Yoga For Stress Relief

Lori Vinczes path to understanding holistic health began with yoga.  She had a unique opportunity to study yoga and meditation in Nepal as a young woman.  Since that time she has continued to practice and teach Hatha yoga and believes it to be an essential cornerstone to the foundation of truly being healthy.  In time, she continued to explore deeper into holistic health by studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. Lori is a  graduated from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Victoria, BC, Canada in 2003, completing a diploma program as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She then went on to pass the licensing requirements of the province of British Columbia set by the CTCMA (the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists) to practice acupuncture and Chinese herbology. Since then, she has been in practice, building her skills in acupuncture and herbology.

After graduating,  she continued to study various topics within the scope of acupuncture and herbology with a deeper focus, to develop her skills further in this field.  She is truly passionate about the importance of use and understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine in contemporary society. In her personal and professional experience, she has witnessed the incredible healing power of this medicine and feels strongly that these principles should be available to anyone who is willing to learn.

From her  years of experience, she feels strongly that health is a commitment that we make, and that the depth of that commitment is unique to each individual. With our thoughts, actions and choices we determine our reality- physical, emotional and spiritual.  She truly believes that the ability to heal is infinite. As a practitioner, she is always learning from the experiences of her patients. She feels honored to share such an intimate space and do her best to give the highest quality of care that she is capable of.


Spring is a Time for Renewal
By Lori Vincze, DTCM

       Empower Yoga

Springtime is a time of renewal, regeneration and rebirth.  It is a fresh start that happens every year bringing with it multiple opportunities for growth.  On a personal level, we can synchronize ourselves with this theme and internalize the springtime to not only feel in rhythm with nature, but to benefit from and make the most of this active push forward.

As all beings slowly wake from the deep hibernation and recharge of winter, there is the need to wake up the physical body with movement.  We move around, stretch and grow slowly increasing the pace as the days get longer and inspire us into more physical activity.  The deep mediation/hibernation of winter is past and it is time to take what we have learned and move forward with it.  Yoga helps us to make these movements conscious and deliberate, to move in a way that will help us harmonize all the changes going on inside of us and keep our energy, our Qi, our Prana from stagnation.  It is important to move around more than ever in the spring, to encourage the movement that needs to take place inside of us and around us.  If we don’t move, if we stay sitting on the couch, sitting in front of the computer for hours on end we are going against the natural flow of nature and feel more and more disconnected.

cleanse your body of toxins

The concepts of cleansing and detoxification are especially relevant to the spring.  Just as the ritual of ‘spring cleaning’ comes naturally to us for our external environment, so it should for our internal environment.  Taking this opportunity to unburden our bodies, purge accumulated toxins, excess weight that we no longer need and out dated emotional patterns is ideal.  A vegetable based diet, medicinal herbs and cardiovascular exercise make an amazing combination to gently clean the body and avoid stressing the liver and kidneys unnecessarily. 

          Springtime relates especially to the liver, as it is the primary organ of detoxification.  The liver is responsible for the movement of energy through our body, our creativity, our forward movement and our life purpose.  It is what controls our vision, both outward and inward.  A healthy, relaxed liver allows us to be strong in these aspects of our life.  In the spring, as we start to move forward towards our goals, it is important to consider the health of our liver.  What can we do to be kind to our liver, to ensure that our liver is healthy and relaxed?  The most common approach to liver health is cleansing.

It is important to be careful when doing internal cleansing.  While the intention is good, the results are often more damaging than intended.  Just as you would not continue to scrub a floor that was clean with a wire brush for fear of damaging, continuing to vigorously cleanse a healthy body for long periods of time will start to weaken the innate constitution.  Move slowly but surely through a cleanse, it is gentler on the mind and the body.  Remember that just as we release chemical toxins from the liver, toxic thoughts get released as well.  There is no way to separate the physical and emotional aspects in holistic health, so be prepared for the inevitable emotional cleanse that will run parallel alongside your physical cleanse!         

Being truly healthy is a commitment.  Moving with the ebb and flow of nature is how we find balance.  There is a time to be full of energy and a time to be lazy.  It is not about never getting sick, but rather understanding what season it is, what your environment is, what phase of life you are in and learning how to nurture that place, that time, that season in the best, most appropriate way.  The early Taoists and native North Americans sought personal harmony with the seasons, plants, animals, things organic and inorganic as well as celestial influences of the stars and plants as the highest achievement of life.  From these ideals we can catch a glimpse of the ‘oneness’ or ‘connectedness’ of all things.  And even if that is too big for us to fathom, we can all agree that maybe it is just best to follow Nature’s lead.  

Lori Vincze highly recommends reading Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha.

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