Hoopin’….on a Sunday afternoon…..

63308_4491063367355_1750522485_nHas there ever been something that you wanted to check out, but fear or nerves got the best of you? I’ve always wanted to go to more classes and workshops for hula hooping, but was always too intimidated by who might be there or what their skill level was. Recently a friend of mine was offering a workshop on “Organized Flailing” at the Boulder Circus Center in Boulder, CO. After reading the description and researching just what flailing was on YouTube, I knew I had to go.

Even though I thought I had my mind made up, I went back and forth a bunch before finally deciding to sign up. Was I good enough to hoop? What if I had a hard time? Will there be others there like me? After talking to my coach and another hoppy friend (who was also attending), I decided that I had absolutely nothing to loose and everything and then some to gain. Without further thought or procrastination, I signed up for my first hoop workshop…EVER.

A friend of mine and I went together and we chatted the whole way about what we were hoping to get from the class and she told me about other workshops that she’s been too and that helped ease my nerves. When we got to the Boulder Circus Center, you could just feel the place buzzing with energy. Everyone was so happy to be there and so eager to learn. There were many different skill levels and I didn’t ever feel out of place.

We first started by going around and talking a little bit about our hoop journey and what we were hoping to bring to the class. Once we got to know each other we were on the floor and hooping away. There were so many smiles and laughter and everyone was getting down and expressing themselves in the hoop. My friend and I were super silly and had SO much fun playing and learning. I definitely took away much more from the workshop that “techniques”. I can also promise that I will be signing up for more workshops in the future…what was I so afraid of anyway? 😉

Has there been something that you have been wanting to check out, but for one reason or another haven’t yet? What’s holding you back? Could you bring a friend?

Don’t let fear keep you stuck from experiencing your life. Who knows, your “fears” might just turn into lots of laughter and fun!!

♥ xo


What the deuce is oil pulling?!


Chances are somewhere over the last few months you’ve heard of oil pulling. A post on Facebook, a friend or neighbor, or perhaps your monthly wellness magazine. Wherever you heard it, you likely had the same reaction that I and many others had: What the deuce is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that helps to strengthen teeth and jaw, cleanse the mouth of bad bacteria and detoxify the body and much much more!

I recently started oil pulling after literally being bombarded with articles and status updates on Facebook. I know, I know – fortune by Facebook? Being a big believer in the fact that the Universe will get you the message HOWEVER it can, I took notice and decided to give it a whirl.

The most commonly used oils are Coconut Oil and Sesame Seed Oil. Already having Coconut Oil on hand, I gave that a go first. *WARNING* I sadly did not have the foresight to MELT the Coconut Oil before inserting into my mouth. Let’s just say that gag is the least that I did. If you decide to go with Coconut Oil, do yourself a favor and get it back to it’s oily consistency first.

After having my dastardly bout with the Coconut Oil, I purchased and tried Sesame Seed Oil instead and I’ve gotta say, I really like it! It tastes kind of like peanut butter too, which is alright with me! A couple of things that you want to know before you go out and purchase your oil is that it should be ORGANIC, UNREFINED and COLD PRESSED (if you happen to be confused about expeller pressed vs cold pressed like I was – read this article). I got my Sesame Seed Oil at Whole Foods.

The whole technique behind oil pulling is really quite simple. First thing in the morning, take a 1/2-1 tablespoon of oil, put it in your mouth and go to town swishing and pulling around your mouth and between your teeth for 15-20 minutes. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t do it for that long right off the bat. I started out at 10 minutes and worked my way up. Sometimes all you can do is 5 at first, it’s OK, just keep trying!! It’s important to be present during this time, paying close attention to your swishing. I like to read a book or just do small house hold things like emptying the dishwasher or folding clothes. If your schedule doesn’t allow for that, just do the best you can. Once the time is up, spit the oil into a disposable cup or straight into the garbage. Spitting it into the sink or toilet can potentially leak out the bad bacteria you just swished up and the oil can harden in your plumbing. No bueno

The oil you spit out should be frothy and opaque. If your mouth and teeth feel oily after spitting, you didn’t swish long enough. After that, just rinse your mouth with warm and salty water and brush as normal. Now you have a beautifully clean and refreshed mouth, a happily detoxed body and boosted immune system and an energized, happy heart!

I have been oil pulling for the last 2 weeks and I can already start to notice a difference in my over all health and alertness. I don’t think that I will stop oil pulling anytime in the near future. In fact, I’ve built a whole morning routine around it! If you are interested in reading more on oil pulling, I highly suggest this article from MindBodyGreen and also this one from Elephant Journal. Both were extremely helpful with starting my journey.

Do you have a question about oil pulling or a story about your experience? Please share with us below and I will be happy to answer as best I can.

♥ xo