Drying Brushing and Oil Pulling!

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What on earth is drying brushing? What on earth is oil pulling? Well, they are two very simple, natural and easy ways to keep your skin and oral hygiene healthy!

I have been dry brushing for nearly 4 years now and I love it, swear by it and totally recommend it. It is known to be one of the best ways to reduce (and banish, in my case) cellulite by way of cell renewal. It’s also known to detoxify the body by way of massaging the lymph nodes through the skin, while making your skin softer and even. And it aids digestion! I do it in the morning before I go surfing or before I shower!  Huffington Post explains the steps here:

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 The method itself is incredibly easy and only takes minutes, but there are a few guidelines to keep in mind, including the type of brush and the direction you move it. Below, four things you need to know about dry skin brushing:

How often: Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can — and should — be doing daily, even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.

Direction: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.

Type of brush: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary. ~Can be found at any health food store, such as Whole Foods or Down to Earth (if you live in Hawaii!).

Benefits: In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You’ll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. We love it because it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for promoting healthy skin.

Check out THIS ARTICLE for more information on dry brushing! If you’re still confused on how to do it WATCH THIS VIDEO!

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Now, as for oil pullingthis is new for me! I just started doing it this week. So I can’t vouch for it from a personal experience yet, but so far I’m satisfied and I have a lot of confidence in it! I use coconut oil (yum!), while others use sesame oil. The Wellness Mama explains:

Oil pulling is an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it is beneficial in improving gums and removing harmful bacteria!

The basic idea is that oil is swished in the mouth for a short time (5-15 minutes) each day (in the morning before eating; then brush your teeth after!) and that this action helps improve oral health. Just as with oil cleansing for the skin, the principle of “like dissolves like” applies, as oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.

For more info on how to oil pull, read the FULL ARTICLE from The Wellness Mama! Also, be sure to check out her 101 Uses for Coconut Oil!

 

 

Colbie Caillat “Try”

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I want to thank Colbie Caillat for producing this beautiful song and video. I’m an adamant believer and advocate of ‘not trying’ to look beautiful, wearing makeup, and spending money on things to change our appearance. The women in the video are absolutely beautiful without makeup. This video and song makes me cry every single time. Please share this video on your social network. Mahalo ~ Namaste

Make Your Own Sunscreen!

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Courtesy of Treehugger.com

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Homemade Sunblock – Waterproof Bars

(approximately 20 SPF)

Ingredients:
1.5 oz beeswax
1.5 oz shea butter
1.5 oz coconut oil
1 oz zinc oxide
optional: 10 drops of essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint

1. Melt the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil together. (use a bain-marie / double boiler until ingredients are softened)
2. Remove from heat and stir in zinc oxide (wear a mask). Pour into molds.
3. Let cool completely. Remove from molds – refrigerate until use.

 

Homemade Sunblock – Lotion

(approximately 20 SPF)

Ingredients:
2 oz shea butter
2 oz coconut oil
1 oz zinc oxide
optional: 8 drops of essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint

1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil together. (use a bain-marie / double boiler until ingredients are softened)
2. Remove from heat and stir in zinc oxide (wear a mask). Pour into container.
3. Let cool completely before use. Store at room temperature.

 

Yoga for Ocean Girls!

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Aloha! This week we held the year’s first Ocean Girl Project camp, from July 7th – 11th 2014. Unlike past years, we’ll be holding a second camp the following week! The ocean girls not only learn how to surf, they also learn how to be sustainable ocean girls, doing beach clean ups, making micro-plastic art found on the beaches of Hawaii, how to create mandalas, yoga and meditation (from me!), SUPing, and so much more! Here are some photos of one of our morning yoga sessions. On this day, we practiced pranayama: Ujjayi (Oceanic breath for our ocean girls), Sama Vritti, Nadi Shodhana and Bhramari, followed by some surf-specifc restorative asanas. ~ Namaste

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8 Anatomy Tips for a Safe and Steady Yoga Practice

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I posted about alignment and anatomy a few weeks ago (see: 4 Ways to Help You Find Your Alignment) where I recommended this article “8 Alignment Tips for Yoga Practice” by Karen Fabian. Now, I have something even better a VIDEO! Here Fabian gives you a visual of what she was talking about. Read the full article HERE and watch the video below! 

Sunrise Yoga with Ocean Girl Project

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Last weekend, April 26th, myself and the Ocean Girl Project crew gathered together for a sunrise yoga session at Baby Makapu’u Beach before diving into a thorough beach clean up, followed by a fun surf session. The weather was gorgeous and the elements were gracious. What a beautiful morning! Namaste~

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Ocean Girl Project Beach Clean up & Morning YOGA!

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Aloha! As surfers and beach-lovers we have a great responsibility to give love back to the ocean and it’s beautiful creatures as it has given us. This beach is beautiful, but plagued with micro-plastic and trash. If you’re on Oahu this Saturday, April 26th, come lend a hand and pick up some trash! I will be offering a morning yoga session at 6:45 a.m. before the clean up. The clean up will commence at 8 a.m. The clean up is at Baby Makapu’u Beach. Mahalo and Namaste ~ CLICK HERE for more info! 10295683_717665701623699_4080723791045109373_n