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Throat Chakra Blend

A beautiful custom blend of essential oils and sodalilte.  This blend works to balance and open the fifth chakra so that truth and communication can be easily achieved.

The Throat chakra is about the expression of yourself: Your truth, purpose in life, creativity. Note that this chakra has a natural connection with the second chakra or sacral chakra, center of emotions and creativity as well. The throat chakra’s emphasis is on expressing and projecting the creativity into the world according to its perfect form or authenticity.

If you are interested in learning more about chakras, essential oils and gemstones, follow this link to a free online course.  If you are ready to start using essential oils for your mind, body and spirit, go here.

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Monday Mindfulness 

Good Morning and Happy Monday! 

It is my greatest belief that pausing to check in with yourself and become aware is our greatest tool in then knowing what we need or to recognize all that is good.

Pause. Take a breathe. Listen. 


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A Habit of Gratitude 

We are headed into the season where gratitude and thankfulness seems to be on everyone’s radar a bit more. What if instead, we all chose to make gratitude a habit everyday! I often teach that it isn’t about being grateful for the obvious—those are great—but what if you started to look closer for the less obvious things to be grateful for? 

Today, I am grateful for being called on my cranky mood because I got to make a choice to shift. I am grateful for the ability to treat myself to a house cleaner so I can rest my body. I am grateful for understanding. I am grateful for opportunities. I am grateful for consistency. 
What are you grateful for? 


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Going Home 

During my quiet meditation time, I read three different passages about returning home. I’m going to pause and listen to that today and know that this beautiful journey with all of its twists and turns, pains and comforts, celebrations and disappointments, is really just leading me home. 


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A simple reminder of peace. A knowing that there must be an acknowledgment of the mud in order to witness the blossom. 

For myself I am realizing again that life is a balance of  evolving and being still with what is. 

When pain strikes, pausing to feel that I am alive. When joy comes, taking it all in as beautiful light. When worry takes over, coming back to the present breath. 

Ponder the idea of blossoming from the mud in your life, and taking part in being present when life show up. 


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Essential Oils Meet Yoga

There is something so amazing when essential oils and Yoga come together. I have been using oils and yoga for over fourteen years and have always loved the aromatic influence of certain oils. Depending on what oil is used the experience can be filled with a sense of groundedness or uplifting energy.

My experience is that essential oils can help bring the mind, body, and spirit into the present moment.  Our sense of smell is our most powerful sense and by incorporating oils into our yoga practice we are not only adding valuable properties for our physical and emotional body, but we are helping to keep us in the present moment and connected to our experience on the mat. 

The definition of Yoga is union, so as we begin to push out  our past and future thoughts– or ideas of comparison or conception–we peel away the layers of our false self/ego to reveal our True Self, which we can then begin to form a union with.  By using the specially formulated essential oils that doTERRA recently released I am excited to  use oils to assist in this process through the steadying oils of Anchor, the centering oils of Align and the enlightening oils of Arise.

ANCHOR (STEADYING BLEND)

You would start your practice with this by dropping into your hands and inhaling, then apply to heart and back of the neck. Apply this, breathe it in and set the intention for your Yoga practice. With our crazy fast-paced lives with a mile-long to-do list, this blend gives you that grounding, firm trust in yourself so you can approach your practice (and life) with a calming strength.

This blend has Lavender, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Black Pepper and a hint of Patchouli. You can smell the spicy in the blend with the Black Pepper and Cinnamon.

  • Promotes feelings of completeness, calmness, and courage
  • Encourages a steady foundation from which to move forward

ALIGN (CENTERING BLEND)

Intention setting, body awareness and warm up stretches, you can begin to incorporate  Align.  I love the fresh and crisp aroma of this blend.  Diffusing Align during the practice will infuse the space with the aromatic benefit.  As you moved through your expansive poses where we elongate our spine, like extended mountain and traditional sun salutations, this blend will help to bring a sense of centered strength in each posture.

The oil blend in this one is Bergamot, Coriander, Marjoram, Peppermint, Geranium, Basil, Rose, and Jasmine. It’s incredible.

  • Promotes feelings of self-acceptance, trust, and fluidity
  • Encourages harmony and calm progress

ARISE (ENLIGHTENING BLEND)

Arise is the enlightening blend. This is very bright, tropical and it almost smells like a less sweet Citrus Bliss. This would be great to assist you with your daily affirmations as you move through your postures while seeing yourself reaching for the highest place you can go.  Allowing a drop or two to fall into your palms and inhaling, then applying to your heart and solar plexus would be a great application of this blend as well as diffusing. Some great postures include warrior series, triangle and revolved lunge and revolved triangle.

The oils in this blend include Lemon, Grapefruit, Siberian Fir, Osmanthus, and Melissa. It is uplifting and very heart opening.  It really is lovely.

  • Promotes feelings of happiness, clarity, and courage
  • Encourages rising to achieve goals and improved performance

I invite you to incorporate essential oils into yoga and meditation practice.

Contact me to set up  your own wholesale account that will  get these oils at wholesale price.  In addition you will  get an exclusive welcome gift and access to my private Facebook group for mentoring and continuing support using the essential oils.

These products become available on Oct. 2. Can’t wait!

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Kitchari

Let’s face it being a red-head has some great qualities: unique coloring (only 2% of the world population has red hair),  we well-known for a spunky temper and we have an awesome sense of humor due to years of being teased.  Believe me, I have heard them all. The not so great qualities of being a red-head: well, that very same temper plays both sides of the coin and I pity the person dealing with the not-so-spunky side, red-heads have a much lower pain tolerance and even bleed more than non-gingers, and seasonal changes especially from summer to fall is incredibly difficult. The hot PITTA dosha that most red-heads are can be exasperated this time of year. With that said, it is a great time to consider a Ayurvedic porridge made from rice and mung beans. This amazing stuff is wonderfully seasoned with ginger, cilantro, cardamom and clove. Kitchari is considered is used to purify (and cool down) digestion and cleanse systemic toxins from the body.

I typically do this process in the spring and most certainly in the fall.  I try to make the day or few days to be quiet ones where my focus is to love my body.  I practice Yoga, meditate, take short walks in nature and drink plenty of water.  This year I chose to do a one day Kitchari cleanse the day following a huge hike up a 14,000 foot mountain.  My body was tired and empty from the exertion and I felt this would be a great way to move gracefully into the fall season.

Kitchari reminds me of a  creamy rice cereal and a light dal, or lentil soup. Great for warming the body on a cold day, but even greater the cozy feeling is the rest it offers your digestive system.  This blend of rice, legumes and spices provides all the needed nutrients one needs while resting the system and also provides the body needed energy. Ideally eating Kitchari for three days is ideal but a once or twice a month day is a great maintenance practice.  The morning of the “cleanse” I avoid caffeine and I enjoy unsweetened steel-cut oats with butter or ghee.  The process of making Kitcahri can be meditative if you are open to seeing the process as one of health and vitality.

KITCHARI

  • one cup yellow split mung beans (can sub red lentils if unable to find)
  • one tablespoon chopped ginger
  • two tablespoons shredded coconut
  • handful of fresh cilantro
  • one teaspoon cinnamon
  • one-quarter teaspoon each of cardamom, pepper, clove powder, turmeric, salt
  • three bay leaves
  • three tablespoons ghee or unsalted butter
  • one cup basmati rice
  • six cups water

1. First, rinse split yellow mung beans and soak for several hours. Set aside.

2. In a blender, liquefy one ginger, shredded coconut and chopped cilantro with one-half cup of water.

3. In a large saucepan, lightly brown spices and three bay leaves (remove before serving) in three tablespoons of ghee, or butter.

4. Drain the mung beans and then stir them into the spice mixture in the saucepan.

5. Next, add raw basmati rice. Stir in the blended spice and coconut mixture, followed by six cups of water.

6. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook on low heat for approximately 25 to 30 minutes until soft.