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8 Jan

flowers1Hi my friends- did you have a nice weekend?  I have to say- but I had a great weekend.  Good food, music, friends, and family.  I’m feeling pretty happy these days.  This is my first full week back at work since the holidays and I taught 3 classes today.  I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the work week- but all of my classes were packed!  It always makes me really happy to see so many people interested in yoga.  I know some of it is part of the new years rush, but it still makes me smile.

On Friday night I made a delicious dinner that you must recreate! Super easy and good for a night in with a glass of vino (and watching the Sopranos.  I know- I’m ten years behind.)

Sweet potato bisque

potatosoupThis soup is super easy. I used two cans of organic sweet potato puree and added water to my desired thickness and one veggie bullion cube, garlic, rosemary, and some parsley. I used an immersion blender to mix it all together and simmer over medium heat. You can also add salt and pepper to taste!

 

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This is the brand I used- I got it at whole foods.

The second thing I made was gluten free veggie pizza.  Now I have made this before and you can really make it however you want.  When I made the pizzas before I made vegan ones using vegan cheese but I don’t do much soy these days so I stop using that.  You can see that post here

 

 

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I made the dough according to the directions and I did use egg this time.  Toppings were broccoli, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, and homemade pesto (I don’t use they vegan cheese anymore, just parmesan).  It was pretty  tasty and PBJ was impressed.  I think the cauliflower pizza crust is next on my list. 

For the record- this is PBJ:

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Anyways Smile

 

Here’s a playlist for you:

Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
OneRepublic – Feel Again
STRFKR – Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second
V V Brown – Shark In The Water
Calvin Harris Feat. Kelis – Bounce – Radio Edit
Nicki Minaj – Moment 4 Life
Clive Tanaka y su orquesta – Neu Chicago :: Side A :: For Dance
The Psychedelic Furs – Heaven
Mr Little Jeans – Rescue Song
Alexander – Let’s Win!
Portugal The Man – People Say
Hudson – Against The Grain
Grimes – Colour of Moonlight (Antiochus) [feat. Doldrums]
Milo Greene – 1957
Charlie Mars – Listen to the Darkside
The xx – Crystalised
The Lumineers – Stubborn Love
Zee Avi – Swell Window
Sting – Always On Your Side
Joshua Radin – Anywhere Your Love Goes
Chris Bathgate – Salt Year

You can click here to listen on spotify. 

I hope you had a great Monday!! See you later this week with a spotlight interview!

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As I grow to understand life less and less,
I learn to love it more and more.
~Jules Renard

 

 

xoxo- C

Into 2013

4 Jan magic

cholHi my friends~Happy New Year!  I cannot believe it is winter and the holidays have literally come and gone.  Time goes so fast so I hope you have all been enjoying every second.  I know I have.

I know the new year always opens up so much space for planning and making goals- but I think it’s also important to reflect on the past year and all that you have accomplished!

Here are some things I tackled in 2012:

Completed my 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training

yttI have to say- this training was an amazing experience.  I made so many new friends and learned so so so much.  And not just about yoga, but about myself.  I learned to get out of my comfort zone a lot with my teaching (I co-led a yin yoga workshop) and started teaching more breath work and restorative poses in my advanced classes.  And I continued to delve into my own exploration of self awareness, which leads into another accomplishment!

Continued to work on being self aware

This may not seem like much, but I used to be well- a highly reactive person.  One thing would happen and I’d let my whole day be turned upside down.  I was on a roller coaster.  This went on for so long that it felt normal.  It really just got to a point that I couldn’t deal with it so things had to change.  Being self aware has become a practice- noticing how I’m breathing, if my jaw is tight, am I just letting myself become angry or upset before taking a few moments to sit with whatever just happened.  You can read more about self awareness here but I feel pretty good in my efforts and I am hoping they continue into 2013!

Adopted a little ginger kitten

marmsThere really aren’t any words to describe his cuteness.  I love him.  Except when he jumped into the Christmas tree 24/7 and onto the top of the cabinets.

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I mean look at his little face!  Precious. Ok moving on.

I made homemade bread

breadVegan! but not gluten free.  For everyone who saw these pics of the bread before on facebook- the most amazing bread book is called My Bread and the recipes are super easy.

Cultivated new friendships (and kept up with the existing ones!)

This also doesn’t really need any words- pictures are good enough.

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Stayed true to what I wanted

Life can be really hard sometimes.  We put all kinds of pressure on ourselves to be a certain way, to do certain things, and go go go until we’re burned out.  And even then we don’t like to take a break.  I’ve learned the hard way through injury and sickness and anxiety that sometimes I need a rest.  But I also remember to have fun in life too!

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You should take some time to write out your accomplishments and then on a separate page write out your goals for the new year.

Here are some of mine:

Live a gluten free lifestyle (I kind of fell off the wagon last year)

Be more organized (financially, home/living space, how I spend my spare time during the work week)

Lead more specialty yoga classes and workshops (I actually wrote down 6 this year)

Do more cardio

Travel- day/weekend trips and hikes and plan a real vacation

Have more girls nights (I’ve been known to sing karaoke a few times)

Blog more of course and add videos

And there are so many more but I will update you all year long!

Begin today.  Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.  ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

I hope you all have a great weekend and I’d love to know your goals and new years resolutions for 2013!

xoxo-C

**Here’s my updated teaching schedule**

To be or not to be: aware

12 Nov

cjHi friends- did you have a great weekend? Tomorrow is Monday and I am already thinking about next weekend- but that’s mainly because my college roommate J is coming!!  So exciting!!! I tried to find a picture of us from college but- well I didn’t want to mjembarrass either one of us.  But this is from 5 years ago! Anyway- she, M, and I laugh like we’re all sisters.  We’re already laughing just thinking about all of our fun times together.  Can’t wait!

 

ckI spent my weekend at the 500 hour yoga teacher training (we are almost finished!!) and every time I come back with some many new tidbits to bring to my classes and more inspiration.  And not to mention I have become so close with some amazing people!

Aside from learning more advanced poses, a lot of focus has been on breath work and meditation and then through that- awareness.  The whole process of awareness is really fascinating to me so I thought I would take some time to talk about my own journey and thoughts about it. 

I’ve been teaching yoga for over six years now and practicing for about 8.  Yoga used to be something that was really purely physical for me.  I’ve been the bendy one always wanting something harder, faster, more handstands, more upside down, more backbends.  There’s still a big part of me that wants that, but it’s been so interesting to see myself not crave that so much and really be able to tap into what my body needs- without judgment.  Skipping a backbend or doing more restorative poses when I know I need it.  It takes practice to notice that and then to actually put that into action. 

Being truly aware means not judging, finding compassion, and accepting yourself for who you are right now, today, and tomorrow no matter what. 

This is obviously easier said than done.  Every day we judge ourselves.  Every day we create our own suffering, pain, anxiety, and worry because we create the idea that what it is we are experiencing should be different than what it really is.  We want to control what’s happening, we want to be able to fix or change it, and then we are attached to the outcome.  I know this is sounding all too familiar because we all do this.  But starting to notice it can really be freeing. 

So how do we start to be aware? By finding stillness.  Try to start with 5-10 minutes sitting in a comfortable position closing the eyes.  Take 3 deep breaths and just start to let yourself settle in to stillness.  Yes your mind is going to wander and yes, it might be uncomfortable to sit in a cross legged position but for this to be successful is that you are purely being aware that you mind is wandering or that your leg is asleep.  That’s really simply the point.  To notice and be OK with the way it is.  Can you hold an intense yoga pose?  Another way of starting to find awareness is tapping into your edge in your yoga practice- I’d say hip openers are a good one.  Start to breathe in the pose and just notice.  Are you in your comfy place? Or are you finding your edge and being OK with some discomfort (without going to the place of injury) and staying in it without going too far or hanging back. 

Once you have this practice- this will start to transfer to your everyday life.  Are you noticing your tendencies when your sitting in traffic and running late? When you want to lash out or complain about your boss? When your criticizing the way you look? I think it’s really important to be tuned into finding the balance of striving too much or not enough and then coming back to that place of acceptance without having to do anything else but just be.  When you become aware/awake/alert to these things we can start to realize that the universe (or god or whatever higher power you like to believe in) accepts us for who we are- flaws and all, good days and bad days. 

I think you get the gist- and there is so much more I could say but I’d love for you to give it a try.  There’s nothing to fix and there’s nothing to change.  See if you can be content- even for a moment.

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I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for the week ahead.  Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here???  Time is going by way too fast. 

I’m planning a post where I can answer any questions you have to please ask away- it can be about food, music, yoga, Baltimore, family- anything! 

Love love love- C

Week recap and playlist

10 Nov nov9

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Hi my blog readers!  Did you have a good week?? I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend.  It’s been kind of a crazy week.  I took Presley to the vet this week and he is cancer free!!! Yay!  I guess he has some sort of sore on his tongue that could’ve been a tumor but the meds seem to be working and it’s going away.  I am more than relieved.  I hope he lives a long kitty life!

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Did you vote??  I did.  I cannot stress how important it is that we all vote. It’s huge that we have the right to choose what we want in our society and that we can stand up for what we believe in.  I waiting in a long line in the cold to get my vote on.  I felt cool when I got my sticker hehehehe.

Here are some eats:

chaiI have been enjoying chai tea lately with coconut milk.  I look coffee (the taste and the morning pick me up) but I don’t love its acidic properties.  So I’ve been switching things up.  It’s soooo good.

The salad below I’ve made before- chick peas, black beans (both drained and rinsed), cucumbers, 1 hardboiled egg, onion, olives, salt/pepper to taste, and some Greek salad dressing.  Quick and tasty.

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The next is just some basics I picked up from Trader Joe’s.  Love that place.  I could go in there everyday and pick something different.  They’ve started putting out a lot of their holiday goodies- I had to go to the other side of the store before I walked out with a lot of chocolate.

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Here’s my latest yoga mix on spotify:

Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire
Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
KC And The Sunshine Band – Boogie Shoes
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Ain’t No Easy Way
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead
Grimes – Be a Body
Crystal Fighters – At Home
Imagine Dragons – Demons
Fleet Foxes – Lorelai
Portugal. The Man – You Carried Us [Share With Me The Sun]
Ben Kweller – Falling
Michael Kiwanuka – I’ll Get Along
Regina Spektor – Eet
Ani Difranco – Both Hands
The Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm
Kishi Bashi – Manchester
Beach House – Wild
Jose Gonzalez – Down The Line
Soulive – Joyful Girl
Simon & Garfunkel – The Sounds Of Silence
Jack Johnson – Imagine

Click here to give all the tunes a listen and feel free to connect with me on spotify.

So after you give that a listen, here’s my brief tutorial on how to make your own yoga mix!

It’s not a secret that I love music.  I grew up listening to all kinds of music and I guess I have to give my parents a lot of the credit.  I just saw Peter Gabriel with them a few weeks ago.  Music is something that will always inspire me (I sang in music groups in school and in college).  Now that we are so lucky to have technology at our finger tips all the time- I use shazam anytime I hear a song that I think I may like.  I use spotify to create my own playlists so they can stream from my iphone.  Also on spotify- once you’ve started a list you can start your own radio station that is based on the songs in your playlist.  I listen to that so that I can find songs that I know I will like but maybe have never heard before.  I used to hear songs on the radio and write down the group and the title as soon as I would hear it and keep this massive list, crossing off songs as I go along.

To make my yoga play list I think about how I sequence my class- with that being said I almost  never write out pose by pose.  Actually- I never do that.  But that’s for another blog post.  So I basically envision my class- beginning/centering, vinyasa flow/standing poses, inversions, cooling down sequence.  Clearly I don’t want to play fast paced music that’s going to bring the energy up when we are moving towards savasana.  I typically don’t play music within the first 5-10 minutes which involves centering, breath work, and sometimes ab work.  I start with a slower paced song or two, build to up beat for about 40-50 minutes, and then move to slower paced and to really slow songs.  But more than anything- I pick songs that speak to me.  I play the songs that I love and they’re songs that I’d want to hear when I am practicing.

What songs speak to you? What artists, musicians, or bands do you love?

Here’s one that I love.

I hope you all had a great week and have a nice weekend ahead of you.

xoxo- C

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It’s November

5 Nov flowers

sishalHi my loves- it’s been a while but I am hoping to keep posting soon!  Things have been busy- lots of teaching, yoga training, and spending time with family and friends.  My weekend was pretty low key (I am trying to keep the beginnings of a cold away).  I taught in the teacher training, went to see Cloud Atlas ( I liked it but a bit too long), and took a nap or two.  What about you?

 

 

muffinsI am totally in love with the fall weather but it is getting cold fast and I am so not ready for winter.  While we endured hurricane Sandy last week I did a bit of baking.  I posted these gluten-free muffins on facebook and many of you were curious about how to make them.  I actually found the recipe on pinterest.  I try to be gluten free but I have really been off the wagon so here’s the getting back on!  You can find the recipe here but I added fresh blueberries and I used agave instead of molasses/honey because that’s what I had.  You can also use earth balance instead of actual butter.  Also just remember that all ovens are different so temperature and length of bake time might need to be adjusted.

There’s been some green going on as well.

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Green juice- in the mix was romaine lettuce, kale, pear, lemon, apple ginger.  So good.

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This is the usual- vega protein powder in vanilla, coconut milk, banana, and nut butter.  Amazing.

presleyAnd probably one of the more exciting things- the fur children.  Presley is my first pet.  I never had a cat or dog growing up and as you all know- I love him to death (even though he sometimes pounces at my head and bites me).  M and I had gerbils and my dad had snakes but you can’t really cuddle with any of those things.

 

 

marmsM and I would always see little orange cats and call them marmalade so when I happened to see one up for adoption- I just couldn’t resist his little face.  I adopted him from Charm City Animal Rescue and he was actually free.  If you LIKE their facebook page- every day they post pics of the animals being fostered.

 

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So I named him Marmalade and well, he’s a kitten alright.  Jumps up onto the stove and into the trashcans!  But look how adorable!? So precious.  Both the brothers have been getting along pretty well (they are both sleeping as I type this. One on my bed and the other on the unfolded pile of laundry).  Unfortunately Presley is going though a cancer scare right  now and I am trying to stay positive so send him lots of positive kitty thoughts!!

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Anyways- I hope you are all safe from hurricane Sandy, had a great Halloween, and congrats to the newest group of 200 hour Charm City Yoga Teacher Trainee’s!!!

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What I’m loving right now

18 Sep baltimore

hezHi friends- did you have a good weekend?  Mine was full of wedding fun and time with my sister. Pretty good all around.  What did you do?  I have a pretty standard week ahead but-I’m already thinking about the weekend!

I thought I’d do a post about things that I’m using and loving right now so that maybe you will like some of them too!

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Vega Protein Powder

This stuff is amazing.  Not only is it plant based, gluten free, diary free, and soy free- it tastes good!  I usually blend it up and make green smoothies (coconut milk, banana and nut butter)- but you can actually just add water to this one, shake, and go.  You can find it at whole foods.

 

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Bestowed Box

Just like the birch box (which I just subscribed to) for $15 a month- you get hand picked healthy treats and lifestyle products by celeb nutritionist Heather Bauer.  You don’t know what you’re going to get and I will admit my first box was not very exciting but the last two- including  this one- are amazing (note the eaten bag of lentil chips)

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Soda Stream

Alright- by far pretty  much my favorite thing right now.  If you like fizzy water- you MUST buy this.  I was buying poland spring 24/7 and now my recycling is like less than half of what it used to be.  If you buy it at bed bath and beyond, you can use their 20% off coupons.  I love it love it love it.  You can add a lemon or lime slice and you’re good to go.

 

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Scented Candles

These two are from my favorite place- Target (tarjay).  They are both soy wax candles and scented with essential oils instead of harsh perfumes.  They smell amazing and I know everyone’s tastes are different but I do think target has a nice size selection so you could find one that’s perfect for you.  The Pink Magnolia is by Illume Candles and the Fig and Redwood is by Chesapeake Bay Candle.

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MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Spray

I don’t wear a lot of makeup during the work week (hardly ever during the day) because I need to sweat for my profession.  And although I have been blessed with great skin (thank you mom) I noticed that because I sweat and then touch my face- well duh- there are germs and you become more prone to breakouts.  Eww.  And while I do like products- I’ve become more and more away about what I’m putting in the inside and on the outside.  My friend Jenn who is a fabulous makeup artist and yogini, told me about MyChelle.  Their products are vegan, gluten free, cruelty free, paraben free, and I can actually read and pronounce the ingredients.  Their products can be a little pricey- I was doing some online research and it looks like their website has sales pretty often.  Right now through the end of September everything is 20% off.

 

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Young Living Essential Oils

I have been using these as aromatherapy in some of my yoga classes- however, pure therapeutic grade essential oils have lots of uses!  Some of these you can actually infuse your water with (lemon, peppermint, grapefruit), make your own massage oils, create your own bug repellent, massage on cuts and scars, use for sore muscles, diffuse in your house for a clean scent, get rid of a headache, ward off a cold…the  list goes on!  Young living also has a whole host of other products.  I can get you them at a whole sale price so let me know if you are interested (I have a webpage linked up with them but I am still searching for the exact link).

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I hope you like my list!  I will definitely do more of these posts so you can see things I’m using and testing out.  I will hopefully have a recipe for you later this week.  I was in whole foods and wegmans earlier and they had pumpkins galore!  A fall to do list is in order and I will be sure to share!  I hope you all are having a great start to the week!

sisters2Don’t say you don’t have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Theresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. ~Life’s Little Instruction Book

I’ll remember this the next time I say I’m too tired.

Xoxo- C

T is for Tuesday

12 Sep be

meHi my loves- I hope your week is off to a great start.  Things are going pretty well here but I am definitely looking forward to the weekend.  My friend Brandy is getting married and well- it’s going to be the wedding of the year I just know it!

I don’t want to just write a normal post when we all know that 11 years ago was when the twin towers were hit.  I remember that day very well and how upsetting it was (and still is) to all of us.  I just want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all the men and women women who work so hard every day for our lives to be wonderful and safe and take a second to remember all of those people who lost their lives.  It’s so sad.  I was in college in philosophy class (hi Professor Wahman!) when it was happening and we all went to the student union and saw the towers fall on tv.  I don’t want to go into the whole thing because we know how upsetting it is- but I hope you took time today to tell the people you love that you actually do love them! (Call your parents they might still be up lol)

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~Maya Angelou

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Some eats:

Field Greens with Polenta and a side of Chickpeas, Mushrooms, Onion and Pesto

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This was super easy to make.  I used this kind of organic polenta.  It’s actually already cooked so I just sliced a few pieces and heated it in a sauté pan.  I diced the mushrooms and onion and used organic chickpeas (drained and rinsed)- threw it all together in a sauté pan as well with olive oil until they cooked down and then added my homemade pesto (I didn’t use the vegan mozz I used real parmesan cheese).  SO GOOD.  And vegetarian.

froyoAnd then this happened:

It was sooooo good.  And yeah not dairy free.  But so worth it.

Anyways- I hope you’re having a great week- living, breathing, eating, having fun, working hard, and being happy.

And before I forget- Charm City Yoga is having a Teacher Training Open House on October 6th.  You can check out more about the Fall 200 hour here.

yogisMost of you know already- but I am one of the teachers in the 200 and 500 hour trainings at Charm City Yoga so if you have any questions- even if you’re just thinking about the trainings (summer intensive included)- please come to the open house!

 

 

It’s my bed time- face planting into bed!

xoxo, C

Celebration

10 Sep photo

cbdayI turned 30 almost one month ago and I feel like I celebrated the whole month of August.

I have to say I was a bit nervous about turning 30.  I had been on vacation the whole week leading up to it and I just felt like- ok- I’m old now (for the record I know I’m not old).  I’m not in my 20’s anymore! My closest friends threw me a HUGE surprise party and I realized how lucky I was.

Life is something to be celebrated.  It is too often that we (myself included) let stress take over when we don’t like our job, the way we look, feel like we don’t work out enough, have bills to pay, and not enough free time just to name a few things.  But something I realized is that even after I’ve gone though all of that stuff in my own life- is that my life is full of people (and my cat and a few material possessions like my iPhone) who make me smile and laugh and make my heart full of love every day.

I’ve never been a super spiritual yoga teacher even though I like those types of classes- but through my own physical and mental practice of yoga- I can see where I go and how I react when something hard, challenging, and stressful happens.  I don’t like to breath, I want to eat pizza, drink champagne, and lay in my bed under the covers (all with the ac blasting and fan blowing on me).  I don’t want to confront my own reality and make changes because that’s the difficult part.  But the truth is- these things are so small in comparison to all the amazing, wonderful, and rewarding things I’ve accomplished in my 30 years.

So the next time you want to run away- take the reigns instead and ask yourself what it is that you want and how you’re going to make it happen.

When my friends threw my surprise party (with probably close to 30 or 40 people there including my parents!) I didn’t know what to say.  I couldn’t and still can’t exactly describe the feeling I had inside of my chest that made me feel so good.  But when I’m feeling down I think about that moment.  That  moment (and all of August clearly when I was going out, being taken out and celebrating all month long) made me feel loved.  There’s no other way to say it.  That and when I see my students eyes light up when I’ve helped them into a headstand.

To put it simply, just remember to enjoy.  And celebrate.  And THANK YOU to every single one of you for being part of my journey three decades long!

In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day- or to celebrate each special day. ~Rasheed Ongunlaru

And here’s a celebration video.  I know everyone knows the song but I love the video.

 

**I know SO many of you have been dying for a blog post and finally here it is.  I have thought about writing every day and well- I just took a little vacation.  I will have some recipes and play lists for you later this week.  I’d love if you left a comment letting me know anything you’d like me to post about.  <3**

Recharge

13 Jun mt vernon

picstitch (30)Hi my friends- how are you??? Things have been pretty crazy busy over here.  Teaching the yoga and taking the yoga- and my night kind of looks like this plus a kitten trying to eat and drink everything within reach.

I’ve been teaching a lot of yoga and doing a lot of yoga so when that happens- I really try hard to be prepared with food, drinks, and snacks when I’m on the go.

 

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I’ve been making green smoothies a lot and if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you will see these pictures.  In this smoothie is:

1 cup of coconut milk

1 frozen banana

2 handfuls or organic spinach

1 spoonful of almond butter (I’ve been using Barney Butter)

1tbs of chia seeds

1 pinch of xanthan gum for thickness

I swear- it tastes like a milkshake.  Peel your bananas and put them in the freezer and make it tomorrow!

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People ask me a lot about healthy eating but honestly  I am just like everyone else.  I love food: I like pizza, wine, cheese, and everything else that is not so healthy.  But the key is balance.  For me if I go on eating gluten and soy- I get a knee flare- so right now I am trying to clean that back up because you know- it’s a pain!

The thing is- if you give yourself two weeks of clean eating- you will feel great!  More fruits and veggies please!

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So how do you recharge your own batteries after a long day or week?

Here are some things that I do and maybe they can inspire you to help yourself unwind:

photoTreat yourself to a mani/pedi

Take a nap (one of my favorites)

Sip some bubbly (another favorite)

Indulge in a movie fest at home- some of my favorites are Sliding Doors, A lot like love, Love Actually, The Holiday, Blue Crush (don’t judge), Sideways, I could never be  your woman, and any of the Felicity and Sex in the City dvds

Bake something- I haven’t done really any gluten free baking- but I LOVE making muffins, breads, and cupcakes.  And you don’t have to indulge and eat it all- pack up half and give some to your friends

Do some YogaGlo

Have a bed day – this is a day where you stay in bed all day,surrounded by  your books, journal, dvds, laptop, iphone, and everything else you love.

Take a day trip

Try a new restaurant or order carryout from someplace other than your usual spot

Infuse your water with lemon and lime or blueberries and strawberries

Or just make this:

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Vegan and Gluten Free Fro-yo

1 and 1/2 frozen bananas

1/2 cup of coconut milk

Pinch of xanthan gum

BLEND!!!!!!!

Add some vegan chocolate chips from Trader Joe’s and eat immediately!

You can clearly add any fruit or dessert toppings you like and it doesn’t even taste like bananas.  I promise it doesn’t.  Add a dash of vanilla extract and bam.  There you go.

Do you have any tips I should add to the list?

picstitch (4)To me, there are three things we all should do every day.  We should do this every day of our lives.  Number one is laugh.  You should laugh every day.  Number two is think.  You should spend some time in thought.  And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy.  But think about it.  If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day.  That’s a heck of a day.  You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special. ~Jim Valvano

Xoxo- C

It’s Thursday

7 Jun be kind

Hi my friends- how is your week?  I don’t know about you- but I am totally enjoying this cool weather.  Windows open, breeze blowing, life is good.  And I also listen to the summer oldies station on Pandora and sing the Beach Boys in my kitchen.  It’s ok- you can laugh.

picstitch (27) I have another recipe for you! Featuring Tessemae’s Balsamic Dressing. As I mentioned before here, Tessemae’s is made locally in Annapolis, Maryland and is family owned which I love.  You can find it at Whole Foods.

I always say that you must make the recipes I post- but really, this one is perfect for summer and the dressing (all natural, gluten free, vegan, and sugar free) gives it just the right zing.

Summer Strawberry Salad

picstitch (28)Organic Spring Mix

Cucumbers

Chopped Walnuts

Herbed Goat Cheese

Pepper to taste

Tessemae’s Balsamic drizzled on top

Yummmmmmmmm

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The dressing solidifies in the fridge but just leave it out for a few minutes before you use it.

I didn’t eat the nuts because they hurt my belly.  But it was good! I know sometimes we think salads can be boring but they don’t have to be.

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What are you trying to prove?

You don’t have to prove anything to anyone.  Not even to yourself.

A subconscious desire to prove ourselves may be hiding at the root of our fears, the root of our tension, the root of our need to do an be more.  Accompanying it can be a burning belied that we aren’t’ good enough, that we need to compensate for some deficiency in ourselves in order to take our place on this planet. 

We may feel like we have to earn our place, earn our right to be here.  Like we’re being watched, graded, and judged.

You don’t have to prove anything to anyone.  You’re fine just the way you are.  You have energy, vitality.  You have particular gifts and talents.  You have been learning your lessons just right in your life.

Let go of the need to prove yourself to others- to parents, people from the past, people in your life today.  Could it be the one you’ve really been trying to prove something to is yourself? The answer is simple: learn to approve of yourself.  Love and accept yourself the way you are today.  Then step right up and take your place in the universe. ~Melody Beattie

One of my friends made me read this yesterday when I was doing my usual I’m sad and feeling bad for myself because of xyz.  We all do that.  We do it every day and it takes practice not to go to that place of feeling like we need to reach perfection all the time.  The reality is is that we are each unique and wonderful people that have our own differences, talents, and characteristics that make us who we are.  You are already whole, complete, and perfect just as you are.

Happy Thursday!!

xoxo- C

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