Sun Salutation, part 3

Be sure to learn the first part of the Sun Salutation and then the second before continuing on to the final part of learning how to do a Sun Salutation. From downward dog, use your chair if you need balance support, and bring your right leg up between your hands for your second lunge, on…

Sun Salutation, part 2

Be sure to learn the first part of the Sun Salutation before continuing on to part 2. After you have breathed in your lunge position for a few breaths, place both hands on the ground under your shoulders. If you are strong enough, step your second foot backwards so your body is straight with your…

Sun Salutation, part 1

We all know that Yoga can be great for your mind and body but getting started can be difficult if movement is not something that you do often. The Dancing Herbalist wants to help get everyone moving and starting with this series is a great beginners way to get moving or for people who are…

It’s Barley Baby!

We interrupt your normal blog programming for a story about barley. If you have followed The Dancing Herbalist for a fair amount of time you probably have come to learn that I am a dancer and on occasion teach young children. Well I am back to teaching young children and let me tell you-those things…

Sun Breath

This is one of my favorite Yoga practices; Taking a sun breath. It is great to get you moving first thing in the morning as a way to greet the sun that does not require much movement. It is ideal for beginner movers that have low flexibility and that may be cautious about beginning Yoga….

I am healthy. I take pharmaceuticals.

Many people think they are quite healthy and they don’t need to make changes to their diet, exercise, sleep patterns, or stress levels. For the average individual, if you are taking pharmaceuticals this is your wake up call: YOU ARE NOT HEALTHY. There is a large difference between being healthy and not having symptoms. Aside…

Overcoming Cravings: Healthy Options

Like most people I get cravings. I don’t always have healthy alternatives at hand but sometimes it can be super simple to meet my cravings head on with healthy options that I already have in my kitchen. Craving Sweet Craving sweet foods is probably what we think of most often when we think of craving…

Connection

It has been on my mind lately about the need to connect to others. We connect to others mostly by talking to them. With our partners and close friends we can find connection through touch, sharing a meal, listening to each other. Do we need this connection? How can we build new connections with others…

Looking at the Research: Caramel Color

It is hard to learn to educate yourself on what is good and bad for your health. With our Looking at the Research series I hope to offer you the means to do it a little more simply, simply through practice at reading research papers. Today’s paper we will be looking at is Food caramels:…

Looking at the Research: Preservatives

I love the idea of the Seventh Generation brand. I have been using products from this company for years to clean around my home. Dish soaps, laundry detergent, counter cleaner, bathroom cleaners, you name it. I felt good about these products. Unfortunately about a year ago it became strikingly obvious that the dish soap was…

Why are they ESSENTIAL Fatty Acids?

You have probably heard the term essential fatty acids, or EFAs before. Everyone says you need them but why? Are they really that important. Consider this: we know that supplementing and eating EFAs helps to tread a number of diseases and disease symptoms. If we then maintain a diet that has EFAs in correct proportion…

Celebrate Herb Day: Botanical Walk Part 6

Today is our last day of our botanical walk for celebrating National Herb Day. We celebrated all May playing bingo and through June as well with our botanical walk with all of our bingo answers. I hope you enjoy learning about each of these plants and that you will look forward to playing next year….