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Get Your Holiday Yoga On

laurbeachheadshotWe're in the peak of this holiday season (hence my tardiness on my newsletter this month!), but I hope you make it a point to pause for a moment or two each day and take some time for yourself.  This is the season for giving, but that doesn't mean that we have to neglect giving to ourselves.  Even though this past month has been hectic, I've made it a point to schedule yoga practice, plenty of down time, and socializing into my schedule so that I don't get overwhelmed or run down.  For New Years Eve, I'm treating myself to a juicy yoga class and kirtan with Bhagavan Das at the colorful Laughing Lotus Studio in NYC for the second year in a row.  Yoga followed by hours of chanting surrounded by good people...I can't think of a healthier way to ring in 2012!

Wishing you and your family love, goodies, and a happy holiday season!

I appreciate being able to share my newsletter with you.  Feel free to pass this along to anyone you feel may be interested.  Wishing you health & happiness!  


Lauren Forney, HHC, RYT, AADP
Holistic Health Coach
Registered Yoga Teacher

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Delicious Cranberry Orange Sauce
Did you know that homemade cranberry sauce packs a powerful nutritional punch?   Check out the 8 reasons below to go crazy-over-cranberries that just might make this sauce a mainstay in your meals this winter!

8 Benefits of Cranberries:
1. Urinary tract support
2. Gatrointestinal protection
3. Reduce risk of heart disease and lowers blood pressure
4. Helps reduce cholesterol
5. Boosts immunity (Cranberries are the lymph-movers of the winter. The lymphatic system drains every cell and transports the immune system.)
6. Strengthen the gums
7. Protect the prostate
8. Helps to curb the common cold

1 pound fresh organic cranberries
1 cup fresh organic orange juice (about 3 oranges)
1 tbsp ground orange peel
cup organic cane sugar or natural substitute (I use sucanat*)

Preparation: In a medium saucepan combine the cranberries, orange juice, orange peel, and sugar. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries begin to burst and the sauce thickens, at least 15 minutes. Let cool and serve at room temperature.  I love topping this off with chopped walnuts.  Even better, sprinkle granola on top if you have some in the house!

*Sucanat sugar is dried sugar cane juice that is much healthier to use when baking versus white, refined, and processed sugar. Sucanat sugar is filled with vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin A and many other nutrients.
Center Your Health's BLOG
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Wellness Tip of the Month 

Get Your Holiday Yoga On   santa yoga  

Yoga extends far beyond just the asanas (poses) you generally think of when someone says the word yoga.  It's far beyond just a physical thing.  You can practice yoga no matter what your age, limitations, size, or abilities may be!  Check out some ways below to get your holiday yoga on. 


Practice detachment.  'Tis the season for consuming (food, drinks, purchases, etc.).  We consume a lot (if not the most) during this time of year. It's easy to get wrapped up into thinking we'll be happier by indulging in those irresistible Christmas cookies or buying that must-have sweater we saw while shopping for someone else (not speaking out of experience or anything).  When we let external distractions lead us to believe that certain things will make us happy if we give in to or buy them we're almost always lead to disappointment, or a feeling that we are never enough.  You do enough, you have enough, you are enough.  Enjoy the holidays by acknowledging all the amazing blessings that are already present in your life.  And, if you can't resist those yummy Christmas cookies go for one, but eat it slow and savor each delicious bite!   


Warm it up.  It's cold out so we want to stay warm however we can.  A yoga practice (even some gentle stretches each day) will increase circulation and get your blood moving to keep you warm.  Not into stretching?  Season your meals with warming foods and spices like cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic, and cinnamon.  Brew your favorite tea each day, stay cozy, slow down, and cuddle up with someone!


Breathe deep.  Beyond just using your breath during your yoga practice, remember to breathe deep during the day whenever you think of it.  Better yet, drop into your breath when you're in a conversation during a family gathering or holiday party.  Give the gift of listening to someone else, and while you're listening, breathe deep and notice what comes of it.  It's a beautiful thing for the both of you!     

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