Cold Kicker & Radiation Drink :: When you feel your body fighting something

These are two different drink recipes that I have been using for MANY years. I make a big pot of Cold Kicker whenever I feel a cold coming on, and I use Radiation Drink during flu season to keep my immune system running at peak performance.

Cold Kicker is my version of a healthy, home-made neo-citron. When I feel myself fighting a bug I make myself a huge pot of this drink, have as hot a bath as I can handle with Epsom salts, crank up the heat in our bedroom and spend the day in bed. Lots of liquids, including Cold Kicker, herbal tea, and water, and no food for 24 hours.

Ingredients:

juice of 4 – 5 lemons including zest

lots of grated ginger ( it’s easiest to grate frozen ginger with a micro plane, so I always keep some in the freezer)

1 tsp. turmeric

1 clove finely chopped garlic (if you don’t like how this tastes in the drink, cut some chunks and swallow them like tablets with water)

dash of cayenne pepper (go easy)

honey to taste

Directions

Bring ingredients to a boil with water in a large soup pot

simmer for 10 – 15 minutes

Top Tip

If the acidity of the lemon bothers your teeth, rinse your mouth with milk to neutralize the acid. NEVER brush your teeth immediately after eating acidic foods… Brushing + Acid will destroy your teeth’s natural enamel.

 

Radiation Drink has been my go to concoction during flu season since the late 1990′s. At the first sign of any flu symptoms I use this recipe to fire up my immune system.

Ingredients

milk or milk substitute (I use almond milk)

lots of grated ginger

1 tsp. turmeric (this drink is a vivid yellow colour)

Honey to taste

Directions

heat milk, but not to a boil.

add ginger, turmeric and honey

let steep, but not boil.

occasionally I add a black tea bag, cardamom and a dash of cinnamon for a chai effect

Here’s to your health, and a boost in your immunity!


 

More Free Yoga videos on my website!

I’ve added a collection of Yoga videos to my website, under the menu heading ‘Free Yoga Videos’. This collection was produced by David Procyshyn, for his website doyogawithme.com

These videos range from 5 minutes to one hour, and senior-accessible chair Yoga to butt-kicking Yoga for athletes.

Click here to see the videos on my website. I hope you enjoy practicing with me in the comfort of your space.

Michelle

 

The Buisness of Yoga


Wow… over the coarse of the my near 30 year relationship with yoga I have seen more than a few changes. I remember a time when Savasana was not a household word, when yoga classes were held in cold school gymnasiums or someone’s living room, when yoga empire would be assumed to be a new Star Wars movie and when teachers had all studied in India with a dedicated master & lifelong practitioner of not just asana but all yogic principles. Considering nearly every philosopher since recorded time has found one way or another to say ... the only thing that is consistent is change... we best not be getting our knickers in a knot about the change yoga has undergone and will continue to undergo.

Now in the era of glamorous drop in studios, yoga corporations, yoga teacher training factories and every type of yoga trademark or product under the sun I can not help but smile. Change is inevitable and change is good…. That is what yoga has taught me. Occasionally I hear individuals , including myself make fun of what has become of this new western version of yoga…… but who hasn’t enjoyed a gym yoga class or eyes up a pair of Lululemon pants, sipped on a Yogi Tea or flipped through the pages of Yoga Journal?
Could I even support myself as a yoga teacher without all this hype that brings millions of students to the mat each day? Health is said to be the fastest growing industry in the Western world, yoga being at the forefront of that growth... how can that be bad?

I have a choice to be apart of commercialized yoga or not or I can choose to practice by similar principles of the many yogis before me. I can choose teachers who have dedicated their lives to study. I can choose to attempt to learn and integrate all 8 limbs on & off the mat. I can choose to teach in an environment without the fluctuation of drop in to dedicated students willing to commit to this ancient practice. I can choose to adapt my practice and my teaching as I continue change and grow. I can choose to follow my own inner guru who tells me all yoga is great, all yoga helps people, all yoga has purpose . However, as people are not exactly the same, not all yoga is the same. Just as there is room for all the different types of people we must make room and accept all the different styles of yoga. As students and teachers of yoga we need to choose what our truth is and honor it to the best of our ability. Trust that if you follow your heart it will lead you where you are meant to go.

In the light of all the yoga drama in the media over the past few months regarding the Anusara and Ashtanga communities my heart goes out to them. It is never a good feeling to be judged. We all make mistakes and have to live with the consequences... this does not make us any more or less yogic….. as Jesus said “ let he who is free of sin cast the first stone. “ In my experience there is no right or wrong when it comes to yoga simply learning, the more we practice the more difficult the lessons become.


"Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field; I'll meet you there." ~ Rumi
XoXoOXoOXoOXoOXoXOX
M
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The Buisness of Yoga


Wow… over the coarse of the my near 30 year relationship with yoga I have seen more than a few changes. I remember a time when Savasana was not a household word, when yoga classes were held in cold school gymnasiums or someone’s living room, when yoga empire would be assumed to be a new Star Wars movie and when teachers had all studied in India with a dedicated master & lifelong practitioner of not just asana but all yogic principles. Considering nearly every philosopher since recorded time has found one way or another to say ... the only thing that is consistent is change... we best not be getting our knickers in a knot about the change yoga has undergone and will continue to undergo.

Now in the era of glamorous drop in studios, yoga corporations, yoga teacher training factories and every type of yoga trademark or product under the sun I can not help but smile. Change is inevitable and change is good…. That is what yoga has taught me. Occasionally I hear individuals , including myself make fun of what has become of this new western version of yoga…… but who hasn’t enjoyed a gym yoga class or eyes up a pair of Lululemon pants, sipped on a Yogi Tea or flipped through the pages of Yoga Journal?
Could I even support myself as a yoga teacher without all this hype that brings millions of students to the mat each day? Health is said to be the fastest growing industry in the Western world, yoga being at the forefront of that growth... how can that be bad?

I have a choice to be apart of commercialized yoga or not or I can choose to practice by similar principles of the many yogis before me. I can choose teachers who have dedicated their lives to study. I can choose to attempt to learn and integrate all 8 limbs on & off the mat. I can choose to teach in an environment without the fluctuation of drop in to dedicated students willing to commit to this ancient practice. I can choose to adapt my practice and my teaching as I continue change and grow. I can choose to follow my own inner guru who tells me all yoga is great, all yoga helps people, all yoga has purpose . However, as people are not exactly the same, not all yoga is the same. Just as there is room for all the different types of people we must make room and accept all the different styles of yoga. As students and teachers of yoga we need to choose what our truth is and honor it to the best of our ability. Trust that if you follow your heart it will lead you where you are meant to go.

In the light of all the yoga drama in the media over the past few months regarding the Anusara and Ashtanga communities my heart goes out to them. It is never a good feeling to be judged. We all make mistakes and have to live with the consequences... this does not make us any more or less yogic….. as Jesus said “ let he who is free of sin cast the first stone. “ In my experience there is no right or wrong when it comes to yoga simply learning, the more we practice the more difficult the lessons become.


"Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field; I'll meet you there." ~ Rumi
XoXoOXoOXoOXoOXoXOX
M