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Quote of the Month

"Nothing has any power over me other than that which I give it through my thoughts."

~ Anthony Robbins


Recipe of the month

~ Cinnamon Ginger Tea ~
This tea will cure whatever ails you

2" chunk Fresh Ginger Root
6 cups of water
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
3/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 of an orange


1. Pour the water into a sauce pan.

2. Grate the ginger (skin and all) into the water. The finer the grind, the more flavor and power you get from the ginger. Grate the orange part (the zest) of the orange peel into the water. You will use about half of the orange peel.

3. Squeeze the half orange into the water, then put the orange into the pot as well.

4. Add Cloves and Cinnamon and bring to a boil.

5. Once this boils, turn the heat down to a low simmer for 15 minutes. Try the tea. If you like it stronger keep simmering as long as you'd like. If you like it weaker, add more water.

6. Place a tea strainer or regular strainer over your tea cup and pour yourself a cup.

7. Add honey or sugar to taste and enjoy.

* This simmering tea will also scent your kitchen. Enjoy!

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Asana of the month:

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
Ardha Matsyendrasana
(ARE-da- MAHT-see-en-DRAHH- Sahnna)

Matsyendra ~ Lord of the Fish

  • Stretches the hips, and lower back.
  • Stimulates digestive system, circulation, liver and kidneys.
  • Relieves sciatica, back pain & menstrual and menopausal symptoms.

How to do this pose:

(Always be sure to check with your Dr before performing this or any other new exercise especially if you have heart problems, high or low blood pressure, neck problems or are pregnant)

1. Sit on the floor. Bend your left knee in so that the heel is close to the right buttocks. Cross the right foot over the left leg and make sure that both your sit bones are level on the floor.

2. Think of keeping your nose over your navel, so instead of making this a neck rotation, make it an entire spinal rotation. Take your right hand to the floor behind you and wrap your left arm around your right leg.

3. Lengthen your spine as you inhale. As you exhale, gently twist from your waist, not your neck.

4. As you do this visualize your flow of rotation moving from your pelvis, spine, ribcage and shoulders. With each inhale lift out of the pose slightly and with each exhale allow that breath to take you through any resistance and deeper into the pose. Use your breath as a guide.

5. Hold yourself in this position as long as your body wants- 30 seconds up to 3 minutes and continue to breathe slowly. Repeat other side.

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Things that I Love and Recommend:

CD ~ Seal IV
This new CD from Seal has some great songs. It has that distinctive Seal sound. If you love his other CD's - you will love this one.

Book ~ The Pilates Body By Brooke Siler
This fabulous book teaches Pilates exercises with creative pictures and cues. It's a great tool to practice Pilates in your home when you can't get to class.

Something to Think About:

During this month of Thanksgiving, every morning when you wake up ~
name 3 things that you are thankful for.

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Volume 1 Fun Stuff click here - (Banana Fuate`, Triangle Pose)
Volume 2 Fun Stuff click here - (Pumpkin Pudding, Bridge Pose, Gratitude)
Volume 3 Fun Stuff click here - (Hummus, Downward Dog, Who are you today?)
Volume 4 Fun Stuff click here - (Spinach Ravioli w/ Marinara Sauce, Plank, Goals)
Volume 5 Fun Stuff click here - (Tofu Lettuce Wraps, Boat Pose, Do what you love)
Volume 6 Fun Stuff click here - (Chocolate Chip Cookies, Forward Bend, Clutter)
Volume 7 Fun Stuff click here - (Summer Salad, Bow Pose, "Food" in your food)
Volume 8 Fun Stuff click here - (Quinoa Pilaf, Forward Bend, Your character)
Volume 9 Fun Stuff click here - (Berry Muffins, Bound Angle Pose, Sight)

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