For all of you with a desire to try hot yoga, I highly recommend it. It adds an element to yoga that helps you to stretch your muscles further, with a multitude of various other benefits. So many people are nervous or afraid to try yoga because they are intimidated and have no idea what to expect. However, it’s so worth taking that risk, as there are so many benefits of yoga, from physical to emotional to psychological. In lieu of my certification to teach yoga in 2014 & my new(ish) blog Trends & Trikonasanas (oh yes, I went there…) dedicated to all things related to health & wellness, I felt inspired to try to take some worrisome aspect out of attending a yoga class by providing a simple template on what to wear (and some other good-to-know tidbits). Oh, and if you’re in the Minnesota area, be sure to check out MNYoga Magazine– it’s free!- where in this month’s issue, I highlight tips for what to wear to and from the studio (or you can read the online version here)!
With shorter days and less sunlight, colder temperatures that make it difficult to enjoy any time outside, and the holidays over, it is easy for us to lose sight of our health and happiness.
Here are 5 ways to become happier this winter season:
1. Enjoy nature.
Although nothing can beat laying out on the beach in the summer, the winter is exceptionally beautiful and can offer some very unique experiences. Try snowshoeing in a woodsy area, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, skiing, or even gather some friends and go sledding.
2. Break a sweat.
The cold weather makes our muscles tense up. Moving your body releases those muscles, which feels amazing. Plus, exercising releases endorphins, which comes down to a happier you.
3. Be social.
While it often sounds daunting to go out in the cold weather (especially here in the frozen tundra known as Minnesota), getting together with a friend for coffee, a hockey game, or going to a spin class together is important to stay happy. Engaging with other people can make this time of the year feel a lot less lonely.
4. Eat right.
Enjoy the food you eat, and make healthy choices that you will feel good about after you have eaten. Everything in moderation…including moderation.
5. Find silence.
Sometimes all we really need this time of the year is a little quiet time to reflect. Whether it’s through meditation or simply sitting in silence while working or driving, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of life can do wonders.
What are some things that make you happy throughout the winter season?
As the holidays come to an end, we are so often faced with the consequences of overindulgence. We often feel sluggish, bloated, tired, and depressed from all of the alcohol, sugars, stress, and late nights.
Sometimes, all we need is to get back on the right track to help revitalize our energy levels and find mental clarity once again.
These super easy to make smoothies will kick-start your way back to health and wellness. A morning smoothie is also a fantastic complement to a new fitness regime so many people begin in the new year. Read on for customized smoothies to restore your energy and vitality, and bring a glow to your skin.
For Morning Energy:
Pineapple, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon
For Refueling Energy:
Chia Mango Peach:
Peach, Mango, Dates, Almond Milk, Chia Seeds
For Your Green-Smoothie Fix:
Spinach, ginger, apple, celery, parsley, water
For Finding Calm:
Red beets, Yellow beets, Carrot, Orange, Ginger
For Detoxifying Your Body:
Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Dates, Acai, Coconut milk
For a Quick Pick-Me-Up:
Strawberry Banana Protein:
Almond milk, Strawberry, Banana, Shredded coconut, One scoop of Vegan protein
For Post-Travel Jet-Lag:
Orange, Pineapple, Mango, Lemon, Dash of cayenne
For Balancing Out Your Blood Sugar Levels:
Cinnamon Almond Dessert Smoothie:
Almond milk, Cashew, Banana, Cinnamon, Espresso, Dates
What are your favorite post-holiday cleanse tips?
The founder of Live The Process, Robyn Berkley, worked on the forefront of the luxury fashion and lifestyle industries for over 15 years before she began practicing yoga and incorporating clean eating and healing into her holistic lifestyle. After thoroughly exploring the world of wellness, she created Live The Process, which is “an online health and wellness resource for impossibly busy, but balance-seeking people, like herself.”
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Check out Live The Process, and let me know what you think!
A while back, I did a post regarding a DIY Banana Date Smoothie, and want to let you lovely readers how to make your morning smoothie even healthier. While I usually start my day with a Green Smoothie (i.e. spinach and/or kale/chard/various green base), I also add various energy supplements and superfood powders to enhance its optimum health power and start my day right.
1. Green Superfood Powder
Taking a green supplement, especially when ingested in it’s powder form, is a convenient way to include your daily intake of green vegetables in your daily diet. Chlorophyll helps to aid in cell-repair, and helps to detox the damaging cells in your body. It also helps to reduce inflammation, aid in restoring a healthy acid-alkaline balance in the body, and helps to neutralize free-radicals, among other benefits. Altogether, this helps to keep your energy levels up and makes your skin appear brighter and healthier.
2. Chia Seeds
They aid in weight loss by reducing food cravings and provide hydration for your body. They are the richest plant source in Omega-3, therefore reduce inflammation (ahem, bloating!), as well as protect against heart disease and arthritis. Although they are about the size of a poppyseed, once they are ingested, they expand in your stomach to make you feel fuller longer!
3. Maca Powder
Maca powder is rich is Vitamins B, C, and E. It is great for women, as it relieves mood swings, cramps, body pain, depression, menstrual issues, and menopause. As a bonus, it totally increases sexual libido and increases endurance. Not only so, it helps to balance your hormones and promote fertility. Another bonus for your skin: it helps to clear acne and blemishes, and will help to reduce sensitivity, which causes redness.
4. Acai Juice
The Acai tree is a palm tree native to the Amazon rainforest. Brazilian natives discovered the healing properties of Acai thousands of years ago when they found it boosted their energy levels. It has extremely high antioxidant levels (more than blueberries, raspberries, or any other fruit), as well as contains the highest levels of anthocyanin, which is found in red and purple fruits (such as grapes and berries), than any other fruits. Also, it helps to boost immune and metabolic function and removes free radicals from our bodies. The Acai berry contains more protein than an egg, which helps to keep your hair shiny and skin glowing.
Some other great boosts to add to your smoothies:
Note: All or most of these products can be found at your local natural foods store (i.e. Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, etc.).
What are your favorite things that give you an energy boost?