Wednesday, April 29, 2015

TONIC TIME: BRAIN TONIC



Pinkies up for tonic time with Sun Potion // imbibe in this BRAIN TONIC to surge light through your mind, power up mental flow, + nourish your brain tissue. Sip, chug, + lick to tone your brain waves~ + tone your tension . . .

BRAIN TONIC
serving Size |  2 increase proportionately or intuitively
1/2 teaspoon rhodiola
1/2 teaspoon reishi
1/2 teaspoon mucuna pruriens
16 ounces of your tea of choice | spring dragon | pu'erh | dandelion root

Mix your potion, heat up your tea, + dance it up in your vitamix. Here, I have served it up with a cloud of heated homeade hemp milk spiked with a dash of quantum salt + pine pollen, which I then topped off with a dusting of cinnamon . . .

Monday, April 27, 2015

MAKERS + MOVERS: SUN POTION


photo courtesy of David Aragon: House of Citrine (@houseofcitrine)

I am composing this as I sip on my daily tonic of Anandamide in homemade hemp mylk, extra Ariba Nacional cacao, mucuna, + coconut oil [buzz!]​. I have been awaiting on tippy-toes this day of sharing with you the magic behind Sun PotionI have incredible admiration for the passion Scott + Nitsa have for providing us with such high-vibration foods. 

Their products have so deeply shifted + elevated my being. I feel open, I feel, I feel nourished, I feel like a drop of light. So, I'm dedicating this whole week to sharing with you their sweet souls + potent potions // pinkies up for Scott + Nitsa and tonic tea time later this week . . .

SCOTT + NITSA, SUN POTION | santa barbara, california
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourselves and the story behind Sun Potion. How did you meet?
Scott | Nitsa and I shared an instant friendship over Chlorella. In Sun Potion's history, Chlorella was the first food//powder//offering. Auspiciously, a perfectly filled jar of Chlorella weighs 111g. My first warehouse was located at 111 A Santa Barbara St. There are many more layers to the story. Numbers, math, and coding are important aspects of life. I love to notice these kinds of things.

Nitsa | I met Scott when he first​ moved to Santa Barbara and​ began the company. A sweet friendship formed between our mutual (and reflective) love of these foods and commitment to a holistic lifestyle - and I soon became a loyal Sun Potion customer and eventually - collaborator!

Q: What is the meaning behind the name + the logo?
S | Sun Potion is a pro-human conduit for Transformational Foods. These best quality tonic herbs are intended to support the circuitry of the human body to hold more light and energetic currency. The symbology is one of transmuting the body from density into light, becoming like the Sun, and embodying the creational aspects of the Divine. On another level, they represent an easy way to feel good.

N | What Scott said, plus "Sun Potion: ​the ​alchemical union of all things under the Sun"-- which to me translates as an inclusive, interconnected platform for Being Here and of Service.

Q: Where do you source your ingredients from? Tell us a little about the importance of sustainability.
S |  Ingredient sourcing is key to what Sun Potion offers. We are acting as a conduit for best quality tonic herbs to make their way into people's homes. A person with no background using these kinds of foods can bump into them on the shelf at their local grocer, feel drawn to the product, and begin taking the herbs everyday. The impact of these foods can be profound on a person's life experience, especially when the quality is really high. Our mission is to source and deliver these rare and potent healing foods, making them available for anyone looking to support positive change in their life. It's a responsibility that we very sincere about. We currently source material from 8 provider labs, located on 4 continents. These relationships have taken years to develop. It is an honor to serve as a route to market for these potent healing foods. It's a lot of fun too! Sometimes if feels a bit like the UN when talking with the providers. The common thread in these friendships is that we all actually work for the plants!

N |  We source our products from all over the world, paying attention to the plant's region of origin and lineage as well as what is currently the purest source available. The line has been consciously curated to offer each plant in its highest quality and most bio-available form. Especially given the current trending in superfoods - it is important to know w​here and how these foods are sourced.
​Mushrooms, for example, are wonderful modern-day transmuters - they filter the toxicity out from an environment - though in the process they ​can ​take on a lot of the heavy​ metals,​ etc. ​Given the cumulative ​level of toxicity in many parts of​ the world, we can not recommend the human consumption of ​just ​any wild-grown mushroom or herb. ​It is very important to consider the past, present, and future​ state of the environment from which a plant​ ​is harvested, and this is how we source all of our products for Sun Potion.


Q: Do you have a ritual for using your products?
S | I love to have my Sun Potion herbs in the morning, coupled with tea and a healthy fat like coconut oil. Having this in the morning, and enjoying the feel of empowerment for hours to come, is actually my favorite practice in any given day.

N |  Yes, ​we make an herbal potion pretty much ​every morning using 6-7 of the herbs, tea, and a healthy fat​ blended in our vitamix. I have beg un to document this as "A Potion a Day" ​(​#apotionaday in instagram) to share these ​simple ​and empowering recipes with ​our community. ​

Q: What are your current favourite herbs to use + what are some of their benefits? 

S | My favorite herb extracts: Mucuna Pruriens Extract contains 15% L-dopa, a precursor to dopamine, and is great for elevating the mood and soothing the nervous system. Astragalus Extract is another winner. It is great for clearing blockages, and increasing the flow of blood and energy throughout the body. I sometimes refer to it as the "Optimist's Herb" because I notice my gaze rises to the horizon after eating it. Shea Butter is a great food to be applied externally on the skin. I have been using Shea Butter daily for 10 years, and I love it because it helps bring me more into my body each morning. These are all herb that are helpful for feeling really good in the body. Who doesn't want to feel good?

N |  He Shou Wu, Ashitaba, and Pine Pollen. He Shou Wu is deeply restorative, replenishes the body's Jing (primary essence) , and has a noticeable effect on my hair and nail health! Ashitaba also possesses very yin ~ feminine qualities and is great for nourishing the blood, digestive system, and longevity. Pine Pollen is what I reach for when I am on a deadline or wanting to reinforce my ​creative energy ~ it is an aphrodisiac and excellent brain food ~ I feel it immediately!


Q: What would you say to the herb skeptic? What is so transformational about them in the prevention + treatment of ailments?
S | Great question! I love talking with these clients, because they don't have to believe anything I'm saying. If they are willing to try one jar, and take it every day until it is gone, they will have their own felt experience with it. It's pretty uncommon for someone to take one of the Sun Potion products consistently for a month or two, and either not feel anything has improved, or that they were better off before they tried the product. The herbs pretty much speak for themselves in that regard. I am not here to convince anyone. That being said, I do find pleasure in hearing positive reviews from herb-skeptics turned super-fans.

N | ​Honestly I ​tend to avoid / go around​ ​herb skeptics, however - ​ if they are a curious herb skeptic I would encourage them to do some personal research on the plants and then inquire within ​themselves
​on ​whether or not they could benefit their sense of well-being . . .


Q: What is an easy tonic recipe a beginner could create?
S | 8 ounces of clean water in a glass, with a half teaspoon of Mucuna Pruriens Extract powder. This combination has an appealing caramel flavor, and is an easy way to feel good.
N |  Chlorella and Ashitaba in spring water, with a dash of Salt. Oxygenates the blood, nourishes the brain, activates the whole system on a cellular and energetic level.

Q: When you are not working on Sun Potion, what else do you like to do?
S |  I have a few fascinations at this time in my life: Spending time with Nitsa; Plant-based food as art, sensory experience, and culinary play; and noticing and enjoying how nice life can be.
N |  Open - format musing. Travel.​ Gardening. Photography. Poetry. Experiencing quality media and art. Collaborating with other artists.

Q: What keeps you going? Do you have a daily routine or a mantra?
S |  "Show me my divine path of service," was my mantra for four years before starting Sun Potion. Since Sun Potion birthed itself, over four years ago, I have been living that request, and if feels great! When things are in alignment, there's no need for anything to keep me going. It feels as if I'm being pulled forward. It's wonderful.
N |  Love.

Q: What are some of your favourite snacks or foods that fuel your creative process?
S | Mulberries.​
N | Pine Pollen! All day every day!

Q: What are your three staples for glowing health?
S | Putting the best of what's available into the body, time in the sun, and gratitude.
N | Pure water, ​sunlight, high-vibe foods.

Q: What would be an ideal day for you?
S | The first morning home, after a lot of traveling, awaking in our bed, wrapped up ​in organic bedding. The windows are open and sun is coming into the room. I get to playfully wake Nitsa up (without her getting too crabby with me). Rounds and rounds of tea, brewed in our sunny kitchen. Doing a few emails at home, and then stopping by the warehouse in the afternoon to check in with the team and see the huge stack of boxes leaving in that day's mail. Staying after the warehouse team goes home to work on the computer for a few more hours. Stopping for an evening sauna on my way home, and then having dinner with Nitsa.

N |  It depends where I am located. An ideal​ day in Santa Barbara (where we live) would look
and feel​ like ~ waking up naturally, in silence, enjoying several leisurely rounds of pu-erh while reading some poems or ​a few chapters in a good​ book, eventually making and sharing a tonic herbal potion with Scott. Some gentle yoga / movement in the sun. Shooting photos or writing for pleasure​. Possibly going for a beach walk or hike, having more tea, whipping up some elevating​ alchemical elixirs. Cooking a beautiful dinner and eating it before dark, in the garden, with loved ones. Definitely fitting a long, essential-oil infused bath and a sauna in there at some point.... I love
​the ceremony of ​bathing!

Q: What would you like to see more of in this world?
S | People actualizing their potential and expressing their individual mission, while being supported by eating tonic herbs.
N |  Kindness and Gratitude.

Q: What are your go-to products in your holistic medicine cabinet?
S | Shea Butter, Reishi Mushroom, Magnesium Salts.
N | Reishi Mushroom. If​ I am traveling a lot, feel my immune system is compromised, or​ my stress levels are high ​I will ​reach for the Queen Healer Mushroom. I am a steadfast lover of this herb.

Q: What is your next big vision for Sun Potion?
S | More of what is already happening. 


N | BOOK

Friday, April 24, 2015

MAKERS + MOVERS: LA TIERRA SAGRADA



This makers + movers is one that is especially close to my heart. I was immediately overcome when I opened my box from La Tierra Sagrada—the sweet energy of Stafani's intention is infused in  + radiate out of her products. These are high-vibrational, healing, + elevational hair potions that are crafted with soothing herbs + the scent of palo santo. Stefani recommends using the medicinal treatment balm every week + on New Moon for extra healing, but I couldn't wait until then. When I used it that very night, I lit the stick of palo santo she so kindly packed alongside + uttered a heartful intention of healing my body as I treat my hair. I applied the oil, soaking each strand in the love + reverence for my body that had dissipated in the years of struggling against it. A spritz of the salt spray + dewy droplets of the jojoba oil, and I dropped into a still space deep within my being.

Stefani touched that space in her sharing of the story behind La Tierra Sagrada. I held my hand on my heart as I read about her push against her autoimmune disorders, which deeply resonated with my own healing journey. The honour I feel in sharing this courageous soul's work leaves my mouth that chippers away with excitement over her products mute. My hair has been transformed. I introduce you to the woman behind the newfound love in my locks, Stefani Padilla . . .


STEFANI PADILLA, LA TIERRA SAGRADA | los angeles, california  
Q: Tell us a little bit about you and what inspired you to start your line.
We are all spiritual beings sent here on a mission. Our journeys through life, some intense, some scary, some painful, get us closer to understanding our soul purpose. La Tierra Sagrada was birthed through a true and tried experience, that has transformed into the hugest blessing.

I lived in New York for 7 years before relocating to the Los Angeles. On the physical realm, I worked as a hairstylist. On the spiritual realm, I worked closely with the plant teachers of the south. Plant medicine has always been a clear guide for me. One reoccurring message was always urging me to leave New York City, but I chose to ignore the message, and stayed. After battling a series of auto immune disorders, the one forcing me to leave, was a debilitating episode of chronic rheumatoid arthritis at age 28. I followed a strict holistic approach to medicine so after being put on heavy medications to help me to walk again, the side effects ended up destroying my system. One of the most intense side effects was losing my hair.

It was in sacred ceremony where La Tierra Sagrada (The Sacred Earth) was conceived. The information was downloaded, and I was told to create this line as a way to heal myself, and share the healing with anyone else who has suffered from hair loss due to disease, medication, stress, etc. I launched the line last January, on behalf of plant medicine, to share the wisdom, protection and healing benefits of these plants with the world. It has been the hugest honor and blessing.

Q: What inspired the name?
The name is in honor of The Sacred Earth, and all of her gifts. Spanish is one of the languages used in southern ceremonial rituals. I use both english and spanish as a means to bridge the medicine of the north and the south.

Q: Do you have a ritual for making/applying your products?
The whole concept of the line is to create a ritual when using the products. I create the products with prayer and ritual, injecting the consciousness of healing.When applied on the hair with the same ritual consciousness, one can only receive that healing energy. I often encourage people to use the Treatment and do a hair ritual once a week, and the night of the new moon every month. This is when it is highly activating.

Q: How long did it take for you to craft your products to the state it is in now? What was that experience like for you?
I created the products a year before launching. I shared with family, friends and clients to witness the effects on all different types of hair. I worked with friends on creating the labels, and the amber bottles are used to create the vibe of when all medicine was plant based. The label is a take on an apothecary line from the 1700s. I enjoyed the experience deeply, because it involved a community of people who helped to create what La Tierra Sagrada is today. There was nothing but support, love and community centered around the creation.

Q: When you are not working on your line, what else do you like to do?
Hair: I love to do hair. It is my special way to connect with others and make them feel beautiful on a physical level // Astrology, I study evolutionary astrology and hold monthly new moon gatherings for a group of women in Los Angeles. // I take my spiritual practices pretty seriously. I come from many different schools/teachings/experiences. Daily, I integrate meditation and Kundalini yoga. I love to connect with Grandmother and all of her elements, for balance, grounding and learning, so I hike, take walks or swim as often as possible. 

Q: What keeps you going? Do you have a daily routine or a mantra?
Meditation, community, and spiritual connections. My mantras change daily. One consistent mantra is the one used in the ritual for making La Tierra Sagrada products. “when we show respect and awe for the trees, flowers, and herbs that populate our planet, we unite as one divine Light, to heal and bless all the world.”

Q: What are some of your favourite snacks or foods that fuel your creative process?
Highly vibrational foods and drinks. Im addicted to Sun Potion's Anadamide, and all of their incredible tonics. All of my favorite snacks and juices are from Moon Juice.

Q: What are your three staples for glowing health?
Meditation // Water Water Water // Hydrating the body with natural oils internally and externally

Q: What would be an ideal day for you?
I'm dreaming . . . Days on a tropical beach, where I can float on my back in the sea and be completely supported by water. Truly release and let go. Beaches are true connections to the elements. Water of the sea, sand of the Earth, the ocean breeze blowing in your hair, and the warm sun glistening on your skin. 

Q: What do you do or use to keep your skin beautiful? What is your beauty routine?
Hydration is key, especially in Southern California, where the climate tends to be super dry. I only ingest natural/organic/non gmo foods and use all natural products on my skin. I dry brush daily. Scrubbing the skin is important, Flora Apothecary has my favorite. I use their Deva Body Polish a few times a week. The La Tierra Sagrada Hair Treatment is a coconut oil base and is a wonderful moisturizer. I use it on my skin everyday. I also carry a bottle of Poppy and Someday's Rose Toner in my purse so I can keep my face hydrated throughout the day.

Q: What are your go-to products in your holistic medicine cabinet?
My medicine comes in many different forms. Im so blessed to share a living and work space with an amazing herbalist and ayurvedic practitioner, Kari Jansen of Poppy and Someday. She makes all types of herbal tonics, teas, syrups, and tinctures.

Q: What is your next big vision for La Tierra Sagrada?
Everyday brings a new vision. I am a big dreamer. I'm manifesting something great, more community based. As for La Tierra Sagrada products, the new dry shampoo in shades of red, brown and blonde will be released in the coming month. And the highly anticipated Shampoo and Conditioner is making its debut this summer.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FARMACY: KUNDALINI + GURU JAGAT


I would give a load of good karmic energy to anyone who can elaborate the expansive + transformative experience of Kundalini—its energy cannot be encompassed into words. I was first introduced to Kundalini yoga through Kia Miller's classes four years ago. It was very soon after the time I was attuned for Reiki. The energy of this combination washed over me + poured into my whole being. They're now my dominant tools in my healing protocol, which is even more accessible with RA MA.TV.

So, when the RA MA INSTITUTE for Applied Yogic Science + Technology had a Victory programme of 40-days of consecutive Kundalini yoga + meditation, I immediately signed up + signed in to download this Universal flow more frequently into my soul. The premise of this programme was the shifting quote by Yogi Bhajan:

"Whenever you face anything and you don’t have an answer, just call yourself inside and say, “Victory.” Lean on victory. Make it a guide word, make it a precious word. Make it your religion. I don’t know what you are, who you are, why you are. Don’t ask questions. Don’t do your analysis. Don’t try to solve problems. Just utter the word “Victory. ” With just the mental utterance of this word your whole life will change. This is my gift to you…” Yogi Bhajan

At the end of Victory, I felt so recharged that I am continuing on with the kriya that I so deeply connected to: SAT KRIYA. As explained by Kia, a kriya is a series of postures that deliver us to a particular energetic state. It is a complete exercise in and of itself. Sat kriya in particular helps to balance the lower triangle of energies, from the navel down, which is our creative well-spring of energy that [if left unamanged] can dissipate easily. Sat kriya harnesses this life-force of energy, directs it along the pathway of the spine, + activates the higher centers of the brain. It opens us to deeper levels of awareness, sensitivity, and perception to allow us to engage with ourselves, lives, + our surroundings from an elevated space. I invite you to include this into your daily life, notice the elevation, + let me know . . .

I was so moved by my daily integration of this kriya that I not only wanted to share it here on Thirlby but also introduce Guru Jagat, whose work + energy has allowed me to locate profound clearance in my heartspace. Here is her wisdom + musings . . .


GURU JAGAT | RA MA INSTITUTE  

Q: How would you define Kundalini yoga to the skeptic-hearted? What would you say to those who dismiss it as hippy hoo-ha?
Kundalini Yoga is an ancient science of revealing what is the inherent chemical constituency of a human being---happiness, compassion, goodness, creativity, and generosity.  I had a very straight shooter of a woman say to me “Yeah I just tell all my vinyasa power yoga type friends—you do all this weird shit with your arms and you’re like ‘what possibly is this doing’ and then after class you FEEL BETTER than you’ve ever felt.”  That cracked me up, because we are in a very result oriented time and culture, and Kundalini Yoga and Meditation delivers efficient, high impact, direct shifts in mood, stamina of body and mind, focus, prosperity, and most importantly you may find that you are HAPPY for no good reason.  Watch out world!
Q: What appealed to you or drew you in the most about Kundalini yoga? What keeps you coming back.
How much energy opens up in SUCH a short amount of time!  


Q: What is a kriya that is very close to your heart + that has had the most profound effect on you?

Addiction Meditation, which is good for ANY area that your are compulsive or hiding from your greatest Self.


Q: What are some of your favourite snacks or foods that nourish your being?
Cultured Ghee 
cultured veggies

Q: What are your three staples for glowing health?

Q: What would be an ideal day for you?
4.00 am Sadhana –Meditation and Yoga 
6.00 am Post Sadhana Nap
7.30 am Dharma Studies
9.00 am Teach
11.00 am Yummy Brunch
1.00 pm Creative Entrepreneuralism Work Time
4.00 pm Rebounder Workout or Pilates
6.00 pm Dinner with my Love
7.00 pm Class with my Spiritual Teacher Harijiwan

Q: What are your go-to products in your holistic medicine cabinet?
Rose Water

Monday, April 20, 2015

SPIRITUAL SMACK: THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY



It's profound how often I encounter people who are deeply afraid of vulnerability. It has taken on such a negative connotation, perhaps with the increased disassociation we have been experiencing as a society that is connected more on a digital rather than an interior level.

There is incredible value in vulnerability—it is energy that can shift not only our own selves but those of others. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we carry ourselves in kindness, respect, + acknowledgement. We see the whole of ourselves + the light that is present even in the crevices of our being. This energy transmutes itself through our tissues into our responses, our interactions, softens all those with whom and which we come into contact. We imbue all with sweetness in allowing vulnerability . . .

Vulnerability is not weakness—there is no flight away from pain. Vulnerability resonates with courage . . . it is courage.
This week, I urge you to reframe the view you have of your self + others by witnessing the clearance that ensues from the acceptance that we are all vulnerable . . .
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