What Does Love Mean To Me

I shared this last week on Instagram and decided to share it on my blog and add a few things to the list.

This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, yes another holiday created by Hallmark but there is history behind the holiday of roses, candy, expensive dinners, or gifts depending on who your partner is. There are so many stories about Saint Valentine and the meaning behind this holiday of love. I won’t get into the history, just GOOGLE it!

What does love mean to me? This question is both easy and challenging. Here goes the babbling:
Love is a feeling.
Love is bigger than everyone of us.
Love is not only romantic.
Love helps us live and grow.
Love protects and connects.
We can’t survive without it.
Love at first sight is looking at your new born baby.
Love is guiding, teaching, protecting, practicing and learning.
Love is silence.
Love is loud.
Love is making sacrifices.
Love is giving and receiving.
Love is human.
Love is not cruel or mean.
Love is not only about making it.
So many are wanting, seeking and fighting over it.
Look no further than within yourself.
Love is accepting.
Love is respect.
Love is gratitude.
Love is not hurtful or manipulation.
Love is truth.
Love is without ego.
Love is passion for what sets your soul on fire.
Love is a state of being.
Love is our dreams.
Love is our actions.
Love shouldn’t hurt.
Love should be equal.
Love is skinny, fat, short, tall, black, white and every color of the rainbow.
Love is life and life is love.
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The strongest love we will ever know is inside of you.
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The strongest love I have ever felt is being a mom. The kind of love that can make your heart cry when they are sad or sick. Struggling and confused. The “what if’s” that keeps us up all night. 
This love is the strongest. 
The strength that keeps me going. The drive, passion, and sacrifices is all because of the love for my kids. This is love. This is the strongest love I have ever known. It was love at first sight. 💕

Now for the other “things” I love

I love teaching yoga to ALL levels, shapes and sizes

I love how yoga has changed my life and watching it transform other lives

I love authentic people

I love essential oils and how just a few drops from nature can heal

I love flannel shirts

I love dark chocolate

I now love gluten free pasta

I love coffee enemas

I love celery juice and how it makes me feel. The Medical Medium is a genius

I love motivational quotes

I love podcasts

I love Oprah

I love Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer

I love reading and writing. (who would have thought. I once couldn't stand either)

I love Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Baths

I love alone time

I love The WIZARD OF OZ (Happy Anniversary)

I love my life and everything from the past that has shaped me into who I am today.

I love that I have bad days and good ones.

I love that I am continuing to learn everyday.

I love that I can share these experiences with people who are willing to learn.

There will be a part 3!!! The list is LONG

xoxoxox

MB

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12 Days of Slow Living

This month I participated in the #12daysofslowliving Challenge on Instagram with Beth Kirby. Now, slow living is not something I practice. Moving at a slow pace does not come easy for me. It never has. Some health issues the last year and this fall has told me that I have to start. This challenge came at the perfect time. Normally I do not participate in social media challenges. I like to offer them, especially 28 days of yoga for $28 or to get my shy clients out of their comfort zones. The Grind and Shine Yoga Challenge is to practice yoga everyday for 28 days.

If any type of challenge is offered to me, it needs to be something I really need to incorporate in my life.

Slow Living and lots of yoga.

Last year, my body was giving me the signs. The signs to slow down. This year, my body was screaming at me. October is a “productive” month for me. Workshops, back to school, sports, and this year SUKHA hosted the first yoga retreat. It was non-stop. After the retreat, I was not myself. Everything was a blur. My lungs, my brain, my gut. Physically and mentally foggy.

Once again, thank you to Maryjo Kurtz at Wellnecessity for all of her services and guidance to getting me back to the healthy me. I try to see Maryjo as much as I can and I highly suggest you do the same!

Slowing down is something I must do but I feel as if when I do, important things may slip through the cracks. This challenge so far, has encouraged me to do a few little things in my daily routine. Self care has always been part of my life it is routine, but slowing down and embracing the time is not. Now don’t get me wrong, I do not rush through life, or am I always in a “rush” , or “can’t get my shit together”. I am very balanced but I rarely take the time to sit back and appreciate drinking cup of tea or be aware of how blessed I am to have nature’s gifts to heal my body.

My children will always come first and I am so fortunate that I have the flexibility to attend games, cook them dinner and be there for them whenever they need me.

When my body gives me the signs to slow down, I never can understand how I am supposed to slow down when I have so many big responsibilities. I am one person doing so much. No wonder one of my Spirit Animals is the Octopus. Speaking of the Octopus; I decided it was time to have a logo for my personal brand. I have had these visions of part octopus, with some SUKHA branding incorporated but never thought I would be able to find someone who understands my thinking. Well, I did. This is the power of Instagram. All the way from Denmark I found a talented, creative, patient, responsible, professional, beautiful Graphic Designer who understood what I was looking for and created my logo. Thank you Anamarija Designs

How can I possibly slow down? This mind never stops.

This challenge has showed me to take the time, notice and appreciate the time I spend slowing down.

Here’s a recap of the first 8 days

Day One/Meditate

Day Two/Move

Day Three/Hydrate

Day Four/Nature

Day Five/Nourish

Day Six/Glow

Day Seven/Create

Day Eight/Relax

Day Nine/Indulge

Everything I have done so far with only a few days left is posted on Instagram @mbwishes and Facebook @myblogsaboutlife

Today is Day Nine/INDULGE and I did exactly what my body was calling for. “Do something luxurious for yourself”

Most people automatically think of indulging as eating a burger, fries or candy. Today I needed to relax my muscles .after a week of teaching and practicing in a Infrared Sauna at Current Recovery & Performance new location on Brick Blvd. I was honored to have a tour of the new, spacious and clean facility yesterday and went back this morning after my class for a 35 minute session in the sauna. The staff is friendly, kind, and extremely knowledgeable.

Current Recovery offers TPI Golf Screening, Cupping, Cryotherapy, Spot Cryo, Normatec and ARRC Therapies. Now Michael explained these to me yesterday in detail but my brain could not soak all of the amazing information in one sitting. But stay tuned. I will go back and bring my son. Current is not only for people with injuries. These services are perfect to prevent injuries.

Day Nine of Slow Living was worth writing about. I feel amazing, my skin looks even better and I took 40 minutes of my morning to detox, relax and move slowly.

Now, back to my normal routine of working, cooking, cleaning, laundry, wrapping and getting ready for Christmas. I am now able to actually hydrate SLOWLY and embrace every sip. Thank you Beth!

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!

Don’t forget to take time to S L O W D O W N

Many thanks again to Beth Kirby, Maryjo, Current Recovery and Anamarija!!

Please take a moment to download the ANCHOR app and listen to my new Podcast!! Authentically Speaking. Link is right here…

xoxox

mb

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Love Your BOOBIES!

Thank you to everyone who attended both donation classes and made donations. SUKHA hit the goal and raised $1,225!!

We Love Boobies!! Let’s save them by living a clean, healthy, toxic free life. Obviously there are some things we can’t fully control. Genetics and our environment but we can take action with preventative solutions such as diet, supplements, diet, exercise and less trips to the drug store.

The last few weeks I have been some research on our armpits and boobies and the things we can do to prevent the “C” word.

“Over 85 percent of the lymph fluid flowing from the breast drains to the armpit lymph nodes. Most of the rest drains to the nodes along the breast bone. Bras and other external tight clothing can impede flow”-Michael Schachter, MD.

If you ask any holistic women’s health Practitioner they will tell you that breast heath is a daily thing, and us women need to take it more seriously. We have so many unhealthy breast practices, from ill fitting bras to diets high in inflammatory foods and cooking oils. But no one wants to live in fear constantly right? So what can we do to help our boobies stay healthier and lymph system work well?

DILUTE and apply these three topically as often as you can:

Frankincense supports our breast heath on the cellular level, used topically or internally Frankincense has been shown to reduce instances of free radicals impacting our body, increase cellular vitality and support cellular renewal.

Clary Sage is considered the “women’s tonic herb” and it also functions as a tonic for our breasts.  Apply topically for skin support, tenderness, and circulation support.

Cypress supports normal circulation of fluids in our body. Use topically in clockwise motions aimed towards the underarms to help the lymph fluid flow and restore circulation to areas under compression from clothing.

So, for years we put deodorant on everyday, sometimes twice or three times a day not knowing exactly what harmful ingredients are in them. Here is just a little “secret” list of the toxins that may make you think about your next trip to the “drug” store when you need deodorant.

Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that actually clogs your pores and prevents sweating. Aluminum exposure has been linked with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and interferes with your estrogen levels. When your body can’t process estrogen properly, there’s a higher risk for breast and prostate cancer.

Parabens is a chemical that is used in a lot of products these days as a preservative, but it is possibly one of the most harmful additives of all. Sometimes parabens act as estrogen in your body, which disrupts hormonal balances and has been linked to breast cancer and prostate cancer

Steareths

These additives are the product of ethoxylation (weakening of harsh chemical in the manufacturing process), which simultaneously produces carcinogens and dioxanes.

Triclosan

The FDA has classified triclosan as a pesticide, yet it is in the majority of brand name deodorants. It’s used to kill bacteria in the manufacturing process, as well as when it comes in contact with your skin. When triclosan is combined with water it can also create a carcinogenic gas called chloroform.

Propylene Glycol

If used everyday, this chemical can cause damage to your central nervous system, heart and liver. It is also shown to irritate skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Propylene glycol can be harmful at as small a percentage as 2%, yet deodorants generally have a high dose of 50% propylene glycol.

TEA and DEA

Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) are chemicals can seep into your skin and affect your liver and kidneys. In fact, they’re so harmful that these two chemicals have already been banned from products in Europe because they are known carcinogens

It is so crazy for all these years we are buying harmful products that are advertised and marked as “clean” with a “fresh scent”.

So here’s the deal. I have tried many products that are marked natural and by hour 4 of my long day, I started to stink like a number 11 on the sub list! Until 3 weeks ago when I attended convention, purchased my kit and the first thing I tried was the new Balance deodorant from doterra. Smells amazing ALL DAY long and no chemicals!

  • Features CPTG® essential oils of Spruce, Ho Leaf, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus

  • Aluminum, paraben, phthalate, and talc free

  • Arrowroot powder aids in absorbing underarm moisture leaving you feeling fresh and dry throughout the day

  • Baking soda helps to neutralize and prevent odors

 

Starting today, I am offering a “I love my BOOBIES” special until 10/31.

If you purchase a kit, or the three “I love my BOOBIES” oil care kit, you will receive a FREE Balance Deodorant,..

Recommended kits:

Family Essential Kit $125 wholesale $166.67 retail

In this kit you receive:

5 ml bottles of frankincense, lemon, peppermint, lavender, tea tree, oregano, deep blue, digest zen, breathe, on guard. A perfect starter kit.

Aroma Touch Kit

$110 wholesale $146.67 retail

In this kit you will receive

Balance, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, wild orange, aroma touch, deep blue, on guard and fractionated coconut oil. Perfect kit for the active person. Deep Blue is a must.

Dream Tour Collection (Limited Time)

Wholesale $230

Retail $306

If you purchase the Dream Collection, you will receive a FREE month of unlimited yoga and pilates at SUKHA plus the three “I Love my BOOBIES” oils in a 5ml bottle.

This amazing kit includes: (savings of $174)

  • Green Mandarin (15ml)

  • Magnolia Touch (10mL)

  • Pink Pepper (5mL)

  • Turmeric (15mL)

  • Yarrow | Pom (15 mL)

  • doTERRA On Guard Mouth Wash (16 fl oz)

  • Copaiba Softgels (60 count)

  • doTERRA Natural Deodorant (2.65 oz)

  • doTERRA SPA Hydrating Body Mist (4.2 fl oz)

  • Kids Oil Collection

The Kids Collection is amazing for all ages. Kids or no kids. This kit is included in the Dream Collection. This kit is formulated for developing minds, bodies and emotions. Flashcards, carrying case, and carabiners included. Get the kids to start learning about what their bodies needs throughout their day.

Nature or drug store?

You can become a wholesale member (just like Costco) and receive 25% off products for a full year whenever you need to shop. If you purchase a kit the $35 membership fee is waived! FYI: As a wholesale member, you are just that. Shop whenever you want with NO OBLIGATION to sell. If you are looking to become a Wellness Advocate, I suggest becoming a wholesale member first so you can try the products and familiarize yourself with them prior to.

If you wish to pay retail, select Retail Customer.


If you are interested in any of the kits or products, please click “start here” below. Fill out your information, find the kit you are interested in, add any additional products, finalize your shipping info and you are on your way. Be sure to include my ID# 3339118 if my information did not appear.

Once you become a wholesale member, you will be added to private groups on Facebook for loads of information on these life changing products given to us from nature.

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The Secret to Fighting Menopause

This is part two of fighting the frightening mood swings, tire around the waist and all of the other things that comes with menopause.

Guess what ladies???

It is all what you put in your mouth.

I have been reading, and reading on this even though I am officially done, I need to share with as many of you as possible because it does not have to be horrible.

In fact, did you know that in the 1800's menopause wasn't even a thing?  It was never mentioned. Hot flashes and night sweats did not exist.

It all changed around 1950 when women were rushing to their doctors with all of the common menopausal symptoms and the doctors had no clue what to do or say. "Once the big pharma companies got wind they decided to capitalize on this and the false discovery of female hormone issues was discovered".-(Anthony Williams. Medical Medium)

How did this happen?

The crops began being sprayed and modified.  All of these symptoms are caused by the food we eat.  So, don't blame the menopause, men; don't blame the menopause. The blame is inaccurate. 

So before you start blaming menopause, start reading, learning, practicing and sharing.

A few things before I close. If you are serious about fighting the tire, the hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings; pick up "Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal" MEDICAL Medium. Start there. But before you do, start with celery juice, eat apples, avocados, asparagus, cucumbers,leafy greens, tumeric, nettle tea, bag the dairy and the coffee. 

Don't forget about Clary Sage, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang. ALL AMAZING!!

I am officially done at 46 1/2. Found answers and not from my doctor. From reading, learning and practicing. And guess what? IT F'in works. I feel great. I was getting worried for a while.

Be determined and motivated not to get that tire, fight the "blame". You can do it!!!!

There are so many tools available for us to learn from. So before you blame menopause and dip into the ice cream and drink every night blaming menopause; think again. 

The Medical Medium Books can be found on Amazon.

Doterra Essential Oils can be purchased through my website. This month, buy a kit and get $50 in free oils next month. You don't have to sell and you don't have to buy every month. Sign up to purchase at wholesale. You won't regret it. It's the healthy way of eating, cleaning, staying young and fit. #justdoit

 

How Two Text Messages Made My Day

This Tuesday after my 9:30 am class, as always I am so f'in happy and feeling; well; pretty f'in good. We all chat after class for a few minutes about stuff. Lots of stuff. Celery, oils, kids, and life in general. After everyone left and I ventured over to see Alison at her new store a few doors down. And what a beautiful store it is BTW.

As we were chatting I received a text message. A very, very, nice text message. At first I was confused as to why I was getting it.

As I was driving home, another message came through. Another very, very, nice text message. I said to myself "WTF"! What did I do? What did I say? I honestly could not think of why I received two sweet text messages within 2 hours. I checked my social media accounts to see what I posted. I was still confused. Normal stuff. Yoga, me, sharing what I am learning and sharing. Whatever it was; those messages made me feel really good. (Text is at bottom of blog)

Both of these text messages did not come from people who practice at SUKHA. One has been twice, and the other has never been to Brick.

Then I thought about it. Mabye it was the posts and what I was sharing.

Why am I sharing this? Well, you see I teach yoga because I want people to feel good no matter what age, size or what they wear. I am sharing the practice and other practices that I am doing or in the process of doing so we can all live the healthiest and happiest life. 

Shit, it isn't easy as we age, but we need to prevent aging and illness the best we can. Whatever I learn, I share in class or on social media. I may post three times a day or I may not post for a few days. Sometimes the post may get 30 likes sometimes 111. The numbers do not matter to me. What matters is that the post about yoga, a quote, food, oils, skin care, or my son playing a sport reaches people. Reaching people to learn, practice, to be healthy, happy and grow. My posts come from the heart and I say it like it is. Sometimes it may come out harsh or bitchy but it all depends on how it is being read and by who.

If I post a quote, it means something to me and I feel it may strike a cord with someone else. 

By sharing your stories, experiences and lessons you have learned you are providing an opportunity for people to learn. You can take what you want, ask questions,  and choose what you want to act upon. 

LEARN-APPLY-SHARE-TEACH but do it AUTHENTICALLY. Your way. Authenticity is meant to be imperfect. If you mess up, that's okay. If you can't do a pose, that's okay. If you have a crappy day; well, WE ALL DO. Even the Instagram Famous have bad days.They may not post it, or some write way too much. Authenticity is not an image. Authenticity for some is still having a closed heart chakra that won't bust open, dropping the F Bomb often, working hard, being slightly selfish at times and forgetting to call your mother back. 

Own your life. Own your experiences and own how you feel about those experiences.

Tips from others and experiences are all around us. Everyone has a story  that we can learn and grow from. Some will come from people with years of experience, and others that are just learning and sharing as they go along. :) 

What you think is a minor aspect of your story might just be exactly what someone else needs to move forward.

So, be authentic, learn, apply what you learn, share and teach. Remember this is not only pertaining to yoga. Although yoga is LIFE. Practice, learn, apply and share on what you learn about life.

Before I close, I want to say that I have been posting and saying for years BE YOU. I came across a note/quote that says " I would say to be yourself, but it's too cliche', so instead I will say to own yourself, and to own your life"

Thank you again to the two amazing women who sent me the text messages. Although we live in the same town and we don't see each other all that much; you are AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL! 

be happy

be healthy

be strong

own yourself,

xoxox

 

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Spring Detox and Cleanse

Well my friends it's time!! Time to cut the cords to unhealthy eating!!

Spring 2018

"FRESH START" DETOX

4 WEEK SPRING CLEANSE

Begins Monday April 23rd thru Monday May 21st

The earth is awakening from a long, cold winter and very soon the temperatures will be warmer and daylight will be a little longer each day. Spring is a time of transition, renewal, growth, and expansion. Soon we will be ditching our coats, opening the windows, and finding ourselves eager to begin spring cleaning! The list goes on and surely will include potting some seeds for summer blooms and planning our 2018 adventures. Spring is truly a wonderful time of year that screams ACTION!

It's also a season that has been used for thousands of years and in many traditions to detox and cleanse the body in a way that supports our health, energy and immunity so that we can take the action we are being called to do in the summer and year ahead.

This program is designed to support you in changing your eating and nutritional plan to one that supports and fuels you. It's your 2018 "Fresh Start!"

Join us for this 4 week program and make the changes that are right for you. You will have options for how you want to detox - No deprivation or starvation required! You will eat delicious nutrient dense whole foods. We’ll help you to make some simple changes in your routine that will help you gain energy, clarity and motivation to stay on track. You will also uncover some of the things that block you from making lasting changes and create a lifelong plan for eating for optimal health.

This 4 week program includes our kick off meeting along with ongoing support via a private FB group, weekly group conference calls/chats and access to special rates on detox therapies and tools!  Take advantage of these 4 weeks to get focused and feeling great before Memorial Day!

Need more information? Join us for one of the Information Sessions:

Tuesday April 17th @ Sukha Yoga following the 7 pm Healing Circle/Meditation

Choose Your Opening Session:

Monday April 23rd - Online Conference Call ( information will be provided at sign up)

or

Tuesday April 24th in person 7pm @ Sukha  in Brick

TO REGISTER - Sign Up at Sukha or Email me @ mjskurtz@wellnecessity.com

Offering $125

MORE INFO:

Why should you do a cleanse?

Our bodies are incredible organisms with  a natural built-in filtration system to help us get rid of toxins. Believe it or not we are exposed to more toxins than any previous generation. . This influx of toxins comes from our food, pollution in the air and water, toxic ingredients in beauty care and household cleaning products, electric and magnetic fields from technology, and more. These harmful substances have an extremely negative impact on our health and we are seeing the result of this with the onslaught of chronic disease, serious  illness and general degeneration of our bodies. The primary organ and powerful built-in filter that helps our bodies to process excess toxins is our liver. 

The primary goal of this detox is to lighten the toxic load that our bodies are currently experiencing. It gives our liver a chance to rest and catch up! The results are feeling more energy, vitality, clarity and much more! And that's just the beginning. During this cleanse you will learn about many different eating plans and uncover what will work best for you.

 About Mary Jo:

Mary Jo Kurtz is owner and founder of Wellnecessity, a Certified Holistic Health Coach, A Certified Life Coach, Reiki Master Teacher, Ordained Minister Practitioner, Certified Angel Oracle Card Reader, Spiritual Intuitive & Counselor, Aromatherapy Practitioner, Member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and International Best Selling Author and Speaker.

Mary Jo is the creator of the 4 Week Spring “Fresh Start” Detox Program and has been facilitating the program since 2008. She has helped her clients regain their health through this program which teaches the impact of food, herbs, essential oils and lifestyle changes.

 

 

Yesterday's Wisdom, Tomorrow's Destiny

I am not sure why it has taken me so long to write, promote and share about what I want to share with all of you. Maybe because I have done this for years, see so many people doing it, receiving emails from people asking me to help them promote the company they are selling for. Directly or indirectly. (Directly is always best)

I get it. I have been with many direct sales companies before. It is not easy and it certainly becomes overwhelming and can be slightly annoying. Party this, indirect schemes, and people maybe coming to your place of business just to get in front of groups of people to see how it can benefit them.

So here's the deal, I think direct sales is awesome. I started with a skin care line back in 2006 before I got divorced. I needed to start saving money and to be honest I needed to get out of the house. I was passionate about the products. I worked hard to make it work. And it did. I was passionate, not pushy and very honest. 

A few years ago when I started my yoga practice, I tried essential oils. For myself and to share with my students. I have been hooked every since. I place a drop on my students third eye before class, maybe a foot massage, and a cold wash cloth after class with lavender. I did this to make my students feel good. I never promoted. Never announced. Never asked if anyone was interested in buying or selling. I just wanted my students to feel as good as I do when experiencing essential oils. If they asked, I told them.

Fast forward to present day. After learning more and more and healing with essential oils; it is time to really share the crap out of these life changing oils.

Starting with lavender for sleeping, peppermint for congestion and my sons smelly sneakers, lemon for my water to oregano oil for inflammation of my pluera. Not to mention cooking, sore muscles, fine lines and wrinkles, cleaning the house, hormone balance and diffusing. The list is long.

Essential Oils-The Missing Link in Modern Medicine

Plants not only play a vital role in the ecological balance of our planet, but they have also been intimately linked to the phyiscal, emotional, and spiritual well-being of mankind since the beginning of time.

The plant kingdom continues to be the subject of an enormous amount of research and discovery. Most often prescription drugs are based on naturally occurring compounds from plants. Each year millions of dollars are allocated to private labs and universities that are searching for new therapeutic compounds that lie undiscovered in the bark, roots, flowers, seeds, and foliage of jungle canopies; river bottoms; forests; hillsides; and vast wilderness regions throughout the world.

Essential oils and plant extracts have been woven into history since the beginning of time and are considered by many the missing link in modern medicine.  They have been used medicinally to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses and to combat insect, bug and snake bites in addition to treating all kinds of mysterious maladies.  Oils and extracts stimulate tissue and nerve regeneration.

Essential oils also provide exquisite fragrances to balance mood, lift spirits, dispel negative emotions and create a romantic atmosphere.

This is not a trend my friends.

Essential oils are know as Man's First Medicine! From ancient writings and traditions, it seems that aromatics were used for religious rituals, the treatment of illness and other physical and spitiutal needs, They say that the people of ancient times had a greater understanding of esstial oils than we have today.

The reintroduction of essential oils into modern medicine first began during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  During World War 1, the use of aromatic essences in civilian and military hospitals became widespread. Essential oils were used extensively for their antibacterial and wound-healing properties and developed several kinds of aromatic ointments. 

A few more little pieces of information regarding essential oils vs pharmaceutical drugs that I would like to share before I finish. (my brother may not like this) ha ha 25 plus at J & J

They both have different effects on the body. Drugs usually infiltrate our bodies while having a toxic effect but essential oils on the other hand have a detoxifying effect. Pharm drugs are not really able to provide clear information for receptor sites while oils actually perform the right operations for the receptors.  Drugs usually don't provide any coverage for the immune system while oils are constantly trying to provide strength. For example, antibiotics will battle both good and bad bacteria, but essential oils will only battle the bad ones, allowing our body to maintain a strong immune system.

The information on essential oils is never ending. There is so much out there to read on these oils. It is truly amazing.

Doterra oils are carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade quality protocol. If you are experienced with essential oils, you will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doterra essential oils.

Before I stop writing; I want to share with you my favorite oils.

Frankincense-Part of my skin care!!! Emotional and hormonal balance, healthy immune system, blend it and diffuse it for a peaceful and spiritual environment.

Sleep!!- Lavender for sleep and dark circles, and tired, puffy eyes.

Peppermint-Stomach aches, headaches, respiratory, tight and sore muscles, bad breathe.

Oregano- Sinus, arthritis, inflammation, prevents infections, anti-fungal

Geranium Oil- SKIN!!! Amzing, clear, beautiful, young skin!!! Balances hormones, alleviates effects of menopause.

Lemon- Respiratory, household cleaner, add to water to support healthy respiratory function

Wild Orange- Circulatory stimulant, insomnia, fluid retention, wrinkles and fine lines, household cleaner

Rosemary-Liver-protector, anti-cancer, mental clarity, anti fungal, anti bacterial

Ylang Ylang-  HORMONES!! Balances male-female energies, enhances spiritual attunement, combats anger and low self-esteem, hair loss

Clove- anti-inflammatory, sore throat, stomach issues, sinus and lungs, toothaches, acne, numbs pain (waxing)

Ginger-Muscular aches, arthritis, digestive aid, congestion

I have so many more and I will be posting often. I always say that I share what I believe in; so that is what I am going to do. We are not getting any younger, take care of your body the natural way. Who wants to look their age? Who wants to look their age without spending a shit load of money on expensive skin care products? Less is more in my opinion. I don't remember the last time I really wore makeup. Who needs it? Luckily, not me at 46 1/2. Maybe some mascara. Some is genetics and most is self care. I use coconut oil mixed with frankincense or geranium. Two drops. A bottle lasts a very long time. Use it on your face, diffuse it, drink it, clean with it. So many uses for these oils for these oils without breaking the bank because they have multiple uses. So you can trash your toxic household cleaners, stop wasting money on spices that will eventually go bad and stop dropping big bucks on moisturizer when you can buy a tub a coconut oil. People say "It's so greasy and doesn't absorb". Well, are you putting it on your skin that needs to be exfoliated??? DRY BRUSH prior. Your face and your entire body. Dry brushing helps shed dead skin cells and encourages new cell renewal. By one for the face and one for your body. (CVS or Rite Aid) Then you can apply the oils on your face for smoother, brighter, younger looking skin. Or you can make your own exfoliator using coconut oil, sugar and essential oils. 

Coconut oil uses are endless as well!!! Cooking, baking, and cleaning. You will save money.

Celery Juice, No Gluten (I learned the hard way), Essential Oils, Coconut Oil, Yoga, Good Books, Good, loyal, trustworthy friends, healthy, happy, independent, smart kids and a roof over my head,  and running water is all I need. My great grandmother lived until 96, two aunts passed at 104 and 105 with one still living. Their secret? OIL!!!! Ha ha and homemade pasta!!! 

If you are interested in Doterra as a retail customer you can order directly through my site.

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I am Woman

Saturday more than 200,000 protesters attended the march in NYC and cities across the country protesting the Trump administration, applauding the #metoo movement, equal rights and so on. Thumbs up to all who attended. 

Well, this blog is not about "#metoo", "I'm with Her", "Hear Our Voice", "Girls Rule", "Women Rock", or the best I have seen: "Pray For Our Pussies"!!! 

Yes, it is about women. For all women not matter how old because one day you will all be here. Some may be closer than others or some may already be there. 

I have been wanting to share this when I first had the call from my doctor back in December, but to be honest; I was kind of embarrassed. Blood test in. I am done!! It's official. 

But after thinking of the last 4 years of  perimenopause I feel the need to share with all women about the full experience and what you can do to make the most out of menopause. Most woman dread it because of the symptoms that come along with it.

Everything you hear and everything you read will scare the shit out of you. Just do it. GOOGLE Menopause Symptoms.

  • Pain during sex
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Dryness
  • Loss of hair
  • Anxiety
  • Irrtability
  • Moodiness
  • Reduced Sex drive
  • Vaginal Dryness

Sounds hot right? In my opinion, it is. Every situation is different and it is all how each woman handles it. This is a milestone. Embrace it and think of it as a chance for new opportunities and potential for personal and professional growth. Everyone has the tools to make this time of your life amazing.

 I am 46 years young. It just so happens that my ovaries no longer release eggs and produce estrogen.

The last 4 years have been interesting for sure. Embarrassing hot flashes anywhere at anytime. Sweat stash, red face,  and the back of my neck so wet it was like I just got out of a pool. Definitely not the most pretty site or the most comfortable. 

But I learned. Learned to wear layers, tank tops under long sleeve, short sleeve over long and zip up hoodies or cardigan sweaters. Easy on. Easy off. You have a few choices to have fun with the hot flashes. You can moan and groan, cry and complain, or do things that will help make this uncomfortable, embarrassing, situation better. Here are a few tips to get through hot flashes:

  1. Don't eat spicy foods.
  2. Limit caffeine. (my biggest mistake was not cutting out coffee)
  3. Drink water. Lots of water and Green Tea. (Green tea I did. It also helps with belly fat)
  4. Nothing lasts forever. Even hot flashes. You will feel them coming on, start your strip tease, sip cold water, put your hair up, wipe off and BAMM! Done.
  5. Clary Sage essential oils is a life saver during this time. Carry it with you everywhere. Rub on the back of your neck and the bottom of your feet. 
  6. Don't complain about it. Let it happen. The more you bitch, the worse it is. 

And then came the night sweats!! Now, this was disruptive for sure but only for a short period of time. Again, you need to have fun during this time of your life. Most do not. Everything in life is what we make of it.

The first night I remember being scared. I thought I was sick. Getting up in the middle of the night soaked. My second thought was that I wet the bed!! Now that is something I have NEVER done. (even during my younger, partying years).

I spent hours searching and the only thing that appeared was Menopause. I ignored that because there is no way in hell that I was going through that at 42. 

They continued. Every night. Changing sheets. Clothes on. Clothes off. Cold. Hot. So fucking annoying. Luckily I do not share a bed with anyone! After a few nights of this, I needed to figure out how to make the best of this so I would not be exhausted.

When  the first drop of sweat began to form, I began to think of myself practicing yoga on a Island on a very hot day. Very hot. Flowing and generating my own heat as well as the 100 degree temp. The visualization made me smile and by the time my trip was over so was that particular sequence and I knew another would be approaching shortly. So I toweled off and took a child's pose.

Few tips for night sweats:

  1. Layer in the winter.
  2. Sleep naked or in shorts and a tank in the summer.
  3. NO WHITE SHEETS.
  4. Have water and towel bedside.
  5. Wear your hair up!!!
  6. Suck on ice cubes before bed.
  7. Lavender oil!!! Diffuse it and put a few drops on a cotton ball under your pillow. Lavender will help you relax and have a better night sleep.
  8. Take Black Cohosh supplements. This will help with both hot flashes and night sweats.
  9. If you share a bed, you may want to guide him  on the same meditation to a hot yoga class. Make sure he brings a towel!! Or use plastic sheets and go on a fun slip and slide! Could be kinky!!! You can make it fun or you can make it miserable. Your call.

Mood Swings

Well, this is the topic where I must say that shockingly I wasn't so bad. I rarely went on a rampage. I never really have the need to unless it is 100% necessary. If anyone messes with me, my kids, lies, steals or cheats; I will loose my shit. Estrogen or no estrogen; STAY AWAY! ha

I found myself being short a few times at home. Not too bad thou. No real reason to. Not married, kids are well behaved,  teen hormones are kept under control and thankfully, they are very independent and don't ask for much.

Teaching yoga has helped tremendously. It is amazing how you can wake up on the wrong side of the bed, have coffee, feel blah and the moment your first student walks in and start to teach your mood vanishes!!! It is magic!!! Unless of course you fully absorbany negative energy that may be in the room, which is a no-no. This I have learned rather quickly a few years ago.

A few tips on how controlling your irritable, grumpy, defensive, hormonal self.

  • Wake up with a positive mind. Let the first thought be a positive one. Most wake up complaining. "I'm so tired", "I don't want to go to work", "Night sweats are brutal". Remove the negative thoughts ladies. It sets the path for the entire day. MISERABLE. Remember moods are contagious. 
  • "A closed mouth says nothing wrong". If you have nothing nice to say, don't say it. You will have the days where everyone and everything is annoying the hell out of you for no reason.  Sit back, breathe, and let it pass. Go for a walk, go to yoga or to a quiet space in your house.  "It's thought that mood swings are related to the fluctuating levels of ovarian hormones during the transition to menopause...Woman who had severe PMS in their younger years may have more severe mood swings during perimenopause"-N.A. Menopause Society
  • Listen to music that will lift your spirits. Music is the medicine for the mind!!
  • Frankincense!!!!! My life saver the last three years!! The benefits never ending. It is the king of all oils. Frankincense reduces stress, negative emotions, prevents signs of aging, balances hormone levels, and helps prevent illness. I apply it on my crows feet, third eye, upper lip and chest, behind my ears before bed, sakral chakra, bottoms of my feet and prior to boarding any flight to prevent vertigo.
  • Surround yourself with like-minded people. During menopause you should consider removing toxic people from your life. They will only bring you down, make you grumpy and sad.
  • Talk to your spouse or BF about your moods. Communicate! Tell partner what is going on with your body and your moods. Be honest about when you need space, what is bothering you, etc...Don't make them try to figure it out. If you find yourself grumpy and you are not sure why, reflect on the day. If nothing specific went down that caused your mood; take a walk, do yoga, take a bath and separate yourself from others so the energy does not transfer to your friends and family. It's not fair. 

Well now here is the topic most won't want to hear. Both men and women! LACK of SEX DRIVE!

Is it true? Does it happen? Yes and Yes. But..............It does not have to be that way. 

Sorry ladies, many do and will use menopause as an excuse not to have sex with their hubby or live in. (notice I did not say boyfriend)

Here are a few tips for "lack of"

  • Maca Root!! Powder in smoothies or supplement. Not everyday thou. When I started Maca, I took it everyday and it made me constipated (everyone is different). "Maca is a root vegetable that is high in antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin C, copper and iron. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years and has been shown to enhance sexual health and libido, improve energy, mood, memory and balance hormone levels"-Dr. Axe
  • Coconut Oil!!! Dry???? With over 500 uses, Yep!! It feels good too!! Ha ha
  • Couples Yoga
  • Communicate
  • Be honest. Don't use it as an excuse. If you are; maybe you should really think if you want to be even be with him forever.
  • Any essential oil! Diffuse it, give massages, take a bath!! 

Diet

For the most part, I watch what I eat. Few tips for menopause:

  • Eat light. Smoothies and soups have been the latest and greatest in the house. 
  • If you eat meat, buy organic
  • Lighten up on the booze my friends. It does not help the bloat. 
  • Do a juice cleanse every once in a while. It flattens your tummy and clears out toxins.
  • Lower the carb intake
  • Fruits and Veggies. I was bad with the fruit but good with the veggies. Do both.
  • Water. Lots of water. 

 

**I am not a nutritionist. These are just suggestions and they worked for me

Fatigue!!!

Well, this was my worst during menopause. I was never one to nap until about 3 years ago. Head nodding, falling asleep anywhere at anytime; I became a napper. Something I do not like to do. It is not productive for me when there is always so much to be done. 

Tips on Fatigue

  • Limit coffee 
  • TAKE YOUR NAP.
  • Listen to your body
  • If you at work and have a hard time keeping your eyes open, diffuse peppermint oil or dilute with coconut oil and rub on your chest. 
  • Eleuthero Oil or supplement: Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) is a powerful adaptogen that has been used in Chinese Medicine since the 16th century. It has many healing benefits including: stress, enhances energy, and improves brain function. Eleuthero being an adaptogen, it helps and re-balance your adrenals. As a result, you can combat the negative effects of stress and become energized throughout your day.  Take in the morning by mouth or you can drop the liquid in your smoothie or food.

Bloat.

Yep!! It's going to happen. Your body will change. This is the one thing I struggle with. It changes. The number may not change, but your shape does.

  • Continue to exercise no matter how tired you are.
  • YOGA, YOGA, YOGA. It helps all of the above
  • Peppermint Oil, Patchouli and Ginger. No oil? Boil hot water add peppermint leaves or Ginger. Green Tea is great too.

Well, I think I am done for now. I'm tired!!! lol

Thank you for reading and I hope you take some of this advice during your next phase. It's really not bad. It's actually been pretty good!! #mindovermatter

So my friends;  I will close with this

"Our bodies. Our Minds. Our Power"-Cher

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go Back To The Basics

SUKHA "The Non-Intimidating" Yoga Studio. 

Is SUKHA for beginners only? That seems to be what people think. The answer is no. SUKHA is for everyone. Yoga is a practice for the mind, body and soul whether you have been practicing for 1 day or 15 years. We learn new poses everyday. So, EVERYONE is a beginner. No one knows it all. We are not GOOGLE.

Just like life, we learn something new every day.

Leave the ego at the door. There is no need to look for the toughest teachers and force yourself to get into the toughest pose. Why? So you can post a really fast picture on Instagram and walk out limping? 

Advance your practice by going back to the basic fundamentals.

Every teacher has a different way of approaching a pose and describing it. All of the teachers at SUKHA have a different way of teaching. We make sure everyone in the room is comfortable no matter what level.

We all have a different "personal practice". It doesn't mean we teach that way. 

We ALL modify every class accordingly based on each students level. That is what teachers do. We accommodate; modify and support. EVERYONE! EVERY CLASS! 

Open up your mind, maybe go back to the beginners mindset and be proud of how far you have come. 

There are two workshops approaching soon at SUKHA.

This Saturday, June 17th at 10:30, join Maria Preuster for a Back Bending workshop.  Learn the fundamentals as your open your heart and your mind.

Saturday, July 15th at 10:30, join Melanie for "Yoga FUNdamentals". Whether you are new to yoga, or don't know your asana from your elbow, this workshop is for you. Build confidence on and off the mat by going back to the basics. From breath work to modifications. First class or 101st class. We can all use a refresher. 

All welcome. Except EGO. They can be left at the door.

99 lbs, 110 lbs, 120 lbs, 180, lbs, 160 lbs, 140 lbs..I have hit them all!!

Yep!!! I have been all of the above!!!  

 

My first real weight gain was my freshman year in college, coming home for Thanksgiving with the added 15 lbs from beer, pizza and all of the Ramen Noodles I could possibly eat.  One comment at a party motivated me to run the bleachers at St. John Vianney every day with my brother until it came off. Loosing the weight quickly and headed back to school I stayed motivated and started running. I began to realize that my weight was never going to be consistent and that I had to really work at it and watch what I put in my mouth and exercise daily. 

My second biggest, was pregnancy! Obviously. But I would have never thought that someone with my build could get so big!!! 180 lbs with both kids!!!  After my first, it took 6 months to come off. After my second, it took a long, long time. I was in a size 18 down to a 6 within one year. Still not the size I should be for my height and build.

I have been up and down with my weight since College.  Taking care of myself has always been a priority for me. My mother will still tell me that I started putting Oil of Olay on my skin since I was 2!!

The purpose of this post is to share that I have been all sizes in my adult life and it does not come easy. 

I am focused 

I am motivated

I am vain

I love food.

I do eat bad from time to time. (Did someone say PORK ROLL FRIES??)

I do drink alcohol occasionally.  (LOVE BEER)

I do yoga everyday 

I row for 10 minutes twice a week

I go on the stair climber twice a week for 10-20 depending how I feel. (I hate this machine) JK

I walk weather permitting

I ride my bike weather permitting

I do things I love to do. 

I am active. It is hard for me to sit still.

I don't sit or lay on the couch.

I don't watch TV

I am 105 lbs today and I could be 115 lbs next week. It all depends on what is going on with my body. I am not shy to say that I am going through menopause at the young age of 44. It started 2.5 years ago with the hot flashes and night sweats. It comes and goes. I refuse to let it change me mentally and physically. 

P.S-Obviously I am not a writer, and I am not trying to be something I am not.  Just sharing a few bits and pieces of ME! Big or Small