Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Sharon Strickland who is a Yoga Instructor. She can be contacted at yogawithsharon@yahoo.com.

Yoga means to yoke or unite. It has been around for 3000 years and was originated by Buddhists. There are 8 limbs of Yoga: Check out http://www.yogajournal.com/article/beginners/the-eight-limbs/

What happens to the brain when we meditate? What are brain stages?
  • Beta stage - active, fear, stress, anxiety
  • Alpha stage - Creativity, in the zone, peak performance, where we should be most times
  • Theta - Meditation, relaxed vigilance, ability to recall that’s not present in the Beta or Alpha stage.
  • Delta - Sleeping

What are the benefits of increasing alpha brain waves?
  • Reduce stress and nervousness
  • Clear thoughts
  • Higher level of creativity
  • Increase problem solving and decision making
  • Improve mood and stability o emotions
  • Improve overall performance in the zone
  • Super learning and enhanced memory
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Increase Serotonin levels (mood regulator)

What are methods to increase
  • Meditation or prayer - think about 1 thing or task
  • Yoga
  • Deep breathing
  • Green tea, amino acid, L-theanine increases dopamine (neuro-transmitter)
  • Saunas, steamrooms
  • Massages
  • Quiet/meditative walks

Next week we will have our students of the month.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Howard Daugherty, Executive Director of Clermont Veterans’ Service Commission. They are a county agency with 4 service officers who help veterans and their dependents with claim work. Claims can take years to process and are related to all sorts of issues that arise from military service including agent orage issues, PTSD, etc. To receive financial assistance, veterans need to be residents of Clermont County for at least 90 days. They will also help veterans work with local job placement services to help them find work. For more information contact (513) 732-7363. Their website is www.clermontcountyveterans.com.