Mind + Body Beauty: Juice For Life

Since my juice cleanse in January, a lot has happened. My husband bought me a masticating juicer, and we’ve been experimenting with all kinds of fruits and veggies and nuts and what not. Truth be told, it’s more me than him. I do a cleanse once a month (to hit the reset button on my body), and I’m a huge fan of ginger shots.

Well, hubby decided that he wanted to do a cleanse for a day, so I put together three of my favorite basic recipes.

Orange Drink:
Oranges/Lemons/Ginger/Pineapple/Papaya
(alternative additions: Carrots/Mint/Grapefruit)
Green Drink:
Kale/Cucumber/Arugula/Romaine/Lemon/Ginger
(Possible Additions: Spinach/Dandelion/Fuji Apple/Broccoli/Cayenne)
Protein Smoothie:
Cashews/Organic Soy Milk/Organic Cacao Powder
(Possible Additions: Cinnamon/Dates/Filtered Water)
For his juicing needs, he had the orange drink as breakfast, two green drinks, and two protein smoothies. I normally do an orange drink, three green drinks, and one protein smoothie. There are other little drinks that I’ll make for sipping in between (Cucumber/Lemon/Mint is one of my favorites).
He’s at the end of his one day cleanse, and seems to be okay (I’ve been checking on him throughout the day.) Those amazing bottles are from Aquasana. They are 18 ounces and work like a dream. I’ve used other (smaller) bottles, but these are definitely my favorite.

Mind + Body Beauty: Changing My Perspective with UP Flying Yoga

I should probably start with a bit of history. I’m not new to yoga. I practiced actively for a decade or so… then left my mat for another decade {I see you trying to do the math and figure out my age :-). Cut that out.}

Last year, I went back to my mat with purpose. While I spent my youth practicing for exercise (and vanity), I began this time and set the purpose seek balance and acceptance.

This past Mother’s Day (what…being mommy to three dogs and a cat COUNTS), my amazing Husband asked me what I wanted… and I told him that I wanted Aerial Yoga lessons.

Say what?

I wanted to go ‘up’ in the air… invert…  let go… and really change my perspective. Aerial yoga seems like the perfect place to help achieve my purpose.

Today, I drove over to the UP Flying Yoga studio — declared myself an intermediate yogi — and dared Kimberly Simonetti to challenge me.

She did.

These swaths of silk suspended from the ceiling are the hammocks, and I soon learned… my best friend. Used properly, that fabric is as stable as the ground beneath your feet (well, maybe not MY feet… I live in earthquake prone California). I went from being skeptical (even after Kimberly told me the hammocks can hold 1,000 pounds), to being a massive fan. I felt like a kid again! I had to learn to really listen to Kimberly’s instructions so that I wouldn’t accidentally unravel. But eventually, I feel like I got the ‘hang’ of it…

I had the BEST time! Kimberly is very encouraging… and I found that I did best if I just closed my eyes and listened. Placement is everything. You don’t want to get up there and realize you haven’t secured yourself properly. I am so jazzed about this… I can’t wait to do it again!