“True health is the harmony of life within us, consisting of peace of mind, happiness and well-being. It is not merely a question of physical fitness, but rather a result of the soul finding free expression through the mind and body of the individual.” Dr. Randolph Stone
Last year I began a series of Yoga & Oils Workshops incorporating Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. I created these workshops for my students, fellow yoga teacher friends and anyone wishing to enhance their wellness practices by incorporating aromatherapy for increased health and wellness.
As many know, the benefits of yoga have been widely documented benefiting those that are both sedentary and active. Yoga calms and balances the mind and body, reduces stress and anxiety, increases circulation, improves flexibility, releases fascia, improves joint mobility, balances internal organs and improves the flow of energy throughout the body. The practice of yoga is terrific to revive tired muscles or overstimulated brains, and for those times when we need more positive energy and motivation. When we practice yoga, we move through a series of poses, either standing, seated or lying down. Sometimes we move in a flow-like fashion and other times we hold a pose longer and passively. Proper sequencing of poses allows a release of tension in the neck, shoulders, spine, hips, pelvis and legs by elongating and strengthening the tissues. Emotionally, yoga helps to stimulate and remove blockages in the brain.
“Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.” Helen Keller
Just like yoga, essential oils have been used for thousands of years to heal and balance the body, mind and spirit. Combining Yoga & Oils is a natural pairing offering powerful access to physical, mental, spiritual and emotional benefits both on and off the mat. Combining Yoga & Oils facilitates a greater transmission of brain and body functions while connecting us to our emotions. Yoga & Oils helps oxygenate the body supporting the immune system, naturally decreases stress by toning the endocrine system, helps improve physical strength and mental focus, cleanses and purifies the body, activates and balances the chakra system (energy centers), enhances pranayama, meditation and relaxation. Through inhalation and topically application of essential oils, students become more alert, receptive, connected, grounded, uplifted and present.
Yoga & Oils: Chakra Balancing – this Saturday, February 9 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at Julie Sill Yoga Studio – is a practical alchemy and a potent experience not to be missed. All levels welcome.
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As I have mentioned in previous posts, not a day goes by when I am not counseling someone on what to eat.
Two things I get asked regularly are "what to eat?" and "how much to eat?" Quality and Quantity. Even though we are each unique, there are some basic guidelines I share with everyone.
What to eat?
Whole, unprocessed foods. From plants. Fruits. Vegetables. Beans. Nuts. Organic. Why? Because they provide the body with the nutrients needed to thrive including vitamins and minerals. No added sugar or oils or chemicals.
What not to eat?
Foods out of box, a can, a wrapper. Minimize these or eliminate entirely. Many of these foods are processed with low nutritional value and have additives, chemicals and preservatives.
Can I eat Grains, Legumes, Dairy, Animal Products?
Many people can eat these foods and many cannot. An elimination diet is a valuable tool to evaluate food sensitivities and allergies. It is worth figuring out which foods you can tolerate and those you cannot. Food sensitivities and allergies lead to inflammation, stomach distress and disease. It has taken me a few years to truly figure out the best approach for myself. I eat mostly plants; not too much; organic as much as possible.
What type of meals should I eat?
Adopt a diet that comprises eating complete meals. For instance, meals comprised of protein, carbohydrate and fat that is a relative balance of these macronutrients.
How much to eat?
Generally 3 meals a day is enough food if following the above example. Some athletes and other active people may need more. I am very athletic but I am not eating all day. Balance and putting together meals properly is important. Personally I do not like to measure. Instead, I like to use the size of my hand to gage portion. For instance, the size of my own palm is a protein (about 4 oz), two fistfuls are complex carbs (veggies) and a smaller cupped hand is a fat (1-2 tbsp). Depending on the size of your hand these "measurements" would be appropriate for your body size.
When to eat?
I have a funny schedule so I eat when I am hungry and not necessarily at specific times. I make myself a meal, sit down and eat it. If you need to be on a schedule that's fine, just make sure you are eating a balanced meal. So no "mono" food meals. When we eat balanced meals it creates greater sustainability, gives us better energy and better nutrient assimilation. Also, if you are eating balanced meals, you shouldn't need to snack. If you are craving a snack, a few things could be going on: (1) you didn't organize the proper nutrients together in your last meal leaving you hungry (2) you have a vitamin/mineral deficiency causing a craving or (3) you are eating for emotional reasons.
Do not skip meals
This is a big one and sets you up for snacking and binging.
Honestly I am not a fan of them for myself personally. I don't like sugar and I don't drink. I don't see the value of putting them into my body. I work out hard and these things distract from my goals. I could never do what I do with high energy or enthusiasm if these were in my life. Typically, my clients come to me because they have a problem with sugar or weight or another health issue. We discuss their cravings and food addictions. I will say this if you are getting most of your calories from snack foods, desserts, alcohol, you need to regroup. If you think supplements are going to fix it, they won't.
The best part?
Real food is not expensive. Purchasing vegetables to make veggie soup doesn't cost much. Real food also makes you feel good. You are not addicted to having cookies or chips or whatever it is controlling your life. When food consumes your every waking thoughts, it can become an obsession and create a lot of misery.
Isn't it boring?
Well, I don't think so, because there are so many types of whole, unprocessed foods out there just waiting to be part of your life. I also have a lot of energy so sitting around on the couch wasting time watching TV isn't something I do either. I find that rather boring.
The key for success?
Consistency. Being consistent with quality and quantity and committing to these fundamentals. Creating better, healthier habits.
I am just a phone call or an email away from helping you move forward with your goals. I truly enjoy helping others find their way, just as I found my way on this journey.
So here we are in the thick of it. January. On the East Coast, it’s cold and snow is just around the corner. Your enthusiasm and new year promises may be losing some steam. January for many is focused on incorporating better Wellness, Health, Nutrition, Fitness into our lives but around now that loses some steam.
What I will say about it is this = there is no “One Size Fits All” (OSFA) approach. There isn’t any magic pill or potion or one exercise or one (super)food that will deliver the expectation of achieving your goal. It will require an approach distinct and specific to each individual.
Each of us has our own DNA which is like our own special recipe book or instruction manual that reveals our genetic code which determines all of our unique characteristics. You got your DNA from your parents. It is called “hereditary material” and is passed along from one generation to the next. No one else in the entire world has the same DNA as you – unless you have an identical twin.
As part of my business as a Wellness Coach, I consult with my students on their approach to Wellness, Health, Nutrition and Fitness. For this New Year I thought I would write a few words that can be helpful as you begin to unpack what Wellness, Health, Nutrition and Fitness will mean to you and perhaps get that enthusiasm and motivation kicked up a few notches.
It is important to understand that for disease to manifest inflammation is the precursor. All disease starts with inflammation occurring at a cellular level. Whether you have cancer, heart disease, diabetes, digestive disorders, autoimmune disease or Alzheimer’s, it all starts with inflammation. Once we understand this basic premise, we can then ask ourselves, “well then, how do I protect myself from inflammation and keep my cells healthy and vibrant”?
All cells need four basic elements to live and thrive: oxygen in, water in, food in and waste products out. If these four things are done in a timely basis, the cells will live very long, but only if these four elements are efficiently maintained. Once there is a breakdown of any one of these four at the cellular level, inflammation (disease) sets in. What is also required is balance in the body, the mind, the spirit, deep breathing, a chemical free environment, good quality sleep, exercise, fasting/detoxing, prayer, meditation and relationship/community.
If you want to stay well or get well, there is only one place to begin ... and that's the kitchen.
First, we need to understand the difference between acidic and anti-inflammatory foods. Acidic foods cause inflammation; anti-inflammatory foods reduce it. If you are serious about reducing your potential to develop disease, you will need to reduce or eliminate acidic foods and increase your consumption of anti-inflammatory foods. Choosing foods that are plant based and free from chemicals and hormones is a step in the right direction as studies show this reduces our predisposition towards disease.
Second, become familiar with high allergen foods. Foods that cause allergies produce histamines which cause inflammation. The common high allergy foods are: dairy from cow’s milk/cheese/butter, eggs, peanuts, fish, shellfish, tree nuts (cashews/walnuts), wheat and soy. And, since everyone is unique, you could also be allergic to other foods not listed here.
Third, it’s important to research and understand your family’s DNA. Specific diseases run in your family and you will have a predisposition to them though this does not mean you will have the same outcome. According to science you are not at the mercy of your genetic code. Environmental factors outside the DNA can influence changes in your gene expression. We do not need to be victims of our ancestry.
Now that you have a better understanding of how to achieve better wellness and health you can begin by putting together a plan which would look something like this:
Healthy change starts with you. The difference between surviving and thriving comes down to how much you invest in your Health & Wellness. The effort you put into your life, your body, your mind, your spirit is what you will get in return. Stay focused. Continue to move forward. And stop by the studio for class or give me a shout to let me know how it’s going!
Not a day goes by where I am not approached about yoga. So many curious about it. Many share their thoughts and yoga experiences. Those who have never been to a class wonder if it's about religion. Some feel they need to be more flexible to come to yoga class. Others have tried it once, but said "it was too slow" and they were "bored". The first thing I tell them is yoga has been around a very, very long time. Centuries even. During this time, yoga has transformed and evolved into many incarnations. Just like ice cream, yoga has many, many flavors.
Here in the US, most are familiar with a more physical form called Hatha Yoga. Selecting a style or "flavor" wisely will enhance your overall yoga experience. Some choose one style and others play around with many. I've studied many of these styles and a few others and classes at my studio will tap into these styles to provide a unique experience.
Some styles in yoga you will find incorporated in my classes are Iyengar where poses are held for a longer period with assistance of props like blocks and straps; Kundalini which is equal parts spiritual and physical; Ashtanga which is physically demanding practice of poses in a specific order; Vinyasa which can be fairly athletic and a more flowing form connecting poses together like a dance; Bikram where temperatures are set to 105 degrees and 26 postures practiced in a specific order; Hot Vinyasa practiced in a heated room of 80-90 degrees; Yin Yoga which is very slow paced and poses are held longer in a relaxed form without muscular engagement; Restorative where poses are kept close to the ground and the body aided by props like blankets and bolsters to foster deep rest and relaxation.
Anyone can practice yoga because yoga is about your connection with yourself. The physical benefits are increased flexibility and strength. The mental benefits teach us to be in the moment. Rather than be reactive, we learn how to be present and accept what is revealed. Yoga increases our mental clarity and allows us to be more mindful in the world. We also learn how to breath deeply as deep breathing calms our central nervous system and lowers stress.
For those worried that you aren't flexible enough to practice yoga, I tell my students flexibility is a matter of degree and changes daily depending on many factors - what you were or were not doing the day prior, how you slept, what you ate, stress - my personal flexibility has evolved over the years of practicing yoga.
The main point is: Yoga meets you where you are. If you want to decrease stress, then yoga will meet you there. If you are seeking more flexibility, then yoga will meet you there.
Come check out a class at my studio. I've designed my classes to meet the students where they are - whether you are beginner to advanced - we show up for ourselves, we show up to practice.
Contact me if you would like to start your journey.
As yoga has become more wide-spread, so has its health and wellness benefits. Students who practice asana (poses), pranayama (breath) and meditation report better mental stability and clarity; better flexibility and mobility. The practice of yoga, specifically, meditation and mindfulness has been scientifically proven to reduce grey matter in the amygdala which is a portion of the brain that correlates to stress, anxiety and emotional trauma. The amygdala is responsible for our likes, dislikes, fears, unpleasant experiences.
Essential oils, too, are getting a great deal of attention as the undeniable power of aromatherapy is used in hospitals (Cleveland Clinic), yoga studios, homes, offices and schools. The benefits of essential oils are also well documented as aromatherapy correlates to the limbic system which is our sense of smell involved with emotion, motivation, the regulation of memories, hormones and circadian rhythms. The limbic system is the oldest part of the brain where our most primitive senses reside such as drive, instinct, needs, avoidances.
Saturday, January 12th from 1-2:30 pm, I will be hosting at my studio in Yardley, PA, an amazing workshop called Expand Your Heart Center combining yoga and essential oils to create better energy, calm the mind, assist in emotional healing and release stagnant energy, feelings or blockages in our heart center. This practice is uniquely designed to deepen your experience of yoga while harmonizing the body, mind and spirit and will positively impact the areas of your brain in charge of stress, anxiety and depression.
Only 5 spots remain! Click for more information and to register: https://juliesillyoga.weebly.com/events.html
It's that time of year again when seasons change and allergies invade our space and our immune system becomes overwhelmed and overreacts by producing histamines. Lots and lots of histamines. Histamines are the body's inflammatory response to environmental pollutants. But its not just our external environment. Its our internal environment too. Too much sugar, white flour, dairy, fried foods, meats and sauces, these also compromise our immune system creating mucus and inflammation. What to do about it? First, I recommend to my Wellness Clients to examine their diet. Go warm and lighter. Vegetable broths and cooked veggies like roasted broccoli, beets and sweet potatoes. Tossed salad with local honey and apple cider vinegar. Fruit from strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Cooked oatmeal, quinoa and brown rice. Adding in supplements that boost the immune system B12 complex, Vitamin D, Vitamin C and my own personal cocktail of Quercetin, Nettles and B5. This is a wonderful combo that works by stabilizing the histamine releasing cells and strengthen the adrenals.
I am also a huge fan of the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. I just ordered my third one! I love this kit. Its filled with all the essentials to get you through the seasons - Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Each and every one of the 11 oils presented in this kit will help strengthen the body. It contains Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Copaiba, Frankincense, Thieves, Citrus Fresh, Raven, DiGize, PanAway and Stress Away. Plus a whole lot of other goodies including a Diffuser and samples.
During the day I like a blend of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint in the diffuser. This blend is refreshing as the peppermint energizes, the lemon revitalizes and the lavender calms. When my muscles become tired and sore I rub the PanAway which contains wintergreen and peppermint on the affected areas to increase circulation and relieve stiffness. Raven is comforting when applied to the throat and chest and terrific diffused while sleeping. Thieves rubbed on the soles of the feet improves respiratory health, boosts digestion and strengthens the immune system. Frankincense is anti-aging and a powerful astringent protecting skin cells. It can help relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reduce inflammation and boost immunity. Stress Away comes with a roller ball and is a blend that brings about peace and tranquility to help relieve nervous tension.
Incorporating better diet and restful downtime is a wonderful path towards better wellness which can prevent seasonal allergies from happening in the first place.
Want to find out more? This weekend Saturday, November 10 from 10:30 am to 12 noon I will be hosting a Yin Yoga & Essential Oil Workshop showcasing these fabulous oils. Only 2 more spots left! Contact me ASAP to reserve your space.
How to get a kit? Contact me and I will set you up! These make great gifts for the holidays, too XO
Initially known as Daoist Yoga, Yin Yoga is a style of yoga that targets the body's deep connective tissue as opposed to the superficial muscles targeted during a Yang style yoga class. Yin Yoga is a wonderful compliment to more active forms of yoga and important to incorporate into our busy lives which can overstress the body and overload the nervous system. Yin counterbalances by focusing on passive postures performed on the floor and is designed to slow the body down so it can regenerate and rebalance. Emphasis is placed on relaxing into a posture as opposed to muscle engagement. Yin softens the muscles and releases tension. Typically, a Yin posture will be held for 3-5 minutes to allow this to happen. Yin is a wonderful way to go deeper into the experience of yoga as we rest in more meditative states allowing us to observe at a deeper level sensations and feelings providing an opportunity to practice kindness towards ourselves. Yin helps stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which regulates sleep, calms and balances the body and mind, regulates energy, increases mobility, lowers stress, builds stamina, lubricates and protects joints, allows more flexibility, releases fascia and helps with TMJ and migraines. Regular practice of Yin yoga fosters deeper relaxation and can help manage anxiety and stress. Ultimately it allows for a better Yang practice, too. If you suffer from stress, anxiety, deep pain, trauma, addictions or emotional imbalance, Yin can help. The next Yin & Oils practice is scheduled Saturday, November 10 from 10:30 am to 12 noon at the JSY Studio in Yardley. Only 7 spaces open. Contact Julie to reserve your space.
It's crucial to understand that dairy is making us sick. Dairy has been linked to a host of health conditions including digestive problems, allergies, heart disease and cancer.
Why? The problem lies in the beta-casein ingredient which is widely found in processed milk products and is the culprit in many health imbalances being linked to allergies, lactose intolerance, bloating, gas and diarrhea and those suffering from heart disease and cancer. As all dairy products contain casein, if you are suffering from these concerns, I highly advise my wellness clients and others seeking advice on how to feel better to immediately eliminate these products and chose plant-based foods such as coconut, almond or hemp milk and cheese made from nuts.
I get into many discussions with individuals who believe Greek yogurt is in the clear. But not so. Greek yogurt is almost entirely casein which is slow to digest.
Casein as it turns out is highly addictive due to casomorphins which when consumed attaches to the same brain receptors heroin and other narcotics attach to. Just like opiates, casomorphins are strong enough to get you addicted so you continue coming back for more. For some perspective, a cup of milk contains 7.7 grams protein, 80% of which is casein. If converted to cheddar cheese, the protein multiples 7 fold to 56 grams and is the most concentrated form of casein in any food in the grocery store. If we extrapolated that milk is cocaine, then cheese is crack.
The brain's reward center releases dopamine when we eat salty foods like cheese to encourage us to eat more of it. Many addictive drugs increase dopamine activity and dopamine makes our bodies become attracted to whatever produced it, including cheese. Which is why so many crave it, talk about it and have a hard time giving up.
What about calcium? Calcium is a mineral which is found in our soil and is absorbed by the roots of plants. Animals get their calcium by consuming plants. The real source of calcium is through plants. Calcium from dairy is hard to absorb in the body
I have been diary-free for over 10 years now. It was the most important thing I removed from my life which helped me heal a very sick and embarrasing digestive imbalance. Something I struggled with throughout my 20's and 30's. It took me no more than1 month of abstaining to feel better. Once I felt better, it was very easy to not ever go back.
As always I advocate a "balanced" approach to eating. Mostly plants, not too much. Healthy, leafy greens and fresh organic whole fruits and veggies. If you are overweight or have an illness, opting for a whole-foods plants based lifestyle as much as possible will help you move towards better wellness in your life.
Today, the students at JSY began the first of a monthly series of workshops focused on Yin Yoga and Essential Oils. Why?
Yin Yoga is a wonderful practice for those times when you are tired or overstimulated and craving positive energy and motivation. A regular Yin Yoga practice benefits those who practice the more traditional Yang Yoga practices by calming and balancing the mind and body, reducing stress and anxiety, increasing circulation, improving flexibility, releasing fascia, improving joint mobility, balancing internal organs and improving the flow of chi or prana.
A Yin Yoga practice consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body such as the hips, pelvis, inner thighs and lower spine as these areas are flush with connective tissue. Yin Yoga works on the connective tissues which respond well to a slow, steady load by elongating and strengthening the tissues. Yin Yoga works by stimulating and removing blockages in the myofascial meridians which helps balance the body's internal organs and systems. Yin Yoga requires the body to relax around the connective tissue in order to get the stretch. In a Yang Yoga practice, this would not be safe or effective. Yin Yoga is also unique in the description of the poses highlighting different names which is deliberate. The pose may look the same but the intention is different. For instance, in Yang Yoga the Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana) would be called in Yin Yoga, Butterfly Pose. During the Yang pose, the muscle is engaged and stretched. During the Yin pose we learn rather to relax the muscle with the aim of loosening the joints and the deep tissue wrapping them, not the superficial tissues of the muscles or the skin.
To further encourage relaxation, diffusing and applying Essential Oils during a Yin Yoga practice enhances the experience of the practice. Aromatherapy through the use of Essential Oils integrates well into this holistic self-care practice to boost immunity, manage stress and to relax the body, mind and spirit providing an extremely powerful journey towards positive health and wellness.
Want to experience this amazing practice? There are two more workshops coming up in October and November but space is limited to 7 so sign up early to reserve.
Fall is a great time to begin a Wellness program at The JSY Studio!
During the summer, we can become sedentary from sitting too much in the AC due to hot weather impeding our outside endeavors. Also we might have a tendency to overindulge at family gatherings. And with the kids home from school, we might neglect taking caring of ourselves.
The JSY Wellness Program teaches clients how to incorporate positive, lifestyle choices including dietary changes that focus on eating a Whole Foods Plant Based diet (WFPB) based on research presented in The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell which shows eating a WFPB diet can help prevent, treat and in some cases reverse certain cancers, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and obesity.
Remember the 30-Day Rule: It takes about four weeks for the body to adapt to lifestyle changes. The 30 Day JSY Wellness Program includes Wellness Coaching so you can stick to the program for a month and begin to adapt behavior patterns which will be much easier to stick with long term.
Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit with the gift of the JSY Fall Wellness Special. Choose from 30 days of a variety of options.
Option 1 = 1 hour Private Consult and 4 Weekly 1/2 hour Coaching Sessions $299 (plus book and recipes)
Option 2 = includes all of Option 1 plus 1 weekly Yoga or Pilates class $360
Option 3 = includes all of Option 1 plus unlimited Yoga and Pilates classes $499
The best part is you can begin at any time that works for your schedule!
Starting May 15th I will be offering a 30 Day Green Food Cleanse. This cleanse is not about dieting or starving ourselves. It is not a juice fast though we will be drinking fresh pressed juices and smoothies. We also will be eating fresh food. Food from PLANTS. Plants that grow out of the ground or on trees.
Why green foods only? It is a cleanse created by Kundalini Master Yogi Bhajan to re-alkalinize the body, detoxify the liver and blood and help with weight loss. This green cleanse bathes the internal organs with nutrients. We will cleanse for 30 days so it can have a deep affect. Those new to cleansing can do for a shorter period of time to help prepare the body for longer, future cleanses.
The point of this green cleanse is to help the digestive system relax and repair. Healing green foods help create alkalinity to help ward off disease and speeds up detoxification when we nurture ourselves with a constant stream of enzyme-rich, antioxidant-laden foods.
What will we eat? Anything green that is a plant. Green apples, green grapes, kiwi, honey dew melon, green raisins, figs, pears, broccoli, dill, parsley, peas, lima beans, spring onion, cucumber, rocket, lettuce, green olives, green chilies, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, mung beans, nori, olive oil, spirulina, chlorella, avocadoes, limes and so much more!!. I have been eating this way well past 40 days and I must say it is pretty easy to do and I feel really great!
We will also include herbal teas, honey, Bragg's liquid amino's, sea salt, spices and lots of H2O!
This is a FREE group effort - managed by me on FaceBook - JSY May 15 Green Cleanse Group. The group will be open for enrollment until May 15th and then I will close to a Private Group.
Where to Join? https://www.facebook.com/groups/2079250502350140/
Processed Foods Are High in Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup
It is well known sugar consumed in excess is seriously harmful. Sugar is “empty” calories as has no essential nutrients. Empty calories are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the harmful effects of sugar. Many studies show sugar has devastating effects on our metabolism reaching way beyond calorie content leading to insulin resistance, high triglycerides, increased levels of cholesterol and fat accumulation in the liver and belly. Sugar consumption is the leading cause of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Where are we getting it? In the form of processed foods and sugar-sweetened beverages. You know, that stuff out of wrapper, box, can or bag. That stuff that isn't really food but boy it sure makes your life easier. Well, have you ever seen the movie Wall-E? Ugh, that's not for me!
Create more wellness in your body and for your future. Choose fresh vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Get in tune for Spring and the warmer weather that's heading our way. It will soon be here. Get ready to enjoy your life more fully feeling more peaceful, lighter, rejuvenated and ready to go!
With the change of the clocks, we Spring ahead ... coming our way sunlight, walks outside, longer days. Soon plants and vegetation will push their way through the ground. Loaded with enzymes, vitamins and minerals, greens, fresh fruits and vegetables will help us to gently detox the stale energy from winter.
Now is the time to start lightening the load, replacing heavy clothing with lighter medium weight gear and begin cleaning out the pantry of the heavy foods that weigh us down in body, mind and spirit.
Begin working in fresh herbs and vegetables - spinach, nettles, parsley, asparagus, peas, lettuce and dandelion - just a few items to alkalize the body as they are filled with chlorophyll helping our cells breath in more oxygen and enzymes to bring energy and a renewed sense of living.
With the new season I will be offering a seven day cleanse structured so you won't feel hungry or stressed, but energized and in a great mood. We will infuse your cells with fresh nutrients as well as engage the body in Yoga and the mind in Meditation.
Couldn't you use some pampering, loving attention just about now?
Some helpful tips to ease into
1. Sleep 7 hours per night on a regular "sleep schedule".
2. Getting outside and breathing deeply the fresh air and once the snow melts getting in a long walk so you can produce more Vitamin D naturally to stabilize minerals and boost mood.
3. Taking a daily detox approach to bathing - dry brushing, Epsom salt baths and essential oils.
4. Journaling each day to document all the things which you feel grateful and awaken your mind and connect with the present.
5. Gentle exercise including Yoga, Pranayama (deep breathing) and Meditation at Julie Sill Yoga Studio to create more balance in the body, mind and emotions.
6. Drinking lots of filtered water, herbal teas and avoiding caffeine and alcohol.
7. Eating meals prior to 7 pm to allow the body to use all those nutrients for cell regeneration.
8. Starting each day with warm lemon water to boost metabolism.
9. End the day with a calming, herbal tea.
10. Begin to feel lighter, calmer and more in balance as the warmer weather sets in!
Who wants to get started?
We will begin Monday, April 2 through Sunday, April 8. The cost is $199 and includes 7 days of meal planning, all Yoga classes at Julie Sill Yoga for this time period and BONUS Sunday, April 8 Yin Yoga Spring Release Detox Workshop!
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Something I’ve been asking myself and my clients. What is your health span? Is the way you are living, right now, increasing or decreasing your health span? Are you living a healthful, joyous life? Or are you barely surviving? Is the thought of eating well and exercising overwhelming? Too much work, responsibilities, obligations can leave us feeling depleted and tired.
Perhaps it’s time for a change. This is what I do and why I opened The Julie Sill Yoga (JSY) Studio in Yardley, PA. In addition to teaching Yoga and Pilates, I am also a Wellness Coach, teaching others how to be well and increase their health span.
Most people have no idea what a wellness coach does or what the coaching process is really like. Part counselor? Part motivator? Part teacher? Part advisor? At times, a wellness coach will be all of these. Though, the primary role of a wellness coach is to deliver specific strategies, techniques, methodologies and tools to help clients transform their lifestyle. A wellness coach helps a client identify the area in their lives they want to change or improve and working together creates a plan to get there. A wellness coach provides structure, accountability, expertise and inspiration to help clients grow, increase self-awareness, commitment and confidence beyond what they can achieve on their own.
Wellness coaching is not therapy. Clients come to wellness coaching to help lead them into a higher functioning of wellness and/or happiness. Clients learn new skills and behaviors they can incorporate into their routines to better their lives.
Many of us know we need to eat better and exercise, but it’s the “what do I eat?”, “what forms of exercise should I engage in?” It can be overwhelming and confusing.
TAKING ACTION on this knowledge is why we need to work with a wellness coach. It automatically implies you are involved and engaged. Empowering yourself to be your best self.
A wellness coach will explore your motivation for change, create an action plan and keep you on point so it becomes second nature. With help, support and guidance.
As your wellness coach, I create a UNIQUE lifestyle plan that targets the strategies to overcome your obstacles. We explore what your life will look like and feel like when you are at an optimal level of wellness. You will receive a balanced, manageable wellness program including exercise, nutrition and stress management. A portfolio of self-care.
2018 is YOUR time to manifest the best YOU! Come check it out. Let me guide you to better wellness, happiness and joy.
Sample this Anti-Inflammatory Pineapple Mango Ginger Green Smoothie Detox Refresher. The pineapple reduces pain and inflammation because it contains bromeliad, combined with ginger to spice things up and some mango to add sweetness and creaminess. The Power Greens add essential vitamins, minerals and plant-based protein. And Hemp seeds pump up plant-based protein and fats. Super YUM!
8 oz. coconut water
1 gigantic handful Power Greens
2 cups pineapple
1/2 cup frozen mango
1-2 inch slice mango
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
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