Well, Tonight I am reading Thesis papers for an upcoming Cidesco Exam. whew! Who am I? I am Christy from Fairbanks, Alaska. A very cold, dark wonderful place that is pure nature. My mom named me after a teacher in a book. The book being called Christy. ( I need to read BTW) I was a Massage therapist for 20++ years and NEVER thought I'd be a teacher. NEVER. Never thought I was smart enough. Long story short I am an educator/teacher. How did my mom know? I do love when I see a student put in some good effort and be proud of their work. THAT is awesome. I don't have much else to say except I'm cooking fajitas tonight. I am hosting my students at Aloeswood soon to discuss what it looks like to open a business, and teach them cupping! woo hoo!!!!!
I took a day off the other day. I went with a girlfriend to the beach to just be in nature. There is something about Northern California weather, air, sunrises and sunsets that make me feel like this place is very healing. Hopefully everyone feels that where they live. The Montara Beach in Half Moon Bay is so easy to get to, easy to park.... its 30 minutes from Downtown SF. Being the passenger while driving is one lucky part of getting there. I got to look out on the horizon from above the cliffs and all I saw was wide open Blue Ocean that looks like your inside a huge cup of water. Walking and talking to a girl friend is just one of my favorite things to do. I really needed a day out of the city and out of my ordinary working life. I was getting over a major cold so I had to bundle up and not dip my feet in the freezing water. I normally walk barefoot on any beach, but felt I needed to stay all cozy and warm. Northern California beaches are so beautiful. All the colors of the land. Succulents grow all along the cliffs, the sand, things in the sand.... its just amazing. The sound of the waves is another healing element. That ocean just keeps a movin' Nothing interrupts the oceans waves. They spill onto the shore and make beautiful sounds. Another cute thing that you see at the beach here are PEOPLE. Girlfriends connecting while watching the sea, bunches of high school boys goofing around and sitting to watch the sunset, and families walking. You see a tiny positive glimpse of peoples lives. I love it.
Enjoy the little things and do what you have to do to keep healthy and happy.
I get stressed sometimes and need a break. All the noise and energy from city life can really mess up my vibe so I wanted to share some things I do to get back in balance. This list includes actual things I really do!
#1 Morning is a great time to set intentions and be grateful. This sets you up for major alignment on your path. I pick a word like " energetic" or "victory" I also look out my window listen to the morning birds and run all the things I am grateful for in my life. One of the main ones I am grateful for is a "place I can rest my head in safety and peace."
#2 Kundalini Yoga - If I can make a class I take a class, but lately I've had to squeeze 30 minute kundalini sessions into my day via youtube. I am really into Kamilla on you tube. Kundalini is a lot of breath work, some repetitive movement, mudras( hand gestures) and Mantra( Sanskrit words) that have energy. This practice is one of the BEST reset tools I have right now.
#3 Baths Water helps me. The warmth grounds me. I love to put some Digital Detox in my bath from Pursoma. This magical organic blend REALLY works. If I don't have that I put some milk, honey an essential oils in there . Blended together that slough off dead skin cells, hydrate and calm the senses.
#4 Dry Skin Brushing. I do this almost everyday before I shower or bathe. Ancient healing practice that moves your lymph towards your heart removing cellular waste. Its good for clearing up cellulite and making the skin soft in the process.
#5 Tinctures- These plant and gem essences are magic for the soul. Take a few drops of them throughout the day under the tongue or in your water. Plants have healing vibrations and healing properties. I love having a Rose tincture on hand always... for love.
#6 Nature is the best medicine. Getting out in fresh air and the negative ions, and all the delicious smells a forest or a beach offer calm the nervous system.
#7 Adaptogens- Adaptogens have been around for over 60 thousand years. Ancient Siberia is one of the first places that used them. Rhodiola was used when returning from the hunt to restore strength. Adaptogens are plants that have sustained a harsh growing environment/ ADAPTED. This gives the plant healing properties that are STRONG on a cellular level. Mixed into our blood/systems they heal and give our cells energy to deal with stress. I make an adaptogen tea thats AWESOME. Full of Damiana, Red Raspberry leaf... and others... I cool it and putt in jars and serve it at my spa.
#8 Hammock. A hammock just is the right thing to do. It brings me back to my beach days. I have one in my living room. If you don't have a hammock make a cozy space with soft things you like on it.
#9 Make an ALTAR. Not something you need to pray to( but you could) I have altars of pretty meaningful things all over my house. In my kitchen I make a space and set up my cookbooks and jars of specialty drinks and foods real pretty. In my living room I have a fire pit :) and I set up crystals and candles in it.
#10 Nothing beats stress like sleep. Massages, Facials, sensory deprivation tanks, cupping, anything like this will help you sleep better.