Sharing a meal is a perfect excuse to indulge in the moment with satisfying flavors, laughs, & enlightening conversation.
DeROSE Method Schools teach about food in this laid back atmosphere because it’s a more natural way to share, study, ask questions, learn and grow.
This Friday we’ll be preparing stuffed aubergine with penne in a marinara sauce. From this moment on I will substitute the name aubergine with eggplant. The name aubergine just seems sophisticated, but the recipe will revert to eggplant to avoid confusion among fellow USA readers.
Serves 4 hungry people:
- 2 large eggplants (or 4 small)
- 2 potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons
- 5 small portobello mushrooms, chopped
- 14.5 ounces canned diced fire roasted tomatoes, or crushed fresh tomatoes
- 6 kalamata olives, sliced
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, low moisture
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh, chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, 260 degrees Celsius. Slice eggplant in half, lengthwise and scoop out the pulp leaving 1/4 inch border all around. Set the pulp aside in a bowl to use in the sauce.
Brush inside and outside with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Place on a baking tray lined with foil. Bake in the oven for 6-7 minutes. Set the oven to the broil setting. Broil the eggplant on the middle rack for about 6 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, 204 degrees Celsius. Place the potato slices in a 9 by 13 inch baking tray. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over them and season with salt, pepper, and oregano on both sides. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Leave the oven on at 400 degrees.
To make the sauce, combine the onions, garlic, and olive oil in a saucepan and cook over medium heat about 15 minutes or until soft and golden. Stir often and reduce the heat if the onions and garlic begin to brown too fast. Smash the garlic with a wooden cooking spoon.
Add the chopped mushrooms to the pot and cook over high heat about 2-3 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Add the eggplant pulp and cook for 3-4 minutes, mixing so that it does not burn. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Mix in the diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, and 1.4 cup water. Cook 20-25 minutes on medium heat and mixing often. Add some more water if necessary. The sauce is ready when the eggplant is soft and breaks down to create a thick, rich sauce. If after 25 minutes there is too much liquid in the pot, increase the heat to high and cook while stirring until it thickens. Stir in the sliced olives with the parsley. Taste seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed.
Place the eggplants over the baked potato slices. Add mozzarella cheese and place inside each eggplant. Distribute the sauce evenly into each eggplant and top with the remaining crumbled mozzarella cheese. Bake in the center rack for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and top with the parmesan cheese. Return to oven and bake 15 more minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
Serve with the pasta of your choice. Toss the penne pasta with the remaining 1 cup of marinara sauce.
Before the twentieth-century people imagined the nutrition of the future would be dominated by meal substitution pills to increase efficiency, leaving people with more time to focus on seemingly more productive aspects of work and life. The fallacy of this prediction ignores the fact that people are not merely digestive tubes. When it comes to anything in life it's important to start by asking yourself this question: what's the purpose?
So, what's the purpose of eating? To meet nutrient demands? Satisfy taste buds? Quench hunger? Knowing your purpose is essential because it's the main factor driving your decision-making.
A person can eat to satisfy hunger, for pleasure or for nourishment. If you only eat to satisfy your hunger you'll consume anything, the cheaper and more filling the better. If you eat purely for pleasure you'll choose whatever stimulates the taste buds the most, overconsuming salt, sugar, and fat. And if you solely consume foods for their nutritive qualities you'll tend to be a restrictive, perhaps even a boring and overbearing person who doesn't particularly enjoy food.
For us, food is more than nutritional substance. The act of eating is a complex multi-dimensional experience that should nourish the physical, emotional, mental, and more subtle aspects of our humanity. When we nourish all aspects of ourselves through food, a nutritional system becomes intelligent and can even be a source of self-knowledge. By paying attention to our eating habits we gain the perspective necessary to learn what foods enrichen our experience and extend our life expectancy. A true high-performance nutritional system should strive to satisfy hunger, experience pleasure, and nourish the body with nutrients.
Imagine simultaneously satisfying hunger, experiencing pleasure and nourishing the body. Without a doubt, this (re)evolutionary approach will enrichen your life physiologically, emotionally, mentally and intuitively! Don't let this wisdom slip through your fingers, go out with friends and family (which is a big part of the pleasure factor) and see if you can get all three in a single meal. Then write to tell me how you did.
These three principles explain the fundamental concept of our high-performance nutritional system. Next week we'll take a look at the five criteria for selecting food, and I promise it will be mind-blowing. Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss it!
This week's recipe is perfect for winter but I love it year-round.
(Image credit: Karen Biton-Cohen)
Conscious food choices are what we love!
The choice of food, the preparation of the dishes and the act of eating with family and friends are all part of this process. Spending time with each of these steps enriches the relationship you have with food and the people you share it with.
Over the next few Monday's we're going to celebrate Meatless Monday by addressing some of the misunderstandings some nutritionists, chefs, airline companies and all of our lovely aunts have concerning meatless nutrition.
In an effort to bring the light to these influential humans, we're going to share three meatless recipes we love at the bottom.
Misunderstanding #1: If you don't eat meat, what can you eat?
Plant-based, meatless, or vegetarian diets are extremely diverse. While they do exclude all types of meat (red, white, blue or rainbow colored) they include everything else under the sun. Here is where the great divide starts, is it a choice or a restriction and does it even matter. For me it's a simple, not a restriction. I don't think it is ideal for anyone repress themselves in order to make the best choice for themself. I choose the meatless nutrition because of all the amazing doors it opens to me and the doors it closes too. To me, it's little like asking someone, "... if you don't eat metal screws, what can you eat?" But I don't want to digress from the main topic, let's take a look at what meatless diets do include.
Vegetarianism can be divided into three main groups:
a) Ovo-lacto-vegetarianism, also known as vegetarianism, consists of eating absolutely everything found under the Sun, except meat of any kind;
b) Lacto-vegetarianism, which is just like the above dietary system, except it excludes eggs;
c) Veganism, also known as pure vegetarianism, does not consume meat, eggs, dairy or any product originating from the body of the animal, including honey, etc.
Obviously, different combinations and variations exist other than the above mentioned.
The DeROSE Method recommends a well balanced ovo-lacto-vegetarianism dietary system because we consider it the most adaptable to any situation and is extremely diverse nutritionally compared to the meatless dietary systems. It provides all necessary nutritional elements in the most enjoyable way without rigid planning and without sacrificing sociability.
Check out this interesting article about What Happens When You Stop Eating Meat from our friends at Collective Evolution.
Here are three easy recipes we promised for a fun summer Meatless Monday!
What is so special about breathing through the nose anyway? Thankfully it's not a debate with divided opinion like Global Warming, but before addressing the nasal vs. mouth breathing discussion, let's take a brief moment to get back to the basics of why breathing is such a big deal in the first place and how doing it optimally can significantly increase your performance and quality of life.
Spoiler alert: life essentially begins with our first breath and ends with our last. If you are breathing you are living, and if you are breathing well you are living well. The rhythm of our lives is determined by the rhythm of our respiratory system. Every emotional state corresponds to a respiratory rhythm. A deep and rhythmic cadence corresponds to satisfaction, safety and serenity. A shallow and inconsistent cadence corresponds to anxiety, anger, fear (fight or flight syndrome). Under no means am I claiming deep and rhythmic breathing will eliminate any and all circumstances where a person experiences anxiety, anger, fear, etc. That is completely different and much more difficult conversation we must have, at a later date. Getting back to breathing...
Humans depend on three main sources of vital energy. Can you name them? Most people only need a couple seconds to answer this question. They are: food, water, and air. The follow-up question is often a bit more complicated, can you name them in order of importance for optimal performance? The easiest way to establish comparative value for these sources of vital energy should consider how long we can live without each. I'm sure the answer is obvious by now, right? There are multiple documented cases of people surviving months without solid food and weeks without water. But when it comes to to the vital energy we get from air, even with extensive and intense training, humans can survive only a few minutes without air. I remember taking healthy cooking classes in High School but no adult ever mentioned anything to me about how to breathe until I began studying the DeROSE Method in 2005, at the age of 23. Think about that, I lived 23 years of wild adventures with an extremely loving and supportive family, was fortunate to have studied at excellent educational institutions in the USA, yet I had to cross the Americas and learn three new languages (Spanish, Portuguese and Sanskrit) before accessing this information. Somebody must be a cruel trick on me. I wish that were the case...
Among the laundry list of reasons to breathe exclusively through the nose include: it encourages you to breathe slower, as the air enters the nasal cavity it humidifies, filters, regulates the air temperature, and smells the air it reaches the lungs. This process keeps pollutants and other harmful substances away from internal organ tissue, optimizes oxygen intake (for example, and this blew my mind, in order to optimally absorb oxygen the lung blood cells need the moisture provided by humidity from the nasal cavity), stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, among many other positive bodily functions.
To my surprise, there is also increasing research showing how mouth breathing leads to sub-optimal changes in facial structure.
Despite all the overwhelming evidence supporting breathing through the nose while at rest, I occasionally get resistance Ifrom people who insist nose breathing is too difficult and sub-optimal during physical exercise, such as running, so I was thrilled to hear about the research by John Douillard and his colleagues showing nose breathing is also greatly beneficial for athletes during physical exercise. Below are six of the biggest takeaways from their research published in the International Journal of Neuroscience comparing mouth breathing to nasal breathing during aerobic exercise on a stationary bicycle:
1. BREATH RATE: Breath rates were consistently lower during nasal breathing exercise. For example, in their case study the maximum exertion of 200 watts of resistance on the stationary bike, the rate of breath for the nose breathing technique was a mere 14 breaths per minute compared to the whopping 48 breaths per minute while mouth breathing.
2. PERCEIVED EXERTION: In both studies, perceived exertion was significantly lower with the nose breathing technique. To measure this, they assigned a scale of 1-10 (10 being the most stressful) on the stationary bike at maximum exertion (200 watts). During mouth breathing, the perceived exertion topped the scale at a 10. During nose breathing? It was a comfortable 4.
3. NERVOUS SYSTEM: Parasympathetic nervous system activation increased significantly during nose breathing as compared to mouth breathing. To make this determination, they measured the respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), or the variability of the heart rate in relation to respiration. The more variable the heart rhythm, the more relaxed the individual or the more active the parasympathetic tone. At the same time, the tone of the sympathetic nervous system – the system responsible for the “fight or flight” mechanism – was lowered with nose breathing as compared to mouth breathing. This suggests that the individual may have experienced a “zone state,” as both nervous systems were functioning symbiotically to induce calm and focus during exercise. This is what athletes describe when they state, “my best race was my easiest race experience.”
4. BRAIN WAVES: Though studies typically suggest that the brain becomes more incoherent during periods of stress and exertion, our studies show the opposite: brain wave measurements showed higher coherence using the nose breathing technique. This suggests that the entire brain pattern was more relaxed while engaged in nose breathing exercise compared to mouth breathing.
5. ALPHA PATTERNS: Alpha brain wave patterns – the brain waves associated with deep relaxation and meditative consciousness – were significantly higher during nose breathing in both studies. In the first case study, the brain produced an unprecedented 15 second alpha wave burst. I signaled when I thought I was in the zone, which ended up correlating with when the brain went into the alpha burst. Until these studies, alpha brain wave activity had not been documented during exercise at all! The first person to run a mile under 4 minutes, Roger Bannister, wrote in his book The First Four Minutes, “The world seemed to stand still, or did not exist. The only reality was the next 200 yards of track under my feet."
6. ENDURANCE: Endurance was significantly higher in both studies using the nose breathing technique as compared to mouth breathing.
The following texts are extracted from books by dear friends and authors I deeply respect: the DeROSE Method founder himself, Professor DeRose, and veteran DeROSE Method teacher Rosângela de Castro.
When you learn to control the rhythm of your breathe with the following technique you'll be able to manage and refine emotions, which will undoubtedly have a positive influence in your relationships, professional performance and in your quality of life. However, the DeROSE Method breathing exercises go further, becoming conscious of the fact that the vital energy composing our body is the same of the universe, showing us another dimension of ourselves and this great phenomena of life.
Breathing is the only unconscious vital act that we can access and immediately control. Through breathing we can dive into the depths of our unconscious and progressively make it conscious. Thus we open the inner book and read the most intimate records. As a result of this self-knowledge we hold the reins of transformation, guiding our evolution.
You can do these exercises in any comfortable position, preferably sitting. The breathing exercise should be pleasant, done without effort. The slightest sign of discomfort indicates exaggeration or excessive forcing in some of the phases of breathing. Be responsible and always attentive to the signs your body sends you.
Before beginning the breathing exercise, keep in mind that the practices that involve advanced rhythms or very long retentions, whether with the lungs full or empty, should be carried out exclusively under the supervision of a competent instructor, trained and supervised by a serious institution. They should not be taken as therapy, aiming at healing some problem, physical or of any other type.
The breath should have the following qualities:
- deep (diaphragmatic breathing);
- complete (utilizing full lung capacity -- lower middle and upper sections),
- conscious (be present),
- rhythmic (steady like the waves of the ocean),
- controlled (you control when you inhale/exhale and the pace),
- uniform (steady from start to finish of inhale/exhale),
- slow (yes, just slow down, for starters, try four seconds to inhale/exhale is a good start),
- silent (only you should hear the sounds of your breath), and
- nasal (inhale/exhale through the nose).
1. Start inhaling, first bringing the air to the lower section of the lungs, expanding the abdomen outward, then to the middle section, expanding the rib cage laterally, and lastly breathing into the upper section of the lungs, expanding the chest;
2. and then exhale, releasing the air first from the upper section of the lungs, then the middle section, and lastly the lower section, contracting the abdomen inward. This is the complete breath. Memorize this rule: when air enters, the abdomen expands outward; when air exits, the abdomen pulls in. Again: air in, abdomen out; air out, abdomen in.
I suggest trying for five minutes initially. Then, let us know how it goes and stay in touch by subscribing to our mailing list.
The ÔM pendant can be used simply as an accessory but its real power resides in its use for meditation. Using it for meditation is extremely simple and explaining the process doesn't warrant more than a small paragraph, so if that's all you want to know you can jump to the bottom of this article. On the other hand, if you are like me and enjoy learning the deeper story behind everything, then join me along this journey to the roots my dear friend.
The ancient ÔM symbol displayed on our pendant represents the sound of the universe and is considered the matrix of all sounds. It's the ancient Indian equivalent of the "big bang" concept. As with many of the philosophical contributions made by these wise ancient Indian philosophers, in a few years Western science will probably discover that the Big Bang was actually more like a "Big ÔM". The scripture in this symbol has yet to be identified definitively, but it is evidently pre-Sanskrit (see the marking differences between the rectilinear character style of Sanskrit and the curvilinear character style of the ÔM symbol) and pre-Hinduism (after all, Hinduism derived from the encounter between the Aryan and Dravidian cultures roughly 3,000 years ago), and deriving from highly educated and sophisticated ancient cultures that have since been mostly erased from the collective historical memory. At this point, it may be impossible to make a definitive link, but most of the evidence shows it is likely of Dravidian origin, or perhaps older.
The Dravidian civilization populated much of modern-day India & Pakistan 5000+ years ago. The Indus Valley Civilization is a well-known example of a commercially successful, culturally sophisticated and scientifically advanced Dravidian society. Much of what you'll learn about the ÔM in books, online or with teachers has suffered the influence of mystical misinterpretation and religious appropriation that occurred during the decline of the Dravidian civilization.
Before explaining how to use the ÔM, let's look at a couple more common misunderstandings I didn't mention in the earlier post about the story of our pendant. It's interesting to consider that the mistakes I commonly see in New York and online are most likely made unknowingly. Let's take a gander at the circumflex accent we use when writing in Latin characters. Understanding the purpose of the accent will help you avoid two major gaffes.
So what's the deal with the accent on the "O" that looks like a little hat? Our use of the circumflex accent “Ô” (yes, I really did call it a "little hat") represents a diphthong of “AU”, which is the blending of two different vowels. The difference between ÔM and AUM is simply one of transliteration. It's ideal to avoid writing AUM because anyone who learns from books or a poorly informed teacher is more prone to errors in pronunciation and completely changing its effects.
On the other hand, if ÔM were to be written OM (as, in fact, it usually is), without the circumflex accent, it would be a poor transliteration from Sanskrit to Latin characters because OM could not be accurately returned (re-transliterated) to Sanskrit characters. The quality of a transliteration can be determined by the ability of a layman to return to the original alphabet without modifications.
While there is a way of writing ÔM in the dêvanágarí alphabet, i.e. the rectilinear form, the curvilinear form that is adopted in Yôga and in other philosophies is much more ancient and probably has its origins in pre-Aryan cultures.
When the ÔM symbol is written, it is referred to as Ômkára, and when pronounced it is referred to as Pránava. All schools of Yôga (Yôga is any strictly practical methodology that leads to samádhi) adopt the Ômkára, which is the drawing of the syllable ÔM. There is an ideal form of writing it and an infinity of stylizations based on the calligraphy of each school’s founder. Therefore, the symbol is the same, but not identical, since each school adopts a specific design that establishes a connection in the collective unconscious with the force of the lineage's Ancestors.
There are several correct and powerful ways of pronouncing the pránava. Seven forms of pránava are taught in our school, each with a unique effect (limited copies remaining of our CD containing all seven).
When using our ÔM pendant you establish a connection with ancient current of force, power and energy that is one of the largest, oldest and most powerful on earth. Many people associate the use of a ÔM pendant with protection, and while we do recognize a certain class of effects in this order, we don't think it should be the justification for using the ÔM pendant. It should be used in a casual and genuine way, as the average person does when wearing the symbol or logo of their favorite club, team or university; use the ÔM pendant if you identify with what it means and the lineage it represents, not for superstitious reasons or for its benefits.
We adopt a design of the yantra ÔM reproduced photographically from an ancient text found in Rishikesh, India, in the Himalayas. The meticulous detail of the yantra ÔM should not be changed in any way.
Utilize the illustration below to practice concentration and the first level of meditation (yantra dhyána). Look at the symbol for as long as necessary until you can preserve the image in your mind with the eyes closed.
GET YOUR ÔM PENDANT
Text extracted from the book Treatise of Yôga by DeRose and translated by John Conway Chisenhall.
Once I dreamed my Mentor offered me an object loaded with the power of the Ancient Teachers, it materialized amid a swirl of golden light in his palm, right before my eyes. When the luminous fog dispersed I could see it was an extremely beautiful medallion with the appearance of an antiquity aged by time, carrying a magnificence and dignity so evident that it leaped to the eye. In the center, I recognized the ÔM, the universal symbol of Yôga in Sanskrit, written in the Devanagari alphabet.
It was just a dream, without any pretension of being a precognition. But, it was a clear and strong dream that I remembered vividly for a long time.
The years passed by and I traveled to India often for twenty years. During one of my trips to the Himalayas, I attended a very prestigious monastery, where I participated in diverse modalities of Yôga. There was a library with some very old, rare and precious works. I was rummaging through one of the books when I found an ÔM with a design that fascinated me. It was aesthetically superior to those that typically appear in most of the Yôga books. It had an impressive harmony and equilibrium. I let myself travel within its lineage of power and entered into deep meditation as I contemplated it.
After the experience, I was enraptured by this incredibly strong symbol. I couldn’t resist a photograph. When I arrived in Brazil, I sent the ÔM to be photolithographed and expanded. The result was surprisingly good. The small irregularities of the ancient form were well pronounced on the rustic paper. The outline of the Ômkára acquired an even more ancient and weathered appearance.
It was so beautiful that my students and the other instructors, everyone, wanted a copy. Some of the students began to make gold medallions trying to mimic this noble ÔM but evidently the goldsmiths had difficulty recreating it because frequently they made serious errors in the layout or in the proportions. These imperfections were imperceptible to the layman, nevertheless, significant enough to be capable of changing its characteristics.
It's common to find errors when someone who hasn't been initiated attempts to make an ÔM pendant. For example:
a) usually, the jewelers that recreate the ÔM don't understand anything about the symbol they are trying to reproduce and end up committing serious blunders, often creating designs with poor taste, thus losing the original character and nullifying its positive effects.
b) otherwise, because gold is an expensive metal, the jewelers would make inadmissible cost-saving measures. When worn, it is common for the pendant to turn around, showing the inverted image of the ÔM, giving an observer the antithesis perspective of the yantra ÔM! Since the power of symbols is transmitted by the codified archetypes of the unconscious in deep areas of the human mind, this flipped perspective of the ÔM generated the opposite of the expected effect. I don't know if it is mere coincidence, but most of the people who used this ÔM, that flipped around and stayed inverted, ended up showing signs of dissonance.
The ÔM should not be cut-out or hollowed-out, because if so it will frequently flip around reversing the ÔM, i.e., representing its’ antithesis in terms of symbolism, hence generating opposing effects;
This is why I decided it was more prudent to assume the responsibility of having the pendants coined with the powerful ÔM that I brought back from the Himalayas, just as I had dreamed about years earlier and made with the same metal alloys that are often used in Indian handicrafts, brass (copper and zinc), sterling silver and gold. So, I had a pendant coined in its ancient format, with the ÔM on one side surrounded by Sanskrit inscriptions and the ashtánga yantra, the symbol of SwáSthya Yôga, on the other side.
When the first pendant was made it moved everyone with its exceptional beauty, harmony, sensibility and strength. It was a work of art. Never before had I seen a pendant with such a beautiful ÔM anywhere in the world, not even in India.
Even in India, people asked us where we got such an authentic remarkably stamped pendant. Thanks to this medallion, DeROSE Method practitioners and friends are always finding each other, expanding their network of friendships around the world in airports, trains, buses, theaters, etc.
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Find out how to reach optimal performance and excel in business and in life
Achieving optimal performance at work and in life involves taking your mental and physical abilities to their highest levels so that you can realize – and reach – your greatest potential.
A unique discipline called the DeRose Method is catching the attention of entrepreneurs and ambitious business people across the world by promoting a quality lifestyle that’s strengthened through well-being, culture, mindfulness, self awareness and kindness.
Originating from Brazil and this method involves physical and mental exercises and techniques. To date the lifestyles of many have been transformed through taking their lives to the next level and bringing optimal performance within their grasp.
By regularly attending classes at either of the two DeRose Method schools in Manhattan, New Yorkers can also now achieve excellence in fitness, health and business.
Already, entrepreneurs in New York’s thriving startup community are reaping its benefits and sensing perfection in their professional and personal lives to last a lifetime.
As DeRose Method practitioners they’re also striving to make the world a better place to exist in.
"We’re not trying to create something new, we’re trying to take what genuinely works in order to help others perform at their absolute best."
Here, DeRose Method instructor John Chisenhall tells Nativa World how he’s helping New York’s business community navigate the road to optimal performance…
John what does the word, ‘Enrich’ mean to you?
It represents the effort to make prosperity a lifestyle. It’s to recognize value and opportunity in everything, whether it’s in plain sight or latent. Then, what matters most, is acting on that opportunity. It’s a pro-active lifestyle in which I try to add value, or inspire value to manifest in everything and everyone I cross paths with. For example, when I was younger the sustainability concept of ‘leaving no trace behind’ really inspired me, but later on, with my DeRose Method studies, I learned that I should take it a step further and leave the space better off than when I arrived. I try to apply this concept to every moment and interaction in my work and outside of it.
There’s great power in knowing that everything happening in my life is the result of my own thoughts, words, and actions
How do you define ‘quality of life’?
Quality of life is to make your existence uncomplicated, to do what gives you pleasure, happiness, health and well-being. Quality of life is to adopt habits and behaviors that promote optimal functionality of the body, emotions and mind. Quality of life is to interact in a mindful and responsible manner towards all people, animals and nature, aspiring to think, speak and act with generosity, respect and affection.
What’s the secret to it?
On a more personal level, and beyond that, the secret to quality of life is to prioritize the alignment of my work and my relationships with my ideals, values and life mission. I’m willing to go through a rough patch, or many, as long as my intuitive sensory gland confirms that I’m on the right path. I haven’t always made the right choices, but I’ve acquired the asset of new perceptions and experience from every single mistake, and that has paid higher returns over my lifetime. There’s great power in knowing that everything happening in my life is the result of my own thoughts, words, and actions. If I’m not satisfied, I systematically evaluate and audit my thoughts, words, and actions.
What’s your background?
After graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in Economics, I decided to dedicate a year to traveling Latin America and to learning Spanish before I made any concrete steps towards saving the world with my economics wisdom. So, I jumped on a Greyhound bus in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas and began my journey to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Not long after I arrived I walked into a DeRose Method school. It didn’t take long to realize that the DeRose Method offered an unmatched set of tools and resources for self-development.
Our network is focused on supporting the long-term success of the individual entrepreneur.
What was its appeal?
It was everything I had expected economics to be, with regards to being a model for making the world a better place to exist in. I appreciated how no one made any promises of benefits. The benefits I walked in expecting to hear about were merely bread crumbs, side-effects of a high-performance lifestyle. The DeRose Method provided more than solutions, it offered a sustainable and long-term support structure for personal development and the enhancement of performance on a personal and professional level.
Why did you become a DeRose Method instructor?
I value how our network is focused on supporting the long-term success of the individual entrepreneur. Two unique factors of our network are our exceptional lifetime mentoring system and our global entrepreneurial community that acts more like a family than a business. I was raised in an entrepreneurial family environment; my father is the founder of Vintage Air Inc., the inventors of performance air conditioning for everything from trucks to modern supercars. I’ve seen many businesses of family members and friends fail and most of them could have been saved with the advice of an experienced and trusted mentor combined with an experienced and supportive business community. I’ve seen great ideas and even great brands go under for the most bizarre and avoidable reasons. I fully understand the importance of mentorship, and working with the right team of people and being a part of a business industry community, therefore, I immediately understood and appreciated the foundation Professor DeRose designed for our DeRose Method entrepreneurs.
We came to this solution ahead of the curve because we’re imperfect humans doing our best to practice what we teach
How does the method differ from other coaching concepts?
The DeRose Method is unique because it is extremely comprehensive, technical and pragmatic. As pioneers in the field since 1960, we offer an incredibly complete set of tools and unparalleled professional experience. Our method not only has a highly impactful theory, but we also have the most comprehensive and proven practical tools. Alone, both resources are powerful enough to create a successful methodology. Together, these resources produce a synergy that’s powerful enough to create something exceptional.
We were the first and continue to be the only method that successfully combines high-performance concepts and practices. We came to this solution ahead of the curve because we are imperfect humans doing our best to practice what we teach. We are not trying to create something new, we are trying to take what genuinely works in order to help others perform at their absolute best.
You may get a great job because you’re talented, but you keep your job (or get promoted) because of your soft skills
What are the body and mind benefits?
The DeRose Method is a proposal emphasizing quality of life, good habits and attitudes, good relationships, good nutrition, good physical fitness & health, and good culture. Our performance, quality of life, happiness and self-realization are impacted by so much more than can be captured by the concept of body and mind. In fact, our school teaches that we have several dimensions of different natures, substances and levels of subtlety, of which the most important are: physical, emotional, mental and intuitional. This pedagogic explanation describing the different dimensions of Man is interesting to the intellectually inclined but it’s not nearly as important as simply improving your behaviors, habits, attitudes, and interactions with the world you exist in.
Our techniques have a positive impact on the individual’s overall health and well-being, and although that is great, the fact remains that these results only impact the individual. On the other hand, by adopting good behaviors, habits, and attitudes that boost performance and quality of life, you become an instrument for good in all of your social circles, including your professional life and beyond. Doors of opportunity begin to open to you when your example creates shock waves that positively impact all degrees of your social circles. The benefits of this are immeasurable and often go unnoticed but make no mistake, they are as real as anything else in this world. You may get a great job because you’re talented, but you keep your job (or get promoted) because of your soft skills.
Who would best benefit from attending a DeRose class?
Our demographic varies, but they all have these things in common – they are ‘positively’ unsatisfied, in that they are overall happy, but realize that they can take their life to the next level with the right knowledge and tools. They’re also individuals who enjoy the small things in life as much as anything else. They give their best to everything they do because they want the best in life. They’re pro-active, thoughtful, kind, ambitious, and not afraid to face the challenges of a chaotic city, such as, New York. They’re people who don’t expect the world to be perfect for them yet strive for perfection as an ideal, not a destination.
Initially, I recommend no less than three small group or private activities per week. Think about how much time you would need to dedicate to learning another language or piano? If it’s worth doing at all, it’s worth doing well. After the first conversational lesson and practical class, you’ll begin to practice 24 hours a day. We consider the school to be a laboratory. What you learn with us is for the real world, otherwise you wasted your time and mine.
Nothing’s more frustrating than to see someone held back because they can’t commit to themselves, their ideals and objectives, but they can fully commit to working tirelessly for someone else’s, to the detriment of their physical and mental health.
To be on top of your game you need to tap into your best
What are the different types of classes?
Our schools offer a diverse collection of activities and classes geared towards developing the key pillars of human performance. These activities are available in both individual and group settings, on-site or online. The activities vary from conversational lessons about meditation, stress management or emotional competence, and practical classes that help in developing optimal utilization of the respiratory system, strength, flexibility, rejuvenation and recovery, visualization of archetypes and objectives, focus and meditation.
What are your lifestyle tips for businesswomen who travel often?
Create an adaptable routine that you can take anywhere. This is important because to be on top of your game you need to tap into your best. We create compact routines for our members that can take as little as 8 minutes.
For example, the archetype mentalization is a great technique for an entrepreneur who travels often. For this technique, first, abstract yourself from your immediate surroundings and begin to imagine, like a detailed movie scene, the key moment when you are getting the result that you desire. The more detail the better, awakening as many senses as possible, visualize the ideal body language, experience the ideal attitude and emotional state, recreating the flawless scenario for success, the archetype.
When it comes to entrepreneurs and startups, the attitude you must have is determination
What are your lifestyle tips for someone launching a startup?
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking it’s in the best interest of your business to neglect your family life, your friends, your intimate partnership, your community, for the sake of giving 110% to your startup.
Most people who do that end up failing anyway, leaving yourself impoverished socially, emotionally and financially. Money comes and goes. If your startup fails, at least you’ll be socially and emotionally rich. If you’re a pleasant, easy going and considerate person, your friends and family will want to help if you are in a tough spot, inviting you over for dinner and a movie, or perhaps even letting you stay in their extra bedroom while you get back on your feet.
Lastly, it’s not about what happens to you, it’s about how you respond. When it comes to entrepreneurs and startups, the attitude you must have is determination. Don’t you ever give up. It’s not a problem if you fail at something. Every failure results in an acquired attribute. The problem is when you give up. The primary difference between success and failure is not talent or quality of the company’s service or product, it’s that the people who failed gave up first. I always reflect and consult other experts for advice when I struggle to reach my goals. If I fail at something I evaluate and adjust, if I fail more than about 50 times then I redirect my energy to a different project or plan of action, but I never give up on anything I believe in.
This week we were invited to the WeWork 11 Park Place location to discuss how breathing better enhances quality of life and optimizes performance of the body, emotions and brain.
Studies by Jack Feldman, professor of neurology at UCLA, and later by Mark Krasnow and Kevin Yackle are a few of many showing that breathing affects the mind and emotional states. They found a neural circuit correlating accelerated breathe to hyper-arousal, and vice-versa.
When our breath accelerates, our body's internal rhythm speeds up, making us more alert and reactive. This is an expected automatic & physiological response that prepares us to withstand a challenge perceived to demand more energy than what is readily available, compared to a more secure and undisturbed situation. An acceleration or deceleration is neither inherently good or bad. The most important lesson to take from this is to understand how to activate these states at your convenience. It's all about harnessing these responses to get the results you consider ideal.
The DeROSE Method teaches a collection of more than 50 respiratory techniques that produce a powerful impact on mind’s ability to function better, in addition to an increase in energy levels of the practitioner.
Breathing more intelligently and strategically in your daily life will positively affect your brain, emotional and physical activity. With an increased emotional intelligence, a better focus and more mental resilience you will perform better at work, realizing your potential.
What does it mean to breathe intelligently and strategically?
It starts by breathing exclusively through the nose in order to properly filter, moisten the air and optimize the temperature of the air before it reaches the lungs.
Second, is the importance of using optimal lung capacity. For this, you need to utilize the lower, middle and upper sections of the lungs. The lower section of the lungs is responsible for more than 50% of our lung capacity alone, yet any people neglect deep breathing, leading to a decline in lung function which has been linked to high blood pressure, anxiety, shortness of breathe and even heart disease. We often start people off training with abdominal deep breathing to re-educate their respiratory system to utilize the lower section of the lungs.
When we don't utilize the three sections of the lungs, primarily the lower section, we capture less oxygen, thus our body and cells also receive less oxygen, forcing our heart to work harder to pump oxygen throughout the body. The heart working overtime long-term can lead to heart failure. Earlier symptoms of reduced lung capacity include shortness of breath, decreased stamina, reduced endurance and frequent respiratory infections.
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