3 Ways To Create a Healthier Home 

   Creating a healthier home can seem overwhelming at first but it does not have to be. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the typical home is 2-5 times more polluted than the air right in our backyards. Yikes! Luckily creating a healthier home does have to be complicated. I suggest starting small and keeping it simple. You don’t have to change everything over night, take it one step at a time just like with any other life changes.

There are hundreds of ways to make our homes healthier, however, here are my favorite things to focus on first. 

 1. Avoid Harsh Chemicals  

   The chemicals you clean your home and your laundry with  matter. In one of the Environmental Working Group’s studies, they discovered that the majority of household cleaners contain cancer causing carcinogens and hormone disruptors, and that 53% of cleaners can induce asthma, cause respiratory problems, and even create chemical burns on the skin. In addition to this, there are thousands of ingredients in cleaners that the FDA has not tested for safety. (Scary!) Once I realized this I started looking for alternatives to the products I was using.

You can make the switch by making your own natural cleaners or finding natural alternatives too. 

I love Young Living’s Thieves Cleaner Concentrate. I love it because it is 100% plant-based and all natural- so it does not contain any harmful chemicals or additives and it smells great. You can get a bottle of Thieves Cleaner for Young Living for $28 or for $22 if you have a membership. One bottle of concentrate makes (14) 30 oz bottles or (28) 15 oz bottles of cleaner. One bottle lasts a long time with this cleaner. Young Living also carries dish soap, dishwasher soap and laundry soap. Switch out your dry sheets for some dry balls and you are pretty much set. 

 2. Use Essential Oils instead of Candles and air fresheners

    There are a ton of chemicals in these products that are not good for us to be breathing in. Artificial fragrances can disrupt our endocrine system and add cancer causing chemicals to the air in our homes. Candles and air fresheners also contribute to indoor air pollution because they put off chemicals that have been found to be just as dangerous for us to breathe in as the chemicals that are in secondhand smoke from cigarettes. 

Instead try diffusing essential oils. I promise once you start diffusing essential oils you will not miss candles or other air fresheners, plus there are dozens of health benefits to diffusing essential oils, especially if you’re using an ultrasonic diffuser and they give your home those amazing scents without risking your health. 

 3. Use Himalayan Salt Lamps 

   Himalayan salt lamps are another great way to create a healthier home. They help clean and purify the air in your home, help reduce allergies, improve mood, and naturally generate negative ions. Plus they are a beautiful light source and make perfect night lights. 

Remember you don’t have to switch everything out over night but I hope this gives you an idea of where you can start on your journey to making your home healthier.  
❤🙏 LC

5 Tips for Starting A Home Yoga Practice 

I began my yoga practice at home, in my living room by watching Youtube videos and following along. I made the decision to commit to 30 days of yoga. At first it seemed a little intimidating, I didn’t think I would be any good at yoga because I wasn’t flexible and had no balance but I wanted to start practicing yoga to help with my anxiety. I quickly fell in love with yoga and after the 30 days I continued to practice 5 to 6 days a week.

Starting a yoga practice at home is a great way to get comfortable with the practice. There are a ton of great resources and videos to help you get started safely. 

Here are 5 tips for starting a yoga practice at home:

1.) Create a yoga space. It doesn’t need to be fancy and you don’t need a ton of room just somewhere you can roll out your mat and practice without a ton of distractions.

A few things to have in your yoga space:

• A yoga mat

• A towel
• Yoga blocks, a yoga wheel, straps and any other accessories you might use during your practice.

2.) Find a style you enjoy. There are many different styles of yoga. Try a few different styles to see which styles you enjoy so that you will want to get on your mat everyday and you will truly enjoy your practice.

A few different styles I recommend trying:

• Hatha- Hatha yoga refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. When a class is called a hatha class it will most likely be a slower paced yoga class that covers the basic postures.

• Vinyasa- Vinyasa is my personal favorite style of yoga. Vinyasa is where your breath is synchronized with your movement. Vinyasa movements can be almost dance-like and they flow smoothly.

• Ashtanga- Ashtanga yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. There are three groups of movement sequences: The Primary Series, The Intermediate Series and the Advanced Series. Each series of postures must be accomplished before proceeding to the next.

• Buti Yoga- Is a practice that fuses power yoga with cardio-intensive tribal dance and body sculpting primal movement. Buti Yoga utilizes the Spiral Structure Technique to sculpt and tone the deep abdominal muscles that stabilize and strengthen the body.

• Yin Yoga- Yin yoga is a slower paced yoga class that focuses on holding postures for longer periods of time.

3.) Find online instructors you love. There are many yoga teachers with online classes now and you should find a few that you enjoy listening to and watching. You don’t want to stream a class from an instructor whose voice you can’t stand.

A few instructors I suggest trying:

• Leigha Butler- I love her YouTube channel. Her content is free and her flows are beautiful and leave you feeling great.

• Bizzie Gold- She is the founder of Buti Yoga. You can try out her classes by going to Butiyoga.com.  

• Kino Yoga- Her YouTube channel is how I started my home yoga practice and where I fell in love with the practice. She has a ton of tutorials, some Ashtanga classes and some great beginner classes. 

• Allie Van Fossen (The Journey Junkie)- Her YouTube channel is called Allie- The Journey Junkie and she is another amazing yogi who has great content and flows that everyone can follow along with.

• Erin Kelly (@erinkellyart) & Steph Gongora(@casa_colibri)
They recently released their online class bundles. You can find their bundles at erinkellyart.com or at casa_colibri.com. I love their plan on cody app as well. 

• Rachel Brathen (@yoga_girl)
You can find her classes online at one0eight.com along with several other instructors you can try classes from.

4.) Listen to your body. Don’t feel bad about taking a modification when you need to. When I first started practicing I came onto my knees for Chaturanga. If your wrists are hurting in Downward facing dog you could try dropping onto your forearms into dolphin pose to relieve stress from your wrists.

You don’t want to force yourself into a pose that you are not ready for. That is when injuries are more likely to happen. This is your journey, take it at your own pace and keep it safe.

5.) Practice. Practice. Practice. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it’s ok to be a beginner. Nobody starts off as a pro. We all fumble, fall and some days we are not as strong and flexible as other days. Just roll out your mat and practice.

Creating a home practice will benefit you whether you are someone who goes to a yoga class 3 times a week or somebody who has never practiced yoga before. If you’re a seasoned yogi a home practice offers you the chance to stay and play in certain postures longer than you could in a regular class which could help advance your practice and if you are new to the practice it offers you the freedom to practice around your own schedule and try different styles that may not be available in your local area yet.

I hope these tips help you create a yoga practice at home that you love. Remember consistency is key so commit to 30 days of yoga at home. When the 30 days is over you’ll see how it changes your practice and your life and I’m sure you will have a new habit, that’s good for you. Have fun, be safe and embrace your journey yogis.

❤🙏 LC 

5 Reasons To Start Meditating 

I’ve mentioned that better sleep and knowing how to manage your stress can improve your health but what I haven’t mentioned is how you can achieve those things. 

This is where meditation comes in. Meditation is often used to clear the mind but it also has several health benefits.

Here are 5 reasons to start meditating:

•Reduce stress and anxiety. 
•Increase your self-awareness. 
•Cultivate a deeper sense of relaxation. 
•Improve your concentration, focus, and mental clarity.
•Increase feelings of peace and wellbeing.

You don’t have to meditate for an hour to get these benefits.  You can start with taking 10 minutes before you go to bed at night or when you wake up in the morning to meditate. You can do this from your bed just download a free meditation app. An app I like is Insight Timer and I strongly recommend looking into Gabby Bernstein’s meditations. She’s amazing!

Meditation is an easy and highly effective way to not only improve the quality of your life but also improve your health. You will quickly notice a difference once you start making it a part of your daily routine. 
Happy meditating! 
❤🙏 LC 

The Practice of Oil Pulling 

Simply swish some organic, unrefined coconut oil around in your mouth similar to the way you would use mouthwash. This should be done anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. This process attracts and removes bacteria and toxins that live in your mouth and it also pulls congestion and mucus from your throat and loosens up your sinuses. How great is that?!

The toxins and bacteria bind with the oil and when you spit out the oil you spit all those toxic pathogens out also. The oil you spit out should look milky, if it is clear you probably didn’t pull long enough.

How to oil pull:

•Scoop ½ to 1 full tablespoon of oil into the mouth; if it’s cold, allow the oil to melt.

 •Now push, swirl, and pull the oil between your teeth, around your gums, and allow it to touch every part of your mouth except your throat. You don’t want the oil getting in contact with your throat or swallowing any because it’s now carrying all kinds of toxic pathogens.

•Now spit all the oil out in the toilet and rinse your mouth out with warm sea salt water.

• Brush your teeth thoroughly.

That’s it! A simple and effective way to help your body detox naturally.

❤🙏 LC