Om Maker

Wellness with Janina Church
April 30th, 2013

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 12th, 2013

Restore

Restorative Yoga

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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!

March 26th, 2013

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

831-239-2673

 

 

 

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.
May 20th, 2012

Sunday Quote

 

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The rhythm of the body,

the melody of the mind,

& the harmony of the soul

create the symphony of life.

-B.K.S. Iyengar

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~