September 2016 - Inner Revolution Yoga Studio

Welcome to September! The days are warm and sunny and the nights are longer and chilly. The air in September becomes fresh and life begins to pick up speed. We choose the theme grounding for this month because we believe that it is important to ground yourself and set strong foundations for the upcoming months. […]

September 23, 20160

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Welcome to September! The days are warm and sunny and the nights are longer and chilly. The air in September becomes fresh and life begins to pick up speed. We choose the theme grounding for this month because we believe that it is important to ground yourself and set strong foundations for the upcoming months.

Grounding means to anchor in. When we are grounded we feel strong and stable in our bodies, our decisions, our home and work. Grounded individuals feel present and fully connected to their breath and space. When our breath flows unrestricted the energy flows naturally and you gravitate towards things that are good for you.
3 Tips to ground yourself:
Take a walk in nature
Swim in a lake or river
Spend 5 min each day focusing on your breath

Written on the ground.



September 21, 20160

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By Marie-Pierre Chaumont

I used to only think about grounding myself in a very specific area of my life, mainly on my “Spiritual Side”. That side included my work (I channel Spirit Guides and other fun Light Beings), my yoga practice and all the other awesome woo-woo things I tucked neatly in that compartment of my existence. But the problem was, as soon as I would step out of that side, mainly when I would be on my mom shift, hanging out with my hot husband or doing chores, I would not practice the art of grounding; I would not be here, in the right freaking now. I would be pulled in all kinds of directions, and I always ended up feeling fuzzy headed and frustrated. I felt that the chaos of life was preventing me from living the Zen life I wanted to lead. (There should be an Olympic sport for remaining calm while getting three kids to stop fighting for that “perfect” spot on the couch). And to be honest, I would actually kinda resent the fact that having a family and lots of earthly responsibilities prevented me from always hanging out on that spiritual side of mine. The one where I am perfectly connected with my team of Guides, with the Universe and in sync with my true essence. I felt that being yelled at by a 4 year old for wrongly cutting his toast in a triangle instead of a square was preventing me from being grounded, right in the moment (and I wonder why not… right? Who would not ENJOY having to redo toasts over and over until the perfect square shape has been approved by the tiny dictator of the house?)

But then I finally got it.Having my chaotic, beautiful, messy faced family was how the Universe was helping me stay grounded. Or I should say, learn how to be grounded. Because it’s easy to be in the moment, when nothing else is happening. Hell, it’s almost boring. But the real learning curve is to stay present, even when the world around is spinning on it’s crazy axle. If I didn’t have my family, I wouldn’t be here at all. I would be completely the opposite of grounded. I would be floating around escaping reality as much as possible. But if I came to live on earth, it’s to actually be here. I should embrace it, whether it’s the good, the bad or the sticky. Since then, that nugget of wisdom has helped me replace my resentment with gratitude (most of the times). I have stopped seeing my life as a deterrent for living. Thanks to my kids, my husband and my not so perfect life, I am here, right now, enjoying the moment. And most of the time, it’s worth sticking around for.

About the author:
Marie-Pierre is a simple down-to-earth chick with cool gifts. Through many life challenges, she uncovered her true path, her gifts, but most importantly, the presence of her kick-ass divine team. Her greatest joy is to accompany fellow humans on their own life path, via (among other things) channeling messages from their divine teams. Whether it’s to help clarify life’s challenges, find your way to your best possible life or uncover your own awesome gifts, every encounter is lightfull and filled with positive vibrations.

For details or to book a session with Marie-Pierre,
visit marie-pierrechaumont.com



September 16, 20160

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Traditional Chinese medicine believes that each food has a unique energy that affects your body a certain way. This goes beyond the calories, macronutrients and micronutrients of food. It is instead the energetic influence of food on the quality of your life — your mood, your awareness, your energy levels, your health, and beyond.

As the seasons shift, it’s important to shift your diet as well. With summer coming to an end, it’s time to get into a new head space and restore balance by incorporating grounding fall foods into your diet. Root vegetables (such as sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips, beets, radishes, garlic, and ginger) are a particularly great addition, as all of these items have roots that reach down into the ground, anchoring the plant – being its foundation of life. Adding these foods into your diet can help you become more rooted and grounded in your life as well.

Here is a great baked sweet potato recipe that can either be served as a main on its own, or as a great addition to any main course.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Beans and Greens

4 sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 shallot, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (4-inch) sprig fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups cooked and drained white beans
6 cups kale, trimmed and sliced into ribbons
Juice of 1/4 lemon
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

· Preheat oven to 400°F.
· Scrub the sweet potatoes and prick them in a few places with a fork. Place them on a baking sheet and bake until soft all the way through, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
· Start the beans and greens about 15 to 20 minutes before the sweet potatoes are done.
· In a wide, deep saucepan with a cover, heat the coconut oil over low-moderate heat. Add the shallots and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, rosemary sprig, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for about a minute. Add the beans and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the kale, cover the pan, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until the kale is soft. Remove the rosemary sprig, stir in the lemon juice, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
· To serve, slice each sweet potato lengthwise and push on the ends to open up the middle. Spoon the beans and greens into the center.
· If you’re looking for that ‘cheesy’ taste, sprinkle on some nutritional yeast at the end (1-2tsp). Enjoy!



September 12, 20160

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Our Theme for September is Grounding!

doTERRA Balance, a grounding blend

This wonderful grounding blend includes Spruce Needle/Leaf, Ho Wood, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, and Blue Chamomile Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil.

This blend is airy, fresh, sweet and woody in aroma.

doTERRA Balance blend promotes feelings of calmness, peace and relaxation.

Enjoy Balance blend diffused into the air, or applied to desired area, often the bottoms of the feet is a wonderful place to start.

Join us November 5th 2016 and experience the grounding, calming effects of doTERRA Balance in our Inner Grounding essential oil workshop.



September 6, 20160

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Keeping well depends on many factors that are very much interrelated. When we look at wellness we examine 5 main areas: Physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual. Each of these areas needs a balance in order for us to be well. Each area can me assessed by two questions;
Physical wellness- Are we moving our bodies? How do we physically feel?
Intellectual wellness- Are we intellectually stimulated? Are we learning?
Emotional wellness- How are our thoughts and feelings? Are we happy?
Social wellness- Are we interacting with others in a meaningful way? Are we part of a community?
Spiritual wellness- Are we connected to our spirit? Do we feel whole?
Take a look at these areas in your life. Have you found your work/life balance? If you are struggling in one or more areas begin to look at ways to improve this area. Here are some strategies to get you in the right direction.
Physical- Take a 20 min walk at lunch. This 20 min body break will help stimulate your mind and move your blood so that you will have better focus and communication.
Intellectual- Read. Take some time to read and learn about something you are interested in.
Emotional- Speak how your truly feel with grace and heart. Holding on to emotions will create more tension and dis-ease. Work at feeling the full range of that emotion then letting it go.
Social- Engage in meaningful connections with others. This can be as simple listening to someone.
Spiritual- Connect to a part of your spirit everyday. Dance, Sing, Hike, Swim, Do yoga!