Grace Your Space

Having a relaxed and inviting home is just as important to our wellness as maintaining our mind – body practices. The places where we retreat to refuel, energize and decompress should reflect our values and sensibility.

Recently Anthropology launched its home goods capsule collection from model and social activist Liya Kebede’s brand, lemlem. I absolutely love it! The inspirational collection includes home pieces, bed, bath and table linens as well as home fragrances. The inspiration behind Lemlem’s modern meets tradition design of handwoven textiles in colorful stripes is Kebede’s home in Ethiopia.

“Ethiopia is known for its 13 months of sunshine. I’m excited to bring that spirit to any room.” This collection is the perfect inspiration for summer living. Lazy afternoons and fun filled gatherings await.

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Just Breathe

Cultivation of breath awareness is essential to gaining strength, flexibility and endurance in our yoga practice and daily life. In yoga we refer to the breathe as prana. Prana is a Sanskirit word meaning “life force”. A deeper connection to this cosmic energy is available to us through the practice of pranayama. As we cultivate breath awareness through specific techniques we expand our capacity to heat and maintain the body. These effects are beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders and improving autoimmune functions. The practice of pranayama develops a steady mind, enhances perception and aids in extending life.

Happening Tomorrow … the MYSTIC BAZAAR

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Happening Tomorrow.. the MYSTIC BAZAAR at Kinship Yoga!!! I’ll be there with new jewelry designs and my beloved mala necklaces. And introducing a few surprise products too…

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A portal is open an activated. Step forth and be transported into a cosmic space in between worlds: a multi-dimensional experience for body, mind and soul.

Join us on May 16, 2015 as we gather together to raise the vibration and celebrate the New Moon.

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One of the great joys of traveling is discovering new parts about yourself. When I moved to Thailand many moons ago I opened to a whole new part of myself as a creative artist. I began to explore historic markets, mingle with local artist and collect lots of great materials. I was drawn to gemstones and started exploring linking my devotion to yoga and the healing arts to my love of  design. As I continue to travel and investigate new cultural expressions of beauty and spirituality I am drawn to bead work. The more dedicated I became to mediation and positive affirmation the more enthusiastic I became about sharing the diversity of ways we can tap into a higher frequency and radiate our eternal glow.

In India and Tibet there is a deep tradition of positive affirmation through the use of mantra and prayer. One surrenders themselves through the repetition of a phrase that elevates the person and brings them into deeper connection within. Mantras are to be kept sacred, it is the beloved link between your mind and spirit. This inspired me to create a collection of mala necklaces in elevating gemstones and grounding wood as a link to remain connected even while engaged in worldly pursuits. I love the idea of wearing subtle reminders of these affirmations the beaded necklaces, earrings and bracelets are fun ways to keep you inspired to stay lifted, hold yourself in high esteem and keep positive thoughts.

These are just a few of the pieces I have designed, more goodness is available to check out here .

 

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Naturally Clean

On the heels of a very busy month I knew I needed to refresh my system to detox out the toxins I have been lifting up through out this one-month intensive yoga training. We discussed a variety of ways we can support our yoga practice and assist the healing and repairing of the body through diet. In addition to eating healthy foods and supplements it is imperative to give the body time to rest. The digestive system is constantly on the go. A fast gives the body time to rest. Since there is no food to ingest the body uses its energy to burn away long held toxins that sit within the digestive tract mostly residing in the stomach, liver and intestines.

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I have been working over the last six months to detoxify my liver and blood and one of the easiest cleanses to begin with is the Apple Cleanse. The apple has long been known as a natural health tonic with both medicinal and cosmetic benefits. The nutrients in apples give healthier skin, better digestion, mental clarity, blood sugar control and an immunity boost.

I recommend beginning your cleanse during a resting period either on a weekend or on during a week when you know you can take plenty of mental and physical breaks. That was the case for me this past week… The night before I began the cleanse, I stocked up on my apples. I already knew I would need everything prepared to be successful. On the first day I woke up ready and excited for the day. I juiced my apples for the day and set them aside in individual mason jars. I used 12oz jars and drank one jar every 3 hours from 9AM to 9PM. In addition to drinking the apple juice at consistent intervals it is imperative to remain hydrated by drinking lots of water through out the day. In the evening herbal teas can be introduced to assist with healing specific ailments and promoting relaxation. This was the plan for the next three days and I as in it to win it!

A few hours into the cleanse I began to feel very hungry and thoughts of lots of different food began to swirl through my mind. I let the thoughts swirl. The thoughts of food began to make way for other thoughts eventually. I soon became irritated and I could feel a headache creeping into my temples. This headache lasted all day… I have detoxed before but NEVER from food. I forged on and just decided not to focus on my discomfort and went to bed early. This next day I woke up and felt fantastic! Day two was happening… And it was by far the easiest day. I felt more relaxed about the situation and more in tune with the process happening in my body. In addition to my daily yoga practice I made sure to spend more time just hanging out in my neighborhood, walking and being more in tune with the energy around me. On the third day I could feel the stress taken away from my body, it felt lighter more at ease.

 

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On day four you begin to reintroduce food back to the digestive system. Do this with kindness and compassion. To awaken the system combine half a cup of oil and a quarter cup of lemon juice, drink this first thing upon waking. Give the body three to four hours to digest this and then eat a light meal consisting of fresh veggies and fruit. You can eat a salad or steamed veggies with brown rice or sweet potato. To retain the benefits of a relaxed system slowly introduce foods that are more challenging to digest incorporating diary and lean meat if you eat them last.

 

Below is my THREE DAY – APPLE CLEANSE recipe:

 

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10-12 lbs of Organic Apples (braeburn, red delicious & fuji)

1 8oz cup of chamomile tea

1 8oz cup of ginger or turmeric tea

1 gallon of water

Sunday Funday: The Eastside

We’ve been so good lately with our diet and lifestyle changes while on my walk this morning I thought we deserve a treat. As you’ll soon come to learn cookies are one of my absolute favorite splurges. Eagle Rock Italian Bakery is nestled on the Colorado Strip and has been my go to for authentic classic goodies for years. It’s the perfect little nook to sneak into when you ‘re on a mission on the eastside. Filled with key ingredients for every Italian pantry, cans and jars of tuna in olive oil, roast espresso beans, tubes of tomato paste, dried figs and of course cured meats and cheese a plenty. For similar ingredients I’ve found a few shops online offering these ingredients, check out here and here. For those fiending for a taste of Italy via the East Coast the deli makes fresh Italian subs with layers of meat, cheese, tapenade, tomatoes and lettuce. But my mission today was none of the aforementioned, as I wind through the lengthy but consistently moving line I am peering into the bakery case scoping out the items I’ll be taking home. I decide to skip the cannoli, tiramisu and cream puffs and head straight to the cookie case. Oh the magnificence! I select my favorites a pistachio that’s out of this world, sour cherry filled, dark chocolate filled, biscotti of orange essence/almond and dark chocolate/walnut and the tiniest “fig newton” filled fig with hints of chocolate pieces. All packaged up in a white-bakers box and ready to be explored later in the afternoon.

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Its a lovely afternoon not too hot, sunny and a little breezy. I decide that sake is the perfect compliment to these cookies. The traffic is smooth so I pop downtown in no time. There are a couple of Asian markets in Little Tokyo, I like to go to Little Tokyo Market on Alameda it has a large selection of both Korean and Japanese items. My sake preference Nigorizake is cloudy sake. The sake is passed through a loose mesh to separate it from the mash. It is not filtered thereafter and there is much rice sediment in the bottle. Before serving, the bottle is shaken to mix the sediment and turn the sake white or cloud. I thought it would be fun to try a couple different varieties so I select a couple small bottles of sake and one bottle of Bokbunja ju. Bokbunja ju is a Korean fruit wine made from wild black raspberries called bokbunja it may also contain rice and jicho herb. The wine is deep red in color and moderately sweet. The beverage is believed to be healthful, Bokbunja’s strong antioxidative power can protect cells from attack, reinvigorate libido, suppress cancer, reduce blood sugar levels and prevent high blood pressures. Bokbunja has shown that it can be an effective natural medicine to treat cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes. Feeling good about my selections I am ready to journey home and share my sweet treats.

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One of my favorite cafes is also down here, Café Dulce. Service is always excellent. The staff is super helpful and knowledge about the menu. They have great Asian inspired sandwiches, fun spins on classic international pastries like green tea and blueberry roti or maple bacon and strawberry shortcake donuts. My personal favorite is a mini football looking spin on a classic Latin pastry the churro – the spirulina churro (there’s always a way to get extra greens!) and pomegranate white tea. Perfect timing, while on my mission a leasing agent called me to come check out a space in a nearby area so my snack will give me just enough fuel for this meeting before heading home to share the days treats with my honey.

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These are just a few of my favorite spots in the eastside of LA. I tend to spend my Sunday afternoons exploring my favorite neighborhoods in and around the city. I’ll be sure to share the gems I uncover along the way… Chat soon.

Weekend Goodie

Nails Nails Nails … I’m obsessed and have been for very long time. I’m not so into nail art though I can appreciate good design. I love a nice classic manicure. A clean and fresh finish with a pop of color or relaxed neutral polish. Lately I am inspired to step out of my habitual zone and explore some new colors and looks. Cult cosmetics came my way and enticed me to explore deeper, they are on trend and consciously made. Developed in the light of Los Angeles they create top quality nail products for fashion conscious women – continually inspired by the Cult collective of nail artists that explore nail culture through changing seasons, pop culture happenings and fashion trends.

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I purchased the Modern Classic Blackbox. It includes three luscious 5feee nail polishes; a bright red – El Marador, a smoky gray – Boneyards and a gold metallic unlike any other – Stay Gold plus a dotting tool to create nail art. It arrives in a minimal black box with simple triangles, I pop it open and I am ready to play. I chose Stay Gold and love the results – opaque, gilded and bold. The other colors will definitely be making an appearance soon.

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The Restorative and Healing Power of Antioxidants

Antioxidants have been on my mind a lot as late. Over the last few months I have had the opportunity to meet with several different people who are exploring a variety of ways to incorporate the benefits of increased antioxidants into their daily routines. There are a variety of potential sources to up your daily antioxidant consumption from traditional supplements, incorporating juicing and whole essences such as essential oils. Our bodies thrive when we expand the amount of antioxidants in our bodies on a regular basis, they supply the body with the necessary tools to calm and ease the body, preventing disease as well as reversing the damage of toxins and stress. The antioxidants work like building blocks optimizing your health. As free radicals are identified and neutralized the damage that has occurred is reversed through the oxidation process. Creating a neutral space for the body to continue with the normal process of waste removal.

The way to measure the antioxidant process is through the ORAC scale – Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. The ORAC scale takes into account both the degree of inhibition and the time of absorption, this varies in fruits, vegetables and essential oils. There are different types of antioxidants – nutrients such as vitamins E and C, beta-carotene, selenium, manganese and zinc. Enzymes such as superoxide, dismutase, catalase, glutathione, coenzyme Q10 and uric acid are also powerful antioxidants that when combined with H2O repair DNA, degrade oxidized protein and destroy oxidized lipids (ie. FAT). In addition the phytochemicals found in plants assist in energy production and metabolism. It should be noted that essential oils are highest on the ORAC scale – just a few drops is a powerful way to support your body and immune system.

Maintaining healthy eating habits is not easy… We are creatures of habit (some of them not so good for us). We are emotional beings (anger, sadness, fear, depression many times drive use to make unhealthy food choices). Some of us are simply misinformed (living with the ideals of parents, teachers and mentors we have taken on as our own). I have found that the best way to create a healthy relationship with your body give it what it needs through the consumption of a whole foods diet rich in fruits and vegetables. And support it with vital supplements. I am not a vegan or even a vegetarian but I do eat a plant-based diet supported by lean organically feed meats. I also take time to listen to my body through meditation. When I feel out of balance I support the energy changes I need to make through my nutritional choices as well. The body knows…

I mentioned a few lovelies who have opened up their experiences with antioxidants to broaden my horizons and I would like to share them with you. Below are a couple of videos from the companies they represent to give you some additional ideas on managing your antioxidant intake.

dōTERRA Essential Oils

dōTERRA is a leader in the essential oil market and has revolutionized the aromatherapy industry. The oils they offer are CPTG – Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade and represent the safest, purest and most beneficial essential oils available today. They are skillfully distilled from plants around the world and can be used in three different forms to support your natural health care needs. As an aromatic by diffusing into a room to purify the air or to change emotion, topically by applying directly to the skin during massage or for topical therapy and internal by consumption as a dietary supplement for targeted wellness. As related to our topic of antioxidants the most effective way to gain the benefits discussed will be through consumption, place 1 to 2 drops under the tongue or mix in a glass of water. It should be noted that depending upon the ailment being treated and metabolism of the individual the dosage would adjust.

dōTERRA products are available at http://www.doterra.com/us or you can connect to an independent product consultant in your area for more information. I do recommend this if you are not familiar with the holistic therapy and the uses of essential oils. ***If you’re in the Southern California area I will happily connect you to my consultant a certified nutritionist and holistic educator … Just send me a note in the comments below with your request and contact information.

PHARMANEX

Pharmanex is a division of Nu Skin a leader in the nutritional and personal care industries. With a focus on the development of an innovative scientific approach to skin and nutritional science, their anti-aging skin care and nutritional products offer real solutions with an enhanced understanding of the aging process. Pharmanex is the exclusive owner of the patented BioPhotonic Scanner technology. The scanner is the first tool that effectively measures carotenoid antioxidant levels non-invasively. The SCS or Skin Carotenoid Score provides immediate evidence of this antioxidant level in your body and is a good indication of oxidative stress in the body resulting from long-term lifestyle habits. It will assist you in gauging whether you are consuming the adequate amount of antioxidant nutrients.

Below is a video of the scanner as seen on the Dr. Oz show to highlight its uses and offers more valuable information on antioxidants and the body. Nutritional products are available at http://www.nuskin.com/content/nuskin/en_US/products/pharmanex/ you can also connect to a representative in your area regarding a scanner on the website as well.

Spiced Apple Chutney

Autumn is that you…

Creeping in with your billowy winds, intermittent sprinkles and heather gray sky. Fall in Southern California is a joyous time of year. There is coolness in the air infused with sunny days and extremely brisk nights. It’s also my favorite time of year to be in the kitchen. I like to infuse my European cooking style with the flavor palate I inherited while living in South East Asia. Falls dishes tend to be heavier and blooming with intoxicating spices. I use local seasonal ingredients as much as possible so I thought I’d play around with some apple recipes in preparation for a family Funday of apple picking at the orchards in Oak Glen.

This Spiced Apple Chutney is a modification of Ina Garten’s (The Barefoot Contessa) chutney recipe. As much as I enjoy Granny Smith apples ever since my apple picking trip last year to Oak Glen I became much more playful with my apple varietals. I’ve used gala apples in this recipe. Watching the sugar content is also important for maintaining optimal health I use honey or agave depending on the level of sweetness desired, this time I chose honey.

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Ingredients

6 Gala apples, cored and chopped (one inch pieces)
1 large shallot chopped
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

1 Serrano pepper diced
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
3/4 cup good cider vinegar
1 cup raw wildflower honey
1 teaspoon whole black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon ground garam marsala
1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
3/4 cup golden raisins

In a large saucepan combine the apples, onion, ginger, orange juice, vinegar, honey, mustard seeds, serrano pepper, garam marsala and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to simmer and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and add the raisins and store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

SPiced Apple Chutney and Cocounut Chicken Meatballs

I’ve paired this chutney with coconut chicken meatballs and a side of rocket salad. Enjoy!

Sprouting Goodness

SPROUTS

To create more nutrients filled and flavor meals that help the body to cleanse, detox, rebuild and heal itself I began investigating sprouts. You can find limited varieties of sprouts in stores but I recommend getting them from a local grower at a farmer’s markets. They will have a large variety so you can select a mixture to enhance specific health benefits and build the overall immune system. Sprouts are antioxidant rich, especially important because they are essential for the proper function of the immune system. The presence and balance of amino acids makes protein much more digestible than animal protein. All sprouts are rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, and fiber. When exposed to light, several become rich in chlorophyll, which helps cleanse and oxygenate the blood. Enzymes aid in the digestion and assimilation of nutrients, and contribute to the body’s life force.

Few of us realize that a very simple and inexpensive solution to dramatically improving our overall health is easily within our reach, and that that solution is sprouts!

Broccoli

Much has been written about the cancer-inhibiting properties of broccoli, but very few people know that Broccoli Sprouts actually contain 20 to 50 times the amount of the cancer-inhibiting chemicals as broccoli. It is abundant in a variety of very strong anti-oxidants like quercetin, glutathione, beta carotene, indoles, vitamin C, lutein, glucarate and sulphoraphane.  This synergy of anti-oxidants make broccoli a very good food for anti-cancer activities, particularly against cancers of the breast, cervical, prostrate, colon and lung. The rich anti-oxidant compounds protect sperms and prevents them from genetic damage and possible birth defects. Low in calories, broccoli is especially rich vitamins A, C, K, B6 and E, calcium, folic acid, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek is attributed with being a blood cleanser and a lymphatic cleanser. Another attribute of fenugreek is it’s apparent capacity to create a protective coating over inflammation in the gastrointestinal areas of the body

Onion

As a member of the allium family, onion sprouts are rich in Vitamins A, B, C and E, Calcium, Chlorophyll, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Trace Elements and Amino Acids. People who follow a raw food diet have found onion sprouts to be an integral part of their nutritional intake. Sprouts also can be substituted for certain greens and added to salads.

Radish

Radish sprouts are rich in vitamin C and trace elements zinc, helps to enhance immune function and enhance resistance to disease. In mustard oil they can promote gastrointestinal motility, increased appetite and help digestion. To help the absorption of nutrients sprout enzymes break down starch in food starch, fat, so be fully absorbed. In addition, radish sprouts contain a variety of enzymes that can break down the nitrite carcinogenic amines, has anti-cancer effect.

Mung Bean

Sprouts from all beans and/or seeds are so high in highly digestible nutrients, vitamins and minerals that can be considered true multi-ingredient natural supplements. Mung bean sprouts are a source of readily available energy and other nutrients, which are particularly helpful in fighting the signs and symptoms of mental and physical stress and tiredness. Regular consumption of mung bean sprouts can help prevent many age-related skin changes, including elasticity and moisture loss. They are rich in phytoestrogens, are also effective in counteracting menopause-related osteoporosis. The effect is beneficial to the heart and vessels; it helps prevent the development of cardiovascular disease. As with other types of bean sprouts they are rich in iron and Vitamin C, which play a key role in the synthesis of hemoglobin, thereby helping prevent or treat anemia.