Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yoga Pose of the Week: Bharadvaja's Twist

Here's a pose that stretches the spine, shoulders, and hips; Massages the abdominal organs; Relieves lower backache, neck pain, and sciatica; Helps relieve stress; Improves digestion; And strengthens the lower back! Wow!

1) Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Shift over onto your right buttock, bend your knees, and swing your legs to the left. Lay your feet on the floor outside your left hip, with the left ankle resting in the right arch.

2)Inhale and lift through the top of the sternum to lengthen the front torso. Then exhale and twist your torso to the right, keeping the left buttock on or very close to the floor. Lengthen your tailbone toward the floor to keep the lower back long. Soften the belly.

3)Tuck your left hand under your right knee and bring your right hand to the floor just beside your right buttock. Pull your left shoulder back slightly, pressing your shoulder blades firmly against your back even as you continue to twist the chest to the right.

4)You can turn your head in one of two directions: continue the twist of the torso by turning it to the right; or counter the twist of the torso by turning it left and looking over the left shoulder at your feet.

5)With every inhalation lift a little more through the sternum, using the push of the fingers on the floor to help; with every exhalation twist a little more. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then release with an exhalation, return to the starting position, and repeat to the left for the same length of time.

I grabbed this pose and description from http://www.yogajournal.com/, check it out for more!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sticker Sale @ Salts

Come on down and check out the HOT summer sale!!
Start the school year/ fall in style!!
Fabulous Fall finds are a must have!!
Sale started August 20th
So hurry and get down to the store before its too late!!
YELLOW sticker- 15% off
RED sticker- 20% off
GREEN sticker- 30% off
BLUE sticker- 40% off
Can't wait to see ya'll down at SALTS!!!!
2052 Otter Point Road Sooke BC

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Dave Barnes Art At Salts!

We're very excited to have a new artist showcased at Salts. His name is Dave Barnes, and he uses a wide variety of materials to create his masterpieces. Recycled elements, faded colours, layered/collaged backgrounds, and sand~papered imagery all play a part in this process, along with the use of bold observational line and memory dissolved Rockwellian imagery.
We have nine of Dave's pieces exhibited at the store, along with some prints! Please stop by and check it out!
You can also see more of his art and learn more about him on his webpage: http://www.davebarnes.ca/home-pg.htm

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Eco-Friendly Beauty Tips

Everybody wants to look good and have great skin as long as possible and that calls for serious skin care. While we’re always involved in beauty tips it’s also important to value eco-friendly living as well. How can we look great and not harm our beautiful planet? Here are some ideas to achieve both precious goals.

  • Make sure your soap is free of alpha-hydroxy acids. These harsh chemicals are used to clear pores, but also damage your skin’s UV protection abilities. Look for an all-natural cleanser while you’re out doing your shopping.
  • Use a natural shampoo. Mainstream shampoos often contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which irritates the skin and is also used in garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. Try an organic homemade shampoo, such as 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar mixed with water.
  • Switch to biodegradable cosmetics. Many organic skin care products and body cleansers now come in biodegradable packaging. Look for the biodegradable symbol on the label when shopping.
  • Purchase unbleached and chlorine-free toilet paper. Toilet paper is bleached for aesthetic reasons, but this can lead to increased risks of birth defects, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Next time you’re at the store, look for a chlorine-free brand of toilet paper.
  • Make the most of your cosmetics and skin care products. Be sure to use every last drop of your facial creams and cosmetics. Some containers can be opened or swabbed with a Q-tip in order to access the contents at the bottom of the bottle or tube.
  • Decorate your bathroom with plants. These organisms thrive by cycling air through their leaves, and are great at absorbing airborne particles and contaminants. They are also a great decorative feature!
  • Rather than go through tons of disposable products, choose a regular washcloth over throwaway face wipes, invest in a reusable razor (according to the Environmental Protection Agency, we toss about 2 billion plastic ones each year!)
  • Make an eco-friendly hair mask by putting eggs in your hair can actually make it stronger and shinier. Beat three raw eggs with a drop of your favorite essential oil (to kill the stench) and work it into wet hair from your ears down, let it sit for 15-30 minutes uncovered. (You don't want to cook the eggs with the heat from your head!) Rinse and lather up twice with a clarifying shampoo and skip the conditioner. Do this once every two weeks.
  • Did you know that your hair dryer can use up about 1,500 watts of energy in an hour.. Squeeze and blot damp hair with a cloth towel to speed up your strands' natural drying time. Comb an antifrizz cream through curly/wavy hair or mist a root-boosting volumizing spray on fine strands. Then slip on a cloth headband or a scarf so hair stays smooth while it air-dries.

Have fun trying our tips on the way to a greener more beautiful you!



Monday, August 2, 2010

Happy BC Day!

All of us at Salts wish you a Happy BC Day! In honor of our beautiful province, here are a few fun facts:

  • The British Columbia Day Act was first introduced to the Legislative Assembly in 1974. The aim of the Bill was to create a statutory holiday on the first Monday in August to recognize the pioneers in the province and the act gained royal assent in 1996.

  • The Steller's Jay (a bird), the Pacific Dogwood (a flower), Jade (a mineral), Spirit Bear (mammal), and the Western Red Cedar (a tree) are all provincial symbols.

  • B.C. entered Canadian confederation in 1871. We were the seventh province to join.

  • Our provincial motto is "splendor without diminishment."

  • B.C.'s total land and freshwater area is 95 million hectares, larger than France and Germany combined. Only 30 countries are larger. British Columbia occupies about 10 per cent of Canada's land surface.

  • There is an estimated population of 4,494,232 in British Columbia.

  • British Columbia is the third-largest film and television production centre in North America - after New York and Los Angeles.