There will always be something out there that can pull you down, but there are more things that can make you happy. Here are 10 things that can help you achieve happiness. 1. Live For Today Always live for today and do something that you know will make you happy. 2. Find a Job… Continue reading 10 Proven Ways to Boost Your Happiness
OM There is a flood Open the gate There is a flood Don’t be late Sit, please sit Open your mind Sit, please sit Practice being kind Fill your heart With patience and grace Fill your heart At a steady, slow place There is a flood Of openness and admiration There is a flood Of… Continue reading Om: A Poem about Mindfulness
Last month, I discussed the difference between authenticity and truth. Authenticity is “the truth of bearing who you are”, I said. It’s the work of diving deep, peeling off layers to reveal your authentic self, your dharma. Truth is the scalpel that dissects and cuts away kleshas and samskaras to reveal our diamond self. But… Continue reading Truth: We are Love
I would like to invite you on a journey. A journey that explores your own authenticity. A journey that explores the potential for alchemy in your life. Our theme here at Share Yoga for the month of May is Authenticity, which correlates perfectly with our new Share Yoga book club book, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. Coelho… Continue reading Alchemy & Authenticity
Overall wellness hinges on a dynamic balance of web-like interconnections, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. The human body is a fully interconnected organism, nothing working in isolation, and all parts affect each other. Chronic health problems are rooted in inadequate nutrition and detoxification inefficiency is due to lack of high vital nutrients.
1. Eat whole foods. If it comes in a box or has been altered, don’t eat it! This is the simplest way to get the most nutrients, bite for bite.
2. Get off the BIG FIVE: Sugar, gluten, dairy, caffeine, and alcohol. These all can be degenerative and addictive. If you are not ready to give them all up, try organic coffee, tea, or red wine.
3. Eat ORGANIC foods. Eating organically grown foods will expose you to substantially fewer chemicals. At the same time, organic foods have been scientifically shown to have more nutrients over commercially grown foods.
4. Drink more filtered water. If you can afford a reverse osmosis filtration system, this would be the preferred method. But if you are like me, a simple carbon filter can cut down on widespread chemical exposure, including fluoride, which is a well known toxin. Without adequate hydration, organs are needlessly stressed.
5. Eat more veggies, especially cruciferous since they are particularly helpful in liver functionality and have strong anti-cancer properties. Cruciferous varieties include: kale , collard greens, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, turnip , rutabaga, horseradish, mustard (the seed, not the sauce!), arugula, watercress, maca, radish, and cabbage.
6. Eat more onions & garlic. These have many great attributes including anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and can help provide food for the “good guy” bacteria.
7. Make friends with friendly bacteria. Probiotics and fermented foods like kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut all offer helpful bacteria that crowd out the “bad” bacteria and other pathogens. Gut health and the overall microbiome balance is paramount to proper digestion, assimilation of foods, mental health, overall immunity, and whole health.
8. Brush and floss your teeth, daily. Digestion starts in the mouth and so does your overall health of the digestive system. Poor dental health has also been shown to correlate with dangerous cardiovascular health and overall inflammation. Natural options include activated charcoal teeth whitening which provides an alternative to harsh dental bleaching gels. You can read about all that if you visit the website of the national Dental Board of Practitioners.
9. Use natural (toxic free) personal care items and cleaning products. Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing, says that if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. This is wise advice since many toxic chemicals have been shown to be present in body fat and even the chord blood in newborns. These products are generally not regulated or tested for human safety.
10. Slow Down. Sleep is the primary way we recover and restore the body. New guidelines recommend 7-9 hours for most adults. Relaxation and meditation also contribute to overall wellness and can help balance stress hormones.
Join me for a comprehensive guided Group Detox and Nutritional Re-Boot March 21-April 11th. Sign up at www.LoriTindall.com.
sources: Environmental Working Group, Institute for Functional Medicine, National Sleep Foundation
I had a physical asana practice for over 15 years before I actually understood the role of intention in yoga. I recall instructors in New York City in the early 1990’s asking us to “dedicate our practice to someone.” Gradually things changed and we were asked to “call to mind our intention” at the beginning… Continue reading Learn How To Manifest Your Intentions With Yoga Nidra
The gurgles of the baby, that innocent smile, the little hand that beckons and the tongue that rolls out a sound , ‘Mumma’ …’papa’. Yes! Parenthood is a delightful journey. It is full of experiences that urge us to nurture and cherish the little bundle of joy in our arms. It begins with a… Continue reading Meditation for Better Parenting
Since childhood I’ve had a fascination with journaling, and at the same time a fear of not having enough to write. That all recently changed when I took a Brene Brown ecourse through Oprah. For those of you who may not be familiar with Brene Brown, she is one of the preeminent investigators on whole hearted living… Continue reading Invoking a Daily Journal Practice with Tarot Cards
Life isn’t about avoiding pain, feelings – any feeling! Even uncomfortable feelings like hunger, addiction, craving, fear, anxiety, depression. It is about learning to lean into those feelings, relax into them, wrap them in compassion, and then send them on their way. In meditation, we practice being with our thoughts – outside them, not inside… Continue reading Working with Uncomfortable Feelings
Meditation is a time when you let the outer world take care of itself. There is an old saying, “Let the world turn without you.” You will think about the outer world; that simply can’t be helped. Take this chance to settle into yourself and get some R&R. You do not have to be on duty, so give yourself over to the inner processes.
Meditation is a vacation that wipes off impressions that cause stress and strain. It is like a holiday that doesn’t make holes in the pocket but rejuvenates the mind and body. Imagine a phase in life when your mind stops chattering about the things you don’t want to listen to. What if you begin to… Continue reading Top 10 Myths About Meditation
Join me, Julian Walker, for my Everyday Enlightenment Workshop, on January 26th from 2 – 5 pm at Santa Monica Yoga. This unique afternoon will introduce you to “5 simple keys to clarity, compassion and mind-body healing” via learning and practicing 5 accessible and effective meditation techniques. In between meditations I will guide you through… Continue reading Everyday Enlightenment Workshop with Julian Walker
Kim shares her final thoughts on the Sister vs. Sister 10 Day Meditation Challenge I know it has been quite some time since my last post but I have continued with a daily meditation practice and I have learned so much! I am so grateful for this experience. So for my final notes I thought… Continue reading Kim’s Final Notes on 10 Day Meditation Challenge
Thanks to all of you who followed our 10-Day Meditation Challenge – Sister versus Sister. The last 5 days of the challenge were especially, well, challenging. I had been on vacation without much of an Internet connection, so reporting in on ShareYoga.com added to the complexity. However, I was able to meditate each day on… Continue reading Days 6-10: Meditation Challenge Wrap Up
If we know the divine art of concentration, if we know the divine art of meditation, if we know the divine art of contemplation, easily and consciously we can unite the inner world and the outer world. ~ Sri Chinmoy Concentration is not my forté. In fact, while writing this post I’ve switched browser tabs… Continue reading Day 4: Concentration & Compassion … and Twerking