Rituals and “Being a Beast”

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Explore with Jator: Being a Beast

Part of my healthy lifestyle includes exploring my emotions and creating rituals for self care. It’s not just the food I make and the physical activity I enjoy. It took me awhile to learn this. I spent 10 years trying to achieve wellness & vitality through the physical plane while also trying to numb out my emotional & spiritual pain. And I’ve only spent the last 2 years healing my deeper wounds.  I’m still learning and growing. I think I will be still learning and growing forever…

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Explore with Elizabeth

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Explore with Jator

I have been delighted in watching Jator’s videos on Youtube. He has some wonderful insight on mindfulness and discovering our own emotions. I recommend subscribing to his channel and liking him on Facebook. Peeling away the layers has been an important part of my own healing. That health is not just about what I put in my mouth but what is in my mind. And I couldn’t control what I was putting in my mouth and stop stress & emotional eating until I started exploring what was going on in my mind, body, and soul. Which is a constant journey of self discovery. I found that most of the time I wind up having a conversation with my 11 to 13 year old self which is around when my sugar Continue reading “Explore with Elizabeth”

Iridology

 

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Interview with Cyndi about Iridology

I went to go see my Holistic Health practitioner and mentor Cyndi Dodick yesterday for an iridology appointment. I had an iridology session 5 years ago and was curious if there had been any changes and what my eyes would tell her. Eyes are known to be the windows of the soul, but as it turns out they are also windows to our health. And my windows need to be cleaned! When we go to  Doctor they look into your eyes, but what are they looking for?  Is it something passed down from the 1800 and 1900’s when doctors would have used  iridology before all the modern tests we have now?

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Face Lymphatic Drainage

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How to drain your Lymph of the face

Lets start with why would you want to drain the lymphatic of the face. Do you have sinus pressure? Headaches? Puffy eyes? Ears feel clogged? Acne? All that can be a sign that the lymphatic of face is stagnant. That’s ignoring the vein benefits of it also helps increase collagen to the skin and smooths out wrinkles. So with all these benefits why wouldn’t you want to give it a try?!? Continue reading “Face Lymphatic Drainage”

Review: Shaman Shack Herbs

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Interview with Rehmannia 

I was honored to have the owner of Shaman Shack Herbs stay at my home while he was in town to give a talk for a raw food event. I have heard him speak twice before and have been inspired by his passion and knowledge. I also loved his book Raw Chi. During his stay I was able to sit him down for a short interview while he was giving me a Traditional Chinese Medicine pulse analysis.  Continue reading “Review: Shaman Shack Herbs”

Why I wear Organic Clothes

When you compliment something my sister is wearing she usually says one of two things. Either “thanks it was only $5 from the thrift shop” or if its a dress she will probably says, “it has pockets!”. If you compliment what I am wearing my response with usually be, “Thanks, Its organic”. Yes I know organic clothing can be expensive. But I have also found that they are usually better made and last longer. When I first starting buying organic, there weren’t many choices. Now I have found many different brands and it includes more and more different styles. It’s not all yoga related clothes anymore. Not all of my clothing is organic, just like not all my food is organic. However, when given the choice I would rather spend more money on organic items and have less in my closet. But why do I purchase organic clothing?

  1. Its Better for the environment. Conventional cotton accounts for nearly 25% of the insecticides and 10% of the pesticides used throughout the world, although is it grown on only 3% of the total cultivated area. It also ranks fourth in the list of most heavily fertilized crops. Hemp and bamboo clothes are also a great option because they aren’t plagued with so many diseases and pests like cotton.
  2. It’s better for your health. Pesticides aren’t the only chemical used in production of your clothing. Ignoring the fact that these chemicals make their way into our water system, it also absorbs into your body through your skin the same way chlorine does in your shower. They also often use safer dyes in the fabric. For some people this can create issues like rashes, allergies, and eczema.
  3. Softer on your skin. Because of the way it is processed without all those extra chemicals and unnatural fabrics, it can be softer. This is not always true with cotton. And hemp is more of a linen texture. However, 100% bamboo is very soft. But I love the how silky most of my clothes feel against my skin.
  4. Better for the workers. By supporting organic clothing, you are creating a safer work environment for the farmers who don’t have to be around all those chemicals.Thousands of farmers die from exposure to these chemicals every year. You are also supporting fair wages since most organic clothing companies don’t use sweat shops.

If you want to make your own clothes try Organic Cotton Plus

Rawganique Eco Wearables is where I have found many cute hemp clothes including my favorite dress that I always get compliments on. (which is discontinued, sorry)

Blue Canoe is my favorite place to go. They are made in the US., have great sales, and are very soft!

If you want to try Bamboo clothing check out Bamboosa! Bamboo socks are like clouds for your feet. They also have the cutest and softest baby and kid’s clothes.

Zulily is a daily deal site which has been a great way to find organic clothes. I have found such great brands at Toad & Co, Satva,  Blurr, Jonano, truly organic, and Leopards & Roses. The drawback is that there are no returns. But the gamble has been worth it to get some cute sustainable clothing at 50% off! They also have had many different brands of kids organic clothing. In that first year their skin is so sensitive!

One of the hardest things to find has been affordable organic underwear. I was even considering making my own. And lets be honest, if there is anywhere you don’t want extra chemicals against your skin it’s…. ummm there. So I was delighted when I recently came across PACT apparel and Faeries Dance !

Do you have a favorite brand of organic clothing?

Yoga Challenge

I have been practicing yoga on and off since I was 18. Sometimes going years in between being on my mat. I always feel great while I am doing yoga, but life always seems to get in the way and self care has always been the first thing to go. So last month I challenged myself to do yoga everyday for a whole month. I have done this challenge before when I was younger, however, this challenge felt different. In the past it has been a very physical challenge. To push myself to new depths of strength and flexibility. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve become more gentle with myself and see my practice differently.  Here is what I’ve learned:

  1. It’s OK to cry on my mat. Somewhere between the hip and heart openers, it happened. A few times actually. I laid there in Shavasana with tears coming down my face. I’m not surprised. There are many things that I keep buried through most of my daily life.  But in the past year, I have made a point to face my fears. Yoga allowed me to reach down deep into both my body and mind and gently release of few of those fears. I called a friend after it happened and was relieved I wasn’t the only person it happens to. So I allow the tears to flow.
  2. Stop Judging myself! I know the mirror is there to help me with alignment, but some days I wish it wasn’t there. Some days I look in the mirror and think “Damn! I look cute today.” But there are also days where I am comparing myself to the other thinner students in the class. And let’s be honest, some yoga positions are not flattering. But every time that happens, it allows me time to let that negative thinking go and bring myself back to why I am on my mat…. to do yoga and not to judge.
  3. Appreciate the small changes. During one of my classes, the teacher was 8 months pregnant. Her practice was filled with so much grace and balance it was inspiring. I thought women who were pregnant were not supposed to be able to touch their toes or have good balance. And here she was floating back to her plank and still able to do inversions! Often teachers with say a pose, and then say “or you can do this harder variation”. And I giggle. Hopefully my amusement isn’t a distraction to my neighboring yogis. Maybe one day those things will be in my practice, but for now I appreciate the small strides I have made. Going a little deeper into a pose over time. Being able to keep my balance in a pose. Often when I am struggling in a pose I look around and it seems like everyone else is dong a much better job than I am. Yet when I feel strong I  don’t look around to see who’s struggling. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. I may able to do something the yogi I admire next to me can’t. We are all on our own journeys, and for now I appreciate the tiny strides in my yoga practice.
  4. Child’s Pose makes me Happy. When I was younger I was constantly pushing myself. Sticking it out even when it was hard. Never give in! My favorite poses were the one’s that challenged me the most. It makes me happy to hear, “we will meet in child’s pose”. This past month I also allowed myself to surrender into Child’s pose when the class became too hard. I was able to do this by letting go of my ego. It is okay for me take a break while the rest of the class is flowing. I can catch up to them later. This is my yoga practice, and in my practice Child’s Pose makes me happy.
  5. Restorative & Yin Yoga is the best thing since sliced bread!  In a world where we are constantly pushing forward to be our best, I appreciate the slow down. It seems even in yoga we are pushing ourselves. Some classes are equal parts yoga and workout, where I am sweating my butt off. Those classes are fantastic and very beneficial! But now I also appreciate those slow classes too. Where maybe I doze off for 5 minutes while we are in a pose. Even better is when the teacher comes along to do slight compressions along my spine. It’s like getting a mini massage!
  6. Reach for the Moon. In the end, I didn’t wind up doing yoga every day for the whole month. It was 5 or 6 reach-for-the-moon-quotedays a week. But there were some days I did two classes in a row, with the second class being a restorative class. However, I didn’t consider the challenge to be a failure. I simply fell among the stars. I learned many things through the experience and how to further let go of my expectations.
  7. I feel like I’ve come home. I’m so grateful that I tried this challenge.  More importantly I am grateful to have found such a nice studio so close to my house. I think it is important to keep trying different teachers and studios until you find one that you love. There are so many different types from Yin to Hatha to Kundalini. And there are many DVDs and videos online for you to try. I am going to keep yoga in my schedule-  it’s not just a physical practice, but also allows for spiritual growth if you are open to it. I already signed up for 3 more months at Revival Yoga Studio.  My goal is to do yoga at least 3 times a week, but I am just going with the flow.

PS. The above picture was taken when I was 26 at the Grand Canyon.

What is your Favorite Type of Yoga?