Uncomfortable Zone

I’m not sure if it’s because of my Taurus tendencies (or Kapha tendencies, for Ayurveda nerds like me) but I love to feel grounded and close to the earth. Thus, inversions where both feet are off of the ground TERRIFY me. Although logically I know I’m physically capable of certain inversions, my mind prevents me from fully exploring those poses.

Everyday I try to step out of my comfort zone. I hurdle into the unknown in hopes of slowly overcoming fears and weaknesses to only emerge with peace and strength. Whether I ask for a cute guy’s number, run (bleh.), cook an unfamiliar meal or travel and create new adventures, I learn more about myself with each experience. 

Understanding inversions will be on the top of my to-do list this summer. How will you step outside of your comfort zone this week or these next few months? How will that help you realize your goals?

Remember, baby steps!

 

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Kripalu 200-Hour Yoga Certification: I Did It!

Bliss, serenity, fulfillment and love are the first words that come to mind when I think of my 200-hour Kripalu yoga graduation ceremony. I am overwhelmed by emotion and ecstasy. 

I contemplated being a yoga instructor for six years but never thought I was capable enough, thin enough, skilled enough etc. My fears of inadequacy and the unknown held me back from pursuing my passion. 

After exploring dozens of graduate school programs with little gravitation toward any of them, my mind painted an image of what my own yoga class would look like. I vividly imagined the methodically threaded posture sequence, the fun music, and the deliberate language I used to guide my students. My mind played this scene on repeat for months. That’s when one day I decided to pursue my passion.

After four weeks of a life changing immersion program containing crying, laughing, connecting with others and learning more about myself, I am finally a certified yoga instructor. I have absolutely no regrets and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.

Namaste.

   

        

Body Prep for my 200-hour Yoga Program

What’s unique about Kripalu’s 200-hour Yoga Teaching Program is that I will be living on the grounds for 28 days, eating three vegetarian meals a day and do an insane amount of yoga things.

Kripalu is so organized; they sent me two very helpful packets explaining how to maintain my health before and during the program. Here are the things I will be aiming for during the next twenty days.

1. Eating only three meals a day around 8:00AM, 12:00PM & 6:00PM

Setting meal times now will help my internal clock adjust to the scheduled meal times at Kripalu.

The objective is to prepare my body for the rigorous schedule of the teaching program. Here’s an example of the daily schedule:

Morning Yoga 6:00AM-7:45AM
Breakfast 8:00AM-8:30AM
Program Session 9:00AM-11:45AM
Lunch 11:45AM-1:30PM
Program Session 2:00PM-4:00PM
Yoga/Program Session 4:15PM-6:00PM
Dinner 6:00PM-7:00PM
Evening Session 7:30PM-9:00PM

2. Go to bed between 8:00PM and 10:00PM

I already wake up for 5AM shifts for work, I just need to learn to get enough rest. This isn’t college anymore; no more all-nighters.

3. Lengthen & increase the frequency of my yoga sessions

I’ve been doing insanity videos and running a lot lately, now that the date is approaching I need to refocus on my yoga practice.

4. Follow Guidelines for Healthy Digestion:

  • Avoid eating raw and cooked foods together
  • Choose only 3-4 items at each meal
  • Sip warm water instead of cold water
  • Eat without distractions
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Three vegetarian ingredients for breakfast: quinoa, almonds, blueberries.

I’m excited to meet like-minded people, learn more about myself and pursue something that I love. However, I’m nervous that I won’t excel or perform as well as I’d like. I’m also anxious to see how the workload and rigid schedule will work for me.

Above all, the word surreal comes to mind. It’s so surreal that the date is approaching!

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Morning Motivation

I always joke about how dorky my white board is, but in reality it helps me stay focused and wake up early in the morning. This board is on the wall across from my bed; prime location. It’s the first thing I see when I open my eyes. At night, I either write down quotes, my weekly, monthly or daily goals and go to bed knowing I have a fresh agenda to tackle in the morning.

These visual, organized reminders help me work toward my goals one day at a time. When I have a day off I feel lost about how to organize my time, so setting up a plan beforehand is always helpful!

How do you get and stay motivated?

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BC Approved: Oh She Glows Soft & Chewy Sugar-Free Granola Bars

If you haven’t checked out Oh She Glows you’re definitely missing out. According to Angela, the creator of OSG:

My goal is to inspire others to embrace more plant-based foods in their diet without feeling deprived. And yes, my recipes are great for meat-eaters and picky kids too. Most of my recipes are gluten-free and many are allergy-friendly.

Anyway, I tried her Soft & Chewy Sugar-Free Granola Bars and was pleasantly surprised. Although they are nut-free, gluten-free and vegan, they are packed with beautiful textures and flavors. The only thing is that the bars are more of a bread-like texture than a crispy granola bar-like texture. Otherwise I definitely recommend making these portable, snacks!

Here’s her recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats, ground into a flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup packed pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a 9-inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way.
  2. Add rolled oats into a high-speed blender. Blend on highest speed until a fine flour forms. Add oat flour into a large bowl.
  3. Add water and pitted dates into blender. Allow the dates to soak for 30 minutes if they are a bit firm or your blender has a hard time blending dates smooth. Once they are soft, blend the dates and water until super smooth.
  4. Add all of the ingredients into the bowl with the oat flour and stir well until combined.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the pan and spread it out with a spatula as evenly as possible. You can use lightly wet hands to smooth it down if necessary.
  6. Bake at 325F for about 23-25 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then lift it out and transfer it to a cooling rack for another 5-10 minutes. Slice and enjoy!
  7. I suggest freezing leftovers to preserve freshness.

5 Day Detox

I don’t know about you, but after today’s Christmas festivities I could use a quick cleanse before I enter 2015. This little detox that I created seems like a feasible way to begin the new year with a healthy, clean mind and body.

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Here are some links about food combining that were super helpful. When I properly combine whole foods, then my body feels light and energetic:

My New Roots: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Food Combining

Body Ecology: Food Combining

The Detoxinista: Food Combining Chart

Here’s a printable version of my 5 Day Detox:

5DAYDETOX

If you’re interested in a PDF or design for your website like the one in this post please email: bodyculture.us@gmail.com

Stay Fit & Happy Holidays! xx