Sound healing is becoming more and more popular. This year, I have been to two events that feature sound baths, but I have seen countless others advertised. I am here for it. It’s soothing and creates a really unique experience. However, playing a singing bowl has always seemed intimidating. I used to work in a holistic health center and would mess around when new ones came in. I couldn’t quite get the hang out it. Since then, I’ve learned that mass produced versus handmade makes all the difference. After lusting for my own singing bowl for a long time, I finally found a beautiful handmade one, and it is pure magic.
As someone in the wellness world, I feel the pressure to heal anything and everything naturally. However, I believe in finding a balance. Western medicine can support the Eastern medicine practices I choose. And vice versa. We don’t have to live in extremes. Back in May I made the decision to start taking something for my OCD and anxiety. Yes, I am a yoga teacher and I take Zoloft. And you know what? It was the best decision I could have made for myself.
It took me long enough, but last week I finally went back to Flo2s for an infrared sauna session. I had previously gone for float therapy, which you can read about here. I know a few people that swear by infrared saunas, including my best friend, so I booked my appointment to start off my long weekend. Infrared saunas are different from traditional saunas in that they use infrared light to warm up your body and core temperature directly.
In the US, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, while in the UK, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. For those of you that don’t know, I have anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. While I have not written about it extensively on here, I post updates and struggles on my Instagram and have uploaded a couple of videos to my YouTube channel, including “OCD & Me”. I’m also honest with my students and have used anxiety as a theme for class on multiple occasions.
There is something about Spring that brings out the worst in my mental health. For many, it’s because of allergies that leave you with a foggy head. Just the other day CNN posted an article about the relationship between allergies and depression. However, for me, it’s the sight of seeing everything around me grow that leaves me feeling like I’m the only one who isn’t progressing.
If you follow any wellness blogger or health and wellness website, you have probably heard about collagen. It’s one of the biggest trends right now. People are putting it in their coffee, tea, matcha, and smoothies. They say you can even bake with it. One of my goals this year is to experiment more with food so I thought, why not try it?
We see routines all over the internet – morning routines, evening routines, in blog posts, on YouTube, on Insta story takeovers, some celebrities’s on a big name website. They are everywhere. And you know why? Because they work. My schedule is different every day, so as part of a new year, I really want to get better at having a set routine. I know myself and I know I am much more productive and grounded when I have my routine down.
If you have ever taken one of my yoga classes, you’ll know I am a big anatomy nerd. I’m still a novice in the scheme of things, but I loved diving in deeper in my 300-hour training last year. I’ve been going through the anatomy lectures from my teacher Noah, again. If you’re an anatomy nerd too, or want to learn more, I can’t recommend his online courses enough.