April 2019


April Wellness  |   words from Kate

The family went to Lake Powell this past weekend and I got to have the house to myself. I am not sure why though there is something nice about being alone to putter around the house. This happens to me about once a year, and this year I am patting myself on the back because I took some downtime (kinda). I spent most of it resting, cleaning, clearing and decluttering, and, because I was in my "flow," it seemed like I had endless time. I was able to get everything accomplished without feeling stressed. In addition to decluttering parts of my house, I got to declutter parts of my brain, and it is so cool to see and feel how they both support each other. I had been struggling with sitting down and organizing all my thoughts and ideas for the upcoming retreat. I had so many thoughts and wonderful ideas, but they were jumbled in my head. Just to take a break from the mental yo-yoing, I decided to go and clean and clear my kitchen and living room area. When I finished, I noticed I had a much easier time organizing my thoughts, my inspirations and drawing up daily outlines for the retreat.

Hmmm, I wonder what will be unleashed when I organize the “stuff” closet next! What needs to be decluttered in your life?

In-joy!

Kate

 

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Wellness Tip | a little lemon water goes a long way

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Adding lemon juice to your water is simple action that you can take every morning to cleanse and energize your body. In fact, drink lemon juice in warm water on an empty stomach can have amazing impacts on your overall health! Lemon juice contains citric acid, which assists digestion and detoxification as well as supports liver function. Here's a fantastic list of benefits from the Edison Institute of Nutrition.

  1. As a rich source of vitamin C, lemon juice protects the body from Immune system deficiencies.

  2. Drinking lemon juice with warm water every morning helps in maintaining the pH balance of the body.

  3. With its powerful antibacterial properties, lemon juice helps fight infections

  4. Acts as a detoxifying agent.

  5. Helps with maintaining digestive health.

  6. Along with vitamin C, lemons are also a rich source of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium etc.

  7. Helps fight common cold

  8. Lemon water is also a popular remedy for many kinds of skin problems ranging from acne, rashes and wrinkles to dark spots.

  9. Lemon juice with warm water helps in quick weight loss as it promotes digestion and increases the metabolic rate.

  10. Lemon juice is also very effective at cleansing the liver as it promotes the liver to flush out toxins

  11. Lemon’s anti-inflammatory properties help in fighting respiratory tract infections, sore throat and inflammation of tonsils.

  12. Lemon juice with warm water helps keep the body hydrated as it provides electrolytes to the body.

  13. Drinking lemon juice with warm water also helps reduce joint and muscle pain.

  14. Lemon juice with warm water is also good for your dental health as it helps with toothache and prevents gingivitis.

  15. Lemon juice with warm water helps with digestion and hence, helps regulate natural bowel movement.

 


Mindful Moment  |   heart & head meditation

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When there's a lot to accomplish we can often feel cluttered by feeling of overwhelmed or stuck in our heads fussing over "to lists." Here's a 3 minute meditation that aligns the head and heart. This meditation is especially helpful when your are feeling discombobulated or so cluttered you don’t know where to start!

Before your start, set a timer for 3 minutes so you do not need to worry about counting your breaths.

  • Sit comfortably with your eyes closed, back tall and relaxed, shoulders relaxed, face and jaw relaxed.

  • Let go of tension in the low back, hips, thighs, feet and toes. An easy way to do this is say aloud “it’s ok body, you can relax. You can relax your shoulders, your hips, your toes, you can relax all of you.”

  • Then gently place your right hand over your heart. 

  • Take a deep inhalation and exhalation, imagining your breath is being drawn into and release out through your heart.

  • When your timer chimes, come to a close by slowly opening your eyes. 

  • See if you can gently focus your eyes on something beautiful in the room you have not noticed before or it has been a long time since you noticed.

 


Only ONE Space Available!   |   is it for the one and only you?

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Whole Being, Wellbeing Retreat

Isla Holbox, Mexico, May 14-19

Join me for 6 days and 5 nights on a tropical island away from it all! Receive daily massages, inner journeying exercises, guided visualizations, movement classes, sessions on the BioMat, the IMRS 2000, and the Chi machine AND wholesome, deeply nourishing, and incredibly delicious snacks and meals. Come join us for great conversations, connection to self, local activities, and above all lots of fun. 

$3300 meals + private room | $2800 meals + shared room

*payment plans available

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