Matcha Latte in General, Recipes

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Matcha is finely ground powder made out of a special kind of strong, green tea. It has a substantial amount of caffeine (almost the same a s a cup of brewed coffee), but has a compound called I-theanine that induces relaxation. You won't get the "coffee high" from a cup of Matcha, nor the headaches sometimes associated with coffee. I very rarely drink coffee these days and have become completely addicted to my Matcha Lattes in the mornings! It's delicious and it wakes me up without the hyper intense energy I get from drinking coffee. Making a Matcha...

On the road in General, Love

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Life on the road is hard. Maybe it's just part of growing older but I love being home. In one place. I miss our bed, our house, our puppies. But I live a whirlwind of a life that takes me to all corners of the world 40 weeks out of the year and it's beautiful and hard, so I've learned to go with the flow. Rituals are important. I travel with crystals and gems and my cards and palo santo... Always palo. And yes, my feet are funny looking. No need to comment on them....

Breath of Fresh Air in General

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I am such a dork when it comes to gadgets. New technology makes me giddy with excitement and I just got to open the biggest package ever!! I've been wanting to get a proper air purifier for the house for the longest time and we finally got one. With the amount of dogs we have in the house, dust from the desert blowing through the house and A/C running a lot I have been feeling a little sniffly lately. For some reason, every time we come home from a trip I start sneezing! I have struggled...

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For The Love of Animals in General, Love

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Dear friends, Last weekend a disastrous situation took place where 14 animals were transported from Aruba to Canada to be denied at the border. The animals were crammed into crates together, trampling each other, sick (with anemia, coccideosis, worms, ehrlichia, ringworm and mange to name a few), and ridden with fleas and ticks. The “organization” transporting them is called Save a Puppy (if you have been following the recent developments you may have heard of them). They were denied at the border as they didn’t have proper paperwork and because the animals were in such...

When Yoga Doesn’t Happen in General, Love

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I like to wake up around 7am. My work day begins at 10am, and since I work from home that means I like to be showered, dressed and ready to sit down to open my computer by 10 and not a minute later. Working from home is great but it means having a routine is absolutely crucial! If I didn't I might end up lounging around in my pajamas all day long. I never schedule any meetings before 10am and try to stay away from phones and social media as well. My mornings are sacred....

Everyone struggles! in General, Love

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Here is a list of things I struggle with immensely in my yoga practice:  Backbends  Overhead grips of any kind Keeping my shoulders aligned in jump-backs Bridge Wheel Camel Belly-down poses (Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana etc) Navasana (hip flexors can't deal) Warrior III Hollowback anything Headstand (don't practice them anymore for many reasons) Shoulder stand (won't come near it without a pile of props) Drop-backs (ARE YOU KIDDING ME) The list goes on. I practice yoga every day. I have suffered from scoliosis since I was a teenager, and a bad car crash and a white water...

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Save Our Skin in General

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I get a lot of questions about skin care and what I do to keep my skin glowing while keeping up with such a hectic travel schedule. Here is a serum I love to bring on the go! Bliss is one of my favorite skin care lines and their Triple Oxygen Serum is amazing when it comes to protecting your skin from stress, free radicals and pollutants. I bring mine in my carry-on and use on the plane (together with facial towlettes) before I sleep - I wake up feeling so much more revitalized. Investing...

In motion. in General, Love

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It's called a practice because we are never ever finished. Today my practice was easy, felt like flying. Floating. Easy. Yesterday it was painful, slow, difficult. Everything is always changing. Always in motion. Our bodies change with our emotions and our emotions change with our experience and our experience changes with our thoughts and expectations of what the day will bring us. It's all about mindset and learning how to walk with the beat of your heart. And then, taking what we've learned onto the mat, moving to create space and breathing to let go...

You are strong enough. in General, Love

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True strength has very little to do with your physical performance. Whether or not your muscles are defined, how long you can hold a yoga pose or your being able to kick up into handstand means very little in this vast concept that is life. True strength has very little to do with plank poses and deadlifts and everything to do with your ability to move through hardships, sorrow, and pain. You think doing crossfit five times a week makes you strong? Practicing yoga every day? Lifting weights? Try getting up every hour of the night...

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