Great Things from My Week

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-This Yogi Tea quote really lifted my spirits earlier in the week-

Earlier today I thought that this week was a tough one for me, until I looked back and realized I had a lot of fun inspiration around me and some fantastic experiences. This week was actually pretty great:) So here are some of the things from my week that I’m excited about. Not pictured are my favorite moments; those random (and too few) occasions of peace and softness, when everything feels so simple to me. Those are the best! Have a lovely weekend!

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-This magazine page is totally inspiring me to mix my love for all things bohemian with some classic pieces-

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-My boyfriend and I finally saw This Is 40 this week and I think that it might be the funniest movie I’ve ever seen-

-During one of Kathryn Budig’s classes on Yogaglo, I was thrilled I could transition from Bhujapidasana (Arm Pressure Balance) to Bakasana (Crow Pose). It was an exciting moment for me! Here is Kathryn doing a more elaborate version-

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-A family friend got me this cookbook that is inspired by Ayurveda and I love it-

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-I made this Red Onion, Radicchio, and Goat Cheese Pizza with a whole wheat tortilla and it was delicious-

This is 40 Source: Cinekatz

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Heart Space

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Lately, great positive things have been happening in my life, but I feel that I am not fully appreciating or taking in those experiences. This makes me sad and frustrated. I feel numb to the happy things in my life at the moment and wish I was fully embracing all of the love around me. Do you ever feel this way? For example, I’m graduating this semester and compared to my whole academic career I only have one tiny fraction of the journey left in order to get to the end. And for some reason I’m dreading the end of the process. I am not my usual excited self! Why is that? Granted, there have been almost as many negative experiences happening simultaneously and that may be one of the culprits for my numbness. But, nevertheless, those happy experiences, no matter how small (the small ones are usually the happiest moments for me) should never go unacknowledged. In fact, those warm, fuzzy moments will help me get through the tougher times.

 So, in an attempt to immerse myself in those fantastic experiences, I thought back to a visualization technique I learned from the wonderful therapist I saw when I was 18 years old. She told me whenever I had something great happen to me, I should imagine taking a needle and making a tiny hole in my heart. Then I take that happy moment and liquefy it and allow it to seep into that little hole, eventually filling up my entire heart space with that awesome moment. I do this as much as I can and it really helps me stay connected to the sweet things in my life. But last night I tried something new with this visualization when my boyfriend and I had a really great moment together. I poked the tiny hole in the back of my heart (I usually visualize poking the front). And wow! I was totally elated by the experience and was able to completely drink it in. It’s amazing what can happen when you direct your positive energy into a new space that you have created within yourself. It was pure joy for me.

 Have a fantastic weekend! Hope you drink in all of the awesome moments you experience.

Gettin’ My Glo On

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I just signed up for YogaGlo and I am loving it! I’m unable to spend the money that I want to on a studio membership and I’m having a hard time motivating myself to practice at home most days. But with this awesome website I now don’t have to worry about those things. It’s inexpensive and I get these great classes led by some of the best yoga teachers in the world. It’s very cool. And I can search for classes based on the style of yoga I like, my favorite teacher, or the amount of time I have to practice. For example, the other day I only had 30 minutes for a quick morning practice, so I chose Kathryn Budig’s “Have Fun Morning Flow” class. It was great! Here is a link for a preview of her class. Have a fantastic first day of spring!

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-Where I do my inversions-

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-Yoga + Technology-

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-Camel Pose-

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-Pigeon Pose-

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Photos taken by: Kristin

Hot Date Shake

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I was given this energy drink recipe (or as I like to call it, Hot Date Shake) by the Ayurveda specialist I’m seeing. And I’m pretty stoked about it because it’s scrumptious! It’s a great energy booster and easy to make. Here is my version of the recipe:

1 cup of hot milk

2-3 Dates (I like Medjool dates)

10 Almonds (soak overnight then peel off skin)

1 pinch of Cardamom

1 pinch of Saffron

1 shake or two of cinnamon on top

Put it all in a blender on high for a minute or two and enjoy while hot.

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Bon Appetit!

Don’t Cry Over Burnt Garlic

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I went to my first Ayurveda consultation the other week and am now on a mung bean soup diet (sort of). But I am cooking every one of my meals (no more delicious frozen Trader Joe’s Vegan Pizza) and I’m surprising myself at my dedication to the process. But, on Monday night, I burnt the garlic for my mung bean soup. And it really pissed me off! I mean really pissed me off. Not something to get that upset about, right? Well, you see, I had one of the worst days I’ve ever had on Monday. So burning the garlic (after getting the hang of this recipe for a week) was not something I appreciated. But when I sat down to taste my soup it wasn’t too bad, in fact, it tasted even better! I laughed then thought of how perfectly it applied to my day. It reminded me that, although my day was pretty awful, there may be another perspective to my problem that I haven’t realized yet. Maybe my burnt garlicy of a situation will somehow taste better in the long run. And the next day, oddly enough, my problem somehow got resolved in the best way possible. And even if the situation had not turned out to be ideal, at least I’d be aware of the positive within the negative. Or tasting the deliciousness within the bitter!

 Have any “burnt garlic” stories to share? I’d love to hear:)

Time for Happy Things

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Ever since the Spring semester started I’ve been feeling really confused as to what to do with my time. I have one little pesky class that somehow escaped from my to do list in finishing my degree and now that I’m not completely bogged down with homework, I find myself lost. After questioning myself and worrying about if I’m doing the right things, I finally came to the conclusion that what I was already doing with my time was making me happy. So that’s exactly what I should be doing! Here are some of the things that I am focused on and blissful about right at this moment.

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-Time to deepen my practice-

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-Spending time outside-

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-Journaling and some excellent reading material-

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-Quality time with my boyfriend-

*Are You Happy? Source: One Part Gypsy