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Buzzfeed - 9 Life Changing Quotes from L.A.'s Most Forward Thinking Doctors & Healers

Our very own Evenflow expert Ashley Graber is featured as #8 on this Buzzfeed article!

Los Angeles, the birthplace of cutting edge health and wellness trends. Perhaps it's the the sunshine (because it certainly isn't the air quality) that inspires these wellness experts to thrive.

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1. "Life is like a grinding stone. It can either grind you down or polish you, but it is your choice." - A Mentor

I have learned in time that nothing that is meaningful in life comes easily; suffering and challenges are necessary to push us past or current areas of weakness to help us grow. When we embrace the challenge and suffering that we perceive, through that can we grow into a new and stronger person that is more capable of helping others. - Dr. Pejman Katiraei, pediatrician, integrative medicine specialist

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2. "I’ll tell you one of the great activities is skateboarding." - Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld said, ’I’ll tell you one of the great activities is skateboarding. To learn to do a skateboard trick, how many times do you gotta get something wrong til you get it right? …And you hurt yourself, and you learn to do that trick, now you got a life lesson. Skateboarding has taught me a measured approach in both life and business. It’s how you respond, it’s how you react, it’s how you pick yourself and try again. - Dr. Jon Marashi, celebrity cosmetic dentist

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3. "I am who I am and that is that." - Guru Singh

"I am who I am and that is that. I am who you are looking back. You are who I am can you imagine that. There is one source and that is a fact." Nuff said. - Kjord Davis yoga, meditation, healer and teacher and founder of Indigo Lab LA

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4. "I am who I am and that is that. I am who you are looking back. You are who I am can you imagine that. There is one source and that is a fact." Nuff said. - Kjord Davis yoga, meditation, healer and teacher and founder of Indigo Lab LA

I love learning from many sources. So I created a curriculum for myself spanning diverse topics from chiropractic techniques, various angels of anatomy from traditional to sacred to occult to geometric to biomechanical. I’ve found inspiration in martial arts… stick and knife fighting. It helps to know how the body breaks down if I have to help facilitate the reconnecting of it. - Dr. Jeremy Brook Chiropractor, yogi, and founder of The Life Center Chiropractic

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5. "Pain is mandatory, suffering is optional." - Unknown

There is no such thing as a life without pain. Sure, some lives seem to have more pain than others, but no one gets out of this life pain free. Suffering, however, is when you refuse to accept pain. Then you’ve got two problems — your pain, and the suffering caused by your lack of willingness to accept the pain. I’d much rather accept the pain and just have that one problem to deal with 🙂 - Dr. Natalie Feinblatt, licensed clinical psychologist

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6. "Decide what you want. Write it down. And you become an antenna for whatever it is that you want." - My Dad

This mantra has lead me to great health, happiness, success, and love. The thing not mentioned in this mantra is that you also have to put in the work to make these things happen…not just hope for it to happen. - Dr. Kristyn Silver-Brook, Regional Director of BIRTHFIT West Los Angeles and a second-generation chiropractor

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7. "Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it." - Jack Kornfield

When I read that quote it just blasted my heart wide open, while also making it crystal clear what my purpose and dharma is down here on this planet in this particular incarnation. I had been trying to transcend, escape and bypass my humanity — anything accept embracing it. This quote helped me lovingly see what I needed, and am still working towards, to be free to be me and help others on the spiritual path. - Jessie Shane, founder of Omana Total Health and The Society and Center for Healing Technology

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8. "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." - Victor Frankel

This quote encompasses my life’s work. When I see the excitement in the eyes of a CEO, a parent or a 6 year old because, for the first time in their life, they didn’t react but responded to a stressful situation, I know I am changing a life and the lives of the people around that person. - Ashley Graber, Psychotherapist, Meditation and Mindfulness Expert

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9. "You need to learn from our experiences." - My Parents

We are different, but as human beings we are ultimately still all the same. We all experience love, heartbreak, loss, happiness and persevere the same way. We can learn from one another and each other’s experiences and apply them to our own lives, as those experiences are all gifts we can give one another to help elevate one another. - Peter Nguyen, entrepreneur, alchemist and founder of clean luxury skincare line Recherche Beauté

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TED Women 2018 Leadership Intensive

ALLEVIATING STRESS WITH MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION

Evenflow’s curriculum director’s Shira Myrow and Ashley Graber offered an in-depth look at the profound physiological and psychological effects of chronic stress. While most of us know we’re addicted to our i-phones and social media, we don’t realize how being plugged in all the time can undermine our focus and effectiveness. Understanding how our brain's stress response works and implementing mindfulness tools can help us become more self aware and grounded when we need to make clear choices --despite feeling stressed. 

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Body Shaming Q & A with Cori Rosenthal

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1) In one of your meditations in the Body Shaming series you talk about “feeling fat” as a catch all for all kinds of uncomfortable feelings.  Can you say more about this? How do we parse out and attend to the complex feelings that get bundled up in to “feeling fat”?

Feeling fat is shorthand we often use for uncomfortable emotions and body sensations.  It makes sense when we talk about feeling bloated after a big meal, but when we use this shorthand for describing emotions we are not addressing our actual  emotions. It’s important to slow down, turn within and ask what else you are feeling in those moments. Initially it may be difficult to know, but in time and with practice you can better ascertain how you are feeling and what you need to appropriately soothe yourself in that moment.

2) Can you tell us what the difference is between intuitive eating and mindful eating? It seems like there is some overlap.

Mindful eating is paying attention and engaging the senses in the process of eating.  Mindful eaters listen to hunger and satiety cues to know when to eat, what to eat and how much to eat.  Mindful eating does not place judgement on what you eat. You can mindfully eat a piece of cake as easily as a bowl of fruit.

Intuitive eating incorporates mindful eating within its principles but actually goes much farther.  The goal of intuitive eating is to help people stop dieting and make peace with food and their bodies. This goal is achieved through 10 principles:

  • rejecting the diet culture

  • honoring your hunger

  • making peace with food by giving yourself unconditional permission to eat to overcome the deprivation cycle

  • challenge the food police declaring foods are good and bad and you are good or bad when you eat them

  • respecting your body signals that you are no longer hungry

  • eat what you really want in an inviting environment

  • honor your feelings without using food

  • respect your body and accept that everyone is not built to be a particular body size anymore than we are all intended to wear the same shoe size

  • exercise because of how it feels to move your body and not because you will burn calories; honor your health and taste buds

3) One of the tenets of intuitive eating is to reject the diet mentality altogether.  How can you do that when you’ve spent most of your adolescence and adult life “watching your weight?”

First you have to want to reject the diet mentality.  Despite the fact that 95% of people who go on diets regain their weight and at least ½ gain additional weight, the diet industry is a multi-billion dollar business in the US.  Rejecting diet culture also includes rejecting the temptation to have conversations with friends about the latest weight loss solution. It also includes letting go of all the hopes and dreams you pinned to your weight loss goals.  

Letting go requires mindfulness, patience and compassion for yourself and others.  Mindfulness will allow you to notice diet language such as labeling food as good or bad or fantasizing about the perfect relationship or job will appear if only you are thinner.  Patience because you are attempting to change your relationship with food and your body and that takes time. You will have many pitfalls on that journey. Self-compassion because you are letting go of something familiar and even comfortable. Compassion for others because we are all negatively impacted by the diet culture.

4) Let’s say you have to watch your weight and your diet because you have a health condition--perhaps you’re diabetic or have high cholesterol.  How can you modify the intuitive eating approach to address that kind of situation?

The great news is that you do not have to modify the intuitive eating approach to honor your health requirements.  Intuitive eating asks that you reject dieting for the purpose of weight loss because focusing on that goal is ineffective 95% of the time.  This is not the same as monitoring glucose levels. I do not eat dairy because it upsets my stomach and eating it does not honor my body. It does not feel like deprivation, it feels like you are nurturing yourself and honoring your body. Not eating ice cream because it is fattening is deprivation.  If someone wants to incorporate the principles of intuitive eating while tending to their specific health needs, a dietitian trained in intuitive eating can be very helpful.

5)  If you’re in a larger size body and want to date, do you have any tips for dealing with insecurity around body size?  

Our culture is not very forgiving of people in larger bodies and the dating world is no different. There is definitely a stigma around weight and I don’t want to minimize the experience of dating in this kind of climate.  And yet there are millions of people with “larger bodies” who find people who love them for who they are.

Perhaps the biggest challenge in dating is beginning with accepting ourselves as we are--and trusting that there is so much more to who we are than our body  size. And that is true no matter what clothing size you wear.

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