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Being Bootylicious without being Broke – Natural Organic Beauty

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Alternative Health, Beauty | 0 comments

Being Bootylicious without being Broke – Natural Organic Beauty

I’ve been making my hottie hellenic hubby a bit wonky with all the natural beauty treatments I have been dabbling with lately.  He’s actually limited me to no more than one beauty experiment a day (what century are we in that our men can try to impose rules on us anyway?)  As I write this I am making my own rosewater from roses I plucked from our garden.  Here are some wallet-friendly beauty treatments that I have been experimenting with lately.  Most of these things you will probably have in your house anyway so no need to go out and buy a bunch of new products.   I love all the beauty stuff at Whole Foods with their commitment to clean ingredients but my wallet feels so naked after I shop at this place.  Some of them get a bit messy though and I had a few failures as well (don’t ever put a bunch of Pepto Bismo on your face…stained it pink!) . These can be fun girls nights or slumber party stuff to do together instead of spending $150 a person at a local spa.  Some of these will stay for awhile ( like the scrubs, Milk of Magnesia and rose-water toner) so I am even thinking about buying little containers , putting my own pretty label on it and giving them as Christmas presents. Chuck your Toner and Grab Your Lemon – How much is toner anyway, like $20 a bottle?  Yikes!  Instead of using this, I just rub my face with a lemon, I actually use the same lemon a few times so I only need to use about 2 lemons a week.  You could also buy some witch hazel at the $1 store if you aren’t partial to rubbing produce on your face. Morning Face Rinse – You can use a tomato, splash of whole milk or lemon to rinse and activate your skin the morning. Cucumbers – Next time you peel and seed a cucumber for a salad, take the seeds and put the green mush on your eyes while laying on the ground with a towel under you and some paper towels nearby to wipe up the drippings.  You’ll lose about 5 years from your eyes.  Put your legs up the wall as you lay down while doing this and you will get a restorative yoga pose out of this. Body Scrub – How much have you paid for these things?  Up to $20 a jar?  Take some olive oil, sugar and lemon and scrub them on your feet, elbows and knees.  Yay!  You’re all shiny and new. Blond Brightener – Make a few gallons of chamomile tea and let it steep and cool.  Rinse your hair with it to bring out your blond highlights.  You can also put in a spritzer and spray on your face for a pick-me-up. Brunette and Red-head Brightener – Take 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water and rinse your hair with this after you shampoo and condition. Will be a bit sour smelling at first and then will go away.  I’ve also heard beer works but I doubt hubby would want me to waste a can of his beer on my hair plus it will be stinky at first but then smell will go...

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Best and Worst Yoga Poses to do When You are Pregnant…..

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Prenatal Yoga, Yoga Health, Yoga Teacher training | 0 comments

Best and Worst Yoga Poses to do When You are Pregnant…..

Often women that are pregnant discover yoga since it is a way to heal, gain body awareness and nurture oneself. Yoga when you are pregnant helps to strengthen the body for child bearing and aids in relieving the common discomforts the body experiences. Yoga helps you find the time and space to look within yourself, allowing you to openly explore your own intrinsic knowledge about the cycles of life.  It is an opportunity to come together with a circle of women to share and connect with some of the dreams and scares that pregnancy brings as well. A prenatal and postnatal yoga practice can help you Support your health before and after pregnancy Connect you with other parents who are at all stages of pregnancy Improve your postpartum recovery Helps to strengthen the body for child bearing and aids in relieving the common discomforts the body experiences. Alleviate many of the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, constipation, varicose veins, swelling, back pain and sciatica. Cautions about practicing yoga while pregnant: Since nausea is common during the first part of pregnancy it may be helpful to practice in a well-ventilated room.  During the second trimester your growing belly will require modifying some poses. Use common sense and avoid putting too much pressure on the abdomen in poses like Head To Knee Postures, Seated Forward Fold, as well as  Seated Spinal Twists.  You may choose to reduce the amount of vinyasa if generating heat in the body makes you uncomfortable. Best and Worst Yoga Poses to do When You are Pregnant The third trimester will require you to continue to adapt and even omit certain postures.  Standing poses like Extended Triangle Pose, and Extended Side Angle Pose can help relieve back pain. And a simple inversion such as Legs-Up-the-Wall-Pose can help to relieve puffy ankles.  Some poses might require additional props or support.  Through each trimester the most important thing is to tune in to what your body is telling you and alter your practice accordingly. During and after pregnancy, try not to be attached to your level of flexibility. Pregnancy is a great time to learn how to emotionally, spiritually and physically release. Other words of wisdom for pregnant women interested in yoga:  Linking yoga postures with breath will lead you to new discoveries, bringing awareness to the mind, body and soul, and also the spirit of your growing baby. Your practice will help to foster a sense of calm and acceptance as well as strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, aid in digestion, exercise the spine and increase overall comfort. Yoga can also alleviate many of the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, varicose veins, swelling, back pain and sciatica. Being in a community gives you access to a safe circle so you can freely discuss any issues, from discomforts and concerns, to the wonderful new changes your body and baby are experiencing. It is very important to inform the teacher of any complications (current or past) or any treatment that you are receiving. During pregnancy ligaments around the joints become loose and soft. Care should therefore be taken not to overstretch the body. The abdomen should remain relaxed and soft at all times to allow room for the baby. Pregnancy can make you feel more tired than...

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Best Yoga Positions for Fertility

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in yoga fertility, Yoga Health, yoga infertility | 0 comments

The best yoga positions to aid fertility have a few key things in common: -Increase Circulation to the Reproductive Organs -Balance Hormones -Reduce Stress You made have already heard that inversions like headstand and shoulder stand are powerful fertility aids.  Those positions didn’t make our list for one simple reason: they should be done with proper supervision.  These poses made our list of the five best yoga positions to aid fertility because they don’t need supervision.  In fact, they can be done in the safety and privacy of your home with no risk. 1.  Supta Baddha Konasana – Reclining Goddess Pose This pose has the  ability to soften the internal organs, open the pelvis, unburden the heart and calm the mind.   I like to use one or two bolsters, but you can use a bolster and a block, four blankets or a combination of the above to create your own cozy haven for relaxation. Set up a block or bolster for height crosswise.  Then lay (for the spine) a bolster or blankets perpendicular to the first.  You should have a gentle sloping ramp where the head is highest, then heart, then pelvis on the ground.   Your torso is supported at an angle, your hips are on the floor and you can lean back, draw your heels in, soles touching, and relax.  If your groins are overly tight or loose, you may benefit by a block, or pillow under each knee to soften the groins and support the pelvis in relaxing. The key is that once you are settled to stay and breathe deeply, allowing the mind to scan the body for tension and release it breath by breath.  I also like to infuse the internal organs with white light as you inhale, and allow yourself to release any tightness on the exhale, creating more space internally with each breath.   You can stay for 5-15 minutes in this pose for the greatest benefit.  Put an eye pillow or eye covering on.  This is also a great pose for PMS. 2. Double Pigeon – Seated Legs Bound Cross-Legged If your hips are very tight see Reclining half pigeon below as an alternate pose. Double pigeon helps to release stored emotional trauma in the periformis muscle, which guards the gateway of energy in the hips and pelvis.  The hips are the sister hinge to the jaw and when released, tension, emotional pain and chronic holding get released, allowing increased blood flow, and energy to the reproductive organs in the pelvis.  Double pigeon is a seated pose where one shin stacks perfectly on top of the other, and creates an equilateral triangle from the shins to the pubic bone. Feet are flexed, spine long and pubic bone threads back so that the hips can release up and over the bent legs. Breathing is key in honoring your body’s edges of resistance and allowing it to open when it’s ready, establishing trust. You can extend the arms straight in front, with your elbows on the floor and create prayer pose with your hands and place your thumbs at your third eye, fore fingers on the forehead or extend the fingers on the ground and walk the hands out until your arms are straight. Breathe until the discomfort softens, and then change sides,...

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More Yoga Poses for Fertility

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Alternative Health, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga Health | 0 comments

More Yoga Poses for Fertility

The best yoga positions to aid fertility have a few key things in common: -Increase Circulation to the Reproductive Organs -Balance Hormones -Reduce Stress You made have already heard that inversions like headstand and shoulder stand are powerful natural fertility aids.  Those positions didn’t make our list for one simple reason: they should be done with proper supervision.  These poses made our list of the five best yoga positions to aid fertility because they don’t need supervision.  In fact, they can be done in the safety and privacy of your home with no risk. Yoga For Reproduction….Flexing, Floating and Baby-making 1. Baddha Konasana  – Butterfly According to B.K.S. Iyengar this pose is a blessing to women. It stimulates the abdominals and ovaries.Sit comfortably on a rug or yoga mat. Draw your heels together in front of your pubic bone, allowing your knees to open outward. *If your knees won’t open fully, this just means your pelvis isn’t open yet. For your comfort, you can sit on a blanket or firm pillow to elevate your hips, this will help.   Close your eyes a moment and tune into your breath. Soften your belly and allow your inhale to fill the space between your belly button and pubic bone, as if you could breathe into your womb.  As you exhale draw the belly gently in toward the low back, massaging your internal organs.Press your feet firmly together to allow your inner groins to stretch as you elongate the spine up and out of the hips.  Stay here a few breaths.As you breathe, your body will soften into the pose.  If you feel you can lean forward without collapsing the lower back, extend forward over your heels reaching up through the crown of the head.Hold onto your feet with your hands, and gently press your knees toward the floor with your elbows.  Breathe into the sensation in your hips. Keep your shoulders and face soft. This pose helps to open the hips and increases circulation in the pelvis, it has been known to help balance irregular menstruation and helps the ovaries to function properly. 2. Upavistha Konasana – Seated Wide Legged Angle Pose This pose stretches the hamstrings and helps the blood to circulate properly in the pelvic region and keeps it healthy. Sit on your mat or rug, and open your legs wide. If your legs won’t open fully, this just means your pelvis or hamstrings aren’t open yet. For your comfort, you can sit on a blanket or firm pillow to elevate your hips. Flex your feet back toward your face and make sure your feet are straight up and down, perpendicular to the floor.  Lift up through your heart and extend your spine on an inhale.  With a long spine, slowly walk your hands forward until you feel the first sensation in your groins and hamstrings.  Stop here and breathe.  Inhaling as if you could breathe into your womb, allowing the belly to soften and swell then exhale drawing your belly in.  When you feel the body has opened, walk your fingers forward until your next edge of sensation.  Stop and breathe, and then continue.  Once you are fully extended , you can slowly rise, lead with the heart and gently shake out your legs. This pose is beneficial...

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Breathing and Conceiving? Yoga and Fertility

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Alternative Health, Prenatal Yoga, yoga fertility, Yoga Health, yoga infertility | 0 comments

Breath is Life. The first thing we do when we are born is inhale, the last thing we do when we die, is exhale. Our lives are made up of all the breaths in between. Breathing is essential to life, but it is also essential to creating life. Stress and Infertility – How Yoga Helps Infertility When we go through infertility we are often stressed, we breathe shallowly and our body starts to hold inside all the disappointment, hurt and fear. Both physical and emotional pain gets stored in our bodies as stress. When we are stressed-Cortisol is released in the brain, which impedes our ability to conceive by affecting the hormones that are responsible for ovulation and healthy gynecological function. Yoga teaches us to open the body with the breath, creating the ability to arrest the stress response, balance hormones and return the body, emotions and mind to a relaxed state. You can literally learn to “breathe to conceive” as breath affects your state of being on every level, you learn to receive life literally and figuratively. The breath is the most effective tool we have to stop the “fight or flight” stress response of the sympathetic nervous system and return it to “the relaxation response” of the parasympathetic nervous system. Improved Physical Health Yoga can also impact the general reproductive health of women trying to conceive. Yoga tones and strengthens the muscles that support reproductive organs and improves spinal alignment, enabling better circulation and improved capacity and quality of respiration.  For women who are taking infertility drugs, better breathing can also help the body fight off the toxic effects of those drugs. Reducing the Physical Effects of Stress Yoga is perfect for dealing with one of the most pervasive mind/body fertility challenges: stress, often stress caused by the inability to get or stay pregnant. Women experiencing infertility are often stress- and pain-filled, saddened and angry.  These emotions generate chemicals in the body that weaken immunity and make for a less hospitable environment for a new life. Yoga, because of its use of relaxation breathing techniques, combined with the flushing out of physical toxins, provides an antidote to the negative physical impacts of anxiety, anger and depression.  It also helps to change your perspective to a more objective, detached state of mind so you start to view your challenges with more calm and control. To treat infertility with yoga there a some basic steps you can take to get you started. This first thing is to reduce your stress level. Stress can cause your hormones and organs to become off balance. When you are not in balance your body is not working to it’s full potential. Yoga breathing will help calm the body and mind replacing the negative thoughts with positive. There are specific poses in yoga that focus on your reproductive organs and pelvic area to increase blood flow and stimulate energy. There are also poses that soften the abdominal area clearing tension from the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes which will increase their productivity. Where are Fertility Yoga Classes in Philadelphia?  Does meditation help infertility? Yoga will bring balance to your body, mind, and soul specifically your hormone levels. These poses will improve your glandular function which will stabilize hormones. In order for the reproductive process...

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How Yoga Helps Me Battle My Cell Phone Company

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Spirituality | 0 comments

How Yoga Helps Me Battle My Cell Phone Company

Instead of blogging about yoga poses or alternative health or wellness, I wanted to share a victory I had against Verizon today so I can inspire you to see how yoga can help you when you are dealing with unfair and difficult people and situations. We signed up with Verizon Fios with their cell phone, internet, cable and land-line package earlier this year.  I’ve had a lot of problems understanding their confusing billing practices and they messed up our install as well.  They actually had our calls going to our neighbor’s phone since they got the wires crossed.   I’ve been a customer of Verizon’s for over 10 years and can’t tell you how many times I’ve had some gi-normous bill that I had to battle against.  One bill (which was $900…not a typo) made my knees buckle and I just fell on the ground and started to bawl and decided the only solution was to join an ashram and get away from the complexities of modern life. This last few times I called them, I was calm but assertive, polite but firm about the $200 that was owed to us as a promotional gift for signing up with their bundled service.  (On a more practical note, whenever you are not getting anywhere with the customer service rep, always ask to speak to a supervisor as quickly as you can since they are the only ones able to modify or add credits to your bill.  The other tip that works really well is to call the cancellation department and just say you want to cancel.  The reps at the cancellation department will go to great lengths to save you so if they ask if there is anything they can do to keep your business, tell them what the grievance is and what you would like.)  With patience and perseverance, I was able to get $208 as a credit on our bill going forward. Because I have a pretty steady and committed yoga practice, I’m able to not be so reactive when faced with unfairness and unjustness.  I stay steady and calm with whoever I am dealing with but I know that my peaceful yet powerful persona is helping me get through to the other person.  I find that I am not as quick to get angry and I know that the other person is just doing the best that they know how from their level of consciousness. And that $900 bill?  After a few calls and with persistent determination I got it reduced to $250.  I didn’t join an ashram to escape the responsibilities that go with living in a complex and highly wired world.   My yoga practice helps round out the rough edges for me so that life goes smoother.  Challenges and problems still come my way, but I find that I handle it much better by coming to terms with my response-ability….my ability to respond to chaos, challenge and confusion. What about you?  What spiritual practices help you stay grounded?  ...

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Tropical Spa Treatments You Can Make and Prepare at Home this Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Partner Yoga | 0 comments

Very rarely do we take time out of our busy schedule to sit back and indulge ourselves for a few minutes.  Usually, a soothing cucumber mask or an oatmeal, almond and avocado body scrub are fleeting fantasies during the day. As soon as the stoplight turns green or a telephone shrills ten we must snap out of the calming thoughts of spa indulgences and return to our daily grind or screaming, whiny kids (or husbands) and demanding bosses sending emails  on your blackberry after 6 pm every five minutes asking about the status of an overdue project……. This is for the woman who can’t get away to a spa but can luxuriate at home with recipes for lotions, oils, rubs, scrubs, wraps and cuisine. You can also use these treatments for a romantic night at home with you and your sweetie (with no other men around, you’ll be surprised to see how much the man in your life enjoys being pampered) or have an at-home spa party with you and some girlfriends.  If you are not inclined to personally concoct these simple recipes, then you can go to a store that sells beauty treatments with some of these ingredients or look for a spa that has treatments with some of these ingredients. Coconut Oil Hair Conditioning Clay This is a both a deep cleanser and deep conditioning treatment. The clay will remove dirt and hair product residue from the shaft while nourishing the scalp. Use a gentle white clay since the red and green clays  might be too harsh on the hair. 1/2 cup jojobo oil 2 tablespoons coconut oil 4 tablespoons powdered white clay 1 cup distilled water In a small saucepan, heat jojobo and coconut oil until melted on low heat untill melted.  Remove from heat and slowly add water in the form of a paste.   Apply a palm full of treatment to your hair..  Cover hair with a cap and let stay in for 15 minutes.  Shampoo hair as usual. Coconut Body Scrub This is great to do in winter when elbows and feet are especially crackly. 1/2 cup coconut oil ( gentle melted in a saucepan) 1/4 cup coarse salt 1 lemon Combine ingredients and vigorously scrub on feet, hands, elbows etc. Ginger and lemongrass are highly rejuvenating.  Ginger is typically cultivated in Southeast Asia.  The citrus-y scent is very uplifting. I cup fresh lemongrass, cut up into stalks or 1/2 cup dried. 1 3 inch long piece of ginger root  grated 1 cotton sheet, cut into 3 inch wide strips. 1 plastic sheet or shower curtain liner 1 or 2 blankets Place lemongrass and grated ginger in a pot filled with water.  Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.  With a strainer , scoop out as much ginger and lemongrass as possible.  Put the strips in the water, wringing out the water as much as you can each time.   Start wrapping yourself with the strips snugly starting with your legs and work up to the torso and then arms. Lay in the tub for 15 minutes, wrapping yourself in a blanket for warmth. Remove the strips and then take a shower to rinse off any ginger or...

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10 Wallet-Friendly Romantic Things to Do For Valentines Day

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Beauty, Couples Yoga, Date Night, Romantic Date Ideas, Valentines Day | 0 comments

10 Wallet-Friendly Romantic Things to Do For Valentines Day

  I remember a Valentines Day about 10 years ago.  My boyfriend didn’t think to make any plans in advance so we called a bunch of restaurants and they were all booked.  So we went to a mediocre restaurant and they only had a 5:30 seating available and that was it.  We sat down at 5:30 and we were given a prix fixe menu instead of their normal menu and had only a few options of things to order. We were rushed through our dinner so that they could accommodate the next wave of seating at 7 pm.  Instead of a memorable, leisurely dinner, we had a rushed, overpriced and limited selection dinner and felt cheated out of what should have been a beautiful evening. So now, what me and my hottie, hellenic hubby do to celebrate Valentines Day is we go to the best seafood market, get two live Maine lobsters and cook them at home with some chocolate fondue and asparagus by candlelight. We then give each other warm oil massages… quite a luxurious and decadent night for under $50, instead of the $300 plus if we went out to each at a pretentious restaurant and then to a fancy spa. It’s evolved into our tradition since it’s just not romantic to eat out at restaurants on Valentines Day. They are so focused on making as much money as they can, that it end up being a price-gouging kind of day for all their customers. Cheap dates also are beneficial because you don’t have to worry about financial management! So here are some things you can do with your sweetie…. recession romance.  For God’s sakes turn off your phone, tv and no internet either. 10 Wallet-Friendly Things to Do For Valentines Day 1.  Cook dinner at home together-  Make sure it is something decadent that you would not normally eat like scallops, lobster, fondue, oysters, red wine.  Ideally they are finger foods that you can feed each other.  Total Savings -$150. 2.  Spa Night – Oh, how I love to be pampered and fawned over while lounging around in my white fluffy robe.  Give each other facials, manicures, shave each other, foot and back massages.  Total Savings -$200 or try this Spa & Pamper Gift Basket from Design It YourSelf Gift Baskets. 3.  Dance like the Stars –  Put up your disco ball, turn on some funky music for the beginning and then have some slow music for later.  Dress up in your suit and tie and your black cocktail dress to make it more special. 4. Karaoke Night – Is there anything more romantic than being serenaded by your sweetie.  Make sure to get nice and liquored up first though. 5. Dessert Party – If you are more inclined to spend Vday with other friends, then invite them over for a dessert and wine party.  Everyone should bring their favorite wine and dessert ……..and everyone should come dressed in red or pink.  We did this a few years ago to a smashing success!   6.  Partner Yoga – You didn’t think I was going to leave this out.  If you’ve never done this, get some partner yoga DVDs or find some on youtube.  Light some incense, crank up the Deva Premal music and twist and bend away....

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Want a Valentine’s Day That Won’t Bleed Your Wallet Dry?

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Couples Yoga, Date Night, Valentines Day | 0 comments

Want a Valentine’s Day That Won’t Bleed Your Wallet Dry?

When was the last time you got lost in your beloved’s eyes? When was the last time you had an endless loving full body embrace? Get that 5th date feeling back with a spicy and soulful Yoga-licious night. As you go through the motions together, you and your partner can expect a closer, more romantic and more soulful relationship than ever with each other through giggles, movement and massage. Start off the class with a guided meditation where you are your partner will form an intention together. You and your partner will do a silent blessing of gratitude to each other. As we progress, you will do poses where you mirror each other, juxtaposing your bodies.You’ll start to synchronize your breath and then slowly move in unison. You will be assisting and adjusting in each other in poses in simple easy-to-follow instruction. The poses are sometimes silly, sometimes challenging and sometimes restorative. After we are done with partner yoga poses you will then receive a guided Thai massage from your partner emphasizing loving intention. You won’t be worrying about technique or skill. Your partner will do moves that relieve pain and stiffness and leave you feeling like you are blissfully floating. After you both have received loving massages you will relax in stillness curled up in your beloved. Connect in a revitalizing, strengthening, energizing and uplifting wayThe class ends with you in a loving and lingering full body embrace with your beloved. Release stress and stiffness. Explore playfulness, nurturing and buoyancy. Learn how to guide, honor, encourage, support and receive support from each other Yoga virgins, the stiff and inflexible are especially welcome. Ideal for Birthdays, Celebrations, Anniversaries, Proposals and Romantic Date Nights Our Couples Yoga Classes voted Best Valentine’s Day Spot by Patch and VisitPhilly.com! Cost: $30 Per Person. Pre-Registration with payment required via online purchase. You can also call (610) 352 – 1177 and pay on the phone with a credit card. Location: Amrita Yoga in Fishtown.  Fri and Sat Night classes Valentines Day Weekend.   Click here to buy a class.   Jasmine’s yoga classes are relaxed and comfortable. She teaches to the level of all the students in the class so the poses are accessible to everyone and no one is left out. Jasmine is a kind and patient teacher who is committed to the growth of each student. She also plays a great mix of music during her classes!  Cindy “Whole New Yogic Trip”  “We really enjoyed the class. It was a gift for our  relationship and so badly need. So thank you for your gift of yoga. Because for a (yoga) newbie, my husband really felt comfortable and wished we could have done more. The class you lead last week really touched our spirits which was amazing! And for me partnering is a whole new yogic trip!”  Summer “Exactly What Our Relationship Needed”   Barbara We really enjoyed your class today.  We will be seeing you more…I can’t wait to tone my body, mind and spirit (not necessarily in that order).  I think your class is exactly what our relationship needs too, we needed a way to re-connect.  I just graduated and was busy 24-7++.  Now I have a business and am busy 24-7+++ so we hardly ever see each other or even have meals together anymore.  It was good, quality time with my best friend. Click here to buy a class.   4 ways to get the right start in...

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Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Amrita, Couples Retreat, Couples Yoga, Date Night, Partner Yoga, philadelphia romance, Valentines Day | Comments Off on Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia

Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia

If you are just thinking expensive dinner and a movie this year, then you will be doing what most couples do and it will be over-priced, over-crowded and rushed…. not exactly a romantic recipe. Go on a photoshoot – So many scenic spots to choose from such as the Art Museum, Love Park or Society Hill.  Try on different moods  that range from silly, brooding, sexy to serious.  Take the best shot and frame it for your sweetie. If you are going to celebrate with the kids then decorate the house in red and pink, break out the arts and crafts and make Valentines cards for each other while listening to sappy romantic songs. If you want a kid-free night, then drop the kids off at grandma’s house, turn off the phones then decorate the house in red and pink along with candles, soft music, and herbal tea or red wine.  Start off with a long bubble bath together then get some almond massage oil.  We usually do something like this every year and we make a special dinner at home with lobsters we bought at the market. Have a electronic free night.  No phones, computers and no tv.  Just doing this will be treat enough for your loved ones.  Conversations won’t be constantly interrupted by dings, pings and rings.  Just giving someone the complete gift of your presence and attention is quite special. Can’t get away anywhere, even local for a special night out?  Decorate the house with lawn chairs, beach towels, have reggae music on and serve pina coladas and make plans (again, device-free) on your next special trip.  Get magazine and books of the places you want to go and talk about what you will do and where you will go together. Still have the need to get out and about?  Make a scavenger hunt.  It can be some of the special places you had dates together – your first date, your first kiss, your first %#$#$.   It can be g-rated with the kids or x-rated without them.nt Need to have a racy Valentine’s day?  For women, go out somewhere elegant such as a Tea House, nice restaura or fancy bar  and wear a short skirt or dress.   Shortly after sitting down at the table, let your man know you are not wearing panties. We are quite partial to what we think makes for an ideal night for this Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia for 2015.  We teach gentle and romantic couples yoga classes Friday nights ( this year at the stunning and zen-luxury Amrita in Fishtown.    The classes are buoyant and bonding, weird and wonderful, restorative and relaxing,  We get to meet so many new fun couples this way, some of who we end up becoming great friends with beyond the class and we get to be a part of some very magical moments with...

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