People think Yoga means always standing on your head or doing some pose. But the aim of yoga is to calm the mind. That's why it's called Integral Yoga, because we integrate everything; mind, body, and spirit.     ~Sri Swami Satchidananda

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Natural Beauty

September 20th, 2011by Michelle Muttart

 

Awareness is the best and sometimes the worst part of a yoga lifestyle, because with knowledge comes responsibility.  So once the product junky who often thought the pricier and prettier the package, the better, is now the long-word on-the-label identifier and “can’t use it, it say’s fragrance” type shopper.  Some might see it as a hinderance, however I’m invested in living as long as I can with as little problems as possible.  It also helps to limit consumption (another lesson that comes with the lifestyle)!

 

It’s a Process…

 

My first moment of clarity came when I used to purchase Bath & Body Works products.  I like most of the girls I knew was so excited when they moved into the local mall and soon owned an array of smelly good lotions and soaps.  One day, I noticed that the smell was so generic that I looked at the label which of course was filled with words I can’t spell, pronounce, and surely had no idea what it was. I decided to look it up and stumbled onto a database that listed more than I ever intended to find out.  Horrified of what I was potentially creating in my body, namely CANCER, I decided it was time for a change.  A change in consciousness equalled a manifested change in how I was living my life.

 

Remember, as you set out on any journey of change that it is a process.  I found that it was easier to start small when cleaning up my products and to buy as I needed a particular product vs. trashing everything I already had and going gun ho…and it’s cheaper too. Over the years, I have tried different products, some have worked and some I didn’t care for.  There are a few that have passed the test and some still in transition. I’ve listed a few products that I use daily:

 

Chandrika Ayurvedic Soap – I love this soap for washing my face. It’s made with pure vegetable oils. The formula features coconut oil to moisturize, wild ginger to soothe, lime peel oil to refresh, orange oil to cleanse and sandalwood oil to cool skin, which is great for anyone who has blotchy skin or prone to breakouts.  Now my face is dry so I only use it once per day and follow with moisturizer.

 

Crystal Essence Mineral Deodorant Body Spray– I love the Lavender and White Tea blend.  It’s the only natural deodorant that I’ve found that works for me.  I do have to re-apply after yoga, but I love that I don’t have to worry about stains and even better, I don’t have to worry about it causing breast cancer! It’s made with water, natural mineral salts and essential oils and smells fantastic. Works for even the profuse Pitta perspiration.

 

Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil– Absolutely could not survive the winter without this product.  Coconut oil is a wonder in itself, there are so many uses.  I use it for lotion, for massage, for eye make-up remover, for a mouth rinse (Yes, really; swish and spit to reduce germs and to whiten teeth!), its great for cooking, and two teaspoons taken orally can ease constipation. Rubbing the soles of the feet before bed can calm you and helps to soothe Vata’s restless mind. Miracle oil!

 

Cell-food Oxygen Skin Care Gel – Just started using this aloe vera based gel that is packed with amino acids.  You can really feel the tightening of the skin, one of the benefits claimed by the manufacturer.  It softens fine lines and restores moisture balance for all skin types. I like to think of it as ‘youth serum’!

 

Neutrogena Oil Free Sunblock– Still on the search for something safer, but have been using this sunblock that has a low percentage of the common ingredients found in sunscreen.  It’s easy to find locally. I’ve always worn sunscreen everyday, I think it’s an important part of reducing fine lines and wrinkles as well as sun protection.

 

 

Change is Possible…and Affordable!

So, what is your beauty drawer filled with? With the availability of choices today it’s time for all us to become more aware of what we are ingesting through our skin.  After all, everything we put on absorbs into our blood.  I think it’s important to support products that are attempting to move in a conscious direction, in turn large bath, body, and hair product suppliers will realize that it’s time to put the health and not just consumerism first.

 

There are resources to help you start your natural beauty process.  Skin Deep is a cosmetic safety database easily accessed online and even from your smart phone while out shopping.  This website is genius! They list products of all kinds, even perfumes, with a  safety rating of 0-10. There are over 65,000 products currently in the database each with the rate and issue of concern listed.  Trust me, it’s worth checking out!  When it’s time to purchase, local health food stores are great.  For right now, safer products are slightly pricey, I have found through my own transition that the quantity of product I’m purchasing is less and therefore I’m spending close to the same and probably less.

 

Good luck on your natural beauty journey and please share
what you’re using!

 

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September is National Yoga Month….FREE YOGA!

September 2nd, 2011by Michelle Muttart

Namaste!

 

Announcements:

 

  • We will be closed Monday for Labor Day.
  • There are two new classes on the Schedule! Tuesday at 5:30pm with Sofia Nelson and Wednesday at 7:00pm with Rob Muttart!
  • September is National Yoga Month and we are going to celebrate with some FREE YOGA!

 

That’s right!….FREE CLASSES ALL NEXT WEEK!

 

I want to show appreciation to all of our faithful students and share yoga at no cost to everyone and anyone who has wanted to try it. So, starting Tuesday with a new class on the schedule at 5:30 through Saturday’s 10:30 class all classes at Omkarra Yoga are FREE! Bring a friend!

 

Available Times at no cost:

  • Tues. 5:30pm w/ Sofia
  • Wed. 9:30am w/ Kelly
  • Wed. 5:30pm w/ Michelle
  • Wed. 7:00pm w/Rob
  • Thurs. 4:30pm w/ Sofia
  • Thurs. 6:45pm w/Lesley
  • Fri. 9:30am w/ Michelle
  • Sat. 10:30am w/ Kelly

Also, to ensure that everyone is starting into Fall in their personal best, I am also offering a Basic Ayruvedic Analysis for a limited time for only $30! That’s a 51% savings!

 

Ayurveda is a traditional form of Indian medicine that originated over 5000 years ago. It is one of the oldest systems of health care ever known. Ayurveda has guided millions of people in the search for well-being and holistic approaches to nutrition. During an Ayurvedic Analysis we will determine, according to your unique mental and physical characteristics, your dosha. There are three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The combination of these doshas is inherited upon conception. Most people are a combination of two doshas, sometimes they may only have one, and occasionally someone will have equal proportions of all three, making them tri-dosha. These doshas provide clues to a unique set of traits, tendencies, and attributes. They can help you to realize your personal needs for balance of the mind, the body, the energetic levels of the body, dietary needs, types of asana (yoga poses) that benefit you most, and what climate is best for you. Once the Ayurvedic Analysis has been completed and your dosha has been determined; I will help you address your dietary requirements and proper asana to restore balance into your life, this is done by completing another test to determine where your imbalances are occurring at that given moment. When you follow the instructions set forth, you will begin to notice immediate results. You will begin to perceive stability in the mind, the body will function better and have more energy, and you will be stronger, healthier, and more relaxed. You will have an overall sense of well-being in the mind, body, and spirit.

 

Call to set up your appointment today!

 

 

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