Sea Spray for Skin

 


At Hagoyah, we’re big fans of natural ingredients. And this sea spray for skin combines two of our favorites: natural sea salt and magnesium!  Together, they nourish the skin and strengthen the body.

 Both sea salt and saltwater have long histories of serving the body, in beauty recipes and skin therapies. This combination, when used in a therapeutic way, even has its own name: thalassotherapy. That’s the therapeutic use of saltwater, for short!

Many people notice reduced acne and a more refined, clear complexion when using sea salt for skin. Sea salt typically appears in salt scrubs, but this gentle sea spray can be left on to continuously nourish the skin. The minerals in salt can also tighten your skin and reduce wrinkles.

Aside from its beauty benefits, this sea spray leaves skin feeling refreshed and light. It can serve as a facial toner or as an all-over skin nourishing spray. If you’ve never tried salt on the skin, try this simple and inexpensive recipe!

 

DIY Sea Spray for healthy skin

 Try this nourishing sea salt spray for skin to reduce acne and firm skin. This spray leaves skin feeling refreshed and clean.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add Himalayan or sea salt and Epsom salt/magnesium to the warm water and stir until salts are completely dissolved.
  • Add essential oils (if using) and store the end product in a glass jar or spray bottle.
  • To use: Apply to your skin by spraying or with a cotton pad as a toner. Great for use as part of a daily skin care routine of after swimming.

 

 

 

Notes

  • In place of distilled water, an herbal tea if it is made from dried herbs. Calendula or chamomile tea work well in this recipe — or mint tea can be used for a cooling spray!

Three (More) Lies People Believe about Yoga

 

Our Hagoyah team hears misconceptions about yoga throughout the week. These are a few common reasons people don’t try yoga – that is, a few lies people believe about yoga. Give yoga a try! You’ll see that these lies are just, well, lies. We tackled three misconceptions last week .

Here are three more.

 

 1. Yoga poses? I can’t do those! 

Yoga poses, just like yoga itself, isn’t one-size-fits all. Every pose looks different on every body. Your flexibility, physical fitness and strength are all factors. For a pose like standing forward fold, for example, the person to your right might be touching his toes and the person to your left may not be able to reach past her knees. 

The best part? Neither person is doing it wrong. Different bodies allow for different expressions of every pose.

 

 2. Yoga is only for stress relief. 

Yes, yoga is for stress relief – it’s a powerful stress buster and you can leave a yoga session feeling more relaxed and calmer. But yoga is more than that! A regular yoga program strengthens muscles, deepens your breathing, improves your balance and makes you more flexible. Yoga can help with many ailments and illnesses – asthma, arthritis, depression, heart disease, infertility . . . the list goes on.

 

 3. Yoga is only for young people.

At Hagoyah, we have students of every age! Yoga offers benefits to everyone, no matter what your generation. It’s never too late – or too early – to begin practicing.

 

 

Three Lies People Believe about Yoga

 

 

Three Lies People Believe about Yoga

 

Our Hagoyah team hears misconceptions about yoga throughout the week. These are a few common reasons people don’t try yoga – that is, a few lies people believe about yoga.

Give yoga a try! You’ll see that these lies are just, well, lies.

 

1. I need to be flexible to try yoga. 

So you’re not flexible enough for yoga? It’s just like saying you can’t go to sleep because you’re tired, or you can’t ___ because you’re ______. Yoga is designed to build your flexibility. Starting from scratch is okay: we’ve all been beginners at one point.

If you lack flexibility, yoga is just the experience for you! Flexibility isn’t a requirement. All you need to do is show up with a positive attitude. At Hagoyah, we’ll teach you the rest.

 

 2. My religion doesn’t fit with yoga. 

Yoga isn’t associated with one religion, one or belief system or one faith. You don’t need to worship any deities, serve any gods or participate in religious ceremonies.

Yoga is more than a physical practice: it’s the unification of your body and mind, your spirit and breath. In yoga, you recognize your thoughts, become conscious of your actions and words and comprehend who you are. Yoga is about seeing your connection to others and becoming connected to yourself. Having any religion, or no religion in particular, doesn’t exclude you from yoga. It’s a physical practice for everyone. Adapt the practice to your own beliefs!

 

 3. Yoga is too expensive for me.

Sure, some yoga studio classes may bring a little sticker shock. But while it’s true that some yoga classes can be costly, many have deals or specials for new students. At Hagoyah, we love offering our Enlighten-Up Lunch Break classes, where you pay what you can. It’s an introduction to yoga for anyone, and we’re happy to offer this gateway to further yoga practices.

And yoga isn’t expensive when you do it at home! Take what you learn from class and put it into action outside the studio. Roll out your mat in your own living room and practice your sun salutation, downward dog, child’s pose and warrior sequence. When you pay for a yoga class, you pay for more than just that hour: you pay for the knowledge you gain. 

 

Wellness Week – Detox Bath

In honor of Wellness Week I wanted to start with a simple question,  “What is wellness?” 

The true definition is the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health. “Stress affects every aspect of wellness.” Our world is full of stress relief remedies and detox being one of the most natural can be a great tool for us. Detox means to literally rid the body of poisonous substance and in this case that poison is stress. 

A detox bath will help your body in eliminating toxins as well as adsorbing the minerals and nutrients that are in the water.  

 

1. Prepare your bath on a day that you will have at least 40 minutes available. The first twenty minutes are said to help remove the toxins, while the second twenty minutes are for absorbing the minerals in the water.

2. Fill your tub with comfortably hot water. Use a chlorine filter if possible.

3. Add Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate). Soaking in Epsom salts actually helps replenish the body’s magnesium levels, combating hypertension.

The sulfate flushes toxins and helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints.You can purchase Epsom salt at garden centers and pharmaceutical centers, I got mine at Walgreen’s.

4. Add 1-2 cups or more of baking soda. Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and even has anti-fungal properties, also leaving the skin soft.

5. Add ground ginger or fresh ginger tea. While this step is optional, ginger can increase your heat levels, helping to sweat out toxins. However, since it is heating to the body, it may cause your skin to turn slightly red for a few minutes, so be careful with the amount you add. Depending on the capacity of your tub, and your sensitivity, anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup can be added.(Most people sweat profusely with the addition of the ginger, and if you wrap your body in a blanket immediately after getting out of the tub, you can continue to detoxify through perspiration for another couple of hours. This is especially beneficial if you are trying to rid the body of a bug of some sort, like the flu, or a cold.)

6. Add aromatherapy oils. Again optional, but many people love the fragrance of such oils and for many, the oils have particular therapeutic properties available. There are many oils that will make the bath an even more pleasant and relaxing experience (such as lavender), as well as those that will assist in the detoxification process (tea tree oil or eucalyptus). Around 20 drops is sufficient for a standard bath.

7. Swish all of the ingredients around in the tub, then soak. Again, 40 minutes is recommended (the longer the better), but aim for at least 20. You should start sweating within the first few minutes. 

8. Get out of the tub slowly and carefully. Your body has been working hard and you may get lightheaded or feel weak and drained. On top of that, the salts make your tub slippery, so stand with care.

9. Drink plenty of water. Any time your body detoxes (after this type of bath, a massage, or chiropractic work, for example), you need to flush out toxins. If you don’t, you will likely feel sick afterwards.

10. After the bath, you might like to rub down your body with a loofah or vegetable bristle brush. This can help to stimulate the lymphatic system, which can aid with the release of toxins. Use long, gentle sweeping strokes aimed toward the heart.

 Tips:

– It’s also a good idea to drink water before and during your bath, especially if you’re feeling overheated from the tub water.

– Don’t eat immediately before or after the bath.

– Have your towel nearby the tub and ready so that you can wrap up immediately and continue the detox.

– Eucalyptus essential oil in a warm bath helps open breathing passages.

– Make sure you don’t put water that’s too hot, you can pass out.

– Don’t wet your hair in this water.

– Turn off the lights. Light candles. Clear your mind, meditate & relax. 

 

Warnings:

– Before adding herbs not on the list to your bath, read what their effects are. – 

– Do not take a hot bath or a detox bath if you are pregnant, or have heart, kidney, or any other health issues.

 

Hydration = Healthy Hair & Skin

Whether or not you trust the Ground-Hog, moisture and hydration is key to keeping your locks luscious and you skin supple, especially in the winter months.  Our February Beauty.Body.Balance Bulletin will help hold you over until Spring. 

 

Hydration

Beauty

Book a Thirst Quencher or Lavender Mint-Wash House Treatment for only $30 through the month of February.  Includes an invigorating scalp-massage, deep conditioning treatment blow-dry and style!  

For more details on how to keep your locks shiny and soft through the end of the season, stop by for a FREE customized Take-Home consultation.  

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Our SKIN Hydrating Serum rehydrates the epidermis and increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. It combines antioxidants and humectants for superior hydration, and improves elasticity for soft healthy skin.  

We more than LOVE the SKIN line, it is Vegan, Organic and made in Kansas City!

Our Holistic Skin-Care Therapist is a walking pharmacist full of knowledge on ways to make your skin look fresh and radiant with ALL natural, eatible ingredients.  

Mention this bulletin and get an Express Mini-Facial for only $30.  

 

Body

Drinking plenty of water will help keep your body hydrated and providing moisture from the inside out. 

Did you know that most people mistake thirst for hunger?  Next time you have the munchies, chug a glass of water, wait 5-10 minutes and see how you feel.  

Try placing a glass of water on your nightstand before you go to bed, and drink it first thing in the morning.  Hydrating first thing in the morning helps to flush out toxins, aids in elimination, and it’s an easy way to increase your water intake and get your morning started off fresh!  

 

Balance

Inverted postures like Halasana or Plough help increase circulation and blood flow to the brain allowing for better circulation to the face, while also stretching the shoulders and spine.  The increased circulation helps to clear the skin creating a beautiful warm glow.  

Other benefits of Plough include; stimulating the thyroid gland, and abdominal organs.  Calms the brain while reducing stress and fatigue.  It is also therapeutic for backache, headaches, and insomnia.  

 

Plough PostureIt is always recommended that you embrace where you are at in your practice and only get into postures you are confident in expressing.  Please speak with your health-care provider before starting any exercise program.

Our Enlighten-Up-Lunch-Break @ 12:00 Tuesday-Friday is ALWAYS FREE.  
 

Let’s Change The World With a Hair-Cut

Holistic Beauty includes feeling beautiful and sharing it with others.

Hagoyah is a company that believes “Success unshared is failure.” 
 
 
We are honored to host our first philanthropic venture on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012.  
 
We will be raising money for Support The Trade. 
 
Support The Trade trains women in developing countries the trade of hairdressing.  This training establishes micro-economies and helps to elevate the role of women around the world, as they gain a new found sense of dignity and self respect.
 
Book your haircut or blow-out on Wednesday, October 31st and help train women in developing countries the trade of hairdressing.
 
The social and economic impact has already been incredible and your donation on Wednesday October 31, 2012 will help us take our training programs to more women around the world.
 
Click the link below to book an appointment for Wednesday, October 31st or to just make a donation.
 

Forever Blonde

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  • Smoothes, strengthens and replenishes depleted hair
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The KerActive protein and safflower oleosomes that each product contains is actually going to repair and seal each hair strand!!
 
And last, but certainly not least is our…. 
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This exclusive balanced bleach is loaded with potato starch and has zero fragrance for your highlight experience to be flawless!!
 
These 4 new products to the Paul Mitchell family are ready to be apart of your family!!
 

Berry-Yogurt-Mask

Not only are berries deliciously in season right now, they are packed with antioxidants 
and are fierce fighters of free radicals to keep your face radiant and glowing!
 
Here is an easy at home Berry Yogurt Mask recipe for you to enjoy.
 
What you’ll need:
    • 1/4 cup of mixed berries
    • (The darker the berry, the more antioxidants)
    • 2 Tablespoons of Plain Yogurt
    • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
    • (Honey is a gentle exfoliant and helps to seal in moisture)
    • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
    • (The citric acid and vitamin C helps to brighten skin and is a wonderful astringent) 
    • Blender
 
  • Combine yogurt and honey in a blender and pulse until fully combined
  • Add berries and puree until smooth, and then add lemon juice
  • Apply the mixture to clean dry face and let mask sit for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry
 
PS: This is super tasty too  🙂

Yoga Schmoga!

I have found there are roughly three types of people.  Those who practice Yoga and LOVE it, those who are curious about Yoga, and those who want to stay as far away from it as possible.  There are lots of questions and stereotypes regarding Yoga.  If you don’t love Yoga, I feel you may be misinformed or misguided.  
 
I have gathered some of the most common questions regarding Yoga and hopefully they can help clarify some of the misconceptions regarding Yoga.  
 
Of course, “different strokes for different folks”.  But, I strongly feel that Yoga is for everyone and everyone can do Yoga.  Please let us know if we can answer any of your Yoga questions.     
 
  • What is all this hype about Yoga?  
You really have to just try it for yourself.  The first few Yoga classes I attended, I swear that I was HIGH when I left.  It is really quite difficult to put into words.  It was almost as if everything was amplified for me, colors were brighter, sounds were crisper and everything seemed to be at peace.  Physically, I felt more open, and my body craved more of this Yoga stuff.   
  • What is the difference between “this” Yoga and “that” Yoga?
There are several “styles” or “brands” of Yoga out there.  Most of which claiming to be “the one and only” or “the best”.  There also seems to be a multitude of “Fathers” of Yoga and it’s hard to trace exactly Who’s Your Yoga Daddy.  I think in this instance it is okay to not know who the “Father” is, but just embrace the  several mentors we have to learn from.  Again, different strokes for different folks.  
It may take some time to find that particular style/brand that works best for you. 
  • Is Yoga an exercise program or is it a religion? 
Neither or both.  It is whatever you want to get out of it.   
  • Why do they call it a practice?
As a noun, practice is defined as, “the customary, habitual, or expected procedure of something.”  As a verb, practice is defined as, “to perform or to carry out.”
Once you begin a Yoga practice, you will always be practicing.  You never actually “get there” to some destination.   You may finally be able to get into a particular posture, or your mind may quiet down a bit more, but you are always a work in progress.
  • Will Yoga make me a Vegan-Tree-Hugging-Hippy?
No.  I love steak, make-up, beer, camping, wine, chocolate, and I also love Yoga.  
Many people who love Yoga also love all the wonderful things that life has to offer, even though they may not all be the best for you.  
Yoga is for everyone, and everyone can do Yoga.   
 
  • Why do they say Yoga creates a spiritual or emotional experience?
I really don’t know if I am the best person to answer this, but I will do my best.  Yoga is literally translated as a “union”.  Think about being separated from  someone you love dearly and you don’t know if you will be reunited.  You are finally reunited, and it is a wonderful experience full of many emotions.  Through Yoga you are able to create a union, of mind, body & spirit.  Sometimes this reunion can bring up emotions.  As for the spiritual experience, that is something very personal and unique for everyone.  I have had a spiritual experiences in nature, eating delicious food, and spending time with loved ones.  For some people, they find a spiritual peace in their Yoga practice.
 
Also, Yoga helps to build consciousness or awareness.  Experiencing a heightened level of awareness, some people translate that as having a spiritual experience.  Being more aware helps you to notice the things, people or behaviors that may not be truly serving you, and as you naturally build this awareness through Yoga, those things/people/behaviors will fade.       
 
  • Why should I practice Yoga?
Do your homework.  There is endless physical and mental health benefits.  
I started because I am vain and wanted a hot yoga body, and heard that Yoga is the fountain of youth.  I found out, it is much more than that.  
Again, different strokes for different folks.  It is what you want to get out of it.  
 
  • When should I practice Yoga?
A little bit everyday if you can.  I recommend attending an actual Yoga class at least once a week.  
 
  • Where should I practice Yoga?
A little bit everyday in your home/office/yard/park if you can.  I also recommend finding a Yoga studio that fits your style that you can go and practice at least once a week.  Nothing beats having an instructor guide you.    
 
  • How do I practice Yoga?
If you can breathe, you can do Yoga.  Attend a class, read a book, rent a dvd or download a podcast, and repeat.  

Lemons

If you were given a 10 pound bag of lemons, what would you do with it?
 
We always have a choice…. to make lemonade, cocktails, or even a skin-cleanser.  We also have the choice to just throw out the lemons or even let them rot.  What you do with life’s lemons is a reflection of how you handle life’s challenges.  You always have a choice when it comes to what to do with your lemons.
 
 
Below are some of our favorite lemon solutions!
 
 
Lemons for skin care
The acid in lemons help to clear bacteria, the natural enzymes help to exfoliate the skin, and the vitamin C will lighten the skin, aiding to even out skin tone and clear hyperpigmentation.  There is lots of ways to apply, I recommend just squeezing some lemon juice on a cotton ball, apply to your skin, wait 5-10 minutes, rinse and moisturize.  You can feel it working, I promise.
 
Limoncello Recipe
(San Francisco Chronicle)
  • 15 thick skinned lemons (Eureka, Lisbon, or Citron)
  • 2 bottles of 100-proof vodka
  • 4-1/2 cups of sugar
  • 5-cups of water
Instructions:
Wash the lemons in hot water before you start. Remove the peel with a vegetable peeler, removing all white pith on the back of the peel by scraping with a knife, and put the peels in a 4-quart Mason jar.
Add 1 bottle of vodka and stir. Cover the jar, date it, and put it to rest in a dark cabinet at room temperature.
After 40 days, take out the vodka-lemon mixture. In a saucepan set over high heat, stir the sugar and water together and boil for 5 minutes. Let the sugar syrup cool completely in the pan, about 10 minutes. Add the sugar syrup to the vodka-lemon mixture along with the second bottle of vodka. Stir well to combine. Replace the cover on the jar and note the finish date. Return it to the dark cabinet and store for 40 more days.
At Day 80, remove the limoncello from the cabinet. Strain the mixture and discard the lemon peel.
Pour into clean, unused bottles with caps or decorative corked bottles. Store the bottles in the pantry, but put one bottle at a time in the freezer until ready. Makes approximately 3 quarts.  It can also make a great gift.
 


Sugar Free Lemonade

  • 2 Cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons of stevia liquid concentrate or 1/2-2/3 cup of agave syrup
  • Ice Cubes and Lemon for Garnish
Makes approximately 10 8-ounce servings.
Add Vodka to make it a refreshing adult beverage.  🙂