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Tea Meditation to Detox Your Mind and Reduce Anxiety

February 21, 2011

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What if I were to tell you that a cup of detox tea can help you detox your mind of negative thoughts and cleanse harmful toxins from your body?

Have you ever thought about drinking a cup of hot tea as meditative experience? If you slow down and drink your tea with awareness, you can call it tea meditation. As with any meditation, drinking tea will lower your high blood pressure, slower your heart rate, improve circulation, and reduce anxiety.

Doing a breathing exercise during tea time can help you detox your body and boost yourTea Meditation to Detox Your Mind and Reduce Anxiety immunity. Taking time to drink tea can also help improve your concentration and build self-confidence and self- discipline.

“When we sip tea, we are on our way to serenity.”– Alexandra Stoddard

I would like to share with you a Tea Meditation by author and spiritual director Melissa Roberts I found at www.suite101. com. With a cup of tea in hand and twenty minutes with no interruptions, prepare to enjoy a quiet, relaxing exercise.


1. Situate the body in a chair, with the back straight. Cup the hot tea mug in the hands at chest level.

2. Bring the cup of tea to the chest. Notice the warmth radiating from the cup. Now touch the cup to the chest. Experience the warmth of the body against the cup. Feel how the breath pushes and recedes against the cup.

3. Close the eyes. Focus on the breath going in and out. See how deep and slow it is possible to breathe. Take three of the slowest, deepest breaths possible. Feel the warm energy of the body pulsing from the bottom of the breath to the top of it.

4. Now open the eyes and lift the cup of tea to the nose. How does it smell? How does the steam feel against the face? Breathe in the warmth, and during the exhale imagine the warmth traveling all the way to the bottom of the feet. Take three breaths in this manner.

5. Lift the tea to the lips and take a sip. Notice how the liquid feels in the mouth and throat. Visualize that warmth traveling all the way to the toes. Take three deep breaths, inhale and exhale, feeling the warmth from the tea traveling down to the feet then up into the head.

6. Repeat sipping the tea, with three deep breaths between sips, until all the tea is gone. Hold the empty cup in the lap, and imagine warmth from the cup radiating outward and warming the entire body. Visualize the body in a cocoon of warmth, like a giant tea mug.

7. Take five deep breaths, in and out, and then open the eyes. Sit still and move gently, to enjoy the effects of the meditation as long as possible. Do not try to get up too fast, as the muscles need time to transition out of the exercise.

 

Breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach and Counselor

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Two Minute Excercise to Lose Weight Naturally

August 5, 2010

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Did you know that laughter can help you lose weight?  For natural weight loss we need to reduce stress, detox and exercise.  Well, laughter can trigger the release of endorphins to help us deal with moodiness and fight seasonal depression; laughter can move your lymph and increases oxygenation to help detox our body; and it can also strengthen your abs which can help your get rid of belly fat and lose weight naturally.

Watch this video and learn how you can start laughing or pretend laughing (the forced laughter can also do the trick) for at least 2 minutes two three times a day:

P.S. You might want to listen to our interview with JJ Virgin, celebrity nutritionist, on how to shape up our arms to look sexy and confident. Click to listen

 

Breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Counselor and Coach

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Office Yoga for a Healthy Heart, Weight Loss, and Detox

May 14, 2010

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Do you do stretches? Do you do breathing exercises? If you listen to my radio show “Feel and Look Fabulous with Irina” regularly, you will learn how to do some easy yoga moves and breathing exercises, but what about the rest of the day?

You can use breath and stretch exercises for improved circulation, weight loss and detox, as a stress remedy, to improve sleep, etc.

I would like to share with you this Yoga Revelation video by Valerie Goodman to give you some healthy ideas on how to practice some yoga and breathing exercises sitting at your desk.

Don’t forget that seated poses calm the body, release tension in the hips and hamstrings, and soothe the mind.

 

Breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Counselor, and Women’s Radio Host

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Get Rid of Belly Fat with One Magic Yoga Asana Stretch

March 20, 2010

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Have you listened to my interview with Dr. Marlene Siersema about her weight loss journey: how she lost 170 pounds at age 50, her way to flatten her tummy, her thoughts on weight loss surgery and plastic surgery afterwards, eating habits and recipes for her body, as well as tips on how to keep weight off?

Sometimes it is so difficult  to get rid of belly fat to keep our tummy flat, isn’t it? Especially when we don’t need to lose weight but our belly needs to be firmer. To strengthen and firm our abs we can do crunches, but I hate them, don’t you?

That is why I would like to share with you this magic yoga asana stretch by Sara Ivanhoe,Get Rid of Belly Fat with One Magic Asana Yoga Stretch a yoga teacher, I found in Health.com Magazine.

Don’t forget to breathe while you are doing this yoga stretch. Breathing helps us detox our body, get more energy and relax which will help you sleep better and  strengthen your immunity.

How-to: Start on your hands and knees, with your shoulders directly over your wrists and your hips directly over your knees.

Curl your toes under and extend your body to push-up position.  Keeping your shoulders directly over your wrists, relax your head between your arms and bring your right knee toward your chest (try to touch it to your forehead).

Be sure to keep your hips low. Hold for 5-15 breaths. Return to starting position and repeat with your left knee. Do a total of 3 reps per side.

 

Breathe, smile and be happy.

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach Counselor and Radio Show Host

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