Depression

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Our depression starts from confusion. It starts from the wrong decisions. It starts when we dont the exit the exit from current situation. It starts when you stop thinking about yourself, but you think how to make others happy. It starts when you are trying to please others, forgetting yourself. It starts when you afraid to hurt others, unknowingly hurting yourself deeply. Depression is the disease of the 21st century. Everyone thinks it will not happened to them.

It comes slowly, like a shadow. Crawling inside you…without noticing at first. You starting to lose interest in things, such as…what to eat, what to do, where to go. You prefer to sleep over any activities…or opposite…you are too restless. Your sleep is your safe happy zone, where you are happy with and within yourself, where you run away from the situation, from responsibilities, from decisions.

Your eyes look nowhere, they are just staring at things or people. You are holding your tears, because you dont want to show your emotions to others, because you want to make them happy…and if they start to talk to you…you are going more inside your shell. The laugh slowly feels like a fake mask, just that others dont see, what you are going through.

And there is a constant chest rock…so heavy, that you can’t breath fully. You became an emotionless human being, hiding to show what is really bothering you.

The feeling of nausea is your friend…its like constant fear to do or to say something wrong.

You are trying to find a place, just to be with yourself, with your thoughts, however, constant thinking that you can hurt others by your decision…and you stop thinking that you need you…your time…your space.

The loud noises started to irritate you, and you dont even want to explain that feeling. You just living, from one day to another, emotionless. Just one more day.

Thoughts to commit suicide come and go. Thanks you have someone in your life, that you can’t do that to them. However, the thought is coming, time to time.

Constipation is your friend this days, you are holding everything inside: fear, anger, ashamed, irritable, helpless…however, people around you just think you are selfish.

Suggestion:

love yourself

Think about yourself

Forget to make everyone happy

Remember, you deserve to live as you want

Do what makes you happy

Love and Light🙏🙏🙏

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Widow humpback (the hump (lump) around your c7)

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Widow humpback (the hump (lump) around your c7)its actually collection of the fat in the specific area👀👀👀

What you can do in that situation?!🤔
1. Sleep on hard bed
2. Pillow should be size of the shoulders, no higher than 10cm
3. Do neck massage
4. Do everyday exercise
5. Do physiotherapy
6. Intake of calories should be proper
7. More movement and walking outside
8. Say no to oily, fat food
9. Have grapefruit and green tea
10. Say no to fried food, wheat food
11. If you are not vegetarian, have chicken without skin
12. Have fish grilled or boiled
13. Have grilled, boiled vegetables
14. Massage: bring fingers on the back of neck and push lump to different sides.

Why that happened?🙈🙈
No movement, sedentary lifestyle, sitting on computer all day, osteoporosis, spondylitis, hormonal changes in woman, stress, wrong diet, genetic, high testosterone

What you may feel and look like? 🤔🤔🤔
Discomfort in movement, changes in blood pressure, increased tiredness, stiffness in muscles and vertebrae of the neck, roundness of upper back, slouching, obesity, big chest spasm, chest hypnosis.

Why its dangerous?😎😎
Compression in neck bring bad blood circulation to the head…from that: grey colour of face, no glowing skin, puffiness, dark circles and puffiness under eyes, second chin, disfigured jaw line, many wrinkles, feel tired, sleepy, high blood pressure, hypertension, tachycardia, headaches, nausea, numbness, dizziness.

Pathology that can be🤐🤐: heart problems, problems with urogenital system latent or active, cyst, endometriosis, polyps, UTI, urinary incontinence

What to do?💪💪💪
Reduce weight, give relaxation to muscles that in contraction, be more often outside, active way of life, move your neck more often to find interesting things in life💃💃💃, do massage, physiotherapy, swimming, shukma vyayam.

Some yoga asanas:🙏🙏🙏
Dhanurasana or Bow pose hold at least 20 seconds
Ustrasana 30 seconds
Trikonasana 30 seconds
Garudasana 15- 20 seconds
Shalabhasana
Chaturanga Dandasana
Plank
Diaphragmatic breathing

Most important, find a qualified yoga teacher🤔🤔

Love and Light 🙏🙏🙏

More about Surya Namaskar…

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So many confusion come to students with the words Surya Namaskar. Many believe that they are doing classic Hatha Yoga Surya Namaskar, but in reality its just a variations)))

Today, many yoga teachers present different variations of the Surya Namaskar, and many believe that what they presenting in the class is actually the classic one, I was in such class))) those teacher believe in what they are saying, because at the yoga teacher course, thats the way they learn it.

So many variations of Surya Namaskar this days, for example Ashtanga yoga has Surya Namaskar A and Surya Namaskar B; another example is Hatha Yoga Surya Namaskar with the plank. Different schools of Yoga teaching different variations of the Surya Namaskar and even given different names to the asanas.

 

 Surya Namaskar or the Sun Salutation is one of the most well-known yoga routines.  The routine consists of 12 forward and backward bending movements that stretch and flex the spinal column. It’s not that difficult to learn, and great for beginners who are looking to introduce themselves to yoga.
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Surya Namaskar asanas as in classic yoga scriptures:
Pranamasana
Hasta Uttanasana
Pada Hastasana
Ashwa Sanchalanasana
Paravatasana
Sashtanga Namaskar
Bhujangasana
Parvatasana
Ashwa Sanchalanasana
Pada Hastasana
Hasta Uttanasana
Pranamasana

The above constitutes one round of Surya Namaskar. Rest for few seconds before starting the second round. Surya Namaskar, like most asanas, is recommended to be performed on an empty stomach. It is generally practiced in the morning before breakfast or in evening.

Practising up to 6 rounds is more beneficial. However, increase rounds gradually and steadily and never go beyond your capacity.

Synchronizing your breathing with the movements of the body is very important. The basic breathing principle is to inhale during backward bending postures and exhale during forward bending postures.

It is recommended that Surya Namaskar be done slowly with complete awareness of breathing. When the exercises are done a little quickly, the gain is more physical whereas if they are done slowly with breath awareness, the gain is more mental and spiritual.

to be continued…

Love and Light!

Small summary on the yoga time in Goa

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This was the first time when we went in March, on season, usually our timing is after Monsoon, in August, when everything is green, no people, peace and cleanliness. To summarize that point, I prefer off season, especially if you are planning to do yoga and meditation.

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However, it was great!!! Every morning started with Sun Salutation – Surya Namaskar 12 rounds, Pranayama, Chanting. You get energize for the whole day with such routine. Just remember, never do mechanically: not asana, not pranayama, not chanting. Be aware, learn about yourself, learn about your body. Observe, and many times you will find the answers, why you cant go more deeper in certain asana, why one day you are more flexible than other, why doing pranayama today was easier than yesterday or opposite. Its amazing how much we dont know about ourselves, discovery of our own self is incredible.

Everyday some reading, I chose a book “Prana and Pranayama”, I recommend to read this book to people that are interested in details about pranas, different pranayama, respiratory system…very well written book. What I like about that book, it has many research there, many examples.

I  get many questions about Surya Namaskar. How to do it? Fast or slow? How many rounds? What is one round? What type of Surya Namaskar is better?

So, you can start with 6 rounds with the classical hatha yoga Surya Namaskar, if you dont have enough strength, start with 3))) However, find dedication , do it every day, dont allow obstacles as laziness, or you can read about obstacles in Yoga Sutra, 1.30, its 9 obstacles over there)) Slow or fast?! If you need cardio work, or warm-up, or you want to lose weight, do it fast…If done at a slow pace, it can help strengthen and tone body muscles. Remember, to breathe!!!

Just numbers, but good numbers –  12 rounds of Surya Namaskar is 288 poses that you can do in 15 minutes!!

Love and Light!

Introduction to Pranayama, part 4

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Though many pranayama techniques are not that difficult physically, sustaining a practice and developing the mind can be tricky. Here are six pointers for getting started, and for improving, sustaining, and deepening your practice.

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Steadiness of body: The body must be comfortably motionless for a prolonged period of time, and yet support alertness, breath control, and mental focus. Asana practice is essential for pranayama, partly because it’s nearly impossible to maintain a balanced, still, comfortable sitting posture for any length of time without it. Just as importantly, asana activates and integrates the flow of prana, helps us develop the capacity to direct prana with bandhas (energy locks), trains the body to breathe diaphragmatically, and develops sensitivity to inner states of being. Preferred sitting postures for pranayama are sukhasana (easy pose), svastikasana (auspicious pose), and padmasana (lotus pose), but sitting on a chair is also an option.

Diaphragmatic breathing: Just as your sitting posture is the foundation for the body in pranayama practice, diaphragmatic breathing is the foundation for the breath. This is where deliberate training of the breath begins in earnest. Don’t assume that because you have been practicing yoga for years, you are breathing diaphragmatically. Our breathing patterns are typically subconscious—controlled by persistent habits that are out of our awareness.

Balanced lifestyle: Avoid too much or too little food, too much or too little sleep, and too much or too little mental and physical activity. Be regular in your lifestyle habits. A fresh, nourishing diet is particularly important.

Mental/emotional stability: emotional balance: “To get the benefit of pranayama, you must be steady in thought, speech, and action. Without some measure of contentment in life, pranayama brings misery.”

Regularity: In general, the benefits of yoga accrue from consistent, systematic practice for long periods of time. “If one practices pranayama continuously for a year, he is sure to attain wisdom,” writes Swami Rama, a modern master who demonstrated extraordinary control over his body’s autonomic functions. “With regulation of the breath,” he continues, “karma acquired both in this life and in the past may be burnt up.”

Inner focus: Success in yoga depends on this. Becoming sensitive to the flow of breath, the subtlety of the breath, and finally the suspension of the breath, leads you to awareness of the force behind the breath—prana. Awareness of prana is the thread that links you to deeper states of mental awareness, independent of the physical body and the senses. This is the beginning of mastering the mind.

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to be continued…

 

Love and Light!

Introduction to Pranayama, part 3

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To understand the yogic breath, we have to observe the natural breathing in an infant. As babies we breathe naturally, without any distortions. If you look at a baby during sleep, the breath is slow and rhythmic. The belly goes up and down, expanding and contracting with ease. This is a fully relaxed breath.

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When we are relaxed, we breathe from our abdomen. When we are tense, the breath tends to be short and comes from the chest and the neck region. The contraction and expansion of the abdomen is caused by the diaphragm moving up and down. The air is only filled in the lungs. But the belly movements are caused by a pressure difference due to the movement of the diaphragm. A full deep breath happens when the diaphragm moves downwards causing the belly to expand fully, along with the chest and the neck region.

What causes unnatural breathing habits?

Yogic breath is not just breathing from the belly. It is a complete breath. A complete breath involves breathing from the abdomen, chest and neck. This is the natural way to utilize the full capacity of the lungs, which includes abdominal expansion, thoracic expansion and clavicular (neck region) expansion.

Now, this relaxed full breath can get disturbed when we are tense or stressed out. During stress, we tend to breathe more from the chest and neck. Over a period of time this may become a habit, and we forget the natural relaxed way of breathing.

Natural breathing is also distorted by bad work postures. Observe yourself when you are working on the computer and see how different postures affect your breathing. By observation and awareness of our movements and postures, we can correct these postures and develop natural, healthy breathing habits.

It is also observed that women tend to breathe from the chest and neck during pregnancy. This is natural, as the diaphragm will make adjustments to its movements to accommodate the additional weight of the fetus. What happens is that after pregnancy too, many women tend to breathe from the chest and neck (clavicular breathing) due to this acquired habit.

All this can be easily corrected by creating awareness and practicing complete yogic breathing.

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“Three-part deep breathing is the foundation of all the yogic breathing techniques,” Karunananda says. “Studies have shown that you can take in and give out seven times as much air—that means seven times as much oxygen, seven times as much prana—in a three-part deep breath than in a shallow breath.”

to be continued…

Love and Light!

Introduction to Pranayama, part 2

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As we learn what is Prana from previous article, today it will be about Pranayama)) as a whole!!

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Pranayama was originated over 6000 years ago in India and is the breathing technique of yoga that works wonders in increasing physical and psychological performance. The ancient yogis and rishis studied nature in great details. They noticed that animals with a slow breath rate such as pythons, elephants and tortoises have a long life span, whereas those with a fast breathing rate – dogs, birds, rabbits live for only a few years. From this observation they realized the importance of slow breathing for increasing the life span. Ancient yogis discovered that breathing is the physical part of thinking and that thinking is the psychological part of breathing))) Each thought you think changes the rhythm of breath and each breath changes the rhythm of thinking. So, when we are happy and peaceful our breathing is Rhythmic, but from the moment we are disturbed with the stress or fear our breathing is irregular and interrupted. Ancient yogis noticed the relationship between breathing and mental activity and realized that by controlling breath, we can control mental activity – and…..thus, the art of Pranayama was born))) with various techniques which regulate breath…however about that in a different article)))

To summarize what is Pranayama?! We know its a fourth of the  eight limbs of yoga that described in the Yoga Sutras. The word Pranayama compound of two words: “prana” and “ayama”. Where Prana divided into “pra” – prefix ans “an” – to breathe, to live. As we know from previous article, Prana is life force or the cosmic vital energy and Ayama means to stretch, to control, to expand. We can say that Pranayamas control, increase and channelize the energy potential into a positive direction. By doing Pranayama or regulating breathing movements one can attain a healthy body and mind.

In the Yoga Chudamani Upanishad, it has been stated v.31: One who knows the significance of the ascending and descending of jiva(inhalation and exhalation) is the knower of yoga.

Scientists found out that many times due to effects of the wrong breathing habits, a person can have: nervous instability, numbness of the fingertips, craving for the stimulants and drugs, headaches and sleeplessness. Another research shows that the snoring and mouth-breathing is the cause of incomplete respiration. The good news is that with the proper breathing methods we can rejuvenate the decaying body and organs.

Some interesting facts to end today article)))

  1. We take our first inhalation when we arrive in the world, when we are born and the last exhalation when we die.
  2. We take about 21 600 breaths each day usually without giving the process much thought!!

Think about it)) and practice Pranayama!!

Love and Light!

Introduction to Pranayama part 1

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A yogi measures the span of life by the number of breaths, not by the number of years. – Swami Sivananda

One of my favorite quotes, that how I would like to start today’s article. First  I will write about prana….What makes any motion possible: the blink of an eye, the splitting of atoms or the fall of a meteor? Thousands of years ago, the yogis that were living in Himalayas fathomed the inherent quality of motion in creation and they called it prana. Prana, to translate means energy or vital force, however, the word prana assumes the quality of “livingness”. From the yogic point of view, the entire cosmos is alive and throbbing with prana. Everything, all beings, living or non-living, exist due to prana. The Kathopanishad (2:3:2) said: This whole world – whatever there is – vibrates having originated from prana. In Hatha Yoga Pradipika (2:2) we can find out: When prana moves, chitta (consciousness) moves. When prana is without movement, chitta is without movement.

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Often, the word prana is translates as breath, however, prana is not the air that one breathes. Yogis have proved that one can stop breathing for long periods of time and yet continue to live. I love the story about disciple of Saraswati, from Rishikesh. With the disciple scientists did experiment in USA, by putting him in glass room with no air supply, closed his ears and nose, put wax all over his body, that his skin cant breath and scientists ask the disciple to play tabula. In the same room with the man, scientist put lid candle and a monkey))) In 3 minutes candle went off, in 15 minutes monkey fainted, however, the man continue to play on tabula for another 40 minutes. Researchers put a coin on the shaved head of the disciple and notice that coin was popping up and down. Also, they placed microphone against different parts of the body, and everyone could hear aloud constant sound like that of a waterfall. That sound was a movement of prana, that explains one continues to live as long as the pranas are active, even if one stops breathing.

To end today article, it will be again the quote:

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Yoga and frozen shoulder

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Frozen shoulder, not its not when you in the winter freeze))) actually ironically, frozen shoulder is inflamed, and inflammation is usually is a hot process in the body. However, I would like to raise this topic, because many people, many of yoga students have problems with the shoulders, injuries, and frozen shoulder.

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Technically frozen shoulder called Adhesive capsilitis of shoulders, where itis means inflamed, the fibrous capsule that surrounds the shoulder joint is swollen, hot and painful; adhesive – scar tissue that forms between the folds of the capsule. The tightened capsule limits the full movement of the shoulder into flexion, abduction and rotation. Usually its common in women (again in women, like women is not suffering enough((( menstruation, pms, cramps, hot flashes, menopause and many more things) between the ages of 40 and 60, when hormonal changes appears. The process of healing is slow even under the best of circumstances, and some reports saying, even if you do nothing at all, it will go away, little bit longer though, and mostly will take into chronic state.

What is report on the frozen shoulder?! How you can identify, if you dont have a doctor next to you….firstly, you will have stiff and painful shoulder, secondly, you will have difficulties to do: arms over head, held out your hands to the sides in standing poses and finally, bearing weight in Sun salutation will be very uncomfortable. I believe you can find more of symptoms, I am giving you just three, I think major)))

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Now the question what to do?! You can use acupuncture and put some ice, it can help.

However if we are talking about yoga, then…. first of all WARM UP YOUR BODY always before any physical activity. Will write with points, I love to put bullets in my article, and in my notes, its king of order, the importance is always in order))

  • Work at the point where you have significant sensation of stretch, or even discomfort. If you dont push a little into the scary place, you will not make any progress!! You can ask what about Ahimsa…do not harm… I am not telling you to go into unbearable pain, just little where you will feel uncomfortable. From my own experience, we love ourselves, usually to go more deeper into any asana, we will stay in our comfort zone, even if you have another 2 cm to move more into forward bend pose…why? because we love ourselves))))we love to be comfortable, and after we get that magic kick from the teacher, we are like wow, I can go more deeper, and still I feel almost comfortable as before…
  • Holding a breath is a sure sign of resistance! The tightening and guarding of muscles trying to protect themselves from injury during an overaggressive stretch. The answer, breath, always breath, the more deeper your breathing is better! And, if you feel big resistance, your heart started to pump, you start to feel anxiety, dont push, always listen to your body!!
  • Bearing the light weight on your arms will warm up the shoulders and begin some strengthening.
  • Isometric strengthening is good!!! The muscle is working but not changing the length.
  • Start with easiest pose, the one that on your knees  and hands, table pose. Lift each arm forward and up a little off the floor (if you can lift each arm without pain you are ready to progress to transitions from Downward Facing dog to Plank pose and back).
  • Try Downward Facing dog with hands on the chair seat to ease pressure on your shoulders.
  • A typical frozen shoulder can only flex (bring the arm forward and up) to just above horizontal, and abduct (bring the arm out to the side and up) to just below horizontal.
  • To restore the normal range, you must work carefully, with patience and persistence.
  • Do your stretches in a comfortable position, for example lying on the floor. Learning to relax shoulder muscles while lying on the floor, will helps your body unlearn the guarding, tightening response that automatically accompanies pain).

What asanas are recommended?!  Garudasana or Eagle pose, Paschim Namaskarasana, Ustrasana or Camel pose? Dhanurasana or Bow pose, Purvottanasana  or Upward Plank pose.

  1. You can sit in Vajrasan pose, raise your shoulders up with inhalation and down with exhalation, do it 10 times.

2. Continue sitting in Vajrasan pose, rotate the shoulders back to front and reverse front to back, 10 times.

3. Sitting in Vajrasan pose put your fingers on the shoulders, rotate back to front and reverse, 10 times.

4. Stand up on your knees, cross your arms in front, while inhaling, raise them up over the head, exhale bring them down from the sides, 7 times. Do the same, but start from the sides, 7 times.

5. Back to Vajrasan pose, inhale and raise your arms up over the head, press the palms together as hard as you can, keep pressing, bring them in front of your chest with exhalation, 10 times.

6. Sitting in Vajrasan pose, do Garudasana (Eagle) hands, count 3 breaths, repeat other side. Do each side no less than 3 times.

7. Sitting in Vajrasan pose, do Gomukhasana (Cow) hands, count 3 breaths, repeat other side. Do each side no less than 3 times.

8. Parvatasana or Mountain pose.

This small sequence will help you if you have any problems with the shoulders, remember to do each asana slowly, with the breathing pattern. Its always good to speak to a doctor before any exercise you are planning to do. However, the best doctor is your body and your mind, listen to it, observe it, love it.

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Plantar Fasciitis and Yoga

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Today I would like to share  with you what I know about Plantar Fasciitis, what is that, what you can do to feel better, and how yoga can help you in every day life. Many will think why this topic, why not diabetes or pregnancy or asthma…in one of my classes I got a woman, aged around 50, and I notices that she was mostly sitting in the class and her face showed signs of pain. So, I asked her what the problem? And she shared.. very important to have communication with your yoga students, you need to learn what is the health issue the person may have and depends on that, you as a teacher, can create an individual practice for such person. Its not fun just to sit in a yoga class and do nothing.

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is a cause of pain under the heel. It usually goes in time. Plantar fasciitis means inflammation of your plantar fascia. Your plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue (like a ligament) that stretches from your heel (calcaneum) to your middle foot bones. It supports the arch of your foot and also acts as a shock-absorber in your foot.

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You are more likely to injure your plantar fascia in certain situations. For example:

  • If you are on your feet for a lot of the time, or if you do lots of walking, running, standing, etc, when you are not used to it or have previously had a more sedentary lifestyle.
  • If you have recently started exercising on a different surface – for example, running on the road instead of a track.
  • If you have been wearing shoes with poor cushioning or poor arch support.
  • If you are overweight – this will put extra strain on your heel.
  • If there is overuse or sudden stretching of your sole. For example – athletes who increase running intensity or distance; poor technique starting ‘off the blocks’, etc.
  • If you have a tight Achilles tendon (the big tendon at the bottom of your calf muscles above your heel). This can affect your ability to flex your ankle and make you more likely to damage your plantar fascia.

Small review to understand what we are dealing with today in our article. However, lets go to a part, what asanas you can do in this situation:

  1. Stretch lower keg, Yastikasana is very good for that
  2. Vajrasana – 2 times a day for a few minutes
  3. Supta Virasana
  4. Kneeling pose (sitting on flexed pose)
  5. One legged dog pose
  6. Warrior 1
  7. Adho Mukha Svanasana
  8. Utkatasana
  9. Baddha Konasana
  10. Tadasana
  11. Malasana with bend forward
  12. Viparit Karani
  13. Paschimottanasana
  14. Upavista Konasana

Other recommendations that you can do at home, are:

  • roll tennis ball under your foot daily
  • soak your feet in the hot water
  • put heating pad on the calves and after massage your calves
  • do not walk barefoot at home
  • wear shoes with support
  • take fish oil capsules, 2 capsules each meal

Take care of your health, love your body and stay healthy!

Love and Light!