Valentine’s Day

This is not your typical Valentine’s Day post. I don’t want to talk about romantic dinners, flowers & gifts, rather I’d like to discuss how you’re taking care of yourself & the ones you love & not just today but all year long. Love is awesome, but the way we see love presented to us on Instagram, in movies or TV shows & in advertisements may not resonate with us. It’s being shown to us through filters, lots of them. What does love look like to you? Love does not have race or sexual identity & it doesn’t need to be expensive or material at all. It doesn’t need to be screamed from rooftops, or posted on social media to be real. You can celebrate love for yourself, a significant other, friendships, pets, a stranger, it’s boundless. I’m asking you today, to shatter whatever preconceived notion you have about love & Valentine’s Day & extend whatever your TRUE definition of love is to everyone, including yourself! Take yourself to dinner, or don’t go anywhere & take a bath instead, read a book, whatever feels good to you. Let go of old losses, loves & pain. This is self-love too. Letting go of the past & embracing what the future has in store for you. Hang out with friends & show them how grateful you are for them. Play with your kids & pets, shower them with love. Spend the day with a family member, laugh & have fun. Take time to remember those who are no longer with you, tell their story, let it bring you warmth knowing you were lucky enough to have ever had them in your life. Smile at a stranger, open the door for them, compliment them. Even if they don’t reciprocate or say thank you, these small gestures could change the course of their entire day, you never know what someone else is going through. Of course if there is a special someone in your life celebrate them, but not because it’s Valentine’s Day, because you love them & enjoy spending quality time with them. Love who you love, how you love, and F everything else. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, only how it makes you feel, only how you make others feel & the impact you have on their lives, today & every day. Okay, I’ve said my piece. I hope you have a great day & an awesome weekend. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Stay Warm This Fall With Heat Building Sun Salutations

It’s the first day of fall and I couldn’t be more excited! This is my favorite time of year. Might have something to do with the fact that I am OBSESSED with Halloween. There is just something about fall. In Wisconsin where I’m from the leaves change colors and the air is crisp. It seems the world is filled with pumpkin farms and corn mazes serving hot apple cider, and I can’t think of a time of year I love more. It’s that time of the year for big comfy sweaters, hot chocolate, turning on the fireplace and of course adding in those yoga poses that build heat to warm up, right? Hahahaha 🙂 Let’s get started…oz8sfrszfj

 

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Yoga For Abdominal Strength (A.K.A. Core)

Who doesn’t want a nice flat, strong tummy, or core, or abdomen…whatever they’re calling it these days. We all want to look and feel good BUT there’s a lot more to having a strong core than just looking good. Let’s take a look at the benefits of abdominal strength and some yoga poses to get you that tummy you’ve always wanted.

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What Happens When We Meditate?

It has been said that we have anywhere from 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day and it could even be more. That’s insane! Our brain is beautiful, magical, wonderful, powerful, and its also…a liar! Think of all the silly things you think about during the day. “I’m fat, I’m stupid, I’m not good enough. I’ll never get this job, he/she will probably never call me again. My dad called 3 times, I bet something horrible happened to mom.” You know exactly what I’m talking about. We drive ourselves completely insane…over NOTHING! Some of these things are important for our survival; “Don’t touch that it’s hot, you probably shouldn’t walk down that dark alley alone, it’s dangerous.” These things keep us alive and safe. So how do we weed out the unnecessary thoughts and hold onto the ones that matter. Can meditation help?

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What Happens When We Go Upside Down?

Inversions! I remember being terrified that at any moment during a class my teacher would say, “Okay everybody we’re going to practice inversions now.” Anxiety, fear, insecurity; all those feelings yoga is supposed to help you navigate away from all presented themselves, literally all at the same time. Then I learned a little more about inversions, my practice got stronger and now I can’t wait to get better and better at inverting because they make me look super cool… I’m just kidding, even though that’s sort of true, the real reason is because going upside can actually ward off illness. Wanna know how???

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Victims Of The Past

Victims of the past. How often are we actually living in the past vs. the present? I’m guilty, I know I am. I work very hard to take from the past what I need to be a stronger, wiser, better person, and let all the rest go. I try to let all of the things that are no longer serving me disappear from sight. This is so much easier said than done.

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