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June 20, 2011

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I stumbled across this Get Stretchy yoga business card this afternoon and it made me smile!  Designed and created by Phil Jones of  Phil Jones Design Art for One Yoga in Charolette, NC.  I love the creativity and have never seen anything like it!  Photographs from Phil Jones Porfolio






We all know to drink at least six to eight glasses of water each day and that’s the bare minimum for those doing intense cardio or power yoga workouts.  I intend to drink 12-16 glasses of water on power yoga training days, starting this Saturday.   Fresh fruits and vegetables are also water-based and full of hydration.   What else do you eat or drink in addition to water to keep hydrated?  I love new ideas.  Here are some of my favs.

Natural Infused Flavored Water  I love adding fruits to water.  Strawberries, lemons, limes, watermelon, honeydew, cucumbers, raspberries with lemon, and even fresh mint or basil (try strawberry-mint or watermelon-basil!)  Photo:  Green Baby Guide

glass of water infused with watermelon

If you like the idea of fresh natural flavored water but don’t have the time to prepare it try HINT water, it’s the next best thing I’ve found.  HINT water review here

Citrus  I especially love a sweet orange right after a power yoga class.

Herbal Tea  Great alternative to snacking (when I really do not need something to eat.)  There’s lots of great energizing daytime and bedtime flavors too.  In the summer I love iced herbal hibiscus tea.  Make it fancy and drink it out of a wine glass!   My fav at home is Republic of Tea Natural Hibiscus Tea Superflower (Photo below by Republic of Tea ) You simply brew it and add ice.  It’s loaded with vitamin C, it is thought to inhibit the body from absorbing too many carbohydrates, often used to cool the body, and it may actual assist in lowering blood pressure.  But I drink it simply because it’s refreshing! 

Starbucks is my favorite when I’m out and on the go.  They offe an Iced Tazo Passion Tea (Photo by below)  which is hibiscus based and delicious. (ask for it unsweetened, it’s still sweet and refreshing!)

Tazo® Shaken Iced Passion Tea

Coconut Water  I am a huge fan of fresh coconut water!  I lived in the Caribbean for several years I was able to get fresh coconuts straight from the tree.  An island legand named “Coconut Leo”  climbed the trees, threw the coconuts down then crack them with a machete or sometimes even using his head, true story!  See Coconut Leo’s picture in my post “Free Hugs” 

When I’m unable to get the fresh coconut water but craving the benfits all natural Taste Nirvana Coconut Water is the number one Coconut water in my opinion. I love the one “with pulp”

These are just a few of the health benefits of coconut water.  Google it for more, the list is huge.  Coconut water keeps body cool, rehydrates body, natural isonotic properties full of electrolytes , cleanse digestive tract, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, balances pH, raises motablism (YES promoting weight loss), boosts circulation, provides magnesium, vitamin C, calcium, Iron, is fat free, and very low in calories.

Emergen-C Health and Energy Booster  Emergen-C Acai, my favorite flavor, is one of my favorite mid (or post) workout recovery drinks loaded with Vitamin C and tons of other vitamins and minerals features “24 nutrients, including 1,000 mg of immune supporting vitamin C,* 7 B vitamins to enhance energy naturally* (no caffeine, no crash), electrolytes to refuel and replenish post-workout,* and more”

The past three days were intense workouts after 11 days off for traveling.  I’m not sure how but I managed to loose 3.5 pounds on the trip.  It’s a great jump start to my summer health and fitness goals.  My body feels a bit over sore and overworked today so I’m taking it easy right now and waiting until this evening to do just a 75 minute power yoga class after looking at some apartments in the city.  This summer’s really exciting.  I’ll be moving into the city next month and starting my power yoga certification next Saturday.  I’m reading Women’s Health Training guide right now which is filled with awesome workout, yoga, and eating suggestions.  I think tonight I’ll make mango-lime shrimp.  So far today I started my day with coffee, salad with tuna, 4 oz 2% greek yogurt with 4 oz raspberries.  I’m trying to think ahead of delicious and healthy meal and snack ideas for this summer to prepare for during and after my trainings.

drink 10-15 8 oz glasses of water each day

Multivitamin, Vit C packs, and fish oil

great proteins:  Greek yogurt, beans and hummus, Quinoa, tuna and other fish, chicken, natural peanut butter

great carbs:  beans, quinoa, steel cut oats, popcorn, fruits and veggies, sweet potato, squash




Today I return home from Israel. First, I am most excited to return home to my dog Karmin. Second, I look forward to starting my power yoga certification in two weeks! I thought I’d reshare share this fun clip of Maggie Q and Conan O’Brien doing yoga on his show last month. The whole clip is entertaining but if you want to skip to the yoga, start 4 minutes into the video.

Don’t you love facebook? I love so many things about it. This post appeared in my sister’s newsfeed last week and I wanted to reshare it.
It came from

How to Be Irresistible at Any Age

Editors’ Note: This is a guest post from Christopher Foster of The Happy Seeker.

Many years ago, when I was a young fellow of 23, I said goodbye to my native England and journeyed to British Columbia. My heart said I would find meaning and freedom in that big, wild country. About a year after arriving in BC my entire life changed in an instant one summer afternoon.

A friend had arranged for me to meet a British lord named Martin Cecil. He was a member of a famous British family, a well-known B.C. cattleman and also leader of a spiritual community in the interior B.C.

I had a good job as a reporter in Victoria, B.C., but wanted to learn more about this community. I had a strong feeling that I would know, as soon as I met Martin Cecil, if I could trust him — and if the community was the right thing for me.

No sooner did he get out of his chair and walk toward me than I knew instinctively that I could trust him – and wanted to join the community. He was irresistible. He didn’t have to say a word. I felt the peace of his presence. I felt his integrity in his smile and in his clear blue eyes.

I felt the strength, love, wisdom and utter dependability of his character and the truth is I was part of the community he founded in the Cariboo country of BC for 36 years.
Do you want to be irresistible?

Do you want to be irresistible? It’s quite simple. All you have to do is to be true to your own true character, and express that character in living.

But how do we do that? How do we access the gold of love and truth that is buried deep in every one of us? And what is it anyway, this authentic character that is our true wealth and the greatest gift, really, that we have to give to our world?

Here are some ways to express true character

1. Learn from nature.

If you want to be irresistible, what better place to start than studying nature? Nature doesn’t seem to find it hard to be irresistible. Whether nature is being a daffodil, a tree, a hurricane, or the roar in a lion’s throat, it simply IS irresistible.

One of the things I love most about nature is its patience. Consider, for example, how a young tree grows. It takes its time. It doesn’t just try to push itself out of the ground by brute force, it spirals its way out of the ground – gently, but very persistently. I can say, after 79 years of living on this planet, that quaint though it may sound, this approach really works. It can get you through a lot of difficult situations, too.

2. Be still.

“Silence,” says an ancient Native Indian tradition “is the cornerstone of true character.” We live in a culture that is very oriented to doing and achieving. Nothing wrong with that, of course. But if we want to deepen our connection with our own being, with our own true character, we must take some time every now and again to simply be still.

“Be still, and know that I am God,” said the Psalmist, and the words are the compass of my life.

The interesting thing is that sometimes, a few moments consciously “not doing” can actually increase our creativity and productivity no end. It can also help us in connecting more deeply with our own inner wisdom. History is full of tales of famous people who had their “breakthrough” moments when, strangely enough, they weren’t doing anything. In fact they may have given up on their project altogether.

3. Be persistent.

I recently created a course on the theme of “happy aging” that I’m offering at my blog on May 23 entitled “How to look (and feel) 10 years younger: The true promise and potential of aging.” I share my own experience that aging is nothing to fear, but can be a door to true meaning and happiness at any age. And I share how though our physical form ages, our unconquerable spirit never grows old.

I can tell you that finishing “The True Promise and Potential of Aging” over the last few months with serious help from Mary Jaksch of the A-List Blogger Club has been like giving birth.

It’s called for every ounce of persistence that is in me. Please don’t give up on any true and worthwhile endeavor in which you may be engaged. Don’t give up on a single one of your dreams or goals, if they are true dreams and true goals. We live in a benevolent universe and all you need is persistence and a little wisdom and your dreams will come true.

4. Value little moments as much as big ones.

When we are expressing true character we appreciate the little moments of life and care for them to the best of our ability just as much as we honor the “big” moments.

I used to marvel at how my mentor, Martin, would take so much care with cutting his lawn or fixing a broken toilet. Walking into a coffee shop, for example, or into a food market, listening to a stream or watching children at play – it’s all an opportunity to step back from our conditioned existence and celebrate the joy and spontaneity of life.

5. Love balance.

We live in a loving universe that relies on balance. If we would be true to our own true character we too must love balance and seek balance at all times. For example, it seems paradoxical, but only the strong can be gentle. And although I find great delight, especially as I get older, in sometimes simply sitting in a chair doing nothing, life demands action and creativity too.

6. Be interested in other people.

If you really want to be irresistible, be genuinely interested in what someone else is interested in. If you can find out what makes someone excited or happy – their eyes will glow and friendship will flow.

7. Be kind.

Be kind to yourself and others. Sometimes, caught up in some important task, we put undue pressure on ourselves or another. It’s important to be kind and gracious to everything and everyone we meet. It is not weak to be kind. It is a mark of true character — it reveals the love at the core of our being.

I nearly cringe when people say they tried yoga but “didn’t like it”  To be fair I can’t cringe because truth of the matter is I remember my first day of yoga.  In fact I vividly remember my first 5 days of yoga.  I was that negative girl critisizng, laughing and making fun of yoga at a party I went to at the end of that week.  (story for another day, or feel free to ask me.  It’s quite comical!)  This is like saying, “I dated once, but the person wasn’t my type, so I stopped dating.”  There are so many different types of people in the world, one simply doesn’t stop dating after one date.  Some people claim they aren’t “flexible” enough for yoga when your current flexibility has nothing to do with being able to practice yoga.   My advise and rule is try yoga 5 times minimum (and if possible different types) before placing any opinions and judgements on yoga.

There are so many types of yoga I can’t even tell you the exact number.  Yoga can be extremely physical and aerobic geared towards fitness (like power yoga), while other yoga includes slow or gentle yoga and some yoga is totally spiritual.

Teachers vary a great deal and it’s important to try different types of yoga and different instructors.  Some teachers demonstrate while others walk the room and just talk students through it (possibly making it more difficult if there are new students.)

Keep an open mind and positive attitude.  Try out several classes and instructors until you find the yoga for you.  I know there’s a yoga that fits everyone.  Namaste.

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