The New Year is quickly approaching, during this time I reflect and create my New Year’s resolutions/intentions. I am very goal-oriented, and by creating lists I can maintain organization and accomplish my goals. I have a to-do list for every day of the week, along with countless other lists that I keep in my phone. (If you’re looking for a great app for creating lists, I love OneNote.) There are many benefits to creating lists: you remember when things have to be done, set priorities, track progress, create organization, creates accountability, and you feel productive when you check items off your list.
There is an abundance of food during the holiday season from Christmas cookies to eggnog to meats and side dishes, it can become very indulgent. I love enjoying holiday treats but, my digestive system doesn't. My body gets thrown off by food I don't eat on a regular basis. Usually, it takes days for my system to go back to normal. Typically after eating a delicious holiday meal I experience sluggishness, bloating, exhaustion, and stomach pain. However, holiday treats only come once a year, so usually I'll eat these delicious foods and deal with my body later. However, during my Yoga Therapy Teacher Training I experimented with a few yoga poses to aid digestion. I practice these yoga poses whenever my digestive system needs support, and these poses always help to quickly regulate my digestive system.
Winter is quickly approaching, and for those of you living on the east coast (like myself) this is a great time to prepare soups and chili! I love the warmth and comfort of a good soup or chili, especially during the winter months. I have prepared this chili recipe numerous times and it is always delicious! I love the heartiness and healthfullness of this chili recipe. You won't miss the meat with this version of chili!
Downward facing dog or down dog is one of the most common poses in a vinyasa style class. However, rarely have I been in a class when an instructor cues students into this pose. I learned how to properly practice down dog when I was at my 200 hour yoga teacher training. I had been doing yoga for years before learning the proper alignment for one of the most fundamental poses in a vinyasa class.