Day 4 of your exclusive 4 day personal reset with Tara Curran from Skin Food Talk and Heather Lilleston from Yoga for Bad People.Nurture and nourish your skin, mind and body on day 4 of the Anytime Anywhere SUPER ELIXIR Reset.
An ancient Vietnamese practice, known as Dien Chan Zone, facial reflexology is a technique similar to acupuncture without the use of needles. When working with clients, I customize the treatment to the individual's needs. Concentrating on unique points on the face can help alleviate pain, muscular and skeletal as well as support the improvement of any internal issues (such as digestive imbalance, and/or hormonal imbalance).
How to: Stimulate pressure points and improve circulation by taking 1 or 2 fingers and starting at your chin, use small, circular motions with your fingers moving up towards the forehead. Move from your chin, to around your mouth, up your nose, on both sides of your cheeks and temples and then finish on the forehead. Take your time with this spending more time in places you feel more tension. You can do this daily.
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Sometimes you want something cold and refreshing and this is the perfect treat. Nutrient dense, hydrating and tasty, it’s also fun to serve at dinner parties.
SUPER ELIXIR SLUSHY
1 tablespoon SUPER ELIXIR Greens
Add ingredients to blender and blend. Pour into glass and enjoy!
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Reverse The Norm.
Meditation fluctuates from feeling like a beautiful safe calm place to feeling like something we definitely don’t have time for.
Remember is that it is always QUANTITY OVER QUALITY. The most important thing you can do is be consistent with your practice, even if you need to have some minor adjustments each time - like adjusting your seat choice, what you are focusing on, or how you calm the body to sit still.
How to: The breath is a major support in calming the nervous system, especially belly breathing, so place one hand on the belly and one hand on the heart/chest area. Try focusing on switching up the normal patterns of breathing for the first half of your meditation. Breathing into the belly and breathing out of the upper chest.
Usually, it is the opposite - when we inhale it enters the chest and when we exhale we draw the belly back and sink the chest. So, in efforts to be super aware of HOW we are breathing (and in turn thinking/defining/translating experience to ourselves moment to moment) we can reverse the patterns of normal breathing.
Another thing I like about this kind of breathing is that when we ground ourselves on the inhale and the belly (where all the digestive organs live), we start to feel like they are receiving are being nourished in a sense. And then when we exhale out of the top of the chest, it suggests that as we “let go” we are actually lifting our heart space, that there is a freedom and it is joyful - not some sorrowful letting go that sinks our chest and reiterates something we are missing. We feel full and joyful. Lifted and nourished. Try it for 5 minutes. Then sit still and steep in the results for the next 5 minutes.
Sphinx Pose into Forearm Plank
One of my main beliefs about the yoga poses is that in order to master them, we should put effort towards finding equal engagement throughout the entire body instead of overburdening or underworking one part. The plank family is the perfect place to exercise this. If you can hold a forearm plank for 3 minutes a day with this all parts supporting the concept in mind, you will see great overarching results.
How to: Start in Sphinx so that the chest is open (especially the collar bones) so that it doesn’t just sink into a forward bend when we come to the plank portion (a common tendency and misalignment). You are looking for neutrality in the spine, which requires wide collar bones and a lifted sternum (found in the sphinx).
- From the belly, set your forearms up so that the middle fingernail is in line with the inner elbow vein and the forearms are parallel with each other.
- Ground the inner wrists and the knuckles and tuck your toes and engage your legs but leave the hips on the floor.
- Pull the floor towards you and draw your chest through your upper arms. Breath 5-10 breaths opening the chest and pulling the rib cage forward and away from the pelvis.
- Draw the navel in towards the spine, re-engage the legs, reach back through the heels and press the forearms down to lift into forearm plank. Build up to holding for 3 minutes, making sure to use the legs more than you may think you need to and keeping the hips in line with the shoulders so as not to overburden the low back.
- Come down and rest. Take a wide knee child’s pose for a minimum of 5 breaths.