6 Weeks of Savings

Every week from now until January 3rd, 2015 we are offering you some of our favorite products at a discounted rate.  Stock up on your favorites or share them with someone this holiday season.  These products make the perfect stocking stuffers!



Week 1 Nov 24th  – Nov 29th 15% off SpaRitual Nail Polish
Week 2 Dec 1st – Dec 6th 15% off Hylunia Healing and Restoring Cream10% off all other Hylunia Product
Week 3 Dec 8th – Dec 13th 15% off Aloha Bay Small Votives10% off all other Aloha Bay Candles
Week 4 Dec 15th – Dec 20th 10% off All Liters of Shampoo and Conditioner
Week 5 Dec 22nd – Dec 26th 15% off Rishi Herbal Tea
Week 6 Dec 29th – Jan 3rd 15% off Banyan’s Triphila10% off all other Banyan Product

Twelve Days Of Yoga Holiday Class Special

This December, come join us for a our Yoga Holiday Special, the 12 Days of Yoga.  This special sampler class will feature all of our talented yoga instructors teaching a full spectrum of yoga styles and topics.  This series will keep you focused and engaged while we prepare for the holidays.  Please call to reserve your spot – space is limited and filling up fast.

We are offering ALL these great classes for one low price of $30.
This event has a value of $96 with a savings of over $66.  You may drop into any class for our regular drop-in rate of $8 / class.


Classes and times included in the 12 Days of Yoga special are below.

12/8 7:00 p Beginning Yoga- Monica
12/9 4:30p Sun Salutations with Emily
12/10 6:00p The Sun, The Moon, and The Lotus with Josiah
12/11 8:30a Restorative Yoga with Emily
12/12 7:00p Mediation with Josiah
12/15 7:00p Beginning Yoga with Monica
12/16 4:30p Sun Salutation with Emily
12/17 6:00p The Sun, The Moon, and The Lotus with Josiah
12/18 8:30a Get Fit Yoga with Emily
12/19 7:00p Meditation- Josiah
12/22 7:00p Family Yoga*- Monica
12/23 4:30 p Family Yoga*- Emily
* Family yoga – can bring two children per parent/adult

A Smokey Flame

The ancients considered undigested matter to be the basic material that, after it builds up in the body, disrupts normal processes and accelerates the disease process.  The ancients used fire as a metaphor to encapsulate lots of healthy eating wisdom.  As we move into the holiday season, try using the metaphor of fire to aid you in making food choices.  A few gentle adjustments to our eating habits over the next two months can lead to fewer bouts of indigestion.

To keep our fire healthy, we should eat in such a way that we burn (digest) all our food with as minimal ash (bathroom waste) left over as possible.  Then, we want to dispose of the ash as fast as possible so it doesn’t accelerate the disease process.  We do this by keeping our fire pit (stomach) clean, choosing cleaner wood (food) to burn, and tending to the flame (acids and enzymes) so that it stays at a consistent burn.  This last bit happens in the short term, meal per meal, and over the long term as we nurture digestive system function and vitality.

While the advice encapsulated in the metaphor of fire can fill a whole weekend seminar, here are two gems to think about that help us avoid creating a smokey digestive fire this holiday season.

1: The stomach is a single pot.  – Think of cooking rice.  What would happen if you added a second serving of rice to the pot about half way through cooking?  If you were to serve the rice when the first half finished cooking, you would have a whole bunch of crunchy rice ruining the meal.  If you were to keep cooking until everything finished cooking, half of the pot would be pure mush.  It means we should fully digest each meal before we eat again.

The stomach empties fully in four hours, so hold off on snacks for a while after your meals to decrease indigestion.

2:  Water puts out fire.  –  Water douses a flame, and the same is true for your digestive fire.  Stomach acids and digestive enzymes work better in stronger concentration and with elevated temperature.  By diluting your digestive chemicals you slow down the speed and effectiveness of your digestive fire.  The result is a poorer performing digestive process that results in increased indigestion.  Basically the advice is to drink fewer liquids with meals, and when possible switch the liquids you drink closest to meals from cold to hot beverages.

Remember:  Eating poorly over the holidays is a tradition!  Enjoy the special moments and times with loved ones fully.  Do what you can to keep your digestion happy and your heart.

Caution:  Feast day meals are not the real problem, no matter how bloated and rough you may feel from your indulgences.  The long term habits that dim our digestive flame are the ones that lead to the deepest problems down the road.

Washing Your Nose With Neti Pot

Over the last several years the neti pot has gotten a lot of media attention.  For three years I had the great pleasure of working with and living next door to the man who designed and developed the most popular neti pot on the market.  As such, I have a few insights on the matter. The neti pot saline rinse is classified as one of the primary Karma Kriyas, or cleansing actions, in India’s medical system.  Saline rinse has been a part of many cultures throughout history, but our current neti pot health trend stems from the growing popularity of yoga. For yogi’s, neti kriya is an important preparatory practice that leads to pranayama, or breath control practice.  While most of us won’t be doing pranayama, the health benefits that the
neti pot offers make it worth having.

There is one key word that you need to think about with neti pot: mucus.  Basically, by using the neti pot regularly, you support a healthy mucus layer in your nose.  This nose mucus is part of our immune system.  One of its functions is to capture and hold large debris and other icky things that enter our nose as we inhale.  This sticky fly-paper property keeps pathogens and debris from getting deeper into our sinuses and lungs.  Our body naturally restores and cleanses this mucus by pushing the old debris filled mucus down into our stomach to be burned. Problems arise when our nose mucus becomes dry and thick.  This causes the mucus to lose its stickiness, and thus decreases its effectiveness.  Once the mucus thickens and dries, our bodies have a harder time moving it down into our stomach, which leads to further build-up.  Consider any pathogens trapped in your mucus as time bombs.  Do you want them lingering? So how does the neti pot work?  The answer is very simple.  By running salt water over the mucus membranes, you keep them healthier and your mucus thinner.  Thin mucus flows more easily to the stomach.  The immune system components at the nose work at peak performance.  You stay healthier.  End of story. We buy a “neti pot” mostly so that we don’t make a HUGE mess while trying to get the salt water rinse up into our nose.  Trust me, it’s worth it.  Neti kriya practice is not for everyone.  However, it is a viable wellness option. Many people report that it increases their immunity and mental focus, minimizes sinus irritations, eliminates some of their headaches, and creates a deeper energetic balance throughout their whole being.

REMEMBER:  Several food categories cause the body to create excessive mucus.  Unfortunately dairy is one of the worst for this.  Mucus also dries out when we breathe lots of dry air.  Like, when our home heating systems are turned on all winter long.  Basically, we live in a climate and are part of a culture that makes us susceptible to those exact nose mucus problems that the neti pot helps regulate.

CAUTION:  Neti has very few side effects.  However, it can create too much dryness in the nose and sinuses from its frequent use.  If that happens, talk to an expert about nasya practice.  In my many years of using it, the most common issues people have with neti pot practice are simple mental obstacles and aversions.

To Spot a Sneak Pt. 3

I find again and again in my practice that people look to be fixed. They want a product that changes them. They look to have something done TO them to create wellness. The problem is that they are so focused on the external cure, that they miss the wealth of benefits that can be had by working internally.   For a variety of reasons, we choose not to see our role in the process.   By working to adjust our attitudes, groom healthy habits, and to cultivate healthy perspectives, we open a huge world of potential ways to increase our health and happiness.

Have you ever wanted a piece of home gym equipment? That wonderful advertisement shows how good you can look. It seems so easy, and the results are exactly what you are looking for, right? However, we all know that without internal attitudes such as focus, determination, will power, flexibility, and goal setting, the only exercise it will give us is when we dust it.

Don’t let wellness sneak away from you. Look in both external and internal directions and you will catch a little more health and happiness.

Caution: Before you buy it ask yourself, “Will I use it?”

Worksheet: Make a list of five items/projects that will increase wellness in your life. Now under each of these, write down all of the habits that you have to create in order to make them work the way you want them to. The gym needs a schedule; the juicer needs fresh fruits and a recipe etc…. Next, write down the attitudes needed to keep each of these habits up over time. Do you need will power, positivity, how about aggressive focus, anger over your current situation? Last, make a list of the top five attitudes and put them next to your five items/projects. Now you have a list that is balanced with both external and internal goals that support and enhance each other.

Remember: Very often, you are both the cause of the disease, and the cure.

To Spot a Sneak Pt. 2

Take a moment and meditate. Stop and do it right now before reading on.

What happened? Did you know what to do? Even if you haven’t done it before, I bet an image came into your mind. Maybe you even adopted the posture you’ve seen in pictures. We’ve all seen that meditating frog somewhere. He sits with legs crossed and with middle finger and thumb touching, eyes closed. Maybe you sang out, “OOOOOMMMMM.”   But what happened? Did you really meditate? Just because you copied the picture did you get the result?

The sneaky trait of wellness that I want to point out today is that wellness doesn’t actively hide from us. It’s just that we have trained ourselves to focus on traits wellness often lacks. We can point to our cultural biases towards youth and activity, the pace and saturation of media input, and our own desires for stimulation and approval. We have adopted habits that rush us headlong towards shiny things, instead of the plain-Jane. This is where we miss opportunities for wellness. Wellness is often simple, lacking that stimulating “shininess” that keeps us engaged.

Please pay attention when you get caught up in the glitz and glamour of the newest fad. Is the quick fix product over-promising a cure?   Living in America provides amazing opportunities to be healthy and happy, but we need to remember that our culture and our media have their own agendas. Those agendas are not necessarily your health and happiness.

Caution: Bigger, Sexier, Shinier, Younger, and Newer are not always best when it comes to wellness.

Remember: Wellness is not an image. The meditating frog can’t teach us to actually meditate. What’s more, our cultural assumptions about the image and the way it’s delivered make an impression that guides our actions. If these impressions are guiding us away from wellness, then they are a barrier. Does that meditating frog create disdain for meditation?

Experiment:   Grab a watch or clock. Walk into the next room and for thirty seconds mentally catalog everything in that room that is the color red. Don’t write anything down, it’s an experiment.   Read on after you come back.

Experiment Results: Give yourself one point for everything in the room that you can remember. But only for things that were blue. Tricky, I know. Wellness sneaks by us in just this way.

To Spot a Sneak Pt. 1

Having worked in the wellness industry for 13 years, I have come to understand that wellness is in fact quite sneaky. It sneaks up on us without our awareness. Wellness also sneaks away of its own accord. We simply don’t know how to grasp it and where to look for it. That fact alone is a barrier to us staying well. If we knew what truly helped us stay well, I imagine we would do a little more of it.

The image I have is of Elmer Fudd sincerely looking at me, whispering loudly, “ Be verwy verwy quiet. We’re hunting wellness.” Like our dear friend Elmer we are just a bit off the mark when it comes to efficiently hunting our goal.

Through the years I have found three major ways in which wellness sneaks by us unknowingly. We’ll start with subtlety.

1: Wellness actions are sneaky in their subtlety

When you eat a habanero pepper, you know it. Your watering eyes, red face, and immediate unrelenting desire for a drink all tell you, “Yep, I ate a pepper.” If things that increased our vitality and equilibrium gave us such easy to read cues, we’d know what they were. They would be obvious and thus much more easily accessible. However, beneficial actions, foods, and herbs often build up our strength gently over time. They are like a bank account slowly and steadily accumulating interest. When we fail to notice their positive benefits for us, then we are much more likely to let them go as a part of our wellness routine. We miss their potential and often falsely flag them as unhelpful and only return to them reluctantly, if ever. An herb, say turmeric, will often sneak into our lives for half a bottle of tablets or so and then out again without us truly knowing what it was doing for us. We failed to pay attention to the subtle signs and gentle benefits we were receiving and thus allowed the herb to fall away from our practice.

A great example comes from yoga. New students often fail to grasp the deep benefits they have been receiving and thus decide to drop out after a series or two. Very often I will get a call from these same students asking to sign back up three weeks later.   (Three weeks without yoga is enough time for all of their pains and fatigue to come rushing back.) That’s when they notice. It is only then, when they were feeling well and lost it quickly, that the change is large enough for people to really feel the wellness benefits they were receiving. Now they know yoga was good for them. It took a strong cue to grasp it.

Experiment: Try something for three weeks, and then stop cold turkey as in the yoga example to get a stronger cue. You can feel the changes best only after you’ve been doing something consistently and then suddenly stop.   Discomfort is a stronger cue then health.

Remember: Look for subtle cues of increased health such as less pain and less fatigue.

Caution: Quick and bold fixes sound great, but true wellness often sneaks in quiet, gentle, and slow ways.

What A Muscle Needs

Muscles are wonderful things. They tend to us in many ways. They scratch our backs. They let us move mountains and give each other hugs. Have you ever thought about what you can do for your muscles? There are five simple things that your muscles need every day. Keep these five things in mind so you can create more balance in your fitness routines as well as your lifestyle in general.

They are: stretch, squeeze, sweat, fuel, and rest.

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