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March 26th, 2013 by Janina

Holistic Lifestyle Counseling

Om Maker Wellness Plans are created specifically for you. These one on one sessions are designed taking into consideration your individual constitution and needs to help you achieve the balance, health and wellness you deserve.

Restoring balance begins with discovering your unique mind-body type. Through a detailed intake of  your current state of health and health history, we will unveil your imbalances, habits or experiences that are causing the root cause of your imbalances. From here, together, we will map out your individualized wellness plan that addresses chief complaints and attainable goals you wish to achieve. Wellness plans will vary from person to person and can include:

  • Nutrition and diet counseling (with recipe ideas)
  • Personalized yoga and/or exercise routines
  • Breathing exercises and meditation techniques
  • A list of medicinal herbs best suited for your individual constitution and imbalance tendencies
  • Personalized herbal tea to support your unique mind body type
  • Weekly email support for 1 month

You choose where you want to start and I will be your coach through this process of rediscovering your true self.

 75 minute Initial Wellness Plan session:  – $108

30 min Follow up sessions:  – $40

For more information

contact Janina





Disclaimer: Yoga and Ayurveda are complimentary practices to western medicine and are NOT intended to replace your medical professional's treatment or advice. Janina Church is not a medical doctor or a registered dietician. Please check with your medical doctor before making any changes in your diet or lifestyle regarding your health.
July 29th, 2012 by Janina

Sunday Quote

A quote or saying that sums up my week.
He lurks in his lerkim cold under roof,

where he makes his own clothes out of miff muffered moof.

-Dr. Seuss

July 20th, 2012 by Janina

Zucchini Muffins

When your summer garden pours out its bounty of zucchini love, give this recipe a try.



Nina’s Zucchini Muffins

3 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/4 tsp ground ginger

3 eggs

1 cup olive oil

1tsp vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

1 ripe mashed banana

2 cups shredded zucchini (you can also try 1 1/2 cup shredded zucchini and 1/2 cup shredded carrot instead, just to add a bit of color)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.
  • In another bowl, add eggs, olive oil, vanilla, sugar, banana and zucchini.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and blend well.
  • Grease muffin pans and fill cups 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Makes about 12-14 muffins.

*   If you are making bread: grease 2 loaf pans and bake for 40-50 minutes.


Sometimes I prepare a simple powder sugar and milk frosting and drizzle over the muffins when they are cool. Other days I sprinkle a cinnamon and granulated sugar mix on the muffins before baking. Most of the time we eat them plain and have yet to hear any complaints about it:)

Not long ago I made a vegan version of this recipe, by using 1/2 mashed banana per egg as a replacement.





June 5th, 2012 by Janina

Grow Artichokes!


This is the easiest edible I have ever grown.

Last year, around late summer, I picked up a 1 foot tall artichoke starter plant at the feed store. I put it in a gopher cage and planted it in my garden box. Since then I have done nothing but lightly water it. It is now HUGE and has been popping out sweet artichokes for about a month now. Every other week we harvest 4-5 chokes and gobble them up. The children get so excited when it’s time to harvest. My youngest especially, because he loves them!  Finally another veggie on his “yes” list. Yes!


Seriously, it’s huge! This shot was taken about 2 weeks ago.

It is almost touching the eves of the house now.


Artichokes taste quality is astringent. Which makes it a great spring/summer veggie for an ayurvedic diet. Astringent quality foods are cooling and drying and can be a hard taste to sell to the children. Some other astringent veggies are broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, leafy greens and turnips. See what I mean? Most of the time I sneak astringent into our food by using spices such as turmeric, saffron and hibiscus, as you really don’t need to gobble up tons of astringent foods to balance out your diet taste wise. As a mother, though, it sure is nice to see them add more green to their diets!



April 30th, 2012 by Janina

Monday Quote

Teach your children well…

-Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

April 20th, 2012 by Janina

Hibiscus Cooler to the rescue

The  weather man said it was going to be hot today. I am such a hot weather wienie, so such news sent me into my usual hot weather freak out…

First make a batch of Hibiscus cooler. Then get errands done before noon so I can retreat to my cool cave (north facing master bedroom) with a chilled glass of Hibiscus Cooler avoiding the hottest part of the day. Whew!

Hibiscus Cooler


Hibiscus is a sacred flower in India used to balance first and second chakra disorders. Hibiscus flowers help purify the blood, support the circulatory system, reproductive system and kidney function, improve complexion and promote hair growth. The flowers can be made into a refreshing drink to eliminate excess heat from the body. Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C, so this drink can be taken in the winter served warm with a little extra ginger to help relieve and prevent the flu.


Hibiscus Cooler Recipe

8 cups of water

4 cinnamon sticks

1/2 cup dried hibiscus leaves

1 teaspoon -1 1/2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger (use less ginger in warmer weather, use more ginger in cooler weather)

Natural sweetener of your choice-honey, agave or maple syrup

In medium saucepan boil water. Add hibiscus flowers, cinnamon and ginger. Cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Sweeten to taste. Serve chilled with a sprig of mint or warm in the winter with a lemon wedge.



April 1st, 2012 by Janina

Sunday Quote

A quote or saying that sums up my week…



“Everything has beauty,

but not everyone sees it.”


March 26th, 2012 by Janina

Finding our Duty or Dharma

The word duty has been on my mind for a while now…

In vedic philosophy one of the four aims of life is Dharma. Dharma means duty or life’s  purpose. It is our duty to realize ourselves and move forth into the world existing in our true and unique natures. Therefore creating harmony from within. When we are in a harmonious state of being, it is only then that we can create harmony around us.

Nobody can tell us what our dharma is, we must find it on our own. For some, their dharmic path is perfectly clear from the beginning, but for others, it can be hard to find or accept.

We live in a world where the media bombards us with misguided ideas of who we need to be. As women, we are expected to be skinny, big breasted, feminine, fertile, sexy, have hairless and flawless skin, be mothers, amazing house keepers, obedient wives and at the same time be educated and strong enough to hold our ground with the men in the workforce so that we can also be wealthy. Essentially, we are expected to be everything on the spectrum of society! We often feel we have to live up to these ridiculous expectations in order to be worthy and can spend our time seeking an unrealistic state of nonhuman perfection.

It is not just the media that imposes it’s expectations upon us. Our fellow humans do it too.  For example:

Not too long ago, I had to make clear personal boundaries be known to an individual. This person told me that how I was dealing with this social situation was not very yogic of me (mind you, this individual does not practice yoga much) and how could I call myself yoga teacher and have these kind of boundaries?  I imagine that their vision of a yoga teacher is some saint like, celestial being that emanates light, wisdom, levitates, has telepathic powers and nothing and no one can harm them. I guess as a yoga teacher, I am supposed to be perfectly nonhuman. Sadly, this nonhuman idea of yoga teachers was probably imposed on this person by the media and they didn’t even know it. Silly humans, not only do we have our own crazy expectations of ourselves, but we have the audacity to place unrealistic expectations on others. No wonder finding our dharma can be so hard!

A dear friend of mine once told me that in order to find peace, we must realize that that we are not a reflection of our society.  We are divine light that needs no reflection to exist. When we stop functioning in the reflection, we see our truth. The truth is our dharma.




March 25th, 2012 by Janina

Sunday Quote

A quote or saying that sums up my week…


” Surrender to God

Let things happen

Don’t resist

Do your duty “

– Baba Hari Dass

March 24th, 2012 by Janina

Homemade Baby Wipes


Even though we are potty trained, sometimes wipes are handy to have around to clean up accidents:) I have been using these wipes since my now 5 year old was only months old. They are gentle, soothing, smell great and he never had a terrible diaper rash when I was using them. The lavender is calming, so when he was fussy about diaper changing, I would tear a wipe off and place it on his face and it would calm him down a few notches. As he got older he would often ask for a wipe while changing him and rub it all over his face savoring the heavenly scent of the lavender. Give them a try!


Homemade Baby Wipes Recipe

  • 2-2 1/2 cups of water – depending on how absorbent your paper towels are
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • one roll of paper towels
  • some kind of container with a lid to keep wipes in – I use a plastic shoe box size container.

In a bowl or measuring up, mix water and essential oils together. Place your paper towel roll in the chosen storage container and pour the water mixture over it. The wipes should be wet, but not sopping. Use as needed.