This is one of my favorite sequences. It is more active and great for the whole body, so those without tummy concerns can benefit too. Go slow and move at your own pace. Remember to keep the breath slow and steady. Stretch the hips, open the chest and twist the body in order to stimulate digestion and keep things moving in the right direction.
With a sensitive gut like mine, it’s hard to find fruits that I can easily digest. That’s why I love bananas. They are my go-to morning staple. Bananas are packed with fiber and potassium, both of which are essential to happy gut functioning.
Potassium plays a major role in muscle function. Normal gut functioning requires muscular contractions, or the peristaltic wave, to help guide your food through the digestive system. Potassium is a key mineral in keeping this functioning working. Combine that with the high levels of fiber and you’ve got a digestive gem in this little fruit.
I eat a banana with breakfast each morning, but you can enjoy any time of day, any way you like it. Try on its own or in a smoothie. [Read more…]
Warm the body using gentle movements in Episode 6 of my Yoga for Digestion Sampler Series. In this video we’ll also massage the abdomen with movement in order to help get things moving in the right direction.
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I have something to share with you. I recently made a simple shift and it has radically changed my life.
It took me a while to figure out, but now that I have, things are rolling forward; so much so that some days I can hardly keep up with the momentum. I’ve always been good at manifesting things I want in my life, but this little switch has been a game changer.
“When you have fortitude, you stand supreme under any conditions.”
-Sri Dharma Mittra
By definition, fortitude is having courage even in the face of diversity.
I like to apply this sentiment when teaching classes, especially when it comes to long holds or challenging poses. Some people may try to leave a pose when it becomes uncomfortable or it’s something they don’t want to try. I know, I’ve been there. When I first started practicing yoga, I would find reasons to leave the room when I wanted to avoid the challenging stuff. I don’t do that any more. Now, I’m all in.
The practice of yoga teaches us to remain calm even when times get tough. We learn how to navigate stressful situations, remain focused, and stay committed to an end goal. This is tapas, one of the niyamas of yoga, meaning austerity, commitment and self-discipline. Fortitude is essential to increase your tapas, so that when things fall apart or become challenging, you can move through them with ease, grace, and steadiness. [Read more…]
It’s finally starting to warm up around the DC Metro area and our family could not be happier. With the first day of spring happening this Friday, March 20th, there’s much to look forward to. After being cooped up all winter, we are happy to say goodbye to cold weather and hello to warmer days and sunshine.
The Spring Equinox, also referred to as the Vernal Equinox, happens when the sun is directly overhead giving us equal amounts of day and night. Spring is most commonly thought of as a time of rebirth and renewal as we shake off old man winter and experience the abundance of new life springing up around us.
The first day of spring this year also boasts a special total solar eclipse, where the moon will completely mask the sun; the first since November 2013. This total eclipse will also open the portal of abundance, but you can read more about that here.
With all this blooming and buzzing excitement the air, I couldn’t resist sharing with you my top ten favorite ways to ring in spring. [Read more…]
If you haven’t noticed by now, I’ve started putting myself out there more by growing my business, launching my Yoga for Digestion program, and posting Sampler Videos on YouTube. (Have you seen them? They’re pretty cool!). It’s full speed ahead around here these days.
Stepping outside of my comfort zone takes courage, but there’s nothing more gratifying than being able to do the work I am passionate about. It’s like a tickle I can’t get away from, making me deliriously happy and giddy all at the same time. I want more.
Every time I’ve moved myself in to a new step in my career, first teaching yoga classes, then my blog, then privates, then workshops, then teacher trainings, etc., I’ve had to step out of my comfort zone and take the plunge into the great unknown. This work—this passion to serve—has, and will always be, the driving force behind what I do. It’s not always perfect, but I don’t pretend that it is. It is my goal to share and educate based on my own experience studying and living my yoga practice. [Read more…]