“Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Awareness

Life arises from the attitude we take towards it. As we open ourselves to new experiences, we allow the blank pages to fill with the most beautiful moments. You might meet complete strangers that give you a new way to look at life. You might see a beautiful rainbow (double if you are lucky) unfold before your eyes showing you that no matter what is going on in your world, there are always perfect surprises right around the corner. All you have to do is stay open and clear your mind of the past or future, be right here in the moment so you can fully explore.

Explore:

Borrowed River House

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Movement

Paripurna Navasana (par-ee-POOR-nah nah-VAHS-anna)- Boat Pose

Strengthen your core and tap into your power. 

Directions:

  1. Come to a seat, bending your knees to your chest
  2. Rock back and forth on your sit bones.
  3. Gently start to lean back, lifting your sternum and drawing your belly in and up
  4. Start to lift one leg and then the other- alternating
  5. To go deeper, lift both legs (knees parallel with the ankles
  6. Take an inhale and reaching for your toes
  7. Stay here for a few inhales and exhales and then gently release back to a seat

Variations:

  • Bring your hands and toes to the floor as you continue to draw your belly in and up while you build core strength
  • To go deeper, add a reclining boat by extending your legs straight out while your shoulders lower back and then hug your knees into your chest and repeat.

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the abdomen, hip flexors, and spine
  • Stimulates the kidneys, thyroid and prostate glands, and intestines
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves digestion
  • -Benefits from Yoga Journal

Nutrition

Explore in the kitchen & cook at home 

Cooking at home can be one of the most nourishing things you can do for yourself and for those who are lucky enough to eat with you!  From hand picking all of the ingredients to making the meal with love, all of this creates the perfect healing energy that can be found nowhere else, besides in your kitchen. If you are not used to cooking, take your time, start really simple, make mistakes (but do not reveal them, chances are that no one will be able to tell) and have fun. Just like your yoga practice, the more you practice, the more comfortable you will feel. Be adventurous, explore new whole foods and share with others!!!

Mantra:

I am playful

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Playlist: NS Explore

Recommended Books:

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream –   Paulo Coelho

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Brene Brown

The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge – Beatrice Chestnut Ph.D.