A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #50: Roll to Release

Building core strength is essential for maintaining good posture, preventing injury, and moving with grace and ease. Without a strong core, the body becomes dependent on the limbs, causing overcompensation and misalignment. By strengthening the muscles of your abdomen, torso, and lower- to mid-back, you also strengthen your spine and abdominal organs. There’s a saying in yoga and Pilates: You’re as young as your spine … Continue reading A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #50: Roll to Release

A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #47: Twist to Help Digestion

Twisting your torso is a great way to wake up your body at the beginning of the day, and to decompress at the end of a long day. When you twist your body, it’s just like wringing out a sponge: it can feel like you’re squeezing out the anxieties and frustrations of the day! But twists have another benefit: they stimulate your digestive organs, which … Continue reading A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #47: Twist to Help Digestion

A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #34: Practice Savasana (Corpse Pose)

If you’ve ever taken a yoga class or practiced to a video, you are already familiar with the pose known as Corpse Pose, or Savasana (shah-VAHS-uh-nuh) in Sanskrit. Those of you who aren’t familiar with Savasana might be able to relate to it as Lying on the Floor with Your Eyes Closed Pose. It looks, and often feels, like a nap. A nice little doze … Continue reading A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #34: Practice Savasana (Corpse Pose)

A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #21: Practice Mindfulness Meditation

You knew it was coming, didn’t you? 😉 You knew I wouldn’t ignore the physical, mental, psychological, emotional, and spiritual benefits of meditation when discussing natural health and beauty. And yet, some of you resisted. And you’re still resisting because you Just Don’t Want to Meditate. Or you Just Don’t Have the Time. Or you Just Don’t See the Point. I won’t be coy and … Continue reading A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #21: Practice Mindfulness Meditation

A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #7: Stretch Once an Hour

A simple and straightforward tip this week: stretch! It can be so easy to get stuck on your butt ~ in front of the computer, on the couch, in the car, on a plane… We often spend several hours a day just sitting! Recent research has shown that the more time you spend sitting, the more likely your health will suffer as a result. Heath … Continue reading A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #7: Stretch Once an Hour

A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #5: Practice Legs Up the Wall

Legs Up the Wall, called Viparta Karani (VIP-uh-REE-tuh kah-RAH-nee) in Sanskrit, is an excellent restorative yoga pose that can be practiced every day by yoga students of all levels. This pose relieves swollen and sore legs, calves, and ankles ~ and can be beneficial for those with varicose veins. It also stretches the hamstrings, spine, and the back of the neck. By reversing the flow of … Continue reading A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #5: Practice Legs Up the Wall