Lose weight while your improve your digestion with Pavanamuktasana, Wind Removing Pose

Lose weight while your improve your digestion with Pavanamuktasana, Wind Removing Pose

Tone up your tummy and promote naturally healthy digestion, assimilation and elimination with yoga <3

Yoga for weight loss, digestive support and a tighter core with Wind Removing Pose (Pavanamuktasana)

In addition to understanding the factual truths about human dietary nutrition so that we can eat the right foods for weight loss, we can also practice certain yoga poses that will help us to naturally lose weight.  One of the easiest, most soothing yoga poses for weight loss is Pavanamuktasana, aka Wind Removing Pose, which massages the ascending, descending and transverse colon and allows us to eliminate any excess gas from within our digestive system.  With the elimination of excess gas, wind removing pose helps us to in turn naturally absorb more nutrients from the food that we eat while improving the functions of our liver, kidney, spleen and pancreas.

Life lessons with Siddhartha, written by Hermann Hesse

Life lessons with Siddhartha, written by Hermann Hesse

Learning from Siddhartha as he depicts the journey behind his own personal transfiguration from status quo to status celestial

Siddhartha: Review and Insights

A quick, easy and entertaining (and quite enlightening) read, Siddhartha immediately caught my eye as I saw the cover at a local bookstore in old town Chiang Mai a few years back.  After reading over the description that was provided on the back cover, I knew that this was the book that I would buy on that particular visit.  Herman Hesse, the author of Siddhartha, writes in such a unique way as he describes the tale of Siddhartha growing from young adult to wise old man.  It amazes me how many of my personal friends and other people that I randomly meet who have read this book (and love it, too).  Perhaps the best thing to note about this masterpiece of a book is that it can be read and re-read and re-read and then re-read some more as the messaging behind the words becomes more insightful and relevant with each re-read. Another book to buy and add to your reading bookshelf.

Beach Body Ready (all year round)

Beach Body Ready (all year round)

The ultimate weight loss guide for losing weight, getting fit and keeping Beach Body Ready for the rest of your life 

It may be almost summer, that time of year where we tend to feel pressured to lose weight so that we can look our best in our bathing suits BUT, shouldn't we want to look and be our very best all year long, every moment of every day?  Why is that we should we just want to try and be healthy for summer, or for the start of each New Year, or any other temporary time that we may have set to be healthy?  Life is always worth living to our full potential, not just by set seasons or days of the week but, every moment of every single day we should strive to be as conscious as we can be of our health.  If you're sincerely SERIOUS about your health (and not just for temporary looks but truly for living your life as healthy and as best as you were created to be) and you'd like some assistance with reaching your goals, get the Beach Body Guide and learn how you can take full control of your waistline while enhancing your health and transforming your body so that you can be beach body ready all year round.

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about fat

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about fat

Shining the light on body FAT and it's admirably essential role in our everyday well-being

Taking a blurb from my weight loss eBook (about me losing 20lbs of weight in one week), I highlight body fat, something that a majority of us have been conditioned to not think too fondly of.

Fat is an essential bodily tissue. Fat is found in the limbs and torso regions of the body, just between the skin and the bones. Fat, in its healthy form, makes for healthy bones. Fat functions to provide lubrication for the body, supporting, protecting and preserving our bones. Fat acts as an internal air conditioning and heating system for our bodies, producing sweat as a byproduct to cool us down when our bodies get too hot and expanding to its full capacity to insulate and keep us warm when our bodies get too cold. Fat is a symbol of love and warmth and, without fat, our bodies feel forever cold (and our minds are simultaneously flooded with cold thoughts, cold emotions and cold feelings). Fat is literally necessary for our vitality and fat deserves our utmost love and appreciation for its active support and functionality in our overall health and well-being.

Oil Pulling

At-Home Oral Care & Body Detoxification Practices Using Common (Cold Pressed) Household Oils

Detoxify the Body, Improve Oral Hygiene, et al with Oil Pulling

Cold pressed sesame oil

Cold pressed sesame oil

Oil pulling (aka kavala, gundusha, oil therapy) is an ancient ayurvedic practice that consists of gently swishing and chewing oil in your mouth.  While providing a whitening and overall hardening affect for the teeth, oil pulling also strengthens the gums (making them less prone to bleeding while flossing or even eating :/ ); helps to detoxify the entire body (by removing toxins from the blood stream while "pulling" the oil around in your mouth*); supports the human heart, lungs, liver and kidneys; and treats typical ailments and afflictions like skin diseases; headaches, poor memory, loss of appetite and insomnia, to name a few.

How Does Oil Pulling Work?

As you swish and chew the oil through your teeth and around your mouth, the oil naturally mixes with your saliva, causing the release enzymes that attract and draw toxins from your bloodstream. You can literally see spots of white or an otherwise milky white and possibly yellowish color in the oil as you spit it out of your mouth (spit it in a clear glass cup to see). *The trick is, you never want to leave the oil in your mouth for longer than about 3-4 minutes because the toxins will be pushed back into your bloodstream as your blood naturally circulates throughout your body.

Which Oils Are Best for Oil Pulling?

It is best practices to only use cold pressed, un-refined oils for oil pulling (and truly any other oil usage in the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom) because cold pressed oils are carefully produced at low temperatures, leaving the oil's nutritional value, aroma and flavor all intact.  The four most popular oils that are commonly used for oil therapy are sesame oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil and olive oil.  Again, all oils should be cold pressed and un-refined for optimal results.

How To Pull Oil and Remove Toxins From Your Body

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons cold pressed oil

  • 2 tablespoons natural spring water

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or baking soda)

  • fluoride free toothpaste

Instructions For A Proper Oil Therapy Practice

  1. In the morning, before eating anything, pour 1 tablespoon of oil into your mouth and, without swallowing it, gently swish, swirl and chew the oil through your teeth and all around your mouth.  After no more than 3-4 minutes, spit the oil out (into a garbage can so that you do not clog your sink) AND repeat this process 2-3 more times. 
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of either unrefined sea salt or baking soda to 2 tablespoons of natural spring water and use to rinse your mouth out fully. 
  3. Brush your teeth and scrub your tongue with (fluoride-free) tooth paste. 

*To Note: It is important to spit the oil out after about 4 minutes.  If you keep the oil in your mouth for longer, the toxins/bacteria will be reabsorbed back into the blood and will then have to be pulled back from the bloodstream again.

Common Benefits Of Oil Pulling

  • Stronger gums
  • Whiter teeth
  • Better breath
  • Sinus relief
  • Improved sleep
  • Jaw pain relief
  • Headache relief
  • Hangover relief
  • Skin care

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Cold Pressed Sesame Oil

Cold Pressed Sunflower Oil

Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Cold PresseD Olive Oil

Unrefined Sea Salt

Baking Soda

Natural Spring Water

 

 Fluoride free toothpaste

The How To "Mindfulness Essentials Series" of Life

The Mindfulness Essentials Series written by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

A collection of How To guides and tutorials as Thich Nhat Hanh proclaims for the good life of health and well being

How to Sit (Mindfulness Essentials, #1)

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The first book in the Mindfulness Essentials Series by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Sit offers clear, simple directions and inspiration for anyone wanting to explore mindfulness meditation. In short, single-paragraph chapters, Nhat Hanh shares detailed instructions, guided breathing exercises and visualizations, as well as his own personal stories and insights. This pocket-sized book is perfect for those brand new to sitting meditation as well as for those looking to deepen their spiritual practice.

With sumi ink drawings by Jason DeAntonis.

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How to Eat (Mindfulness Essentials, #2)

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How to Eat is part of the Mindfulness Essentials Series by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, illuminating the basics of mindfulness practice. These short meditations cover everything from eating with others and enjoying our food to connecting with the Earth. Nhat Hanh inspires a joyful and sustainable relationship with all aspects of eating, including gardening, food shopping, preparing, serving, and even clearning up after a meal. How to Eat is a welcome reminder that the benefits of mindful eating are both personal and global. 
With sumi ink drawings by Jason DeAntonis.

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HOW TO LOVE (MINDFULNESS ESSENTIALS, #3)

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How to Love is the third title in Parallax’s Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. This time Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the thorny question of how to love. He distills one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion; deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love.

Pocket-sized, with original two color illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Love shows that when we feel closer to our loved ones, we are also more connected to the world as a whole. With sections on Love vs. Need, Being in Love, Reverence, Intimacy, Children and Family, Reconciling with Parents, and more, How to Love includes meditations you can do alone or with your partner to go deep inside and expand your own capacity to love.

Scientific studies indicate that meditation contributes tremendously to well-being, general health, and longevity. How to Love is a unique gift for those who want a comprehensive yet simple guide to understanding the many different kinds of love, along with meditative practices that can expand the understanding of and capacity for love, appropriate for those practicing in any spiritual tradition, whether seasoned practitioners or new to meditation.

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How to Walk (Mindfulness Essentials, #4)

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How to Walk is the fourth title in Parallax’s popular Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Slow, concentrated walking while focusing on in- and out-breaths allows for a unique opportunity to be in the present. There is no need to arrive somewhere—each step is the arrival to concentration, joy, insight, and the momentary enlightenment of aliveness. When your foot touches the Earth with awareness, you make yourself alive and the Earth real, and you forget for one minute the searching, rushing, and longing that rob our daily lives of awareness and cause us to "sleepwalk" through life.

Thich Nhat Hanh shares amusing stories of the impact mindful walking has on both the walker and those who notice him, and shows how mindful walking can be a technique for diminishing depression, recapturing wonder, and expressing gratitude. Pocket-sized, with original two color illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Walk k is a unique gift for all ages, sharing a simple practice that can have a profound effect on practitioners.

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HOW TO Relax (MINDFULNESS ESSENTIALS, #5)

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How to Relax is part of The Mindfulness Essentials series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Pocket-sized, with original two color illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Relax shows how critical it is to regularly interrupt the hub-bub and routine of our lives to stop, relax mindfully, and recharge.
Thich Nhat Hanh says that when we relax, we "become calm water, and we will reflect reality as it is. If we’re not calm, the image we reflect will be distorted. When the image is distorted by our minds, it’s not the reality, and it causes lots of suffering." Relaxation is essential for accessing the tranquility and joy that lead to increased personal well-being. With sections on healing, relief from nonstop thinking, transforming unpleasant sounds, solitude, being peace, and more, How to Relax includes meditations you can do to help you achieve the benefits of relaxation no matter where you are.
Scientific studies indicate that meditation contributes tremendously to well-being, general health, and longevity. How to Relax is a unique gift for those who want a simple guide to achieving deep relaxation, controlling stress, and renewing mental freshness and clarity, appropriate for those practicing in any spiritual tradition, whether seasoned practitioners or new to meditations.
With fifteen two color drawings by celebrated artist Jason DeAntonis.
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