Tips to Not Hate Winter but to Actually Enjoy It

It’s getting colder…

The days are getting darker.

‘oh… noo…’ I know what your thinking.

Autumn is over and the winter equinox is upon us.

Winter doesn’t have to be all that bad, it can be beautiful. I know, it can be unbearable at times cause where I am it can be 6 months long but there are ways to make it not just bearable but wonderful!

Here are some health inspired tips to not only bear it but enjoy it! 🙂 * From experience!

  1. Drink GINGER tea every morning! I swear by this. I have been doing this for 4 months now and I feel great. It gives you an inspiring jump of energy and your circulation improves, no more cold hands and feet. Your digestion gets better and you feel warmer. How to do it? Chop up a two-inch piece of FRESH ginger and boil it in water, simmer once at boiling point (2 cups about) for 20 mins. Enjoy! (I make mine quite strong, try different amounts to get the perfect taste for you). Tip- it has to be fresh to get the benefits and not to imbalance any of the doshas, ayurvedically speaking.
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  2. Wake up to watch the sunrise. I know you’re probably thinking, ‘are you crazy, all I want to do is sleep’. ‘Well yes…’ But if you wake up just before the sun rises and then find a window in your house where you can see it rise and get those sun rays I bet your mood will improve, you will have more energy during the day and a brighter outlook. Vitamin D the natural way is always great. If you totally can’t see yourself doing this.. then please take Vitamin D.
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  3. Enjoy more warming foods/herbs in the winter like cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cloves etc. Have soups, stews and lean protein sources to give you the energy to stay warm. Avoid and stay clear of anything cold or raw during the winter, your digestion and circulation will thank you.
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  4. Get outside. I know its cold, but your body still needs to move and I truly believe exercise is one of the most important ways to stay healthy. Go skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding or even biking! If you really can’t bear it then do yoga.. inside… or some kind of YMCA class.
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  5. Take care of yourself. Cold hands and feet – drink ginger tea, if still cold or you didn’t listen to me or you need immediate effect, put cayenne pepper powder in your socks (make sure no open cuts). Cover your neck and back and make sure to protect your core. Best to be warm and avoid drafts/cold on your hardworking organs. Keep the core warm always. It’s an eastern secret. 
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  6. Socialize, don’t hide away. I know most of us just want to stay as a hermit away from civilization during those cold days. But it is so important for your mental and emotional health to go out of your house and actually talk to a human, not just a computer. Like I mean not typing, like real one on one human interaction where you can actually touch a human being… which leads me to my next point!
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  7. Do as the Danish do, create ‘hygge’! What is that? Well, it’s creating a cosy atmosphere in your home. Lighting candles, playing soft music and making yourself comfortable. Better yet, create it and invite someone else to enjoy it with you 😉 If you catch my drift… (side note: that is another indoor activity you can do to exercise).
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  8. Take care of your immune system. If you do get sick or before you feel you are getting ill. Because prevention is key! Take vitamin C at 1000mg, follow directions on the bottle. For herbs-  elderberry is used traditionally to combat viruses and the flu. It works wonders. Ginger, as mentioned above, is also great for colds, add some lemon and honey to increase its effectiveness. If you want to learn more holistic flu remedies click here.
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Elderberry Juice – Makes a great syrup too! 

Well, that’s it for now.

I hope you enjoy these winter wonderland – fun land tips. Please comment below and let me know if they improve your winter and make you enjoy it any better?

Much love to you,

Thalita Angelika

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Spring Equinox Health Tips

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The flowers are blooming, the earth is moist and the air has a fresh scent that inspires you to create. But to create, we first have to create space and to do that we need to let go of what is old and outdated- what we wish to release once and for all. We want to move into the summer season with lightness and health, but this begins by investing in our health in the Spring. Spring is the time of the liver in Chinese Medicine and it is, for this reason, the best time to cleanse the liver. The liver also governs our vision and if we can’t see what we want, then we won’t be able to create what we want.

Signs of a liver that is in need of cleansing is:  acne, skin issues, inflammation in the eyes, sluggishness, foggy head, poor elimination, digestive issues, anger, frustration, hormone imbalances, fatigue, pain on the right upper portion of your abdomen, malabsorption of nutrients, chemical sensitivities and the list goes on. The liver is a very important member of your body and when it’s not functioning optimally, the rest of our body suffers.

We need to do some ‘Spring Cleaning’! Cleaning the external and the internal. We must let go of old clothes, clutter, dysfunctional relationships, unhealthy lifestyle patterns, whatever is dead.  Reflecting on what is outdated and dead in my life? What am I carrying around that is done and doesn’t nourish me anymore? This applies to everything in our life, as well as our health. This is the time to do cleanses, detoxification of the body, to shed old skin like a snake and welcome rebirth.

There are some simple changes you can make that can have a positive effect on your health. They are:

  • Eating lots of fresh greens and veggies- if your digestion is sensitive or you feel cold often, steam them.
  • Eating more foods that have a bitter taste like bitter melon, kale, dandelion leaves etc
  • Drinking warm water with some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in the morning
  • Incorporating herbs into your diet that help your liver like Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Burdock etc (Please check with a qualified health practitioner or a Medical Doctor if you have any health concerns or issues before taking any herbs. A qualified herbalist will be able to tell you if a specific herb is a good choice for you).
  • Camomile Tea is gentle and effective in assisting the liver and is calming
  • Reduce and eventually eliminate refined sugar and wheat
  • Cut back on red meat and dairy
  • Decrease consumption of fried, oily foods
  • Exercise daily to break a sweat

Have full integrating these tips into your life and feel revived and revitalized after winter. Spring is a time of creating a vision for the coming year and with a healthy liver, you will be ready to do it!

 

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DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE
The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

How to Gain Energy in your Life

Why are we all so tired? Coffee is one of best selling products globally and people are so heavily reliant on it. Why is our world so tired? We do less p1ae700d6cf0c2aa02cb27cafeb35c181.jpghysical work than previous generations and yet many of us complain there isn’t enough time in the day, that we are too tired by the end of the day to do activities we enjoy.

Could it be that we try to fit too many things into the day? That we have too many applications running, too many e-mails to read and that we are overloaded? That our minds have not evolved to deal with the excess amount of data input that we need to process?

Could it be that what we are doing isn’t feeding us? That we are only feeding our wallets rather than our souls and our heart’s desire? Perhaps our ‘being tired’ is only an excuse so that we do not do what we actually dream of doing. Rather than facing our dreams we procrastinate them and say we do not have the energy. Our dreams become a plan B, instead of our only plan.

Many of us are struggling with low energy and so I wanted to give some insights and tips on how we can gain our energy back!

  • Do activities every day that feeds your heart. It can be as little as 5 minutes, but make sure you make time for pleasure in your day. Enjoy that cup of coffee as much as you can, soak in the aromas, feel the warmth against your tongue. Savor it. Soak in moments of laughter, the sun as you are walking to your destination. Be in the moment.
  • If there are things you greatly dislike doing, see if you can trade with someone else to do it. Doing things we dislike, drains us. See if it’s possible to either do it another way, do it another time or if you can pay someone else to do it. Sometimes it’s better to ask someone else that doesn’t mind to help, even when our mind gets in the way and says ‘we should do it all ourselves’.
  • If you can’t avoid doing something, see if you can change your attitude about it. Your attitude affects your whole day. See if you can shift it and allow the energy to flow, rather than resisting it. Also, working with the energy present; Sometimes it takes more energy to fight something than to actually do it.
  • Wanting to do too many things can drain your energy. Focus on one thing at a time. Don’t let your to-do list overwhelm you. Start with the priority and then move on. This applies to things you want to bring into your life. If you are trying to manifest a bunch of things it can be draining rather than fulfilling. Cut away from things that are not possible and feed the things that are possible. Also, cut away from things that you don’t actually want. If it has been over a year and you haven’t done it, it’s safe to say your not that interested. So, cut away from it so that you can regain energy and give that energy to something you actually want right now.
  • Open your mind to other possibilities. Perhaps the solution you have in your mind is draining your energy. See if you can think of another option that excites you!
  • Surround yourself with people that are fun to be around with. Your energy synergies with the energy of people around you. Hanging out with people that are complaining and have a negative outlook on life is draining. b893ded2c63b7645bac0ca653747100f.jpg
  • Eat whole foods, fresh foods that are full of prana, rather than anything preserved, canned and refined. Avoid refined sugar and refined foods as much as you can. If it’s been too altered your body won’t recognize it and it will drain your system.
  • Breath work- doing breath of fire, or alternate nostril breathing and deep breathing will help to fill you with vital energy. Also practicing Yoga helps. Many times we don’t need another coffee, we just need to open our lungs and take in some fresh air.
  • If your energy is low it helps to pray, chant, sing, play the drums, go into nature or connect with the divine. There are infinite amounts of energy out there but we have to connect with it, otherwise, we can run ourselves dry.
  • Have fun!! Being playful and doing things you love feeds you. Make your life about play and not work and your energy will dramatically shift!

 

Yoga + Essential Oils- How to enhance your Practice

How to Enhance Your Yoga Practice with
Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
By: Allison Petroski

Essential oils and plants have been a part of spiritual practices since the beginning of time. Frankincense and myrrh, for example, have a long standing history in ancient traditions such as Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and African healing. They are mentioned repeatedly in the Bible and were used in ancient Greece and Egypt. The medicinal benefits of therapeutic grade essential oils are limitless, but what I find to be one of the most fascinating qualities is that they carry their own, often very elevated, frequency, which can greatly improve your physical, emotional, and spiritual well being. Therapeutic essential oils have the highest known electromagnetic frequency in any natural substance known to man. Starting at 52 MHz they escalate up to 320MHz, which is what pure rose oil resonates at. When you combine these highly charged oils with yoga and meditation, your practice can be greatly enhanced.

Therapeutic grade essential oils can be applied topically or inhaled to increase energy, relaxation, and focus, or to decrease stress and deepen meditation. This applies only to therapeutic grade oils, which only make up 2% of the oils available on the market. It does not include the oils found in health food stores and perfumeries, despite the claims of purity found on many labels. In this article I am referring to Young Living Essential Oils. Both Yoga Journal and yoga master Rodney Yee are working with Young Living to educate people on the power of therapeutic grade essential oils.

When therapeutic grade essential oils are inhaled the miniscule molecules travel up the nasal passages, into the lungs, and into the blood stream, oxygenating the blood. The aromatic molecules of the oils also reach the amygdala, a component of the limbic system where emotion, instinct, memory and vital functions are controlled. Oils high in certain chemical constituents can reprogram cells and stimulate emotional release. Below is a brief outline of suggested ways to implement essential oils into your practice.

Oils and Yoga
Before Practice-
Start by diffusing your favorite oils in the air with a cool-air diffuser. Lemon, peppermint, and/or lavender will purify the air and enhance physical stamina, while decreasing stress. These will also keep your studio germ free as lemon and peppermint are anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.

Balance your chakras and ground yourself-
Place a few drops of lavender on your sacrum and on the bottom of your feet to bring harmony to your chakras. Rosemary opens the chakras. Sandalwood harmonizes and balances the emotions and enhances meditation by opening the third eye. Vetiver and Cedarwood are very grounding.

Pranayama, Meditation, and Yoga-
Place a few drops of frankincense in the center of your palms and rub them together. Cup your hands over your nose and inhale deeply for several breaths. Place a drop over your third eye and at the base of your skull to increase focus to these two powerful energy points. You can also rub a few drops at the base of your nostrils for continual inhalation. Frankincense and sandalwood are both very high in sesquiterpenes, a chemical constituent which aides in removing negative programming and increases oxygen to the pineal and pituitary glands providing a deeper meditation.

Inhaling peppermint oil is also very invigorating and will open the nasal passages and lungs for a very clear breathing experience, allowing more oxygen into the blood stream. Use peppermint sparingly and before the other oils, as it is a strong oil that will overpower the lighter scents of frankincense and sandalwood. On its own it is wonderfully soothing to any digestive issues, headaches, and muscle aches.

Any of these oils will greatly enhance breathing techniques. After you have finished your breathing exercises you can add more oil to any of the spots that were mentioned, and continue on with your meditation or yoga practice. You cannot overdose on therapeutic essential oils- so keep putting them on!

Essential Oils and Chakras
Frankincense, sandalwood, and lavender are three oils that are both grounding and highly spiritual. All three can be used on any of the energy centers for balancing, clearing, and enhancing the qualities of the individual chakra.

After Your Practice-
Lavender and peppermint oils may help alleviate muscle soreness and tension. Due to the regenerative nature of essential oils, applying them during and after your practice will help keep your muscles and joints limber and provide the ability to heal faster if any damage does occur.

I have touched on just a few ways that essential oils can elevate your frequency and improve your spiritual practice. Once you begin exploring the realm of essential oils yourself, you will discover the unlimited potential of nature’s living energy.

The Best Teacher is YOU

“By choosing to see things as a teacher I respond with respect.”

Everything is a teacher. From the speck of sand, to the vines growing on a delapitated building, to your worst enemy.
Nothing escapes the realm of experience and from experience comes wisdom.
I can choose to perceive something as a challenge or I can see it as a threat. It all comes from the perspective I am living in.

By choosing to see things as a teacher I respond with respect.
No longer judging, criticizing, rather, accepting and moving forward with appropriate action.
Despair arises in life when we question ‘Why is this happening to me?”.
My response ” Why not?”.
You are being given a perfect opportunity to have a victory. To rise above your advisories and learn something new.
If you knew everything, nothing would happen to you, because you would know.

The Earth is a playground of education. It is where we come to settle our accounts and learn from past mistakes so they are not repeated again.

If you have patterns, your not learning. You are repeating.
Change your response, change your life.
It really is that simple. If you want to get out of the same repetitive cycles, than act different and you will have a different response.
We are so used to responding in the same manner we don’t even realize we are doing it.
Try responding with love and kindness and see how an open heart is the best defense..

Become devoted to learning, make your prayer to elevate yourself under all circumstances.
Become that which you wish to see in the world as Gandhi would say.
Be a student of yourself, and life itself.

 

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