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Interoception, Somatic Intelligence, Listening, Nia

Gloria Gonzalez is CCO/Founder of Eight Elements West, a center for somatic training and integrative clinic dedicated to elevating the human experience through Movement, Nutrition, and Medicine.  For nutrition/somatic therapies:  Somatic Experiencing, Visceral Manipulation & Craniosacral Therapy, and Shamanic Soul Retrieval.       Please enable Javascript in order to get HealCode functionality

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Somatic Glossary For Nia & Yoga

Somatic Glossary for Nia & Yoga

Body Literacy 
translating the language spoken by the body, sensation, into vocabulary and dialogue. 5-Stages: embryonic, creeping, crawling, squatting to walking.  The foundational development of the nervous system in movement, emotion, security and physical well-being 52 Moves:  Lower Body, Core, Upper Body Nia moves that lend somatic completion for the body/mind;  also for ease of learning…

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Super Quick Classic Curry

Super Quick Classic Curry

Healing Curry Spices  Spices, like those in curry powder, have the power to heal your digestion, especially when consumed on a daily basis.  Here are few benefits of the healing spices in curry: Coriander - Soothes upset stomach, aids digestion Cumin - Aids indigestion, diarrhea, flatulence Fennel - Reduces indigestion and flatulence Turmeric - Reduces inflammation, aids digestion, anti-infection, anti-oxidant, simulates bile…

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Crazy Blueberry Monster Smoothie

Crazy Blueberry Monster Smoothie

Just gotta have your smoothie in winter?  While cold foods are generally not advised for winter, deprivation is even worse.  We want you to have your smoothie, and drink it too. The oils in the avocado provide warmth for your body and nerves.   Spinach contains abundant flavonoids that act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from…

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is dysregulation of intestinal function.  Those with IBS experience loose stools, diarrhea, constipation, or alternation of irregular elimination, as well as cramping, abdominal pain, gas, and bloating. The incomplete digestion of food and emotions is triggered by stress.  Human beings are processors of energy. Neural circuits in the brain, body, and heart together process…

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Wall Slide Shoulder Posture Check

Welcome to Eight Elements West  I'm here with Gloria Gonzalez owner of the Eight Elements West facility here in La Jolla.  We are going to do a shoulder posture check here with Gloria against the wall.  We are going to have her stand up tall, pin the hands back against the wall and then bring…

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TCM Fall Herbal Tea Cough Remedy

Fall The season of Lung & Large Intestine Fall is a time of change on both in our bodies and our climate and environment. The air temperature has changed and the sun has made its shift into the coolness of fall and winter.  When the air temperatures changes our lungs and respiratory system feel a…

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Dijon Sweet Potatoes

Fall Detox Tip   Keep a couple of sweet potatoes in your refrigerator, already baked, for a snack.  Warm them up, with a little ghee, salt, cinnamon or cumin.  Or, try the light Dijon dressing below.  Enjoy the potent packed benefits of this potato powerhouse: Symptoms In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) a weak Spleen/Stomach channel (Late Summer) hinders the…

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Late Summer: Getting Down To Earth

Late Summer: Getting Down to Earth

by Steve Sterling, L.Ac. In the West we typically refer to the 4 seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer). In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) 5 Element theory there is a 5th season called the Late Summer. This season corresponds with the digestive energy when the Qi (life energy) of the Stomach & Spleen (speen &…

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Summer: Take It To Heart

Summer: Take It To Heart

SUMMER: Take It To Heart by Steve Sterling, L.Ac. TCM: ANCIENT TRADITION In keeping with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) "5 Element" theme (see diagram) the Summer season corresponds with the primary organ of the Heart and the predominant environmental influence of "Summer-heat". In TCM sweat is the fluid of the heart. If Summer heat…

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Late Summer: TCM

Late Summer: TCM

The 3rd season in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is late summer also known as Indian summer. This central season marks the shift from the outward (yang) expression of spring and summer to the inward (yin) attention of fall and winter. This short transitional time of late summer, from the third week in August until…

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Relaxing The Cranial Nerves

Relaxing the Cranial Nerves

Pratyahara:  Allowing the Senses to Recede  In the 5th element of yoga, pratyahara, the senses take a respite from the world. The senses -  eyes, ears, skin/face even taste - are often aggressively used tissues.  This is true especially in Western cultures where we are trained to be consumers and producers, to focus on “going…

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Kabocha Coconut Soup

Kabocha Coconut Soup

Autumn - the season of the lung and large intestine  Fruits and vegetables fall ripe from the vine, reflecting to us the natural outcome of our own ability to come to maturity, to fullness, and to let go. Health during this season is reflected in the health and clarity of our skin and sinuses, and the ease…

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Honey Coconut Summer Smoothie

Honey Coconut Summer Smoothie

Summer is the season of the heart-small intestine  meridians in Chinese medicine.  Rich in potassium (like bananas) avocado is a heart healthy super food that aids cardiovascular health by blocking the formation of bad choleterol (LDL), providing protection from possible heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Avocado is a fruit packed full of nutritious fats, oils, and vitamins.…

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