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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summer Belly

In recent weeks, my belly hasn't been feeling so good.  My digestion has felt sluggish and my tummy  bloated.  When a handful of my students started complaining about the same thing,  I dug into some ayurveda research, and lo and behold, we are not crazy; summer is the culprit!  In the summer, our digestive juices decrease as a cooling mechanism.  With fewer stomach acids, we need to costume lighter foods during these warm months.  I must have veered off course and forgotten to eat for the season!

Now is the time for lighter fare: salads, fruits, lots of veggies, less meat,  less dairy,  more smoothies, more fish!  I made this super light and yummy dinner for Dylan and myself, and we both woke up the next day feeling amazing.

Grilled tofu on top of ginger, garlic brown rice, spinach salad with grilled apricots and almonds, and roasted radishes.

I've also been drinking one Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger, Agave Drink each day to further help my body flush out toxins.  It's really delicious and refreshing.

Place a few ice cubes in an 8 oz.  glass, add 1Tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 1Tbsp. agave nectar, and 1/2 Tsp. of freshly grated ginger.  Fill the glass with filtered water.  Mix well and enjoy!  Your belly will thank you :)

Here are two yogic techniques that massage the internal organs and help regulate digestion.  

Belly Roll

Roll up a towel or blanket into a long, fairly thin roll and lay down on your belly with the roll right under your navel.  You don't want the roll touching the rib cage; you want to feel it in the soft, malleable part of the belly.  Make a pillow for your head and rest for a few minutes with one ear down and then switch.  

Uddiyana Bandha 

Inhale into Bridge Pose; exhale through an open mouth and get completely empty of air.

Once empty, draw your navel in and up.  Keep lifting the belly as you slowly lower your hips.

Stay empty as your hips touch the ground and continue to hollow the belly as much as possible.  The stomach actually travels under the rib cage.  When you need to take a breath, release the belly first and then breathe in.

May all your belly's be happy!

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