- Read this if you need a laugh.
- Celebrating fearlessness on my 27th birthday.
- A new way to think about the yoga pose you hate.
- Three simple pieces of advice for yoga teachers.
- The Badass Women series launch on Alive in the Fire.
- Are you making a big change?
- A post about when I quit the 9-to-5 grind.
- A photo journal of my home garden.
- What does it mean to be alive in the fire?
- Some supportive thoughts if you're feeling depressed.
I'm a fan of practicing on an empty (or nearly empty) stomach, and I'm always happy to discover light, energizing snacks that give me lasting energy.
Here are my current three favorite pre- and post-yoga snacks :)
You're worthy of good things.
You're lovable, just the way you are-- the way you look, how smart you are, how many breaths you can hold a yoga pose, how many items you've crossed off your to-do list.
Nothing you do can change the fact that you're worthy and deserving of this beautiful, breathtaking life.
- Warrior poses build strength. In these poses, you cultivate a sense of joyful determination; even while your muscles quiver, you have the opportunity to tune in to your breath and set your focus on the present moment.
- Warrior poses increase flexibility in the hips.
- Virabhadrasana I, II and III tone the muscles in the legs, ankles and feet.
- The Warrior poses allow you to practice a balance between effort (sthira) and ease (sukha). There is major effort happening in some muscles of the body, yet the breath remains slow and even, and the gaze (dristi) is steady.
- Keep length in your lower back. Concentrate on lifting your abdomen and knitting your lower ribs together. Engage navel to spine; while your legs are doing a lot of work, your core is doing a lot of work, too. By removing a forward tilt in your pelvis, you'll avoid crunching in the low back.
- Be aware of where your knees and ankles are in space. The safest position for your knee joint is to stack it directly over your ankle. Notice if your knee is collapsing inward rather than tracking out toward your middle toes of your foot.
- Press down through both feet. Notice that both your front foot and back foot are active in the pose.
1. My mornings are now slow mornings. I can linger, sip coffee, and start my day with a peaceful pace.
2. I am more resourceful.
3. I practice yoga more often.
4. I have (prioritized) free time.
5. I have flexibility.
6. I have space for more relaxation and time with friends.
7. I don't have a rush-hour commute.
8. I'm usually around happy, healthy people and in quiet, peaceful environments.
9. I can support my loved ones more.
10. I can choose which projects to say yes to, and which to say no to.
I opened up my December Yogi Surprise box to discover this quote:
Love is a gift you receive by giving selflessly without ownership, attachment, or expectation. The more you give, the more you get.
What a great reminder at this time of year! Whether you're shopping for loving gifts to give your friends and family, or you're finding other ways to celebrate without spending any money, I hope you'll consider how important it is to give and receive LOVE.
Love is what fuels us.
If we can infuse every relationship with more love at this time of year, we'll all make the world a better place.
Here are my three favorite items from the December box:
Crown Chakra Tea from Buddha Teas. This blend of lavender, nutmeg and rose is incredible! So calming. And the tea has also been infused with the essence of amethyst! I'm definitely going to be buying more of this and trying some of their other chakra teas as well.
Sweet orange and cinnamon scrub from Real Beauty for a Cause. This stuff is heavenly. It's made with all natural ingredients and high-quality essential oils, and the small batches are created by women working to gain economic independence and break the cycle of poverty. This would make a perfect stocking stuffer!
Om Lavender sachet from HaitiProjects.org. This is my new bedtime favorite. I stick this little pillow under my nose and enjoy a relaxing lavender smell before drifting off to sleep. Again, perfect stocking stuffer idea!
You can't go wrong with Yogi Surprise... so much love in one little box :) Namaste.
Also check out my review of the wheel for more info.
A: I wish for no gifts, only presence.
Q: What did the Yogi say to the criminal?
A: You have the right to remain silent.
Q: Why didn't the yogi buy the vacuum cleaner?
A: It came with too many attachments!
Most of us are tired of spending $75+ on a single piece of yoga wear. I'm so happy to see the Four Athletics brand emerging through their Kickstarter campaign. Keep an eye out - they're going to be doing big things in the yoga and fitness world! PS The diagram below shows how they are using crowdfunding instead of a traditional retail model. Amazing!
Stay tuned for the next part of the holiday gift guide... gifts to take your asana practice to the next level!
Everything around you will change and fall away and re-emerge, and yet your power for goodness and grace and love will remain.
Stay true to that.