Sunday, July 27, 2008

Pink Berry Smoothie

So everyone is obsessing over the new Pink Berry ice cream, but for those who just need a cool sip of a smoothie made of ripe fresh berries the following recipe will do just the trick. Full of antioxidants and naturally sweet, treat yourself to this smoothie during the hot summer days.

Pink Berry Smoothie
1 1/2 Cup Cashew Milk, Almond Milk
1 Cup Frozen Raspberries
1 Cup Frozen Cherries
1/2 Banana (Frozen or Fresh)
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract (optional)
Squeeze of Lime Juice (optional)

Add the ingredients and blend on high again until fully smooth and broken down. Nice and cool, nutritious and refreshing in this summer heat. Enjoy!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Hyde Yoga Summer Sale!!!

Hi friends,
Just wanted to let you all know about the summer sale at Hyde. Save 25% off your purchases, just type in "summer" at the check out to save big! Send this to everyone you know. Thanks.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Check me out on the Hyde Yoga website

I am a huge fan of Hyde Yoga wear. Hyde makes clothing that feels comfortable, flattering, and easy to move in. I always tell my mamas to get Hyde pants and tops because they stretch well while your belly is growing and you can sport them postpartum as your body returns to your pre-baby shape.

I did a photo shoot with Hyde and am part of their home page photo montage and photos of me and my son are on their community page, please go check it out for yourself. 

While you're there check out the clothing and even buy online. You'll be so happy you did.

Tender Shoots Wellness-Website in full bloom!!!

Greetings Friends,
Many of you are familiar with my practice, Tender Shoots Wellness and have experienced some of our services first hand; culinary, yoga, nutrition.

I am pleased to announce the unveiling of my new and beautiful website, Tender Shoots Wellness. I am so proud of it and pleased to be sharing it with you all. Please go take a look when you have a moment. 

You will find detailed information about Tender Shoots Wellness services, and you can even sign up for holistic health consultations, green culinary services, and yoga privates online- just press the button, "Spring into Wellness" to sign up!

Although our focus is on serving prenatal women, our services extend to women who aren't expecting and men as well. 

Now you can go through my site to access the blog-
Keep up with what's happening with Tender Shoots Wellness- workshops, classes, and events.

Stay tuned for info on our site launch party to be held this fall.

Spring into wellness!

Thank you kindly for your support, 

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pose of the Month: Ardha Chandrasana (Half-moon)

Half moon Pose is a balance between heaven and earth. Rooting the standing leg into the floor, and extending the floating leg from the core, flexing through the foot- balancing in space. The moon provides glistening light- chandra, and illuminates the earth, guiding us into our dream space. The moon governs the tidal waters of the earth and the waters within the female reproductive system. This pose is great for finding extension, especially during pregnancy when you find yourself loosing space in the body.

Take Trikonasana
to the right side, with your left hand resting on the left hip.

Inhale, bend your right knee, and slide your left foot about 6 to 12 inches forward along the floor. At the same time, reach your right hand forward, beyond the little-toe side of the right foot, at least 12 inches.

Exhale, press your right hand and right heel firmly into the floor, and straighten your right leg, and lifting the left leg parallel (or a little above parallel) to the floor. Extend actively through the left heel to keep the raised leg strong. Be careful not to lock the standing knee: make sure the kneecap is aligned straight forward and isn't turned inward.

Rotate your upper torso to the left, but keep the left hip moving slightly forward. Beginners should keep the left hand on the left hip and the head in a neutral position, gazing forward.

Maintain the body's weight mostly on the standing leg. Press the lower hand lightly to the floor, using it to intelligently regulate your balance. Lift the inner ankle of the standing foot strongly upward, as if drawing energy from the earth into the standing leg. Press the sacrum and scapulas firmly against the back torso, and lengthen the tailbone toward the raised heel.

Maintain consistent breath. Stay in this position for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Then lower the raised leg to the floor with an exhalation, and return to Trikonasana. Then take the pose to the left for the same length of time.

  • Strengthens the abdomen, ankles, thighs, buttocks, and spine
  • Stretches the groins, hamstrings and calves, shoulders, chest, and spine
  • Improves coordination and sense of balance
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves digestion
Modifications and Props

Balance can be tricky in this pose for beginners. A wall is a useful prop, which you can use in one of two ways. Stand with your back to the wall, one leg's length away from the wall. Exhale and bend forward into a standing forward bend, then inhale and raise your left leg parallel to the floor and press the left sole against the wall. Start with your toes turned toward the floor. Exhale again and rotate your torso to the left; at the same time, turn the left leg and foot until the inner foot is parallel to the floor. Rest your left hand on the left hip. The pressure of the raised heel against the wall will help you maintain your balance. You can also perform the pose with your back to, and leaning against, the wall. These two options are best for pregnant women.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Mystic Journey Books- Journaling during Pregnancy

A good book is like having a garden in your Back Pocket

One day while drawing I came to the Zen realization that there is no art more glorious than the empty page. I set out to create handmade papers and books as a means of self-expression. A statement dwells in each particular pulp, each page. The integral content and suggestion of limitless potential lies in the dynamic space. A rustic method of breaking down organic matter to create something new and meaningful from what might be considered waste, has become for me a contemplative and intuitive process.

My books are made from a combination of handmade papers, and handcrafted imported papers made from organic and sustainably harvested plant fibers and produced by small family producers in India, Nepal, Brazil, and Japan primarily. I incorporate found objects from nature, tropical oilseeds from visits to Costa Rica and Brazil, fallen leaves from local New York maple trees, owl feathers, beads and seeds from all over the world, etc. Whatever I come across that inspires me gets incorporated into the work.

As an expectant and new mother there are so many joyous, eventful, uncomfortable, and blessed moments to record. During my pregnancy I wrote everyday, recording my thoughts, emotions, new sensations, fetal development, etc. I have a collection of these lovely books which will be a passed down to my son in his adult life. I encourage journal writing as a way to express your thoughts, but also to challenge your fears. Put it into the page.

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