Yoga pose of the day: VIPARITA KARANI-Legs up the Wall Pose

Written by admin on April 27th, 2011

For those of you who have attended my yoga classes, you know that this is one of my absolute favorite yoga poses…it is so simple, feels so good and, surprise, it’s super good for you, too! Runners often refer to this as doing “leg drains” as it has the effect of helping get fresh blood to the legs, flushing lactic acid and reducing soreness and swelling.

It is a super gentle inversion, one that most pregnant women can even do for at least a few minutes. This pose allows your adrenals to relax and can often be a very calming pose to practice.

Try it at home after work, a hard workout, a day of travel, or anytime you feel the need to “chill out”.

You can always do it with or without a mat/blanket/bolster under you back.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on Viparita Karani:

You can always do it with or without a mat/blanket/bolster under you back.

The Attitude is Gratitude

Written by admin on April 11th, 2011

Tip of the Day: make your attitude, GRATITUDE. Did you know that practicing gratitude can actually improve your brain function and overall physical and emotional well-being? Well, it’s true.

Be grateful for who you are, what you have, your friends, your family, animals, anything and everything…put your gratitude at the forefront of your consciousness and make it known to others. Say thanks, even for all the little things, tell the people you love that you love them…do it, do it now, do it everyday, every opportunity you get…I think you might be surprised how great you feel.

Just in case you’re not yet on the gratitude attitude bandwagon, here are some more reasons to start practicing gratitude…Brain scans and research conducted by renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Amen showed a significant improvement in brain function following the practice of gratitude. For years now, spiritual leaders and psychologists have claimed that a positive attitude can help heal our lives, but now we know that the simple act of gratitude can actually improve our physical and emotional well-being. And it’s free!

Some of the distinct benefits of a daily dose of gratitude include:

*Increased joy in the simple things in life.

*Ability to recover quickly from life’s setbacks and disappointments.

*Improved relationships – people prefer to be around people who are grateful.

Greater physical stamina and energy.

Increased happiness and acceptance.

Stronger, healthier immune system.

So, what are you grateful for?!?


Written by admin on August 23rd, 2010

Dear Fellow Foodie,
You’re in luck…we have just entered my favorite sub-season of summer; it’s time for berries galore! Berries of all varieties are truly some of nature’s finest superfoods…they rank among my favorite because not only are they good for you, they taste delicious, too! Among my favorites are wild huckleberries. Read on for more info on these precious little berries!

Huckleberries are small roundish berries that look similar to small or wild blueberries. They do not withstand transplanting or propagation and are not grown commercially. An abundant harvest, or lack of, is determined by unpredictable elements such as frosts, adequate amounts of rainfall, and sunlight. In late summer the berries are hand-picked while they are at their sweetest. They are tangy, tart and absolutely delicious and their color may range from deep crimson to deep magenta. Many people say they are the most flavorful berry in the world. They have a strong, pungent odor. (Unless stored in sealed glass jars, huckleberries can permeate anything in the refrigerator or freezer.) Many Montana folks keep a separate small refrigerator or freezer, just to store their huckleberries.

You can look for huckleberries in the wild in late July or August, depending on the elevation. You¹ll find them growing, grouped together on low bushes. The berries grow at high elevations on the sunny slopes of the mountains. It is wise to avoid picking the berries in early evening or early morning hours, especially if you are in a remote area. Huckleberries are a favorite food of bears, both black bears and grizzlies. Bears find huckleberries to be a real treat and the high sugar content aids the bears in storing fat for the oncoming winter.

Happy berry picking and eating!

About Stevia…A Great Alternative to Sugar

Written by admin on May 18th, 2009

Stevia is a species of the sunflower family, native to Central and South America. The species Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, commonly known as simply stevia, is widely grown for its sweet leaves. As a sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia extracts have up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar. This often makes its extracts have a bitter flavor or aftertaste. However, when mixed into coffee, tea, smoothies, baked goods, etc… the bitter flavor is lost and only the sweetness remains. This zero calorie sweetener has a negligible effect on blood sugar and is a great alternative to sugar and artificially made sugar substitutes. In my experience the best form of stevia is the liquid extract that comes in a small bottle with a dropper. Try a few drops at a time in your next cup of coffee or tea and see what you think…

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