This one is not difficult to make. If it's got ginger in it count me in. Good for joints and migraines. That's a win-win kiddos.
Rosemary is an incredible herb that you can grow at home or often pick up in the fresh herb section of your local produce section.
Known for its incredible power to focus the mind, rosemary is something I recommend to anyone who is trying to improve their memory, enhance their mind, focus or even pick up a meditation practice. Before sitting down to write I will sniff the rosemary in my kitchen or eat a single leaf to boost my mind for hours.
Medicinal uses of the incredible Rosemary HerbStudies have found that rosemary can increase your memory by 75% by sniffing it alone! This is also why it works great as an essential oil and also contains triterpenes, magnesium, calcium, iron, camphors, beta-carotene and vitamin C.
This works because rosemary helps your cells absorb oxygen which enhances your natural breathing while acting as a mild and uplifting stimulant. Rosemary helps the mind with much more than just focus, it also naturally eases headaches and migraines. It has also been known to help treat mild to moderate depression.
Because of its natural stimulation effect, rosemary is great for stimulating the circulatory system in people who struggle with low blood pressure or poor circulation. Both dry or fresh rosemary is great to aid your body in digestion! Especially when it comes to digesting starches and fats.
Rosemary also contains antioxidants which when combined with its mild analgesic effects, work great against inflammation of the body. If you are trying to heal your joints or arthritis, you have got to add Rosemary into your life as soon as you can!
Rosemary-lemon thyme infusion tea!This is a deliciously refreshing, mildly stimulating tea. When it comes to thyme, lemon thyme is one of the nicest ones for tea, but of course, if you don’t have any, any other ones will do just fine. Or if you are feeling really good, try growing some lemon thyme of your own!
How to make an InfusionTake 4-6 tbsp of your dried herbs (6-8 tbsp if using fresh herbs) into a glass 1-quart jar.
Pour boiling water over the herbs, filling the jar up. Allow to steep for 30-45 minutes (depending on how strong you want you tea, depends on the length of time.)
A mala is a long strand of 108 beads that you can use to enhance your meditation practice. Instead of focusing on the number of times you repeat your mantra, you can use your mala to keep count so that you can focus your mantra’s meaning.
Choosing a Mantra. A mantra is defined as a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone’s basic beliefs. You choose a mantra during your meditation practice to enter the silence of your mind and achieve deeper awareness. The repetition of the mantra can allow you to escape your thoughts and feelings that fill your mind each day, allowing you to disconnect your mind and thoughts from your physical body. One of the most commonly used mantra is “Om” (said as aum), which represents your universal consciousness. Many people love to chant a mantra on their mala. Including me.
Ask me about the recording of "108 Om's".
Another option is to follow a guided meditation that has music and mantras for you to recite. The website of Deepak Chopra’s Chopra Center for Wellness offers free guided meditations with specific intentions here. You can also choose between thousands of free videos and audio recordings available online or on YouTube.
How to Choose the Right Mala for You
You can find malas made of seeds, wood, bones and gemstones. The possibilities are nearly endless. To choose your mala, I recommend using your intuition and thinking about what you would like to achieve in your practice. Then find a mala that helps you reach those intentions. A good rule of thumb for choosing a gemstone mala is to match your intentions with your body’s chakras as follows:
How to Use a MalaHindu traditions say to hold the mala in your right hand with the thumb flicking one bead to the next while the mala is draped across your middle finger. Traditions in northeast India dictate that the best practice is to drape the mala on the ring finger of the right hand, and move the beads with the middle finger and thumb.
Either way you choose, begin your practice by sitting in a quiet, comfortable space. It is best to sit with your legs crossed to keep your mind and body engaged, but you can lie down if sitting up is not possible or uncomfortable. Breathe in deeply and focus your attention on your chosen mantra or affirmation. Once you are calm and focused, start with that bead to the left of the larger center bead – the guru bead – and turn your finger clockwise around each bead and then push that bead away and move onto the next bead. Once you arrive at the guru bead, you can stop your practice, or you can turn the mala around and repeat the process in the other direction.
Practice your mala meditation daily, weekly, monthly or whenever you feel that your body and mind are in need of clarity, peace and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy world.
Great info from yogiapproved.com
Or as I call it the "Elixir of Life Tea"
I'm sure I've posted this before. Here it is again as I've recently had a request for it. Because it's so fabulous.
You may drink in hot water solo andit is a tea on it's own or you can add a green tea bag so that it's tolerable to drink a green tea.
Two large tubers of Ginger.
three or four small tubers of Tumeric (or three Tablespoons of turmeric powder if no root/tubers are available.
honey to taste after everything is done
Peel and cut into small bits the ginger and turmeric. Place in pan on stovetop with water (to cover and then some)
Bring to boil and then simmer for 45-60 minutes. Do not leave unattended for very long as you do need to add water or else you will burn it.
Keep about 1/2 to 3/4 inch water in the pan. Adding more when needed.
Set aside after the bits are soft.
Pour this into a blender when warm/cooled a bit and blend big time. The more you blend the less stringy the ginger will become.
Pour the slurry into a small glass jar with a lid. Add honey. I usually add 1/4 cup or so. I like it sweet.
Refrigerate unused portion. It will last 3+ weeks in the fridge.
Use one small teaspoon at a time. Stir teaspoon into cup of hot water and enjoy.
I do not like green tea, so I add a green tea to the concoction and feel I am being super healthy.
If you can: take with a little bit of oil (cocount oil) as it mulitplies the absorption rate tremendously.
Here's some benefits of the three ingredients.
As I put the finishing touches on the manual for hte YTT I found myself drawing another chakra chart for meditation. It a beautiful thing, to create a savasana at the end of yoga that reviews the chakras. Wanted to share these affirmations with you all.
Here is a list of many yoga poses. Their names in English and Sanskrit. If you are thinking about taking the YTT this is a great place to begin studying the poses. Though we do not expect you to know them all. It's up to you how you teach, English or Sanksit. We just thought you may be as yoga "dorky" as we are and want to learn more yoga stuff.
Pictured below is tree pose. Vrksasana.
Debbie Krejci E-RYT 500
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