the yoga diaries: pt. iii
as of this week, i’m in the final three weeks of yoga teacher training. we’re down to just a few days at this point… and i’m kinda freaking out! t the beginning, 12 weeks sounded like an eternity and now, i’m not ready for it to be over.
spending my weekends immersed in the physical and philosophical practice of yoga has quickly become a part of my routine. it happened so organically and naturally that i’m not even sure how i was spending my time before this. it wasn’t as difficult to fit into my schedule as i thought it would be… i’m not exhausted [well, i’m not exhausted most of the time], i’m still able to do just about everything that I want to do… it seems like i’ve only enhanced my life and elevated my sense of being… definitely an unexpected [but welcome!] benefit of this entire process.
i realized exactly how much this has become a part of my life when i was away and missed training while in miami. yoga has been a huge part of my life for quite some time now, but teacher training has taken it to a new level. it felt weird to be out of my routine. i needed some down time and the opportunity to let loose desperately, but it also showed me how much i also need yoga in my life. i’ve benefited from it in so many ways over the past several years and it continues to change my life in ways i could never have imagined back when i showed up to my first yoga class six/seven years ago.
training has been pretty transformational for me. and not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, too. i knew heading into this that my life was going to change, but i wasn’t exactly sure how. i walked into the studio on january 10th with an open mind and just have kind of let things come and go and manifest themselves on their own. i honestly haven’t had much time to think too in depth about much of anything else, so that mindset has definitely helped me make it through this entire process. i’ve been trying to listen to my gut a lot more and act on feelings rather than thoughts. our brain can sometimes talk us out of going with our feelings, using ration to talk us into or out of something. while making smart decisions is something we need to do, when our mind overpowers our gut it can lead us into sticky situations.
having a weekend off and not practicing yoga while i was away kind of sent me into a tailspin. all of these things that have been in the back of my mind decided to all of a sudden show up front and center. i have so many things that i want to do, but making the decision to go forward with them isn’t exactly easy and i’ve been struggling with that a bit. i’m trying really hard to listen to my gut. i want to make the right decision, but when i try to look ahead… i worry about the “what ifs”… and there are so many of them!
at this point, i’m telling myself “one thing at a time”. i don’t have to make any major, life-altering decisions today, tomorrow or even next week, and i’m just going to continue to try to let everything flow, let the answers come to me when they’re ready to. that’s really all i can do for now.
before i sign off, i wanted to let everyone know that between now and graduation [march 29th], i’m offering free yoga classes to anyone who might be interested. all levels, all class sizes. so, if you’re in the new york area and wanna do some yoga, send me an email [firstname.lastname@example.org] and let’s figure something out!
motivation mondays: week 25
wow. i can’t believe i’ve already been back from miami for a week… it’s honestly taken me much longer to get back on track with my routine than i expected, but after the weekend i’m feeling focused, rested and almost back to what i consider “normal”. i got back to my yoga mat [this really turned around my week], saw the theory of everything [quite the emotional roller coaster] and had dinner with a friend at peacefood café [so effing good]. i feasted on the grilled oyster mushrooms served over parnship paté, chickpeas and a bed of kale [pictured here] and for dessert we went h.a.m. on the raw cashew cream cheesecake… seriously, un. real. the service was fast and friendly and the tea list is also worth mentioning… i had the tibetan tiger tea in an effort to fuel my recent india withdrawals. add this place to your “list” immediately.
last week, i talked about change and how taking a chance on anything can be difficult, but that ultimately we have the choice to make it… whatever that is for you… happen. today, for the 25th installment of motivation mondays, i only want to remind you of one thing:
if you feel lost, like you’re on the brink of a breakdown, confused or unsure if the decisions you’ve made/want to make are the right ones, just remember that your soul is rooting for you. it doesn’t matter what the chatter in your brain is telling you or what other people think of what you’re doing. all that matters is that it makes you…y our soul… feel good.
your soul, your gut, your intuition… whatever you wanna call it… is always on your side. there’s a reason we get “gut feelings” and that’s because sometimes our brain is trying to make the logical decision for us… the safe decision. when your gut is telling you something different than your brain, listen to it. it’s usually right.
a few more inspirational things for today:
1) this list of motivational quotes via buzzfeed was great for getting my butt off the couch and back to the gym this week.
2) a great reminder that love is love. I’ve seriously watched this video 10 times since i first came across it.
3) last year, i traveled to India in march to celebrate holi in mathura. it was such an amazing experience that i hope to relive some day in the future. these images from holi 2015 are igniting some serious #fomo.
coming up this week: a new recipe on wednesday and the third part of the yoga diaries series on friday… can’t wait to share more about my journey [which is quickly coming to end!] with you all.
what are your plans?!
image courtesy of women’s health
what i ate wednesday: south beach edition
one thing that i really love about miami [aside from the obvious] is the food. you might not realize it [i definitely didn’t before], but there are so many amazing and unique places to eat in south beach. i’ve heard the same is true for miami proper, but i’ve never been there, so i can’t personally speak to that, but here is a what i ate wednesday recap of some of the best things i ate this past weekend.
breakfast at juice + java:
this is easily one of my favorite spots in south beach. it’s located within walking distance from where we stayed and they have an amazing selection of fresh, healthy options [including a lengthy juice/smoothie menu]. i started the day out with the “hangover remedy” juice [apple, lemon + ginger… which i later added vodka to and enjoyed poolside] and veggie eggs [tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach + cheese] with some avocado and pita bread on the side… and an iced coffee… because duh.
tacos + margartias at huahua’s:
this. place. was. amazing. i think i could subside on only tacos for the rest of my life if i had to. it’s a really low-key, grab-and-go style restaurant, but definitely worth hitting up if you’re ever in south beach. i had the hongos magicos taco [charred portobello mushrooms, grilled veggies, + spicy tofu crema] and the guaco taco [grilled veggies, fried avocado + spicy tofu crema]. no words. and also a margarita… because margaritas are my favorite.
dinner + sake bombs at fung ku:
we did a lot of sake bombs here, so i was a little distracted/drunk and not focusing so much on the food, but the pad thai with veggies was pretty good.
cocktails at the w hotel living room bar:
the cocktails at the w hotel’s living room bar are on a whole other level. while they aren’t cheap by any means, the atmosphere and the unique drinks on the menu make it totally worth it. i had the siddhartha [pictured; a mix of vodka, gin, lemongrass + coconut milk] and also tried the cucumber collins.
breakfast at maxine’s:
i’ve eaten at this restaurant more times than i would like to admit, but this was the first time i tried their breakfast. i’m a sucker for poached eggs, and the shashuka had a little kick to it and was nice and light for starting the day with!
cold-pressed green juice from juicee:
they had these green juices available at our hotel which was literally a godsend. the green lover was perfect… fruity and refreshing, great for detoxing the morning after a night out!
basically everything at naked taco:
okay. i saved the best for last and i wish i had more pictures from naked taco because the food here was just totally out of control. upon arrival, we were told there would be a small wait and to make up for it were going to be offered free champagne at the bar while we waited… so basically they immediately won me over. the menu is incredible. they really play with the “naked” theme well. their slogan is “the best taco you ever ate out” so that along with cheeky additions to the menu such as the option to “get wet!” and the prompt to “ask about our rim jobs!” you can get a feel for the atmosphere of this place, which i personally thought was really fun. we had pitchers of margaritas, guac and chips, queso dip and nachos to start with… and i ate a big fat veggie burrito [pictured above] and obviously chose the options to “get wet” a.k.a. smother the damn thing in sauces, extra cheese and sour cream. need i say more?
to conclude this edition of what i ate wednesday, if you find yourself in south beach anytime soon, the must-eat/must-drink places are as follows:
must-eat: naked taco
must-drink: w hotel living room bar
honorable mention: juice + java
i know that “motivation tuesday” doesn’t have as nice of a ring to it as “motivation mondays” does, but i’m improvising this week! i was in miami over the weekend sans laptop and my flight home was cancelled due to the snow that came through new york again [and yes, i’m beyond over it]. i’m a day behind this week, but absolutely not complaining. i’ll take an extra day in the sun over this cold any time.
i had a great weekend in south beach and it was so nice to escape the cold and do basically nothing aside from eating, drinking and lounging by the pool/at the beach for three days… that’s a lifestyle i could definitely get used to! i’ll fill you guys in tomorrow on all of the amazing meals i ate with a “what i ate wednesday” post, but for now… let’s get to motivation [monday] tuesday!
this is something that hits pretty close to home for me. do you ever have thoughts about things you would love to do or try, but the confusion around how to make it happen just freaks you out, so instead of trying you just stay comfortable, living your day-to-day life, going through the motions and justifying it because going after what you want is too scary and might not work out? i can certainly answer “yes” to that question.
but the thing is, staying comfortable and deciding to not take chances doesn’t get you anywhere. it only keeps you where you’re at. If that’s what you want, great! but if you know… if you feel like there is something more out there for you… you have to make the choice to take a chance so that the change can happen. it might not be easy, you might have to struggle at first, but guess what? struggle creates interesting people and there is no better way to grow as a person and figure out what you want in life than to take chances and work your ass off to make sh*t happen.
starting this blog was a leap of faith for me. it was something i had wanted to do for a while, but it’s scary to put yourself out there because you never know how other people will react. i’m so happy i did it. this blog has become my outlet and at the end of the day, the opinions of others are just background noise.
if there’s something you want to do, go after it. don’t sit around and wait for opportunities to fall into your lap. they won’t. you’ll never know what could have happened unless you try and you don’t want to ever look back and wonder “what if?”
some things keeping me going on this “monday” …
1) wanderlust inspiring lists.
2) today’s louise hay daily affirmation…. kind of appropriate, right?
3) food52. because who doesn’t need some cooking inspiration?
i hope you have an amazing week… what will you decide to take a chance on?
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