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What We’re Capable of Accomplishing

Anything that I get to cross off my bucket list is a source of pride for me; however, some mean more to me than others.

I have been working on my headstand in yoga for almost a year now. It’s one of those parts of my practice that represents my inner strength for me, and the process of finding that balance and support within myself has been a little frustrating at times. However, I spent every day this week at my new yoga studio (which you’ll hear more about in a couple of days) and found that it wasn’t necessarily a question of strength or balance, but of method… it turned out that the way I had been taught by a teacher in L.A. wasn’t the ideal path to achieving a proper supported headstand. When one of my new teachers taught me the right way to do it, I was able to accomplish it with her help on the spot.

Still, the eureka moment for me came a few days later, when I started the motions in class towards balancing on my own, rather than making it halfway, stumbling, and landing on all fours once again, I suddenly realized that, slowly and steadily, I was moving up, up, and completely straight into the headstand of my dreams. Did I stay in proper form forever? Hell no. But I have a lifetime of mastering that aspect and right now I am reveling in my personal accomplishment.

I have to admit, at first I was iffy about dedicating a post to this, but then I realized that there is no reason why I shouldn’t feel proud of myself. Yoga has become an indispensable part of my life and with each step and goal I attain I have found an even deeper connection with my body.

Finding out what we’re capable of accomplishing is one of the best challenges we can constantly maintain in our lives. In other words, in my opinion, when we can surprise ourselves with our strength, intelligence, curiosity (the list goes on and on…)that is how we can live our lives to the fullest. It’s the best possible way to be selfish! And when you’re on the road to such self-discovery, I bet you’ll find that you make the most of relationships with others and the world along the way.

So whether you’re mastering a headstand, running a marathon, writing a book, or working for that promotion, even when times are tough, just think about how good it will feel when you reach that goal!

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Mantra of the Week

How’re your Mondays going so far?

Mine’s a little slow, but that’s a good thing! It’s always nice to have a day where you can just do what you want because we have some free time. We shouldn’t feel guilty for “wasting time” when we’re relaxing and passing the day by feeling happy!

My day so far:

Slept in late, and had a nice yoga session upon waking up. I’m still feeling that hike from the other day, so it was nice to stretch so much.

Then, breakfast, including this:

A Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte!

2 heaping tbsp canned pumpkin

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

pinch of allspice

sweetener to taste

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup almond milk (or other milk)

coffee

Mix all the ingredients except the coffee in your coffee cup. Add the hot coffee and… Drink up!

Starbucks doesn’t hold a candle. Trust me. Plus mine doesn’t cost $4. Or 400 calories. Not even close.

Anyways, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my day… probably a little boxing to expend some energy, and I’m thinking tonight is a good night to light a fire and snuggle up with a good book. Or my Free People catalogue :)

And a decaf Pumpkin Spice.

Happy Monday!

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108

I spent the beautiful start to summer mostly outside running around with my crazy little monster… also known as my dog. If ever I need to expend some energy, she keeps me on my toes.

But when I was perusing my favorite blogs this morning, I read this great post from Love Veggies and Yoga. Averie is one of my favorite bloggers… the way she goes about her life is so inspirational! And she’s a yogi.

In this post, she talks about how it’s often customary in yoga to practice 108 Sun Salutations on solstices. She goes into further explanation about why 108 (which is very interesting) on the post; I highly recommend checking it out.

My first thought: how did I miss this???

As someone who is beginning to incorporate yoga into daily life, and is completely devoted to nature, this is exactly how I would love to welcome my favorite time of year.

So, a day late, I will be doing my 108 sun salutations today. I’ll let you know how it goes!

* you can learn the sequence of the sun salutation here.

I took this picture in LA last summer… palm trees aren’t exactly abundant here in NJ!

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