“Aging Gracefully and Not Running in Search of that Imagined Fountain of Youth”

Yoga From A Natural-Jeanie Sallah 

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In the name of beauty, youth, and that fresh-faced natural glow; we exfoliate, we wash our face as if it were a fine piece of fabric, we moisturize, and we never leave the house without sunscreen SPF 15 or higher. For insurance and just to tip the scales in your favor you buy the best cleansers, anti-aging creams, serums, and eye illuminating potions to ensure maximum beauty (you know you don’t want puffy dark circles under those eyes). As you can see, I’m all for natural enhancements like makeup, lashes, extensions, weaves, wigs, and such because a girl really does need a little help sometimes (You Know). What I’m not about is unnecessary plastic surgery, pumped-up booty shots, lip injections, or trying to squeeze your behind into your daughter’s outfits which are both off-putting, as well as a little “Side-Eye” weird. Seriously, they call it “Fake” for a reason. In our youth obsessed world do you sometimes feel like your scrambling to find your place; you know-that little smidgeon of evidence to convince yourself that “YOU STILL GOT IT”? Read More

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I  Love My Mom’s and “NO” Mom’s is Not A Typo!

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Yoga From A Natural- Jeanie Sallah
We all know someone who has that Mom persona; you know what I’m talking about. She doesn’t have to be your Mom but those qualities just ring through to the point where if you close your eyes really tight, she could actually be your Mom. Read more

GIVE A FIST BUMP TO THE “SLOW MOVEMENT” or better yet, “CAN WE JUST TAKE IT DOWN A TAD”

YOGA FROM A NATURAL: By Jeanie Sallah
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I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re just too damn busy being busy. We really no longer think it’s cool to just relax and do nothing, or at the very least slow down. From the minute the clock goes off in the morning we’re on a mad dash to beat the traffic (as if that were really possible). If kids are a factor we have to hurriedly get them to day care, school, somewhere. Let’s add in getting to work or school early (with the slim hope of leaving ahead of schedule-NOT), maybe later making it to the gym for a little blow-off steam session. You know some basketball-zumba-a quick trek on the tread mill, maybe a little TRX (talk about high intensity relaxation), and were back on the road again. Excitedly in route, we get to join the traffic line dance and slowly inch our way home. We’re now back home to deal with STUFF; maybe kids, significant others, bills, phone calls, house work, dinner, etc. Boy, now that was a relaxing day. Read more

“Happy Valentines to ME” or “Love Yourself”

Yoga From a Natural-Jeanie Sallah

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Alright it’s practically Valentine’s Day again, that time of year where our thoughts run more in the romantic direction. As a consequence, the ads flaunting his or her admiration because “He went to Jared’s” (Kay’s Jewelry, Macy’s jewelry counter, or whatever jewelry store strikes your liking) will show you just how much your loved one really cares for you (Ahh). Or does this sound familiar, “Hallmark Cards say “Make Every Heart Happy” (have you priced greeting cards lately? It’s expensive making hearts happy). Ok, indulge me one more time because I’m on a roll, Kohl’s Department Store says, “Gifts From The Heart, It’s Love At First Save”. From your heart to their pockets, now that’s what I call love. Something else that’s a little unsettling to me is that we celebrate love officially only one day a year, but don’t we love every day? It’s much like Black History Month that we celebrate once a year; for those of us that are black aren’t we black year round? Why the labels on everything, can’t we just be?

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Cooking For The Soul

“Not Your Mama’s Chicken Salad”

You know what I’m talking about, the kind of chicken salad that your kid trades with his buddies to get another type of sandwich, a go-gurt, or anything that Mom didn’t make. This sandwich will have the other kids trading in their lunch money to get a taste of its chunky goodness and not-to-be-expected delights (Yummy). The subtle taste combinations with the sweetness of the craisins coupled with the savory baked chicken will totally have you asking for seconds. This is chicken salad elevated. Enjoy!

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“Why Can’t I Meditate!!!!? Translation-Stuff I Wish I Did Well”

 

Yoga From A Natural- Jeanie Sallah

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First let’s get one thing perfectly clear, I WANT TO MEDITATE!!!!!! Okay, now that that’s out the way I feel I’m ready to continue (Breathe). These days the buzzword “Mindful Meditation” is to the yoga and meditation community what the words “Open Concept” is to home sales (can you tell I watch a lot of HG TV). OK Here’s a fun fact, let’s say there’s this swanky dinner party being held at the Top of the Mark’s rooftop bar in San Francisco and the attendees are Ellen DeGeneres, George Stephanopoulus (Good Morning America), Tina Turner, Russell Simmons, Kobe Bryant, Russell Brand, Katy Perry (I know her and Russell are no longer together but Girl Power wins), Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan (Ohio), Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post, and Soledad O’Brien.

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Cooking For The Soul

 Brandied Apple Raisin Bread Pudding

If you’re looking for a low calorie dessert option be advised “This is Not It”! This rich luscious combination of brandy, apples, and raisins combined in a rich custard is absolutely sinful; but oh so tasty. Serve it warm with a dollop a whip cream, delightful rum or caramel sauce, or a cool scoop of vanilla ice cream. We use non-fat frozen vanilla yogurt at my home, it’s just as yummy. Any way you serve it I guarantee your guests will be coming back for more!

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“Body Slimage, (I meant) Image” or “Is Our Looking Glass Playing Tricks On Our Head?”

YOGA FROM A NATURAL:  By Jeanie Sallah

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The other day some guy I thought was really fine said I was thick, what does that mean? Is “thick” good or bad? Couple that with my constant questioning of my butt being too big, or is my butt too small? Secretly wishing I looked more like that thin girl in my class. Wondering whether I do need liposuction on my stomach; I’ve got a gut you know. It’s a constant merry-go-round of doubtful questions taking up residence in my head. Am I too dark (yeah we still have that olden-day insecurity)? Is my forehead a bit too large, is my hair is too thin, too thick, do you think I need a nose, boob; you fill in the _________ job? I know you get the picture. What do you see when you look in the mirror and do you like her/him?

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