Quarantine Pick-Me-Ups.

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As best as we’re trying, we might be feeling down quite often during this “stay-at-home” time. You might not be as productive as you would like or feel you’re getting as much accomplished as you wish. Maybe that workout routine has fallen to the waist side or there are a few too many snack times in the afternoon. And guess what, it might be hard to hear and accept, but it’s actually all alright!

We are going to feel down at points, that is how the body processes situations and emotions and we should learn to embrace them as they come and learn from them. But what’s not alright is wallowing in these down thoughts. They will happen, we’re not meant to be happy all the time and this is a very difficult situation that we’re going through (uncharted waters for literally all of us). It’s great to set goals while we have the free time but if we don’t meet these goals or feel we’ve done our best, life. will. go. on. 

So today I wanted to address some of my practices I embrace if I’m having a hard day or a really emotional week. Like I said before, we shouldn’t shy away from these emotions and attempt to avoid them because that has potential to cause more damage but there are certain healthy things we can do to process through these emotions.

  • Meditation: I recently shared a post for how to create your own meditation practice which is really helpful if you are new to it. This might be scary to attempt to sit with our feelings and emotions when it feels like the last thing we want to do. But addressing these feelings and approaching them with a positive attitude can completeing repaint the way we are handling them. [Stay tuned for an upcoming post about how to work with mantras during meditation]
  • Journaling: Put those thoughts down on paper and let them all out. A journaling practice can feel odd and different if you’re new to it but once you find a stride with writing you can really notice the benefits it provides. Don’t place expectations with your writing either, like ‘you always need to write a full page’ or ‘you always need to write about once certain topic – like what you did that day’. Allow yourself the freedom to just write whatever thoughts are flowing through you at that moment.
  • Setting Routines: You don’t need to map out your enitre day but putting in place a simple daily routine provides your mental health structure – similar to what it is use to when “life is normal”. I just shared a morning routine for a healthy gut and this is a good example of simple daily tasks you can do to provide your life some structure. It can also be as simple as taking a walk outside each day at 3PM or maybe it’s not even daily but every other day you take a really nice bath with all the bells and whistles. Don’t only set a routine of mundane items you need to get done but also things you look forward to do and feel a bit like pampering.
  • Movement: I prefer yoga, barre, and running and I really rotate through these depending on my mood. Find a form of excercise that makes your body feel good that is accessible and you enjoy doing (for the most part because working out isn’t as enjoyable as other things – like eating brownies 😉 I shared my favorite at-home workouts last month so if you’re looking for ideas, check out that post! (Bonus: I also shared my favorite at-home workout equipment and all of it can be found on Amazon)
  • Get Outside: If you have the access and the weather is nice, try to get outside at least once a day. This provides you with a different scenery than inside your home or apartment and gets you body some Vitamin D. I can’t tell you how many times in the last couple weeks I’ve been feeling mentally heavy and how a simple short walk around the block with my dog can completely change my perspective.

If you are truly struggling during these times, no matter what mentally you are battling, I am also here to chat and listen. Feel free to always reach out to me at ashraeeiningyoga@gmail.com. We will get through this together!

 

Home Work-Out Equipment.

Taking your home workout to the next level can be as simple as investing in some new workout equipment. I know this probably isn’t the best time to share this list since every store is sold out of workout gadgets but I also think it’s a great time to inspire others to pull out the set of weights or the band we have hidden in the closet. (Seriously, when we were in Walmart last weekend the weight section was completely cleaned out!)

My collection has been added to over the years for different items so my home workout routine doesn’t get stale and I can honestly say I use all of these items at least each week. Sometimes I find a really good deal at TJ Maxx or the local sporting store that I just can’t skip out on 😉 but for this list today, I’ve added all reasonably priced items from Amazon that all look to be in stock [when this post was created]. 

  • Yoga Blocks
    • I’ve found both of my at TJ Maxx. They do not match but I’m okay with that. One is heavier than the other so I will eventually invest in a matching pair but for the last couple years they have done the trick. Mine are foam but investigate the style of blocks you prefer. 
  • Roller
    • Another TJ Maxx find. I enjoy using my roller after a long run or an intense strenght training session for the upper body. 
  • Gliders
    • These Brooke Burke gliders came in one of my mom’s Fab Fit Fun boxes and I definitely had to snag them for myself. Here is a good set from Amazon. I prefer to use these for lunches or under hands during plank for an added core challenge. 
  • 5 lb & 3 lb Weights
    • A variety set of weights is the best way to make sure you have options to go heavier or lighter when needed. This set on Amazon is an amazing option. 
  • Bands
    • Great item to have for traveling! A light option you can throw into your suitcase or bag that still pack a punch for a good workout. Just like weights, I like to have a variety of strengths to have options during a workout. Another set from Amazon. 
  • Yoga Strap
    • This is my favorite tool to stretch out my hamstrings! Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of other uses for a yoga strap but I have notoriously tight hamstrings and I try to work with the strap at least 2-3 times a week. I found on Amazon (are you noticing a theme) and this one has plenty of color options to choose from. 
  • Barre Ball 
    • If you are a barre fanatic like myself, than you know exactly what this piece of equipment is used for. It’s a love/hate relationship but definitely a workout necessity. Amazon find. 
  • Small Roller Ball
    • Another great restorative tool for rolling out tight areas in the shoulders, gluteus, throughout the legs, and bottom of the feet. Amazon find.  

I do have my eye on kettle bells and ankle weights but this list is more than enough to get your at-home workout off to a great start! Another great tip for fitness at home is to check out the endless resources available on Youtube. I have a strong theory that if you have a desire to get in-shape, you don’t need to shell out tons of $$. Here are a few videos I have tried out in the past that incorporate my equipment I recommended above. 

I hope you enjoy these suggestions & I would love to hear what equipment you have at home that you can’t live without! 

 

What To Do When In a Funk.

It happens. I’ve been in a funk myself for the last week and a half. It just seemed to be a consistent trend where I was getting bad news every time I turned around. When it rains it pours right? I’m not even a fan of that saying but it just seems to HAPPEN THAT WAY sometimes.

And you fall into a negative mindset where you’re only focusing on what is going wrong and it can be difficult at times to pull yourself out. But guess what? Only you can make the change!

“Everyday can’t be sunny or else it would all be deserts.”

I’m sharing some simple activities you can do that will build up to a brighter mood! These work together to make a big impact so take what works for you and leave what doesn’t. But try implementing a few of these into your everyday lifestyle and see what shifts and changes for the positive.

  •  Give yourself 10 minutes in the morning. Just sit with your morning coffee or tea, set aside the phone and technology, and just sit with your thoughts.
  • Set a positive mantra for your day. I personally like “Today might be cloudy, but my life isn’t cloudy.” This is a little thought you can come back to when you’re feeling frustrated or overwhelmed.
  • Take a walk outside. It is crazy what a little bit of nature can do to pull us out of our own reality.
  • Get creative! Paint, draw, write, dance, build a craft, write a song, play an instrument. Just let whatever wants to come out, come out.
  • Make yourself a nice meal. Seriously, splurge on yourself with one of your all-time favorite meals.
  • Work out. Release any built up stress or energy you have with a high-intensity run or weight training class. Or maybe, tap into your thoughts and process through a yoga flow.
  • Meditate. Sit in stillness and remove yourself from thoughts.
  • Start a gratitude journal and begin to jot down a few things that you are grateful for each day.
  • Most important: Don’t get down on yourself! You’re awesome and wonderful and you have so much to be happy for!

This change will take a bit of time. It might take a few days or weeks but focus on the positive in your life. If you’re having a hard time and need to vent or talk to someone, know I am always here! You can reach me at onedreamyyogaflow@gmail.com or in DM on my Instagram @mountainhippiehealthnut. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your hump day!!

Stay beautiful.

April Favorites.

Things I’m not looking forward to:

  • The N’SYNC references over the next couple days.
  • Mentions of Game of Thrones.
  • Mentions of the new Avengers movie.

Am I completely out of the loop here to be not a fan of either of the Game of Throne or Avengers? I’ve been seeing a ton of complaining that neither is “living up to the hype” but I’m also questioning if I need to have a binge session. Literally, I considered getting an HBO Go subscription. I digress.

On to my new favorites this last month! It has been crazy hectic and I can not believe it is already May. It has been snowing here the last two days and seriously making me consider why I moved away from California in the middle of the Winter. Why do I do this to myself? But the forecast is calling for 70 degrees this weekend so that will be glorious. I’ll also be attending my next fitness training this weekend so hopefully loads of new content will be coming your way.

April Favs:

  • Atteca – This is seriously my new favorite red Grenache wine lately. I received it in one of my monthly wine memberships and I immediately fell in love. It has a bold smooth flavor that pairs well with pasta and pizza (and you know my heart belongs to both of those).
  • Coconut Aminos – I’ve recently been binging on my girl, Whitney Simmons’ YouTube videos again and she is constantly been mentioning the swamp between Soy Sauce and Coconut Aminos. I made the change this last month and you honestly can’t tell the difference.
  • Running – Found my love again for one of my favorite workouts. I’ve been toying with the idea of signing up for a half marathon but I don’t want to dive in to quickly. If you’ve been following along on my Insta stories, you’ll see I’ve been playing around with interval runs mostly and normally stick to 1-3 miles.
  • Yellow + Peach Nail Polish – I’ve been seeing the bright yellow nail polish everywhere and I’m. A. Fan. It’s the perfect little touch to brighten up my mood in this random snowy weather.
  • American Eagle’s Destroyed White Wash Jeans – I know I am super late to the game on this trend but I finally jumped on board and I’m obsessed with how comfortable this fit is from AE. Also, these are on Sale for 20% off right now! (This does not mean I have gotten over the fear that I am going to sit in something every time I wear these.)
  • No Exit by Taylor Adams – I read this book in 3 days last month. THREE. DAYS. If you like suspense then you definitely need to check out this book.

Alright, see ya next year April!

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TriDosha Theory of Ayurveda.

Ayurveda.

Well before modern medicine, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, the system of treating illness. Directly translated, Ayurveda is the science of life; Ayur ~ life & Veda ~ science or knowledge. It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy as well as helping to find individual full human potential.

There are two main guiding principles of Ayurveda:

  1. The mind and the body are inextricably connected
  2. Nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind

It seems fairly simple, and the mind is truly a very powerful tool. But Ayurveda goes deeper into individual “make-up” with the doshas in order for humans to fully understand how to treat your own body, because we’re all made up differently and what works for me may not work for you.

Dosha.

Dosha is known as the inherent intelligence of the body. It is our individual “make-up”. According to ayurveda, each of us has a unique mix of three mind and body principles, kapha (earth + water), pitta (fire + water), and vata (air +ether). These principles, known as doshas, make up our specific mental and physical characteristics and how these three doshas work together in each of us is a manifestation of our basic nature. The doshas we possess then work in us to manifest our dharma in this life.

Each one of us are a different dosha or combination of doshas. When we know what are make-up is, we can then begin to treat our body accordingly and live our life to the fullest possible potential. You can find a super short & simple quiz on Yoga International. The quiz will give you a result at the end but doesn’t provide much additional information on the dosha or combination so it is best to continue to research.

Vata.

I’ve have received the result of Vata (air + ether). Movement and change are dominate characteristics for Vata Doshas. We tend to always be on the go with an energetic and creative mind. If Vata is in balance, we will be more likely to be living a lively and enthusiastic life.

Balancing Vata means to be on high alert of managing stress. An extreme amount of stress can easily make dominate Vata doshas feel out of control and this may result in anxiety, insomnia, and weight loss. It’s important to slow down and take time for meditation, a regular scheduled meal structure, and quality amount of rest.

Vatas also tend to be cold, light, irregular, dry, and always changing. For balance, seek warmth, stability, and consistency. A routine and structure can be immensely helpful in Vata’s lives. Practice easy movement like yoga, walking, dancing, or light bicycling can also help to distress.

This information is very much just skimming the surface. There are so many tips and insight for each dosha and combinations that I believe can truly help each of us live a happier, healthier life. If you find out which dosha you relate most to, share with me and I can help provide more insight into that specific one. Feel free to share in the comments, through email (onedreamyyogaflow@gmail.com), or on Instagram (@onedreamyyogaflow). I hope you find this information as exciting as I do! 🙂

Om Shanti Shanti Om. 

Pisces Meditation Practice.

We’re currently in the Season of Pisces which means it’s the perfect time to practice letting go of control. We can intentionally try to resist the urge to set deadlines on our dreams, and leave some of our plans open ended, allowing for the universe to fill in the details. Or spend a couple days with minimal or no plans, letting the moment announce what you would like to do. We’re taking this time to tap into our Pisces energy. We may notice that the Pisces in our lives tend to be dreamers, wanderers, and in a constant meditative state. That’s why this season’s meditation practice is extra juicy.

Pisces energy reminds us that we are spiritual beings that just happen to be in human form. It is a time to just watch sensations within, letting them pass instead of reacting to them. This is truly the practice of letting go of control. To hold space for these sensations, sit with feelings, truly feel them, and then release them is a practice of training the conscious and subconscious mind to not react to events both internally and externally. We’re literally training ourselves to chill the fudge out. 

We’ll practice body awareness this season and start with 5 minutes at a time, working up in time to potentially get to 30 minutes. While in the practice, become completely immersed in the sensations that arise and let all other sensations fade into the background.

  • Lie in a comfortable position, relaxing the entire body.
  • Release any excess tension you find yourself holding in your face, neck, or shoulders.
  • Take three deep rounds of inhales + exhales. With each exhale, continue to relax into the floor.
  • Start to bring your attention on one area of your body.
  • Begin to ask yourself what sensations arise in this area.
  • You can label the sensation if you would like. Recognizing it as warm, cool, calming, awakening, etc.
  • Resist any urge to judge these sensations.
  • Release the sensation. It is through conscious acknowledgement and without reaction that we will learn through this practice to eventually release these sensations without resistance.
  • Move onto the next area of your body, working your way through spending around 5-10 breathes on each area until your set meditation time comes to an end.

If you would like you can organize this practice by starting from your head down to your toes or working your way through the chakra system. This meditation is immensely beneficial with training our minds and bodies to not react to external situations. We learn that all energy is temporary.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this meditation practice or if your practicing a different meditation during this season. Share with me in the comment section, by email (onedreamyyogaflow@gmail.com), or on Instagram (@onedreamyyogaflow).

Happy meditating!

February Beloved Podcasts.

Small Doses with Amanda Seales: I found out about Amanda’s podcast last month from someone else obsessing over her on Instagram and THEY WERE RIGHT! Amanda is hilarious while also being informational. And I’ve been binge-listening every since. She covers a range of topics from the Side Effects of having a Crush to Toxic Masculinity. I can honestly say I love her and I probably literally LOL every episode.

Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda: I stumbled upon this podcast this month and I find it super soothing and easy to listen to while working. Alda’s interview style his guest (and also his voice) is very relaxed and the conversations are engaging and enlighting. Alda’s episodes are normally interview-style with a new guest each show. My favorites so far have been Sarah Silverman and Judge Judy.

Mile Higher Podcast: This is another podcast I found this month after I moved to Colorado and it just made sense that I couldn’t look over it. I was intentionally trying to take a break from murder mystery or suspense podcasts while I’m reading a suspenseful novel this month but I enjoy these topics way too much that I probably have an issue. The show is run by a husband and wife duo that start off each episode with covering a few recent news topics and then diving deeper into a large topic like a conspiracy theory or murder mystery. I’M OBSESSED, OKAY?

PaleOMG: My mother actually turned me onto this podcast. She’s been listening for a while now and has always been encouraging me to check it out. Well, that didn’t really happen until our three-day-drive to Colorado when she just turned it on because she was “getting behind”. The show is ran by a gal out of Denver named Juli and she also has a great blog and Instagram account that correlates with the podcast. I really enjoy her different recipes, health tips, and workout routines. If you’re looking for some motivation while working for that summer bod, Juli has you covered!

All of these podcasts can be found on Spotify or the Apple Podcast app with the exception of PaleOMG that I’ve only found on the Apple Podcast app. I’d love to hear your thoughts on if you check any of these out or if you have recommendations for me for my next month’s round of Podcast!

Happy listening!

Transitions in Virgo Full Moon.

Hey there! Apologies for being a bit MIA recently. Moving is a bit more overwhelming than you ever predict and then when you take a moment to pause, you realize weeks have gone by.

I’ve been in Colorado for a little over a week now and I’ve really been attempting at my best effort to get involved with as much as possible and I’m excited for a lot of new opportunities that are coming up. These experience will also provide a lot of very interesting material that I can share in this space, which I am also very thrilled about.

Through this transition I’ve found that what really has helped me the most is coming back to my mat. Carving out time in my day for yoga, meditation, and journaling has helped to keep me grounded during a significant life change. There are so many thoughts and ideas running around in my mind lately that this daily practice guides organization and calmness. It feels very ironic as well that this shift occurred during the Virgo Full Moon as well.

We all know that full moons have a tendency to create a lot of energy. And if we’re intentional, we can use this energy to manifest the intentions we set out to the universe during the last new moon. Dreams take a lot of work, and this dream of moving to Colorado was no short of that. It is our energetic vibration and the frequency we are emitting out into the universe that will ultimately effect if our dreams come to fruition. Because if we don’t truly believe in our dreams and the possibility that they can come true, that is the energy we will be putting out into the universe.

I personally related to this full moon with my moon sign being in Virgo. This is a very powerful sign. Virgo is the sign of the Goddess, the mother, and the virgin. Virgo is a healer and is highly intuitive and uses her intuition as her method of healing. With this full moon, we have a good opportunity to use this energy to heal and tap into our intuition.  Pisces is currently positioned in the sun, and with this sign we can connect with energy outside of our body while balancing the Virgo energy of connecting with our internal world. While Pisces is formless and chaotic, Virgo is order and form. With this energy, we can really ask ourselves what structures are necessary to help us maintain our intuitive connection. Through this time, for me, I’ve definitely craved daily routine and spirituality connection through meditation and journaling. We can also ask ourselves about what we would like to release that is not serving us. With this balance we can harness healing.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what your calling into this energetic state or open to discussion if you’re struggling with how to work with this lunar energy during this time. Feel free to reach out to me in the comments, on Instagram @onedreamyyogaflow, or by email. 🙂

For now, I hope you’re all aligning with your inner intuition.

Namaste loves.

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Basis to Chakras.

The chakras or force-centres are points of connection in which energy flows from one vehicle or body of a man to another. – C.W. Leadbeater, The Chakras

The seven colors of the rainbow represent an alternative to our binary black and white consciousness. The rainbow of seven colors express how light moves from source to manifestation through the chakra system in the body. These seven different colors represent the seven vibrational energy centers in the body, or as more well-known as the chakras.

A chakra is a center of organization that receives, assimilates, and expresses life force energy.

Aside from the seven main center points through the center of the body, there are also minor chakras in the hands, feet, fingertips, and shoulders. It is the seven major chakras I list below that correlate with the basic states of consciousness.

  • Muladhara: Root
    • A healthy first chakra allows a person to be energetically grounded.
    • To Be Here
    • Physical Identity
    • Fear Demon
  • Svadhisthana: Sex Organs
    •  The second chakra starts to encounter the watery realm of emotions and sexuality.
    • To Feel
    • Emotional Identity
    • Guilt Demon
  • Manipura: Solar Plexus
    • If our grounding is strong and solid and the natural flow of emotion and movement is not thwarted, then we have the means to convert energy into action.
    • To Act
    • Ego Identity
    • Shame Demon
  • Anahata: Heart area
    • In the heart chakra, currents come to perfect balance in the center of our being where we enter the mystery of love.
    • To Love
    • Social Identity
    • Grief Demon
  • Vissudha: Throat
    • The fifth chakra enters the symbolic world of the mind where words, images, and thoughts manifest.
    • To Speak
    • Creative Identity
    • Lies Demon
  • Ajna: Third Eye
    • The brow chakra, or third eye, we can see where we are now, where we have been, and predict where we are going.
    • To See
    • Archetypal Identity
    • Illusion Demon
  • Sahasrara: Cerebral Cortex
    • The seventh chakra is the final frontier, the consciousness.
    • To Know
    • Universal Identity
    • Attachment Demon

This is the slightest drop in the pool of all the chakra knowledge and in further posts I plan to dive into each chakra more in-depth. Understanding how to work with chakras can help you to achieve new levels of health and well-being, improve your relationships, and even assist in your spiritual growth and development. So here’s to future growth!

Namaste, loves.

Resolutions.

Fresh year, fresh me. Happy 2019!

I hope you all had a wonderful new year celebration. I can’t believe it is already the new year! My last year was amazing, invigorating and challenging at times. I was pushed to new limits and leaped head first into new adventures. I welcomed a new lifestyle in a wonderful city and began my journey into yoga teacher training. And this next year will be even more fabulous!

My word for the next year is bold.

I plan to be more confident in my decisions and who I am. This last year brought many changes into my life and I have a feeling that this next year will entail some more. I love change and new beginnings, which is why I am one who highly enjoys the transition of the years. I’m very much a planner and get giddy over the idea of setting goals and intentions for the next 12 months to come. I find there is great value in writing them out and sharing them with others to provide another level of commitment.

“Comparison is the death of all joy, and the only person you need to be better than is the one you were yesterday” – Girl, Wash Your Face

2019 Intentions: 

  • Set a morning routine of movement, meditation, reading, and relaxation before “getting ready”.
  • Get outside & enjoy nature more.
  • Read 24 books.
  • Travel to at least 3 new places.
  • Try a new adventure or challenge at least once a month.

I’d love to hear the intentions your setting going into this new year! Share with me in the comments or I encourage you to write them out, even if only for your own eyes, in a journal, on a napkin, or even in your notes app on your phone. Then check back in with what you had written each month to see if you’re staying committed to what you wrote or reevaluating if those intentions have shifted.

I enjoy setting a couple different intentions for the year but even just one intention that you feel you can commit to can provide an impact in changing your life.

Namaste loves!