Posts Tagged ‘Yoga and Wellness’

Reading Pretty: Thrive – The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington

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Webster defines thrive as: “to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed.” It does not include anything about being rich, busy, sleep deprived, conniving, and mean. It seems in our society today the only way to thrive is to be the best no matter what the cost. Unhappy? Check. Mean? Check? Sleep Deprived? Check, check. There really is enough to go around for everyone. I am not against hard work. Hard work is what makes the dream work. But, hard work without rest, time for reflection, time for people you really care about – well, it makes you not a very pleasant person to be around. I’m sure you can name a few people who have this problem. 

The word busy has been thrown around loosely these days. I’m guilty of it and are so many people. It’s like we wear the word as a badge of honor. For the past few years I have been on a quest for the sanctity and quest for finding the pockets in my life for self-care. This doesn’t always mean a massage or a spa day, although that isn’t too shabby, but finding the time to just be, grow, workout, practice yoga, and sleep. I admit not being the best sleeper. It’s a work in progress for me. But I do know that I can’t function and be the best Julia without it. How much nicer would everyone be if they turned off the TV, computer, tablet, phone, gadget, gizmo, etc.

What would happen if you slept your way to the top? Pun intended. You have to read the book to understand this concept. Let’s all work on building a life of well-being, wisdom, and wonder.

This post was inspired by Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington who encourages everyone to sleep their way to the top. Join From Left to Write on May 1 we discuss Thrive. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

{4.25.14} Le Weekend

{4.25.14} Le Weekend

By the time you read this I will be half way to New York for the Yoga Journal Conference. I was asked if I wanted to attend the conference and since I haven’t been to a Yoga Journal conference in years I couldn’t say no. Travel, beauty, New York, and yoga? It was a no brainer. After reworking my schedule I’m headed to practice with some of my “favorite BFF” yoga teachers that I only know through social media. In my head I am their friend. You know what I mean. It’s a full and packed day Friday – Monday, but I have my muscle rub (lots of yoga = sore muscles), essential oils, and few beauty goodies that I can’t leave home without. You can follow my adventures on Instagram here.

Happy Weekend. Bisous!

Yoga Journal Conference. I love practicing at my home studio Tranquil Space, but there are times I want to practice with the yoga people I see in magazines. These are my favorite celebrities. I’m excited to take classes with Kathryn Budig, Tiffany Cruikshank, Rodney and Colleen Yee, Vinnie Marino, Seane Corn and a few others. I know I will be sore so I have my trusty Tiger Balm in my bag. I learned my lesson from my first conference. Never leave home without Tiger Balm and Tylenol.

Iman Lipstick in Flirtatious. I’m a beauty girl after all and I have to have a lip product on during my yoga practice. I don’t care how many chaturungas I have to do Vinnie, I need me a lippie. This hot pink lipstick has staying power and it’s gorgeous on my skin. OMG – Om My God! This lipstick is perfection. I plan to rock it with my hot pink yoga tights and a smile. Don’t worry. I’m bringing a lip gloss as well in case I need to change up.

Shobha Freshening Rosewater Cloths. I have been going to Shobha for years when I had the chance in NYC. The minute they opened one in DC, I stopped going to my old threading lady and have been a Shobha addict ever since. One of my favorite products is their rosewater cloths for freshening up. They come in a pack, but I find the singles work best for me. I will be doing at least 3 yoga classes a day and these cloths will come in handy to wipe down before the next class. That is a must to maintaing some form of pretty when you look a sweaty mess.

A New Type of Patch: Natural Patches of Vermont

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I had never heard of Natural Patches of Vermont. It took me traveling 1800 miles to find it. I normally travel with my coterie of essential oils – lavender, peppermint, and lemon. I’m always worrying about the bottles breaking and the bane of my existence TSA telling me “no essential oils for you.” Well, oh beauty, well. Thank God for the spa at L’Auberge del Mar. I discovered Natural Patches of Vermont. I am hooked. They have all type of essentials oils and I got a few of the lavender and Arnica. The arnica helps muscles relax and the lavender is for me to relax. I’m excited to try the Eucalyptus for my crazy allergies and the Bergamot for more stress reduction. I suggest buying the tins and then a set of refill. I’m in hippie heaven. My beauty carry-on has just been upgraded.

Wellness Wednesday: Aloha Dried Green Juice

Aloha Dried Green Juice

I’ve learned a few things about traveling. How to travel in a carry-on for 7+ days, what food works for me traveling (protein), and what I always need to get on a plane (anti-anxiety meds and lots of water). I was given a few packets of ALOHA The Daily Good Dried Green Juice packets to try on my travels. I had totally forgot about them and found them in a hidden pocket in my suitcase. It’s hard to find fresh juices on the road depending on where you are and the costs can be very high.

Aloha is dried green juice that can be used in water, juice, or smoothies. This is a game changer. At first I compared them to another dried green packet, but the Aloha reminds me of the fresh green juice I make at home. If you are gearing up for travel or just need to get your juice fix in an easy manner this is for you. Aloha is a wellness girl’s new BFF.

Oregon ScientificAroma Diffuser and Sound Therapy Clock

Oregon Scientific

I’ve always written how I’m not the best sleeper. It started in my late twenties, geared up and went nuts in my thirties, and miraculously with a lot of work on my part has gotten better. Why? I realize my triggers. I can’t be on the computer, iPad, iPhone, and any technology by a certain time. I have to act like a 5-year old and have a sleep routine. My husband knows this well and for Christmas he gave me this gym. It’s a sleep clock that you put aromatherapy oil in and it emits a vapor of the scent. Thank you Jesus for this device. Every night I turn it on with the beach sound (baby girl loves her some beach waves) and it has made a huge difference. I don’t leave it on all night because it has a timer and I use that to automatically shut it off after being on for 30 minutes. The timer has 3 settings and I realize by the time I make it to my bedroom to read I’m out after 30 minutes.


Wellness Wednesday: Onzie Yoga Apparel

Onzie Yoga Apparel

I am excited over all the fun new yoga clothing that is currently out now. Over the years I’ve worn lots of Lululemon, Athleta, and Lucy. They are great, but I wanted something a little more funky and hip. A little more California love (like the song) than basic neutrals. I give you Onzie. Onzie’s leggings are so fun and they make working out and getting your OM on just a little bit better. I believe that if your workout clothes look good, you actually look forward to going to workout. The “let’s look like a bum and workout” is not cute. I am the girl on the treadmill testing out lip glosses to run for my half-marathon in April and that will last long in a 1.5 hour yoga class.

Do you feel the same way? Do you like cute workout clothes?

{How fun are these?}

Onzie Cali Capri

{I plan to wear these at a yoga workshop this year}

Onzie Paisley Capri

Wellness Wednesday: Step Up Revolution Workout DVD

Step Up Revolution

I normally spend my weekend nights relaxing and catching up on silly movies if the husband is not around. As I was flipping through channels a few weekends back I came along another version of the Step Up dance movies. I totally forgot about how much I love them. They are cheesy, crazy, and fun to watch if you like dancing. These are the movies that gave us Channing Tatum. I won’t even start on how I watch Shall We Dance with Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere.

It also reminded me of how much I miss dancing. In my late teens and early twenties I was always the first one on the dance floor. I went out to dance. I mean the kind of sweaty dancing where you have to come and take another shower because it was really a workout. As I’ve gotten older I realize I workout, but I really miss dancing. Thank goodness for Amazon and Step Up Revolution Workout DVDs. Now I can bust a move in my home, get a good workout, and don’t have to deal with the drama of going “up in da club.” Pass the leg warmers please.

Wellness Wednesday: Getting My Yoga on With Gaiam

Gaiam Yoga Tools

When the lovely folks at Gaiam asked to assist me in my 2014 health and wellness journey I was thrilled. As part of my yoga journey I am trying to do some form of yoga at home every day, even if I make it to class at the studio. A few mornings a week I head to the gym because I’m training for a half-marathon in April. I get up early enough to do at least 10-20 minutes of yoga before heading to the gym.

I’m happy to say that I am in love with this Gaiam Sol Dry Grip Yoga Mat. I have a thick mat at the studio where I normally practice yoga, but have been using a travel mat at home. This has changed my home practice. It’s super thick and is so cushioned that I don’t have to double fold my mat when I go into a deep crescent lunge. I’m using the blocks to not only extend my hands in poses, but to actually help me work on my core. Core? Yes. I’m working on this pose a few breaths in my practice. It is called a practice for a reason because this pose is no joke. How is your fitness journey for 2014 going?

Thank you Gaiam for making my home practice even more special.

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