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Dr. Milescu- The history behind SNY

Dr. Milescu is a first generation American, born from immigrant Romanian parents who were both professors of English and History in Romania. In that era they had renounced Communism and soughtpolitical asylum in the United States in 1968. She grew up in Queens New York very humbly, with hard working parents that owned their family business; a gymnastics school. Dr. Milescu assisted in the family business, while practicing gymnastics four hours daily, six days a week until becoming an elite level gymnast.  By the time she was 17, her ankle injuries and college goals altered her path.

 

Dr. Milescu grew up understanding the human body, as well as the importance of education, health and wellness. It was only natural, aside from her fascination with the life sciences and physical education, that she would seek the health sciences.  In 1987 she arrived at Hofstra University on full gymnastics scholarship. She continued to coach gymnastics, and became a pre-medical student dedicating all her time to becoming a Physician.  She studied at Hofstra University from 1987-1991. Her degree was a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Chemistry and Psychology.

 

Dr. Milescu was interested in sports medicine, so a natural fit at that time was to become a lower extremity specialist and work with runners, gymnasts, and dancers. She went on to Podiatric Medical school for another four years from 1991-1995 receiving her terminal degree: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine or D.P.M. degree. For residency, she was a match with a 3 year surgical residency specializing in foot and ankle surgery and diabetic wound care. She completed her residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx New York, from 1995-1998. She became a hospital based Podiatric Surgeon and Chief Resident in 1998 spurring and reliving her interest to teach.

 

Dr. Milescu started to practice in July of 1998 as an attending and in a private office.  She eventually opened up her own practice in 2000. After the tragedy of 9.11.01 her practice suffered a hit. Soon after she was pregnant with her third child, the entire family moved to Florida. She became board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery in 2004, and continued to practice until another challenge transformed her again.  After getting rear- ended in front of Florida hospital coming out of work, she suffered severe neck and back pain with herniated discs C-4, C-5, and C-6. Her physician’s told her that she would not be able to stand and operate any longer for the amount that she was doing. Her determination helped her recuperate in a few months with lots of physical therapy, followed by therapeutic Yoga.

 

 She was back in the O.R. against the conventional prognosis.  Her experience with daily yoga practice transformed and inspired her to go back for further training, and becoming a certified Yoga teacher.  She quickly discovered the healing effects of yoga initially through the teachings of Iyengar style Yoga. She then formally went through the minimum certification through a school that encouraged the Integral Yoga influence and format of teachings as taught through Swami Satchidananda. She began teaching in 2007 and evolved her practice into many facets that included teachings from Sadhana Yoga which addressed the energetic healing and spiritual aspects of Yoga. She was also trained in Reiki energy healing which she incorporates in her practice. She easily switches from restorative yoga to hatha yoga of many styles including vinyasa flow yoga. She has an eclectic yoga practice and likes to be creative and choreograph new ways of linking postures.

 

 Dr. Milescu continued to cultivate the teaching bug. She began her teaching career with workshops in the wellness community and in hospitals. She then began a part time post, teaching anatomy & physiology within the context of yoga teacher training through National Yoga Institute, a division of National Personal Training Institute that at that time offered yoga certification.  She taught 7-12 Yoga classes per week and still maintained a part time Podiatry practice. During this time, she continued to teach classes and train other future yoga teachers, a passion of hers, inspiring people to lose weight, redesign their body, their life focus, while finding peace through meditation and energy medicine healing.

 

Today, she owns a wellness center:  Serenity Now Yoga Holistic Wellness.  The center opened in January 2010. The clients experience total integrative medicine to include allopathic medicine, oriental medicine, massage, yoga, dance, meditation.  Dr. Milescu offers a unique blend of healing methods which includes the fusion of East-West Medicine. A “Medical Yoga Therapy” session includes components of traditional Allopathic Physical Therapy, Thai –Yoga Body work, Yoga Postures partially restorative, and focus on proper safe guidance, alignment as well as constant manual adjustment through her vast knowledge as teacher of Anatomy and Physiology.  The session ends with progressive muscle relaxation, guided meditation and energy medicine either with Tapping or Reiki and/or Pranic Healing to her private clientele.  She continues to cultivate her medical yoga practice after closing her podiatric surgical practice December 2011. She turned to launching her third career in teaching Anatomy & Physiology at the college level, while continuing on as a studio owner and growing her private medical yoga clientele. She started her vision of teaching full time in 2011.

 

Dr. Milescu taught Anatomy & Physiology, as well as Kinesiology, and Pathology at Florida College of Natural Health, a career school which trains massage therapists.  Dr. Milescu became the expert on Board review for massage therapists and truly enjoyed the rewarding experience of helping others reach their goals. She is an adjunct instructor when invited to teach at FCNH.

 

Dr. Milescu arrived with all her life experiences and her passion to teach at Herzing University back in December 2011. She now lives her life knowing her goal of becoming a teacher is being fulfilled in a third career of her choice that is quite inspiring, rewarding, and exciting every day in the classroom; training future medical professionals.

 

 Dr. Milescu is empathetic, and knows what it takes to accomplish goals. The task of becoming educated is nothing short of tremendous discipline, hard work, motivation, positive thinking and a humble attitude, knowing that education IS a gift to be cherished and not an entitlement.

 

Dr. Milescu is not just a “provider of information” or just another “health care provider”.  She is approachable, inspiring, enthusiastic, dedicated, firm, challenging every single student to reach their full potential. She aims to be a transformative teacher not just a teacher divulging valuable information.

 

 Dr. Milescu enjoys teaching all the students at Herzing University and will continue to do so for many years to come. She enjoys her life living fully present, enjoying her three children, her spouse, and of course practicing Yoga on the beach. She hopes to inspire Herzing students, wellness center yoga clients, friends, and family to reach their full potential and find their true calling as she has came full circle with her calling to teach. Yoga truly means union. Yoga has helped her own journey of self discovery and synthesis on all aspects of herself: body mind and spirit. The personal yoga practice has opened her mind to further seeking spiritual healing. She is interested in metaphysical studies and seeking a terminal degree for holistic wellness which would compliment her medical yoga practice. Her teacher’s are many on her journey to total wellness and healing of body mind and spirit. She wishes to always spark the inner light through any darkness in one’s life as other’s have done for her.  After all, paying it forward and giving the gift of knowledge is “priceless”.

 

 Join her in the studio every Monday as she leads clients into Core Mind Body Yoga 5:30 pm class and a Warm Hatha Flow Yoga 7:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Chakra Diet

 

Each chakra also affects different organs and glands in the body, but I won’t get into that here. If interested, you can find information and books to shed more light on the subject.

 

The main thing to understand is that food is chief in keeping your energetic wheels clean and spinning healthily. Through the list below, not only will you be able to help balance your energy at all levels, but you will also be able to identify why you might be craving one type of food more than others.

 

EATING FOR WELL-BEING AND INNER PEACE
See what area you need to take care of, what are you lacking or craving and create your “inner peace” menu.

 

For example, let’s say you are spacing off and feel in need of some grounding. This corresponds to the root chakra, then your menu should have some, if not all, of the following:

 

• Vegetables: carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beets, onions, garlic, sweet potatoes
• Protein: eggs, meat, beans, tofu, quinoa, soy, almond or cashew butter
• Spices: horseradish, hot paprika, chives, cayenne, pepper, chili

 

If you need to nourish, stimulate, your creativity, clear and activate your sexual energy located in your sacral area focus on the following:

 

• Fruits: melons, mangos, strawberries, passion fruit, oranges, coconut
• Sweets: raw honey
• Nuts: almonds, walnuts, cashews
• Spices: cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika, sesame seeds, caraway seeds, ginger

 

To boost your self esteem, or solar plexus:

 

• Grains: pastas, breads, cereal, rices, flax seed, sunflower seeds, nuts, chia (*Try to consume whole grains, avoid white processed flour.)
• Dairy: milk, cheeses, yogurt (preferably organic to avoid hormones and antibiotics)
• Spices: peppermint, spearmint, melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, fennel, anise, coriander

 

To help heal emotional wounds and pain, or heart center:

 

• Vegetables: spinach, kale, dandelion greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, squash, pumpkin
• Liquids: green tea, mate, chai tea
• Treats: dark chocolate (70% and up)
• Essential oils: sandalwood,
ylang ylang, jasmine absolute, rose absolute
• Spices: basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley, rosemary

 

For self expression, or throat chakra:

 

• Liquids: water, fruit juices, herbal teas
• Fruits: lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, kiwi, apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots
• Spices: sea salt, lemon grass

 

To feed your intuition, or brow center:

 

• Fruits: blueberries, red grapes, black berries, raspberries, cranberries, acai, pomegranate
• Liquids: red wine, grape juice
• Spices: lavender, poppy seed, mugwort

 

To open up your spiritual connection, located on the crown of your head, balance the other chakras, which will help to balance the seventh chakra. Since it is about connecting with your higher self, you may find that you need more than food to help clear up your digestive system, energy and space:

 

• Fast, detox (eliminate processed sugar, processed foods and simple carbohydrates.) Keep your diet fresh, simple and clean.
• Practice yoga and meditation if possible. Just by sitting quietly for as few as five minutes with your eyes closed, focusing on your breath will make a huge difference in your day and health.
• The same can be said for journaling. You will be surprised at how clear you feel after writing down your thoughts and feelings.
• Clear your space using incense and smudging herbs* like sage, copal, myrrh, frankincense, dragon blood and juniper .

 

Taking a holistic approach to your lifestyle, mind-body and soul, will deliver the long lasting results you have perhaps been seeking in bogus trends or fad diets. Happy chakras.

 

*These are not to be eaten but are ritually smoked for purification purposes.

 

Eating for Your Chakras

 

 

By Kulreet Chaudhary, MD

 

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means "wheel.” A chakra is a wheel of energy that spins around its own axis and can spin quickly or slowly. A chakra will spin in relation to the energy level of your system.

 

Where will you find these chakras? They exist within us all. In the same way that we have a physical body, we also have a subtle body. Our chakras are parts of a large network of subtle energies.

 

Today we know that living cells from humans, animals and plants give off invisible energies. Simple groups of living tissue emit a sort of light (aura) that can be seen in Kirlian photography (electrophotography). Specialized groups of cells that make up organs create more organized energy patterns.

 

The 7 Centers of Energy

 

The human body's system consists of sensory, breathing, circulation, digestion, reproduction and secretion. There are six corresponding chakras for these bodily functions. The brain and the whole “being” also have one chakra, for a total of 7 major chakras. These chakras are situated at the top of the head, forehead, throat, heart, solar plexus, the navel, and at the bottom of the pelvis. Every chakra has a corresponding organ in our physical system.

 

The chakras change energy from one level to another by distributing ki, or “life energy,” (also called chi or prana, depending on the belief system) to the physical body. This is partly done through the endocrine system that regulates other systems in the body. The endocrine system plays a major role for the body's daily health. The glands of the endocrine system release hormones directly into the blood stream and control all aspects of growth, development and daily activities. Each chakra also corresponds to one of the major glands in the body.

 

Physical problems are often the result of a blockage in the energy flow in the system, made up of meridians and chakras, causing the organs or glands to not function properly.

 

Balancing the Chakras Through Food

 

All energy comes from light, the rays from the sun. It sustains us, transforms us, vitalizes us, rejuvenates us, and warms us. The rays of the sun fall onto the earth at different vibrations in the form of colors. Each of our chakras also resonates with a different color.

 

The energy of light has an intimate connection with our bodies. As the sun’s rays fall onto the earth, these vibrations are expressed through the color of the plant, vegetable, or flower – each color holds an energy that nourishes the individual chakras. Eating a variety of colors with each meal is important in keeping the chakras balanced through food.

 

 

 

1st Chakra: The Root Chakra

 

Physical Body: The root chakra belongs with the large intestine and the rectum. It also has a certain influence on the function of the kidneys. The root chakra is associated with the adrenal gland.

 

Emotional Body: The root chakra is our source of grounding and connection to the earth.

 

This chakra corresponds to your fundamental survival needs, such as food and shelter and your ability to feel grounded, safe, and secure. Located at the tip of the coccyx (tailbone), this chakra is associated with the color red.

 

Root vegetables grow deep within the earth, and embody the energy of this chakra. Root vegetables help us to tap into our internal, lower core to create stability. Examples of such foods include beets, parsnips, and rutabaga. Any red fruits or vegetables, such as apples or pomegranates, also support the first chakra. Protein can also be associated with this chakra because the lengthy process of digestion can be very grounding.

 

 2nd Chakra: The Navel Chakra

 

Physical Body: The navel chakrabelongs to the reproductive system, the testicles and ovaries, the urinary bladder and the kidneys.

 

Emotional Body: The navel chakra is our source of creativity and sexuality.

 

Two inches below the navel and rooted in the spine, we find the navel chakra. It is the seat of our creative force, sexuality, sensuality, and emotions. It connects us to the world through movement, sensation, desire, and feelings.

 

One of the most important things you can do to help balance this chakra is drink sufficient water. It is closely associated with the water element in our bodies. Our kidneys, associated with the navel chakra, are filtering 150 -180 liters of blood every 24 hours. If you are getting enough water, they function much more efficiently.

 

It is associated with the color orange. Foods that support this chakra are tropical fruits, seeds, nuts, and orange-colored foods (oranges, tangerines, carrots, etc.).

 

3rd Chakra: The Solar Plexus Chakra

 

 

 

Physical Body: The solar plexus chakra relates to the liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen, small intestine, and pancreas. It is associated with digestion.

 

Emotional Body: The solar plexus chakra has to do with identity and self-esteem. The solar plexus chakra controls motivation, ambition, and willpower.

 

Located just below the xiphoid process, a small cartilaginous extension of the lower part of the sternum, is the solar plexus chakra. The third chakra is responsible for the transformative functions of the body, including the digestive organs, such as the stomach, pancreas, small intestines, liver, and gallbladder. If your digestion isn’t working properly, even if you eat a good meal, you won’t receive all of the nutrients from it. It is here in this chakra that so many imbalances begin.

 

 

 

This chakra is associated with the color yellow. To gain a clearer sense of purpose and end procrastination, incorporate more yellow fruits and vegetables into your meals, such as yellow sweet peppers, yellow lentils, corn, etc.

 

It’s important to avoid processed white sugar for this chakra, as it will hinder its ability to perform. Eat more complex carbohydrates like oats, or spelt, millet or brown rice. One thing to note is that exercise forces digestion to work better; aside from food, daily exercise will also be important here.

 

 

 

4th Chakra: The Heart Chakra

 

 

 

Physical Body: The heart chakra belongs to the heart, the arms, and the thymus. The thymus is a small organ in your upper chest. The thymus helps the body make a type of white blood cell and is primarily active before birth and childhood.

 

Emotional Body: The heart chakra is related to our ability to love and is a source of compassion.

 

The essence of light is love, and love is what nourishes all of the chakras. In ancient scriptures, they describe a place within the heart where the soul dwells: “Within the heart there is a luminous consciousness which is intelligent, imperishable and effulgent.” The heart chakra is the source of a loving, compassionate vibration that transforms feelings into emotional wisdom, kindness, and compassion. A healthy heart chakra has the power to transform love into healing for all.

 

Because love is the most nourishing energy, the heart chakra has the ability to balance all the other chakras through its expression of love.

 

It is associated with the color green. Broccoli, kale, chard, and all other leafy greens are a great source of balance for this chakra. Also, when you cook with love, it infuses the food with this vibration and nourishes not just the body but also the soul by balancing all of the chakras.

 

5th Chakra: The Throat Chakra

 

Physical Body: The throat chakra is responsible for the sensory organs of the body, including the lips, tongue, nose, mouth, and ears, as well as the larynx and pharynx. It has a very important effect on metabolism as it corresponds to the thyroid gland.

 

Emotional Body: The throat chakra is what links our heart and mind, and is the seed of expression for our truth.

 

 

 

A healthy throat chakra will communicate and express the emotions, thoughts, and feelings of the other chakras through sound in a way that is authentic and true.

 

It is associated with the color blue. Kelp, blueberries and blue raspberries are foods that encourage balance in the throat chakra.

 

 

 

6th Chakra: The Third Eye (Forehead) Chakra

 

 

 

Physical Body: The third eye chakra belongs to the brain, face, nose and eyes. It’sresponsible for hormone function and secretion through the pituitary gland and sleep/wake cycles. The third eye chakra controls the "perception" functions of the body through the brain, eyes, and neurotransmitters.

 

Emotional Body: The third eye chakra is our intuitive or psychic center.

 

A healthy third eye chakra will create the path of internal visions and dreams, a heightened intuition with the realization of spiritual guidance and inspiration.

 

The color for this chakra is violet. Any foods of this color will help its function, such as purple potatoes, blackberries, blueberries, purple grapes, etc.

 

7th Chakra: The Crown Chakra

 

 

 

Physical Body: The crown chakra can be associated with the pineal gland, a small endocrine gland located in the brain, but is related to the whole being. It is the master chakra.

 

Emotional Body: The crown chakra is our connection to our higher spirituality, our higher self.

 

The crown chakra infuses the body with life force, allowing the entire individual to function as a divine creature. It oversees all the functions of the body through the central nervous system.

 

Foods like plum and eggplant can nourish this chakra. This chakra is different than the rest in one way: The crown chakra is in some ways more "spirit" than "matter." Therefore, the crown chakra thrives on the sustenance that comes from sunlight, air and love.

 

 

In Light and Love

Dr. Milescu

Founder SNY

Associate Professor, General Education-Science

Herzing University

Chakra Diet

 

Each chakra also affects different organs and glands in the body, but I won’t get into that here. If interested, you can find information and books to shed more light on the subject.

 

The main thing to understand is that food is chief in keeping your energetic wheels clean and spinning healthily. Through the list below, not only will you be able to help balance your energy at all levels, but you will also be able to identify why you might be craving one type of food more than others.

 

EATING FOR WELL-BEING AND INNER PEACE
See what area you need to take care of, what are you lacking or craving and create your “inner peace” menu.

 

For example, let’s say you are spacing off and feel in need of some grounding. This corresponds to the root chakra, then your menu should have some, if not all, of the following:

 

• Vegetables: carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beets, onions, garlic, sweet potatoes
• Protein: eggs, meat, beans, tofu, quinoa, soy, almond or cashew butter
• Spices: horseradish, hot paprika, chives, cayenne, pepper, chili

 

If you need to nourish, stimulate, your creativity, clear and activate your sexual energy located in your sacral area focus on the following:

 

• Fruits: melons, mangos, strawberries, passion fruit, oranges, coconut
• Sweets: raw honey
• Nuts: almonds, walnuts, cashews
• Spices: cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika, sesame seeds, caraway seeds, ginger

 

To boost your self esteem, or solar plexus:

 

• Grains: pastas, breads, cereal, rices, flax seed, sunflower seeds, nuts, chia (*Try to consume whole grains, avoid white processed flour.)
• Dairy: milk, cheeses, yogurt (preferably organic to avoid hormones and antibiotics)
• Spices: peppermint, spearmint, melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, fennel, anise, coriander

 

To help heal emotional wounds and pain, or heart center:

 

• Vegetables: spinach, kale, dandelion greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, squash, pumpkin
• Liquids: green tea, mate, chai tea
• Treats: dark chocolate (70% and up)
• Essential oils: sandalwood,
ylang ylang, jasmine absolute, rose absolute
• Spices: basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley, rosemary

 

For self expression, or throat chakra:

 

• Liquids: water, fruit juices, herbal teas
• Fruits: lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, kiwi, apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots
• Spices: sea salt, lemon grass

 

To feed your intuition, or brow center:

 

• Fruits: blueberries, red grapes, black berries, raspberries, cranberries, acai, pomegranate
• Liquids: red wine, grape juice
• Spices: lavender, poppy seed, mugwort

 

To open up your spiritual connection, located on the crown of your head, balance the other chakras, which will help to balance the seventh chakra. Since it is about connecting with your higher self, you may find that you need more than food to help clear up your digestive system, energy and space:

 

• Fast, detox (eliminate processed sugar, processed foods and simple carbohydrates.) Keep your diet fresh, simple and clean.
• Practice yoga and meditation if possible. Just by sitting quietly for as few as five minutes with your eyes closed, focusing on your breath will make a huge difference in your day and health.
• The same can be said for journaling. You will be surprised at how clear you feel after writing down your thoughts and feelings.
• Clear your space using incense and smudging herbs* like sage, copal, myrrh, frankincense, dragon blood and juniper .

 

Taking a holistic approach to your lifestyle, mind-body and soul, will deliver the long lasting results you have perhaps been seeking in bogus trends or fad diets. Happy chakras.

 

*These are not to be eaten but are ritually smoked for purification purposes.

 

Eating for Your Chakras

 

 

By Kulreet Chaudhary, MD

 

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means "wheel.” A chakra is a wheel of energy that spins around its own axis and can spin quickly or slowly. A chakra will spin in relation to the energy level of your system.

 

Where will you find these chakras? They exist within us all. In the same way that we have a physical body, we also have a subtle body. Our chakras are parts of a large network of subtle energies.

 

Today we know that living cells from humans, animals and plants give off invisible energies. Simple groups of living tissue emit a sort of light (aura) that can be seen in Kirlian photography (electrophotography). Specialized groups of cells that make up organs create more organized energy patterns.

 

The 7 Centers of Energy

 

The human body's system consists of sensory, breathing, circulation, digestion, reproduction and secretion. There are six corresponding chakras for these bodily functions. The brain and the whole “being” also have one chakra, for a total of 7 major chakras. These chakras are situated at the top of the head, forehead, throat, heart, solar plexus, the navel, and at the bottom of the pelvis. Every chakra has a corresponding organ in our physical system.

 

The chakras change energy from one level to another by distributing ki, or “life energy,” (also called chi or prana, depending on the belief system) to the physical body. This is partly done through the endocrine system that regulates other systems in the body. The endocrine system plays a major role for the body's daily health. The glands of the endocrine system release hormones directly into the blood stream and control all aspects of growth, development and daily activities. Each chakra also corresponds to one of the major glands in the body.

 

Physical problems are often the result of a blockage in the energy flow in the system, made up of meridians and chakras, causing the organs or glands to not function properly.

 

Balancing the Chakras Through Food

 

All energy comes from light, the rays from the sun. It sustains us, transforms us, vitalizes us, rejuvenates us, and warms us. The rays of the sun fall onto the earth at different vibrations in the form of colors. Each of our chakras also resonates with a different color.

 

The energy of light has an intimate connection with our bodies. As the sun’s rays fall onto the earth, these vibrations are expressed through the color of the plant, vegetable, or flower – each color holds an energy that nourishes the individual chakras. Eating a variety of colors with each meal is important in keeping the chakras balanced through food.

 

 

 

1st Chakra: The Root Chakra

 

Physical Body: The root chakra belongs with the large intestine and the rectum. It also has a certain influence on the function of the kidneys. The root chakra is associated with the adrenal gland.

 

Emotional Body: The root chakra is our source of grounding and connection to the earth.

 

This chakra corresponds to your fundamental survival needs, such as food and shelter and your ability to feel grounded, safe, and secure. Located at the tip of the coccyx (tailbone), this chakra is associated with the color red.

 

Root vegetables grow deep within the earth, and embody the energy of this chakra. Root vegetables help us to tap into our internal, lower core to create stability. Examples of such foods include beets, parsnips, and rutabaga. Any red fruits or vegetables, such as apples or pomegranates, also support the first chakra. Protein can also be associated with this chakra because the lengthy process of digestion can be very grounding.

 

 2nd Chakra: The Navel Chakra

 

Physical Body: The navel chakrabelongs to the reproductive system, the testicles and ovaries, the urinary bladder and the kidneys.

 

Emotional Body: The navel chakra is our source of creativity and sexuality.

 

Two inches below the navel and rooted in the spine, we find the navel chakra. It is the seat of our creative force, sexuality, sensuality, and emotions. It connects us to the world through movement, sensation, desire, and feelings.

 

One of the most important things you can do to help balance this chakra is drink sufficient water. It is closely associated with the water element in our bodies. Our kidneys, associated with the navel chakra, are filtering 150 -180 liters of blood every 24 hours. If you are getting enough water, they function much more efficiently.

 

It is associated with the color orange. Foods that support this chakra are tropical fruits, seeds, nuts, and orange-colored foods (oranges, tangerines, carrots, etc.).

 

3rd Chakra: The Solar Plexus Chakra

 

 

 

Physical Body: The solar plexus chakra relates to the liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen, small intestine, and pancreas. It is associated with digestion.

 

Emotional Body: The solar plexus chakra has to do with identity and self-esteem. The solar plexus chakra controls motivation, ambition, and willpower.

 

Located just below the xiphoid process, a small cartilaginous extension of the lower part of the sternum, is the solar plexus chakra. The third chakra is responsible for the transformative functions of the body, including the digestive organs, such as the stomach, pancreas, small intestines, liver, and gallbladder. If your digestion isn’t working properly, even if you eat a good meal, you won’t receive all of the nutrients from it. It is here in this chakra that so many imbalances begin.

 

 

 

This chakra is associated with the color yellow. To gain a clearer sense of purpose and end procrastination, incorporate more yellow fruits and vegetables into your meals, such as yellow sweet peppers, yellow lentils, corn, etc.

 

It’s important to avoid processed white sugar for this chakra, as it will hinder its ability to perform. Eat more complex carbohydrates like oats, or spelt, millet or brown rice. One thing to note is that exercise forces digestion to work better; aside from food, daily exercise will also be important here.

 

 

 

4th Chakra: The Heart Chakra

 

 

 

Physical Body: The heart chakra belongs to the heart, the arms, and the thymus. The thymus is a small organ in your upper chest. The thymus helps the body make a type of white blood cell and is primarily active before birth and childhood.

 

Emotional Body: The heart chakra is related to our ability to love and is a source of compassion.

 

The essence of light is love, and love is what nourishes all of the chakras. In ancient scriptures, they describe a place within the heart where the soul dwells: “Within the heart there is a luminous consciousness which is intelligent, imperishable and effulgent.” The heart chakra is the source of a loving, compassionate vibration that transforms feelings into emotional wisdom, kindness, and compassion. A healthy heart chakra has the power to transform love into healing for all.

 

Because love is the most nourishing energy, the heart chakra has the ability to balance all the other chakras through its expression of love.

 

It is associated with the color green. Broccoli, kale, chard, and all other leafy greens are a great source of balance for this chakra. Also, when you cook with love, it infuses the food with this vibration and nourishes not just the body but also the soul by balancing all of the chakras.

 

5th Chakra: The Throat Chakra

 

Physical Body: The throat chakra is responsible for the sensory organs of the body, including the lips, tongue, nose, mouth, and ears, as well as the larynx and pharynx. It has a very important effect on metabolism as it corresponds to the thyroid gland.

 

Emotional Body: The throat chakra is what links our heart and mind, and is the seed of expression for our truth.

 

 

 

A healthy throat chakra will communicate and express the emotions, thoughts, and feelings of the other chakras through sound in a way that is authentic and true.

 

It is associated with the color blue. Kelp, blueberries and blue raspberries are foods that encourage balance in the throat chakra.

 

 

 

6th Chakra: The Third Eye (Forehead) Chakra

 

 

 

Physical Body: The third eye chakra belongs to the brain, face, nose and eyes. It’sresponsible for hormone function and secretion through the pituitary gland and sleep/wake cycles. The third eye chakra controls the "perception" functions of the body through the brain, eyes, and neurotransmitters.

 

Emotional Body: The third eye chakra is our intuitive or psychic center.

 

A healthy third eye chakra will create the path of internal visions and dreams, a heightened intuition with the realization of spiritual guidance and inspiration.

 

The color for this chakra is violet. Any foods of this color will help its function, such as purple potatoes, blackberries, blueberries, purple grapes, etc.

 

7th Chakra: The Crown Chakra

 

 

 

Physical Body: The crown chakra can be associated with the pineal gland, a small endocrine gland located in the brain, but is related to the whole being. It is the master chakra.

 

Emotional Body: The crown chakra is our connection to our higher spirituality, our higher self.

 

The crown chakra infuses the body with life force, allowing the entire individual to function as a divine creature. It oversees all the functions of the body through the central nervous system.

 

Foods like plum and eggplant can nourish this chakra. This chakra is different than the rest in one way: The crown chakra is in some ways more "spirit" than "matter." Therefore, the crown chakra thrives on the sustenance that comes from sunlight, air and love.

 

 

In Light and Love

Dr. Milescu

Founder SNY

Associate Professor, General Education-Science

Herzing University

The History Behind Meditation

There are many different paths we can travel to bring ourselves into the realization of coming home, self actualization, spirituality, and evolution of our “soul” or perhaps connection with “Higher Self” and God or Goddess.

Awakening our consciousness and its true nature takes personal effort. Few may enter, but the rewards are infinite. This is the mission, and the vehicle to the Divine began over 10,000 B.C. when ancient people discovered the practice of Meditation.

Before we begin the discussion of meditation,  moreover, the “Twin Hearts Meditation” in Pranic Healing, we shall go through the evolution of meditation techniques with its spiritual roots, religious attachments,  and current trends to more secular, and scientifically proven physiological, psychological, and spiritual aspects of an individual.

 

 Taking a look at the history of meditation, we can see how people have always attempted this journey.

The concept of meditation has been around as long as the history of humanity. The first human religion was founded on the basis of meditation and guided spiritual journeys of the mind. This active self guided journey was practiced in Shamanism. This was a world of naturopathic medicine, awakened to those who dared the risk and journey of a Shaman.

Initially, meditation practice began its roots in Shamanism, the oldest religion on earth which venerated Mother Earth and Nature itself as an aspect of Divinity. Unlike the future Eastern religions that followed, Shamanism was surprisingly very different from Hinduism, or Buddhism. This “ism” did not abide by emptying the mind to reach “nirvana”, nor did it require an ascetic, serious self regulatory method of reaching the infinite God. It was an active journey inward.

This passage through meditation techniques was an act of love for nature.  To the Shaman it meant diving deeper into an understanding of covert knowledge with Nature and its principles. This was not a public religion. It was for superior men and women within a tribe or community willing to experience reality fully, with all its Light and Darkness. You could say it actually was a “science” that studied nature, not through rigorous, binding objective testing of principles, but rather a meditation of ecstatic experiential journeys into the soul, all through active meditation.

“Shamans shift consciousness to shift reality and then they act out the changes they desire. Shamans enter aware, ecstatic trances called shamanic states of consciousness on purpose in order to shamanize. They quest for visions of beneficial changes alone in a wilderness sanctuary or in their rooms in the city or in group-consciousness shifting performances during community circle ceremonies.
The trances of shamanic meditation are easily and naturally induced through continuous (often monotonous) pulsing or droning sounds such as rattling, drumming, piping, chanting, or singing. Dancing and posture changes are other ways.
Many shamans use all of the above, and there are many” Elizabeth Cunningham Perkins

 

As society progressed through time, a more structured attitude arose out of the practice of meditation. The more structured viewpoint evolved in terms of specific exercises practiced physically such as Asana (yoga postures), and Pranayama (breath exercises), to reach a steady state of calm in Body and Mind, all in order to ultimately access Spirit. The purpose of Yoga, which began circa 5,000 B.C. as a branch out of Hinduism, was to “enlighten” by serving only the higher class or upper caste system. It was exclusively patriarchal and sexist. Its predecessor Shamanism, allowed females to access Higher Consciousness. This time period in which Hinduism spread, it became one of many so called Patriarchal Religions thus born. At that time, Yoga was a practice granted only to males who qualified, becoming Hindu monks exclusively through their bloodline. Yoga was practiced so that one can “empty” the so-called “monkey mind”, and any thoughts streaming in and out of consciousness, would release, prior to entering the deeper state of meditation.

Zen Buddhist Meditation arose as a different path to enlightenment. In Zen philosophy, it is believed that the truth cannot be spoken in words. There is a wellknown quote which goes, “Those who know do not speak; those who speak do not know.” Only through inner silence can we know Zen.

Zen(1957) Alan W. Watts says, “To practice with an end in view is to have one eye on the practice and the other on the end, which is lack of concentration, lack of sincerity. To put it another way: one does not practice Zen to become a Buddha; one practices it because one is a Buddha from the beginning, and this original realization is the starting point of the Zen life.”

 

The next progression in meditation practice was a Buddhist offshoot which is known as Tibetan Buddhism.

Lovingkindness is the Buddhist practice of having compassion for all sentient beings.

Part of the practice of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, is sending intentions of lovingkindness.

This sending of love and compassion to another in order to ease their suffering was a key point of Tibetan Buddhist meditation. This is a powerful healing tool to bring into a meditation practice. Thus healing of the person physically, mentally, and spiritually can all be attained through a loving kindness meditation. In Pranic Healing at present time, this meditation technique is adapted for the modern world in order to advance spiritually through the “Twin Hearts meditation” developed by Master Choa Kok Sui. He is the Founder of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga. More to come on the modern meditation technique of Pranic Healing, but first we must continue to progress through the historical aspects of meditation.

 

The birth of Christianity began with the eastern Roman Empire adapting Christianity through the conversion of Emperor Constantine. What followed, was the birth of Orthodox Christianity or the Eastern Orthodox Church, one of the two main branches of Christianity. The Catholic Church was of Latin culture, and thus influenced meditation into contemplation which strictly rendered the practice held honorable only to Monks and Nuns.

 Eastern Christianity sprouted first out of the Middle East, and subsequently spread across Eastern Europe and Asia. The Latin Church developed simultaneously and eventually became known as the all Holy and powerful Catholic Church across all of the Western Roman empire up to the borders of Eastern Roman Empire. The landscape was different in the Eastern Roman empire (presently Eastern Europe), since it was ruled by Constantinople, not Latin Rome. Out of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, arose a Christian religion that practices meditation which simply relied upon devotional meditation. Unlike Buddhism, it was not a passive way of accessing Divinity through emptying of mind and emotion, but yet another interpretation of “active meditation”. It was the opposite of eastern meditation which was bereft of any emotional content. This meditation was an emotional “passion” for the all sacrificial “Christ figure” through contemplation of his loving sacrifice, a dedication, and veneration as a meditation path that may lead to communication with the Lord. This would lead humanity to a more all inclusive and compassionate way of including the whole world in contemplation of their Founder and Savior Jesus Christ.

His words ring true to this day reminding his followers that the “Kingdom of Heaven is Within You”.

Meanings out of this can be interpreted as this: through meditation, and inward contemplation, a higher awareness and spiritual advancement may be reached. To be a practicing follower, one must understand the true nature of God as the form of the Trinity meaning: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thus, Spirit or in the case of Catholicism it is called “Holy Ghost” descends upon man or women only through prayer, fasting, meditation, and good deeds of selflessness, and forgiveness similar to the “loving kindness ideals to humanity” promoted by the Tibetan Buddhists.

 

Sometime after Jesusʹ death, Christian monks, who became known as “The Desert Fathers,” retreated to

 remote regions of the Egyptian desert in unbroken meditation on Jesus. They repeated the “Prayer of Jesus”

continually throughout the day, no different than the mantra technique known to ancient Yoga. They devoted themselves to minimizing worldly distractions, and focusing only on this prayer to Jesus; ʺLord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me.” These monks were able to directly access the transmission of Jesus Christ through meditation and prayer.

Prayer is also form of “devotional meditation”. This was inherently part of the original Orthodox Christians and later continued as meditation by the monks of the Catholic traditions as well. Meditation is still practiced to this day in the Mother churches of the Middle East: Coptic Orthodox, various Eastern European and Greek Orthodox churches throughout the Eastern Europe, and of course South India which is predominantly Christian, where the Apostle to India’s Christian conversion was limited to the south, and was known to be the Apostle Thomas. The result is a beautiful mix of Yoga and Orthodox Christianity by the Indian Orthodox Church of Malankara today.

The monks of the Catholic Church continue the practice of meditation to this day.

By the way although the United States is known to be filled with many Protestant denominations and charismatic Churches that spawned in the “New World” soon after 1492 Columbus landing. These off shoots of Baptists and Evangelicals are strangely unfamiliar with any form of meditation. This was cast aside when the first division occurred from the Catholic Church through Martin Luther and the birth of the Lutheran Church.

They are mentioned here to emphasize that very little is known about meditational practices of the Protestant denominations which instead had created an emphasis on “literal” interpretations of the Bible as the true path to becoming “Born Again” of spirit. This is in stark contrast with the original church and the Founder Jesus Christ, who spoke in allegory so as to teach us wisdom through symbolism, not literal translation and find the kingdom within oneself through deep devotional meditation.

This ignorance on the practice of any meditation sadly creates the resistance in the United States against the New Age movement through Yoga and Meditation practices in general.  Many “Fundamental Christians” with backgrounds in Baptist Christianity, view Yoga and Meditation of secular practice today as a heathen practice based only in Non- Abrahamic religions like Paganism, or Hinduism which naturally is inclined to fall into the “darkness of Satanic illusion”.

Many various Protestant denominations traveled across to the “New World” the North American continent.  History always repeats itself showing that the majority rules, and sadly it replaced the Shamanic Native American religions steeped in culture and rich history. Meditation was practiced heavily in the Native American tradition in conjunction with plant induced hallucinogens to alter the state of consciousness through the shamanic meditation journey to the “other worlds”.

 

This very brief article just brushed over a journey through about 10,000 years of history on meditation practice.

We have reached the present day. The rebirth of shamanism and paganism, or what is known as Neo Paganism through various branches, such as the study of Wicca, the old ancient ways and so called witchcraft of the old pre- Christian era springs forth as the rebirth of healing through energy work, earth veneration, and healing herbs to alter body mind and spirit. 

Pagans and Wiccans use Shamanic techniques to include ancient active guided meditations, simultaneously manipulating “energy”, and creating “magick”. This energy manipulation through the Chakra system from ancient Yoga and the ancient Chinese medicine practices known in Acupuncture are to be identified as “Universal Energy” “Ki” “Prana” “Chi” “Holy Spirit”.

This Divine and healing energy has many names, its purpose for access is to resonate and shift spiritually to a Higher Consciousness.

This movement has advanced the practice of meditation to front page news, letting any soul on earth practice meditation. Indeed, whatever race, language, culture, religion, sex or sexual preference, there are no strings attached, just sit down and meditate. What a simple method of access to connect with the Divine, through the practice of a non-denominational more secular meditation technique. Acquire meditation access in the privacy of your own home, and never needing institutionalization or formal authority.

 

All man-made barriers have broken down, and all Enlightened Beings, Teachers, and Prophets, and Angels are accepted, as long as they are known to have altered mankind for the chance to evolve spiritually.

 Sadly, mankind altered the ancient Prophets, Masters, and Saviors original messages of love and higher conscious evolution, all to benefit their selfish political and divisive needs of “my religion is better than yours” attitude.

Today however, this is no longer the case; there are a few exceptions where some people continue to provide resistance to change and evolution of human consciousness. We now have countless avenues to explore a revolutionary method in which one gains the spiritual aspects of attaining contact with Divine through meditation. The altered canvas, through which meditation is sketched, is void of any religious affiliations, or commitments to be honored.  Unlike formal religions, in the New Age movement there is no rigorous, judgmental, and punishment undertones of rigid fundamentalist views. All formal belief systems are based on an element of fear and authority and inevitably evolve in all religions which start out as movements or cult followings.

 

Today we have given birth to the “Age of Aquarius”. That is not to say that rigidity is absent, unfortunately those that abide by the book too much, or by the rules so to speak, are the ones who will get stuck on keeping the tradition going, all at the expense of embracing “change” and eventually run into the risk of going right back into the box, judging others for not doing it the “correct” way, or not abiding by a strict “vegan diet” as an example.

 What Pranic Healing offers, if one understands it completely, is emancipation out of the box and accepting the great aspects of all religions, recognizing, and venerating ALL past Saints, Teachers, Masters, Healing Angels, Archangels and Prophets throughout the history of civilization.

 In the Twin hearts meditation, calling upon these “Guides” and then doing a shamanistic like, guided and active meditation (no emptying of mental contents required) exhibiting “loving kindness’ as seen through a Tibetan Buddhist perspective is part one. It also includes a Christian viewpoint by calling upon the “Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi”.

The next step is an Eastern Medicine perspective or viewpoint of healing…. complete with energy work based on the ancient Hindu Chakra system and Chinese medicine. In the next step of the “twin hearts” meditation one must concentrate and access through seeing, and feeling, the healing via visualization methods of one’s own chakras, sending white light as an example. With feeling this “energy” we project with our hand chakras, literally visualizing, and seeing the earth getting healed through this white light and thinking of a ‘happy event” with loving kindness, to heal humanity. This is a shamanist view of the earth, and it is back into play in the 21st century. It is this viewpoint of earth as a loving breathing Mother Earth in which one can achieve anything, all through belief and intention, which can release all energy that is considered congestion, and consider salt of the earth as absorbing this energy.

 

To ancient Celtic culture in Europe, energy healing was “wielding” the energies of Nature: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. It was inherently part of what was considered Witchcraft by Christianity although it was purely Pagan and Shamanistic in origin venerating nature and healing through energy manipulation.

Across Europe, the peasants continued this shamanist practice of “witch craft” under secretive conditions so as not to arouse suspicion by the Catholic Church which was seen as the ONLY authority when it came to all things of healing.

Such practices in the eyes of traditional Catholicism, is considered heretical. Only Holy Masters, Priests, Monks, and Nuns can, and should provide healings. Who knows what can happen if it is of Demonic origin!

 

Today we have arrived full circle, but with a modern and more sophisticated approach to it all.

Most conventional knowledge of this modern philosophy is known as the New Age movement which began in the 20th century. It is rapidly growing across the world as a direct discontent with general patriarchal religions which are rigid, sexist, and non progressive.

Today anyone can practice meditation. One does not have to be a Monk or Nun to gain the benefits of meditation. The beauty of the latest evolution is that it is purely secular, and is adaptable into any belief system the individual abides by.

 

 Right now we all think in the box within one religion that is passed down through families, and each family will stick to the script as to why their religion is the true path.  Some may wander but most stay conventional, and in their comfort zone.

In reality however, there is no “true path”.

Only a path, and that path can be reached through many roads, but truly verily we say that the path to God is through prayer; a vehicle of communication with God. Meditation is in essence known as “listening to the Divine speak”. The most significant achievement in humanity is the “magick” of altering and shifting the energies toward positive healing through accessing that Divine energy.

In the Catholic Church they are celebrated as Saints with their miraculous healings.

 In the world of Shamanism whether in the rainforest of South America, or the Siberian plains across mother Russia, a Shaman shifts the energies towards healing. In Europe it was the female “wise ones” and infamously called “witches” that the gift of healing was rewarded only as burning on the stake for being “evil” and for shifting energies that supposedly may come from the ‘dark demonic side’. Whatever the case may be, the whole world has been interested in healing and meditation since we crawled out of the ocean and started hunting for food!

 

 

Finally we rest upon the laurels of achievement and have grounded our history of meditation not only as a deeply spiritual practice, but also simultaneously rooted in scientific study, analysis, and conclusions of some major physiological benefits. The beauty is that modern meditation is without all the religious trimmings, and the side chatter of all the groups claiming rule over meditation as being the “true owner” of such a philosophy! Just as no person or nation can take over ownership of dance, such is the fate of meditation.

Meditation is an art form, and no, it is not passive, unless one is a Buddhist. It is active, and it takes effort to achieve the benefits of meditation. All souls on earth can practice meditation, no membership, no fasting, no veganism required, nor any religious conversion required! These are human attachments added to make it more exclusivist and separatist in my opinion.

 

Here are just a few of the scientifically measured benefits:

·         Deep rest as measured by decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate, and reduced work load of heart

·         Lowered levels of cortisol and lactate (two chemicals associated with stress)

·         Reduction of free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules that can cause tissue damage)

·         Decreased high blood pressure

·         Higher skin resistance (low skin resistance is correlated with higher stress and anxiety levels)

·         Drop in cholesterol levels (high cholesterol is associated with cardiovascular disease)

·         Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing (helpful to asthma patients)

·         Decreases the aging process

·         Higher levels of DHEA in the elderly, an additional sign of youthfulness

·         Psychological Benefits

·         Increased brain wave coherence

·         Greater creativity

·         Higher Test Performance

·         Higher Work productivity

·         Balanced and calm parenting in the face of chaos

·         Better leaders grounded calm and ready to handle daily life stresses

 

So after all this discourse on the history of meditation you might be saying…. When is the discussion of Pranic Healing and the Twin Hearts Meditation occurring? It is pure and simple. The Founder in his infinite wisdom, has taken the best out of all belief systems and practices; “loving kindness of Tibetan Buddhist beliefs”, and Arhatic Yoga out of ancient Yoga practices. World awareness and healing through the eyes of loving thy neighbor, and forgiveness as a Christian ideal, and finally energy healing through the chakra system of yoga, and the ancient Chinese medical practices. The foundation is based upon Shamanic principles of energy shifting, to come up with a complete healing practice that is non-denominational, non- judgmental. It may however have followers who become too “dogmatic” and begin the process of rigidity all over again. I do not believe the Founder intended it to become a formal religion. It is a legitimate form of Holistic medical treatment. Anyone has the power to heal. Anyone has the power to self-heal body, mind, and soul. Finally, everyone has access to the Divine, no strings attached, no priest, no rabbi or swami, no animals sacrificed, no self flagellation, no stoning of women, no fasting, no confessing, judgment-free zone.

Ah yes catharsis! Experiencing the Divine with no restrictions! Now this is Meditation. Listening to the Divine and acting upon the answers given through the journey inward. The kingdom of heaven is not a “physical location”, other than knowing that it has always been there for us, waiting for us to dial in, tune like a radio station, and begin to resonate with the Divine Word: LOVE. Love of ALL. The ALL is within Union of the Divine. The Beatles said it best: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. Body Mind and Spirit healed through loving kindness used in Pranic Healing and  its Twin Heart Meditation!

This is the modern way of practicing meditation with the backbone of basic moral principles, based on loving kindness, acceptance, forgiveness of self and others, healing, and self realization, all through the path of Pranic healing and accessing “HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS” for the benefit of all!

 

In Love and Light

 

Dr. Dacia Milescu DPM RYT PhD Candidate

Associate Professor, General Education-Science

Herzing University Orlando Fl campus

Founder & Owner Serenity Now Yoga Holistic Wellness Center

Reiki level 2 Energy Medicine practitioner

Advanced Pranic Healing Practitioner

Yoga Teacher, Mother of three precious souls

What is Energy?

Life is magnificent; it can not be replicated artificially.  We can create A.I. (artificial intelligence), but not life itself.  We can not put bones, muscles and organs together on a table like Frankenstein and bring it to “life” because it lacks one fundamental ingredient, a “life-force” or “soul”, “prana”, “qi”, “chi” or “ki”.  This is the energy that is found in all life forms on our planet and anywhere in the universe.  Anything that has life has this life-force energy. 

 

This energy is “universal” meaning it is the connective force between all life, not only on Earth, but to all life throughout the cosmos. 

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