Jade and Rainbeau Mars. All photos: ©Rainbeau Mars
Super daily energy advice from mother, actress, yogini Rainbeau Mars, founder of ra’yoKa.
BY MAGAZINE EDITOR SUSAN MAIER-MOUL
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Conversation Rainbeau Mars, Part One
Today Rainbeau shares practical, positive energy tips to get your daily life on track with your aspirations and intentions. We pick up first with more of Rainbeau’s personal story from teenage rebel to emerging star.
Susan Tell us a little more about your path to becoming a yoga teacher.
Rainbeau I used to travel back and forth to Hawaii with my god mother. We are still very, very close. I travelled and eventually lived there when I was fifteen and sixteen which are very formative years, as you know, those high school years.
I didn’t know I was going to be a yoga teacher but I was learning so much that was preparing me for it, without even realizing it.
People would come and stay at our house in Hawaii. My godfather was a chiropractor. I would learn how they would heal people, sort of hands on, and the Ayurvedic medicine from Dr. Miller, and just anything.
Real life, hip-hop and yoga
Susan They also encouraged you to see their ideals in your day to day life.
Rainbeau Yes, for example, these days I’m really into hip hop style. I’ve been teaching inner city youth, at a basketball camp for the last year and a half. We do yoga on the court and I work on my hoop and my shoots! So you can see that I brought that influence forward from them, to bring yoga where people really are.
Because back then-
You know – I’m in cheerleading and dealing with that, and my godmother would say Rainbeau, you know, if you don’t like that thing about them, – if I was complaining about one of the other girls – it’s something you don’t like about you (laughter) which is all this set up for yoga!
I’m a fifteen year old girl. It was in this beautiful house with the beach right there so I was like, ok. And you know, my god mother became my best friend.
Susan So you just walked the straight and narrow all the way to your year with adidas as their Global Yoga Ambassador?
Rainbeau When you’re young and you have all that at your fingertips – I was busy trying to – just whatever – rebelling.
Eating pizza, smoking cigarettes getting into clubs so that I could dance, you know, under age.
But the cool thing about that is, I got my first movie at 17, I moved to Hollywood, I was a working actress. I started doing yoga to keep me sane in the midst of chaos.
I ended up giving away my penthouse apartment with a hundred thousand dollars worth of furniture. And then I just folded blankets at a yoga studio, I cleaned the toilets, cleaned the floors. I remember cleaning toilets, and just crying every day, and going from being a very insecure, self-obsessed model to realizing, I need to love myself no matter how old I get or what I look like.
So I got a lot at an early age, and by the time of my twenty-first birthday, I was at the Ammachi Ashram for the first time, not in India, but here. So anyway, from the time I was 21, people started asking me to teach them. I did teacher training only because I was really into yoga. I continued my acting, but I just loved it. I really loved the way it made me feel. I was studying both acting and yoga I was just becoming who I was.
That’s the main point in life. It’s not what we do, but if we become who we are.
In this past year, I think I’ve arrived to what I’m here to do, which is to birth these tools. Rainbeau Mars Lifestyle Omnimedia company to serve the planet one home at a time.
Susan Margo and I are psyched to detox with your 3 week cleanse when we get back from Japan.
Rainbeau I always do the cleanse alongside the people who are participating in the cleanse. I’m feeling good because now we’re on week three and I don’t want to go back (to non-raw), but I’ll go back.
We were just in India, and there was just so much greatness. I stayed in a monastery with ten thousand monks. I had the mentality, I’m here, so I can eat anything. But I started to feel really what people feel when they eat non-raw and I had to adjust my practice.
I always end up going back. I feel like I could live off live food forever, but I like to consider myself a flexitarian, to enjoy things when I travel and to be accessible, and to try what people are trying.
So I know, ok this is how people feel, let’s keep calm.
Susan On that note, let’s turn again to the question of energy.
How to create and access more energy on a daily basis
Rainbeau Remember what I said earlier, about sexual energy. Daily energy is often increased by what we were talking about previously because energy in general supports sexual stamina.
Energy is that thing that everyone wants, but we can never seem to get enough of. Let me share some of my favorite tips for staying energized throughout the day.
Starting the day off right is key for lasting energy.
After waking up, do a few sun salutations to get your body going. Visualize the sun at the core of your body, expanding and making you lighter. Picture this during the day regardless of what you’re doing and practice positive thinking and gratitude.
Susan Heartmath Institute says gratitude is the healthiest emotion for our bodies. What about food?
Rainbeau In the mornings, drink hot water and lemon or green tea for a fresh start.
Throughout the day eat foods that are live, whole, organic and filled with enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Think of yellow and orange foods for sustainable energy, super foods, and lots of greens that carry oxygen throughout your body.
Try to eat fruit alone and eat plenty of live fats, fruits and vegetables, consistently all day long. We also need minerals to thrive.
Susan What are your personal food choices? What do you usually eat?
Rainbeau I start my day with a bowl of protein enhancing Nutiva Chia Seeds and add some blueberries, strawberries, raw almond butter and raw chocolate.
Lunch is often a kale salad (massaged with lemon olive oil and celtic salt) with avocado and tomatoes smashed up and plenty of Nutiva hemp seeds and flax sprinkled on. I also like to tear up a bunch of nori seaweed and use a nut dressing with a lot of mint or rosemary.
Dinner is often coconut jerkey wrapped in a collard leaf or nori sheet with avocado, salad, seed cheese, cumin, lemon and tomatoes.
Susan Those meals all sounds so delicious! Sign me up for nori and avocado!
Naps and kidney rubs
Susan What are some other ways people can take care of their energy and build it up?
Rainbeau Make time for a quick power nap when you can – they are great for giving the body time to recharge. Your kidneys are essential for increasing energy. Do a kidney rub by making fists with your hands and rubbing your back right below the bottom of your back ribs about 30 times. Doing so will build heat and energy.
It is especially important to keep your body moving and to exercise, especially if you spend the majority of your day sitting at a desk. Mix up your daily routine by spending some time upside down to reverse the detriments of gravity and increase blood flow.
Susan Inversions are a challenge for a lot of people.
Rainbeau Simply lie on your back on the ground and walk your feet up the wall. Stay in this position for a few minutes to feel quickly rejuvenated.
My yoga fitness system, ra’yoKa, is full of moves to keep you energized throughout the day. It can be downloaded and purchased at www.rayoka.com allowing you to take your practice anywhere. Try jumping jacks or side and front kicks (in Level Yellow/Core of the system) to enjoy your body, increase connection to your core and its overall capabilities in empowering the rest of the body.
And of course, the best way to make sure you have daily energy is by getting enough rest. Take a bath to unwind – use a few drops of calming lavender or chamomile essential oils and journal all your thoughts so they get out of your mind and onto the paper. This also helps reduce stress and stress takes away energy. Reserving enough time for your body to rest and rejuvenate itself will allow you to power through the day ahead.
Lastly, think positive! Did you know faking a smile still releases chemicals signaling that you are happy? That sure puts a new perspective on “Fake it ‘till you make it!”
Rainbeau’s personal energy tips
Susan Let’s close out this conversation with an energy tip sheet. Bring it on!
Rainbeau OK, here’s simple things for every aspect of your life, and you can start building energy with them today.
-Be careful of caffeine. If you are drinking coffee with all the chemicals in it, try switching to Yerba Mate – I must admit Guayaki is my favorite, I can’t help it.
-Take hot baths at night to sleep deep and wake up rested and with energy.
-Putting 7 drops of peppermint essential oil in a bath or orange (but can cause photosensitivity, so just do this at night) – this can be energizing. Alternatively, use those oils in a body oil to invigorate your body.
-Smelling rosemary and eating lots of greens is a great way to get more energy. Most greens look like the bronchial and, therefore, increase blood and oxygen in the body.
-I like to eat as many medicinal herbs as possible in my salad, which are also good for the immune system and support whole body clarity, energy and digestion.
-When we are dealing with energy we want to eat foods that are supportive of energy rather than taxing – so eat as many life foods as possible.
-For increased energy drink fresh squeezed juices. While cooked or pasteurized O.J. is acidic, fresh squeezed is raw and alkaline. We need to keep our bodies open and alkaline to have more energy.
-Or course, moving and blood flow is very important.
-We have to move out the old to bring in the new.
-Any type of inversion is excellent or just throwing a ball around or swimming.
-Fresh air and oxygen is important as is a little bit of vitamin D, which is in the sunshine.
-Make sure you’re getting enough minerals in either seaweed or celtic salt.
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