5 Habits to Consider for 2018

5 Habits to Consider for 2018

By Caroline Noel Jackson Hey Yogis! Do you need some inspiration for 2018 New Years resolutions? Consider adopting one (or a few!) of these 5 little practices that I have found really helpful. They are small changes/routines that help keep my days balanced, grounded, and healthy.   Starting the day with a warm glass of lemon water This healthy habit is really easy to start, maintain, and incorporate into your morning routine. Starting the day with warm lemon water wakes up the digestive tract, hydrates the body, and provides a quick dose of vitamins and minerals.  Simply mix together an 8-12 ounce glass of lukewarm water with the juice of half a lemon and sip it first thing in the morning. I made this a habit by preparing my lemon water alongside my morning coffee. When I wake up I start my kettle, prep my French press, and squeeze half a lemon into a juice glass. When my kettle is about half way to boiling, I remove it from the stove and add some of the warmed-up water to the juice glass and enjoy it before coffee.   Ending the day with warm milk An ayurvedic ritual that I have incorporated into my nightly routine is drinking a warm glass of milk before bed. It is believed that warm milk helps with sleep. The recipe is simple: 8 ounces of milk (I use whole fat milk, but this recipe can be made with dairy free milks, too) 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric 1/4 teaspoon cardamom A pinch of black pepper Put everything into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir...
The Yogi Test Lab: Homemade Facewash and Toner

The Yogi Test Lab: Homemade Facewash and Toner

From our labs to yours, here are your yoga teachers’ top natural lifestyle hacks! By Becky Paris, with contributions from Amy Rizzotto When I first took the leap into full-blown hippie lifestyle about 5 years ago, I made the decision to cut out any extraneous harmful chemicals and toxins I was applying to my skin. I switched over to making safe and comforting face and body products from scratch. I’m no Martha Stewart, so when I realized this was as easy as it is, I was hooked. This was great for my desire to limit certain products from entering my body, and it was pretty great for my wallet, too (y’all face products are EXPENSIVE), but I had no idea the overall improvement this switch would make in my life. Since I was young, I’ve had very *very* dry skin. I’ve had doctors tell me I needed medical creams to keep my painful, itchy skin tame. I’m talking the kind of skin that when it gets cold and dry will crack open and bleed. So, when I gave up on all the creams, lotions, and “moisturizing” soaps in favor for an entirely homemade skincare regimen, I was shocked to find that TAH-DAH!!! all of a sudden, my skin was not just absorbing less toxins, it was kinda soft and silky and nice. Teacher and co-owner Amy Rizzotto has combination skin. And her experience, while coming from another angle, wasn’t too different than my own. She struggled with skin issues through her teens and twenties, trying just about everything to keep her face looking clear and bright. In the past,...
Meet Beth Roessner, a.k.a. The Rungry Health Coach.

Meet Beth Roessner, a.k.a. The Rungry Health Coach.

Meet Beth Roessner, a.k.a. The Rungry Health Coach.  Beth is the guiding force behind our Yoga Heights Run Group, and a pretty inspirational lady.  She is deeply passionate about nurturing all aspects of health. But she’s also super cool about balance – as in sometimes the right food for the soul is a burger, sweet potato fries and dairy-free ice cream.  She will be contributing to the YH Blog with health and exercise tips and tricks based on her expertise as a health and running coach!  Here’s a little interview to help you get to know her:   YH: Beth, can you tell us a bit about your own wellness routine or habits?   B: Fueling is incredibly important to me, and I strive to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and high-quality proteins. (I’m primarily vegetarian–no cheese, some fish.) Most meals and snacks are cooked at home, and it took a lot of practice to get me there. I’m a firm believer in everyday movement, and try to incorporate some form of movement everyday–a lifting session at the gym, yoga, a morning run, an evening walk. I also try to practice a lot of compassion toward myself. After years of having a tumultuous relationship with my body, I’ve stripped myself of the “all or nothing” mentality. I now give myself grace when I eat a bit too much ice cream, skip a workout or have an extra beer. I go for progress over perfection. Those three things are my most important habits.     YH: What brought you, a serious runner and health coach, into...