March 21, 2017

“There is no excuse for being fat.  Period.”

That is the comment that was recently posted under a Facebook ad for a yoga class I teach for people with bigger bodies.

A couple years ago I would have cried.  I would have been hurt.  I would have felt ashamed.  Instead, I was angry.  That soon passed, and I was sad.  This woman must really not like herself if she had to waste time and energy to post that under an add for a class that she wouldn’t even consider attending.

Don’t get me wrong.  I still have moments of feeling too fat and ugly.  Those thoughts soon pass.  And it’s not always easy to move on.

We have patterns of thoughts, emotions and behaviors that are instilled in us at an early age.  Don’t b...

March 14, 2017

Pizza Stuffed Chicken Breast

Ok.  This turned out amazing!  I get burnt out on chicken breast.  This is a game changer.  It is easy. It Is pretty quick.  Kids like it.  AND it is (mostly) healthy.   

You need:

Boneless skinless chicken breasts

Pizza sauce

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Grated Parmesan cheese

Pepperoni

Olive oil

Salt

Pepper

Garlic or garlic powder

***Any other Italian seasoning or pizza toppings you like

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375

Cut a pocket along the side of each chicken breast

Spoon pizza sauce in to the pockets

Add pepperoni (and optional other toppings) and mozzarella cheese to the pockets

Place in oiled baking dish

Rub top of chicken breasts with olive oil

Sprinkle with garlic, salt and pep...

Why Yoga?  Why Not?

I came to yoga for a workout.  I stay for everything else.

I truly believe that the mind, body and soul connection in Yoga makes me a better person.  I am more flexible now than I was in my teens and 20s.  I have a better understanding of my body.  I have learned to love myself as I am.  I can better manage anxiety and depression.  My list of reasons to do Yoga goes on and on.  Here are my top 7:

1)  Improves Mental and Physical Strength - Part of Yoga is working on your body’s strength and endurance so you can sit for long periods of time in meditation and reflection to attain enlightenment.That is the flowery explanation.But, anytime you are actively move and stretching your body you a...

February 17, 2017

Encouragement should not be reserved for others.  You deserve to be lifted up, too.  However, it is often much easier to tell others how much you love them than to compliment yourself. 

Introducing the love note to yourself: 

Now, I am not saying this is easy.  In fact, once I wrote three notes I was running out of nice things to say about me.  I eventually came up with seven and posted them at the top of my mat for a yoga practice.

It was nice to look down during my practice to see reminders of how awesome I am. 

So, next time you hit your mat, take a moment to tell yourself you are amazing.  You truly are.  If you don’t believe it, grab some paper and a pen and write yourself some love notes.  Eventually you will b...

February 8, 2017

So, its early January.  (Wait… now its February!)  I didn’t eat as poorly as I did over the holidays, but I threw clean eating out completely the window.

It’s time to get back on track.  I do this not to lose weight (although I would be thrilled to go down a size.)  I just like the way I feel when I eat clean(er.)  It helps with inflammation, my blood pressure, my depression, blood sugar, and pretty much every lab test my doctor makes me take annually.

Now, I brought a container of fresh pineapple and a banana to work today.  I am sure this, along with a meat stick will make an adequate lunch.  However, I look outside.  It is snowing and a frigid 19 degrees.  Suddenly a  cheesy, garlic covered cal...

February 7, 2017

1 cup coconut oil

¼ cup beeswax

1 tbsp vitamin E oil

Essential oils (about 15 to 20 drops)

Add your coconut oil, vitamin E, and essential oils to a mixing bowl.  Melt beeswax, then add to your mixture.  Blend it all together with a mixer.  Enjoy!

*** Lavender and chamomile oils are a great blend for relaxation and soothing skin.  Add an even amount.

***Lavender and tea tree are wonderful for damaged skin.  It is soothing and antiseptic.  Use at a 2 to 1 ratio with more lavender than tea tree.

***For energy try orange and bergamot oils.  Add am even amount.  For a little extra zip, add a few drops of ginger oil.

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