Apr 282014
 

The skin is responsible for eliminating 1/3 of the body’s waste everyday – that can equal up to one pound!!! A super fast and effective way is to add dry brushing to your shower/bath routine.

Whether you use a natural bristle brush, a dry brushing mitt, a cheap loofah glove (I’ve tried them all and have finally found the VERY BEST from Living Libations which all my clients love as well), give your body a scrub and:

  • Loosen the dead cells to allow the toxins a quick and clear exit out of your skin!
  • Leave your skin SOFT and GLOWING
  • Reduce CELLULITE
  • Stimulate your immune system
  • Wake up your circulation
  • Move your lymph
  • And so much more!

Start at your feet and work up to your chest, then work down from your head and neck to your chest. The key is to make it FUN and a part of your day! Then jump in the shower or bath!

When it comes to Dry Brushing, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Living Libations. I use their dry brushes and lymph+ tonic as part of my routine before jumping in the shower or bath. Nadine, from Living Libations describes her brushes below and the Lymph Tonic to stimulate your lymphatic system.

 

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Facial Brush

This facial brush has soft bristles suitable for gentle brushing the face, neck and décolleté. Dry brush before cleansing and moisturizing with Seabuckthorn or Rose Best Skin Ever afterwards. Or coconut oil is another of my favorites!

Body and Breast Brush

This brush is the perfect size and texture to dry-brush the body and more delicate breasts. Dry Brush with one drop of our Lymph Tonic on the bristles. Follow with a bath, sauna or shower and then glide the Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever and/or Breast Massage Oil for radiant, healthy skin. Check out a great way to care for your breasts

Energy Brush

This energy brush uses fine bronze bristles made of a sensible alloy of copper and zinc. Due to the molecular structure of these fine bronze bristles, the ions which are important for our material and energetic well-being are generated directly on the skin, which makes them immediately available to the organism and the metabolism.

The central atom of the human body is oxygen, which makes up more than 80 percent of our organism. Our true elixir of life consists of the energetically charged oxygen ions which we take in from the air we breathe, the water we drink or in an especially concentrated form from hydrogen peroxide. This substance is also contained in the sea coast, waterfalls, rain and snow. These important negatively charged oxygen ions are created by air friction whilst using this Energy Brush for dry- brushing our skin.

Our Lymph system responds favorably to the gentle, circulation generating effects of essential oils. One of the best things for the Lymph system is dry-brushing (especially in the colder seasons). To activate dry brushing to its fullest potential, add one drop of Lymph+Tonic to the palm of your hand and glide the brush across your palm to apply the essence to each bristle, then begin dry brushing your entire body. Always brush in the direction toward the heart. Dry Brushing this way stimulates the endocrine, circulation, immune, and detoxifying systems.

Lymphatic fluid exists close to the surface of the skin and bathes all of the cells of the body with oxygen and nutrients. A happy lymphatic system helps support healthy overall immune response and circulation. Lymph does not have a pump like blood does with the heart. Lymph is filtered in the lymph nodes and then re-circulated into the bloodstream. Interestingly, swollen lymph nodes are the body’s way of transforming an infection. So the lymph system has the important function of bringing in nourishment and carrying out wastes and toxins. Use Lymph+Tonic regularly to support this very vital body system. Dry-brushing, exercise, breathing, hot/cold plunges, and proper hydration will also help to sustain a healthy lymphatic system.

For generating Lymphatic flow, pour 1-2 drops of Lymph+Tonic on the palm of your hand; glide a dry brush across your palm, then use for dry brushing the body. This tonic may also be used in massages, body oils and baths.

Enjoy adding this to your bathing routine.

Tanya

 

 

Apr 242014
 

TROPICAL MINT SMOOTHIE

pineapplemint leaves

makes 1-2 servings

  • 2 cups purified water
  • 2 cups peeled, chopped pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1 cup packed chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 tbsp ground dry flax seed
  • 1 tbsp soaked (or not) chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or a few drops stevia (optional) Continue reading »
Apr 212014
 

bw aerobicChisel your Inner and Outer Thighs

I love working my inner and outer thighs!!! In just 4 weeks of dedicated inner and outer thigh exercises you will notice a difference.  There is no such thing as spot reducing but you can target areas to tighten them up.

So, if you are looking for strong, toned legs …check out these 4 exercises. Continue reading »

Apr 172014
 

Propaganda Gardening – How we can eat our landscapes

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Pam Warhurst is inspiring, funny, witty and worth 13 minutes of your time. The power of small change is beyond what we can imagine..…it just takes one person to act.Pam sat down at her kitchen table with her friends and just came up with this crazy idea. No agenda, no budget, no politics and you won’t believe what has transpired. Over the years, they have transformed their town, created jobs, inspired people to eat and grow vegetables, created “Vegetable Tourists”, people who come and walk through their town eating from gardens along the way. They have inspired other towns to incorporate these great ideas. Continue reading »

Apr 142014
 

I always love adding stretching to my day…here are a few basic stretches that will relax your body and mind.  A relaxed mind makes you feel happier and calmer.  Don’t you feel better and more motivated when you are happier and calmer??

hip flexor stretchHip Flexor

  • Kneeling, step your right  leg forward
  • Keep your knee in line with ankle allowing your left hip to open and feel the stretch
  • Keep back knee on the floor or lift it up.  If your knee is up, press back through your heel and feel all five toes on the floor to keep your legs/hips in line
  • Keep your back long, shoulder blades down on your back and chest lifted
  • Breath and hold for 30-60 seconds focusing on the stretch
  • Switch legs

 

quad stretchQuad Stretch

  • Stand up tall, hold your left foot in your left hand
  • Keep your hips, knees and shoulders in line
  • Push your foot into your hand to increase the stretch
  • If needed use a wall for balance or increase difficulty by reaching arm up to ceiling
  • Breath and hold for 30-60 seconds focusing on the stretch
  • Switch legs

 

hamstring stretchHamstring Stretch

  • Lie on your back with proper posture – back is neither touching the floor or arched – keep in neutral posture throughout the exercise
  • Use a tie/band/towel and secure it around your right foot
  • Keep your right leg straight, open up through the back of the knee, relax your toes, push heel to ceiling – feel the stretch
  • Lengthen left leg on floor keeping toes towards ceiling, bend knee if needed but don’t round through your back
  • Breath and hold for 30-60 seconds focusing on the stretch
  • Switch legs

 

figure 4 stretchGlute Stretches

 

  • Lie on your back with proper posture – back is neither touching the floor or arched – keep in neutral posture throughout the exercise
  • Put your right foot just under your left knee and flex your feet
  • Depending on tightness, keep your left foot on floor or lift in to table top position
  • If in table top position, gently push your right knee away from you and your right foot towards you to deepen the stretch.
  • Breath and hold for 30-60 seconds focusing on the stretch
  • Switch legs

 

cross leggedCross Legged

  • Sit with legs crossed
  • Inhale and lift your arms to the ceiling
  • Exhale and fold forwards
  • Put your head on a block if desired to relax your lower back
  • Breath into your lower back and feel the stretch in your ankle, glutes, hips and back for 30-60 seconds
  • Switch legs

 

 

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  • Starting your day with this one tip can result in a kick start to your fat loss
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“Love the format of being able to skip back and forth from charts, to form, to exercise pictures. Your honesty about how to live your healthiest life is refreshing!  You’ve taken out the ‘guilt reflex’ of exercise and eating and asked people to make changes a little bit at a time. 

Your passion and dedication to your family and clients is apparent in this e book and is CONTAGIOUS”.  – Laura

Looking for more

You can find exercise routines on my website www.tanyamorrison.ca such as Condition Your Core and  Sculpt your Sexy Shoulders http://tanyamorrison.ca/exercises-for-sculpted-sexy-shoulders/ and I have a plethora of exercises any one can do on my You-Tube Channel such as Terrific Triceps – 3 minutes a day will get you on your way to some terrific looking triceps !

Apr 102014
 

Raw Red Pepper Tomato Soup

This is a perfect lunch – warming and satisfying!

 

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  • 1 cup red, yellow, orange pepper, seeded
  • 1 roma tomato
  • ½ cup sprouts (optional)
  • ½ cup avocado
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp miso, unpasteurized, any colour
  • 1 cup water (or more depending on desired thickeness)

Spices to add:

  • ½  – 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½  – 1 tsp oregano
  • ½  – 1 tsp thyme
  • ½  – 1 tsp basil
  • ½  – 1 tsp garlic
  • ½  – 1 tsp dulse salt
  • Sprinkle of cayenne
  • Salt & pepper to taste

I add all of these spices but add according to your taste buds.

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Put all the ingredients in your blender or Vitamix

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Blend until it’s the consistency that you like.  In the winter when I’m wanting  a warm soup I will leave it in the Vitamix for about 5 minutes on high and it warms the soup.  Enjoy!

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Apr 082014
 

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Apr 072014
 

Pleasure Abound with the Second Chakra

Don’t worry if you haven’t been to class lately, we are just having fun implementing some life energy work into our moves and you can join in at any time.

Where the First Chakra is satisfied by survival, the Second Chakra is constantly seeking pleasure, but balanced is best.

Need a Chakra Recap: click here

Second Chakra – Pleasure

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  • Located in the pelvis, drawn to colour orange and stones  – amber and carnelian
  • Search for pleasure, desire to enjoy the experience of sensual and sexual activities, enjoy life
  • Magnetism – what attracts /repels you?

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  • Can be dangerous without values – the search for pleasure reduces itself to hedonism and an undisciplined life
  • To experience pleasure is one thing, but to recognize the experience as enjoyable and then enter into the felt sense of appreciation of the moment – now that’s an art
  • The 2nd chakra grasps for whatever brings pleasure and these experiences habituate very easily – sex, drugs tobacco, chocolate and drugs
  • The lure of the habit overcomes the individual trapped in this center and the thought of pleasure drives one to indulge
  • When you are in habit mode you are attempting to recreate a pleasure remembered from the past- which cannot lead to fulfillment.
  • What is pushed down grows stronger. Taking part in the indulgence while simultaneously staying aware is the antidote.
  • We tend to lose awareness during the pursuit of pleasure – the trick is to stay fully conscious and mindful during the experience. This is different from quitting the experience – the yearning for the experience doesn’t leave it just gets pushed down. It is better to let your indulgences drop away as they no longer serve you. As you focus more on the current pleasure instead of the pursuit of pleasure, you will leave certain indulgences behind with a conscious awareness that the experience no longer leads to the promised pleasure.  Be present during the experience – not pre or post experience!

Meditation

Sitting comfortably with spine lengthened, eyes softly closed, draw your attention to your breath to bring you into this present moment.

Consider an experience of pleasure gratification that you often take part in, but tend to feel guilty about. Reach for the object of pleasure and experience it with full awareness.

  • How do you experience the sensation of this experience – Enjoyable? Guilty?
  • Where do you feel it in your body?
  • How are you experiencing the sensation?
  • Bring your full awareness to the experience. You will find that this sensitizes your capacity for pleasure and you are satisfied with less.

Allow yourself to sit for a few moments with the feelings created by this meditation. Bring your awareness back to your breath and then slowly open your eyes.

To fully experience the Grounding meditations use the fabulous essential oils from Living Libations. My class LOVES the aroma of the Sacral Chakra – Creativity – which encourages interaction of pleasure and flow.

Balanced

  • A balanced Pleasure chakra is when you have a creative and controlled passion for life. You have the ability to lose yourself spontaneously in the wonder of life. Your sex life is harmonious with your needs. Involving yourself with nature, art, dance and beauty enrich this chakra.
  • You are self-assured, have a positive self image knowing that you have the ability to attract all that you will need from the universe.
  • You are deeply satisfied while experiencing the delight of your senses

Unbalanced

Major clue for noticing an imbalance is the second chakra is a desire to lose yourself in sex, drugs, alcohol, food or any stimulating sensations.

  • If unbalanced, the search for pleasure is not completed by a sense of fulfillment and the chase is on. Imbalance leads to insensitivity. Stronger and stronger doses of pleasure are required to get through the numbness surrounding the heart. Is it the wounds of previous experiences or the cynical callousness of mistrust that blocks the balanced perspective? Whatever it is, it is not worth it; let go of the issue and come back into balance by finding something to enjoy and experience with the totality of your being
  • If you feel inadequate or uncomfortable in social situations this is another clue to a lack of balance in the second chakra.
  • The only way to regain balance is from the inside out. You have to get there yourself; not wait for the external situation to change.

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Exercise

When next hugged, or while tasting something delightful or listening to a beautiful song, close your eyes for a moment and focus on the deep sense of satisfaction you are feeling. Enter into thankfulness for the experience and focus on the delight in every cell of your body.  Feel the aliveness.

Tips to Awaken

  • The next time you feel dull and life seems to have lost its shine, try a conscious immersion into pleasure
  • How does a hot bath feel? What music is playing? How does the water feel against every skin cell? What beauty do you see in the room?
  • Focus on the delight of your senses
  • Let go of all the guilt and any “shoulds” about what you ought to be doing right now and fully surrender to the pleasure of the moment. Go  to the place within you that notices this pleasure and acknowledge how satisfying it is

peace in all of us

May you be balanced throughout your day!

Namaste,

Tanya

PS. Something else to add to your healthy living….

The pineal gland, an endocrine gland located in the brain, is said to be the seat of the soul – sometimes referred to as “the third eye”. This gland is believed to be involved in reaching higher levels of consciousness.

For the people that seek to fully activate their spiritual potential and tap into the power of the pineal gland, one must begin by strengthening its function through detoxification and proper nutrition. Click here to keep reading about the 6 foods to boost your spirituality.

Sources:

Chakras For Beginners – A Guide to Balancing your Chakra Energies by David Pond

http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/top-6-supplements-for-detoxing-plus-boost-your-spirituality

Living Libations essential oils – Their 7 Chakra Essences are bundled for you!!! Every blend is a liquid jewel for harmonizing each chakra.  Each combination offers a gift to expand your harmony, and glow. Anoint your pulse points for meditation and to harmonize your energy centers, auric field and cruise your cerebrospinal muse.

Apr 012014
 

You’ve got to be pooping

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You can do sit-ups and crunches till the cows come home, but if you aren’t moving the waste out of your body, where is it hanging out?? According to Dr. Chang, losing weight is a simple matter of increasing the efficiency of the digestive system.

 Increasing efficiency of Digestive System for Weight Loss

Quality Probiotic

Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), bloating, gas or constipation, bad breath, acne?  Starting with a high quality probiotic may be just what is needed for you!

Buyer beware- there are lots of probiotics on the market, so go after quality. I use a powered probiotic formula ($33.00) & switch it up with Syntol AMD (advanced microflora delivery) from Upayanaturals. I also consume Xobiotic chocolates from Xocai as chocolate is an amazing carrier for probiotics. (look for reputable sources from your local health food store).

A few probiotic food suggestions include; raw goat milk or kefir on an empty stomach, cultured and fermented vegetables such as kimchi and pickles. Be wary of yogurts as the food colouring, aspartame and sugar content negate the probiotic effect.

Kimberly Synder’s, Probiotic & Enzyme Salad is a wonderful addition to your diet, or if you are short on time, add 2 tablespoons to a 1/4cup of raw sauerkraut to your lunch or dinner.  I purchase mine at the local health food store or Upayanaturals.

Studies have indicated that weight gain and obesity are a consequence of inadequate probiotic levels.1

The ideal healthy ratio of “good” to “bad” bacteria is 85% to 15%, or 9 to 1. Unfortunately, due to lifestyle and environmental factors, the vast majority of the population is severely lacking when it comes to good probiotic bacteria, throwing their gut flora ratio completely out of whack.

These lifestyle and environmental factors include, but are not limited to, exposure to:

  • Sugar
  • Artificial sweeteners of any kind—found in “diet” beverages and food items, chewing gum, yogurt, and even toothpaste
  • Processed foods
  • Chlorinated water
  • Pollution
  • Antacids
  • Laxatives
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer, liquor, wine)
  • Agricultural chemicals and pesticides
  • Antibiotics (from medications and/or antibiotics found in meat and dairy products that we ingest)

 2-minute Belly Rub

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This exercise works like a gentle colonic irrigation that helps speed up a sluggish digestive system (which usually carries at least 5lbs of fecal matter within it). The exercise effectively metabolizes the fatty tissues around the stomach and intestines, and flushes them out of your body.

Belly Rub Method:

1)      Lie flat on your bed or floor

2)      Expose your abdominal area (tummy)

3)      Rub your hands vigorously to create heat (about 15 seconds)

4)      Place one hand on your belly button and begin to rub in an outward circular motion

5)      Use fairly firm but comfortable pressure at a slow pace (1 circle/second)

6)      Concentrate on the heat building up in, around and throughout your stomach

7)      Do about 40-50 circles (about 2 minutes)

Tips:

  • Important to keep abdominals warm and to warm up hands
  • Do in the morning before getting out of bed and just before you go to bed
  • Don’t do immediately after a heavy meal, pregnant or if you have moderate to severe abdominal conditions

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the stomach is the center of energy. Besides melting away adipose tissue (fat), it can also:

  • Stimulate the abdominal organs
  • Help to speed up slow digestion & remedies constipation
  • Increase blood circulation in the abdominal area
  • Help to heal indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and the adverse effects of overeating.

Start your day with….

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A glass of warm lemon or lime water first thing in the morning! This Yogic or Ayurvedic ritual was primarily used for stimulating digestion and eliminating ama, the Ayurvedic term for toxic slime that builds up in the gastro-intestinal or GI tract. Check out the 10 reasons why this is an important addition to your daily routine.

So, what’s all the fuss about this GI Tract and how does it influence weight loss?

In reality, your G.I. tract is MUCH more than a digestion center; in fact, it is quite literally your second brain as well as being “home” to 80% of your immune system.2

So, with all these great tips, improve your digestion, lose some fat and enjoy the health benefits!

 

Don’t forget to include these nifty tricks into your daily living including dry brushing.

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Sources:

The Underground Health Reporter Report #5 – Rib Your Stomach Away in 2 Minutes a Day

http://www.naturalnews.com/033383_lemon_juice_digestion.html

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/01/06/what-you-need-to-understand-about-your-digestive-system-to-improve-your-health.aspx

Brett Hall RD – The Top 10 Gut Fighting Cleansing Foods www.toxicbellybugfix.com

1. DiBaise JK, Zhang H, Crowell MD, Krajmalnik-Brown R, Decker GA, Rittmann BE.

Gut microbiota and its possible relationship with obesity. Mayo Clin Proc. 2008

Apr;83(4):460-9.

2. Steinhoff U (June 2005). “Who controls the crowd? New findings and old questions

about the intestinal microflora”. Immunol. Lett. 99 (1): 12–6.