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New York Times Bestselling Author Ilchi Lee Hosts Lecture and Book Signing

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: Health & Fitness Issue: August 2015
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Ilchi LeeSpiritual seekers and natural healers will converge on Sedona this weekend for Brain Education founder Ilchi Lee's discussion and demonstrations of the natural healing techniques outlined in his new book The Solar Body.

Lee, a New York Times bestselling author, has developed several mind-body training methods over the years, including Body & Brain Dahn Yoga and Power Brain Training. The latter is based on a five-step process: brain-sensitizing, versatilizing, refreshing, integrating and mastering. Lee and co-speaker Dr. James Westphal, chief of psychiatry at Hawaii State Hospital, will lead attendees in a series of physical, emotional and cognitive brain exercises to “awaken the body-brain senses.” Bonus: Refreshments and free aura readings.

“We hold a vision of making 100,000 solar bodies,” Lee says. “We believe so strongly that these self-sustaining Solar Bodies have the power the change the world for the betterment of all.”

Curious? Try out some of Lee's exercises designed for students (but great for everyone to try), excerpted below from The Solar Body.

If you go:
Tickets are $20 and include a copy of The Solar Body.
Sedona Creative Life Studio
333 Schnebly Hill Rd., Sedona
928-282-3600, solarbodyconference.com

 

Body-Mind Exercises for Students
from The Solar Body

Bullfrog Belly
Motion: Students stand up with feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, neck and shoulders relaxed. Bend knees slightly and place palms on abdomen. While breathing normally, students push bellies out as far as they can and back in toward the spine as far as they can. The motion mimics a bullfrog pushing its belly in and out.
Why: This exercises promotes healthy gut function. Furthermore, the gut holds about ⅔ of all blood in the body, so this motion greatly promotes circulation.
Benefits: The gut is also directly connected to the brain so it clears brain fog and is especially good for students before taking an exam. Relieves signs of anxiety in children and increases focus in the classroom due to better circulation to the brain and calmer energy.
When: Do this exercise in the morning or as a great break during homework time.

Flying Eagle
Motion: Students stand with their feet shoulder-width apart, feet parallel, neck and shoulders relaxed. Students gently raise their arms to the sides at shoulder-height. Students flex hands as if they were pushing the two sides of the room. Hold the posture for several minutes.
Why: Great for endurance to build physical strength, willpower and patience.
Benefits: Students are guided to embrace the challenge of holding this posture and are also guided to feel their power increasing to achieve their goal.
When: Do this exercise in the morning to start the day with confidence, or anytime a student needs a boost of confidence and power.

Pinky Thumb
Motion: Students make two fists turned toward their chest. Students extend their right pinky finger and left thumb...then switch! Keep repeating by switching back and forth. Students can even sing a song while doing this exercise. (e.g. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”)
Why: Exercise creates new neural connections between the two brain hemispheres.
Benefits: Promotes brain flexibility for open-minded thinking.
When: Great during break time when student needs to refocus.

Power Brain Bakery Massage
Motion: Students pair up and decide who is the Baker and who is the Dough. Have the Dough bend gently at the waist and relax their arms down. The Baker puts on their baking hat, ties the apron and washes their hands. Baker begins by “kneading” the Dough, gently massaging their partner’s shoulders and back. Next, the Baker will “pat” the Dough – tapping with loose fists or open palms up and down their partner’s back. The Baker then uses their fingertips to add in the ingredients (chocolate chips, nuts, sprinkles, etc.) by tapping their partner’s back lightly. Finally, the Baker will “turn on the oven”--rub hands together--all the way to 350 degrees and gently use both hands to press lightly on their partner’s back and send warm energy to “Bake” the cookies. Students send positive messages to their partner. To close, the Baker will gently sweep their hands over their partner’s back to “cool” the cookies. Students give their partner a high five or hug.
Why: Fun way to send positive energy and love to students while helping them alleviate stress.
Benefits: Helps children connect with each other with love and positivity.
When: Excellent bedtime routine, to help students let go of any tension from the day to enjoy a good night’s sleep.