Sick Days & Gentle Yoga

When I get sick, it goes straight to the lungs and sinuses. I’ve rarely had the flu or any other illness, gratefully, but I get bad colds, and they linger. A month ago I was running over 6 miles. Over the last couple weeks, I don’t even want to breathe more than I have to, let alone run! Or even get upside down in yoga (sinuses!)

The worst of the cold brought an incredibly tired body. I’m doing a lot better since then, but I’m still taking it easy. It’s going to be a little while before I’m running again. This week I’ve started to be more intentional about stretching in the mornings. In bed, I’ll stretch my arms up, twist my body, crawl forward to Child’s Pose, roll up to all 4’s, snake my spine, and do some Cat/Cow’s. All from the comfort of my bed. I keep my bolsters on my bed (it’s a big bed and I’m a single lady, so there’s room!) and sometimes I’ll grab the round bolster and throw it under my hips, propping my legs up to let the blood flow to my heart. I’ll then slide over the bolster, letting the bolster arch my back.

Stretching my body first thing in the morning makes a world of a difference for a tired, sick, tight body. If that’s all I can do in a day, I’ve still done something.

* I’ve grown to be a big fan of in-bed yoga—it’s a great way to naturally start the day! Intentional stretching. I talk more about this in my free e-book, “Wake Up Well,” available as a download when you sign up for my email newsletter.

Sick Days & Home Remedies

It started with a dry throat one evening and turned into sinuses draining, then a full blown cold. My body was heavy and I felt so tired. I sniffled and coughed for days. I’m still sniffling and coughing, but gratefully my body has its strength back. Ironically, I’ve spent my sick days planning for a home remedies class I’m teaching this week. Ha! I guess you can trust me—I’m using these remedies right now!

When I start getting sick, I pull out all the stops. I’m hydrating, resting, taking elderberry syrup, using various essential oils in various ways, taking warm showers, cleaning out my sinuses, drinking herbal teas—anything I can think of. I ended up also adding Sudafed in the routine. I am not against modern medicine at all. I just love knowing that I have tools outside of those to rely on first, and continuously through the sickness. It’s empowering knowing that I can care for myself, my family, and my friends with ingredients I already have on hand in my home.

Two products I love to have on hand for myself are doTERRA OnGuard and Breathe. I go for doTERRA essential oils because I know for sure what is in them (if you go to, you can put in the batch number printed at the bottom of each bottle of essential oil and it will show you the testing that has been done on that particular batch of essential oils). The OnGuard essential oil blend contains wild orange peel, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus leaf, and rosemary lea/flower—all oils that are great for immune system support. I dilute and roll this oil on my feet (pores on the feet are bigger than on the rest of the body and can absorb oils faster), or take it in the form of a softgel or throat lozenge. I also love the Breathe blend, which contains Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Cardamom Seed, Ravintsara Leaf, and Ravensara Leaf, and is great for respiratory support. I like to diffuse this oil at night when I’m sleeping, or roll the Breathe Vapor Stick (like Vick’s Vapor Rub) on my chest to breathe in the soothing aroma.

I’ve begun feeling better, like I said, but I’m still using these two oil blends regularly as I’m on the tail end of recovery. I can’t recommend them enough!

Back to that home remedies class I mentioned. I’m teaching this class at Harmony this Thursday night at 5:30pm. It costs $15 and attendees will be bringing home a bottle of elderberry syrup (to help shorten the duration of the flu/colds), a shower disk (to help with congestion), an essential oil rollerball to help with either allergies or earaches (you choose!) and a handout detailing all of my go-to natural remedies. I love teaching, and I particularly love this topic. I can hardly wait to share it with you!

Corn Chowder Recipe…Mmm!

I’ve been fighting sickness this week and it’s been the pits! That + cold, snowy weather means that I am craving healthy, warm comfort food. So when corn chowder popped into my mind and I couldn’t find a recipe for exactly what I was looking for, I decided to make my own! And let me tell you, it is everything I could have wanted and more. It has onion, carrots, a potato, and corn in it (veggies!), and is vegan. And, it’s pretty easy to make. Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments!



1 tbsp oil or butter
1/2 onion (diced)
2 carrots (diced)
1 white potato (diced)
1 can of corn 
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp cumin
2 cups vegetable broth
1 can of light coconut milk**
garlic salt (to taste)
onion salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)


Heat oil or butter in a large pot. Add onion and a dash of sea salt. When onion is soft, add garlic, carrots, potato and corn. Add paprika, cumin, and a bit of garlic salt, onion salt, and pepper. Stir.

When veggies are starting to soften, add in vegetable broth and light coconut milk. Cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until veggies are soft.

Use an immersion blender or blender to blend soup until smooth. Season to taste.

* Optional: Top with some green onion for garnish.

** Light Coconut Milk: Find cans of these in the international food aisle of the grocery store. I lightly shake the cans and try to find ones that sound more solid than sloshy. I store my cans of coconut milk in the refrigerator as it helps it solidify.

*** I used Redmond Salts to season it— “America’s only unrefined ancient sea salt!” —and it is good stuff! It feels good to know exactly what is going into my food.

Discovering Your Dharma

Written on September 10, 2015, in the midst of presenting my 3-part Yoga for Healing workshop.

On Tuesday, I taught the 2nd yoga workshop in my 3-part Yoga for Healing series at the Provo City Library. The 1st workshop in the series caught me a little off guard, as in, there were a few more people than I expected. Which was wonderful! But I felt a little flustered. This week, from the get-go, it just felt better. I was ready. And it flowed. It was beautiful. I shared some of my favorite things about yoga, the things that I use regularly, the things that, when I first learned them, enlivened my soul.

I had planned a sequence to do with the class, but as soon as I started teaching, I knew it would change. I followed my intuition. The words flowed, the practice flowed. It just felt really wonderful being there, sharing that practice with a full room of eager yogis. I had my friend Chelsey snap the above picture after class, outside of the room I taught in at the Provo City Library. I didn’t want to forget that feeling of peace, fulfillment, and contentment. I’ve been thinking about dharma— “the way of higher truths.” Each person has a dharma. It is, essentially, the path you were born to live. It is yours to discover, yours to choose to live. There are 7 dharmic paths:

1. Path of Labor — General occupations. Most people fall in this category.

2. Path of Military — Military, law enforcement, etc.

3. Path of Government — Political leaders.

4. Path of Science — Medical researchers, scientists, etc.

5. Path of Philosophy — Church leaders, philosophers, etc.

6. Path of Creativity — Artists, writers, musicians, etc.

7. Path of Humanitarianism — Religious workers, medical workers, welfare and social service workers, holistic health practitioners, etc.

There is more to it, but that is the basic basic version. I know that I have spent time in different paths so far in my life. I know that I still have a lot to learn, and that my path will continue to develop and refine itself as I continue to follow that pull of my spirit. Tuesday night, I felt that pull. I appreciate learning different aspects of yoga philosophy, like the idea of dharma. It helps me understand my own life in a different way, and makes my path a little clearer.