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?Clo's 5 Winter Rituals for a Strong Immune System ?

For the past 7 years  I have been able to enjoy the winters healthy, strong and energized. This is no fluke… I do not live in a bubble! I have children, have a very active business life and  am around all kinds of  sneezing, coughing and germs.  I work with clients daily, many of whom are sick, putting me at higher risk than your average person.

My body remains resilient because I follow these 5 steps below. No over the counter crap required. Lots of Vitamin L though….❤️

  1. Clarissa’s Immune Boosting Smoothie for breakfast. Smoothie in the winter? YES! The kids love it too. We need something  quick, filling, tasty, nourishing, and full of the energy we all need to get through a busy morning.                                   *BLENDER:  coconut milk, water, coconut oil, baby greens, frozen organic blueberries, warming cinnamon and YOUR favorite plant based protein powder and a dash of Vitamin L.
  2. 5 Minute Morning Meditation: Meditation is always a work in progress for me, and honestly these days at home it’s about 5 minutes in the morning. I can’t always hit my favorite class or weekend workshop so that 5 minutes minutes daily is vital. I am still able to access the sense of calm and clarity that comes from my longer practice. It’s a SUPER  stress and anxiety buster, but we all know the research shows it ups our immune function too. BONUS
  3. Supplement with Vitamin D: In the summer, you can find our family down East in the Jacksonville/Swansboro area. We are all   beach nuts and honestly do a lot of direct sun without sunscreen, so I seasonally opt out of supplementing with vitamin d since I’m getting from it’s natural source: the sun. BUT, when fall hits I begin to incorporate it into my supplement routine – I take a dosage that is fit for what my blood work levels show, per my doctor Dr. Beck.  Vitamin D is known to  boost immunity and MOOD  so it really helps me feel healthy and happy all winter long.
  4. Herbal Adaptogens.  Herbs such as andrographis, chamomile, elderberry, and ashwagandha  help my body adapt to stress. If my body is well adapted to stress than I can better handle and fight off infection and bacteria that come my way.  I have  calming ritual pr-bedtime. This calming ritual grounds me at the end of the day and soothes my system to ease into a restful sleep. I make  a nice cup of chamomile. Chamomile has been used for centuries by herbalists as a gentle yet effective remedy to ease the nervous system, incdentely coconut oil with magnesium rubbed on my legs helps also. My herbal ally coupled with my Yoga Nidra CD has been an  effective as a sleep aid for me. It is imperative that I sleep well so that I am at optimal immune function.
  5. Sweet zzzz’s: Getting a solid 7-8 hours of sleep a night is essential for me to feel my best, and I try to hit the rack by 10pm . If I wait until after 11pm I get a second cortisol surge. THIS IS NO bueno for me. I just get super wired and tired at the same time and it SUCKS– The quality of my sleep is super important and getting started at 10pm helps me avoid interrupted sleep patterns and agitation.  Quality sleep not only helps increase my immune function  but it’s also an important time for my body to detox and restore… something I am wild about.

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?Karma?

What is driving the train?

Untangle our conditioning

One of my teachers> Excerpt from Rolf Gates’ Talks for Teachers-200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training Online. Rolf Gates is the author of the acclaimed book on Yoga philosophy: Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga. Former Airborne Ranger and social worker, Rolf has appeared in numerous magazines, Yoga Journal, People Magazine, Natural Health and USA TODAY.

For more information: www.rolfgates.com

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✨Spiritual Practice✨

What causes human suffering?

The habits of human mind…

Sharing one of my teachers with you today. Watch a short excerpt from Rolf Gates’ >Talks for Teachers-200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training Online. Rolf Gates is the author of the acclaimed book on Yoga philosophy: Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga. Former Airborne Ranger and social worker, Rolf has appeared in numerous magazines, Yoga Journal, People Magazine, Natural Health and USA TODAY.

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One Minute Meditation

One Minute Meditation

In this day and age, we are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced work world and technology. No matter how hard we try, the stress just seems to creep in from trying to keep up with everything.

If you’re the kind of person who’s got a little more stress than you’d like (and, honestly, who doesn’t feel that way, sometimes?), you’ve gotta try this one-minute meditation.

This quick meditation will help you to center yourself and find some inner peace amidst the chaos of everyday life. Not only that, but it will help you to reduce inflammation in the body and decrease the toxic load on your organs.

To do the one-minute meditation, breathe in slowly for 15 seconds, then exhale slowly for 15 seconds. Then repeat.

That’s it. It’s really that simple.

If you’d like to change it up, you can breathe in one nostril and exhale out the other, switching the nostrils for inhalation and exhalation on the second round. You could also play around with how long you breathe in for and how long you breathe out for. The longer the inhalation, the more energy you will have. The longer the exhalation, the more relaxed you will feel.

Experiment, and see what works for you

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