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Clenching and Softening

I learned something while teaching ‪#‎yoga‬ this morning. I clench. I do. I clench my abs, my butt, my shoulders. I do it unconsciously which is worse. It's probably why my neck hurts a lot. Duh. There is a time for bracing and a time to be soft and let go. For example, in crow pose we need to use the core, engaging the muscles to protect the lower back. But in savasana, the final resting pose, it's time to release and just let go. During the holidays and during busier times of stress, it's easy to clench, walking around with tight butts, necks and shoulders. But it's not necessary. It's not good for us either. Clenching can activate the sympathetic nervous system - the fight or flight response. The body braces for action, increasing heart rate, breathing comes faster, adrenaline is released into the system, digestion is inhibited. So today in class we practiced appropriate clenching or firming of the muscles. And appropriate softening. That's what I love about…

Yin for the Holidays

This week on the Happy Healthy You podcast we are invited to slow down and take time for ourselves with an awesome yin yoga practice. Here's how the shapes will look. Namaste and Peace on Earth.

Five Tips for Staying Happy and Healthy this Holiday Season

1. The frenzy of the holidays falls during the time of year that we are naturally supposed to be going inward for introspection, rest, reflection and preparation. We allow ourselves to be pulled in different directions during this darkest time, perhaps as a way of distracting us from the impending darkness. If we embrace the darkness and let it inform us, this season can be a time of supreme creativity and birthing the new. Go within each day to meditate, pray, journal or simply find stillness. Allow this time to be sacred for you. Keep the inner lamp lit. With practice, outer distractions will fade. This is the key to peace. Here's some inspiration in the podcast about tapping into our gentle centers every day.


2. Eat mindfully. Consciously choosing our food, preparing it with love and expressing gratitude before we eat are all good ways to practice mindfulness around eating. With so many temptations and distractions during the holiday season, a mindful routine is more important t…

Practicing Gratitude

If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough.Meister Eckhart
Expressing thanks may be one of the simplest ways to feel better, happier and even healthier.
The Thanksgiving holiday began, as the name implies, when the colonists gave thanks for their survival and for a good harvest. I can only imagine what it was like to have lived through those early days in our country with much loss of life, sickness, hunger and fear. Those colonists didn’t have the research we have today that spouted the many benefits of expressing gratitude, but they did have faith. Their belief in a higher power reminded them that gratitude was an imperative, not an option and so Thanksgiving was born.
There are only two contemporary accounts of the 1621 Thanksgiving: This is Edward Winslow's account, which he wrote in a letter dated December 12, 1621. The complete letter was first published in 1622. 
Our corn [i.e. wheat] did prove well, and God be praised, we had a good increase …

Conscious Gift Giving

Nest is a great place for conscious gift giving. The Happy Healthy You! podcast where we give some great tips for conscious gift giving is here.

Malas, Meditation and Conscious Gift Giving

I  love the jewelry at Silver and Sage! Every piece is a conscious creation. I chose my own mala and it is so beautiful. Check out their jewelry at www.silverandsagejewelry.com. The podcast was recorded right there in the store and Logan and I give lots of ideas for conscious giving this holiday season.




Connected and Conscious Gift Giving

"There is an Infinite Law of the Spirit, or Law of Life, which tends to multiply our gifts, because in so doing it multiplies its own experience, its own pleasure, its own fruition.”                            - Ernest Holmes
As we move into the holiday season, we start to bring our attention to gift giving. For me, that involves a measure of anxiety, pressure and resistance. The anxiety comes from the deadline that is Christmas for having it all done – the decorating, the cooking, the cards, and yes, the gift buying and wrapping. The pressure is self-imposed for sure. It is the pressure to get just the right thing for each person. The resistance is there because in my heart I know that this yearly celebration is not about the material gift giving but rather a celebration of love and light during this otherwise dark and cold period of time.
And so every year I intend to give more consciously, more mindful of the person and their unique needs and personality. I want each gift to be f…

Vision Boards are Powerful Ways to Bring in the New

When we create a vision board we are connecting with the unconscious desires that reside beneath the conscious mind. We put these images on paper and miracles happen. Things materialize like magic. Only it's not magic. It's the power of holding a vision for ourselves and keeping it there in the forefront of our minds. Try it. Grab some old magazines, some scissors, and glue and join Julie Reisler and me as we make vision boards. Please let me know how things go!!! XO 
PS Enjoy our podcast here.

Soup and Vision Boards

A few weeks back Empowerment Expert and Coach Julie Reisler and I got together to make soup and vision boards. I was so inspired by both activities I decided we should dedicate a whole week to our favorite soups and creating ‪#‎visionboards‬. So here's the soup challenge: Gather your healthiest ingredients together and come up with your own ‪#‎soup‬ recipe and then share it on our Happy Healthy You Facebook page (photo and recipe). Make it up as you go along like Julie and I did in our video (https://youtu.be/NgAreccg2jI). We will have to come up with a prize for our collective favorite. Here's mine. I just made it yesterday:


(I used the ingredients from my Hometown Harvest weekly delivery - love them!)
1 head broccoli coarsly chopped
1/2 head cabbage coarsly chopped
1 head tuscan kale coarsly chopped
1 onion
1 carton low sodium organic vegetable broth
spices: salt, pepper, turmeric, red peppers, parsley
2 T olive oil Directions: Saute onions in olive oil in large soup pot unt…