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December 8th, 2013 by Janina

Sunday Quote


“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom,

I knew that if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

-Nelson Mandela

December 7th, 2013 by Janina

Sacred Space Saturday

Nourishing our senses is a huge part of maintaining health and wellness.

The environment that surrounds us, the activities we engage in and the company we keep, all have an effect on our wellbeing. Many of us have a space, place or activity in our lives that makes us feel deeply connected to our soul. If you don’t, then it’s time to find or create one. Whether it’s being in nature, meditation or prayer, moving our bodies, being creative, or snuggling up with your loved ones, it’s important to indulge in this healing regularly. Feeding our senses positive and uplifting sights, sounds, smells, tastes and  vibrations help keep us connected to our true and divine natures.

Here is one of my Sacred Spaces


Of all the eight benches at Land of Medicine Buddha, this is my favorite. It is tucked up on a small knoll between a fat redwood and an oak tree (at least I think it’s an oak). When ever I am hiking up at LMB, I make it a point to sit here and soak it all in. It is also a great place for a picnic with my children.

I actually have A BUNCH of sacred spaces in my world, as I am on a mission to create my life as one BIG sacred space…LOL!

Happy Saturday~


October 13th, 2013 by Janina

Sunday quote


Everyone can be great… because anyone can serve.

You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.

You don’t even have to make your subject and verb agree to serve…

You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Sunday~


October 11th, 2013 by Janina

Yoga Community Hike


Land of Medicine Buddha

Yoga Community Hike

Sunday October 13th, 2013

Join me and some of your yoga mates for a stroll through the redwoods in this serene and sacred environment. We will be hiking the 8 Verses trail, which is an easy and short (about 20 minutes) trail loop up at Land of Medicine Buddha. Let’s get together and breathe in this beautiful fall weather!

Meet in the parking lot

between 10 and 10:15 am

Carpooling available!

contact Janina


October 9th, 2013 by Janina

Golden Goddess Shake

Enjoy this vibrant shake with your breakfast or as a snack. Filled with nourishing and healing ingredients to help you glow with golden light of health like the divine goddess that you are!
1 banana
1 teaspoon turmeric-ground
1/4 teaspoon cardamom-ground
1 cup milk-can use cow, almond, rice or soy
3 dates-soaked for 15 min and pitted
1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)
Blend and serve!
Sweet tastes and heavy qualities of the dates, milk and bananas make this concoction a grounding drink for dry and flighty autumn days. Adding some cardamom lightens the mucus forming qualities of the bananas and milk. Cardamom also improves circulation and digestion. Sesame seeds are high in potassium, selenium and have rejuvenative qualities. Turmeric is pretty much a wonder herb with immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antibiotic, muscle nourishing and complexion enhancing properties, to name a few.

October 2nd, 2013 by Janina

Date Nut Bliss Bites


Try these delicious little bites next time your sweet tooth starts up. Dates, nuts and ghee are all sattvic (blissful) foods. Dates are also high in fiber, vitamin a, potassium, rich in calcium, magnesium and are considered an aphrodisiac in yoga cooking…Ooh La La!



Date Nut Bliss Bites

1/2 cup pitted chopped dates

1/2 cup raw unsalted nuts (try walnuts, almonds or cashews)

1 tablespoon melted ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/3 cup dried unsweetened shredded dried coconut

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)

1. Chop dates in a food processor or blender, add nuts and ghee. Blend into a paste. It’s okay if the paste is a little chunky, they will still taste good.

2. Remove from food processor, roll into 1 inch balls and roll in coconut or cocoa powder

***Get creative! Hand mix 1/4 cup goji berries or dried cranberries into paste before rolling out or try toasting coconut before coating the bites. Skip the coating step by adding the coconut into the date/nut paste.***

With coconut covered love,


April 30th, 2013 by Janina

Join me for a nurturing class!


My classes balance fluid Vinyasa style movement with Iyengar based alignment principles. With plenty of emphasis on the breath, I guide you through stretches to help you relax, build strength and feel renewed. My heart centered classes change with the seasons allowing you to stay attuned to the rhythms of nature and tap in to the rhythm of your own your own body.

April 15th, 2013 by Janina

Blissful Creamy Tahini Dressing

This is my favorite condiment! I almost always have a jar of this made up in the fridge. Tahini is a healthy alternative to pre made salad dressings like ranch and can be used as a gravy on cooked veggies. I often say that tahini is a vegetarian’s best friend.

Tahini is made mainly of sesame seed paste. In yoga, sesame seeds are considered a sattvic food. Sattva means- that which is blissful, pure or brings lightness of being. Yoga food!


Blissful Creamy Tahini Dressing

1/2 cup tahini paste

1/2 cup olive oil or sunflower oil

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

juice of one whole lemon

2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger

Place all the ingredients in a blender and whip up until creamy.




April 12th, 2013 by Janina


Restorative Yoga


This summer…

Relax     Release      Renew

Restorative yoga is designed to reduce stress and bring the body into a blissful state of relaxation. The entire class is done on the floor while your body is completely supported by blankets, bolsters and pillows. Add an eye pillow and it’s off to la la land…

Six week class series starts June 19th

at the Capitola Community Center

for more information

Call 831-239-2673

Be well!

April 8th, 2013 by Janina

Liver Cleansing Herb Mix


Place equal parts of chia seeds, flax seeds and milk thistle seeds in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder and grind into a fine powder. Store in a airtight container in your fridge.

Sprinkle a little of this nutty tasting mix on your salads, meals or smoothies to give your liver a little boost. Please note* The seeds in the mix have heating qualities, so if your body is experiencing inflammation or your body naturally runs hot, use sparingly.







Wellness tips on this site are not meant to be used as medical advise. If you have a serious illness please seek the advice 
of a medical professional. As always, check with your doctor before adding supplements to your diet or making any changes in your lifestyle regarding your health. Janina is NOT a medical doctor.