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Conserving Prana

Julie Quinn

  After discovering that I have an autoimmune disease I am now conserving prana or lifeforce energy in yoga and exploring the healing benefits of holding back.  

I have been purposefully holding back my power and energy in order to conserve my lifeforce.  

It was my good friend and fellow yogi, Susana Wolds, who suggested this idea because she learned about it in her Yoga Therapy course.  

It's one healing theory that I am exploring and so far I feel better after trying this a few times.  I have been taking a little time off when the symptoms start to appear and I listen to my body and rest.  I take a lot of restorative moments at home to relax and de-stress.  When it's time to build back up I go to yoga at 50% capacity.  

I notice that I have more sustained energy, less fatigue.  I literally look and feel better when I do this.  I'm preventing the symptoms from surfacing by slowing way down and staying in a high vibration in my mind and my heart.  

Having moments of deep healing rest is one way to tap into our bodies healing mode in a restorative practice, and theres also a way to restore ourselves in this type of modified moving practice I'm navigating now.  The way I teach is becoming more healing as well.   I'm much more interested in a healing practice that massages the vagus nerve and provides us the ability to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system response.  To rest and digest.  That's the money.  

So often we are told to show up, give it our best and push to our limits to grow and transform, but for people that need healing and want to build up their power, that may not be the healthiest choice.  That's what I'm noticing for myself as I navigate this uncharted territory in my own health.  

I'm modifying every posture while maintaining a slow steady breath.  It's surprising how different the practice can feel when you hold back.  

I'm using blocks for support in practically every posture.  Showing up at 50% is just enough to give me an outlet for my mind, and an ability to move some energy for my physical body.   

I look forward to my 50% capacity increasing through time so that I will get back to 110% again.  The past few days have been showing me I'm not quite there yet, but I'm also really onto something with the diet.  I'll share next time.  I'm starting week 7 of my elimination diet and finding out some major gems of wisdom about all of this.  

I look forward to sharing this kind of moving practice with my students that need the healing.  

 And so it is...

Aromatherapy for Autoimmune Disease

Julie Quinn

When it comes to Autoimmune Diseases no two cases are exactly alike.  From what I understand it's like a snowflake where each case has it's own special symptoms and triggers.  

My intention is to create a resource of oils to use for healing purposes specific to autoimmune flare-ups and triggers.  Mother Nature provides us with a lot of relief if we know where to look.  There are so many herbs and oils to work with that it can be challenging to choose what to incorporate and what to leave out.  So, I want to help create a resource of remedies for anyone suffering from symptoms of autoimmune disease.  Studying herbs and essential oils has been a big part of my life for over 20 years now, and I hope to collaborate on this resource by gathering data about what works for you, the reader, as well.  So please do share!  

I've been dealing with pain (from dancing and being a mover my whole life) and essential oils for a really long time so I have some ways to share that have helped me to live a harmonious life leading up to this diagnosis.  

This blog is an intentional resource and hopefully a helping hand for someone else out there suffering with an autoimmune disease.  I do have some small batch products that are specifically for pain, inflammation, bruising, and swelling, and some products for helping people to uplift depression.  knowing that depression is a major factor for people with Autoimmune Diseases, I will address the use of Aromatherapy for depression as well as addressing the oils to use for autoimmune symptoms.  

First off:  The essential oil diffuser 

I have one in the bedroom with soothing oils to provide a restful sleep

Use ylang ylang for a calming floral scent to ease heart palpitations and provide a blissful mental state of balance.

Use lavender for balance because it has a way of knowing what we need whether it's calming nerves, helping with inflammation, or just providing some clear insight for the mind. Lavender also has antibacterial properties which can help with the air quality.  

Keep another diffuser in the living room or office space with citrus oils.  

Citrus oils help to uplift us.  They are happy.  They help us through the fatigue, overwork, exhaustion, and the mental fog by providing a sunny disposition and helping us to remember the sweetness of life.  Try lemon, grapefruit, sweet orange, tangerine, lime or any combination of these.  

Clary Sage is another very important oil for healing and depression.  I would blend it with a citrus oil or two and use a small dose at a time because of the strong medicinal scent and properties.  It is a powerful healing oil to have on hand.  

Litsea Cubeba is another favorite for uplifting the blues but especially if you feel overworked or exhausted.  This oil can help us ease all kinds of exhaustion and nervous tension.  It's a grown up citrus scent with some specific healing vibrations for restoring the balance.  

The Quinntessentials Sunshine Spray contains 4 of the important uplifting oils mentioned above.  With organic lemon, orange, litsea cubeba, and clary sage.  

These are a few of the aromatherapy ideas I have.  Stay tuned for more information on the use of Essential Oils on your body, for aches and pains, skin irritations, and healing the symptoms of autoimmune disease one drop at a time.  

Julie Quinn