Divine Weight Loss Tip #4

In Divine Weight Loss Tip #3, I suggested you take self-responsibility for your health, healing, and body weight re-balancing. I am certain some of you, maybe many of you, thought it was a great idea but (here I go with the but again!) you may be asking... "How do I get here, Paula, to this space of self-responsibility and intrinsic motivation around my own health?"

Tip #4

Yoga... I know I have said this before and I am saying it again, yoga helps you return yourself to you. It is that intrinsic motivation thing.

Yoga is an activity of mind, body, and spirit merging, reuniting. Yoga brings you back to yourself. When you work from a space of inner calmness, you will make choices based upon what is best for your health.

A friend of mine from the world of yoga, Charlotte Bradley, wrote an article on her Yoga Flavored Life blog where she stated:    "I believe that my yoga practice can help me become the best person that I can be."  She asked her readers to share with her: "What is your why for practicing yoga?" To which I replied on her blog:

"I LOVE yoga because it makes me feel good, inside and out. Truly a mind, body, soul healer that brings a calmness to everything I do in life (even my melt downs have a calmness, serenity, about them!) Can’t beat that!"

Now I will confess, you can get to this space of inner wholeness, intrinsic motivation, in other ways. There are many mind, body, spirit (M, B, S) activities that work to heal you from the inside out. This is just a partial list from off the top of my head:

  • Tai Chi
  • Qi Gong
  • Tae Kwon Do (If you are in the Potsdam-Canton area of NY State, I recommend Andrea Malik. She teaches classes for both kids and adults and is truly an awesome human being!)
  • Meditation
  • Prayer
  • Breath work
  • Walking meditation

Practicing a mind, body, spirit activity (exercise) helps you to explore your potential and invite the real you to emerge. When you come home to yourself, you will move towards loving yourself. Loving yourself includes the inner, intrinsic desire to take better care of you. You will consciously choose to eat better and make positive lifestyle choices to improve your health. As you feel better, from your healthy lifestyle choices, you will want to feel even better. Healthy choices beget healthy choices. You will create a crazy, fun, snowball effect of health, healing, and the desire to treat yourself in a whole health way.

Will you trust me and give yoga or another M, B, S activity a try? 


Namaste, Paula

Divine Weight Loss Tip #3

First of all... use these weight loss tips to heal any health issue that challenges you and your beautiful body!  

Healing your body, mind, and soul is an amazing process; make it fun... start today!

It is me, in my summer (2014) yoga studio working towards wellness goals and nourishing the intrinsic motivation I have created in my 14 years of practicing yoga (now 18 1/2 years). What you do not see here is my 4 cats, lounging about the deck, engaging in their own form of yoga and wellness promotion. My camera man, Eli, missed the cats!

It is me, in my summer (2014) yoga studio working towards wellness goals and nourishing the intrinsic motivation I have created in my 14 years of practicing yoga (now 18 1/2 years). What you do not see here is my 4 cats, lounging about the deck, engaging in their own form of yoga and wellness promotion. My camera man, Eli, missed the cats!

So, here we go...

Tip #3

Self-Responsibility: If you want to lose weight AND keep it off for life, you HAVE to take self-responsibility for your own health and healing... self-responsibility for your life.

You are responsible for choices you make regarding your health. 

Health is about self-responsibility. The ability to heal lies within us.  The responsibility to care for our bodies to ensure lifelong health, prevent disease, and heal lies within us. 

By making natural choices in one’s eating and lifestyle choices, the symptoms of disease heal and an individual can and will return to whole, vibrant health. 

Whole Health Healing is not about what you are giving up, it is not about deprivation.  It IS about what you are inviting into your life: the choices, changes, and additions that will open doors to healing, health, body weight re-balancing, and happiness in ways you may have never imagined or experienced.

Gathering support:  I do encourage you to surround yourself with like-minded people, people interested in pursuing their health and healing and re-balancing their body weight. However and but… is there not always a however or a but?, ultimately the responsibility to change your life lies with you and within you.

Intrinsic motivation is absolutely needed to create wellness goals and intentions, work towards your goals and intentions, and turn them into permanent lifestyle changes.

Support is a beautiful thing (here is the but) but you have to be your best support, your best cheer leader and coach.

Let’s say you rely on a support buddy to get you through a decision. What happens when you text or FB message your support buddy and get no reply?  “Help, I am about to order and eat an entire banana split” or “Help, I cannot seem to get my shoes on and get out the door to go for my daily wellness walk.”

Now what? Who do you rely on right now? You, of course! You are your best wellness coach because you do want to choose what is best for your long-term health, body weight re-balancing, and healing.

I am, in the link here and above, referring you back to Divine Weight Loss Tip #1.

Have much fun creating your intrinsic motivation, your personal self-responsibility for you! Paula


Whole Health Healing Academy

Whole Foods Healing Class  

(Please forgive this post being all jumbled together.  It does not want to let go of the word formatting. Technology!)

cooking class

POTSDAM, NY -- The Local Living Venture is working in cooperation with Hands On Health Holistic Healing in launching a Whole Health and Healing Academy for individuals interested in gaining a well rounded knowledge of holistic health issues.

Classes are designed to enhance personal health and inspire confidence in the ability of our bodies to heal itself through good nutrition

- which also means "eat yummy food!"The "academy" will commence in September, but this Spring they will jump start the sessions with 2 classes to pave the way for more sessions in the Fall.

Attendees who successfully complete a certain number of sessions will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment for their personal resume and will take advantage of this opportunity to put health and healing into your hands.

All are welcome to attend if they desire to create vibrant personal health.

  Employers are especially encouraged to send staff members, to reduce and eliminate health issues and insurance costs.  Employers themselves are welcome as well; to enhance their health, providing leadership.  Also welcome are health care workers who wish to learn more about prevention and self-responsibility in health and healing.

The two kick-off sessions are as follows:

"Whole Foods to Heal Everybody and Every Body Cell"

covers: what are whole foods, why it's important to eat them, how to make changes in your life including the why’s of eating seasonally and locally, and how eating whole foods will heal your body from the cellular level.Join in with your questions on 

Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Potsdam Community Room

, located above the police station, behind the public library - park in the lot next to the fire station or street parking on Main St.

The second in the series is entitled "White Sugar Blues"

and covers what sugar is, the forms of sugars, why it is so addicting, how sugar is damaging to body, how to truly kick sugar out of your life, and ways to add “sweetness” to your life without adding sugar. 

Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., also at the Potsdam Community Room

next to the public library.All classes in the ongoing series are 1-1/2 hours long and include a slide show that will also be emailed to all participants  as well as various  educational handouts.  Follow up information will be tailored to also address the health needs of participants in the session.

Pre-registration is suggested, $20 general admission, $10 student, for material fees and to benefit Local Living Venture workshop creation.  A discount will be offered for attendees who register for the full Whole Health and Healing Academy series.

Contact 315-347-4223 orLocalLivingVenture@gmail.com for details and to register in advance (not required, but suggested - first come, first served.)  All upcoming events may be viewed on the website at www.LocalLivingVenture.org by clicking through to the website for the Workshops / Events page.

Instructor Paula Youmell, RN, MS, CHHC is a NYS licensed Registered Nurse,  author & blogger, Certified Holistic Health, Nutrition & Fitness Counselor, Certified Herbalist, Reiki Master, NYS Licensed Health and Physical Education teacher, and Yoga teacher.  Through her private practice, Hands On Health Holistic Healing in Potsdam, NY, Paula Youmell supports people on their path to whole health and healing and can be found on the web at www.HandsOnHealthHH.com.

The Local Living Venture (LLV) coordinates near-weekly resourceful Living Skills Workshops promoting traditional rural and simple living skills as part of their vision for an even more capable community.  Listings of other upcoming workshops and events can be found on the Workshop Schedule page by clicking through to the current site at www.LocalLivingVenture.org.

me and chelle