Major Announcement (Hint: It involves Yoga and the Beach)

Major Announcement (Hint: It involves Yoga and the Beach)

Major, major news today… After years of filling up my bucket list with life goals such as “go on a yoga retreat,” “do yoga on the beach” (yeah, I live in a landlocked state, y’all) and “become a certified yoga instructor” I have a big announcement to make. I’m leaving TOMORROW to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. I’ve been awarded a scholarship to study yoga during a month-long teacher training immersion in Boca Raton, Florida. That’s right. I’ll be WALKING DISTANCE to the beach. I’ll be practicing yoga, ayurveda and meditation each and every day (surrounded by other like-minded folks who are doing the same thing). I’ll be eating fresh, healthy vegan meals. I’ll be soaking up the sun for an entire month (just as the weather turns cooler here in Kentucky). I’ll be living and breathing this stuff, aaaaaand I’ll be hopefully certified to teach yoga when I return. Wow. Seeing that in writing is crazy. Even crazier? This new chapter of my life starts in 24 hours. So, I really was on the fence about whether or not to announce that here on my blog. I mean, this is 2014 and technically, if I wanted to, I could continue just scheduling blog posts and social media updates. You’d never really HAVE to know I was gone. But I want to be transparent. I want you to know what’s up (because hopefully, this yoga and self care stuff interests you, too). And, most importantly, I’m just wayyyyy too flippin’ excited to keep this a secret any longer. Here’s a photo I snapped of Ella the Wonder...

SUPER Simple Massage Oil Recipe

Okay, as the name implies, this recipe is SUPER simple. This was inspired by one of my yoga teachers, Jodie Tingle-Willis. Jodie owns Supreme Peace Yoga in Louisville, KY, USA. She’s a talented yoga and reiki instructor and also makes her own body scrubs and bath oils. Check out her website at http://www.supreme-peace-yoga.com and definitely stop by for a class if you are ever in the Southern Indiana or Kentucky areas. While I do not have any of Jodie’s actual recipes, this is a recipe I’ve created on my own after being inspired by her. Unfortunately, this recipe will not work for those who have almond or coconut allergies, sorry! Ingredients: –Almond Oil (or Coconut Oil, if you prefer) –Just a pinch of your favorite essential oils (the combination is up to you) IMPORTANT: Throughout the entire process of blending and mixing your ingredients, try to maintain calm thoughts to set a peaceful intention for your massage oil. Throughout the process of massaging the oil into your skin, try to focus on an intention of peace and love, especially self love. Simply mix all ingredients together, blending well, then carefully pour into a light resistant (dark colored) container with a lid. Make sure the lid is fastened tightly so none of your massage oil will leak out. To apply the massage oil, shake the container to mix the oil and then pour a small amount (1 tsp) into your palms. Rub together to warm the oil. Next, gently massage the oil into your skin using circular motions. Lovingly massage down your body and allow the oil to sink into...

Throat Chakra Balancing Oil & Perfume

According to ancient Vedic traditions, the chakras are points of energy throughout the body that influence emotions and spirituality. The throat chakra, which represents creative expression and communication, inspires calmness and confidence when it is properly balanced. Ancient wisdom believes this blend of essential oils helps to balance the throat chakra, removing blockages, nurturing emotions and soothing the spirit. The sweet scent, which works well as a perfume, is aromatherapeutic and is thought to promote balance (emotionally, physically and spiritually). The blend includes chamomile, a calming oil, and vanilla, a comforting extract. Ingredients: 1tsp organic sunflower oil 1tsp organic jojoba oil 1tsp lemon oil 1tsp coriander seed oil 1tsp organic vanilla extract 1tsp organic Roman chamomile oil Directions Blend all ingredients together and store in an air tight, light resistant (dark colored) container with a lid, preferably in a dry, dark place. To use: After blending all ingredients together, gently apply a couple drops of the perfume to pressure points. Sit and breathe deeply. To nurture the throat chakra, apply a couple drops to the base of the throat, then inhale gently. This can be used as a daily...