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Be Inspired: Desiree Rumbaugh in Dallas

One of my dear yoga teach­ers, Desiree Rum­baugh, is com­ing to Dal­las next month.  I highly rec­om­mend any­one who is look­ing to gain clar­ity, hope, or more zest for liv­ing to join her in one or all of her ses­sions.  She is an excel­lent teacher and has much insight to offer to your yoga prac­tice, whether you be inter­ested in break­ing down poses, refin­ing align­ment, or see­ing your prac­tice take flight. Mark your cal­en­dars for Novem­ber 11-13th.  Oliver Wen­dell Holmes, Jr. said, “A moment’s insight is some­times worth a life’s expe­ri­ence.”  This is some­thing you will not want to miss…the qual­ity of your life may well depended on it!

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Natural Long-Distance Energy Sources

Though I real­ize not all of my read­ers are Veg­ans, many of you may be inter­ested in keep­ing an organic, nat­ural approach to your marathon nutri­tion.  With train­ing for the Komen Dal­las Race for the Cure, Ulti­mate Hike, 13.1 Dal­las, Fort Worth Marathon, White Rock Marathon, and scads more races on the cal­en­dar of upcom­ing events; it is the opti­mal time to devise your plan of action.  As any endurance ath­lete knows, nutri­tion is a key ele­ment of suc­cess­ful train­ing and enjoy­able par­tic­i­pa­tion.  Here are a few tips for fuel­ing and hydrat­ing à la nat­ural.

Organic elec­trolyte replacement:

Coconut water.  This is a great source of potas­sium, mag­ne­sium, phos­pho­rous, sodium and cal­cium with­out the added sugar or sweet­en­ers (look for unsweet­ened vari­eties).  Pickle juice is a favorite too.

Recipes for nat­ural energy gel/energy on-the-go:

Raw Sport Gel Recipe

  • 4 dates (dried dates, soaked for a few hours or med­jool dates)
  • 2 Tbsp raw agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp goji berries (soaked for a few hours)
  • 1/2 tsp pow­dered Greens
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder
  • Sea salt to taste

Com­bine all the ingre­di­ents in a blender or small food proces­sor.  Add water or more agave if needed until desired con­sis­tency is reached.  Put into plas­tic zip-lock bag or other con­ve­nient container.

On-The-Go Spir­ulina Guacamole

  • 2 avo­ca­dos
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 3 tsp Spir­ulina (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp dulse flakes
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 small onion
  • Cayenne pep­per to taste
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Pep­per to taste

Put all ingre­di­ents into a blender and pack­age to-go in a zip-lock bag for convenience.

Post-training refu­el­ing:

Some­thing very alka­liz­ing like fresh or dried figs, Chlorella, Spir­ulina, any type of greens, cucum­ber, dates, mel­ons, fresh squeezed veg­gie or fruit juices with a zing of lemon, plain coconut milk, sprouted grain tor­tillas.  These alka­liz­ing foods will help the body clear out the lac­tic acid and meta­bolic waste by-products that accom­pany this type of phys­i­cal exer­tion. This is an impor­tant part of keep­ing the immune sys­tem strong dur­ing intense train­ing bouts.

Other tips:

Let the body rest the day before the big event.  This includes giv­ing the diges­tive sys­tem a head start.  Con­sider  eat­ing the big­ger meal for lunch the day before, not din­ner.  This allows the body to digest the food prop­erly so that the nutri­ents can be uti­lized more effi­ciently the next day and allows one to wake up feel­ing light and ener­gized the next morning–not heavy and bloated.

 

New Service!!!

I am now offer­ing a One Day Detox with Ayurvedic Yoga Con­sul­ta­tion in part­ner­ship with Praana Ayurveda Spa.  Con­tact me for a spe­cial price and more details on this highly indi­vid­u­al­ized heal­ing modal­ity directed towards opti­mal health and balance. 
This 5-hour pro­gram con­sists of the fol­low­ing reju­ve­na­tion therapies:

 

  • Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Nutri­tion Consultation
Ayurveda pro­motes a lifestyle that is in har­mony with nature. Rather than treat­ing the ill­ness, Ayurveda strives to restore the bal­ance in your daily life which in effect trig­gers the body’s nat­ural heal­ing process and metab­o­lism and helps you bounce back to a state of vibrant health and radi­ance. An Ayurvedic Con­sul­ta­tion will help you to under­stand your­self and your body from the per­spec­tive of Ayurveda giv­ing you greater insight into holis­tic liv­ing and opti­mal health.

 

  • Ayurvedic Yoga Con­sul­ta­tion with Lyn­d­say Murray-Kashoid
Ther­a­peu­tic Asana (pos­tures), Pranayam (breath­ing exer­cises), and med­i­ta­tion instruc­tion based on your Ayurvedic Con­sul­ta­tion.  This pro­gram is opti­mized to unveil your fullest poten­tial of strength, health, vital­ity, inner calm and joy.

 

  • Abhyanga Warm Oil Massage
A one hour jour­ney into com­plete relax­ation and reju­ve­na­tion — in this tra­di­tional, rhyth­mi­cal mas­sage from ancient India, warm herbal oils are poured onto and mas­saged into the body. It is extremely nour­ish­ing, nur­tur­ing and one of the most com­plete mas­sages you will ever expe­ri­ence. The aroma of the oils cou­pled with the effec­tive mas­sage tech­nique will indulge and grat­ify all your senses.     Reg­u­lar Abhyanga pro­motes youth­ful­ness, longevity, resis­tance to stress, enhanc­ing deep sleep, energy, good health, joint and mus­cle flex­i­bil­ity, remov­ing fatigue and reveal­ing a softer, younger look­ing skin.

 

  • Swedana Steam Ther­apy
A hot, herbal­ized steam bath that dilates the chan­nels of cir­cu­la­tion in the body, allow­ing the amas (impu­ri­ties) to move out. Swedana (steam bath) is usu­ally given at the end of a mas­sage. You are left to rest for at least 15 min­utes after the mas­sage. The tent is filled with a con­tin­u­ous flow of hot, herbal­ized steam, which sur­rounds your body. The use of heat and steam to induce sweat­ing has long been rec­og­nized as a nat­ural and effec­tive way of detox­i­fi­ca­tion.  The spe­cial herbs help to stim­u­late oxy­gen flow through­out the body, while the steam acti­vates the nat­ural sweat­ing process, which is essen­tial for releas­ing accu­mu­lated tox­ins. Your skin will carry the gen­tle sweet aroma of the herbs through­out the fol­low­ing 24 hours or so.

 

  • Shi­rod­hara 

The San­skrit word Shi­rod­hara blends the words shiro and dhara. Shiro means head and Dhara, the flow of warm oil; Shi­rod­hara is one of the most divine and relax­ing ther­a­pies that Ayurveda has to offer.     Lying on your back, a sooth­ing stream of warm, aro­matic oil is gen­tly poured back and forth across your fore­head, cre­at­ing a sen­sa­tion of such pro­found, enjoy­able and deep relax­ation that you’ll lose all track of time. Many com­pare the effects of Shi­rod­hara to tran­scen­dence; the meditator’s state of sheer bliss. This treat­ment is tra­di­tion­ally used to calm and restore the nerves, har­mo­nize vata con­sti­tu­tions  unbri­dle pent up emo­tions, and purify the mind. Shi­rod­hara is pro­foundly relax­ing and is known to have a calm­ing effect on peo­ple suf­fer­ing from insom­nia, mem­ory loss, hor­monal imbal­ance, headaches, men­tal ten­sion and cer­tain skin dis­eases. Best expe­ri­enced after a mas­sage, Shi­rod­hara is one of our most pop­u­lar Ayurveda treat­ments. In addi­tion to its health ben­e­fits, this great reju­ve­nat­ing ther­apy gives a healthy glow to your face and body.

 

  • Udvar­tan
Finely ground Ayurvedic herbs and exotic san­dal­wood pow­der are mixed with pre­cious Ayurvedic oils and gen­tly mas­saged into the skin. This results in the stim­u­la­tion of the energy flow in the body, the detox­i­fi­ca­tion and nour­ish­ment of body tis­sues, the acti­va­tion of the skin’s nat­ural metab­o­lism and also the improve­ment of lymph flow. The Udvar­tana mas­sage cleanses and refines the skin struc­ture and gives the skin a soft, silky tex­ture and a lus­trous glow.

 

  • Nasyam
Uncover a highly effec­tive ther­apy in reliev­ing con­ges­tion, aller­gies, sinusi­tis, headaches, migraine, rhini­tis and nasal infec­tions. Heal­ing herbal oil is del­i­cately dropped in each nos­tril, fol­lowed by a relax­ing mas­sage of the nose, chest, palms and feet.