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Energy Healing Wolf August 10, 2010

Filed under: Complementary Therapies — aprasek @ 11:54 am

So amazing:

I used to be such a skeptic of this “energy healing” stuff. I initially dismissed it as quack medicine and crazy new age “science”. But, I was curious, so I began researching these modalities about 5 years ago. The first thing I learned was that this wan’t new age at all– these practices have been around forever.

I became certified in healing touch and studied under a Reiki master to really get the inside dirt. Over and over again, my mechanistic philosophies were challenged by “unexplainable” experiences and healings that I witnessed. I still don’t know if it’s just the placebo effect at work or the actual manipulation of the energy field. Maybe both. Maybe something totally different. Whatever the case, research has found many benefits from these practices and no real side effects.

After a lot of skepticism and reluctancy, I’m now a believer. If you’ve had any experiences with energy healing practices, please share them below– the good and bad.


Dalai Lama Lecture Tonight: “What Life Is All About” August 8, 2010

The lectures are happening in Delhi, so the times are a bit odd for us:

Start time of the first lecture is Sunday, August 8 at 11:00 PM CST. Watch the lecture live.

There will be another lecture on “Ethics for the New Millennium” Tuesday, August 10th at 3:30 AM CST.

OK, there’s no way I’ll be awake to watch any of those! Lectures will likely be posted soon at the website.


Swami Veda Bharati Lecture August 5, 2010

Filed under: Complementary Therapies,Healthy Mind,Spiritual Wellness — aprasek @ 4:46 pm

I attended Swami Veda Bharati’s lecture last night at the U of MN (pic above is of Swami Veda… and me getting dragged up on stage). The lecture was fantastic. I wish I could have filmed it to share with you all.

Ahh, but no worries, Swami Veda has a YouTube Channel! Check out a lecture he did about 3 years ago at the U of MN.


“Toxins In, Toxins Out” August 4, 2010

Filed under: Personal Care Products/Cosmetics — aprasek @ 12:53 pm

Oops! I forgot to post this… Here are those 2 extra things you can do to decrease your exposure to chemicals and clean up our planet:

First, watch the short video from the Story of Stuff Project: “The Story of cosmetics.”

Second, sign this:  Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010

Visit the Not Just a Pretty Face blog to see how the cosmetics industry is reacting to the video above… Hint: looks like they’re getting PR tactics from the BP and naughty politician models (blame, blame, deny, deny, play dumb, play dumber, quit, REPEAT).


“Next of Kin Would Like an Order of Onion Rings.” July 30, 2010

Filed under: Nutritional Wellness — aprasek @ 9:06 pm

I think Stephen Colbert should be the Surgeon General. Seriously. Tell it like it is Mr. Colbert:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Thought For Food – Cereal, Foot-Long Cheeseburger & Ecobot III
Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election Fox News

The Toxic Trio on Your Fingernails July 29, 2010

Filed under: Personal Care Products/Cosmetics — aprasek @ 9:48 am

If you paint your nails or visit a nail salon, then please watch this (thanks to Lorri over at Green Body Green Planet for the heads up on this vid!):

There are simple actions we can take to reduce our exposure to these chemicals and change the nail industry at the same time. I’ll give you two ideas today and two tomorrow….

1.  Gather up all your nail polish and look for these three ingredients:

dibutyl phthalate (DBP)



Your nails (and lungs) are too precious to waste on these chemicals. Why add more carcinogens and toxins to your gorgeous body? If you must, use the rest of the nail polish in a different way (cover a scratch on the car, “fix” some nylons, etc.).

To dump the stuff, you’ll need to use your city hazardous waste service. That’s right, nail polish and removers  are considered “hazardous waste” by the EPA— even more evidence of why these toxic products should be banned (I took my empty bottles here as well). Don’t worry, this step is easy, just check your city website for drop off times and other details (you might need to search “hazardous waste” on your city website to find the info).

2. Visit the Cosmetic Safety Database nail section and find some healthier polishes. Just look for products with a green circle… yellow at the most.

Cheers to healthier manis and pedis!


Naturally Nutty & Yen Yoga in Michigan July 26, 2010

Filed under: My favorite things!,Physical Wellness — aprasek @ 6:28 pm

So, I just returned from a VK in Michigan. And it was surprisingly fabulous! I guess I never thought of Michigan as a must-see destination. I was wrong.

Tourist highlights:  All the lakes (including the obvious– Lake Michigan), amazing sunsets, sand dunes (undoubtedly made to throw yourself down in a series of cartwheels and somersaults), little islands to kayak to and picnic on, all sorts of wildlife to watch (that includes people watching), cherry orchards (to pick and eat your way through) and tacky touristy things (my personal fave= extreme mini golf courses).

We mainly ran around Traverse City and Elk Rapids. But we also stopped in Charlevoix, Mackinaw, and some random little towns along our roadtrip route.

Here are a few of my favorite things I discovered:

Naturally Nutty:

OMG. Seriously, this stuff is amazing. The flavor I got is a mix of organic pumpkin, flax, sunflower and hemp seeds all spiced with vanilla, allspice, cinnamon and a bit of salt. Hello healthy pumpkin pie! So good on a nice piece of sprouted toast or with a banana or apple slices. I paid $10.49 for my 15 oz jar– not too bad for an organic, delicious nut butter. And with such pronounced flavor, I used about 1/2 the amount of spread on my toast.

Visit the nutty store to order online (prices are a bit cheaper than I paid). If you spend over $80, you get free shipping… that would be a heckuva lot of nut butter…

Let me know if you try any other flavors… I’m trying to get my $80 order planned out 🙂

Yen Yoga:

This was the yoga studio I stumbled into while shopping in Traverse City. It’s a posh looking joint, so I felt a bit out of place in my recycled yoga clothes (literally practiced twice in them without washing– I was roughing it, so whatever). New students receive their first class free, so I was able to snag the 90 minute Vinyasa Flow class and save my money for some divine sorbetto after class (at American Spoon).

The instructor, Jenny Lintvedt was fantastic. She had a great intuitive style to her teaching and was able to handle a huge diversity of skill levels that night.

Yen Yoga also has a bunch of other classes to choose from: Yoga with weights; Kids, Hot, Gentle and Power Yoga classes, Pilates, Spinning (they had a sweet stadium-style spin room); and Kettlebell. If you’re ever in Traverse City, I would definitely recommend stopping in for a solid workout.

That’s just the short and sweet of all the wonderful things I enjoyed on my VK to Michigan. If you have some must-see/do things to share in MI, please share!