Super Simple Seriously Scrumptious Saucy Sassy Soup. Sheesh!
I make my own chicken stock (recipe HERE) but your favorite store-bought stock will work too. If you don’t have an immersion blender, a standard blender will work too but can be a pain (and extra dishes, yuck.)
Hydration doesn't end with water!
Bone (or boneless) broth is a delish way to stuff a bunch of veggie goodness into your body- without even having to chew.
Any time we get a rotisserie chicken from the store (organic of course) I save the bones (all of 'em) in a bag in the freezer for future use in stock. You can also purchase beef, and turkey bones frozen from most stores. If you are making vegetarian stock, just skip the bones, it’ll still be scrumptious!
You can also use this stock to make a ridiculously easy Cauliflower Soup.
The order issued by Governor Brown on March 23 is called "Stay Home, Save Lives"
Which is almost kinda funny because... it's exactly what we do here! (Just not in quite the way she means.) Well: until now.
This order means a few important things for Home. In a nutshell:
Most importantly, keep doing your yoga. And if it's been a minute? Get back on your mat today. You know it will make you feel better, and taking care of yourself is hugely important right now.
As for re-opening (aka Home-coming!!) we're taking it 1 week at a time, so stay tuned for updates. And cross your (well-washed) fingers for all of us! We'll see you on your screen soon- and at Home before you know it.
A special guest post from nutritional therapy practitioner and fellow yoga student, Amber.
*Please note: none of these comments have been approved by the FDA/CDC/WHO. They are my professional recommendation to help boost the immune system and are not meant as a cure. While the virus may not be deadly to you, it may be deadly to others.
Please abide by the quarantine as recommended by the CDC and WHO to help prevent the spread of this disease to our loved ones with conditions that put them at risk. Also, please check with your doctor or myself if you are on any prescription medications as they may interact with the supplements above. Thank you!
Wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face, use products with at least 60% alcohol to disinfect and try to breathe! Take this time to unplug (after you read this of course ☺) and spend some quality time with your immediate family.
Enjoy the time away from having to schedule every second of every day and run from one event to another. Just breathe, everything else is optional.
I am available if you have any questions. My preferred way to reach out initially is through text message and from there we can set up a time to chat over the phone.
Sending all the love and good vibes to you and your family and everyone affected by this virus,
Amber Swanson, FNTP
503.789.7108 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Because of the various closures currently and the incubation period of the virus, we hope that by closing now for at least 2 weeks, we can help “flatten the curve,” and protect our community.
Orlo and I have prided ourselves over the years that we “never close on purpose.” We have been open in blizzards, ice storms and heat waves. We have held classes with no electricity.
We know that Bikram Yoga is saving peoples' lives every day. It saved mine. Maybe it saved yours too.
That's why we wanted to remain open as long as possible during this crisis. We (and by we I mean our awesome staff and karma homies!) have been hardcore cleaning the heck out of everything and taking many extra precautions around the studio, such as switching to verbal check-in and putting wipes all over the place.
We've done our best, but it ain't enough.
When I face a difficult decision for the business, I look to Home’s core values of Inclusivity, Courage, Hospitality and Integrity.
To remain open at this time would not be Inclusive of our community members who are more vulnerable to the serious effects of COVID-19, or who care for others who are vulnerable.
To close requires a ton of Courage for us because, as a small business closing, even temporarily, will put great strain on our family as well as our staff who rely on us for income. It is scary to close, and being courageous means we will do it anyway.
We will soon run out of the supplies we need for disinfecting. If we remained open, our Hospitality would soon be compromised by the inability to provide a safe environment for you. We want Home to be here for you, in all its sparkling clean and welcoming glory when this all blows over.
Finally, closing our doors (for now) is an act of Integrity. We have always strived to be the kind of leaders who do the right thing, even when it’s hard. (And this is hard!)
It is the hardest decision since that one time we found out we were pregnant and then decided to build a hot yoga studio from scratch with $0 to our name.
Like that one, this one is right.
Just because the studio will be closed does not mean you need to stop doing yoga and feeling good. Bikram Yoga can be practiced safely at home (the one you sleep at) even without the heat.
It ain't the same- but it is sure better than nothing! In fact, this study found improved vascular health from performing the Bikram Yoga sequence of postures regardless of room temperature.
We know you want to keep being a strong, pain-free and level-headed person with a robust immune system, especially now.
That's why we've been busily collecting audio recordings of your favorite teachers and plugging them onto our YouTube channel where you (if you are a current or former student of Home) will be able to access them on demand.
You may be wondering about your current yoga pass. Check out our Closure FAQ here or email us if the FAQ doesn't have the answer. Thank you for your patience as it may take us longer to reply.
Many of you have reached out to express your support, and we are so grateful. Many of you have thanked us for remaining open until now, and we are grateful to you too! We are humbled that you put your trust in us, and we plan to continue deserving it.
For now we’ll be doing our darndest to help you keep accessing the yoga, support and connection you need to continue loving your life during this unusual time.
With love and gratitude,
At Home we believe that preventative medicine is the way to go: if you can reduce your risk of disease, then you won't have to deal with treating yourself for a bunch of disease! And Bikram Yoga is some serious preventative medicine. (Of course this amazing system we teach is also highly effective for healing injuries or chronic pain, but that’s another blog post.)
Today I want to talk about Bikram Yoga and the immune system. Because honestly, our most valuable personal asset in fighting the Coronavirus (or any virus) is: the human immune system.
Here are 5 ways your Bikram Yoga practice supports your immune system function:
1. Improved stress response
When a person is stressed out, it inhibits their body’s ability to fight stuff off. (That’s why your stressball neighbor is always getting sick.) And it’s not the stressors that are the problem- it’s the body’s stress response that makes an impact!
For one thing, cortisol is one of the main hormones released as part of the stress response. Evolution-wise, cortisol’s job is to give you a burst of energy in order to fight off an immediate threat. If there is actually an immediate threat (like a tiger, rawrr) that’s very helpful.
But if the stressor is something constant, like pressure from your job or the collection agency that keeps on calling, your cortisol levels remain elevated, which increases inflammation.
Being continually stressed out also decreases the body’s lymphocytes. Those are the white blood cells whose job is to fight off infection. The fewer lymphocytes you’re working with, the more at risk you are for viruses.
Good news is - while it’s unlikely you’ll ever remove all stressors from your life (plus that would be kind of boring) - you have a ton of control when it comes to how you perceive those stressors and therefore how your body responds to them.
Bikram Yoga helps improve your stress response by making sure you regularly practice tools for coping with stress (such as calm breathing through the nose) in a stressful environment (standing on one leg in your underwear in a heated room, looking at yourself in your mirror.) And the more you practice, the better you get.
2. Gets you moving
Regular moderate intensity exercise (ahem, like Bikram Yoga, 2-5 times a week!) is associated with a reduced risk of common infections like upper respiratory tract infections (the common cold.)
3. Keeps ya hydrated
There really are few experiences that will make you appreciate water more than a nice hot Bikram Yoga class. Which is awesome, because your body needs water for all its systems to do their thing! Did you know that water makes up about 80% of your blood? Without sufficient water, your kidneys can not adequately flush toxins, waste, and bacteria from the body. Water also makes up 95% of lymphatic fluid (full of those helpful lymphocytes who fight off “invaders” like viruses!
4. Makes you crave the good food
Maybe it’s just me, but after a juicy class I want salad and a smoothie way more than I want deep fried fish sticks. Proper nutrition (including a variety of fruits and vegetables) is key for good immune function. Both overnourished (obese) and undernourished people tend to get sick more often than those who eat a balanced diet.
When you sweat, your skin produces natural antibiotics such as dermcidin. These antibiotics are more effective in the long term than lab-made ones, because germs are not capable of quickly developing resistance to them. Dermcidin is capable of fighting off both bacteria and fungi, and has been shown to triumph over dangerous bugs like tuberculosis and staphylococcus- which are difficult to treat because they are resistant to conventional antibiotics.
So maybe we should be slathering ourselves in sweat, instead of Purell?
The Coronavirus situation is changing daily, and it's a good idea to stay updated. (Be careful where you get your news though!)
Here is a comparison between the current Coronavirus and the flu, to help you put things into perspective.
In the meantime, something we definitely know about this virus, as well as the flu and the common cold is that having a strong and healthy immune system can only help you!
So for protection: wash your hands a lot, and practice using your "Germ Pocket."
To maintain a robust immune system, keep doing your Bikram Yoga practice. Click the link below to book your next class.
(And if you haven't started yet, grab your intro pass here!)
Studio leader, yoga-doer and life-lover, Kay D.