Some Years Ask Questions. Others Answer Them.

Some Years Ask Questions. Others Answer Them.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. Can someone puh-lease tell me where in the heck 2014 went?! Why is it that the older we get, the quicker the years seem to fly past us? It’s the first weekend of the new year, and it marks a milestone of sorts for me. One year ago this weekend, I was sitting at a Sankalpa Yoga Retreat. I had been sick for nearly a month. I had no voice. I was coughing uncontrollably. I was learning first hand how difficult it is to breathe when you have a respiratory infection mixed with allergies and asthma. I was very unhappy with my living conditions and with the cold, gray, rainy weather. I was longing for health and sunshine and happier days. My immune disorder hadn’t been diagnosed yet but still I knew, deep within me, very intuitively, that my body was growing sicker and weaker each day. I was sick and tired — and literally sick and tired of being sick and tired. As I fought back tears, I felt instinctively that I would not survive to see many more years if I didn’t make drastic changes in my lifestyle to help heal my weakened immune system. That day was a turning point for me. As I sat in that room full of strangers, in a city I couldn’t completely call home, in a place I’d never even been…. I began to work through the asanas. The teacher would say a pose, and I’d do it. He’d remind us to flow with our breath, and I would. And with each posture, each breath, I felt...
Hello, from Paradise!

Hello, from Paradise!

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” — Caroline Myss Sooooo… If you’re wondering why I have been so quiet over here lately, it’s because I’m down in Boca Raton, Florida for a very intense yoga immersion. Scroll down to learn more about what I’m doing, and to answer some questions I have for you! I remember the first time I ever did yoga. I was seventeen years old, away at college, and part of our health and fitness curriculum included a yoga class. I had no idea what yoga was (other than just something Sting and Madonna did for fun) and I’m SO GLAD to have been exposed to it at such a young age. It was the first time I discovered I have the power within myself to quiet my own mind through simple techniques. Although I took several yoga classes and workshops in states around the US throughout my twenties, I didn’t develop a personal yoga practice until I was nearly 30. My health had begun failing, my stress levels were at an all-time high, I was depressed and anxious most of the time, my relationships were chaotic, and the yoga mat was the only way I could find peace. I remember telling a friend how beautiful the world seemed to me when I was doing yoga, and how I wished I could feel that way all the time. Later, I started dreaming of one day attending a yoga retreat, doing yoga on the beach, or even getting certified to teach yoga. At 29, I began...
Soothing Ginger + Honey

Soothing Ginger + Honey

Just a super-quick post before Game of Thrones comes on (because, y’know, it’s Sunday night and I’m addicted to GOT/GRRM, so I’ll be off the radar for at least the next hour or so…). I wanted to share with you a quick and extraordinarily simple recipe that, according to ancient Indian wisdom, is thought to heal colds, coughs and even allergic symptoms. This recipe keeps coming up over and over again in my Ayurvedic classes, and with Kentucky allergies setting in this year, I was feeling under the weather tonight and finally gave it a try. I also took a lot of vitamins, nutrients, antihistamines and probiotics today (along with using sinus rinses several times) so I can’t say with 100% certainty that my relief of symptoms was due to this mixture — but regardless, I’ll share the information here and allow you to make your own decisions. Disclaimer As always, please consult with an actual doctor, ENT or allergist/immunologist before trying any new treatment. If you are allergic to ginger or honey, this recipe is NOT for you. And of course, this recipe does NOT negate the need for medical advice, allergy shots, antihistamines or other immunotherapy. Consult your doctors, folks, as I am not qualified at all to give you medical advice! About this recipe Ayurveda, or the “knowledge of life,” is an ancient science that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. The sister of Yoga, Ayurveda is a knowledge that was first recorded in the Vedic scriptures. The Vedas are ancient Indian books of knowledge (in fact, the term “veda” is Sanskrit for “knowledge” or...
Catching My Breath

Catching My Breath

“Our breath is the most precious substance in our lives, and yet we totally take for granted that when we exhale, our next breath will be there.” — Louise L. Hay Today, I’m doing something that could potentially make me very vulnerable. I’m sharing my private journal entries over the last year. This website is the story of how yoga, inspiration, meditation and elimination helped me improve my quality of life after being diagnosed with chronic illness — including a rare immune disorder (hypoimmunoglobulinemia) combined with food allergies and asthma. A little known fact about me that you should probably know right up front: I don’t like being told I can’t do something. I was the kid who used to touch the cactus or put my finger on the hot stove after my mom told me not to. I was the girl who decided to become a runner after doctors told her that her immune system was “too weak” and her lungs were so scarred that she would never be able to run in her life. (FUN FACT: The doctors ended up being wrong….) So you can imagine what went through my mind after this diagnosis. I remember getting my extreme food allergy diagnosis and freaking out. Dairy Corn Nuts Carrots Cucumber Oats Spices Herbs …and even SWEET POTATOES, for the love of all things holy. On top of that, I had environmental allergies that require up to four allergy shots every single week; up to two rounds of antihistamines per day; and up to two rounds of H2 inhibitors per day. Add in all the vitamins and supplements,...

Ayurvedic Lemon Water

According to ancient Ayurvedic tradition, you should drink one glass of warm lemon water upon awakening each morning. Ayurveda — an ancient healing tradition that has been practiced for thousands of years — says this is good for gastrointestinal health, clearing the digestive tract, flushing the kidneys, encouraging bowel movements, and may even help soothe the throat and chest during or after a cold or respiratory infection. The following recipe came from my teacher Katie Silcox, who originally shared this on Yoga Journal: http://blogs.yogajournal.com/alchemy/2013/02/01/a-morning-ayurvedic-routine-for-lasting-change/ For best results, drink this shortly after sunrise each day: Ingredients 1/2 fresh lemon 1 cup water, warmed 1/2 tsp ginger root powder (alternatively, you can use a pinch of cayenne pepper) Directions: Squeeze the fresh lemon into the cup of warm water. Add the 1/2 tsp. of ginger root powder or the splash of cayenne pepper. Drink slowly while watching the sunrise. Note: If you are not having issues with your digestive health or bowel movements, you can omit the ginger and cayenne and just do warm water with lemon...

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Yeah, so we’ve all suspected bacteria were growing increasingly resistant to antibiotics for years now but the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially released a report that officially confirms these drug-resistant strains have now infected every region of the world. Pardon my French but, uhm, this is scary shit for those of us living with hypoimmunoglobulinemia, PIDD / CVID, specific antibody deficiency, or other immune deficiencies: http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2014/5/3/antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-now-in-every-region-of-the-world-who-says?category=Science As one of the comments on the above thread so aptly pointed out: “Meanwhile we still need to up our collective game concerning infection prevention i.e. clean water for all, vaccines, hand washing, surveillance and careful use of current antibiotics.” Hear...