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Day off Ceremony to feel Delicious

I’ve been working super hard this past month on numerous things. I’ve taken on extra hours in my part time retail job for the ‘big save’, Writing articles, planning summer workshops in belly dance with yoga & a kiddo yoga & art session. Not to mention garden renovation and the upkeep of my yoga study & practice. I took a day off from everything on Thursday to pamper myself and to enjoy ‘ dolce far niente‘ which means: “The Sweetness of doing nothing.” I leisurley woke up at 10am, did a gentle yin yoga stretch, read books and enjoyed making myself (and our bedroom) smell divine. It felt amazing to just be in the moment and take time out for myself and my mind. As a predominatly Vata dosha, my body has a lot of nervous energy and my mind is like the road runner, I am always thinking of new projects, pieces of art, things to write about and how to help others. It’s so important in this day and age to rest yourself completley so on this particular day off I titled it “Day off Ceremony to feel Delicious”, calling it a ceremony enables me to feel that is an important event rather than just your average “Day off” that gets wasted. Making it a ceremony also reminds me I am worthy of a beautiful ritual and so this was a gift to myself from my heart. Here are my instructions in case anyone would like to enjoy the ceremony too.

Day off ceremony to feel delicious:
*Shower and wash hair with Banana shampoo.
*Condition tips of hair with Honey strength restorer balm.
*Lather salted caramel body wash over skin.
*Once dry, massage chilli mango body butter all over skin.
*Spray Satsuma body mist gently over body.
*Notice that I smell like a yummy fruit salad.
*Light my jasmine & frangipani essential oil burner.
*Make light lunch with plentiful fruit.
*Drink a soothing, earthy Green tea from favoruite tea cup & pot.
*Read books that relax yet expand my mind.
*Draw a Mermaid.
*Prepare loving, Reiki infused Curry for Jonotron.
*Be grateful, give thanks, sending loving vibes round home, remain humble.

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What do you like to do to take care of yourself? What self care rituals and ceremonies do you like to do on your day off?

Kama Sutra Article: Bad Yogi Blog

Kama Sutra, Bad Yogi
My recent article with Bad Yogi has been published and this is my second to last piece for them as I will be taking a hiatus in writing for the rest of this year. I have one more article to produce for Bad Yogi and Yogi Approved alongside a prose poem for Rebelle Society and then that door will be ajar for a while. I may still publish something in the mean time, if the inspiration hits me at 2am on a Sunday morning and I need to write something so I am still staying open to the possibility and I am still connected to Bad Yogi and Yogi Approved, I just need to free up my personal time to concentrate on other endeavors so I can’t be committed to writing on a monthly basis for both platforms anymore. That being said, this recently published article about the Kama Sutra is probably one of my favourites as it’s a subject (alongside the chakras) that is close to my heart. All the illustrations are created by me also, so do have a read and enjoy learning more about the Kama Sutra.

“The Rig Veda states; ‘In the beginning there was desire and this was the first seed of the mind.’ Hindu cosmology believes that the process of creation emerged from primordial chaos and a frenzied sensuality. The idea of creation was manifested as an amorous act between the gods and goddesses; making the formation of the universe both sacred and erotic.

Everything in nature makes love in order to create new life and to rejoice in the beauty of spring. The ancient Indians viewed love and sex as highly important because it connects us to nature and to the cosmos. The pursuits of pleasure of the human body was seen as one way of being closer to the divine and thus attain spiritual union (or achieve Moksha) that one aspired for.

Much like the practice of Yoga, the Kama Sutra is hugely misunderstood around the world. The Kama Sutra is an ancient book of Love; it is not just a book of sex positions. There are 64 different positions that can be assumed during loving making and are actually one small part of the entire book. Kama Sutra literally translates to “love lessons” or “Desire Song” and was used as a guide for couples of all ages, courtesans to the king and was a great resource for the ancient holy women or priestesses residing in temples and were said to be a direct connection to deity and thus making love to them was extremely sacred.”

Read more and see the six positions illustrated elegantly by yours truly: 6 Kama Sutra Positions for wonderful Intimacy

The Health Benefits of Herbal Teas, Bad Yogi

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I enjoyed writing an Herbal Tea article for Yogi Approved so much that I wrote one for Bad Yogi as well.
This one includes four different herbal teas alongside Green Tea and Chamomile. I just love learning about herbs and I think one day I’ll own my own herb garden and little house somewhere with wooden beams so I can hang my herbs to dry. My best friend loves learning about essential oils and in her spare time she creates essential oil soaps and shampoos and I love researching old wives tales about herbal tinctures and concoctions brewed to help heal wounds, cure headaches and aid pain relief during child birth; and I like the idea that someday I’ll be creating home brewed herbal teas of my own for similar reasons (and for enjoyment too). It’s all very earthy and wild and I see myself being the eccentric wise woman on the end of her street whom people come to for advice or perhaps for some yoga and my house will be decorated with plants, dream catchers, vintage records, books galore! And objects collected from around the world, ah a girl can dream!

But without further adieu here is my Herbal tea article with Bad Yogi plus illustrations by a good friend of mine Esther Lankaar.

“An ancient Chinese proverb says: Better to be deprived of food for three days than of tea for one.

Tea has been a favorite beverage worldwide for hundreds of years. A pot of tea shared among friends can bring an air of enchantment to an afternoon, and a cup of tea with a book on a rainy evening can bring warmth and peace of mind to any restless soul.
The tea plant been called the Plant of Heaven for 4,000 years and has been highly valued as a drink of pleasure and as medicine.

Peppermint tea is famous for easing aches and pains associated with colds and flu, as well as headaches and bad breath. Rosemary tea on your scalp can encourage hair growth. Chamomile tea in your bath does wonders for your skin and aids relaxation. And Thyme tea is a powerful antiseptic and helps heal infections.”

Read more here: The Health Benefits of Six Herbal Teas

The Health Benefits of Herbal Teas

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I am obsessed with herbal teas and herbal remedies, as is my best friend who enjoys learning about essential oils and Aromatherapy, we just love talking about healthy and natural things that are good for the body! So I wanted to write a small article about popular herbal teas and their benefits. Another Herbal tea article will be published soon with Bad Yogi and that will consist of more teas to learn about.

“According to Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, drinking warm water can heal our bodies, provide digestive power and reduce metabolic waste. Warm water also helps your body burn calories and lose weight by increasing your body’s temperature and metabolic rate.

There are many more health benefits to drinking warm water, but most of us would rather drink something flavorful. Luckily, herbal teas provide flavor along with the health benefits of warm water and tea leaves. Adding herbal teas to your diet can make a positive difference in your health and wellness.”

read the whole article here: The Health Benefits of Six Herbal Teas

Why I have beautiful, healthy hair

A lot of people (including hair stylists) approach me and ask me all the time what my secret is when maintaining my curls, how do I keep my hair healthy and how do I make my ringlets look bouncy and beautiful?
Here I am going to share with you ten tips on how I take care of my hair.

1: I take Biotin supplements once a day
I take Biotin with Multi vitamins and Garlic each morning with Green tea. The word biotin comes from the ancient Greek word “biotos,” which means “life” or “sustenance.” B vitamins, and specifically biotin, help keep your skin, hair, eyes, liver, and nervous system healthy. Biotin is also a crucial nutrient during pregnancy, as it’s important for embryonic growth. Also known as vitamin H, biotin is one of the B complex vitamins that help the body convert food into energy. Biotin is known to be a great supplement to take for stronger, healthier hair, hair growth and sturdy nails. My hair was difficult to grow past my shoulders because it’s curly and would coil up once dry but Biotin has increased it’s growth rate and now the length of my hair is past my chest.

2: I use Olive Oil once a month
Put the moisture back into it by heating 1/2 cup olive oil (don’t boil it), and then liberally applying it to your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic grocery bag, then wrap it in a towel. Let it set for 45 minutes, then shampoo and thoroughly rinse. Olive oil is very beneficial for thick, dry hair (like curly hair) as it acts like a natural conditioner, helps rid the individual of dry, flaky scalp and gives your curls that gorgeous shine they deserve. If you prefer you can also use honey for the same effect.

3: I only wash my hair once a week
Constant shampooing can dry out your scalp and hair follicles by ridding your roots of their natural oils, especially if you have curly or thick hair and even with thin, straight hair; too much washing with chemicals can cause your body to over compensate the lack of natural oils which in turn creates a build up and your hair becomes greasy; it’s a vicious circle. The key is to abstain from washing your hair more than once a week, it’s tricky at first because your hair will look and feel greasy for a short while but eventually your hair will stop creating extra natural oils and essentially go back to normal.Coarse texture or natural curly hair takes longer to establish a good amount of natural oils, so shampooing can be pushed back to once a week. A person could refresh the hair/scalp mid-week, if necessary, by simply applying a conditioner and rinsing thoroughly. Some people can last an entire month before washing it. My Granddad never washed his hair with shampoo and instead would was with warm water and use a small amount of conditioner then let it dry naturally, his hair was abundant and so soft to touch.

4: I wait 30 minutes before I blow dry it
Once out of the shower, I dab my hair with a towel gently with a towel to soak up excess water and then I tie my hair up in a light bun to dry naturally. This allows hair to drink up moister from the remaining water in it’s follicles but did you know your hair is weaker when extremely wet so if you brush and blow dry it the moment you leave the shower you will damage it and it will be become brittle. It is best to leave it for at least 20 minutes so it can strengthen in prep for when you style it.

5:I dye my hair with natural henna
Using natural henna (which you can buy as a paste, powder or in blocks to heat up) means there are no chemicals being placed in my hair. Many hair dye products in your local chemist and supermarket are pumped with an array of harmful chemicals which can not only be detrimental to the health of your hair but the chemicals can be soaked up through the hair and into your blood stream which isn’t very nice for your body!

6:I add a table spoon of white vinegar to my shampoo to help wash out hair products
Unfortunately because I have a mass amount of frizzy curls, it is hard to maintain my hair without using products. I place Aussie curl protection serum first from root to tip, then a soft curling mousse to bring out the ringlets and tame the frizz and then lastly I add a small amount of thickening mousse to add volume and prevents the curls from falling out. This, however is not so great for the health of my hair, even though I only use styling products once a week it can still feel icky so a good tip for hair product users is to add a table spoon of white vinegar to your shampoo which really helps wash out any build up of chemicals left in your hair, it can wash away your natural oils too so do use a conditioner after to lock moisture in at the tips.

7: I eat a lot of avocado and rub it in my hair
Mash one ripe avocado and mix it with one egg yolk, add one tablespoon of coconut oil and massage the mixture into your hair and scalp, leave in for 15-20 minutes, then shampoo and condition. This hair mask will soften brittle and dry hair, will add luster and shine. I do this once every few months and if there is any avocado left I also rub it onto my face too. Click here for more Avocado beauty tips.

8: I give myself an Indian head massage
It is now a proven fact that massaging the scalp with oils is a great way to enable hair growth. It increases blood flow to the scalp, and good flow of blood occasionally is good for your hair growth. You can learn to self massage or treat yourself and visit a local massage therapist. If you are looking for hair growth by a head massage, then do opt for a massage at a spa once in a while by trained therapists. They are skilled in the techniques that increase the flow of blood to your scalp. The masseur applies pressure at the right points and this, in turn, stimulates the blood vessels on the scalp and helps in better absorption of oxygen by the blood vessels. Each hair follicle needs an equal amount of nutrients to go into them for the proper growth of each of the strands. So the more of the right kind of massage with the right technique the greater the chances of good hair growth. Regular head massage for hair growth with oil and, of course, a good shampoo will definitely boost up the hair growth rate.

9: I drink plenty of water and green tea
Water nourishes your entire body from the inside out and so this is a no-brainer. Green tea stimulates hair growth and gives it a glorious shine. Green tea is full of anti-oxidants and slows down the aging process too. I drink 2 cups a day While green tea comes from the same plant as black – camellia sinensis, it undergoes minimal processing, leaving it with more antioxidants and nutrients. It’s these antioxidants as well as presence of caffeine that help stimulate hair follicles and encourage growth. Green tea is a good source of panthenol, which is often used in shampoos and conditioners to strengthen hair. It also contains a unique amino acids called theanine. This amino acid along with panthenol work to strengthen the hair shaft and help prevent split ends. Green tea also has wonderful tonic and astringent qualities that seal in moisture and add shine and luster to hair. And the natural vitamin C in green tea can protect your hair and scalp from sun damage. And if you have scalp issues such as psoriasis or dandruff, green tea can bring relief from it.

10: I eat one cube of gelatin once a day
I do this mainly in the winter months. Glycerine and gelatin are amazing for hair growth, among biotin and protein from the diet, But you don’t need to simply ingest more foods with gelatin, like gummy bears, in order to try and reap the follicular benefits. There are two much more passive methods you can employ. Adding gelatin powder to your shampoo and conditioner is one way to see great benefits, or adding gelatin powder to a cup of tea once a day can also help promote hair growth.

I hope these ten tips help you all in some way to manage your hair? Very shortly I shall also do a top ten beauty tips for keeping your skin healthy and age slower.