August 8, 2016

Mentors # The Secret Sauce



Have you ever had a mentor say, "There's no secret sauce."?
I have.
I disagree.

Harnessing the heart and strength to be a good leader starts right in the gut. A little solar plexus, sacral chakra nurturing is where it's at. Then pass that on. It doesn't take a grand effort, but it does ask for attention.
Hitting all these road blocks, busting ass with no guidance in sight and starting to feel like, "I must not have what it takes...maybe my dreams are just dreams.."?

There are LOTS of secret sauces with LOTS of ingredients and all the little parts around, as well as in the sauce matter.
There is a formula for making our dreams come true. Anyone who says different just doesn't want to share how they did it out of fear they may loose their own, or maybe they don't want to bother to help you find the way that works best for you. Scaredy cats🐯🦁🐱Perhaps they just don't know how, or were absent the day we learned about sharing.

It's an art and comes from a place of deep caring.
It also doesn't hurt to have a business model designed to make one succeed only when the others around them do. That's motivation and supports the leader in place. It's not easy guiding others through the jungles of their dreams, and both people need to have all hands on deck.

Mazey Lotus was able to push through massive barriers and blockages with lots of amunition due to secret sauces from a tribe of talented, giant hearted, wildly successful mentors across the globe. In my first attempt, I failed in part to poor leadership and a lack of sauce. We all have a leader in us, and there are guides all around us, but to have people beside you who can offer support and show you the way when things get dark will mean the difference between you rising, or falling, as well as determine if you can get back up after you fall and push through with needed momentum.

A strong mentor sets the example, provides a solid training covers all the bases, AND has the ability to pass the energy down that was given to them. That's the most important part because that's what will be duplicated. The energy.

Find guides, teachers, coaches, and mentors, lots of them. Find out who their guides, teachers, coaches and mentors were from start to finish.
The leaders that are willing to work together with all the mentors that taught them and bring the secret sauces from all the lands into the circle have been the ones who see the strongest healing in their circle take place. That's when everyone rises.

If you're teachable your guide should want to hold your hand through the heavy storms & weeds, tell you the truth, care enough to dedicate their energy, time and money into the training, reward you and support you until you've climbed to the top of that big hill and are flying highπŸ•Š

It matters.
It makes a difference.
It will determine what your future looks like.

Will they show you How? 
Will they help you find your WHY?
Will they help you through the fog? 
Will they show you when?
Will they navigate through your blockages?
Are they setting a good example?
Do they play nice with others?

Don't stand by a mentor who doesn't stand by you, push you when you're giving up, build you with courage and make you feel powerful and beautifulπŸŒ™
One who leaves you dangling there right before you strike gold...that's not leadership loves.

No woman, or man is an island. 
We are tribal by nature. 
There's no way around it, I tried.
We need each other.
We need to care. trust. be devoted to ourselves and others.

Together we rise. Together we heal. Together we move forwardπŸƒ
If you answer yes below enroll here, SoulFire http://bit.ly/soulfirechallenge

Are you teachable? 
For the training manual and tribe of mentors with the secret sauces, reach out to see how you can take part in training for our next event. i love youπŸ’›πŸŒ™πŸš
www.mazeylotus.com 
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May 15, 2016

Silence

 
Nurture your relationship with Silence. 
It was here before anything else. 
It encompasses everything else.
It came Before Sound. 
It Takes you directly to your center.
Silence Links our soul with the cosmos.
We gain ourselves in Silence. 
Without it we are lost.
Here we find re-creation.
Everything comes alive again with Silence.
It Brings brand newness. 
Don't bury this secret in the noise. 
Return to SilenceπŸ•Š

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April 24, 2016

Sense Your Way


In the realm of things that will get us back to our intuitive selves, pouring oils all over it sounds to be a most powerful potion, in this life.

If we give the human body what it needs it will heal itself. If we're depleted in our life, we will see symptoms. When we give the body what it needs these things start to disappear. If we can support our emotions and spirituality we can nab it before it becomes symptomatic in the body.

What is an essential oil?
They are all around us in the rinds of fruits, flowers, tree barks, leaves, in nature. The protective mechanism in plants protect them from things like, fungus and bacteria. They have the same effect on the human body and the human system.They support us on many protective layers; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Natural healing can sometimes feel "airy fairy", but essential oils reach the masses, as it's grounded in a rich history of science and scientific research. Not all oils are created equal, most are synthetic because of consumer demand. DoTerra created a certification standard, in house and out house testing. 15,000 research studies on Pub Med regarding autism, cancer..burn units at John Hopkins are doing major research on the therapeautic quality of essential oils.

Essential oils can't be a replacement for the basic foundations of health and happiness. Eating real food, having healthy relationships with others, our finances, our career all matter and the oils can help us with those lifestyle matters. Managing stress has become a matter of life and death across the globe. I learned recently that Australia is beating the US in obesity #'s. Not a competition most Australians want to win. Learning to rest, understanding that the moon moves the ocean and the human body is more than 60 percent water, blood is 92 percentwater, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water- We've got to start working with the way the moon works because whether we know it, or not, it's moving us.

There are 3 ways to use the oils. Internally, Topically and Aromatically. For matters such as throat health, digestive tract and mucous membranes you can take them internally by making capsules, or by adding to food, smoothies, mouth washes, oil pulling with coconut oil or even added directly to water. Internal sends it straight into the stomach acid. For those of us who know that our immune system is in our gut, you can imagine the benefits to doing it that way.

Topical suggestions on our hands, feet, spine, hind brain and areas of the body where there are the most amount of nerve endings so they will absorb quickly. It only takes moments for it to go through the entire blood stream. Topical suggestions are made for issues with circulation and inflammation.

Aromatically the oils are such bliss to have diffusing in your car, home and even on jewelry. I carry a bottle in my car, at all times and sniff it directly out of the bottle. This takes the powers straight to my brain and immediately directs my mood. I be sure to clear my vibes in between work and home so that I don't bring my work home with me.

Among the many powers of the oils, they work on a really quick symptomatic level, but also work towards the root cause. Practitioners working with aromatherapy and essential oils will be looking at your root cause, but can also help with spot treating and putting it where it hurts.

"Just get them in your life" Nick Fairbain, Louise Hay Radio Host, Author and Practitioner.

Lavendar, "the queen of essential oils" for anxiety, burns, LAVENDAR ICE CREAM, lavendar tea, calm the mood in the house by putting it in the diffuser. Nick says, "when in doubt lavendar comes out." Apply to hands and feet. 

Lemon, a physical and emotional cleanser- 1 drop in your water in the morning helps be sure you're not taking some of the dramas from yesterday, into today. It's delicious in guacamole and in your favorite libation. Nick suggested adding it to Corona. It's also a great antibacterial. I use orange and lemon to clean my house. It's uplifting and lifts me up to do something I don't really love doing!

Tea Tree Oil comes from Australia! Who knew? DoTerrra has a method of sourcing their oils from the best environment that each specific plant grows in. Great for cuts, stings, bites, fungus, candida (prevents nutrition from getting into your cells, caused by sugar, alcohol, the pill, antibiotics, stress sex..) protection from negativity, anything throat related. 

Oregano in a stir fry, less is more! It's very strong so always dilute. Dilute all of your oils in a factionated coconut oil (where the fat molecules have been taken out). This one is great for parasites and infection. When the girls and I used to get sick, I'd give us Oregano oil immediately. 

OnGuard, a replication from Thieves oil was a blend created in the plague. A couple of guys covered their mouths with a rag covered in this oil and did not get the plague. It has eucalyptus, cinnamon and a blend that has been known to be VERY powerful. It's used in hospitals, in the home when people are sick and it's a protective blend energetically. Apply topically to the bottom of the feet and eat it in your Chia Seed Pudding!

Deep Blue, DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY, intergreen is not good for the digestive track. It's used for pain, inflammation, circulation, sore muscles, growing pains, restless leg and athletes love this one for help in recovery periods. Diluting the stomach acids while you eat leads to leaky gut!

Digest Zen for digestion and bloating, motion sickness, Solar Plexus chakra. Also for bloating, don't drink water, or fluids while you eat. Drink 15 minutes before, or 15 minutes after.
Easy Air for lungs and heart chakra

Peppermint, put in your chocolate! I have a love of jungles, tropics and forests, but a thing about bugs, "GIRL", so I don't leave home without my peppermint oil. Spiders, I got your number, yo. This oil also helps with focus and getting men in touch with their feelings because men don't have feelings so this is really helpful HA.

Frankinsense, "the king of essential oils", penetrates on a deep cellular level. It's a sacred oil with a high vibration of the universe. Cleopatra bathed in frankinsense and it's known for it's anti aging and skin benefits. They used to steal frankinsense before gold from graves. Apply to third eye, crown, roof of the mouth and under the tongue. Brings us closer to our intuition, which keeps us from harm and leads us to our destiny. Oxygenates our pituitary and pineal gland, which is great for serotonin, which makes us happy. Endocrine systems love frankinsense and that helps our body regulator a bunch!

Clarycalm and Balance are great for hormone balance & menopause so roll that one over your ovaries and reflex points. It helps "bring us back from our heads".

Adding the oils to food:
Peppermint, Orange, Lemon will enhance flavors and bring them out.
Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary can held enhance the flavor of sauces.

Adding the oils to your workouts:
Peppermint helps with motivation, pain, inflammation and circulation as well as clearing the sinuses.

Text book suggestions: Essential Life and Modern Essentials (comes in an app too)

Nick Fairbain, Louise Hay Coach, Holistic Health Practitioner, Radio Host on Louise Hay Radio and overall Guru of life, who says, "The power is in you. Own yourself and your journey. You can do this. Make these part of your healing journey."

He suggests cleansing slowly, but be sure to cleanse the toxins from around you and then go
to the next step. Nick reminded us what the Dalai Lama said, "Western women are going to be the ones who save the world. No pressure. Thanks Nick, that was super fun to be a part of.

Thank you for reading. I love you. Sarah xoxo
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April 17, 2016

The Way We Were...

photo: Free People 

Blog written on The Whole FoodVs Sugar Workshop inside our Goddess Project, liveand archived. 

Cooking was once a spiritual practice. Family and friends would gather to prepare the food together. Healing, nourishing and connecting to the energetics of food were a natural human ritual. As women, we were in charge of the kitchen, cooking for the kids was part of our duty. Before we ate we would center ourselves, thank the food, the chef, put a moment of our energy into the food we were about to eat. We would say a prayer, or a pre-meal meditation and then bond over the experience of sharing the earths bounty. 

Our thoughts while preparing and eating food are different now than they were years ago. 
Aveline Kushi's reminds us how cooking is an art and talks a bunch on spirituality and food. 
How we prepare food actually creates our bodies, cells, hair, nails, thoughts, feelings...
Our bodies are constantly rebuilding themselves from the food we eat. 
Every five days the lining of the stomach rebuilds itself, blood every 4 months, DNA every 2 months, skin every month, lungs every two to three weeks, brain once per year, liver every six weeks, bones build a whole new skeleton in 3 months. 

We've stopped preparing and cooking our food in a nutritious way because we're thinking about fast and convenient. The fast foods we get addicted to, they have no nutritional value and that's why we're going back for more. What we're lacking most in our diet are LEAFY GREENS, or foliage, scientific name, folic acid. If we can find ways to implement more greens into our life, daily, the effects on our body will be astounding. These changes will show mind, body and soul. 

Keeping our bodies balanced doesn't have to be about sacrifice. Keeping our bodies alkaline with the right foods could mean the difference between health and disease. What we teach about in the emporium are UPGRADES. Giving our bodies what they need eliminates the cravings, making it mouth watering makes it stick. 

Cravings are messages from our body. We need to deconstruct the messages. Chocolate cravings, for example, could mean your body is asking for magnesium (dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dried fruit, dark chocolate, and more. The current daily value for magnesium is 400mg.) Sweets cravings indicate, "I need energy", "I'm not up to scruff", or "I need a nap!" Sugary sweets are at the heart of hormone imbalance. Sweet vegetables, honey, maple syrup, agave are great help in getting us off of the bad sugars, which are as addicting as heroine, as studies show. Examples: Sweet potatoes, Carrots, Red Radish, Root vegetables, pumpkin, beetroot, onion, squash, turnips.. Eat them first thing in the morning BEFORE the cravings begin.

Nature has its own messages. Have you noticed what a walnut resembles? The brain! It just so happens that nut is filled with omega 3 and 6, making it a powerhouse for the brain. Nuts in general are great for balancing our sex hormones, especially almonds. Broccoli resembles our lungs and oxygenates the blood. Grapes resemble the alveoli in the lungs and allows oxygen to be transferred from inside our lungs through into our blood stream. String beans, help our hair grow and have a hairy sort of likeness, right? Carrots look like the iris of the eye and help our night vision. Kidney beans aid kidney health and help detoxify our blood. Tomatoes look like our heart chambers and help prevent cardiac disease. Our bones get soggy like celery does when we don't have enough sodium. Did you know that celery is 28% sodium? Also, one of my favorite foods sweet potatoes resemble the look of our pancreas and this power sweet veg regulates insulin levels and have to be the world's best food for diabetics. Bananas look like a smile and have a protein called tryptophan that gets converted to serotonin, a mood regulator that acts as an antidepressant. There are so many instances of nature sending us messages like this.

Nutrition is a science that's constantly evolving. Misconceptions about sugar are unraveling more and more. Sucrose is sugar: a sugar molecule with a glucose and fructose attached. We need sugars, for staying awake, energy and working out, but the FRUCTOSE is the bad sugar and will not be used by the body. If we drink a coke, that's fructose and will just get stored as fat. If we eat a banana that's going to get used as energy. 

We wonder why we’re getting sicker and sicker, dealing with cancers and diseases, why we’re sick all the time with colds and flu's. It’s coming from the food that we eat! When choosing what to eat, go for food in its most natural state and ask yourself, "Will this food cleanse me, will this food fuel me, or will it flaw me." If you can say this to your food before you eat your life still start to change. 

Bring these practices to your next dinner party. Sift through the blog and remember what emotional response bananas elicit and add some cacao to them for an added boost to the mood of the gathering. 
Get everyone back to their roots by setting the table outside in the back yard, or on the beach, with pillows as seats and a fresh flowers at each place setting. Bring the guests into the kitchen to get them involved in helping to prepare the food, plating, and decorating the platters. Initiate a pre-meditation before the meal. Elicit the essence of the simpler days and breathe that life into the party. 

For recipe ideas we want to hear from you! We have a huge arsenal of glorious recipes! 
Tell us how your next Whole Food Dinner Party goes.
Show your fave girls what sugar really tastes like & how we should really feel after dinner. 
There's a natural high we've all been missing out on. It's time to reconnect. 





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April 9, 2016

Alana Blanchard doing the same workouts as the Goddess Project!


Photo Credit: Alana Blanchard 

Did you know my favorite surfer girl is Alana Blanchard? She's just badass, grew up in Hawaii, was home schooled, surfs so beautifully and has since she was a kid. She speaks and lives like a girl after my own heart.

Did you catch her live workout this week? I love simplicity. If I can workout anywhere, anytime I will not have excuses.  "But, I want to stay on the beach today."
Done! Grab a towel, or big blanket, your phone and GO!
The Goddess Project Program highlights some of the very same moves Alana suggested to us on Friday and so many more that were created by our in house Exercise Scientists, expert trainers, athletes and skilled team. 

Alana showed us 10 simple moves for booty gains and I've asked her to share with us her Core workouts next! So keep an eye out for that follow up blog.

Alana's quickie went like this (see below) We'll call it "The Surfer Girl Booty Gains"
1: High Knees, "Keep Your Core in" Alana says.
2. Jump Squats, or just squats without the jumping, "Squeeze Your Butt" Alana says.
3. Mountain Climbers
4. Burpees
5. Jump Lunges
6. Normal Squats
7. High Knees Plus Add 5 Tuck Jumps in between.
8. Plank and Knees to Elbow (this can be done from downward dog also)
9. IN and OUT squats ( light leap up, land softly knees together, knees apart)
10. Push Up Burpees with a Jump

Alana suggests, 10 Rounds, 30 seconds on, 10 seconds off.
Download an interval timer app onto your phone and so that you stick to the times and push yourself.

If your knees bite back, don't do the jumps, but still do the movements with a lot of emphasis on your core, form and focusing on what your body is working on, generating more strength to the areas that need it and around areas that need it.
If you want to increase the strength training aspect add weights.

Our Interval Timing in GL varies with Alana's demo. We suggest trying 5 minutes on 1 minute off with our circuits and doing a total of 30 minutes 5 days per week with 2 rest days. 

Did you know my fitness journey took a turn for, Real Deal, when I got my dads surf board from my brother's garage and started to learn to surf? It gave me such a purpose for getting strong. I find it helps to have a goal in mind, something tangible to push us to our best selves.
Something in me just must ride my daddy Dean's board!
The one missing component is a warm beach next door all year round. I do have a cold beach as my back yard, however I must admit I never "manned up" like the locals here in Surf City and went out in the cold waters of the winter with my full body wetsuit, after a certain point.
The twins and I will be making a new journey come July, which will be changing all of that...stay tuned.

Let me know how you like the Surfer Girl Booty Gains workouts!
Feel free to email me or message me for the video of Alana's live workout, sarah@mazeylotus.com, www.mazeylotus.com 
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March 27, 2016

Mazey Lotus


Starting something that mattered to the world has always been my vision.

Helping women harness more energy, more health, more peace, more beauty, more happiness, and more ways to instill the same in their children, has always taken center stage for me.

That's what we're about at Mazey Lotus. We see women as the helm of the household and we want to empower her, nurture her and bring her closer to her true self. We want to pamper her and hold her hand. We want her to rise up to that woman she sees herself as deep down inside. We want to see her fly!

We want it to be simple, but professional. We want it to be sustainable, but fun & delicious. We want it to make a difference in our daily lives. We want it to be affordable. We want lots of free stuff and the freedom to do it our own way. We want it to be on our time and accessible. We are busy, let's not waste any more of our precious time on that which will send us chasing our tail, or back to square one. We want real results and we want that to last a lifetime.
Let's find a flow and keep it flowing.

I've been searching the seas as a mermaid for a long time to put this all together, and I want to share it with anyone who is ready for that next level lifestyle.

Here's our new website, www.mazeylotus.com
Check the "News" Tab for the Free Mala, Free professional Recipe and Essential Oil Giveaway Info.
I'll be seeing you in the Goddess Project xx

Sarah
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March 13, 2016

Autoimmune Warriors Eat Bread!

See that bread above? That was my last slice of rice bread. It's trial and error finding what sends our bodies into an inflammatory state. The science helps, but each and every single one of us will be different on an individual level. So take note of what sends you into your not so happy place and design your life around making it fun giving your body what it wants. We are not letting go of anything, we are simply upgrading.
If food is making us sick, fitness is causing us pain, weight loss isn't happening, happiness is drifting- it's time to get in the kitchen...and the emporium.

I like to use pink himalayan sea salt in the below recipe's and as my main salt.


Autoimmune Paleo Dinner Rolls:
Recipe by Amanda Torres @ The Curious Coconut
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 minutes
Total time: 35-45 minutes
Yield: 8 rolls
Ingredients
Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Measure dry ingredients (yuca/tapioca flour/starch, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and garlic powder) into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine evenly.
  3. Add water to a small saucepan and slowly sprinkle gelatin on top to "bloom" it. Do not let the dry gelatin clump as you do this. Once all gelatin has is wet, heat over medium low until all gelatin is dissolved, stirring as needed.
  4. Pour gelatin and apple cider vinegar into the dry ingredients and stir to form the dough. Let the dough cool for a few minutes.
  5. If the dough is too sticky after cooling, sprinkle 1 Tbsp of yuca flour on the outside of the dough. You can also dust your hands with some flour, too.
  6. Knead and work the dough for just a minute before forming your rolls. This will also help work in any extra yuca flour that you added to the outside.
  7. Divide dough into 8 equal-sized pieces and roll them into balls. Optional: score the tops of the rolls with an "X" shape using a sharp knife. NOTE: balls should hold their shape without collapsing. If they do not, see notes about working with the dough above the recipe.
  8. Place rolls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and brush the tops generously with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes, then brush with olive oil again. Bake an additional 10 minutes, then brush one more time with oil. Return to the oven for about 5 more minutes, or until the rolls are golden and color and offer some resistance when pressed in the middle.
  9. Best enjoyed immediately out of the oven, but may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several days after cooking. Reheat in a 350F oven for several minutes until warmed though. Enjoy!
Paleo English Muffins (from Every Last Crumb)
Recipe by Brittany Angell, Every Last Crumb
These paleo English muffins are nut-free, grain-free, and egg-free and come from Brittany Angell's new cookbook Every Last Crumb. Enjoy them with butter or ghee and jam, bacon and eggs, or, like I did, as hamburgers!
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 English muffins
Ingredients
  • 207 grams lukewarm water (about a scant 1 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp instant yeast
  • 2 tsp coconut palm sugar (I recommend sucanat instead)
  • 127 grams potato or sweet potato starch (about 2/3 cup plus 2 tsp)
  • 72 grams coconut flour (about 1/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp)
  • 30 grams tapioca starch (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3/4 tsp xanthan gum or guar gum
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt (I recommend unrefined sea salt)
  • 64 grams Spectrum shortening (about 1/3 cup --- and I just have to say WHY in the WORLD isn't leaf lard listed as the shortening of preference in this book?? :-P That's what I use in all my paleo baking, including this recipe, and it tastes SO GOOD. It is the original shortening your great-grandma would've used, after all!)
Cooking Directions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the lukewarm water, yeast, and sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the potato starch, coconut flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, and salt.
  3. Stir the yeast mixture and shortening into the dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated and a dough forms. The dough will be fairly wet and sticky.
  4. Oil a large skillet and the inside of each of 4 English muffin rings (see Notes). Place the rings in the skillet
  5. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and place a portion in each ring. Brush the tops liberally with water.
  6. Cover the skillet and place over low heat for 1 minute. Turn off the heat, keeping the English muffins covered, and allow them to rise for 15 to 18 minutes.
  7. Turn the burner back on to medium-low heat. Keeping the lid on the skillet, cook the English muffins for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and flip them.
  8. Cover and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom. Remove the rings.
  9. Cover the skillet and cook for another 10 minutes.
  10. Remove the finished English muffins from the skillet and let cool completely before breaking open with a fork and toasting. Store extras at room temperature in a sealed container, or freezer for another day.
  11. NOTES: You can create your own English muffin rings by folding aluminum foil over itself. Use metal paper clips to hold them together. If you find that your English muffins are not fully cooked through, lower the heat and cook them longer. You can continue to cook a muffin in the skillet even if it has been cut open.
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March 9, 2016

For the Feminine



If Aristotle is right and we are what we repeatedly do then as a total creature of habit I'm quite possibly part sea animal. I love few things more than water, especially salt water and all that comes w/ it. 

I hold close to my heart deeply rooted in nature, tried, tested and true (by me and science) key ingredients for my body inside & out. 

This one I feel really passionate about because I've been using it for over a hundred years (yes I have been here that long) and it still seems not many people use it, know about it, or realize how SIMPLE, CHEAP and POWERFUL this stuff really is. So tell me if you've heard of it before I want to know!

FOR WOMEN, this is the ONLY thing besides water that I would ever use to cleanse my flower's insides. It dredges what does not belong and perfects what does. It creates a seal to protect too. Ideal for post childbirth. Mix a little with steaming hot water and you have a total lotus! Even better pour a small cup in your steaming hot bath.

FOR TEETH/GUMS, mix a little of this w/ water and I mean a LITTLE this is a powerful salt that CAN NOT BE SWALLOWED. Swish it around in your mouth and even if you lost a filling, or needed a root canal this would seal everything up and protect you for awhile. I have personal experience w/ this.
I have a phobia of dentists and my dentist said this stuff saved my teeth while I was avoiding her.

I also heard from an angel who whispers to me in the wind at Essene Market that there is a natural body of Alum water flowing in MA and that the salt also has a spiritual component to it as well. I am there and will report back with my findings!

ALUM SALT. ALUM SALT ALUM SALT. The only place I know where to get it is at iHERB, a place I suggest all the time for savings on expensive supplements and shakes. Use my code for FREE Shipping and get your own code to get credits if people shop!
When I say cheap I mean like less than $7. for a bag that will last you 8 months to a year! Here's my link, 
http://tinyurl.com/LoveyourVagina 
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March 5, 2016

Home Practice #7: Devotion

 If you listen gently, all areas of life worth living whisper divinely asking for devotion with an equal dose of relinquishing.  

After two years of home practice and study with occassional weekly, or monthly yoga classes with a variety of great teachers, my practice has left the building! Ashtanga has always called out to me because I saw that it had the ability to free me. My body, my mind, my cells, my heart, my spirit and my soul (my abs too). Like a wave crashing on a rock, or a surfer riding that perfect wave it can be felt in a most undeniable way, from a far distance. Unwavering dedication like to our babies, a lover, or dear friend is what sets the liberation in motion. 

My home practice went as far as it was going to go without a teacher, consistent daily practice and a yoga community. After two weeks of class, I can feel this space inside me opening up in a brand new way. I'm moving forward and getting freer. 
For years I've had this sort of aching feeling in the center of my back. Ironically, my sister and mother also feel this same tension in the same place of their backs. 
That tension is leaving me now. 
I can feel a full body unraveling, like the petals of a flower opening, blossoming. 
It's very tangible and so real, reaching into all areas of my life.

Stress withers away with this practice. It's my daily dose of therapy and pampering. 
The power of a yoga teacher, like a sage, or a spiritual guide has the ability to send people, once in a cocoon, out of their class a butterfly to live the life they have been craving. 
They are true healers and they give us the ability to unveil ourselves. Where there was once pain, there will be portals. My decisions have been so clear lately, which is having a huge impact on the direction of mine and my families future.

All of the teachers have had a profound effect on me, even though I've been quietly moving in and out of class, mostly. Loren Russo and her assists have shown me things inside myself that I didn't know were there. Her adjustments of my twists have shown me how my body should feel and what that energy is that does somersaults inside of me every single day and how to communicate with it.
Although I'm dripping with sweat, she comes behind me like a bright light, gently broadens my shoulders, guides me to turn just a little further, directs my gaze and hand placement. As I'm panting, or grunting, she shows me it's safe to fall back into her, while instructing me to plant myself firmly into the ground with my legs and feet. She seems to know my body better than I do for a few moments.

My legs, arms and back have always been strong, but asking my core to engage in all of this brings up so much emotion. Sensing myself enough to practice Bandhas and body locks could help make this so much easier if I would just listen, but I never not once judge my practice. This is my practice. My practice. My journey of the self, through the self to the self. 
Asking my chest to open widely and allow me to spread my wings dredges tears from I don't know where, but they are cleansing me from the inside out and I won't stop.

Allowing my hamstrings to be melted little by little...
The coconut oil, shea butter, argan oil, breath and agni...are gifts.
Reaching in bow as I watch  myself in the mirror, not resisting in pigeon and allowing the crystal healer that seemed to fly in from the clouds to work his magic on my blockages-
It's all vulnerability taking me deeper, further and changing me into a healthier, happier, clearer version of myself. 

I'm learning to say the opening and closing mantra's. Some of it feels instinctual, like I've been here before. I'm still struggling with some of the flow of the words in Sanskrit, but it feels powerful leaving my lips with a little bit of my soul on it, while feeling the vibrations of those around me. Loren translates the "gist" of what they mean so well. "Because I want more peace of mind and stability in life, I am now going to practice yoga as it has been passed down since time immemorial." Her interpretation, "For the peaceful resolution of the deluding nature of repetitive existence, I bow at the lotus feet of the Gurus, and behold the awakened joy of my own Soul; this is the ultimate refuge that acts like a shaman, a true source of spiritual enlightenment."
Her Kirtan has makes me cry almost every time. All this talk of crying...
I called my sister Kate on the day I didn't leave class with tears in celebration, like I'd reached a milestone. It's involuntary, but I don't want to let it freak me out. I'm diving into those layers of myself and swimming like a dolphin right through the riptides. I'm not alone.
I know there is something waiting there for me. It's me. I won't stop until I find her and set her free more and more. Even if it means crying in a room full of people, dripping sweat, and seriously leaving smelling offensive to those around me.
I'm working on ingesting more and more essential oils & cleaning up my nutrition to remedy the stench effect of hot yoga & Ashtanga so stay tuned and don't let that deter you from practicing with me.
I'll make it all smell like roses soon enough. 

Allow the softness to speak all of its natural wisdom and fly freely within that space. 

Share your practice stories with me! 

Thanks for reading. Sarah xx


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