“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

– Albert Einstein

Awareness

“Being here is a gift. I am inspired by the wind, the smells, the vibes, the howling monkey’s and oh the smiles of those that greet me along the winding paths of this beautiful retreat center off the coast of Nosara. Sometimes we have to go to these extremes to know who we are …” 
This was what I wrote on my trip to Costa Rica a few winters back. Just days after returning from Costa Rica, I wrote the entire story of my transformational journey while on a trip in northern Virginia, I jumped at the opportunity to nestle up in a cozy cabin to absorb and translate all that happened during my most balanced, inspired week. This is the first release of my days in Costa Rica and all that ultimately brought me back to balance.

Explore- Finding Balance in Costa Rica


Movement

Anjaneyasana (AHN-jah-nay-AHS-uh-nuh) – Crescent Lunge 

Crescent Lunge or Anjaneyasana is a dynamic standing pose that energizes and utilizes major muscle groups in the body. It strengthens and stretches both upper and lower body, all while creating balance and awareness. This pose can be met with great enthusiasm as it can be available to anyone at any level in their practice (yes, even those with sciatica pain!). For beginners this pose can be gentle with the support of the opposite knee on the earth with a mild backbend incorporated if wanted. For advanced students the knee can be lifted, deep backbend met or twists/binds added. 

When in this pose I like to imagine being on a tightrope. A fun way to add adventure to your practice is tap your back knee and dance your arms. Closing your eyes can be a fun way to challenge your practice too.

Benefits:

• Strengthens your quadriceps and gluteus muscles 

• Stretches the hips 

• Relieves sciatica pain 

• Expands and opens the chest, lungs and shoulders 

• Engages and tones thighs 

• Prepares the body for childbirth by creating more room in the pelvis 

– Benefits from gaia.com

Directions:

1. Start in Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana). 

2. On exhalation step right foot through and place inside right palm. Line up right ankle up with right knee and lower left knee to the earth keeping it behind the hips. Toes can stay curled under for stability or lower to the top of the foot to the earth. 

3. On inhalation raise torso and sweep arms up and over your head with palms facing each other. Relax shoulders down and away from the ears allowing the shoulder blades to roll down the back. On the next exhale allow the hips to relax forward and down until you feel a nice stretch in the front of the left leg. 

4. Slightly tuck the tailbone, lengthening your back muscles and engaging the core. Start to draw you thumbs back (even hooking thumbs if you’d like), lift through the heart and shift gaze up for a little back- bend. 

5. Stay here with the supported leg down or curl toes under if they weren’t already, lift the left knee and lengthen leg for Full Crescent Lunge. 

6. To come out of pose frame the right foot with palms and step back to Downward Facing Dog and repeat with the left leg forward. 

Variations: 

• Palms can touch when raised overhead or palms come to the sides for a “V” shape. 

• Add a twist by bringing hands to heart center and twisting to the right first or place left palm to the inside of the right foot on the earth or a block and twist open to the right. 

• For advanced students you can add a bind by coming to a twist to the right, allowing the left forearm to press into the outer right thigh, right arm comes behind you and clasp hands together between the legs (use a strap or scarf to build to full bind). 

Modifications:

• Lower back knee down and hands to earth 

• Hands to hips or extended out to the side 


Nutrition

Next up is a contribution from Deg Avtar on how we balance out Nutrition. Deg is here with us at Nourishing Storm to lead as a Yoga Teacher and Coach. He holds his nutrition to be just as important as his practice. He shares with us his best kept secret … 

Celery Juice 


Celery juice is the bee’s knees of my daily routine, I believe it is the secret ingredient to my overall health and wellness, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Physically because it has incredible benefits for your body, inside and out. Mentally because it helps reduce brain fog and fights many neurological issues. Spiritually because, well, making it is quite a process and a discipline in itself. 

When the student asked his master, “How do I learn to meditate better?” the master replied, “You can start with washing the dishes…” I do all of this every morning because, well simply said, it works… it works wonderfully. 

Okay so here is the key. You drink at least 16 ounces of pure celery juice on an empty belly every morning. Do not eat or drink anything else for 15 minutes afterwards. You have to go out and find your celery spot and buy multiple wedges at a time. Do your best to buy organic. Each morning you clean your celery and either chop it up and put it into your blender and then squeeze that through a cheesecloth and drink it. Or, you have a juicer and voila! It takes a whole wedge; like I said, it’s a meditation in itself. 

Here are some quick benefits when you drink celery juice in this way every morning; 

  • Lowers inflammation
  • Supports weight loss
  • Helps heal digestion
  • Reduces bloating
  • Helps Eczema & Psoriasis
  • Fights infections
  • Helps prevent UTI’s
  • Prevents high blood pressure
  • Helps to lower high cholesterol
  • Helps to prevent ulcers
  • Protects liver health 

What goes in must come out, and it’s time we focus on preventing health problems rather than focusing on cures. I can not take any credit for this wisdom. This information comes from the medical medium, Anthony William. He is 30 years ahead of the medical industry in bringing light to modern health issues we are facing when most doctors are misdiagnosing their patients and causing great pain and unnecessary suffering. You have the ability to heal yourself, to be healthy and happy! So by making your celery juice every morning and drinking your 16 ounces, it sets the tone for the day. It creates a balance in me that allows me to be victorious in life, truly. If you are reading this, what are you waiting for!? Get to it, give yourself this gift! 

Deg Avtar is a yogi, committed to serving all of humanity. He is certified as a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher and Trainer, under the Kundalini Yoga Research Institute and a Vinyasa Instructor, 200 hr RYT, certified under Yoga Alliance. He is a practitioner of the healing art, Sat Nam Rasayan and a certified Integrative Energy Therapy healer. He is a trained Gong sound healer, and does one-on-one consulting and coaching to empower.

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