Yoga for the New Year

Hi Y’all ! I am back to posting on the regular now. I wanted to kickoff my first post of the new year with a guest post by my sister, Tracy. She is a certified yoga teacher and has gotten me into health as well as yoga. Yoga and improving my overall health has helped reduce my anxiety. Hope this article helps you on your journey and look forward to hearing from y’all.


I started practicing yoga in 2010, after an ankle injury. I was not able to run during this time, and carry out my normal routine routine. At the time I was living in Pacific Beach in San Diego, and happened to walk by a sign at CorePower Yoga that said “One Week Free Yoga”; so I decided to check it out. After that things started to just fall into place. I found myself attending class multiple days a week, and in the fall of 2013 enrolled in CorePower’s Power Yoga Teacher Training Program. I found myself seeing signs ( actual signs and moments pointing toward trying this out), and wanting a new challenge in my life. I had been in the same job for about 5 years at this point in time, and felt myself craving more. The experience of teacher training was something I could not prepare myself for, and had no idea what was to come; and I have to admit I was definetely nervous! This was something that was going to take me out of my comfort zone; from not knowing anyone, to public speaking, and becoming a student all over again.

After a 12 week journey, of long days and weekends I had completed my training.  This process gave me something I will forever be grateful for. I learned to be vulnerable, open, receptive, scared, uncomfortable, nervous, insecure and take all those emotions and turn it into an insightful learning experience. It wasn’t until this past year that I left my previous job for a new one with much more flexibility, and allowed myself to accept where I was being drawn to more deeply; teaching yoga. I have gained this view of myself that has allowed me to find this voice that is more confident and positive. There is something truly life changing about learning to speak from your heart, and to do so in a way that is true to yourself; and seeing that carry over into a yoga practice that is received by your students. I have learned that there is absolutely  truth to learning to love yourself. It is from there that everything you say and do comes from a more loving place.  “ And the Universe said: Everything you need is within you. You are stronger than you know. You are the daylight. You are the night. The darkness you fight it within you. The light you seek is within you. You are not alone..I love you because you are love.” ~Unknown.

Benefits of Yoga:

Yoga is practice for both our mental and physical bodies. I first started yoga as a physical form of exercise. Over the years I have seen a huge difference in my flexibility and my body grow stronger in ways that were completely different than I had experienced before. More significantly though, I saw a shift in my mental state. This sense of leaving class on this “yoga high” where I would feel more relaxed yet invigorated. I started to crave this feeling so I found myself “ needing” yoga. I learned to really allow myself to let go for an hour with no cell phone and no distractions.  I had been dealing with anxiety, which would turn into panic attacks from all the stress manifesting in my body. Yoga became this tool to learn how to become more connected with my body, and this idea of focusing on my breathing helped significantly.  Now I am not saying that any underlying issues just disappeared; but the fact that I could take this tool of breathing off my mat to help me throughout my day was liberating.

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Over the years through my own personal readings, research, learning and personal experiences, I have come across the many benefits of yoga. Here are some just to name a few:

  • Potential to relieve stress
  • Decreased hyper-tension ( high blood pressure)
  • Decreased high cholesterol
  • Decreased pain for arthritis
  • Relieving Neck Pain
  • Reduced Headaches
  • Relieving Lower Back Pain
  • Used As A Method For Relief for Autoimmune Conditions, Asthman, COPD, Irritable Bowel Syndome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
  • Decreased Diabetic Symptoms
  • Improvement in Symptoms of those with Multiple Scelorisis, Cancer
  • Improve Quality of Sleep

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Favorite Poses

Half Pigeon

-opens hip joint

-lengthens hip flexors

-stretches quadriceps and glutes

-can decrease sciatica pain

-can decrease lower back tightness and stiffness

Hurdlers Pose

-strengthens arms and wrists

-tones stomach and spine

-increases sense of balance

-stretches hamstrings and groin muscles

Tree Pose

-strengthens thighs, calves, ankles, spine

-stretches groin, inner thighs, chest and shoulders

-improves sense of balance

-can relieve sciatica

-reduce flat feet

Favorite Clothing

Teeki : cute, made out of water bottles; https://teeki.com

Lululemon: durable; https://shop.lululemon.com/

Alo: soft, thick www.aloyoga.com

Spiritual Gangster: cute, donate a portion of sales to charities; www.spiritualgangster.com/yoga-inspired/clothing

Things I am Loving for the Month of Love

When the month of February roles around it gets me to thinking, what things I am loving right now.

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First, I am really loving the idea of DIYing gifts for Valentine’s Day from date ideas in a jar to homemade treats to a VDay arrangment to painted canvases for decor.

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Second, I am really loving all things Valentine’s Day themed anything including this Wildfox “Be Mine” Sleep Mask(love it all year).

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Third, I am really loving having an home spa/pamper seesion either with girlfriends, my mom and sister for Galentine’s Day or a day of making self love a priority.

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Fourth, I am really loving Tejava all day everyday. It is an all natural, amazing iced tea that brightens up any Galentine’s Day brunch to dinner with loved ones to a day of reading magazines for VDay inspiration.

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Lastly, I am really loving celebrating and being present as often as I can with family and friends 🙂

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What are all the things you all are loving right now? Can’t wait to here 🙂

Don’t forget to spread the love !

 

Weekend of Splendor with my Mom

“Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So, today is my new favorite day.” ~Winnie the Pooh

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To play off the quote above, I had a truly amazing Halloween weekend with a women that always makes me laugh and who I always have a good time with, my mom. This whole girls weekend came about because my dad was going to visit friends so my mom and I decided to plan a girls Halloween weekend. So we got to planning an amazing weekend.

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Sweaty Bands Headband, Vintage 3 Layered Bauble Necklace, Calvin Klein Blazer, Zenana Outfitters Orange Tshirt, Liz Claiborne Purse, Lucky Brand Jeans, Mossimo Wedges, Heart Sparkle Ring, Jade Ring

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Our first adventure we snapped on our fall ensembles and went off to the magical Rise of the Jack O Lanterns Festival, which consisted of a maze of wonder in hand carved pumpkins. We saw a sea of jellyfish to Prince William & Princess Kate to a magical dragon. We snapped photos, laughed a lot, enjoyed the weather and kicked off our girls weekend of spending time without a hitch.

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It was not Halloween Saturday and ready for the next adventure, which we have arrived at movie time of Something Wicked This Way Comes, one of my mom’s faves. I have never seen it before so it was special to share with my mom even if the movie was a little spooky, but perfect for the Halloween holiday. With the movie over and dinner just around the corner it was time to get in our Saturday Halloween evening dinner wear for a fabulous night at Mike & Anne’s, one of our faves in the area. Let me tell you, we ate amazing food from a Japanese pumpkin salad to some wine and scallops, pasta and ended it with splitting a holiday appropriate dessert pumpkin pie. It was another adventure for the books and ended with relaxation, which is always a treat.

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Halloween Witch Earrings, Faux Fur Vest from Il Teatro, Forever 21 Dress, Forever 21 Layered Necklace, Oversize Flower Ring, Heart Sparkle Ring, Leopard Clutch, Mossimo Woven Heels

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It is Sunday morning the day after Halloween and our next, final adventure is here, one that my mom and I alway love doing, going to the flea market. A perfect time to shop for awesome finds, bond and enjoy a nice Sunday. Such amazing pieces at the flea market, lets just say I wanted a lot. One of the collest things was a Union 76 gas tank that could work as a coll coffee table and it reminded us of my dad who use to work for Union 76  corporate. The flea market is always fun when there with my mom and my dad always has us thinking of him one way or another when we are there 🙂 .

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Conductors Hat, Juicy Couture Sunglasses, Heavnly Couture Peasant Top, Ocean Pacific Leggings, Michael Kors Watch, Heart Sparkle Ring, Jade Ring, Gold Briefcase Purse, Classified Gladiator Sandals

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The girls weekend was a hit and family was ever present, which leads me to this question, Why is it important to hang with your mom and the whole family? I have always known how important being with family is, but this girls weekend truly made me realize why it is. It is important becasue they are my heart and with them around my life just has more joy and happiness. I also realized it is special to hang out with each family member separately because it is more intimate in a different way and it is special as well when we all came together.

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Life can get in the way sometimes, but it is important to make time for the ones who have your heart and I know I will hold this girls weekend with my mom forever in my heart.

How can you all connect with a family member? Share with me in the comments how you can connect with them and what your favorite activities with your mom and other family memebrs are.

Next stop, planning a weekend with the rest of my family members!