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...

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....

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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...

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...

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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...

Modify. in General, Love

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View from my mat this morning. I stubbed my toe on a rock yesterday and even though it's a tiny wound it affected my practice immensely. Yoga is hard when you can't roll over your toes! Chaturanga to up dog was impossible, anything with tucked toes, even frog pose became tricky. So, I modified. Like I always do. I've modified my practice when my back pain has been so intense I could barely get out of bed. I modified when I had abdominal surgery and couldn't stand up straight for weeks. I modified when Pepper...

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Watermelon Mint Cooler in Recipes

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Happy Monday, folks! Today I'm sharing one of my favorite juice recipes: The Watermelon Mint Cooler! It's absolutely delicious - like being transported to a Caribbean island (if you aren't already on one, like me). The watermelon is so hydrating and blends beautifully with the mint. I add lemon in there for a hint of tartness to balance the sweetness out. Yum! This juice is great for an afternoon pick-up, to cool off on a hot day, or as a pre-lunch snack. Also, it's very, very delicious with a splash or rum or vodka as...