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It's really an amazing time of year...
This spring I've been loving spending time in the sun, rolling out my mat outside, going for walks, making smoothies, and taking time to slow down and breathe it all in.Read More
Happy Friday! I hope you're all having a beautiful week, and that you have a fun Easter weekend planned.
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Hi loves! How is autumn going so far for you?
If you're looking for some simple ways to get grounded for this new season, here are a few ideas. Cheers to cozy sweaters, warm foods, and relaxing routines to help you feel rejuvenated!
5 Ways to Get Grounded for the Fall Season
1. Walk in nature. Notice the colors, smells, and sights around you.
2. Massage your feet with warming essential oils, or use a diffuser in your home. Here’s a great post from Hello Glow with ideas about essential oil blends for fall. Some oils to try:
3. Eat seasonally. Make a dish with pumpkin, apple, or squash. Create a hearty, delicious soup. Energize your food with positivity and love as you sit down to eat.
I highly recommend this Ayurvedic cookbook for ideas on how to eat seasonally: The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well. This weekend I made the pumpkin dal recipe and it is delicious! ;)
4. Try a sauna or spa.
5. Meditate and write in your journal. Create space to process the transition to this new season, and allow yourself to express your inner thoughts and feelings. Fall is a great time of year to slow down, reflect, and incorporate more rest into your daily routine.
Photos of me by Brynna Bryant of Respiro Photography.
I feel a little quiet today, so here are some pretty things from around the web.
Cheers to simply being as you are, and noticing what's around you and within you.
Love you guys :)
Photos in this post via Pinterest.
We all go through times where we feel disconnected from our bodies, discouraged about our appearance, self-critical, or uncomfortable in our own skin.
Now is one of those times for me.
Since I moved, I haven't been practicing yoga as much, and my skin hasn't been the happiest. I've felt more tired and bloated. I've been out of touch with my own sensual energy, with feeling sexy. And, I often look in the mirror and think, ugh, and a cycle of negative, judgmental thoughts comes into my mind.
- Do a short workout. Breaking a sweat really makes a difference for my mood. This could be 20 minutes of yoga, a walk around the neighborhood, a 10-minute jump roping session, or some pushups and situps in the living room.
- Soothing self-care. It's hard not to feel at least a little better after a hot epsom salt bath, giving myself a foot massage, rolling on my Dharma Yoga Wheel or foam roller, or lighting a candle and just taking a few deep breaths.
- Write about it. Writing always helps! A lot of times I want to ignore what's really bothering me-- what I'm fearful about, or angry about -- but taking five minutes to write in my journal can help uncover the deeper issue I'm struggling with.
- Drink extra water. Staying hydrated helps me stay positive, and gives me a reason to say, 'I'm choosing to be healthy today.'
- Celebrate small victories. I like to make lists of things I have to be proud of that day.
- Use social media very strategically, or not at all. Social media has a way of making me feel extra sh*tty sometimes. I compare myself to all the famous yoga teachers, the successful and thin ones, and the people I know who are winning at life getting married and having babies and going on tropical vacations :) So, on days like today, I either take a break from Instagram and Facebook (easier said than done), or indulge my social media habit strategically. Lately I look at posts on Instagram from Rachel Brathen (@yoga_girl) or Dana Falsetti (@nolatrees), and that's it. Their posts are uplifting and real, and filled with loving kindness. I also follow a private group on Facebook started by a local boudoir photographer, and I love her posts about positive body image and the sense of supportive community from the women in the group. It's also nice to see that other women struggle with the same stuff that I do!
- Wear a pair of sexy underwear. OK, I know this sounds like a silly thing to do, but it can help remind you that you're sexy. Maybe this even leads to some fun evening plans (solo or with your partner) which can boost your mood even more. Oh, and if you have boudoir photos, be sure to look back on those!!
- Make a smoothie. Smoothies have a way of making me feel good about myself, plus they are a nutritious way to boost your energy levels. I love adding spinach.
- Do something else. So, you're sitting there obsessing over how you look, what you ate, etc... just stop, and spend time doing something else. Sometimes I have to do this several times, just re-direct my energy until I land on something positive. It can be helpful to take a lion's breath, brush off my arms and legs to 're-set' my physical energy, or turn on music. I also love to spend time in nature or go to a coffee shop and read.
Wow... it really feels good to get that off my chest! Thanks for reading along, loves, and for your continued support. May we keep encouraging each other, being kind to ourselves, and being honest about it on days when we struggle.
- money and how much money is enough
- what things make me feel at peace, whether it's my practice or my bank account
- what I deserve
- what I manifest
- how my identity gets wrapped up in my work
- what my career goals are
- when my heart feels most full
- Monday: 3 sun salutations + 30 minute jog/walk + 8 minutes of abs + 15 minutes of yin stretching
- Tuesday: 15 minutes of jumping rope + a few yoga poses on the wall (forearm stand and headstand) + cool down and Shavasana
- Wednesday: 30 minute hike with the dog + pigeon pose. Later that day, a 20 minute walk with the family
- Thursday: morning 60 minute barre booty class (amazing!); in the afternoon, 15 minutes of hula hooping, squats, pushups, and then 15 minutes of yin
- Friday: 1 hour kayaking trip (followed by ice cream and a long, hot shower, ha!)
- ask friends to join you
- create a new playlist for your workout
- go outside instead of being inside
- research free classes or meetup groups in your area
- set a specific goal, and see if that sparks ideas for changing your routine (ie, I want to hold plank for 10 breaths) and also keep a journal with notes on your progress
Do you ever pause to honor how truly amazing you are? :)
I love that this month's Yogi Surprise box is themed around honoring the divine within.
As we transition from spring to summer, this is the perfect time of year to take a pause. Honor the changing energy, the momentum that picks up as summer arrives, with its heat and ferocity. Give yourself a moment to breathe and simply sit with what is.
Honor the changes that have happened to you so far this year, and recognize that the space you're in is only temporary; things will change again.
This may even be a good time to take a break from some of the activities and plans that have been keeping you in a rush. If you slow down and savor the moment, what do you notice?
Here's a lovely quote from the Yogi Surprise box -- maybe take a few minutes to sit somewhere quiet and reflect on it.
This is a moment to savor. A space between the day's demands to give yourself nourishing time to dive inward and shake off any mental turbulence that you've picked up throughout your day.
...Allow yourself the extra space to connect with your pure divine self that is connected with all living things.
It is from this place that true balance, creativity, and nourishment are alive and reside in us all.
- root chakra: red jasper for stability
- sacral chakra: carnelian for creativity
- solar plexus chakra: citrine for willpower (citrine is my absolute favorite!)
- heart chakra: aventurine for love
- throat chakra: sodalite for communication
- third eye chakra: amethyst for intuition
- crown chakra: quartz crystal for clarity