'Twas the Night Before…

'Twas the Night Before…

I hope everyone has enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. My dream, my hope, my wish, my intention for each of you this year and in the year to come is that you are able to do as many things each day as possible that make you happy. Right now. In THIS moment. Sending you all my love in 2014, 2015, and beyond… What’s new for me? I’ve got lots of big updates to share, including getting a job at a local yoga studio and returning to the land of the working. Well, only part time. I’m still running my own businesses on the side — and LOVING it. I’ve also recently (SUPER recent, as in… THIS WEEK) been told by my doctors that I need to start a FODMAP elimination diet. So, what the heck is a “FODMAP”? I’ll be sharing a dedicated blog post (and recipes!) on that one in the future, but for now… Just picture a diet that is sort of the love child of the gluten-free, dairy-free and low-sugar diets. Yes, it is definitely much more complex than that. Yes, it is every bit as overwhelming as it sounds…although it’s also been a fun challenge and has explained a lot of the bizarre food allergies and intolerances I’ve developed over the years. I’ve also been brainstorming some service offerings to add to this site. Some are paid, others are free, all of them are (I’m hoping) going to provide you with high quality, introspective and possibly even life-changing insights. So keep an eye out for those. ‘Twas the night before… Oh, and I have to...
Yoga Warm-Up Routine

Yoga Warm-Up Routine

As you probably already know if you’ve been following the blog or Facebook page, I recently wrapped up my yoga teacher training in Boca Raton, Florida and have been continuing teaching yoga-dance fusion classes back in my home state of Kentucky. A few of you asked me to share some of the specific flows I’ve been teaching. Well, ask and ye shall receive! I’ll be sharing more flows, and even including a soundtrack of some of my favorite music to use during yoga classes, so keep checking back. I’ll be adding more yoga and meditation resources in the near future… For now, this should be enough to get ya started! Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Warm Up Difficulty: Beginner (Level 1) to Intermediate (Level 2) Type: Ashtanga Inspired Vinyasa Note from Brittany: This is a warm up for a Vinyasa flow inspired by Ashtanga teachings. Certain asanas (postures) are not meant for beginners and should be performed only under supervision of a trained yoga teacher who can spot you and adjust you as needed. As you work through the following flow, please remember to listen to your body. Yoga is not the time for ego. It is not the time for comparing yourself to others. It is a journey through your breath. It is a journey to self love and acceptance. Breathe into the stretches just at the edge of what is challenging to your body, but don’t push yourself into pain. Love yourself, breathe, relax, and modify the postures as needed for any injuries or other physical conditions you might have. There might be more advanced versions of postures that...
Plated Reinvents Cooking

Plated Reinvents Cooking

Never have time to cook? This new service, Plated, makes life easier. Hand-picked ingredients are delivered to your door along with recipes that take 30 minutes or less to cook. ***Use code getplated4 to get your first meals for FREE and get a FREE 3-month membership: https://www.plated.com/invites/e953f9 Gluten-Free, vegan, vegetarian and pescetarian options are all available. I love that you can see all the ingredients prior to ordering a recipe, so you can easily avoid potential allergy or intolerance triggers. And the website is pretty flexible, letting you modify existing orders or choose your specific delivery date. Very helpful if you know you’ll be out of town or on vacation, or if you accidentally click the wrong meal. ***Full disclosure: Yes, I am a member of Plated, and the above link is my referral link. This means I get free food if you click that link and sign up. I love free food (who doesn’t?) so PLEASE click...

The Biggest Contributing Factor to Happiness

Do this tonight and you’ll thank me later: This isn’t the first study so show this correlation between gratitude and happiness. However, it is the first study to present the findings in a way that moved me to tears (happy tears, of course!). Immediately after watching, I sent an email to the strong, independent females in my family who inspired me to become the woman I am today. I also called a few women over the phone to express my gratitude. And I felt happier afterwards. They all seemed sincerely touched by the gesture. My aunt even told me that I was someone who inspired her and who she also appreciated — which was a HUGE compliment coming from someone who I personally had always looked up to, and who I saw as a source of feminine strength and resilience. My mother told me how proud she was of me, how strong and beautiful I am, and how she admires me as a woman and values my opinions. And my father told me he truly appreciates how our relationship has grown over the years. Needless to say, I ended the evening on a very positive note, feeling love for others AND love reciprocated for myself, smiling, crying happy tears, and feeling grateful for all things in my life. My mother also reminded me that she and her sisters have always shared an interest in astrology, philosophy, spirituality and anthropology, and reminded me of a time when I was sixteen years old and my aunt paid for me to have an astrological chart reading from a professional astrologist. I’d almost...