Don’t Follow the Trends, Find Out Who You Are.

Fab diets, a certain type of yoga, a different meditation, it changes every week. What is popular is based on what is trending, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that what is popular will be good for you or even work for you. We are all very different and what may work for one person may not work for another person. It is about finding what works for you, this can change based on what period of your life you are in and what your lifestyle is.

It is for this reason I love Ayurveda. Because it helps to find out who you are (your unique body/mind composition) and from that place find things that work for you! How awesome is that! No more guessing.

Because we are all different and because we have different imbalances based on how we are living we all need different techniques, modalities, diets and lifestyle changes. We are all different. What works for one person, probably won’t work for a different person. This applies not only to food, but to yoga and meditation.

For example nuts may be great for a Vata, which will help ground them and give them the oil they desire because they are so dry. For a Pitta nuts will make them break out, or have too much oil. For a Kapha nuts will slow their digestion down and cause congestion. Food can be medicine for some, and poison for others.

A certain type of yoga practice for instance may be very beneficial for one person, but then when they get their friend to try it, they may find their friend doesn’t have the same reaction. Perhaps they may even feel agitated or irritated. This applies to meditation as well. Perhaps a meditation was really working for you at some point in your life. You were able to relax and let go and felt at peace, but then life changes and things become very chaotic and you have a very hard time focusing with the mediation you are doing. After some time you give up the practice because you are not able to keep up with it because you have too much going on and your mind is way to active, in that case switching to another form that helps to calm the rajasic mind would be more necessary.

Oftentimes we think, I am meditating, I am doing yoga, I am eating lots of vegetables etc, I should feel better. However, what you may be doing may not be right for YOU exactly. Just because it is mainstream or popular or because it worked for your neighbour doesn’t mean it will work for you.

I think knowing this is it important, otherwise we can get caught up in guilt or shame. Thinking we aren’t doing it right, or hard enough. That there must be something wrong with us because even though we think we are doing it all right, we aren’t getting positive results.

What is healthy for a person is based on a person and where they are in their life. We have to honour our differences, embrace them and then we can thrive in body, mind and spirit!

I am currently offering a body, mind and soul package which includes an Ayurvedic consultation (to let you know what your dosha is and your imbalance as well as advice to bring your mind, mind back into balance through food, vitamins and herbs). I offer one shamanic coaching session where we find your power animal, the animal that is most like you soul. This animal serves as a helper for you in your life. 3rd, I design a meditation practice that suits your lifestyle and what you currently need to have more mental peace in your life. Regulary 300$, I am offering it for an amazing price of 180$. Email me at thalita.angelika@gmail.com if you are interested. 

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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! ūüôā * 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 ūüėČ 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

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

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.

Adrenal Fatigue- The Illness of the Modern Age

After years of pushing myself, I finally got the message my body was telling me. Enough is enough. Balance is key.

Well.. after striving and pushing for most of my life, my body finally had enough.  The last two years of working in the film industry pushed my adrenals past their reserves. Lack of sleep, long hours and extended periods of stress have had their impact on my body.

Yoga and meditation helped to keep me afloat, but after a certain amount of time the weight of stress was too much and my body needed to get the message to my mind, to stop what was killing me.

I didn’t want to change my life, I didn’t want to change my way of living. ¬†But the body knows otherwise. Humans are not meant to be operating at such a high level of intensity for a long duration of time. The flight and fight response is meant to only last minutes, not days, or weeks, or in many peoples cases, years.

So here I am now, in a sense of awe.. That my body is forcing me into hibernation.

It doesn’t care that my mind doesn’t want to stop, it doesn’t care that I had plans. It only cares about survival and its health. It wants me to live in balance and its forcing me to do so.

I don’t know how the future will be, but what I do know is that I will change. I will change in how I use my energy. I will change in how I work and I will change in the person I become. This has long term consequences and will take 1-2 years to recover.

I knew throughout the whole experience that this was happening, but I kept going forward chasing after money, consciously running myself into the ground.

Our society as a whole, is running towards this illness. Our gas tanks operate on coffee and sugar. Every morning it shocks me how many people are in line at coffee shops, and how many coffee shops are on each block. It is the drug of the modern age and most of us are sleep deprived.

When we are stressed we eat poorly, make bad decisions and smile less. I see these hurried people, miserable faces all over the place. Their bodies screaming “listen to me!!” But they don’t, just like I didn’t and then illness sets in to wake them up.

Wake up before you have no choice. I had my warning. Im changing my life. Because¬†the other option isn’t a choice.

If you have these symptoms you are probably moving towards Adrenal or Chronic Fatigue, talk to a nutritionist/ naturopath sooner rather than later.

  • Still very tired when you get up in the morning, even if y0u had 8-10 hours of sleep
  • groggy and tired at 3-4pm
  • easily overwhelmed and stressed
  • digestion is off
  • as a woman your cycle could be off
  • low mood
  • irritable, easily angered
  • have no reserves, once you are tired there is nothing left.
  • wired, but tired
  • foggy, memory problems
  • need sugar or caffeine to keep going
  • candida overgrowth

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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.