Is it time to silence your alerts?

We have all experienced the thrill of having messages appear on your phone. Someone has sent you a new message on messenger, your birthday has come about and everyone that you have not heard from all year decides to wish you a happy birthday, your yoga app has a new update on the crow pose, and you can't wait to try it. Your day is full of sounds, little red icons, and vibrations. The summary of all these things happening to us daily is that we are being conditioned. Let me give you a little background on what I mean.

When we are born and come out of our mother's womb, we are looking for signals. We see the signs of light, sound, touch, rocking, and movement as our lifelines. We become adept at taking in those sounds as we develop. We learn about yes and no and who the people in our lives are and who are not. We learn what it feels to speak and the tones that come from that along with the balancing act that is learning to put your head up, crawl, walk or even fall. We take into...

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Finding peace and meaning in movement

Often time the great sages spoke about doing without doing, seeing without seeing and being without being. However, many times individuals will take that to heart and won't take action or practice their forms as needed. The most prominent lesson here is that while stillness is the practice, there is always movement. Actual non-movement leads to rigor mortis in which no life escapes you. To pull that away from the superficial and ideological I would like to begin with this question.

Can movement and stillness exist at the same time?

It is a complex process to get into finite terms but the reality of the matter is that yes it can. Let's take sleep for instance and divulge the aspects that you are still for the majority of the night if you sleep well, yet, deep down there is a stillness of breath and fluid movement that is keeping you alive while allowing your body to detoxify and heal itself. Hence the power of breathing and breath movements such as of that in Qigong and other...

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What is your Nindo?

Hello dear members,

Today I was speaking with someone about joy and I thought that you would benefit from this thought, so here it comes. :)

We often get sucked in by the daily task and things that need to happen for survival. I mean when was the last time you saw someone sat in traffic and smiling with extreme joy? It is a rare sight. In fact, you are more likely to see a dodo roaming around the side of the road than you are to find someone who is sat in bumper to bumper traffic just glowing. (Least here in the big city)

Yet, when we find a deeper sense of joy things change. That deeper sense of joy is often in our hearts and it is what allows us to tick through the day. Yet, we modern humans are absolutely notorious for burying it in life and things to do.

We forget the flow of joy because, in reality, joy is a liquid concept that can go from one place to another in our lives, but we confine it because we think it is only one thing or exist in one place. The fact of the...

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What does it mean to be mindful?

I have gotten this question about mindfulness many times, so I thought I would address it within a post. Mindfulness can come from many forms and many angles. Thus we must approach it for what it is in both foresight and hindsight. Mindfulness practice originated in the eastern orient traditions and was used to enhance the availability of sight within the environment to improve the presence of the person in whatever they were doing or not doing. That is why often if you refer to books written in that time you can see that kind of language used. However, in reality, the practice is not limited by any religious doctrine at all.

 Jon Kabat Zinn, a Professor of Medicine Emeritus and a creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He was able to use the practice to help thousands of individuals in a clinical setting get in touch with what is happening in their lives...

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An Open Letter: Honoring Your Path

Hello everyone,

If you have followed me for any span of time, you would know that I have been on a journey of not only teaching but also self-discovery. It has not been easy, in fact at many points it was downright painful. I had initially thrown myself into the realm of academia and taught at the college level for a few years while I sorted things out mentally. I hired tons of coaches, mentors, trainers, masters and the like to see where or what may have triggered me to make the choices I made in my life.

The question that it always came down to what is your gift and how can you live it?

Given, by academic standards I was accomplished and by my work and quality of my dedication to my clients both in the physical and virtual world I was always a person to call it down the middle, yet the idea of being a gift to the world had ever alluded me. I had a profession, but was that my gift? I decided to go back on the academic track and seek out a further coaching degree because...

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What is an energy blockage?

 

Today I wanted to give you a sneak peek at one of the sections inside of the soon to come; Embrace Yourself Wellness Center. I dive into what an energy blockage is and how the forms come up in your body, emotions, and structure. If you'd like to know more about the program before it launches, please feel free to send a message to [email protected].

 

Enjoy the free module.

~Luis

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Blue light, hormones, and disease: Part 1

 

Ever since the post-nuclear age, the revolution of industry sciences has been pushing more stimulus onto the social structure for the name of progress. The aforementioned has not been limited to electronic development. Modernization has been one of those factors that have pushed the envelope in which the bias of testing for long-term results versus comfort and apparent benefits. That brings us to the topic today of blue light and its effects on health.

Current society averages state that humans spend an average of 11 hours a day in front of some electronic devices. This is not limited to cell phones, computers, and TV. Technically, speaking that is ~46% of your day spent in front of a screen of some type. Meaning that the modern child now spends about half their time being bombarded by new forms of photoelectric factors.

The most ominous of these factors is blue light. Why is it the most ominous? It is because our bodies naturally respond to its stimulation during the waking...

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Stagnation and disease: Part 3- The deep channels

 

In the following, I will discuss how I arrived at the practice of Qigong and why it changed the way I saw things in my life. It was not an instant miracle, but it did progressively get better. I will do my best to detail what was going on and how I began to overcome it.

Back in 2010, I remember waking up with what seemed to be a hangover. I can tell you that it was not a great sight as I was trying to find my way through the hallway but I was running into things. What I didn't know at the time was that my eyes were doing their own thing and the full matrix inside of my body was having a hard time calculating distance. It reminded me of the Bozo show where they played the grand prize game. You remember the show right? It was the one where they had a kid come in, and he tried to toss a ping pong into six different buckets, and if he reached bucket number 6, he won a 100 dollar bill and a bunch of prizes along the way. Sadly, the only awards I won were bruises. Besides that, I was...

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Stagnation & Disease: Part 2- Stagnation Vortex

 

Hello again friends,
Today I would like to speak to you about stagnation and how it can be the unknown silent killer of your overall health.

Consider your body is a liquid life form exchanging fluids at every turn. It doesn’t matter if it is hormones, blood, lymph, neurological chemicals all while holding itself together. The human body is amazing.

Understanding also that the body has over 600 muscles that work on train tracks called anatomy trains that dictate not only tensile function but also meridian flow to enhance bipedal motion. You should be amazed at how you as a human remain not only alive but also at how you work in your daily life. Adding the undercurrent of meridians that essentially are the nerve pathways coming from every elemental organ system you have in your body, then you can see how complicated we truly are as humans.

Lastly, the opposable thumbs make for a new neuron track that is only available in the upper plexus of the body in people, especially for fine...

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Stagnation & Disease: Part 1- Hijacking

 

One of the biggest issues that cause disease in the body is that of stagnation. You see stagnation can occur in two ways in your life.

It can go from macro to micro and also the inverse. That is why the thoughts you think, the people you keep and the food you eat all matter. It is triangular in nature, and it makes up a small map of us as humans.

Today I’d like, to begin with, a concept introduced in the book Psycho-Cybernetics known as limbic hijacking. In a world that popularizes the constant growth of data and bombardment of the human organism, this center of the body has been hijacked by suppressive forces indoctrinated into us as children, teens, adults and virtually every relational variant in-between.

We have been programmed either to take orders, know our roles, or suppress the need to excel beyond a given standard. This leads to stagnation and congestion inside of the upper dantian. The upper dantian will become overfilled with a constitution of stagnant energy,...

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