Yoga is about so much more than poses. Today I'm celebrating International Yoga Day by honoring all of the ways that yoga can show up in our daily lives, both on and off of our mats. Over lunch I practiced mindful eating, savoring every bite with each of my senses. How will you practice yoga today?
Yoga is a dance between control and surrender-between pushing and letting go-and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being.
Happy International Day of Yoga. May we find strength, wisdom, and truth through practice, mind, body, and soul.
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"We all live here". So let's be good to one another, shall we?
It has been just over 3 weeks that I've been without coffee and shockingly I've not missed it or experienced the withdrawals I had expected to have. 〰
Why'd I stop? I had a sneaking suspicion that it was contributing to a low level exhaustion that I couldn't seem to kick. I was in a cycle: feel tired, anticipate feeling tired, drink coffee. I'd go to bed at night super sleepy however I'd feel the buzz of the caffeine as I'd lay down to rest. Consequently I believe this disrupted the quality of my sleep which in turn contributed to the daytime exhaustion which then fueled the habit. Insert "need" for coffee and the cycle went on. 〰
How do I feel now? Great! The lethargy has subsided and per my #sleepcycleapp the quality of my sleep has improved. 〰
This is not to say I'm done with coffee forever, I'm just happy to have broken what felt like a habit that wasn't serving my overall wellness. Glad to know it was possible, glad to know that that little intuitive voice inside seemed to know what was right. A good reminder to listen. A good reminder that change is possible and easier to obtain than we think.
We are united. We are the same. We are one.
I had THE craziest dreams last night! One of which involved my Vitamix, resulting in a series of strange and magical culinary creations. Needless to say the first thing I did this morning was concoct this tasty little treat. Turning dreams into reality one smoothie bowl at a time. What dream will you manifest today?
All the yays for this day!
One of my favorite yoga instructors once taught a class dedicated to twisting and it's detoxing benefits. It was what she said however about the anatomy of a twist that really stuck with me. She shared that the spine must first lengthen or grow before it can twist, safely allowing for the detoxing of the organs, the blood. You've heard it in class I'm sure, "inhale lengthen, exhale twist". And there it was, yoga, the connection, the bridge between our physical and our mental practice. In our bodies and also in our minds we must first grow before we can let go.
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So go on with your bad, bright, beautiful self!
When you reach your edge, soften. Soften until you slip through the constraints of the body and mind and can create a new rhythm, a new route, a new release.
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Cool, moisture and nutrient dense foods on a gorgeous, hot Sunday night. These things feed my soul.
Once we stop rushing, it's amazing how much more life we have time for.
Mmmmmm...I like you a latte.
Is there anything you tell yourself you'll never have? For me it's boobs and nails. Guess what? I got the nails! Full thanks to a daily dose of @vitalproteins collagen which not only gave me the nails but it has also made my eyelashes longer and fuller, my hair thicker, and skin smoother. So I'm flipping my never and turning it into possibility. Now for those boobs...come on collagen!!! ✨
And thank you too to the incredibly talented @viv.yvone for being the best manicurist, conversationalist, and a total beauty, inside and out.
One of the most challenging and important aspects of our practice. How do you live yoga off your mat?
Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That's who you really are. Now, let go of any part of you that doesn't believe it.
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