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March 22 Restore

Spring transition means letting go of the old relationship, situation or event and making a new beginning. As spring leaves bud and flowers bloom, you, too, will find new energy to make a new beginning. Give yourself time alone. What do you need now? Think about what you want right now. What is waiting in the back of your mind to begin? Who would you like to be? What would you like to do in the time you have remaining? Visualize your future unfolding the way you want.Accept that past achievements can no longer be the standard for satisfaction in the present. Don't cling to old identities, roles and routines if they no longer meet your needs. Focus on today and all that you can enjoy and accomplish before tomorrow.Set realistic short- and long-term goals for yourself. When you know what kind of changes to expect and what you cannot predict, you are more likely to set realistic yet flexible goals. Start today to realize your dreams of who you want to be and what you want to do.Reward…

March 15 Restore

The Chakras

The theme of our last class was the Muladhara or root chakra. The poses grounded us to help stabilize our nervous system. I used the elements of this chakra to guide you to a deeper, fuller experience in the restorative pose.  It dawned on me later that afternoon, that perhaps the chakra system is unknown to you.  In this blog, I will share what the chakras are and a few elements that I used to guide you through the practice this week.  Enjoy!

What is a Chakra? a whirling vortex of energy like the sun's rays sending out energy in all directions and receiving energy. They are in the subtle body, along the spine. The energy at these points can be in 3 states of nature, tammasic (inactive leading to inertia), rajasic (hyperactive) and sattvic (balanced).  If you were to visualize the three states of a plant, tammasic would be the seed, rajasic would be the growing plant from the seed and sattvic is the fruit or flower of the plant. There are 7 chakras which are closest to t…

March 8 Restore

Battle Royal Toilet 1  Us  0

This won't be a How To advice column because frankly, we don't know how to do anything with our own personal nemesis, the Throne.  This has been our home for 7 years and for 7 years we have had constant issues with our half bath toilet, from it constantly running, gaskets leaking, valves malfunctioning.  We've put in band-aids galore to this throne but these last two weeks, no matter the band-aid we affix, it won't work.  Time to bring in the professionals.  

So sometimes in life we are handed lemons, sour tasting lemons.  Lemons aren't all that sour tasting if you can make lemonade or per Ayurveda, lemon water.  It is what you do with the lemons where sweetness can lie.  We were given a lemon of a toilet with the purchase of one house.  How do we make lemonade from our lemon?  I begin with gratitude for my love, Peter and his valiant attempts to fix the toilet.  He persisted not with blind rage at the toilet but with the truest intention …

March 1 Restore

I had a walkabout around my property and saw evidence that the seasons are changing despite the prediction that snow will fall tomorrow.  It gave my heart some hope that we are moving out of the darkness of winter.  We need winter to decompress from the flurry of activity of fall and the holidays and to shore up our energy reserves for spring momentum.  And honestly, this hasn't been an awful winter, very mild in comparison to last year.  But I am ready for spring.  I am ready to be digging in my garden, raking up winter's debris and planting seeds.

What can you do to get ready for spring?  In the next 2 to 4 weeks maybe try a spring cleanse.  The Ayurvedic cleanse is perfect for aligning with the seasons.  If you would like to check out more about Ayurveda and cleanses, you can schedule an appointment with Lisa Scarborough, Ayurvedic consultant, yoga instructor and hair dresser extraordinaire.  Sharing Lisa's article she wrote a few years ago.


The Cleanse Lens  The new buzz …