- Fill the Neti Pot with about 8oz of warm, sterile water. Mix 1/4 of a teaspoon of Neti Pot Salt into the water. While other salts can be used, the Neti Pot salt is non-iodized and does not contain irritants that can be present in less pure salt.
- Lean over the sink and tilt the head to one side, so that the forehead is slightly higher than or level with the chin.
- Carefully insert the spout of the Neti Pot into the upper nostril and raise the Neti Pot slowly.
- Allow the saline solution to flow through the upper nostril and out through the lower nostril into the sink, while breathing through the mouth.
- Once the Neti Pot is empty, exhale vigorously.
- Refill the Neti Pot and repeat with the other nostril.
- Choose a good quality oil with a taste that doesn’t offend you. Sesame, olive or coconut oil are the most popular oils for oil pulling. Coconut oil has a lovely taste and great antimicrobial properties, so that might be a good place to start.
- On an empty stomach, such as first thing in the morning, take one or two tablespoons of oil in the mouth and slowly swish it from side to side across the teeth, taking care not to swallow it. If using coconut oil, you can first chew it a bit to melt it in the mouth.
- Keep this up for at least 5 minutes. Try 20 minutes for an excellent cleanse. During this time you can take a shower, do a little housework or simply sit in meditation, mindfully paying attention to the feeling of the oil in the mouth. You don’t need to stay in the bathroom!
- When you are done, spit out the oil into a garbage can and not the sink, so that you don’t clog up your pipes. The oil will have collected all sorts of toxins and germs, so be careful not to swallow it. It may have changed to a white colour with a thick constituency. Your mouth should feel wonderfully clean!
- Rinse out the mouth and follow with your regular oral hygiene routine. Some people prefer a salt water rinse to get rid of all remaining oil.
- Smile, and feel your teeth and whole mouth sparkling!
- Start by writing down the obvious things such as the names of people you love, your abilities or best experiences, even material things. Be sure to note down why you are thankful at a deeper level. Try to go beyond the ego!
- Try to write down different things everyday. This will challenge you to unlock more and more things you never noticed. Also, it will help you to be more present in your day, bringing more peace to your world.
- As your wisdom and openness grows, try to look at all experiences as part of one amazing unfolding, and see the grace at work in every piece. Saint Francis of Assisi used to say thank you for every single thing that happened to him, even when he got beaten up, because he understood the hidden treasures in all of life’s experiences.
Many of us have themes we tend to gravitate back to. There are patterns in our lives that eventually reveal themselves and we have the opportunity to reinforce, observe, ignore or work to adjust them. Often we see them and we remind ourselves we’d like to begin to implement change – but when? How?
The culture of a city – or a workplace, school, family – is something we can easily get lost in and one where we can definitely forget about our own basic needs. Did I eat lunch today? Did I even want to eat that?
We get caught up in how busy and demanding our lives can be, and in a way, it is satisfying. It can be fulfilling to be in demand. But how much do we have to give to others if we’re not giving enough to ourselves?
It is vital that we take the time to recharge. The little breaks we take to breathe a little deeper or close our eyes for a moment, to relax and check in, are foundational to our happiness. The larger moments we carve out to get on our mats or sit in silence remind us how much we need to make these times more of a priority.
We have the ability to create the days and weeks that accumulate into the months and years of our lives. The pattern or practice of self-care isn’t one that comes naturally to most of us, but it is one that has been in the forefront of my life for many years. Thankfully it came from the culture within my family and now it is one that I am passing on not only to my own children but to my students.
Regardless of the choices you have made to dedicate yourself to your career, your passion, or raising a family, we live in a time that does not support downtime. Giving yourself permission to ‘do less’ is more work in the beginning, but it’s sustainable.
Insightful Practice Retreat
This summer I am so thrilled to show you how to make this happen. Setting intentions and living your truth is magical, but giving yourself the space and surroundings to get there is even more so.
Join Josh Cohen and me on Bowen Island this August for the Insightful Practice Retreat. We will focus on doing simple practices really well. Feel your pace slow, your mind empty, and your heart overflow.
Breathe deeply with Neti Pot nasal rinsing
When we breathe deeply and feel the air flowing freely through our bodies, we feel a heightened sense of clarity and connectedness. A disruption to the ease of breathing on the other hand, whether due to a cold or allergic reaction, can feel like an offset in the balance and rhythm of the whole body. As we inhale, our bodies naturally filter the air we breathe by trapping pollutants and allergens in a thin layer of mucus that lines the nasal passages. Keeping these layers clean and healthy can support clear and free movement of breath within the body. A gentle and effective way to cleanse the nasal passages is to rinse them using a Neti Pot, a time-tested device which originates in the East and resembles a small teapot. The saline solution in the Neti Pot replenishes the moisture in the nasal lining and flushes out the trapped impurities before they are moved to the throat and swallowed. It can be used to clear congestion from the sinuses during times of illness, but it can also be used daily for general nasal hygiene, to soothe the effects of dry indoor air and air pollution that many of us live with daily.
Using a Neti Pot is easy and comfortable, at least after the first try! Just follow these few steps:
In meditation and yoga we consciously pay attention to the movement of breath, and feel directly how the body is invigorated as it flows through us. Keeping this flow as healthy and unabated as possible is a sure way to support perfect wellbeing of our earthly temples. A few rinses using a Neti Pot can be all that’s needed to restore the nasal passageways and keep them functioning perfectly, helping the body to glow with aliveness with every breath.
Oil Pulling for All-Natural, Deep Oral Cleansing
Nowadays, its hard to imagine how people coped before the age of toothbrushes and chemically formulated toothpastes. However, as with many other things, we are slowly rediscovering that Nature has provided us with everything we need to be healthy and glowing, if we just know where to look. A surprisingly simple yet amazingly effective all-natural solution for dental health comes in the form of an ancient Aryuvedic practice called Oil Pulling – all you need is oil. This is literally as it sounds – you take a swig of oil, usually coconut, sesame or olive oil, and swish or “pull” it back and forth between the teeth for a certain period of time, usually 5 to 20 minutes. It may sound strange but it can in fact become a very therapeutic, meditative daily practice. The idea is that toxins in the body are drawn out into the oil, providing a deep oral cleaning as well as a general detox. The reported benefits include excellent oral health, pearly white teeth, super fresh breath as well as a heightened sense of well-being, clearer skin and even better sleep. It can also reportedly help to improve sinus congestion, headaches, PMS, inflammation and arthritis symptoms, and promotes general good health. This practice can be added to your usual oral hygiene routine for a deeper, holistic cleanse that goes beyond the surface of the teeth and gums. Try it out using these steps:
While it might seem like a lot of extra work to practise oil pulling everyday, its a great way to bring a bit of detoxing into your daily routine, something your body will thank you for! Give it a go and see how wonderfully clean the mouth can feel after the oil comes out. Starting the day with the freshest taste in the mouth feels lovely!
Whether your life is “good” or “bad” is ultimately nothing more than a statement about your thoughts. This sounds crazy but it is a profound truth that, if properly digested, can totally transform our lives. Gratitude journaling is an excellent way for each of us to understand this truth, and unlock its power.
There is only one universe but millions upon millions of worlds – one world for every pair of eyes that looks out at the universe. Each world takes in the information coming from the universe and processes or interprets it in its own unique way. Usually, things that are deemed “bad” within a human world have remarkable sticking power compared to things that are deemed “good”. We replay our bad experiences to ourselves so many times more than our good ones, and seem to remember them much longer. As bad as things may seem, with so many worlds around, there will always be people on this earth who would absolutely love to have one of your bad days.
Gratitude journaling can really change your world. Each day, you make a list of things you are thankful for that day. Here’s the power hidden inside: Through paying attention to the “good” things and taking measures to remember them, they will start to stick much more than the “bad” things. Also, through consciously being open to them, you will notice so many more good things that you used to just overlook. Your world will start to look different. Eventually, your thoughts will move from mostly negative to mostly positive, as the “good” things start occupying them and an attitude of thankfulness starts to truly set in. Then the magic happens – Your whole world will shift. You will be amazed. You might even find that the “bad” things start to enter your list, for when viewed with wisdom, you will see how they were necessary or somehow helpful in directing the course of your life. What an amazing paradox!
Here are a few pointers to get you going:
Changing the world begins with changing YOUR world. Try this out as an experiment. It might turn out to be one of the best things you ever “do with your life” :).
YIN TO YOUR YANG
Happy Holiday Season!!
This time of year can be filled with many opposites. Peace and irritability, love and anger, cold and hot, happiness and sadness, abundance and scarcity, love and hatred. If we are honest with ourselves, these are the fluctuations of the human mind on a daily basis. The polarities of life seem to be more evident during this season of tradition and family. Most of us have many mixed emotions about spending extended time with our relatives during the holidays. Whether it’s your unfiltered uncle or your mom who knows how to push your buttons, we all have loved ones in our lives that can test our patience. On top of family commitments, we have social gatherings, gift buying, food consumption, work, kids, and organizing it all brings forward our Yang energy.
We have all heard of and/or know what the Yin/Yang symbol looks like. If you were around in the 80’s and early 90’s it was also a popular fashion symbol on pendants, belts, t-shirts (and more), but did you ever find out what it actually means?
“Neither Yin nor Yang are absolute. Nothing is completely Yin or completely Yang. Each aspect contains the beginning point for the other aspect. For example: day becomes night and then night becomes day…Yin and Yang are interdependent upon each other so that the definition of one requires the definition for the other to be complete.” Personal Tao
This explains why the Yin/Yang symbol, which is actually called the Taijitu, has a black side with a white dot and a white side with a black dot. When two things are balanced, they are equal but still separate. In a relationship of harmony, the two energies blend into one seamless whole, as perfectly embodied by the swirling Yin-Yang symbol.
General Examples of Yin & Yang:
Yin = Darkness, Moon, Feminine, Shade, Rest
Yang = Light, Sun, Masculine, Brightness, Activity
When our Yang energy becomes dominant, we need to create balance by introducing more Yin energy. If we are feeling overwhelmed, hot, tense, agitated, we should sit, relax, slow down, cool down. This is intuitive, but we often continue to add more Yang energy into our already Yang like life.
So, now we know that the holiday season can create an abundance of Yang, and we also know that we need to balance this with Yin. If you feel your blood pressure rising and your breath becoming restricted while you are waiting in a shopping line-up, tune in, cool yourself down, sit down, take a few conscious breaths, go outside, turn on your Yin energy. It will balance you and enable you to have more equanimity with this beautiful season.
I just completed my Yin Yoga training in Vancouver with one of the founders of the tradition, Bernie Clark. I am very excited to introduce this teaching style into my classes. At Nectar Yoga B&B on Bowen Island, we will have regular Yin Yoga classes and at all of my upcoming Exotic Retreats.
Join me in Morocco, Iceland, and Spain (where there will be a specific Yin & Beginner themed retreat). Limited Space still remains for my Morocco and Iceland Retreats coming up in February 2016.
Sending you much peace and balanced energy during this special season.
WE ARE ONE YEAR OLD TODAY!
I’m gushing with joy and gratitude. One year ago my partner and I took possession of our home on Bowen Island and Nectar Yoga B&B was born.
We have met hundreds of people in the past year from all over the world. Thank you to all my students, you are my teachers. You show me the light and teach me all I need to know.
Here are some things I’ve learned this year:
If you are not happy, make a change, maybe a really big change
All your dreams are possible but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy
Follow your intuition and base all your life choices on it, if you don’t know what intuition feels like, be still
If you have trouble sleeping, come to my house and I’ll put you to work, hard manual labour will have you sleeping like a baby
Everyone on this planet needs space to reflect and breathe
Not everyone is as clean as I am
Talk a walk in nature, you’ll feel better
Find a partner who has your back, who helps you to accelerate on your spiritual path, who gets you!
If you’re not with that person, let them go, find your soul mate, they are waiting…
This too shall pass, everything is always changing
It’s not what is happening to you, it’s how you move through it
The energy you put out is the energy you get back, action/reaction
Life is truly beautiful, even when its cold and raining
Find stillness, breathe, refill
Eat amazing food and love every bite (even full gluten, full sugar, full fat chocolate cake – love it!)
Don’t get too caught up in perfecting your diet, your body, your appearance, your yoga practice, just be a damn good person
Surround yourself with people who are vibrating at your frequency
Be real – be the actual person you portray on Facebook
Find community, if you can’t find it, create it
Making money has nothing to do with success, real success is soul to soul connection
Our body is impermanent, at any moment it could be gone, so live the life of your dreams
Say yes to every good opportunity, unless it sacrifices balance
Heal your past, forgive, mostly yourself, then everyone else
You are beautiful, you are uniquely you, no one can replicate that
See beauty in the diversity, not difference
Judging is different than noticing the reality as it is
If you have knowledge that will heal others share it, it’s potency accelerates when you share
Find the lessons and the blessings in all of your life experiences
I love island life, I love small community, I love sharing in other’s healing process, I love small details
Swim in the sea, swim in the lake, just swim, there is a deep stillness in the water
A true Yogi is someone who speaks kind and softly, who shares all they have, who sees the connection of all beings, I hope to one day be a Yogi
You are deeply wise, no truth is outside of you, it’s all within
Surround yourself with good people, but also lots of animals, they have so much wisdom and love
Go for it, today is the day, tomorrow may never come, you can do it!!
Most of all…Be Happy
These are not cliches or cute quotes I found on the internet, these are the REAL lessons I have learned this year. Thank you to the love of my life, my forever partner, without his amazing dedication and deep wisdom, this life would be the same. Thank you to all our guests and your beautiful comments, feedback, wisdom, and energy, this has made Nectar Yoga B&B so amazing.
Andrea & Sat
THE NEW GEODESIC YOGA DOME
Nectar Yoga B&B is excited to announce the opening of our NEW GEODESIC DOME.
Summer is in full swing on Bowen Island. We only have a few spots left to book our cottages until September. We have lots of exciting news, and the most special is our new yoga space – a Geodesic Dome!
We have converted our original yoga space into a Forest Cottage and have just completed construction of our yoga dome. We chose this structure for its amazing acoustics, the light, the shape, the low impact it has on the natural forest surroundings, and it’s awesome structural aspects.
Buckminster Fuller’s lifelong goal was the development of what he called “Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science”– the attempt to anticipate and solve humanity’s major problems through the highest technology by providing “more and more life support for everybody, with less and less resources.” “Bucky” is best known for the invention of the geodesic dome–the lightest, strongest, and most cost-effective structure ever devised. The geodesic dome is able to cover more space without internal supports than any other enclosure. It becomes proportionally lighter and stronger the larger it is. The geodesic dome is a breakthrough in shelter in ease of construction and energy efficiency. The geometry allows proper circulation of the ambient air with little energy input.
Join us this summer for a yoga getaway in our new yoga dome! Click Here to book.
Here is a review from one of our guests last weekend:
“A perfect getaway! We stayed in the forest cottage suite and didn’t want to leave…Such a peaceful place and the yoga classes were amazing. Andrea is so knowledgeable and personable..thanks again and we can’t wait to come back!”
If you wish to leave us a review, you can do so on our Trip Advisor Page.
Sending you much peace in the summer months. Enjoy the beauty of this season.
Andrea & Sat
Nectar Yoga B&B is happy to participate in The Taste of Bowen.
Jun 13 – “Taste of Bowen” – SATURDAY, June 13, 2015 10:30am- 3:00pm
Location: Snug Cove, Village Square, Artisan Square, on Bowen Island
The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 2nd Annual “Taste of Bowen” which will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm and will feature a “taste” of Bowen Island businesses in Snug Cove, Village Square and Artisan Square. Off-islanders: Park/bus to Horseshoe Bay, walk on the ferry and experience “The Taste of Bowen” all within walking distance from the ferry. Visit businesses, enjoy music and experience a ‘taste’ of Bowen! Last year we sold out!
Members – 15.00, Non-members – 15.00, Children under 12 – 5.00 Register or Learn More.
Come visit us at our table!