Strengthening the Immune System

Trust everyone and your families are well. These are strange times. I wanted to share a few reminders. Things you can do to boost the immune system. Some of these were also listed in the article on Grounding. Someone once said that it is not new learning we need as much as reminding of what we already know. In that light there are a few reminders below. You may want to share some ideas with friends & family

In light & love

– Drink lots of water – keep throat moist makes it easy to swallow viruses (that enter the mouth or nose) into the stomach where the stomach acid will destroy them,

– Doing pace daily

– Essential oil of Jasmine is good to relieve stress and when stress goes down the immune system is stronger

– What you focus on expands so find some positive, give gratitude, stay present in the moment

– Doing a Brain Gym balance relieves stress and keeps the body in balance

– EFT –

– Doing the immune booster on yourself or teaching a family member to do it on you

– 3 taps, – tap spl21 (on side seam in center of bra area), tap K27’s ( dip below where the collar bone meets the sternum) & tapping thymus gland ( 1” down from K27 on rt) – improves Immune system

– Essential oils to aid is protecting against viruses – Tea tree, witntergreen, thieves, purification, Eucalyptus, pan away
& oregano, frankincense, lavender

– Hand Sanitizer – 2/3 C rubbing alcohol, 1/3 C aloe vera gel, Essential oils

– Meridian Massage from TFH –

– The Polarity postures (grounder, pyramid, wood chopper, cliff hanger)

– Also from TFH you can look up the lymph massage, or basically rubbing towards the heart, rub the lymph glands on the inner knee, the groin, under the diaphragm, armpit etc.

– Do the lengthening movements from Brain Gym to take out the tension

– TGR (tendon guard release) or any lengthening activities to release tension from the body

May your troubles be less,
your blessings be more,
and only happiness
come through the door.

Reply to:
Sher Smith RN, BCPP, RCST, RPE
Brain Gym ® Int’l Faculty
PH: 905-751-1076



Watch your thoughts, they become your words.
Watch your words, they become your actions.
Watch your actions, they become your habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.



Feeling Grounded

I was asked recently what someone could do to feel grounded. Here is my answer. You may know some of them and overlooked them in these stressful times. A few may be unknown so you can skip over those.

For me I get grounded by: – typing up hand written notes
-essential oil of Jasmine is good
– pace, &/or a BG balance !!!!
– doing a meridian massage from TFH
– carrying some hemeite
– putting hands in soil (even in a pot)
– drink lots of water
– exercise, meditation, yoga, belly dancing 😊
– releasing TGR – put leg out with toes up & lean into it
– stand on edge of stairs & drop heels down
– clear clutter, even one shelf, or sort on drawer (especially in bedroom)
– rebounder
– I use a wand vibrator, wore mine out, wore out the one you gave me. Now working on a new one
– do a 14 muscle balance on self, not sure how to muscle check, do some of the releases for each muscle
– eat earth foods (thse grown in the earth)
– Immune booster from Polarity
– do the stars
– play
– cuddle a pet or baby
– listen to drumming online
– I go online at you tube and type in Riverdance – very grounding – can feel it inside my body
– I follow Brad Yates on you tube for EFT – he has many – stress, anxiety etc.
-some ideas to ponder 😊


Prevention in these times

There is a lot that can be done as preventative:

  • Eating good food and keeping your body slightly alkaline reduces susceptibility, as does exercise (walking is good), drinking water,
  • Staying calm and in a positive vibration makes one less susceptible, so doing pace, meditating, getting homework done 😊.


Using crystals , using essential oils & the ones I’ve heard of to use are:     Tea tree, wintergreen, thieves, purification, Eucalyptus, pan away

oregano, frankincense, lavender


  • Soap & water for the hands everyone is aware of, heard most hand sanitizer’s don’t work unless they have a high alcohol content, heard from a VERY busy Chinese/TCM Dr. that hydrogen peroxide is the best to neutralize viruses


  • From Polarity the Immune Booster is a good preventative, Headache technique, lymph work to keep it moving, water principle to keep the energy in flow and balanced, TGR to get people out of fight/flight,

Be well




Polarity Therapy

In Polarity Therapy Classes students will gain a practical understanding of energy moving from and returning to it’s source in three ways: as primary energy, as the three principles and as the five elements. “Practical” means an understanding based on direct perception on these three concepts internally (perceiving within oneself) and externally (perceiving in a client).
Also to understand the location and function of etheric energy waves, fields, centers, lines of lines of force, and harmonic reflexes described by the three primary geometric relationships of projection and reflection, involution and evolution, and symmetry and balance.

Have a wonderous day. 🙂


Brain Gym

My Experiences with Brain Gym ®

In the start of 2012, I had the good fortune of attending a Brain Gym ® 101 class in Toronto, Canada under Sher Smith ( She is a Brain Gym® faculty for Canada. Brain Gym® 101 is the core introductory course from Breakthroughs International. This program and its unique movements and processes were developed by Dr. Dennison over more than three decades, through extensive research in areas that include education, psychology, neural and muscular functions.
I was very fascinated by the program and went on to make it a point to complete the core curriculum as well as all the requirements to become a Brain Gym ® instructor and consultant. It took four years to complete all the courses I required and I took a couple of them every time I went to Toronto to visit my parents.

Since 2012 I have been actively involved in my community through my learning centre, Leap Ahead Assessment and Learning Centre in Mumbai, India, and have encouraged students, teachers, parents as well as senior citizens to learn about Brain Gym ®. I am delighted to say that I have witnessed amazing results. These are a few of my experiences which I’m sharing with you today.

I still remember the day a couple of months ago when I got a call from a parent. She said, “My son’s teacher called and said that your Ajay is now giving eye contact, his eyes are tracking me all around the classroom, whatever you are doing, please continue doing it, its helping him. He is also more attentive in class for a longer period of time now. And I have only been doing PACE with him three times a day since the last 15 days”

PACE ® is a sequence of 4 Brain Gym ® activities- sipping water, Brain Buttons, the Cross Crawl and Hook-ups.

This parent whose son was on the Autism Spectrum had previously attended a Brain Gym ® 101 workshop I conducted. Her feedback was very gratifying.

Autism or Autism Spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and non verbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.
Dr. Paul Dennison, the co-creator of Brain Gym ® has said, “Movement is the door to Learning.” He also said, “I didn’t learn on the schedule of my peers. I failed 4th grade because I wasn’t reading . I was made to feel “less than” and “broken”. I have dedicated my career to help students like myself to never have to endure the “shame” of not learning at the same pace as other students.”

Moving to Learn is a natural way to help children including those with special needs to reach their potential.

I have come across quite a few parents of children with special needs in Mumbai who have kept their children indoors, not even letting them interact with neighbours, let alone sending them to school. This is because they fear the stigma attached to special needs . These parents have totally given up on their children and feel that nothing can be done, so they often think why waste time and resources on them?

I have spoken to some of these parents as part of community service and informed them about the concept of Neuroplasticity and also teach them simple movements from Brain Gym ®.

Brains can change. Like a city can build new roads, the brains of adults and children have the ability to create new neuronal pathways; a process called Neuroplasticity. On October 18, 2012, the Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation introduced one of the nation’s foremost investigators in Neurobiology, Dr Dennis Charney. While Dr. Charney’s work focuses mainly on depression, anxiety and human resilience to stress, his pioneering research has a major impact on children with learning disabilities, dyslexia , attention deficit disorder and autism.

In a video posted by Big Think on October 17, 2012, Dr Dennis Charney described his research on Neuroplasticity:
“One of the things that we have found in our research is that in general we don’t make full use of the capacity of the human brain. So, our research groups, subsequent to hearing about this, and other groups around the country, have now taken the task that through specific exercises we might be able to enhance brain plasticity or using more of the capacity of the human brain. (Taken from article published on October 23, 2012: Neuroplasticity: Begin to Change A life with Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Autism Today:

Brain Gym® is a system that uses simple movements to enhance neural and sensory functioning. That is, it uses quick, easy to do developmental movements to “wake up” or “relax” the brain without stress or injury. The movements are those that a child naturally explores as he grows and matures. As the brain and the rest of the body become more integrated through such movements, the child becomes successful with need based movement at first like reaching, grasping and lifting .

As Cecilia Koester (author of I am the child, Brain Gym for the special needs) says, ‘for the child with special needs, this making and re-arranging of neural networks may require care givers to repeatedly move the child’s limbs through a specific movement pattern when the child is unable to create that pattern independently. Regardless of the cause for the limitation, we can create or recreate the movement experience for the child.’

An Occupational Therapist, my student and friend, shared with me how by simply making a child with Cerebral Palsy (a term used to describe a set of neurological conditions that affect movement) do assisted cross-crawl, a cross lateral activity which activates both hemispheres of the brain – helped the child , within a couple of months, to raise his hand fully independently and with ease.

I have done a group Dennison Laterality Re-patterning (DLR) balance with senior citizens and they were astonished with their walking gaits and their improved balance. After the balance process, one senior who had difficulty walking fast remarked, “Now it feels like I’m sprinting”.

I did a Reading balance on a 14 year boy who had severe reading difficulty, and read haltingly without any comprehension, he was amazed that he could now read fast and also comprehend. The next day, he came for a remediation session at my centre , and said , “Miss, please do the balance we did last time .“ He continued to improve his reading and comprehension skills.
After this experience whenever he came for class, he would stand in front of the Brain Gym poster and do the various movements before starting his remedial session.

In May of 2017, while on a flight going to Bangalore, there was this baby which cried incessantly. It was disturbing every passenger on the flight. Fortunately, the mom passed by my seat to go to the washroom and I told her that its probably due to the high altitude and air pressure which is causing distress to the baby. I asked her to put her one hand behind the baby’s ear and another on the baby’s navel (an adapted version of the Brain Gym® movement called the Balance button). She said Ok, looking at me sceptically. She went back to her seat after using the washroom, I could hear the baby cry for a few seconds and than she was absolutely quiet till the flight landed.
When I passed by the mother to get off the aircraft, I asked, “Did you try what I showed you?” She said “YES and it worked like magic”. She thanked me profusely with a smile of gratitude.

Brain Gym® movements are amazingly simple and work every time.

It is rewarding to know that children as well as adults from all walks of life are benefiting from Brain Gym® exercises.

I’m constantly astonished by the power and possibilities of Brain Gym ® which has helped me to make a difference in the lives of many adults, seniors and children with special needs. I look forward to continue learning.

Minaz Ajani —M.Ed (Sp.Ed), Certified licensed Brain Gym ® Instructor and Consultant .



Spring is here & that means weeds will be as well.

Weeds be gone:

1 gallons Vinegar
2 cups epsom salts
1/4 cup blue Dawn dish soap

– mix & apply in the morning and weeds gone by evening
– posted on facebook from Natural News.

Happy Spring


Card Games to Improve Eyesight

Card Games for all $3 – from
February 19, 2014 Leave a Comment Written by Jill Mays

Back in prehistoric times (that is before electronic devices…) I spent large swaths of my summer vacation figuring out how to spend my time. When I had early morning trips to the park and the purchase power to buy “GIMP,” I’d spend the afternoon covering wire hangers decoratively with the plastic laces or making perfectly useless lanyards or key chains (How many did you really need?).
Once I’d completed these projects or hadn’t made the trip, I had time on my hands…So, that’s when I’d pull out a deck of card. Sometimes my older sister would honor me with a few minutes to play a card game or two (Rummy, Gin, Crazy Eights or SPIT). But mostly, I was alone and I played Solitaire…for hours.
Playing cards are a backdoor way into building fine motor control, finger dexterity, visual perception and motor planning. For me it was a cure for boredom. For your children, it’s a chance to sneak in some skill building without their awareness!
Playing Cards are low cost, simple and provide hours of entertainment. Activities are reviewed, appropriate for each age and developmental level.
First, know that you should go to an inexpensive store and buy the cheapest deck you can find. Kids are not kind to cards, They will bend, tear and undoubtedly lose many of them in a matter of hours (am I being too generous here?). You can buy decks in bulk at some discount warehouse type stores. I recommend this strategy.
Infants and babies:
• Displaying cards while the baby spends time on the tummy makes an interesting visual change from a mobile. Remember that very young infants see black and white best so those spades and clubs provide nice designs for the baby to look at.
• You can also hold a card up in front of the baby while sitting in a supported chair and move the card slightly right and left, up and down, to encourage visual tracking.
Older babies and toddlers:
• Grasping and Retrieving cards scattered around the floor gets the baby rolling, scooting and crawling.
• For the early walker, it is an opportunity to practice bending down many times. This strengthens the legs and challenges balance.
• Those chubby hands also have to struggle to grasp the cards. Be prepared for mangled cards. Use the deck that your older preschooler already ruined for this age group.
• To stimulate interaction, pretend play and more fine motor control, you can play Give and Take with your young one. Simply handing the cards back and forth can be great fun for a little, little one.
Caution: Babies and toddlers are likely to put the cards in their mouths. I do not recommend allowing this. While it may provide oral stimulation that is very organizing, the ink likely comes from China and we know how that goes…
• Real games can begin. The best is Memory or Concentration. Begin with only a few cards; picture cards with clear distinctions should be selected first. For example, one red queen pair and one black king pair. Jacks look too much like Kings so shouldn’t be paired together until the child does a good job identifying this subtle distinction.
• Place the cards on a carpet and sit on the floor. This allows the child to use finger tips to pick up the cards. When the cards are on a table, the child will slide them off to get at them. On the carpet, the child is required to use the fingers tips. Many important muscles in the hand are used and consequently get stronger. Many of these same muscles will be used to hold a pencil later on.
• Simple preschool card games can also be played. Go Fish and Old Maid are examples. There are ways to play these with regular playing cards.* You do not need to run out to a toy store to buy the $10 gift set of Old Maid and Go Fish.
• My favorite for this age group is Slap Jack. It requires visual attention and motor planning to recognize the Jack quickly and organize a rapid response to slap the card pile before the opponent.
• At this age you can start to teach the child how to make a neat pile of the cards and hold fanned cards. But don’t expect perfection. The muscles required to do this are just developing. The younger preschooler will likely still be very sloppy. Some semblance of order should occur with an older preschooler after they have practiced for a while. As they practice, guess what? Strength develops in those little hands and fingers.

Kindergarten and Early Elementary:
• The child should be able to make a fan fairly well and hold onto it while taking cards in and out of the fan. Once again, the younger child will drop cards and may resort to a pile until the hand muscles get stronger. Practice, patience and practice!!!
• Games can incorporate academic skills the child is learning such as numerical weighting, categorization, matching, and sequencing. War is a favorite. The adult may want to split a wrist on the eleventh round of this game, but children truly love it. Making simple comparisons of the “higher” number and picture card is an ongoing delight. Remembering the sequence of how many cards to lay down when there is a “battle” and the suspense of winning or losing many cards is a big thrill.
• As the child progresses with card games, more complex reasoning and visual memory skills are called for. Rummy type games require some recall of previous cards played, some strategy and ongoing visual scanning of cards layed down. Games like Crazy Eights, likewise use some of the visual perceptual skills but also challenges fine motor control when holding half the deck.

Older Kids:
• There are many forms of Solitaire. Kids play this on the computer. Why don’t you suggest trying it with good old fashioned cards. Spreading the cards on the floor (or course!) requires a broader range of visual scanning. Sequencing and strategy really come into play with these games. There are many complicated games for two or more to play together. I remember playing Spit for hours. These card games are perfect for the pre-teens who are crawling out of their skin and boredom is a constant battle.
• For the intellectually advanced child, teach Bridge and other more strategy intensive games. Like Chess, these games will activate more complex thinking.
• The shuffling and dealing of cards will continue to refine fine motor dexterity. Shuffling is another nice challenge for the child 7 or 8 years old and up. This requires the development of the intrinsic muscles in the hands and fingers. Well developed intrinsic muscles are a big factor in whether children have sloppy or neat handwriting and strong manipulative skills.
• Remember, older children still enjoy playing card games outlined for the younger child. Playing a simple card game allows for fun without the added demand of a cognitive challenge. Allowing the brain to relax can give the neurological structures the opportunity to organize. So, your nine year old might dazzle you with how quickly he is learning to play Bridge. But this very same nine year old will likely enjoy playing Crazy Eights with you and maybe even take over a round or two of War with a younger sibling.

Listing of an unbelievable number of card games, instructions included:
Specific instructions for using a regular deck of cards for Old Maid and Go Fish and a few others:
List and instruction for Solitaire Games:
Teaching Bridge to kids:
More on Bridge:

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Is doing a Lazy 8 as effective as doing the Cross Crawl in Brain Gym

In my understanding – Paul Dennison says: movement is the door to learning. So, using 1/2 the body for me is doing half the job in a way. Having said that the lazy 8’s are outstanding for getting the eyes to team together. So, for reading writing, small muscles as in printing etc.

Now the CC is a full body movement. Or it is meant to be. So, it is more than elbow to knee. In that process you want to engage the core muscles. You want to feel a contraction from the shoulder to the hip, Our core is our stabilizer. Each side of the CC is reinforcing I/2 of an “X”. The “X” is what we are build on. It is in our D NA. The fibers for the heart unwind into an ”X” pattern. That is the reason the 8’s are so powerful. Take the ends off an infinity symbol or sideways “8” and at the core of that is an “X”. From there we reach out into the world for participation. CC is great for any full body movement. Walking, running, sports etc. It is also needed to be fully grounded. So, communication (laterality) governs eyes, ears, thinking etc. Organization (Centering) is all about the midbrain, limbic and use of our hands. We have to have our core as I mentioned earlier to be able to reach out for what we want in life. Comprehension (focus) is from the back brain where all our survival reflexes are. (all from OBO). Full integration comes when all dimensions are integrated for whole brain functioning.

Brain Gym is MUCH deeper than most understand. So, one would use each for different reasons. Trust this answers you question. Yes/no? No quick answers in BG. 😊