Fall is upon us, and with it the gifts of Mother Nature are generously bestowed as we transition into autumn. The elements parade their shifts in nature – temperatures turn cooler, leaves show new colors, days become shorter and wetter and we celebrate the harvest. While there is much to celebrate, this time of Continue Reading
As we (at least here in Idaho) watch the snow melt away (hopefully soon), we know Spring is on it’s way. This is the time of year Mother Earth renews herself, and celebrates with blooming flowers and new leaves. While we aren’t always aware, our own bodies are also beginning to shift with the change Continue Reading
“You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.” – Joseph Pilates Often it’s time – not motivation – that stands between a busy mom and her exercise program. This is a reality: some days there is no time for “me time.” Yet, Continue Reading
I originally published this in Elephant Journal in 2013. I love to share this during the holiday, and encourage you to enjoy again this holiday season!! Namaste!! ‘Twas a moment in Savasana, when all through the studio, not a yogi was stirring – each trying to let go. The Yoga mats were lined up in Continue Reading
Trying to stop drinking coffee? Or, just want a tasty treat in the summer heat? Try out this delicious coconut mint lassi! Ingredients: ·1 lime (cut into about 6-8 pieces, can use juice of lime only if preferred) ·2 tbsp maple syrup or honey ·7 fl. Oz coconut Milk ·3 oz. ice (about a handful) Continue Reading
Recipes for Pampering …
Truly Gentle Baby Shampoo
Product tests released in March 2009 uncovered two known carcinogens in dozens of bath products for children, including Sesame Street character brands and Johnson & Johnson’s “pure and gentle” baby shampoo. (It’s enough to make a new mom cry.) Luckily, making your own all-natural, toxin-free shampoo is easy.
Here’s what you’ll need (available at most health food stores):
1 cup Castile soap
¼ cup water
¼ tsp Vitamin E oil
12-15 drops essential oil (optional) – lavender is soothing
Combine ingredients in a bottle, shake well to mix, and enjoy baby’s bath time (no more tears).
Rejuvenating Baby Bump Oil
Now that you are expecting, expect to pamper yourself a bit more—naturally. This rejuvenating oil can be applied generously to a growing belly to soothe, relax and prevent stretch marks! Get that new daddy involved in this project.
Here’s what you’ll need:
4 oz. fresh dried Shatavari root (or another female rejuvenating herb)
16 oz. pure vegetable oil (olive or almond oil work well)
12-15 drops essential oil (optional—lavender, lemon or rose are nice)
Heat gently and uncovered for about 2 hours, stirring frequently. Mixture should simmer on low heat, but not come to a boil to avoid burning. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool completely. Strain through cheesecloth and bottle. Let cool before putting the lid on. It’s important to use clean jars that are completely dry. Should last 6-12 months… just right!
(This Blog Entry was originally published by Sacramento Parent Magazine, Jean Munoz Keese.)
The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age. Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89 Abhyanga Continue Reading
A diaper rash cream safe enough to eat? Okay, so we don’t recommend eating any kind of skin cream, but you get the idea… The products we put on babies’ sensitive skin should be safe enough to eat. So it’s a major bummer to find out that even commonly used diaper creams contain chemicals you Continue Reading
Babies are born yogis, often striking poses on their own—a “child’s pose” while sleeping, or “down dog” when learning to crawl. For little ones yoga is just a natural state of joyful being. Like all of us, babies aren’t always full of pure joy and can find themselves a bit off center—tummy aches, colic, gas, or Continue Reading
Healthy habits mean higher marks—and happier families. Several studies have demonstrated the connection between kids’ health and their level of academic success, especially when it comes to sleep and nutrition. The ancient science of Ayurveda teaches us that sleep, food and love form “the three pillars of health” and the foundation for reaching our potential. Continue Reading