Mar 282013

Spring FlowersYesterday was  a gorgeous day– I know the warm wonderful weather is coming! It’s so nice to get outside and feel the change in the air after a long winter…

Another way to shake off the winter blues is to do a little yoga practice everyday… even if it’s just in the bathroom after you brush your teeth– a few stretches and breathing a long inhale and exhale a few times.

And, if you are ready to make changes to your diet that are pro-active- amping up your immune system and actively working to ward off cancer…  is Eat more LEAFY GREENS-
There is a great book called Green for Life and it tells of all the great benefits to eating more (like a whole head or bunch a day) leafy greens.
And the easiest way to do this is to make a green smoothie each day (it’s a great morning to afternoon drink to sip on)
The greens bring the SUNSHINE straight to your organs and blood and make you healthy from the inside out.

My favorite green smoothie recipe:
A whole bunch of baby spinach
a handful or less of baby arugula
1 cup mango juice (I get the Bolthouse farms– but you could also put in frozen mango)
1-2 bananas (you can also freeze old bananas and stick these in whenever you make a smoothie)
1 cup water

Sometimes I add an apple or a kiwi or I change up the greens…. I like romaine or the mixed greens (that come pre-packaged).
I’ve tried Dandelion and also beet leaves and mustard greens and parsley too– but that’s getting wild, so start off slowly and make sure you like it so that you want it
everyday or every other day at least!

That’s all for now!
Peace and Namaste!
:) Kelly

Mar 222013

YogaYou know how you feel about going to the gym…? Just get in and get out and get that work out done!

Or how you feel about cleaning your house…? Its got to get done, its just GOT to get done!

Sometimes we take this kind of approach to our YOGA practice.  You might fly through the door, 5 minutes late, make everyone move their mats, then the throw the mat down and join the class halfway through a twist that you are only going to get on one side… but hey, I made it!  oh… and did I remember to turn off my cell phone…?

(If you don’t already) Think of Yoga Class as a sacred time that you have given yourself.  I mean, you are connecting with your SOUL here, your SPIRIT, your SELF! This is SACRED STUFF!

HONOR it by making time for it, by showing up 15 minutes early to class and walking in slowly– enjoying the moment.  Stopping to smell the roses on the way in, or look at pictures on the walls, absorbing your surroundings.

START practicing yoga the minute you get in the car to drive to class.  Put on some uplifting music, or just let your breath fill the sound in the air.  Start to focus your mind on the gift that you are about to give yourself… 1 hour or more to just TURN OFF and TURN IN.

Give the GIFT of YOGA to yourself as a SPA TREATMENT.  Even if you are in a class and the person next to you is irritating you, or your mind is trying to coherce you to think about the list of 100 things you have to do… LET IT GO, and ENJOY the moment, as you would if you were getting a massage or facial, or any other spa treatment.

What a gift.
Make your practice sacred, and put it above almost all else.


Mar 052013

WaterSometimes when I think I’m having a terrible day because I’m tired and can’t seem to get out of the Funk, I remember to take a big glass of water and mindfully gulp it down.  Most of the time I realize I was thirsty… and my body thanks me with renewed energy– and that’s when I wonder why I don’t remember more often how important hydration is to the body.  It’s SO SIMPLE!  and can have a HUGE impact on how you feel!

When you are dehydrated, your blood volume begins to drop, your body may restrict blood flow to less “important” areas of the body and your respiratory rate starts to drop*.  These are not good things!  They can make you feel fatigues, foggy and overall terrible! Not to mention that the body get rid of waste by using water.

The last thing I’ll say about water is that we should take some time out to have immense gratitude for the fact that we have VERY easy access to clean drinking water.

Take some time out of your day, drink a tall glass of refreshing H2O and be thankful  and you nourish your body with this simple compound (the chemistry teacher is coming out…)

*I stole this from “Painful Yarns” by Lorimer Moseley– my favorite authority on Pain.

Mar 042013

I was recommended this book by my good friend Ted Weber who is a physical therapist.  I’ve been fighting SI pain as I try to heal a herniated disk for the past 2 years.  Learning the biological mechanics of pain is something I’ve always been interested in, but I understand it may not be as interesting to the masses…. this book will change your mind.

Lorimer Moseley is a physiotherapist and a neuroscientist.  He is also HILARIOUS.  This book is a medley of stories he has collected through his life and each story illustrates how the body perceives and uses pain to help keep the body safe– interesting enough, most of us just ignore or mask the pain and live for years fighting the havoc that the pain creates in our lives- both physically and emotionally.

Great read for EVERYONE– so interesting and humorous.  You will laugh out loud and at the same time go– hmmm, WOW that is SO interesting!

"Painful Yarns" by Lorimer Moseley

“Painful Yarns” by Lorimer Moseley

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