Transform Your Backyard to Disconnect From The Matrix and Reconnect with Mother Earth

As a teacher and student of the practice of yoga, I believe that it is my responsibility to show people how to be more mindful and healthy in their daily lives. Yoga is a way of life—it is not simply what we do at the studio. How can we become better students of the yoga way of life?

Within the past few years, human life is highly influenced by the development of advanced technologies. Things have become convenient and people are enjoying a luxurious lifestyle with the support of feature-rich machines. The Internet is rated as the biggest invention of the era. Ultimately, it has changed the way we used to live. 

Nowadays, we can say that human beings are living their life on the internet. Even older adults on top of the youngsters and kids are spending most of their time on the internet. Although it may appear entertaining and engaging, the internet has led to some pitfalls as well. The excessive use of digital media, the internet, and social media has created a considerable threat to our health and well-being. 

Today we are discussing the mental health effects of consuming digital media.

Searching Health Symptoms (You know you have done it!) and Anxiety

Whether you spend all your time reading negative news on the internet or continuously searching about your disease symptoms, the excessive use of the internet can increase the anxiety levels of people. Experts say that it is not a good idea to initiate repeated research about your health symptoms on the internet because it can bring worry and unnecessary anxiety to your life. Instead of trying to diagnose your illness by using online sources, it is more effective to schedule an appointment with a reliable doctor in your city and discuss the symptoms you are experiencing.

Social Media and Social Life

Although social media helps us stay connected with extended family and friends, one needs to be careful about how it can affect our psychology. Many studies have reported that excessive use of social media can lead to dependency on virtual connections and response-based relationships. It can further increase the feeling of depression. Moreover, most of the people these days have developed virtual relationships through the world wide wide, prioritizing their in-personsocial life less due to a lack of time. Experts reveal that being surrounded by good people and relationship in real-life can bring more self-esteem, love, and happiness to your life compared to solely having virtual connections. 

The problem is that we live in the matrix. We are not spending enough time outdoors, the current global pandemic has worsened our addiction to being slumped over on the couch, scrolling on our phones. For balance to be restored and maintained, the human body must have a connection to nature. That said, I can understand that not everyone has a backyard that is fit for relaxation. The good news is that you can transform the land into an oasis. You can hire an expert in professional Landscape design in San Diego; Torrey Pines Landscaping will design and build the backyard of your dreams. They have been making the dreams of homeowners come true since 1983 as one of the very best service providers in the landscaping industry.

Digital Media and Sleep

Excessive use of the tablet, computer, and smartphones can cause considerable harm to sleep quality. These gadgets release bright light that can block the secretion of the melatonin hormone which plays an important role in sleep regulation. Medical health experts advise keeping these gadgets way from our eyes directly before going to bed. It is beneficial to turn off your phones or social media notifications in the night hours. 

There is no doubt to say that technology has many benefits but one should address the appropriate usage cycle for a healthy life. It is better to be more active and present in your lives instead of plugging into the virtual world all the time. Make sure you harness the good force of digital media and the internet while protecting your mental health. 

If you are ready to ground yourself through the healing powers of the earth, you can give Torrey Pines Landscape Company a call for your dream backyard transformation.

Torrey Pines Landscape Company
5560 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121, United States

Yoga Isn’t The Only Way To Find Peace

Hello, class, and namaste!

Today we’re going to be talking a little bit about something that gives people some peace of mind OTHER than yoga: insurance. Specifically, business insurance.

I don’t have to tell anyone that we live in a fairly litigious society – if somebody can possibly get away with suing you, they probably will. This goes double if you own a business that requires a physical location where customers enter to utilize your services or buy your goods.

I own the yoga studio where I instruct daily, and let me tell you, when I made the decision to strike out on my own, the mass of paperwork was absolutely mind boggling! In there were some helpful pamphlets about insurance for small businesses that gave me a small look into the world of civil liability.

I was absolutely dumbstruck by the number of silly things you are liable for the second someone steps foot on your property as a business owner. Stubbing a toe that causes a bad ingrown that requires surgery to fix? Liable! Your business burns down, wiping out everything you built? Sorry, that requires specialized business insurance or you get nothing!

Needless to say, after asking around a bit to ensure the veracity of this booklet’s claims, I made getting business insurance on the same priority level as finding the actual studio itself. I would not let fear of being sued or losing everything in a terrible fire ruin my calm!

That’s when I found the company I’d like to spotlight today, the Byron Galindo Insurance team. Byron is the preeminent agent for State Farm’s business insurance offerings in Santa Monica. I had heard his name passed around on the street before, and when I looked him up, the wildly positive reviews I found on both him and his team really sealed the deal.

For example, Ravi Bhatia, one of Byron’s satisfied customers, has the following to say about him:

In a boring industry, Byron has facilitated NOT boring, borderline genius solutions to solving my business insurance needs here in Santa Monica. He’s always willing to talk through hypothetical scenarios and run tests on different, creative ways to minimize insurance costs, and educate me on the bureaucratic nuances he has to deal with on the day to day. I’ve dealt with many insurance agents in my line of work, and I have not come across a more visionary person in insurance — a field that tends to attract risk-averse, don’t-ruffle-any-feathers types. Above all, though, he’s been an advocate and a friend. I’m grateful to have him in my corner.

If you own any kind of business, whether your customers come to you or you ship your product direct to them, getting business insurance will protect you from being left out in the cold when winter comes and the cold winds blow tree branches through your windows and ruin your stock. Believe me, anything can happen, and you want to make sure that whatever life throws at you, you can rest easy knowing you have great insurance to back you up.

If you’re interested in the spotlighted company, check them out at:

Byron Galindo Insurance

(310) 823-5073

214 Pier Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Wine and Yoga – Ingredients For Bliss

Yoga is great for all the reasons that have been explained here in this blog. It is great for your body because it allows for extended periods of stretching and it puts just the right amount of strain so that you break a sweat and improve in strength. Yoga is great for the mind because it really makes you focus in improving what is going on inside just as much as the outside. After all, Yoga is a form of meditation that your body and mind both take part in together. This physical source of meditation is does so many great things for you! In fact, some people say Yoga even helps to settle the soul.

What is the soul? Well this is not the place to delve into that length conversation but for the sake of saying something other than “settling the soul” lets just say your soul, at its very basic form, is energy. We are all made up of it. Energy is a powerful thing that can give us strength and also drive us nuts! Luckily Yoga does help us control this energy in a way. Mind, body, and soul are supposed to be the three things that we are made up of and therefore we should all make sure all three are in order. We can definitely work on the body and mind, the soul however is something else entirely. So while Yoga can help ease a troubled soul to an extent, there is something else we recommend to really ensure your soul gets that needed easing we keep talking about.

Wine. The wonderful red or white liquid with just enough courage in it that can help us relax and also face many of our issues. Couple wine with Yoga and man do you have a dangerous combination of soul easing abilities. Is wine going to help my mind and my body? Absolutely! Everything in moderation is so much better in the long run. In fact, many doctors recommend a glass of red wine a day for the many health benefits that come along with it. So poor that one or two, possibly three glasses of wine and sit down to do some Yoga! What a great idea right?! Well that idea wasn’t hatched here. There is a winery near Los Angeles that is leading the way with a local Yoga studio to do just what we are recommending! Wine down Sundays have become common there at the winery. They love serving all the local yogis in Ventura but have become so popular that many people are making the drive from Los Angeles that enjoy the Sunday yoga class and also the delicious wine they have to offer.

Where does the Yoga class take place you ask? Their stunning barrel room!

You read that right, their beautiful barrel room that can hold up to 160 people! Good thing too. If their yoga and wine class keeps growing in popularity, they are going to need all the space they can get! So next time you are looking to find a place where you can work on your mind, body, and soul, check these guys out! If you go love the space as much as we do, rent it out! Their barrel room is available for all kinds of events! Check out their website to find out how to reserve their event space for your next party! And yes they even do weddings! Did you not see that photo above?! If you are looking for a yoga class, some wine, and even better company, visit their tasting room and barrel room the next time you get the chance.

The Floor Makes the Studio

Ever tried a warrior pose on concrete flooring? Or lotus pose on carpet? It’s tough to really catch your rhythm without the right support and support starts with a sturdy floor. Some of the best dance halls, yoga studios, and even jiu jitsu gyms all rely on top notch hardwood flooring for acoustics, rebound, and stability. Hardwood floors are starting to grow in popularity in homes as well. One could argue that wood satisfies a primal desire for a closeness to nature. The more we have become removed from nature the more we crave a return and wood flooring provides that subconscious connection. Here’s what some of the pros in the industry are saying about the trends in hardwood flooring:

Hardwood flooring has turned into an important portion of the interior decor of any modern home, today. It looks stylish, yet and posh is quite durable. Installing it is not an easy undertaking; but others require professional help, some people can do it themselves. The setup process needs sufficient skills and gear that is suitable. You are required to ensure you have both to get the very best results. You might have to manage catastrophic results, if you do not install it properly.

It’s definitely recommended to fix a subfloor before creating the hardwood flooring. This subfloor fixes supplies an improved platform for preparing the hardwood floors than concrete slabs. Subfloors also lock in wetness which can damage your amazing wooden floorings. In places that have a lot of moisture, like toilets, it’s better to avoid solid hardwood floors and set up laminate hardwood flooring. This laminate flooring isn’t a genuine wood floor but looks like it.

There are various kinds accessible the industry. Subfloors are not required by some and can be easily fixed to the floor. Some floors are nicely engineered ones that could endure a certain amount of wetness. Some have installation procedures that are complex. They might be a much better alternative in comparison with the more affordable ones owing to the truth that if properly installed will continue longer. It is advisable to make a onetime investment than on repairing your floors go for the rest of your lives.

The setup procedure is a one that is very boring and thus you should be properly prepared about it. If you are not confident about it then it is wise to hire professionals. It could charge you extra but you will not have the fear of redoing them. After creating the floor starts the work that is genuine. You’ll be necessary out the entire floor to smooth the rough spots, conceal the nails, and polish it. Finishing the flooring with all the best polish needs time. It also implies that the floor can not be used until it’s dried out.

Austin Texas Flooring

Down in Texas, one flood can wreck an entire neighborhood from floor to ceiling. Texas is no stranger to flash floods and the results can be devastating. Replacing hardwood can require so much more than just pulling up base boards, in extreme cases the foundation itself may need to be inspected for mold or water damage.

For some studios like Yoga Squared in Tustin, Yoga is more about the centering experience than the physical stretching activity. That’s why they use compression treated pine for a warm wood and woodsy smelling studio. Other studios like to use bamboo for maximum flex and durability over years. Hardwood and tile flooring in Austin is pretty much all supplied through my buddy Austin. Right name for the industry right? Anyway, his company can beat almost any price and does a better job on installation than any of the competition. Check them out.

If you insist on botching the job yourself first:

Yoga Video Series: Beginner Sequence

Filmed for eBodyfit.com, this video will guide you through a challenging yoga sequence designed, led and guided, both physically and verbally, by Sherry Fair. This is a multi-level practice that will challenge any level of practice. Beginners should feel comfortable and confident when starting a practice here, online, or in our studio in Powell, Ohio. Please consult a physician before starting any new workout routine and contact us if you have any questions. We are always here to help.

Yoga Video Series: Headstand Sequence

Filmed for eBodyfit.com, this video will guide you through a challenging yoga sequence designed, led and guided, both physically and verbally, by Sherry Fair. This is a multi-level practice geared towards intermediate practitioners, that will continue to challenge any level of practice. Beginners should feel comfortable and confident when starting a practice here, online, or in our studio in Powell, Ohio. Please consult a physician before starting any new workout routine and contact us if you have any questions. We are always here to help.

BONUS: Sherry is decked out in Bend Active’s Bamboo Yoga Clothing line in this video. Comfort, style and environmentally sound yoga gear at affordable prices. Head over to the Shop tab to check out our unique retail offerings.

Tasty Tuesday 1.0: Raw and Vegan Cocoa Bites

Chocolate Tapioca and Bliss combine to create these scrumptious and guilt free delights… oh and a pinch of Love.

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For the crust

1 cup tapioca meal/flour
¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons raw cocoa powder
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
1 pinch sea salt

For the filling

2 cups raw cashews, soaked and rinsed
1/2 cup organic peanut butter
½ cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup water
½ teaspoon salt

For the chocolate sauce

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1.5 teaspoon vanilla
1/3  cup maple syrup
1/3 cup cocoa powder
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Prep Time: Approximately 1 hour

1)
Blend all ingredients for the crust together in a food processor until it starts to come together. Press the crust into the bottom of desired pan that has been spread in coconut oil (round pie pan or muffin pan).  Place in freezer while you making the filling. Desserts will be easier to remove if pan is generously covered in oil.

2)
In a food processor or mixer blend together cashews, maple syrup, water and salt. Mix until totally smooth, scraping down the sides of the processor as necessary. Add cocoa powder, peanut butter and coconut oil to the cashew mixture and blend them all together, scraping down again, until mixture is uniformly combined.

3)
Spoon the filling on top of the crust. Mix all chocolate sauce ingredients and pour over filling. Place dessert in freezer for 2-4 hours

4)
Once frozen, cut the desserts into small squares and remove from the pan. If using a silicone mold they will easily pop out. If you have a muffin tin, run a sharp, hot knife around the edges of each cheesecake, flip the tin upside down and give it a few good whacks against the counter. They should start to slowly side out at this point. Be patient, gravity is on your side. If a few minutes have passed and the cheesecakes are still refusing to drop, use a lighter to heat the bottom of the tin briefly; the heat will help release the cake.
5)
Place the square bites in the refrigerator or freezer (I prefer them frozen and with a cup of coffee).
This recipe makes the equivalent of a 9 inch round of Raw Vegan Chocolate Tapioca Bites

Thirsty Thursday 1.0: The Juice Thing

TO JUICE OR NOT TO JUICE, WE THINK JUICING IS THE WAY TO GO AND WE WILL SHARE WHY! 

  • Maybe you have a juicer and you need more fun and exciting recipes; variety in the vegetables and fruits you are juicing is nice, right? Of course. Carrots, spinach and celery are great, but just like with everything else, we get bored.  There are so many varietals to sustain ourselves from a boring juice experience. Not only is it healthy for our gut to consume these raw juices, the actual act of nurturing your body in this way will feed your spirit as well. The vibrancy of the colors and smells and the energy you create just by showing gratitude to your body are unparalleled.  

For you, this is a no brainer and you should stop back by our page every Thursday for our #thirstythursday juice cocktail suggestions. We will put together local and wholesome fruits and vegetables creating unique and new flavor profiles for all to sample at home and share feedback. We will share samples of these creations at the studio each week as well so, if you are in Powell, Ohio, be sure to sign up for a class in the coming weeks.

Just below is our very first ‘Thirsty Thursday’ Juice Cocktail Creation. We hope you will Enjoy and Share:


Tickled Pink  

-2 Fresh Beets

-1 Local Cucumber

-1 Organic Pear

-Pinch of Fresh Ginger

-Garnish with Cinnamon


  • You may have contemplated getting a juicer for quite some time and let’s face it, this is a big investment. There is the financial investment initially and the result is then the true investment; the investment in your health. Keep reading…
  • The final alternative is that you have not heard the greatest persuasions about “the juice thing”, and you need more solid information. Wherever you fall on this topic, we have put together some useful knowledge to guide you in the right direction. 

The truth is, you may want to invest about $200 into getting yourself a nice juicer that will do the work and last. Just like anything else, you must look at the return of your investment. Assuming your goal is holistic health, your return on investment will be exponential. When you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables and giving your digestive organs a much-needed rest. There is also lots of research that shows the healing properties of juicing. Not only will juicing facilitate weight loss, increased energy levels, strengthened immunity, strong bones and a glowing complexion, it may also reduce chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes, three of the leading causes of death. A growing body of research suggests that most vitamin supplements don’t help prevent chronic disease. A synthetic vitamin or mineral is a laboratory simulation of the real thing. Natural, plant-based vitamins and minerals are more easily and completely absorbed by the body.


 

JUICING FAQ’s

When should I juice? — Well, juicing works best on an empty stomach or about an hour before you plan to eat a meal. You may choose to do a juice cleanse, during which you only drink raw juices and avoid consuming cooked or processed foods. This is a great way to reset your gut and help to build healthy bacteria in your digestive system. These healthy bacteria are the very organisms that fight or ward disease and illness.

Can I just buy juice from the store? — Fresh juice not only contains greater nutritional value, it contains life. Fresh pressed juice is like drinking a natural vitamin filled with living enzymes, essential minerals, antioxidants, and natural antibiotics, which are vital for optimal health. Bottled juices are often times pasteurized which means they are heated and processed, which can kill essential vitamins and minerals. You can find fresh pressed juices at some local health food stores, such as Whole Foods Market and also at local juice bars, such as Samba Fresh. The best way to invest, though, is to do the work at home. When you put intention and time into your personal health goals, you will see results in a powerful way. 

Do my fruits and veggies need to be organic?– Organic farmers use methods that minimize the use of toxins while building soil quality and protecting water quality. Additionally, buying organic supports chemical and pesticide-free practices that are healthier for our farmers and for our planet. Lastly, we feel that organic foods have more intense and delicious flavors. When eating (or juicing) for good quality energy and results, organic is always a sure bet. However it is not always available to enjoy an all-organic and locally-harvested diet, efforts towards these methods will benefit our environment and our local ecosystems tremendously. 

What about Protein?– Spinach, kale, and broccoli are some veggies that are relatively high in protein. It is a common misconception that fruits and veggies do not contain enough protein. Although we have adapted to extremely high protein diets within our culture, many veggies and even fruits contain low to mid level amounts of protein. As long as you are not following a strict training and/or dietary regimen, you can attain sustainable levels of protein from juicing. You can also add a protein powder to your juices if you wish for more, but be very cautious when choosing a protein supplement as many do contain much, much more than you bargain for!

How do I know what to juice together?– Be creative. Start off with some basic favorites such as carrots, apples, celery and cucumber and then get weird about it…. make your health fun by creating and sharing the experience with friends and loved ones too. Just remember you cannot juice bananas or avocados… as they contain no juice! 😉


 

Daily Yoga Transformation: Create What You Desire.

Did you ever notice how you can create the most amazing stories in your head or you can create tragedies and even travesties in seconds… all inside your own mind. Before you realize the truth of an actual experience, you can manifest any outcome you would like. You can create art greater than Pablo Picassos masterpieces without even opening your eyes. Knowing this, choose to paint the greatest picture for yourself. You see, how you perceive the world around you is a direct reflection of your true self.