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  • In Life/ Mental Health

    Keeping a Positive Mindset When You’re Trying to Lose Weight

    We survived the holidays and have finally reached 2018. With January comes New Years Resolutions. I prefer to use the term goals over resolutions, but whatever you want to call it, I am down for improving ourselves. That said, during the week between Christmas and New Years, I taught a few classes and kept hearing the same complaints. “I ate too much.” “I feel fat.” “I am a blob.” “I need to lose x pounds.” These are real things people say about themselves. When the time was appropriate, I did…

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  • In Mental Health/ Yoga

    30 Day Meditation Challenge in January!

    At the end of November, I asked Instagram if anyone would be interested in a meditation challenge in 2018. The resounding answer was YES. I am so excited to launch the 30 Day Meditation Challenge! For information on the why and how, check out this video – My main goal with this challenge is to help you (and myself) begin, or restart, a consistent meditation practice, while also having the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals. Let’s start conversations about meditation. Let’s support and encourage each other to keep…

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  • In Mental Health

    Alcohol and the Holidays

    As I’ve been incessantly going on and on about, the holiday season is fast approaching. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and from there, it’ll be the end of the year before we know it. With this time of year comes holiday parties, celebrations, brunches, and then New Years Eve, all of which alcohol can be a big part of. Let me go ahead and say it up front – I rarely drink alcohol. If I do, it’s usually for a special occasion or on vacation, and even then it’s one and done.…

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  • In Mental Health

    Seasonal Self Care Suggestions

    The weather has been very unpredictable lately. One day it feels like Fall, the next it feels like Winter has come early, but then a couple days later it goes back to the autumnal warmth. I’ve been thinking and speaking about transition lately, and it now feels like we’re in the thick of it. What season is it? Do I need a sweater or a coat? Are my energy levels high or low? Do I feel like staying bundled up inside under a blanket or frolicking amongst the fallen leaves?…

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  • In Mental Health

    Alternative Methods of Meditation

    Over the weekend I came across an article on MindBodyGreen about art being a great alternative to meditation. I haven’t been very open about it on here, but meditation is actually very difficult for me. Now that I know I have OCD and anxiety, I think that might be a contributing factor. I have tried visualization, mantras, pranayama, and more. No matter how hard I try, I still go down thought spirals. Sometimes I do find myself more relaxed after a 10, 15, 20 minute session, but the effects only…

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  • In Mental Health

    Finding Confidence in Crop Tops and Sports Bras

    Usually when I’m practicing yoga or teaching, I prefer looser tops. If I’m not having a good body image day, they don’t feel constricting and ultimately make me feel more comfortable. Truthfully, I can feel self conscious in any outfit that’s tight all around, on or off the mat. But baggier shirts are also very practical when it’s a boiling hot day here in Atlanta. That said, I’ve noticed a shift lately. It started back during my last round of teacher training, about a month ago. It was Vinyasa week…

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  • In Mental Health

    How I Keep My Mental Health in Check

    If you’ve seen my It’s Okay to Not Be Okay video from a month ago, you will know I was going through a rough patch. I let my anti-social ways get the better of me and I ended up feeling very lonely. But things got better after that. Many people reached out to me, which was touching enough, but then I actually went out, saw friends again, and did some pretty cool things. And then today I truly realized how much happier I am. My life hasn’t drastically changed over this past month,…

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  • In Mental Health/ Yoga

    Listen to Your Body

    Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates As a student of yoga, I have learned to listen carefully to my body. As a teacher of yoga, I encourage my students to do the same. Of course that is easier said than done if you’ve never tried it before. We live in a world where we are expected to keep going and going, work hard, and never stop to take a break. We are praised when we do so. I do believe in hard work and…

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