Namaste

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nWM4BSgFjEE/TX5i8vX9dcI/AAAAAAAAAkw/TRQHEnY3HRk/s1600/kids_yoga.jpgHaving been a kid who did NOT enjoy P.E. or sports, it warms my heart to see articles about schools offering Yoga as a P.E. option.  The only part of gym class I ever liked was gymnastics, and, I admit, square dancing.  Still, I dreaded that hour as so many students do.  Thinking I was not athletic because I didn’t do well in games like dodge ball (really?  how many of us really loved having a ball thrown at us?) just made it worse as the years went on.  Thank goodness for cheer-leading which often got me out of gym class.  I loved my years of cheering.

In many ways, I am still a cheerleader.  But I also love aerobic dancing, lifting weights, doing Pilates, jogging and yoga.  So this morning I salute the schools that are offering Yoga as an option to fulfill the P.E. credit.   The students who are taking these classes are getting so much more than just the credit, as any of that practice yoga know.  They are gaining confidence, learning useful tools to combat stress, increasing focus and concentration and of course, gaining strength, flexibility and coordination.

It is never too late to start adding yoga to your life.  If you are a parent, remember that we are the most important roll models in our children’s lives.  Namaste.

Building and Seeding……….

There is so much going on in the world to be thankful for and happy about that I refuse to be frightened or angered by the news about viruses, terrorists, politicians, etc.

This morning, I am thankful to modern medicine and Dr. Murray Rosenbaum for (in the doc’s words, not mine) a PERFECT cardio ablation preformed on Mitch 2 days ago.  If you or someone you know, struggles with A-FIB (atrial fibrillation) and are NOT familiar with this option, please ask me questions!  While this cannot be considered a “cure,” we are feeling very optimisitic!

My gratitude list is too long this morning.   I have written and deleted several times.  I don’t want to sound like I am gloating.  I do have to say beyond being thankful for the obvious, how much it makes me smile that my boys still love Legos and that my girls deal with it and can bond about it across many miles.  All the pics and comments they shared these past few days on Facebook have made me grin from ear to ear.

I am not a preacher so I cannot tell you how much practicing gratitude can change your life, I can only tell you how positively it impacts me in my life.  A healthy mind helps keep a healthy body and vice-versa!

So for me, I choose to step away from the news which really is terrorism in it’s true form and instead focus on what I can control.  I absolutely LOVE this quote of the day from early this week and wanted to share before I leave for the park for my first workout of the day……..

“I will be generous with my love today.  I will sprinkle compliments and uplifting words everywhere I go.  I will do this knowing that my words are like seeds and when they fall on fertile soil, a reflection of those seeds will grow into something greater.”

–Steve Maraboli

Thank you to everyone who kept great thoughts for Mitch and I this week.  I have the most amazing support system and for that I am beyond grateful.

Have a beautiful day and remember you choose what you want to fill your 24 hours with…..

How to Cultivate More Happiness and Joy

Good morning.  Happy New Year and here it is Vegan (Feast) Thursday again.

  I am in the middle of a good read in this month’s Yoga Magazine….about a 21 day vegan challenge.   Yoga and a plant-based diet go together like…peanut butter and jelly—or lettuce and tomatoes.  “Ahimsa,” meaning non-harming, is the first of the five yamas (guides to enlightenment).  While not all yogis and yoga enthusiasts refrain from eating animals and their by-products, a plant-based diet IS a great way of practicing ahimsa or “do no harm.”  Doing no harm to ourselves, others and our universe certainly includes animals!

One of the things I have been making lately is what I like to call my chakra salad.  We know that their are foods that help balance our 7 chakras and when we put them together in a bowl, we get one very, very colorful and inviting salad.  Each chakra has it’s own color and to keep it easy, the foods associated with balancing that chakra are the same colors.

English: Illustration of the main 7 Chakras, a...

English: Illustration of the main 7 Chakras, as taught by contemporary Reiki masters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our root chakra is red so think of foods like radishes, beets and red onions.  The sacral chakra is orange so consider orange peppers, or shredded carrots.  For the solar plexus we want to add something yellow; corn or some yellow squash works.  Moving up to the heart chakra we can opt for any of the leafy greens, lettuce being the most obvious, but kale and spinach are also great.  For the throat chakra, which is blue, I like to throw in a handful of blueberries.  Blue is a tough color–if you can think of anything else, please let me know!  Those blueberries have to cover the third eye chakra which is also blue.  Finally, for the radiant crown chakra think shredded purple cabbage.  This covers all the chakras, but I also like to add calamata olives and avocado when available as these add great taste, texture and some much needed healthy fat to the mix.  Finally, if I am looking for a little protein I will add rinsed and drained chick peas.  I always dress my salad with fresh squeezed lemon, a small amount of balsamic vinegar and just enough olive oil.  Turns out, what’s great for balancing our chakras, (and we can all use some balance in our lives!) is also great for everything that ails us without doing any harm.  The big bonus is the rainbow of colors make it so pretty!  Play around with the ingredients.  Be creative and let me know what you come up with!

Whether you are a yoga guru or have never done a single yoga posture in your life, consider a meal or two today that are void of any animals.  As Sharon Gannon, co-founder of the Jivamukti Yoga school and the Jivamuki vegan cafe in NYC, as well as the author of the cookbook Simple Recipes for Joy says “Veganism is NOT about restriction–it’s a way of eating and living that can create more happiness and joy.”

Wishing you more happiness and joy and a wonderful a day! Namaste

 

 

 

 

 

Warning. This Image May Hit Hard.

As you all know I haven’t been doing a whole lot of blogging lately.  Mostly because, as I said a few weeks ago, I am a little tired of “hearing” myself and I want to do more learning and more listening before I start spouting again!  Meditation each morning with Mitch and Ms. Roxburry has been a great way to begin each day.  Guided meditation helps set an intention and today that intention was completely in line with my speaking less and listening more…

The other reason I have been “quiet,” is because I find I am conflicted about certain aspects of my life and my business and I need to sort it all out.  It’s always better to think things out before we speak.

As for it being Vegan (Feast) Thursday, all I can say is that the world is so mixed up and upside down, I just wish we could all exercise a little more compassion and I know from personal experience that since I stopped eating animal products, I feel much more connected to the entire universe.  Always the ultimate dog lover, I see ALL animals in a much lighter, light and after all, we are ALL animals!

But today I am totally stepping away from blogging about a plant-based diet in order to share an image that has me totally conflicted on so many levels….both personal and professional.  This was shared by Alexis Wolfer of thebeautybean.com. 

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It was shared a couple of days ago and has left me doing a lot of thinking…We have all got to stop obsessing about the number on the scale (definitely myself included) and the images (ALL digitally manipulated) we see of models, actresses and celebs.  This doesn’t mean we let ourselves go and stop caring.  It means we do the work of being physical and eating healthfully and nurturing our souls.  But it’s confusing.  What’s healthy to you, might not at all be healthy to me.  So we have to do our homework and be honest with ourselves.

So, if my students, clients and friends find me changing the subject about the pound or two you gained or lost, I am not at all not interested, I am just working on being a better role model.  We know it’s not our job to ask others to do or be more or different than they are.  It’s our job to work on ourselves and be the best ME we can.

I am asking for random feedback today.  I will have to approve your comments before they will appear and I am off to do my CPR renewal in a bit, but I will be back later.  Please, I want to hear from you and feel free to share with others.

Health and fitness is my business and my passion, but when there are lines that blur with regard to weight and I need to sort through all of this to be better at what it is I love.  Children are also a great passion of mine and I want us all to be sending out the healthiest messages we can to them.

And now I will return to the listening.  Thank you!