Content Excerpt from Sakara Life DeTox Guide

*This guide was offered to clients of Sakara Life as a compliment to the meal delivery service they provide.

Welcome, darling Sakaralite. 

Get ready to feel as great as you look. (meow)

Yoga is a fabulous way to give the body the rejuvenation it needs, just in time for summer. Now that the sun has finally come out to play, it is time to wake the body up and get rid of all the build-up that accumulates due to exposure to preservatives, pesticides, stimulants, and heavy metals.

DeToxing is a natural way to restore and lighten the body, aiding the body in the natural elimination of metabolic waste products.

This DeTox offers you an opening breath meditation, a series of asanas, music suggestions to help you flow, and an ending visualization to recenter the body afterwards. We’ve also added a special Sakara Life DeTox Smoothie Recipe to help you bring the DeTox off the mat and into the kitchen.

Perform this practice two to three times a week. When combined with a Sakara Life meal plan, you’ll aid your body tremendously in its natural cleansing process, getting your body, mind, and spirit ready to meet the sun.



Excerpt Newsletter: Jiva-Apoha Oils

JULY: Time to Celebrate Soulfully

July is the middle-child, summer month that calls us outside to abandon our shoes in the grass, and run naked into the water. It’s a perfect time to celebrate all living things, most importantly to celebrate YOU. We want you to feel as good as you look so that you can skip in the sunshine, and dance by the moonlight. July is your month, and we want to infuse it with FUN! Our Sukhin (Happy) Body oil is the perfect sassy summer friend to take on your July adventure. Throw one of our new 4 ozsize bottles in your getaway bag and hit the road. The enticing combination of all-natural Sesame oil with 100% Pure Essentials of Orange, Geranium, Cardamom, and Black Pepper oils make this union simultaneously sweetly floral, and exotically spicy. The gateway to the soul awaits with this carefully crafted blend of all-natural ingredients that will tantalize the senses while nurturing and beautifying your skin. So take a few moments this month, go wild, balance with harmony, and beat the drum. If climbing a mountain or taking a skinny-dip in the ocean conflicts with your schedule, find a joyful place by closing your eyes, and allow the warm sunshine to whisk you away.



Luxury Italian Tours Abruzzo Tour Marketing

Content of Marketing Piece composed for Luxury Italian Tours February 2013

Find out what awaits you in Abruzzo

Join us on a journey that combines utmost luxury with unforgettable rustic charm. Combining tastings of fine wine with a grape-stomping experience, this tour is perfect for anyone looking to compliment their cultural experience with quality comfort.

A home away from home

We like to boast about our Abruzzen adventure as giving visitors a chance to feel at home while exploring a new country. One of the highlights of the tour is going to Emidio Pepe, a renown winery famous for its use of organic harvesting techniques. Mr. Pepe himself will be there to show us the ins-and-outs of wine production, guiding us from start to finish as we harvest and stomp the grapes that are to become the 2014 vintage. Along with taking home an exclusive bottle of wine, each with a personalized label, guests will leave afficianados, with a new appreciation for the LOVE and SOMETHING that goes into producing each bottle of Abruzzen Montepulciano.

One can hardly enjoy a good wine without the accompaniment of a traditional Italian fare (trust us, we know). The lovely matriarch of the vineyard, Rosa Pepe, will be cooking us some of the best traditional cuisine this side of divine. She’ll even share some of her culinary secrets to take home along with our personalized bottle. An open invitation to come sit around the table, eat, drink, laugh, and feel right at home.

Come play with us. Wine Not?

The wining and dining hardly ends after the vineyard of Emidio Pepe. We will travel onward to Le Marche to survey and sample the organic wines of the region, learning even more winemaking techniques. Known for its art and custom lace, this trip promises to be dripping in decadence. After spending an afternoon at the winery, we’ll leave some time before dinner in the natural grotto to take a dip in the hilltop pool or outdoor jacuzzi. Did we mention that this tour is luxurious?

Taking a little time to enjoy the natural things in life….

Besides natural wine, our Abruzzen excursion will land us in the rolling pastures of a bio-agriturismo farm where we will get to find out if the sheep really do speak Italian, and if the milk of an Italian cow really does taste like wine. We will have a SOMETHING meal that is prepared with food from the farm including organic cheeses, homemade pasta, and a special dessert. For the animal lovers of the group, there is a chance once the day draws to a close to adopt a sheep all your own. You can name the sheep and in return for being a proud parent you will receive your sheep’s annual production including cheeses, oils and wool products. A little bit of Italian countryside to take home with you (but please do not try and take the sheep home, it won’t work…trust us we know.)


Newsletter: De-stress this Holiday Season

De-stress this holiday and warm-up those winter blues

The holiday season is here, bringing with it time for friends, family, and celebration. Unfortunately, along with the highs of the holidays come the piles of stress and anxiety.  Luckily, the giving season is the perfect time to take a step back and give yourself a much-needed dose of self-love. Here are a few ideas to help bear-hug yourself when you need it most:

1. Don’t forget the fruitcake. Nothing inspires a sense of holiday cheer like baking something special for you or someone you love. Choose a favorite dessert recipe, turn on a soul-quenching soundtrack, and get baking! It’s incredible what one person can create. If you feel like sharing, call up a close friend and ask them to join. When you sit down to enjoy, take a moment to let it sink in – you’ve made something delicious and more importantly you’ve made it.

2. Spa retreat — in your bathroom. Giving your skin a spa-treatment is a great way to relish in how beautiful your skin is simply because it is all your own. Pick up an at home face mask, a body scrub, and some aromatherapy candles. Give yourself the gift of an oasis right in your own room. Enjoy a hot cup of chamomile tea with your regimen to further your much deserved relaxation.

3. Write the stress away. Take a little time to journal what you is going on in your life and how you are feeling. The simple act of putting your thoughts on paper, and bringing awareness to what is going on around you can have very beneficial affects. By doing so you will invite a sense of compassion into your life.

4. Zen out. Meditation practices have become part of mainstream culture, with celebrities and CEOs alike boasting about the benefits of sitting quietly with yourself. The best part about it? The practice is accessible to everyone and completely free. All you need is something comfortable to sit on, such as a chair, pillow, or yoga mat, and a space in which you can be alone. There are guided meditations available online or if silence is more comforting, consider simply sitting with your breath. As inspirational yogi and life coach Elena Brower suggests…..

5. Move that beautiful body! Often, during times of stress we can clench and tighten our bodies without knowing it, causing tension and pain. It is important to take some time out of gift-wrapping and meeting year-end deadlines to gift yourself with physical activity. Run, bike, yoga, roller-blade – whatever! Even just stepping away from the screen for a twenty minute walk can re-frame your mindset and give you the energy you need to sing that one last Christmas carol.

6. Who’s the hot date? This is the time of year when our calendars have wait-lists, but give VIP access to someone you love and clear a night to gift yourself with their company. Being reminded of the people who make the holidays merry and bright is a great stress-buster.

7. Tea party for one. Herbal tea is known for it’s calming effects. Pour yourself a hot cup. light a candle, sit back, and breathe. The to-do list will be there when you get back, and taking the time to catch up with yourself will make all the difference as you get back to the grind. Try Chamomile tea or peppermint tea for tension soothers.

8. Give then receive. Embracing the giving spirit can have extremely positive effects on your stress levels. Many of us cannot find the time to volunteer at a shelter or serve food at a soup kitchen, but there are many ways to give to those in need this season. Making a monetary donation takes all but five minutes and a credit card, and can go to anything from buying a cow for a community in Malawi to supporting an art program at a local school. If multi-tasking is more your style, consider one of these holiday gift idea that give their proceeds to good causes. (link to ethical gifts)

9. Trees? Sky? Wow! During the winter we find ourselves spending most of our time in-doors, and the amount of daylight available becomes increasingly shorter. Taking to get outside to a park or for a neighborhood stroll reminds us that the grass still grows and the sun still shines even on the most frantic of days. The chill in the air will also make coming back inside an even sweeter experience. Have the next tip waiting for you to make it more delicious.

10. If it tastes like heaven it’s probably chocolate.  Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and has been shown to boost serotonin levels. So take a second to indulge and feel the stress melt away.

11. GIRLS NIGHT OUT (or in!) Girlfriends do wonders to laugh away holiday blues. Plan a night to go to a favorite hot spot, or stay in and enjoy your favorite chick flick. One rule: No stress talk! This is a night of fun and friends, and stress is not invited.

12. Sing it loud and proud. It doesn’t have to be a carol, or even a real song, but whenever you find yourself alone – shower, car, elevator, bathroom at work – don’t be afraid to belt out a tune. Singing tricks your brain into thinking it is relaxed and happy enough to be actually singing. Eventually, you will find yourself feeling better. Who knows, you may even want to give a little dance when you do.

13. Earn a bravery badge. Spontaneous acts of courage, no matter how minute, have dramatic effects on self-confidence – the arch enemy of stress. It can be as simple as looking a stranger in the eye and smiling, or asking that don’t-quite-know-you-very-well coworker to lunch. Perhaps it means calling up an old friend or FINALLY sign up for that Zumba class you’ve been wanting to take.