The Enneagram...tool for self knowledge & transformation

Want to know more about the person you are and SEE the person you can become? Want to understand why you "react" the way you do? Want to know what the diagram below has to do with Self Knowledge and awareness?

 Start the new decade by joining us for an introduction to enneagrams-mapping of personality types- led by Marcie Sheaff (certified Enneagram instructor) at balance yoga lounge. January 16, 2010 from 9:30- 11:00 AM *immediately following our free will donation yoga class beginning at 8:30AM* The enneagam is a map of personality archetypes. By coming to an understanding of these types and identifying one's own type, we come to an understanding of patterns of behavior and dysfunction. With Divine grace and this knowledge, we can open ourselves to transformation. Self knowledge helps us let go of the limiting mechanisms of our personality so that we can more deeply experience who and what we really are. This workshop will give a very brief overview of a three dimensional personality paradigm that helps us understand our way of being in the universe and interacting with others. Using the enneagram process you can decide on a number which describes a set of assets and weaknesses, and then begin to understand what happens when you are at your best and what happens when you are vulnerable. You will also see which of the three types of intelligences you most use and which one needs to be developed. Following the presentation of information, there will be some time spent in helping participants begin to identify their enneagram number.

FREE WILL DONATIONS ACCEPTED. Please share your intent to attend via email or phone so that we may provide printed materials for all. Read more about "The Wisdom of the Enneagrams" by Riso and Hudson http://tinyurl.com/yz52oza


Swine Flu: What to do? by Dr. Frank Lipman MD

Summer is over and the question I am being asked most frequently in my practice is, "what do I do about Swine flu?" My patients are wondering whether or not they should get vaccinated and the simple answer I give most of the time is ..NO!

From what you may have read, you might think that the swine flu vaccine is the answer to swine flu. Unfortunately this is not true and until we know that the vaccine is safe, I cannot in good conscience recommend it to most of my patients. From the outset, let me say, I am not anti all vaccinations, rather I am pro vaccine safety and freedom of choice. This is why am I not recommending the swine flu vaccine 1) At this stage, for the most part the swine flu seems benign. Over a million people in the US have already come down with swine flu, many of them without even knowing that they had it. The vast majority of people who get the swine flu recover after a week or so of high fever, aches, and respiratory distress. It's not pleasant, but except in rare circumstances, it is not fatal. Most people who've been infected by swine flu think so little of it, they believe they just had a really bad cold or a regular flu. So unless the swine flu evolves to a much more virulent form, there's no need for mass vaccination. 2) We don't know if the vaccine will be effective. Vaccines are only useful against the specific viral strain that was available at the time of their manufacture. But influenza viruses mutate quickly, and as the WHO has already said, the real concern with H1N1 swine flu is that it will combine with seasonal flu in the Fall, creating a new strain that will of course be immune to all available vaccines. 3) We don't know if the vaccine is safe. The FDA has authorized an expedited approval process for the swine flu vaccine but we don't know yet if it is safe. Even GlaxoSmithKline, one of the vaccine manufacturers has said, "The total population studied in clinical trials will be limited, due to the need to provide the vaccine to governments as quickly as possible. Additional studies will therefore be required and conducted after the vaccine is made available." In other words, the only thing that is safe, is to say that no one knows. Since it's never been used before and they have not had time to conduct any sufficient human testing, by getting vaccinated you are being a human guinea pig. 4) Vaccine manufacturers have been insulated from liability by the government. The Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius has granted legal immunity not only to the makers of the 2 drugs being used to treat swine flu, Tamiflu and Relenza, but also to the swine flu vaccine makers, for damages due to their use against swine flu. By effectively manipulating the legal system, the Pharmaceutical Industry through their powerful lobbyists have acquired almost complete and total insulation from any liability for their vaccines and adjuvants, which are additives added to generate a stronger immune response. It is believed that it is these adjuvants which often cause the problems. The last time the government embarked on a major vaccine campaign against a new swine flu was in 1976. Thousands filed claims for side effects such as paralysis caused by the vaccine and a number of people died. I am sure that the researchers know more now than they did last time and no one can say for certain that bad things will happen again or that you will suffer dire consequences if you get vaccinated. But this time you have no legal recourse even though this vaccine involves new factors, which makes it therefore experimental and unpredictable. By shielding the manufacturers from any responsibility for any harm caused, the pharmaceutical firms have no financial incentive to make the safest product. In fact, they have a negative incentive to test it for safety, because if they are aware of problems, then they could potentially be held liable for willful misconduct. Instead I advise my patients to build up and strengthen their immune systems to prevent viral infections.  

PHRASES APPEARING IN DEEP RED TEXT OFFER LINKS TO NUTRAMETRIX PRODUCTS AVAILABLE THRU BALANCE YOGA LOUNGE.   Here are my top 10 recommendations: 1) Optimize your vit D level nutraMetrix vit D with K2- http://tinyurl.com/yel962b Adequate levels of Vitamin D are essential for our immune systems to function optimally. Unfortunately there are no significant dietary sources of Vitamin D, most of our intake comes from exposure to sunlight. If you live far from the equator, you simply don't get enough sun through Fall and Winter to make all the vitamin D you need. So unless you supplement during this period, your innate immunity will be compromised. Vitamin D plays such a crucial role in so many aspects of your body's functioning, that supplementing with it makes sense whether you decide to get the flu shot or not. We know that influenza always gets worse during the winter months. Now there is good evidence to suggest that this is because as sunlight hours lessen during the winter, the people living in the northern hemisphere become vitamin D deficient and are susceptible to influenza infections of all kinds. Here's a great article available at NIH pertaining to this topic. There is also some evidence that supplementation with a sufficient amount of vitamin D can help to prevent the onset of a flu or cold. The current recommendations from the Food and Nutrition Board of the U.S. Institute of Medicine: from 200 to 600 IU/day depending on one's age, are way too low. These values were originally chosen because they were found to prevent osteomalacia (bone softening) and rickets. It is now recognized that vitamin D has many additional physiological functions, for which these levels are totally inadequate. A number of scientists are therefore calling for the Food and Nutrition Board in the U.S. and its counterparts abroad to reassess their current recommendations. To optimize your vit D levels, you will need to

  • Take at least 2,000 IU of a Vitamin D3 supplement daily.

  • Get your 25 hydroxy Vitamin D level checked by your doctor (if that is not an option, you can self test your level with ZRT labs)

Although the current normal range is between 20 and 50ng/ml, this is much too low for optimal health. You want your level to be between 50 and 70ng/ml. This is the most important step you can take to prevent the flu!! It may require a number of months taking 5,000 to 10,000 IU of Vit D3 daily (especially during winter) under a doctor's supervision, to optimize your blood level. Monitor your 25 hydroxy vitamin D status every 3 months until you are in the optimal range, then cut back to a maintenance dose of at least 2,000 IU a day. 2) Get adequate sleep, this is an indispensable requirement for a strong immune system. 3) Get adequate exercise, this keeps you robust. 4) Take actions to lower your stress levels Do breathing exercises, meditate, practice yoga, spend time doing something that makes you happy. Feeling spent, overwhelmed, and/or mentally run down has a causal relationship to your physical health. 5) Wash your hands frequently but not excessively It decreases your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don't use antibacterial soap because of the risk of creating resistant bacteria. Rather use a simple chemical-free soap. 6) Avoid sugar and processed foods as they decrease your immune function dramatically. 7) Eat phytonutrient rich meals (lots of colorful salads and dark greens) 8) Eat lots of garlic, it works as a broad spectrum antibiotic. 9) Take a probiotic dailyMight-A-Mins Spectrum Isotonix Probiotics- http://tinyurl.com/y93kclu OR nutraMetrix Digestive Enzymes w/Probiotics-http://tinyurl.com/y99sfx2 A strong immune system relies heavily on having a strong foundation in the gut. 10) Keep a supply of antiviral herbal supplements on hand. nutraMetrix Immune Defense Formula- http://tinyurl.com/ybnplpm   As opposed to antiviral drugs, antiviral herbs do not cause resistant strains because they are multifaceted and contain literally thousands of different medicinal compounds. Thus they are able to attack viruses with a full spectrum of synergistic substances. Andrographis, Olive leaf extract, Grapefruit seed extract and Elderberry extract, all have antiviral properties. Use one or a combination of some of them as a prophylactic measure, for ex.whenever you travel (airports) or enter a potentially compromised environment such as a large office, auditorium, stadium, theater etc. And if you really want to go all out, here are 4 more tips: 11) Take 1-2 grams of fish oils daily, its beneficial for immune function. nutraMetrix Essential Omega III- http://tinyurl.com/ydxwoh9 12) Take 2 grams of Vitamin C daily, yes it does help. nutraMetrix Vit C- http://tinyurl.com/y9dr2cw 13) Stock your home pharmacy with an immune building formula. nutraMetrix Immune Defense Formula- http://tinyurl.com/ybnplpm 14) Keep homeopathic Oscillococcinum on hand Take it at the earliest sign of a cold or flu. Early intervention is essential. If you are exposed to someone with the flu directly, you can take one dose twice a day for two days. You can also take one vial once a week throughout the winter, and two or three times a week during flu season, as a preventative measure.   This essay appeared in the Huffington Post and was written by Dr. Frank Lipman MD Frank Lipman MD, is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in NYC a center whose emphasis is on preventive health care and patient education. His personal blend of Western and Eastern Medicine combined with the many other complimentary modalities he has studied, has helped thousands of people recover their energy and zest for life. He is the author of the recent SPENT: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again (2009) and Total Renewal; 7 key steps to Resilience, Vitality and Long-Term Health (2003).


  Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-frank-lipman/swine-flu-what-to-do_b_286245.html   Find this article on the Huffington Post and read posted comments at http://tinyurl.com/yctgbcf     PHRASES APPEARING IN DEEP RED TEXT OFFER LINKS TO NUTRAMETRIX PRODUCTS AVAILABLE THRU BALANCE YOGA LOUNGE.




Bread baking...a quiet meditation

Back again this fall- our popular breadbaking as meditation workshop.   Noodle Zoo will share their kitchen Zen Sept 28 at 7pm. The workshop will begin with hands on mixing and kneading of dough and then proceed to relaxing yoga stretches and meditation while the loaves rise. After baking, we will break bread together and spend time reflecting on the transformative process of creating bread and the possible parallels to life itself. Baking not only demands concentration and presence but also offers a bit of sanctuary. The process of making bread creates a shift in awareness, becoming absorbed- not thinking of yesterday or tomorrow- but giving your attention to the bread, focusing on the dough in your hands.   call Sandy 515-210-8138 or email sandy@balanceyogalounge.com (limited to 8 participants)


Declutter Your Body, Mind, and Space

What do your kitchen, your body, your attitude, and your daily planner all have in common? For many, the common thread is CLUTTER. Clutter in one area affects all other connected areas. While clutter exists in many forms, three impact us significantly on a daily basis: 1.       Physical – knick-knacks, sentimental items, gadgets, and the “stuff” that occupies our space; 2.       Mental – negative thinking, worries, and never-ending to-do lists; 3.       Life – overbooked schedules, draining relationships, depleting work situations, and lack of        spiritual fitness, for example. Fortunately, decluttering in one area raises awareness in the others and, almost as if by magic, those other areas begin to declutter as well with little (or at least less) effort. This phenomenon has been reported time and again! You already know how frustrating it is to trip over boxes of odds-and-ends or to try and cram more clothes into an already-filled closet. But clutter impacts our well-being in many hidden ways, too:  It affects our relationships, health, finances, even our moods. Here’s an example: imagine you need to do some focused writing, plan an important upcoming event, or want to spend some time in quiet reflection before managing the tasks of your busy day. You feel energized, rested, and excited about the project ahead. You walk into your space, ready to get started, and it looks like this: How likely are you to concentrate fully, relax, or even begin on that project that – just moments ago – you were excited to begin? If you are like most of my workshop participants, you would either start cleaning (and quickly lose energy) or turn around and walk out! Either way, your once-exciting project is left undone. Now imagine that same scenario: you’re ready to embark on this important project, you know what you need to do, and are excited about the process. You walk into your space and  it looks like this: How likely are you to jump into that project now? If you practice yoga regularly, you already know the benefits of freeing your mind of clutter, focusing on your breathing, and experiencing the present moment. Decluttering your space can also lift you to a higher level of awareness and focus, allowing you to fully engage in the present while designing a fulfilling and enriching future for yourself. I invite you to join me for Transformational Decluttering, an upcoming workshop that will truly help you clear your space and change your life. Learn how to declutter, where to start, what to do with sentimental items, even how to ensure your clutter improves someone else’s life! Mention Balance Yoga Lounge when registering and you can enroll at a discounted rate of $65, while space is available. I guarantee you won’t regret time spent in this uplifting and inspiring workshop! In the meantime, I encourage you to take a look at the various areas of your life: your kitchen, your body, your planner, your workspace, your personal growth. In which area, if you cleared away the clutter and embarked on a fresh and open path, would you experience a breakthrough in your life? Commit to clearing away just one piece of excess in that area during the next few days. Continue, one step at a time, and you will begin to experience the benefits of decluttering in all aspects of your life! Transformational Decluttering: Clear Your Space, Change Your Life! Thursday, September 17, 2009 9:00am – 12:00pm Ankeny DMACC – Conference Center $65 for balance yoga lounge members and fans. Pre-registration required. Details and registration available at www.TheLifeOfNoRegrets.com.                                                                                         


  Written by guest blogger Christine D. Hegstad, Ph.D. (MAP Professional Development Inc.)       clutter photos courtesy of Marsha Hines of Presence


Show us your Energy Mudra!!!

We encounter many familiar faces as we live, work and play in Central Iowa. Dropping off the kids at school, shopping at HyVee or ordering lunch at Noodle Zoo. There they are; faces we recognize from our community- we might smile, or wave- or spend a few moments trying to remember how we know them....The next time you see a familiar face from yoga class, share the energy mudra! When you see balance yoga lounge in the Summerfest Parade- hold your energy mudra high!
Place the thumb, middle finger and ring finger together- extend the index and pinky finger. The Apan Mudra has a balancing effect on the mind and gives us patience, serenity, confidence, inner balance, and harmony. In the mental realm, it creates the ability to develop vision. You need all of this when you look into the future, while facing new challenges, and if your wishes are to be fulfilled. Try using this energy mudra while you are stuck in traffic or waiting in line to calm and re-focus.

This training comes at a time when national health policy is looking for ways to reduce national expenditures, which is expected to reach $4.4 trillion and comprise just over one-fifth (20.3 percent) of GDP according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Additionally, the demand for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has increased. About 38% of U.S. adults report using CAM, mostly to manage pain through breathing, relaxation, yoga or other techniques according to the Nationa Institutes of Health (NIH).

The training at balance yoga lounge blends tools of yoga with Ayurveda, the traditional medicine system of India, and western mind-body medicine to create an adaptive form of therapy that emphasizes restoration, pain relief, and individual modification. The yoga and meditation tools learned in this training are the same techniques that are seeing results at other majo yoga therapy programs such as the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

For more information visit  www.kcfitnesslink.com/yoga_therapy_training.html

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blends tools of yoga with Ayurveda, the traditional medicine system of India, and western mind-body medicine to create an adaptive form of therapy that emphasizes restoration, pain relief, and individual modification. “This approach to therapy is much different than the Western approach and is all about personalization. It promotes the opportunity for people to manage their own care and to be active in their therapy through ongoing lifestyle habits,” says Darryl Olive the instructor for the program. The yoga and meditation tools learned in this training are the same techniques that are seeing results at other major yoga therapy programs such as the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and in Dean Ornish’s best-selling book Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease. KCfitnessLink, the provider of the training program, is one of the 47 member schools with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), a non-profit organization that supports research, membership and education standards for yoga therapists. IAYT defines yoga therapy as the process of empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and well-being through the application of philosophy and practice of yoga.

For more information about the training, visit www.kcfitnesslink.com/yoga_therapy_training.html.

In Ankeny, IA will be hosting a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification that prepares existing yoga teachers and health professionals to provide in-depth yoga therapy and holistic health services to populations with chronic conditions, known diseases and musculoskeletal problems.

This training comes at a time when national health policy is looking for ways to reduce national expenditures, which is expected to reach $4.4 trillion and comprise just over one-fifth (20.3 percent) of GDP according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Additionally, the demand for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has increased. About 38 percent of U.S. adults report using CAM, mostly to manage pain through breathing, relaxation, yoga and other techniques according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Iowan yoga students and teachers can attend the area’s first training of its kind in yoga therapy October 19-30, 2009.



Making the transition to a holistic household

Synthetic products created with chemical ingredients hazardous to our health are unsuspectedly resting in our home's kitchen, bath, garden and laundry cupboard shelves. Ingredients such as propylene glycol,chlorene bleach, SLS/SLES (sodium lauryl sulfate) and others have shown possible skin irritations, eye irritations/deformities, protein denaturing, hormone imbalance and cancer causing reactions through scientific research. Learning to read labels of all the products we use as consumers is invaluable to our health. Begin building knowledge to create a safer environment for your home & family.  It will ensure you are providing healthy options.  A great way to start is by selecting one product you are currently using which includes the unhealthy ingredient and finding an alternative/safe replacement. Here is just one example of a favorite replacement which includes a variety of uses;  Young Living "Thieves" product line.  I purchased the Thieves concentrated cleanser last June('08) and have found the following uses:  dish washing (sink or machine), laundry detergent, stain/pet odor remover, bathroom cleaner (sinks, showers, countertops, stools...), vacuum (1 drop on air filter - refresh/clean bacteria & germs), clean areas when flue/cold season is hot and heavy - really cuts the germs and improves immune system, dilute with distilled water and place into spray bottle to refresh cushions, pillows, mattress and even destroy mites/bed bugs! To learn more about alternative safe replacements for your home, contact Linette Mace at linette@balanceyogalounge.com (515-205-0807), watch for upcoming workshops, or visit http://oilsbalance.vibrantscents.com to review important information on these therapeutic oils/understand their unsurpassed quality or request informative emails you can read at your leisure. Guest blog written by Linette Mace- Ankeny educator, balance yoga lounge instructor and Young Living Oils distributor. 


What is Yoga?

What is Yoga? Yoga "asanas" or postures are one of the eight branches of the system of human growth to higher consciusness brought out in the Yoga Sutras (Aphorisms) of Maharishi Patajali. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program once joked that "Yoga is not simply the union of the head with the knee." Yoga is indeed union.  To yoke, or to unite, is the purpose of yoga.  To unite what?  To unite the individual with the cosmic, the human with the Divine.  Maharishi describes this as the wisdom of integration of life - the wisdom that enables any individual to live the full value of life: 100% Inner and 100% Outer - Living 200% of life is the purpose of Yoga.  This is the state known as Enlightenment. Where does this union take place?  Within.  Within our own heart and mind. The Transcendental Meditation program provides a natural, effortless and scientifically validated means to dive within and to bring out the full value of our inner potential to be lived in daily life.  The result is increased fulfillment, warmth, happiness and appreciation of all aspects of living. Why? Because through TM practice we are nourishing the most basic aspect of life, which is our own consciousness. ...to be continued on our next blog. In the meantime, to learn more, visit www.TM.org or attend a free introductory lecture on the Transcendental Meditation program.  Email: DesMoines@TM.org or phone 1.888.LearnTM (1-888-532-7686) for details of a TM Introductory Lecture in your area. Dr. Joseph Boxerman Director Maharishi Invincibility Center of West Des Moines 3330 Westown Parkway West Des Moines, Iowa 50266 (641) 451.5000


Spring cleaning from the INSIDE out

Being one who naturally seeks organization and cleanliness in my surroundings, I recently became fascinated with the concept of cleansing the inside of my body. nutraMetrix offers a seven day digestive, liver and colon maintenance kit-all I needed to do was add lots of water. With spring just around the corner, it was the perfect time to rid my body of accumulated toxins. The cleanse kit arrived on a Tuesday and there seemed no better time than the present to kick off this new adventure. Wednesday- took my morning supplements, the fiber powder and the release tablets with a giant glass of water. I don't usually drink a lot of water, first thing in the morning and almost had to excuse myself from yoga class, but made it through. Found myself thinking about what I would treat myself with for lunch and what to fix for dinner...driving by HyVee, did I bring my list? Do I always think about food this much? Guess I didn't realize how often my mind obsesses about the next meal or snack....hmmm...kept myself busy with a deskful of paperwork and chores during the afternoon hours. 5pm...my body is not sending strong signals of hunger, but my mind has all kinds of ideas about what to eat. I find it interesting that the body has such minimal needs, while the mind nags endlessly. Made it through the evening class, and found time to sip a hot mug of water before bedtime. Thursday- up early for class and then off to the day job. Feeling pretty good considering it's been about 36 hours since I have eaten. Lunch time was a challenge, watching others eat... as the afternoon wore on, my muscles starting losing strength and my thoughts began to blur. Kept an apple in the car- after climbing in at 5:30pm held a brief converstion between body and mind just prior to eating the apple. Honestly, never enjoyed an apple that much in my entire life! Each juicy bite bursting with crispy sweetness. I contemplated what I had learned about myself and how to continue with the cleanse during the commute. Upon arriving home, still feeling weak, consumed a banana and a handful of dates. Made the decision to continue with fruits and vegetables for the duration of the cleanse. Friday- banana around 11 and an apple at 3:30. Not even a twinge of physical hunger....hmmm. The mind is having a greater challenge with this cleanse than body. Body feels light and energetic; mind wants a taco pizza with sour cream. Noticed some digestive growling, most likely due to the high fiber drink each morning....excuse me! Sauteed vegetables for dinner, very satisfying. Saturday- hit the ground running and paused for an apple late morning and the banana early afternoon. With warmer temps we decided to grill for dinner. My plate was filled with nature's color- yellow squash, green zucchini, red onion, and mushrooms...crowned with a couple juicy strawberries for dessert. Eating less has been a mental struggle; breaking habits that took years to form will not be broken overnight. On the flip side, my body feels light and energetic. Pushing away from the dining table has proven to be a very thought provoking experience, will I to return to pre cleanse eating patterns? or choose a new path? Sunday- have a breakfast group that generally hits HyVee for hash brown, cakes, eggs, etc after church. I actually enjoyed a glass of water and passed on breakfast and ate one kiwi around noon. Steamed asparagus with shallot pepper and fresh lemon midafternoon. The evening meal landed at 9pm, but was SO worth waiting for! My favorite spring salad. Homemade poppy seed dressing (substituted agave for the refined sugar) with romaine, blueberries, strawberries, fresh pineapple, mandarin oranges and warm toasted whole pecans. Can you be uncomfortably full after salad? Now clearly noticing the difference between body urges and conscious mind nagging. I do get hungry, but is it really for food? new appreciation for fruits and vegetables emerging. Quite powerful to move them from sides to the main dish; each plate this week has been filled with vibrant color, direct from nature. No thawing, minimal cooking and almost zero leftovers. The advantages of a simple diet are becoming clear... I stepped on the scale today. Losing weight was not a consideration prior to cleanse, just a welcome side effect. (Remember, when you deprive yourself of food, the body goes into starvation mode, and actually preserves stored fat- and begins to break down muscle- read, not a good idea!) Monday- supplements in the morning and another wonderful romaine salad for lunch at work. Others were envious of the colorful plate I savored for lunch. The spring like temperatures this week warmed the inside of my car and provided me with baked apple and a warm banana to snack on for the commute from day job to the lounge. Full evening of activities, and arrive home after 9:30pm. Just enough time to catch up on email and prepare for Tuesday. As with any change, there are moments of clarity and times of confusion along the path. Overall, this was an incredible learning experience. Physical emptiness is a sensation that many of us have long forgotten. The biggest benefit of the cleanse for me, was learning how little my physical body really needs to sustain the body systems. I became aware of how demanding my mind becomes at times. The increased awareness acquired during the cleansing process, helped me notice that some of the foods I commonly enjoyed pre cleanse, left my body feeling swollen and/or uncomfortable post cleanse. At this moment I am strongly considering NOT returning to old eating patterns; my body likes the less is more attitude. Although losing weight was never a goal during the cleanse, it happened, and it felt GOOD. I like the smaller, lighter me... Beth Powell will be conducting a 30 minute overview of the cleanse process at the lounge, April 27 (8-8:30pm, following class). Discussion will center around the various methods of cleansing, the benefits of a cleanse, and how often to cleanse. Workshop is FREE to members and $5 for non members. Share your comments and/or personal experiences with cleansing below!


Using Essential Oils

Aromatic liquids derived from flowers, trees, shrubs, bushes, roots, and seeds containing powerful and complex substances are known as essential oils. Their properties defend plants from harmful insects, damaging environmental conditions, and disease. They provide vitality for plants to grow, adapt to surrounding conditions, live and evolve. The essence of plants provide protection and determine it's unique aroma. Dating back to 4500 BC, essential oils have been used for perfumes, cooking, aromatherapy, and medicinal purposes. Present research provides evidence that essential oils can provide similar benefits to humans and animals. Now, you can experience therapeutic grade Young Living Essential Oils delivered to your doorstep. Order through the link below or visit our balance yoga lounge shopping page. Please direct

all inquiries to linette@balanceyogalounge.com

http://oilsbalance.younglivingworld.com   Share your oil testimonials on our blog!


Take a diet from "Diets"

Most people would tell you that diets don't work based on past experience and yet January is here and some of the same people would admit they are ready to get on the band wagon and attempt yet another diet program. Is there another way? What about letting go of obsessing about fat, calories and carbs to make a decision to simply enjoy food again. Current research shows there is a new trend toward "positive eating." More dieters are now shunning deprivation diets and instead focusing on adding seasonal vegetables, nuts, berries and other healthful foods to their plates. People are finding simple ways to enjoy their food through going to local fresh markets or preparing home cooked meals. As a result of these small changes, people are maintaining their weight and actually losing excess weight without strict rules and restrictions. Learning to eat mindfully creates a sensaion of being balanced and teaches us to trust our bodies; in comparison to only eating certain foods and experiencing guilt over a reasonable serving of ice cream. What diets have you tried? Were you able to keep the weight off? ........If you are interested in discovering simple ways to add healthy foods to your diet and learning to listen to your body- see our web calendar for the Transitions Lifestyle and yoga based weight management workshop at the lounge. Our twelve week program will include nutritional supplementation, multimedia programs and personal documentation built around the low-glycemic-index philosophy. Add in a weekly dose of yoga with guided imagery, meditation and exercises to embrace the present- and you just might discover a healthy path to weight management that becomes a way of life rather than just another diet. Written by Beth Powell (certified Brain Gym counselor and health nutritionist) and Sandy Eimers