Looking to lighten up your day?  Give downward facing dog a shot.  A central part of surya namaskaram, or sun salutations, this posture opens your shoulders and the sides of your body, making more space to breathe. It also stretches your back, hips, and legs, allowing for your muscles to relax and relieve stress and anxiety. An inversion, down dog also increases circulation throughout your body by reversing blood flow from your hips toward your head.

For help getting into this pose, and for tips on other mood-boosting poses, check out this article.


The heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there and roam in it.

-Sri Nityananda

Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot.  In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.

– Oscar Wilde

You have it in your power to make your days on Earth a path of flowers, instead of a path of thorns.

-Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

– Howard Thurman

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

– Winston Churchill


while green tea can come in lots of shapes and varieties, one thing remains constant – it’s loaded with antioxidants.  though it derives from the same plant as black and oolong (camellia sinensis), green tea undergoes no fermentation, giving it that fresh, grassy flavor.  the major antioxidant power comes from epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).  because the tea isn’t fermented, the EGCG remains intact, neutralizing free radicals to reduce the risk of cancer.  it may also help the heart by reducing levels of “bad” cholesterol and improving blood flow.  EGCG’s antibacterial properties may prevent gum disease and tooth decay.  And, as if all this weren’t enough, drinking green tea can boost the metabolism.

green tea, i think i ♥ you!