Can your makeup harm you?

Ever since Kleopatra and well before we have been finding ways to enhance and modify our features. Well we do want to present at our best.

Unfortunately   as our skin protects and seals us from toxins what we put on it eventually can move through the protective outer barrier and into our liver. This is not to frighten you but to inform.Remember all meditation starts with awareness, so too does bringing greater transparency  to the business world.

Many beauty and skin care products on the market are full of hidden chemicals, and makeup products may be the worst.

Do you know how many product safety assessments the FDA requires cosmetics companies to conduct?

None. This is an article from America ,read the full content on https:/

And harmful ingredients — which are linked to cancer, organ toxicity, and more — can easily be hidden by confusing or deceptive titles.Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 3.23.06 pm.png

Annmarie Gianni says “Swapping your regular makeup products for natural versions can seem like the scariest step in the transition. You found mascara that takes your eyelashes to new heights, a lipstick that makes your pout pop, and a foundation that makes your skin look like it traveled back in time. Why would you give those things up?”

Under current American, the Federal Drug Administration does not require cosmetics companies to conduct safety assessments on their products.  Ingredients that are harmful can be easily marketed under confusing or deceptive titles like “fragrance.” They may even be listed, plain and simple, on the label, but with no messages to inform consumers of their potentially harmful effects.

If makeup is a part of your daily routine, it’s vital to think about what you’re putting on your skin. Your pores absorb what you put on them—they don’t know any better! That lipstick on your teeth? You ate that.

So let’s talk about some toxic chemicals in the makeup and how to get healthy with our beauty routines!”


“Where would you find phthalates? They’re used to plasticize products, making them more flexible or better able to hold in color and scent. From deodorant to nail polish to scented lip balm, the catch here is that these chemicals can be grouped under and listed as “fragrance.” Companies claim their fragrance formulas as “trade secret,” and thus don’t have to specify on the label which ingredients are included.

Your best bet is to avoid products that list “fragrance” and choose ones that use plant oils and essences to give them the “yum” factor.”


“How does lead make it into cosmetics? It isn’t added as an ingredient, but rather makes its way in through contamination. Color additives are some of the most common sources.

The best way to avoid lead is to buy makeup from companies that make products in small batches and avoid contamination, or to buy products colored with fruit and other natural pigments.”

Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives

Quaternium-15 is one of the more common ones,used in mascara, pressed powders, and eyeliners. In addition to potentially causing cancer, this ingredient can cause skin sensitivities and irritation. It belongs to a class of compounds called quaternary ammonium compounds, or “quats.”

Quats have many uses—as preservatives, surfactants, germicides and conditioning agents. Choose products that use natural alternatives that perform similar functions such as rosemary, honey, tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, and vitamin E.

Yes we have options when it comes to what we put on our faces and bodies. If the makeup industry isn’t going to make transparency a priority, we have to take it upon ourselves to do our research so we can make healthy choices.

Looking for healthier and safer beauty and skin care products? You can try Annmarie… click here!

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Meditation- why is it difficult?tips to make it easier.

My sister has newly retired after 38 years of running her own business, she now needs to adapt to a very different lifestyle. I have been teaching yoga well probably 30 years. Now we have time to talk .Rae is ringing me often, most excited as she has discovered Yoga.  Fallen under the spell of the magic and science of Yoga. She has even asked asked teacher for homework. Very determined, I suspect that she is still running her body as she ran her business. And so she’s learning the Sanskrit names for the postures and is determined to be able to move with the same grace as her teacher. I very much admire her dedication, but I feel I need to slow her down a little, when I can finally get a word in my advice to her is to do her sun salute when her muscles are warm or her muscles will feel worn very quickly.

It then becomes too difficult. This is why people cease something  that is inherently good and can definitely change their lives for the better.

Tip: I will tell Rae you cannot Meditate when you are tired , body needs sleep.

You cannot Meditate when you are bad tempered. Get out your yoga matt and do some cobra poses. That takes the “snakiness venom from body/mind.

Basically we fall into three categories or three types of personality.

“There is no creature on earth nor among the hosts in heaven who is free from these three qualities which arise from Nature.”
“The three great qualities called sattva, rajas, and tamas – light, or truth, passion or desire, and indifference or darkness – are born from Nature……………….Of these the sattva quality by reason of its lucidity and peacefulness entwineth the soul to rebirth through attachment to knowledge and that which is pleasant.

Know that rajas is of the nature of desire, producing thirst and propensity; …….consequences produced from action. The quality of tamas, the offspring of the indifference in Nature, is the deluder of all creatures, ………heedless folly, sleep, and idleness. The sattva quality attaches the soul through happiness and pleasure, the rajas through action, and tamas quality surrounding the power of judgment with indifference attaches the soul heedlessness.”

From William Judge’s translation of the Gita.

Yes we are all imbued with these qualities. But we have a much more of one than another If we are more Rajistic  like Rae,we’re all eager, full of fire and approach  yoga or meditation with a do or die attitude.

Or maybe for long we have been the sweet natured, follow our friends type of personality. And so we try something new,often it is in a very half-hearted way. And we tend to fall by the wayside. So when we meet something a little challenging it’s much easier to stay home and do what we are used to.

There is nothing wrong with any of these personality types, but it does help if we recognise our nature and that we understand taking on something new can be difficult, challenging and often uncomfortable, because we’re using muscles we have not used in a long time. Physical and mental muscle.

So I encourage you to find a way to pace yourself. For most people they join a class with a friend. If you have recognised that you are more the Sattwica personality that friend I suggest you join with, could be the fiery type,  Rajas As they will not listen to the idea of going  out for coffee instead of going to class. And and if you are the fiery type your need a good friend who has steady persistence, someone who will not let you burn out quickly.

Tip:I am suggesting whenever you take on something new or you find that you’re losing interest having a like-minded friend will help you until you recognise the benefits and then you will stay at it, stick at it and join the millions around the world who cannot imagine their day without meditation

Tip: Just as it is better to do your yoga postures when your muscles are warm. It is better to meditate when the mind is rested, it is not so active and filled with the days events. Early morning or evening.


Dawn rising renew your mind.


You can join my sister and I in our story, as we use the fire of Rajas to overcome the lethargy of Tamas   and arrive at the sweetness of Sattwas.

Surya Namaska salute to the sun. This series of linked yoga poses that stretches all the muscles in your body, yes that’s why a Yogi in Puna designed this set, to move the body easily gracefully and elegantly through all the major muscles in the body. I loved the way the poses build, my yoga teacher Shanti Gowans was often adding some variations to the series.  Here is my sketch of one variation.


Sketch of sun salute variation.

Initially you will find the yoga poses that honour the sun, (think of the  millions of people all around the world honouring the sun, by yoga poses) warming your body, but eventually like my sister, you will learn the sun you honour is your inward sun or your mind. The force that heats you, and directs your life.










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World water Day – Bless the Water


Fill your bowl with peaceFill your bowl with peace. And let it sing.

One heart, one mind many bodies and what is it that connects us al?

What is the one thing we cannot live without?

This is such a simple thing, say a blessing each time you drink a glass of water, coffee, tea bless the water.

At the March equinox their is a world wide event called Bless the water

I have embedded a video on Bless the water.

We know the statistics,78% of the worlds surface is water. 75 % of your body is water.800,hundred million people do not have enough clean water to drink.Screen Shot 2016-03-05 at 9.00.28 am

Do you sometimes think the world is listening? When you sit for meditation and hear the silence. Do you not wonder if the  silence can hear?

After all water hears. So give it your thanks  and your blessing

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Are you familiar with the “Cat in the Hat”and other books by  Dr. Seuss.?If so you will know theScreen Shot 2016-03-03 at 9.45.13 am wonderful, wonky, whimsy  way Dr. Seuss had of imparting valuable knowledge to us.His underlying message that as Humans we have value.

Today is his birthday! And in honor of him, I want to remind you of just a few of his quotes that pertain to YOU!

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So. . . get on your way.”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Relax you have value , you are a magnificent being.

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 9.47.59 am To celebrate his birthday  go to Google play store

type in yoga meditation (one word) scroll down and enjoy  a wonderful relaxation session for Free.


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The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About

Source: The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About

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Turmeric for beauty, skin and yes cooking

Ginger and turmeric two of natures greatest healers  readily available in stores near you.


Ginger root Turmeric root and Turmeric powder

As  a  trainee Yoga teacher we we taught to start our day breaking our fast with nature’s two great healers- ginger – an aid  to digestion and Turmeric  as an anti septic and blood cleanser. This we cooked in oats  served with milk ,  considered by Yogis as a whole food.)

In  Ayurveda  Turmeric for shingles, A thick layer of mustard oil is first smeared on the affected part and then dusted with Turmeric powder it is said healng takes place within 3 to 4 days.

Turmeric is also used to penetrate the minutest of channels and open up blockages. It has an energising effect on the immune system and is being used to assist in some treatments of AIDS. A favourite with the food flavouring industry because of it’s bright yellow colour. We understand it works as a blood thinner, purifier and helps to also coagulate blood. Farida Irani an Ayurvedic practitioner says that in “India if someone has had a fall or an accident the person is immediately giving Turmeric  powder , half a teaspoon with sugar as it helps to dissolve any blood clots or prevent internal bleeding.” She says it helps to coagulate the blood in bleeding occurring through an injury and therefore is valuable to have as part of your first aid kit.”

The University of Texas researchers added cur cumin to lab grown melanoma cells to see if the spice could stop the cells from surviving and reproducing. The more curcumin  they added to the melanoma, the more cells died. The researchers believe that the cur cumin  could shut down a powerful protein that promotes and abnormal inflammatory response, which is believed to cause a variety of disorders, including arthritis and cancer.

An article in the Reader’s Digest suggests that a compound which makes curries yellow could help inhibit skin cancer.

In Ayurveda it is stated that it is not just the  chemistry  or properties of the plant or the standard tastes but the “PRABHAV” which is the special energetic glow or affect that makes the plant have unusual therapeutic qualities. Oils especially have a Pranic energy field of their own. (Prana is life force)


In Ayurveda Turmeric is used for shingles, A thick layer of mustard oil is first smeared on the affected part and then dusted with Turmeric powder it is said healng takes place within 3 to 4 days.Farida explains that Turmeric helps in wound healing .

The therapeutic value of Turmeric oil  for the body:   antibacterial. Helps with diseases of poor circulation, anaemia, it is a stimulant, tonic, good for  coughs, helps stabilise blood sugar for diabetes.( Fresh Turmeric grated in salads or cooked in rice or oats for breakfast) Removes liver obstruction,  arthritis, alcers,  is an anti-inflammatory and blood purifier

Skin: antiseptic, ringworms, itching, Eczema, wounds, bruises, heating, moisturising, cleanser, detoxify, oily skin.

Mind: Emotions has a calming effect on emotions,  grounding, Helps remove confusion, anxiety,

references:  Medicinal Plants of India. Roa  A 1987  Irani Farida “The Magic of Ayurveda.” Sydney Subtle Energies.

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When you think you don’t matter

Have you seen them, these creatures gorgeous and gaudy, lighter than air. You must stop, stay still, to see them these other worldly creatures, called butterflies.

This post started because I photographed a beautiful butterfly. I have had  maybe 20 attempts to upload my photo.papilio-rumanzovia-22987_1280   No way it will not happen today so here is photo from with Thanks

Lighter than  air floating on a breeze.

And yes I persevered one more time and here is my photo.


Photo from the neighbour’s garden.


“We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.”  
― LeeAnn Taylor

And yet some days we forget our beauty , otherworldly ness. We become stifled with self and all the little wounds and tears to our personality seem to loom large. I’m  not good enough_ seems to fill our mind. We become heavy, Earth bound and dismal,feeling unworthy and unwanted. Overwhelmed. We question self worth and our deserving is questioned. Time to take stock. sit still and breath remember only when you are perfectly still will the ethereal beautiful butterfly land on us.


And when you think you are too small and don’t matter think of the other winged wonder who now is making news headlines the mosquito. ”


Asian Tiger Mosquito I included it as it is beautifully marked.
John Keats
“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”
― John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne.


“If you think you are too small to make a difference.

try spending a night with a mosquito.  ”                    African Proverb

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