Friday, June 26, 2009

How to Moonwalk Like Michael Jackson |

I don't want to contribute to the frenzy over MJ's death, BUT considering how much I loved his music and sick dance moves, I couldn't help but to acknowledge the legendary moonwalk.  Try this at home kids! 

How to Moonwalk Like Michael Jackson |

For inspiration:  Watch these wannabes!
And OH MAN! Check this performance out!  The Ultimate

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pro Yoga

Check out LeBron James teaching kids about yoga and nutrition!

Many pro athletes supplement their sports with daily yoga or pilates practices to increase their flexibility, focus, and stamina.  Another reason to do yoga!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Wayne is right on!

If you haven't checked out Dr. Wayne Dyer's books, you must. That's all I have to say about that. Just do it.

I feel like the media is fueling this locomotive panic train with negative stories about our economy. Dr. Dyer wrote a wonderful blog piece in April:


I had to smile at Abraham’s response to the scary rollercoaster of economic news people are facing these days. “Chill out and go to work!” It’s a great way of reminding us to take a deep breath and focus on what’s really important. Here’s something to think about: There are no times of financial crisis. It’s just the way the world is, and you always have a choice about how to react to it. Don’t listen to negative news and don’t be consumed by the worry, the fear, the anxiety, and the anger. Go within and know that you don’t need another penny to have a fulfilled and happy life. To believe that you need what you don’t have is a definition of insanity, according to my friend Byron Katie. Go within your own heart and don’t allow yourself to be brought down by the negativity.

There are only two emotions—fear and love. Go with love. Love yourself, love God, and know that you have within you the capacity and the power to weather through all times, not only to weather through but to make them work for you, and to turn them around. If enough of us begin to act and believe and live this way then negativity and fear will no longer be part of our consciousness. You can live peacefully even when there is tumult around you. Just know that you have the power to weather anything.



Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Naturalize your products!

With breast and other cancers on the rise, we really ought to be conscientious not only of what we put in our bodies, but ON our bodies.  Years and years of putting aluminum filled deodorant next to our breasts=probably not a good idea.  And the harsh chemicals in shampoos, conditioners, and body washes are abrasive to your skin and hard for your liver to process.

It's true when they say your skin is your biggest organ, and it literally absorbs everything you put on it.  The substances go into the bloodstream and down to the liver to be processed.  Think about all the makeup, lotions, perfumes, hair products, etc. you use on a daily basis.  Your poor liver!

I've gotten turned onto some great natural products that are much gentler on your body.  For shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and deodorant I use Hugo's Naturals, which is at Whole Foods, some grocery stores, and online.  Their products are fantastic, really work, and smell delicious!  For lotion I use Beautiful Soap & Co. hand and body lotion.  Their mango poppy flavor smells like you just walked off the plane into a multitude of Hawaiian flowers.

And for toothpaste, most brands contain hidden sugars and fluoride, which can inhibit your thyroid and cause all kinds of gastric issues.  I use Dr. Ken's All-Natural Maximum Care toothpaste.  Don't worry it still whitens your teeth!

Monday, June 15, 2009

alkalize or die!

And that is literally the title of one of the books I picked up in nutrition school.  I don't believe in using fear tactics to get people be more mindful of their diet, but they do have somewhat of a good point.

This weekend I began a 3-week cleanse to give my liver and intestines some lovin'.  Included in this cleanse is making sure I check my pH level daily to make sure my body isn't too acidic.  It's like checking the pH of a pool and cleaning out the bacteria or fungi so that you can swim in cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing water.  Like the pool, your body can host thousands of little critters if you give them the environment they thrive in: acidity!

When foods are digested in your body, they either have an acidic or alkaline effect. Fruits and vegetables tend to fall along the more alkaline side, while meats, dairy, and grains are more acidic.  So try to eat more whole natural foods, and check your pH daily with a special tape you can buy at health food stores.

One trick to immediately balance yourself is to drink half a lemon squeezed into a glass of warm water upon waking.  This will also boost your liver and get your metabolism revved up into gear for the day.

I'll keep you posted about the cleanse!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Inside Awareness

Yesterday I watched the movie What The Bleep!  I can't believe I hadn't watched it sooner.  Think The Secret (a cutesy Law of Attraction movie) but much more complex.  It delves deeper into quantum physics and the science behind the mind-body connection.

The most astounding part of the movie, for me at least, was when the lead actress comes upon an exhibit in a subway station about the effects of thinking on water.  Displayed were pictures of water molecules that negative sayings like "I hate you!" had been thrown upon, in contrast to water molecules that had been blessed or given positive sayings like "I love you."  The difference was incredible.

The negative thinking molecules were ugly and blotched, while the positive thinking molecules looked like beautiful snowflakes, intricate crystals.  

AND THEN, they told the actress to think about this:  The body is primarily made up of water, so imagine what our thoughts are doing to the molecules of water in our bodies.  Are you molecules destroyed or beautiful?  What are you mentally feeding your cells?

Any time you beat yourself up, curse your body, or despair about the future, you are destroying your cells and literally making them ugly.  Why do you think people feel amazing after a yoga class or in the presence of spiritual teachers?  Because you have been surrounded by love, and you need it so badly.  

Or how about when you sit down and eat a meal when you're angry or sad?  You're stuffing your body with negative emotions.  Food always tastes delicious and satisfying when you're eating with family and friends you love on a special occasion, and everyone's laughing and having fun. Thus your body and cells are nourished on the physical and emotional levels.

As always, just food for thought...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Invitation

My yoga teacher likes to read from The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.  It is such an inspirational piece, I thought I'd share an excerpt from it.  Check it out at your local library or

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithlessand therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, every day,and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.