<![CDATA[Vibrant Living with Sarah - Blog]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 07:25:24 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[5 Step Spring Detox: Body, Heart & Mind]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 17:22:39 GMThttp://vibrantlivingwithsarah.ca/blog/5-step-spring-detox-body-heart-mind
by Sarah Kathleen (Amrita Kirin Kaur), NLP Professional Coach
Master Healer, Intuitive Energy Practitioner & Lifestyle Wellness Coach, Yoga Expert

Even though ole man winter is doing his best to hold on, Springtime is beginning to bust its way through the cracks of what soon will be fertile ground.

As the ice is peeled back and the melt allows it to lose its grip so too does the Spring ask you to release yourself from the grip of habits, thought patterns and beliefs that no longer serve you.  You may have noticed that the energies of the last months have been pulling on you, in perhaps a not so gentle way, tugging at you to acknowledge notions and behaviours that have merely served to self-sabotage or keep you "safe", thoughts and ways of operating that have kept you from making any real forward progress toward the life you dream of realizing.

As Spring is asked to take its last pause before bursting into bloom so too are you being asked to take pause.  Take pause to reflect on the areas and ways in which your life is not working for you.  Are there situations you can change or will a change in thoughts about a situation be enough to make a positive change?  Now, is the time for a change that can bring greater harmony and balance to your daily life.

As Spring is a time of renewal and explosive growth, now is the time to plant productive and healthy seeds of change.  We often think of a detox as a short-term undertaking - instead, consider how you can make this 5 Step Spring Detox an integral part of your life so that it will bear plentiful fruit as the year blooms now and into the years to come. 
  1. Eat a diet rich in whole foods.  Enjoy 7-13 servings of fruits and vegetables daily along with a moderate amount of whole grains, lean meat or meat alternatives, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats.  Can't manage to eat that many servings of fruits and veggies?  Consider adding a quality whole food supplement to your daily routine.  Keep a simple food journal to track your progress.  Meal Prep to save time and ask your family / children to help with meal planning and prepping.  Research shows that when kids are involved in mealtime activities they often make better food choices, like eating more fruits and veggies.  Imagine if you were also able to engage and inspire their healthy living by having them help you grow your family's food, year-round.  Oh how they and you would grow!
  2. Drink more water. This important nutrient plays a key role in maintaining normal body temperature, shuttling nutrients throughout the body, lubricating joints, ridding the body of waste, and much more!  Challenged to choke it down? Infuse your water with fruits, veggies, and herbs like strawberries, raspberries, cucumbers, and mint. Experiment and find the temperature of water you prefer best and lap it up. Not only may you find yourself a little trimmer from replacing calories, more energized, but your skin and mind may also feel and look clearer and you may even feel less stiff and achy.  Those are all a bonus in my books!
  3. Move Your Body!  Whether it's Yoga, Walking, Swimming, Resistance Training, Housework, Gardening or Dancing - whatever it is do something to move your body, strengthen your muscles, improve your posture, and get your lymphatic circulation flowing.  Check out the article"The New Science of Exercise" in the Times  to learn more about how exercise and how much of it can make you a healthier, happier human.
  4. Meditate & Breath.  These two go together like Batman & Robin.  Without Robin, Batman may just throw up his hands in frustration over this whole Meditating thing.  But with Robin (Breath) by his side, Batman can easily slip into this prized altered state of bliss  The place where space and time expand and creativity, clarity, and calm are the focus of the day. Stuck on how to get started? Practice this...Balanced Breathing (Sama Vritti) How to do it: Sit in a comfortable, cross-legged position with your back straight, or sit in a chair feet flat on the floor hands lie down for a more restorative practice. Close your eyes and bring your awareness to your natural breath. Just observe, and do not change anything at first. When you’re ready, begin to inhale on a count of 4, and exhale on a count of 4, matching the length of your inhale and exhale. As you practice more, experiment with counting to higher numbers—just make sure your inhale and exhale stay the same length. Continue breathing this way for several minutes, or until you feel your mind and body relax. Practicing Sama Vritti will calm your body and focus your mind.
    While the above technique is identified as a pranayama (breath) practice it is a great way to start a meditation practice, as the simplest of meditation practices begin with focusing on the breath.  Add to that the counting and you will have used up the real estate of your mind so that the endless monkey mind has nowhere to flow and instead you can begin to experience that peaceful thoughtless place.  After a time working with this breath you may notice that the focus on the breath and counting fall away and you can find yourself suspended for a time here, in this place, even if just for a moment, the peaceful bliss state the greatest Gurus strive to teach us to find and exist in.    
  5. Keep a Journal.  We often refer to the benefits of keeping a Gratitude Journal. Not only can it help you feel and be happier but it can help reduce stress, improve your relationships and provide a host of other benefits!  Here is a twist on the typical Gratitude Journal that can not only serve as a way to practice gratitude but also help you to release negative thought pattern, self-limiting belief while identifying what you truly desire and believe about yourself. 
    • Use one page to write what you are grateful for each day.  You are welcome to place a number of days of gratitude writing on the one-page front and back or write several pages of blessings but write nothing else on it except for what you are grateful for.
    • Now, on the next new page be sure to flip it open to the left so that you have an empty left page and right page looking at you.  On the left page begin to write about the things you would like to release from your life.  The things you are ready to let go of.  Thoughts, ideas, notions, and beliefs about yourself that are old or just plain untrue - write them here.  If you need more paper just flip another page so that you are only writing on the left side of the book.  For our paper conscious individual, yes, you can use the other side of the left-hand page to continue writing your release statements just do not write any on the right facing page.
    • Next, move to the right page and begin writing your intentions, affirmations and the declarations you have for your life.  Consider that you are writing a letter to the Universe here thanking the Universe for bringing you everything that you have desired and then some.  Write as though you have already received all that you have desired.  Acting "As if"....i.e. I love how easily I manage my career and family.  I enjoy an abundance of quality time with my children and partner.  I have a regular routine of self-care that rejuvenates me, my sleep is restful and I meet my work deadlines with ease. I am so blissfully happy!
    • Once you have completed your writing session, go back to the left pages and review your release writing.  Note if there is anything that you would like to keep and if there is feel free to add it to the right page - the affirmations, intentions, and declaration pages and be sure to write it in a positive way. i.e. The small piece of anger I wish to keep related to my feelings or experience around my past career success, I transform into productive momentum that keeps me moving forward.  Using that transformed energy, I am motivated to continue to improve my personal and business relationships by continuing to create and communicate my healthy boundaries.  I do so with ease and grace for the highest and greatest good of all involved.
    • Now that you have finished your work, tear out the left-hand pages! These release pages you can choose to burn safely (in a controlled environment, outside), or you can tear up the pages and place them into a bowl of water with rock salt. Don't have rock salt - not to worry - any salt will do.  Once the pages are burned or soaked by the salt water you have completed your release work and you can now safely dispose of the ashes or paper.  
    • Take a deep cleansing breath, smile and feel grateful for the work you have just completed!  What you will be left with over time is a Journal full of Gratitude and all the positive rockets of desire that you have set your focus on.  Review them often.  Modify and shift your desires appropriately as you gain more clarity of what you truly desire.  Keep your eyes open for opportunities to take action to manifest that which you truly desire and watch your life's dreams unfold!

Think of how simple a Detox of the Body, Heart & Mind can be by following these 5 steps to greater health and happiness!

Interested in adding Yoga & Meditation to your wellness strategy?  Check out our schedule and join me for a yoga session today!  Remember, pre-registration is required.

Curious about how an energy practitioner or lifestyle wellness coach can help your healing or help you realize your life's dreams faster and more fully?   Call 905-623-9232 or email myjourney@wellnesspath.ca to request a free consult with to discuss your best next steps with me.

Already know you'd like to work one-on-one with me?  Book a private yoga coaching session, Reiki session, intuitive session, life coaching or iEnergy session or series package with me today by calling 905-623-9232.

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<![CDATA[Energy Drinks and changes in blood pressure and the heart - Motivation for vibrant living]]>Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:07:12 GMThttp://vibrantlivingwithsarah.ca/blog/energy-drinks-and-changes-in-blood-pressure-and-the-heart-motivation-for-vibrant-livingPicture
Hmmmm...How many of us are "guilty" of surviving on an energy drink and or coffee a little more than we want to admit?  

A new study warns that "Consuming just one energy drink could trigger potentially "life-threatening" changes in blood pressure and the heart".  Yikes! That's a buzz killer, isn't it? 

Truth is, I have the perfect vibrant living program at my finger tips:

1. Healthy living approved receipes I can use for weekly meal prep.  

​Sundays seem to work best for me. What about you?  Do you see yourself being most successful at this task on the same day or is another day better for you?  Share your thoughts and I'll send you a an ecopy of the Healthy Living Recipe Book.
2. Access to one of the top researched foods containing health-giving additives and medicinal benefits...and that's my fruits and veggies a capsule and chew - and my kid gets his free for up to 4 years with my order!  That's a big deal for my family.  In fact, Grandma and Grandpa sponsor a grandchild each!  And I love that we are all in this together.   

Now, getting it attched to a regular habit is where I've run into a challenge, in the past.  

I know I do well if I have a chart on the wall or fridge that I have to fill out daily and see daily - it also helps me hit my goal of keeping myself hydrated.  Drinking liquids in any quality has also been a challenge, in the past for me.  I seem to lack a thirst desire.  Maybe that's because I'm a water sign both in astrology and traditional chinese medicine...Hmmm?  Or could it be the fact that I am probably in a state of chronic dehydration and have therefore shut down my thirst mechanism? I'll share more on that in a future post.  And I promise to share my tracking chart with you when I put the final touches on it.

What's your favourite health and wellness tracking app or manual format, that you absolutely love?  

3. A 10-day program that can kickstart, restart and reset my body and healthy living lifestyle. With recipes of meals and smoothies included which saves me loads of time.  

4. A balanced and complete whole food based shake mix - my favourite is the dutch chocolate (yummy!) that I use as a base to my favourite smoothies or on it's own when I'm running super short on time.  And thankfully there are whole food snack bars that can power me through the dreaded 3 o'clock slump.

5.  Regular Exercise.  My go to favourites are walking and mind-body-spirit exercises.  I'm grateful to be sharing yoga, meditation, relaxation, mindfulness and my signature yoga energy wellness practice, eONE Yoga with a fabulous group of people at Wellness Path - Clarington​ - I'm filling my day time classes and have a spot or two left in my evening classes.  Regular workshops are right around the corner too!  Check it out and register today.  

Got ideas for classes, escapes, retreats or workshops?  Let's chat!
6.  Plus, I'm growing fresh clean vegetables year round, using 90% less water and space with 30% greater yields of food for my family...here's the kicker, there's no soil and almost no upkeep!

I can't wait to get it moved outside and I'm on the hunt for strawberry, broccoli, watermelon and celery seeds to go along with my cucumbers this year! Check out this celery grown on a tower - wow!  I'm so looking forward to that.  

What leafy greens, herbs, vine and stock vegetables do you love to grow? 

While the research is still out on the dangers of caffeine from energy drinks or coffee or all the risks associated with consuming energy drinks, I am reminded of my healthy living mantra: "Variety, Balance and Moderation in every thing I do."   Those three things I have found are the answer to just about anything related to reaching your optimal level of health and living the most vibrant life you can live!

So, what's been stopping me from integrating these tools for vibrant living into my daily life consistently?  Time Management/Organization....hmmmm.....A system...oh wait, I have that! Seems I just need to sit down and take the time to organize myself and my schedule...

I'd love to hear what's been keeping you stuck.  Drop me a line or add a comment below and let me know what things have been standing in the way of your health and vibrant living success. 

And you know what....!  Here's what I'm going to do - I'm going to dive in and prioitize, schedule and commit to following the vibrant living tools I have at my finger tips for the next...yikes...30 days! 

​I'm going to ask my success coach to hold me accountable along with a buddy - cause life's always better with a buddy!  I've got a buddy in mind (I just know she'll say yes!) and my next coaching call is scheduled.  Check mark and gold star for me!  Remember, it's so important to celebrate all of the little accomplishments we hit along the way.  That's not something I was very good at in the past.  But understanding that this moment, right now - is all we have.  I make a vow to myself (and you'd be good to make one too) that I will acknolwedge the little accomplishments I make along the way.  I know it will help me stay motivated and accountable which is a win-win in my books.

Who would you want to hold you accountable a friend, a life coach or both?   Find out how I can support your healthy living journey today.

"Hey, you know what...You are welcome to join me on this journey too!", she says as she drinks the last of her last energy drink...for at least 30 days, if not life! YIKES :-)  

I'm thrilled my whole food supplements boost my energy, naturally! 

Curious?  Let's chat. 

Here's to your Vibrant Life!

xo Sarah

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#takehealthyback, #fitforlife, #vibrantlivingwithsarah, #vibrantliving, #sarahtownson, #wellnesspath, #thisgirlisrunning, #fit4less

This post was originally posted on vibrantlivingwithsarah.ca

<![CDATA[A New You in 2017 - the year of the rooster]]>Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://vibrantlivingwithsarah.ca/blog/what-is-vibrant-livingAs you get set to say goodbye to the energy of the year of the monkey in 2016 give yourself permission to release that which no longer serves you. The year of the Fire Rooster is said to be a powerful one, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward.

In 2017 impressions count. You’ll want to look your best and be clear on your intentions concerning love, money, and business. You are advised to stick to practical and well-proven paths to ensure success, rather than risky ventures. 

This is your year to take massive action in all areas of your life - join me on January 9th as we kick off our first of many healthy living programs of the year. I am committed to taking healthy back in my own life and I'd love to support you along the way too!  I hope that this will be the year you make that commitment to yourself as well.  Remember, together we can, transform!

To Your Mastery
Sarah xo