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January 5th, 2014 by Janina

Sunday Quote

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Wishing you a happy Sunday full of new beginnings~

Janina

December 18th, 2013 by Janina

Homemade Electrolyte Drink

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Yuk. Stomach flu.

Boo. Food poisoning.

Here is a natural Ayurvedic alternative to those bright colored electrolyte drinks

that are loaded with who knows what.

It tastes yummy, is more appealing to children than that pedialyte stuff

and made with love.

1 1/2 cups water

Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon

1 Tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 pinch of Cardamom

4-5 threads of saffron

1/2 teaspoon rose water

Mix all ingredients in a cup and sip as needed.

*Rose water and saffron are cooling and help soothe the digestion. Cardamom also aids digestion.

Wishing you happy tummies~

Janina

December 14th, 2013 by Janina

Sacred Space Saturday

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Byodo-In Temple 

Oahu, Hawaii

If your ever visit the island of Oahu in Hawaii, this sacred place is a must see.

This gorgeous temple sits in a lush green valley amidst a stunning backdrop of misty topped pinnacle mountains that look like something out of a Jurassic Park movie.

Happy Saturday!

December 8th, 2013 by Janina

Sunday Quote

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“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

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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~

Janina

December 1st, 2013 by Janina

Sunday Quote

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“Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

November 24th, 2013 by Janina

Sunday Quote

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“Gratitude is the doorway to abundance.”

-Deepak Chopra

November 10th, 2013 by Janina

Sunday Quote

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” If you want to view paradise,

simply look around and view it…”

-Willy Wonka

November 6th, 2013 by Janina

Natural Sleep Remedies

Next time you find yourself  tossing and turning, try these natural sleep remedies.

Warm Spiced Milk

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1 cup warm milk (cow, almond or rice)

1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon of ground cardamom

Mix all ingredients in a mug and drink one hour before bed.

Nutmeg is one of the best herbs for calming the mind. Cardamom is soothing to the nervous system and reduces mucous forming qualities of the milk.

 Foot Massage

Right before you snuggle into your blankets, massage sesame oil (not the kind you cook with) on to the bottom of your feet and put some socks on.

 

Nasal Oil Drops

 

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I know!! It sounds weird, but I swear by this one. Place a couple drops of sesame oil in each nostril. Tip your head back and take a few quick sniffs in to make sure the oil gets in there.

 

Alternate Nostril Breathing

Here is a little video I made with instructions. Even just a few minutes of this breath practice can be extremely calming.

 

Relaxing Yoga Poses

These are a few of my favorite sleepy time poses. Make sure you are feeling relaxed and completely comfortable in each posture. These poses should feel effortless with not a lot of stretching going on. Relax your mind by focusing on your breath. Try staying in each pose for 3-10 minutes.

 

Childs Pose with Pillows

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From hands and knees shift hips back and sit on heels. Open up knees just enough to place a pillow or two between thighs. Bow forward hugging pillow, turning head to one side.

Supported Seated Forward Bend

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Sit on a pillow facing a chair, open legs wide enough where you can comfortably straddle the legs of the chair. Feel free to bend knees or sit cross legged if this makes the posture more comfortable. Place a pillow or two on the seat of the chair and release forehead onto the pillows.

Supported Inversion

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Sitting down, scoot one of your hips toward the base of a chair. (You can also use a couch or the end of your bed.) Swing legs up onto to seat of the chair with knees bent. Separate the legs about hip width and place an eye pillow or drape a piece of cloth over the eyes. For a little extra support, place a pillow under the calves on the seat of the chair and another under your hips.

 

Herbs

Here are a few herbal supplements that support sleep.

Chamomile

Gotu Kola

Ashwagandha

Essential Oils

Lavender

Sandalwood

Place a few drops of oil on a tissue, lay in bed, close eyes and take some deep breaths through the tissue.

Sweet Dreams!

Janina

November 3rd, 2013 by Janina

Sunday Quote

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” Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,

and the life of the candle will not be shortened.

Happiness never decreases from being shared.

-Buddha

Happy Sunday~

Janina