In the news – How Breathing Calms Your Brain, And Other Science-Based Benefits Of Controlled Breathing.

A great summary of benefits of conscious controlled breathing. I have learned benefits of breathing exercises through my yoga training. My husband Konstantin came to learn and use breathing techniques from his life long study and practice of martial arts, as a coach, he regularly incorporates breathing work into his own training sessions as well… Continue Reading

why I still blog?

New year reflection. What has served its purpose and should be left behind? What do I want to focus on in 2019? What do I bring along and nurture? Where do I want to thrive? I love working with these questions while looking at the year ahead. 2019, here we come!

People pleasing – I am so over it!

There is much talk about stress as a cause of disease and inflammation, and in my experience, among other factors, much of that stress is caused by people in our lives. There is my family, my close friends – my “tribe”, and there are other friends, those I just run into, know in passing, neighbors, acquaintances, who… Continue Reading

Take 5 by Dr. Hyman

One of my favorite demonstrations of a simple but very effective breathing technique from my favorite doctor Dr. Mark Hyman. Try it, breathe, and breathe intentionally few times a day 🙂 Soft Belly Breathing from Dr Mark Hyman on Vimeo.   To your health, Elena

Cancer Prevention

In recent years there has been more and more reserach coming up about cancer prevention. It has always been my belief that we can lead a preventative lifestyle by eating healthful foods, being active, living mindfully and learning to deal with stress, then even if one gets seriousely sick at some point – being preventative… Continue Reading

How I am staying healthy and well.

As most of my readers know I have been diagnosed with three autoimmune conditions (Celiac, LP, and LPP) back in 2010. I was able to keep them all under control and from progressing through diet, proper nutrition, lifestyle changes, and stress management/mindful living. I am lucky too, as for the last 6 years I was… Continue Reading

Jeff Foster Quotes of the moment

Reading this morning, I had to write down these amazing quotes from Jeff Foster to be able to easily refer back to whenever I felt like it.   The more you can be fully yourself, the less of a self you have to hold to. The more space you give thoughts, the less you are… Continue Reading

How I aim to run my company. Honest. Open. Transparent.

Mindful living, mindful business. Company environment, it’s energy, it’s mental health, in my opinion directly relates to the health of people who work here.  In 2012, the Economist credited Bridgewater with having made more money for its investors than any other hedge fund in history. Ray Dalio on working at Bridgewater’s radical truth and radical transparency… Continue Reading

Microbes can play games with the mind

A fascinating article in ScienceNews. Speaking of going back to basics, to the earth, to the natural more sustainable living – we are too clean, our environments are too sterile, instead of playing outside in the dirt, our kids play inside on their iPads, everything has bleach in it, disinfectant and kills 99.9% if germs… Here is a pdf… Continue Reading

Rumi. The Guest House.

The Guest House – a poem “The Guest House” by Rumi is probably one of the most frequently recited poems in mindfulness retreats all over the world. This is definitely one of my personal favourites. It just gets to the heart of mindful living in the most eloquent and beautiful way. The Guest House This… Continue Reading

exercise changes the physiological response to stress

Fighting stress isn’t just about feeling more relaxed – exercise is an intervention that changes the physiological response to stress. Great research, very interesting.   To counter exam stress, cram in exercise by ALEX HUTCHINSON Special to The Globe and Mail The engineering students at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany are like students everywhere: Exams stress… Continue Reading

Angels among us?

An excerpt from my journal entry on July 19th 2014. What do I want? – Peace, Joy How do I get there? – Work, Live, Love Love my Family, those around me, be kind, open. Kind to everyone, close to a few. Work – write, read, research, support, help – follow my passion. Live – my kids, my Man,… Continue Reading

A brilliand insight from Danielle LaPorte

I started following Danielle’s work almost two years ago in Spring of 2013. I organized a book club supported by Danielle’s team and was able to see the amazing results this practice has on others. The Desire Map has totally shifted the way I lived my life, looked into my future, planned for it. My goal… Continue Reading

Byron Katie on reality.

Reality doesn’t wait for your opinion, vote, or permission, sweetheart. It just keeps being what it is and doing what it does. ~ Byron Katie from Loving What Is     To your health, Elena    

Enlightenment is in the now – Eckhart Tolle

“Spiritual seekers look for self-realization or enlightenment in the future. To be a seeker implies that you need the future. If this is what you believe, it becomes true for you: you will need time until you realize that you don’t need time to be who you are.” Eckhart Tolle   To your health, Elena… Continue Reading

Pain and suffering, quote, inspiration.

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional” is one of my favorite quotes. Physical or emotional pain – you can choose how you deal with that pain. To suffer or not to suffer that is the question 🙂 I see it on daily basis, family of athletes, my husband and my oldest daughter are in a… Continue Reading

Barbara Marciniak – quote

“Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you, when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence.” ~ Barbara Marciniak   To your health, Elena

Health News of note: Herbs/Spices, Exercise and memory, Freeze-Drying, Aronia Berry

Some interesting and helpful health related research and news articles that coughs my attention. Bioavailability of herbs and spices in humans as determined by ex vivo inflammatory suppression and DNA strand breaks. According to this research paprika, rosemary, ginger, heat-treated turmeric, sage, and cumin protected against DNA strand breaks. Paprika also appeared to protect cells from normal apoptotic processes (the… Continue Reading

Bruce Lee “Be Water My Friend”

One of my very favorite videos of all  times. I was introduced to Bruce Lee by my husband, who has being a Martial Arts professional for over 30 years, and naturally we admire not only Lee’s skills as a martial artist, but more importantly his message.   To your health, Elena      

I’ve been busy…..and loving it.

I had time to post a little update. I have been very busy, and no time to write, read – yes, write – not so much. Life happened, holidays, moving, little trips here and there, some for work, some for pleasure, kids’ activities, new projects – these are not excuses! I am busy with my… Continue Reading

Health and wellbeing of the younger generation.

Is the younger generation healthy? Mentally? Physically? What do most parents in our society do for their kids? Most parents work. We make money to support our kids financially, to give them more opportunities and hope that they will be better off than we are. I had a successful career that I loved and where… Continue Reading

Just a few shocking statistics on health of our youth.

One in three Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime if current trends continue. The odds are greater for minority children – nearly one in two will develop diabetes in the same timeframe.  Diabetes is increasing among U.S. children at an alarming rate, say researchers who report jumps of more than 20… Continue Reading