Discovering Ajna: The Third Eye Chakra

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What is the Third Eye Chakra? How does it affect you and your body? How can you bring it back into harmony? How can you awaken to your higher consciousness through the Third Eye Chakra?

Today’s podcast is the sixth in the seven part series on the Chakras. You listen to this episode and the past ones through iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nourish-body-and-soul/id907475014?mt=2

Turmeric Tea

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Self care can seem, well, selfish. I think so many of us in today’s society are running around, getting our to do lists checked off, and taking care of others along the way. This is often at the neglect of ourselves. In order to be the best care giver we can be or need to be to the others in our lives like our children, spouses, friends and family we need to take care of ourselves first and for most.

I’ve mentioned this metaphor before but it’s still my favorite. I always think about when you are on a plane and the flight attendants are going through the safety demonstration. When they get to the oxygen mask they say to make sure you give yourself oxygen first, before administering it to another person. If you don’t take care of yourself first, you are not in the best position to help others.

You’re probably now asking yourself “What does this all have to do with tea?”

Fridays are now the only day that I am not teaching a class. All the other days of the week now start with early morning classes and end with evening classes, with lots of running around in-between. Plus I’m squeezing in checking off my to do list, running errands, and squeezing in my own workouts as I can.

I used to save everything for Friday and would spend my only real day off running around crazy. I decided this week to use Fridays as my self care day. I’m going to use Fridays as a reset for my week, only doing things that are beneficial to my mind, body and soul. Starting with a warm cup of Turmeric Tea and meditation. I’m going to only fill the day with things that make my face breakout in smile, and my heart breakout in song. Meditation, Yoga, bubble baths, pedicures, clothes shopping, anything that’s just fun, relaxing and soul soothing.

Turmeric Tea is an Ayurvedic tool often called “Golden Nectar”, “Liquid Gold”, or when made with milk “Golden Milk”. Turmeric has so many amazing benefits and has shown in research to help with so many different ailments. Of course you can just use Turmeric in cooking, but having a cup of Turmeric Tea a day will be the most beneficial, and it’s a great way to take care of yourself as you start your day. It’s a warm cup of comfort and healing.

I will be doing the Turmeric Tea recipe first thing in the morning to help the metabolism to wake up, and I’ll end my day with a cup of the Creamy Turmeric Tea before bed to help relax me as I drift off to sleep. Try all the variations and let me know which way you like it best in the comments!

Turmeric-benefitsHere is the recipe:

  1. Brew a cup of your favorite green tea (for the added benefits from the green tea) or just boil a cup of water
  2. Add the juice of  lemon or lime to your taste
  3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  4. Sweeten with your favorite sweetener such as honey, agave or stevia
  5. You can add other spices/herbs as you like such as ginger, cinnamon, clove, cayenne pepper, or black pepper*

*It’s been shown in studies that adding a dash of black pepper with Turmeric helps our bodies absorb the benefits of Turmeric better.

Here is the milk variation known as Creamy Turmeric Tea or “Golden Milk”:

  1. In a sauce pan, gently warm a cup of Almond or Coconut Milk
  2. In your mug add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of your sweetener and any additions you’d like such as ginger, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cardamon, cinnamon, etc.
  3. Add a little (about a teaspoon) of the warmed milk to your cup and mix together until smooth with no lumps. Add the rest of your milk and mix well.

Discovering Anahata: The Heart Chakra

chakraanhata21Please listen to the lastest episode in the seven part series on the Chakras. Today we are “Discovering Anahata: The Heart Chakra”

What is the Heart Chakra? How does it affect you and your body? How can you balance the Heart Chakra? Please listen, like, share and subscribe. You can also find the episodes on ITunes and download them straight to your phone to listen to later. Just search for Nourish Body Soul on iTunes.

Pilates Teaser Variations: How to Do Teaser Prep

I know, I know, I promised this video like two weeks ago. Well here it is! There are so many variations of Teaser, and depending on what camp you are in, they are as different as the many names for the many variations. I’m showing you how I teach and practice the different variations starting this week with Teaser Prep.

Teaser is the essential Pilates exercise and it builds from other exercises in your workout such as the 100, the Roll up and Open Leg Rocker. Teaser Prep or One Leg Teaser is an accessible modification to prepare for Teaser (Full Teaser or Teaser 1). Teaser, and even this modified version help to strengthen the core. In Teaser you are engaging your back muscles, your hip flexors and all of your abdominal muscles to find the control to balance in this V Sit position on your sit bones.

In Teaser, when you come into the full expression of the exercise and are balancing on the sit bones,  you want a small curve in the lower back, but a neutral spine throughout the middle and upper back, opening across the chest and shoulders. Using the strength of your core to fully articulate the spine as you roll up and back down with control.

Check back here within the next week or two for more variations. Don’t forget to “like”, “share”, and “subscribe”. Show some love!

Pilates for Athletes

10574305_652240688216147_2182895275442337768_nWhat dancers have known for years, is now being discovered by many other athletes. Pilates can improve your performance in many different types of body movement including sports. David Beckham, Tiger Woods, Lebron James and professional teams like Orlando Magic, Green Bay Packers, and the Detroit Lions are just a few of the professional athletes that have turned to Pilates to improve their game.

The benefits of Pilates as it relates to sports is many including:

  • increased flexibility and strength
  • core strengthening to improve balance
  • prevent and alleviate hip and back pain
  • Improve agility

Everything that we do is supported by and radiates out from your core, even standing and walking. Strengthening your core through Pilates exercises can improve your performance and give you an edge whether you are a runner, cyclist, golfer or tennis player. Find a studio or gym near you that holds Pilates classes by a certified teacher, and explore how this amazing form or movement can improve your game.

 

Nourish: Body and Soul Podcasts

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I’ve recently delved into the world of podcasts. I was not sure if this was an area I wanted to enter, especially since I HATE how my recorded voice sounds. However, I’ve found myself listening to more podcasts now on my commute to and from classes. I love all the different topics that are covered across many different genres. There really is something out there for everyone and all interests. While listening to some of the podcasts that I’ve subscribed to, I’ve found myself already knowing the information, or having some comments to make. I also noticed a gap in the information that I was seeking to learn and listen to. I even started a list of topics I wanted to cover or talk about. I felt that I might actually have a voice to join in the dialogue of Health and Wellness through podcasting. So I did!

My podcast is all about what I’m already sharing with the world here on my blog, in online discussions and within my own classes that I teach. I will feature topics relating to Yoga, Pilates, Mediation, Nutrition, Alternative Health and Therapies, Spirituality and Wellness. Everything from information on Fitness to Herbal Remedies. It’s a unique blending of topics, but all the ones that I hold dear and nourish in my daily practice.

I’ve already done four episodes, three of which are part of a seven part series on discovering the Chakras, and I am featured in the New and Noteworthy section under Alternative Health on iTunes. Please check out my podcast and give the episodes a listen here.

I would appreciate any ratings, reviews, comments, questions and of course subscriptions. I have some interesting topics coming up that I want to cover, including interviews with others in the Health and Wellness field. I’m looking forward to watching my new baby grow, and hoping to interact more with others online through podcasting.