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May 30th

Oil of the Month: Grapefruit

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Referred to as a “forbidden fruit” and one of the “Seven Wonders of Barbados, ” Grapefruit was first documented in 1750 by Welshman Rev. Griffith Hughes. The name “grapefruit” is attributed to the fruits growing in clusters which resemble those of grapes. Known for its energizing and invigorating aroma, Grapefruit helps uplift mood. Grapefruit is also renowned for its cleansing and purifying properties and is frequently used in skin care for its ability to promote the appearance of clear, healthy-looking skin. Grapefruit can also support a healthy metabolism.*

Benefits
Improves the appearance of blemishes
Supports healthy metabolism*
Uplifts mood

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May 30th

A little angel in my kindergarten class led me … where the real shifts began!

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The first time I tried yoga, I didn’t like it. Not even a little!

I dropped out of the class after a few sessions, thinking I was better off running or doing something different that burns more calories. I had NO idea how WRONG I was until years later.

Over time I began having issues with stress and high blood pressure. The word yoga began resurfacing over and over again in my world. The most obvious sign was the free yoga sessions offered at work, taking place in a room right next to my classroom. 😊 After giving it another try, I couldn’t have been more amazed with the positive results. I knew this was the start of something very good for me but it wasn’t until a little angel in my kindergarten class led me to Nourishing Storm, where the real shifts began.

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May 22nd

Pose of the Month: Utkatasana – Chair/Fierce Pose

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Utkatasana is a great blend of strengthening the legs as you squat while keeping your heart open as you lift your arms to the sky. Add in a twist to each side for great cleansing benefits as you release energy and massage the internal organs. It builds a lot of heat in the body, and fast!

Benefits (from yogajournal.com)

Strengthens the ankles, thighs, calves, and spine

Stretches shoulders and chest

Stimulates the abdominal organs, diaphragm, and heart

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May 18th

Healing Journey: (Devote) Care of the Soul

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I don’t know why I had such a hard time with this theme. I thought it was going to be so easy. I’m devoted to Truth. No question. That has been my journey these last few years. I made it part of my spiritual practice to devote each year to something I wish to cultivate then take these monthly themes within the broader context of my intention. I started 3 years ago. I started with Unconditional Love and Compassion – to me they come from the same lineage of energy so I merged them. There is no unconditional love without compassion.

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Apr 16th

I find that, on my yoga mat

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To the left: Tina (our NS Team Member of the month;
To the right: Sue (our Yogi of the Month)

What I like most about yoga is that it is a journey.  There is no stress in practicing if you just remember that every day is a journey, and every class is an opportunity – to be present, to grow, to challenge yourself, and to take time to take care of yourself.  And, sometimes, taking time to take care of yourself is the challenge.

My whole life has been about a journey – always moving, changing jobs, changing environments, working to change my existing world.  I embrace that, but it can be overwhelming, and you can feel that your journey is going nowhere. Slowing down, and finding direction, is important on your journey, and I find that on the yoga mat.  Sometimes you think you are going nowhere, fast, and what you have to figure out is what is blocking you. I find that, on my yoga mat.

I have practiced yoga for a very long time, but when I first moved to Hatboro in 2005, my practice lapsed because I couldn’t find a local place that I liked.  When Nourishing Storm came to town and my husband John was also interested in checking out yoga for the first time, we went together, and both of us found a path – paths that cross but aren’t exactly the same.  As I’ve recommitted to practicing yoga in the past few years, the instructors at Nourishing Storm have really helped me take my practice deeper, to take my journey in new directions. The mindfulness incorporated into every class helps me to slow down and turn inward.  And I have loved the opportunity to go off in new yoga directions – yoga hikes, yoga dance!!

As a fairly shy person, I feel like I have found a welcoming community at Nourishing Storm. On my yoga journey, the yogis at Nourishing Storm are my guides, my source for inspiration and motivation, and my friends.   -Sue

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