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How I fight off or get through the flu/head cold

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It is unfortunately that time of the year. I dread this time of year because I struggle keeping the flu or head cold away. But I have a few things I like to do to try to prevent it or help me get better faster. Luckily I have only had one head cold so far and it only lasted for about 4 days. I kind of like to think I have this whole cold thing down to a science but thats probably not the case because everyone is different and what works for me may not work for you. But I wanted to share and talk about the flu season and what you could discuss with your doctor on what to take to prevent or get through the flu season.

DISCLAIMER!!!! I am not a doctor, please consult with your doctor if you chose to use any of the following products I mention. This is just what works for me and this could give you some ideas on what you could do for flu time. If you chose to use any of them.

What I do every other day to prevent getting sick I take a shot of fire cider, a spoonful of elderberry syrup, take a ginger supplement and I also take a good form of vitamin c. I take a probiotic every day. As well as a probiotic drink called Body Bloom. It is mainly for hair, skin and nail health but I feel like it has helped me prevent a lot of sickness going around. When I first get the signs of a head cold, it is normally a sore throat. I grab my cough drops right away. I like to use elderberry cough drops or thieves cough drops from young living. I used the thieves cough drops this year when I had a head cold for about 3 days, 4 weeks ago. They don’t taste the best but I think they really work. I also take inner defense from young living when I am getting sick. I was thinking of taking it a couple of times a week as a preventive if that would help. I swear it helped me stay above the wellness line and keep my most recent cold from getting worse.

I then focus on tea. Cold 911 from Davids Tea is my favorite kind of tea to have while I am sick. It helps build your immune system and makes breathing a little easier. Unfortunately I don’t think they sell it anymore but they have a great section wellness, I linked it below. Warm water, lemon and ginger are also another drink I like to consume while sick. Ginger has so many good flu fighting properties. Lemon also has a high dose of Vitamin C. I take a Ningxia red packet every day. I think its good for all year round care. Give me all the antioxidants!

Stay Hydrated and drink a lot of water. Rest is a must so if you can take the day off totally do it. Now if corporate America could give us PTO and sick days so we don’t have to lose out on all our time off that would be great. But I understand life is tough with work and kids too. Last but not least, if things don’t get better or things just feel off, or not normal, please go see your doctor. The flu is not anything to mess around with. I personally don’t get the flu shot but if you feel that it is necessary please do so. Listen to your body and what you think is best for yourself. You run the ship (a.k.a your body.)

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My journey with Yoga Teacher Training

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I am officially certified to teach Yoga!

It’s really crazy typing this up right now because on October 23rd 2018 was when I made this draft post for my blog. WOAH! I completed my 200 hours at Wild Thing Yoga in Bend Oregon. Helen Cloots is the yoga teacher that taught us 6 girls for 3 weeks.

Let me give you my yoga background first…..

I had been wanting to get certified for a really long time. I fell in love with yoga in high school. I started going my freshman year and I did it all through high school. I would go with my Mom, my neighbor Debbie and her daughter Lindsey. We both live on either side of a hill in my hometown back in NY. It was really kind of cool. We went to see a woman named Rose who was teaching at a local restaurant in East Aurora NY called the Roycroft. The Roycroft is very historic to East Aurora and they had other buildings on the property so she used a spare building to teach yoga. That place had some crazy vibes. I totally felt peoples past energies in that building. There was actually a specific part of the room that Rose showed me that had some really weird temperature changes and you could feel the air was thicker. It was one of my first experiences with anything like that. I just remember it so vividly with Rose. After a few months their Rose was renting a space at a church and then she opened up her own studio. It was a beautiful space. The building was bright pink and purple on the outside. But it had a very calm energy on the inside. I am so thankful for Rose. I needed yoga during high school because it helped me a lot through some depression, self harming, the abuse from my alcoholic father. It was my counselor at the time. When I got to college I didn’t put yoga first anymore to help myself and I just spiraled out and didn’t want to do yoga even though I knew how much it had helped me. I came back to yoga when I was 21/22. I am 27 now. I wish I had had a more frequent practice like I did in high school which was once a week every Tuesday. I started my at home practice and I would use YouTube and I would watch Yoga with Adrienne. Around that time was when I was like wow this would be so cool to get certified to teach. I never said anything to anyone about it. I just kept it to myself. Then a few years after that I saw a medium for the first time. I had never met her before. And one of the many things that came up was teaching yoga. I was shocked. I left feeling so good because I got messages from loved ones that I wasn’t expecting but they were so fulfilling. Then hearing about the yoga teaching I was like omg wow. I finally told my husband about me wanting to do this. I worked towards this goal. I originally wanted to do this last year but it just so happened to work out better this year. And that was it. I had signed up for YTT and I was finally going to get certified.

I made a mini vlog that I am going to post to my YouTube channel today as well, of my feelings before going into my first class and a little bit during and then the end. Its not anything too fancy. I wish I could have gotten more clips. It was such a roller coaster of emotions. It was challenging as well. But in the best way. It really helped grow me and broaden my knowledge. I plan on re-reading my training manual, which I call my yoga bible now, over and over.

First day

I broke my pinky toe on my left foot on our first day off, while grocery shopping. It was really frustrating, I cried because I thought this was going to hinder me from participating more in the practice teaching. Thankfully it didn’t. I was still able to participate and do the best I could.

Broken Toe

Most mornings I would go to the coffee place right next to the yoga studio and get a chai latte and an avocado bagel. I loved coming here before starting the day. I would sometimes get a matcha latte in the afternoon when I needed a pick me up.

There were 6 girls total and I couldn’t have asked for a better group to go through this journey with. They were all so nice and supportive. I miss them so much. It was so nice to be in a small group. I was worried it was going to be a big group and that was going to make me more shy and it was going to be hard to get along but that was not the case. We went shopping on our first day together, we got dinner, and even went out on a girls night too. I wish we all lived close so we could see each other a lot more.

During this I made sure to take the time to get a massage. I tried cupping for the first time and I am addicted. I love it. I need to find a place in Olympia for me to do it at. It is so important if you go through YTT to take the time to rest, and take care of yourself. It was a 3 week immersion so it was way more intense than some other YTT out there.

YTT was very healing and eye opening for me. When we got through to the mediation part of training. I was not expecting to be so emotional for me. During a mala bead meditation we did. Which is a meditation where you use a string of them. There are 108 beads on one necklace. You start at the larger bead that the 108 beads connect to and you pick a mantra and then say your mantra 108 times as you move your index finger and thumb over the bead. That day I picked the mantra “I am beautiful, I can do this.” I said that 108 times and I got so emotional. I was the last person to speak in our group of how I felt after and I completely lost it. I don’t believe the mantra I said to myself. But I know it is something I need to start believing. It was a beautiful process and I was shocked I got so emotional over it.

The Bluffs

I was so nervous to teach my final class. I figured out my demographic of what I wanted to teach a little late to the game compared to my fellow yogis. So I personally didn’t feel prepared to teach but I did it anyway. I was happy because I taught a 40 minute class. It wasn’t an hour but my goal was at least 30 minutes. I was so proud of myself and it felt so good to do it and complete it!

And the next day we graduated! I couldn’t believe it was done! I am not sure what I want to do from here. I don’t want to teach in a studio. I actually would like to make videos to add to my YouTube channel. I have one big idea but I am keeping it to myself and I am trying to manifest it into happening. I hope to be able to share with you what this plan is but in case it doesn’t happen I will keep it to myself.

When I graduated I was so pleasantly surprised that my sister, a good friend, my Aunt and my Husband surprised me with gifts. Such fun gifts too! Like really thought out which made me feel even more special because it all related to yoga which was so much fun.

Thanks for reading! Cheers & Namaste!

Wild Thing Yoga Bend

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Ayurveda 101

Welcome to today’s topic, Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is the idea of balancing your bodies system by diet, herbal treatment and yogic breaths/ breathing. I was introduced to Ayurveda last June. I have been seeing an Ayurvedic practitioner for a year now. Seeing an Ayurvedic practitioner has personally been very beneficial because unfortunately I have a horrible case of fungus. In hopes to cure or tame this monster of mine I was recommended to go see an Ayurvedic practitioner. I will link his information below of the person I see in the Buffalo/ Rochester, NY area.

When I first went to visit the practitioner I honestly knew nothing about who he was or what Ayurveda was. I had no idea I was walking into an Ayurvedic practitioner’s office. The person who recommended him to me never explained who he was or that he was an Ayurvedic practitioner. I thought he was a holistic doctor of some sort and it was just the next step in the process of my fungal battle. Just because I went to an Ayurvedic practitioner about my fungal issue does not mean you have to go see a practitioner just because you are having a problem with your health. I think it would be very beneficial if people went just to find out what dosha you are and how your system functions. To also find out what foods are good for you and your diet or what foods are not good for you or your diet. Dosha in Ayurvedic medicine is the three energies that define a person’s makeup. The three doshas are Vata, Kapha and Pitta. These are derived from the five elements Earth, Wind, Water, Fire and Air. We all have a combination of the three doshas but one is going to be more prominent than the others. For me I am a kapha (wet and cold.) In the practice, the goal is to find a balance between mind, body, and the environment. See the imagine below for more of an explanation.

Once you find out what dosha you are, you can then start doing exercises that are beneficial as well as eating certain foods that will help your dosha. For me, being a kapha, “wet” foods are not good for me. The simple quote of “you are what you eat.” I am a damp person, and if you think about it, what does fungus like? Wet areas to grow and live in. GROSS!!!! My favorite foods mostly involve pasta, cheese, zucchini, yellow squash and melon. Those are all considered “wet” foods so I now have those in moderation. I switched from whole wheat and regular white pasta to quinoa or corn because, surprisingly, I was told by my practitioner that brown rice pasta is not good for me and normally that is a great alternative for people who are gluten intolerant or who want to avoid the bad carbs. Another shocker for me was that basmati rice was actually a good option for me as a grain to have.

This is all just an insight into this lifestyle and practice. Ayurveda can be really confusing. I was super overwhelmed after my first visit with my new herbal prescriptions given to me (he has his own pharmacy) and then I was thinking I was being somewhat healthy even with my love of pasta and wine. To hear “hey all your favorite foods are actually working against you” threw me into a panic. That hour and half drive home was brutal because I was so confused. I then came home and did as much research and pinning on pinterest to become more knowledgeable with Ayurveda, and dosha’s so for my next appointment I wouldn’t be so shell shocked. I wanted to take control of my life and health. I do not enjoy having fungus. I am a very clean person and I do not know why I was chosen to have this chronic problem. But I am willing to work with it and find the solution to the problem. I have taken every life tip given to me from my practitioner and tried to use it in daily life. Ayurveda teaches you how to have a better lifestyle with you health.

A year later I have gotten a little bit closer but have not cured my chronic fungal problem yet. It is a definite work in progress and I take what I can from my Ayurvedic practitioner and try to use it daily in my life. It is really hard. It is hard to have the foods you love in moderation when you thought they were healthy for you but for me to cure this problem I need to go back to the drawing board. I am going to beat this.

I encourage you to read up on Ayurveda. It is really fascinating and to me, SIMPLE! It is all about taking care of yourself in the best way possible and what foods make you function better. Kind of like a lifestyle change. Kate Hudson talked about Ayurveda highly in her new book “Pretty Happy.” If the celebrities are talking about it, it must be really good.

I hope you enjoyed this quick read. Thanks for stopping by.

Practitioner in Rochester NY:

Sonam Targee

Books: 

Body Thrive By Cate Stillman

Ayurvedic Home Remedies

Ayurvedic Cook Book

Pretty Happy By Kate Hudson

Quick quiz: 

Dosha Quiz

Bibliography:

“Chopra Center Marketplace Ayurveda Dosha Quiz from Deepak Chopra.” Default Store View. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 June 2017.

Hudson, Kate. ” Pretty Happy” New York: Kate Hudson, 2016

Aarogya.com. “Ayurveda.” Aarogya.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 June 2017.