Om Maker

Wellness with Janina Church
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.
August 1st, 2012

Meditation Wands for Children

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These are fun to make and YES they really work!

I cannot take credit for these. I got this idea from the head teacher at my church, who by the way is an amazing spirit and caregiver. Every other week I help out in the preschool class and have seen children quiet their minds using these.

It’s beautiful.

The idea is to use the wands like mala or rosary beads.

Starting at one end of the wand, take one bead between two fingers and take a breath ” In and out”

and then move on to the next bead until you have taken 10 breaths.

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Sometimes we call these “Wishing Wands” where we make a good wish with every bead,

then we bring our hands to prayer pose with the wand in between our palms and rub our hands together.

(As if your warming up your hands)

After your wishes are all warmed up

Open up your hands and blow the wishes out into the world.

Here is what you will need to make some:

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crafting wire

1/2 to 3/4 inch size beads (larger beads are easier for the little fingers)

 pliers and wire cutters

  • Have your child pick out their favorite beads. I made these with 10 beads each.
  • Eyeball and cut enough wire to string the beads on and leave about 1 1/2 to 2 inches extra .
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    Using the pliers make a small loop at one end of the wire.

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    Start beading. Or better yet let your little one do this.

  • Close up the wand with another loop, but leave about an inch extra wire to allow easy movement of the beads.
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Pass them out to the little yogis in your life!

Namaste

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

April 25th, 2012

Rose Lassi

Another hot day…

turning today into a rose kind of day. I dropped rosewater saline in my eyes this morning, spritzed my students in yoga class this afternoon with rosewater mist and sipped Rose Lassi after dinner with the children.

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Rose is cooling, refreshing and soothing. Like Hibiscus, it is great for relieving heat in the body. Rose helps support the circulatory, female reproductive and nervous systems. It is said that rose opens the mind and heart as it is the flower of love and devotion. Perfect for a dessert to serve my little lovelies.

This is an adapted recipe from my favorite Indian cookbook. Sipping small amounts of lassi after dinner is recommended to aid digestion.

 

Rose Lassi

(pronounced LUH-SEE)

1 1/4 cup plain yogurt
3 tablespoons turbino sugar
1 teaspoon pure distilled rosewater
3/4 cup cool water
3-4 ice cubes
Blend yogurt, sugar, rosewater and water in a blender for about 2 minutes. Add the ice cubes and blend for 1 minute. Serve this frothy goodness in chilled glasses.
Enjoy!
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 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