Sunday, March 22, 2015

This week's yoga, March calendar, Herb/Spice of the Month: cinnamon, reminders, and more

I am looking forward to our yoga this week on:

Tuesday, March 24 at 10:30AM at BUMC

Wednesday, March 25 at 6PM at BUMC

  Please Note:  Instead of Thursday, March 26, we meet on Wed., March 25 at 11:30AM at BUMC; Chair/Mat yoga at Fellowship Hall

Saturday, March 28 at 9:30AM at BUMC

Sunday, March 29 at 5PM at BUMC

Optional Meditation during the Second Week of Each Month   

This month, we made $16.00 donation to Our House.   Thank you.

 Your donation
benefits Our House which provides care and education to homeless children and helps their parents to get to their feet.
lease remember to put your donation in the basket in lieu of extra fee.

  Lunch and Dinner Club Dates

Lunch: This Tuesday, March 24 after yoga at Kobe House at 2080 Henderson Mill Rd NE, Ste C, Atlanta, GA 30345; Phone number (770) 559-5266.  This is the new restaurant in Publix shopping center next to Panera.
Dinner: Wed., April 1 after yoga at Nakato Japanese restaurant at
1776 Cheshire Bridge Road, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30324; 404.873.6582 

Please let me know if you plan to attend any of these.   Please invite friends and family members to join us or come by yourself.


Attached please see
the March calendar.

Please note that instead of Th., March 26, we will have Chair/Mat yoga on Wed., March 25 at the same time and place.

Spice/Herb of the Month; Cinnamon

What we know as Cinnamon is actually the bark of cinnamon tree.  The use of cinnamon as a medicinal plant is very old. It was used in ancient 4000 year old medical references from India, It was imported from China 2000 years ago.  Drawings of it are found in the Egyptian pyramids and it is documented in the Bible.  It is pungent, sweet, astringent and has warming effect.   It has positive effects on plasma, blood, muscles, marrow and nerves.  So it works on circulatory, digestive, respiratory, nervous and urinary systems.   Therefore, it is useful for colds, sinus congestion, bronchitis, and dyspepsia. 

Cinnamon is anti-oxidant, anti-viral, anti-microbial helping to ward off colds and regulates blood sugar. It can be used to treat colds, diabetes, indigestion, weight loss and high cholesterol.

For the digestive system, cinnamon possesses properties for stimulating saliva and gastric juices to facilitate digestion.

For respiratory diseases, cinnamon is antibacterial, expectorant and anti-inflammatory.  Cinnamon is a good ally of the digestive system in the treatment of common respiratory abnormalities.  It has the ability to increase sweating and raise body temperature so it is particularly suitable for breathing problems such as bronchitis, colds and cough. (Take 2 or 3 drops of oil of cinnamon dissolved in a glass of warm water sweetened with a teaspoon of honey 3 times a day.

For Diseases of the circulatory system cinnamon encourages blood circulation to treat abnormalities related to poor circulation especially in the fingers and toes.

For difficult menses make an infusion of a spoonful of shredded cinnamon per liter of water. Drink two glasses per day.

For fungi in feet and nails make a foot bath  with a liquid infusion of two teaspoons of cinnamon broken up in a couple liters of water.

Note: If you have any medical condition, talk to your doctor since cinnamon could interact with antibiotics, diabetic drugs, blood thinners, heart medicines and others.

To add cinnamon to your everyday food, consider sprinkling cinnamon powder to your food when cooking meat and/or vegetables. 

To make tea, mix 1 teaspoon ginger, 2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon cloves; add two cups of boiling water and brew.  The other way is to add cinnamon stick to your black tea while brewing black tea.  

Also, consider sprinkling cinnamon to your apples, pears and other fruit. 

For a breakfast treat or dessert, cut Granny Smith apples into small pieces, sprinkle a good amount of cinnamon, a little brown sugar, a touch of salt and a small amount of butter and microwave for a few minutes to stew the apple.   Sprinkle with toasted old fashioned oats.


 Food for Thought
"A smile is the beginning of peace." Mother Teresa