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IN THIS ISSUE
Cozy, warm, and comforting
Igniting, motivating, exciting -
The Fire Issue
Using the two extremes of fire for this upcoming Winter Issue Inspiration;
1) all things cozy, warm, and comforting
2) all things igniting, motivating, exciting
To me, there is nothing better than these two parallels, both creating such a space of contentment and happiness. Different forms, but contentment and happiness none the less.
So grab a tea, sit by the fire or grab a super luxe blanket and enjoy.
Warm and Cozy Winter Drinks
D.I.Y Warming Massage Oil
Ginger Spruce Bath Soak
Calming and Centering
Looking for love in all the wrong places?
A Daily Practice for Awakening Your Feminine Fire
FOOD & DRINK
Forgive to the Flames
Achieving Healthy Skin
Heat Therapy for the Cold Winter Season
Benefits of Ginger Essential Oil
Evoking the Fire Element to Transform your life
Ignite your fire and finding your passion
Apoterra Skin Care
Interview with Creator of Apoterra Skin Care
Benefits of Warm Bamboo Massage
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Heat Therapy to get through the Winter Essential oils for stings, sun and summer fun!
Deanna Juliet, Nutritional/Holistic Health Consultant and Organic Skin Care Formulator
A BioMat uses far infrared rays which penetrate deeply into the body and address imbalances at the cellular level. You can adjust the heat on the mat to your liking and then simply lay down on it. It feels as if you are being warmed up from the inside and is ideal on cold days. It can be used to help with a wide range of health issues, including relieving minor muscle pain, joint pain and stiffness, increasing blood circulation, reducing stress and more.
There are many benefits of using a sauna including detoxification, muscle and joint pain relief, increase of circulation, reduction of inflammation, lowering of blood pressure, weight loss and skin purification. "It causes you to sweat and can help release endorphins," says David Geirer, MD, a sports medicine specialist in Charleston, South Carolina. "And the heat also increases blood flow to the muscle and the periphery of the body, which helps sore muscles feel better temporarily." Physical therapist Patrick Walsh states that heat therapy is usually reserved for treating older injuries or chronic muscle or joint pain, like arthritis. (MacMillen).
Stretching in the sauna gets a deeper stretch and muscles will loosen up quicker. It can be like a mini hot yoga class.
During the winter months, many of us struggle to get through the days which have a limited amount of sunlight and cold weather. The cold weather has a strong effect on our bodies. It tightens muscles, causes more muscle pain, muscle spasms, muscle knots, joint pain and less circulation. “A cold breeze blowing across an already-energy-deficient muscle will throw it into shortening, and shortened muscles can be a primary and key cause of pain,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD director of The Annapolis Center for Effective Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Therapies. Also, changes in temperature or barometric pressure, a measure that refers to the weight of the surrounding air can trigger joint pain (Goodman).
Below are some of my favorite methods I use to get through the cold winter months.
The steam room can help with winter congestion, colds and sinus infections. Breathe in the steam with eucalyptus essential oil on a towel to help with any type of respiratory infection.
Hot Detox Bath
There are many types of detox baths that can be taken. My favorite in the winter time in order to relieve pain and muscle cramps is a hot Epsom salt bath. It is great for detoxification and also good for after a hard workout. Epsom salt helps to detoxify your body by making you sweat out toxins. Also, you will absorb some of the minerals and trace minerals found in the salt such as magnesium. Stay in bath for 25-35 minutes and make sure to have a water bottle next to you to stay hydrated since the salt pulls out water from your body. Submerge your whole body up to your chin to receive the most benefits. Take the bath before bed time since it makes you tired, but make sure to shower after bathing to get off any excess sweat and bacteria. This bath can be taken one to two times a week and more once your body adjusts (Morrison 138).
Essential Oil Diffuser
Essential Oil Diffusers provide an excellent method of calming and moisturizing to build a healthy, natural, warm, and pure living environment. Use eucalyptus essential oil to help with congestion, to control coughing, or to sooth a sore throat. This oil is perfect for boosting concentration and for keeping your energy level elevated. It is great for dark, cold or rainy winter days when extra stimulation is much needed.
Selective heating, also known as local hypothermia, of affected joints with hot packs can be very beneficial in treating chronic aching and dysfunctional joints and muscles. The best type of heating pads are clay heating pads which is heated up in the microwave. Stay away from electrical heating pads because they expose you to Electromagnetic Fields also known as EMF (Storl 193).
Cold fruit smoothies are refreshing on a hot summer day, but in the winter our bodies crave something warm. Consuming a hot drink will heat up your whole body. My favorite tea mix in the winter acts as a natural antibiotic. Whenever I feel like I am getting sick, my go-to tea remedy is a mix of raw manuka honey, black pepper, turmeric, coconut oil, ginger, lemon, apple cider vinegar, garlic, oregano. Also, warm water and lemon is easy to make with many health and detoxing benefits.
Goodman, |. By Brenda. "Weather and Arthritis Pain." Weather Pain | Weather Forecast and Pain. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2017.
MacMillan, Amanda. "Do Saunas Help or Hurt Sore Muscles?" Outside Online. Outside Magazine, 06 Oct. 2016. Web. 09 Jan. 2017.
Storl, Wolf-Dieter. Healing Lyme Disease Naturally: History, Analysis, and Treatments. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic, 2010. Print.
Jeffrey A. Morrison, M.D., 2011. Cleanse You Body, Clear Your Mind, New York, New York, The Penguin Group
Written by Jessica Screeton, Lightworker + Birth Doula
Does your home or office feel like it could use an energetic cleanse? Over time, energy builds up and stays stagnant in our homes, offices and well, everywhere! Even the happiest homes and spaces collect negative vibrations over time.
Smudging or sageing is an ancient spiritual tradition where dried sage is burned ceremoniously. It is said that the smoke from burning the sage cleanses energy. The smoke will usher out any negative and lower energies that no longer serve the highest good for you and whoever you are sharing the space with.
Some people feel they need a cleansing because they or their loved ones have felt uncomfortable with the energy in the space. Most people notice a huge change in the ‘air’ and overall feeling once a cleansing has taken place.
It is recommended to have a cleansing before or just after moving to a new home, after a big life or career change, dispute or illness. You can purchase sage at your local health food store, on-line, or at specialty book stores. After you sage your space, it is important to sage yourself to clear away any lower energies.
HOW TO SAGE YOUR SPACE:
dried sage bundle/smudge stick, or loose dried sage
candle and lighter or matches
1. Place all your supplies on a table or appropriate surface. Try to create a sense of ceremony when you sage, and only do so when you will not be interrupted during the process.
2. Light the candle and say a prayer or just focus your energy. Light the tip of your smudge stick with a candle light, then gently wave it in the air until the tip begins to smolder. If you are using loose dried sage, light the sage with a lighter once it's already placed in the firesafe container. (Prayer example: "All spirit and energy that does not serve the highest good of ______ (name whoever lives in the home), please leave and go towards the light. You are not welcome here.").
3. Hold the sage bundle over the firesafe container at all times in order to avoid any lit herbs falling around your space. If you have a feather, you can use that, or waving your hands to disperse the smoke works well, too. Remind yourself to stay connected to your breathing throughout your session.
4. Move clockwise around your space, starting at the front door, and gently wave the smoke into the air. Spend a bit more time smudging the room's corners, as they tend to accumulate stagnant energy. Be sure to also open the closet doors and cabinets and sage inside them. If you are drawn to stay in some areas for a longer time than others, go with it, as it is likely that there is more stagnant energy residing there.
5. When you have smudged all areas of your space, return to where you started and proceed to sage yourself, working from above your head down the chakra line to your feet. When finished, gently extinguish your sage and store it away safely in an airtight container until your next session.
HOW TO SAGE YOURSELF, OR SOMEONE ELSE:
Once your sage is lit and smoldering, direct the smoke waves to the overall energy field around your body, starting with the area above your head and continuing down to your feet. Do not forget to breathe deeply during the process.
The same steps apply when you smudge somebody else. It is usually best to sage yourself before, as well as after you sage a space.
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Looking for love in the wrong places?
A Daily Practice for Awakening Your Feminine Fire
Written by: Amanda Willett
I learned from a young age to put up a fence, to forget with self-abandonment and to deny myself of meaningful relationships. I became a crap magnet who attracted drama and chaos + partners with the same level of woundedness.
My journey from abandonment to healing came with many blessings wrapped in curses like; abuse, betrayal, heartbreak, sadness and loneliness. Like many, I’ve been burned.
Although I am no relationship expert, my wiser, older self now accepts full responsibility for my own happiness. I’ve learned the importance of feeding my own mental, emotional, physical and spiritual self- first, to recognize what I deserve. To know that ecstasy is my birthright and I am worthy of love.
Today my fulfillment comes from helping others learn how to love themselves first, so that they can share their love and experience the emotional intimacy and connection that we all crave and need.
Here’s the thing, it is completely impossible to be fully intimate with another human being if we lack a fundamental love and respect for ourselves.
Perhaps right now you’re denying parts of yourself that you don’t like. Maybe you’re hiding, sabotaging and numbing. If you’re feeling a loss of connection from your partner chances are you’re disconnected from your truth.
Our relationships mirror everything we feel about ourselves. When we are disconnected and unhappy this shows up as; comparison, blame, jumping to conclusions, assuming, over generalizing, labeling, judging, all or nothing thinking. Making feelings fact and holding others responsible for our wellbeing. You may think I feel unloved so you believe you must be unlovable.
True intimacy asks us to get real in a raw sense of the way.
Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
Did you enter the relationship to get the sense of worth and security you’re not giving yourself?
The secret to lasting love is creating an intimate relationship primarily for the purpose of giving, not getting. But we cannot give what we do not have to give.
What if the answer to igniting the spark in your relationship rests with awakening your untapped feminine fire?
One that is all knowing, all confident, all loving, all creative, sacred, sexy and sensual.
When we make sure we are full, we can lead the way. We can give and receive love fully.
Here’s a daily practice for shifting your focus from getting love to being loving. It begins with shifting your relationship with yourself.
Get intimate with yourself by tuning in daily and becoming aware of your own emotions, feelings and thoughts.
Get to know your inner mean girl and shift your stinking thinking! Fess up to the lies and bring them out of the darkness and into the light so they can be healed.
Ask yourself what emotion(s) am I feeling right now?
Let’s say you’ve put on a few pounds and your feeling less then desirable. Your inner mean girl may say; I look disgusting, I’m fat and ugly, why would anyone desire me?
Sit with your thoughts and open your heart with kindness and compassion with a desire to learn about what your feelings are really telling you.
Ask yourself what situation or perception is causing me to feel this emotion? Then challenge your assumptions.
You could begin to believe your lies or you could shift your focus to your inner wisdom.
Ask what would someone who loved themselves say?
Have compassion for yourself. Your truth may be; I’ve been dealing with a lot lately, my plate is full and I’ve put everyone else’s needs first. But I’m ready to get back on track and I’m committed to loving myself first. Accepting what is while learning to trust and follow your heart and intuition to what needs to happen is where your superpowers lie. Your greatest fulfillment will come by being simply true to yourself in ever reaction and response to life. This is our ability to share, express and give love.
Step 3: Ask, give, and receive.
Establish a mindfulness practice. Ask yourself how can I love myself better? What if anything, can I do to shift or change this to take good care of myself? How can you implement it into your daily or weekly routine? This will look different for all of us. For some it might be an art class, fitness class or time with friends. For others it could simply be a bath, reading, going for a walk or planning meals. The list is endless. Whatever feels good for your soul, do that!
As you practice this process of awakening your feminine fire (feeling joyful) you will begin to radiate a love that is overflowing in all areas of your life.
Our first and last love is self-love.
If you don’t want to get stuck in the fire, you must burn down the parts that no longer serve you.
The only way to prevent your relationship(s) from smoldering into ashes, is to step into the fire of vulnerability now.
Are you looking for love in the wrong places cont'd
Calming and centering
Black Spruce has been known to help with emotional blocks and ginger can induce a positive state on the mind and emotions While bergamot antiseptic and healing properties makes it useful with eczema or psoriasis and acne type of problems, plus it is great for soothing emotions.
Black Spruce Essential Oil
Bergamot Essential Oil
Ginger Essential Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Pour 1 cup of epsom salts into a bowl
In a separate bowl pour 5ml macadamia nut oil
Add 10 drops of black spruce to the oil, mix thoroughly Add 5 drops of bergamot to the oil, mix thoroughly
Add 2 drops of ginger to the oil, mix thoroughly
Add oil mixture into the epsom salts, mix thoroughly
Let sit for 10-15 minutes
Pour a warm, not hot temperature bath
Add in salt mixture and disperse well
Hop in an enjoy for 20 minutes
Achieving Healthy Skin
Why bother? What does that mean? How can I?!
The skin is the largest organ of your body, which means there is plenty of opportunity to absorb from its surroundings. Yes, your skin absorbs all day long through your makeup, lotions, creams, soap, body wash, deodorant, perfume, laundry detergent, etc. Hopefully that makes you pause and think about what that skin of yours is absorbing.
Out with the bad
Let’s focus on the negative… real quickly. The majority of skin care products that you find in the store (yes, even some of the ones that tout “natural” on their labels) are filled with toxic chemicals. A lot of chemicals... in the multiple products that you use… day in and day out. Toxin overload! These chemicals affect more than just the skin. Toxicity can even lead to fertility issues and cancer.
In with the good
Are you absorbing wonderful nutrients, vitamins, and essential fatty acids from your skin care products? When you apply a product on your skin, take that opportunity to improve your skin’s elasticity, fight inflammation, aging, sun damage, and even benefit other organs in your body!
Make sure you are using good quality skin care products. Products made from natural butters, oils, water, plant extracts, and clay. Don’t just look for the word “natural” on the label. Using natural products doesn’t have to be expensive. Many of the same ingredients that are great for you to eat are also great for your skin!
Quick and easy examples of Natural D.I.Y products:
Grapeseed oil + tea tree oil = facial moisturizer
Coconut oil + shea butter + lavender = body butter
Sugar + coconut oil = body scrub
Raw honey + cinnamon = face mask
All natural skin care products are essential to achieving healthy skin. BUT…. that is only one aspect. The best way to achieve healthy skin is to stop focusing on just your skin! Your skin is a detox organ, which means the toxins that you absorb through your skin are also being pushed out through your skin. That being said, chronic skin problems are often the result of an internal issue and won’t be solved through simply switching to natural products. If you’re serious about achieving healthy skin, diet and lifestyle changes are also a part of the process.
Some level of toxicity is unavoidable in today’s world. DETOX regularly. But don’t JUST get rid of the bad. Make sure you are nourishing your body with the nutrients it needs.
Tips to Detox and Nourish
Juicing (carrot, ginger, kale, beets, etc)
Herbal tea (dandelion root, milk thistle)
Drink WATER WATER WATER (don’t roll your eyes at this one!)
Bentonite clay (in your bath or facial mask)
Drink homemade bone broth
Eat your veggies!! No really.
Cut out sugar. Honey & maple syrup are lovely alternatives.
Gluten & pasteurized dairy are common allergens that often manifest in skin issues. Try cutting these out for 2+ months to see if you find relief!
A full night of sleep! I always notice my skin breaking out when I have gone multiple days in a row of too little sleep.
By: Emily Wellborn, Wellborn Essentials
Achieving Healthy Skin Continued
By Annika Becker Certified Aromatherapist
During the Winter months everything seems to move a little slower and get a little stiffer. Even getting out of bed in the morning becomes just a little more challenging – I mean come on, no one really wants to give up the warmth of the covers. For a lot of people, Winter also means the aches and stiffness in their bodies becomes a little more pronounced.
There are many ways to help the body and soul warm up when the weather turns blustery, essential oils are one great way. Not only are they often antibacterial and antiviral- helping to ward off all kinds of cold bugs- they can also aid proper circulation, and some are even quite warming when used in a massage oil. An excuse for a massage, increased circulation, warding off a cold and a way to warm up – sign me up!
Here’s a simple DIY recipe that’s safe for anyone over the age of 3, and is sure to warm you up. Best part is, it’s super simple to make!
100ml Jojoba Oil
120mL (4oz) dark glass bottle with a tight fitted lid
18 drops Bergamot (citrus bergamia) essential oil
12 drops Black Pepper (piper nigrum) essential oil
8 drops Cinnamon Leaf (cinnamomum zeylanicum) essential oil
8 drops Ginger (zingiber officinale) essential oil
4 drops Clove Bud (eugenia caryoplylatta) essential oil
A handful of rose or lavender flowers (refresh skin)
One 500ml mason jar
Mix jojoba and essential oils together thoroughly
Pour into dark glass bottle, close lid tight and gently shake.
Keep.sealed and store it in a cool, dark place, it will keep for about 9 months.
Use as desired.
So winter is here people and although I’ve never been deemed a “winter girl” or “one with winter” my absolute favourite part is the food. This is the time of year where food is warm, cozy, nourishing and we inject them with deep rooted spices; cayenne, harissa, curry, turmeric and all the garlic. Seeing as there are so many categories of hot and delicious things WE decided to limit it to HOT DRINKS. I’m talking spicy hot cacao, lemon & turmeric tea and my all-time favourite bone broth!
How do you make hot chocolate/cacao even better than it already is? Add some kick to it naturally. The best part is that adding cayenne increases your libido and metabolism so it’s pretty much like going to the gym. Here’s our go-to recipe!
Spicy HOT cacao Recipe:
Serving size: 2 large or 4 small servings
2.5 cups almond or coconut milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/6 teaspoon cayenne powder
1.5 tablespoons maple syrup (or raw honey)
2.5 tablespoons raw cacao (or cocao powder)
3-4 ounces dark chocolate bar (75-80% cacao)
dash of sea salt
In a medium sauce pot heat milk until heated through, never boiling at low-medium heat.
Crack chocolate bar into small chunks. Add into milk and whisk in.
Once melted through add in the remainder of ingredients and heat through allowing flavours to blend in for a few minutes.
Taste and season (more maple or spice) to desired liking.
Throw in some mugs, grab a blanket and drink up.
By: Rachel Bies, RBN & Nourish and Glow
Warm and Cozy Winter Drink Round-Up
Tempting Turmeric Tea
Serving size: 2
1 lemon, juiced and zested
2 tablespoons raw honey (or maple)
1 tablespoons turmeric powder
2 cups of water
1 small thumb or ginger, sliced
In a small pot, add in all ingredients.
Bring to a small boil and then simmer for 10 minutes or so.
Taste and serve.
RBN Bone Broth
Serving Size: 4-6
6 cups of various meats and bones: chicken feet, thighs, legs, beef bones, pork hocks
6 cups (ish) water
Cover your bones/meat with enough water. Can use any bones - meat, game & poultry. Add a great deal of high quality sea salt.
Bring to a boil and skin off some of the odd bits.
Let simmer for 6 hours yesterday to unlock all the collagen and minerals in the actual bones
Strain (save meat for a soup) and store clear broth in fridge for a week, make into a soup or freeze.
By: Mona Warner, Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher
Agni, or inner fire, is a key concept in the Ayurvedic teachings. Agni is a representation of the fire element in the body-mind. It describes the biological fire, or heat energy that governs metabolism.
Often, it is referred to as the digestive fire. Our agni digests our food, sensory impressions, emotions, thoughts, ideas and experiences. Without agni, we are unable to use what we take into our body-minds, and whatever we cannot digest builds up as residue in our body-mind. This is why a strong agni is considered paramount to maintaining health.
Our agni performs many different functions in the body-mind - beginning with intelligence and discernment. Intelligence allows agni to digests whatever comes into the body-mind from food to emotions to experiences. Part of the digestive process requires discernment, as the agni separates nutrients from wastes. The nutrients are used to build and nourish tissues, while the waste products are eliminated from the body-mind. This is how agni maintains life and creates energy, radiance and strength. Even our ability to think clearly is, from the Ayurvedic view, described as a function of agni.
Charaka, author of the Charaka Samhita (one three authoritative texts on Ayurveda), describes agni in the following way:
“The span of life, health, immunity, energy, metabolism, complexion, strength, enthusiasm, luster, and the vital breath (prana) are all dependent on agni.
“One lives a long healthy life if it is functioning properly, becomes sick if it is deranged, or dies if this fire is extinguished.
“Proper nourishment of the body, tissues, ojas, etc., depend upon the proper functioning of agni in digestion.”
Ayurveda teaches us that there are many agnis in the body-mind. Each time something gets digested by agni, it becomes more and more refined, so it can be absorbed at a deeper and deeper level. This process of cooking is what allows our knowledge and experience to become wisdom.
Here are some simple ways to support and protect your agni on a daily basis:
Avoid taxing the agni by reducing iced or cold drinks; cold raw foods; heavy or hard to digest foods; and hard to digest experiences
Use herbs and spices to support your digestion – like ginger and black pepper
Make lunchtime your largest meal, since the agni is strongest over the lunch hour
When eating, focus on your food
Be active – regular exercise builds agni
Create a daily routine to stabilize your agni
Yoga, Ayurveda’s sister science, offers many wonderful techniques through postures, breath work and cleansing actions – all which need to be learned from a qualified teacher.
Consider which of these you can easily incorporate into your life, and dive in. Notice the effect this has on your ability to digest your life without accumulating residue. The stronger your inner fire, the more energy you will have to live your life. This is what the Ayurvedis intended – to give us the tools which allow us to live lives of purpose so we can hold up our corner of the universe… Om agni!
Perfect for spring time.
Ginger is a super warming and stimulating essential oil. Great for the cold winter months as it generates heat, stimulates circulation and helps ease cold and flu symptoms.
supports memory and sharpens mind
reduces nausea and motion and travel sickness
catarrh, coughs, colds, chronic bronchitis
reputed blood pressure regulator
warming and stimulating to circulatory system stimulates appetite
relieves indigestion, diarrhea and cramps, flatulence, heartburn and toothaches
aphrodisiac (aids impotence)
helps fevers, colds, flus and other infectious conditions
rheumatic or arthritic pain, sprains and strains
May irritate skin.
As always content is provided for general informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice. Product information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and should not be substituted for medical care. Please consult a healthcare provider if you have any questions about a particular health condition.
Ginger Essential OIL
We are seven weeks into the new year; how are those resolutions coming a long? Whether you made a resolution or not, I know you have big dreams and you WANT this year to be the year that you finally achieve them. Right?! What is the single most important thing you can do to reach your big goal this year? Keep reading.
The key to reaching your goal is: vision.
What is your WHY; why do you want to achieve this goal? What is that little voice inside of you saying that you can’t ignore anymore? I know you’ve got something burning inside of you, and you’re ready to set the world on fire!
If your WHY is to make a lot of money, I urge you to dig a little deeper. What would you do with that money, what is possible if you made that money? You need a compelling WHY; something that will have you jumping out of bed every morning because you are so committed to achieving that goal. If you find by now that you can’t even remember the reason you made the resolution, then your WHY wasn’t nearly powerful enough.
A question to ask yourself is:
If you were on stage and everyone in the world was watching and listening to what you had to say, what would you want them to know?
This answer will give you massive insight into who you are and what you stand for.
To find your WHY and build your vision, here’s what to do:
Set the mood, whatever that means for you. Light some candles, put on music (I like nature sounds or spa-music), surround yourself with crystals, plants, and anything that makes you feel good.
Next, get quiet. Close your eyes and dream. Visualize a day in the life of the you that has achieved the goal. Think about your day from start to end. What are you doing when you first wake up and as you go throughout your day? What does it feel like, smell like, taste like, what can you hear? Make it a multi-sensory experience! You want it to feel like you are in the body of the you who has achieved that goal. If you start to tingle, get chills, and become super lit up then you know what you are envisioning is powerful! Take as long as you need for the vision; once it feels complete, start writing!
Write down everything you experienced. Post pictures, make a vision board, or use sticky notes to record what you saw, felt, smelled, tasted and heard (I love doing this!). Post notes on your bedside table, on your bathroom mirror, in your car, on your computer, and anywhere else you often look throughout your day as a reminder.
Use the overall feeling you got from your vision to drive you forward each day. Do the exercise again if you need to. You got this. 2017 is YOUR year!
We can all have the capacity to live the life we want, we have the choice to choose. We just have to be willing to see ourself in our wholeness. To choose weather we want to live from a space of love or fear.
Close your eyes and find yourself in a comfortable cross-legged position
Making sure your spine is straight
Your chin in slightly tucked allowing your spin to lengthen
Place you left hand on your heart
Allowing your right hand to rest gently on your thigh palm facing upward
Now bring your awareness to your breathe
Take a deep breathe in and out do this three times
Making sure you are filling your stomach completely
Noticing the quality of your breathe, anything that is coming up for you, just witness it as you breathe
Now bringing your focus to your heart centre
As you breathe in and out imagine you are receiving love; this may be a colour, a feeling. Allowing it to expand with each breathe, knowing you are safe and worthy of receiving love
If your mind wanders witness where it goes and bring your attention back to love & your breathe.
Continue with deep diaphragmatic breathing for 5-60 minutes daily.
By: Amy Hogan, Transformational Life Coach
Ignite your inner fire &
finding your passion
Igniting your inner fire Cont'd
Feeling the breath in the body is at the heart of yoga for therapy, as we can create a sense of well-being by slowing it down. Have you ridden a roller coaster? Just thinking about it makes our heart race and we breathe faster. Now remember giving someone you love a hug. Does it slow down again? Breath is linked to our feelings, and, here is the secret, our feelings respond to our breath! That good feeling you get when you slow down? It is pure biology: slow down and your body feels safe and can rest.
Linking movement to a slow rhythm with breath feels good. Try this right now: sitting or standing, take a big breath in, open your arms, lifting the chest and extending the upper spine. Exhale lower your arms. Link breath and movement in a flow, as in vinyasa, or, this works very well just moving in and out of a pose to warm up and prepare for a longer stay.
Another essential step to working with the breath in yoga is to add a pause of a second or two like this: inhale: pause: exhale: pause. Try it- first, observe your breath, then, take 4 breaths holding for a second as above. What happened? Did your breathing slow down, do you feel good? We have to concentrate much harder during practice to do it this, so we notice right away when we get distracted, and that helps keep us on track.
These techniques build the foundation to working with the breath in yoga, but there is more. Ocean breath or ujjai, lengthens and smooths the breath, as does following the direction of breath. Adding, a longer exhale, inhale or pause, have different purposes and effects as well as keeping it fresh. And if you love breathing with movement, you will love pranayama: breathing exercise designed to lengthen, smooth, and add subtlety to your breath is heaven on earth, as your body feels perfectly safe, you settle into this, which is bliss.
When you deeply rest and relax, your body can do its housekeeping like digestion, cleansing waste, and taking care of toxins and invaders. And this gives vigor and stamina for the demands of life. Slow movement is very safe and effective. Fast movement works the belly of the muscle more, while slow breath and movement tends to work muscles evenly along their length, keeping the spine and joints stable. And, when we are deeply focused, we are less likely to push ourselves and get hurt. For beginners or advanced yogis, learning the ancient techniques of yoga breathing with a qualified teacher, helps to get the very best therapeutic results.
Written By: Frances Adamson ,writer and yoga teacher
Evoking the Fire Element to Transform Your Life
Written By: Amber Chalus ,Yoga Teacher & Host of The Liberated Woman™ Podcast
When I was a little girl I loved to play with fire. In fact, most mights, you could find me hidden away in my bedroom, staying up late just so I could light candles. Igniting matches just to see their flames flicker and glow. It's taken me many years to figure out why they mesmerized me so much. And I haven't changed much since then either.
Candles are often lit throughout my home especially during the cold winter months here in Saskatchewan Canada. So as I began to understand the healing properties of nature my life as a young girl started to make so much more sense. Especially in a world that is so dominated by the structure of mechanics and the dominance of technology. So many of us are under the illusion that we are more machine-like than nature-like. Forcing ourselves to fit into boxes that don't fit our truly wild spirits.
But everything changed the moment I realized that we are actually a reflection of the very nature that we try so hard to resist. The ancient Chinese masters and Yogic Ayurvedic practitioners knew this well, integrating the wisdom of the elements into every area of their lives. From the way they spend their time, to the foods they eat, nature wasn't just the view outside their window. It was the music that guided the dance of life.
Now you may be wondering, how does this apply to my real-life, Amber?! And I want to turn your attention back to that tiny flickering flame. Because you see my lovely friend, the ancients believed that our bodies, minds and spirits reflected the many qualities of nature. And thus, the elements.
And over the past few years of discovering my "nature" or "elemental" archetype, I've come to find that I am, by nature, have a tendency to become very rooted in the earth and water elements. Which is why I find it so easy to stay peaceful, relaxed and centred in most situations. Like the roots of a tree, my body loves stillness, feeling grounded and being truly supported by those around me.
But it also means that I can get easily become "stuck in my ways", feel lethargic instead of inspired and find myself stagnant or even depressed. In those moments, my natural strengths of stability, strength and stillness, can become my greatest weakness. And that's just what's going on inside.
What about when nature is feeling the exact same way? The wind turns cold, the tree's drop their leaves and the snow begins to fall. Further accentuating my imbalances. Steady and slow, on good days. Stubborn and stuck, on the bad days.
Here's where the magic of fire comes in, that fiery flame of transformation You see, each of us has a beautiful blend of the 5 elements within our very being. They give us our power, but also have the ability to hold us back if they become imbalanced. When nature (and ourselves) turns icy and cold, we can use the wisdom of fire to add warmth and light back in.
Feeling stuck, heavy, stuck or lethargic in your life? It's time to evoke the fire element to balance things out. Light candles, watch a camp fire at night, play loud and energetic music that gets your heart beating fast. Clear out space in your home and closet - literally burning the past away through each area you de-clutter. Stand up for yourself and what you believe, instead of sticking with the status-quo of those around you. Dance under the starlight and run through the sunshine. Move quickly, live with passion and fight for what's right.
There is wisdom in each of the elements. Just as there is wisdom in each and every living being. So instead of resisting your hidden passions, deepest desires and exhilarating cravings - be willing to step into the fire, burn and rise again. Renewed by the flames and even more, you.
Evoking the fire element to transform your life Cont'd
Imagine yourself on a cold winters night, nestled comfortably in front of a roaring fire. A large mug of hot chocolate, topped with whip cream close by. Your intention was to settle in for the evening and read a good book.
The crackle of the fire, the roar of the flames catches your attention. Your eye focuses on the flame. Your mind focuses on the flame. Your body feels the warmth. Slowly your mind becomes quiet. Slowly your focus is being drawn further and further into the flames. Before you know it you have become one with the rhythm of the fire and the flames.
You notice how relaxed and comfortable your body and mind have become. You
are at peace and completely present in your body. Your breath seems to bring the flame into your body, you feel the warmth as it enters your nostrils and flows through you right down into your toes. As it flows through you it settles into your Manipura Chakra (Solar Plexus). You have drifted to a new level of relaxation. A quiet voice within you whispers the word forgive.
You focus on the word and what it means to you. What does forgiveness mean in the Manipura Chakra to you? You listen. You feel. You see. You notice just how much you can afford to forgive. You realize you can not completely be your true self if you are holding onto the past. You notice with all the negative energy your flame becomes dim. This just won’t do. What can you do to increase your inner light? Forgive.
A person or situation comes to mind., you allow it to play out while you continue to focus on the flame. You allow the energy to speak to you, to teach you, to show you where you hold the energy. You realize there is no reason for you to engage in the scene that is playing out. You simply watch (or feel) and become ready to see why you can no longer carry this energy. You become willing to forgive. The whole scene leads back to the flame, you throw the thoughts, the energy, the beliefs, and anything surrounding the situation that you no longer need to carry into the flames. Relax as the energy is burned away. Allow it to be free, allow it to be taken away. You sit with this until you feel a release. You have forgiven. You notice a new gentle glow within you. You notice a vast deepness that wasn’t present before. You feel light, and warm.
You choose to settle into this new feeling, embracing a new you, knowing that tomorrow, another fire will burn. Knowing that you can choose to do this exercise at anytime you feel your inner light is not as bright as you would like.
Your attention slowly comes back into the room you are in. Back to the still warm Hot Chocolate, back to the crackle of the fire. Back to a new sense of self love, back to a new sense of strength, and a closer connection to the true you.
By: Jenn Prothero, Spiritual Sparkles Healing Center
Forgive to the flames
Meet the Maker series:
Dominique of Apoterra Skincare
Who is the creator of Apoterra Skin Care?- we want to get to know you Dominique!
I'm a bit of an introvert and an idealist. I was born in Montreal, moved to Pennsylvania when I was 13 and then NYC after college. I'm always striving to live a healthy lifestyle, but I love desserts and movies too much, lol. I recycle and try to be a conscious consumer, I love reading and learning, and I love to make things with my hands. I like wearing dresses and makeup occasionally, but on a day to day I'm more of a skinny jeans, t shirt and no makeup kind of gal. I'm now a mom too, which is pretty cool!
Why did you decide to start Apoterra? What does it mean to you?
My childhood dream was to work in movies, and I achieved that by moving to NYC after film school. After working in the industry for over 8 years, I felt disconnected from myself and nature because of the demanding schedule of movie sets. At the same time, I developed a real passion for green living and herbal medicine. I decided to study herbalism and become a certified aromatherapist, which led to me making skincare products. I've always struggled with both dry skin and adult acne, which is why I developed my skincare line.
So what is Apoterra to me? It is my way to give back by creating a company that encompasses things that are dear to me like green living, healthy daily rituals, and holistic skincare. But it is also a way for me to personally connect with nature and to do something that I am truly passionate about.
Tell us more- what exactly is Apoterra Skin Care, what can we expect and how can we benefit from the space?
Apoterra means "derived from the Earth". We are devoted to solving adult skincare issues like acne, dry skin and premature aging in a holistic, transparent and sustainable way. Our products are designed to work in unison to help heal the skin back to it's natural, healthy and beautiful self.
Being an aromatherapist, I also understand the importance of self care in overall health. Stress and low self-esteem can really have an effect on your skin, mind and body, which is why I view skincare rituals as more than just skincare - but as wellness care. When I formulate my products, I consider the aroma and experience to enhance one's skincare ritual and hopefully help my customers find a moment of peace for self care in their busy lives. W
What is your favorite skin care regimen or ritual and why?
Well, I love my daily ritual of cleansing, toning and then finishing with one of my oils as this time is more than just skin care for me. It is also self care meaning it is a time for me to pamper myself and relax. I love the ritual, from the way the products make my skin feel, to the aroma and "me" moment.
But my absolute favorite ritual is my weekend ritual. I start with a steam using our Herbal Detoxifying Steam. Then I apply a mask, whichever I feel like my skin needs that day. With the mask on, I jump in a hot bath to which I add coconut milk, epsom salts, and dead sea salt. I will use our Tulsi Luminous Scrub and then just relax in the water. Once I'm done, I rinse off the mask and finish with a mist of my Rose toner, our Rose serum, and I will moisturize with my body oil. I always feel like a queen after that!
What is your self care ritual? The things you do that make you feel the best?
Besides my daily and weekend skincare ritual, there are a few things I do on a daily basis that keep me feeling healthy and balanced. First is I try to eat healthy and on a regular schedule. When I worked in film, I would eat at all sorts of different times during the day and that really messed up my digestive track. I thought I had all sorts of issues like gluten intolerance, IBS, etc, but really it was just that I was always eating on the go and never at the same time. Our body has two automatic nervous systems that operate our bodies - parasympathetic and sympathetic. When you are on the go and stressed, your body is operating in the sympathetic mode and doesn't digest food very well. When you are in the parasympathetic mode, aka rest mode, your body is its optimal mode for digesting food and receiving nutrients. I try to be mindful of that and not eat when feeling stressed or anxious.
I also try to move every day to keep my body in shape, flexible, and to help it process toxins. I like to take walks every day, usually after lunch, and try to do yoga or go running at least 3 times a week.
For managing stress, I try to meditate every day - even if it is just for 5-10 minutes. It really helps me feel rested and focused. I also keep some aromatherapy roll ons or mists near me for when I get stressed while working! Last, but not least, after I put my daughter to bed, I have a night cap riutal that involves a tasty drink and some "mind food" for my creativity. The drink will either be an herbal tea, wine, a botanical cocktail, or my current favorite: healthy hot cocoa I make with raw cocoa powder, turmeric, cinnamon, almond milk and honey. I'll sip while reading, watching a movie, knitting, or reading up on whatever I am curious about at the moment. The drink always feels like such a treat, and letting my mind feed it's curiosity or create something that isn't related to my work makes me feel alive and happy.
7. Self love can be a tough topic to conquer- we want to know 5 things you love about yourself! And if you always loved those things or did it take time?
I love the fact that I am good with the aging process. I almost did not live to see my 39th birthday so every additional year has been a gift and an opportunityfor growth.
In my early twenties I stressed out about aging. Like many others, I was deeply affected by the limiting beliefs about women that are perpetuated through cultural, familial and media channels.
Before I was 20, I had bad skin and worried about wrinkles. My attempts to cover my skin made me feel like I was wearing a mask and exacerbated my skin issues.
It was not until I stopped wearing makeup that my skin began to heal.
I love that I have no choice but to follow my heart. I have always been this way. No matter how difficult, I do my best to be truthful with myself and others.
What has changed is the manner in which I communicate my truth. My goal is to communicate consciously - with love and compassion.
In many ways, I love my extreme sensitivity. It is my barometer. My body tells me very clearly what works for me and what doesn’t. I am sensitive to social situations, food, environments, scents, etc.
Although it is often difficult to experience intense sensitivity, I have learned some effective strategies to help manage my reactions.
I love that I am able to communicate effectively with many people. I remember going to an interview when I was 16 and thinking that I really need to work on my communication skills. I did just that and am constantly evolving in this regard.
I love that I am part of a family. While we have our issues like everyone else, I feel very grateful and fortunate to be supported by a core unit.
8. There are several venues available for holistic practitioners to work with- why is the Hive different?
There are many features that make The Hive a very special and unique environment including the connection to the land, heritage and history.
We offer space rentals and have been working on an evolving collaborative model for facilitators. Our Connecting Community event is focused on gaining feedback from the facilitator community and exploring ways to work collaboratively.
There are so many possibilities at The Hive and we do our best to create a space that works with the objectives of the facilitator or group.
9. At Andrea Ashley we want to inspire healthy, holistic skin care, self care and self love- what are your skin care, self care and self love goals for 2017?
I use natural oils (jojoba, coconut oil, etc.) to moisturize. I occasionally apply a clay mask and wear natural make-up infrequently. This works for me. I am not fussy when it comes to beautifying routines and rituals.
Time in nature is important to me as is spending quality time with family and friends. Self care also means making time for me to be creative.
Exercising self love is about being nice to me – giving myself encouragement and paying attention to my needs.
10. Any words of wisdom, healthy vibes or tips you would like to share with our readers?
When I discovered that the root cause of my illness was related to standard dental procedures, I learned the importance of caring for your teeth through nutrition. As a general rule, I like to limit my consumption of sugar, alcohol and white flour.
In terms of personal growth, one of the most important things that I learned was from Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Four Agreements. He states – Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothing anyone ever does is because of you, it is because of them. Life is much easier when you don’t take things personally. While I am still working on it, this one simple lesson helped me alleviate a great deal of pain in my life.
For anyone struggling with anxiety, worry, fear, I would recommend mindfulness
which can help bring awareness and change to incessant negative chatter.
Tulsi Luminous Scrub
The Hive Trail
What is your self care ritual? The things you do that make you feel the best?
Besides my daily and weekend skincare ritual, there are a few things I do on a daily basis that keep me feeling healthy and balanced. First is I try to eat healthy and on a regular schedule. When I worked in film, I would eat at all sorts of different times during the day and that really messed up my digestive track. I thought I had all sorts of issues like gluten intolerance, IBS, etc, but really it was just that I was always eating on the go and never at the same time. Our body has two automatic nervous systems that operate our bodies - parasympathetic and sympathetic. When you are on the go and stressed, your body is operating in the sympathetic mode and doesn't digest food very well. When you are in the parasympathetic mode, aka rest mode, your body is its optimal mode for digesting food and receiving nutrients. I try to be mindful of that and not eat when feeling stressed or anxious. I also try to move every day to keep my body in shape, flexible, and to help it process toxins. I like to take walks every day, usually after lunch, and try to do yoga or go running at least 3 times a week.
For managing stress, I try to meditate every day - even if it is just for 5-10 minutes. It really helps me feel rested and focused. I also keep some aromatherapy roll ons or mists near me for when I get stressed while working! Last, but not least, after I put my daughter to bed, I have a night cap ritual that involves a tasty drink and some "mind food" for my creativity. The drink will either be an herbal tea, wine, a botanical cocktail, or my current favorite: healthy hot cocoa I make with raw cocoa powder, turmeric, cinnamon, almond milk and honey. I'll sip while reading, watching a movie, knitting, or reading up on whatever I am curious about at the moment. The drink always feels like such a treat, and letting my mind feed it's curiosity or create something that isn't related to my work makes me feel alive and happy.
What is your biggest self care struggle? (Past or present)
Personally for me my biggest struggle is not eating too much and exercising on a daily basis. It comes in waves, where I will be very good for months and then something comes up and I just fall off my routine. Now that I am a new mom, this is even more difficult, but I do a little every day and I tell myself that as long as I am making progress towards my goal, that is what is important! At the moment, I am focusing on meditating more, as this is helping give me the focus and energy I need to be able to stick to my other goals.
Self love can be a tough topic to conquer- we want to know 5 things you love about yourself! And if you always loved those things or did it take time?
This is a tough one for me to answer since it is so personal. I have always had body issues since I was pretty heavy set as a child. But here we go!
1. My perseverance. I can be pretty hard headed and don't like to listen when people tell me something isn't possible. This has sometimes caused some troubles, but overall it has helped me achieve things that when I look back at my life, I am proud of!
2. My body shape. Being chubby as a kid, and then small breasted and having a larger bottom half as a teenager, always made me pretty self conscious about how l looked, especially since I grew up at a time when Baywatch (aka big breast + skinny legs) was the ideal of beauty. But I have learned to recognize that media does not portray full spectrum of beauty, and that I am beautiful in my own unique way.
3. My love of adventure. I just love new experiences - whether it be travel, food, meeting people, or trying a new craft. I love that I love all these things because it makes things interesting!
4. My problem solving skills. I pride myself on being really good at problem solving. As a kid, I was sort of made to feel like I shouldn't be good at math or video games because I was girl. Not necessarily told directly, but just through subtle social cues. But I always felt a need to prove that expectation wrong. I was a top student in my math classes, almost always beat everyone at any strategy games I play, and today I apply those skills to daily life from managing my business to figuring out how to logistically get something done.
5. My flexibility. I try to be flexible in social situations and in life in general. I find that being flexible and not hard headed when it comes to the small stuff, and sometimes the big stuff, avoids a lot of unnecessary confrontations but also makes me stronger. I like to think of flexibility in my life the same way flexibility makes a building or bridge sturdier - there needs to be a little give for when pressure is applied, otherwise the building, etc will just break.
There are several natural skin care professionals out there that feel skin care should be individualized since our needs are all so different that they cannot always be limited to a particular skin type, what are your thoughts on this?
There are many things that make your skin what it is today. Genes, but also diet, environmental factors like weather and pollution, and also your current personal skincare ritual. I color code my products to help people find the product that will best target their current skincare condition, and they are meant to be mixed and matched. I don't believe skin remains a very specific skin type at all times. Skin changes with all the factors listed above, as so should your skincare ritual. For instance, I tend to have combination + acne prone skin in the summer, but dry skin in the winter. I change my ritual accordingly, which is why I release seasonal facial kits every season!
Need to know, what is your favorite essential oil and why?
This is always changing, I always have a new favorite! My current favorite is sandalwood. I got this amazing oil from a small distiller in Australia and I just can't stop sniffing! It is grounding, gives strength, and is helpful in meditation. Sandalwood is also really effective for combating respiratory ailments like colds and sore throats - which is especially useful at this time of year!
But the two that I always go back to are rose absolute and tulsi essential oil. Those two have the most amazing aromas, and they really help me feel balanced, calm, and confident. Rose is also a power oil for facial care which is a big plus in my book!
At Andrea Ashley we want to inspire healthy,
holistic skin care, self care and self love- what
are your skin care, self care and self love goals
My goals are to respect my body more by eating
less overall, eating more whole foods, exercising
more, and meditating on a daily basis. I also want
to make a conscious effort to be more supportive
and understanding of those around me.
Any words of wisdom, healthy vibes or tips you
would like to share with our readers?
Listen to your body and trust in what it tells you.
I find that is the best way to determine what I
Tickets on Sale Now.
MAY 12th, 2017
The Burroughes, 639 Queen Street West
The event is to bring together Canadian Holistic brands that focus on skin care, self-care and self-love. I want this event to be different in the sense that it won't be vanity focused and instead more self-love focused, teaching and inspiring our attendees how to take care of themselves, nourish themselves and to love who they are.
Indie Beauty Brands, Expert Speakers, Live demo's and a Walking Facial Experience - all under one roof.
Leisa Peacock, C.N.H.P, C.A.H.T
The Warm Bamboo massage is a decadent treat as well as a results oriented treatment. Bamboo canes (or sticks) of all different sizes and shapes are heated and then used in place of the therapist’s hands to be rolled, glided and kneaded on the different areas of the body. The heat helps to melt the tension away, while the rhythmic movements lulls the client into an extreme state of relaxation. Gentle kneading with the warm bamboo opens ups the tissues to get deeper results without any discomfort or lingering soreness that can often happen with deep tissue massage. This is a Holistic treatment where it affects you on all levels balancing, calming and energizing you physically, mentally and spiritually.
Bamboo has ancient roots, where the Chinese used it for everything including recording notes long before paper was invented. Therefore it was a natural evolution for it to be used in creative and spiritual expressions and to take on ritual and healing connotations, as the bamboo stalks symbolize eternal youth, strength, prosperity and peace.
Bamboo is actually a giant grass where the stalk can be cut leaving the root system intact allowing for rapid regrowth. It can grow as fast as one foot in 24 hours and will grow back to full size in a few years.
In addition to being very sustainable, it is recognized for its strength and flexibility and lends itself to a variety of uses. Because of its strength, it can be used for bridges, floors, furniture and utensils to name a few, and because of its softness, it can be used for clothing, bedding and towels. The reason it is so hard, yet flexible is because the outer cell walls are covered in silica, creating a crystalline-like matrix, similar to a quartz crystal and our own connective tissue. Some believe that releasing tension within this matrix can help balance and restore the body’s electromagnetic field creating the extreme relaxation and healing effects that bamboo massage is known for. Additionally, silica is also known for helping to keep skin and hair healthy looking, by improving their texture.
Some of the other main benefits of Warm Bamboo massage are:
Melting away of stubborn knots and tension
Alleviating back and shoulder pain
Increase of joint and muscle flexibility, improvement of sports performance and endurance
Decrease in pain and healing time for injuries
Promotes circulation and sensory nerve perception and lymphatic drainage
Increases energy and vitality and soothes away stress.
Warming up the body before any exercise regime is extremely important. Warming up your muscles prior to working out can not only increase the efficiency and quality of your workout, but can also help to prevent injury down the road. Your muscles as well as nervous system have a chance to slowly adjust to the movements to come (no 0-100 business). Warming up is not only a great way to slowly increase your heart rate but to also get the blood flowing to your muscles and connection tissues (fascia, ligaments and tendons) prior to working them.
One of my favorite warm up styles is the Tabata Method of Training. Tabata is a form of High Intensity Interval (HIIT) Training using 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest for a total of 8 rounds equaling 4 minutes overall.
Try one or all three of the following exercises as your warm up for a total of 4-12 minutes in length using Tabata!
HOW TO: The jump squat is a plyometric exercise, which is guaranteed to get the blood pumping. Begin with your feet hip-distance apart. Lower into a squat as you extend your arms forward. Push your hips back and keep the weight into your heels. Push off the balls of your feet and lightly jump, letting your arms swing behind you for momentum. Land as softly as you can back onto the balls and heels of your feet. Remember to breath naturally in and out of the nose.
MODIFICATION: No jumping? NO problem. Try taking the jump out and keep your squat stationary.
By Kristy Pisani; Yoga, Movement, and Mindfulness Teacher
Quick moves to keep you warm in the cold winter months
HOW TO: Stand up straight with your feet hips distance apart and allow your arms to hang down by your sides. Jump, separating your legs and at the same time raise your arms overhead (your hands may even touch or clap at the top). Try being as buoyant and light as you can so there is no jarring in the joints. Breath naturally in and out of the nose.
MODIFICATION: If jumping is not in the cards, NO problem! Try stepping out side to side and at the same time raise the arms over head lightly touching or clapping the hands at the top.
HOW TO: Start to lower in a squat position placing your hands on the floor in front of you and lightly jump back into a high plank position. Bring your feet back to meet your hands and lightly jump again raising your arms over head. It is very important to find a sense of spring in the body as opposed to dumping all your weight into your joints when jumping. Remember to breath naturally in and out of the nose.
MODIFICATION: Again if jumping is out of the question, Try inchworms. Stand up with your arms by your sides. Start to bend the knees in a squat and place hands out in front of you walking forward into a high plank. Than start to walk your hands back toward your feet, knees slightly bent and press to stand.
Essential oils are a great tool to have but do you know how to decifer which ones are actually good for you?
Each of the oils carry their own independent list of therapeutic properties- all so complex and diverse. However it can be hard to know which oils are actually a good fit for you and you specific needs or concerns. Having a full Aromatherapy consultation with certified aromatherapist can help you weed through all the information out there as it focuses just on you and your needs. Not the general public. I learn about you and provide you with a comprehensive list of the best oil choices for your specific needs as well as proper usage and dilutions to ensure safety.
What you will achieve with this consult:
Takes the guessing game out of having to buy and try numerous essential oils.
You will now know what specific oils to look for when shopping, which are best for your needs.
You will have the convenience of being able to make your own blends with the easy recipes included in your consultation.
Understand why you are using each of the oils and what they are specifically doing for you.
Learn how to use the oils in safe method of application for your specific needs (proper dilutions, frequency, etc).
Sending you a warm, comfy cozy vibe that sparks your desire to live the life you deserve.