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Strengthen, Protect, & Heal Program

Strengthen, Protect, & Heal Program

Without strength and proper understanding, yogis won’t get very far in their practice and won’t know how to use yoga to feel better. Join Desiree Rumbaugh in this 5-class all-levels, yoga series that will Strengthen, Protect, & Heal your body. Learn the essentials of the human body and an optimal yoga practice, in a fun, easy to understand, and challenging way, with an internationally acclaimed expert teacher.

A yoga practice with a foundation of both strength and flexibility, is a strong and healthy yoga practice for the long run. Flexibility without strength, is not only an obstacle in progress, it's also not ideal for the health and balance of your body. To truly progress in a healthy, powerful, and sustainable way on the yoga path, you must focus and practice utilizing strength and healing, as much as striving for any flexibility.

There is the potential to create harm to your body over time, with a yoga practice repeatedly performed with improper alignment. That is why this program is powerful in protecting your body, so you can use yoga as something beneficial (instead of detrimental). The areas you'll build strength in this program, will also keep your body protected and strong as you move through the natural process of aging.

Yoga has deeply healing capabilities for people recovering from injuries as well. Strength and alignment based yoga bring you back to optimal health in your body in very real ways. The most important thing in creating this healing, is that you show up and practice. Fortunately, this 5-class program gives you an easy to follow guide to create healing in your entire body, as each class has a different focus.

Desiree Rumbaugh, the guide in this series, is an internationally renowned yoga teacher with 30+ years of teaching experience around the world. She has tremendous knowledge of the body, and an encouraging style in helping you discover and increase your body's strength and healing capabilities through yoga. Expect to learn, practice, and notice real change in your well-being and structure through this 5-class series.

For those newer to yoga, this program is accessible and effective. It will give you tools to develop healthy habits to take with you further into your practice. While you will be challenged, you will ultimately be led to realize how strong and capable you are through these practices."

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In this series -

Strengthen Protect, & Heal: Knees Use these poses to strengthen the muscles around your knees and release the tightness in your hips that exacerbate the pain. Strengthen, Protect & Heal the Lower Back In this class we will be working to change our patterns using strength as well as myo-fascial release to create new ways of moving. Strengthen, Protect & Heal Your Hips Even though this work is challenging, it is an investment of time and energy that pays many dividends - your lower back and knees will be very grateful. Loosen Those Tight Hips This class will make you work for the Ahhhh....but the work is worth your time and effort. Strengthen, Protect & Heal the Upper Body Try this class and balance the strength you have developed in your wrists, neck, chest, shoulders and arms.

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CBD For Migraines

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The idea behind treating migraines with CBD is that since migraine sufferers are likely deficient in endocannabinoids, the best way to treat their pain is to supplement them with the endocannabinoids of plants — phytocannabinoids.

“People manifest different pathogenic states as a result of endocannabinoid deficiency, based upon their own unique collective of deficiencies, stressors, biochemistry, and metabolic characteristics,” says Moriarty. “A migraine is one of the three conditions that are best established as involving clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CED or CECD): migraine, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.”

Because migraines fall into this category of conditions, CBD for migraines is known to be a super effective treatment and preventative measure.

“CBD oil interacts with many receptors in the endocannabinoid system, the two primary ones — and most studied — being the CB1 and CB2 receptors,” says Gabriel Aly of Honest CBD Reviews.

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for homeostasis — a balance — in the body. When the homeostasis is lost a whole host of issues happens, as this system helps regulate a lot of functions. Maintaining this homeostasis will help with headache treatment.

Your body, at all times of optimal health, requires homeostasis. And whenever your body isn’t in homeostasis, inevitably upset by something or other, it is desperately trying to revert back to that state of stable equilibrium. Repairing the endocannabinoid system by feeding it phytocannabinoids is one such way to potentially restore that state.

“The endocannabinoid system may have a significant role in a migraine attack,” continues Rose.

Anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid — meaning the body produces it — has been shown to be reduced in the cerebral spinal fluid of migraine sufferers. Anandamide’s role is to help maintain homeostasis in the body through regulating the endocannabinoid system. It binds to receptors located in the brain and in the peripheral nervous system and influences pain perception, immune system functions, sleep and mood.

CBD acts on the endocannabinoid system indirectly. It inhibits the FAAH enzyme, which is responsible for rapidly degrading anandamide. Therefore, less FAAH enzyme means more anandamide and better pain control.

“This is a big deal,” continues Moriarty. “CBD protects your body’s anandamide level, and anandamide is extremely important in pain management, stress management, and overall sense of well-being. Happiness. It’s called the ‘bliss molecule’ because it is.”

If it’s starting to sound like migraines are directly linked to hormonal shifts, then there’s a reason for that. It’s because they are.

“Estrogen regulates FAAH,” says Moriarty.

Declining estrogen results in declining anandamide, and increases the incidence of CECD-related conditions as we flow further down the biochemical stream. This further helps us to understand the transition into menopause. It also suggests mechanisms of action for higher incidences of endocannabinoid deficiency-related conditions in women.

With all the hormonal shifts associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menstruation, it’s no wonder that there are pills on the market, like Midol, to combat the pain and CECD-related conditions associated with them.

Analgesic is just another word for “painkiller.” But with CBD, nature’s painkiller, such pills are rendered unnecessary, even during the worst symptoms of hormonal fluctuations.

“CBD interacts with the body’s endogenous opioid receptors in the brain stem to provide an analgesic effect,” says Dr. Rose.

In other words, say goodbye to Midol.

As cannabis possesses over 100 types of cannabinoids, it is the obvious natural source from which to extract the supplemental cannabinoids needed by people experiencing cannabinoid deficiencies. The cannabinoids are extracted in the form of oils.

It’s important to understand that “hemp” and “marijuana” are legal terms, not terms of botanical taxonomy. Hemp cannabis is any plant containing less than 0.3 percent THC by dry weight plant material, and marijuana cannabis is any plant containing 0.3 percent or more THC. Humans have selected for different strains over millennia, resulting in strong dominance of CBD in some strains, referred to as hemp, and strong dominance of THC in other strains, referred to as marijuana.

Marijuana is only legal in some states, and is generally not an ideal source of CBD for most people, since very few strains have meaningful amounts of CBD. Further, while marijuana has a valuable place in the management of many conditions, the accompanying cognitive effects of THC limits the amount and timing of use of marijuana. As a result, hemp cannabis is the recognized prime source of CBD. Since the oil extract has less than 0.3 percent of THC — the element of the marijuana plant that gets you high — the oil itself will not get you high in the traditional sense associated with cannabis.

Because CBD does not have the ability to get you high, it is being hailed as the perfect pain management option, devoid of psychoactive properties associated with marijuana. Thus, CBD for migraines is ideal for inhibiting pain and preventing migraines alltogether.

Say Hello To CBD, And Goodbye To Migraines

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CBD can be enjoyed as pills, tinctures, delicious oils, and more. (You can even find cannabinoid-infused chocolate and other edibles!) The recommended dosage to start with is usually 10 milligrams. From that origin point, you can work your way up to what works specifically for you and your migraine pain.

“There isn’t much research specific to dosing for migraine headaches at this time. The available research on chronic pain control and CBD demonstrate improvements in the study participants who take CBD on a regular basis as a preventative measure,” says Dr. Rose. “It’s always best to start with a low dose and titrate up slowly until you achieve the desired effect — i.e., a decrease in migraine frequency or reduction in pain.”

CBD oil derived from hemp plants is absolutely legal in all 50 states. So you can find preventative migraine relief through CBD without the added federal headache.

“The most commonly used methods of supplementing with CBD for people seeking relief from or prevention of migraines are oral/gastric delivery and sublingual delivery,” says Moriarty.

Remember that some products that state ‘sublingual’ are not reduced-particle liposomal, and are not absorbed under the tongue or in the cheek, so are really oral/gastric delivery. Since gastric delivery is 85-89 percent degraded by enzymes as it is processed in the liver, approximately t10 times the dose is needed to achieve the same bioavailability of the liposomal sublingual delivery forms of CBD.

“If you suffer from persistent migraines you should be taking a very small amount of CBD daily for around a month,” Backe adds. “That being said, specific dosages vary based on the individual so one should check with their doctor before use.”

But be wary: CBD is not a catch-all for ailments. For those with a developed pathology, CBD should be looked at as more of a preventative measure, like a daily vitamin C gummy you take in order to ward off cold and flu symptoms. Once a migraine (or other ailment has already hit), CBD might not do much for those with developed pathologies (although it can help reduce the symptoms associated with anxiety, even once they’ve already hit). What CBD can do for you directly relates to the frequency and intensity of your particular migraine headaches.

“CBD oil can be taken both as a preventative measure and at the first onset of a headache acutely,” says Dr. Rose.

It may be possible to reduce the dose of migraine medication when CBD is taken regularly. However, it’s important to work with your health care provider to ensure there are no interactions with the introduction of CBD to your medication regimen. In studies where participants take either cannabis (CBD with THC and the other plant constituents) or just CBD oil, a reduction in acute pain and a decrease in migraine frequency is often reported.

As for my sister and I, we’ve both gone the CBD route, though admittedly we each have different preferred vehicles. My sister swears by vaping CBD oil; tinctures, gummies, and other CBD methods weren’t strong enough for her. At first, she was mainly using them to heal migraines already fully-realized. Now, she hits her vape several times throughout the day which allows her to take preventative measures rather than last-minute ones. “The CBD, combined with the deep inhalation that a vape requires, is the only thing that works for me,” she tells me on the phone.

For me, I use CBD for migraines preventatively too — only taking 1 ML of tincture per day. For my sister, who experiences more intense and more frequent migraines, vaping a higher concentration is the modicum of CBD that works best. For me, a lavender-tinted tincture once daily starts off my day in the right direction. Now our whole immediate family has become CBD converts: Even my father takes a low-concentration pill daily.

Whatever works, works. Am I right?

Steph Osmanski is a freelance health and wellness writer, blogger, and brand consultant. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.

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