YOGA WITH A CAPITAL "Y"

YOGA WITH A CAPITAL "Y"

First, Reverential capitalization is the practice of capitalizing words, particularly pronouns, that refer to an aspect of the Divine.
In my recent Teacher Training with Elena Brower, I learned ... I say learned, because until then I knew this by rote, but not by heart), that yoga is the practice of stilling the mind, of calming the fluctuations that veil our True Nature.
I learned that yoga is the "complete mastery over the roaming tendencies of the mind", or said another way it is "the intentional resolution of all self-limiting, self-defeating thoughts, patterns, and tendencies within our personal energy field."Said yet another way, "Yoga is the uniting of consciousness in the heart."
We utilize these shapes that we make to mirror the situations in our lives that disturb us the most. The practice of yoga is a training ground, where the only true challenger is our own minds. Yoga is a state, where our minds are luminous reflections of the beauty, peace, and good that we all posses.
It takes a minute. I'm nearly 2 decades into this practice and I just learned ... learned... this. The yoga sutras say that yoga is the practice and the state. They say that Yoga is found in the stillness of the mind, but that the mind can never be stilled - let that land for a second ..
I believe that the point is to practice, to observe, to surrender and do it again. I believe that we hold peace ... and our task is to string moments of peace together until eventually we are more Light than dark, we are more at peace than at war, we are more relaxed than anxious, more loving than cruel, more sane than not. Through our practice, and especially our breathing we remember who we are. Then, we can meet each other in reality. As Rumi (my soul brother poet) says, there is a field beyond wrong-doing and right-doing, meet me there.

With Love,
Kat

My favorite doTERRA wellness products

My favorite doTERRA wellness products

Choosing doTERRA to support our health took the guess work out of what to purchase. Where we used to put our resources, now simply goes into our convenient monthly wellness box - saving our family time and money.

VITAMINS + SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE BOYS DAILY
A2Z + IQ MEGA + PB ASSIST JR + DDR PRIME FOR B
VITAMINS + SUPPLEMENTS FOR MOM + DAD
LIFELONG VITALITY PACK + MITO 2 MAX + TERRAZYME + PB ASSIST
+ BONE NUTRIENT COMPLEX + DDR PRIME FOR ME
+ A SCOOP OF TERRAGREENS IN ALL OUR FRUIT SMOOTHIES

FOR OUR HAIR + HANDS + TEETH
DOTERRA SALON ESSENTIALS HAIR CARE
DOTERRA ON GUARD FOAMING HAND WASH
ON GUARD TOOTHPASTE+ MOUTHWASH
ON GUARD SANITIZING MIST

FOR HOUSE CLEANING
ONGUARD CLEANER CONCENTRATE
ONGUARD LAUNDRY DETERGENT
PURIFY
LEMON
BASIL

FOR SELF-CARE
BREATHE 
DEEP BLUE RUB
AROMATOUCH

FOR SKIN CARE
IMMORTELLE
ROSE TOUCH
FRANKINCENSE TOUCH
LAVENDER TOUCH
GERANIUM
YARROW | POM
HELICHRYSUM

FOR EMOTIONAL WELLBEING
EMOTIONAL AROMATHERAPY DIFFUSED KIT
EMOTIONAL AROMATHERAPY TOUCH KIT
TO MITIGATE ANGER/FRUSTRATION/STRESS: COPAIBA
FOR ANXIOUS FEELINGS: BERGAMOT + COPAIBA
TO GIVE YOU A BOOST: PEPPERMINT BEADLETS
TO BRING SUPER DUPER HAPPY FEELINGS: CHEER

OUR DAILY OILS ROUTINE
MORNING MADNESS + FOCUS: INTUNE
DIFFUSER BLENDS: WE USE LUMO AND LOTUS
  FOR MEDITATION : SANDALWOOD + ARISE
  FOR WORKING + TEACHING : INTUNE + PEPPERMINT ON TEMPLES
  FOR CLEANING : ONGUARD + LEMON, CYPRESS, BASIL OR PURIFY
  FOR YOGA PRACTICE : YOGA COLLECTION, BALANCE, ELEVATION
  FOR BEDTIME : BALANCE (2 DROPS ON THE SOLES OF THE FEET) + LAVENDER, BREATHE + ON GUARD (WHEN THERE’S A COUGH OR SNIFFLE), SERENITY FOR THE BOYS (THEY GO TO BED EASILY AND SLEEP WELL): KIDS COLLECTION CALM (TINIEST BIT ON THE SOLES OF THEIR FEET, SPINE, INTO THEIR PALMS FOR 3 DEEP BREATHS), SERENITY SOFTGELS (INSTEAD OF MELATONIN), SANDALWOOD IN THE BEDSIDE DIFFUSER
 

STARTER KITS + COLLECTIONS
NATURAL SOLUTIONS KIT: INVEST IN REMOVING TOXICITY FROM YOUR HOME + LIFE FOR GOOD
EMOTIONAL AROMATHERAPY KIT AND THE EMOTIONAL AROMATHERAPY TOUCH KIT: SUPPORT STABILITY + REGULATING YOUR EMOTIONAL RESPONSES TO THE STRESSES OF LIFE
HOME + FAMILY ESSENTIALS KITS: FOR NATURAL SOLUTIONS TO 80% OF HEALTH ISSUES

Establishing a routine (for Mamas with littles at preschool)

Establishing a routine (for Mamas with littles at preschool)

Today is the day that both boys are in school for the first time. Below is my previous routine and its for you if you still have a little one at home or in preschool. On my main page under the drop down menu of About, you will fine my new routine be the end of the week.

MORNING

  • WAKE GRATEFUL + SAY A PRAYER, PEE

  • MAKE BED

  • PUT KETTLE ON (FALL/WINTER/SPRING)

  • SCRAPE TONGUE, BRUSH TEETH, MOUTHWASH/OIL PULL

  • MORNING SKIN CARE ROUTINE

  • POUR CUP OF WARM WATER + OIL

  • INTUITIVELY CHOOSE OILS + START DIFFUSER

  • SIT FOR MEDITATION

  • DRINK 1ST LITRE OF WATER + PROBIOTIC

  • BOYS AM: DRESS, BREAKFAST, BRUSH TEETH

  • SCHOOL RUN + DOG RUN + 10 MIN CLEAN

MIDMORNING

  • COFFEE WITH GRASS FED BUTTER/GHEE, MCT OIL, COLLAGEN + HERBS (MIX IT UP W/MATCHA, GOLDEN MILK, SHROOM COFFEE, CACAO)

  • CREATE FIRST MINDSET

  • JOURNAL

  • ACTION ON TOP 3 (ONE ACTION IS IN SERVICE OF CURRENT SEASON GOALS)

  • YOGA PRACTICE/MOVEMENT

  • SMOOTHIE: BASE OF SPINACH + NUT MILK + SPIRULINA + COLLAGEN + OIL + SEEDS + HERBS + SUPPLEMENTS

  • PICK UP O FROM PRESCHOOL + CONNECT

  • LUNCH + DINNER PREP

  • DRINK 2ND LITRE OF WATER

AFTERNOON

  • MAKE LUNCHES/SNACKS/DINNER PREP

  • PICK UP B

  • DRINK 3RD LITRE OF WATER

  • BOYS AFTER SCHOOL: SNACK + QUIET TIME + SCREEN TIME + STUDY TIME

  • DINNER

  • PLAY + FAMILY TIME

  • 10 MIN WHOLE HOUSE CLEAN UP

NIGHT

  • BOYS PM: JAMMIES + PICK OUT CLOTHES FOR TOMORROW + BRUSH/FLOSS TEETH + MOUTHWASH + BATH/WASH FACE + POTTY + CHOOSE OILS

  • B’S THERAPY SESSION (MASSAGE/OILS PROTOCOL/STRETCHING/NIGHT SPLINTS)

  • TURN DOWN + START DIFFUSER

  • READ ALOUD

  • OILS + CHECK IN + GOODNIGHT

  • 10 MIN CATCH UP TIME + CHECK IN WITH N

  • DIRECTION/DOTERRA TIME

  • SCREEN TIME + LAUNDRY + PREP MORNING

  • NIGHT TIME SKIN CARE/BATH + READ

  • EYE MASK ON + SLEEP SUPPORT - GIVE THANKS + FALL ASLEEP FAST

Eight

Eight

We celebrated Brendan’s 8th birthday this week with going to see the Lion King and a sweet potluck picnic in “our” backyard. We have some pretty special friends here in Oshkosh and I’m filled with gratitude that B is surrounded with wonderful and dear humans that love him.

Adventure : Michigan + 3 Days on the Upper East side (of Michigan)

Adventure : Michigan + 3 Days on the Upper East side (of Michigan)

For the last few years, while the EAA is happening in Oshkosh, we rent our house and leave town. This year, we headed North and East to Michigan. Stopping first to experience the lake front cottage of friends on Lake Huron, then camping Up North near Painted Rocks National Park, then to Green Bay for a wedding Nate officiated. When ever I can get time outdoors, immersed in Nature - in the water, in the forest, I am restored. Close family time, where we can align our rhythms, play, and move about freely within a gentle structure created by the sun, moon and our bellies is precious to me. Reading, exploring and getting '“bored” enlivens a sense of intention and gratitude.

Day 1: Mackinaw Bridge and Mackinaw City - Tawas City
That bridge: a have a fear of bridges, or rather a fear of falling off them while driving on them, its a legit fear that I have to conquer each time that all began when I crossed this bridge in 2005 (which had a 4% safety rating - 4%!!!! and closed shortly after I crossed it).
Biere de Mackinak: dude, delcicious
Otto Cottage on Lake Huron
Tawas City Pizza Co.: wood-fired and so good. I have yet to find a decent pizza in the state of Wisconsin and will gladly go all the way back to Michigan for this.
Tony’s Taco’s Food Stand on the Lake in a park - had to ask for everything - napkins, forks, hot sauce, etc. + they got our order wrong, but the spot was perfect and the boys could play at the park while we finished eating.
Marion’s Dairy Bar: classic, been around since 1945

Day 2: Hiawatha National Forest
Collwell Lake Campground
Pictured Rocks Hike (+ accessibility test) to Chapel Rock: we made it half way and would have continued if not for the dog back at the car. We had to do a few carries, but for the most part it was a smooth path for Bs chair. I think, maybe a powerchair could have handled it?? (This is at tough loss for us as a family, not being able to hike freely, but the forest bath was the best).
Fall Rock Cafe Bookstore + more Ice Cream

Day 3 Pictured Rocks National Park
Pictured Rocks Cruises Boat Tour: totally worth it, and made up for the hike
Pasties: I don’t like these at all, just the name grosses me out, but they are a loved and adored U.P. delicacy .. if you want to (or have to eat one) this place was good + they had ice cream - Miner’s Pasties & Ice Cream