18 Ways Yoga Changed My Life

The term “yoga” is a Sanskrit word that means “union” or “to join”. This refers to the union of body, mind, and spirit (pretty holistic, right?). Yoga is a 5,000 year old system that analyzes everything from conduct and philosophy to breath and meditation. Though most Westerners turn to yoga for relaxation and its other health benefits, the ultimate aim of yoga is something much bigger. Through the process of purifying our thoughts and actions, yoga gives us a clear path to attain bliss, peace, and self-realization. This practice is very near and dear to me because it’s radically transformed my life from the inside out.

18 Ways Yoga Changed My Life
Among other things, yoga has helped me to decrease stress and anxiety, increase my range of motion, boost my immune system, improve my posture, heal injuries, and learn how to really concentrate. After five years of practicing yoga, you might imagine that I have developed more strength, flexibility, and balance as a result. And I have, but in more holistic ways than you…

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Why You Need to Tongue Scrape: The Reason You’ve Never Heard

Today’s self-care exercise will require:

  • 1 stainless steel tongue scraper ($5-10 at Whole Foods or on Amazon)
This practice will benefit you:
  • Physically

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Last week I introduced you to the importance of our oral health

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I’m Not Leg Pulling about the Benefits of Oil Pulling

Today’s self-care exercise will require:

  • Coconut Oil (Nutiva is my favorite brand; a 15 ounce tub is available at Walmart, Whole Foods, or Amazon for approximately $15)
This practice will benefit you:
  • Physically
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Are you aware of the importance of oral health? As Dr. Sanda Moldovan plainly states on the front page of her website, “Your mouth is the gateway to your health.” In an interview, Dr. Moldovan expanded on this concept by saying, “When we improve oral health, we improve so many other things in the body. People with bad oral hygiene have higher incidence for cardiovascular issues such as heart attack and strokes, and a higher incidence for pneumonia. Men with periodontal disease have a greater risk of erectile dysfunction. Even with diabetes, improved oral health can help control problems in diabetic patients. Also, pregnant women with gum disease have lower birth-weight babies. Yes — everything is connected.”

Now that you know that, maybe you won’t consider me crazy when you discover how seriously I take my own dental hygiene. My typical routine is to floss, oil pull,…

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Dry Brushing 101

Today’s self-care exercise will require:

  • 1 dry brush ($10-20)
This practice will benefit you:
  • Physically
Dry Brushing 101
Following our Ayurvedic theme, this week I want to introduce you to dry brushing (also called “skin brushing” or “body brushing”). This is a self-care practice that promotes the health of our skin (and so much more). Did you know that our skin is actually the largest organ in our body? Yes, that’s right, I’m here to inform you that your skin is an organ. More specifically, it’s an organ of elimination. (Approximately one-third of our body’s toxins are excreted through the skin!) This is big news, and one reason that we should really value the health of our skin. An easy way to do that is through dry brushing.

When purchasing a brush, you have several options. Rather than getting the gloves or the short-handled brush, I recommend you buy one of the brushes that has a long handle (this will make it easier to get to those hard-to-reach parts of your back). Once you’ve made that initial purchase…

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How To Use a Neti Pot in Five Easy Steps (video included!)

This week’s self-care exercise will require:

  • 1 neti pot (available through Walgreens, Whole Foods, or Amazon for $10-20)
  • Saline Solution (you can buy this prepackaged or you can easily make your own)
This practice will benefit you:
  • Physically
  • Energetically
How to use a neti pot in five easy steps

 

Last week I introduced you to the Ayurvedic practice of drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning. How did it go? This week’s self-care practice has two things in common with last week’s: it also comes from Ayurvedic medicine and it also involves water!

 

If you ever wake up with allergies, congestion, dry sinuses, nasal pressure, a sinus headache, or a cold/flu (and, let’s face it, we all sometimes do), this week’s self-care practice is for you. Here are my five easy steps to using a neti pot:
  • Step 1: Heat up some filtered or distilled water. When using a neti pot, it is extremely important to never use tap water. (Note: you can get in the habit of warming up a kettle of water in the morning and using some of it for your lemon water and the rest for your neti pot!)
  • Step 2: Put the saline solution into the neti pot. Walgreens sells…
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14 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Warm Lemon Water Every Morning

Today’s self-care exercise will require:

  • 1 mug (free, assuming you already have one)
  • 1 lemon ($0.50)

This practice will benefit you:

  • Physically

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The first self-care practice that I want to talk about is having a warm cup of lemon water first thing in the morning. This is especially easy to do in the winter, when it’s cold out. I’m not saying you have to replace your morning cup of coffee/tea, but this is an idea that you could implement before that daily cup of joe. Try it for a week and see how it goes.

This health tip comes from ancient Ayurvedic medicine (that is, the traditional medicine of India). Modern research supports this self-care practice by informing us that lemons have powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties and are loaded with citric acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, B vitamins, bioflavonoids, pectin, limonene, enzymes, antioxidants, and fiber. As a result, we know that having a warm glass of lemon water on an empty…

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