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Benefits of Juicing/RawVegan Lifestyle

Juicing is an easy way to get tons of raw organic veggies and fruits into our bodies.  When we juice we assist our bodies in digestion to allow full assimilation of enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.  When our bodies receive this gift of Nature our immune systems boost, and our body’s vitality increases.  Once our bodies begin to realize that they are getting the nutrition they deserve they start to detox fat and toxic storages.  With the help of colon hydrotherapy to assist the intestines in releasing the sludge from processed foods that build up on the intestinal walls, our bodies begin to directly assimilate RawFood nutrients, and heal from leaky gut, and other life threatening dis-eases.  Chewing raw fruits and veggies is however very important in order to get nutrients from fiber, and a gift to our senses!  So unless you are planning a detox juicing program, give yourself the gift of textures, colors, and taste through chewing.  Juicing is an easy power packed way to get incredible health outcomes and hydration from fruits and veggies.  Juicing allows for variety and exploration of recipes and food combinations.  It is easy, colorful, and fun!

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Make your own NutMilks! RawFoods Recipe!

A healthy alternative to soy and cow milk products!  Processed almond and coconut milks in the grocery stores still have some strange and scary ingredients!   Making your own nut milks can offer you full awareness of all the ingredients you are ingesting. Making your own nut milks is also so much fun, and easy!  Having a good intention with preparation can also contribute to many health benefits.  There is something very empowering about living raw and preparing your own food.  It makes the whole experience sacred.  With all the environmental toxins we are now faced with, eating and preparing rawvegan foods is a way we can support our bodies in detoxing toxins and sustaining peace with our environment and other beings we share this planet with.

Recipe for Almond Milk (Use the same ratios for any nut milk, and hemp milk)

What you will need:

VitaMix/or Blender, Fine Strainer (optional), clean water and your choice of nut, maybe a date or two, or other super foods such as maca, cacao.

*Get bulk organic raw almonds or cashews or hemp seeds or any nut you would like to make milk out of.

*Soak Almonds for at least 8 hours in clean water (I like to soak almonds over night, and make my nut milks in the morning).  Perfect for my morning fruit smoothies!

*Peel off the brown shell coverings on almonds exposing the white meat of the nut. Soaking and peeling nuts can assist in digestion, so digestion is less rancid, and produces a better pH balance result.  Peeling the shell on almonds also allows for a smoother and creamier texture.  The peeling is fun too, the almonds will jump out of their shells, so be ready for some to fly!

*Use 2:1 ratio of water to nuts, for example 2 cups of water to 1 cup of soaked and peeled almonds.

*Place water and nuts in vitamix or blender and blend till smooth. I also sometimes add a pitted date for natural sweetening. I will sometimes add other superfoods such as cacao (my favorite!) or maca for taste and nutrients.  I use a heaping spoonful of cacao to make a chocolate nut milk.  Maca is a excellent superfood that is helpful for balancing hormones and is great for both women and men.

I personally like the gritty texture of having some bits of nuts in my milk. If you want a smooth and watery milk, strain the nut milk through a fine strainer, or use a cheese cloth. I personally feel using a cheese cloth is messy and time consuming.  But some people dig it.

I store my nut milk in mason jars and use it for other recipes and meals such as sauces, smoothies, etc. It is incredible!  I find that I make nut milk 2-3 times a week, and that they last for several days.

InJOY!

Love, Light, and Bliss Absolute,

Shannon

Talent Resource/Student to Teacher Connecting Service

As an intuitive counselor, experienced yoga student, and teacher I am aware of this:

In order to experience a successful disciplined yoga practice, we must resonate and feel inspired by our teachers. Unfortunately, a simple personality clash can repel a student from ever coming back to the mat. I strive to assist in connecting yoga students to yoga teachers for mutually beneficial experiences.

“Different Strokes, Different Folks.”

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Did you know Regular Cleansing is Important for your Health? By: Shannon Connell, Health Psychology/RawFoods Educator

No matter how conscious and active we are in our health regime and lifestyles, environmental toxins inevitably find there way into our bodies via multiple pathways such as; the food we eat, air we breath, water we drink, etc. It is unavoidable. Cleansing offers us the opportunity to actively participate in our wellness, clearing ourselves of dangerous toxins, assisting our skin, kidneys, liver, bowels, etc. in transforming and excreting toxins. Unfortunately, without cleansing maintenance, our bodies become saturated and unable to keep up with our current environmental pollution crises. Thus, toxins become stored in our body’s tissue, fat, and organs.  Resulting in not only physical disturbances but mental disturbances as well, such as increased vulnerability to stress.

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Depression and Anxiety: It’s the Now or Never Calling.

Depression and Anxiety: It’s the Now or Never Calling.  By: Shannon Connell, Health Psychology

Depression and Anxiety maybe aren’t disorders of mind, rather disorders of focus. It is the chance to surrender and heal soul wounds. And why is it not socially acceptable to take a few days to rest and restore in preparation for change? To such degree you need a Doctor’s note to take some time off from the rat race, and relationships feel threatened? Socially, most are conditioned to find joy in other’s company. Media boast about all the parties, and travels. What about the company you keep with yourself? Depression isn’t healed with medication, or avoidance through social escapes. Research supports that medications make depression worse.  Depression is healed with love, loving self, and taking the time and space to explore soul wounds to heal.

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Limitation is Due to The Mind.

Everyone looks at things from their own viewpoint. There are multiple truths, multiple perspectives, based on the perception. This shows not only distinctions in perceptional experience, but also distinction of one mind’s view from others. The mind perceives from its own experience and preparation.

Self forgets itself by relating to mind and body. As humans, we eat, breathe, love, and die within our physical forms. So it makes sense we associate with the physical. Our experiences within the physical create much of our mind stuff. But we are so much more! True Nature becomes imbued with the belief that it is limited to the body, and starts to think of itself as a product of cause and effect, time, a particular family, society, nation, planet. Thus, the soul gets shut out from true life.  Limitation is due to the mind. When this is realized the psychological self can reach beyond the things of the mind.

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To accept disappointment for another to be true to themSelf- Love.

There is incredible opportunity to experience Divine Love through letting go of attachment to how we desire love to show up in our lives.  A Divine Love that seeps into our Be-ing through the practice of just showing up, grounding, clearing, truly seeing and admitting, letting go, and letting God.  I am currently a fan, and humbled practitioner, of not personalizing experience in relationship, even the relationship to Self.  To love with out need, greed, attachment.  To be playful in the balancing act of giving and receiving.  To be my own provider, witness, creator, destroyer.  To disappoint another to be true to mySelf, and to accept disappointment for another to be true to themSelf.  Is this grace, beauty, True Love?

Finding acceptance in the Highest.  Gratitude in the surrender. Excitement in the tests of Faith.  The ecstatic Soul which gets to learn something new.  Free W.I.L.L.- Willingness In Life & Learning, centered in Joy regardless of storm.

Courage for this conduit to flow Love.  No Thing lasts forever.

Intention.  Repetition.  May me/we Be receptive to Divine Grace.

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True Love.  The I in I.

The Psychoneuroimmunology of Stress: Acute and Chronic

The Psychoneuroimmunology of Stress: Acute and Chronic

Research by: Shannon Connell

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is a field of research that deals with the interaction of the central nervous system, the endocrine system, and the immune system, and how these systems can be altered through behavior and stress. The immune, nervous, and endocrine systems communicate to maintain health. PNI is interested in the effects of thoughts and emotion on immune functioning. Stress affects the entire being, nerves, cells, tissues, and systems of the body. Stress if held, can disrupt nervous, endocrine, and immune system functioning resulting in “dis-ease” of body and mind.

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Yoga Teacher Training Tutor/Mentorship

Shannon is qualified to operate her own Yoga Teacher Trainings and is developing programming currently.  She has participated in over 1,000 hours of Teacher training herself, and has been teaching yoga full time for over a 14 years.  Her practice extends beyond what is observed in public view, and her understanding of yoga and it’s discipline is tip top.

Yoga Teacher Trainings can be incredibly packed with out much support or mentorship outside of the classroom.  Shannon has spent hours answering YTT student’s questions and supporting them in their transformation.  Teacher trainings are also discerning of who they will accept into their programs, based on physical abilities, etc.  Shannon is willing to coach students through safely modifying their yoga practices, so as to allow them the confidence and practice participation required for yoga teacher certification.

Shannon will assist you in sequencing, finding your voice, and adapting the asana so that you can participate safely in receiving your required yoga class hours, etc.  If you are challenged in conceptualizing a theory, or are needing to practice your teaching and receive feedback and coaching, or tutoring in projects and assignments, Shannon can help.

Same rates apply for private yoga sessions

60 minutes-$75

90 minutes-$100

$1 per minute fees if sessions extend beyond 90 minutes.  Fees are subject to change via commute, etc.

Shannon Connell