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Let's Not Join the Fight.

 
We are mothers. We are daughters.  We are professionals. We are teachers, sisters, and active members in our communities. 
 
By looking at some of us, one would never know we live with autoimmune disease.  Most of these conditions are nearly invisible to the public eye.  Invisible even, to family members and friends.  "You have thyroid disease? I had no idea! You seem so healthy"..."You have MS fatigue?  Oh, yes, I understand, I get tired too in the afternoons-everyone does."  Even our husbands at times do not recognize the discomfort we are living with from time to time, when our conditions flare up.
 
That is because, in addition to being committed to living our lives as fully as possible, we are also committed to putting on our best game face in the process. We get up in the mornings, we feed the children, put on our makeup (if we have the energy to apply it that is), make our calls, and go out into the world. We meet the demands of our lives and our families' lives with every ounce of energy we can possibly muster. 
 
Until a day comes when our body calls the final shot.  "Not today!  Today you lie on your back on the couch until I say you can get up."   Today you let the dishes accumulate in the sink. Today, you skip your shower.  Today, someone else picks up the kiddos at school, or takes them to their soccer practice. Today, you ask for help.  And you feel like you are failing.
 
The nature of autoimmune disease is this: the body is attacking itself.  It is seeing some part of your body as a foreign invader and it is doing what it can do rid this invader.  Unfortunately, what it is attacking is an essential part of your body.  It's an unnecessary and unkind attack, but happening nonetheless. 
 
When we have our down times, be they one day or two weeks, the tendency is to jump in on the fight and start attacking ourselves too, for "failing."  It's like kids at  a playground, getting all riled up and yelling "fight! fight! fight!"  We know how unwise that is...how it just contributes to the pain and suffering, and prolongs the battle.  No one wins. Battered, torn, and exhausted,  everyone walks away having lost a part of themselves.  
 
Whenever I have a flareup and cannot do what I think I ought to be doing,  I try to remind myself that to beat myself up only contributes to the suffering.  It is unnecessary and unkind.  The only invaders that need to be conquered are the voices of judgement and resistance to what IS in the moment.  What will heal me is compassion and patience.   Because this will pass, as it always has, and always will.  But instead of coming out of it more beaten up, I will get up from the couch, having recovered a part of myself. 

Yoga Burns Fat!

YOGA BURNS FAT.

Does that grab your attention? We aren't just sitting in pretzel postures chanting OM.....No sir, we are bringing up that heart rate and sweating! Check this quote out:

"Yoga is a known stress buster, but it's also one of the most effective workouts for fighting stubborn fat stores. The reason: Studies show that is lowers levels of stress hormones and increases insulin sensitivity - a signal to your body to burn food as FUEL rather than store it as fat." - Prevention Magazine

But we aren't just burning physical fat and getting more muscular (have you ever checked out a guy that practices yoga regularly? Hot.) We are also peeling away layers of emotional junk, stress, and ideas of who we think we are to unveil who we REALLY are. That's deep.

Yep, those of you who know me know that I claim yoga is MAGICAL. It transforms EVERYTHING, and you don't know how it's happening, it just IS. The only way to experience this magic is by trying it and sticking with it for a set amount of time-say, two or three times a week for a month.

Still intimidated by the pretzels in the room? I have news for you. You don't have to be physically flexible to do yoga. You just need flexibility of mind, willingness, and curiosity. What is your body trying to tell you? When you create some quiet time and space to move, breathe, and listen to your body, it will speak to you!

We are so often listening to "the experts" to tell us what to eat, and how to be healthy, when the real expert on your body is YOU. Maybe you have lost the connection with yourself while going through the motions of your very busy life. But the body is forgiving. Give it a little and it will respond exponentially with valuable information and gratitude.

Find a class to try. Don't give up after the first couple of classes or teachers. Seek until you find a good match for your abilities and needs. Find a partner to practice with so you can be supported and hold each other accountable. Consider taking a couple of private lessons to learn the basics. If you are a regular yoga practitioner, try some private lessons to take your practice to the next level and challenge yourself.

Schedule too limited for a class right now? Use a dvd, or download one of the many podcasts available to take with you while you travel. (For  35 minutes of sun salutations guided by yours truly, go to the Podcast link on my website)


I could write a book about the many blessings that yoga brings, and I may, so stay tuned. But for now, won't you please consider exploring this transformational, ancient, and still relevant practice?

Namaste,
Kendra

Super Green and Radiant Meal Replacement!

Super Green & Radiant Meal Replacement
 
 
Add all these ingredients to your blender and drink up! This recipe serves as a refreshing, mildly sweet, and satisfying meal replacement or addition to your diet for gentle cleansing. The flax seeds help balance hormones and spirulina is a powerful algae containing massive nutritional power! Vitamins, minerals, and major antioxidants all in one drink that will curb your cravings for sugar and refined carbs.
1 cup organic apple juice
1 Celery stalk
2 small collard leaves (can use spinach instead or chard as well)
1/4 cucumber (do not peel)
1/4 bunch of parsley (any type)
1/2 lemon (peeled, seeded)
1 Tablespoon Flax Seeds (or flax oil if you aren't using a super powerful blender, like Vitamix or BlendTec)
2 Teaspoons Spirulina (vegetarian/vegan protein source)
Add water or additional juice for preferred taste and texture
Makes approximately 12 oz.

For best results and freshness, keep in screw top mason jar and drink within 24 hours.
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