5 Things to Expect at Your First Yoga Class

Yoga can be a bit intimidating, especially to a beginner. I remember when I started doing yoga, I had a few main questions that I thought I would answer here. Things like what to you bring, wondering if it would heated? What does vinyasa mean? I remember thinking whoa, this is going to be hard, I think I’ll just stick to stretching at the gym! I’m sure most people expect yoga class…

3 Things You Love About Yourself

3 Things You Love About Yourself

This is one of my favorite exercises in yoga. I often find it so difficult to name 3 things I love about myself that have nothing to do with others. What would you say? Right now, go ahead, list them. I’ll still be here when you are done. Ok now look at your list, was that easy? Has it been 20 minutes? Did you list things like “I’m a great…

Vegan Veggie Pizza

Vegan Veggie Pizza

In my last post, I talked about the benefits of eating a vegan diet every once and awhile (or all the time depending on your personal preferences). While I don’t eat vegan, I do make a conscious effort to eat a vegan meal at least 2-3 times a week. I personally love trying out new “veganized” versions of things, especially when that means I get pizza! I don’t know about…

Try Vegan

There are many reasons to try vegan cooking every once and awhile! In fact, it can be very fun to experiment with new methods of cooking, and you may even enjoy the vegan version more! I think it’s important to eat wholesome foods, and I don’t believe in eating fake foods. Therefore, I don’t like consuming many of the “vegan” substitute foods that are out there. Vegan chicken, sausage, pepperoni,…

Favorite Heart Opening Poses

I talked about the benefits of heart opening poses in my last post. If you are curious about the some of the physical and emotional benefits, please check it out! Since today is Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite heart opening poses. It only seems appropriate! If you are new to yoga, I encourage you to find a beginners yoga class, dvd, or…

Heart Opening Yoga Poses

If you are anything like me, you sit at a desk in a hunched over position for most of the day. Or worse, you are hunched over your phone at night as well searching pinterest and texting friends and loved ones (I’m guilty!). We are likely all guilty of this posture due to our daily movements. You may also walk around very tightly wound up, with so much going on…

Handstand Prep Part 2

I wrote about the benefits of inversions, particularly handstands. They are my favorite inversion, because I think they are beautiful and require an enormous amount of strength and stability. I’ve found they also require constant practice. Just because you master handstands does not mean that you will always be able to get into handstand and hold it for any amount of time without constant practice. I went over the basics…

Why I Handstand

The other day my boyfriend and I were talking and he asked me “Sam, why do you do handstands”. I laughed and my first thoughts were that it makes me feel like a kid again and  the fact that they were so hard to master, so I do them all the time so I don’t lose that skill. I blurted out something about “they are fun” and we went on…

Moroccan Carrot Soup

When you think of carrots, soup is probably not the first thought that pops into your head. Don’t let that deter you from making this creamy, hearty soup. The Moroccan spices perfectly complement the sweetness from the carrots. Smokey paprika and cumin paired the intense kick from the ginger and a hint of sweet from the cinnamon. This soup is easy to prepare and can be ready in no time!…

Where is your Zen?

I am participating in an online community group dedicated to helping people stick to their New Year’s Resolutions. As part of this group, we are given a prompt or “challenge” to complete for the day. I was happy to see that Sunday’s are “Zen Days” where we are all asked to show how we Zen. I automatically assumed I would see a million pictures of everyone doing yoga this past…

The Power of Yes

The Power of “Yes”. Yes is a powerful word. It often brings us joy, happiness, gratitude, and often times, it commits us. Do you ever sit back and think about the power of “Yes”? You make decisions everyday about how to spend your time, what activities you want to engage in, who you want to see,  and how you want to be seen. Do you ever think about the “Yes” behind…

Practicing Mindfulness

Let’s talk about our New Year’s resolutions or as I like to call them my new intentions for the year. I’d like to share with you my intentions for 2015. For me, my intentions are about being more aware and living in the present. I am going to practice being mindful this year. Mindful of my thoughts, words, and actions. From what I’m eating to how I decide to spend…

Why I Practice Yoga

As we enter the New Year, I am forced to reflect back on the things that made this year both amazing and life changing. There were some big events this year and 2015 is promising some even bigger events. I have to admit this is both exciting and nerve wrecking, I know I have the skills to approach the new year with poise and grace. Yoga taught me to be…

Realistic Resolutions 2015

With New Years Eve just around the corner it’s that time of year where we start setting our resolutions for the new year. Do you normally set resolutions? Perhaps this year is your year to follow through on those goals you set. For some of us resolutions often fall to the way side come February. But maybe this is the year you’ll see them through to the end! Setting the goal…

Yoga Over The Holidays

I have been reflecting on the past few holiday seasons, and realize that most of my memories are of family and friends, not of gifts or events. I also have memories of extreme stress and often feeling overwhelmed. Remembering to get everyone gifts, hosting dinner, fighting mall traffic, and keeping the house tidy for guests can be overwhelming. That is why I’m going to practice yoga over the holiday season…

Pineapple Banana Recovery Smoothie

Ever feel like you need something extra after that intense workout or yoga session? Next time you feel that way, make this recovery smoothie. The ingredients are all natural and vegan! The pineapple and banana will make you think you are somewhere on a tropical island and your muscles will thank you later! The ingredients here are certainly enough for a meal, so don’t be surprised if you are full…

Natural Hydratation

Are you staying Hydrated? Benefits of Proper Hydration include: Hydrate skin from the inside, making skin looking plump and full Less bloating Flush toxins from the body Deliver essential vitamins and minerals throughout the body Help control hunger, as thirst is often mistaken for hunger Recovery from intense exercise, including hot yoga If you are anything like me, you might get sick of that plain jane water you’re sipping day…

Where is your Drishti?

In yoga it refers to where you focus your eyes during asana and/or meditation. It helps keep you grounded and your energy focused. Drishti theory states that wandering eyes creates a wondering mind, unfocused and distracted. Taking the idea behind drishti and applying it to life off the mat. I wonder, do you have drishti off the mat or do you often allow your eyes to wonder. Wonder from whats important, wonder from…