Holistic Therapies - What is that?
If you've ever tried a hot tea with honey and lemon or diffused essential oils at night to help your child sleep better, you've used a holistic remedy. If you've ever visited a licensed acupuncturist and received acupuncture treatment, then you have experienced a method of holistic therapy.
What is holistic therapy?
Holistic Therapies are natural approaches to healing and wellness that are often employed as part of holistic treatment plan. There are many different holistic therapies that you can explore and experiment with. While some require professional help. Others like mediation, you can begin incorporating into your daily life.
Several popular therapies are: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Guided Imagery and Visualization, Hydrotherapy, Hypnosis, Medical Qu Gong, Reflexology, Reiki, Tai Chi, Yoga & Meditation.
Let's talk about a really easy and simple method of holistic therapy and this one is one of our favorites!
Aromatherapy - Aromatherapy uses volatile plant materials to alter the persons mind, mood & health. The use of essential oils from plants for their medicinal & healing properties. Consisting of botanical matter, may also be referred to as volatile or ethereal oils. Oils have many uses that include aromatherapy, pharmacology, food flavoring and perfumery. Extracted from plant roots, berries, seeds, leaves, and bark through a number of different ways. Steam distilled, enfleurage, solvent extraction, expression, cold pressed.
Uses and Benefits of Aromatherapy
Topically & Aromatic, Internally (For information on internal use click HERE)
Effective in Treating
Anxiety - Lavender, Myrrh, Bergamot, Chamomile, Cypress, Rose, Pine, Vanilla, Majoram, Neroli and Lime
Menstrual Cramps: Angelica Seed, Caraway, Chamomile, Ginger, Lavender, Rose, Rosemary, Sage and others.
Depression: Patchouli, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Angelica Seed and others
Finding Good Oils
The best way to find really good essential oil is to:
1. Ask for recommendations - typically getting word of mouth recommendations are great especially from folks you trust like friends or family.
2. Do your own research - Nothing works better than doing your own research, ask questions and learn how oils can work for you.
3. Know the storage practices - Knowing and understanding your oils makes all the difference in the world. Learn how the oils were extracted, where they come from, how they are sourced and whether they are synthetic or not (PLEASE make sure that the oils are pure and not synthetic, this really matters in not only the quality but the effectiveness of the oil)
4. Be label smart - READ the label. Google it, the company and get as much info as possible
5. You pay for what you get! - If you are paying $5 for your oils, you may want to be careful with them. As with anything that is of good or great quality, you will get what you pay for. If the quality is not good, the effectiveness will not be good either. So always keep in mind, you get what you pay for.
To learn more about the oils mentioned above or if you'd like a FREE consultation on your needs and how using aromatherapy as a method for support and healing, please click HERE.
Check out how to use some essential oils for everyday support.
Here you'll find a list of worthy local small places/businesses or events to check out, take a class or two or hang out and have some fun!
We LOVE yoga and one of our favorite local yoga studios is Sattva Yoga in Jersey City. Here's a list of what's happening. Click HERE to sign up for any of the AMAZING classes or workshops! Psssst, the Circle of Light is one of our favs hands down!
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Circle of Light; A Monthly Gathering with Laurie Goldstein
Join us for the coming together of CIRCLE OF LIGHT- A special monthly gathering and benefit to nourish, honor and offer of the infinite incandescence of our hearts in an ever-widening circle of compassion and love.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Mommy & Me Musicology 4 Kids (Babies & Toddlers) with Dana Harrison
This enrollment runs from Tue Oct 31, 2017 - Tue Dec 5, 2017
Are you looking for a great music class for your infant, or toddler? Come join us as we sing, move, and make music with your child.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sweat & Samadhi Benefit Class for Veterans Yoga Project with Karen Mandell
Join us in honor of Veterans Day for a special donation based Sweat & Samadhi practice to raise funds for the Veterans Yoga Project
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Pre-Natal 6 week Yoga Series for Pregnancy and Labor with May Lane
This enrollment runs from Sun Nov 12, 2017 - Sun Dec 17, 2017
Congratulations, pregnancy is an amazing adventure! Sattva is excited to bring this 6 week series of classes specifically designed for the journey of pregnancy and childbirth.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Asana Lab; Sirsasna: Demystifying Headstand with Jessica Ashen
Join us and learn the elementals of achieving a safe and sustainable Sirsasana (headstand) often referred to as the most important among inverted asanas. Standing on your head in proper alignment not only strengthens the whole body but calms the mind. Turning upside-down can give you a new perspective on life and the courage to try something new.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gratitude Is My Attitude; Family Yoga Workshop with Jamie Wilson-Murray
Come join Jamie Wilson Murray creator of Mindful Play Yoga for “Gratitude Is My Attitude,” Family Yoga workshop. Cultivating an “Attitude of Gratitude,” is acknowledging and being appreciative of everything; family, yoga, our breath, community, parks, sun and rain.
Our friend over at The Lucky HoneyBee is having a candle making workshop.
November 16, 2017 at 7:30p - Candle Workshop
Melissa Buesing of The Lucky HoneyBee will be hosting a make-your-own candle workshop where participants will have the opportunity to create a custom soy candle. For more information or to sign up click HERE. If you'd like to visit her studio and see all the wonderful products visit her studio at 130 Central Ave, Jersey City Heights - by appointment only, click HERE to schedule your visit.
This is the time of year where we want to dig into feel good eats and if you want to stay on a healthier vegan side of that, here's a wonderful delicious soup recipe we found in the book "Frugal Vegan, affordable, Easy & Delicious Vegan Cooking" by Katie Koteen & Kate Kasbee of Well Vegan, that is sure to give you and yours all the great feels of this new season!
Roasted Carrot Curried Soup - Page 93
Nut-free, Soy-free, Gluten-free,
Prep Time: 60 M
This soup is perfection in the fall, from color to flavor, it exudes warmth. The basic preparation is so simple, but it dresses up beautifully with just a few fresh herbs or homemade croutons.
What you'll need:
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp medium carrots, trimmed, peeled, sliced lengthwise and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 medium yellow onions, quartered and sliced in 1-inch chunks
1 (15oz) can full-fat coconut milk
2 cups water or broth
half a lemon, juiced
fresh cilantro, for serving
Preheat oven to 400
Mix the curry powder, salt and olive oil together int eh bottom of a large bowl. Add the carrots and onions to the bowl. Toss to coat, and then pour it all out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake until the vegetables are very tender and just beginning to caramelize, about 30-40 minutes.
Remove the vegetables from the oven and transfer them to a large pot. Add coconut milk and water or broth). Let the mixture simmer of just a few minutes. Then, working in batches, transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.
retum the soup to the pot and warm. Add lemon juice and fresh cilantro before serving.
Enjoy this bowl of vegan goodness & warmth!
What's the Squeeze?
So we are getting our new location up and going. We've had our counter customized to represent the feel of warmth and rustic feel we like. We have our first yoga date set for December so keep an eye out for that as we have a special guest instructor leading the class. We are super pumped and will continue to update you on the buildout, soft opening and grand opening, yoga & meditation dates and more! Below are some images of our custome counter we are working on.