Earl Grey Massage Balm

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I love the smell of freshly steeped earl grey tea. How delicious a balm would that make?

Very.

I crafted a simple version:

1 cup refined coconut oil (solid at room temperature)

several tea bags of earl grey tea or 1/4 cup loose tea

*essential oil of bergamot

containers with lids

(refined coconut oil has the coconutty scent removed, allowing a cleaner earl grey scent. If you don’t have refined coconut oil you can use regular coconut oil… it will be exotic, like earl grey went to Tahiti!)

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melt the oil in a double boiler set-up

add the tea bags or loose tea

stir and heat for 30 minutes or so (the oil should change colour and take on the aroma of the tea)

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remove from heat and allow to cool

drain the loose tea using cheesecloth or a thin cloth

or squeeze the tea bags to remove excess oil

 

(Reserve the tea bags and tie the cloth ends together to create a tea pouch for the bath. Drop in your evening tub for a therapeutic soak).

Add essential oil of bergamot to the strained oil. 30-40 drops or to your liking. (Add the essential oil, then drip a drop of the mixture on your skin for an aroma test. If you’d like it stronger, add more essential oil).

Pour the blend into containers and allow to cool completely before capping.P1160250

Overnight the oil should return to solid form. You can speed this process along by using the fridge or placing them outdoors in cooler weather.

This is a simple, infused coconut oil massage balm. It will remain solid at 72 degrees and below. Above that temperature, it will begin to liquify. Popping it in the fridge will return it to its solid form.

Rub between the palms and massage where desired. A great bedtime massage oil.P1160253

 

Bergamot is known to be analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, and assists with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

*Bergamot may cause a reaction known as photosensitivity in certain individuals. It is advisable not to expose areas of skin with bergamot oil to direct sunlight.

 

If you want to make a lip or body balm:

infuse your tea in sweet almond oil and after draining the tea, add beeswax to the heated oil and melt.

Use this recipe for vanilla bean-infused balm as a guide.

 

This creates a silky smooth balm that will keep its consistency in warm weather and makes a delicious lip balm.

Enjoy!

What is Real Beauty?

Do more than just survive. Thrive.

 

Real Beauty

Real Beauty

If you gave me one hour each morning and said I had to pick how to spend that hour -doing my hair, makeup and coordinating an outfit, or doing yoga and meditating- hands-down I’d pick yoga and meditation every time. Or sitting on my front step watching the sunrise, enjoying qigong on the lawn, dancing to great music…

It’s not that I don’t enjoy spending time on my hair or putting together a nice outfit and they do make me feel better about myself – as long as I am wearing them. In fact, it took me a couple years to let go of the need to be put-together before leaving the house, or dropping the kids at school without makeup and not hiding my face under the collar of my jacket, wanting to shrink into the background.

When momhood kicked in, I had to make choices about my time and I could either look great on the outside and feel crabby on the inside or spend my time on activities that allowed me to feel great about myself, which meant letting my hair dry in the sun or being satisfied with a simple coat of chai balm on my lips.

Now that my kids are a little older, I have time for both yoga and styling my hair, although you’ll still find me on my mat rather than in front of my mirror.

The difference is, regular yoga and meditation helps me feel better about myself regardless of what I’m wearing or doing. Time in nature recharges me and shows me how much beauty exists around me every day.

A post is floating around social media with a powerful message. It is an advertisement for Dove and shows a forensic artist sketching women based on their own description of themselves, then sketching them based on the details provided by others who just met them.

The Dove Real Beauty Sketches reveals a theme that – judging by the number of women I’ve seen repost the video – we are ready to change.

We are the hardest on ourselves and if we cannot recognize the inherent beauty in ourselves, how can we see it in the world around us and how can we help others to see it?

Anyone who has enjoyed a make-over knows how good it feels to see yourself at your most beautiful. It’s time for an inner make-over. One that allows us to know how beautiful we are and see that same beauty in everyone else. It’s time to choose what makes us feel good, what truly nourishes us: body, mind, and soul.

Each day when I wake I ask the question, What nourishes me today?

What nourishes you today?

Do that.

 

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind, and Spirit. Recap.

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If you missed the 12 days of detox and feel the need for post-holiday purification or simply wish to create a nourishing daily routine for the new year, here is a summary just for you. Start at 1 and add a step each day to gradually enjoy all 12 or choose several that appeal to you and build your own custom daily wellness ritual. Click on each day for the full detoxing details.

On the 1st day of detox, atONE gave to me…
 
It’s important to know where you are heading before you can get there. Meeting yourself face-to-face is an excellent and accessible method of detoxification. Find out how to begin the nourishing process of purification and discover the most vibrant you!
Every breath provides a channel for detoxification through the exhalation of waste and the inhalation of oxygen. Most of the day, however, our breath is shallow. As our shoulders slowly creep up to meet our ears throughout the stresses of our day, our breath also becomes more shallow and often quicker, limiting the supply of oxygen to our lungs and blood. Dedicating time each day to sit and breathe deeply or reminding yourself throughout your day to do so, infuses the body with fresh air and releases the stale air pooled deep in the lungs. Practice simple breathing techniques in 2 cleansing breaths.
Remove any mental ama with a daily mind detox. Committing to a daily morning practice sets the tone for your day, integrating dreamwork and clearing the mind for the day ahead. An evening practice surrenders thoughts, stress and worry of the day as you slip into deep relaxation before sleep. Learn a simple daily meditation practice in 3 meditations.
Food as medicine and medicine as food. That’s how ayurveda views eating. At least three times a day we have an opportunity to create vibrant health through our food choices. Foods that burn cleanly and completely, nourishing our bodies and assisting with the removal of ama, serve us well during detox. Simple whole food choices sustain us while cleaning out the pipes. Find out foods that support vibrant health and detox in 4 foods that heal.
5 Yoga Poses

Adding 30-60 minutes of yoga to your daily routine aids digestion, elimination and detoxification through postures, breath and sweat. Even 10 minutes of yoga every day allows you to feel the benefits of a regular practice. You may choose to seek out a convenient class near you, pick up a DVD to assist with a home practice, or simply enjoy a few poses each day. Committing to sun salutations every morning is a simple start. Practice before eating, particularly detoxing poses such as twists, forward bends and inversions, to aid in the process of cleansing. Discover daily detoxing poses in 5 yoga poses.
A little-known detox gem, Dr. F. Karach presented oil pulling in the early 90s. The practice dated back considerably further, however. In ayurveda it is called kavala graha, a medicine for the oral cavity, and has been used for centuries to detoxify the body and improve health. Learn a few ways to spice up your swishing in 6 spicy swishes.
Use self-massage in the morning before you shower to wake up the body and promote detoxification, or at night before bath to relieve stress and ama from your day, preparing you for a restful sleep. Discover ways to enjoy a daily massage in 7 layer massages.
Himalayan salt contains the same 84 essential minerals found in our bodies. It is praised for relieving a variety of conditions from acne to halitosis, eczema and psoriasis, and for drawing toxins from the body. The salts can be purchased in large crystals or more finely ground. Read the full post on 8 salt baths for natural additions to enhance your bath.
There are many herbal detox programs available. Purchasing a reputable herbal cleanse provides a prepared, easy to follow plan you can fit into your daily routine. If you choose to buy or follow an herbal program, do your research and make sure the product is top quality. Consult a herbalist or naturopath for professional recommendations. Read the full post of 9 cleansing herbs for some of the most popular herbal cleansing choices.
“Sweat and laugh every day,” said Yogi Bhajan, and turning up the music to groove and move with yourself, your kids, family, friends or a community is an invigorating and uplifting way to detox body, mind and spirit. A daily ritual of dance, whether 10 minutes in your living room or a 1 hour class at a local gym or dance studio, lubricates the joints, sheds excess baggage from the body and the mind, and lightens the spirit.
Empty that melon and make room for new thoughts while taking inventory of all the old ones running through your mind and all the old story running through your life. Your experiences to date, your ideas and stories laid out on a page, whether in prose, webs, design or image, allow you to review where you’ve been, gain new insight and acceptance, and even spark new inspiration.
You don’t need to be a yogi to use mantra and affirmation. Employ this powerful ancient tool to assist you in success with your commitments and all you wish to be and create in the new year. Choose or create your own affirmation.
 
Here’s to a clear, calm, simple and nourishing new year, naturally!
 
 
The information presented is intended to inform, not diagnose or treat health conditions. 



 

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 12.

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On the twelfth day of detox, atONE gave to me…

twelve affirmations,
Affirmations
Yogi Bhajan shared many mantras and affirmations, one of which was, “I am the light of my soul. I am beautiful. I am bountiful. I am bliss. I am, I am.” You don’t need to be a yogi to use mantra and affirmation. Employ this powerful ancient tool to assist you with continued success with your detox, holiday commitments and all you wish to be and create in the new year. Whether conquering a goal, creating a fresh new start, facing a fear, or maintaining a calm, clear body and mind, affirmations assist in keeping your focus on what’s important. Choose 1 affirmation that resonates deep within to be the foundation of your ongoing practice- your theme song for the month, the year or a particular task at hand.

I choose love in each moment.

I create my life.
I welcome abundance.
I steer my ship and navigate the waters of emotion.
I am whole.
I am a powerful woman/man on this planet.
I am vibrant, radiant and healthy.
I am an infinite source of creativity and love.
I am the master of my destiny.
I am fluid, flexible, strong and beautiful.
I create a life of abundance for myself and others.
I am a blessing to others as I am abundantly blessed.
I walk in beauty.

Or create your own from the words that bring you the greatest inspiration and invoke the most powerful response.

Start with “I” then add a powerful word like “am” or “choose”, or a poetic word like “welcome” or “exude” and follow it up with your main focus or desire, the antidote to your suffering or situation. Keep it phrased in the positive. If pain has limited your activities try, “I move with ease and grace”.

Write it down and begin each day with your affirmation. Tack it to the fridge, the mirror or your computer screen and repeat it throughout the day. Employ it silently when you find strain in your day or speak it out loud to yourself in the mirror. Use it during your breath work and meditation, inhale “I am” and exhale “whole.”

The more you use it, the more completely you’ll adopt it. When you come up against resistance in your life, get out your juicy journal and craft a custom affirmation to lift you up and over the hurdle. Use it frequently and powerfully. Your very own super power. “I am awesome”.

Congratulations on completing the 12 days of detox; body, mind and spirit. I hope you enjoyed the variety of methods presented and that they served you well during your detox and continue to serve you through your year ahead.

Please let me know what you tried, what you struggled with, what you celebrated and how you did. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Continue with your visualizations, meditations, breath work, yoga and any other techniques you found helpful or challenging. Stay with it. As Yogi Bhajan said, “Keep up and you will be kept up.”

To the most vibrant you.

Cheers!
Stephanie

The 12 days of detox; Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 11

Resources

On the eleventh day of detox, atONE gave to me…

eleven juicy journals,

 

Journaling

Empty that melon and make room for new thoughts while taking inventory of the old ones running through your mind- the old story running through your life. Your experiences to date, your ideas and stories laid out on a page, whether in prose, word webs, design or image, allow you to review where you’ve been and gain new insight and acceptance, even spark new inspiration. Contemplating and detailing events of your year and life gives you an appreciation for what you have learned, gathered and accomplished over the year and what no longer serves you, what you wish to relinquish. Honour what has been. Accept all of your experiences with love and compassion. Continue what speaks to you the most and bid a fond farewell to lessons learned.

Celebrate the success in the highs, and the growth in the lows. Start… one word on the page, where does it take you. Let that one word act as the yarn that, when pulled, unravels the tightly woven and structured contents of your mind, then your heart and your spirit. Weave the yarn upon the page and see the colours, texture and form of your life’s fabric and celebrate the wardrobe you wore this past year and the years before. Honour the fresh template for new designs to come with the new year. Fresh new colours, textures, styles and designs that promise to create the most inspiring, rich, vivid collection yet. Fabric not flowing? Try a gratitude list. Finding what you are grateful for this past year and in your current life will allow the yarn to spin freely. If words are fluid for you, let them gather in poetry or flow into rivers of chapter. If you prefer to draw or doodle, allow your year to reveal itself in images on the page.

Smile as you write. Cry as you draw. Laugh as you honour all the bits and pieces of you. Love your story, its moments of pure exquisite beauty and times of deep desperate struggle.

Of course any old paper will do or even that new-fangled digital device we all enjoy so much. I love honouring my writing with a juicy journal, however, a stunning little notepad or decorative diary with a lovely pen creates a sacred experience for me.

Wordle: new yearLight a candle, pour yourself a cup of tea and celebrate your past year on the pages of your journal. When done, you may consider a page or 2 of what you wish for your year ahead. Dream it into drawing and then draw it into being. You could even Wordle it and print it out to display on your wall, vision board, fridge or desk to keep your vision front and centre all year.

There are more than 11 juicy journals on this page from Handmade Expressions. Wherever you find your journal, enjoy selecting one unique to you for your year’s review. Perhaps an exquisite new journal will find its way into your stocking for your continued journalling through 2014.

 

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 10

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On the tenth day of detox, atONE gave to me…
ten musical minutes,
Detox through dance
“Sweat and laugh every day” said Yogi Bhajan, and turning up the music to groove and move with yourself, your kids, family, friends or a community is an invigorating and uplifting way to detox body, mind and spirit. A daily ritual of dance, whether 10 minutes daily in your living room or a 1 hour class at a local gym or dance studio, lubricates the joints and sheds excess baggage from the body and the mind, lightening the spirit.

Want to jump-start an exercise routine? Start with dance. If you find it difficult to get outdoors during the cold for activity or you despise stationary exercise equipment, do something fun, healthy and vibrant for yourself. Dance.

Choose your favourite music, something upbeat, and start to move. Rock some old dance moves, have your kids show you some new ones or allow your body the freedom of intuitive movement, arms swaying, hips swirling, shoulders releasing and tension melting. Let go and take a ride on the rhythm of the music. Drum beats carry you to new places, flute serenades your spirit, piano pulls at possibilities and guitar stirs your creativity.

“Dress classy and dance cheesy” as Psy says. Crank up Gangham style and have some fun anytime of day. Make dance a regular part of your detox and daily routine. Start your day with dance, before you hit the shower. Or pick a time of day when your energy drops and you need a boost. Try a pre-dinner dance party with the family to raise everyone’s spirits. One of my favourite musicians and healers, Shine Edgar’s didgeridoo and chanting elevates and transports me to new places every time I play his music. Turn up Great Central Sun and allow the primal rhythms to infuse your body. You can’t help but move, sway, spin, jump, shake, stomp and celebrate your body, mind and spirit.

Bonus detox tip: Smile. Bring a smile to your lips everyday. When you make eye contact with people, smile. When you pass others in stores, particularly this time of year when stress can run high, smile. Curling the corners of your mouth into a friendly smile is an instant mood boost and spirit lift for you and others. Feeling strained? Smile. Traffic heavy? Smile. Turkey not ready? Smile. Family members pushing buttons? Smile. Do it for you, others benefit as a bonus. Smile while you dress, while you cook, while you shop and while you dance. People will want to know your secret.

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 5

Maui Yoga

On the fifth day of detox, atONE gave to me…

five yoga poses,
Yoga
Adding 30-60 minutes of yoga to your daily routine aids digestion, elimination and detoxification through postures, breath and sweat.  Even 10 minutes of yoga every day allows you to feel the benefits of a regular practice. You may choose to seek out a convenient class near you or pick up a DVD to assist you with a home practice or simply enjoy a few poses each day. Committing to sun salutations every morning is a simple start. Practice before eating, particularly detoxing poses such as twists, forward bends and inversions, to aid in the process of cleansing.

Yoga-Paws shares 5 detox yoga poses you can easily incorporate into your day. When finished your morning meditation, wake up the body by taking a few minutes to move through these poses. Enjoy them before bed as you release the day in preparation for a good sleep. Find your way into the pose, inhaling and allowing the exhale to guide you into position, deepening the posture. The inhale lengthens the spine and lifts the heart, the exhale releases the belly and all tension and toxins as you sink deep into union with body, mind and spirit. Take as much time as you need, at least 5 long, slow, easy breaths in each pose. Nowhere to go, simply be in the posture, in the place you are, connected completely through breath. Take this time as a gift to yourself to be fully present in your body, in your breath, in your life… fully you.

Bonus Detox Tip #1 Rodney Yee slowly demonstrates sun salutations in this Gaiam clip.

Bonus Detox Tip #2  If you are up for a more vigorous practice, enjoy this kriya for detoxification from 3HO.

I could bonus you all day long with yoga postures, practices and possibilities as there are so many benefits to a regular, mindful practice, whether a few minutes of twists or 108 sun salutations. Widely available to explore today, find a method and practice that nourishes you. Experiment, play, add music or chant, take it outside and go deep within. Have fun with something you do just for you, something that leaves you feeling whole and happy.  Namasté.

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 4

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On the fourth day of detox, atONE gave to me…

four foods that heal,

Food as medicine and medicine as food

That’s how ayurveda views eating. At least three times a day we have an opportunity to create vibrant health through our food choices. Foods that burn cleanly and completely, nourishing our bodies and assisting with the removal of ama, serve us well during detox. Simple whole food choices sustain us while cleaning out the pipes.

A whole foods detox, consuming fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts in their whole state offers the natural fibre of the food, while providing all the nutrients and health benefits. Juicing is also a popular option and there are many juice detoxes available on the market and sites offering recipes for the best detoxing blends.Do your homework and choose a juice plan that appeals to you and is reputable if you choose this route. Be mindful of your calorie intake and not restricting calories for a prolonged period of time unless under the guidance of a professional. Listen to your body and ensure you are feeling nourished by the foods you are consuming.

One of my favourite detox blends is one apple, a generous handful of dandelion greens, fresh grated ginger and pure apple juice or water to blend. The peppery greens, sweet apple and spicy ginger give me an invigorating morning boost. A detoxing addition to my day’s nourishment.

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Simply make choices in your day that offer the highest nutritional value. Substitute the morning’s boxed cereal for a homemade fruit or veg smoothie. While detoxing, reduce your consumption of prepackaged, refined and processed foods. Replace breads, pastas and packaged sweets with fruits, vegetables and nuts. Choose organic, pesticide-free or locally grown when available. Decrease the dairy for detox. Elimination diets can present resistance. Consider lowering the quantity of foods that create inflammation and stagnation, and upping the foods that promote vitality and radiant well-being.

~Citrus. A detoxer’s good friend. After your morning visualization, breathing and meditation, greet your day with a tea of grated fresh ginger and squeezed lemon juice. If under the weather, add a touch of soothing honey. Enjoy oranges as a convenient snack during your day. Add limes and lemons to your water.

~Greens. Kale, swiss chard, dandelion greens, bok choy. Get creative. Kale is high in fibre, iron, vitamin k, calcium and vitamin c. It is anti-inflammatory and makes for an excellent detox choice. I watched Ina Garten make a ribollita on the Food Network several years ago and it became an immediate staple for me in the winter months. I alter the recipe to incorporate meat or not, according to my needs and the contents of my fridge, and usually leave out the bread. Water makes a perfectly acceptable substitution for chicken stock. I make a huge batch for leftovers. It is my favourite recipe for kale. Add swiss chard to smoothies, dice it up for pasta sauces, soups or stews. Swiss chard has a milder flavour than kale and is easily incorporated into recipes. Dandelion greens make a great addition to salads or smoothies.

~Fruit. Apples are excellent detox choices, pomegranates for heart, blueberries for an immune boost. Simmer apples, cinnamon, ginger and clove for a naturally sweet and flavourful treat. Toss in a handful of nuts, pumpkin and chia seeds, and a spoonful of coconut oil and you have a delicious breakfast. If you become fidgety or snacky in your day, slice up an apple or two and enjoy.

~Good fats. Nuts offer a whole food source of monounsaturated fats, with walnuts adding omega-3s. Choose from a variety of snacking options; walnuts for brain, almonds for heart health, pistachios for happy cells. Nuts also bring protein to the table, just make sure the nuts you buy don’t also bring the salt. Another choice oil for maximum health benefits is coconut. Choose a quality unrefined coconut oil. It will be solid at 76 degrees and less, above that it will begin to melt. Add coconut oil to your dishes like rice stirfry. Sautée carrots, onion, garlic, bok choy, swiss chard and ginger, tossing in cashews. Like apples, a spoonful of coconut oil a day is said to keep the doctor away.

Bonus detox tip: Water is important for flushing toxins from the body. Consume 1-2 litres of fresh water throughout your day. Try mountain spring water! Fill a 750ml or 1 litre reusable bottle to get an idea of your consumption. Drink 1 in the morning and 1 after lunch. Squeeze in fresh lemon juice or add a few drops of plant essences like Yarrow Environmental Solution, to aid detox.

Bon appétit!

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 3

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On the third day of detox, atONE gave to me…

three meditations,
Meditation
Remove any mental ama with a daily mind detox. Committing to a daily morning practice sets the tone for your day, integrating any dreamwork and clearing the mind for the day ahead. An evening practice surrenders all thoughts, stress and worry of the day as you slip into deep relaxation before sleep. A twenty minute morning and evening practice of your choice makes this detox an easy addition to your day. Choose from mindful meditation, guided, mantra, yantra, walking… there are so many available and accessible today. Join a global online meditation or simply place your focus on one thought, affirmation or solely the breath.

1. Following your detox day 1 visualization and day 2′s breathing, continue sitting comfortably, maintaining deep, relaxing breath.  Inhale a silent, “I am” and exhale a silent, “vibrant.” Replace the word vibrant with one that holds meaning for you, evokes a deep feeling of well-being: healthy, alive, radiant, vital, calm. Breathe and focus on the words carried silently on your breath, repeating them over and over, for a few moments or 20 minutes. It is more important you feel your detox practice flows easily into your day than struggle to meet a specific time frame. If your mind wanders to grocery lists or the day’s duties, simply draw your attention back to the words on your breath. When complete, open your eyes and sit for a moment, enjoying and acknowledging the sensations in your body and your clearer, calmer mind.

2. Deeply rest the mind and allow your own inner pharmacy to guide your detoxification. Hold no words or thoughts as a focus, instead, allow the mind to empty. No force or expectation, simply a deep state of rest, as if there is nothing for the mind to do. With mind at rest, your inner pharmacy can go to work, entrusted entirely and confidently with your highest well-being. Often we block our own progress on a particular goal. Fear, doubt, old habits or patterns may resurface. This deep rest provides a getting-out-of-your-own-way detoxification. It’s not up to you. Let your body do its job and restore its natural state of wellness. A great way to begin your day and a lovely technique for clearing your mind and welcoming restful sleep at the end of your day.

3. You may wish to explore the ancient practice of mantra, focusing the mind and vibrating sound with a sanskrit phrase. Mantra, meaning instrument of the mind, allows your mind to engage, focused on particular sounds that resonate within the body, activating a response. Chanting the seed mantra “HRIM”, pronounced hreem, aids in detoxification as its sound resonates throughout the cells. You may chant aloud or silently if you prefer. When chanting aloud, the r of hreem touches the tongue briefly on the roof of the mouth. You may chant hreem once on the exhale, holding the mmmmmm sound on your lips for the extent of the exhalation, or chant it repeatedly between inhalations. If chanting silently, allow a continuous resonation of the mantra through the mind. When complete, sit for a moment, observing the sensations within the body, vibrations continuing to reverberate. Bring chant into your day; the shower, car or while making dinner. I once filled the parent volunteer room with chant while helping at my child’s school.

Bonus detox tip: need help getting into the meditation mood?  Choose spa-like music or sounds of nature to assist you in relaxing.  You can even find a beautifully recorded mantra and chant or sing along with it. One of my favourites; ra ma da sa by Snatam Kaur.  Chant along with her or absorb the mantra and the music. Turn up the volume and let the mantra vibrate through your home.

Sat nam.

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 2

Sacred and stunning Lake Louise

On the second day of detox, atONE gave to me; 

two cleansing breaths,
Breath
Every breath provides a channel for detoxification through the exhalation of waste and the inhalation of oxygen. Most of the day, however, our breath is shallow. As our shoulders slowly creep up to meet our ears throughout the stresses of our day, our breath also becomes more shallow and often quicker, limiting the supply of oxygen to our lungs and blood. Dedicating time each day to sit and breathe deeply or reminding yourself throughout your day to do so, infuses the body with fresh air and releases the stale air pooled deep in the lungs. Deep breathing also relaxes the body and the mind, proving to be one of the most effective, inexpensive and accessible methods of detoxification of body, mind and spirit. Commit to deep breathing outdoors and enjoy the added benefit of nature, feeling the cool winter air invigorate the body. Every deep inhalation purifies, every full exhalation detoxifies.

 

As you practice your detox day 1 visualization, breathe deeply and exhale fully. Once the visualization is complete, continue deep breathing for a minute or two, relaxing deeper with each breath. Lungs expand and fill with each inhale, shoulders drop and tension melts with every exhale. Sit upright to allow full expansion of the lungs, feeling even the back body receiving fresh oxygen.  Like opening a window and allowing the air to freshen your home. Continue several times throughout your day, at regular intervals like before meals, or any time you feel stress or strain creeping into your day or your shoulders creeping up to your ears.

If you tend to carry excess heat in your body or experience agitation or frustration during your day, try Sitali breathing, a technique used to cool off the body and the mind.

Bonus detox breath: to stoke the digestive fires and boost metabolism as well as your core control, practice breath of fire for continued detoxing throughout your day.

How’s the closet cleaning coming along?