Yay! Hurray! I have made the half way mark. I spent my half way mark teaching Restorative Yoga at Seven Centers Yoga Arts, and relaxing all day with my son. My energy was very low, and I weighed in at 132 pounds. I think my day was pretty low-energy, because of the two and a half hour hike the day before. I committed to taking it easy for Day 5. Furthermore, my stomach felt different, and the cravings started. I was surprised that it took five days for cravings to come up in my thoughts. I don't think I had any of the obvious cravings. Some people instantly crave sugars and sweets, like cakes, cookies, and pies. I don't really eat those things to begin with so I didn't really crave that at all. My craving was more alluring. I absolutely love udon noodles or genuine ramen noodles. Plain noodles with onions, veggies, and garlic is a Thanksgiving dinner for me. (All organic of course.) I could have it everyday of the week, and before this cleanse, I ate it at least three times a week.
Why Organic Foods?
I mentioned before that the Purium cleanse is 100% organic. Many of my own family has asked me why choosing organic is so important. I should add also that I have been the joke of my family for choosing organic. They like to joke around about organic or inorganic, and I have learned to be light-hearted about the joking. It is kinda funny. Hey Ana, Is that TV show inorganic or organic?
When you do more research about organic foods and the health-related issues with non-organic or GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) foods, the decision and choice becomes very clear. It is important for many reasons: 1) GMO food is not actually considered food. It is considered organisms. Most inorganic foods are GMOs. According to Gmo-Foods.com, In September of 2012, French scientists discovered the actual long-term effects of GMOs on rats. More specifically, the effect of GMO corn on rats was the growth of tumors; 2) We need the most nutrient-dense foods for our families. Studies have shown that GMO foods and inorganic foods are less nutrient-dense. The rise of childhood obesity in the United States is a definite message. for us all. Our society culture is over-eating the poorly nutritious foods; and under-eating the foods rich in minerals and vitamins; and 3) Inorganic and GMO foods are weak in PRANA. Yes, prana is a wonderful gauge of the vitality and health of a vegetable or fruit (or any other food). Take a moment and connect with the PRANA of your food. If you can connect immediately, then you know it is alive and wonderful for the AGNI (fire) of the stomach. Often times when a dish or food is PRANA-less, you can feel it in the first bite. Your body gives you clear messages; the smell might be off or the taste might be spoiled or completely dull. Purium is a supporter of the Million Mom Movement, which is a pledge to CLEAN and GREEN, high-quality foods for families. To end, I wanted to share it with you today. Namaste.
The Million Mom Pledge
I pledge to defend the health of my family and myself.
I pledge to reject GMOs, artificial ingredients, trans fats and over-processed foods.
I pledge to educate myself, read labels and lead by example.
I understand my actions TODAY will positively impact the health of future generations.
I am COMMITTED to sharing this mission until I have a Million Moms by my side!
I did way too much exercise on Day Four of my Transformation Cleanse. My family and I hiked the Camp Verde caves across from Camp Verde High School. I didn't know it would turn into a two and a half hour adventure. On the cleanse, it is suggested that you exercise 30-45 minutes. Additional stress on the body should be avoided. Although I was aware of the exercise guidelines, I still participated and enjoyed the hike. The caves were so unique, and I had a distinct feeling that people lived there. I felt the spirits of the past. I looked around, and it felt as if it was a neighborhood hundreds of years ago. I could feel the tasks of the community being done, and the routines of living on the land. I felt special to connect to the history of the land. The limestone of the caves were like chalk. The ruins on the top of the mountains were untouched and preserved. We even found some ancient pottery pieces. My son was amazing; he hiked all the way up the mountain on his own. He didn't complain about it; he really enjoyed the hike. I really think one day he will be a long distance runner or cross country competitor. He is very athletic, and it comes totally natural to him. We also took our small dog, Chuy, who is just a puppy. And the dog did a fabulous job too. He loved it. He barked at every little creature though, which echoed from mountain to mountain. His barks awakened the spirit of the mountains. I saw the faces in the rocks; and they were very old and wise. I gave the rocks and mountains all my worries, and I made a wish.
I am working on a book that has totally challenged me to listen faithfully to the Mother, which is the Goddess. My fourth day was filled of listening exercises for me to examine and analyze. I returned again to the Goddess to help listen deeply with compassion and purpose and most of all clarity. Don't get me started about clarity! I feel like most of my life has had some level of confusion in decision making. The last six months for me has been a practice of clarity and clarity and yearning for more clarity. I noticed a few days ago that my son and I have communication problems, where sometimes he doesn't listen to me. I am sure there are instances where communication is an issue for everyone, but I wanted to see my 5 year-old's response to my question, "Why don't you listen to Mama?" And he simply said that he didn't know. I truly believe him. I don't think he knew. On this Day Four, my big realization was that I needed to listen to him with more understanding and more love. I thought that I had been listening to him, but in actuality, I was too busy to consistently listen to him with my heart. I know that no one is perfect, and I don't pretend to ever be perfect. I was just happy that I discovered a deeper understanding of my beautiful boy. You can't receive these moments of understanding if you are too rigid and firm with children. You need to lighten with them to totally understand their imagination and world. It is well worth the investigation. The Goddess led me to this deeper understanding of my family. I believe that she has a hand in everything I do and I am so grateful for her presence in my life.
Vitality of Listening and Loving
We all want to be heard and listened to unconditionally, especially children. It is an act of love to give another person this space and hold it safe and secure for them. When we rush to judgment and criticism, we are no longer listening. We are no long feeling. We are no longer empathizing with them. We cause them stress and generate stress within the thinking mind. This is a form of violence and aggression. Listening is the most loving act we can give another person. It is the most important weapon of our generation. It is the most forgotten skill in the world. Listening is one thing we can do today to change our entire environment. When we focus on what others are saying with loving intentions, then we become one with their hopes and dreams. Then we know that no word is ever wasted. No word is ever misused. We must know how to use the words wisely to empower us all. This is what really inspires me and motivates me on this journey.
What ignites your life? Where is your passion? Where is your excitement? We are meant to be excited about our own existence.
For the third day of my cleanse, I spent a few hours at the New Day Spa, and had a lovely massage. The new renovations were quite beautiful, and they have a jacuzzi which was so nourishing. There was an enticing contrast of the cool air and the hot, bubbly water of the hot tub. The clouds were perfectly painted across the sky. The spa setting was exactly what I needed. I actually received a Spawish gift certificate from my husband last December, and waited this long to use it. I really should do spa days more often, but as a mother, this is the last thing on the mind. This process thus far has been such an introspective time for me. The day was very low energy, and I couldn't quite get my footing. I felt like my entire life is on review. I asked at the beginning of this process that I remove all anger and judgment from my energy field, especially the anger and judgment that is in the subconscious. I don't want to know where it came from. I yearn to be free of its grip and limitations. I know how yoga is absolutely amazing at revealing the subconscious mind. This is all I want at this moment. I want everything to come into the light and be freed. I don't need to know anything else. My hope is to find the clarity at the end of the transformation.
Like I mentioned, I felt tired during the second half of the day, but I had to go off schedule, which really contributed to the low energy. I didn't plan properly when I was teaching yoga classes, but I didn't eat anything that wasn't on the flex list. Which brings me to mentioning some of the foods you can eat if you choose the flex options. On this cleanse, you are allowed three flex items; one drink and one food. You can have sauteed green vegetables or squash with some coconut oil and simple seasoning (no salt). You can also have a small apple or berries. You can drink herbal teas as well.
This is all for now. I need to spend time with husband, who has been so supportive during this entire cleanse. I am lucky to have such a wonderful support system. Much love to you and yours.
Guidelines for the Detox/Cleanse
If you are considering Purium's Cleanse, here are some helpful guidelines. I have included a video from David Sandoval as well. His information is quite captivating, and he makes some excellent points. He is clearly knowledgeable. Here it is:
1. It is important to drink more than half your body weight in ounces per day of water. You need to stay hydrated.
2. Eliminate any temptations like donuts and cookies.
3. Avoid excess exercise because it is a form of stress. 30-45 minutes is sufficient.
4. Avoid stress during your cleanse. This may difficult due to busy schedules; just don't add anything extra.
Also, let me know if you would like a $50 Gift Card to go towards your cleanse. I highly recommend you embarking on this transformation.
The Perfect Day
Upon reflecting on the second day of the detox, I felt like I had the perfect day. I had the opportunity to do everything that I love and enjoy: yoga, jog, meditate, play games with my son, and spend quality time with my husband. My energy was very electric, and I enjoyed my day. One of the highlights of my day was watching this Lip Sync Battle. I have included it in this blog, because it is just so lighthearted and fun. Much love. Go with peace. =)
Open Door to Change
A few weeks ago, I decided to do Purium's 10-day transformation detox/cleanse. First, let me give you an overview of the program before I share my reflections on the first day. The entire range of products are made from the purest ingredients: 100% vegan, 100% GMO-Free, Soy-free, Dairy-free, 100% free of artificial flavors and sweeteners, and 100% free of binders, fillers, and synthetics. For the detox/cleanse, there are five different products to consume; Master Aminos, Power Shake, Apothe-Cherry, Ionic Elements, and Dietary Fiber Blend. The program comes with a schedule that can be varied to fit your own lifestyle, but basically you are eating or drinking every two hours. There is also a Flex option where three times a day you eat from a Flex list, which is mostly made up of raw food choices such as apples and berries. The Power Shake, which is the main part of the program, is made up of all organic green vegetables with the exception of organic carrot powder. This means that the bulk of the diet on this cleanse is all organic green vegetables, packed with nutrients. Also, you should exercise about 45 minutes a day, but not more than this. In the guidelines, it suggests that during the 10 day program you should not have any extraneous stress. While on this cleanse, you should really be in a peaceful state-of-mind. Purium, David Sandoval's company that created this detox, also sends you motivational and inspiring text messages daily. Conference calls and email coaching are part of the support system as well. All in all, it has very structured guidelines with lots of help throughout the duration of the ten days.
For the past two years, I have been feeling like I need a major detox. I have done small detoxes with triphala, the Ayurvedic medicine. But this one is the first 10 day program with Power Shakes. I want to start by saying that I am not doing this detox to get thinner, and I am not one of those people obsessed with my physical appearance. When I first had Jaidon, my son, five years ago, I became totally aware of the pressure to lose the baby weight. I heard it and saw it all around me. I saw mothers, who were already thin, starve themselves to get even thinner. I saw obsessive dieting and exercise, and how the ego took over with self-loathing. According to Ayurveda, the forty-two days after birth is one of the most special and profound times of life for both the mother and the baby. Being overly focused on losing weight is distracting and unnatural. My message for new moms is to not worry about losing weight. In my experience, the weight will naturally come off as you keep up with an energetic toddler. There is no urgency to return to your pre-baby weight; and furthermore, your body is totally changed in giving birth. Take the time to get to know your new body with your new family. Along the same thought process, in the yoga community, there are many people who are obsessed with physical appearance. In 2001, I did a power yoga vinyasa teacher training with a well-known yoga instructor in Cancun, Mexico. I felt like I was in a five-day episode of Bay Watch; which as a new student of yoga was pretty intimidating. Also, the physical aspect of yoga was the main focus of the training, and many of my students know the story about my serious injuries during that time that were caused by the poor yoga instruction (and of course my own kharma). My lesson, which was further affirmed later in 2003 when I took the hatha yoga teacher training at 7 Centers Yoga Arts, was to live yoga as an integrated practice of observing the mind and using the prana to move the breath throughout the body. Yoga can't just be a physical practice; if so, it is not yoga at all in fact. Thus, my main intention in doing this cleanse is to detox the old me and transform into a new me. I want to clear out the old thoughts that keep me scared and doubtful at times, and transform into a new me with confidence. My beginning weight is 136 lbs. My chest is 35in, my waist is 29in, and my buttocks is at 40in. One comment about my bottom; my husband and I both like my bottom. My beginning picture are below.
First Day Reflections
I didn't expect to feel the changes immediately, but I did. I felt my mind stuff appear right in front of me with no mercy. My mind stuff is usually in the form of insecurity and self-doubt and lack of self-confidence. This has been my deep work for several years now. Around 4pm, I started to feel uneasy about my abilities. It was really very silly, but the voice inside my head doubted my mothering abilities, my inner strength, and my voice. I watched the thoughts come up for me like captions of a cartoon. All I could do is watch them, and I didn't act on them. Thank God for my husband, because later I was able to share it with him, and he helped by listening to me. By the end of the day, the negative thinking was released entirely. I was so surprised at the thought's intensity. Once I realized that it was a reaction to the cleanse, I felt very happy. I knew that I was on the right track.
I couldn't believe the increase in energy. With the Power Shakes, I felt lighter and moved with more flow. In the past, I have felt difficulty in bringing joy and lightness in every movement and change of life. My parents both were workaholics that moved without true purpose and in the muddiness of heavy burden. I don't blame them and I don't feel any resentment. I love my parents very much and have healthy, loving relationships with both of them. I just was left with a confusion about work and movement and transition. It is only now that I am practicing bliss in every moment (that is the goal anyway). Teaching and practicing yoga for the past 13 years have helped tremendously as well. The yoga has helped me re-define work, and create an entire new perspective all together. Also, it should be made clear the work is part of your environmental diet. We are actually eating up all of our experiences, and digesting them internally. Therefore, digestion and food is beyond what we place in our mouths; it is also our lifestyle and environment. We digest our lifestyle, and we digest our environment. No experience goes without digestion and absorption.
Overall, the first day was very nice. I look forward to the next 9 days. I will continue to blog and share my thoughts. Much love.
Welcome to the month of May, and we may be experiencing the effects of what is called the Grand Cross in the night sky. It is a rare occurrence when the planets of Jupiter, Mars, Uranus, and Pluto are all aligned to form a cross over the earth. This time has been one of great change, but not like we are not used to it already. 2014 has been packed full of surprises, and twists and turns. This month’s angel message comes from a Doreen Virtue Ph.D.’s deck, The Goddess Guidance Oracle Card.
Creating a Sacred Space
Nemetona’s message focuses on creating time for silence and retreat. Nemetona was a Celtic goddess that created, sustained, and honored several power places in England. My interpretation of receiving Nemetona card is that we all need to connect with sacred space regularly during this time of great changes. I talk about this quite often in my yoga classes. We all yearn to connect with divine silence and the practices of yoga and meditation can help. Develop a home yoga practice for fifteen to thirty minutes. Include lots of Pranayama breathing practices, which is the energetic bridge between the external and the internal.
How can we create a sacred environment within our homes? Very simple devotional scenes can bring peace to any living area. One idea is to create lovely altars. Select an empty space that is kept tidy and clear of clutter. Second, choose a center piece for your altar. It could be a picture of a deity, statue, candle, painting, art piece, rock, book, card (from an angel or tarot deck), fortune cookie message, collage you have created, life map, journal entry (with a wish list or intention), geographic map (that has special meaning to you), or flowers from a garden. Lastly, surround your center piece with offerings of love, such as flowers, silks, incense, essential oils, or fruit. Pay close attention to keeping your altar clean from dust. In my home, we have two altars with two different intentions. The altar in the kitchen is meant to keep the heart of our family healthy, and the other in the bedroom is meant for deep meditation and intuitive insights during sleep time. You can add an intention for your altar as well if you would like.
Creating Sacred Space with Sacred Essential Oils
Frankincense and sandalwood essential oils are perfect for home altars. Frankincense is often regarded as a holy oil in many countries and throughout time. It is mentioned in the Bible as one of the gifts given to Jesus by the three wise men. Many ancient civilizations used Frankincense in ceremony and ritual. As part of a home altar, it can be diffused or burnt as incense. Frankincense can help focus energy and calm impatience. On the other hand, sandalwood is used to balance the emotions. Sandalwood is another ceremonial holy oil, and ancient Egyptians used it for embalming. Sandalwood can be placed at the third-eye before and after meditation. Integrate the magic of frankincense and sandalwood into your home's environment and experience the energetic shift.
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Yesterday at Mother’s Nest in Cottonwood, I taught a class on Emergency Oils and I want to share with you some of the resources I found while doing my research. I especially enjoyed the Dr. Hill’s video on Youtube which is below. First, I would like to mention using essential oils with confidence. Recently, I have been helping a family who has never used anything like oils before; not anything plant-based. They became open to using essential oils because monthly (steadily for four months) they have not been able to get rid of their colds and flus, and the frustration was overwhelming and real. I felt for them. My brother’s family has gone through that cycle of sickness. Once it get started, it is difficult to stop it. I suggested On Guard DoTerra Blend (similar to Thieves Blend) to them, and they are using it now. I spent an hour coaching them on being confident with using the On Guard. They seemed really hesitant to use it but completely curious. I could almost read their thoughts: Does it really work? What if it does work? What if it doesn’t work? Ultimately, I found that education is the key to feeling confident about using anything new. I also wanted them to feel empowered by using the oils; which hopefully that will grow and evolve. I felt baby steps are the key in introducing new oils. I have been using herbs and oils for the past 13 years and I forget that some people have no background or knowledge on where to begin. I haven’t been to an allopathic physician for over a decade. And I had a midwife for my child’s birth. For me, the reflex to run to a physician when I am sick is just not there anymore; when I get “sick” I go through a whole other process (which is for another blog). Confidence is the key; in knowing that this type of medicine has been used for a whole lot longer than chemical, synthetic-based medicines of the recent history. Egyptians have been credited as being the first to use oils as medicine; furthermore it can be traced back as part of India’s Ayurveda and China’s Acupuncture. All of these are ancient, sacred healing modalities that have withheld the test of time and modern industrialization.
The top Emergency Oils that I have on hand in my home farmacy are the following: lavender, Deep Blue (DoTerra Blend), lemon, and helichrysum. There are many other ones you can use as well; however these four are super versatile.
Lavender is a natural stress reliever. We often forget that emergencies come in all sized and shapes; mental and physical. Lavender is that Go-To oil in the case of all emergencies. For mental relief, we can turn to lavender to calm the nervous system; for depression; for shock; and for emotional pain. For cuts, scrapes, and bruises, we can turn to lavender oil for antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It helps with skin rashes or skin cuts; and pain. It is the ultimate medicine to reduce stress in the body.
Deep Blue is a DoTerra blend that was specifically used for muscle aches and soreness. This is another versatile blend that I use for bruises or any joint problems. It is similar to Tiger Balm, but with much cleaner ingredients. The blend includes Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helicyrsum, and Osmanthus. Ok. I love absolutely love peppermint oil, but I kept it out of my top four because it is more of a digestive in my mind; however, it could easily fit on this list, because of its cooling effect on cells and tissues. Deep Blue was specifically constructed to address problems in muscles and bones.
Helichrysum is useful in the repair and regeneration of the cells. It is safe to treat wounds, broken blood vessels, tissue repair and tissue repair. Energetically, it is used to calm down anger emotions and shock. This is only used for children 6 years and older; and of course adults.
Lemon is your natural sanitizer, cleanser, and disinfectant. You can make your own Lemon Sanitizer Spray by blending eight ounces of water with 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil. You can add 10-15 drops of On Guard into that blend as well. Keep this one in your bag at all times, instead of using those chemical-based sanitizers
Overall, I could have easily added my favorite oil of ALL time: Frankincense, because of its healing effects on the nervous system. The most important aspect of treating your child in emergency situations is being confident. Be confident with yourself and your ability to be your own physician. You can do it! I have done it and many mothers have done it too. Know that this is the tradition of real wellness and health. Also, you are showing your child true empowerment. This is priceless. Where else will they learn true health? Also, know when there are emergencies you can not treat, and when it is time to ask for more help. Hope this helps. Much love, Ana
Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Oils, Fourth Edition
Hi Friends, Family, and Yoga Practitioners!
Message from Angels
Hope your April season is treating you with Wonder and Grace. This newsletter will start with an Angel Card Message. Some of you may know that I am a huge fan of Doreen Virtue’s work with Angels, Fairies, and other beautiful elements. I have been reading decks for about 10 years now, and I love to communicate with my Angels. The deck that I am using for this newsletter is Doreen Virtue’s and Radleigh Valentine’s Angel Tarot Cards Deck, and the Angel Message for this newsletter is The Empress: Archangel Gabriel (3). It states, “Lavish Abundance. Give birth to your dreams. Nurture yourself and others.” My interpretation of this card is that this is the time for dreams to come true. We often do not allow ourselves to dream FULLY, because we may have emotions like fears and doubt that keep us from expressing our true nature. This is the time when we must LET GO of those emotions, and bravely take the steps in the right direction of our dreams.
It is also so important to manage your mental, emotional, and spiritual harmony with care during this month. You must take care of those inner workings in order of the external environment to respond with lavish abundance. Here, we talk about lavish abundance, but we are not only talking about material abundance. The Angels mean real abundance: material and spiritual. We need to be rich in our own spiritual practice; taking the time to do yoga and meditation. If you do not know how to do yoga or meditation, this is the time to start. I noticed already this month how many of my yoga students have emotionally released during yoga class. It is a positive message to me that they are in the right place at the right time. They are definitely taking care of cleansing out the emotional body. Spend time to dream like you have never dreamed before; making dreaming a champion sport. Do it with zest!
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Much love to you and yours. Namaste, Ana