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Archive for February, 2012

Heart Warming Oatmeal Recipe

I can’t get enough of this delicious, easy breakfast! Oatmeal is fantastic for your heart. It is rich in soluble and insoluble fiber which work together to lower bad cholesterol. It is always best to soak your grains overnight for highest benefits and assimilation.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of steel cut oats
  • 2 cups of warm filtered water plus 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional yummy extras

Directions

Mix oats with the warm water mixture, cover, and leave in a warm place for 7-24 hours. Drain and add 2 cups of water with sea salt to soaked oats. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove from heat and add your own yummy extras like almond, coconut, or oat milk, natural sweeteners like maple syrup, raw honey and agave nectar, dried fruits, fresh fruit, nuts, coconut, ground flax seeds, and other seeds.

My favorite combination is crushed walnuts, 1/2 tsp of ghee or clarified butter, and dried cherries.

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Yoga Love

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire Universe, deserve your love and affection.” –Buddha

Today, I bought myself flowers. I had no reason to buy them for myself other than they were bright yellow and made me smile. I would like to be able to say that I do these little random acts of kindness for myself all the time, but I don’t. I give up my seat on the subway for those who need it, I compliment and smile at strangers, I call friends and family regularly just to say ‘I love you’, but I sometimes forget to extend these types little courtesies to myself.

So, this month, as Valentine’s Day approaches, consider showering yourself with a little self-love – whatever that means to you. Maybe you buy yourself a special treat at your favorite bakery, take a bath, skip to work, write yourself a love note, or try a class at that new pottery school that just opened up. Whatever self-love means to you, give it try. You deserve it.

And since sometimes, I like to practice theme-appropriate yoga around certain holidays, this month, I will focus on a heart opening practice. Here are a few heart-opening yoga poses for you to try on your own:

  • Cat/Cow – On your hands and knees begin by breathing in deeply and lifting your head, heart, and tailbone. As you exhale, curl your head and tailbone under as you look at your naval. Repeat 6 times.
  • Downward-Facing Dog – From your hands and knees, curl your toes under and push with your hands to lift your hips and lengthen your legs. Allow your heart to open and your head to gently hang from the neck. Stay for 5 deep breaths.
  • Bound Bridge – Come onto your back, knees bent, feet hip distance with heels under the knees. Lift your hips, and press your palms down by your waist. Begin to bring your shoulder blades together as you open your chest. Hold for several breaths before rolling down through the spine back to neutral.

End in a comfortable sitting position with your hands in a prayer pose in front of your chest, your thumbs lightly touching your heart. Visualize the sun coming into your heart and radiating throughout your body.

Here are some tips for awakening self-love during your yoga practice:

  1. Practice your poses with total attention on your breath.
  2. Take a moment to sit in stillness and focus on someone for whom you are grateful.
  3. With your focus still on that person, flood him/her with forgiveness whether he/she needs it or not.
  4. Extend those same feelings of gratitude and forgiveness on yourself.

~ Namaste ~

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