Friday, October 31, 2014

Essential Oils 101
Tuesday November 11, 11:00 - 12:30
Yoga North of Duluth


Be your own advocate and empower and heal yourself with essential oils!
Come experience the amazing healing effects of doTERRA essential oils.
This is a free education class where we will inhale, drink, and apply the oils.  Learn how to use the oils as a part of your family’s daily life….as medicine, as food, for your skin, your house, your mind and your body!  The applications are endless.  Live to your Fullest.  Live Empowered.

Margaret Harstad
Essential Oils Educator, doTerra Oils

I can’t wait to share this beautiful gift of the earth with you.
Please RSVP to attend, email or text welcome

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This Flubber Recipe comes from the DoTerra Blog
To Learn more about DoTerra oils, see my website at

This gooey concoction is a ton of fun and will keep little hands busy for a long time. This flubber slowly melts into a fun ooze and stretches to make fun shapes.

What You Need:
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon borax
Essential oil of choice
Food Coloring
Warm water
1 cup white school glue (1 bottle of glue is approximately 1/2 cup)

1. In one bowl combine glue, 3/4 cup warm water, food coloring, and essential oil. Stir well to combine.

2. In second bowl combine borax and 2/3 cup warm water. Stir until dissolved. 
Note: Make sure to only add 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon borax. If you add more, the flubber will be thicker and won’t stretch as much.

3. Slowly pour glue mixture into borax mixture. Mix together until ball forms.
4. Enjoy your slime! Store in an airtight container.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Welcome to doTerra Oils!!

You can come in and receive an Oil Rich Massage, order from the link to the right, or email me to talk more about the wonderful empowerment of Essential Oils!

Lets start with one of my favorite oils....

Home Use
1. A Cure for Laundry Neglect. Lemon essential oil takes out ALL odor when you forget and leave your load of laundry in the washer way too long!
2. Tame Oozy, Sappy Trees. Whether the sap is on your carpet, clothes or seeped into your skin, lemon oil is excellent for removing pine gum and tree sap.
3. Stop Grease in its Tracks. You just fixed your bike. Your hands are black and greasy. Soap alone won’t remove the grease, but lemon oil mixed with your soap will.  Lemon oil is a great de-greaser!
4. Disinfect the Disgusting. You can add lemon oil to a spray bottle of water and attack what may be living in your range hood, on your tables, countertops and other surfaces. For some extra chemical-free firepower, a little vinegar is a traditional favorite.
5. Lose the Gas Mask. When you clean the gunky build up in your shower, do you practically have to wear a gas mask to survive the fumes? Go gas mask free and clean with lemon oil. Just a small amount of lemon oil will go a long way in removing hard water build up.
6. Nourish Your Leathers. Whether you ride a Harley in style or cherish the patina of your leather sofa at home, your leathers are not maintenance free. Use a lemon oil soaked cloth to preserve them, and prevent leather from splitting.
7. High Ho Silver. A lemon oil treated cloth is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver or other metals. You may not eat on silver every day, but bracelets, earrings, necklaces often need some love.
8. Deactivate the Sticky. Lemon oil can help you avert a hair cutting crisis the next time you deal with gum in hair. Got kids with obsessive addictions to stickers or temporary tattoos? Works for those too. Not for wide receivers.
9. Love Your Luster. Bring your furniture back to life with lemon oil! Just add a few drops of lemon oil to olive oil for a non-toxic furniture polish. Lemon oil leaves a beautiful shine, prevents fine wood finishes from drying out, and replaces lost moisture in antique woods as it penetrates worn finishes.
10. De-Smudge Your Stainless. You don’t need to hunt down that “single use” stainless steel cleaner anymore. Multi-use lemon oil is great for cleaning stainless steel appliances. You’ll love the way stainless looks and smells!
11. Clean Granite or Porous Stone. What is living in the pores of your natural stone counters or floors? Lemon oil cleans deeply, seeps into stone and leaves you with a “real fresh lemons” aroma, rather than that fake lemon chemical smell.
12. Energize your Brush.  If your toothbrush seems a bit tired, add a drop of lemon and peppermint oils to chase away that run-down feeling.
13. Quarantine Pungencies. Moldy kid’s sneakers, a baby’s blowout, potty training … it all adds up to an less than desirable aroma. Diffuse or spray lemon oil and neutralize odors at their source!
14. Take the Spine Out of Scuffs. Got a scuff mark that just won’t go away? Lemon oil lifts scuff marks in remarkable ways!
15. Curtail the Dank, Musty or Mildewed. Things get stored away. Things get old. Things don’t see the light of day. Chase away that “old smell” and inject new energy with a good lemon oil wipe down.
16.Stop Cutting Board Bacteria Palooza. Cutting boards can harbor bacteria in your kitchen.  Nobody wants to taste the chemicals you have in your cleaning closet, yet most people love the taste of lemon!
17. Control an Aphid Invasion, Naturally.  Aphids — those pesky little bugs that dine on your roses and other plants.  Lemon oil (or peppermint) with water in a garden spray bottle are a natural pesticide that kills aphids and their larvae on contact, but leave your plants looking lovely.
18. Spot-Free Dishes. Add a few drops of lemon oil to your dishwasher soap container with each load.  Your dishes will come out looking like new… spot-free!
19. Refresh Bad Smelling Washcloths. When your kitchen washcloths smell foul and could use a boost, add lemon oil to your detergent, soak overnight, wash, dry and your kitchen will smell so much better!
Cooking & Food
20. Energy Boost. For a quick, refreshing energy boost, combine a couple drops each of lemon essential oil and peppermint essential oil in a glass of water and drink up. Add a lemony taste to your bottled water.
21. Zest Up Your Sugary Indulgences. There are an infinite number of ways lemon oil can add a bit of freshness to your sugary savors: Lemon frosting • Lemon meringue • Sour cream lemon pie • Lemon cakes • Lemon tart glaze • Lemon squares  • Lemon cookies  • Breathtaking, awe-inspiring lemonade
23. Pep Up Your Entrees. With lemon oil, there are countless ways to make the bland zippy, or the blah peppy:  Roasted salmon & asparagus with lemon oil, Linguine & shrimp with lemon oil, Lemon oil drizzled over vegetables (especially broccoli),  Lemon garlic shrimp  … or to add a fresh kick to an already great salad.
24. Preserve What You’ve Got. Use lemon oil in a spray to keep your cut fruit fresh until serving.
Body & Mind
25. Ease Respiratory Gunkity Goop. When used with a humidifier, it’s a great way to slow wheezing, colds, cough, and other upper respiratory problems.
26. De-scratch Your Scratchy Throat. Adding a couple drops of lemon essential oil to warm water & honey can change that yucky sore throat feeling, slow a nasty cough, and douse a fever. Lemon oil fights bacteria, as well as viruses.
27. Honeylicious Hair Highlights …Chemical Free. Skip the expensive salon highlight treatment, and use lemon oil to create your own hair highlights.  Just go in the sun after using with your hair product, and it will lighten your hair.  Be careful, it works well!
28.  Fight the Fungus Among Us. Tired of seeing that unsightly nail fungus?  Lemon oil is great for nails, and can help fight against nail fungus.
29.  Halt the Nervous Nellie, In You. When combined with lavender oil and diffused into a room, you’ll find you feel less anxious, a better  mood, more even keel, and well … linear.
30. Clear Thinking & Clear Focus, Made Visible. A clear mind, a clean slate, a fresh outlook.  It’s all good.  Real good. Diffuse lemon oil and you got it.
31. Take the Heat Out of Cold Sores. When you have a gnarly cold sore that’s just begging for attention, douse it with a few drops of lemon oil and you’ll have a new best friend.
32. Nice Mood … No Really.  Chase away the moody blues (not the band), with a bit of blah-reducing lemon oil. Whether you choose to diffuse it or apply topically, it’s hard to not improve your outlook with lemon oil around!
33.  Was That a Crusty? Next time you notice hard, crusty skin on your feet, (e.g. corns, calluses or bunions) regularly add a few drops of lemon oil and you’ll soon have softened skin!
34.  A Brighter Complexion. Lemon oil can help remove dead skin cells and exfoliate.  For a homemade exfoliant, add 4-5 drops to a small amount of oatmeal and water for a homemade scrub.  Feels great!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Valentine's Yoga Date Night
Yoga North of Duluth
Friday, February 14, 5:30-7:30pm to register

What better way to kick off Valentine's Day?! Partner postures are done together working with balance, support, 
trust, strength, and flexibility. In addition, learn some of the relaxing, releasing and nurturing benefits of 
Thai Bodywork with one another. You are welcome to sign up with a partner, friend, child, or yoga buddy. Poses are 
taught for a variety of levels for all to enjoy. No experience necessary.

$30/couple. Sign up in advance. Space is limited. Only one person should sign up to reserve a spot for a couple.

Have been missing for a while here.
Have been holding many successful workshops...
Principle Based Partner Yoga was a great success with a great bit of acro-yoga mixed in.
Death and Dying workshop was held in December...a humbling experience.
Most recently, held another Yogi Date Night!
Next workshop coming Valentines Day...
Stay tuned.
Or see all classes listed in the sidebar...

Sunday, October 13, 2013

SatDate: 11/2/2013From: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Room: Lotus Room
Taught by Margaret Harstad, this workshop is back by popular demand.

Come with a friend, family or loved one and share the nurturing benefits and luxury
of Thai Bodywork with one another.In this workshop we will spend our time
grounding, stretching, twisting, breathing and taking care of one another
while we learn a 30 minute sequence and alternate giving and receiving.
Take home a manual and duplicate the practice at home. No experience necessary.

$60.00 per partner group pre-registered & pre-paid ($75 at the door) to register

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Birthday Buddhas.

There is a Buddha for all seven days of the week, two for Wednesday.
What day were you born on?

I was born on Saturday.
The Saturday Buddha is seen below...

For Saturdays: "Protected by the Naga King", (Paang Naga Prok) the Buddha image sits on a large coiled serpent which rises to protect him from a raging storm. The Buddha sits in profound meditation, unaware of the tumult, as he is lifted over the rising waves by the King of Nagas.

I see this as very appropriate.  I walk around happily unaware of the turmoil around me.
I see this as a good thing, and a comforting thing.  I think it's hillarious!

Sunday Below

Buddha for Sunday (pang thawai net)
The Sunday Buddha image is standing with arms crossed in front of the waist with the right hand covering the left hand.
Buddha obtained enlightenment while sitting under a bothi tree. The image represents a time just after Buddha obtained enlightenment when, for gratitude, he stood and admired a bothi tree for one week without blinking an eye ((net) is a formal Pali word for eye or eyes).

Monday Below

Buddha for Monday (pang ham yati)
The Monday Buddha image is standing with the right hand raised to shoulder height with the palm out and the fingers extended (the abhaya mudra).
This image represents Buddha pacifying the relatives. When Buddha returned from heaven after three months, his relatives were arguing about the rights to water flowing through their land. Buddha persuaded them to compromise.

Tuesday Below

Buddha for Tuesday (pang sai yat)
The Tuesday Buddha image is lying on his right side, head resting on his arm, toes even.
It represents when Buddha entered parinibbana at his death on a Tuesday.

Wednesday Below

Buddha for Wednesday(pang umbat)
The Buddha image for Wednesday is standing and holding an alms bowl with both hands.It indicates the time Buddha returned to see his father. In the early morning, monks make their alms rounds to collect food. Buddha did the same and his father was upset that Buddha was "begging" for food.

Thursday Below

Buddha for Thursday (pang samti)
The Thursday Buddha image is sitting in a full lotus position with soles upward and visible, the hands resting in the lap, right above left with all fingers extended, palms upward (the dhyani mudra).In this position, some believe the body is receptive to energy entering through the top of the head and through the open palms.

Friday Below

Buddha for Friday (pang ram pueng)
The Friday Buddha image is standing with both arms crossed over the chest with the right hand covering the left.This position indicates contemplation and consideration, and represents Buddha contemplating the subtle nature of dhamma and ponders on how to reveal this to mankind.

Don't Think About it All Too Much!
Its just sort of fun...

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Homemade Tea-Less Chai Tea
My favorite New Recipe
Straight from Thailand....

Boil Two Cups of Water with
1 Teaspoon Coriander Seed, Ground
3 Stars of Anise
2 Cinnamon Sticks
1 Teaspoon Cardamom
1/2 Teaspoon Cloves
1 Thumb Length Piece Fresh Ginger

For Twenty Minutes, covered.
Add Two Cups Milk of your choice and heat without boiling.
I then strain mine out or let it "settle" in a pyrex before serving.
Sweeten to Taste

If you want Caffeination, toss in 3 Tablespoons Loose Black  Tea

Monday, February 11, 2013

FriDate: 2/15/2013From: 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Room: Lake Room
Warm up your Winter Valentine's weekend by practicing yoga with someone special.

Partner postures are done together working with balance, support, trust, strength,
and flexibility. In addition , learn some of the relaxing, releasing and nurturing
benefits of Thai Yoga Bodywork with one another. Learn to read and understand
 one another's Chakras.

You are welcome to sign up with a friend, child, or yoga buddy.
Poses are taught for a variety of levels for all to enjoy.
No experience necessary.  $25/couple.