Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday Morning Rambles: Yoga, Deadlifts, & Cooking...

Good Morning my loves!!!

The title of today's post is inspired by how someone described me this morning at my gym after looking at my Instagram page and yup that pretty much sums me up ha. This girl loves to practice some yoga, lift weights, and cook (EAT!) haha.

My yoga teacher training is sadly coming to an end. This weekend were the final days of classes and next weekend is our retreat and graduation!

One thing that I was not expecting from this journey was making a second family. In these three months, most of us have created such a beautiful bond. This Saturday, one of my classmates said that she had a surprise for me...she told me to close my eyes and then handed me a precious gift.

She gifted me her copy of the Dalai Lama's book "The Art of Happiness"...this book was given to her and has traveled the globe and now it found its way to my hands...

Little things like this make me realize how lucky I am to have crossed paths with all these extraordinary souls. 

I am looking forward to the yoga retreat this weekend and grateful that my sister and niece will stay with Zen while I am gone. People always tell me "oh he is a cat; they are okay being alone" but not Zen...since he was adopted 5 years ago, we have been inseparable. I could not even think of leaving him alone for that long. 

Check out my video below for some more rambles...

Do something kind for someone else today.


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Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday Morning Rambles: Our Chakras...

Good Morning my loves....

It's so cold outside this morning so it's the perfect time to break out my Sox Box penguin socks which kept me nice and warm.

I had another great weekend at Yoga Teacher Training; we had a Hip Opener workshop on Saturday which was so intense and I'm still feeling it this morning. After lunch on Saturday, Mokshapriya had us do various Praanaayaam exercises (breathing exercises) and then lead us into a guided Chakra meditation which was wonderful. When we finished the meditation; all I can think of was "she needs to record this for others to enjoy".  She also shared a way for us to remember the different Chakras and what they pertain to, which I decided to make into an image and share with you.

I think this is image is great because it reminds you what each Chakra is connected to; here is some more information courtesy of mindbodygreen:

1. Root Chakra — Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
    Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
    Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money and food.
    More on Root Chakra healing

2. Sacral Chakra — Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
    Location: Lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel and two inches in.
    Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure and sexuality.
    More on Sacral Chakra healing

3. Solar Plexus Chakra — Our ability to be confident and in control of our lives.
    Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
    Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem.
    More on Solar Plexus Chakra healing
4. Heart Chakra — Our ability to love.
    Location: Center of chest just above the heart.
    Emotional issues: Love, joy and inner peace.
    More on Heart Chakra healing

5. Throat Chakra — Our ability to communicate.
    Location: Throat.
    Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings and the truth.
    More on Throat Chakra healing

6. Third Eye Chakra — Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
    Location: Forehead between the eyes (also called the Brow Chakra).
    Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom and the ability to think and make decisions.
    More on Third Eye Chakra healing

7. Crown Chakra — The highest chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
    Location: The very top of the head.
    Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality and pure bliss.

During the mediation, I could feel my body warm up which leads me to believe that some of my chakras are blocked and I need to take some time and meditate on each one individually to "unclog" them so to speak.

Check out my video below to hear more about the Chakras as well as knowing what is your life's purpose

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy every moment.


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Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday Morning Rambles: Some Carebear Power and a Mighty Bar!

Happy Monday my loves....

I hope everyone is feeling better after last week's election. I know some of us are feeling defeated, sad, fearful, and perhaps angry but I want you to remember one thing...WE are stronger than this.

I think Mokshapriya sensed how most of us were feeling and yesterday she reminded us that all we can do, is shed love and light onto anything we don't want in our lives. Whenever I hear "I am sending you love and light" I can't help but think of the Carebears because that is exactly what they would do! They would puff up their chest and this beautiful beam of light would come out of their heart chakra...I am starting to think that the creator of the Carebears was a Yogi as well ha.

Whatever does not serve you, send it on its way with love and light and remember that it is not part of you but a separate entity....

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is getting to try new things and having the opportunity to share it with you. I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Mighty Organic to try out their new Beef Mighty Bars

They were so awesome and not only did they send me bars but they shipped me a whole Adventure Kit which included a backpack, headphones, and selfie stick!  

I love Jerky in general, especially when I am carb cycling and need a quick snack that is low in carbohydrates. These bars are not only delicious but also have the organic seal of approval:

Absolutely no antibiotics, GMOs, synthetic hormones, or toxic pesticides are used in Mighty Snacks. 
 8 Grams of Protein  Gluten Free Nut Free 
Mighty Organic’s beef is produced without antibiotics, synthetic hormones or GMOs. Our beef is higher in omega-3s because our cows spend their days in organic pastures, where they eat nothing but grass.

The great people over at Mighty Organic are sponsoring a giveaway so that one of you can win your own Adventure kit! I will be hosting the giveaway over on my Instagram page (all the details on how to enter will be in the caption). Good Luck and go on an adventure!

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