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- 25JunEvery Breath You Take
“Breath is the link between mind and body.” - Dan Brulé
Breathwork has been around for hundreds of years. In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, written some 2500 years ago, the practice of breath control or breath therapy is termed pranayama, and it is one of eight ‘limbs’ of Ashtanga or Classical Yoga.
Pranayama is a Sanskrit word derived from prana - meaning life force or breath - and ayama, which means stretching or restraining. Pranayama can thus be roughly translated to mean breath suspension or control. It is believed that controlling the breath determines the flow of energy and ‘life force’ throughout the body. In Hatha yoga texts and ancient Hindu scriptures like the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s sutras, pranayama refers to the complete cessation of breathing. While there are some pranayama practices that involve stopping or holding the breath for extended periods of time, the majority of pranayama practised in modern times is focused on the control of the breath’s duration, flow and rhythm.
Breathwork or breath therapy is said to help with a number of things, including sharpening concentration and focus, reducing stress and anxiety, calming the body, improving or maintaining lung capacity, promoting cardiovascular health, boosting the mood, and preserving longevity. Breath exercises are often paired with holistic health practices such as meditation and mindfulness, and disciplines such as yoga, tai chi and qigong. There are a number of breathwork masters around the world, including our very own Dr Ela Manga – a South African medical doctor who incorporates breathwork into her practice - as well as Dan Brulé, a celebrated breathwork coach who has worked with celebrities, Navy Seals and, notably, world-renowned philanthropist, author and life coach Tony Robbins.
Breathwork is a popular and well-loved practice, and can be employed for a number of different uses due to its wide range of uniquely beneficial techniques.
Five Breathwork Techniques for Any Occasion
“Breath awareness and conscious breathing is the absolute foundation in the management of health, stress, and energy... Breathwork sessions will help you build a set of breathing techniques that can be applied in every aspect of your life.” - Dr Ela Manga
There is a wide range of different and uniquely beneficial types of pranayama, so there is an exercise for just about everything! This handy guide will walk you through five of the key techniques, each of which can be applied for a different purpose.
If you begin to feel dizzy or light-headed at any point during your practice, stop immediately and return to your normal breathing.
Dirga Swasam for Stress Management
Dirga Swasam is also known as ‘three-part breath’, referring to the movement of the breath through the chest, ribs and belly. It is a very simple and easy technique, and a great introduction to the practice of pranayama. Performing it for just 10 minutes each day will help you to maintain your composure and tackle the challenges that life throws at you.
- Begin in the savasana or ‘corpse’ pose – lying down with your feet relaxed and your palms facing up – for maximum relaxation. You can also perform this technique in a seated position if that is more comfortable for you.
- Place one hand on your belly and the other on your chest, and take five slow, deep breaths, paying attention to how your breath moves through your body.
- You will notice that when you inhale, your belly will expand, followed by your ribcage and finally your chest. On your exhale, the flow will be reversed as the air is released, first from your chest or heart centre, then from the rib cage, and finally from the belly.
- If it feels comfortable for you, modify your breathing by breaking it into the three parts. On your inhale, breathe in until your belly is full, pause for a few seconds and then slowly draw in more breath to expand the ribcage before pausing again, and finally finishing your exhalation by bringing air into your chest. Exhale slowly, again separating the flow into its three parts by releasing the breath in increments to lower first the chest, then the ribcage, and finally the belly.
- Release your hands to the ground, palms facing up, and return to a smooth flow, letting the breath move naturally through these three parts. You can continue to practise for as long as you need in order to calm your mind and lower your heart rate.
- Once you feel still and relaxed, slowly bring feeling back to your body by first wiggling your fingers and toes, and eventually rising to a comfortable seated position. Take three deep breaths, raising your arms to the sky on your inhale and bringing your hands together at your heart on your exhale to welcome peace and calm to your day.
Ujjayi for Focus
Ujjayi breathing involves slightly constricting the throat as you breathe, and is sometimes referred to as ‘victorious’ or ‘ocean’ breath due to the sounds made while practising. This is a great technique to stimulate and energise the body in order to sharpen your focus and improve concentration.
- Begin in a comfortable seated position.
- Close your eyes and let your shoulders relax and fall away from your ears. Focus on releasing any tension in your face and body.
- Breathing through your mouth, inhale deeply and exhale slowly for five breaths.
- On your exhales, begin to constrict the back of your throat slightly so that you are restricting the passage of air. Try to imagine that you are fogging up a pair of glasses.
- When you feel comfortable with this, maintain the throat constriction through your inhalation as well as your exhalation – you should be producing an audible hissing sound (think Darth Vader!).
- Once you have mastered this, close your mouth and continue to constrict the throat as you breathe through your nose. Repeat for 10 breaths, with intent focus on the rhythm and sound of your breathing.
- With your eyes still closed, slowly return to your normal breathing until you feel calm and steady. Open your eyes and rise to meet the challenges of the day.
Kapalabhati for Energy
‘Kapalabhati’ can be loosely translated to mean ‘shining skull’ in Sanskrit, and involves short, powerful exhalations and passive inhalations that are naturally triggered by the expansion of your lungs and abdomen. This is an intense practice that brings energy and stimulation to the brain and body, and some practitioners believe that it can assist in the detoxification process.
- Begin in a comfortable seated position with your back straight and your eyes closed, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.
- Place one hand on your stomach and inhale deeply. When you exhale, focus on contracting your abdominal muscles and pulling your belly button towards your spine (you will be able to feel the movement of your muscles with you hand).
- After your exhale, allow your abdominal muscles to relax and your lungs to fill with air. Try not to focus on breathing in, but rather allow the movement of the muscles to control your inhalation.
- Continue with this movement, contracting your muscles as you exhale, and releasing them on the inhale. The more powerful the exhale, the more passive your inhalation will be. You are aiming to produce short, forceful breaths with a pattern similar to that of a dog panting.
- Once you have mastered this technique, repeat for 10 breaths and then allow your breathing to slowly return to normal. Focus on releasing any tension in the body, and pay attention to how each muscle feels.
- When you are ready, repeat your kapalbhati breathing for another 10 breaths.
- Arise renewed, refreshed and energised.
Nadi Shodhana for a Mood Boost
This is one of the most well-known forms of pranayama, and is sometimes referred to as ‘alternate nostril breathing’. It’s a fantastic practice for days when you are feeling the blues, as it forces you to focus on your breath, your body and the movement of your fingers.
- Begin in a comfortable seated position with your eyes closed.
- Raise your right hand, and use your thumb to close your right nostril as you inhale deeply through the left nostril. Hold here for a few seconds.
- While you are holding your inhalation, remove your thumb and use your ring and pinkie fingers to block your left nostril. Exhale slowly through the right nostril.
- Keeping your left nostril closed, inhale deeply through the right nostril. Hold, unblock the left nostril, and close the right nostril with your thumb. Exhale slowly.
- Repeat for 10 breaths.
- Release both nostrils and take five deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.
- Repeat your nadi shodana for 10 more breaths, this time using your left hand.
Bhramari for Crisis Management
Also known as the ‘humming bee breath’, this pranayama technique is perfect for moments of peak stress, anxiety, sensory overload and anxiety attacks. It’s a calming practice that calls for you to cover your eyes and block your ears, allowing you to shut out external stressors and focus purely on your breath.
- Sit in a comfortable position on a chair or the floor.
- Close your eyes and take three deep breaths.
- Use your thumbs to block your ears by pressing down on the tragus. Place your index fingers just above your brow bone, and allow your other fingers to cover your eyes, with your middle fingers pressing very gently against the sides of your nose.
- Keeping your mouth closed, take a deep breath through the nose and exhale slowly while making a humming sound with your throat (it should sound like a bee buzzing).
- Repeat for at least five breaths, and continue for as long as you need in order to steady your breath, calm your heart rate, and quiet your mind.
- 21MaySonja's Supplements of the Month
Our National Training Manager Sonja Hindley gives us an insight into the powerful plants of our indigenous soils, and lists some of her favourite winter supplements...
Medicinal plants have been our allies for centuries, and numerous cultures still rely on indigenous plants for their primary health care needs. There has been a major resurgence of interest in the benefits of traditional medicine, and we are starting to tap into the powerful history of indigenous wisdom in South Africa. While scanning our shelves, you may have noticed African potato, aloe ferox, rooibos, buchu, devil’s claw and sceletium – these are all beautiful, healing plants from African and South African soil.
While we stock a wide variety of super supplements, my current favourites for winter immune support are:
Sutherlandia is a traditional African herbal supplement that was first used by the Khoi and Nama people as a multipurpose adaptogen. Because of its adaptability, sutherlandia has several vernacular names which reference its ethnomedicinal significance. These include “phetola” which means “it changes” in Setswana, referring to the plant’s ability to change the course of (i.e. remedy) a multitude of illnesses.
You can use sutherlandia in a tincture, or try out the Wellness Herbal Sutherlandia Tea with added peppermint and ginger for maximum immune support.
Pelargonium sidoides, also known as the black geranium or Cape pelargonium, is a plant that has long been used in South African traditional medicine. Pelargonium is bacterio-static, meaning that it inhibits the growth and reproduction of bacteria, and it may be used to assist with the treatment of acute and chronic upper respiratory tract infections (coughs, colds, ear, nose and throat ailments).
Trying using a pelargonium tincture, such as the Wellness Pelargonium Oral Drops, at the onset of infection to assist in treatment.
The baobab tree is known as the tree of life, and with good reason – for centuries it has provided animal and human inhabitants of the African savannahs with shelter, clothing, cordage, medicine, food, and water. It is a powerful antioxidant superfood thanks to its high vitamin C levels, as well as it’s impressive mineral content which includes calcium, magnesium and potassium. The prebiotic fibre in baobab feeds beneficial gut bacteria to keep the health of your gastrointestinal and immune systems humming.
- 22AprHelp a Frontline Fighter Today
One of our top priorities at Wellness Warehouse is to do our part in uplifting our community so that we can all live #WELLTogether. As we have struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown, there has been a beautiful outpouring of support, love and appreciation for our healthcare workers, who are selflessly and courageously putting their lives on the line to protect the weak and vulnerable. But there is another class of hero that is not celebrated nearly enough – the frontline fighters in all other industries.
Store cashiers, cleaners, pharmacists, security guards, civil servants, and a host of other essential workers have continued to perform their duties in this time of crisis so that we may get the goods and services that we need. Along with their own personal, familial and financial responsibilities, these exceptional individuals carry the responsibility of ensuring that society continues to function during and after the coronavirus crisis. In addition, these workers face an increased risk of infection and illness as they continue to battle the outside world while the majority of us stay safe and healthy inside our homes.
Something has to be done, and we are the ones to do it.
Although lockdown may keep us apart, we are all in this together. We are being called to support and protect the bravest and most vulnerable among us so that we may rise from this with strength and unity and live #WELLTogether.
And so, as part of our continued efforts to support our unsung heroes, we are running a donation drive to supply frontline workers with face masks and hand sanitiser. All you have to do is purchase a protective face mask from us at cost (either online or in store), and we will add hand sanitiser and donate these items to a frontline fighter on your behalf.
- 16MarApril - June 2020 Editor's Choice
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- 11FebFinding the Quiet Inside
You’ve no doubt read or heard something about meditation as the secret sauce to a happier, healthier and more productive life. If this simple and free practice really does enable us to tap into the golden luminous nature of existence that doesn’t sweat the small stuff… why aren’t more of us doing it?
- 11FebConfessions of a Teen on Social Media
As adults, we can postulate about the effects of social media on the younger generation. We may feel concern about our children’s engagement with the platforms, or even wonder what life would have been like if we had grown up in a world captured on – and largely dictated to by – Instagram, Facebook (although already outdated), Twitter and Snapchat.
But how accurate are we in our assumptions of the toll the technology is really taking on the youngsters of today? We ask 17-year-old Tayla de Bruyn to enlighten us.
- 10FebThe Economics of Enough
“Growth is one of the stupidest purposes ever invented by any culture,” commented systems thinker Donella Meadows at a 1994 sustainability conference in Costa Rica. “The only reason it can be sold so easily in every policy arena is because there is no alternative vision on offer,” she continues. “We’ve got to have enough.”
- 10FebAfrica’s Largest Vegan Event
More and more people are starting to explore a plant-based diet, whether for health, ethical or environmental reasons. The Economist even labelled 2019 ‘The Year of the Vegan’, marking the lifestyle’s firm entrenchment in the mainstream.
- 13JanCreating Your Zero-waste Home
“Refuse what you do not need, reduce what you do need, reuse what you consume, recycle what you cannot refuse, and compost the rest.”
– Bea Johnson (Author of “Zero Waste Home”)
- 03OctGREEN HOME A-Z
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- Are you deficient
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- 01OctThe Rise & Rise of CBD
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- 24JulKhayelitsha Kindness
In 2008, thousands of diseased, starving, injured, neglected and abused animals lived and died in Khayelitsha. Tamsin Nel, Founder and Director of the SA Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust (SA MAST), joined forces with a small team to vow that this would not be allowed to continue.
- 24JulKhayelitsha Kindness
In 2008, thousands of diseased, starving, injured, neglected and abused animals lived and died in Khayelitsha. Tamsin Nel, Founder and Director of the SA Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust(SA MAST), joined forces with a small team to vow that this would not be allowed to continue.
- 09JulThe Truth About Household Cleaning Products
Most of us use a wide range of soaps, scents, softeners and scourers in our homes, relying on the chemicals that foam, bleach and disinfect to keep our countertops germ-free and our dishes gleaming. But many of these sweet-smelling solutions also contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched.
- 20AprThe Healing Process
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- 02JulMove from the Heart
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- 02JulHealth Hacks from the Yoga Kitchen
There are times when life can feel like a race against the clock, with a seemingly endless list of responsibilities to fulfill. While the prospect of making changes to your diet may seem overwhelming, if you don’t have time to eat well, you could waste even more time feeling unwell. The good news is that there are a few simple habits you can adopt to make cooking and eating for optimal wellbeing an easily ritualised part of your day and life. Here are some of our favourites…
- 20FebStress Solutions
Every human and non-human animal experiences stress as a basic functional or survival requirement and instinct. It’s a natural and normal part of life, and can’t be avoided. Stress expert Bridget Edwards shares the typical effects of and responses to daily stressors, and offers some of her top tips for combatting the widespread challenge in daily life.
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- 20MarEight Reasons to Eat Green and Save Water for World Water Day 2019
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- 01JanWalking The Talk With Ewan Strydom
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- 11DecA Message from the HeartAs 2018 draws to a close and we prepare for the festive break, we're presented with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the year that's been.
- 29NovWomen's Wellbeing Wisdom
Harvard- and MIT-Educated Physician-Scientist and New York Times bestselling author of TheHormone Reset Dietand Younger, Dr Sara Gottfried visited South Africa to partner with Metagenics in presenting A Women's Health Seminar at the end of October 2018.
- 11OctA Journey Back To YouImagine discovering the art of being authentically You.
- 10OctPUTTING THE POW IN EMPOWERMENTPasella presenter, motivational speaker and health and fitness enthusiast Mishka Patel shares her thoughts on living life well.
- 11OctThe Art Of Letting GoThe real cause of the stress in our lives is not our perceived problems, but our mind's incessant commentary about them. Why is this mental chatter so pervasive, and how do we learn to let go of it?
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- 18SepStudying Yoga in IndiaWhether you want to teach yoga or deepen your own practice, training in India can't get more authentic. Camilla Marsh spent some time at a yoga centre in India and we are delighted to share her experience, her tips and insight into her chosen training school.
- 18SepKeep Your Skin Hydrated
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- 18SepReduce Your Risk of StrokeStrokes are fairly common especially with people over 60 although anyone can suffer from one. We look at natural ways to reduce the risk of having a stroke.
- 18SepNavigating Heartbreak
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- 18SepLiberate Your Life
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- 23AugWe Need to Talk About Candida
There's a lot of stigma around candida, and it's not something that's regularly discussed in conversations about our day-to-day health.
- 14AugHealing Tinnitus
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Take your life into your own hands by throwing the rule book away and experimenting with nature on your own terms.
- 11OctGoing Gaia
Sure you put your garbage out once a week for collection but who actually thinks about where it goes and how much you generate. It's phenomenal. Imagine taking a year of garbage bags and keeping them in your house. It would fill your entire house to the brim. Then imagine all the millions of people in your city and the collective amounts of trash we generate. Focusing on radically reducing your trash can make a huge difference to land fills. Here are a few pointers to get you going.
- 24JulFeeling Good with Zoe
Our cover model and radio and TV personality Zoe Brown shares some of her thoughts on living life well.
- 17Jul11 Ways to Know You're in Rude Health
Did you know that being 'in rude health' is an old English expression that means you're 'up for life' and 'full of energy'? You're in rude health when...
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- 29MarHappy. Period.There are so many people doing amazing things around the planet and the MINA Foundation is an initiative we particularly admire. Through addressing female hygiene and sanitation they're achieving countless objectives from earth friendly consideration to social upliftment.
- 29MarDolphin Days by Lara Potgieter
Imagine waking to the sound of a Tibetan singing bowl, spending the morning swimming with wild dolphins, enjoying a quiet afternoon of reading, journalling and getting creative, and ending the day with a spot of yoga and a festive communal meal. Sound like your idea of a decent time out?
- 29MarForging a New Way by Robyn WilkinsonAlthough we tend to think of growth and expansion as key to sustainable economy a new movement called 'degrowth' is suggesting a better way.
- 29MarBe More Earth-Friendly by Kirsten AlexanderGoing green isn't just about recycling or kitting out your house with all the latest tech. It's a mind-set.
- 29MarHealing with Hemp
There are so many names and claims associated with Cannabis, it gets a little confusing trying to understand the difference between hemp, Marijuana, CBD, and the types of extraction and dosage. We thought it was high time we explain which part of the plant is healing, which part you can use to make clothing and which part makes you high.
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- 08MarBetter Sleep, Better YouSleep is essential to wellbeing, yet millions of people don't get nearly enough of it. In today's busy society - where processed foods, sugary beverages and highly stressful jobs are the norm ' it's no coincidence that sleep deprivation has become increasingly prevalent. It can increase the risk of certain chronic health problems, and can also affect how well we think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. Numerous factors can contribute to poor sleep, including vitamin and mineral deficiencies. We explore two essential natural supplement solutions for better sleep.
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- 05AprLiving with Intention by Kristel CrevetsUsing mindful practices like setting intentions, visualisation, manifestation and planting thought gardens can supercede limiting beliefs and help form a more fulfilled life.
- 05AprYour A - Z Guide to Digestive Health by Lara PotgieterDigestion is the process through which the food we eat is broken down into a form that can be absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to the cells of the body to provide nourishment and energy. Since 70% of the immune system dwells in the digestive tract, maintaining digestive health is crucial to overall wellbeing. Supporting digestive function is one of the most important steps you can take towards improving your health. Follow our nifty A to Z guide to get started.
- 06FebStop Making Choices and Start Making HabitsLifestyle blogger Anna-Belle Durrant of She Said shares her #ONEsmallCHANGE, and helps us bring you more ways of living a happier and healthier life.
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- 28SepRenew Your Mind with Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Visualise your ideal you, alter your internal dialogue, correct limiting beliefs, risk criticism from others, roll your shoulders back, breathe, smile and offer your fabulous self to the world.
- 28SepMeet Our Cover Model
After gaining over 50 kg during her studies and early working life, our cover model Tracey-Lee Lusty started her popular FITNESSGIRL Instagram account to document her weight loss journey in January 2016. What started as a personal visual diary grew into a source of inspiration for thousands, and Tracey started the FITNESSGIRL website to offer readers more health and fitness info, as well as a snapshot into her busy life as a full-time attorney. We chat to her about the secrets behind her success.
- 29AugTree Time - by Lara PotgieterWe all know that trees provide oxygen, clean the air and combat climate change. We're grateful for their wood and food, and value their importance as home to an array of animals. What we don't always think of is that they also conserve energy, save water, help prevent soil erosion, increase property value and heal in ways both subtle and profound.
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- 24Jul4 Supplements to Balance Blood Sugar Levels & CravingsYour body needs blood sugar ' in fact your brain runs on it. Take note though: the sugar your brain needs isn't the same sugar you put in your tea ' it's the glucose created when food is broken down in your system. When blood sugar is low, you tend to feel a bit fuzzy, battle to concentrate and can be irritable. Because humans are geared for survival, low blood sugar levels lead to cravings ' your body knows you need an injection of sugar, fast. Your brain will often look for the quickest source of energy, and that might be an unhealthy high-calorie doughnut. With this quick sugar injection, you'll just as quickly get the low ' meaning you'll crave another high energy snack and it can become an unhealthy cycle of cravings and sugar slumps.
- 24JulDeep Healing From Within
Heighten your spa experience by bedding down and using the weekend to relax even more deeply. I always feel that it's such a treat after a massage or spa treatment not to have to drive anywhere but to be able to extend the relaxing effect further throughout the day. That's why a spa weekend makes so much sense. Heading out to Paternoster, a sleepy beach town on the Cape West Coast, is an ultimate treat.
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