50-something mom seeking balance, Hatha Yoga

Airport Survival Kit

Airport Survival Kit

Airport Survival Kit

Yes, I am on of those people that puts their legs up the wall in airports.

We recently had a lovely trip to Oaxaca, Mexico but had an unfortunate night “sleeping” in the Mexico City airport on our arrival trip and a 5 hour layover in Houston on our way home. Here are a few of my tips for staying well with these challenges:

Find a quiet corner of the terminal. Put your sweater/coat on the floor, lay down and put your shins up on a chair or take your legs all the way up the wall (my fav). This relieves stress and fluid buildup in the legs. If your hamstrings (back of the thighs) are tight let your hips rest a few inches away from the wall. If you’d like a deeper but still restful hamstring stretch let your hips be close to the wall.

I also like put my elbows on a window ledge or chair back and walking the feet back so the body comes to a right angle. This is a lovely shoulder opener and counteracts the forward rounding posture of our daily habits.

Lastly, instead of getting another caramel or mocha latte try Coconut Water. It’s a no fat, low calorie, high in potassium, yummy way to prevent dehydration.

Happy travels

4:00 Slump

We used to call it the “witching hour” at our house. Somewhere between 3:30-5:00 when Mom (or Dad) and kids are all a bit cranky, tired and hungry. Instead of reaching for a sweet and a big mug of tea or coffee try this Restorative Yoga Pose (Viparita Kirani) instead. Enjoy.

Liquid Sunshine

People often ask “Isn’t it better to eat the veggies instead of juice them?  What about all the fibre?”
Would you eat this big pile of raw veggies first thing in the morning?  I wouldn’t!
Also, you do get some fibre in your juice and the body assimilates the nutrients very quickly in their juiced form. And…it’s soooo delicious.

Liquid Sunshine

Liquid Sunshine

Perfect Morning Pancakes

High protein, high fibre, rich in Omegas and yummy!

tastes better than it sounds ~ really!

tastes better than it sounds ~ really!

2 tbsp ground chia seeds (I ground mine in the coffee grinder)
2 tbsp wheat germ
1 tbsp oat bran
pinch sea salt
3 pinches of cinnamon
»combine and mix well
half a banana, small dice
»add to dry ingredients, toss to coat
»add 2 eggs, mix well
»pour into lightly greased fry pan, preheated to medium
sprinkle top with pumpkin seeds
»when firm flip over

I served mine with no fat Greek yogurt a drizzle of agave and dried cranberries.  And I have one left over to take with me for a snack later today.  Happy food 😎

 (My sincere apologies to the originator of this recipe. I tried to track you down to give credit and couldn’t find it.)

A Joyful & Juicy Morning

A gorgeous glass of Cabbage Rose juice.  How could this day be anything other than awesome!

Cabbage Rose Juice and cacao cashew bliss balls.

Cabbage Rose Juice and cacao cashew bliss balls.

This recipe is from The Juicing Bible 2nd ed., Pat Crocker:

  • 1/8 cabbage
  • handful spinach leaves
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 apple