Wishing You A Silent Night

This Christmas season I worked on a few Christmas Songs. Some were more difficult than others. I’ve Always loved Silent Night since I was a child.

My Christmas wish for the world is that we will have Peace on Earth and Many Silent Nights.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza and Happy New Year!! 2019 is going to be awesome!!

Keep dreaming and don’t give up because your dreams are waiting for you. 😘😘😘

Ancient Healing for a Modern World: a Full Color Wellness Gift Book

Originally Published on wholeyoga-ayurveda.com
Ancient Healing for a Modern World

Discover how the inspired lifestyle teachings of Ayurveda can transform your everyday life. This book offers 108 accessible practices from the Ayurvedic pantheon to help you achieve optimal digestion, improve sleep, diminish stress, and find inner balance. These practices make it possible for you to reclaim, maintain and enhance your health at all levels, on any budget, with any kind of schedule.

The Ayurveda Way presents Ayurveda’s paradigm-shifting holistic health perspective in a way that’s intuitive and easy to follow, allowing even beginners to find it simple to use this time-tested wisdom to awaken to your naturally healthy mind and body.

36 practices promote healthy eating, gentle digestion, and radiant natural beauty.

Ayurveda teaches that food, digestion, and even physical beauty are all key components of health.

1 Eat warm, cooked, gently oiled foods.

To kindle the digestive system and help food travel smoothly through the body.

12 Sleep like a baby with spiced milk.

To give your mind a wonderful feeling of clarity, balance, and peacefulness.

19 Cook with love.

Since your emotions and intentions are transmitted into your food.

34 Oil your hair.

To enhance blood circulation and help drive away stress.

25 practices foster a positive mental and emotional state.

Ayurveda teaches that how anything is done — including eating — can be just as powerful as what is being done.

39 Sit in Thunderbolt Pose after meals.

To support digestion and counterbalance hyperacidity, indigestion, and constipation.

49 Light a lamp.

To epitomize the victory of the light of knowledge over the darkness of negative thinking, addictions, destructive habits, and excess emotional reactions.

51 Do something of service, without strings attached.

Because by helping someone else, we automatically become filled with joy.

57 Let go of shame.

And instead channel that energy into healthier feelings of remorse to fuel you toward acting for your own good.

23 practices develop deeper spiritual connections and personal inspiration.

Ayurveda teaches that loving others begins with loving yourself.

64 Give yourself the gift of silence.

To hear the sound of the spiritual and occupy the space in which your own wisdom can flower.

69 Reclaim your inner power in Cobra Pose.

To channel the strength necessary to thrive on the challenging path toward spiritual awakening.

71 Go outside.

To absorb nature’s medicine and learn to yield gracefully to change.

75 Create a personal sanctuary space in your home.

To connect your spirit to the people, places, and things that are personally meaningful to you.

81 Let go of negative thoughts and emotions with a special water practice.

To visualize navigating personal transitions and letting go.

What People Are Saying

“If you want to change the world, this is the book for you because change starts with ourselves. These 108 steps are simple, clear, and doable. This liberated ancient wisdom illuminates the path with clarity and light.”

– Susan Davis, co-author of Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know, Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Columbia University School of Public and International Affairs, founder and former CEO of BRAC USA

“An enlightening and beautifully written book on how to live a balanced life. It’s the perfect gift to type A people like me who think they’re too cool for healthy living.”

– Trabian Shorters, New York Times bestselling co-author of REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding and founding CEO of the 40,000 member BMe Community

“An honest window into Ayurvedic traditions, providing simple, powerful, and effective strategies to choose health.”

– Lara Galinsky, author of Work on Purpose and Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact

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Meet the Author

ANANTA RIPA AJMERA is committed to making Ayurveda understandable and applicable to a diverse, modern audience. She serves as Director of Branding and Yoga Studies at Vedika Global foundation for the living wisdom of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta, teaches at Ayurveda and yoga conferences, and presents Ayurvedic health improvement, stress management, and meditation sessions for corporate clients including ABC News, Stanford University, and California probation departments. Ananta has studied Yoga and Ayurveda with Acharya Shunya, an eminent traditional Vedic spiritual teacher and lineage bearer, and her writing is popular on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and The Huffington Post.

The Ayurveda Way releases on April 18th, 2017, and is now available for preorder.

Fight For your Right to Dream

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This time of year it’s very popular to make changes with New Year’s Resolutions and all.  We have great expectations but when it comes time to actually implementing those changes or intentions.  That’s when the difficulty comes in.  I mean you are already super busy with a jam- packed schedule, so how on earth can you find time for one more thing?

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This answer is that something has got to leave your schedule or you just have to make that new thing a priority.  Meaning that you do it first before you do that other thing.  Now maybe you like to get on social media.  So make a little agreement with yourself that before you even think about pushing that little Blue square with an f on it that you will do that priority.  After you have done you’re “priority”, you can f away.  I mean get on the blue f as much as you want.

I think the morning routine is an essential part to having a great day.  If you wake up and do some stretches or yoga, breathing, praying or simply have some quiet time for positive affirmations before you start doing all of the stuff to get ready, you can have a much happier day.  So that’s where that blue f comes into play.  This means don’t f your day away.

Other things may have to give in order for you to make your priority.  Maybe you’ll have to take some time off of work in order to give yourself that time.  Is that the end of the world? HELL NO.  Trust me when you are on your death-bed, you’re not going to think, “I should have worked more.”  You might think, I’m glad I followed my heart and my passions.  But you have to fight for your dreams and passions.  (Think of Twisted Sister here: “You’ve got to fight for your right to dre am”).  Yeah that was me singing there.  But you have to be fierce with it.  You have to just say you know what, I’m going to do this and nothing is going to stop me.  Not laundry, not dishes, not TV, not work(don’t get fired though), not your spouse or partner, not your kids. But if you can rearrange things a little bit, I’m sure you can find the time to pursue your dreams.

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Twisted Sister i.e. the big hair band of the 80’s that sang Fight For Your Right to Party

This is my quick story with this.  So as a Yoga Instructor, you would think I would be doing yoga everyday and just be super flexible and bendy.  Well last year, I wasn’t.  Life can get in the way.  And it can be difficult to just pull out that yoga mat.  But when I knew I was going to do a dance performance.  I knew that I need to get flexible AF and fast.  So what I did was got my phone, put it on stop watch and did 2 full sun salutes.  It took 6 minutes.  I just decided that every morning before work I was going to give myself 6 minutes for yoga.  And it did help me to get flexible.  I was able to do the splits, believe it or not.    But in any case it all started with me just giving myself 6 minutes in the morning.

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2017 not bad for 49 but my daughter snapped this picture fast because I was not enjoying  this. 

Remember Newton’s first law of motion, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”  So you have to be that unbalanced force and mix things up a little bit.

And it can be scary to change things up because you are letting go of the old way of doing things.  But in no time, those old habits will just be a thing of the past and you can go on with your life knowing that you were able to make one small change.  The next step is to decide  what else you would like to change.

Valerie is a Yoga Instructor and a Health and Wellness Coach. She lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  You may contact her at estrella.valerie@yahoo.com.

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Check out my Smoothie Recipe here.

Reasons why Smoothies Are Awesome

blue-1326154__480One of the main reasons I love smoothies is that they are so easy to make.  You just put all of the awesome ingredients in the blender, turn it on and then you have an awesome drink within seconds.


In order to make a good smoothie, it’s important to make sure you have the proper equipment.  Personally, I feel the “>Vitamix is the best blender.  It is a little pricey but it has an awesome warranty and it just really blends things superbly.  I’ve had many other blenders and it’s frustrating when you end up with a watery drink and lots of unblended ingredients at the bottom (yuck) of the blender that didn’t get blended.  The Vitamix does not have that issue.  Plus you can make soup and so many other amazing things with them.

With smoothies you can put all of these highly nutritious ingredients that maybe you wouldn’t normally eat such as beets or kale and whip them up with almond milk and drink it and you get healthy food into you fast with minimal effort on your part.

The other thing I recently discovered is that I used to make a smoothie everyday.  Then one day I said to myself, “Self why don’t you make a double batch and then tomorrow you won’t have to make a smoothie?”  A huge light bulb went off and it literally saved a ton of time.  The next day all I had to do was go to the refrigerator and grab my smoothie, shake it up and drink.  It was like someone gave me some extra free time.  I now regularly make a double batch.  I’m all about making things easy.

Also with smoothies, you can eat them on the go.  On your way to work or after you get there, you can drink it at your desk and nobody is going to say, “Eat your breakfast on your own time?” or anything about why you’re eating at work because it looks like you are just drinking water.  So it’s really portable and highly digestible.

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The recipe for the attached smoothie for a double batch is the following:

  • 2 cups Almond Milk, coconut milk, flax milk (Or whatever kind of milk you want although I do not recommend cows milk but obviously use whatever kind you like)
  • 2 Cups Frozen Organic Blue Berries or Cherries
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 4 Scoops “>Orgain Organic Protein chocolate (you can also mix up your own powders which I do in the video.)
  • Water (after you add all the ingredients, fill up until you get to 6 cups
  • (If you are feeling adventurous you can throw in a couple of handfuls of kale or spinach

It’s really easy now, turn the blender on and blend it until mixed up and pour into your favorite glass and enjoy

Now if you want to know what those powders are that I put in my smoothie in the video, here they are.  Note that this may not be palatable to everyone but the powders are highly nutritious.

It may take you a minute to get used to the taste but I guarantee it won’t take you long to get used to feeling alert and energized and clear-headed with good digestion.  Enjoy and let me know your thoughts on smoothies.

Valerie is a Yoga Instructor and  Health and Wellness Coach.  She recently retired from a 26 year career in law enforcement.  It’s her hope that people follow their dreams and passions and live a healthy lifestyle.  You can reach here at :estrella.valerie@yahoo.com.

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All Work and No Play Makes Jack and Jill Hella Dull and Mad

jack nicholsonMany are familiar with the words, “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” Yes it is the entire text of Jack Nicholson’s book in “The Shining.” But besides that, it does seem to be true that all work and no play can make Jack, Jill and anyone else a dull boy or girl. All work and no play is simply a recipe for not only being dull but being mad as hell. All work and no play can definitely wear on a person and just make them tired, irritable and begin to wonder, “Why the hell am I doing all of this work anyway?” Or “Why am I working hard and everyone else is sitting on their ass?” and can lead to not caring about their work and just feeling depressed about their current situation.

How does one cope when their life seems to be filled with “All work and no play?”

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1)Begin to take an inventory about how your time is actually being spent. Time can seem to vanish in the blink of an eye. If you are not paying attention to it, it can be gone before you know it. Take a notebook and write down what you are spending your time on. After you do that for a few days, you should begin to see patterns of how your time is being spent. You might be surprised to see how much time is being spent on TV and or social media.What kind of things do you want to spend your time on? How does Jack want to play? Are there things in your life that you enjoy playing with? Are you finding time for this play? Keep in mind that this play can be anything that brings you joy or that you have fun with. It can be walking your dog, working out, dancing, singing, playing tennis, sailing, vacation, video games, photography, cooking etc. What is it you can do that will kick dullness in the ass? You must know how you can enjoy your time or you can end up not spending it on things you enjoy.

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3)Do you have energy vampires or time vampires in your life that are draining you? Sometimes in order to have time for yourself, you have to cut the umbilical cord from energy vampires. They can be people you care about and actually love. But if you aren’t having fun and the people around you are all having fun, it doesn’t seem fair. So it might be time to set some limits and tell people that you care about that you are not going to spend your day off driving them an hour to get their hair done in a fancy salon. Or doing all the laundry (work) while they are kicking back. It’s time to get everyone to pitch in and help out or maybe they can go without clean clothes for a while. Perhaps if the family you have pitched in, you would have some time to play. Watching your daughter mow the lawn can cause great excitement. Remember that children need to be taught how to do all things. So although it can seem like you are treating them like Cinderella by having them do house work, you are actually teaching them essential life skills. So when they grow up and get a job, if their boss needs them to vacuum or mop the floor, they will have some skill in doing this basic life skill. Also they won’t think that they are above doing certain jobs. So don’t be afraid to get your kids to do house work. Especially if they are boys. Boys need to know how to do house work too.

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4)You could get help with the work around your house. Some people might think that getting help around your house is a dastardly deed, but it can actually be a life saver. This is going to come as a shock to some people that although you are amazingly smart, talented and strong however, you are not Superman, Wonder Woman, Bat Man, X-Man, Captain America. That means that everybody needs help once in a while. Don’t be afraid to get the help you need around your house so that you can have some fun. Yes it will probably cost you $$. But how much is that stress costing you? If someone offered to clean your house for $100 or you can keep the $100 and clean the whole house yourself on your day off, what would you do? If you are anything like me, it would take hours to clean the house and afterwards, I would be physically tired, drained and maybe cleaning house can be fun to some. However it’s work and it can cause feeling the dullness to start. So yes it is $100 but if that $100 is going to stop you from grabbing an ax and going ballistic like Jack Nicholson in The Shining, then it is safe to say the $100 is well worth the money spent. Think of all the $$, you are saving on attorney bills by simply hiring someone to do some work around your house. Well your house is getting cleaned, you can get a massage or just relax. Now I do understand that many people simply cannot afford $100 which is completely understandable. But many people do have $100 to spend on a house cleaning service but choose however to do the work themselves and instead be mad, tired, irritable and spend their time sharpening that proverbial ax. If you are anywhere near to wanting to sharpen an ax, it’s time to get some professional help. You deserve to chill out and not work so hard all the time.

5)You can ignore the work around the house. That seems like putting a band aid on pile of dog poop to me. But yes you can choose to ignore it. But at some point, that band aid is going to have to be pulled off and that stinky smell is going to be waiting to be picked up. But keep in mind that all of these messes do cause a certain amount of stress just looking at them. So yes you can ignore it but it is recommended to figure out a solution to the pile of dog poopwaiting to be picked up. That way you can get back to the things you enjoy doing and Shine.

It’s OK to be a Big Baby

It’s OK to be a Big Baby

Have you ever noticed how parents for the most part take really good care of their babies. They feed their babies healthy food (unprocessed), make sure they get their naps, give them a relaxing bath before bed, turn the lights, put on relaxing music and massage their babies with relaxing lotions with the hopes of helping their babies sleep really well so that the parents can either get a good night sleep or maybe they can binge watch Netflix without being interrupted.baby-1356093__480

So the babies are all well cared for. Parents know instinctively when their kids start to get irritable, that they are either hungry or cranky because they need a nap. After the nap the babies wake up usually in a good mood and everyone is happy.

One question here: What makes adults think we are any different than babies in our quest for health and wellness? Talk to any mother and you will usually find a sleep deprived woman who can’t remember the last time she slept for 8 hours. If that keeps up, is there any wonder why women can get irritable, grouchy or downright mean? In my humble opinion, I believe that if we all started treating ourselves more like babies, maybe we wouldn’t be so tired.

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I recommend people start acting like babies more often. No that doesn’t mean wearing a diaper and crying every time you don’t get your way. It means feeding yourself healthy food. Would you feed your baby the food you are putting on your plate? If the answer is no, maybe you can start catering to ourselves like we are a baby. Simplify the food you eat and make it unprocessed as much as possible. JERF AKA Just Eat Real Food can be healing in and of itself.

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Also think about what your night time routine is prior to slumber. Do you watch violent/scary movies or surf the internet prior to bed? Do you eat sugar before bed? Do you work all the way until your exhausted and then fall into bed, only to find yourself tossing and turning? Something to think about with your night time routine. So ask yourself if you would dream of doing this to a toddler and expect them to get a good night’s sleep?:

1)Let them watch a scary movie before bed. The Exorcist would be a great movie for a kid to watch before bed. Let’s see how wonderful this kid sleeps.
2)Give them a lot of sugar. How about a nice Coke before bed?
3)Do vigorous exercise before bed? Have their dad start a pillow fight and let them jump on the bed. Yes that will wear them out.
4)Let them play violent video games.

I think it’s safe to say that most logical parents would never dream of doing any of the above with their kid. Although I’m sure it does happen and there is no judgment. The above activities are not geared towards getting a good night’s sleep.

Since most parents wouldn’t do that with their kids, then why do parents think it’s OK for them to do similar types of behavior and wonder why they can’t get a good night’s sleep. The following are behaviors that can hinder sleep:
1)Watching the news ie war, politics, violence, crime etc in the evening.
2)Eating sugar ie: ice cream, cookies, candy, chocolate, pie, coffee and alcohol can have an effect on your sleep as well
3)Getting into a debate on social media is a horrible way to relax.

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I’ll end this with behaviors that can help wind down at the end of the day:
1)Turn down the lights especially electronics
2)Take a relaxing bath or shower
3)Use Essential Oils such as lavender, ylang ylang or Frankincense to promote relaxation. There are numerous ways these can be used. They can be put in a diffuser, mixed with oil to make a luxurious massage oil.

essential oils\   4)Put on relaxing spa music and it’s especially beneficial to have music without lyrics.

So it’s OK baby.  Get some rest sweetie pie.  Lord knows you deserve it.  Sending you sweet dreams and all good things.

Before bed say a prayer about all of the things you are grateful for.  You are blessed and loved by the most high.  Never forget that.

PS:  If you would like to purchase any essential oils, please let me know or just click on the link above.  This Blog is not free to operate.  And I have to get technical support and it goes on and on.  So I do appreciate your support.  And if you get them from me in person, it saves on shipping.

Take care loves!!