscape. Every here and there, white fluff balls joined the blossoms. I looked up on the the edge of the wall walking alongside me. 
"Why, hello there. How did you get all the way up here?" The bundle of dandelions were thriving, being some of the biggest leaved I had seen all afternoon. I could not help but smile from ear to ear - the most resilient dandelion I had met. That is saying a lot for how high dandelions are on the kill list - probably second after thistles. 
I thanked Mr. Taraxacum officinale for his lesson and his gift; A gift that is not well known. The gift of medicine. 

Historically, the dandelion has been used medicinally by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Native medicine of the Americas, Arabian medicine, and European medicine. In TCM, it was used for breast, uterine, and lung tumors, hepatitis, and digestive diseases. The natives used it for kidney disease, dyspepsia, and heartburn. For the liver and spleen, the Arabians used. And the Europeans used Dandelion for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea.

After a review of many scientific studies, I have found that all parts of the dandelion - root, leaf, and flower - are medicinal.

Typically, the root is for - ; the leaf for - ; the flower for -.

Dandelion root extract (DRE) was shown by P. Ovadje et al in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology to induce apoptosis in human leukemia cells. This presents a non-toxic option and opportunity for cancer treatment.

Doctor Ovadje really liked his or her or their cancer research. In Pancreas, volume 41(7), published in October of 2012, DRE induced apoptosis and autophagy in human pancreatic cancer cells with no significant affect on non-cancerous cells. It was also shown to induce apoptosis in chemoresistant melanoma, once again without toxicity to healthy cells.

In the International Journal of Oncology, Sigstedt et al showed that [only] dandelion leaf decreased the growth of breast cancer cells. The decrease was by 40% after a 96 hour treatment. However, the root was not useless - it was discovered to "block" the invasion of prostate cancer cells.