Essential Oils- Lavender!
They've been around for thousands of years being used in various ways for medicinal and health purposes, from aromatherapy, to beauty products, cooking, in household products, to natural medicine. The beauty of essential oils is that they act as a natural medicine without any side affects.
Benefits-using lavender in whole form, oil, inhaling in oil form or use in a diffuser can bring tremendous benefits to your life. Lavender can reduce anxiety or stress, calm your body for better sleep, be used for acne, with burns or wounds,slowing the aging process, improving eczema or psoriasis and for alleviating headaches.
Acne-apply a drop of pure essential oil directly to a pimple and watch it heal within 2-3 days.
Migraine Headaches-mix 2-3 drops of essential oil with a tablespoon of coconut oil and rub into your temple or back of your neck.
Insomnia-sprinkle a few drops of essential oil directly onto your pillow, inhale straight from the bottle or place into a diffuser.
Relaxing Foot Soak-into a bowl or tub of warm water add a cup of Epsom salts and up to 15 drops of essential oil and soak for 10 minutes.
Cooking- adding a few drops to your cooking or baking or into your tea or honey brings a nice lavender flavor; or next time you make your favorite shortbread cookie recipe add finely chopped lavender to your dough. It adds a nice unique flavor while providing enormous benefits. (I do the same with fresh rosemary too).
These are just a few quick ways to introduce the benefits of lavender into your daily lives. Experiment and share how it has helped you!
"Using a chair allows REAL people to do REAL yoga!"
Whether you have mobility issues or sit at a desk for long periods of time, using a chair allows you to practice yoga, the same yoga done on a mat, but using the chair as a prop, whether sitting in it or using it for balance.
Actually, using a chair can allow you to improve your posture and get into poses that normally are challenging on the mat while allowing you to perfect your alignment. For example, I love Half Moon Pose using a chair, the quality and range of movement when using the chair in this pose is surprising!
What are the benefits?
Deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness.
Chair yoga not unlike mat yoga provides the following benefits:
Who should take this class?
Anyone! While it's great for office workers or those with mobility challenges, a chair yoga class can be structured for beginners using a gentle sequence, or, with more challenging poses for the more advanced yogi!
Chair yoga is great non-intimidating introduction into yoga for those unsure of ability, and it's great for socializing