Welcome to The Worthy Lotus

We are here to serve you. Healing through yoga is possible. THE WORTHY LOTUS  (TWL) is the next generation of personal wellness. Created for a diverse audience of enthusiasts who wish to use yoga as a tool of empowerment to manage their personal health issues with knowledge, coaching and self-discipline.

Therapeutic yoga programs are our specialty. We work with you to develop a customized program for your individual needs.   Emotional and  physical healing practices are designed for your unique experience.  Click on the Yoga Therapy page for more information.

TWL uses yoga as a therapeutic tool to promote wellness of mind body and spirit. Take a moment and browse our site. As you navigate the pages, inhale and exhale deeply. We look forward to working with you on your healing journey!

We know for sure that our bodies are designed to fully thrive.  We have the ability to impact our vitality with ways that include proper nutrition, body movement, spiritual , emotional and mental well being.

Love, Light & Healing

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Spring Cleaning

With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner its a wonderful time to spring clean.  Consider cleaning from the inside out.  Purging the weight of winter and making space for the light breeze and warm days of spring are refreshing and renewing.  In my effort to spring clean my internal house, I recently embarked upon a 14 day conscious eating and yoga challenge.  I have shed some unwanted extra pounds and strengthened my yoga practice in the process.

Here are a few tips for spring cleaning.

1 – Get out and move.  According to Dr. Oz the top 3 ways to live a healthier, happier life are:

a – move more               b – eat less               c – manage stress

2 – Eat less.  Think about bringing more nature into your diet.  Think color when preparing to eat.  A simple technique is to be sure the rainbow is on your plate.  Eating colorfully ensures vibrancy.

3 – Yoga is one of the best ways to manage stress.  It’s all about that breath.  Take deep conscious breaths especially when engaged in anything that is not helping you to smile!

4 – Be grateful.  Start your day with an attitude of gratitude.  Whenever you wake up, allow gratitude be the first thought in your mind and mental say thank you, for this day, this breath, this moment.

5- Notice your surroundings.  Smell flowers, listen for birds.  You will be amazed at how these simple acts will transform your thinking.

Join me on June 21st for my Breathing Space Workshop.  2-4pm at Pure Vitality, 3614 Hwy 5 Douglasville GA 30135

This 2 hour workshop will leave you feeling relaxed, restored and renewed.

Happy Spring

Kemiko

 

Season’s Greetings

May this season provide that which serves you best and allow you to release that which serves you least!

Peace and blessings,

Kemiko

The Guest House

by Rumi

This being Human is a guest-house.  Every Morning a new arrival.

A Joy, a depression, a meanness,  some momentary awareness comes  as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!  Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,  who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably.  He may be clearing you out for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

 

Lessons from my garden

In this place I am fully present! I love to garden! I love to eat! I love real food! I have been gardening for many years now. Until recently I did not notice how focused, calm and relaxed I am in this place. The more I spend time here the more I realize why I love it so much. The lessons that unfold are as bountiful as the food that I harvest. Nature is kind, strong, relentless, forgiving and nurturing. Each year my garden grows as do I. Each year my garden changes as do I. Each year my skills deepen, my mind stretches and my body strengthens. The garden is silent and it speaks truth. The garden meets me at every step. When I am giving so is my garden. When I am selfish so is my garden. The garden is one of the greatest teachers I have encountered, yet it does not speak. I am grateful for my garden. Namaste

A New Year. Refresh and Renew!

A new year brings renewed energy, ideas and commitments. Beginnings allow us to start fresh, if need
be or continue forge ahead. As life is a journey for all of us, certainly we must find joy along the way, in order to sustain it. I am personally committed to sharing the awesome gift of yoga with all whom I connect with. As I continue to grow, mentally and spiritually, living authentically is high on my list.
I sincerely encourage everyone to do the same. Be your authentic self. 2012 has passed but the lessons we have learned are present. Take each lesson and use it as a tool in your toolkit.

The measure of greatness

Quantifying greatness is just not possible.  But we do recognize greatness when we see it.  We know of  “The great Muhammad Ali” and Alexander the Great (a Roman leader).  Indeed these individuals have impacted history and the world in profound ways.   Nelson Mandela, just passed on after 95 years of life.  He, in my opinion,  was a great man.

Ghandi, MLK, Fannie Lou Hamer, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Imhotep, Hatsepshut, Michael Jackson.  These are just a few people we know of who have been called great.  How do we know?  I have learned the measure of greatness is in the gifts we give.  These individuals and so many more, known and unknown, have gifted the world, with their talents, tenacity, kindness, generosity & humility. We are all capable of greatness.  It is upon each one of us to demonstrate it.

Gratefully & greatfully,

Kemiko

The Worthy Lotus In the News

Click on the link below, to check out our exclusive interview with Douglasville CitiTV.  September is National Yoga Month.  Listen as Kemiko helps educate the public about the wonderful benefits of yoga!

Note: It’s the 2nd segment, starting @ 13:20.  Simply slide the timer bar horizontally to start.

Yoga is life, life is yoga.

This is something I say all the time.  I say this because the practice of yoga reveals many lessons, on the mat.  These same lessons are applicable off the mat.  That is what makes yoga so accessible to everyone.  Many people have the impression that you need to come to a yoga class already flexible or already calm or already strong.  This could  not be further from the truth.  The best way to come to a yoga class is willing to learn.  It’s not so much about what limitations you may have, it’s more about how you will grow what you will learn along the way, while growing.  Henceforth the lessons that will be revealed on the mat.  Another thing I say frequently is be flexible on and off the mat.  One thing I have learned is that physical and mental flexibility work together.  To test this theory think about yourself and/or people you know.  Notice if their mental and physical flexibility are in synch.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to experience yoga, I encourage you to give it a try!  Remember be wary of pressuring yourself to be a certain way.  Just give it a try and be open to seeing what lessons you may learn along the way.

Low back pain

Lower back pain? Yoga therapy can help.

Yoga has become a familiar part of the health and fitness scene in the United States. Nearly 16 million Americans currently practice yoga. Another nine million say they plan to try it within the year. Although many people turn to yoga to ease stress and improve overall health, a growing number have specific medical aims and are following the recommendations of their doctors.

According to a study in the journal Spine (Sept. 1, 2009), yoga therapy can reduce pain and improve function in people with chronic low back pain. Chronic low back pain—defined as pain that lasts more than three months—is notoriously difficult to treat. Not surprisingly, it drives many sufferers to turn to alternative and complementary therapies in search of relief. The Spine study is the second of two randomized trials to test a specific form of yoga called Iyengar (pronounced eye-en-gar) yoga, which is based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the world’s most well-known living yoga teachers.

Iyengar yoga vs. classic hatha yoga

Most yoga taught and practiced in this country is hatha yoga, which combines: classic poses (asanas), controlled breathing, and deep relaxation or meditation. Iyengar is a type of hatha yoga that uses props such as blankets, blocks, benches, and belts to help people perform the poses to the fullest extent possible even if they lack experience or have physical limitations. The emphasis is on precise physical alignment, with trained teachers adjusting everything from the position of the shoulders to the angle of the toes.

Iyengar adjustments to classic yoga poses

Iyengar yoga poses

Iyengar yoga uses blocks, belts, and other props to help students perform classic yoga poses such as those shown in the grey insets above: parivrtta trikonasana, or the revolved triangle pose (A), and ardha uttanasana, or the standing half forward bend (B). Instructions are individualized, with adjustments made for age, experience, body type, physical condition, and medical problems.

What the research revealed

With funding from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers at West Virginia University enrolled 90 adults to participate in a yearlong trial comparing the effects of Iyengar yoga therapy with those of standard medical care. Participants ranged in age from 23 to 66, and all were suffering chronic low back pain. About half of them were assigned to 24 weeks of a twice-weekly, 90-minute regimen approved by B.K.S. Iyengar and taught by a certified Iyengar yoga instructor and two assistants with experience in teaching yoga therapy to people with chronic low back pain. On days when they didn’t have a yoga class, they were instructed to practice at home for 30 minutes using a DVD, props, and an instruction manual. The rest of the participants (the control group) continued with usual medical care and were followed with monthly telephone calls to gather information about their medications or other therapies.

All subjects reported on functional disability, pain intensity, depression, and medication use at the start of the study, midway through (12 weeks), immediately afterward (24 weeks), and at a follow-up six months later. Compared with the control group, the Iyengar group experienced a 29% reduction in functional disability, a 42% reduction in pain, and a 46% reduction in depressive symptoms at 24 weeks. There was also a greater trend toward lower medication use in the yoga group. There were no reports of adverse effects.

Six months after the trial ended, 68% of the yoga group was still practicing yoga — on average, three days a week for at least 30 minutes. Their levels of functional disability, pain, and depression had increased slightly but were still lower than those of the control group.

The study had limitations — a small number of participants, as well as reliance on the participants’ own reports of symptoms and disability. Also, the control group, on average, had been suffering back pain longer than the yoga group. Still, the results are consistent with findings from other studies of yoga for low back pain.

source:http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/lower-back-pain-yoga-therapy-can-help

The Lotus Flower

The lotus flower is a truly unique and amazing sign of nature. This flower actually grows in muddy waters and then it will rise to the surface. Once doing so, it then blooms with spectacular beauty and grace. In the fashion of one of nature’s miracle, this amazing flower will sink below the surface with each nightfall.

When the sun rises, the flower will reappear with all its amazing color intact. Representing health, honor, long life and good luck, this flower is ever so popular. There are many varieties of the lotus flower. The Eastern lotus is known as a symbol of spirituality. The Egyptian lotus flower represents the sun, rebirth and creation.

In addition, the Christian lotus is referred to as the flower of the white lily and represents purity. The Indian lotus gives meaning to wealth, knowledge and enlightenment. The lotus can be used as a flower of choice in weddings, as it has so many representations, all worthy of such a joyous event.

Believe it or not, the flowers, seeds and leaves are actually edible and are used in some countries as garnished to food dishes. In Asia, for example, the lotus pedals are used for the garnish and the leaves are used as food wraps. In China, parts of the lotus flower are used as ingredients in soups. The lotus is truly a remarkable flower.

 

source: http://flowersforum.com