Mira Education – Styling II NYC

6 Nov

Joanna, Jackie, and Heather ventured to NYC for Bumble and bumble Styling II: Runway – Perfect Pointail with a Chignon and a Double French Twist

Here’s Joanna’s summary of her experience: “Class was amazing! Amazingly awesome, amazingly hard. My eye for detail is stronger and sharper. My knowledge of and ability to use Bb products is greater – I used products in ways I never imagined –> ‘Holding spray as a structure product? What?’ We spent hours upon hours practicing new techniques for foundation work and the construction of updos. I felt awkward and bumbly at first, by Wednesday I felt more adventurous!”

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What is Yoga?

1 Nov

Yoga: To Unite

“Out beyond the ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.  When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.  Ideas, language even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense.” -By Rumi

 

Yoga is a sanskrit word which means to “unite.” For me yoga has been just that.  When I started practicing Yoga, now over 10 years ago, I had no idea how it would change my life and affect every part of my being.

Yoga continues to teach me, guide me, and open and unite my heart and mind.  How does it do this you wonder?  When I practice, I feel a connection with my heart and my mind, which creates a strong correlation between the calming of the mind as my heart starts to take over. I feel the flow as my body moves with grace and ease.  I am calm and centered.  When I teach, I have a deep sense of connection with everyone. I enter a very familiar place, with a sense of comfort, much like I do with my family or close friends.  I feel love, openness and expansion.

Sometimes this overwhelms me, to feel this connected, to care this much about people I have never met.  It actually scares me sometimes, but then I remember this is what it is suppose to feel like.  This is Love.  Every time I teach I am so grateful for the people that partake in this journey with me.  They too are searching for deeper meaning, have a longing for that connection, or are doing something to take care of themselves.

This is what Yoga has been for me.  There are so many paths and ways to feel that connection to yourself and others, so by no means am I saying that this is the only way or that people must do Yoga.  However, it has been an instrumental tool for remembering who I am, how closely connected we all are to one another, and just how important it is to remember this vital connection. Thus, I want to share my experience with you.

The more technical way Yoga works is not much different than how a river runs. You can probably relate to feelings of happiness, exhaustion, anxiousness, depression, and even sickness. When there is tree and rock debris that backs up a river, the river has to find an alternate route or it becomes backed up.  That is how the energy in our body works.

Through observation, deep study, and scientific knowledge, the ancient gurus studied how the body responded to the asanas, or poses, that we have come to call Yoga.  These asanas help to cleanse our bodies of debris and toxicity that have built up in our system.  It causes awareness to correct alignment issues which then allows the river to flow naturally again.

Yoga is a tool much like anything we use to attain greater understanding of our higher self and the deeper parts of our being. It is a tool and an instrument for healing, awareness, restoring balance, realization, and ultimately enlightenment. In ancient times, people would come to their guru and tell him what was occurring in their mind, body, or spirit.  The guru would then give the person a series of poses, send them home, and they would practice.

Yoga is amazing in the way that no matter what is going on, it will find its way to the root or heart of the matter, work to heal and free it, and you will experience greater joy, love, and openness.  This is why when people begin to practice Yoga, they may start to experience an old injury, discomfort, or unease in their body and mind as it is coming to the surface to be healed.  People practice Yoga to grow a deeper understanding of one’s self and one’s past or present struggles.  With this new understanding, people begin to feel more relaxed and have more energy.

If you were once in a place where you were unable to properly deal with your emotions or the time wasn’t taken to adequately heal from an injury or repetitive use, Yoga will find it and help you heal, realign, make peace and then you will have a greater understanding. We all know what it is like to do a repetitive movement over and over again.  Whether it be through sports, sitting at a desk and typing all day, constantly raising your arms above your shoulders to perform laborious tasks, or analyzing the same thoughts over and over about life or yourself.  Yoga helps to restore balance through self awareness because our body movements and behaviors are reflective of our thoughts.

It takes a lot of courage to seek a deeper and higher level of existence for you.  But you can do it. We all have the tools to heal, to make ourselves happy, and to be safe to be who we truly are. We are all here to experience love and sometimes pain is a part of that.  I am not talking about the pain that is destructive, pain which causes destruction to us and others.  This is our pain that we must take responsibility for, deal with and heal on our own. As you work through your pain, especially in your most difficult moments, remember that everyone and everything has a right to exist, including you.

I invite you to try something new.  Try a Yoga class, get a massage, or take some quiet time for yourself with a soothing bath or a nature walk.  Let yourself be healed, loved, and understood. Connect and unite your heart and mind.  See what you can discover about yourself and others.  We are all a part of this journey together – it’s just about realizing that this really unites our hearts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Written by Mira Stylist, Jamie Jackson

Nia: Enhance Your Inner Beauty

4 Sep

At Mira Salon and Spa, we strive to reveal both your inner and outer beauty through our salon and spa services. We feel that in addition to feeling great about how you look, it is equally important to feel beauty pouring through us internally. One way that I have been able to experience this is through Nia. Angela Williams, the only certified instructor teaching classes in Bloomington, Indiana, describes Nia as,

“A sensory-based movement lifestyle that leads to health, wellness, and fitness. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Nia draws from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with and condition the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Stiff beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels. Nia can positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.”

“Nia has allowed me to love my body. One Nia motto is ‘Love your Body. Love your Life’ and this has happened for me! By moving with awareness, paying attention to sensation, and accepting my body as it is right now, I have learned to love it! This has changed my life. It has allowed me to free myself from the issues of low body image I have struggled with my whole life. I am now free to focus on other things in my life. I have lost weight, gained strength and flexibility, and increased my agility, stability, and mobility. I have also found freedom for my spirit by releasing emotion and being creative in every class. Nia has completely changed my body and my relationship with my body.”

This is apparent in every one of Angela’s classes. Once the music starts, the hour flies by, and the energy you’re left with carries you into the rest of your day, beautifully. Angela Williams is a Certified Nia Blue Belt Instructor, with over 100 hours of somatic training and monthly continuing education. She holds a degree in Gender Studies from Indiana University, linking her practical training to research on the body and body image. Angela became a Certified Nia instructor in January 2010 and has been teaching ever since. She teaches Nia to connect people with the healing power of their own bodies. She shares the freedom that comes from living in a body that you love. Angela’s classes are fun, powerful, playful, and transformative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience Nia through one of Angela’s classes:

www.nianow.com/angela-williams

(click the link to learn more about Angela and to view her class locations and times)

Contact Angela and learn more about Nia:

angela.nianow@yahoo.com

www.facebook.com/FireflyStudioBloomington

www.nianow.com

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Anna Stoddard, Mira Stylist

Hair Tricks: How to Keep Cool and Look Cute

9 Aug

Even though summer is coming to an end and school is starting soon, the heat is still here! With these hot temperatures, we know that it can be frustrating to get ready for the day. No matter where you are going or what you are doing, you probably know that it is hard to keep your hair in check. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you feel cooler and cute as you glisten in the sun!

Braid hair styles are very popular this year. Don’t worry ladies, if you can’t French braid, there are alternatives! You can take hair in the front off of both sides of your part and braid them straight out from the head, then pull them back across your hairline and towards the back to hold the hair off of your face. Next, simply stick a few bobby pins in to fasten the two braids together! This look can be worn on both long and short hair lengths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you with hair that sits on your neck, a simple ponytail – whether sleek or volumized, low or high – is a cute look; but to dress it up, take a strand of hair from the pony and wrap it around the rubber band/hair tie and pin it underneath with a bobby pin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you have two very cute and easy summer looks. Have fun playing and trying out these ideas! Stay cool and classy  ♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Written by Mira Stylists Jessica Pate and Kate Grimes

The Paleo Diet (a.k.a. the “Primal Diet”)

12 Jul

 

 

What is the Paleolithic Diet?

The paleo diet is a modern nutrition plan based upon eating the way humans did during the Paleolithic era, long before artificial and processed goods. The Paleolithic era lasted for approximately 2.5 million years. Its end was marked by the introduction of agriculture 10,000 years ago.

What You Can Eat:

-fruits and vegetables

-lean meats and seafood

-nuts and eggs (sparingly if you are trying to loose weight)

What You Cannot Eat:

-Processed foods (including bread)

-Legumes

-Potatoes

Benefits:

-This diet allows you to maintain a healthy weight without having to count calories, and with a little creativity, you can still eat out at restaurants!

-The paleo diet helps you to maintain a steady blood sugar level throughout the day so that your energy is robust and sustained.

Resources:

Here are two wonderful resources for recipes and advice for those interested in beginning the paleo diet:

http://www.everydaypaleo.com

http://www.marksdailyapple.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Mira Stylists Jackie Simmons and Leigh Henderson

Green Smoothie Quick Tips and Facts

31 May
  1. The top three health benefits of drinking green smoothies include better digestion, more energy, and weight loss.
  2. Green foods, such as spinach and kale, contain chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.
  3. Chlorophyll regulates blood sugar, cleanses, purifies, and heals the body. A molecule of chlorophyll closely resembles a molecule of human blood.  Dr. Ann Wigmore, a holistic health practitioner, stated, “Consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion.”
  4. Green smoothies are packed with insoluble plant fiber capable of carrying many times its own weight in toxins out of the body.
  5. Green smoothies are great for kids because you can “hide” nutritious vegetables.
  6. Incorporating more raw plant foods into your diet can help reduce fatigue, body aches, depression and help improve skin.
  7. By blending greens in a smoothie, food is “pre-chewed,” which helps our bodies receive the full nutritional value from our food. As humans have evolved, our teeth have dulled and are no longer capable of fully breaking down leafy greens!
  8. By mixing fruit in with your greens, you will be surprised how good a green smoothie can actually be. A ratio of 60% fruit to 40% greens is recommended.
  9. Green smoothies are easy to make, and quick to clean up after.
  10. By consuming greens in the form of green smoothies, the consumption of oils and salt is greatly reduced.
  11. Regularly drinking green smoothies forms a good habit of eating greens. Generally after drinking green smoothies for a few weeks, many people start to crave and enjoy eating more greens.
  12. Learn to prepare a really delicious green smoothie so that you are always looking forward to the next one.
  13. Always rotate the greens you are using. Almost all greens in the world contain minute amounts of alkaloids. Tiny quantities of alkaloids cannot hurt you, and even strengthen the immune system. However, if you keep consuming kale, or spinach, or any other single green for many weeks without rotation, eventually the same type of alkaloids can accumulate in your body and cause unwanted symptoms of poisoning. Please note that you don’t have to rotate the fruit in your green smoothies. Most commonly used fruit have very little or none of the alkaloids and cannot cause the same toxic reactions as greens. At the same time, rotating fruits will enhance the variety of flavor and nutrition in your smoothies.
  14. Choose organic and locally-grown produce whenever possible. The absence of pesticides and other toxic chemicals is only one of many benefits of organic food. The most important reason to consume organic food is the nutritional superiority of organic and locally-grown fruits and vegetables in comparison to conventionally grown produce.
  15. It is very important to consume fruit that was allowed to ripen on the vine because it provides the best nourishment. Tree-ripened fruit is several times more nutritious and when consumed shortly after picking, it retains significantly more nutrients.
Want to learn more? We recommend picking up Green Smoothies Diet: The Natural Program for Extraordinary Health  by Robyn Openshaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

www.greensmoothiesblog.com

www.greensmoothiegirl.com

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Mira Receptionist Erin McKamey and Mira Esthetician Lindsay Chesak

Taking the First Steps for Your Baby

10 May

We believe children are a gift from God. Very great responsibility comes with raising and nourishing a child, and it starts no later than pregnancy! Nourishing a child in the womb is very important, and a mother needs to be mindful about what she eats and drinks. Choosing a good prenatal vitamin is a good place to start, because women don’t always get the supplements they need from the foods they eat.

A good prenatal vitamin should contain 400-800 milligrams of folic acid. Folic acid is very important during pregnancy (it is even wise to take it if you are not pregnant but might become pregnant) for the healthy development of the child’s nervous system. A good prenatal vitamin should also contain calcium, iron, vitamin C, zinc, copper, vitamin b-6, and vitamin D.

A pregnant woman must also be precautious towards any medicine she takes during pregnancy, whether it be aspirin, cold medicine, allergy medicine, etc. The FDA has created categories in regards to the potential risk of a medicine to an unborn baby. Category A is the safest, progressing to category B, C, D, and X. The use of any medication should be avoided throughout the duration of the pregnancy as much as possible, especially the first trimester. If a pregnant woman does need medication, she should most definitely call her doctor to see what she/he recommend. Most medications that a doctor will prescribe are a category B or C. Pitocin, a synthetic form of oxytocin, is a drug often used in the delivery room in either induce or speed up labor contractions. There has been much controversy surrounding this drug, which is a category X drug, the worst category of drugs for pregnant women.

Some women may choose the natural route for remedies for sickness during pregnancy. Natural remedies can be an excellent, pure, and healthy choice, but you must also be careful and do your research and ask advice, because even natural remedies can be very powerful and you want to use them wisely!

Being knowledgeable about diet, supplements, and medication is so important during pregnancy – there is a tiny life growing inside you! Give your baby the most loving head start in life that you possibly can! We do love those babies J

Sources –

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prenatal-vitamins/PR00160

http://depts.washington.edu/druginfo/Formulary/Pregnancy.pdf

http://www.childbirth.org/articles/pit.html

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Mira Stylist Assistants Tiffany Arndt and Hannah Sempsrott