Spring Detox

Happy Spring! This week's blog post includes some simple things you can do to prepare your body and mind for the change of seasons. Before we had grocery stores with everything available to us at any time of year, we were more dependent upon eating seasonally, which is actually healthier for us! If you do choose to eat seasonally, it is helpful to assist the body with change of seasons by getting enough rest and with herbal teas and natural medicine. Diet: As the days warm and the first greens appear, we traditionally begin to eat foods that are less heavy. It's a good time to eat more veggies and fruits and limit heavier foods. To assist your digestive system with the change, try adding b

Gratitude

"When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself." - Tecumseh When I began studying Native American culture, spirituality and philosophy as a teenager, I was impressed with the idea of living our gratitude. Not just saying "thanks" before a meal, but living our gratitude for all that we have been given. After embarking on 2 Vision Quests in my young adulthood, and working on an organic farm, I learned that the Earth Mother gives us all we need to live when we live in harmony with her and respect her and all beings. Only when we di

Setting An Intention

One thing is consistent in every yoga class I teach - whether it is Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Yoga or Chair Yoga for seniors....We begin and end with breath work. Using various techniques (depending on the type of class), we explore our breath and how it moves our body, we deepen the breath and find a rhythm we can try to sustain throughout our practice. Many yoga teachers will ask you to "set an intention" at or near the beginning of their class. I do not always do this, but it's something you can do on your own in any class, and in your own personal practice. This can be very personal and different for everyone, and there is no right or wrong way to "set an intention". Your intention may simp

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