A-Z of Wellness

A-Z of Wellness

by Rakhee Bhatt

Wellness Explained A to Z

While wellness remains one of the buzziest words of the past few years, the term encompasses a myriad of concepts that can be overwhelming to comprehend.

Here, we break down the world of wellness letter by letter so telling your cranial sacral apart from your Pranayama much more possible.

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A: Ashwagandha Root

A natural herb extract whose restorative and rejuvenating benefits can alleviate things like stress, fatigue, insomnia, and anxiety. Meghan Markle, a.k.a. the Duchess of Sussex, is a fan of the ayurvedic root.

B: Beautycounter

A beauty brand that creates safer skin care and cosmetics for the whole family. This Santa Monica-based company has found a celebrity following in the likes of Mandy Moore, Molly Sims, and Lauren Conrad.

C: Cranial Sacral

A form of physical therapy that releases bone compression in the head, spinal column, and sacrum. The results can be relief from conditions such as migraine headaches, chronic pain, and stress.

D: Detox

A regimen, typically for a specific period of time, that is intended to support the body’s natural ability to eliminate toxins. The liver and kidneys are usually the focus of these treatments as they are the body’s central detoxing areas.

E: EFT

Known as Emotional Freedom Techniques, or tapping, this is an Eastern method that utilizes the body’s meridian points to tap into one’s own energy and healing power. This method can help to overcome feelings of negative emotions, stress, and anxiety.

F: Forest Bathing

The Japanese practice of being present and relaxed among the trees in nature in order to lower heart rate, blood pressure, and stress. Known as shinrin-yoku in Japan, this activity became part of the country’s public health program in 1982.

G: Goop Wellness Summit

Also known as In Goop Health, this day-long event is meant to help attendees become their most optimal selves. Led by Gwyneth Paltrow, this summit includes panels with celebrities and health experts, wellness sessions, and nutritious food and drinks.

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H: Holistic Healing

A natural form of therapy or medicine that addresses internal imbalances to align the mind, body, and soul to its peak state. Holistic healing methods include acupuncture, reiki, and aromatherapy.

I: Intention

A specific purpose to bring forth into one’s life. Stay focused on an aspiration through a customized bracelet by MyIntent.

J: Joshua Tree

A national park in Southern California where the high Mojave Desert meets the low Colorado Desert. Keith Richards would frequent the desert locale with the late country musician Gram Parsons, whose influence can be felt on The Rolling Stones’ songs, “Honky Tonk Woman” and “Sweet Virginia.”

K: Kundalini

The yogic life force that is situated at the base of the spine until it is awoken and sent to the head to elicit enlightenment. Kate Hudson is a fan of kundalini yoga, working with Ra Ma Institute Founder Guru Jagat to incorporate the meditation, chanting, and breathing practice into her life.

L: Love (self-love)

A regard for one’s own happiness that allows the person to choose what is best for their mind, body, and soul.

M: Meditation

A technique for relaxing the mind and achieving a state of consciousness separate from the normal waking state. To incorporate meditation into one’s lifestyle, set the goal of sitting in practice for 21 consecutive days.

N: Nepal

The birthplace of Lord Buddha on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He was born in 623 BC in the Lumbini location of Southern Nepal, which is now deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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O: Organic

The process by which products are grown in a manner that promotes ecological balance and conserves biodiversity without employing synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering.

P: Pranayama

The conscious awareness of breath, and how it can both energize and relax the body. The best position for pranayama is seated with legs crossed, spine straight, and hands either in the lap or on the knees.

Q: Quality Time:

The simple and essential pleasure of spending valuable time with oneself, spouse, children, relatives, and friends. Victoria Beckham cites quality time as a key component in making her marriage and family life with David Beckham work so well.

R: Reiki

Reiki is a form of energy healing that helps the body, mind, and soul relax and harmonize in order to heal efficiently. Christina Aguilera credits Reiki for helping her lose weight.

S: Sound Baths

Sound Baths play sound frequencies to clear stuck energy and sooth the body, mind, and soul using various instruments such as singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, and chanting. Try listening to a sound bath on YouTube and if your curiosity is peaked then attend one live and feel the palpable vibrations.

T: Transcend

Transcend is: “To pass beyond limits. To exist above and independent. To be greater than.” Acts of wellness create change in order to make life better and to transcend our current state of reality. There is always room for growth and improvement which keeps life interesting, exciting, and fun.

U: Unprocessed Foods

Unprocessed Foods are whole foods in their most natural state. Eating unprocessed foods enables the body to digest food efficiently keeping us at an ideal weight and allows the body to absorb more nutrients which protects us from toxins and disease.

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V: Visualization

Visualization is a technique that helps manifest goals that can create a dream life. Many thought leaders and self-help experts believe what we think creates our reality. Experiment for one to two months visualizing something you wish to happen in your life for a couple minutes everyday before bed. Make sure to include lots of detail and recognize how it makes you feel. This simple practice programs the brain and motivates the mind to find creative solutions to achieving goals and making our dreams a reality.

W: Wellness

Wellness is a health movement that inspires people to take control of their lives and create a lifestyle that sustains their body, mind, soul, community, and environment. Dr. Dean Ornish sums it up well by stating, “Eat well. Move more. Stress less. Love more.”

X: Xylitol

Sugar is extremely addictive and the cause for many diseases. It is added to processed foods to make people crave and eat more. Now there are more natural forms of sweetners that do not reek havoc on our bodies such as Xylitol which comes from the fibers of plants, is fewer calories than table sugar, and is harder for the body to absorb.

Y: Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice that has grown in popularity all over the world in the past decade. It is a spiritual exercise that strengthens and increases the flexibility of the body, mind, and soul. There are many styles of yoga and if you are a beginner may we suggest looking for a Yin Yoga or Restorative Yoga class to start.

Z: Zen

The word Zen comes from a particular type of Buddhism but it has transformed into a verb that describes a way of being. Being calm, cool, and collected. Not allowing the intensity of the world to shake or rattle our peace of mind. If you are interested in learning more Google Thich Nhat Hanh.

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