Nutritive Herbs for Everyday Health

Nutritive Herbs for Everyday Health

Nutrient deficiencies are very common and can lead to all kinds of problems over time. So herbalists turn to tonic herbs that are nutritive as a way to provide a power-packed whole foods solution. You can think of herbal medicine of this type as a healthy foundation to all the other more specific herbs. Generally, plants in this category can be used more casually and regularly to support the bodies overall functioning.  

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Yin Yoga Reclining Twist with Modifications

Yin Yoga Reclining Twist with Modifications

Today's video is the yin yoga posture "reclining spinal twist". There are many variations to this pose dependent of personal preference and mobility in the knees and back. This posture primarily helps to twist the spine and "massage" or squeeze the internal digestive organs, making it a great pose to work out any last bits of tension near the end of your practice.

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Yoga Posture Basics :: Savasana / Corpse Pose with modifications

Yoga Posture Basics :: Savasana / Corpse Pose with modifications

Savasana (corpse pose) is a resting pose that is usually used at the end of yoga practice. But you can use savasana at any point in your practice to integrate the movement and practices you've done. 

Savasana helps us to let go at the end of our practice. It helps to calm the mind and induces a sense of relaxation. You can also use savasana throughout your day as a way to "reset", process daily events, and reduce fatigue.

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Yin Yoga Half Butterfly and Yin Yoga Half Dragonfly with Modifications

Yin Yoga Half Butterfly  and Yin Yoga Half Dragonfly with Modifications

Half butterfly pose and half dragonfly are forward folds with one leg bent and the sole of the foot placed along the inner thigh of the opposite extended leg. The names of these poses are oftentimes used interchangeably so I included them together for today’s video.

Both of these forward folds help to open the back, hips, and inner leg which correlates with the Kidney, Liver, Gall Bladder and Urinary Bladder meridians. 

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Yin Yoga Shoelace Pose with modifications

Yin Yoga Shoelace Pose with modifications

Shoelace pose is used within the yin yoga system to externally rotate the hips, stretch the inner thighs and groin and, if you're folding forward, decompress the lower spine.

The primary meridians affected are the Liver, Gallbladder and Kidney channels. If you're folding forward the Urinary Bladder meridian will also be affected. 

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Yoga Posture Basics :: Childs Pose / Balasana with modifications

Yoga Posture Basics :: Childs Pose / Balasana with modifications

Child's pose, like all forward folds, is a very cooling and calming posture. It can calm the mind, relieve stress, stretch the spine, open the lower back and sacrum, and help to compress the lower digestive system. 

Childs pose targets the Spleen, Kidney and Urinary Bladder meridians as well as the Liver meridian if the knees are wide and the Stomach meridian if there is pressure on the thighs and low belly.

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How to Improve Your Sleep Naturally

How to Improve Your Sleep Naturally

Of course we all occasionally have a night where we can’t sleep very well. But when a lack of sleep becomes a more regular occurrence it can create all kinds of issues with your mood, immunity and hormonal system. If you can’t lose those extra pounds, if you tend towards anxiety, or depression or if you wish your skin would clear up you’ll want to watch this.

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The Life Changing Power of Ayurveda

The Life Changing Power of Ayurveda

My dear friend and Ayurvedic practitioner Talya Lutzker, asked me to speak in her online wisdom interview series all about Ayurveda recently. We had a lovely conversation all about how to find more consistency, calming and grounding in your life. Talya is a total gem, and I'm happy to share the interview with you here!

You’ve probably heard the buzz about Ayurveda and the genuine difference it’s making in people’s lives. Ayurveda is not just the latest fad. It's a time-tested system from ancient India, and its rising popularity comes at a needed time. A time when our society is desperate for more accessible, honest health care.

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Wellness Wednesday :: Seasonal Practices for Spring

Wellness Wednesday :: Seasonal Practices for Spring

Did you know this is the best time of year to get the heaviness of winter moving again? Right now in the northern hemisphere its spring. New green leaves are popping up around us and everywhere there’s new growth.  During the spring there is a gradual moving up and out. Spring is a time when we move from the internal focus of winter to the expansiveness of summer.

In the Chinese system this is the time of the wood element - its a time to find clarity around our direction and vision. A time when we can invite more creativity into our lives, and a time we can release stuck emotional patterns.

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