From Cali to Kelowna: Our Soulful Summer Road Trip Playlist

largeWhenever you hit the open road, there are a few things that are essential. You need your luggage. You need some snacks. You need your mala beads.  A car full of excellent people to share in the journey is a great asset. A couple of yoga mats never hurt, just in case of impromptu, off the roadside yoga poses. But perhaps the most important part of a soulful summer road trip is right on the tip of your tongue, but somewhat less obvious than the above items; the soundtrack.

Of course! Why didn’t you think of that before? What kind of road trip would it be if you didn’t have the perfect tunes blasting in the background, feeding your soul with the sweet nectar of carefree summer excellence? When you’re making your way from glorious California to the rich, lush forests of Kelowna, British Columbia, you’re going to need something a little… groovy. And why not? You’re Boho! You have to keep it very “om” in times of travel!

When your car is packed and your friends are piled in, we recommend these twenty beauties to make the perfect roadtrip playlist, regardless of the destination:

  1. California- Joni Mitchell (this is a no brainer kick-off, right?)
  2. Doo-Wop (That Thing)- Lauryn Hill (a total classic, and you know you all remember the words)
  3. Furr- Blitzen Trapper (this is a diamond in the rough; a bob dylan vibe with a nature-loving twist!)
  4. Mr. Tamborine Man- Bob Dylan (and speaking of Bob Dylan, throw some Bob Dylan on there)
  5. Kokomo- The Beach Boys (super fun and super mellow. Everyone must sing along)
  6. Strawberry Fields – The Beatles (Boho gold. Need I say more?)
  7. Under Pressure- David Bowie & Queen (I dare you not to start a dance party with this one)
  8. Don’t Stop Me Now- Queen (and speaking of Queen, this one is essential)
  9. Santeria- Sublime (nobody, and I mean NOBODY, is gonna be mad at this gem)
  10. Spiderwebs- No Doubt (for all the 90s nostalgia fans out there, this one is going out to you!)
  11. Jammin’- Bob Marley (come on… no summer roadtrip jam is complete without some Marley)
  12. Is This Love- Bob Marley (OK, two Marleys)
  13. Porcelain- Moby (who can forget this classic? It’s a must!)
  14. La Isla Bonita- Madonna (as the roadtrip starts to cool down, this is a great ‘chill out’ song)
  15. Black Magic Woman- Santana (and with this one, you’ll be wanting guitar lessons ASAP)
  16. Wake Me Up- Aloe Blacc (this gorgeous cover of Avicii’s hit song is destined to make you smile)
  17. Hey Soul Sister- Train (ukele + summer song= magic)
  18. The Great Gig in the Sky- Pink Floyd (you’ve gotta love that lady’s voice soaring above the instrumentals as you roll closer to your destination)
  19. 32 Flavors- Ani DiFranco (if you haven’t heard this song, do yourself a favor and download it now. You will fall in love with it, guaranteed)
  20. Heart of Gold- Neil Young (a classic to top it off. You can’t beat it!)

Though the road may be long, the journey is always worth it. May your travels be filled with peace, happiness, and wonderful surprises. Namaste!

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

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Bohemian Bunnie’s journey with Music + Yoga

Andrea-Whitt-Shania-Twain DSC_0906-1I vividly remember my first yoga class almost six years ago. A friend of mine took me to try Bikram Yoga on Memorial Day. The studio was packed with nearly 100 sweaty, stinky yogis, all following word for word what the instructor was saying. I couldn’t believe how each person knew exactly what to do and how the class moved so consistently as a whole. At the time I was super low on cash so I passed on joining the studio. From that experience I remember verbally setting my intentions to my friend who took me to my first yoga class. I specifically stated that I wanted my life to be so that I could afford to go to yoga class any day that I wanted, write and perform music as I pleased and create art as part of my career as well.

A few months after attending that inaugural class, I saved up enough cash to purchase a three-month package of unlimited yoga. I used the hell out of that subscription series! Looking back, attending class 5-6 days a week for the first 5 months was the absolute BEST thing I could have done to jump my practice to the next level. Currently I attend class 2 days a week (I also see a trainer once a week) and I’m still becoming more limber and stronger class by class. I’ve been encouraged by so many teachers to enter a yoga competition (seems like an oxymoron…but really just and excuse to work hard and challenge yourself) maybe this year will be it!

Off the mat I’m a professional musician, artist and blogger. When I’m not living in sunny Los Angeles, I tour with Shania Twain. I’m inspired by musicians who stand out from the crowd, perform music that is true to themselves, and work hard to get where they are. Shania definitely falls into this category. Kacey Musgraves is a recent favorite; I’m also a big fan of Phish and Stevie Nicks.

Ellie-fitness-bon-voyage22Ellie-fitness-bon-voyage-newI’m always working at becoming better at whatever I’m involved in. I absolutely love the journey! I perform with huge musical acts but I still strive to practice 3 hours a day just to be a better musician. It’s that never ending drive to learn that gets me excited to wake up every day.

My favorite Tiny Devotions mala would have to be the African Jade mala. The description is dreams, friendship, luck and strength. I always have big dreams, I love making friendships along the way and I have to constantly remind myself to stay strong despite any obstacles. The entertainment business is cut throat and I feel very lucky and humbled to be where I am.

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5 Tips to a Joyous 2014

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Joy McCarthy www.joyoushealth.ca

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time for renewal and the perfect opportunity to establish some new habits for a joyous 2014. Here are my top habits that don’t require any dieting, deprivation or denying yourself of any goodness whatsoever! All of these habits will set you on a permanent path joyous health.

Cook your own food.

One of the first questions I ask when consulting a new client is “do you like to cook?” and if they say no, then my next question is “are you willing to cook if this is going to ensure you reach your goals” and the answer is always “yes”. I ask this question because it often determines success or failure. Most of us do not have the financial freedom to hire someone to do all the cooking for us, but we can carve out time in our schedule to make our own food.

Cooking your own food is a fantastic way to improve your eating habits. When you cook your own food you are more likely to make healthy choices because you have more awareness of what you are putting in your body. If you are concerned that “healthy” means flavourless, then you just need some yummy inspiration, which leads joyously well into my next point.

Try one new recipe per week.

A simple way to get some motivation in the kitchen is to try out a new way to cook your favorite veggies, or find a vegetable or spice in the supermarket you’ve never eaten before and look up recipes that appeal to you. This is a great way to increase your vegetable intake, and it’s a fun way to introduce new foods! Try a recipe from my book JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting, the “Clean Beauty Smoothie” is the perfect start to your day.

Give 20 second hugs.

The average hug lasts a measly 3 seconds! Hugging promotes the release of the love hormone, oxytocin. This lovely hormone eases anxiety, lowers blood pressure and heart rate. It also bonds people. Hugging is a great way to feel more connected with your loved ones. To ensure you have release of this love hormone make your hugs last, at least 20 seconds. You’ll be glad you did!

Dry skin brush.

The perfect way to feel rejuvenated and invigorated is to dry skin brush every single morning before you shower or take a bath. Dry skin brushing stimulates your lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels that exchange nutrients and pick up waste products from your circulatory system. When you dry skin brush, you enhance the removal of toxic waste products as well because your skin is your largest organ of detoxification. Plus it makes your skin GLOW!

Listen to Music

Just as minerals are essential to brain health, so is music. In fact, scientists have found that listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain linked to pleasure.

Music is great for kids too. Listening to music regularly before the age of 7 has a significant effect on the development of the brain a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggested.

You know how you feel when a great tune comes on the radio – joyous! You can listen to music anywhere – in the car, at the office or at home. It’s also a great way to enhance your workout! I highly recommend a daily dose of the music mineral.

 

Author of: JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting

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