Archives for December 2012

12/21/12- Important Info; Plus last minutes Gift Giving Ideas

December 21, 2012: Today the Winter Solstice was @ 3:12amPST; AKA the end of Mayan Long Count Calendar, and the end of 26,000 year cycle

Good day to you. We are writing you to reassure you that the world is not going to end today (sigh of relief, Ahhh). Actually this is a powerful time of transformation as we are on the precipice of a global consciousness shift. That makes TODAY the beginning of a NEW era and the start of a NEW consciousness. People like you & me & us are looking inside for solutions. We are starting to stand up and say “We must PROTECT the children & our Earth. Period.” We realize that if we do not do anything, no one will. We want to heal ourselves so that we can help others heal. If YOU are reading this YOU are part of the solution. “I’m startin’ with the Man in Mirror,” to “Heal the world for you and for me and the entire human race,” just like Michael Jackson said. We hope you join us!


The upcoming year is a time of birthing ourselves into a new consciousness that wants all Life to be honored and cared for. This Death of the Old Year and Re-Birth into the New Year and a new Consciousness has never been more powerful. We encourage you to create a ritual for yourself, something simple, to honor the changes that have happened and will continue to happen in your life.


Peace pic

Try this at home: Light a candle every day when you rise. Take a moment to acknowledge the events unfolding for you, and take a moment to offer gratitude for any goodness in your life. Begin to visualize what you want to create for your life in the coming   year. Move beyond the “lose weight, quite smoking” resolutions. Instead go deeper into what you want  to create within your awareness and how you want to expand your consciousness. How do you want to change the quality  of your life, on every level?


Because this year’s ending is so powerful, it is important to remember that these increased Universal energies, in addition to all the normal holiday pressures can create tremendous stress;  We need to take extra special care of ourselves during this time. “To bring peace to the earth, strive to make your own life peaceful” -Author unknown


New Year’s Day Burn

New Year’s Day Burn; Tuesday, 1/1/13, 12pm-3pm

Join us New Year’s Day at the fire-pits at the Crow’s Nest Beach in Santa Cruz, CA for Morning Crane’s annual NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION BURN. We will leave from Morning Crane at 12pm, or you can meet us there. This is a complementary event. Please bring a few blocks of wood to add to the fire. Children welcome!

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Xmas Eve & New Year’s Eve FRIENDS ARE FREE


Xmas Eve & New Year’s Eve FRIENDS ARE FREE

Monday, December 24 2012

9am Fit & Firm (click here to sign up)

10am Pilates Mat (click here to sign up)

Monday, December 31, 2012

9:30am Fit & Firm (click here to sign up)

10:30am Pilates Mat (click here to sign up)

Space limited

Call (408) 391-2846 to register in advance

Tips to Relax During the Holidays; December Newsletter 2012

Tips to Relax during the Holiday’s; December Newsletter 2012

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Seasonal Guidance and Info

It’s that time of year again. The Holiday Season! Joy to the world…Ho ho ho…’Tis the season…In case you didn’t notice the holiday’s are in full swing.

This is a fun time of year where we are encouraged to give and to share. However, with societal expectations, family obligations, and the desire to “do good” comes added pressure. And if you’re like us, you were already busy before the Holidays started. This is the time of year that a 10 minute trip to the grocery store ends up taking you 45 minutes because the person in front of you couldn’t figure out how to scan their extra large thingamabob. Prepare yourself to sit in traffic and wait in line. Don’t be surprised if communications go awry. You may wonder if your partner is speaking the same language as you?! Hang in there. This too shall pass.


According to Chinese Medicine December is a winter Water month. The Water element is expressed through the Kidneys. It’s temperature is cold and it’s movement is slow.

The Tao Teh Ching guides us to be like water:

“Water always takes the lowest position.

Obstacles do not hinder it.

It accommodates whatever is in its path and continues to flow forward.

It never loses its direction.

By remaining low it follows its true nature and its fundamental direction is not influenced by superficial obstructions.

Water is always ocean-bound, seeking to reunite with the whole.

To follow the way of water is to return to one’s spiritual essence.”



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TIPS to Relax during the Holidays:

  • Exercise: A few minutes of exercise each day will benefit your physical and mental health.
  • Meditate: Take a Qigong or Yoga class, or a class that focuses on breath and stretching techniques.
  • Eat a well balanced diet:  Nutrition plays a big roll in reducing stress. Decrease the amount of fat and sugar you eat. At holiday events enjoy the people rather than the food.
  • Reduce caffeine intake: Caffeine affects the adrenal glands, which increases the stress response in the body.
  • Rest: Get 7-10 hours of sleep each night.
  • Get a massage: A massage can be beneficial for the mind & body.
  • Have a positive attitude! The glass is either half full or empty; you decide. When you feel irritated at your neighbor write a list of five things you are grateful for.


Chris, Parisa, Lulu Shelton & Santa Claus

Green Tea: The Next Superfood by Brenda Rivera-Billings, M.Sc (Health Sci.)

By: Brenda Rivera-Billings, M.Sc (Health Sci.)

In recent years the popularity of green tea has skyrocketed, due in large part to its perceived health benefits. In several peer-reviewed studies, drinking green tea has been linked with health benefits in key areas ranging from increased metabolism to reduced memory loss. Participants use of the leafy plant during clinical trials also demonstrated preventive properties, including decreased LDL levels, reductions in heart disease, and lower rates of certain cancers.

Green tea is made from the leaves of the evergreen shrub, Camelia Sinensis. During processing, the leaves undergo minimal oxidation, leaving the rich antioxidants and polyphenols intact. Among the most popular health claims drawing consumers to green tea are those surrounding its potential weight reduction properties.  Use of green tea has been associated with increased metabolism, making the beverage extremely popular among fitness enthusiasts and dietitians as an effective tool for weight-loss. According to Hursel, Viechtbauer, & Westerterp-plantenga (2009) the overall effect of green tea resulted in increased energy expenditure, which produced positive weight loss results. It should be noted, however, that the effect of green tea on weight loss and weight maintenance varied in studies with subjects differing in ethnicity and habitual caffeine intake; those consuming higher levels of caffeine showed greater improvement.

Additionally, green tea has also been shown to slow or allay the signs of aging, like forgetfulness. According to Haque, Hashimoto, Katakura, Tanabe & al, e. (2006) green tea catechins administered orally were absorbed by and retained in the brain, and their antioxidative and neuroprotective effects ultimately resulted in beneficial effects on an age-related decline in spatial cognition in many of the study participants. To put it plainly, green tea helps individuals retain their memory and, therefore, remain vibrant.

Green tea also reduces the LDL or the bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol, as the polyphenols prevent the intestinal absorption of cholesterol. It aids in lowering blood pressure and offers relief to those suffering from hypertension. According to Loest, Noh, & Koo, (2002) “evidence indicates that green tea consumption lowers the serum level of cholesterol.”

Moreover, green tea offers a ray of hope for people with a family history of angina or heart disease. By lowering the triglycerides and improving the lipid profile, it reduces the risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction), and prevents the incidence of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. According to Shrestha, Ehlers, Lee, Fernandez, & Koo (2009) “results suggested that the lipid-lowering effect of green tea is mediated partly by its inhibition of hepatic lipogenesis.” Thus, green tea inhibit effect reduces heart attacks for those vulnerable individuals.

The antimicrobial properties of green tea have been shown to reduce oral inflammation bacterial related infections that could lead to tooth loss. It is also known to kill the bacteria that causes foul breath or halitosis. Most importantly, according to Pandey (2011), green tea is considered one of the most promising dietary agents for the prevention and treatment of many oral diseases worldwide. Catechins (green tea) possess antioxidant, antimutagenic, antidiabetic, antiinflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and cancer preventive properties.

The ancient Chinese have touted benefits of green tea since times immemorial, and although not a magic bullet, it appears the rest of the world is finally becoming aware of the medicinal properties of this superfood.

Haque, A. M., Hashimoto, M., Katakura, M., Tanabe, Y., & al, e. (2006). Long-term administration of green tea catechins improves spatial cognition learning ability in Rats1. The Journal of Nutrition, 136(4), 1043-7. Retrieved from

Hursel, R., Viechtbauer, W., & Westerterp-plantenga, M. (2009). The effects of green tea on weight loss and weight maintenance: A meta-analysis. International Journal of Obesity, 33(9), 956-61. doi:

Loest, H. B., Noh, S. K., & Koo, S. I. (2002). Green tea extract inhibits the lymphatic absorption of cholesterol and (alpha)-tocopherol in ovariectomized rats. The Journal of Nutrition, 132(6), 1282-8. Retrieved from

Pandey, V. (2011). Green tea and oral health. International Journal of Clinical Dental Science, 2(1) Retrieved from

Shrestha, S., Ehlers, S. J., Lee, J., Fernandez, M., & Koo, S. I. (2009). Dietary green tea extract lowers plasma and hepatic triglycerides and decreases the expression of sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1c mRNA and its responsive genes in fructose-fed, ovariectomized Rats1-3. The Journal of Nutrition, 139(4), 640-5. Retrieved from