Jul 12

During July, do your ki energy techniques indoors (and drink plenty of water)

July is Hydration Awareness Month, an observance emphasizing the importance of drinking plenty of fluids during exercise or hot weather. And if you feel that yoga practitioners are exempt from the need to hydrate, think again. At Dahn Yoga, we stress that, even when you don't seem to be sweating very much during ki energy techniques, it is essential to replenish your fluids.

The reason is simple. When you lose water through sweat, your body's natural equilibrium starts to tilt away from your cool ki energy and toward your warm energy. This imbalance goes against the very purpose of ki energy manipulation, which is designed to bring your inner forces into alignment.

Of course, on a more physiological level, dehydration is just plain dangerous. The National Institutes of Health warns that too little fluid in the body can be quite harmful, especially on a hot day. It emphasizes awareness of the signs of dehydration, which include dry mouth, lethargy, dizziness and the absence of the need to urinate.

To treat a mild or moderate lack of fluids, it is best to drink plenty of water, natural juices or sports drinks. Also, to prevent dehydration, consider doing yoga indoors, wearing loose-fitting clothing, drinking water and avoiding coffee, alcohol and salty foods.

Jun 12

Ki energy techniques for men include drinking tea after doing yoga

In the Dahn Yoga community, there have been plenty of recommendations flying around lately about how men can best supplement their yoga routines. This is mainly because, last week, we celebrated Men's Health Week, a time to get together and reflect on the unique wellness challenges facing American men.

One of the suggestions that we've heard repeatedly is that male yoga practitioners may want to try drinking hot tea after a long, relaxing class. This isn't a bad idea at all, as Yahoo! Sports recently explained.

The news source noted that drinking tea – specifically, a hot brewed green or black herbal tea from a small, handle-less mug – is an excellent way to reinforce the relaxation brought on by a yoga session.

It added that studies have indicated that antioxidants, like the ones found in a piping hot cup of green tea, may help reduce the risk of arthritis, memory problems and heart disease, all of which become bigger problems for men as they age.

So if you're ready to have a post-Father's Day bliss-out session at Dahn Yoga, consider supplementing our ki energy techniques with a warm, steaming cup of tea.

Apr 12

Yoga’s ki energy healing helps brain on a molecular level

Yoga is great for soothing joint aches, easing tightened muscles, increasing flexibility, reducing heart rate and lowering blood pressure. But these are all physiological effects. Can yoga's ki energy healing do anything for anxiety, depression or other psychological conditions?

According to a study newly published in the journal Medical Hypotheses, it can.

Conducted by researchers in Massachusetts and New York, the investigation examined the effects that yoga has on the brain's levels of GABA (an important neurotransmitter) and on the autonomic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

The team found that, in general, yoga seems to be of benefit to people with mood disorders because it increases the levels of GABA found in brain tissue, as well as balancing the electrical loads placed on the body's nerves and neurons.

Researchers added that these effects indicate that yoga may help reduce the severity of conditions like depression, anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder.

However, the regimen is also perfectly suited for day-to-day healing. So even if you feel healthy and happy, it's never a bad idea to look into a nice Illinois yoga class.

Mar 12

Study: Ki energy techniques help improve mood

Sure, we all know that holistic therapies can help us relax while rejuvenating our minds, but can these techniques measurably reduce stress or improve one's disposition? They can, according to a researcher at the University of York, who recently uncovered the mood-elevating effects of ki energy techniques.

The results, which appeared in the Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy, were unmistakable. Health sciences expert Rosie Robson found that yoga – and physical activity in general – has a distinctly positive effect on how you feel.

In the words of the author, "exercise and yoga significantly increase vigor and reduce depression, tension, confusion, anxiety and anger."

Not bad for a mind-body regimen that you'll find just a short walk or drive away, at your nearest Chicago yoga studio.

Robson based her results on questionnaires delivered to participants before and after a 60-minute yoga intervention. She noted that the holistic system appears to be almost perfectly suited to help adults improve low mood.

This may be one reason why so many physicians encourage their patients to try mind-body therapies (MBTs) like yoga. According to a recent poll, more than 6 million Americans have used MBTs at their doctor's suggestion.

Mar 12

Parent discusses how to use ki energy for a child with disabilities

Chicago yoga studios are increasingly catering to kids with special needs. In a report appearing in the Chicago Tribune, many parents of children with special needs praised the holistic health regimen for the remarkable effects it's had on their sons and daughters.

Louise Feeney told the newspaper that yoga has helped her daughter, Erin, blow out her first birthday candle.

Before age 19, Erin had trouble doing so because of her cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects muscles, range of motion, facial expression and diaphragm strength. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 303 American children has the disorder.

However, the Feeneys haven't let it get them down. After learning how to use ki energy and improve her lung capacity, Erin blew out her first birthday candle at her 19th birthday party, and another at her 20th.

"Not two or three, but one, and one is way better than none," her mother told the news source.

The Tribune noted that yoga is currently used as an adjunct therapy for all sorts of pediatric disorders, from autism to attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.

Mar 12

Yoga breathing makes ki energy manipulation as easy as letting out a sigh

With the weight of the world bearing down on your shoulders, isn't it about time you took a few moments for yourself in a Chicago yoga class? It'd do you some good. After all, by utilizing meditation, deep breathing and ki energy manipulation, you can radically ease your anxiety and unburden your mind.

That was the thrust of a recent guest post at Chicago Now, written by Elizabeth Rago. An author and mother of three, she explained that attaining true serenity is all about using yoga breathing to cool your head and warm your belly.

"This simple act of purposefully taking extra time during the day to fill my lungs with more oxygen has helped me be patient with my children," she wrote, adding that deep breathing also helps de-stress her at work and in emotionally charged situations.

Mindful breathing has helped humans relax and center themselves for thousands of years. The key lies in the modulation of the air going into and out of the lungs. This vital oxygen supply has a big bearing on how your spiritual energy circulates throughout your system.

So the next time you feel frazzled and frantic, take a deep breath, hold it a moment and then say "Ahhhhhh…"

Mar 12

Chicago yoga teacher emphasizes ki energy healing

How did Chicago yoga instructor Susan Ginsberg get started teaching ki energy healing techniques to her students? It all began in 2007, when she met a very special person who was going through some serious health issues.

At the time, Ginsberg was already a yoga teacher, but she had not yet incorporated ki energy manipulation into her regular regimens – that is, until she she met a cancer patient who was in the middle of treatment.

"She wanted me to teach yoga, meditation, relaxation to her and to her close friends and family so they could support her," Ginsberg told the Chicago Sun-Times. "She had said something to me, that I was the angel on her shoulder during all of our treatments, helping her stop and breathe, and it stuck with me."

Today, Ginsberg takes what she taught this one student and instructs all of her pupils on how to breathe deeper and freer.

She told the news source that manipulating your flow of ki is often as easy as inhaling and exhaling in a slower, measured rhythm. In this way, enthusiasts can moderate their anxiety and let their bodies begin to heal.

Feb 12

Soldiers use yoga, ki energy manipulation to relieve PTSD symptoms

For veterans who currently take Chicago yoga classes, there's some great news that was recently announced by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison: the deep breathing, meditation and ki energy manipulation of yoga may help people with PTSD relieve some of their symptoms.

Channel 3000 reported that scientists at the institution have been using holistic therapies to "turn off" the repetitive, traumatic thoughts that echo through the minds of some veterans.

"PTSD is the past hijacking your mind and impeding your life in the present moment," researcher Emma Seppala told the news source. She explained that traditional treatments, like antidepressants and exposure therapy (re-living damaging experiences until they no longer cause stress) do not always work.

Instead, ki energy manipulation and yoga-based relaxation exercises may be substituted as a way to naturally and gently relieve emotional pressure.

Veteran and study participant Rich Low said that the regimen worked wonders for him.

"I did the course and things started opening up. I started to feel happiness, sadness, emotions I couldn't even explain because I wasn't familiar with them," he told the news organization. "It was a little jarring at first; I didn't know how to handle them, but overall it's been a great experience."

Jan 12

Instructor says breathing is key to ki energy healing

For patients with cancer and other serious illnesses, anxiety can be quite the problem. After all, how are you supposed to relax when you've recently been told you have a chronic disease? According to one holistic health expert, the trick to shaking off such tension is to use breathing-based ki energy healing.

Susan Ginsberg, who spends her days leading Chicago yoga classes, told the Sin-Times that she teaches people to breathe slowly and deeply as a way to reduce illness-related stress.

She explained that this method came to her in 2007 as a sort of revelation.

"I was a yoga teacher previously, and I started working with a woman that was going through cancer treatments," Ginsberg told the newspaper. "She had said something to me, that I was the angel on her shoulder during all of [her] treatments, helping her stop and breathe, and it stuck with me."

Since that time, she has helped dozens of critically ill people harness their ki energy in the service of relaxation.

Of course, you don't have to have a serious disease to be wracked by stress. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 23 percent of Americans are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder during their lifetimes.

If you have a lot of tension, try attending a Dahn Yoga class in your corner of the Windy City! Even a single session can have you breathing a sigh of relief. Ahhhhhhhhhh…


Jan 12

Beginner’s Chicago yoga promotes mind-body connection

At the University of Illinois, many students report being enamored with yoga. Why is the holistic regimen so popular among college students? According to the school's official newspaper, the Daily Illini, it's because yoga's soothing breathing techniques and ki energy manipulation allows stress to melt away.

This effect – which can be felt in classes in Champaign-Urbana, beginner's Chicago yoga groups and everywhere in between – is based on the regimen's attention to the mind-body connection.

That's what yoga director Deb Lister told the news source, explaining that among students, the link between the mental and physical selves is often in need of healing. She added that yoga's adaptability makes it perfect for college students of every stripe.

"The practice of yoga is about listening to what comes up to the surface when practicing – feelings, sensations, thoughts," Lister said, quoted by the newspaper. "The beauty of a yoga practice is that it can be modified to meet most anyone's challenges."

That's certainly true of Dahn Yoga, which is as popular among college students as it is among adults, kids and the elderly.