Saturday, December 10, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Many of us go through our days feeling rushed and stressed. We may find ourselves searching for a place to rest and be still, even for just a few moments. Serenity Spa and Soul Yoga is quickly becoming that place for many women in our area.
"Serenity is more than just a spa or a yoga studio," explains Andrea Tagamolila, Spa Director. "It is a wellness center. We really strive to provide the community with a place to gather, connect and truly transform."
Serenity offers a variety of spa services, including massage, facials, waxing and a variety of shower treatments that take place in a vichy shower, under a real rain bar. Serenity guests are also invited to spend some time in the spa's Zen Lounge, where cool water and a stream of fresh sunlight create a therapeutic environment for guests while they enjoy mint water or herbal tea. Guests can also receive a hot rock foot bath or other foot treatment while in the Zen lounge.
Serenity also offers daily yoga classes, through Soul Yoga. "We have two signature yoga courses," says Andrea. "Hot belly yoga - which is trademark and was created by our founder Tammie Fairchild - and seven spiritual laws of yoga, which is based on the teachings of Deepak Chopra."
Hot belly yoga based on the principles of the "Hot Belly Diet" and is a different type of hot yoga than what most yoga enthusiasts know. The heat in the room is generated from a boiling kettle that contains a unique blend of herbs. The heat it produces is described as a healing heat rather than a dry heat. "In hot belly yoga, toxins are expelled and the system is replenished," says Andrea. "The movements help to fire the digestive system. It is very different and quite powerful."
In the seven spiritual laws of yoga classes, the focus is on chakra balancing and toning. The class follows the seven spiritual laws of success as outlined by Chopra in his bestselling book.
Regardless of whether you are looking to work your body or rest your body, Serenity Spa has something to help you find balance, healing and transformation. "The philosophy at Serenity Spa is to help and serve others through touch and to heal others with the human hand and human heart," says Andrea.
Serenity Spa has two locations, in Roseville and Folsom. Visit their website for more details on services, classes and hours.
Serenity Spa is proud to be a sponsor of Care Begins with Me 2016.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
The pursuit of beauty, which has been a constant theme throughout recorded history, makes beauty seem like a mysterious gift granted only to the fortunate few. Even now in a scientific age, there’s the constant search for beauty secrets that will bring this gift to many more people. In fact, such a secret does exist, in our view. Instead of saying, “If I’m beautiful I will be happy, the secret is the reverse: “If I’m happy, I will be beautiful.”
This is the axiom of finding beauty from the inside out. There is a rising tide of evidence to show that our cells immediately respond to the inner events in our lives. Being unhappy is a state of mind and body, not simply the mind. There are medical consequences in terms of decreased immune response, for example, among people who are depressed, grief-stricken, lonely, or who have been suddenly terminated from their jobs. This isn’t news. What’s news-worthy is the finer detail, which indicates that no matter how microscopic the scale, all the way down to our genes, shifts in mental activity produce shifts in the wellbeing of cells.
Let’s accept for the moment that the best way to be beautiful is to be happy. Does that really improve the situation? The field of positive psychology, which is relatively new, has discovered that being happy isn’t a simple thing where one prescription works for everyone. And finding a path to increased happiness is tricky. Each of us has a kind of emotional set point we return to as our default. An outside event can cause the needle to move, making us temporarily happier than usual or unhappier. But over time we return to our emotional set point, even after the most extreme events.
Yet happiness is still the key, because two findings from positive psychology appear to be solid. The first is that a happy life is made up from happy days. In other words, waiting to be happy isn’t effective. Being happy today, here and now, is the best strategy. This ties in with the finding that our cells react to our moods. If you work for twenty years at a job that makes you miserable, waiting for retirement day so that you can finally be happy, then during those twenty years you amass cellular changes, including pathways in the brain, that imprint misery–something you will be carrying around biologically and psychologically for many years into your retirement.
What makes for a happy day? In the first post of this series we reduced this question to a matter of input. Our cells recognize only negative input and positive input. Experience is translated into chemicals that either benefit a cell or harm it. Therefore, by focusing on giving the mind-body system positive input every day and decreasing negative input, you are adding to your well-being overall. Here’s a sizable list of positive inputs to pay attention to, as first stated in our last post:
- Pure food, water, and air.
- Avoiding physical and emotional toxins.
- Unprocessed, natural, organic food.
- Nurturing relationships.
- Good sleep.
- Exercise that favors lightness, balance, flexibility, and gracefulness.
- Attitudes of appreciation and gratitude.
- A higher vision of life.
- Service to others.
- Satisfying, meaningful work.
- Mediation and yoga.
- Increased self-esteem.
- The sense of being in control.
- Feeling safe.
- Feeling as if you belong.
- Daily close contact with family and friends.
- Generosity of self through acts of giving.
- Being loved and loving in return.
As a practical matter, you can keep a journal that tracks these positive aspects of life, while at the same time tracking the negative aspects, which are simply the opposite of everything on the list. Most of these things are directly under your control, such as deciding to meditate, and others, such as being in a loving relationship, are things you have a voice in.
So choosing to be happy involves meaningful decisions, which brings us to the second discovery about how to be happy. Despite the effects of outside people and forces pulling against your happiness, and despite the emotional set point, it is estimated that 40-50% of a person’s happiness is dependent on choices made or not made. This is simply an average. It’s likely that some people grow much happier than the norm once they make steady, conscious, positive choices. We already know that such people have much better physical health than the norm, so it’s only logical that the same applies to wellbeing. In our view, “If I’m happy, I will be beautiful” is the beauty secret everyone has dreamed of.
By Deepak Chopra, MD and Kimberly Snyder, CN
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Check out this video & information from our partners, Dr. Suhas & Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar:
Khichadi is widely considered India's most traditional comfort food. It is easy on stomach, nutritious and a complete balanced meal in itself. From the Ayurvedic perspective, it is considered the core of Ayurvedic nutritional healing.
Khichadi is a delicious and creamy blend of organic long grain rice, organic split yellow mung beans and a proprietary blend of gentle organic whole herbs and spices that support detoxification and helps improve digestion.
Khichadi is probably India’s version of the chicken soup. It is eaten when one is sick, has an upset stomach, needs some comfort food or wants to eat light yet filling. Every household makes khichadi and the taste and style of cooking may differ depending on the way it is prepared and ingredients used. But a basic khicahdi is usually made from white rice, yellow, green or split moong dal and topped with some ghee. All these heal and soothe our digestive system. But khichadi is more than just a comfort food. It has numerous other benefits for our body.
- Wholesome meal: Khichadi is a balance of carbohydrate and protein. Moong beans additionally are a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It has all the 10 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Freshly-cooked khichdi eaten with pure cow’s ghee provides the right amount of macro-nutrients, complex carbohydrate, protein and fat. Adding vegetables to it makes it a complete meal.
- Gluten-free: People who suffer from gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, cannot process gluten which is storage protein found in certain grains like wheat, rye, barley. But they can opt to eat khichadi on a few days as it packs enough nutrition and yet is light and gluten free. Many people who aren’t suffering from this disease also opt for gluten free food as a lifestyle change. They too can eat khichadi.
- Balances dosha: This dish can be served any time of the day. It is known for its ability to detoxify the body and balance the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, Kapha. It is a tridoshic food which has a calming effect on the body and is a staple of an Ayurvedic diet. A delicious and nourishing dish of rice, moong cooked with ghee, salt and haldi (turmeric), adding the balance of basic elements – earth and water for increasing energy and immunity, fire for stimulating digestive enzymes.
- Easy to digest: Khichadi is soothing for the intestine and helps in settling an upset stomach when eaten with curd.
- Rinse rice and mung beans 3-4 times with water. Drain.
- In a medium saucepan sauté the Khichadi spice mix in 1 Tbsp. Olive oil or Ghee, on medium heat. (This step is important as spices release their nutrients in warm oil only.)
- Add washed rice and mung beans into the saucepan with 31/2 - 4 cups of water. Stir well and bring to a boil.
- Cover and reduce the heat to medium. Stir occasionally.
- After 10-15 minutes add fresh, chopped vegetables like zucchini, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, kale, baby carrots (of your choice).
- Continue cooking until the rice and mung beans are tender and have the consistency of hot cereal.
- Serve hot with Ghee and garnish with fresh cilantro. (Coconut flakes are optional)
Alternatively, rice cooker may be used to cook Khichadi. Simply mix the grains, spices, oil/Ghee, water and vegetables in the rice cooker and cook it
If not cleansing, add the following for a more nutritious recipe: 1-2 tsp of sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds, flax seeds and 2-3 Almonds and/or Walnuts
Khichadi is a perfect combination of carbohydrates, protein, fat and fiber.
Organic cumin seeds, Organic coriander seeds, Organic holy basil leaf, Organic fennel seeds, Organic peppermint leaves, Organic ajwain seeds (carom seeds), Organic ginger root and Organic black pepper.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Yoga is a lifestyle, and there are many different ways you can incorporate yoga into your daily life. Try this 30-day yoga challenge and get a month’s worth of transformational practices and ideas. You can add to your practice from the previous day or do one each day.