Most people know I’m a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, but I have another tool in my toolbox…It’s Applied Functional Science, which is the science of evaluating and improving “real life” or functional movement.
AFS is a great tool when someone has a problem in a certain kind of movement, like walking, running, or playing sports. It helps us find the problem and assign homework that will help the person move more easily.
This video was actually a “school project” from when I was studying AFS at the Gray Institutein 2014. Watch this video to see some examples of how we used AFS to improve right hip motion for a tennis player.
A big huge THANK YOU to my willing student Dan Hallman for allowing me to share this video.
There is some funk going around, and if you get it, you might feel like your head is stopped up, or like it’s hard to breathe. Supported Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) is a great aid at times like these. Check out the video to see how to do it.
I’ve never been much of a poetry reader. Poetry seemed like something I should savor with a cup of tea, and for most of my life, I’ve been moving too fast for that.
But I’ve had a photocopy of a poem for years. I’ve shuffled it back and forth between home and office, put it in a plastic page protector, moved it from file box to notebook to storage bin, and despite many attempts to “get rid of all these papers,” I have held onto this poem.
This year it came up in the surf of decluttering – again. And I decided to save it – again.
I love it so much that I wanted to share it with you.
The Open Door
A door opens. Maybe I’ve
been standing here shuffling
my weight from foot to fot
for decades, or maybe I only
knocked once. In truth, it
doesn’t matter. A door opens
and I walk through without a
backward glance. This is it,
then, the moment of truth in
a lifetime of truth: a choice
made, a path taken, the
gravitational pull of Spirit
too compelling to ignore any
longer. I am received by
something far too vast to see.
It has roots in antiquity but
speaks clearly in the present
tense. “Be” the vastness says.
“Be without adverbs, descriptors,
or qualities.” Be so alive that
awareness bares itself
uncloaked and unadorned.
Then go forth to give what you
alone can give, awake to love
and suffering, unburdened by
the weight of expectations.
go forth to see and be seen,
blossoming, always blossoming
into your magnificence.”
Goat milk has about 1% less lactose than cow's milk. So if you are truly lactose intolerant, it won't be a good fit. But it might be for a lot of other reasons...
Casein allergies can mimic lactose-intolerance and produce similar symptoms. Goat milk has less A1 casein than cow milk. So you might be better able to digest goat milk than cow's milk for this reason.
Goat milk has more medium-chain fatty acids, which are quick sources of energy.
The fat globules in goat milk are smaller than in cow's milk, which eliminates the processing step of homogenization. The smaller fat globules are also believed to contribute to easier digestibility.
Goat's milk is high in oligosaccharides, which are prebiotics that feed the good bacteria in your digestive tract.
10-12 goats can live on about the same acreage as 1 cow/calf pair.
Goats are browsers instead of grazers; this means they prefer to eat from shrubs, trees, and bushes instead of the ground. The landscape of a goat farm needs to be more diverse in plantlife than a cow dairy farm.
Even though one goat produces less milk than one cow, the overall balance of milk production is higher per acre from goat farms.
Just like in cow dairies, there is a wide variety of types of farms, which impacts not only the health of the goats but the health of the milk. As always, find out where your food comes from and buy local with minimal processing!
PS: Love learning about healthy food choices? I'd love to help you in Five Star Eating!
Fatty acid profile of milk - A review Article in Bulletin- Veterinary Institute in Pulawy · June 2013 DOI: 10.2478/bvip-2013-0026 MARIA MARKIEWICZ-KĘSZYCKA, GRAŻYNA CZYŻAK-RUNOWSKA1 , PAULINA LIPIŃSKA, AND JACEK WÓJTOWSKI https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259495733
Goat milk can be considered as functional food, Spanish researchers find https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110518092146.htm