With an unusual start to my day,  a session of yoga at Yoga Wave with Jasmine was the first way my body was asking to be nurtured.  Unusual why?  Because I am not normally a morning yoga person.  I love to get up and run or walk... but Yoga? I prefer to do yoga in the early evening when most of the day is done and I can breathe, unwind and stretch it out.  I also find I am more flexible in the evenings. The session was a really  great way to start the day as I had quite a few hours at the computer planned (I build websites when I am not massaging).

Surprisingly, doing yoga first up created a lot more space in my head than I had had for a while and I was really keen to get in and get the work  completed quickly.

Do you want to know how I manage to increase my water intake while working?  I always have a 1ltr bottle of water with me at the desk and every time I need to wait for a program or webpage to load I have a sip of water.  Before you know it, that litre is gone and I am off for a bathroom break and to get a refill.  Simple!  

Today is amplify day.  I desired to amplify the hydration effect of the kangen water so I am adding a half a teaspoon of Himalyan Rock Salt to the jug of water (don't just use the salt from the supermarket - its totally lacking in the minerals and trace elements).  Once its dissolved it becomes 'Sole' pronounced 'sou-lay'.  It's a version of 'fluid loading' your body as the added salt helps your body retain more water within the cells.

Here are some other benefits to drinking salt water:

  • Digestion - salivery glands are activated within the mouth and digestive juices are released in the stomach, intestinal tract and liver

  • Decreased Inflammation - regular mineral salt intake helps keep 'inflammatory agents' at bay

  • Sleep - trace minerals help calm the nevous system and reduce cortisol and adrenaline, two dangerous stress hormones

  • Detoxification - the rich minerals in Sole helps the body maintain its natural detoxification process. Being antibacterial, Sole can help rid the body of dangerous bacteria.

  • Skin - natural salt contains minerals that can help your skin look and feel its best: Chromium fights acne and reduces skin infections; sulfur keeps skin clean and smooth, and can help a dry scalp, eczema and rashes that are often a result of a sulfur deficiency; zinc promotes rapid healing of wounds, boosts the immune system, and regulates the activity of oil glands; and iodine helps increase oxygen consumption and the metabolic rate of the skin.

How to make Sole salt water

  • Fill a quart-size Mason jar one-third full with unrefined, natural salt.

  • Fill the jar with filtered water, leaving two inches at the top.

  • Cover the solution with a plastic (not metal) storage cap.

  • Shake and let it sit for 24 hours.

  • Check in 24 hours to see if all salt crystals are dissolved, and add a little more salt.

  • When the salt no longer dissolves, the Sole is ready.

Drink up!

Unfortunately it's not wine o'clock yet...

Living in Noosa sees us blessed with many options for bike riding.  There is extensive bike paths all over the coast.  All of the major roads have bike lanes and more importantly we are surrounded by acres of forest with amazing mountain bike trails.  I am in heaven.

Call it rekindling your youth if you must, I was a keen mountain biker in my twenties (that really wasn't that long ago...??) and a few years ago invested in a 'Haro' mountain bike.  I haven't ridden as much as I would like in recent times, well not in the bush anyway.  Some time became available this afternoon for a little bit of fun in Tewantin National Park.

The variety of trials available range from kid friendly to dare devil downhill.  I must be one of the weird ones, I really enjoy riding up the hills!  I haven't worked it out yet whether it’s the achievement of mastering the incline or knowing there will be amazing views at the peak or the 3 second descent that can happen afterwards.  Whatever it is, I enjoy all aspects of a ride in the bush - the smells, the bumps, the animals, the mud, the sweat and the thrill of life whizzing you by.  This really nurtures my soul. 

Sole + soul day to day.  I am truly grateful for all of the amazing possibilities I have for nurturing my body in Noosa.  What would you choose?  What could you choose where you live to nurture your body today?

Expand your soul...

Scott Murray

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