• Embracing Your Spiritual Awakening

    A new season beckons … and it’s a wonderful time to think about awakening the Spirit within.

    That is an essential part of our well-being, although we don’t always focus on it as we should. Especially today, when the world seems fraught with challenges that crowd our minds and threaten to steal our peace—but we needn’t let that happen. By purposely turning away from the challenges, we can see that a brand-new season offers renewed hope. And there is no better time to focus on our spiritual health.

    After all, when we feel turmoil, it’s often a sign that our souls are aching. By looking inward, we can experience the kind of healing that truly replenishes us—the kind that comes only from our Creator. In the Bible, the prophet Elijah heard God speaking to him in the form of a “gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:12). If we don’t make an effort to tune out life’s noise and listen for God’s voice, we could miss His quiet message to our hearts.

    But when we do make an effort to listen for God’s quiet message, it can bring an amazing, incomparable sense of calm and renewed purpose.

    Byron Katie experienced this sort of calm—but not until she reached the lowest point of her life. She was suffering from addictions and severe depression, and then, in a moment of striking clarity, Katie had what she calls her “spiritual epiphany.” Suddenly she knew that by letting go of the turmoil that had long consumed her, and focusing instead on positive, hopeful thoughts, she could change her life into one of joy, purpose, and love. That’s when she created “The Work,” a method of self-inquiry that helps people separate myth from truth and is based on four questions:

    1. 1. Is it true?
    2. 2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
    3. 3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
    4. 4. Who would you be without the thought?

    From that day forward, Katie had a renewed purpose, and she dedicated her life to sharing her personal epiphany with others. She is convinced beyond any doubt that if she hadn’t confronted her own desperation, she would never have experienced the spiritual awakening that has transformed so many lives.

    We want you to experience your own spiritual awakening and be ready to face the new season with a renewed sense of purpose, hope, and joy.

    Take the first step by visiting our website at www.optimumhealth.org, and then call us at (800) 588-0809 to make your reservation. Give yourself this precious gift of healing, and your life will be forever changed.

  • How To Encourage Your Kids to Eat Healthy

    We’ve all been there – you made a delicious, nutritious, and healthy dinner for our family only to have one or more of our kids turn their noses up at the meal you worked so hard to create. Don’t get discouraged! This article is meant to give you some good ideas on how to encourage your kids to embrace healthy eating.

    Try these tips when trying to encourage healthy eating habits:

    1. Provide Choices. Whether planning or preparing a meal, provide your child with choices. For instance, when preparing a snack give your child a choice between sliced apples, baby carrots, or celery with almond butter. This gives your little one the independence kids desire while keeping food choices in the healthy arena.

    2. Offer Hands-On Education. Take the kids to tour an organic farm. It’s one thing to see carrots, peeled and sealed in a plastic bag on the kitchen counter. It’s a completely different thing to stand in rich fertile earth and pull a carrot out of the ground. Or pluck blueberries from a bush and put as many in your pail as you put in your mouth. Or see how easily the vine releases a scarlet tomato when it’s ripe for the picking. Walking through the fields and groves of local farms will help kids feel a new respect for where their food comes from – and might even make them want to try their hand at growing something.

    3. Make Healthy Choices Easily Accessible: Knowing that the things that are most accessible are probably the first thing the kids will reach for, reserve the front of your refrigerator and cupboards for the healthy foods you want them to eat. A grove of broccoli “trees” standing in a bed of hummus; bite size celery pieces; grapes washed and off the vine and frozen; cherry tomatoes – when they’re prominently displayed and readily available, the kids will find the healthy foods first – and gobble them up.

    4. Get Kids in the Kitchen: If the only time your kids see their food is when it’s prepared and plated, they will continue to have a passive relationship with it. Instead, make it fun – and mandatory – that they actively participate in planning and creating healthy meals and snacks with activities that match their age and skill set. For very young kids, “Ants on a Log” is a great choice. You cut the celery and fill the stalk with almond butter, while they add the raisin “ants.” As they get older they’ll be able to use knives, a blender and other appliances with your direct supervision. The important thing is to let the kids have the hands-on experience of creating healthy, nutritious meals or snacks for family and friends.

    5. Be a Role Model: Children are easily influenced – especially by their parents. So, practice what you preach, and your little ones are more likely to follow.

    In these uncertain times, look to OHI as your safe haven. As we celebrate 43 years of holistic healing, we can teach you how to achieve your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual goals for optimal health. Stay safe, and be well. Above all, embrace positivity!

    Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call us at (800) 588-0809
    to make your reservation.

  • The Art of Encouraging Others

    We all know that words matter! Encouragement touches the heart and shows people you care. Knowing how to encourage people is essential to being part of a team, family, group and community. It’s a way of recognizing someone who is doing their best.

    The most effective parents, teachers, leaders and companies know that spending more time validating and less time correcting yields more immediate and lasting positive results. While one-on-one feedback is motivating, publicly acknowledging a person’s contributions can be even more powerful. Praising a person in front of their peers boosts their self-confidence to new levels, and encourages them to continue to produce quality work.

    There are several methods of encouraging others:

    1. 1. First, remind them of how they’ve succeeded in the past. A teacher saying, “You did a great job on your last paper” as she’s making the new assignment is simultaneously boosting her students’ confidence and encouraging them to excel again.
    2. 2. When people are facing a particularly challenging situation, help them break it down into manageable steps. Congratulating them as they complete each part motivates them to continue, and helps them maintain a positive attitude as they forge ahead.
    3. 3. Never diminish the importance of another person’s feelings. Saying things that minimize their apprehension, like, “It’s just not that big a deal,” can make them feel angry, betrayed or panicky. Too frequently the cause of an employee getting discouraged is she or he feels they’re out of the loop, or don’t really understand what’s being required of them.
    4. 4. Listen to their concerns without judgment, and let them know you respect their input. Then, clarify the goals, and together, come up with a practical and realistic plan to make it work.

    Sometimes the most effective encouragement can be a little compassion and empathy. Whether it’s a teen trying to drum up the courage to ask his crush on a date, or a colleague who’s swamped with projects, just taking the time to listen sympathetically may be all they need to move ahead with renewed confidence.

    In these uncertain times, look to OHI as your safe haven.  As we celebrate 43 years of holistic healing, we can teach you how to achieve your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual goals for optimal health.  Stay safe, and be well.  Above all, embrace positivity!

    Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call us at (800) 588-0809 to make your reservation.

  • Neyssan Moshref’s Journey to Wellness: Scholarship Recipient Prepares Her Body for Cancer Treatment

    In late 2014, Neyssan was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS). That is the presence of abnormal cells inside a milk duct in the breast. DCIS is considered the earliest form of breast cancer. It is noninvasive, meaning it hasn’t spread out of the milk duct, and has a low risk of becoming invasive.

    “In late December 2019, I was close to reaching my 5-year cancer-remission anniversary,” said Neyssan. “Out of the blue, I was stunned to be diagnosed with breast cancer. I was scared, depressed, and lost. My sister, Sahba, knew that before I could face any breast cancer treatment, I first needed to strengthen my body and my spirit. She had heard rave reviews about the OHI San Diego program, and the success guests had in detoxing the mind-body-spirit, so she generously offered to gift me a stay at OHI. We were both surprised and ecstatic to learn that there was an OHI location right here in Austin where I live!”

    OHI was an answer to a prayer for Neyssan. “I walked through the doors of OHI on that first Sunday evening pretty broken,” said Neyssan. “My heart and mind were dark, and I was feeling hopeless. The staff welcomed me with big smiles and beautiful energy. We started each day with lymphatic exercises. We would nourish our bodies with healthy raw foods and juices. We had amazing life-changing classes, and time to meditate and breathe. Since this was a process, I knew that I needed the full 3 weeks to reach the level of health to face cancer treatment. I asked about a scholarship, and was so grateful to learn that I would qualify due to my diagnosis. It truly was a blessing. With each passing week, I was blossoming, opening up, and feeling better. By the third week, I was a completely different person, and ready to fight my cancer.”

    Neyssan is optimistic about her future. “It’s been close to a month since my stay at OHI,” said Neyssan, “and I am feeling so empowered by what I learned there. My kitchen is now set up with a dehydrator and a juicer, and everyday I workout and take meditative walks. The tools I was given, along with the friendships I developed, are priceless. I’ll be forever grateful to OHI, and the opportunity their generous scholarship gave me to kick start my journey to healing.”

    Please consider contributing to the OHI Scholarship Fund to help those in need experience the benefits of the OHI program. Over the course of our 43 years, OHI has provided scholarships to individuals who could not afford to otherwise attend. In most years, we have been able to fulfill all requests for assistance through the generosity of our community. OHI invites you to join with us in celebrating our healing mission with a tax-deductible gift. Your contribution will help to make our community stronger, healthier, and more vibrant.

    Provide the Gift of Healing today by supporting the OHI Scholarship Fund with a tax-deductible:
    • One-Time Donation, or
    • Sustainable Monthly Contribution

    Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call us at (800) 588-0809
    to make your contribution.

    Thank you for your generosity!

    Optimum Health Institute is a non-profit, religious organization. Your donation is tax deductible.

  • What are Spiritual Disciplines, and Why are They Important Today?, Part 2

    In last week’s article, we described the practice of spiritual discipline and the important health and lifestyle benefits that result from having a spiritual practice. This week, we provide a ‘how-to’ kick-start your practice. Here is part 2 of our 2-part series…

    These spiritual practices inform how we embrace change at OHI in order to maintain a safe and sacred space for our guests to continue their practice. We’re not changing what or why we do what we do; instead we have adapted our space to provide a more intimate experience for guests. That means smaller classrooms, a higher staff to guest ratio, an increased number of private rooms, and much more. Through intimacy we may find a greater sense of personal well-being and spirituality.

    You will also experience each of these spiritual disciplines throughout our many classes and activities at OHI. Here are some finer points and how-to’s on a few of them:

    The spiritual discipline of Journaling is a chronicle of your activities and thoughts; a diary of your spiritual insights; a place to record your prayer requests; and a notebook where your private reflections, introspections, questions, and musings can be preserved. Daily, weekly, or whenever the mood strikes, you can choose how often you wish to write. Use a spiral notebook, legal pad, computer, or fancy book of bound blank pages. Date your entries and record your location. Feel free to journal anywhere: your desk, in bed, on the beach, in the woods, or at the local tea house. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling – this is for your eyes only. An easy way to get started is to write about a movie you saw, a book you read, or a museum you visited, and the reaction they invoked. Write about your feelings, your worries, your fears, your disappointments, your successes, your goals, even your daydreams. Write about ruminations you can’t seem to eliminate. Write to your creator and ask for guidance. Journaling will help bring clarity to your thoughts, and help you focus on what’s most important to you

    Simplicity is often thought of as eliminating excess household possessions and obligations on your calendar, but it is so much more than that. Decluttering your home and life is a worthwhile accomplishment. It removes a lot of worry and frees up time. Best of all, simplicity is all about streamlining your world so that you have more time for your life’s purpose. Simplicity is not about doing less, it is about doing more of what is most valuable to you. By eliminating short term distractions, you can focus your time, energy, and resources on achieving your goals. At OHI, we provide a safe and sacred space where you can identify your values and goals. Our Focus classes help you identify values that are important to you such as fitness, healing, or relationships. You’ll learn how to set goals, and how to make daily and weekly plans for achieving them. And, you’ll learn how to break down your time into important vs. unimportant activities, as well as, which ones are urgent and which ones are not. At OHI, we will help you simplify your life so you can devote more time to your passion.

    Community (Fellowship) is a huge part of the daily spiritual discipline here at OHI. Starting with New Guest Orientation and the Program Basics class, you will quickly find likeminded people with whom you will form a lasting community. Human beings cannot exist in isolation, and your OHI Community gives you a tribe who will give comfort, encouragement, guidance, and camaraderie. You will experience fellowship in nearly every one of your classes and activities. Especially satisfying is our You Validation class, where the OHI community lovingly gathers around and shares the qualities they like about you. Fellowship is important and you will develop a support group that understands you like no one else. You’ll create friendships that may last a lifetime. Maintaining your community is important once you’re back home. Make a point of staying in contact with your new friends by planning regular phone calls or visits back to OHI.

    Combine the spiritual disciplines of Bodily Exercise and Noticing God (in nature). You honor your creator by keeping your body in good physical condition. Not only does exercise keep you healthy; it reduces stress, lessens fatigue, and helps you sleep better. When you maintain a regular routine of exercise, you become a role model who leads others by example. An excellent exercise habit to develop is a daily walk. While walking you can also practice the spiritual discipline of Noticing God in nature. Albert Einstein observed, “God reveals himself in the harmony of what exists.” Perhaps you’ll see the power of our creator in the beautiful complexity of a dew covered spider web glistening in the sun; the determination of a plant growing out of crack in the sidewalk; the brilliant color of a flower in bloom; the delicate wings of a butterfly; or the sound of a hummingbird hovering nearby. As you continue walking, your heart rate increases, and you become aware of the amazing creation of God that you are: your body which consists of thousands of complex, functioning systems: circulation, digestion, breathing, seeing, and thinking. Take in a deep breath, then as you exhale… revel in appreciation for your maker.

    Plan a visit to OHI, and learn how these 24 ancient spiritual disciplines can help you develop inner strength and growth to achieve optimum health.


    Science and the Spiritual Disciplines: Silence by Anjeanette Roberts, reasons.org, January 19, 2017

    An Introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines by Brett and Kate McKay, artofmanliness.com, May 28, 2018

    The Spiritual Disciplines: Simplicity by Brett & Kate McKay, artofmanliness.com, May 28, 2018

    How to Practice the Spiritual Discipline of Journaling by Trina Dofflemyer, rzim.org, no date provided


    In these uncertain times, look to OHI as your safe haven. As we celebrate 43 years of holistic healing, we can teach you how achieve your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual goals for optimal health. Stay safe, and be well. Above all, embrace positivity!

    Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call us at (800) 588-0809
    to make your reservation.

  • What are Spiritual Disciplines, and Why are They Important Today?, Part 1

    In this series we describe the practice of spiritual discipline, the important health and lifestyle benefits that result from having a spiritual practice, and a ‘how-to’ on kick-starting your practice. Here is part 1 of our 2-part series…

    Every religion incorporates spiritual disciplines into their system or custom of worship. Spiritual disciplines are actions designed to strengthen and deepen a person’s relationship with higher power. Often referred to as Spiritual Practices they can include a wide range of activities. Some Catholics pray the rosary, while many Jewish people eat Kosher. Some Buddhists practice yoga, while some faiths consider T’ai chi a spiritual practice.

    Adding a discipline to your routine means you are inviting change, but you are also adding stability to your life. During the current pandemic, the only constant is change. Change can feel disruptive until we have adjusted to it. While you are acclimating to these new arrangements, now is a good time to consider beginning a spiritual discipline.

    If we look at the definition of discipline (dĭs′ə-plĭn) noun; means: “training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement.”

    And, if we also look at the definition of spiritual (spĭr′ĭ-cho͞o-əl) adjective it means: 1. Relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not material; supernatural 2. Concerned with, or affecting the soul. 3. Not concerned with material or worldly things. 4. Belonging to a religion; sacred.

    A spiritual discipline is training that will help us acquire the nature of spirit, more concern for the soul, less concern about worldly things, and a greater sense of the sacred.

    We may think of spiritual disciplines as something only monks do in their cloistered monastery cells. However, they provide some important health and lifestyle benefits that anyone can gain regardless of their religious beliefs.

    Science Validates Spiritual Discipline

    Rupert Sheldrake, author of Science and Spiritual Practices, validates with scientific research that seven spiritual practices provide resounding physical and mental health benefits. The seven spiritual disciplines he identifies are: 1) Meditation, 2) Gratitude, 3) Connecting with Nature, 4) Relating to Plants, 5) Rituals, 6) Singing & Chanting, and 7) Pilgrimage & Holy Places.

    Many traditional Christian spiritual disciplines are similar to the ones Sheldrake validates in his research. Prayer is a form of ritualistic meditation; Celebration is often through song and recitations.

    The purpose of spiritual discipline is to help us develop inner strength and growth. Through discipline, we bolster our ability to receive insight, remain centered and unaffected by external events and be courageous in accepting the things we cannot change. When this happens, we create more space in the mind for joy and compassion.

    At OHI, we practice 24 ancient spiritual disciplines to help our guests purify their bodies, quiet their minds, and renew their spirits.

    These include: Daily Common Worship, Recollected Prayer, Spiritual Reading, Spiritual Direction, Meditation, Bodily Exercise, Fasting, Spiritual Journaling, Cleansing, Solitude, Confession, Celebration, Noticing God, Silence, Frugality, Service, Prayer, Community (Fellowship), Vocal Toning, Submission, Study, Simplicity, Alms Giving, and Guidance.

    Join us next week for the second part of this article where we expand on a few of our favorite spiritual practices


    Science and the Spiritual Disciplines: Silence by Anjeanette Roberts, reasons.org, January 19, 2017

    An Introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines by Brett and Kate McKay, artofmanliness.com, May 28, 2018

    The Spiritual Disciplines: Simplicity by Brett & Kate McKay, artofmanliness.com, May 28, 2018

    How to Practice the Spiritual Discipline of Journaling by Trina Dofflemyer, rzim.org, no date provided


    In these uncertain times, look to OHI as your safe haven.  As we celebrate 43 years of holistic healing, we can teach you how achieve your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual goals for optimal health.  Stay safe, and be well.  Above all, embrace positivity!

    Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call us at (800) 588-0809
    to make your reservation.

  • Scholarship Recipient Recovers From Cancer Surgery

    Basima Rashoo was an experienced aesthetician, a sought-after yoga teacher, and a Kriya yoga practitioner. Raised in Australia, she had lived in Southern California for the past 20 years, and was the picture of good health. But all of that changed in early 2019, when she started experiencing body aches, headaches, lack of sleep, and gastrointestinal problems. After numerous tests, scans showed growths in her uterus. Basima immediately underwent a hysterectomy.

    During surgery, doctors found that the growths had metastasized, and Basima’s condition was much more serious than first thought. “This news shocked me to my core,” she said. “I would never have imagined this could happen to me.”

    The surgeon recommended chemo and radiation. “I could not fathom living through the gruesome side effects,” said Basima, “and given my grim prognosis, it made no sense to me whatsoever to put myself through all of that.”

    Basima decided to take a different path. “I did a lot of soul-searching,” she said. “I just knew I had to go back to basics — a plant-based diet, meditation, and creative visualization. This is how I discovered OHI. After looking into what they offered, their philosophy of healing through body, mind, and spirit resonated strongly with my own core beliefs.”

    But Basima’s surgery had forced her to shut down her business, and her medical bills had taken the lion’s share of her savings. “Without an income, there was no way I could afford a stay at OHI,” said Basima. “But I was more determined than ever to get there, and immerse myself in the program. When I learned about their scholarship program, I submitted my application immediately. It was truly a blessing when I found out I had been awarded a scholarship.”

    Basima arrived at the OHI campus, and immediately felt at home. “This program gave me the inspiration and discipline to take back control of my health and my life,” she said. “I will forever be thankful for this wonderful opportunity. This scholarship was a God send.”

    Basima was so moved by the generosity of OHI’s board that she volunteered to return to OHI as a missionary. “I believe that service plays a large part in the healing process,” said Basima, “so it is my honor to work in service to others at OHI. I thank everyone here from the bottom of my heart for giving me the chance to experience the healing that can only be found at OHI.”

    In these uncertain times, look to OHI as your safe haven.  As we celebrate 43 years of holistic healing, we can teach you how achieve your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual goals for optimal health.  Stay safe, and be well.  Above all, embrace positivity!

    Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call us at (800) 588-0809
    to make your reservation.

  • Staff Spotlight: Meet Teekhnata Metzler, Facilitator at OHI San Diego

    Q: Give us a little background on yourself, including your work experience prior to joining OHI.

    A: Before working at OHI, I had my own business as a personal chef. I worked with clients that wanted to enjoy a whole-foods, plant-based diet.

    Q: What made you decide to join the staff at OHI?

    A: I was introduced to OHI in 2001 by a friend who worked in the OHI store at the time. It was OHI’s 25th anniversary and she invited me to the party. I fell in love with OHI immediately, and applied for an opening in the store the next day.

    Q: Describe your current role at OHI.

    A: I am currently a part-time facilitator but I have done almost every job on campus. I started in the store, worked both in the kitchen and front desk, and was the missionary coordinator for a time.

    Q: What do you look forward to experiencing most each time a new cohort of guests arrives?

    A: I love the sense of community that arises with each new week of guests. OHI is a place where people can be themselves without fear of judgment. Guests open up to the reality of their own goodness and worthiness and let go of the habitual armoring and tensing they ordinarily experience due to chronic anxiety and false beliefs. We feel safe opening up to each other, and the love that is shared in just a short time is quite profound. I am honored to be a part of this community.

    Q: What is the biggest change you’ve noticed in yourself since you started working at OHI?

    A: The biggest change I’ve noticed in myself since my beginning days at OHI is a growing love and acceptance for self and for others. Having the opportunity to deeply connect with the guests has shown me how alike we all are. We are all damaged in some way and have suffered greatly and yet, we are incredibly resilient and hopeful. Seeing this so clearly in others has helped me to recognize and appreciate it in myself.

    Q: As a spiritual person, are there any personal spiritual experiences you’ve had since you started working at OHI that you would like to share with the OHI community?

    A: Several years ago, I was going through some heavy emotional turmoil. There was a nun in the program, and she had attended the Focus class that I taught. Afterwards, she came up to me and said very sincerely that I was filled with the light of the Lord. It was the exact thing that I needed to hear at that moment to lift me out of my own self-doubt. I have had many synchronistic moments when I felt that God was using a guest as an instrument to tell me what I needed to hear. And, I hope, that I also have been able to be that instrument for others, allowing them a glimpse of their own Divine goodness.

    Q: For those seeking spiritual evolution, do you have any advice that might help pivot their journey in a more productive direction?

    A: My advice is to carve out time for daily meditation. Initially, it can feel difficult to sit and “do nothing”. But as we strive to be silent, we start to see the tendencies and habits of our mind, and it enables us to know ourselves as separate from our obsessive, worrying thoughts and tendencies. Connecting to this Divine Self is a journey inward where real and lasting peace resides.

    In these uncertain times, look to OHI as your safe haven.  As we celebrate 43 years of holistic healing, we can teach you how achieve your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual goals for optimal health.  Stay safe, and be well.  Above all, embrace positivity!

    Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call us at (800) 588-0809
    to make your reservation.

  • OHI Program Tip – Lymphatic Exercise

    At OHI, we pay A LOT of attention to the lymphatic system. A peak functioning lymphatic system is the very foundation of good health, but this critically important part of the body is one that most people don’t know much about.

    The lymphatic system is the largest circulatory system in the body, and is your built-in sanitation center that carries away and filters out poisonous waste products from every cell, tissue, and organ. It is a complex network of vessels that branch through all parts of the body, able to collect extra lymph fluid from body tissues and return it to the blood. It is also an essential part of the immune system that maintains fluid levels, fights infection, and produces disease-fighting white blood cells. It is the first line of defense against disease, where the network of vessels and nodes transports and filters lymph fluid containing antibodies and lymphocytes (good) and bacteria (bad).

    With lymphatic congestion the lymph is not flowing well, cells are poisoned from their own waste, and the lymph fluid becomes a toxic cesspool, resulting in fatigue, swelling, infection, inflammation, disease, and more.

    The lymphatic system needs your help to move the fluid through the body because it doesn’t have an automatic pump like the heart. The lymphatic system is stimulated by gravity and muscle contraction (exercise). Moving your body is the key to moving fluid through the lymphatic system.

    How to move the lymphatic system:

    • Move around whenever you can. The lymphatic system depends largely on large muscle activity in the body for its circulation. Stagnation from sitting all day is a major problem. The good news is, any exercise helps – move around for a minute or two every 15-20 minutes, do knee bends, stretch throughout the day, etc. Gentle exercise like stretching and swimming are great for moving the lymph.
    • Go for a walk. One of the best ways to activate lymphatic flow is to take a brisk walk. Walking is a weight-bearing activity that creates gravitational pulls on the lymphatic system each time you take a step. Try to take a 15-30 minute brisk walk each day. Swing your arms and power walk for the best results.
    • Stretch or practice yoga daily. Stretching and yoga poses are especially effective for moving lymph. Holding stretches combined with conscious deep breathing can help direct lymph through the deep channels of the chest.
    • Deep breathing. Although the lymphatic system has no pump like the heart in the circulatory system, the movement from the act of breathing is a lymphatic pump in itself, and can help direct lymph through the chest. Deep, slow diaphragmatic breathing for even just 5-10 repetitions (up to 10 minutes a day) will circulate the lymph especially around the liver: Breathe in slowly through your nose, deeply pushing the stomach out. Slowly let your breath go out through your mouth.
    • Hydrate daily with water. Dehydration is a common cause of lymph congestion. Lymph becomes thicker and less mobile when you are dehydrated, but flows well when hydrated. DRINK! DRINK! DRINK!

    OHI puts all of these ideas into practice to help move your lymphatic system. Our Gentle Lymphatic Exercise Class and Stretch Class stimulate the lymphatic system to eliminate toxins, boost the immune system, and contribute to the healing process. We don’t do aerobic exercises at OHI because they are too hard on the body when you’re on a reduced-calorie diet. Our guided meditation classes incorporate vocal toning and breath work, which also increases circulation in the lymphatic system, as does our emphasis on drinking fluids and colon cleansing.

    Stay safe, and be well. And above all, keep your lymphatic system MOVING!

    In these uncertain times, look to OHI as your safe haven.  As we celebrate 43 years of holistic healing, we can teach you how achieve your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual goals for optimal health.  Stay safe, and be well.  Above all, embrace positivity!

    Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call us at (800) 588-0809
    to make your reservation.

  • Meet Crystal Egger, a Frequent Guest of OHI!

    “When I was just 22 years old, my mother-in-law gifted me a week’s stay at OHI,” said Crystal. “She came here a few times, and believed in the program so much that she wanted to share the experience with her family. Talk about the gift of health!”

    Crystal Egger is 41 years old, working as a meteorologist doing weather and climate consulting for national and global business, as well as on-air broadcasting at NBC San Diego. “I’m pretty sure I had a Taco Bell burrito and large coke before arriving for my first visit,” she laughed. “I was straight out of college, and my diet consisted of too much fast food, caffeine and weekend party binges. I had no idea what to expect at OHI, but I went in with an open mind and a willingness to try everything, even the dreaded colonics and enemas. After 4 rough days of detox, I began to fall in love with the way I felt. It was as if all my energy was fully surfacing for the first time in years! My eyes were a brighter white, my skin was glowing, my anxiety was gone, and I had an indescribable enthusiasm for life. I remember calling my mom on the drive home from OHI, and talking her head off! She was like, ‘okay slow down honey…’ I wanted to spread the news with everyone I loved!”

    Crystal had such a life-changing experience the first time, she has since returned six times. “The quest for optimum health keeps me coming back,” said Crystal. “Each visit I learn something new from the program, from the teachers, and from the people I meet. I look at my time at OHI as an opportunity to tap into my higher self.”

    Crystal LOVES the OHI classes. “The Body-Mind Connection class was invaluable. It really helped me connect with myself emotionally and spiritually in a deep way. I also was profoundly changed by the Emotional Detoxification class, where we were asked to focus on someone we need to forgive in order to experience complete spiritual healing.

    Since I lost my father to alcoholism when I was just 17, he was the first person that came to mind. All these years I didn’t realize how much anger and sadness I held onto. I didn’t understand how my dad couldn’t change his drinking habits for the sake of his family, especially his three children who he loved dearly. During that evening class while I listened to the teacher guide us through a forgiveness meditation, tears streamed down my cheeks and I felt a tremendous release through my chest. By removing stored trauma and negative emotions, I was able to create room to add joy, love, trust and kindness.”

    Crystal made an effort to “let go” of something else in order to make another personal breakthrough. “I would have to say that removing negative thought patterns has made a tremendous impact on my life,” she said. “While you can’t eliminate negative thoughts, you can learn to recognize them through practices like meditation and yoga. By monitoring, confronting, and rethinking those thoughts, you can change them to more nurturing, positive, and empowering ways to view your life. It’s something I wish I knew in my 20s!”

    Crystal tells everyone she knows about OHI. “If I hadn’t been gifted that first week at OHI by my mother-in-law, I don’t think my overall well-being would be the way it is today. I look forward to the day I can give this gift of health to my own daughters.”

    We are happy to have you back any time, Crystal!

    In these uncertain times, look to OHI as your safe haven.  As we celebrate 43 years of holistic healing, we can teach you how achieve your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual goals for optimal health.  Stay safe, and be well.  Above all, embrace positivity!

    Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org, or call us at (800) 588-0809
    to make your reservation.