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Spice UP

Spice UP! Culinary herbs and spices have been used for flavoring, as preservative agents, and for their medical properties for centuries. Some of the widely known health effects attributed to herbs and spices include their ability to behave as antioxidants, … Continue reading »

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Plant Powered Sun Protection Inside & Out

Summertime Sun 🙂 is not unhealthy! Many are well aware of the necessity of getting sun exposure for the important vitamin D. And now is the time to build your stores of Vitamin D, a fat soluble vitamin that stores … Continue reading »

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Inter-o-ception

Yoga is about using your mind, in many different ways, even to get what you want … as long as it is for a higher good for everyone.  The monkey mind as they say in yoga, or the ceaseless hamster … Continue reading »

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Flavanoids and Pesticides

Flavanoids and pesticides The big picture this pandemic has left us with is the importance of keeping your body resilient. Our best prevention from any contagion is our own immune system. I am going to give you a little snapshot … Continue reading »

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Inflammation ~ The good, the bad, and the ugly

Inflammation – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Inflammation is not all bad! Inflammation is part of a healthy immune system. I want to talk about the differences between acute, chronic, and systemic inflammation.  Inflammation is the tool of … Continue reading »

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Brown Fat, Fat you want!

Brown Fat, Fat You Want! Brown Adipose Tissue (aka BAT) & Beige Fat I’ve mentioned brown fat in the midst of other topics but never offered it as a topic in and of itself. With the likes of Wim Hof … Continue reading »

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Growing New Brain Cells

Growing New Brain Cells Your brain health is within your control. Thanks to the work of Dale Bredesen, MD and his book “The end of Alzheimer’s” and MEND protocol he has proven and documented in over 200 studies how you … Continue reading »

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Eating the Rainbow is not Phoo-Phoo advice

Eating the Rainbow is not phoo-phoo advice! It is sound nutritional advice. Eat the Rainbow put into perspective When I was in school with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, one of the teachers, Deanna Minnich, PhD, IFMCP— she’s a functional … Continue reading »

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Exercise Bits & Kitchen Yoga

Exercise Bits and Kitchen Yoga Little bits of exercise, yoga, and movement are effective at helping to reduce effects of sitting too long.  Short bits of movements that you accumulate throughout your day do make a difference in our health.  … Continue reading »

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Heart Rate Variability, Coherence, & Resonance Breathing

Resonance breathing, Coherence, & Heart Rate Variability aka HRV What is Heart Rate Variability? A heart rate that increases on your inhales and decreases on your exhales.  A heart rate of 60 or 70 BPM has a beat to beat … Continue reading »

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Yoga and your Vagus Nerve

Yoga and your Vagus Nerve Pay attention to how you feel after nice yoga, meditation, or breathing session. Calm. You know, the yoga high. Ahhhh. This is because you just spent about an our stimulating your vagus nerve. There are ways … Continue reading »

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What makes Ashtanga Yoga Ashtanga?

What makes Ashtanga Yoga Ashtanga?  It’s not necessarily the sequences. While Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced series are part of ashtanga, they are not what really makes the practice ashtanga.   Ashtanga means 8 limbs, and asana is only 1 of … Continue reading »

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Vinyasa

TOPIC OF THE MONTH FEBRUARY 2006 / September 2011 / updated again and added to blog September 2020 Vinyasa Vinyasa is the way to go Jump on back and feel the flow Upward dog and downward too Pick yourself up … Continue reading »

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Bandhas

TOPIC OF THE MONTH September 2020, September 2012, July 2011, May 2006, August 2004 BANDHAS  a little thing that makes a big difference Throughout my yogic life the bandhas keep changing for me — in the beginning they were very … Continue reading »

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Pranayama – Scientific & Spiritual

Pranayama is another yoga limb of the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.   Pranayama means expansion or control depending on who you ask … In my opinion it is both; it is controlling our breath to expand our prana 🙂 … Continue reading »

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Pandemic within a Pandemic

The Real Pandemic — and it’s Time to STOP the Fear 🙂 Yay!  I had been wondering if there are foods that bind to our ACE2 receptors, and thanks to Jeffrey Bland, PhD — the founder of Functional Medicine, he … Continue reading »

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Viral Emergency Kit

Viral Emergency Kit Under the threat of Covid19 and flu and viral season in general, here is a list of food, herbs, and supplements I would keep on hand in case you need to shelter in place while healing and … Continue reading »

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Inversions In detail.

Turning our body upside down This turned into a long topic (over 40 pages of information!) — there is a lot going on with inversions that is beyond just physically doing them (I do cover the physical aspects at the … Continue reading »

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What is Raising your Kundalini?

According to the texts that were written in yoga by “rishis” (seers or knowers) the purpose of yoga is union or yoking up to a higher universal understanding or power. Being conscious, present. What do all these rules and practices … Continue reading »

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Winter 2020 and your Immunity – You are NOT a sitting duck

Winter 2020 You are not a sitting Duck, you have an Immune System Update to this blog as of March 25, 2020 Maui County is now under orders to “Stay at home, work from home” until April 30th.  During these … Continue reading »

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Vagal Nerve Stimulation all day long …

Vagal Nerve Stimulation – all day long  Little Lifestyle habits that connect you to your Parasympathetic Nervous system and keep your vagus nerve toned.  Toning your vagus nerve all day long while you work and play. Why?  Our vagus nerve, while … Continue reading »

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Sun Salutes from the Inside Out

The Sun Salute – Surya Namaskara Surya means sun, and namaskara is a greeting, so we are greeting the sun. The sun is the soul of the world.  Rig Veda 1.115.1 A few weeks ago, I was talking about how … Continue reading »

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Prana ~ Ways we use it, lose it, and better yet accumulate it

Prana to yogis is vitality, energy. You may hear this word used in yoga classes frequently. Anything that is alive — or moves has prana in it Prana is a sanskrit word that when literally translated means “moving always”. Continue reading »

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Drishti drishti (update) for 2020

Originally posted in our TOPIC OF THE MONTHs, AUGUST 2011 Drishti update 2020 –  Setting our Drishti for the new year (instead of a resolution).  Drishti is our vision for our life. Our drishti is closely tied to how you perceive … Continue reading »

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The new ways Ashtanga is showing up

The new ways Ashtanga is showing up The world of ashtanga yoga is opening up!   Now teachers that studied with Krishnamacharya the same time Pattabhi Jois did, but have not become so famous are being sought out for a … Continue reading »

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A New Evolutionary Response to Stress

A new Evolutionary Response to Stress What do we do with all this information we have learned about our vagus nerve?  We develop a new evolutionary response to stress! I love the “new science” supporting what the yogis have said … Continue reading »

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Finding your Flow

Brain waves and finding your flow ~ This is a follow up to my blogs on Presence, Brain Waves, and Minding your MIndstuff, –particularly about being in the wave and less in the particle zone. We have some control over our … Continue reading »

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Presence

How to be present in your every day life~ What we learned through brain waves is that when we are doing a task and thinking about something else- it takes a lot of brain energy, and the brain cannot rebuild … Continue reading »

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Brain Waves and Minding your Mind

Different brain waves are associated with different functions in the body. When our brain waves are slower we have more of a tendency to be creative and productive along with increased ability to rebuild through lengthening telomeres and increased stem … Continue reading »

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Minding your Mindstuff follow up

Minding your Mindstuff follow up Follow up talk on the power of thought, Quantum Physics, and Yoga Start with short meditation – Now … if you have children running around you … it may (or may not!) interfere with this … Continue reading »

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Community, “real” yoga, and what is Led Mysore?

Community, real yoga, – and what is Led Mysore? Home Practice vs. Group Practice Group practice is where the community and friendships happen Home practice is where the magic happens Community is an important part of our health.  Longevity studies … Continue reading »

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Chakras

In yoga tradition there are 7 chakras or energy centers in the body.  A chakra is a nerve center, in Sanskrit chakra means circle, and they are points or vortices at which energy is filtered through our system.  They act … Continue reading »

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Minding Your MindStuff

Mind Stuff — The Next Frontier in your Yoga Practice  I realized this is over 20 pages of mind stuff trying to teach you about the power your mind stuff …  So lets break it down into different areas I … Continue reading »

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Reducing Chemical Exposures

Reduce your chemical exposures — Everyday airborned, household, and toiletry chemicals that are prevalent and disruptive.  “The human cell is an antenna for the outside world. It takes the signals from the environment and turns it into biology. It turns … Continue reading »

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Where I am

I have fallen out of love with the yoga industry … and I’ve even fallen out of love with the lineage aspect and some other parts of ashtanga yoga. All is not lost though, I have decided …. A big … Continue reading »

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Self Care at Work

Self care is the new health care … but don’t put your self-care in a box and check done for the day because you meditated and did some exercise.    Self care is an all day affair.  One of the … Continue reading »

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Mindfulness – A day in the mindful way of life

I wrote this in March of 2009 after reading Indra Devi’s book “Yoga for Americans” which she wrote in 1959 and it amazed me how she nailed the true heart of yoga back then, these days we seem to be … Continue reading »

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Intentions

Now is the time to set your intentions for our new year 2019.  Take a minute (or 5) and sit with your thoughts of health and well being for the upcoming year.  What can you, in reality do this year … Continue reading »

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The Four Purifications

These breathing exercises I first learned from Nancy Gilgoff, she learned them from Baba Hari Dass. They are in the book “Ashtanga Yoga Primer” by Baba Hari Dass. They are known as “The Four Purifications” and help to clear the … Continue reading »

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CoCreation Ashtanga Yoga

What is CoCreation Asthanga Yoga? It honors you over a system. CoCreation ashtanga yoga means there are no rules, there is no guru. CoCreation Ashtanga Yoga means we offer guidance and suggestions and share our experiences, and ask you how … Continue reading »

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Winterize Me

Here are some tips to prepare your body for winter to help combat cold dry air (and dry heated air) to and reduce your risk of colds and flu viruses this season in your home. Many of these recommendations are … Continue reading »

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Developing a Personalized Yoga Practice

For those who have been practicing yoga for a long time— and know primary series and second series, its time to learn how to apply the intelligence of the system to balance your daily life. You don’t need someone telling … Continue reading »

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Forest Bathing aka Shinrin-yoku

Take a moment and step into a little wooded area, it can even be in your own yard or just a short walk from your home. Take a deep breath. How do you feel? Instantly calm. rejuvenating? Clearer focus? You … Continue reading »

Emotional eating … connecting your Moods & Foods

This is a big subject … with many varying opinions out there on emotional eating! Why do we crave certain foods? Sometimes it is a nutrient deficiency… but you are not going to crave cookies and sweets because of a … Continue reading »

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Bandhas, the short & sweet version

I get more requests to talk about Bandhas than any other yoga talks.  I understand why, they are a bit elusive and mostly spoken about in esoteric languages.  I have written much longer articles about them, which I will include … Continue reading »

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Personalizing Your Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Personalizing Your Anti-Inflammatory Diet – and what you can learn from genetics and microbiome testing What did I learn from all the testing? Complete Comprehensive blood panel, urine, hair, microbiome and genetics tests? The genetics and microbiome tests were by … Continue reading »

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Savory Breakfasts

Nip the sweet cravings in the bud ~ before they begin! Starting the day savory instead of sweet can help to stop the sweet tooth before the cravings begin, and having more protein and less grains or sugars for breakfast … Continue reading »

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Pattabhi Jois & MeToo

It was recently brought to my attention that Pattabhi Jois’s name has been added to MeToo. I’m shocked and disappointed. While he helped popularize a beneficial form of therapy for body and mind that many people have benefited from — … Continue reading »

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The anti-Inflammatory Diet and How to Test Yourself for Food Reactions

How can foods make you react with sinus drainage, fatigue, skin issues, foggy brain, and reduce or increase inflammation and pain?  Many foods that cause problems are mostly due to our processing of foods and/or our pesticide use.  Foods heavily … Continue reading »

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Living Aloha

Community is such an important part of our health. The more friends, family, and loving support around us the healthier we are, the safer we are, and the better we handle stressful situations — meaning the stress can help us … Continue reading »

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