Instead of inviting Western medicine into the young body of her 18-month-old son, Annmarie Rung decided to try to heal his gastrointestinal issues by overhauling his environment and diet. Over the course of roughly 18 months, she stripped her home of any and all toxins and completely removed gluten and dairy from his plate. Not only did her lifestyle remodel work, it also birthed a line of non-toxic and gluten-free soaps, household cleaning products and yoga mat sprays, all handmade in her Huntington Beach garage. Hello, Goodnight Moon Yoga & Wellness.
When work brought the New York transplant to Southern California over a decade ago, the businesswoman-turned-yoga teacher fell smitten with HB and has called it home for the past 10 years. "This is the last stop, and I think we're going to be here for awhile," says Rung of her family of three. Now a healthy 7-year-old, her son's "gut issues," as Rung calls them, changed their lives forever.
"I had to switch everything in the house gluten-free," says Rung, a feat which included removing all of the toxins from her home and her son's diet. "We started with a gluten-free and a dairy-free diet, but then we took it a step further and I just started making everything from scratch—even my ketchup." Rung also cleansed her home by making her own gluten-free soaps, which were previously sold at Mother's Market in HB.
Market shelves now house Rung's Yoga Mat Harmonizing Spray, a product she created in 2010 for herself and friends alongside a line of gluten-free household cleaners. Rung's mission to detoxify her home ramped up when she started experiencing similar health issues, landing her in the emergency room on numerous occasions. She adopted her son's diet, which meant a swift wave goodbye to her vegan diet and hello to Whole Foods meat.
The self-described "picky" eater even cut dining out from her life. "We don't eat out at restaurants," says Rung. "That's how picky I am."
And guess what. It all worked. Rung says of her son: "His bloated belly that he had is gone. He has normal bowel movements now. This poor little boy was in so much pain." As for her own health, she says, "I healed myself, too, by cleaning my diet. I feel amazing." Her fatigue is gone, she is no longer a regular at the ER and her mind is finally clear.
Rung's clarity shines apparent in her strong, positive energy—a source she harnesses and divides into teaching yoga at Rise Yoga Huntington Beach, in private sessions and to special needs children and teenagers, as well as food coaching. The holistic healer hardly preaches her world, rather, she lets it be known that she is here to help. "I'm running into people every day, and they don't even realize they have issues," says Rung, who usually advises clients on how to remove gluten 100 percent from their diets for two weeks to start. Kitchen makeovers are just another perk of the transformation.
"I'm so grateful that I can share what I know and help so many people out there," she says, adding, "I think that's what I'm here for." Some, like her husband, intermittently remind her that she's also here to make soap, a craft she carefully placed on hiatus due to the age old enemy—time. Rung says her husband continues to nudge her back to the soap board, to which she replies, "Possibly."
The ingredients in her gluten-, casein- and soy-free yoga mat spray are absolutely indication of her eco- and social-consciousness: hydrogen peroxide, spring water, jojoba oil, tea tree and orange essential oils, special blend of lavender and peppermint essential oils. Her homemade anti-bacterial spray will be hitting her website soon.
In the meantime, we'll be hitting our yoga mats with a little harmony.
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