Happy Winter Solstice!
With the holidays quickly approaching only days away, its easy to get side tracked and away from our practice. A home yoga practice can be an excellent way to stay grounded and relaxed when we are not able to get to the studio or our regular class.
While a class runs anywhere from 60 - 90 minutes, its not always feasible or necessary to do so in your home practice. With only 15 minutes to spare, you can still achieve the benefits of long healthy muscles and a quiet mind.
Begin with a warm up including stretches for the hamstrings, quads, adductors, abductors and external rotators (check back for video). Breathe deeply into the belly to release any tensions, then move into this Warrior Flow repeating the sequence with both right and left legs to complete one full round. Complete 3 to 5 rounds. Finish with 3 to 5 minutes of relaxation, either seated, lying down or standing in mountain pose. Draw your attention inward to observe any sensations from your practice and allow the body and mind to integrate....and breathe!
Have you ever wondered why dogs (and cats) eat grass? Our four legged friends instinctively recognize the healing benefits of the chlorophyll found in the grass. Chlorophyll is not only in grass but is found in leaves, most foliage and blue green algae.
A great source of chlorophyll is Spirulina a blue green algae and amazing super food.
It is loaded with nutrients including:
Vitamin A, C, D, E, K, Beta Carotene, all B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12), Potassium, Zinc, Phosophorus, Calcium, Iron, Iodine, Inositol, Choline, Manganese, Copper, Biotin, SOD (Super Oxide Dismutase), Selenium, Essential Fats - Omega 3, GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid), enzymes and contains all essential and non-essential amino acids. WOW! That is amazing.
Personally, I have been using Spirulina for the last 10 years and have found it especially helpful in boosting energy levels, balancing blood sugar, aiding in elimination, clears acne, brightens complexion and eyes, boosts immunity, and aids in weight management. It is also a potent blood purifier and blood builder. It is available in tablets, capsules and powder. I often recommend powder added to apple juice or a smoothie. This form is most economical and easily absorbed.
As Spirulina is also a potent detoxifier it is important to start slowly and gradually work up to the recommended dose. Add to apple juice or your favorite smoothie. This smoothie is one of my favorites, I hope you enjoy it.
Mango Banana Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tbsp wheat germ
1 ripe banana
1 cup frozen mangos
1 scoop whey protein powder
1 tsp Spirulina powder
Add unsweetened almond milk to blender first, then add remaining ingredients. Blend well and drink immediately. Serves two.
Peace & love,
Nancy Este is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Nutritional Practitioner. She is here to share with you over 17 years of experience in the Alternative Health field. It is her hope to help save you time, money and stress when it comes to regaining your balance in life.