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What Does Namaste Mean?

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Saying ‘Namaste’ with hands and palms touching each other at the center of our hearts is sort of a staple in Yoga classes. Sometimes a few brave students ask about it and its meaning but many students just automatically do it, without knowing the meaning behind it.

So it can become sort of a meaningless gesture that people just automatically perform at the end of class.

So what does Namaste mean? And why might we choose to do it, other than trying to look like one of the ‘cool Yoga kids’?

 

According to senior Yoga teacher Aadil Palkhivala:

“Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means, bow me you or I bow to you.”

This bow is not bowing down in servitude or lowering oneself, but instead, this bowing is in recognition and reverence for each other as fellow travelers on the path and an acknowledgment of our interconnectedness.

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is an all-pervading oneness within each of us that is located in the heart center. This gesture is a way of honoring that connection and oneness within each other.

 We place the hands together at the heart center in Anjali Mudra (palms touching together), close our eyes and bow our head to our heart. In some traditions it is done by first placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing the head and then bringing the hands down to the heart. This is a deep show of respect.

 In the Western Yoga circles “Namaste” is usually said aloud with the gesture, but in India, the gesture itself means Namaste. There is no need to say the word while bowing.

In a Yoga setting whether it be a teacher and student or students practicing together, Namaste allows us to come together energetically to honor that place of connection and reverence.

We bow our heads to our own hearts and the heart connection with the others in the room. If it is done with that intention in our hearts, it can serve as a reminder that we are all one and that everyone is our teacher. To bow in humility to our own heart and the hearts of others.

Typically Namaste is done at the end of class because the mind is calmer and the energy in the room is more cohesive and resonant. Most often the teacher initiates Namaste as a symbol of gratitude and respect for their students and a way of honoring their own teachers. This is then followed by an invitation to return the gesture to the teacher, then the other students they practiced with.

Namaste is a reminder of this universal truth that we are all one when we live in our hearts.

 

My heart to your heart, Namaste

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Vedic Astrology and Yoga

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The following is a guest post by my Vedic Astrologer Lorae Marsten. I was highly sceptical about Vedic Astrology at first since I tend to have one foot in the woo woo and one firmly planted in practicality. I thought getting my chart read was a bit out there for me but Lorae and I have a mutual friend who raved about her so I gave it a chance. I was blown away …no joke by how accurate and useful the information Lorae gave me was, and so she has made me a believer 😉  So with that in mind I’ll hand this post over to Lorae.

 

Vedic Astrology and Yoga

You may wonder, ‘What does Astrology have to do with Yoga?‘ Actually, the answer is Plenty. The two are deeply entwined and each adds to the other. Vedic Astrology and Yoga, along with Ayurvedic Medicine, are three sister sciences that can provide a framework for a healthy and worthwhile life. Here is a simple example of the connection between Yoga and astrology: Ganesha, the great remover of obstacles, is a representation of the intelligence and wisdom of planet Jupiter. So….. if you have ever chanted the Ganesha mantra in class (or any other mantra) you were calling forth the higher energy frequencies of a particular planet or an energy associated with a planet. Pretty cool!!

 

 

The intention of Vedic Astrology is to help you grow and evolve and to point you in directions that will lead to a happier life. It provides an accurate picture of your tendencies, strengths, weaknesses, and can point out areas of success or difficulty in your life. A good astrologer can predict when, or if, events will take place in your life. The best part of this is that, just like a great Yoga practice, you can feel more relaxed in your life, have more clarity, and you can also receive guidance on things you can do, to make good situations better, and improve difficult ones.

 

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Differences Between Western and Vedic Astrology

Western astrology is often seen as an entertainment but Vedic Astrology is taken very seriously. Called “Jyotish”, or light, in many parts of the world, no one starts a business or gets married without consulting the wisdom of Astrology. Important festivals and meetings are all timed with the celestial rhythms as well.

Western astrologers use the tropical zodiac, which is lined up well with the seasons, whereas the Vedic, sidereal zodiac, is accurate with what is happening in the sky at the moment. Therefore, some of your planets may change signs if you have your Vedic chart done! We also recognize a number of powerful, distant stars and star groups, called Nakshatras, and their influence; the Moon’s cycles; and the Dasha Cycle which determines when your planets are most active in your life.

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Why is Vedic Astrology could be important for you?

This Astrology is practical, accurate, and aims to help you grow in consciousness and have a good life. It is not meant as entertainment. Here are some examples:

1. We provide remedies for problems, to strengthen weak areas, and reduce or avoid difficulties as they arise. One common remedy is prescribing mantras, sacred sounds which create powerful creative vibrations. It would be very practical and beneficial to know which mantras would be most effective in your life. Other remedies can include prayers, wearing gems, helping the poor, and more.

2. Depending on your chart, certain career paths will be more suitable and successful for you than others. Also, some times are much better than others for taking a big step, eg. going back to school, or starting a business. It can be extremely useful to know when and how to move forward!

3. You can learn about the various Moon phases, and use them to improve time management: some are good for removing obstacles, some for celebration, wealth creation, romance, etc. Some other moon phases are best for resting, planning or meditating. Using knowledge of the Moon Phases, you live more in the natural flow and don’t have to second-guess yourself about decisions.

4. Relationship astrology can help you choose a good romantic partner. Find out if this person will be faithful; if the relationship is likely to last; if you will feel valued, loved and respected; if you will prosper together; and if you will be sexually compatible. Relationship astrology is also very useful in choosing a good business partner too.

So, Astrology for Yogis?

You bet! You can learn more about yourself, manage time wisely, avoid difficulties and stress, and make better decisions. Astrology can even help you improve your Yoga practice by pointing you to types of practice most in line with your unique life path.

How the sessions work: You start by contacting me with your request and forward your birth information: date, time, and place of birth. Then you agree on a time for the session – which lasts about half an hour. Many of these sessions are by phone. Other clients prefer their sessions to be in person.

I will explain where your planets are in the sky, and what that means about you, also the Dasha period and what it might bring to you, as well as your Nakshatra or birthstar, and its gifts for you. If appropriate, I will suggest a remedy for you.

I also offer full, more in depth readings, Transit Readings (what is happening this year), and Relationship Readings.

I have an intro mini session for promo for you (Nyk’s community) for $30 until the end of 2016. This is a great gift for friends or family members, as well as yourself.

Namaste,

Lorae

 

unnamedLorae Marsten is a Certified Vedic Astrologer, meditator, healer, mentor, and a long-time Yogi. After a life-changing encounter with a Vedic Astrologer in Kathmandu, Nepal, she began learning about the myths and legends surrounding Vedic Astrology and Yoga, and later with the encouragement of her teacher, Dr. Baskaran Pillai, began training as an astrologer. These days Lorae is on a mission to help bring more happiness, health, and meaning by using the power, beauty and practicality of Vedic Astrology to Westerners.

You can learn more about Lorae, Vedic Astrology and book a session here.

From Skeptic to Believer: A Yoga Journey- By Liana Bakker

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It was 2005 and I was in the middle of training to become a Registered Massage Therapist. One of our courses was “Therapeutic Exercise.” Not only did we learn about specific rehab exercises, but we learned a little bit about other exercises that could also benefit our patients.

When we got to the Yoga section I remember thinking, “It’s basically just over-rated stretching.”
And of course, stretching is good but really, what is all this fuss about?
We also had an in-depth class on breathing.  While it was interesting, I wondered how this was going to help anyone?

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The problem was that I couldn’t see the benefits from only 15 minutes of Yoga. I was still in good shape from the Kickboxing I had done for the past 2 years. I thought had learned all about it. I thought I understood Yoga, but couldn’t see it actually working.

Once I was close to finishing school, all hell broke loose!

I didn’t make time for exercise and even if I did, I couldn’t actually do anything. Moving too fast or holding too still would make my arms go numb.  I had horrible headaches and neck pain. All the time I’d been spending hunched over studying, was finally taking its toll.

 

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I also suddenly became a business owner. Sure, I’d held a part-time job since 16, but now owned a business and was supposedly an “Adult.” My body was exhausted from final exams, and I had accumulated some major student debt.  I felt so overwhelmed and started to experience anxiety attacks.
My doctor prescribed medication. Meds? Really? (Yeah, because it was obvious that I had a severe SSRI and Ibuprofen deficiency.)

But I knew better. For me, medication would be the last resort.  I had just learned all this wonderful stuff in school, and my first patient was going to be myself!
I found a local Yoga class for beginners. I signed up to attend one class a week, for 8 weeks. If I didn’t notice any difference after that, I would try the medication.

 

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The class was slow moving and gentle. VERY different than the competitive Kickboxing classes I once took. And after 6 weeks I was shocked! No more anxiety attacks. My headaches and neck pain were at least 75% better. From then on, I was sold! And I’ve been doing Yoga ever since.

Now, I tell people that if they can’t commit to doing a few preventative exercises every day, then they should commit to just 1 hour of yoga a week. Often it’s easier to do it all at once than trying to do a bit every day on your own, without support.
I must admit, I still slack a bit every now and then ( I am human). But when I start to feel my breathing quicken, my fingers tingle, or my neck crick, I re-commit 8 hours to my therapy, to my health, to my life.

 

11066724_799300256790108_37923214_o Liana Bakker is an entrepreneur and author with a background in health care. She wants to show people that they can live a life that’s true to who they really are.  She shares stories to inspire and information to help people take care better care themselves.  Looking to feel happier and less stressed? Check out www.lianabakker.com for a free E-book on ’67 Ways To Help You Get Happy’

How To Practice Walking Meditation – By Lyndsey Burton

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How To Practice Walking Meditation

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A Walking Meditation combines present moment awareness with movement, and is a great way to help you become more mindful while rocking the Yoga mat!
The awesome thing about a Walking Meditation is in its simplicity – All you have to do is walk and become aware, which creates a magical, mindful experience to what is normally a mundane task.
It differs from a ‘normal’ Meditation practice because – yes, you guessed it! – Because you’re walking, not sitting. 🙂

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In most seated Meditations, our awareness is often focused on our inner world, while a Walking Meditation the full experience of walking is the main focus, which includes our outer environment.
Here is how:
•    Dress in something comfortable
•    Keep your eyes open while walking
•    Become aware of the body as a whole and notice your posture
•    Notice how your feet feel connecting to the ground with each step
•    Slow down your pace and notice how that feels
•    Speed up your pace and notice again
•    Then take your awareness out to experience the elements such as the wind, sun or rain
•    Become aware of all the gifts that nature has to offer you – what can you see, feel and hear
See? Simple!

Many people feel it’s easier to keep focused on the present moment while doing a Walking Meditation – this means the mind is less busy trying to distract from the Meditation.
It can also help with the mind/body connection. As you spend time dropping out of the mind and into the body you will begin to notice more of the signals that are so easily missed during the day.

A Walking Meditation is sooooo sweet because it can adapted to suit any situation……
Just think, no one will ever know that you are Meditating in the supermarket!

 

63985_10152343509991652_1043912196253166040_n Lyndsey Burton is a Mother, Wife, Meditation Coach and Founder of the Soul  Sisters. After years of being at the mercy of a busy mind, Lyndsey decided enough was enough and devoted her life to escaping the busy trap. She has trained with the Buddhist community and with No1 Best Seller Sandy C. Newbigging, in mindfulness and Meditation. Lyndsey connects with busy women and helps them to find 10 minutes a day to Meditate.
You can find her at: www.lyndseyburton.co.uk

Let Life Affect You – By Marie-Ève Bonneau

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We have a tendency to avoid our own tender spots and to walk around the potholes of our vulnerability. We’re afraid of getting upset, apprehensive of being hurt, terrified by the prospect of feeling things too deeply. We know there exist certain conditions of mind and heart for which there is no numbing pill. We tend to think our threshold for discomfort is way lower than it actually is in part because our true limit hasn’t ever been tested.

We dodge things that entail loss of control. We date people that we don’t love because that one time we fell in love for real it felt like a runaway car that smashed into a brick wall at full speed. We swore we’d never do that again.

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“I’m feeling steady right now” I tell myself. “I’ll just bypass anything that ruffles my feathers or gets me off course.” This is the equivalent of erecting a bubble and living inside it. In our protective avoidance we miss not only the grit but also the rapture. We keep out the danger forgetting that a little danger is actually good for us. A little turbulence reminds us that we’re alive.

We’re told from a young age to not get dirty, to keep our mouths, our hands, and our clothes clean. We look the other way when we walk by a homeless person, change the channel when we see appalling events on the news, and avoid our friend who just got diagnosed with cancer because we simply don’t know what to say. We’re afraid that one crack in our veneer will lead to the shattering of the whole vessel. We forget that we can’t be closed to some things and open to others. We can’t actually be closed and open at the same time.

We can only see ‘out there’ a reflection of what’s ‘in here’. If there are certain places ‘in here’ that we’re not willing to go, if there’s a certain depth ‘in here’ that we’re not willing to be with, then we’ll also not be able to be with that depth ‘out there’ or to even perceive that depth ‘out there’.

Some of my most cherish memories are of staying up way past my bedtime, feeling the moonlight on my face, and instead of averting my eyes, having a long hard look. Instead of avoiding the person that made me feel too much, I dove in. I trust the hurricane will not swallow me whole, or at least if it does, it will spit me, or at least some semblance of me, out on the other side.

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Let yourself go. Walk through the door. Learn to sit in the fire with the pain, the loneliness, and the confusion. It is only by sitting in the blue heat at the fires’ core that you’ll access your true capacity to be there. In meeting my own shadow, I discovered that I could also meet your shame, guilt, and disillusionment and still hold steady.

Be defeated. Be disturbed. Be delirious. Let your hair get messy, go out on the coldest day and feel the frozen air sting your cheeks. Allow yourself to fall in love and feel the bare nakedness of that dizzying exposure. Stay up past your bedtime and revel not only in the night hours but actually feel the tiredness the next day—it is not your enemy. The next time you have a headache ride the waves of pain and notice the slight pause between throbs. Map your own discomfort. Befriend your bliss. Greet it with open arms.

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Let life affect you. The heart can bear it all.

mevheadshotMarie-Ève’s calling is to remind others of the truth of who they are and to help them reconnect to ‘center’ — the powerful seat of wisdom and essence that lies within. She guides others in transforming their life challenges and experiences of loss and trauma into the powerful rerouting and growth opportunities that these initiations really are. A gentle and playful soul, Marie-Ève’s presence is often described, much to her delight, as ‘magical’. You can connect with her at Circling into Center

Copyright © 2015 Marie-Ève Bonneau

Yoga For Gardeners

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Spring has sprung. So it won’t be long now before I have students limping into my classes with all kinds of sore spots from weekends of hardcore gardening. Our growing season in most of Canada is pretty short, so those who are avid gardeners dive in head first and barely come up for air.

Gardening is often confused with a super gentle activity that only seniors do but anyone who has gardened knows that is not the case. Gardening is a workout, especially at the start of the season when you are getting ready to plant.

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I consider Gardening a revolutionary act. Growing your own food is one of the best ways to have control over not only what you eat but also how we treat the earth. The most inexpensive way to eat local, organic and GMO-free.

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of time spent gardening with my Grandma who was an organic gardener most of her life. Although I can’t grow my own food at this point (no yard), I salute those change-makers who can and do.

I dream of a world where every lawn is replaced with a garden, where every school and hospital grow their own food. Imagine how much more connected to the earth kids would feel if they actually got to learn about growing food. How much healthier would we be if we trashed the packaged hospital food and replaced it with organic, local veggies and fruit!

So as a tribute to you, the revolutionary hardcore Canadian gardeners, I made this video which includes some pre and post gardening poses to help you rock your gardens this year.

 

Please share this post with friends and family who garden!

Viva La Green Revolution,

nyk

Vegan Easy Peasy- Pea Soup Recipe

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Right now you might be thinking “YUCK pea soup” (that’s what I used to think) or maybe you like pea soup but are used to the “ham bone” style of Pea soap. If that’s the case, I’m going to encourage you to open your mind and taste buds a bit and prepare to have your taste buds sing.

This soup is perfect for this time of year when it’s is not winter anymore and yet not quite spring. We get the warmth and comfort of a bowl of soup with the glimpse of the fresh taste of the spring and summer to come.

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My Bestie made this for me once when having lunch at her house. I was a bit resistant to Pea Soup because I had never liked it before. Not wanting to be rude or ungracious (I don’t often get cooked for) I decided to open my mind and give it an honest try.

I was amazed at how good this soup tasted and how easy it is to make! It’s since become a staple at our house and honestly a dish I could eat every week.

As self professed “Crock Pot Queen” I make mine in a crock pot (or slow cooker) but of course you could also do stove top as well. My crock pot is quite large so you could cut this recipe in half or thirds if needed.

Easy Peasy -Pea Soup (Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)

4 cups of dried organic split peas (rinsed) yellow for a sweeter taste or green for a fresher taste

8-9 cups of  filtered water depending how thick you like your soup

6 crumbled vegan soup cubes (I use this brand because it’s gluten and sugar free)

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In the morning dump it all in the crock pot set to high it normally takes about 4 hours for me. You want the pea’s to be mushy enough that when you stir it it looks like it has been pureed. Serve and enjoy!

I hope you fall in love with this simple soup as much as I have!

Peace, Love & Peas

nyk

Legging Love! Sweet Skins Leggings: Product Review

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Disclaimer: This item was sent to me free of charge for the purpose of review. As with all my product reviews, I only give my honest opinions and I only review items I would buy with my own money. In fact, I send products back and don’t review them if  I don’t find they fit my very high standards for sustainability, ethics and product quality. I am not an affiliate of Sweet Skins and make zero money if you buy any items. I just think it’s important to to highlight some of the smaller companies who are doing amazing work.

As a Yoga teacher I wear leggings a lot and most of them, to be honest, disappoint me. Now that has all changed. I have fallen in love with the Sweet Skins Soya High-waisted leggings!

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Sweet Skins Soya High Waisted Legging

Mira Fannin, designer/owner of Sweet Skins Organic Apparel, reached out to me about her clothing line. Sweet Skins fits right in line with what a look for in Yoga Clothing (ethically made and sustainable) so I told Mira I would be happy to review an item of her line.

After looking at her line I selected the Soya high waisted leggings in purple and the rest is history. I have completely fallen in love with these leggings. They are by far the BEST leggings I have worn to date and I plan on buying more in purple and in black.

In the video down below I go into more detail about the leggings and give my full review, but before I get into that allow me to introduce you to the woman behind the brand, learn more about Sweet Skins and how it came to be.

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My interview with Mira Fannin Designer/Owner Sweet Skins Organic Apparel

Me: How did Sweet Skins come about?

Mira:  Sweet Skins is a minority women owned eco-clothing Company. I’m a Designer and mother of three. I  started the company 10 years ago selling at the Saturday Market in Eugene, Oregon. Sweet Skins has since grown into a web-based company shipping clothing all over the world, sold in fine boutiques nationally and internationally, and using the latest and greatest in ecologically sound fibers through conscious clothing manufacturing.

Me: What’s the vision or mission of your company?

Mira: Sweet Skins is committed to bringing women simple, elegant clothing that makes dressing and looking fantastic effortless and fun. I am committed to running an environmentally and ethically sound company, as we grow and maintain strong roots to the community, the health of the planet and to pave the road for a new more conscious business model. “I want to be an example of success for future entrepreneurs and young people from diverse backgrounds”.

Me: So many clothing lines are mass produced abroad in sweat shops with little care for the earth or the workers.
I know that your line is made in the US and sweat shop free, but you also use sustainable fabrics. Which ones do you use and why did you decide to go this route?
 
Mira: We use a variety of fabrics like eco-fleece, hemp, organic cottons, soy blends and wool for their low impact processing and superior texture and quality. Dyes are low impact and everything from fabric scraps to paper products are recycled or reused.

Me: If someone hasn’t worn natural and organic fabrics for Yoga before what can they expect? How does the fabric feel and preform?

Mira: Unlike most Yoga wear, ours is made from natural fabrics, so you will not get that synthetic sweat repelling effect. It is softer and more breathable. It needs to be washed after each session because it may tend to loosen up more than synthetics, only to bounce back to original tightness and be ready for the next wear. Nyk, maybe you can speak to this yourself, since you’ve been wearing our high waist leggings.

Me: Yes, I have been wearing organic cotton & bamboo for a while now but the soya and hemp fabrics are newer to me and I am loving the soya (more in the video)

Me: What are the ways the company gives back? Are there charities or non-for-profits you support?

Mira: Sweet Skins is designed and made in our own studio-warehouse by a handful of diverse women living in non-industrial Eugene, Oregon.

We make use of our small pieces of fabric, panties, scarves and slippers, baby shirts etc.

Pieces that are too small and all of our unused fabrics and scraps we donate to artists and crafters.

We have had fund raisers in the past for the international woman’s organization RAWA (Radical Afghani Woman Association). Definitely eager to do more of this kind of thing as we grow: focus on International Woman’s Empowerment!

Watch the video below for a more detailed review and to find out why I fell head over heels for these leggings. Mira was also  generous enough to offer a discount code for you off your first order, you’ll find that below the video.


Check out Sweet Skins and use the discount code realyoga15 to get 15% off your order (expires April 1 2015).

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The Art Of Extreme Self Care

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Self Care has become a buzz word, we hear everywhere it seems of late, but what exactly is self care and why do we want to practice self care? Before get into the why lets look at the the what. Trying to find a good definition of self care is actually pretty challenging. The one I’ve found that I like is:

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“Self-care is a very active and powerful choice to engage in the activities that are required to gain or maintain an optimal level of overall health. And in this case, overall health includes not just the physical, but the psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual components of an individual’s well-being.” -Mary McCoy

Why would making regular self care a priority be a wise idea? Well the simple answer would be if you give more than you receive for and extended period of time then you are likely to burn out, or become sick. if you continue to burn out and get sick again and again, then it can manifest into disease, chronic health conditions or a health crisis.

I often hear the “I don’t have time” excuse when it comes to self care. I’m sorry to say that just an excuse. You may not have a lot of time and you may have to get creative but there are windows of time that can be harvested and rededicated to self care if we are really honest with ourselves.

I know from experience that if you ignore this burn out and illness for too long the universe will eventually knock you on your ass, so that you have no choice but to stop and listen. I call those “frying pan to the head moments”.

Once I started teaching Yoga full time it became painfully clear to me that mastering the art of self care was going to be crucial for me to be able to shine my light bright, so I can help and heal others.

“When we practice Yoga and Meditation, we are happier, healthier, more patient and present. That, in turn affects our loved ones and communities, so that others benefit from our practice as well”

-nyk danu

So really practicing self care is the least “selfish” thing we can do if we want to be able to support others. If you’ve ever flown on a plane you’ve likely heard “when traveling with a small child, put your own oxygen mask on first” this is because you can’t help anyone else until you help yourself.

How much self care time is needed depends on the individual. Because I am an Introvert (doing an extroverts job) a HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) and an Empath. I generally need more self care than most people. So I often say I am practicing the Art Of Extreme Self Care.

In the video below I describe a bit more about the why behind self care.

So, when I say I am learning to master the art of extreme self care, I mean I am making a conscious choice to listen to my needs, and to schedule in regular self care into my routine. My self care routine consists of daily, weekly, monthly and yearly commitments. Below I will describe my own current self care routine (which is constantly evolving just like me). Of course yours may be completely different than mine.

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My Current Self Care Practice

  • Daily green juice to start the day (in addition to healthy nourishing meals through out the day)
  • Daily bath with a big mug of green tea
  • Yoga and Meditation 6-7 days a week
  • Saying NO to any and all  group events (over 6 people) that I am invited to including parties for birthdays, showers, weddings etc.
  • Steering clear of negative people, or energy vampires whenever possible (I love them from afar)
  • A day long, self lead silent Yoga & Meditation retreat: where I unplug and do nothing but sleep, read inspiring books & practice Yoga & Meditation all day (if this sounds dreamy to you make sure your on my email list I have plans for you brewing on this)
  • Monthly Acupuncture (I would do this weekly if I had the budget for it)
  • Massage every 6-8 weeks (looking at increasing that to once a month)
  • Regular time with my spiritual teacher and Sangha
  • A yearly Meditation retreat or Teacher Training program

So, in a nutshell that’s my self care routine as it sits now but it is always in a process of  changing and adapting as my needs do. If you want to learn even more about self care this article great.

In the comments below let me know how you practice self care, if you don’t have a self care practice what acts of self  care could you add into your life?

 

“Cream” Of Potato Soup

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I am hardly a chef, truth be told I actually don’t even like cooking. However I am a self declared #CrockPotQueen. I often post pictures of my meals (I know I’m a geek) on my Instagram account (which you can request to follow if you like). I have had so many requests for the recipes of my creations that I decided to blog them.

I will warn you all of these recipes will be “chimp simple” so those of you who are real cooks maybe disappointed. My Crock pot is 6 Quarts (pretty big) so if yours is smaller you may want to cut this recipe in half.

 “Cream” Of Potato Soup

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4 cups of organic non dairy milk (we use almond)

3 cups of filtered water
3 -4 med organic russet potatoes diced

2 tablespoons of organic extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of organic garlic whole (remove it when cooked)
1 tablespoon organic dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon of organic cilantro
1/2 teaspoon of organic dill
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon organic black pepper
1 organic veggie soup regular or low sodium cube (I like this brand because it doesn’t have sugar)

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Dump in the crock pot on low, when potatoes are cooked remove garlic, then blend until creamy and garnish with parsley, add salt or pepper to taste

Enjoy!