Welcome to my new weekly column for Care2. Given all the information you are deluged with about health and nutrition–from books, magazines, newspapers, and the Internet–you may wonder why this column, Rejuvenate Your Body, can make a difference in your life. Well, you should wonder, and more importantly in today’s media- saturated world, you should ask questions–questions that take you beyond the hype, the fear-mongering, and an array of ever-changing opinions to some reliable and useable truths. Armed with answers that speak to you and to your personal health issues, you can create a map of sorts that will guide you to live a healthier, happier, longer life and will provide you with the ability to deal with any situation, no matter how challenging, in a calm and intelligent manner.
Now, where do I come in?
The answer is that I have been a life-long questioner myself. My life’s journey has taken me around the world to study with medical doctors, naturopaths, homeopaths, herbalists, acupuncturists, energy healers, astrologists, yoga masters, Buddhist monks, Native American shamans, macrobiotic teachers, and, not least, natural food chefs. You see, I was once in pain, and my search was motivated by a deep need to heal myself. For the past 14 years, I have lived in Northwest New Jersey, deep in the countryside in the lap of Mother Nature and fed by her bounty of wonderful, locally grown foods. During my 30 years of study, I have also been teaching and sharing with others the way of life that I created to heal myself.
What first transformed my life was my discovery of yoga. And, shortly after this discovery, I began teaching it. For the past 28 years I have taught students of all ages in all manner of places. Yoga has taught me many things. From my personal practice I have learned patience, and together with my students have explored and attempted to grow in tolerance, kindness, compassion, generosity, honesty, contentment, and self-knowledge. I have learned that you must first honor your body’s limitations, weaknesses, and broken places before you can begin to change them. But once you do, the incredible intelligence of the human body will transform, heal, mend, and rejuvenate you in ways you never thought possible.
And that is what I want to share with you in this column: the abundant intelligence that has been passed along for thousands of years to those of us living in this present day. It is knowledge of how to preserve this living, breathing organism that is our body and is intimately linked to the life force know as Gaia or Mother Earth. Thirty years ago I began to reconstruct my life slowly, in a step-by-step progression known in Sanskrit as Vinyasa Krama. In the weeks to come I will share this experience with you, along with spiritual insights, personal anecdotes, nutritional information, recipes, cooking and gardening tips, and simple stress relieving practices that will help you on the path to your own rejuvenation.
Join me next week as I regale you with tales of my healthy desserts cooking class. I’ll even include some spring recipes for you to try.
Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle designed to achieve optimal health and well being, based on her 28 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics videos and classes, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia’s credentials include holistic nutritional counselor, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker.
Quigley is the author of seven books on health and nutrition, including:The Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, The Complete Idiots Guide to Detoxing Your Body, The Everything SuperFoods Book, and Empowering Your Life With Meditation, available on Amazon.com. To view her website go to: www.deliaquigley.com