#SoulFULLFall Day 3: Chakra What?

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Mantra: Ommmmmm

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that literally translates into “spinning wheel.” According to ancient yogic traditions, there are seven major chakras or energy centers in our body. Each of these chakras corresponds to a particular color-coded vibrational frequency in the universe that influences our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

When our chakras are perfectly aligned with the universal flow of energy, every aspect of our life becomes harmonious and joyful. We reclaim perfect health, and our love and passion for life becomes renewed. Tune in and open your chakras with these tips…

1. Participate in a cleanse. Whether it’s a one-day juice cleanse or a seven day detox, cleansing your physical body will help you clear out any physical blocks that exist in your chakra system helping you feel more vibrant.

2. Practice mindfulness. Start to pay really close attention to your thoughts and your feelings. Are you quick to anger? Suddenly shy? Nervous or anxious? These feelings are clues that can help you uncover blockages in your chakra system. Pay attention!

3. Yoga! Asanas like the Essence of Living ‘Back Care’ segment below can help you strengthen your physical body while also sharpening your mental and spiritual bodies. Once you’ve discovered what chakras you might need to open, do some research and you’ll discover a variety of yoga postures designed to help you release the blocks.

Snap a pic of your new #soulFULLfall routine and post it to social media using the #soulFULLfall hashtag for your chance to win an epic Tiny Devotions and Essence of Living prize pack!

Intentional Eating: 5 Ways to Tune into your Body

mala-beads-yoga-tiny-devotions-photographer-photographer-richelle-hunter-photography-summer-of-soul-240Intentional eating is certainly not something most of us do these days. With our busy work schedules, families, and the many demands that life presents, we don’t have much time to eat, let alone eat healthy and with intention. It can be a challenge to ask busy individuals to really think about the food they eat on a daily basis. I know the struggles first hand. I’m a Physician Assistant who works in a stressful medical environment where the hours are long and the breaks are seldom. But the fact is, if we don’t make a conscious effort to put nourishing foods into our bodies, we will have to live with many chronic ailments, including symptoms of inflammation, food allergies, excess weight, fatigue, disease and emotional problems. We may even shorten our lives. If we eat with intention though, we can give our bodies a fighting chance in a toxic world. Here are some tips that I use to help myself eat more consciously:

1. Think about what the food you are choosing is doing for your body: Is this food serving a higher purpose? Is it providing you with the proper nutrients, or is it just a filler food you reach for out of boredom or stress? So many of us are on auto-pilot these days. When we drive, when we work, and when we eat. So next time you reach for food, ask yourself, what is this food doing for me? The first step of intentional eating is to Be Aware.

2. Shop smart: Most of us don’t have a lot time to grocery shop. So it can be a challenge to read labels and really understand what you are buying. But it’s important to make smart choices because health starts with what you buy. Give yourself just an extra half-hour at the grocery store to read labels. Know what is in your food! A short list of things to avoid: GMOs, preservatives, added sugar, hydrogenated ingredients, and harmful vegetable oils like soybean, cottonseed, and sunflower oil.

3. Try cooking at home, even if it just one night a week: There is nothing more intentional than cooking the food you eat. You get to be in control of everything that goes into your food. And that is actually a very empowering thing! Even if you only have time to cook one night on the weekend, try it! Try a recipe you’ve always wanted to make, and make it fun by cooking with others or for others. When you cook you put love and effort into your food, which makes eating it more enjoyable.

4. Sit down, and chew your food: I know it sounds silly, but sit down when you eat. I used to eat in the morning while standing in the kitchen because I was in such a hurry to get to work. I’m pretty sure I barely chewed my food. Now I get up ten minutes earlier. Just ten minutes! I do this so I can sit down and eat breakfast and really chew/taste my food. Or if you don’t eat breakfast, sit down a few nights a week for dinner.

5. Do your research: I find that the more I read about and research nutrition, the more I enjoy eating and the smarter my choices become. You know that McDonalds is bad for you, but why? You know that kale is good for you, but why? What is it in kale that is good for you? How does it work in the body to help it run smoothly? The Internet is a source for a wealth of knowledge. Learn about your food. Instead of watching that last TV show, take some time to research the nutrients found in spinach, and what those nutrients do for you. Knowledge is power!

 891387_817309051626478_238689318_nErin Carey is a Physician Assistant who works in primary care/urgent care and is a yogi at heart. She practices yoga daily and posts pictures of her yoga journey on her Instagram page to inspire others to practice. She is a supporter of mental and physical health and hopes to help empower her patients to take charge of their health and see food and physical exercise as medicine.

4 Natural Ways to Boost your Energy

923815_953524334663153_482527648_nWe’ve all experienced that point in the day when you just want to crawl under cozy blankets or at least have a quick cat nap, but a million errands have your name written all over them. I love naps so I’ll totally get 6 or less hours of sleep and mid day I’m paying for it if I don’t get a nap in. When I feel my body wanting to shut down here are my four favorite things to do to rev up my engine and finish my day strong:

1. Find a hydration station. Most of the time when you feel low on energy it’s because you’re dehydrated. Next time you’re feeling low energy before you grab a cappuccino, drink a quart of water. You’ll be amazed at how refreshed you feel. Another great way to make sure your energy is always up throughout the day is to schedule your water breaks. That’s right! Put them in your phone like appointments every 4 hours and you’ll stay well hydrated throughout your day. I like setting my water breaks for 8am 12am 4pm 8pm and I always have the most energy and look my best when I’m well hydrated.

2. Grab Fast Fruits. Let’s say you’ve hit your water breaks but you just haven’t had time to get a good meal in and the energy tank is on empty. The second best thing to rev up your energy is fruit. If you’re a little emotional and feel low there’s nothing like the color, smell, and juiciness of fruit to boost you back to your bright and beautiful self. I love tangerines, pineapple, and bananas. Try keeping a fruit bag in the car of apples, oranges and bananas or store strawberries, pineapple, or watermelon in the fridge for a fast energy boost.

3. Dance. I know you think I’m joking but it’s one of my favorite ways to boost my energy. When I’m in the car all by myself and the traffic isn’t moving I just turn my music up and sing out loud to my favorite artist. If you’re in the office try going over to your co-worker and starting the electric slide (If you don’t know how to do the electric side please stop life now and learn…you’ll thank me later.) Dancing increases circulation and if you’re not that good your laughter will boost your energy as well so you have a win win situation.

 4. Workout in the morning. Studies have shown that working out in the morning burns more calories and increases your heart rate for the rest of the day. You can toss in your favorite workout video, go for a walk around the neighborhood or hit the gym. No matter what you choose you’ll have more energy for the rest of your day if you warm up your engine in the morning.

MG_0024column-150x150Koya Webb is an internationally recognized holistic health and wellness coach, author, motivational speaker, and professional fitness model who is helping revolutionize raw/vegan cuisine, yoga and the holistic living landscape.

Website: www.koyawebb.com 

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7 Instant Mood Boosters

mala-beads-yoga-tiny-devotions-photographer-photographer-richelle-hunter-photography-summer-of-soul-338Sometimes the stress of everyday life can leave you feeling overwhelmed. With the days getting shorter and weather a little cooler, it can be easy to start to feel a little down with the changing of the seasons. The next time you need a little pick-me-up, try these simple tricks for an instant mood boost.

1. Get moving. Whether you feel up for a beach run, sweaty yoga session or just a light stretch, any type of exercise can lift your mood by boosting circulation and delivering oxygen-rich blood to your cells. Listen to how your body is feeling and just move.

2. Jam out. A favorite song can turn your mood around in a matter of seconds, so bust out that favorite playlist. Singing and dancing optional, though highly recommended.

3. Brew a warm drink. Enjoy a hot cup of tea or a soothing warm drink. Increasing your body temperature has a comforting effect that helps de-stress and put you at ease.

4. Inhale a calming scent. Light up a delicious scented candle or try some aromatherapy. Essential oils like lavender and orange can reduce feelings of anxiety and uplift your spirit.

5. Munch on mood-boosting foods. For a quick snack try munching on nuts which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, or a bit of dark chocolate which improves levels of serotonin and blood flow to the brain. If you have the time, chopping veggies and cooking up a nourishing meal for yourself or loved ones can be a great way to unwind. Fresh, whole foods will leave you feeling radiant. Eggs are great- loaded with omega-3s, zinc, and B vitamins- and swiss chard is packed with magnesium which relaxes the nervous system and elevates mood.

6. Do a good deed. Studies show that bringing happiness to others increases your own happiness. Get out and share some positive vibes with a random act of kindness! There are so many easy ways you can bring a smile to others. If you don’t feel like leaving the house, check out the More Love Letters movement and write a letter to a stranger who needs a little extra love and support in their life.

 7. Wear something that makes you feel beautiful. Put on the outfit that makes you feel amazing or take out your special, meaningful jewelry. Better yet, slip on your favorite mala and repeat a loving mantra to yourself.

London Glendenning is a San Diego, CA based blogger, creative type, and sunshine enthusiast who loves bringing inspiration and happiness to others. Her healthy lifestyle blog London, Like the City celebrates everything from food and fitness to stylized living and holistic health. Join her on the journey to finding balance and purpose as a 20-something!

Website: www.londonlikethecity.comLondonGlendenning

Instagram: @london_44

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Five Easy Ways to Detox for Fall

ajgovonidetoxSo maybe you threw back a few ((several)) cocktails, over-indulged on burgers and chips, cut back on workouts and hopefully enjoyed time with friends and family to celebrate a final weekend of summer…GOOD. You should have! If you really want to see some gains not only fitness, but in your overall heath and outlook, then enjoying these simple pleasures of life are essential and vital to creating a happier, healthier you.

After a holiday ((or summer)) splurge comes the desire to get back on track, start over, really commit to a new plan,  to bounce back, as it were. Rather than viewing that mini vacation from your routine as a set-back from which you need to recover, view it instead as part of the process to progress – don’t necessarily bounce back, bounce forward. Be better than before. Your body and your mind appreciate the break, but make it one step back and 2 steps forward.

A common misconception is to go overboard on juicing, fasting, refusing food or returning pretty hard into your workouts. Not necessary. Instead, make a few little changes to set yourself back on a path of success.

Here are 5 easy ways to Detox the weekend ((and summer)) and begin to freshen up for Fall….no extreme dieting, juicing, or killing yourself in the gym required.

1. WATER. Drink hot water with lemon upon rising, lemon helps cleanse and detoxify the body, and hot water helps to get things moving. Drink a lot of good quality H20 throughout the day (aiming for 2-3 liters or roughly half your body weight in ounces). It’s best to drink water before and between meals, avoid drinking it with and shortly after meals since this can cause a slow down of digestion, creating a back-up. And spice it up! Adding ginger and cayenne pepper to hot water helps detoxify and eliminate any bloat you may be experiencing after a weekend binge.

2. MOVE.  Sweating is the best way to release toxins in the body. You don’t need to spend hours on the workouts though, just get moving, now. Aim for 30-45 minutes of intense work four to five days a week, and utilize major and multiple muscle groups in your workouts, along with HIIT (high intensity interval training) to efficiently burn more fat. Check here for a total body workout to do! However, it’s important to move through out the day in addition to your workout. An hour workout is great, but if you sit for the majority of the day, you’re not only doing your health harm. but that chair/car/couch could be the reason you’re not losing stubborn weight. Do YOGA- for a number of different reasons- specific asanas aid in detoxification, pranayama techniques help purify the body, and yoga, overall, can ‘de-clutter’ your mind. Move when you wake up and before you hit the hay. Start your day with a 20 minute jog or brisk walk before breakfast, or some sun salutations. This can help burn extra fat. End your day with a 20 minute post dinner walk, and stretch before bed.

3. REDUCE. There’s no need for starvation dieting, fasting or juicing, but reducing your intake of certain foods is important. Avoid foods that cause inflammation, increase cravings, and those that your body stores as fat. Examples of these are:caffeine (which raises cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body, stubborn weight maintainer), alcohol (your body has to metabolize this first, meaning everything else consumed is stored as fat), dairy (can cause inflammation and mucous in the body), SUGAR (sugar is a nasty little drug that does quite a bit of harm on the body. Even reduce your fruit intake to 1-2 pieces, and keep it to the lower GI fruits during this time), gluten and grains, processed meats and packaged foods. No you don’t always have to get rid of these things, yet if you want to see changes and reap the health benefits of a detoxification, then as much as possible, these foods need to be reduced or eliminated from your diet while you freshen up.

4. EAT. The worst thing you can do is to go into starvation mode after a weekend holiday binge. All this will do is wreak havoc on your metabolism, and cause for a grumpy, more hungover-feeling. If you’re going to fast, do it between dinner and breakfast. Aim for a full 12 hours without eating between these meals. Your body needs this time for maintainence. Don’t eat within 3 hours of going to bed. Feed your body, and fuel it up with the good stuff it needs to thrive throughout the day. This means increasing your veggie and fiber intake, incorporating lean, high quality proteins with each meal, and include cucumbers and leafy greens – they will help balance pH levels (which can be really acidic after a weekend of booze, meat and chips).

5. REST & RELAXATION. It’s September, and other than January, it tends to be the month where everyone is ready to  get back on track. Take a little bit of time writing down your goals and setting yourself up with a rhythm that you’re looking forward to starting, and one that’s attainable and maintainable. Set small goals for yourself, check in on them frequently to measure your progress. In a month where school and work come back in full swing,  managing stress levels is crucial to help your body recover and ‘detoxify.’ When cortisol levels are high, your body has a natural tendency to hold onto fat, particularly around your midsection (a self-preservation technique that dates back to your ancestors). Incorporate yoga or moving meditation into your day, practice breathing techniques and get out in nature…everyday. And most importantly, sleep. Sleep is the time your body repairs and rebuilds. Get your 8 hours of sleep and be a happy camper.

ajgovoniAJ Govoni is an accomplished fitness professional, yoga teacher, and beach-bum traveler, with a love for using nature as her gym. She leads outdoor fitness programs and specializes in training and yoga for athletes and women. Through rockin’ playlists, happy vibes and sweaty flows, AJ’s classes will leave both your body and mind feeling good. Her sense of adventure has brought her backpacking to different regions of the world where she became fascinated by the activities, healing techniques, diets and lifestyles of other cultures. She fuses these discoveries into her work to bring a fresh perspective on active living, health and happiness. Follow AJ’s journey on Facebook , Instagram and her workouts and writings on her blog. Catch the ride with her! www.ajgovoni.com

Pilates Posture: Stand Tall Like a Goddess

10480178_777129688994478_4898179285751687696_nI’ve been 5’9″ for as long as I can remember. I was always in the back row of every class picture. My friends in the front row. My parents nagging me non-stop  to “throw” my shoulders back. Pull my shoulders back. Stand up! It wasn’t as if I was being rebellious. I just didn’t know how important it was to my health, future and life it would be to Stand Tall.

Truth is there is not one person who does not need to have proper posture.  But, it’s not that easy to have proper posture when you have spent so many years without it. Also, our lifestyles are not always conducive to proper posture. We sit too much, drive too much, have desks that are not properly measured to us. Our lifestyles constantly reinforce poor posture because we don’t enforce good posture.

I know poor posture is not intentional. In fact I can’t think of one person who is yearning to be the little old lady with the hump back.  But, guess what? Hump back didn’t just wake up like that. Nope, it happened ever so gradually over her entire lifetime.

As a Pilates instructor I work with clients of all ages, careers and fitness goals. I hear it all the time when I adjust their bodies into alignment how “strange” it feels or “crooked”. Because we don’t always realize how out of alignment we are, how slouched we are. Right now you’re probably reading this and thinking of someone you know who needs to work on their posture. Hold that thought, I am going to have you check your posture in a minute.While I am sure you know what “good” posture is let’s review.

Proper posture is having the ability to stand, lay or sit upright against the earth’s gravitational pull. Darn gravity! Training your body to stand, walk and lay without straining in one place more than the other is good Posture.Having good posture means using your muscles to support your body evenly. Yes, you have to use your muscles to hold your bones up.  Your posture is on point when your body is in a nice plumb line: Ears are over shoulders, shoulders are over hips, hips are over knees and even weight is spread throughout your feet.

What’s so important about Good Posture anyways?

Aside from looking correct, confident, strong and well, attractive. Posture is important to your body functioning at it’s best.  When you sit, stand or lay with correct posture you body is able to use it’s muscles in the correct alignment, decreasing wear and tear on the body. This posture also aides in reducing stress on your spine and overall spine health. The muscles in your body will not fatigue so quickly as they are able to work in the fashion they were designed. You’re less likely to overuse a particular muscle and therefore reduce the likelihood of pain and aches in the body especially the back. Oh and again, you just look better!

Still not convinced your should pay attention to your posture? No worries, let’s talk circulation. If you are slouching you’re affecting the blood flow to your spine and other major body parts. Your spinal column is the passage of information from your brain to your body. Picture a freeway, everyone is going in one direction. Their are on ramps and off ramps. What happens when a car stalls at ramp? It backs up traffic. Information isn’t getting to parts of the body the way it was designed. Overtime this can become chronic.  Poor posture will also lead to back pain and aches or even injuries, which then will lead to furthering the bad posture. Think about it. Last time you had an ache or pain did you stand taller or hunch more?

Now that I have your attention let’s check YOUR posture.

Stand against a wall. Your feet will be about shoulder distance apart and six inches from the wall. Your head, shoulders and hips will be against the wall. When you do this you neck and low back should have less that a two inch space from the wall. If it’s larger than you are looking at signs of poor posture. If you cannot get your head, shoulders and hips against the wall at the same time, that’s a sign of poor posture.

Check your body’s alignment regularly with this exercise.

The Wall 

Set up just as you did to check your posture. Double check that your head, shoulders, hips are against the wall to start. Then with soft knees curl your head off the wall, then one vertebra at a time articulate your spine off the wall until your hands are in front of your knees. Missed a vertebra? Stop! Start over. If you miss it again then that’s as far as you go. Continue to roll up and down focusing on one bone at a time. Using your core will help you get through the whole spine one day. Do this a few times and then roll all the way up and hold.

Again, double check your landmarks. Head, shoulders, hips against the wall. Lift your arms to shoulder height. Keeping your arms parallel to the floor and each other plug your shoulders on the wall. Reach your arms forward, the shoulders will leave the wall then plug them back on the wall. Do this again a few times. Reaching forward, plugging back in. You’ll feel the muscles of your upper back warm up and pull your collar bones wide to allow for your shoulders to touch the wall. These muscles are necessary for keeping your shoulders “on” your back and not rounding forward.

The last time you plug your shoulders on the wall hold. Draw small circles with your arms. Keep the circles controlled, only as big as your can maintain your shoulders on the wall. Do 5-10 then reverse.

photo-13-150x150Lesley Logan author of Profitable Pilates and Los Angeles Magazines Best of LA Pilates instructor has been teaching in LA since 2008.  She currently  teaches at Westwood Pilates and Equinox West Hollywood  where she also runs the Pilates studio.  As a goals coach for Fitness Instructors around the world she enjoys seeing her clients hit their personal and career goals!

Website: www.lesleyloganpilates.com

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Essential Oils 101 with Hol:Fit

I’m so excited to talk a little today about something that has really changed the way I approach health in my body and in my home and quite honestly – it’s causing a revolution across the globe.

I’m talking about 100% pure love from the earth in the form of essential oils.

How many of you have used herbal or homeopathic medicine before? Well did you know that pure essential oils are stronger than that? In fact, 1 drop of pure peppermint essential oil is the equivalent of about 28 cups of peppermint herbal tea? Pow!

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You may be like me and have a bottle of tea tree oil, lavender or perhaps a ‘bigger gun’ like oil of oregano. I had these for years in my cabinet and would pull them out from time to time. I can’t say I really knew much about them at the time, but bought them to start making a few of of my own cleaners. As a mama of 2 girls, when I first became pregnant, I was suddenly uber aware of all the toxins we face everyday.

Well fast forward to about a year ago, a friend and I were talking about this company doTERRA, that produces the most pure + potent essential oils in the world. If you’ve ever taken a coaching program with me or follow me on social media, you know that I’m very passionate about giving the body the cleanest, most whole materials so that it can heal itself and thrive. My daily VIP list includes whole foods {lots of plants}, clean water, daily sweaty movement, love, creativity + gratitude.  And now these essential oils have blown my mind and become my latest passion.

Here’s why:

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts made up of volatile organic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue.

They are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. They are usually used by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically or taken internally if they are 100% pure.

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Today, doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils are the highest quality you can purchase. This is due to their indigenous sourcing, extraction methods and testing. They are so pure you can use them on everyone from babies to pets!

If I was to just pick 3 oils that I love + use every day it would be these gems:

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You totally want to learn more right? Well I’m excited to spend time with you all on Aug 7th doing a live chat from 1-130pm EST right here on bohodaily.com and the Tiny Devotions Facebook page. RSVP here. 

Bring your questions – I’m excited to hang!

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AngeAnge Peters is the Founder of Hol:Fit, Holistic Nutritionist + Online Health Coach, doTERRA GOLD Leader/Wellness Advocate,  Cohost of The Holistic Health Diary Podcast, Ambassador for Tiny Devotions + Lululemon, Mama of 2 girls.

Website: www.hol-fit.com

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Our Fav Go-To Pre-Yoga Snacks!

food collageWhether it’s early in the morning, or late in the evening, sometimes we are rushed to our mat. But regardless of the rush, it’s important to always stay hydrated and eat a small healthy snack before going to a yoga class.
I often hear, “you’re not supposed to eat before yoga”. True, you don’t want to eat a full three course meal before getting into your downward dog, but you do want your body to be energized and ready for exercise. Along with drinking water, It’s important to consume something small and healthy about 30 minutes before your practice. Here are five healthy snacks to enjoy before you sweat your asana off.
 

 Grapefruit: One of the most hydrating foods you can eat, grapefruit is loaded in Vitamin C, which will not only boost your immune system, but help energize you for class. If the tartness is too much for you, try drizzling a little natural honey and cinnamon on top instead of white sugar.
 

Avocado: I am CRAZY about Avocados! Eating one prior to a yoga practice can help fill you up with vitamins and minerals. Avocados contain almost four grams of protein which is more than than most fruits. You can enjoy them on some toast, or if you are an Avocado nut like me, you can just put some sea salt on one and spoon away.

 

 Larabar: I am one of those people who always reads the ingredients on the back of everything. The less, the better. This particular bar has TWO ingredients; cashews and dates. It is filled with twenty percent of the recommended daily value of magnesium and six grams of protein. It’s easy to throw into a gym bag or eat in the car. Not to mention they have a TON of other awesome flavours, like Coconut Cream Pie and Carrot Cake. YUM.

 

Kashi Honey Almond Flax: Having a quick bowl of cereal or granola before a practice is an easy and healthy way to fuel up for your OMing. This brand is definitely one of my favourites. Per serving, it will load you up with nine grams of protein, eight grams of fibre, and half a gram of omega-3! It’s also delicious. I like to enjoy mine with some vanilla almond milk.

 

Natural Peanut Butter: Another one of those foods where you just need to read the ingredients. One word; Peanuts. Just two tablespoons of natural peanut butter will give you SEVEN grams of protein. Perfect for a pre-workout snack. Eat it with apples, bananas, or even just stick a spoon in there. Perfect for an on the go snack. Like avocado, peanuts are a source of healthy fat. Excellent for filling up before going upside down.

 

Like always, drinks lots of water before your yoga class!

 

TinaKyleAugust915-199x300Jersey Bred and Montreal Based, Tina is a multi-style yoga instructor encouraging everyone to play, have fun, and approach yoga with a light heart. 
Facebook: @TinaBockYoga 

Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: My Top 6 Baby Step Tips to Maintaining a Clean and Green Summer Lifestyle.

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If you’re a yogi fashionista, beach babe or gypsy goddess, you’ve probably already got a green lifestyle that would make Kris Carr and Gabby B proud! Your lunch is filled with avo-toast and you go to hot yoga on the regular. You know where to find all the best fresh, local and organic produce, and you’ve got your fave kombucha tea on special order in bulk from Kombucha Wonder Drink.

When the sun begins to light up the bohemian sky and warm our skin for longer and longer during the summer, and there are so many more fun adventures to go on, sometimes we loose sight of our clean and green routines. Have no fear, boho bella, it only takes a couple of tricks to get and keep your green on in the summer. Every gal deserves to keep their green glow on!

Here are my top 6 baby step tips to maintain your clean and green summer lifestyle.

444eb06646e1b718702249038b0e5e711. Write it Down, Boho Girl!
Pull out your fave moleskin and pop down all of your healthy meal prep ideas. Being mindful and prepared for the week ahead keeps a goddess’ mind clear and her heart open to all the magical things that might come her way! Take a sweet Sunday evening and write down what you prepare to consume the coming week. This works like a charm and will keep your health plan in check. Don’t fret if you fall of track, the best friend a girl can ever have is herself, so be kind to yourself and check right back in with your plan if you had one two many Ahi tuna tacos or an extra green margarita last Saturday!

2. Move Your Fine Self
Find special and creative ways to get moving, all the time! You don’t have to join a gym to stay active, there are great ways to move everywhere. Whether you’re dancing in your kitchen, taking a jog through the local park, or checking out a new ecstatic movement class downtown, your heart rate is up and that’s all you need! See if you can get creative and find ways to keep moving when you can. Keep moving that beautiful bod, boho girl!

3. Take Adventures to Your Local Farmers Market
The farmers market is home to all things green and clean, so if you haven’t yet checked it out now is the time! From fresh dark green leafies to special healthy tonics, the farmer’s market has you covered in all avenues of health. The best part about the farmer’s market is that it’s totally magical. You may meet a new friend, hear some live music or get to taste test some uber healthy dark chocolate! This one is a must-do, especially in the summer, so go find the nearest one to your home on the double.

4. Flip Things Upside Down in The Morning
Headstands have been known to change a girl’s perspective, reduce stress, increase core, thigh and arm strength, and help with overall happiness. We’ve all got to wonder why everyone doesn’t do headstands every day! Ask your yoga instructor to demonstrate a headstand to you if you’ve never tried it, and start practicing it every morning. The morning is a great time for this super dynamic and wild pose because it starts your day off positive and playful.

5c1918c4fcdd899f048c1defa42e28235. Walk in the Sunshine with Your Gal Pals
If you’re planning on catching up with your besties for tea or coffee, why not turn it into a walk to somewhere new and adventurous? There’s always a new place where the sun is shining and the birds are chirping to explore with your greatest pals. Pick up a sweet iced chai and break free to the pathways with your girls. You’ll be pumping up your endorphins and getting in a gab sesh all at once.

6. Guzzle Lemon Water in the Morning
Every morning we have a new chance to start fresh, cleanse our beautiful bodies and put fresh, wholesome foods into them. The best way to start your healthy routine off right is to drink lemon water before anything you’ve consumed. This yummy, tart water will cleanse your pipes and leave your body ready for all of the healthy things you will be nurturing it with!

There’s so many ways to keep your lifestyle clean and green in the summer. The best way to do so is keep it fun, light and adventurous. I’m sure you’ve got some great ways that you stay glowing in the summer, and I’d love to add them into my bohemian routine! Tell me all about them in the comments below 😉

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Your Resident Boho Fashionista, Libby xx

The Boho Girl’s Guide to Fail-Safe Meditation

tumblr_n11nqjet3D1qb7dwvo1_500This world is growing faster and more furious every minute. With all that we have on the agenda these days, it can become a huge headache to relax. Our ability to stay in the present gets jumbled up in technology mania; messages from all over the globe flashing across computer screens, cell phones, and television sets at a million miles a minute. What’s a Boho gal or guy to do when it’s time to zone in and focus up on some serious “me” time?

For centuries, people have used meditation as a way of zeroing-in on themselves, their desires, and the goals that they wish to achieve. It’s a spiritual practice used to elevate the understanding of our inner nature as well as a practice to establish a connection to the divine. It’s been clinically proven that meditation not only calms the body and mind, but also works to inspire creativity, improve the immune system, and even help to boost our relationships with everyone (and everything) around us.

I could list the benefits for days, but how do you get down to the crunch when there is so much that is seemingly “crunching” you? Meditation is not supposed to be difficult. By all spiritual accounts, it’s one of the simplest practices, which immediately makes it the most difficult. And it’s totally important!

To get you in the “OM” mode, here are some tried and true, bohemian certified ways to make your meditation practice as simple and consistent as possible:

1. Get comfortable. In a lot of traditions, practioners remain in a seated position, legs crossed, hands upon the knees, or in the lap. However, we’re in the new age, so as long as you are comfortable, you will find that it will be easier to connect with your practice. As such, lying down is perfectly acceptable.

2. Focus on the breath. Start off your practice by simply paying attention to the ebb and flow of your on breath (if you are a yogi, you’re already familiar with this attentiveness to the act of breathing). Notice how the breath fills your lungs, your torso, and your chest, and notice how it leaves your body. Remember, you are not in this to change these sensations. Just notice them and connect with the physical act of the sensation.

3. Get a guide. Some people find guided meditations to be very helpful. A guided meditation will involve specific breath work, or alternatively, some visualizations that will create something of a “meditation story” for your practice. If this is something that you think you will enjoy, do some research. There are several books and websites that will have some incredible guided meditations for any practitioner.

4.  Accept where you’re at. You’re going to get frustrated. Accept this. No one ever achieved anything on this planet without hard work and practice. This is the biggest thing to remember when you are meditating. Be kind to yourself, be patient with yourself, and in time, the flow will come with less effort.

5. Breathe. When in doubt, just go back to the breath. I can guarantee that your mind is going to wander from time to time, and seriously, it’s no big deal. Even the greatest spiritual teachers in our world veer onto the mental fast lane! If your mind is starting to do its own thing, just bring your attention back to the breath. Notice the sensations again. Start counting the time it takes to inhale and exhale, and you’ll be on the right track again.

Once you’ve started your practice, it’s time to add in some consistency. Pick a time of the day when it is easiest for you to take a few minutes and enjoy the process of meditating. Some prefer the morning before they get up, while others like to wait until they are about to go to sleep. Discover what works for you and then commit yourself to doing it! You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

As with all things, practice is key. Enjoy it, live it, and you will reap the benefits of meditation in every aspect of your life. I can guarantee it!

Namaste!

Lauren is a guest writer for the Huffington Post and Social Media Coordinator in Toronto.

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