Healing Power of Mindful Breathing

Healing Power of Mindful Breathing

 

Healing power of mindful breathing is an organic conversation with trauma recovery specialist Julie Fernandez. I met Julie at La Maida Institute. She and Anjali Deva are two of my yoga teachers. Julie talks about the body’s natural wisdom and it’s ability to heal itself. The healing power of mindful breathing is also a big part of Vipasana meditation and releasing painful experiences that are held in the tissues of our bodies.

A few things became clear, as my conversation with Julie unfolded. Initially, after we admitted to initial nervousness on both of our parts, we were able to relax into an open discussion. Thus, I saw how Julie’s work is similar to Soma Miller’s work, and even the Wim Hoth method. Nature holds the key to wellness. Embracing nature is the reset button. Finally, after hearing Julie’s story, I was struck by how brave Julie is and I admitted to my concern for her own care. She illustrated clearly how she takes care of her physical and mental health through her own practice. This woman walks her talk.

From Julie Fernandez

My name is Julie Fernandez and I serve as a yoga teacher and breath-work coach specializing in healing trauma. Yoga and breath-work are tools I use to relieve individuals with symptoms of trauma in the body. This helps to regulate the nervous system. My compassionate approach centers on recognizing the strength within. Shedding judgement, guilt and shame that arise from unresolved traumas is the goal. Some of the conditions I work with include Complex, Developmental and Shock Traumas, Anxiety, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, as well as Eating Disorders.

My experience comes from working in domestic violence shelters, rape and sexual assault crisis centers. I also help those with eating disorders. Working in mental health clinics, and inner-city schools, with at-risk teenage girls and disadvantaged youth is rewarding to me. Currently, I work closely with psychiatrist, Dr. Omid Naim and an incredible team of practitioners at Hope Integrative Psychiatry in North Hollywood, CA  and LA Resiliency Center in Burbank, CA. I am also fortunate enough to be a part of the team at La Maida Institute where I work to support the systems and operational structure so that our center can be a source of healing and transformation.

Additionally, I serve as the Southern California  Program Manager for Exhale to Inhale, a non-profit organization which empowers survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to reclaim their lives through the healing and grounding practice of yoga.

What You’ll Hear

  1. What a trauma recovery specialist is, and why did Julie become one.
  2. How emotional scars of past trauma can remain in our body.
  3. Why emotional scars are sometimes harder to heal than the physical scars.
  4. How this therapy actually works.
  5. How Julie takes care of herself, and “shakes off” the anxiety, like animals do in nature.
  6. The many similarities to Julie’s work and the Wim Hoff method.
  7. Breathing and nature’s healing power

Links

Metta Healing Arts

Exhale to Inhale

La Maida Institute

Inflammation, Pain Management, and Functional Nutrition

Inflammation, Pain Management, and Functional Nutrition

This episode, Amber Gourley, the “disobedient dietitian”, is talking about Inflammation and Pain Management and how those two things relate to something called functional nutrition, and food sensitivity.

What it’s about:

There’s a lot of conflicting information about what you should eat on the internet. I’m doing an extended series about food facts and fiction. this is the first episode. I sought out registered dietitian Amber Gourley, to talk about inflammation and food. Here’s why food can effect you, give you chronic pain in your joints and other types of inflammation. We discuss the similarities between her ideas and the ancient science of Ayurveda Plus we talk about healthy bacteria and your body’s ability to heal itself over time.

From the Disobedient Dietitian:

“Everyone has an opinion about how to be ‘healthy’. There are the people who tell you not to eat carbs, while others tell you not to eat fat, and others tell you not to eat sugar. (what the hell are you supposed to eat, then?) Then there are the people who tell you to go vegetarian. And the people who tell you to go Paleo. And the people who tell you to go Paleo vegetarian. And THEN there are the people who tell you to cut your calorie intake, or exercise more, or take this medication and everything will be better. (There are even people who tell you that bacon is bad.)”

 

What you learn

  1. What is functional nutrition and how is Amber different from a traditional dietitian
  2. What is inflammation and how does it relate to Chronic illness and pain?
  3. Can you manage pain through nutrition alone?
  4. Fermented foods and why you should be eating them.
  5. Gut microbes and “good” bacteria
  6. What is food sensitivity testing & LEAP , who is it for and does it really help?

Links

The Disobedient Dietitian Website