Zen Mind-Beginner’s Mind

ZEN MIND – BEGINNER’S MIND

by Vlad Moskovski

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

–Shunryu Suzuki (Founder of SF Zen Center)

I love this quote because it reminds me that the mind is the filter through which we see the world around us. What Suzuki meant by “beginner’s mind” is that when when we look at the world with fresh eyes, there is a newness and vividness to what we see that allows our minds to be open to new possibilities.

When we take things for granted, when we stop seeing with fresh eyes, the world around begins to get stale. Old and uninteresting. Beginner’s mind is a way of thinking and being in the world that can re-kindle the freshness and newness that makes everything around us sparkle with vibrancy. When we see the world with beginner’s mind, we become inspired, energized, and excited.

The first step is to engage in a simple thought. Try saying these words to yourself, “I don’t know, but I am curious.” Repeat several times and notice how it feels to be in that place of not knowing but openness.

Now, use the trigger question “What is happening right now?” to uncover how you are blocking yourself and what obstacles stand in the way from seeing the world with fresh new eyes. Take a few moments to either note silently to yourself or to write down everything that you can perceive which includes what you are seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling, thinking, and feeling.

Try this exercise in different settings throughout the day to start to develop your beginner’s mind muscles. After all, when you change the way you see, the things you are looking at also change!

For more inspiration, watch Vlad’s recent video, “Waking Up”  

This post was originally published by Vlad Moskovski on his blog. You can gain more wisdom from Vlad in his upcoming workshop at Namaste Berkeley, Mindful Meditation: Guidance for Daily Living. Sign up for the workshop here.

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Three Activities to Help Heal a Bereaved Heart

By Ken Breniman

For the past 6 years, I have had the honor to hold space for hundreds of people in my Yoga for Grief workshops in the SF Bay Area.  Over the past year, this sacred gathering has found a sweet hOMe at Namaste Yoga and Wellness. I added the subtitle:  Healing Hearts, Healing Bodies because the grieving process is unique for each one of us and there are a variety of places within our being that unhealed energies or emotions can get stuck. I found that by offering a yoga practice that participants were able to release emotions that had become stuck in the body and helped them move through some very difficult mind states. I also always knew that just a half day of yoga or a 6 week series of yoga sessions could be a safe and supportive space for grieving yogis and yoginis but that it could not ‘cure’ the bereaved heart.   

So what might one do to patiently tend to a healing heart during an extended time of grief?   In my own personal journey and in hearing from participants of these gatherings, I have found that the following three activities have been helpful during the darker days of loss to channel the pain and anguish, and assist in working through the numbness.  These three activities also provide a safe go-to place even after the acute grief response has subsided and we come to realize that there will be waves of grief in the days, months or years to come.   kenbrenimanandmom

1. Journaling.

I started journaling when I was a teen and about two years before my mom became ill.  Journaling literally saved my life while I was trying to make sense of my mom’s sudden death. I look back at those journal entries and they were riddled with questions I still don’t have the answers to, but allowed me a space to let my heart’s voice be heard rather than shut down. Over the years, journaling has become my free (and always available) therapist and I continue to write in a journal on a regular basis.  Of course, there are times when the journal sits at the bed side for weeks but for me it has become one of the best tools in times of loss and grief and I highly recommend checking out this website on grief journaling.  

2) Tonglen Meditation     

This can be a powerful practice when done on a regular basis. Tonglen meditation is a Buddhist technique that helps a grieving person find a way to sit with the suffering using the in breath to find a way to release the pain, suffering, despair, anger or other unhealed energies so that we can open our hearts to feel relief, joy, forgiveness, and other healed emotions through the out breath.  Pema Chodron, a great Buddhist nun, has a graceful way of teaching Tonglen.  Check out Pema’s teaching here.

kenbreniman3) Creating an Altar in your home

Admittedly, this was the hardest one to begin for me because I somehow though that a nondenominational eclectic animist like myself who didn’t have any lineage or tradition, didn’t have a foundation for building a sacred space in my home.  Then it dawned on me, that is all the more reason to build one!  No matter what your beliefs or non-beliefs are, if you are mourning the loss of a beloved person, pet or the loss of some thing, (i.e. a relationship, a job, health) you deserve to have an area in your home that helps to ground and center you!  And even though it took me years to find out how powerful my tiny little bookshelf altar would be in my healing journey, I laughed out loud when I searched the web for a ‘how to build an altar in your home’ and found the simplest of instructions. Check out these three steps to creating an altar!

I am prone to borrow Mae West’s wisdom at times like these: “I didn’t say it would be easy, I did say it would be worth it.” I hope you find these tips helpful and if you have any healing tools that you would like to share or if you have any questions on how to deepen your healing practice, please email Ken or share in the comments below!

From my healing heart to yours, I wish you solace and peace in your healing journey.

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Poh and Reba Share Their Favorite Self Care Practices

A conversation with Reba Gray and Poh Teng about their must have self care practices:

Poh: I love seeing what you’re up to on Instagram. Your self-care practices are random mid-day reminders for me to do self-care. What are some of your favorites?

Reba: Asana practice of course! Also massage, reading in a quiet space, and getting pedicures. In general, doing things more slowly and mindfully.

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Poh Teng getting strong!

Poh: You do always have nicely pedicured feet! And you went to southern California this summer?  

 Reba: Yep, my hubby and I went to San Diego & Santa Barbara. My favorite moment was lunch on the beach with my toes in the sand, laughing with good friends and enjoying the sea breeze. We also got to visit Cold Spring Tavern, a saloon from the 1860s. We shared a really delicious cold beer. Having moments like that are so rejuvenating for me, creating sense memories, you know? I can remember the feeling of toes in the sand, the taste of that cold beer after traveling on a hot, dusty day… Tell me about your favorite self-care practices.

 Poh: My favorites are yoga, massage and hiking with my dogs. But really, anything that helps me let go of stress buildup in the  body, heart and mind.  Last week, I took an hour-long savasana in a sensory deprivation tank. It was my first float. I had the best  rest in a very long while. It was much needed as I had recently struggled for a few weeks with minimal sleep due to a nerve impingement injury. The injury is related to my history of neck and shoulder trauma, and was triggered when I broke up a dog fight on a hiking trail. Early this year, I started a new job that requires a long commute, which aggravates the injury. During recovery, I practiced yoga and self-massage daily in addition to receiving regular bodywork. Super thankful for my personal practice, the support of friends in my wellness community and for the body’s ability to heal. What are you working on in your yoga practice?

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Reba Gray handstanding it up!

Reba: I’m really inspired by breath work and meditation lately. I’ve been taking 5-30 minutes a day to sit and observe my breath, or to do some favorite breath practice, like kumbhaka pranayama (breath retention). Breath retention helps me feel less anxious, helps me stay present – I tend to get ahead of myself with planning stuff that’s way off in the future. 

Poh: I’ve been really inspired by breath and meditation, too. There’s two parts to the practice for me right now: 1) dharana – resting the mind on the rise and fall of the body, using the body as home base; and 2) svadhyaya – contemplating the habits of the mind that I noticed from the meditation practice.  

Reba: And I love sweaty vinyasa with inversions. Home practice is sweet, but I really like the energy of practicing with a whole bunch of yogis in a studio.

Poh: Me, too! Throw in a handful of arm balances and I’m happy.

Reba: You know what else is also self-care? Always having my favorite foods in the fridge. Buying or growing food we like is a really important way to take good care of ourselves. It’s something I struggle with, but when I take the time to slow down and carefully prepare my own food, it is so worth it. I always have spinach, yogurt, Frog Hollow apricot conserve, cheese, and eggs in the fridge.

Poh: Yum! I always have eggs, too. And coconut water, kale, several varieties of hot sauce… and soy milk or soy pudding. My constitution is predominantly pitta-vata. I was advised by ayurveda practitioners to decrease intake of hot sauce and soy, to be careful I don’t go into pitta and vata overdrive. I struggle to give up hot sauce because I’m a child of Malaysia, and I can’t give up soy because it’s a part of my family’s diet for generations. I’m practicing mindfulness and moderation of my habits, slowing down to notice if the foods I choose nourish me or deplete me. It’s all a practice. 

Make time for yourself – join Reba and Poh in Power Up + Power Down, an extended, self-care practice. You will power up with joyful and supported back bends, and power down with guided meditation and deep hip openers. Discover stillness in power, and power in stillness.

Get to know Poh at pOhmYoga.com and instagram.com/pohmyoga.  

Get to know Reba at rebagray.com and instagram.com/yogawithreba.

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5 Ayurvedic Tips to Keep You Hydrated and Healthy

Ayurveda…by now you’ve probably heard the word on multiple occasions. Maybe it’s on the label of your toothpaste or you’ve gotten into a conversation about your ayurvedic dosha, or “type”.  Perhaps a yoga teacher has even mentioned that summertime is ruled by the fiery dosha, pitta.

Ayurveda, meaning science of life, is Indian classical medicine with 6,000 year old roots. Ayurveda, along with yoga, believes that humans share the same characteristics as the earth. Ayurveda looks at the seasons and five elements – ether, air, fire water, earth – and identifies those characteristics within our bodies. These 5 elements combine to create the 3 doshas, or humors, which describe us: vata, pitta, kapha. Some of us are spiritual and airy, but not grounded (vata). Some of us are full of fire and drive (pitta). Others are cooler and grounded, like the earth (kapha).

Ayurveda looks at the whole body and not just symptoms, with the overall goal to balance the elements in our bodies.

The seasons, like our bodies, run hot, cold, wet and dry. Summertime is ruled by pitta – the fire/water element. That means summer is the time when visionary, expansive, creative, wild and passionate energies rule. It also means we can easily overdo and overheat. According to Ayurveda, when it’s hot and dry, we need to eat wet and cooling foods and develop practices to keep us healthy and hydrated!  Summer is the easiest time to become dehydrated.

Common signs of dehydration are:

  • Dry skin, mouth, lips
  • Decreased urination (even when drinking plenty of water)
  • Cracking joints
  • Sore muscles that won’t recover
  • Shiny “oily” looking face
  • Big bags under the eyes (kidney area of the face)
  • Slower brain function (like a hangover)
  • Overeating
  • Irregular bowel movements

This summer, avoid getting too hot and bothered by using some traditional and modern ayurvedic techniques to keep cool and in control!

1. Up your electrolytes!  Electrolytes are a combination of minerals (Magnesium-Calcium, Potassium-Sodium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate, hydrogen bicarbonate) that we need for optimal functioning. The best way to get electrolytes or “trace minerals” are from naturally occurring “good salts.”  These “good salts” include Celtic Sea, Atlantic Grey, or Pink salt.  According to author Dr. Barbara Hendel, co-author of Water & Salt, The Essence of Life : “These mineral salts are identical to the elements of which our bodies have been built and were originally found in the primal ocean from where life originated…. We have salty tears and salty perspiration. The chemical and mineral composition of our blood and body fluids are similar to seawater. “

We are often told to avoid salt– and it’s really table salt (including  kosher and “natural sea salts”) that we need to avoid. These “bad salts” are often bleached, refined and striped of their minerals. Good salt, on the other hand is critical to our health and will not spike blood pressure levels, because it doesn’t contain excessive sodium or refined sodium chloride. Unlike table salt, which causes swelling, bloating, and edema, good salt actually hydrates you.   Switch to a “good salt” and watch your intake of “bad salts,” which are hidden in tons of common foods like crackers, chips, pretzels, olives, cheese, pickles, and take out-food.

In addition to eating good salt, which provides enzymatic support for the pancreas to break down sugars, taking good salt straight in water, called sole,  gives the adrenals and kidneys a boost for the hot sweaty days ahead.

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Start your day with Sole

2.  Take more RAW oils- In order to absorb our electrolyte-filled water, we need essential fatty acids (EFAs).  EFAs are oxygen-rich oils that bind with the oxygen in our water and allow for our cells, skin, and organs to be hydrated, healthy and pliable. EFAs also assist healthy brain function, alleviate depression and help synapses in the brain fire more smoothly. Look for cooling oils such as olive, flax or hemp (often RAW oils are labeled “cold-pressed” or “extra virgin”). However, the oxygen molecule in these oils cannot withstand heat, so when you heat them, their molecules shifts to mimic free radicals (pre-cancer cells) in our bodies. Rather than sauteing in oil, begin to steam, grill and poach your food, or saute with water and spices. If you need to use an oil, try coconut oil or ghee, which can be heated to higher temps without going rancid. To get the healthful EFAs, put up to 4 TBS per day of RAW oil on your food. It will bring out the unique favor of the food and retain the healthy, raw quality. Feel free to use these cooling oils in a salad dressing or just drizzle them over salads, veggies, soups and grains.

3. Eat your (wet white) veggies –  Pitta is ruled by the fire of digestion and during the summer you want to eat as many cooling, alkaline veggies as you can. Go for alkaline and potassium rich wet white veggies. Load up on cucumbers, jicama, bok choy, turnips, radishes, daikon, fennel bulb.  If you’re not sure, taste test some at a local farmers’ market. Turnips are great sliced like chips and dipped in hummus.  You can also cool off any foods by garnishing with fresh cilantro, basil, mint, fennel root, and lots of lemon and limes. If you need a summer taco fix—smother them in lime and cilantro, and munch on radishes!

4. Cool it off -Hydrate your whole body by spending more time in the water! Truly, a good swim or cold shower can really help cool off a hot body and over-active or frustrated mind. Make sure you get your head wet to blow off steam, and take deep slow breathes. After a shower or swim apply coconut oil to wet skin to keep it moist. This traditional practice of “abhyanga”, or skin oilination, is helpful to ground and hydrate the body. Make sure the skin is still wet (apply before toweling off) so it can fully absorb.

5. Do less and put your legs up! The pitta person, often a natural leader, is always overdoing and under pressure. Summer is fun, but also often full of doing, often resulting in burn-out! Whether it’s simple exhaustion or full-blown adrenal fatigue, it’s important slow down and do less. Make a list of all the ideas, projects or trips you want to do this summer and decide on three to really focus on and follow through with. Put the others on hold, or let them go! Find 15 minutes everydaykamekoViparitaKarani to be still. Try Viparita Karani aka “legs up the wall pose.” The relaxing and passive inversion helps calm the nervous system, move the lymph, reduce swelling in the feet and get you on the cool earth. And have a truly sweet, sweaty and cool summer.

Kameko Shibata, ERYT-500, has a love affair with yoga that has spanned ten years and five continents! And her teaching reflects her love, curiosity and dedication to yoga and the exploration of  breath.  Her delicious vinyasa classes invite you to come deeply into your breath and body through safe and challenging sequences combined with sound, breath, and core work.

For more about Kameko visit: www.nadigirlayurveda.com

Email any questions nadigirlayurveda@gmail.com

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Over TWIRED: Change the World One Savasana at a Time

By Vickie Russell Bell

How twired are you? First things first, what is twired? Twired = tired + wired. And it’s an epidemic in our society. We are running on empty. Some of us go to bed too late, don’t get enough sleep and then run on adrenaline all day. Others don’t sleep well (due to hormones, stress, alcohol) and then wake up, and move caffeinated and wired through the day. We don’t know how to rest. No one taught us. We think that zoning out to TV, or answering emails on the couch while we down a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, or playing candy crush on our ipad is rest. Think again. Rest involves stopping and we don’t do that well. Some of us are so twired, we’re afraid that if we stop, we may not be able to start again (you know who you are!)

Being busy is the new addiction, and it’s actually a control mechanism that keeps us from feeling. It keeps the fear and the loneliness below the surface. Stopping to rest can be downright frightening. It might mean that we tap into a part of ourselves that we’ve denied and kept hidden for a long time. Stopping and feeling requires that we wake up.

So, how can we learn to rest? Yoga and savasana to the rescue!

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Here’s What You Do:

Set a timer for 15-20 minutes. Place a folded blanket under your head as a pillow and a roll under your lower thighs/knees (or put your legs up on a chair or your bed). Place your arms a little away from your sides. Let the weight of your body drop into the floor. Notice your breath. Soften something that feels tense. Do nothing but rest. Attempt to relax, and stay awake. Feel + breathe + be.

Savasana lacks ambition. Savasana is receptive. Savasana is soft and kind. Savasana is about being and not about doing. Savasana is the practice of deliberate stillness. Savasana is the antidote to twired. 15-20 minutes will radically shift your nervous system. You will feel more relaxed, more at ease, more peaceful. The more you practice the easier it becomes, and it will change your life. Your friends, family and co-workers will thank you!

Want More? Try the 30-Day Challenge: 

For the next month 30 days, do 15-20 minutes of savasana every day, once a day. Drop the twired – be more at peace – get to know yourself. I promise you won’t regret it! (Oh yeah, let me know how it goes…)

Please let us know in the comments how you feel after the exercise!

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Be fearless: Fall Cleanse Q+A

Q+A with Ayurvedic Practicioner Kameko Shibata

Why cleanse in the fall? 

The theme of this cleanse is nourishment! Summer is fun, hot, dry and full of play. All the can leave up feeling pretty depleted in the fall. The dry and windy nature of Fall is deeply taxing for the skin, joints, nerves and adrenals. In Ayurveda, Indian classical medicine, we practice gentle detoxifying practices and then nourish and rebuild our tissues. It’s also a great time re-set from summer. Fall can be irregular- weather is hot then cold, schedules shift, so it is the perfect time to create more regular and balanced routines.

Will I be eating only cabbage for a week?

No, that would be boring and likely to give you gas.

What will I be eating?

Red lentils, or moong beans, quinoa, non-soy miso soup, cooked greens, cilantro, medicinal pesto, AVOCADO, fruit on its own.

What won’t I be having?

Alcohol, refined sugars, caffeine, meat, excess social media.

Is it all about food?

No, thank you for asking. Food is part of it, but cleansing is an ancient Ayurvedic art, that includes the mental and emotions systems as well as the physical body. You will be asked to do a guided daily meditation and pranayama practice to sooth the nervous system. You will be asked to practice self care- oilinate your skin and use a neti pot. You will be asked to journal/reflect on your patterns and emotions related to food, stimulants and self-care. This cleanse is a holistic experience!

Is this a fad diet?

No, Ayurveda is a lifestyle. Most yogis/ayurvedic practitioners/ spiritual followers, abstain from sugars, caffeine, alcohol, gluten most if not all of the time. I hope you find the food to be delicious and cleansing, and the self-care practices to be something you will continue to use over time. It can just be nice to have some quick-start support, which is what the cleanse does.

Will I be fasting?

Nope, its healthier to keep the digestive system working at a slower reduced rate than to suddenly shut it off altogether. There is an option to only take liquids (miso, broth, soups, juice) for one day, but I only recommend that to more kapha/pitta clients, or if you have the day off. No major work deadlines on juice!

Will I lose weight?

Depends on how different this diet is to your normal diet. The goal is not to lose weight, this is an opportunity to cleanse and relax the system not lose weight. if you struggle with weight what this cleanse offers is an opportunity to cut back on unhealthy habits to notice where you have patterns and attachments to food. Going forward you might not choose to use so many foods/substances that trigger you.

Will it be hard?

The first 3 days are usually the hardest especially if you are cutting out caffeine and sugar for the first time in awhile. those affect our endorphin levels and we feel bummed without them. After about 3 days your body normalizes and you no longer feel so cravey and dependent of substances. This is why its nice to do it with the support of a group. We can email each other-like “damn I was crabby, but now I’m feeling better”

Will I levitate?

Not likely, although if you fast you might fall over . But it could happen. I do believe in possibilities!

What if I miss a meeting?

The final meeting is not a big deal, its just a post fun celebration. If you need to miss the main first meeting email me, I maybe able to phone/email chat with you to get you up to speed.

What if I need to cheat on Wednesday?

Do it with grace! Choose your poison.

What if I’m raw..gluten free…vegan etc?

Email me before it starts we can work around it. The cleanse is already gluten free and vegan (although you have the option of ghee) Raw is a little harder, as ayurveda is all about cooked , simple,warm and easy to digest foods, but it would be a fun challenge.

What will I tell my friends?

That you are taking a week to reset your digestive system, and balance your mental and emotional health to come out of summer feeling grounded and nourished. Ask them to join you. Tell them you are taking responsibility for your own health.

What will I feed my kids?

This maybe the hardest one. Try to have some things pre-made for them. Kids may not like lentils, but the veggie pesto, fresh fruits, miso soup you can often get them to go for. Explain what you are doing so they feel included and interested. Try not to yell at them in the first 3 days!

basil-829776_640 *Go to Hydration Pesto Recipe:  blend like regular pesto in a food processor adding oil as you go. You can add water to thin it out but you must eat it within 3 days if you use water. Use this pesto as a dip w/ veggies or a smear for wraps or thin it out w/ extra olive oil or water for a dressing.

  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch basil (if in season)
  • ¼ bunch dandelion greens or arugula
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • ½ RAW seeds or nuts (tahini also makes it super creamy)
  • 1-2 juiced lemons
  • olive oil , spices, salt and water to taste

 

 

After reading this you will probably feel ready to join up for Kameko’s Fall Cleanse that begins September 27th. Don’t be scared, join us in changing your habit and in turn positively influencing your life! Sign up for Kameko’s Fall Cleanse here. Learn more about Kameko here.

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New Moon Spring Cleaning: Body, Mind, and Space

Today marks two big events in the astrological space. It is both a Supermoon (and a new moon) and the first day of Spring. New moons are powerful in their ability to remind us of how important taking time to reset can be for our emotional, mental, and physical health.

According to Mystic Mama, “A New Moon marks the beginning of a new cycle, a fresh start in it’s cycle of waxing and waning. During this time, the Moon is empty and receptive and full of potential. This is an optimum time to plant seeds of intentions for what you wish to manifest in your life.

Most of us, live our lives so disconnected from the Earth, and devoid of any ritual that creates the space for us to connect. So the New Moon provides us with an opportunity to take the time to create SACRED SPACE for ourselves. It’s essential.”

If the beginning of a Supermoon New Moon cycle was not a strong enough catalyst for change and renewal, it is also the beginning of Spring! The Equinox is celebrated throughout history as a turning point from the dark days of winter to the brightness of blooming flowers, new births, and longer days full of sunlight.

This is a time for re-evaluating what is not serving you and figuring out how to move forward with a lighter load. We have put together a few tips on how to do some “spring cleaning” in your body, mind, and space!

Body

1. Take a yoga class! Teachers tend to do a lot of work on detoxing and releasing during the beginning of Spring. Wring out any old tension and stagnation from Winter with a lively vinyasa class.

2. Go for a hike. Being outdoors in nature is a perfect way to enjoy and appreciate the natural world’s changes. Stroll through some trails nearby in the Oakland or Berkeley Hills to experience the meadows of blooming wildflowers and possibly some new baby animals!

3. Clean up your diet. Consider taking a week or two off of sugar, meat, alcohol, or anything else that may feel like it is weighing your digestion down. During the Winter, we tend to indulge in these things, and Spring is the perfect opportunity to reset our system with healthy, raw or Ayurvedic foods!

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Mind

1. Write down all your thoughts about things that have been holding you back. Create an action plan for how to actively bring awareness to these habits or thoughts and then pin up your reminders somewhere you will be able to see on a daily basis.

2. Create a time for early morning meditation when your mind is fresh and rested. Repeat your new affirmations in your mind or out loud for a more powerful effect.

3. Talk to a loved one about things you would like to let go of and parts of your life that you are ready to change. Letting someone in on your vulnerable moments can help hold you accountable for making the changes necessary for a healthy life!

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Space

1. De-clutter your space. Get rid of anything that has been laying around without the use for too long. Do the basic sorting: recycle, give away, or re-use in a new creative way!

2. Wash your linens, curtains, and do a deep clean. Having a freshly cleaned home does wonder for our bodies and minds. Consider using some soothing essential oils in your cleaning supplies to get an aromatherapy bonus!

3. Smudge your home with sage. Smudging is the ancient art of purifying a room with sacred herbs to help clear a space of any negative energy. The smell of sage and the physical act of smudging your home can be grounding and clarifying.

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Have other ideas on how to reset for the spring? Share the with us on Facebook or Instagram at @ilovenamaste – #namastespring

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Sadie’s Sequence for the Tired and Restless

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SadieProfileBSadie Chanlett-Avery, holistic fitness trainer, yoga instructor, and writer, was named a 2013 Athleta Sponsored Athlete. As the In-house Yogi at Clif Bar & Co. she directs the yoga and perinatal programs, trains with kettlebells, and serves on the Wellness Team. Sadie received her teacher certification from Ana Forrest and has immersed for months in the jungles of Costa Rica with Master Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Glenn Black. Her M.A. in Holistic Health Education and multiple fitness certifications lends antomical depth to her innovative and playful classes.

She appreciates the diverse expression of the human genome with the belief that people of all ages and sizes can benefit from exercise and heal with yoga. Teaching for over ten years, she applies ancient yogic principles to individual needs and modern lifestyles.

Sadie blogs at www.activebodystillmind.com.

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Sadie’s Sequence for the Tired and Restless

Sadie-ForInsomnia


SadieProfileBSadie Chanlett-Avery, holistic fitness trainer, yoga instructor, and writer, was named a 2013 Athleta Sponsored Athlete. As the In-house Yogi at Clif Bar & Co. she directs the yoga and perinatal programs, trains with kettlebells, and serves on the Wellness Team. Sadie received her teacher certification from Ana Forrest and has immersed for months in the jungles of Costa Rica with Master Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Glenn Black. Her M.A. in Holistic Health Education and multiple fitness certifications lends antomical depth to her innovative and playful classes.

She appreciates the diverse expression of the human genome with the belief that people of all ages and sizes can benefit from exercise and heal with yoga. Teaching for over ten years, she applies ancient yogic principles to individual needs and modern lifestyles.

Sadie blogs at www.activebodystillmind.com.

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