PRANAYAMA: Adham Pranayama (Abdominal breathing)
Here is a description of how to start practicing Adham Pranayama, abdominal breathing.
Sit in an upright comfortable position. Shoulders back and chest up with a nice elongated spine. Begin to breathe in through your nose feeling your belly rise and fall. Feel the movement. The diaphragm muscle move down onto the digestive organs during inhalation and back up into the chest during exhalation.When the air is expelled the diaphragm is pulled in as well, the navel being drawn in towards the spine so as to squeeze all the air out. This movement of the diaphragm muscle provides a massage for all of the organs in the lower body area, stimulating better function of those organs, improved circulation, digestion, elimination and healthier sexual functions. Many physical disorders below the rib cage can be prevented through this form of breathing. This includes all the digestive organs, down to the intestines, bowels, reproductive organs and prostate gland. Abdominal breathing also has a positive effect on the kidneys and adrenal glands.
“Oxygen is, by far, the most vital component humans need to live. We can go weeks without food, days without water, but only a few minutes without air?”- Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
PHYSICAL: Pull ups
Pull ups are one of our fave exercises but man, are they hard! However, we keep practicing because consistency and frequency are what help us achieve our ultimate goals, in this case, One. Freaking. Pull Up. :p
This is a great video by Charles Poliquin on how to improve your pull ups. Now, the woman in this video has been practicing pull ups for quite some time but none the less the 24-30 seconds of time under tension she is doing is great for pull up progression. Use a bench to help you grasp on to the bars and go! You could always as ask a friend to assist you as well. Happy pull up-ing!
PLANT BASED: Vegan pancake recipe
Our obsession with meat and its low cost has led to HUGE scale factory farming around the globe in order for the industry to keep up with the demand. Now, about 70% of poultry meat, 50% of pork, 40% of beef and 60% of eggs are factory farmed. In factory farms these animals often endure dire conditions that can be detrimental to their health and wellbeing. Factory farming is currently the #1 cause of animal cruelty. So if you do choose to eat meat try to buy ethical, good quality meat (organic) and eggs that come from organic free range farms. The only way us as consumers can have an impact on this is through our choices when we shop, the market will match the demand, and if we stop buying cheap and inhumane products they will produce less of it. These less cruel products are often more expensive, so eat less of it! try having meat/eggs only once per day and have a couple of meat free days!
Here is a tasty plant based breakfast recipe for you to try out by Angela Liddon (who is amazing and has SO many incredible, plat based recipes on her blog check her out!
Vegan & Gluten-Free Vanilla Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes
- 1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats (not kasha), ground into a flour
- 1/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp almond milk
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 medium ripe banana, diced
- 1 vanilla bean, scraped (optional)
- 1/2 cup blueberries (optional)
- Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
- In a blender, blend the buckwheat groats on high speed until a fine flour forms. Place into a large bowl. Now whisk in the rest of the dry ingredients (rice flour, cornstarch, baking powder).
- Pour in the almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Whisk the batter until no clumps remain.
- Fold in the diced banana and scraped vanilla bean. If using fresh blueberries, mix them in now.
- Lightly grease skillet. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter onto the preheated skillet. If using frozen blueberries, sprinkle on a heaping tablespoon of blueberries. Cook until many bubbles appear and then flip and cook for another couple minutes. Repeat for the other pancakes.
Hope you enjoyed the P’s of the week!
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Amanda and Brit xx