Thoughtful Thursday – Find your weirdo!

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Hawaii – first sunset

Hawaii - first sunset

Detox – Day 7 – Our bodies are our temples

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Fasting

There’’s hidden sweetness in the stomach’’s emptiness. We are lutes, no more, no less. If the sound box
is stuffed full of anything, no music.
If the brain and the belly are burning clean with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire. The fog clears, and new energy makes you
run up the steps in front of you.

Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry. Emptier, write secrets with the reed pen.

When you’’re full of food and drink, an ugly metal statue sits where your spirit should. When you fast
good habits gather like friends who want to help.

Fasting is Solomon’’s ring. Don’’t give it to some illusion and lose your power,
but even if you have, if you’’ve lost all will and control,
they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing
out of the ground, pennant flying above them.
A table descends to your tents,
Jesus’’ table.
Expect to see it, when you fast, this table spread with other food, better than the broth of cabbages.

–Rumi

8:30 – Started my day off with my Liver Flush and being in amazement that I will be on a plane for Hawaii in 3 days. The days have come so quickly and I haven’t really thought about it too much. I have only today and tomorrow to get ready since I will be busy all day Sunday. I decided today will be my day off of yoga. I have a lot of errands to run and am not sure I can realistically do it. I have enough time to do mediation and then I have to get ready to skedaddle. In the detox manual, they said you should take a day to get a massage or relax. Well, that’s my day. I have a pedicure appointment and later in the day I have my haircut appointment.

10:00 – Meditation – Today Deepak spoke about how our bodies are the vehicles that connects us to the Spirit. Our mantra today was Lam. Repeating this mantra allows us to ground our root chakra. He asked us to really reflect on the week and what points really resonated with us. Mine was listening to my body and really knowing where it needed or wanted to be. We also reflected on what it really means to call our body our temple. To me, it is taking care of my body by exercise and relaxation also paying attention to what goes in  and on it. For example, what’s the point in drinking filtered water that takes out all the contaminants when we shower and wash our hands in water that isn’t. Our body absorbs more water through the skin then we do through drinking. That is why I have filters on every water spout in my home. Culligan brand products are great and they make attachment for showers and sinks.

Deepak’s final question is What are three positive changes you can make today to better nurture your body, mind, and spirit? For me, it’s being aware of what I am doing. Am I making smart food choices, practicing yoga and meditation everyday, and listening to my body and it’s needs?

11:00 – Getting ready to head out for lunch and my pedicure. I am going to have a salad out today. 🙂

10:00 – I ended up being out all day. I love the ladies that work at Joy’s Spa. It is hands down the best place to go in all of DC. I spent some time with them catching up. I hadn’t seen them since before my road trip. When I was done yakking it up, I headed out to my hair appointment in the Tyson’s Corner area. I ended up staying out late running errands, so I had to have dinner  out too. I had another salad. It will be interesting to see how my body reacts to all this raw. If you remember, my acupuncturist banded me from it. Anyways, I am exhausted. Good night!

So, what are three positive changes you can make today to better nurture your body, mind, and spirit?

xo

Yoga Activist – Spring Benefit

If you are in there area, you should stop by! xo273

Detox – Day 6 – Listening to the Body

Eating consciously is a way of opening one’s heart to God. It is a way to feel the Divine presence.

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8:00 – Liver Cleanse and I just realized I can have brown rice and quinoa today!!!  So, I have been testing my PH levels lately to find out what body type I am. I usually get a 6.5, which is normal, however on the acidic side. The book Conscious Eating by Gabriel Cousens discusses what it means to have an acidic versus an alkaline body. What I read just made so many more connections to my digestion problems. A person with an acidic body is considered to be a fast oxidizer. Fast oxidizers have a metabolism that burns glucose to quickly. Fast oxidizers need approximately “50-55% protein, 30-35% carbohydrate, and 20-25% fat” and yes, we can get all the protein we need from fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc. (what I am saying is you don’t need meat to do this!) Fast oxidizers need to eat less carbs and also need to minimize foods that are high on the glycemic index. I pretty much cut out everything on that list by getting rid of dairy and gluten.That is probably why I lost so much weight. My body was struggling to metabolize the carbs and now it doesn’t have to work so hard.  There is an app for your iphones/ipads or you can also go to the glycemic index and type in any food there to find out where it belongs.

12:00 – What lunch already? I guess I was just yacking it up on my blog today. I am in such a giddy mood today… I wonder if it’s because I can eat more… Lunch was awesome today. Of course it was, because I had beans… Ooops… my love for beans goes beyond all measure. We have had a serious love affair for quite some time. Those damn chickpeas tricked me. Damn you chickpea… damn you… I guess I can pretend they are “peas”. Regardless, I am going to share an amazing recipe with you… There is this restaurant right next door called Open City that makes the same thing and I am lucky I know someone who works there… got the inside scoop. 🙂

Tofu Scramble (minus the tofu for right now)

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You will need to stir fry some chickpeas with about 2 Tbs of EVOO and 2 Tbs of water.

Throw in a head of broccoli cut up into small pieces. small…

add about 2 garlic cloves

Once those babies are stir fried turn your heat down a little and throw in 2 Tbs of lemon juice and add about 2-3 Tbs of Tahini.

Walla… delicious! You can cut up potatoes and add them into the stir fry and it will be, like I said amazing…

Okay, it’s time to stop procrastinating and get my yoga on!

2:00 – Yoga – Honest moment… my arms/shoulders are so freaking sore from all the intense yoga I have been doing. I decided to take it a little easy today and do Happy Shoulders  with Kathryn Budig on Yogaglo. It felt so good to stretch out my muscles. I also did Reclined and Seated Postures by Jo Tastula

3:00 – Meditation – Today’s Centering Thought “I am perfection. I am healthy. I am strong.” The mantra was So hum  meaning I am. Today Deepak talks about loving ourselves completely. What do you love about yourself? What have you done has your body done for you over the years and what does your body need right now. Well, what my body needed was not another intense yoga workout. This week has been all about taking care of myself, so I listened. How often do I not? That is the question…

4:30 – Today I am subbing at Yoga District.

8:45 – Just got home and grabbing some food, stir fry veggies. I realize I could have grains, but didn’t today??? I was so excited for what? at 9:00 I will be chatting with Itto, my friend from Japan. So, I will say good night now.

some parting thoughts…

How do you love yourself? What does your body need right now?

xo

Does your back hurt during meditation?


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When I first started meditating my back would burn so bad I would want to give up. AND I know that yogis would say, “you are supposed to work through the burning as part of your meditation”. HA, it was incredibly painful, far more painful then the occasional foot that falls asleep. Over time I have gotten better at it, but I think I finally figured out the move. Now many of you may already know the move…

1. Sit with your bottom slightly elevated and knees on the mat or ground.

2.Cross your leg in in whichever variation makes you comfortable. Crossed legs, one heel against your crotch and the other heel against the other ankle, or lotus.

3. Raise your arms above your head and make a temple, then slowly release your down to your knees. If you are meditating during the day your palms should be facing up and if it is night then facing down. This will really help you straighten your back and bring your shoulders back and down.

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4. You need to tilt your pelvic back, so that you have a scoop in your lower back.

5. Close your eyes and begin.

6. Om

7. Namaste 🙂

Have any tips? What do you do?

xo

Detox – Day 5 – Opening the Heart

As we become healthy, we often require less food because the body is better able to assimilate the physical aspects of the food and the more subtle energies from which the food is condensed.

~Gabriel Cousens

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Tomorrow I will begin introducing the second step of the pyramid. 🙂

Did you know… according to Ayurveda, between 7 am and 9 am or 10 am and 2 pm is the time when your digestive fires are the strongest? You should eat your biggest meal of the day during either of these times. Chinese medicine would tell you between 7 am and 9 am.

8:30 – Woke up, took my liver cleanse, worked on my latest blog post.

10:00 – Since today is Wednesday and the middle of the week, I decided to find a practice that spoke to finding our center and working on our midline. I found the perfect one by Stephanie Snyder called “Feeling Fragmented” again from Yogaglo. It was awesome…I felt so good afterwards.

11:00 – Deepak time! Today our focus was on finding our flow of rhythm with our mind and body. The mantra today was Om Anandham Namah meaning – my actions are blissfully free from attachment to outcome. Deepak spoke about how our body reacts to good and bad situations. I know when I am in a situation that is bad, I tense up and close off. I can actually feel myself hunch forward and become guarded. Of course, the opposite happens when I am in a situation of love or gratitude. I am completely open and vulnerable. When we think about mindfulness and how our brain actually functions, our hypothalamus uses the flight, fight or fright response is bad situations. The same thing happens when we are angry. Can you think back to a time when you were angry at someone and were in a heated argument only to forget what happened during it. I know I have and end up wondering what the hell we were fighting about. Our brain takes in too much cortisol at this point. Over time, if we continue to stay in the fight, flight or fright mode we have an overabundance of cortisol and have a hard time moving back into our center. When I think about this, I often find prime examples in my classroom. The kid that is always angry, violent or has “ADD” is stuck in the flight, fright or fight mode. He has an overabundance of cortisol releasing from his hypothalamus. The same things is happening for the kids who do NOTHING! They have just given up…done can’t deal with it anymore… (remember those fights you give up on).

I love Deepak’s question “Recall a time when you decided to let life events unfold without trying to control the outcome. What did you
learn from simply letting go?” Isn’t the answer simple… it all worked out. Everything happened just as it should or as it always does. We have no control and to think we do is silly.

12:00 – Chanting – How about Heart at Wide as the World

12:30 – Lunch! One more day, one more day! 🙂

1:00 – Showered and got ready to go to my parents house. Tonight I have my career counseling class at 7:30. I am going to hang out with my parents and my mom is making a dinner that I can eat. 🙂

11:00 – Good night! Just thinking about this time next week I will be starting my 3rd day in Hawaii. 🙂

xo