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“Forging the Mind Body Connection” – Testimony From A Special Forces Soldier Who Does Yoga

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“The practice of yoga – breathing, being present and letting go – taught me to allow things to happen naturally.” – Doug Kiesewetter, U.S. Army Special Forces

In this powerful article with video, a Cross Fit trained, Special Forces soldier describes how he was left in a shambles after his first yoga session. But he continued and stuck with the sessions, eventually finding that it allowed him to access untapped strength and new found mobility. Although he lost 30 pounds, his Cross Fit totals stayed the same! And he claims that his results were mainly because of the mental benefits he gained from yoga.

Yoga helped him forge a mind body connection that created a more clear frame of mind. He found he had an improved ability to assess life situations clearly and react more calmly and effectively.  His optimized mind body connection improved his life, his marriage and his ability to operate with his Special Forces brethren (who also have found mental strength and clarity at yoga class.)

It reminds me of the fact that the real purpose of Chiropractic is to reestablish the connection of the brain to the body through the spine. Your spinal cord is the real-deal mind body connection, orchestrating billions of signals from your brain cells to every tissue cell of your body. When your free moving spinal joints lock up or spinal cord gets kinked, interference is created in this vital connection, hampering the coordinated function of your brain and body systems. It’s the Chiropractors job to free up the locked spinal joints and un-kink the spinal cord so normal signal flow can be restored and Life energy can flow.

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Respect that you have an innate, inborn intelligence within you that coordinates all the bodily and mental functions that keep you healthy and alive at any given moment. Chiropractic care and yoga share a common goal of creating a more optimized connection between all your body parts. The powerful result is greater awareness of your environment, improved mind body function, greater health, more resistance to disease, clearer thinking, and an optimal mind set of calm decision making and peaceful stress resolution.

It’s often said in Chiropractic philosophy that nature needs no help, just no interference. This is the new model of health and vitality. Trust your inborn, innate potential to grow, heal, function and express vibrant life through the regular practice of methods like chiropractic, yoga, clean eating, rest, and meditation. You’ll discover that you can enjoy your LIFE, and become more resilient when LIFE throws you the inevitable curve balls, challenges and obstacles.

Click here to read and view the Special Ops yoga article courtesy of Men’s Health Magazine. They also provide a do it yourself yoga routine to help get you started.

Click here to go to DrPete.com and learn how a chiropractic lifestyle can enhance the lives of you and your family.

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http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/yoga-benefits-for-men

My Secret Weapon for a Runny Nose During Allergy Season

I’ve always been suseptible to allergic sinus symptoms during the change of seasons. I’ve always been helped by chiropractic adjustments and cranial manipulation, both of which allow drainage of mucous from the head through the neck. But this past fall and winter, my upper respiratory system went bonkers and really became a big problem for me. Once I discovered that the primary source of my allergic reaction was that darn pet rabbit that we had staying in our house rent-free, I erected a three room bi-level vacation condo for Jordy the Rabbit in our back yard!

But I still wasn’t right. My sinuses continued to be clogged and my eyes continued to tear. I had to sleep with my mouth open because of the congestion, and my throat was dry and scratchy every morning. My next step was to eliminate wheat and dairy from my diet, as both cause mucous formation and inflammation, especially the genetically modified stuff they now pass off as food. I gained some more relief of my symptoms, but I wasn’t there yet.

About 6 months ago, I started a new training cycle at The Gym in Englewood, which just happens to be equipped with an excellent steamroom. Everyday I hit the steam for a 5-10 minute session and performed some basic breathing exercises while in there, and the results have been astounding! Let me tell you how I did it.

First off, I like to stand while in the steamroom as the air is hotter up there and I don’t trust the coodies that can collect on steamroom seats! I spray a little eukalyptus/menthol spray into the air to give me that nice Vick’s VapoRub smell and sensation. While standing I perform light circular movements of my arms to stretch my chest open and pull my shoulder blades backwards. Next I perform 5-10 full focused centered breaths, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth while expanding my ribcage and abdomen. I start gently and gradually use more force with successive breaths.

I then close off my right nostril with a finger and breath in and out with the left nostril for 5-10 breaths, again starting gently with successive force. I imagine the upper respiratory tract as a vacuum hose and I try to clear the mucous out of that hose through strong suction, either swallowing the mucous (not so gross) or blowing it out of my nose (use a towel for hygiene’s sake!) I repeat the process with the left nostril closed, breathing 5-10 with the right nostril creating that in and out vacuum cleanup.

Finally, I perform an ancient breathing exercise called nadi shodhan pranayama or alternate nostril breathing. Here’s an infographic of how it is performed. I’ll do 5-10 of these to complete my session. If you want to delve more deeply into this breathing exercise, here’s a link to a great article and video on how to do it. By the way, the alternate nostril breathing exercise can be done anywhere and at any time. It stimulates energy flow and balances your system.

And now my sinuses are clear most of the time! If I can’t make it to The Gym, I blast the hot water and steam up the bathroom at home and perform the exercises before showering. I actually sleep now while breathing through my nose, and my wife says I am snoring much less! The steam room isn’t for everybody, but if you’re suffering from chronic sinus congestion, please give this a try. I’m here to help you if you need more guidance or have questions.

Again, here’s the link for the article and video on alternate nostril breathing

Keep Looking Forward…

Dr. Pete

drgratale@optonline.net

www.DrPete.com

201-836-9558

SLIDESHOW: Dr. Pete’s New Workshop Debuts at the Arnold’s Sports Festival

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I’m so honored to be presenting my new workshop at the ICA Arnold Symposium on Natural Fitness & Sports at this years Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio on March 5-7, 2015.

To think that just 5 months ago I was lying in a hospital bed with a torn up knee and cracked ankle. And now I will be leading an enthusiastic group of health and fitness professionals in a workshop that is the culmination of all my experiences over four decades in the physical culture world.

We’re going to have a blast at this workshop, learning to tap our inborn strengths through focus, breathe and movement. So wear loose comfortable clothes and it might not be a bad idea to bring a towel!

Here’s a taste of what’s to come! These are the slides I will be using as part of my presentation. There’s some useful information in here and the slides will give you an idea of what we’ll be covering, but you’ll have to attend the event to get the details! Watch for pictures and videos of the workshop coming soon…

 

Got a Stuffy Nose? Learn How I Cleared My Sinuses Using The Steamroom!

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I’ve always been suseptible to allergic sinus symptoms during the autumn change of seasons. I’ve always been helped by chiropractic adjustments and cranial manipulation, both of which allow drainage of mucous from the head through the neck. But this past fall and winter, my upper respiratory system went bonkers and really became a big problem for me. Once I discovered that the primary source of my allergic reaction was that darn pet rabbit that we had staying in our house rent-free, I erected a three room bi-level vacation condo for Jordy the Rabbit in our back yard!

But I still wasn’t right. My sinuses continued to be clogged and my eyes continued to tear. I had to sleep with my mouth open because of the congestion, and my throat was dry and scratchy every morning. My next step was to eliminate wheat and dairy from my diet, as both cause mucous formation and inflammation, especially the genetically modified stuff they now pass off as food. I gained some more relief of my symptoms, but I wasn’t there yet.

About eight weeks ago, I started a new training cycle at The Gym in Englewood, which just happens to be equipped with an excellent steamroom. Everyday I hit the steam for a 5-10 minute session and performed some basic breathing exercises while in there, and the results have been astounding! Let me tell you how I did it.

First off, I like to stand while in the steamroom as the air is hotter up there and I don’t trust the coodies that can collect on steamroom seats! I spray a little eukalyptus/menthol spray into the air to give me that nice Vick’s VapoRub smell and sensation. While standing I perform light circular movements of my arms to stretch my chest open and pull my shoulder blades backwards. Next I perform 5-10 full focused centered breaths, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth while expanding my ribcage and abdomen. I start gently and gradually use more force with successive breaths.

I then close off my right nostril with a finger and breath in and out with the left nostril for 5-10 breaths, again starting gently with successive force. I imagine the upper respiratory tract as a vacuum hose and I try to clear the mucous out of that hose through strong suction, either swallowing the mucous (not so gross) or blowing it out of my nose (use a towel for hygiene’s sake!) I repeat the process with the left nostril closed, breathing 5-10 with the right nostril creating that in and out vacuum cleanup.

Finally, I perform an ancient breathing exercise called nadi shodhan pranayama or alternate nostril breathing. Here’s an infographic of how it is performed. I’ll do 5-10 of these to complete my session. If you want to delve more deeply into this breathing exercise, here’s a link to a great article and video on how to do it. By the way, the alternate nostril breathing exercise can be done anywhere and at any time. It stimulates energy flow and balances your system.

 

And now my sinuses are clear most of the time! If I can’t make it to The Gym, I blast the hot water and steam up the bathroom at home and perform the exercises before showering. I actually sleep now while breathing through my nose, and my wife says I am snoring much less! The steam room isn’t for everybody, but if you’re suffering from chronic sinus congestion, please give this a try. I’m here to help you if you need more guidance or have questions.

Again, here’s the link for the article and video on alternate nostril breathing

Keep Looking Forward…

Dr. Pete

drgratale@optonline.net

www.DrPete.com

201-836-9558

Treadmills are for Hamsters

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I’ve been saying it for years, treadmills are for hamsters! Has there ever been a more boring, monotonous and ineffective cardio exercise system? At least in the way that most people practice it? The 80s concept of steady state cardio conditioning is dead…replaced by a form of training called metabolic or high intensity interval training (HIIT). My old school musclehead buddies used to call it “aerobic powerlifting”.

In a nutshell, metabolic training means training at higher intensity with shorter periods of rest using multi-joint resistance circuits. These shorter workouts burn massive amounts of calories and fat, strengthen your heart and skeletal muscles and rev up your metabolism for up to 48 hours after your workout!

Here’s a great article written on the subject by athlete, exercise physiologist and fellow certified strength & conditioning specialist Rachel Cosgrove. I like this article because Rachel tackles the issue from the perspective of her own athletic experience backed by the latest scientific research. She also gives great tips to incorporate more of this type of training into your schedule.

The good news is that metabolic training takes less of your time while yielding superior results. It is also a scalable form of training in that beginners can start with short, easy workouts and progress to higher and higher levels of intensity and improvement. Enjoy, and let me know in the comments or through email what your thought are.

Click here to read the article

Are the Five Tibetan Rites Really the Fountain of Youth?

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The 5 Tibetan Rites are a series of movements or exercises that stimulate energy flow throughout your body. Everything we know about The Five Tibetan Rites comes from a book written in 1939 by Peter Kelder that chronicles the search for the fountain of youth by a retired British Army officer, Colonel Bradford. His journey led him to the Himilaya mountains where the natives told him the legends of a group of Lamas, or Tibetan monks of a remote monastery who knew the secrets of the fountain of youth. He was intrigued by their stories of old men who mysteriously regained health, strength and vigor upon finding and entering the monastery.

Well, Colonel Bradford finally found the monastery and trained with the monks for two years. Upon his return, he shared his experiences of the daily habits of  the monks and their anti-aging methods. The Five Tibetan Rites are central to their secrets.

An edited version of the original book is available for free online, and this short book makes for enjoyable reading and is chock full of wonderful, healthful information. Especially helpful is the in depth instruction on how to make use of these movement exercises. In fact, they are much more than exercises, that’s why they call them rites. The movements stimulates spinning of your energy points (also called vorteces or chakras). And therein may lie the secret to a more rejuvinated, healthful mind and body.

I perform the Rites regularly and they are great for beginners (there is plenty of instruction on how to get started) as well as more seasoned athletes and fitness enthusiasts. If you need my help in implementing them, feel free to call, email or stop by the office.

Click here for the free ebook version of

The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth

by Peter Kelder

Keep Looking Forward…

Dr. Pete

drgratale@optonline.net

www.DrPete.com

201-836-9558

A Good Belly Laugh Keeps You Centered

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The Addams Family was one of my all time favorite TV shows! I would literally burst out laughing at the absurd comedy performed by this taleted group of actors. While the dialogue was quite witty, the physical comedy took the cake for me and always provided me with a great belly laugh. (Probably why I loved the Three Stooges as well.)

You’ve probably noticed that not only does a good belly laugh feel great, but it cuts through the daily stress and changes your physical state from one of tension and stress to a state of joy and relaxed ease.

A belly breath forces you to breath deeply down to your center, that place thats located an inch or two below your navel and an inch or two inside your belly. The “power center” is the physical center of mass of your body, but also representes the center of your being. Breathing to your center puts you into “the Zone”, that physiological state where you perform at your best in a relaxed but energized state.

This is probably the reason why I’ve been obsessed by a dumb but hilarious video re-edit that someone named Wally posted on YouTube and Facebook. It’s an Addam’s Family clip set to cool music, and I ‘ve been watching it every morning lately. (Which may seem strange but I don’t care, I love it!)

No matter how I feel, it gets me laughing and brings my breath and energy down to my center, empowering me with good feelings as I get into the Zone! It’s a short silly clip, but I hope you enjoy it. Remember, there’s a reason we say that laughter is the best medicine. Get your daily dosage today by watching this clip!

Click here to view the video

 

Please let me know how you liked this clip and if you got the same belly aching reaction that I got from it by emailing me back!

 

Keep Looking Forward…

Dr. Pete

drgratale@optonline.net

www.DrPete.com

201-836-9558