What Are You Grateful For?

Sometimes within reality’s chaos, We lose sight of how fortunate we are.  There was a time in my life when being thin enough, pretty enough, or liked enough was the to me. Those desires to be below 100 pounds on a scale obscured my true priorities and derailed my happiness.

Once I realized how fortunate I was to be able to walk, talk and breathe in this body regardless of its shape and size, only then could I embark on a journey of peace and ease. There may be points of stress and discomfort in my life at the moment, but there is always something I can be grateful for.

Finding appreciation for one thing as simple as the sun rising and setting today will help you find light in the midst of darkness.

What are you grateful for?
  

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A Mindful Transformation

 

I see many things in this photograph (taken 2010). I see a girl skittishly looking at the seeminlgy impossible journey ahead of her, a girl desperately seeking calm, and lastly I see a girl I barely recognize.


Pursing my passion was a breath of fresh air. Yoga created the space to intrinsically explore the mind, navigate the journey ahead despite adversity, and to love myself wholeheartedly. Yoga’s elements of self-care showed me to importance of listening to and prioritizing my needs. With this small shift of asking myself what I truly need, I have found small ways to create my own happiness.


For those of you who have never done yoga, the best way I can describe it in this context is using mindful movement to manifest a deep, intimate relationship with yourself. In this fast-paced world when else are we invited to slow down and attend to our needs? Giving myself the time and permission to feel, think, heal, and move freely on my mat without judgement is empowering.


How can you bring a moment of silence, peace and clarity to reflect on your thoughts and needs without yoga? Maybe it can be as simple as driving without music for ten minutes or eating a meal in silence. 

Outdoor Yoga

If you’ve read my last post “My Goals – Six Month Plan then you’d know that I’m practicing yoga every single day. Regardless of the session length, yoga gives me clarity and helps me practice mindfulness. Being mindful while eating, exercising and making decisions throughout the day is super important.

Another reason why I love yoga is that it’s the epitome of “me time”. Learning about how flexible, strong and energized my body is that day is an intimate, important experience.

But what brings this to the next level? Being outside. Try walking, running or reading outside and I promise you’ll feel renewed.

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So today, I did 20 minutes of strength training, 45 minutes of spin and 30 minutes of ashtanga yoga (think aerobic-style yoga with lots of sun salutations). So far so good!

The ashtanga primary series – repeat the first two sun salutations five times each:

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