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What are you guys up to this weekend?
I'm excited to relax, make s'mores, go grocery shopping for new recipes, take the dog for a walk, and do some writing.
Here are some fun links from around the web:
Staying mindful even when you're frustrated (I so needed this one!).
Questions to ask before your yoga teacher training.
Do you ever drink alone? Also, a yummy mango colada.
Which spot in northern California would you visit? :)
- Ways to boost your creativity.
- Holding space as a yoga teacher.
- Sending hugs.
- What are your morning rituals?
- Cheers to all you badass yoga teachers! Stay tuned for new posts in this series next week featuring ideas for what to keep track of for your taxes as an independent contractor, and 5 things to consider before you take on a new teaching gig.
Illustration found on Pinterest and photo found via Tumblr.
My favorites are the GoMaco Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and the Apple Walnut. Trust me on this one.
What are your favorite snacks for before and after a yoga class?
My current faves:
- Fresh juice (carrot, orange, apple, ginger is a great one)
- Jem raw cinnamon red maca almond butter spread on a banana.
- A handful of trail mix with almonds, raisins, craisins, sunflower seeds and dark chocolate chips
- A green smoothie with any of the following: banana, mango, strawberry, spinach, kale juice, peaches, and avocado
- fresh strawberries from my garden
- hulled hemp seed
- Litehouse Spinach Salad dressing
- 1 cup of dried black eyed peas
- 1 cup of dried barley
- 1 cucumber
- 1 pack of grape tomatoes
- Handful of cilantro
- Handful of cheese (Feta)
- Lite house Greek vinegarette
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine the barley and water. Add salt if needed
- Bring to a boil: Bring the water and barley to a boil over high heat. Keep an eye on the pot to prevent foam from overflowing.
- Simmer the barley: When the barley has reached a boil, lower the heat to a low simmer, cover, and continue to cook until the barley is done. For pearl barley, start checking at 25 minutes. For hulled barley, start checking at 40 minutes. The barley is done when it has tripled in volume and is soft yet chewy. Add more water if the pan becomes dry before the barley has finished cooking; check every 5 minutes until desired chewiness is reached.
- Drain the barley (if necessary): When the barley is done, it will have absorbed most of the water. If there is a little water still left in the pot, just leave the barley to sit for 10 minutes, covered, until it has all been absorbed. If there is a lot of water left, drain the barley in a strainer over the sink.
- Fluff the barley: With a fork, fluff the barley to separate the grains and set aside.
PS More summer salads.
What style do you practice?
I feel free and challenged all at the same time. I used to not believe that yoga was a serious workout until I gave it a go myself. But I always prepare myself for a great challenge every time I step on my mat.
You never know what progress you will achieve or what setbacks will come your way. That’s one of the thing I love about practicing yoga.
Share about an experience you had on your mat that you’ll never forget.
- The no-slip grip is incredible, better than any other mat I’ve used before.
- The mat is lightweight but still provides a lot of comfort. It’s amazingly cushiony for only being 5mm in diameter.
- I love the color! So fun and spring-y.
- The mat is made out of 100% recyclable PLUSfoam material. After using this mat for a long time, I can send it in to PLUSfoam and they’ll make it into new products. As they say, they’re “putting landfills out of business.” Amazing!
If you're looking for high-quality yoga mat spray, check out my two favorites:
DeekasDream and AromaZen.
- Is it comfortable? (and hopefully flattering)
- Is it functional? (meaning it won’t get in the way or slip down as I stretch)
- Is the style unique? (good colors, fun design)
- Can I wear this outside of yoga class? (bonus!)