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How well do you know the history of the human family? The following self-reflection may help you answer this question:

  • In what ways do you identify with Canada's dominant culture?
  • On a score of 1-10, how would you rate your relationship to your own culture?
  • How informed are you of you history and ancestry?
  • Why is it important that each person learns about their culture, history and ancestry?
  • Is the information you learned about your race, culture and history accurate, and how do you know this to be true?

Indigenous societies place emphasis on the family and community more than on the individual; their reasons are worth understanding. In this family / community focus, there is no denial of self. In fact, some ancient wise ones instruct: judge thyself.

Living in the System

"No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come." African Proverb

For a long night of at least 500 or maybe 2,000 years, people have been marginalized by the dominant, patriarchal system without inclusion of their heritage, values ​​and more. A person without heritage is cut off from her roots. As a rootless being, she experiences doubt, fear, anger, loss and depression. In addition, groups subjected to marginalisation carry the heavy burden of oppressive systems which may result in trauma ongoing stress, mental health challenges and physical ailments.

The absence of accurate information, the mis-education around world history in general and African history in particular, is perpetuated by the dominant group. In a game of declaration of superiority, the dominant group ensures that everyone is fed inaccurate information that keeps the wheels running smoothly as it creates privilege in social institutions for its own group.

Those not of the dominant culture are labeled "other" and include people from racialized communities, Indigenous people, older adults, women and people with disabilities. The impact of the 'youth game' is even more troubling because youth are particularly ready for truth and change.

How can the individual who is not in the dominant group adequately care for her body and mind in order to thrive and not just survive? Philosophies and technologies meant to transform the person into a divine being also effectively repair damaged states of mind and body during the process. Yes, these are the spirit-mind-body disciplines of transformation or yoga. Yoga finds its way into lives and brings relief. It has become a strategy for survival. It is proven that the techniques balance the nervous system, enhance breathing and reduce stress. A practitioner of yoga will also learn to focus her mind.

More questions to reflect upon:

  • Is stress reduction enough to end the negative impact of daily micro-aggressions?
  • What benefit might there be in knowing the hidden legacy of one's ancestry?
  • Are you living up to what a divine being is capable of: a being filled with the highest virtue and wisdom?
  • Are you following the highest code of behavior given by the ancient systems of transformation or yoga?

Who are you?

Yoga propositions that the cause of suffering is misidentification of self; thinking you are someone or something you are not. That raises the critical question: who are you? And even, where are you from? Some respond, I am a spiritual being having a physical experience. This reply can be a double-edged sword.

Identifying with things of the mind and spirit can be problematic for someone who, for whatever reason, has little or no interest in her body or her heritage. By discounting the body and all things connected to it, the yoga practitioner may, like a new convert, embrace a new identity as a "yogi" and overlook her heritage, culture, and history.

Are you your physical body?

The philosophy of yoga reminds us that the journey to mind mastery is long and requires patience, practice and perseverance. In the end there is freedom from suffering. This liberation includes going beyond or not identifying with the physical body. In time, somewhere along the journey, the yoga practitioner gets it! "I am more than the physical body!" And with this realization that she is more than the body, the liberation philosophy often proves to be a diamond worth pursuing. If the person lives mostly …


There is almost nobody in this world who goes days or weeks without some form of neck pain. Your head is roughly 8 pounds, which forces your shoulders, neck muscles, balance, etc.. to all be in tune in order for you to maintain your posture and head position. After several hours of this, let alone a full day depending on what you do for a living, your neck will most likely be sore at some point.


For me personally, I work on a computer 14 hours a day and when I have time, I like to play golf. This creates a forward head motion, and my shoulders tend to roll forward because of years and years of golf muscle memory. Thus I often have daily neck pain. I have seen chiropractors, massage therapists, and more to help relieve my problems. Unless you are rich or have a great health insurance plan…its not feasible for the average person to visit these practitioners on a daily or weekly basis.

So Simple, A TENNIS BALL!!!

What I am about to tell you can be done with a simple tennis ball, or if you want to get more advanced you get buy a foam roller. You can find these at Walmart, online, or any fitness store.

Often times, neck pain is not present because of actual problems in your neck, but because of issues surrounding your shoulders, trapezius muscles, or what I have actually found in my arms and/or deltoid muscles. The pain you often feel IS in the muscles in the neck, but not necessarily the cause.

How I pinpointed the cause of my neck pain

When doing pull ups, I ultimately found the muscles on the outside of your arms, near your shoulders were the cause of some of my neck pain. The solution is to literally roll on a tennis ball in those areas. If side neck pain you are experiencing is bad, I am willing to bet the more sore you are in arm/shoulder area.

Great example on YouTube

This video on YouTube is for shoulder pain, but the tennis ball location is almost the exact location I want you to target. It might take a few times finding the sore points…but if its SORE, you want to work on it. The more sore it is, the more you need to work it. Don’t be afraid of some pain. If its excruciating…obviously don’t do it or find a way to apply pressure lightly at first.

>Here is the video I recommend you watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EVxjpiKSqw I only care about you watching the part where the guy is lying down with the tennis ball under his arm.


After performing that tennis ball exercise for a few days, you should start feeling some relief with your neck pain. It is not instant, so don’t expect a result in 1 day. This is a solution I personally have found to be helpful in relieving my neck pain. I can’t promise it will work for you, as many other factors could be involved as to why you have neck pain (medical conditions, car accidents, etc…) so if your situation is unique, always consult a physician before trying to treat it.

Also consider other environmental factors that are reasons for neck pain. For me, trying to work on my posture, moving to a flatter pillow, and doing various stretches everyday have significantly improved my neck pain.

I hope this article has been helpful and please let me know if it helps your neck pain!


Source by Randall Dakota

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