Time is our master.
It rules our short and long-term schedules, and it moves unceasingly, changing both things we can see and the things we cannot.
We may not be able to change time itself, but we do have the ability to rewrite the quality of our time.
Have you ever seen a 40 year old who looks a decade younger?
Or a 30 year old whom you swore was a decade older?
Stress is the major factor in aging from a biological perspective - and Jaguar Fit addresses this directly.
Here are some helpful steps for your preserving a youthful look and level of energy.
The math is simple on this one. Colorful Foods are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. These nutrients are crucial for aging well. These foods nourish your body on multiple levels and eating a variety of nature's colors is a delicious and sensually exciting way to enjoy better health.
It is beneficial to show our faces some love at the end of each day, or whenever you feel the need to liven up. Massaging your face helps circulate the blood underneath stimulating clear, healthy skin, that does not wrinkle easily.
Check out this complete facial massage you can perform easily in just a few minutes to refresh your face.
Good fats are essential to brain, heart and joint health - especially Omega-3s.
They help on the genetic level by contributing to telomere health. Telomeres are caps on the end of our chromosomes that tend to shorten over time, exposing our genes to damage, which leads to the effects of aging. By maintaining long, healthy telomeres, we are able to maintain youthful energy.
Great sources of omega-3s can be found in chia seeds, hemp seeds, nuts, and fish oil.
More simple math here. The Earth is 70% water, and our bodies are, too. We need to be well hydrated in order to look and feel and perform to our potential. 3L of water a day for adults - minimum - will ensure that you are able to operate at a high level, and look healthy while doing it.
Avoid Excess Sun
UV rays from the sun damage elastin in your skin over time. As it’s name implies, Elastin is what keeps your skin from developing wrinkles and allows it to return to place after stretching.
Other ways the sun can damage your skin include:
Discoloration and sunspots
Telangiesctasias - visible blood vessels under the skin
The effect of the sun has become much stronger over the past 20 years. Take good care to avoid excess exposure to the sun without proper protection.
Decrease Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol dehydrates your body and skin. It is made from grain and is digested as a sugar, meaning it is stored as fat. Additionally, you receive no nutritional benefit from digesting alcohol. They are empty calories, devoid of nutrients.
Caffeine tends to spike your adrenal glands, raising your cortisol levels. Cortisol is known as the ‘stress hormone’ and too much of it in your body will interfere with your performance and accelerate your aging. Additionally, caffeine is a diuretic, meaning that it will dehydrate you, further damaging your skin and endocrine systems.
Decreasing both alcohol and caffeine will help you sleep better as well.
Your glands will not be interfered with and you will have a better time relaxing psychologically if these habits are decreased.
Smiling sends signals to your brain and body that you are happy and stress-free.
Studies have shown that psychological stress has a negative effect on skin health and aging.
Make smiling a habit - it will lead to a greater sense of well-being within and generate positive social responses around you.
In an increasingly busy world with more digital stimulation than ever before, good sleep can be harder to come by.
The following routine is designed to ensure a more restful and refreshing night's sleep.
It contains two parts: a self-massage technique and a simple meditation.
This practice helps close one day and get ready to recharge for the next by gently nourishing your body and brain.
First, is the massage:
The purpose of facial massage is to circulate the blood, invigorate the openings, and refresh your mind. By performing this massage you will combat the effects of aging, reducing wrinkles and helping your skin retain elasticity and glow. Simple and effective is the name of the game. Let's go.
Start by tapping your head with your fingertips all around, similar to the pummeling exercise, but be very gentle here.
Additionally, place your hands firmly on your scalp and move your scalp over your skull, bringing circulation to the top of your head.
Tap especially the crown of your head and the mid point of your forehead. This will help circulate blood to your glandular areas inside the brain.
Ear Drum Massage
Next step, place both palms over your ears and lay your fingers on your skull so that they're pointing to the back of your head with thumbs on your neck, middle and index fingers at the base of your skull.
Rhythmically tap your index and middle fingers on your skull. This massage targets your eardrums and will leave you with an amazing sense of peace.
Tap 24 times and when you remove your hands from your head, feel the sensations and peace the massage creates.
*This practice specifically has been really impactful to all of my in-person clients from energetic school children to stressed out executives. It provides an undeniably deep sense of serenity that can be described as “stopping the world”, and you will be able to experience the feeling of a quiet mind - a revelation for almost everyone.
Eye Socket Massage
This massage prevents wrinkles from forming around your eyes and also brings blood to them, helping to enliven them.
Warm up by blinking rapidly for a few moments. Next, use your thumbs and trace your eye sockets, searching for the indentations or grooves present around them. When you come across these grooves, press into them for a few seconds each. Light pressure, always in the spirit of comfortable activity.
When you have worked your way around the top and bottom simultaneously, perform the blinking again, and rub your eyes gently after.
This massage helps keep the nasal passages clear.
Press your index fingers on either side of your nostrils and place pressure similar to the last exercise, for a few seconds.
Repeat at the bridge of your nose.
Repeat at the space where your nose meets your eyebrows.
This massage prevents wrinkles by increasing circulation and relaxing the muscles around your mouth.
Press your index and middle fingers on your upper lip. Start from the point below you nose and move in succession outward. Follow the curve of your mouth and work your way around, ending at the midpoint beneath your lower lip. Here you are pressing your mouth into your gums, benefitting both areas.
Next, swirl your tongue around your mouth. Trace the outside of your teeth and go 8 times each way.
Finally, click your teeth together gently 24 times.
Feel the energy building inside your mouth like a subtle vibration.
Swallow this energy into your digestive tract and let it energize your system.
Smile about it.
Use your right hand placing your thumb and side of your index finger on either sides of your throat. Gently pressure and massage both sides simultaneously and move the massage downwards to your collarbone level.
This helps keep your throat open and healthy and your voice strong and resonant.
Next, we have the simple meditation:
Hearing the Heart
Inspiration for this technique comes from observing newborns breathe.
A baby's breathing is basically silent and deep.
When a baby breathes, their belly rises and falls.
For most adults, breathing deeply means your shoulders will rise and chest expands, but for this exercise you will breathe into your belly.
This often takes a bit of practice, and the best way to help you breathe deeply is to imagine breathing through your heels.
It may be helpful to place your right hand over your belly to feel the air enter and exit the deepest parts of your lungs.
When performing deep breathing, listen to your breath and adjust accordingly.
The louder it is the rougher it is, and vice versa.
When you arrive at a point where your breath is silent, listen for your heart beat.
If you continue to breathe slowly, gently, and deeply, you will eventually lose the sound of your heart beat.
Do not be alarmed.
Your heart is still beating, just like you are still breathing, but more than anything, you are still.
Notice this space you are in and what sensations or perceptions appear and disappear, what insights come and go, and how you feel after the experience.
This exercise has major benefits for both body and brain as you are thoroughly oxygenating your system, and also experiencing progressive relaxation.
There is much to learn from deep relaxation and stillness, and these states are extremely valued experiences in yogic traditions across space and time.
How can you elevate your strength and serenity, your ability to access resilience and relaxation?
The origins to the answer lie in ancient History, but we are finally able to describe its mechanism of action in modern, scientific terms.
When we talk about the Intelligent Body, enhancing energy and anti-aging, we are referring to restoring the body’s best abilities.
In terms of biology, we are amazing creatures: our bodies and biorhythms are highly tuned marvels of evolution.
From our biology sprouted cognition - our mind - and eventually the advent and development of organized society.
The building blocks of our biology are our genes.
When we interact with them properly, we are able to feel, look and perform to our best levels.
The prevailing thought for many years was that our genes were set in stone - what we got from the genetic lottery determined our experience in this life, and that was that.
However, we have recently discovered that there is more to the story.
Epigenetics - the study of gene expression - has uncovered the reality that our behaviors are a factor in determining our levels of health, well-being, and performance:
Data suggest[s] that yoga and related practices result in rapid gene expression alterations which may be the basis for their longer term cell biological and higher level health effects.
It appears that the age old question of nature vs nurture has an answer: it’s both.
Yoga, however, may mean more than you think.
Yoga is much more than a series of postures derived from India, more than images of a smiling buddha figure, more than sanskrit platitudes and sandalwood incense burning.
Many cultures have a history of what can be considered yogic practice - that is, combining mind and movement in an effort to “yoke”or “unite” oneself with the world-at-large.
Today’s version of yoga in the West is often some type of variation on traditional postures and poses, perhaps paired with a hot room, hip-hop music, or even beer - with a healthy dose of cultural appropriation thrown in for good measure.
Jaguar Fit departs from these stereotypes by looking at the roots of yogic and meditative practices from across a variety of cultures, utilizing the commonalities between each approach to provide a direct path to “yoga” or “union” of your mind and body, which we call the Intelligent Body.
Movement, meditation, and active recovery techniques are designed to target your endocrine system - the medical representation of your Intelligent Body:
The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things. The endocrine system is made up of the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries (in females) and testicles (in males), the Mayo Clinic notes. The word endocrine derives from the Greek words "endo," meaning within, and "crinis," meaning to secrete, according to Health Mentor Online. In general, a gland selects and removes materials from the blood, processes them and secretes the finished chemical product for use somewhere in the body. The endocrine system affects almost every organ and cell in the body, according to the Merck Manual.
By addressing and optimizing your Intelligent Body - as countless mystics, martial artists, and performing artists have throughout history - you will be able to experience the potential of your performance and well-being.
This paves the way for you to live in a more aware and adaptable state - defeating stress, elevating your performance, and improving the foundation of your well-being.
What are you waiting for?
Check out the podcast called A More Physical Form of Mindfulness for an elegant conversation describing the intelligence of the body from the perspective of “embodied cognition”, an emerging aspect of neuroscience.