Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude.

Big News in October!

Posted September 20th, 2015 by Salina with No Comments

Come see me at Denver Days on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd!

I will be doing FREE chair massage* and will be raffling off a FREE 60 minute massage. No purchase necessary, simply sign-up for my mailing list and you’ll be entered to win. Just for signing up, receive a cupon good for 1 free yoga class or $10 off your next massage!

Speaking of yoga, I am adding new classes and a new location to my schedule in October! Stop by my booth for details and a copy of the new schedule. In the meantime check out my Yoga page for pricing info.

*chair massage will be performed during select hours, keep an eye on my facebook page for hours!

January Reader’s Challenge

Posted January 4th, 2013 by Salina with No Comments

Happy New Year everyone! I don’t know about you all, but I cannot believe that 2013 is here already. I don’t really like to make resolutions for the new year. I figure I am just setting myself to be disappointed – in myself- so what’s the point really?
However, I recently read something really awesome that said, “What if the only resolution you make is to love yourself more…” What if? This is something we probably all need to do more. It’s also something that can be so easy if we let it. A resolution we can keep! So, the challenge this month is to share with us what you will do this year to love yourself more. Comment here or tell us on the Facebook page. Let’s start off 2013 with a little self love!

December Reader’s Challenge of the Month

Posted December 3rd, 2012 by Linda with No Comments

You there? No, I mean are you really there? In the moment? In the picture?

Your challenge this month is to GET in the picture, both literally and figuratively. Do you shy away from the camera because you’re holding on to a few extra pounds or your hair isn’t behaving? How many photos have you taken of your family or friends that you’re not a part of? Seize the day – stop waiting for perfection or you’ll miss out!

Get out from behind the lens and into the shot and whats more – share it with us on Facebook! Go to our page and show us the real you! We promise to share our pictures too!

November Reader’s Challenge of the Month

Posted November 6th, 2012 by Linda with No Comments

I’m sure you’ve noticed that our November Challenge is a bit delayed. I’m one of the thousands who lost their power during Hurricane Sandy. I’m still without power so for now, my kids and I are lucky enough to be staying at Chez Nana and Grandpa. It looks like we might get power back some time this week, as long as the impending Nor’easter doesn’t interfere, but there’s no guarantee. We’ve had the help of power companies from all over the country to try and get lights back on and we couldn’t be more grateful. We also know that it could have been much worse – so much worse.

Since I live in New Jersey, coverage of the aftermath has been on the news constantly. I’m not sure about the rest of the country, but I’m sure most people have seen some of what used to be the Jersey Shore and areas of New York. THAT is how bad it could have been. There are people huddled around fires, outside, wearing whatever they could grab. Kids without coats, or shoes. It’s heart-breaking.

While I don’t usually let my kids watch the news (they’re three and five), it was sort of inevitable that they would see things about the storm and its impact. My five year old is older than his years would have you believe and while sitting in with his Grandpa one night last week, he declared that he was “going to help those people on TV.” And he fully intends to – he’s already told me that when we get back home, he’s going to count out ten dollars to donate and he’s made a list of things he wants to give to the local shelters. He’s not the only one – people in my neighborhood, friends from Facebook, various groups I belong to – they’re all helping out giving whatever they can. That brings me to our Challenge this month.

It’s November – the month of Thanksgiving here in the US. Counting your blessings, helping those less fortunate. This month’s challenge is going to extend through the end of the year, and maybe longer if you let it. We’re asking that you give back in any way that you can. Donate time to a shelter or hospital. Collect food for a soup kitchen. Donate coats and other warm clothing to help those without homes. Give blood or platelets. Donate to a favorite charity or group. Find something you believe in and go for it and include your kids.

Everybody can do something. What can you do?

September Reader’s Challenge of the Month

Posted September 4th, 2012 by Linda with No Comments

Happy September! It’s looking to be an earlier fall up here in northern NJ, and I couldn’t be more happy! We’re settling into our school schedule and looking forward to cooler days, cozy sweaters, and comforting foods. I feel like in the autumn, life moves a little slower and I’m more aware of what’s going on around AND inside me.

This month’s challenge will help us focus on ourselves, which is something I think everyone could use a little more of now and again. We are going to use a food journal all month, not to count calories, but to find the connection between what we eat and how we feel. We want to focus on our mood while we’re eating and then again a little while after – actively being aware of how the food is affecting you.

You can journal your foods and moods with a notebook, a spreadsheet or word document, a group on Facebook, an online program or an app. There are lots of ways to keep track! Here’s a cute printable we found from a nutritionist’s site. We are testing a few different food/emotion journal apps and if you’ve got one you’d like to suggest, please leave a comment below! We’ll be giving our reviews of the apps midway through the month.

Keep us up to date on your progress here in the comments or post a message on our Facebook page!

August Reader’s Challenge of the Month

Posted August 2nd, 2012 by Linda with No Comments

The dog days of summer are here…and so is the August Reader’s Challenge of the Month!

This month we’re making it about the kids. If they haven’t started already, kids are getting ready to head back to school in the next few weeks. Take some quality quiet time with the children in your life and practice yoga together. You could show them a few of the basic postures, have them join you in your home practice, or take them to a class with you.

Let us know what you choose and how everyone does!

July Reader’s Challenge of the Month

Posted July 4th, 2012 by Linda with No Comments

It’s July! This month’s challenge is to have some fun and change up your location! Take your yoga or mediation outside and commune with nature. And while you’re there, take a pic and post it to our Facebook page!

Here Comes the Sun

Posted June 25th, 2012 by Linda with No Comments

Twenty years ago, it was cool to bake yourself in the sun until you were a toasty shade of brown. I never made that shade. I went from white to red in a matter of minutes outside without sunscreen. Needless to say, despite my mom’s best efforts to keep me slathered up, I had my fair share of sunburn when I was younger.

These days there’s been almost a complete reversal in how we think about the sun and skin care. Days of baking in the sun without protection, or worse, doused in baby oil, are gone. Tanning salons are getting the hairy eyeball from the media. Even the “safer” alternative to tanning, the “spray tan” is coming under fire for toxicity. So what do we do when we want to enjoy the great outdoors and not end up fried?

Common sense tells us to avoid the sun when it’s highest in the sky, generally between 11am and 4pm. We also know that its best to cover up with sunglasses, light-colored clothing and headgear to reflect the sun’s rays. That’s all well and good, but not necessarily plausible if say, you’ve got a wedding to go to in July at noon outdoors. Good luck finding shade and a full-coverage dress and matching hat that you won’t sweat to death in or have to explain in the wedding photos! The next best option is, of course, sunscreen.

But, what kind of sunscreen should you use? Unfortunately, sunscreen and skin protection is not an exact science and ultimately, its best to take everything with a grain of salt and some common sense. With all the emphasis in the past few years on sun damage and skin cancer prevention, companies have been pumping out “new” and “better” skin care options every season. There are sticks, sprays, lotions, creams, and wipes; SPFs to 100+; “natural” vs. conventional; waterproof, water-resistant, sweat-proof, even some you can apply to wet skin. With so many options, its easy to get overwhelmed.

Here’s the quick and dirty – your best bet of all the options currently available is a lotion or cream mineral sunscreen. Creams and lotions offer you the best coverage (as long as you apply it correctly) – sticks are okay, but really only useful for small areas like your face, lips, ears, and hairline. Wipes haven’t really been lauded for their effectiveness since it’s highly unlikely that a little napkin can cover your whole body. Spray on lotions, while convenient, really (in my opinion) should be avoided and not just because you can catch fire from them. Aerosol sunscreens spray chemical particles into the air that you can inhale and besides potentially causing lung irritation, there hasn’t been enough research on the long term effects.

Chemical sunscreens are the most commercially popular and prevalent (kudos to their marketing departments). The problem with chemical sunscreens is that, well…they’re chemicals and in many cases, toxic ones. One of the biggest offenders is the hormone-disruptor oxybenzone, used in sunscreen to absorb UV rays. It gets absorbed into your skin and enters the bloodstream and is also known to cause skin allergies. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is also alerting people to the potential danger of the addition of Vitamin A to sunscreen. Listed as retinyl palminate, its primary purpose in sunscreen is as a moisturizer to make it creamier, but its been linked to skin cancer!

Given the issues with conventional chemical sun protection, mineral sunscreens are the best sunscreens available in the US. Generally zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, mineral sunscreens are listed as some of the best by the EWG because they sit on top of the skin rather than being absorbed, don’t break down in the sun like conventional sunscreens, and don’t cause disruptions to hormones. In the 80s zinc oxide was that thick, white stuff equated with lifeguards. They tried to make it cooler in the 90s by adding colors like purple and blue…it didn’t help. Today, mineral lotions use nanoparticles rendering them almost clear. They tend to leave a slight whitish-purple sheen on the skin, but nothing like the white goop of yesteryear.

I personally use California Baby and Badger brand sunscreens, both zinc oxide sunscreens. I like them – I’m already pasty white so I barely even notice the slight haze it leaves behind and frankly, I like knowing where I’ve applied so I don’t miss a spot. I also have these brands in stick form for ears, face, hairlines, etc. I have to admit, I prefer the California Baby over the Badger brand in sticks. The California Baby glides on a little easier with less rubbing in, whereas the Badger seems to have little chunks in it.

Mirror, Mirror – Do I See What You See?

Posted June 5th, 2012 by Salina with No Comments

I feel like I have become pretty self-aware over the years. After taking up yoga almost 9 years ago I have really come to know myself. I can feel things within my body like I never could before and I can tell how outside factors affect me as well. This sense of awareness is what led me to create this website and what drives me in my teaching. I want to do what I can to help others become self-aware, to know what their bodies are doing and feeling, without just trudging through life disconnected, or worse, feeling terrible and not knowing why.

After all of these years of getting to know myself on the inside, it seems that its time to start getting to know the me that everyone else sees. I think we tend to live our lives so wrapped up in our heads and in our own thoughts that we cannot see past them. Throughout my entire life people have told me I have nice eyes, beautiful eyes, stunning, pretty, gorgeous eyes; if it’s a positive adjective, I have likely heard it about my eyes. They want to know if these are my “real eyes” or if I am wearing contacts. Despite the fact that sometimes I’d like to give a sarcastic reply, like “No, these are not my real eyes, they are both glass”, I always take a compliment with gratitude and a smile because lets face, it when a stranger gives you a compliment it can really lift your spirits. If you were having a bad day, perhaps the day just got a little brighter.

But when I would look in the mirror to try to see what these strangers on the street could see in my eyes all I saw were a pair of eyeballs looking back at me; I really didn’t get it. Then one day, a few weeks ago, I went into the bathroom to wash my hands and I happened to glance up at myself in the mirror and my self said “Holy crap, your eyes are gorgeous!” There they were – long dark eye lashes, greenish yellow irises ringed in blue-black, awesome. How had I gone 33 years without noticing? I guess it’s true what they say about not being able to tell people things and how they need to see it themselves.

Then just this morning, I saw myself in a photo and I noticed that with my face completely relaxed the left side of my top lip is bigger or higher then the right, which makes me look perpetually pissed off or disgusted at something. This would explain why if I am not smiling people ask me “What’s wrong?”, “Are you okay?” People often think that I am mad or cranky when I am perfectly fine, which sometimes makes me mad and cranky, which makes them think that they were right all along. But now I can tell the world, no, I’m fine, my lips are just asymmetrical. I know it may sound ridiculous to so easily embrace my crooked face, but I am happy to have noticed this. It’s just another part of how people see me and helps me be aware of how I may look to other people!

With all of these realizations slapping me in the face (almost literally), I started to wonder what sparked this change, allowing me to see myself the way others see me and not just the way I think I look. What I concluded is that it has to be meditation. Sitting to meditate on a regular basis is allowing me to really see myself. Every so often I have a realization, it just comes to me and I think, “Oh wow, look at that. How have I never seen that before?” or “How did I not know that before?” The answer to that is likely that I was just not ready to see or know. I am ready now, excited even, to see what I will learn or discover about myself next!

June Reader’s Challenge of the Month

Posted June 1st, 2012 by Linda with No Comments

Fruits and Veggies

Can you believe it’s June already?! June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month and with the weather getting warmer, the farmers markets will be in full swing just about everywhere.

Your challenge this month is to visit your market and try something new. Find a new fruit or veggie to buy and try. Share your choices here and if you find a great recipe, share that as well!

To find your nearest farmers market, check out Local Harvest.

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