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I am continually looking for things that will add to your experience at Soul Body Yoga. Check in often to see what I have found, enjoy insights from myself and other Soul Body Yoga instructors and keep up to date with our latest offerings.

Thank you for joining me.

Peace and Love
~Mina

13Sep

Four Things You Need to Know About Protein

, Posted in SBY

By Sarah Betts

The word protein originally comes from the Greek work proteos, meaning primary, or first. As the first substance to be recognized as a vital part of the body, protein has been one of the most focal nutrients in history, and for a good reason.

Proteins not only perform a wide variety of essential functions throughout the body, they actually make up about 20% of it and are critical parts of our cells, tissues and enzymes. From helping keep your immune system functioning properly, to repairing muscle tissue, creating enzymes and maintaining healthy hair, skin and nails, protein plays a vital role throughout the body. In order to play it's role well though, a few critical factors must come in to play:

  • The body must be supplied with a source of complete protein, comprised of all 8 essential amino acids.
  • The body must be able to properly digest dietary protein, breaking it down into its amino acid building blocks.
  • The body must be able to properly absorb the amino acids that the digestive process creates, meaning the intestinal wall needs to be healthy.As you can tell by the number of high-protein and low-protein fad diets out there, most of us are still scrambling to figure out just what amount of protein we need, not to mention how we digest and absorb it.

Figuring it all out is not as straightforward as following the recommended daily intake guidelines though. For example, you can eat just exact amount of protein the RDA suggests is healthy for you, but not actually supply your body with enough protein if you are not digesting well. Or, you could be eating too much protein with an unbalanced amino acid ratio, which prevents your body from efficiently using it.

06Sep

Pilates and Yoga—Not Pilates or Yoga (glad we offer you both)

, Posted in SBY

By Zoey Trap

This past weekend, I was teaching at the MINDBODY FitPro Conference and an attendee asked me, "So, are you a Pilates or yoga person?" I was surprised by this question and answered by asking her if I could be both? Moments later, I met another Pilates teacher who shared that she does yoga for herself and has no desire to teach it. She said yoga is her personal time and she just loves being a student. Yoga and Pilates are not competing practices, but rather complementary forms of exercise. September is National Yoga Month and it is a great time to look at what yoga and Pilates have in common and just how complementary they really are.

Pilates is known to be a fabulous physical and mental conditioning method. It is known for its ability to develop true core strength and improve neuromuscular efficiency, and today, science is beginning to validate these claims. Joseph Pilates spoke a lot about the mind/body connection and also wrote that his method "uplifted the spirit." Indeed everyday, countless students bounce out of Pilates studios across the country feeling better than when they came in. Joseph Pilates wrote that one's self esteem and health came from a balanced trinity of body, mind, and spirit, a philosophy shared by yogis.

31Aug

Well-ness Wednesday Yoga

, Posted by Mina, Posted in SBY

WELLNESS THROUGH YOGA

Moorpark, CA, August 29, 2012 – Take a break in the middle of the week. De-stress and renew to finish the week as strong as you started. SoulBody Yoga, Moorpark's local yoga studio and Vicki Wilson present Wellness Wednesday yoga class. Restore, unwind and refresh using breath and movement.

This class will focus on using the breath as a vehicle for movement in postures, sequencing of postures for safety and maximum benefit, and adjusting the breathing in the postures to facilitate relaxation.

16Aug

On Giving

, Posted by Mina, Posted in SBY

Some charities advertise, "Give 'til it hurts." These are strange words, since there is almost nothing that feels as good as giving. And you cannot give without receiving some reward. Offer a hug to someone and feel the sensations in your heart when they reach out to hug you back. Give a cookie to your child and bask in the smile that reaches across his face. Allow someone to move in front of you at the checkout line in the grocery store, acknowledge the other person's smile, and notice how good you feel.

If you wake up every morning feeling less than exceedingly grateful and utterly in love with life, find a way to give of yourself today: a smile, a hug, a compliment, a flower. Don't give 'til it hurts; give 'til it feels fantastic! Deepak Chopra writes, "Total commitment to giving makes receiving automatic—it is the other half of a natural cycle."

Centering Thought for Today:

"Today and every day I find simple ways to give to everyone I meet."

16Aug

Occupy Your Body

, Posted by Mina, Posted in SBY

by Steve Bearman

How much of your time do you spend in your body, and how much in your head? In our current cultural climate, it's easy to live a life of the mind and leave your body behind. Losing your body, however, is just as bad as losing your mind, negatively impacting your health and well-being, your relationships, and your overall aliveness.

We have all learned to think about our bodies. We've been fed a diet of ideas about how our bodies should be. Many of these ideas come from industries that profit off of us feeling bad about our bodies and wishing them to be different. As a result, learning to occupy our bodies, is a kind of political act. We need to reclaim our bodies so that we sense and feel them from the inside, rather than imposing a bunch of ideas upon them from the outside about how they ought to be.

Getting from being in your head to occupying your body isn't always easy. There are a few steps required:

  • You have to experiment and explore to find out what your body wants.
  • You often have to endure a period of discomfort while you become more attuned to your neglected body, as it comes back to life
  • Finally, you start to give your body more of what IT wants, and start to feel better and more alive as a result!
16Aug

How To Detoxify Your Body With Everyday Foods

, Posted by Mina, Posted in SBY

By Sarah Betts

"It can be strongly said that the health of an individual is largely determined by the ability of the body to detoxify."

-Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., and Michael Murray, N.D.,
Encycopedia of Natural Health

On average humans consume about 14 pounds of food additives (preservatives, colorings, flavorings etc.) each year, and are exposed to about 100 chemicals each day (Lipski 189-90). Dealing with this ever-increasing bombardment of foreign substances is no meager task for your body, so it's hardly surprising to realize that your ability to detoxify is becoming an increasingly more crucial factor in your overall health.

18Jul

Nurturing The Soul Retreat

, Posted in SBY

Ladies, this is for you! Guys, share this with the women you care about!

Women's Retreat. One Day. July 21, 2012

Ventura, CA

I'll be speaking and so will some of my friends!

  • Christa Rae Pacheco- Finally Receive as Much as You Give
  • Cybil Smith- E.N.R.I.C.H. Your Relationships
  • Diane Lopez- Keeping it Real- The Elements of Change
  • Dr. Elizabeth Topp Ph.d - Alternative Notions of Body
  • Helen Piceno- Intuitive Healing: How does your spirit speak to you?
  • Janice Melvin - Medical Intuition - Body Awareness
  • Jean Steel - One More Thing & I'll Explode- Managing Change
  • Lori Sortino-Who Am I & Where Do I Belong? Exploring Authenticity
  • Michelle Kapture - Body Acceptance Allows the Journey to Flow
  • Karen Palmer - 5 Steps to Connect with Your Pet Spiritually
  • Sharon Elvin - The Energy in Energy Healing
  • Sumac- Finding Bliss

You can click here for Information and Registration.

Here's more about it. Please share with friends.
To be removed from future mailings about Nurturing The Soul, reply with "Remove Me" in the subject line.

In essence, Nurturing The Soul events exist because one woman talked to another woman about bringing together like minded individuals and creating a nurturing space for women. What do women really need and want?

  • To meet, talk to, and connect with other women who share their values.
  • To be reminded of their truth, their beauty, and their strength.
  • To be in beautiful, comfortable surroundings and eat good healthy food.
  • To be rejuvenated, renewed, enlightened and inspired.

The format is designed so that you are invited to practice:

  • Letting go of the need to control.
  • Seeing how spirit leads the way when you turn over the reins.
  • Listening to your inner wisdom and
  • Aligning with your personal truth.

I am involved because I believe in this project. It was introduced into my life by my friend Jean Steel, and it answers so many needs in women's lives. Help us pass it forward!

With Love,

Lori Steed Sortino

14Jul

Lightness of Being

, Posted by Mina, Posted in SBY

By Marla Apt

Have you ever felt awe watching a seasoned yogi in Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand)—seeming to be both light and steady, focused and solid? Or maybe you've been surprised to hear that, at 93, B. K. S. Iyengar often begins his morning yoga practice with a 30-minute Sirsasana. Yes, it takes years to achieve this kind of mastery. But a balanced, informed approach to how you practice is the key to gradually building duration in any pose. It just might also bring you more joy on and off the mat.

One way to cultivate a strong, steady, and safe Headstand is to practice with an understanding of the three gunas: the qualities or forces of nature known as tamas, rajas, and sattva. You can recognize the qualities of tamas as physical or mental heaviness, inertia, and immobility; of rajas as effort, firmness, vibration, and action; and of sattva as clarity, luminosity, and balance. Although the three gunas are always present in varying degrees, it's common for tamas or rajas to take center stage, masking the clarity and luminosity of sattva. When tamas dominates your yoga practice, your body and mind will feel dull and lethargic. And when rajas is predominant, you may find yourself overworking and struggling through every pose.

Thankfully, it's possible to practice in a way that cultivates the quality of sattva in your body and mind. While you practice this sequence leading to Salamba Sirsasana, you'll start to see how activity and effort help to pierce through sensations of immobility and heaviness. You'll bring intelligent movement (sattvic qualities) to your shoulders and upper back in order to encourage a feeling of clarity and lightness in each pose as well as in your practice overall. When this happens, you can safely increase the amount of time you spend in any pose, including Headstand.

This practice has the added benefit of increasing the flexibility in your shoulders and the strength in your upper back. Not only will you learn how to stand tall in Headstand, but you're also likely to feel your posture improve, even with two feet firmly on the ground.

After You Finish

It's far better to hold a solid 30-second Sirsasana that has sattva's quality of lightness and clarity than a three-minute pose that is loose and collapsed or strained. After you've rested in Balasana, be sure to take Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand) or one of its variations, such as Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) or Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose) to balance the stimulating and heating qualities of Sirsasana.

11Jul

The Key to Raising Enlightened Children

, Posted by Mina, Posted in SBY

By Anmol Mehta

The Right Way to Raise Children

To answer this question, of how best to raise our children such that they will not be dominated by their ego's and thus, have a deep connection with their True Nature, I found the above quotes of enlightened master Jean Klein very insightful and helpful.

The following excerpt is from his great book, The Ease of Being. It consists of 2 questions and Jean Klein's answers to them.

The Right Way to Raise Children:

Q. Can one raise a child in freedom from the "I"?

A. To free the child from an image, you must first be free, free of all qualifications – particularly from the image of being a father. Preserving the father-image arouses the need to fulfill all that defines a father and, in turn, your child must fulfill all that defines his relationship to you. Then there is a kind of mutual imprisonment.
Only when the contact is no longer between two images, but between being and being, is communion possible. Then we speak of love.

Q. If there is complete acceptance, one dosen't question?

A. If there is acceptance, there is no longer any question. But acceptance is not a a passive position. On the contrary, it is highly alert, attentive, active. You are totally aware of all you accept. In accepting things there is intelligence, and in this intelligence you are completely appropriate to every situation, to every living being. You stop adding fuel to your ego, to your fathership. And then your child is free, for your observation remains constantly fresh. In this freedom, he grows.

When you are aware of your child, when you are open to him, you know exactly what he needs, for there is immediate understanding of his way of communicating, of his movements, and so on. In other words, projecting stops. We can even say this openness is love.

02Jul

Kale, Mulberry, Quinoa and Fresh Fruit Salad

, Posted by Mina, Posted in SBY

A great summer treat idea from Yoga Earth

  • 1 tablespoon Organic Maca Powder (Use all purpose flour if you can't find maca)
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5 cups raw kale, washed and torn from the stem into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup dried Organic Mulberries
  • ½ cup chopped Raw Cashews
  • 4 ripe apricots, pits removed and sliced thin
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries

In a small mixing bowl combine the maca powder, orange juice, honey, tahini, cayenne, olive oil and salt. Whisk to combine until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Place the kale leaves in a separate large salad bowl. Pour the dressing over the kale and massage with clean hands or two wooden spoons for several minutes until the color of the kale transforms to an emerald green and begin to soften. This step is really important because it helps break down the starches in the raw kale leaves making them more tender, delicious and easy to digest! Then add the quinoa, mulberries, cashews, apricot slices and blueberries. Toss to incorporate and season to taste with more salt and pepper if desired.

Enjoy immediately or pack with you for a perfect picnic meal!

15Jun

Yoga is the practical application of timeless knowledge to our lives.

, Posted by Mina, Posted in SBY

Yoga is the practical application of timeless knowledge to our lives.

Realized knowledge has a different effect upon our consciousness than memorized knowledge because it leads us to a natural and effortless application of that knowledge. Knowing what is good for us has value, but being able to act on that knowledge has an even greater value.

This is because the absorption of knowledge is most profound when it arrives through experience.

We cannot pretend to be detached when someone dies, we must experience the grief and pain to reach that state of peace. All these experiences of grief in our lives work on our relationship with death, gradually preparing us for our own death.

08Jun

Are You Listening To What Are Your Feet Telling You About Your Whole-Body Health?

, Posted by Mina, Posted in SBY

Do you ever experience foot cramps? Arch pain? Tight calves and Achilles tendons? Do your toes drift, buckle, or twist because you're spending too much time in flip-flops? How much time do you spend each week paying attention to your toes & feet?

Really, think about this... is your answer... Never? Only when they hurt? Less than 5 minutes a week? 5-10 minutes 2-3 days a week? 15 or more minutes 3-5 days a week?

Do you notice any correlation to how your feet feel, and how much love and attention you're giving them to keep them fit and feeling better.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association almost 80% of the American population experiences foot pain! 80%!!! That's darn near everybody! And women, we have way more foot problems than men. (Way to go with our shoe choices...)

If you've already fallen into the majority, please note there are lots of easy exercises you can do to help your feet feel better. And NOBDOY should have to live with foot pain!

01Jun

Yoga as Therapy for Autism

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Written by - Lucia Cockcroft

Yoga as Therapy for Autism
Before writing for The Daily Greens, teaching yoga, and becoming a mom I was a teacher in the public school system for 6 years. I had the pleasure of teaching Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade as well as Health, General Chemistry, and Honors Chemistry at the high school level for the bulk of the time.

During my teaching days I witnessed students and families face a multitude of challenges, one of the most frustrating being an autism diagnosis. Autism is a disorder that appears during the first 3 years of life, which affects the brain's development of social and communication skills. 1 in 100 children in the U.S. now seem to be affected by autism compared to 20 years ago where 1 in 1,000 were diagnosed. This increase can possibly be attributed to more stringent diagnosis criteria, however, for the individuals and families dealing with autism it is still just as challenging.
20May

How to Bring Happiness in Your Life

, Posted by Mina, Posted in SBY

By Darshan Goswami

Don't worry, be happy." This sounds like such a simplistic phrase, but there is great power and wisdom in it. This tells us to focus on what we want rather than what we don't want. When we focus on what we want, our actions take us nearer to our goals in life.

One way to guide your life toward happiness is simply to count your blessings. Dr. Myers points to research showing that people who pause each day to reflect on the positive aspects of their lives (for example, their health, friends, family, education, freedom) are more likely to experience positive feelings and happiness.

These are the principles I use to be happy. They work for me, and I hope they work for you:
  1. Improve your relationships with friends and family – Happiness starts at home. Start by improving your relationship with your parents, brothers, sisters, and children. Smile when you greet them, do things for them, don't allow them to get angry with you. Maintaining healthy loving relationships and friendships can promote happiness. Remember that love makes you beautiful.
  2. Be an optimist - Optimism generates good feelings.
  3. Develop a genuine smile and laugh a lot - Act happy - It works. Smile into the mirror for a half hour without stopping. Smiling makes you happy and the more you smile the more happy you become. We all like people who smile. It also makes us more attractive.
  4. Pray - Become religious or spiritual - This only works if you believe in God. If you want to be happy then ask God to make you happy. Prayer helps you accomplish things.
  5. Be generous and share with others - Give more than you receive because being generous will make you happy.
  6. Treat time as a friend - Don't watch the clock.
  7. Exercise your mind - Keep yourself busy with some new project or ideas.
  8. Work your body - Exercise regularly. Studies show that aerobic exercise is an antidote for mild depression and anxiety. "Happy minds reside in sound bodies," says Dr. Myers.
  9. Have fun in life - Keep cool under pressure.
  10. Pursue achievable goals.
  11. Have high confidence in yourself.
  12. Respect the disadvantaged.
  13. Age gracefully.
  14. Give compliments - Take every opportunity to be complimentary. Want to make someone like you? Every time you meet a person smile and give them a compliment.
  15. Be honest - With honesty comes openness. People respect honest and open minded people.
  16. Keep an open mind - Most people seem to think that they know everything that they need to know. There's plenty of wisdom to go around.
  17. Treat difficulties as challenges –Life's an adventure and every obstacle in life is one of its challenges. Treat life as a game. What fun would a game be if you could never lose?
16May

Speaking of the Warrior Pose

, Posted by Mina, Posted in SBY

Awakening The Inner Warrior - Stoking The Fire Within

There are certain personality archetypes that we all carry within us, such as the inner child, the lover, and the mother. Some of these archetypes present themselves strongly, while others lay fallow. For example, there is an inner warrior in each one of us, but in some of us this warrior is underdeveloped to the point that we are unable to stand up for ourselves, even when necessary. There can be many reasons for this. We may have grown up with a parent whose warrior aspect was overdeveloped, and we responded by repressing ours completely. On the other hand, we may have grown up with parents in whom this aspect was dormant, so we never learned to awaken it in ourselves.