Spring Detox: De-Junk the Trunk

Just as a closet can collect clutter…our bodies hang on to baggage. They need a cleanse.

Join me in my yoga classes this month as we concentrate on breathing techniques, hip openers and twists to cleanse and rejuvenate.

The results are ENERGIZING!!

In getting rid of the junk we can make room for healthy practices.

Even the smallest change can bring about big results.

Photo: cambiodefractal

Like planting a tiny seed in fertile soil and nourished over time grows into a mature life sustaining plant, we too can plant seeds of nourishing practices that, when fertilized consistently, transform us into our healthiest self yet. Continue reading

Clear the Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Manifest Your Dreams…

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Four out of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga are directly related to meditation and the remaining four are supporting elements.

This isn’t by coincidence!

When our minds are constantly cluttered with monkey mind jargon it’s nearly impossible to create focused forward momentum. Instead we get stuck in the “doing” or “having things a certain way”, and “in a certain order” mentality. We can spin our wheels re-living the should’ves, would’ves, and could’ves that leave us feeling resentful, anxious or crazy! My advice… Continue reading

Aahhh Massage…

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You know you need it, but if you’re like me it keeps getting pushed to the end of your list.

I have just the remedy…I’m inviting you to my “Rock ‘n Roll Stretch & Renew Workshop“!

Massage, self massage (or roller therapy) is a very effective way to treat myofascial trigger points. These myofascial trigger points (muscle tissue that has taut bands or knots), can refer pain to other areas. For example, pain radiating from the hip down into the shin may be linked to a trigger point (tight knot) in the gluteal muscle. In addition to literally being a pain in the rear, trigger points may also limit range-of-motion, inhibit muscle strength, and cause early muscle fatigue. Continue reading

What’s Your Story?

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

Ms. Cat does her yoga poses -- and you can, too! Photo: ValleyGirl_TKA on flickr

As an instructor I often hear the following phrases (or something similar) from students with regards to attending a yoga class:

  • “I’m not flexible enough”,
  • “I can’t bend like that”,
  • “I’ll start yoga when I lose weight”,
  • “When I have time I’ll start coming”,
  • “After the _______ (fill-in-the-blank) event is over I’ll do it”,
  • “when life slows down”,
  • etc…

Sound familiar? Continue reading

2012 is Here!

2012 Is Here!

I love a new year…all fresh and pristine, a blank canvas with infinite possibilities. It’s dreamy pie in the sky stuff…No boundaries have yet been established or rules set in stone. It’s bendable, pliable, & flexible to mold and fit your desires. So, the question I ask myself is this…”what do I want in 2012”? An obvious answer is “More than I got in 2011”. But why, how and what really do I want? In pondering this question I find it helpful to look back at 2011 and celebrate the year.

Celebrate by writing down 50 – 100 of your greatest accomplishments (yes, it does take some time). Then revel in all your glory! Acknowledge these accomplishments and take a closer look at the underlying commitment that made them work. What fueled their success? If you know the what and why of your successes in 2011 then you can take that forward into 2012 and build on it. It is important to not get caught up in what did NOT happen in 2011 but to focus on what DID. Continue reading

Staying Mindful During the Hectic Holiday Season…

  1. Photo: LuluLemon Athletica on Flickr

    Take a Break – it doesn’t have to be big or long, just meaningful. Go to the movies with a friend, or snuggle up with your favorite video. Take a hot lavender bath with Epson’s salt or Sea salt.

  2. Connect – Treat yourself to an hour conversation with your spouse over lunch or schedule some one-on-one time with a family member.
  3. Finish a project – nothing feels better than letting go of unfinished business. Close a deal. Make a decision that you’ve been putting off or complete that project that has been on the back burner. Continue reading

Tips for Mindful Eating / Habits for Life

Breathe – A great way to center the mind and connect to the flow of energy. Allow yourself to let go of pressing, out-of-the-moment thought and tune-IN to the present with both mind and body. Make a connection to your body through the breath. Listen and feel the motion of each inhale and each exhale as you breathe. Did you know? It is the #1 way to detoxify the body!!

Photo: Joost Nelissen

Drink up – fluids are what the body is made up of (60-70% actually) so it make sense that if you don’t flush it your body will hold on to toxins. Flush it out (literally) by taking in ½ your weight in ounces of water each day. Add more if you are exercising heavily.

TIP: Drink fluids ½ hour or more before your meal. Then do not drink with your meal. Liquids can dilute digestive juices making your stomach work harder during digestion. Continue reading

What Can You Eliminate?

I just got my “Costco Connection” August 2011 Issue in the mail a few days ago. In browsing I came across a great article by Dr. Robert J. Leon that struck a chord with me and made me think of ways I can improve my health and wellness.

In the article he answers a common question posed by many of his patients and non-patients alike and that is: “What vitamins or pills would you recommend to improve my health?” Continue reading

Ayurveda – What’s That?

Info from Patricia Wickman…

Photo: Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof

Ayurveda (pronounced ah-yer-vey-duhhas been practiced in India for over 6,000 years and it is the mother of all modern holistic practices. It is distinct from Western medicine in its focus on prevention of disease. In addition, practicing Ayurveda will pluck out the root of illness rather than simply treating its symptoms.

So what does that mean anyway?
Well, have you ever felt super strong, vibrant, energized and fully awake after a meal or exercise or an activity that you loved? You probably put your body into a state of peak performance or balance by honoring your inner most desires: physically, mentally and emotionally. There is a science behind feeling well. Continue reading

Gratitude

I woke up Sunday morning with anticipation and excitement. I lay in bed wondering what was different about today than any other day. “It’s not my birthday, it’s not Christmas, I don’t even have exciting plans.” So what is different? Sometimes when I wake up all I want to do is go back to bed. I have a lack of enthusiasm for life…or at least for the day. But today…hum, today was different. As I contemplated the possibilities I placed my hands over my heart to hear what it had to say. The answer was profound and tangible…

Deep, humble gratitude. Continue reading