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Green Earth Practice: Reduce Packaging Waste - Make Your Own Treats

Uncategorized Jan 15, 2021

Want to know an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint on this planet?  Reduce the amount of waste that you produce.  And as easy way to do that is by making your own snacks.

Think about how many granola wrappers or to-go packages you have gone through in your life.  It's a bit alarming, even if you are an eco-conscious individual.  We are all guilty of it at some point in our lives.  

In my mind, one that sticks out that I was guilty of for a long while was buying a little sweet treat called "Sesame Snaps".  Sesame snaps are these little bites of sesame and honey that are the perfect combination of not too sweet, crunchy, and INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in plastic!  Ugh!

I vowed to never buy them again just for the mere fact that they are overly packaged.  

This one day I stumbled upon a recipe by Rebecca Katz for her Triple Triple Brittle Bars.  It was pretty darn close to what I was craving and then some.  Click here to see...

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Listen to Your Breath

Uncategorized Dec 03, 2020

Listen to your breath. I have given that cue countless times over the years. It's a beautiful statement to help us not push ourselves too much that we are panting for breath. It's a wonderful cue to help us focus and re-focus the mind when it starts to drift. The cue reminds us to maintain a certain level of integrity within our practice.

I often find myself listening to my breath when I go for runs. And I'd love to say I do it to create s meditative connection to the natural cadence of breath. Yes, that too. But it's mostly because my headphones aren't working and I cant be bothered to buy another set. So yes, I listen to my breath as the soundtrack to my running, and it surely is the best pace setter I know of.

Recently, I've been really letting that cue sink in within my own practice. I've become somewhat fixated on literally, listening to my breath. Perhaps, the obsession, if you will, came a few months back when I was having odd breathing issues. Getting out of breath and winded...

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Top 5 Ways to Stay Grounded

mindfulness Oct 19, 2020

We have all had those days where we feel like we are getting swept away by stress and anxiety.  Where it seems like all of the external noise of the world echoes in our head and it’s hard to have a clear thought.  Having a toolbox of self-care techniques to tap into helps you stay grounded and more capable of weathering the storms of life.  There are many ways to feel grounded and in alignment with that place of calm that lies within.  These are my top favorite ways to stay grounded.

Yoga - Ok, I am sure you saw that coming, but it is my go-to when I am feeling out of touch with myself.  Taking time (and it doesn’t even need to be a lot of time) to move your body in connection with your breath can liberate the mind of excess noise.  Whether you seek an active practice or something a bit more restorative, is up to you in that moment, but regardless, you are sure to feel a bit more whole and connected to your inner peace.

Guided Meditation -...

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Behind the Scenes

yoga Sep 24, 2020

Behind the scenes.  So many components at play to make up the image, the video, the content that is put out into the world.  

This also applies to ourselves.  Behind the scenes, there is a lot at play to make up who we are, how we interact with the world, and how the world perceives us.  The ten thousand things that happened upstream in our lives to slightly adjust our course as we flow through life.  How we view the world around us and how we interact within our communities has been shaped by so many factors.  

Then what happens when we pause and sit and reflect upon those things.  What happens when we give ourselves permission to accept that behind the scenes might look a bit messy.  That behind the scenes tells a greater story than what the world sees.  
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Green Earth Practice: Change up your Commute

Uncategorized Sep 02, 2020
Green Earth Practice: change the way you commute.  Try riding a bike to work or walking or running or public transit.
 
I grew up in the midwest and very much "dependent" on my car.  My father worked for an automotive company and cars were just part of our landscape growing up.  So you can only imagine when fresh out of college I moved out to San Francisco and within a week told my father I was getting rid of my car.  I'd like to think that it was to be more environmentally friendly,  but the fact was it was really darn expensive to own a car in SF, especially when I rarely used it.
 
Being car free in a big city was great.  Taking public transportation was always an option, but the fact that bike paths were everywhere made biking to work an easy and fun option.  It was also liberating. It felt like being a kid again. Zooming down hills and weaving through traffic.  Powering a vehicle with my own energy. 
 
After living in...
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The Shape of the Journey

Uncategorized Sep 02, 2020
When I look back at this picture of me, yes, I see a deep backbend.  But I also see all the work it took me to get there. 
 
I was at a point in my life and yoga career that all I did was practice asana and meditate all day long.  It was a time where I was shedding layers of emotional and physical pain.  I was getting to know myself in all its raw, real humanness. 
 
This picture reminds me of all the literal sweat and tears that I went through to get to a point where I could make this silly shape with my body.  But it wasn't really ever about being able to make the shape.  It was the journey that it allowed me to go on.  It was the insight it brought me.  It was the ability to slow down and get intimate with my mind in a way that I honestly avoided.  I faced fear and was able to breathe calmly while in it.
 
I was not flexible growing up.  When I first saw a picture of full chakrasana, I told my friend jokingly...
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Green Earth Practice: Buying in Bulk

green earth practices Aug 27, 2020
I have always been a bit of a penny pincher (and my husband is even more of a penny squeezer). For us, buying in bulk is the perfect example of saving money and reducing our waste.   If you stop to think about all of the packaging that goes into some of your staple groceries, and then think about how often you buy those items... well, it adds up.  Buying in bulk just has always made the most sense for us.
 
We bring a load of mason jars and containers to the bulk food section of our grocery store.  And bringing your own containers is an even better way to reduce your waste and plastic consumption.  Fill 'er up!  Getting all the essentials in gallon size jars means less trips to the store, less packaging consumed on our end, and heck, it looks pretty in our pantry. Yeah, that last part is pretty vain considering the only people to see my pantry are my family members.  But hey, it makes me feel good. 
 
Most recently, we joined a group...
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Quick Pick-Me-Up

yoga Aug 27, 2020
 

If you are like me, you can find yourself in a bit of a funk.  Maybe you are feeling a bit unmotivated or that you should be doing something, but can't just get up and do it.  
When I feel that way, often all I need to do is just move my body.  It doesn't take much to just move a little and feel a whole lot better. 
Before you make yourself that additional cup of coffee, roll out your mat.  Step on it and just move your body.  Take less than 15 minutes to move and see how you feel.  Take some time to get out of your headspace and into your body-space.  Try it and see how you feel.  Follow the link below!

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Find Your Peace

yoga Aug 26, 2020
 

Deep within us all lies a place of peace and calm.  Our true nature can be hidden by stress, anxiety, and fear, but it still exists within.  This 10 minute seated flow will help you connect to your breath and gently shed layers of residual tension in our upper body.  Unearth your inner peace and feel that it is there all along.

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Yoga in the Time of Social Distancing

Uncategorized Aug 24, 2020

Times are tough right now.  We are social creatures and yet, we are living in a time where being in physical connection with each other isn't a possibility.  

Our yoga practice looks a bit different these days, whether it is practicing outdoors, or spaced apart within the studio, or practicing virtually.  We are beginning to get used to these different ways to maintain our practice.  No matter what your practice looks like these day, and no matter where you find yourself unrolling your mat, please remember that you are doing great work for yourself. 

We must remember to not be so harsh on ourselves and each other.  In these uncertain times, be kind to yourself and be thankful that you are still unrolling your mat and working with yourself to be the best version of yourself.  Thank yourself for just showing up.

At the core of all of us, there exists calm and peace.   Our true nature can be momentarily hidden by anxiety, anger, stress,...

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