“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” 

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Awareness

There are moments that are made for stillness. When you find yourself in a quiet, surreal space where the universe really does seem to be bending over backwards for you to breathe, listen, understand, shift, grow, savor, to simply be. These are the best moments to reflect, to look at where you are, where you have been and where you want to go from here. These are the moments where we can learn, grow and even share our experiences with others on the path, if only we are willing to let go of the past, cultivate an open heart (and mind) in the present and trust that as you keep moving forward, the path will unfold just as it should.

Explore: Trust your Path


Movement

Powerful reflection can happen in meditation, journaling, walking in nature, talking to a friend- or maybe a little of each. There are opportunities everywhere and anywhere to reflect- just be sure to seize these moments. Your time of reflection will lead you to the most unimaginable places.

Balasana (bah-LAHS-anna)- Child’s Pose

Time to rest, relax and renew in Balasana, also known as child’s pose. This pose can be done anywhere and anytime you need a little break.  It provides a nice pause, a chance to slow down and breathe. A pause, a moment to reflect and realize that .. 

“Life is not happening to you, it is happening for you.”– unknown

Directions:

  1. Start from all fours.
  2. Inhale, sink your hips back to your ankles.
  3. Exhale extend your arms resting your palms to the earth. 
  4. Rest your forehead down or place a block down first and then rest your forehead on the block.  

Variation:

  • Place your arms along your side and hold onto your feet. 

Benefits:

  • Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles
  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue
  • Relieves back and neck pain when done with head and torso supported

-Benefits from Yoga Journal


Nutrition

Have fun and indulge!

No matter what you do, do not create a label for yourself- be free to grow and explore. When you arrive as a guest at a friend’s house and they made homemade beef soup and you are a “Vegetarian” – do not skip out on this gloriously made soup (I promise, so worth it).  Or if you are in Italy and the waiter offers you the best Tiramisu in the world- go for it!!! Indulging and trying new things is just part of life.  Just as when we let go and explore new poses on the mat, we can be pleasantly surprised at how wonderful these experiences can truly be.  Sticking to a way of mindful eating is necessary, but there is always a little wiggle room as you grow more flexible (pun intended).

Some days your food choices and energy will flow naturally, while other days you may want a do over. Remember, mindful eating is a practice and it takes time and careful attention.  If you set your intention on fueling your body with the foods that will make you look and feel your best, you will find your natural rhythm.

Energizing Foods to keep you going:

  • Chia Seeds (add to a smoothie, drink with water or add to your favorite baking dish)
  • Ginseng (energizes gradually and gently)
  • Beans & Legumes
  • Mixed Nuts & Seeds
  • Fruits: blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, mango, citrus fruit, tomatoes, avocado
  • Veggies- peppers, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli
  • Grains-  whole grains, oatmeal
  • Trail mix

To make your own homemade trail mix, mix together: 

  • Nuts- add your favorite such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, etc.
  • Dried fruits such as coconut, cranberries, blueberries, etc.

Mantra:

I am whole; I am enough

+ Spiraling Tools

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