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Wellness with Janina Church
May 1st, 2013

Cooking for Bliss Workshop

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bliss

/blis/ n. The state of utter happiness; great joy; contentment

Much like a good yoga class, good food has the potential to heal, nourish and leave you feeling easeful and content. Join us for an evening of hands on cooking and Ayurveda wisdom. Learn how to keep your body, mind and soul balanced through seasonal eating and gain awareness of the energies and healing qualities of foods. Together we will prepare and eat a vegetarian meal that is balancing, satisfying, healing and full of bliss!

Saturday May 18th, 2013

5:30 pm – 8:00pm

New Leaf Community Market Classroom Kitchen – Westside

$35.00 per person

For more information call or text

831-239-2673

In wellness and love~

Janina and Katie

June 5th, 2012

Grow Artichokes!

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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!

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

It is almost touching the eves of the house now.

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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!

Namaste

 

March 5th, 2012

Self Massage

Self massage is a part of my daily routine, because of this I go through quite a bit of oil. So when I heard one of my teachers was hosting a medicinal oil making class, I jumped on the opportunity. This process was passed on to her by her teacher years ago and is the traditional Indian method of medicinal oil preparation.

In Ayurveda daily morning self massage is recommended to nourish the skin and muscle tissues, help eliminate toxins, aid in cleansing the body’s systems, relax the body and mind, soothe the senses and is the ultimate way of cultivating self love. Since I have been practicing daily oil massage I have not had the need to buy body lotion. This makes me most happy because I know exactly what I am rubbing all over my body- Oil and Herbs.

Today I’d like to share the traditional technique of whole body self massage that I use:

  • For starters, pick a massage oil that is organic and not filled with a bunch of artificial ingredients and fragrances. Think “natural” when picking your oil and something that agrees with your body and senses. Plain sesame oil (not the type you cook with) is generally a good oil for most body types. If you are the type that runs hot in nature (like me) coconut oil is very cooling. From time to time I switch up my oils depending on what time of year it is or if my body is needing some special healing herbs. Most of the time I use sesame or coconut.
  • Warm up the oil. You can do this by placing the bottle in a cup of hot water for a few minutes. If you are using coconut oil, it is likely to be solid, so just scooping up some in your hands and rubbing your hands together to melt it is warm enough.
  • Spread a towel out on the floor. So it will catch any dripping oil. Also, if you decide to massage your feet, you are less likely to slip or ruin your carpet.
  • Let’s get massaging! The rule of thumb is to massage the areas of your body that have long bones with back and forth long strokes and massage the joints in a clockwork circular motion. All strokes should be vigorous, as we are  trying to get things moving out of our bodies.  You can start your massage at your head or feet. I like to start with my feet.
  • So taking a small amount of oil in the palm of your hand and massage the oil into the tops of your feet. Some massage the soles of their feet and you are welcome to, but put some socks on so you don’t slip. I save massaging the soles of my feet before bed to help me sleep:)
  • Next circle massage the ankles, long strokes on the shins and calf areas, knees circular, working your way up…you get the picture. Use more oil as needed.
  • When you get to your mid section, massage the belly in a clockwise motion (following the path of digestion) and  circle around the breasts. I take time to massage the middle of my chest (my heart space) in a circular motion. Up down motions on the kidney areas.
  • Long strokes on the neck and moving to the shoulders and arms with appropriate strokes.
  • I have a special oil for my face. Which I massage the same way one might put on moisturizer. Gentle strokes moving up and away from the nose towards the back of the head.
  • I don’t massage my scalp every day, because I don’t wash my hair every day. If you choose to, drip a few drops of oil on the top of your head and gently massage into the scalp.
  • Try to leave the oil on for at least 15-20 minutes so it has a chance to penetrate into the layers of tissues in the body.
  • Wash the oil off in a hot/warm shower. Try not to scrub all the oil off. Leave a light layer on the skin to help moisturize it.

*Usually I massage before I take my daily walk and then I come home and wash it off. Though some mornings are busier than others and I don’t get my walk right away. In this case I do a few sun salutations and then take my shower. Figure out a routine that works for you and try to stick to it. The body loves routine- especially this one!

Happy oiling!

Namaste~

 

January 25th, 2012

Winter Ayurveda Workshop

Join me for some Ayurveda wisdom and soul cooking!



Together we will prepare, cook and eat a simple delicious vegetarian meal that is soothing for the body mind and spirit. Learn which foods, herbs and yoga postures can help keep us balanced and nurtured through the rest of the winter.

Saturday February 4th

3:00-6:00pm

Donation

For details contact

831-239-2673


January 24th, 2012

Sound Therapy-Mantra

Mantra ~ Any word, sound or saying capable of creating healing.

There are two levels of healing in Ayurveda (science of life): the physical and the mental. Both levels are connected and seek to balance Prana (life force) one from without and one from within. Sound therapy (mantra) is one of the mental healing modalities of Ayurveda.

Literally mantra means “that which protects the mind”. In the west, mantra can be compared to positive affirmations. Mantras are ancient verses designed to illuminate the consciousness.

Last week I had the honor of studying with two gifted teachers of yoga, Stephanie and Adi. During which I was introduced to this mantra. I love the simplicity of the translation. Every day we are faced with obstacles of being human. This mantra serves as a reminder to ourselves to make positive choices and continue on the path of self love.

Asato Ma Sadgamaya Mantra

Lead us from the unreal to the real

From darkness to light

From the poison to the nectar.

Namaste~

Janina

January 8th, 2012

5 Tips for Weight Loss

Here are a few tips to help you lose some weight the safe and natural Ayurvedic way!

 

1. Reduce stress

Studies have shown that minimizing stress can help you shed some unwanted pounds and keep it off. Stress throws us into “flight or fight” mode. When in this mode the body produces a stress fighting hormone called cortisol which triggers the body to pour stored sugar from the liver and muscles into the blood stream. This causes insulin levels to elevate to be available for our body to make emergency actions-like run away from a tiger. High amounts of insulin inhibit the burning of fat for energy and store the fat for later use. The body responds to this by craving more emergency fuel (food) that is high carbohydrates and sugar. In an emergency our body needs these quick energy foods to “fight or flee”. (Skipping meals or starvation diets also create this emergency reaction in the body) Sadly due to our fast paced modern society we are constantly living in this state of emergency even if we don’t outwardly feel it.

Even just 5 minutes a day of a stress reducing exercises ( yoga, breathing techniques, meditation ect.) can nourish the body and shift your mental perspective.

2. Make lunch your largest and main meal.

Anytime between 10am and 2pm is the best time to eat your lunch, which should also be your largest meal. Your body’s fire element governs digestion and is at it’s peak during this time, thus metabolism is at it’s peak. Making lunch your main meal of the day will also keep the body nourished and satisfied until dinner time, and make it so you don’t feel that you need that big of a dinner. This is assuming that lunch was not just a big plate of nachos and a diet soda. Which brings me to my next tip…

3. Cut out processed food as much as possible!

I have a friend who says she only eats what God has made. Truth be said, most packaged food is not really food. Some of it will claim to have some version of fresh food in it, and if it actually does, it’s not enough to truly call nourishing, life or energy packed food. Processed food is jammed with preservatives that are toxic to the body. Whole foods are naturally low fat and can help you maintain steady energy in your body. A good way to start is try eating only food that doesn’t come from a wrapper, package, can or fast food window.  Eat only what has come from the earth for a few weeks and I bet you will notice a difference in your body.

4. Pause before you eat and while you eat.

Make time for your meal. Before scarfing down that deliciously healthy plate of cooked veggies and rice, take a few moments to calm the senses. Say a blessing, prayer, or simply sit quietly for a breath or two. Calming the self before eating can set the pace for your meal and prepare the body for food and the digestion of it. During your meal, pause between bites or better yet, set down your fork long enough to thoroughly chew your food as digestion actually starts in the mouth with chewing. Try focusing on eating. No eating in front of the computer, television or worse on the run. If we eat in a hurry, we are less likely to digest it properly. Improperly digested food creates toxins in the body which clogs it up and bogs it down. Eating in a hurry is also stressful to the body, and remember reducing stress is is number one.

5. Eat only when your hungry.

Many of us eat when we are not truly hungry. Due to our busy schedules we eat when the time clock tells us to and not when our bodies do. Some of us eat out of boredom or snack all day and never really experience that true hunger feeling. That feeling in your gut that says “feed me!” is also telling you that your body’s digestive enzymes are ready to get to work and metabolize food. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of your body’s natural fat burning abilities. This might take some adjusting of your schedule, but hey it’s your body and it’s worth it.

 

Give these a try and you just may notice difference in your body. If  practicing all these tips seem too big of a change, try adding one tip into your routine for a while and see how you feel. Then slowly add on one more tip and them another.

Be well~

Janina

December 31st, 2011

New Years and Intentions

New Years Eve is upon us.

Tonight many of us will reflect on the past year and make resolutions to make shifts in our reality for a better New Year to come. Often these resolutions are filled with high expectations, emotions and are driven by the mind. Sometimes we can become hyper focused on achieving these goals and lose touch with our hearts and our true nature.

Resolutions can be so narrow and rigid. Which goes against the nature of my free spirited vata mind. Instead, I make New Year intentions. These intentions are ideas from the heart. I set out an idea of a way of living or existing that moves me toward what I would like to create. I find this New Years Intention thinking is so much more broad, open ended and well…fun! When I open up to this intention thinking, it releases the stress of expectations (and I am all about reducing stress) and then I am not down on myself if I fail to achieve the expectations. I find that what I get is more what I need than what I want. Kind of like that Rolling Stones song-” You get what you need! ” This getting what we NEED always comes as a surprise, and that’s what makes it fun. Often the surprise is more beautiful a discovery than what my thinking mind had asked for.

So today I ask you to explore the idea of intentions. Lighten your load of expectations.

What is your New Years Intention?

Love and Light~

Janina

 

 

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