Winter Blues

We in the north of North America really are shafted when it comes to sunlight in the winter.  I am so grateful I don’t live any further north.  The sun sets about 4:15 p.m. on the Solstice, and doesn’t rise until 8.  That’s good and all for those who like to hibernate, but I think we all still lack all the nutrients from the sunny days.

Gratefully, this has been an El Nino winter and it has been very mild here.  ‘Thank you Mother Nature’. Another thing I am grateful for is the Sun Gazing.  This has helped immensely with my mood, and energy levels, and appetite (lack of).   Here is my article on Sun Gazing.

So since I know my mom and Mother in law are not going to bundle up in the winter temps of (9 degrees this morning) Wyoming and Montana, go hug a tree and watch the sun come up…I’ve tried to find the next best thing.  I looked up Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Lights, and found this baby.


Philips GoLIGHT BLU Energy Light – Health & Personal Care

Healthy Gadget Girl had to get one too.  The reviews were what sold me on it.  It helps with Insomnia by re-setting your internal clock.  Mitch’s mom has had a ton of energy, and sounds very chipper.  She opened hers up early, so she’s ahead of the game.

We turn it on us while we are on the computer.  You don’t look into it.  It just shines on you like a blue sunny day.  There are 3 settings, and the 1st setting is pretty intense as it is.  It does feel like I’ve watched the sun and changes the light in the room.

I will use it on days the sun isn’t shining and when we sit in the computer room.  By Mitch’s mom results already I would recommend this product.  Plus we all know I love Light Therapy!  I am such a believer that our cells LOVE light.  On the Lasers, the blue light kills bacteria.  So, maybe this blue light helps in that sense as well.

Everyone got health related gifts from us this Christmas, even though I wasn’t going to participate.  I hope the gifts get used.  Here some of the gifts our family received from us this year.  Many available in our boutique.




Copper Gloves that are WORKING for my father in law.  I told him to wear them at night:


Himalayan Salt Inhalers for the kids who smoke e-Cigarettes.  We use ours every night.  Available at the boutique


Tongue Cleaners for EVERYONE!!  All food, and bacteria enter the gut from the mouth.  This scrapes it off.  Brushing your tongue only smears bacteria around.  This also stimulates healthy digestion.  Healthy Gut Healthy Body









By Suzi Shelhamer

Probiotic and Enzyme TEST

Tonight at the ‘Diet Class’ we did a little experiment with oats and two pill forms of probiotics from Natures Sunshine.  There were 3 cups.  Each with old fashioned rolled oats and water.  Then we opened one capsule of each probiotic into two of the other bowls.  I would get up occasionally and stir the oats and it was amazing to see the breakdown, the Proactazyme kicked butt!  It basically chewed the oats up like a blender.  It was so impressive I can’t even remember the name of the other Probiotic we tried.

We also ATE, as in chewed up, one of Nature’s Sunshine FISH OIL PILLS! Super Omega 3  I was so afraid to stick this giant gel cap in my mouth, let alone chew it.  I waited for others to go before me, even though she handed me the pill first.  Mitch popped it in his mouth and it CRUNCHED when he chewed it.  He said, ‘It’s not bad, tastes like lemon’.  The girl next to him said the same thing.  So I tried it, and it was lemony, and oily.  And weird.

On the way home we talked of these experiments, and taste tests, and Mitch asked if we should buy these products.  Now I LOVE Nature’s Sunshine, and believe they are the purest supplement, oil, cleaner, etc… multi-level company out there.  Plus they actually send you CASHOLA when you buy product and people buy under you.

Anyway, I told Mitch I think we eat the way these pills are meant to work.  We drink kombucha daily, we eat Sauerkraut dang near daily, and we eat lots of almonds and nuts, and seeds.  These are in the form our body is meant to break them down.

So I decided to do a little experiment when we got home.  I got three little bowls and filled them with a little bit of rolled organic oats.  I poured some Goats Milk Keifer in the first bowl, Sauerkraut + it’s juice in the second, and Kombucha in the third.


The Kiefer made it sticky and ball up, but I did noticed the oats breaking down.  The kraut didn’t break it down much, but for some reason it felt very light.  The kombucha being the wettest did some work, and was breaking it down.  I was boiling water for the sleepy time tea, and Mitch suggested I added some before it boiled to assimilate the warm fluids in the belly.  That evened the experiment up to one we did in the Diet Class.

We plan to leave this test out all night and see what we wake up to.  So far, the Kombucha seems to be the winner.  Stay tuned until tomorrow.

test 2

Kombucha Wins, Keifer second and Kraut last.  All three did break it down, but pleasantly surprised by Kombucha’s work.


By Suzi Shelhamer

Great Movies to watch on Health and Eating Properly


Most Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime,*, or* – (free online)

    • Inside the Living Body – National Geographic
      • This movie opened my eyes, seeing the aging process from the inside of the body
      • -we only have one chance!
      • The whole movie is on You Tube!! Inside The Living Body
  • Supersize Me
    • The month long experiment of eating at McDonalds
  • Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
    • One of the neatest examples of carrying around extra weight
  • Forks Over Knives (Scalpel Knives that is)
    • Researching Dr.s heal people with food.  Great statistics on American Health
  • Hungry For Change
    • How to Transform Eating Habits for Good
  • FoodMatters
    • How our grocery store foods are depleted from nutrition, and the importance of organically grown food to feed our bodies the nutrition they need vs. a pill to heal.
  • Planeat
    • Re-examine our love affair with meat and dairy
  • Genetic Roulette
    • evidence points to GMO foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the U.S. population, especially among children
  • Food Inc.
    • The truth behind GMO foods, and Corporate Farming
  • Farmegedon
    • Similar to Food Inc.
  • King Corn
    • Exposes Monsantos  forceful farming tactics

Check out Jamie Oliver on where he talks about  sugar! is having a free month incentive right now.  Also great yoga videos on there!

By Suzi Shelhamer

Eat the Sun

We just watched the movie Eat The Sun.  A Good movie since we are INTO SunGazing.  Might be a good movie to watch if you are on the fence and don’t know if you want to do it or not.  It makes you think both ways and gives you the choice if you want to do it or not.  Pros and Cons are definitely brought up.


We are going to keep doing it.  My vision has already improved and this movie proved it.  Lots of subtitles, and I could read them!  We have lots of energy, and since I’ve done it longer than Mitch, I am feeling the lack of appetite.  It would be crazy if I could get to the point of not eating.

Anyway.  Just wanted to make a note of when we watched the movie so we could look back someday and see where we were and what we were feeling.  A sun gazing diary is a good idea.  I am up to 4 minutes and 40 seconds.  Remember there is a technique to it.  Just the first and last hour of the day is the sun safe to look at.  You start at 10 second intervals.  Gaining 10 seconds everyday.  Mitch and I both jumped ahead.  I think I started keeping track and adding the ten seconds after I basically started by looking for a minute the first day, and maybe two minutes the second day, then 2:30, then I started being more technical, adding only 10 seconds every day.  Its a nice discipline.


By Suzi Shelhamer

Solar Charged Water


Here I charge my solar water in my blue bottle with parchment paper rubber banded for caps, and my big clear glass jar with a glass lid. All in front of my beautiful Buddha at the mouth of the riverbed. Notice the bottles are on the sand, not on grass or a wood deck. Dirt or sand is best for the charge from the sun is better there. Just like Earthing should be done on the sand.

So the more I read on the solar water the more excited I get.  It is actually an ancient practice.  I went to a clients house a few months ago, and she had blue bottles on her porch full of water and I asked – ‘What’s with the blue bottles?  They are my favorite.’  She said – ‘It was from that book that YOU suggested to me, Zero Limits by Joe Vitale.’  Well I did not remember THAT in the book, but it has been years since I read it.  I have however applied the Ho’oponopono prayer almost daily, especially while holding fussy horses.  Anyway, she went on how great the water is for so many things, and that she makes it for her sister and everybody uses it for healing this and that.  Hmmmm, that was very interesting to me – mental note, check into that more later.

Then came the SUNGAZING!!!! Ahhhhhhh, listen to the angels sing.  In the video, Hira Manek speaks about charging your water in the sun.  Then it came to me – Blue bottles!  I had 3 of them, and they all magically came home to me at about the exact same time.  One was at SoHL, the building we just packed up…and two were in my moms car since mothers day, and my dad had just found them.  Coincidence?  Divine Timing – I am finally ready for this.

So here’s one of the coolest things about Blue Solar Water, it helps to release old harmful thoughts you can’t release.  Very nice….  I will add a nice list from website.  Same link as Ho’oponopono above.

We drink it straight, and make our coffee, tea and Kombucha with it.  I give it to the dogs and they suck it down.  I feel doubly blessed since we have a Kangen Machine and we get the greatest water there is for the human body and make it even better!  It excites me at strange levels of excitement, it’s hard to explain how something so simple, but so huge as our water tastes, yet the benefits it has for our bodies.

Last weekend we had company and did a taste test.  All in paper cups before dinner. First tap water, YUCK!  I haven’t tasted straight tap water from our tap in two years!  Nasty, and no one liked it.  Then we did straight Kangen 9.5 pH.  Much better and what I am used to in everything.  Then the Solar water that we had just brought in from outside.  Hands down everyone liked it better.  Everyone agreed it tasted ‘sweeter’ and lighter yet very hydrating.  Nice!  I can drink to that!  Cheers!


P.S. Make sure you label your water LOVE (watch little video) if nothing else, use a maker and write on your faucet, and your glasses, and water bottles, your camelbacks, etc…

Blue Glass Bottles for Blue Solar Water

What is Blue Solar Water and what does it do?

 According to Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len (Hawaiian Ho’oponopono master), in the book “Zero Limits”, Dr. Len states that “Drinking Blue Solar Water transmutes memories replaying problems in the subconscious mind and helps the body to Let Go and Let God”.

Benefits and Uses of Blue Solar Water:

  • Blue Solar Water is a symbol of purity and life.  It brings joy.
  • Blue Solar Water can be used to help remove recurring problematic “memories” or programming that runs in your subconscious, freeing you from their effects. It may even help remove blocks that you’re not aware of since it works at a subconscious level.
  • In the book Zero Limits by Joe Vitale, Dr. Hew Len says that the body loves lots of water.
  • Fill your blue bottles with water and set them in the sun.
  • Rinse off with it after showering…
  • Wash Fruits and vegetables in it…
  • Use it for anything you use water for such as cooking.
  • Make Coffee with it!
  • Make hot tea with it!
  • Water house plants with it: makes plants grow much better!
  • Chemo: it’s important to drink a lot of water when taking chemotherapy, in addition to the benefits of blue water, having several bottles of water to work through helps to make sure you drink enough.
  • Children love to have “blue water”, especially at bed time.

Blue Glass Bottles

Making Blue Solar Water:

  • Fill a blue bottle with water.  Needs to be Glass and needs to be Cobalt Blue Glass not painted glass.
  • Do Not use a cap or cover when placing in the sun.  Varying temperature may compromise glass and break.
  • Place the bottle in direct sunlight or, if direct sunlight is not available, you can place under a bright incandescent lamp for one hour or more.
  • Never put under a fluorescent light.
By Suzi Shelhamer

Farewell Constant Contact

Well I’m about to cancel my membership to Constant Contact.  It’s a great company, don’t get me wrong.  It’s an awesome way to advertise with email to your select group of friends, clients etc…  and to see the results of how many people actually open your emails, and click on any links you have included in your letter.

I had CC as a way of means to keep people in touch with all the happenings at the little Holistic School we just sold.  I’ve paid my last electric bill there, gas and water.  I just turned over the writers group over to the writers in that town, and have started another up here in the town I live in.

I will write one last email and invite friends to like our Facebook page (which I hardly ever get on) and or subscribe to this blog.

IMG_1798Hello Friends, thank you for following! (Click the blue ‘Follow’ button on the bottom right hand corner)

So back to why no more Constant Contact.  It’s as ego driven as Facebook and Instagram.  ‘Who liked my email enough to open it’?  Constant Checking.  Facebook – ‘Who liked my post’?  Selfie, Selfie, Selfie – Narcissism….Sorry friends, but lets check that out.  If you can take pictures of yourself, post them for anyone to see and never look back at it again- I don’t see it as ego driven.  My friend Alli, is gorgeous, and BUSY, and she has to market herself basically as her way of making a living.  But I know she doesn’t have time to let hours be sucked away by looking at a friend of a friend of a friend’s vacation from two years ago.  This is what happens, and I could have been reading some great book instead of creeping on strangers pages.  Re-read that last sentence.  When did those words become part of our everyday vocab?

My husband’s daughter put a great selfie of herself on Fbook the other day, and a man friend told her she was beautiful (which she is), and she thanked him for the compliment, and then soon after she apologized in a very rare and adult way that in no way did she mean to flirt, and offend her husband.  Then the post was gone.  Stupid Facebook.  She was only following suit of every woman out there. As far as I’m concerned Facebook is great for seeing pictures of the kids and advertising – that’s it!  It’s also great for sucking your time!

These websites are also traceable, I can see how many people check on here via my stats page, but usually they are all from Brazil just picking up my websites emails and sending me Brazilian Woman emails.  But, I have so many websites to keep track of, I hardly ever remember to check the stats.

So, it was a good run with Constant Contact. I would recommend them to any small business.  But I am in the beginnings of some Radical Purging of Stress.  Adios second business in another town.  Adios dreaded newsletters, Adios ego.  Hello time for creativity!!!!

In Peace (and Quiet)


By Suzi Shelhamer

Sun Gazing When There’s No Sun

OK, so I am super passionate about 5 new simple things I’ve introduced to my daily routine (Dinacharya).  I’ve started this amazing Ayurveda Online Class offered through Yoga Wisdom and Wellness, Sarah Hutchinson officiating.  I am learning so much!  Right about the same time I also started Sun Gazing.  Here is a link to the video I first watched on it, suggested by one of my yoga students.

So I will back up a bit here and let you know about this very smart scale I have.

Fit Scan Scale

41-7UpPNKrL__AC_SR98,95_It’s called the: Tanita BC585F FitScan Full Body Composition Scale Metal

It checks my water percentage, my BMI, my Physique Rating, Bone Denity, Muscle Mass, VISCERAL FAT and Metbolic Age!  It’s the nuts!  I’ve had it for about a year, and all my numbers hang right around the same spots all the time.  Not much changes…until recently – since I’ve started these new practices of Dinachrya and Sun Gazing.  This isn’t heavy dieting or working out.  In fact my exercise has DECREASED since it’s early winter and the sun is down at 5 pm, and I’m not dragging hoses all over the yard and getting all those extra steps on the ol fit bit.  Yeah, I’m a health nut gadget girl.  I always want stats, and feedback to prove I’m on the right path.  And gadgets that help others feel better.

So – stepping away from the gadgets and getting back to some basics is what I’m all about now.  Give me the OLD tried and true.  But let me see how it’s panning out…secretly.

So here’s my new routines.

  • Tongue Scraping
  • Drinking Warm Lemon Water (While Reading The Tao…now that’s OLD)
  • Building Agni with movement even on non yoga days
    • Just 5 minutes of yoga and 5 minutes Savasana 
  • Sun Gazing
  • Walking Barefoot – grounding – earthing
  • Drinking Solar Charged Water

That’s 6 things, not teachers can never keep count.  The Agni Building is very new this week.


  • I’m not hungry (sun gazing & Agni awareness)
    • Recent event NO SUN!!!  Guess who is hungry all the time again
  • WAY more energy!  I only need one cup of coffee, and only because it tastes good to me.  I really think I could wean off pretty easy at this point.
  • My new numbers on the fancy scale are shockingly good.
    • Weight DOWN
    • Muscle UP
    • Visceral Fat has stayed the same for a year – DOWN
    • Same with the Physique Rating but WAY UP
    • Metabolic age keeps going down.  Last night this 47 year old was metabolically 17!

I’m most excited about the Visceral Fat.  All this and LESS EXCERCISE!

The most visual thing I see a difference in is the tongue scraping, and it’s SICK what comes off your tongue!  And if it’s SICK to look at, imagine what sickness it creates in your body.  This is covered over and over in all the Ayurveda studying I’m doing, and it’s convincing enough just looking at it.  And the scrapers are cheap!  And it will last forever!  I got mine at Banyan Botanicals.


Well Guys, it all works SIMPLE, CHEAP, EASY, and very soothing and HEALING!  Please check into the links on you tube.  If your a visual like me, you will appreciate it.



By Suzi Shelhamer

Yoga Nidra – The Bomb for Relaxation ANNNND Manifestation for a healthy body


I LOVE Yoga Nidra.  It is the yogic meditation form for better sleep!  We listen to an hour long cd to help us go to sleep (and manifest good health) and we get into the CD about 4 minutes and we are both zonked out.  There are tons of Yoga Nidra Apps and YouTube videos and audios.  All my students now use this when they cant sleep, and I just love and appreciate to hear their stories of how this has helped them so much into going back to sleep quickly, just by walking themselves through their body, and relaxing each part of it until they fall asleep.

Yoga Nidra is a great practice to do when you need a POWER nap. It’s also great to do if you are traveling and you want to be refreshed and relaxed when you get to your destination, rather than being wiped out from the traveling.

The astonishing new thing I learned about Yoga Nidra is how setting your Heart Felt Desire at the beginning of class is actually a way of manifesting whatever you want.   Especially health for the Self.  I know it helped me to be with my husband.  When we were dating HE was my Heart Felt Desire, and look at us now…coming up on our 1 year anniversary of marriage.  3 years of being together!

How Yoga Nidra works this way for the Self is by setting that HFD with intention before you begin to relax INTO YOURSELF.  You concentrate on each body part relaxing.  The lips, the tongue, the roof of the mouth, the floor of the mouth, the mouth as a whole – completely relaxed. And on and on for 61 points of the body (or more).  You check into that Heart Felt Desire periodically through your relaxing, and generally you will slip into a state of sleep that is somewhat hypnotic.  This is where the subconscious takes over and gets to work on your HFD with your ego completely out of the way.

The first time I experienced YN I was on a freezing cold floor, a winter breeze just outside the door I was laying by had me shivering and completely tensed up.  Somehow very quickly the cold no longer affected me, even though it didn’t let up, and I slipped into what felt like a different dimension.  When I woke up 35 minutes later I felt such overwhelming peace, and wonderment.

Another time I did YN I fell into some sort of regression.  I had a vision of an operating room for a long time ago.  The spot lights were old fashioned and the nurses and doctors were all wearing white, not colorful scrubs of today’s operating rooms, and the kicker was the nurses had on nurses caps on their heads.  I somehow zoomed in to see over the patient and saw them right at that moment lift a baby up.  It was a cesarean-section operation.  I looked at the baby and felt myself smile.  It was a healthy girl with dark smeary hair, and nice reddish skin, and she was trying to cry.  The mother was covered by a screen so I again zoomed over to see who it was.  It was my mother!  Much younger than now, and it all clicked – BAM, that baby is ME!!

When I woke up from that experience I was so excited.  I explained to the entire class because I was so excited and hadn’t planned on anything like that happening.  The next week –  hardly anyone came to YN.  I feel responsible for scaring them off, but such a loss to them.  Every time I do it, I fall fast asleep and seem to go to a different dimension that is comfy feeling and hard to describe, then somehow at the end I wake right up when the teacher guides us out.  This does not happen at bedtime though when we are listening to the CD – we are out, and we sleep great all night long.

So, IF you are want health the easy way (while you sleep), if you want your greatest Heart Felt Desire to come true, if you want great relaxing sleep, and aren’t afraid of what you might dream about while you sleep, I strongly suggest Yoga Nidra every night!

I teach Yoga Nidra on Wednesdays nights at our studio Come give it a try.


By Suzi Shelhamer

Zen Painting

So last night I watched the movie ‘Moving From Emptiness’ a great introduction to Zen Painting by the adorable Alok Hsu Kwang-han.  The messages were very meaningful and deep, and I wanted to CREATE as soon as it was over.  I spent the winter painting Enso’s.  The Japanese form of calligraphy painting of a circle.  It’s form represents the void, the emptiness that the Tao teaches, and it’s also a representation of the artist’s state of spirit.  I first learned how to do Enso’s by watching a youtube video by Bill Buchman .  Here is a sample of one of my Enso’s inspired by my Beta fish named ‘Enso’.

jumping fish enso

After last nights ‘Moving into Emptiness’ I called a customer who I am painting her dog portrait and at a freezing point and explained I am stuck.  I sent her pictures and she loves it.  Then I looked at it with a more empty mind, and I can now see a direction I want to go.

But as a warm up I decided to try the zen painting taught in the ‘Moving From Emptiness’, clearing my energy first, then receiving the creative energy into me.  And then painting what inspired me at that moment.  But first I lit an incense to set the mood and made my ink with a Chinese ink stick – a calming affect in itself. And painted a self portrait of receiving the creative energy, or opening up to emptiness is more like it.

recieving creative energy I added my own little hand drawn red stamp at a point of energy in the painting as Alok taught in the movie. Then I spun circles around and pretended to be a bumper car.  It’s a technique I teach in Laughter Yoga, and was pleasantly surprised to see Alok do it with his class, and then give the meaning of the story behind it.  Afterwards I cleared my head and wondered what I would paint.  I looked around the room and noticed the smoke from my incense and painted it.  And I loved the results.  Again putting my hand drawn stamp at the point of energy in the painting.  Just like with the Ensos I am hooked, and want to paint more and more of them.

incense smoke

But I better get to work on the art that pays.  I’ve put it off long enough, and now the juices are flowing.


By Suzi Shelhamer

How Yoga came into my life

My daughter was 12 on the outside, inside she is an old soul.  She wanted to go to Yoga, and in the little town of Worland, there was only one teacher available.  She used a room that was actually Chelsea’s old preschool room.  So it was a double treat for us to re-visit the past and then learn this new (to us) form of exercise.

We didn’t have yoga mats, and there was no place in town to buy one.  So I made make-shift mats out of non-slip cupboard liner, a beach towel, and duct tape.  When we got there the extreme earthly beauty of a teacher, Erin said she had some mats for us to use, but I figured we were ‘ok’.  And I kept my socks on, because I thought I’d be ‘ok’.  Chelsea at 12 was very flexible and bendy like most little girls that age, and nailing the poses were nothing to her.  My downward facing dogs on the other hand continued to slide apart, and my form …. what was that?

When it was over I couldn’t believe an hour had flashed by.  The last pose, savasana…wow, what an awesome way to finish a class.  We first put our legs up a wall with our butts resting up against the floor and the wall, and relaxed.  Then after a few minutes of that, we stretched out and laid flat on the floor.  It was amazing how comfortable the hard floor felt underneath me.  And how I felt accomplished for going to a class to satisfy my daughters whim, that turned into an incredible fulfilling action for me.  Erin snuck over and placed eye-pillows on all of our eyes, and I melted.  Or did I lift off the floor?  A feeling hard to describe.

When the class rolled over to their right side, we all sat up and put our hands together in prayer position, and Erin thanked us for coming and bowed reverently to us.  Everyone said ‘Namaste’ and I didn’t know what it meant, but boy was it peaceful in there.  Everyone got up and commented on their body and how great it felt, how tough certain poses were for some, but overall the general feeling in the room was a unified relaxation.  A lot of comments were sent Chelsea’s way for being so flexible, and she blushed, but was encouraged to want to come again.

I hadn’t worked out in a group setting in a long time.  I used to love a Step Aerobic class I went to at one time.  But I decided I would work out at home to a video and save myself the drive, and not have to worry about what my body looked like in a classroom of others. Yeah – that didn’t last.  I didn’t have anyone to commit to, not even myself – I was only cheating me.  The people in that class were not judgmental at all.  Only complimentary.  We were a unified group at the end.  We were all different ages, shapes and sizes, but now unified, and in a relaxed and peaceful state, and knowing of honoring our body with movement.  Another hard to describe feeling.

Skip ahead 4 years and now I am a teacher of yoga.  I think back to that sweet moment I had in the little preschool room with my daughter.  Last weekend Chelsea and I took a climbing and restorative yoga workshop together in Lander.   I don’t get to be the student much in class anymore, even though I am constantly learning and trying to perfect my form.  It was nourishing to do yoga with her again, both of us as students.

I encourage you to either try yoga, or think back to your first yoga practice, and honor yourself.


ccr climbFearless Chelsea trying something new…again

suzi climbHere I am at 46, trying ‘bouldering’ gym mountain climbing.  Thanks to my daughter for wanting to try something new, and I love to follow her lead.