Kangen Water

Water is life. 

But, sometimes, it can also be poison. 

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MY STORY

When I first moved to Tampa two years ago, I had knots and pains in my stomach. I thought maybe it was from the stress of having to find a new job and moving across the country, but as time passed, this theory proved otherwise. For months, I got the same strange stomach aches. My and my boyfriend’s dog also got sick. So sick, that the vets told us his kidneys were failing and he probably doesn’t have much longer than a month to live. It wasn’t until then that we discovered why. We were drinking tap water filtered with a Brita pitcher. 

According to the EWG Tap Water Data Base, the tap water in my area has four contaminants above health guidelines including Chromium, Radiological Containments, and Arsenic (basically cancer, cancer, and cancer!) Plus 8 other detected contaminants. 

We then switched over to buying bottled alkaline water. It made us feel better, dog included, but that was also a bust, because bottled water is:

1) full of chemicals that seep from the plastic into the water
2) linked to hormonal issues from the plastic
3) wasteful AF
4) usually FALSEY ADVERTISED as alkaline.

That’s when I decided to stop playing small and make a real investment in our health.

I bought a Kangen Water Machine. Within a month, any minor conditions we had cleared up, the dog made a miraculous recovery, and all of our energy levels skyrocketed. 

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KANGEN WATER

Kangen Water is anti-oxidant rich, alkalized, performance drinking water— a fancy way of saying this water is the best of the best. The drinking water ranges in alkalinity from 8.5, 9, and 9.5 pH. 

We are exposed to a lot of acidic food and water within our fast-paced, grab-and-go society. High levels of acidity in the body is linked to disease and bodily complications. Viruses, cancer, bacteria build up, yeast, and fungus all thrive in acidic, low oxygen environments. In addition, the antioxidant properties of the water helps to neutralize and flush out any toxins in the bloodstream to help promote anti-aging. One cup of Kangen Water has more antioxidants than green tea or a handful of blueberries. In Japanese, Kangen means “return to origin,” or return to optimal health. Drinking the water revitalizes and hydrates cells in ways that tap and bottled water cannot. 

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THE MACHINE

The machine is the only Medical Grade Alkalizer/Ionizer on the market and can be found in some of Japan’s largest hospitals.  It produces 7 different types of water from 2.5pH to 11.5pH. The machine promotes sustainability and a chemical-free lifestyle as the different types of water can substitute common household items. I now have the ability to stream water for mouthwash, facial toner, pesticide cleaner, laundry detergent, glass cleaner, disinfectant, etc. straight from my kitchen. Recap: This means I don’t have to purchase these products at the store. I can save money and I can sleep better knowing I’m no longer contributing to all of single-use plastic bottles that contaminate our lands and float in around in our oceans.

HOW IT WORKS

The Kangen Machine hooks right up to my kitchen sink. The water flows from the tap, through the filter then across titanium and platinum plates to alkalize and ionize the water and right into my cup.

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CHANGE YOUR WATER, CHANGE YOUR LIFE 

Hundreds of thousands of people including Jillian Michaels, Tom Brady, Donald Trump, Shaquille O’Neal, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez, Bill Gates, Jennifer Lopez, and Brad Pit have all made the change.

Will you?

For questions or more information on how to purchase the Kangen Machine, fill out the short form below.

 

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Mary

FEAR

FEAR.

It’s the reason we prevent ourselves from living out our greatest joy.

But what is it that we really fear?

Failure?

No.

Embarrassment?

No.

Our own light?

YES.

For so long, I’ve denied myself my own inner light— always valuing the opinions and expectations of others before my own, not pursing a goal because of what someone else might think of me, constantly worrying that I am not ready or I don’t have all I need.

So why are we so afraid of our own light?

If we choose the path of living out our greatest potential, it means doing things we’ve never done before. And believing things we’ve never believed before.

Especially about ourselves.

But, if we want to make a difference, if we want to serve, if we want to give and receive love openly, we have to believe we’re worthy. We have to believe we’re powerful. We have to believe we have what it takes!

And we do have what it takes.

But the mind often tells a different story.

And when this happens, we suffer and suffer because we continually listen to that inner chatter that tells us we can’t be or do something. We make up all sorts of excuses and stories as to why the life we want to live won’t work. And then sometimes, we even go as far as believing these stories!

In Sanskrit, this is called living out Maya, or illusion. Living things that were born in our minds out of fear.

So I urge you to get out of your head.

Get quiet and listen to the whispers of the heart.

And then, follow that whisper.

Because you are enough. You have all that you need. And the world needs your light.

This is me extending my hand to you. You no longer need to be afraid.

All you have to do is take a step forward.

Will you do it?

The choice is all yours.

SHINE ON

 

XX,

Mary

 

 

Stop Spinning: Get Grounded

When we’re too action oriented, we tend to get stuck in the mind. We get so wrapped up in our to-do lists and all of the other things going on inside of our heads, that we lose sight of what’s important. When we live in a state of mental stress, the body goes into fight or flight mode, which then kicks the nervous system into overdrive. And if this state persists for a prolonged period of time, physical conditions may arise— breakouts, anxiety, hair loss, depression, etc.

And here’s the kicker about living in a state of mental stress: you thought your way there, but there’s no thinking your way out. When life has you spinning, the best thing you can do for yourself is to get grounded; to return awareness to the physical body.

Put your feet on the Earth.

THE CURE

  1. Get your feet on the Earth. Your bare naked feet. This practice is known as “Earthing,” and before you write if off as hippy-dippy, there is science to back it up. The Journal of Environmental Public Health says:

    “It is an established, though not widely appreciated fact, that the Earth’s surface possesses a limitless and continuously renewed supply of free or mobile electrons. The Earth’s negative charges can create a stable internal bioelectrical environment for the normal functioning of all body systems which may be important for setting the biological clock, regulating circadian rhythms, and balancing cortisol levels.”

    2. Tune into your 5 senses. Look around. What do you see? Now, tune into sound. What do you hear? Bring your awareness to your whole body. What do you feel? What are you smelling? What are you tasting? By tuning into your 5 senses, you are bringing awareness back to what is happening in the present moment. This is a powerful practice that takes less than 2 minutes and can be done anywhere at anytime.

    3. Hold onto an object from the Earth. A seashell, a rock, your favorite crystal. Look at it in your hands and simply observe yourself holding the object. Feel its weight, flip it over in your hands, touch its surface. Tangible practices get you out of the mind, because when you’re feeling, you’re not thinking anymore.

    4. Breathe Deeply.  The body is so intelligent that it sustains the flow of breath all day long without conscious awareness. But, by tuning into the breath, you can use it as a tool for release, purification, increasing energy, and coming back to the present moment. Begin with three deep inhales and exhales and continue for as long as you need.

    5. Sit in stillness (advanced). If you haven’t stopped moving in a while, you’ll find that this practice gets uncomfortable quickly. Do what you can to take a step back and observe the inner chatter of the mind without judgement. If you find yourself getting frustrated, don’t stop, remain seated and allow all of that mental “noise” to surface and move out. Eventually your mind will tire as you let all of the stories, and things to do. Tip: Breathing through it will help with purifying the mind.

Sometimes all we need is 5 minutes of grounding to regain balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Other times, we need an entire day to recharge and rebalance. These practices are meant to be done for as long as you need. If a practice doesn’t help you in 5 minutes, consider giving yourself 5 more, and then maybe 5 more after that.

Happy grounding!

Namaste,

Mary

August Affirmations

Wooo, July was quite an intense month.

I follow astrology so naturally, I accredited feeling “off” to the recent rough and tumble of our solar system. In July, we survived some powerful moons, solar flares, six retrogrades, and the longest eclipse of the century. Since we are of the same matter and elements as that of space, the activity going on in the sky stirs us Earthlings up too. During this time, a lot of people I’ve talked to reported feeling over emotional, fatigued, or not quite themselves.

I’m not saying it’s okay to use the chaotic state of our solar system as a scapegoat for a series of mental breakdowns, but I am saying there is something to that old adage “as above, so below.”

Enter August. A new month, full of new energy and new opportunities. July and everything that happened back then is old news. And so here we are, moving forward! The final eclipse of the summer will grace us on August 11th. We’re almost clear of eclipse season— almost! Unfortunately, we will still have to brave those inimical retrogrades, but alas, I have a plan to help us make it through! To ensure that this month feels more smooth than the last, I have compiled a list of my favorite affirmations to remain balanced, grounded, and open.

Affirmations are powerful statements that help reframe the mind to harness a more positive perspective and outlook. If you repeat them often and actually believe them, you can make some incredible life changes!

That being said, my trusty crystal and I will be riding out the retrogrades and the last wave of eclipse season together repeating, journaling, and meditating to the affirmations below:

  1. I am powerful and persistent.
  2. With clarity of mind, I feel abundance & worthiness coming through.
  3. I am in perfect balance.
  4. Today I am choosing to renew my body, mind, and spirit with a sense of wonder.
  5. I invite love, peace, and harmony to dwell in me and around me at all times.
  6. I let go of all that no longer serves me.
  7. I am in harmony with nature.
  8. I am at home in my body.
  9. I open my heart to love.
  10. I am centered peaceful, patient & calm.
  11. I have no expectations and make no assumptions.
  12. My heart is overflowing with joy.
  13. I am a vibrational match to all that I desire.
  14. I choose faith over fear.
  15. I believe in myself.
  16. I trust my inner voice.
  17. I am safe in the universe. All life loves and supports me.
  18. I am rich. Rich in kindness, love, and health.
  19. I go with the flow and feel my connection to the stream of life.
  20. I honor my commitments to myself.
  21. I am exactly where I am intended to be.
  22. I follow my bliss.
  23. I am connected to the endless love and abundance of the universe.
  24. I have the freedom and power to create the life I desire.
  25. I trust in my path as there are no wrong decisions.
  26. I live in the paradise of my own creation.
  27. I am grounded.
  28. I have everything I could ever need.
  29. I trust in Divine timing. The universe always has my back.
  30. I accept and love myself just the way I am.
  31. I am whole.

Ahhhh, don’t you feel better already?

Thought so. Follow along! I will be posting these affirmations on my Instagram story daily. @marygranola

Namaste,

Mary

Essential Oils 101

What are essential oils?

Essentials oils are just another one of mother nature’s gifts. They are 100% natural, non-toxic oils that are extracted from various plants, roots, and herbs. The oils are so concentrated that on average they are 50-75% more potent than the plants and herbs themselves. Every essential oil provides physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual benefits specific to its individual properties. They are extremely versatile and can be used for:

  • Alternative medicine
  • Natural healing and nourishment for the mind, body, and spirit
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Mood management
  • Replacing household chemical products to reduce toxic load
  • Enhancing meditation and relaxation
  • Detox drinks

It should be noted that not all oils are created equal. Beware of synthetic essential oils! Most brands can only be used aromatically and warn against topical and internal use even though they claim to be 100% pure. I recently came across a brand that promises pure, potent, high quality oils and I’ve been using and loving Doterra essential oils ever since.

Why DoTerra?

One word: quality. Doterra essential oils are 100% pure. A lot of the oils you’ll find at drugs stores and health food stores are diluted with fillers and other additives, making them less potent and unsafe for topical and internal use. Because DoTerra essential oils are pure, they are safe to inhale, apply to skin and ingest. DoTerra even goes as far as sharing quality insurance information on their website for each product.

How do I use essential oils?

Aromatically- Inhaling essential oils engages the sensors in your nasal cavity, lungs and pores. When this happens, these sensors emit signals to your limbic system, which immediately triggers the portion of the brain responsible for emotions and feelings. Depending on the benefit of the essential oil, the response will enhance or regulate certain physiological and psychological responses. And all of this happens within 22 seconds of inhaling!

Topically- Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Topical application affects nerve endings, sweat glands, heat sensors, sebaceous (oil-producing) glands, and blood vessels. By the end of two minutes, you can be sure the essential oil has reached your bloodstream and has already begun to reach all the cells in your body.

Internally- Most, not all, essential oils can be taken internally. Yes, this means you can drop them under your tongue, add a few drops to your water, and even incorporate them into food recipes!

What are some popular essential oils and their uses?

LAVENDER

Properties: soothing and calming with a sweet, floral aroma
Uses: aromatic, topical, internal

  • Inhale or diffuse to relax and calm the nervous system
  • Apply to the forehead and back of the neck to reduce feelings of anxiety
  • Gently apply to sun burned skin for relief
  • Apply to skin to treat irritation and skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema
  • Apply to wrists and neck as natural perfume
  • Put a few drops on your pillow case at night to promote peaceful sleep
  • Soak in a warm lavender bath to calm nerves and promote relaxation
  • Put a few drops in your dryer to freshen laundry

LEMON

Properties: cleansing, revitalizing, and uplifting with a citrusy aroma
Uses: aromatic, topical, internal

  • Add 1-2 drops in warm water for a detox drink (promotes healthy digestion, aids in curing sore throat, reduces kidney and gallbladder stones)
  • Diffuse or inhale in the morning to uplift and energize
  • Take internally to help treat a hangover
  • Add to a spray bottle of water for a natural disinfectant spray

PEPPERMINT

Properties: cooling and energizing with a minty aroma
Uses: aromatic, topical, internal

  • Apply to the forehead for a natural headache and fever reducer
  • Apply to lower back to alleviate lower back pain
  • Inhale to enhance focus and concentration
  • Inhale through mouth to freshen breath
  • Drop under tongue to help aid digestion and/or soothe an upset stomach
  • Add to water for a refreshing beverage (1 drop of peppermint oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea)

FRANKINCENSE

Properties: renewing, beautifying, and grounding with a warm aroma
Uses: aromatic, topical, internal

  • Diffuse, inhale and/or apply to the crown of the head to enrich meditation practices
  • Apply to skin to reduce scarring
  • Add to moisturizer to promote the appearance of radiant-looking skin
  • Take two drops internally to support healthy immune, digestive, and brain function
  • Apply to cuticles for healthy nails
  • Apply to insect bites for itch relief
  • Apply to the bottom of feet to balance mood

MELALEUCA (TEA TREE)

Properties: soothing and cleansing with a fresh aroma
Uses: aromatic, topical, internal

  • Apply to rashes and cuts to help treat fungal and bacterial infections
  • Treats acne and acne scarring
  • Apply to skin as a natural bug repellant
  • Diffuse to help purify and freshen the air

ON GUARD BLEND

Properties: energizing and uplifting with a spicy aroma
Uses: aromatic, topical, internal

  • Take two drops internally for a quick immune boost
  • Apply two drops into the palm of your hands as a natural hand sanitizer
  • Take internally to treat sore throat, strep throat, or the common cold
  • Add a few drops to water and gargle for a healthy mouth rinse

Where can I get ‘em?

Right here!

All of the essential oils mentioned above can be purchased individually, as well as a part of the Family Kit, which can be found under the “Collections” tab.

For all other inquiries, email me at marygalske@gmail.com.

Namaste!

Mary

The Return

I felt like a fraud. Inauthentic. Fake. I was lying to everyone— my friends, my family, my entire social media following. But even worse than all of that, I was lying to myself. I was preaching about love and union and oneness, yet I felt so separate. So isolated. So alone.

I was depressed and afraid to admit it. What if I told my friends and family and they didn’t take me seriously? What if they dismissed my illness because of its deceptive invisibility? What if they discredited me as a yoga teacher? What if this feeling never went away?

For two months, I wouldn’t acknowledge those questions. I refused to give them any sort of attention. Until, I went to a psychic who told me I had an aura of sadness surrounding me. Yes, I paid someone to tell me how I’ve been feeling lately: depleted, drained, unhappy. But, to be honest, I wasn’t expecting to hear the truth. I had gone to her as an escape, a desperate final attempt to prove to myself that I was okay (even though I totally wasn’t). The last palm reading I had, about a year ago, I was told that I am a world traveler and I will always have safe comings and goings and that I was about to embark on a chapter of self love and discovery, so I thought that this visit would elicit the same kind of feel good, sunshine-and-rainbow type of fortune. But, that was not the case. Instead, I was left to face the undeniable truth. My depression was real.

And when I did, I felt temporarily relieved. It felt good to talk about it, to free the words that I had encaged within for so long. But then I got caught up in the label of depression and felt worse. Every few days I would feel better until inevitability something would cause me to retreat back into myself. Eventually, this irregular emotional confusion changed form to a vicious cycle of hopelessness and despair. I felt sorry for myself, which made me feel sorry that I even felt sorry for myself in the first place considering how good I have it in comparison to the rest of the world. And then, I would go back to feeling sorry for myself anyway because the pain was so real. I even began to indulge in it, suffering for the sake of suffering. Somewhere in the middle of it all, I began to identify with my deep despondency, as if my depression and I made some sort of arrangement to keep my painful memories alive and to only focus on the sour parts of my life. I completely lost myself. I was saying things I didn’t believe in, throwing myself daily pity parties, and self-sabotaging to another degree.

Even though I was barely recognizable to myself, there was a part of me that was still paying attention, that cared to take note of all of the things that helped and didn’t help. I learned that listening to sad songs, and pitying myself, and oversleeping and believing that I wasn’t good enough, hurt. While being patient with myself, practicing yoga, doing intense physical exercise, writing, believing I was good enough, and reaching out to to people, helped. Especially that last one. (Let’s read it again: reaching out to people helped). While I was unaccepting of feeling most of the love I received, it’s the support from others that really helped me recover. My family and friends offered all that they could from their level of understanding, and my boyfriend helped me flee a toxic situation. I was not alone, after all.

It’s been about a month since I’ve felt really low. I still have good moments and not so good moments, but for the most part, I feel that my energy has returned. I’m sleeping regularly and laughing more. In the last few weeks, I made the move to sunny Florida with my boyfriend and even though I am starting anew without much direction, I am optimistic.

As I begin this new chapter of my life, I am grateful for all that has transpired to get me here. The good, the bad, and the ugly. It was all a part of the process. We endure difficulties in order to experience growth. It’s just one of life’s overwhelmingly complex laws, confusing and incredible at the same time. I could spend years pondering the concept, but I don’t think I will. All I know is I am alive. And that is enough.

It should be noted that no two people are ever going to recover the same. Healing is a very personal process. What works for one, may not work for another. So, while I did not participate in therapy or the use of prescription drugs, does not mean that I do not discredit them. It simply means it was not a part of my process.

If you ever feel depressed, know that you are not alone. Reach out to friends, family, or helplines. To connect with the Depression Helpline, call 1-800-826-3632. For more information, visit www.dbsalliance.org.

Namaste,

Mary

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TEF: I just got better

A few months ago, I was really working to master the art of handstand holding, but I was having some trouble. The same thing would happen every time. I would be upside down for .5 seconds and then I would just topple over like a stack of Jenga blocks. I needed to do some serious strength training but, I was reluctant to get to the gym. I wanted it to be all yoga all the time. And, besides the idea of strength training seemed a little intimidating to me. I didn’t know how to go about it and I really didn’t feel like pumping iron with a bunch of guys grunting at themselves in the mirror.

So I kept doing what I was doing, but I was getting quite frustrated and I even ended up straining my lower back. Then, my mom swooped in like the miracle-working-problem-solver she is and suggested I go to Tyler English Fitness, a performance and training facility that offers daily strength and conditioning classes.

It’s been a perfect fit. I am way more steady—no more wobbly warriors. And I can hold handstands like I’ve never held them before. You could say I’ve made some “serious gains.” But, it has certainly not been easy. The coaching sessions are intense. I often find myself muttering “WTF” under my breath (very yogic of me, I know). But guess what? The trainers don’t care that I’m a little uncomfortable. They only care that I finish my burpees and squat all the way down and no one better stop before the timer goes off because we’ll just start over, okay?

You see, TEF has a no BS policy. You will be pushed (though sometimes it may feel like shove) out your comfort zone. Your legs will shake and you will be sore in places you didn’t even know existed in your body. And if you don’t like that, well then you can take it up with the complaint department, which is conveniently located in the big gray barrel. You know, the one that resembles a garbage can.

But, a place with so much passion couldn’t run without heart. Really, the whole gym just operates on tough love because at the end of the day, everyone just wants you to do well, or to “get better,” as Tyler would say. The trainers want that for you. The members want that for you. Even the ones who have been there for years and can gracefully jump squat 1000x without breaking a sweat. TEF is the first and only gym that I’ve belonged to that really encompasses a sense of community.

Oddly enough, I’m going to miss getting my ass kicked at the 8:30 morning class. My body has truly experienced a transformation for the better, and I am leaving for India feeling well prepared (well, physically, at least).

So, to Tyler + all of the other bad ass trainers at TEF, thank you for helping me to #getbetter!

Namaste,

Mary

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