Happy Year of the PIG

This year is promised to be easier and more fun, more love, cuddles and being cozy at home. Pig also likes “plenty”, so plenty of food, friends, family, community, dinners, parties, drink, large salaries… all are possible this year.

It is the final sign in the 12 zodiac signs which translates into a great year for completing big projects or emotional things that have been lingering for months or even years.

It is also a double Yin year; Yin Water and Earth in the elements. This too means a year of empowered Woman bringing leadership and changes to protecting our Mother Earth and the environment. Charitable organizations, especially those for ones less fortunate than ourselves will do very well in donations and volunteers.

It is also a year of more rain, fog, moisture, creating dampness, so be careful with your diet for proper digestion and respiratory issues. Eat plenty of sweet root vegetables, stay hydrated but add lemon or apple cider vinegar to your drinking water, the citric acid improves digestion and reduces water retention and bloating. Also, get plenty of low-impact exercise to improve your ability to naturally clear out excess fluids from the body.

Otherwise, know that last year was a huge growth year but it was difficult but now it is OVER!!! New solid lifestyle and emotional changes have been made and you will have more ease in your daily life.

ENJOY!!!!!

Vision Board Art Class- 1/27 (FULL) 1-4pm

Vision Board art class January 27, 2019, 1-4pm

It’s a New Year, with new dreams and goals to achieve and envision. Join me for my 4rd annual Vision Board art class. Set your intentions into action through visual mapping.C

Register:  With Paypal, Class is FULL!

Location: Rockridge Wellness Center, 5327 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618

A Vision Board art class is a collage technique to map your goals and aspirations in a non-verbal way. You will keep this map of visual imagery of your dreams and desires for the New Year in a place you can frequently view, so that your images will guide your daily actions.

Bring old magazines, inspirational quotes, goals and scissors to create your Vision board. Let your heart lead you in your creative process and you may discover more about yourself and your goals and aspirations, for this New Year, than you expect!

(I will supply large pieces of construction paper, magazines and glue sticks.)

Looking forward to creating with you.

Happy Holy Days and Welcome 2019!!!

I hope that your Holiday Season is full of wonder, smiles, respite and multitudes of love.

It has been a very successful and extremely rewarding year for me personally and professionally. As you all know I am one to engage with life fully and this year was truly BIG for me.  I completed many dreams from my bucket list, some of which were there since my childhood: Obtained a Doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, became a certified Yoga Teacher and traveled to Oaxaca City, Mexico for Day of the Dead!! Wow, so exhausted, happy and blessed to have had the energy and desire to make my dreams a reality.

I taught at De Anza as a Professor and of course had the privilege and honor to work with all of you at my private practice. I cannot express the gratitude in getting to work with your health/wellness. Thank you for trusting me with your body/ soul.

In love and gratitude,

Dr. RatkaMira Popovic

A swig a day of Apple Cider Vinegar

The Holidays and cold and flu season are upon us. To give your body a boost take:

one tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar (ACV) in the morning in 8 ounces of water

The ACV will help digestion, lower blood sugars, improve the immune system and some studies say, reduce high blood pressure. ACV is packed with potassium and antioxidants. You should get the ACV with “the mother” which means unfiltered and cloudy. I prefer Bragg’s brand.

So why not take your morning swig!!! It can only help you feel better.

(If you are on medications for blood pressure, diuretics or diabetes medications consult your primary care physician first.)

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Your Knees in the Fall

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The Seasons are in transition and our Indian Summer awaits, in the interim we have morning fog and dampness from our magnificent Bay. This can cause joint discomfort, pain, and swelling (aka osteoarthritis).

Here a few simple ways to help bring stability to your knees in your everyday activities.

  1. When going upstairs, mountains… (hip flexion) squeeze your buttocks tightly (this engages the gluteus medius muscle) and engage your core abdominal muscles at the same time. How do you engage the core abdominals you may ask? Think of pulling your belly button (umbilicus) towards the spine and directing the pull/energy upward towards the heart simultaneously.
  2. When sitting down or picking things up off of the floor use your thigh muscles (quadriceps) by directing your buttocks behind you (stick your butt out) as if sitting in a chair.

I assure you if you practice these simple changes to your everyday movements you will have less discomfort.

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Integrative Medicine

If you have known my work through out the years you know that I believe in Integrative Medicine. The combination of the best of Allopathic ( western) and traditional Medicines (all other; Mayan , Chinese, Yoruba…) from around the World.

I am so happy to announce a Workshop that I will co-teach, with the strongest most amazing Integrative Medicine team imaginable. Our demographic is Teenage Kids and there Caregivers June 20-24., 2018 at Commonweal in Bolinas, CA.

The Workshop will be free for the participants thanks to generous Donors.

If you know of anyone in your community professionally or personally that could benefit from this Workshop please direct them to links below-

Register

Details: https://spark.adobe.com/page/1olq0kVZMTCV0/

In partnership with

Kids and Caregivers- Communitas- Commonweal- Healing Kitchens- Power of Hope Camp

http://www.kidsandcaregivers.com/

https://communitas-health.org/calendar

https://www.commonweal.org/ 

http://ccc-commonweal.org/power-of-hope/

https://www.healingkitchensinstitute.org/

Fruit and Veggie Smoothies!

SMOOTHIE SEASON

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Its that time of year where we slough off our Winter selves and re-emerge into Spring. Luckily we have our lovely temperate bay area climate to enjoy and all of the bounty of the season in the produce department to choose from to start a fruit and veggie green smoothie morning regime.

A tip: you can always peel and freeze bananas, berries, apples… to make it faster in the mornings to add into your smoothie mix. This also allows you to have fruits that are not  in season available to you.

My favorite smoothie recipe right now!

1/2 Banana

1 Apple

2 Oranges

a Handful of baby kale greens

Water

Place all ingredients in the Vitamix or blender-and DRINK!!!!!!

YUMMIE!!! ENJOY.