I was recently introduced to the Hayo’u Method and Chinese medicine. I’m not normally one for mindful meditation and didn’t really believe the hype. That was before I was introduced to Katie Brindle, the ingenious creator behind the Hayo’u Method.
After trying out Katie’s free self-treatment plan, I find myself far less stressed and much more able to deal with stressful situations when they arise. If you’d also like to learn about the benefits of these simple one minute rituals, this post will be your first step towards a calmer, healthier life.
T H E P R O B L E M W I T H S T R E S S
Stress – one of the biggest causes of modern day illness. Ask anyone you know and they can reel off a list of things that stress them out on a daily basis. Whether it’s a problem at work, an argument with a friend, the morning commute or even something as small as your WiFi disconnecting, we all have sources of stress niggling away at us almost constantly.
Here’s the problem, if we don’t deal with this accumulation of stress in our bodies, it starts to affect us in serious ways. When we get stressed, our body releases a hormone called cortisol. When this builds up it can begin to deteriorate us, leading to a number of symptoms from fatigue or muscle pain to loss of appetite or hair.
Luckily, there is something called the ‘Period of Grace’ which is an amount of time between the moment stress hits us to before it settles into our bodies. If we can take measures to deal with our stresses during this moment we should be able to essentially bat it away before it affects our bodies.
There are a number of different “rituals” you can do that are as simple as breathing that will help you prevent as well as deal with stress before it does you any damage. Rituals such as these are commonly found in Chinese medicine and have been used for thousands of years. They focus on prevention methods rather than waiting for physical symptoms to appear before treating – something Western medicine tends to focus on.
If we can combine the benefits of both Chinese and Western medicine we would have a much more well-rounded medical system in place to better heal ourselves.
C H I N E S E M E D I C I N E
Chinese medicine is built upon a natural healing system with an incredibly sophisticated understanding of how the body works. It acknowledges that the body has an energetic level known as Qi. It is inherited at birth and we accumulate or lose it as we age depending on our lifestyle choices.
Chinese doctors believe that diseases can begin on this energetic level and that we should therefore be able to treat the root cause before it builds up into more serious symptoms.
T H E H A Y O ‘ U M E T H O D
After studying Chinese medicine for years, Katie could see that the Western world in which she lives in could greatly benefit from learning its methods. The problem was that Chinese mindfulness methods often require long periods of meditation which simply do not translate well into the busy working lives of the majority of the West. After much deliberation, Katie finally came up with the perfect solution: The Hayo’u Method.
Made up of a series of one minute rituals, these quick exercises fit seamlessly into busy lives and can be done on the go. The Hayo’u Method tackles and rids us of daily stress before it settles into our bodies, helping us regulate our cortisol levels.
Breathing deeply and mindfully forges a direct link between the conscious mind and the immune system – known in Western medicine as PNI. This system can be stimulated into a positive cycle to help us combat stress.
Mindful breathing directs the energy in our bodies to regulate our organs, circulation and metabolism. It also releases neurochemicals that stimulate secretions of hormones with healing and relaxing properties. Our immunity is strongly influenced by our thoughts, emotions and attitudes. This concept can explain the placebo effect.
The Breathing Ritual
In our one-to-one session, Katie introduced me to the Breathing Ritual. This can be done whenever you feel a moment of stress – simply take a minute away to complete this exercise to calm your body down and help prevent the production of cortisol.
For me, Katie recommended doing this first thing in the morning as I find it hard to get out of bed. Breathing deeply and mindfully helps you focus and wakes your body up through concentration and increased levels of oxygen.
When I first tried it out, I did feel a bit silly as it requires you to “imagine a smile” across your body. But after I completed it I felt its instant effects and realised the smile is just a way of creating a positive image in your mind to convince your body that it is not stressed. The smile also helps your mind focus on something other than what you’re stressing over – so it really is essential.
Healthy Qi (energetic levels) leads to healthy organs. We notice subtle changes in our bodies that let us know when something is imbalanced. This is caused by too much stress and it affects everyone in different ways. Symptoms can include things like IBS, lack of sleep, hair loss, anxiety, etc.
Chinese medicine believes that our organs sit on an energetic and emotional level and that you can trace your imbalances back to an organ that they’re connected to. This means that once you know which organ is imbalanced, you can take steps to start healing yourself.
A Quick Introduction To Imbalanced Organs
For a better idea on which organs your symptoms can be traced back to, read this quick guide:
- Kidneys – dizziness, vertigo, memory loss, night sweats, back/knee pain, fear, thinning hair
- Lungs – coughs, weak voice, daytime sweats, low immunity, dry mouth, poor circulation
- Liver – overemotional, lack of energy, neck/shoulder pain, insomnia, dry/itchy eyes, headaches at your temples
- Stomach – abnormal appetite, fatigue, sallow complexion, anxiety, tendency to bruise
- Heart – palpitations, shortness of breath, pale face, memory loss, chest/tongue pain
If you’d like to find out more about organ imbalances, Katie has created a brilliant article about it on her website.
The Morning Ritual
A simple set of exercises to ease the transition between sleep and wake. This ritual helps with blood circulation and fights the build up of stress that settles in your body overnight.
And there we have it! Hopefully an informative and eye-opening post about the benefits you can gain from the wisdom of Chinese medicine. It truly is a shame that we haven’t yet adopted these methods in the West. But things are changing. With the knowledge of amazing people such as Katie, we should be able to tackle illness from all angles and lead far healthier lifestyles as well as having a better understanding of our own bodies.
All of the information on the Hayo’u Method is available at no cost via Katie’s website. She’s just an inspirational woman on a mission to help make our lives a whole lot happier.
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