Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Has Arrived!

Spring is here!

The warm sunshine has arrived, allowing us to shed our winter gear, extra pounds included.  Most of us find it challenging to lose weight, let alone extra winter weight. Ayurveda states the best time to cleanse and detoxify is Spring. As soon as temperatures begin to warm, our internal cycle shifts from building to releasing. Late Winter and Early Spring are ideal times to begin a new diet, exercise regimen, or fasting. Spring fasting helps cleanse the blood after a long winter of fatty, heavy foods.

Spring is called Kapha season in Ayurveda. Kapha dosha traits are wet, cool, damp, slow, heavy. Kapha disorders prevalent in Spring are coughs, colds, allergies, sluggishness, dullness of the mind, and weight gain. Knowing this we can balance all of the above with a few changes to our routine.

4 ways to help you ease into Spring

  • Start moving - begin an exercise routine to shed the extra winter weight. There is nothing more refreshing than a brisk walk on a Spring morning. Sweating is the best way to remove toxins that we stored during the winter months. 
  • Sleep - the best time to sleep is a 10 pm bedtime with a 6 am wake up. These hours are governed by Kapha dosha and allow for a restful, deep sleep. Anything outside of these times can disrupt the sleep cycle causing one to create toxins in the body.
  • Nutrition - Eat a dry Kapha pacifying diet which favor bitters. Add spice to your diet with pepper, fresh ginger, cumin, fennel, jalapenos. Make sure to eat 3 warm meals a day. Kapha is naturally cold and we want to balance this with warmth. Drink Kapha Balancing tea as well. Recipe below.
  • Fortify your Immune System - This can be done a variety of ways, whether you choose food, or herbal supplements, fortifying the immune system allows the body to combat all external forces much more efficiently and easily. There are Ayurvedic herbs which will help support your body’s natural response to allergens by helping to eliminate existing toxins, which aids a smooth transition into Spring. Turmeric, coriander and cumin are effective spices for helping to cope with allergens, as they improve digestion and immunity.


Kapha Balancing Tea
4 cups water
1 Tablespoon cinnamon sticks, crushed
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon fresh grated or chopped ginger
1 Tablespoon of sucanat or other natural sweetner (optional)
Procedure: Heat water in a pot. Add slightly crushed cinnamon sticks and turmeric powder. Boil for 3 minutes. Add sweetener and grated ginger and boil for 2 more minutes. Strain and serve hot.
Tea is originally from here.


Let food be your medicine, and your kitchen be your pharmacy.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Drum Roll Please...

There is nothing to blog about and everything including the arrival of Ms. Anavrin in October. That's pretty much all I've been doing. Loving and taking care of her and her big sisters. I'm planning on revamping the blog and doing more with it. I have so many ideas, but so many that I don't know what to do, or where to start. We'll see what happens, and where I go. Won't you join me?

xxoo

Monday, August 5, 2013

My Heart Will Soar

Pregnancy is a journey that is a once in a lifetime, and unique in and of itself. Each one is different. We must allow our hearts to soar to the greatest depths which reveal the inner mother. So many emotions during pregnancy when we allow our heart to soar, we expand those feelings, give birth to new thoughts, and expose our true self. It's preparation for the child who will arrive, for that is what they do for us. They expand us in ways we never imagined. They force us to really look within and go beyond being a human, into the spirit, into the heart, into real love. Don't fear the expansion, don't fear the love...allow your heart to soar, and trust it.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

For the Love of Mariachi!

Jose Alfredo Jimenez Jr.,son of legendary singer/composer Jose Alfredo Jimenez, joins Rodri J. Rodriguez, founder and creator of the MARIACHI USA Festival, on stage during the 24th Annual MARIACHI USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 29, 2013.  The Festival celebrated a special tribute to the legendary singer on the 40th anniversary of his passing.
First, I'd like to thank Rodri J. Rodriguez for the opportunity to attend the MARIACHI USA Festival. It was amazing! Sincerely amazing. I walked away with my heart full of love and renowned vigor for my beautiful culture.

I was blessed to attend a sold-out Hollywood Bowl featuring four and a half hours of non-stop mariachi music with a special tribute to the legendary singer, songwriter, Jose Alfredo Jimenez. Created and produced by Rodri J. Rodriguez, the Festival consisted of a night full of the best mariachi music including: the famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan from Mexico; Grammy nominated Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle from Texas; Mariachi Estrella de Jalisco and Mariachi Los Reyes from Los Angeles; and the Grammy nominated ladies of Trio Ellas.
The famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan on stage during the 24th Annual MARIACHI USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
I took my mom who thoroughly enjoyed it and was surprised at how many people were in attendance. She had heard of the event, but never attended, because she never had the information. I'm so happy to share the information and let others know about this AWESOME event. We met many people who were in attendance for the first time, just like us. It made me proud to see so many people taking an interest in our culture and music. It was spectacular to see a PACKED Hollywood Bowl. Every seat was taken and all hearts were full of love for the music and the legend, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, among the other talented artist who partook in this event. 

We sang, we cried, we became one under the stars and unified for the love of Mariachi. The evening ended with an impressive firework finale. I am so thankful to have attended and guarantee I will attend next year. 

This year, Rodri also shared the launch of MARIACHI USA Radio for mariachi music lovers, giving us the opportunity to enjoy mariachi music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Check out www.mariachiusa.com/radio for a taste of what my night was like.

This was the 24th year of the MARIACHI USA Festival and I look forward to the 25 year! Thank you Rodri J. Rodriguez for producing a beautiful show!

The Hollywood Bowl lights up with fireworks during the grand finale of the 24th MARIACHI USA Festival on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Disclaimer: I was compensated tickets to attend the MARIACHI USA Festival.

Monday, June 24, 2013

MARIACHI USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

Ever since I was a little girl my life has been filled with Mariachi music. It was part of every wedding reception and most holidays. I have a few relatives who partake in Mariachi bands and they would sometimes do impromptu sessions at my grandmother's house. There is nothing like having a Mariachi band play in front of you. The emotion that comes with every strum of the guitar. The horn yearning for it's owner. The accordion lulling your heart. The vocalist belting out the lyrics to a song everyone in the room knows and is singing along to. It's magic and creates an atmosphere of love and union.


I am very excited to attend the MARIACHI USA Festival which is taking place this Saturday, June 29th at the famous Hollywood Bowl. Tickets are still available. Founded and created by artist and producer Rodri J. Rodriguez,
the festival allows for generations to share in the tradition that is Mariachi music. It is for friends, family, and strangers to come together and celebrate the beautiful music.


This year’s festival will feature Mexico’s legendary Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan; Grammy nominee Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle from Texas; the popular Mariachi Estrella de Jalisco; and Mariachi Los Reyes, both from Los Angeles.  Mi Tierra Ballet Folkl√≥rico, will be performing with their amazing choreography and beautiful costumes.


Also celebrating their debut at the festival is Grammy nominee, Trio Ellas. I had a chance to ask them a few questions:

How did you meet?  How long have you been working/playing together?
Suemy, Stephanie and Nelly met through working together in previous mariachi groups. Around 7 years ago, none of them had any commitments to any groups in particular. In need of money, Stephanie and Suemy called each other on a weeknight and decided to drive out to a restaurant in Pasadena and attempt to play table to table for tips. However, the guitarron (bass) was needed in addition to the guitar and violin, and since Nelly was a bass player in town that did not belong to any particular group, she was asked to come along.  We have been working/playing together for 7 years.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Suemy:  I like to listen to a violinist named Stephane Grappelli. Also, my parents are a great inspiration in my life since they were the ones that introduced me to music.
Stephanie: My home life is pretty inspiring since between my husband and I are both musicians and our taste cover a pretty large range. Cool chicks like Ann Wilson and Bonnie Raitt are inspiring and so are the super divas like Paulina Rubio. Musically, Venezuelan group Recoveco, Remedios Amaya and old Mariachi Vargas recordings.
Nelly: Great bass players such as Cachao, Charles Mingus and Ryan Cross are an inspiration. The different genres and styles of music they perform(ed) are motivating.

What is your favorite moment in your careers so far?
Being nominated for a Latin Grammy. Going to Las Vegas, walking down the "green" carpet and sitting in a section along with other grammy nominees such as Pepe Aguilar and Juanes.

What is one indulgence/hobby/self care you partake in when not working?
Suemy: If i'm very tired (from gigging) I like to lay on my bed and watch the Food Network or the Travel Channel. If i'm not doing that, then i'm practicing playing the electric guitar, or arranging trio ellas vocals.
Stephanie: I'm a super fan of classic ballet. Other than that I'm an extreme homebody. My motto is stage makeup or no makeup.
Nelly: I love being active and if that can include a workout then I'm super happy. I go for a run every other day and in between those days ill mix it up and go play catch with my son, bowling, or simply call it a deep cleaning day at home.

With whom would you like to do a duet?
We have always wanted Diego Cigala to either sing or record with us. We are big fans of his style of singing.

I cannot wait to watch them perform. I've always been a huge fan of women Mariachi bands. There are very few in this category, which is predominantly male. To see them perform at the Hollywood Bowl is a dream come true for me. I look forward to belting out tunes right along with them.

The MARIACHI USA Festival will feature a tribute to Mexico’s legendary composer and performer Jose Alfredo Jimenez. This will be topped off with a spectacular fireworks finale and 17,000 fans singing along to  “El Rey”, “Volver Volver”, “Viva Mexico” and “La Negra”.

Check out and like their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, and YouTube some of the previous performances, which are sure to warm your musical heart.

Disclosure: I am being provided complimentary tickets to this year’s Mariachi Festival.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Embrace the Light

Like a moth drawn to light, I strive to be. Especially during pregnancy. It's important to choose the positive, the optimism, the good while pregnant. Having a healthy experience consist of proper body, mind, and spirit. Embrace the light, and allow it to transform you, your baby, and your world.
Transform and open your heart to the new role which is occurring. Don't expect anything, or have preconceived notions about what will occur, simply flow with life. Let it unfold naturally. As it should be.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Soar, like a Bird

Pregnancy had so many facets, stages, and evolutions. One thing I'm certain of is allowing my heart to soar, like the birds. To spread my wings and fly with gratitude, abundance, and love. To rise above the land, the clouds, the details, and just fly. On your pregnancy journey, do not fear flying, but rather embrace all the emotions, expansion, and awakening. It's a dream come true.

Meditation: Close your eyes. Visualize your heart as a bird, flying and expanding out and up. High into the sky. Going above all limits and rules of this plain. Slowly allow this feeling to engulf you as it flies back into its center. Open your eyes when ready.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Our Path is Unique.

Every single pregnancy is unique. No matter how many pregnancies you have, they each have a distinct mark. This is also true for the labor and delivery of each child. They will have a general path, but the details will vary. It is important to acknowledge this and honor this. We should keep an open mind about pregnancy and adjust accordingly. We are, after all, new in every moment. Every day.

Meditation: Take a deep breath, and say I embrace this pregnancy, and this path. We have never traveled this, but we are together in mind, body, soul.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Loving Embrace

It's important for my baby to know I am waiting for her/him with open arms, heart, and soul. I do so with love, unconditionally. This will also help me in the delivery room. I have an open and accepting attitude which will follow me into the dance of delivering this baby. Having an open and accepting attitude about birth will allow my body to do what is needed for the best delivery possible, in which both baby and I will have the sweetest experience for the highest good of all. 
Attitude is a choice, and I have chosen one of expansion, love, and acceptance.

Meditation: Close your eyes. Visualize yourself holding your baby close to your heart. Visualize yourself cradling your baby in your arms, feeling the warmth in your heart. Breath in that baby smell, and offer a thank you to your baby and let baby know you are waiting for him/her. Open your eyes when ready.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Baby is happy

One of the most important things we can control during pregnancy are the thoughts we have. It is crucial to always stay positive. This includes thoughts about the baby. Stay focused on positivity, in radiating and being the light, and encourage your baby to grow and expand.

Namaste

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Life After Delivery

I found this on Facebook and wanted to share. 

" In a mother's womb were two babies. One asked the other: "Do you believe in life after delivery?" The other replies, "why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later. "Nonsense," says the other. "There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?" "I don't know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths." The other says "This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short." "I think there is something and maybe it's different than it is here." the other replies, "No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere." "Well, I don't know," says the other, "but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us." "Mother??" You believe in mother? Where is she now? "She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world." "I don't see her, so it's only logical that she doesn't exist." To which the other replied, "sometimes when you're in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her." I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality...."

Blessings

Monday, June 3, 2013

Womb of Love

My womb is holy. It is love. It houses love. It holds my baby, safely and securely. My womb provides a home for my child, and I feed it love and light, so it may in turn feed my child love and light. We don't often speak of how important the womb is, but we should.
We should focus on how it requires nourishment, both physically and spiritually. We should acknowledge how important it is to give thanks to our womb, for doing it's purpose, properly. For housing the love we have for self, and child.
Today, I give thanks for my womb that holds all the love for my child and I.

Meditation: Visualize green light surrounding your womb. Send it loving vibrations. Place your hands on your belly and give thanks.