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December 28th, 2011

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Thai & Fly – July 9 & 10

June 17th, 2011

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Thai & Fly: Come expand your practice into the realms of shared touch and joyous flying in this fun filled two day workshop

    • When – Sat July 9th and Sun July 10th, 2011 1:30-4pm
    • Where – Marietta, GA 30067
    • Cost – $70 for two day workshop $35 for Sat only. $5 pre-registration discount by Sat July 2nd
    • What to bring/wear – Wear comfortable snug fitting athletic clothes and bring a yoga mat. No partner necessary
    • Workshop Description – In this workshop, you will explore the yoga of partnership, by first deepening your practice with a partner, then by experiencing the freedom of flying freely, and finally wrapping up with some juicy Thai Massage. Day two will expand both the flying and Thai into deeper levels of the practice.

Yoga For Life

July 15th, 2009
Physical Degree, 83
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I read an article a few weeks ago that I just cannot help but share with all of you.  The article is about an 83 years of age, grandmother.  She is a great inspiration to me and perhaps she will be to you too. 

She has been teaching yoga longer than I have been alive and she is still going strong and has no plans of slowing down.  She doesn’t need to because her yoga practice keeps her young, strong, balanced and flexible.
This is what I aspire to as I enter the HOT yoga room everyday.  I’ve come a long way in all the years I’ve practiced and I know that in the years to come I will only improve and so can you.  It is never too late to begin your yoga practice. 

Make Massage A Priority In Your Life, You’ll Be So Glad You Did

May 15th, 2009

109077_alpine_skiing_42When I was in high school I entered a contest and was the winner of a gift certificate for a massage from an independent massage therapist. So, I took my gift certificate to her and had my very first professional massage. I had such a great experience and just loved it however I would not have another massage for several years later. Why? I saw it as a luxury and a frivolous way to spend money. I had bills to pay and to prioritize my hard earned dollars for such a thing as a “massage” just seemed irresponsible to me at the time.

One of my passions in life was travel. Several years later after that wonderful massage, I had saved up enough money to afford myself a wonderful ski trip with some friends to Vail CO. We piled into a small condo and I had just enough money to afford enough food, ski rental and skiing for a week. We skied hard every day from the time the slopes opened until they closed. One day toward the end of our week we decided to ski a half day and go relax in the nearby hot springs. They had a spa there and my girlfriend suggested we get a massage. I explained to her that I had only enough money for our trip and that if I bought a massage I could not ski the next day or do much else. She talked me into having a massage by offering to pay for it and I pay her when I got paid next after we were back. So I had my 2nd massage. I still remember it to this day. It felt like I was in heaven and I felt so amazing the days following. It was then that I became motivated to find a way to afford a massage at least once a month and it became a priority in my life.

I sought out massage professionals and began affording a massage once a month. If I told you what little I earned you might wonder how in the world I was able to do this and still make ends meet. I set it as priority and I planned accordingly. From then on in my home town with my favorite “staple” massage therapist and various others in the places I traveled to abroad I had a massage. I began exploring and seeking out therapists who practiced various styles, techniques and in various settings. Other than feeling great I didn’t know all the reasons why this was so important to me, it just was. Then years later while training for triathlon competitions I somehow figured out a way to afford and started receiving professional massage once a week. I had competed in triathlons before without regular massage and I quickly discovered the benefits of regular weekly massage. I actually began to win first place. Around this time I decided I needed to learn more and decided to change careers and figure out a way to go to massage school.

I’ve been practicing and evolving in massage and complimentary therapies for about 10 years now professionally. I’ve come this far by prioritizing what’s important to me, following my passion and heart and being open to the journey and discovery process. When people say to me “I can’t afford” to have massage or comment on perceiving the “price” high to them, I can remember many years ago how I felt similarly. I felt that way because I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

 

Our health is our wealth. It is what keeps us going in any economy and in any situation really. I encourage all of you to take your own journey and discover massage and complimentary therapies from true professionals that are well trained, maintain a certain level of professionalism within their organizations and of course that resonate with you. Learn what questions to ask and how to figure out what works best for you. Take responsibility for your health. I have a saying that actually hung in my office for a long time “If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?” In what ways do you prioritize your health?

Master Cleanse, Spring 2009

April 4th, 2009

lemonsI am writing this as I begin Day 4 of this Springtime “Master Cleanse”.  So far I am feeling great!

So, what is the Master Cleanse?  The Master Cleanse is one of the most simple, effective and inexpensive cleansing and healing programs available.  It is a liquid monodiet designed to work with and complement your body’s own cleansing and detoxifying processes, and at the same time effectively nourish your body.  It is not a fast or a means to starve the body.  A fast by true definition is to drink only water and to starve the body for a given period.

You may have heard it referred to as “The Lemonade Diet”.  It is true that no food is consumed during the Master Cleanse.  During the Master Cleanse you consume only purified water (a PH level of 7.0 is most ideal), organic lemon juice, organic Grade B Pure Maple Syrup and organic cayenne pepper, mixed to exact measurements as outlined in “The Complete Master Cleanse” by Tom Woloshyn.

With regard to my Spring 2009 Master Cleanse experience so far, this time around I’m doing a few things differently.  This time I am testing my PH levels in the morning and before bedtime and monitoring my weight each morning.

The Master Cleanse suggests drinking a laxative tea at night before bedtime.  Senna is a substance commonly found in herbal laxatives.  Some studies have shown if taken in high doses and for long periods of time senna can produce  serious side effects for the body.  During my last Master Cleanse before bedtime I would drink a cup of the tea containing senna, before bedtime not steeping it too long.  As I found out my body did not like it or do well with it.  So, this time around before bedtime I take herbal digestive stimulator capsules.  So far this is working much better and I am not experiencing any cramping as I did a few times when drinking the tea.

In the morning I do a salt water flush.  I mix 2 teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt in 1 quart of warm water.  Within one hour it has passed right through me.  I am consuming approximately 6-10, 10 oz glasses of my lemonade drink each day and it gives me plenty of energy all day.

Each day I do my yoga in a 105 degree humid room for a minimum of 90 minutes.  I also spend several hours each day seeing clients for Ashiatsu Massage, Lypossage, Thai Yoga and Therapeutic massage.  You could say I have a pretty active  lifestyle.  I am able to do all this while doing the Master Cleanse and consuming no solid food for 11-12 days and have plenty of energy.  During my last cleanse I even competed in the Southern Regional Asana Yoga Championships.  When some of the other competitors found out I did a lot of the training and competition while consuming no solid food during that time they couldn’t believe it because of my high energy level.  Another competitor was so inspired she did the Master Cleanse right after the competition and continued doing the yoga each day and was also amazed at how great she felt.

I have done many other cleanses in the past.  So far I have found the Master Cleanse to be one of the best for me. During the training for my competition I experienced no muscle soreness and noticed increased flexibility.

The benefits of the mixture:

 

  • Lemon is an acid food however very alkalizing to the body when digested.  Several acids in the lemon help to break down various calcified substances throughout the body, such as kidney stones and gallstones. The high levels of potassium, calcium and magnesium make it an optimal choice to alkalize the body’s tissues.
  • Pure grade B maple syrup provides you with the fuel for you body over the period of the cleanse.  It contains a number of minerals and vitamins in trace amounts, depending on where it was collected.  Also found in pure grade B maple syrup is Potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, sodium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, tin, sulfur, silicon, vitamins A, B-1, B-2, B-5, B-6, biotin, folic acid as well as minuscule amounts of amino acids.
  • Cayenne pepper is a stimulant that raises metabolism, increases circulation by purifying and thinning the blood and helps many digestive dsorders.  Like lemon, cayenne breaks up and loosens mucus in the body.  This benefits the sinuses, bronchial tubes, lungs and allows clearer and easier breathing.  Easier breathing is a good thing during this pollen season, don’t you think?  Cayenne pepper is also high in vitamins A and C, contains some B vitamins, potassium and calcium which make it highly alkalizing to the body.
  • Water is the final vital component of the Master Cleanse.  Your body uses water to help flush and transport toxins to the organs of elimination (the colon, bladder, skin, etc) to discharge them.  Water with a PH of 7.0 is best because of it’s high alkalinity.

You can read much more about The Master Cleanse in Tom Woloshyn’s book “The Complete Master Cleanse”.  He has followed the works of Stanley Burroughs who was the one who initially introduced this cleanse.   Another author who also writes about The Master Cleanse is Peter Glickman.  I would encourage anyone interested to do their own research, read the books and determine if it feels right for you.  There are many other cleanses out there.  Remember, it’s your life, your journey and you’re the one that lives in your own body.