motivation mondays: week 28
yesterday was my last day of yoga teacher training. talk about bittersweet. i woke up this morning feeling a little weird. not sure what comes next, not sure what i’m going to do with all of this extra time, not sure what my yoga practice will look like now. motivation mondays is something i started as a way to keep all of you [and myself!] inspired to always stay positive and look at the bright side each week. i’m definitely in need of this today, and this quote really did it for me:
even though I’m pretty effing sad, i’m ready to see what happens next. so many times what we view as an end is really just the beginning of something new… maybe even something better than what came before it. i’m going to do everything in my power to make sure I keep a positive spin on this… pratipaksha bhavanam in action… right, yogis?!
a few [other] things:
1) attention new yorkers: eat at egg shop. immediately.
2) i loved this article from zosia mamet on glamour.com about why you don’t have to be the c.e.o. of a multi-million dollar company to be considered successful. you define your own success.
3) i was published on thought catalog last week. if you haven’t seen my article yet, check it out!
have an amazing week… also… is it spring yet?
image courtesy of free people blog
the yoga diaries: pt. iv
well, this is it. my final weekend of yoga teacher training is here! tomorrow, i will take my final exam and teach my final pose to my classmates, and sunday, we’ll be celebrating with yoga, food and champagne… and probably a beer or two, as well… because we seriously all deserve it at this point. i’ve even purchased a new outfit for the occasion… because why wouldn’t i?
i’ve spent the last 12 weeks with some pretty incredible people. i couldn’t have asked for more inspirational and amazing teachers to learn from or have been a part of a more caring, open, honest and just generally effing awesome group of people to go through this training with. yoga teacher training has been something I have wanted to do for several years now, and i used to feel like i was losing out by not having the time for it rightthissecond… i sort of felt like i was putting off where i was headed/what i was doing with my life. looking back, i feel like there’s a reason this whole group was brought together and i owe the universe a major thank you for making sure i was too busy to commit to this until now.
as this 12 weeks wraps up, i’m feeling a couple of different ways. first and foremost, i’m nervous for the final exams… but i’m also pretty confident that we’re all gonna absolutely kill it. i’m beyond ready to have a weekend to myself. i love yoga and everything… but a girl needs a break every so often! i’m excited to be able to start auditioning for teaching positions so i can spread the yoga love and see where this takes me, but I’m also pretty sad to not have this happy, safe place to go to every weekend. on top of all that, i’m seriously confused about what i’m going to do with all of my free time! this has become my routine… a routine i’ve seriously loved… and it’s going to take some serious getting used to not being in it.
one the first day of training, our teachers asked all of us to set a sankulpa, which means “intention” in sanskrit, for the training. my sankulpa has been to be okay with where i am. let go of where i think i should be or where i am in comparison to anyone else. while this started as a teacher training specific intention, i’ve made an effort to apply this to all aspects of my life. and i’m so happy that i did.
i’m feeling like a new person these days. i’m more confident. i’m nicer to myself. i don’t feel as if i need to be in control of every aspect of my life or have every little detail figured out, and i do feel more comfortable going with the flow. while i would never have considered myself an uptight control freak, i do have some type a tendencies that show up here and there. i’ve always been an over-thinker and i’ve slowly learned that there is just no point in going through life fighting with myself to try to reach a certain outcome or make decisions immediately. i’m learning to be perfectly happy with the now, and i think half the fun in life comes from the unknown… not knowing what’s next… going with the flow… and being fully present in the moment.
a lot of people might appear to have it all together. even more people pretend to have it all figured out. and yes, some people do have every aspect of the next 10 years of their lives mapped out to a tee, but honestly, to me, that just seems kinda boring and quite frankly, a little bit sad. who knows what could happen tomorrow? next week? next year? no one.
with all of that being said, i’ve also found a new sense of motivation and with all of the free time i’ll have very, very soon, i’m ready to start putting some of the ideas that have been swirling around in my head into action [but not after a week or so of a little vino, netflix and brunch… god i’ve missed brunch… first]. i have a few trips planned in the coming months [weekends in philly, boston and l.a.], my birthday is at the beginning of may and in june, i’m off to australia [!!!!!!!] for a couple of weeks, so i do have a lot to look forward to. i’m promising myself that i will make an honest effort to remain present enough to enjoy life in the moment, while still having all of these fun things on the horizon.
originally, this series was supposed to last for the duration of my teacher training. one thing i have learned is that going through this training is only the beginning. i will forever be a student of this whole yoga thing, so the yoga diaries will continue. and i also want to continue writing these posts because i’ve really loved translating the yoga philosophies into my own words, applying them to my life and sharing them here.
so, until next time… namaste!
motivation mondays: week 27
hey everyone! i hope you all had a great weekend are feeling rejuvenated and ready for the first full week of spring [even though it still feels like winter… minor details]. spring is a time of the year [along with the actual new year] that just feels appropriate for new beginnings. it’s not called “spring cleaning” for just any reason right? after months [and months… and months] of staying inside and hibernating to avoid the cold, spring is the perfect time to get into a new routine, start working out again and maybe even re-evaluate where you are with everything in your life and start figuring out what the next step is. and with that, comes today’s motivation mondays!
the first step in starting anything new… a workout regimen, a clean eating plan, a career or job, a move to a new city or state [or country], a hobby, a project, a relationship… is letting all the sh*t that you’re carrying around with you from the past go. it can be pretty freakin’ hard to start something new in the first place, but bringing along baggage from our past only makes it harder. just because you tried losing 10 pounds and failed before, doesn’t mean you will fail this time, so stop thinking that way! last attempt at dating didn’t go so well? who cares?! let that sh*t go and start with a clean slate.
there’s nothing we can do to change the past. we can certainly learn from it, but trying to project past situations onto what’s happening now will only get you so far and in many cases, will end up holding you back rather than helping you move forward.
nn honor of spring, set some goals. clean your apartment. do a cleanse. get moving again. and let whatever it is that you’re carrying around with you go. you’ll be amazed at how much ease letting go brings to your life and how much easier it will be to move forward when you aren’t being held back by sh*t that you can’t change. if you have to take it one step at a time – do it! start by letting go of the clothes in your closet that you haven’t worn in six months. clean your apartment. go for a run one day a week. re-vamp your refrigerator and cupboards with high quality, whole foods so that eating healthy will be easier. it all has to start somewhere, and letting go is as good a place as any to begin.
start your week off with some fun stuff…
1) last week, an article of mine was published on elite daily… this is one of my favorite websites that i read literally every single day, so to have an article on their site is pretty exciting… hopefully you’ll be seeing more from me on elite daily in the future!
2) speaking of spring and new habits, i often find that I’m much more motivated to get moving when i have cute clothes to get moving in. i’m now an ambassador for altar ego apparel and if you use the code bandb15 you can save 15% on any purchase! happy shopping!
3) and finally, my main man jon stewart keepin’ it real about the food industry. i love him more every day.
what are you going to let go of this season so that you can spring forward towards your goals? [see what i did there?]
image courtesy of slightly distressed damsel
healthy lifestyle staples: detoxifying lemon water
one of my favorite, cannot live without healthy lifestyle staples is kinda weird [but that should be no surprise at this point]. i was introduced to this little concoction in college and would occasionally throw it into my routine here and there over the years, but only in the past year or so has it become a staple in my regimen.
hot lemon water. with apple cider vinegar. and turmeric. and cayenne pepper. every morning. before breakfast.
i knowwww what you’re thinking: no. but let me explain.
first, hot water with a little bit of lemon is a great way to wake up your digestive system and detoxify your body from the day before…essentially, you’re starting the day with a clean slate.
second, the apple cider vinegar will balance your pH levels aiding digestion, improving immunity and helping to clear up your skin.
finally, the turmeric helps reduce inflammation in the body, and the cayenne pepper gives your digestive system one last little boost.
now we’re talkin’, right? for this detoxifying lemon water elixir all you’ll need is:
- 8 oz. of water, brought to a boil
- the juice from half of a lemon
- 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- cayenne pepper to taste
all you need to do is boil the water, pour it into a mug and stir in the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, turmeric and cayenne pepper. drink this in the mornings before you eat or drink anything else and try to make this a daily habit if at all possible… that’s how you’ll reap the most benefits!
vegan chocolate chip banana zucchini muffins
alright, i knowww that i just posted a banana bread recipe last week, but i whipped these muffins up over the weekend and they turned out so well that I felt obligated to share the recipe, especially after a few of my coworkers asked for it as well. these chocolate chip banana zucchini muffins can be made using one bowl, so clean up is super quick and easy and they’re vegan, low sugar and made with coconut oil and whole wheat flour, essentially making them equivalent to salad. this recipe makes about 12 medium sized muffins.
you will need:
- 1/4 c. cane sugar
- 1/4 c. coconut palm sugar
- 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 c. coconut oil
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 c. mashed bananas [about 2-3 medium ripe bananas]
- 1 1/4 c. [loosely packed] shredded zucchini [i shredded mine with a veggetti]
- 1 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour [i like bob’s red mill]
- 1 tbs. baking powder
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/3 c. vegan dark chocolate chips [optional]
preheat the oven to 400° and grease a muffin/cupcake tray with coconut oil [liners are not required for this recipe].
- whisk together the first 6 ingredients [sugars, applesauce, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon] in a large bowl.
- add the mashed bananas and whisk together.
- take the shredded zucchini and place it on a paper towel. place a second paper towel on top of the zucchini and press [with some muscle!] to draw out the excess water.
- add the zucchini to the bowl and mix together.
- throw in the flour [in 1/2 cup increments], baking powder and sea salt and mix with a wooden spoon, but be sure not to mix it too well.
- add chocolate chips [if using] and stir until evenly distributed.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop batter into muffin tray, filling each cup about 3/4 full.
- bake at 400° for 10 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 350° for 8 minutes, or until you can stick a fork into the center of a muffin and pull it out clean.
- remove from the oven, let cool for 10-15 minutes, remove muffins from tray and enjoy!
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