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Berry good smoothie

sunny 60 °F

I am by no means a fantastic vegan chef or anything of that nature. But I do feel the desire to share some of my favorite breakfasts that keep me going through long days of yoga and work!

This nutritious high protien smoothie has been my breakfast most mornings in the past couple weeks.

Half a cup of organic frozen blueberries.
Half a cup of organic frozen raspberries.
Three large strawberries.
One cup of raw organic spinach.
1 tablespoon of organic Chia seeds.
One scoop of raw hempseed protein or for a sweeter add one scoop of Vanilla Sun Warrior protien.
Half a packet of powdered wheat grass.
Half a cup of unsweetened almond milk
Half a cup of water.

Blend all ingredients in Nutribullet.

Enjoy :).
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Posted by rachaelob 17:40 Archived in USA Tagged food breakfast berries yoga health nutrition nj smoothie margate Comments (0)

The Green Mountain State

Halfpipes&Handstands

sunny 40 °F

Well, I went from one extreme, hot jungles and beaches, to the next, snow everywhere.
I love vermont.
The ride up to Killington flew by with good conversation with open hearted Kristel and her spunky black lab pup Jersey.
When we arrived at 'The Good Commons' the beautiful location for our retreat we were greeted by owner Tesha and her baby and she gave us the history of the house that is now 180 years old. It has only had three owners and the big front room that is now a beautiful heated yoga room, used to be the town General store owned by a man in town who's presence may still have been felt in the house this weekend. Not to be weird and kooky but I'll leave it at, the house had incredible energy. The entire area does. And it's no wonder when you realize there's giant rocks with amethyst and healing crystals in it. The house is all run on solar energy and can hold about 30 people comfortably.
I would totally reccomend the good commons to anyone looking to stay near Killington especially a big group or yoga retreat.
We had our own in house masseuse and chef with amazing dinners such as coconut curry with chicken, spinach salad, chic pea salad and avocado chocolate mousse.
Days began with yoga, consisted of awesome snowboarding and long trails, followed by a beer at the long trail and then back to the house for evening activities. We toured brewery's, hung in the lodges by the fire drinking 'broken legs', did hikes, intention settling, art journaling and lots of stretching and creating SPACE.
Allie set making space intention of the weekend.
I've realized I feel very spacious right now.
I create space when I let go of what is taking up space that doesn't serve me.
When I create space there is room for more goodness go flow in. And that's what's happening.
So many new connections and opportunitys.
The last night Mia and I led the most beautifulllll Mala and Mantra workshop. Mia led us through meditation and I made a beautiful Mala with her beads and then I showed everyone how to use them by chanting 108 mantras by candle light. It was a powerful experience and I felt so privileged to be able to lead it!! I'm always the one being the student at these things, listening to other people's travels and being open to them sharing their experience. It was really cool for me to be giving girls travel advice, answering questions, teaching a new skill I learned there, and then leading a spirit ceremony like that. Talk about spiritual sunday!?! BOOM.
It felt so good to guide people into things they've never done before, whether it be a meta meditation, japa mala, or front bird ! :)

Kristel made an awesome snowboarding partner and we bombed down the mountain together even if it meant facing double blacks. We had beautiful weather and conditions. We played in Killingtons awesome all natural terrain park where all the jumps and rails are made from trees and wood. I loved picos winding tree trails as well.
I am so happy to know Kristel and for her inviting me up here and experiencing two new mountains and 12 new friends!

Everything here is so fresh, the air, the food, and so connected to nature. Has me feeling like I could move to Vermont and do a winter being a ski bum. Great to get up here again.
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Posted by rachaelob 09:06 Archived in USA Tagged vermont happiness yoga health pico killington mala chanting acroyoga acrovinyasa mantra Comments (0)

Open hand

Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes.If it were always a fist or always stretched open you would be paralysed.Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds wings. ― Rumi

sunny 35 °F

The goal of yoga is adaptability not flexibility. Many students come to asana in order to be more flexible but what's more important is to be more adaptable and let life flow through you without resistance.

Today's super bowl Sunday class was about being yielding to the flow of life.
The super bowl is a big moment for all these professional athletes. But for me, someone who hasn't watched a patriot game all year, I've missed all of their little moments.
In fact there were thousands of little moments, leading up to this big moment for these men. From throwing the ball around with dad as a kid, to college, to every practice, leading up to this big moment.
Similarly in our practice for every handstand, there were thousands of lift and leans, hamstring stretches, shoulder strengthener and fails. They say the master has failed more times than you have even tried. And so we see that life is about all of these moments, big and small. When we can appreciate these little moments rather than always waiting for the future for that big moment, we can find presence and peace.

Often we are forcing and grasping . Keeping in our mind the way we think things are supposed to be. I'll be happy when I get my handstand, when I find the right girl, when I get a job. And then when we get there we are trying to hold onto things and own them as 'ours'.
Whether it is in a pose in our yoga practice or a person in our life, you usually cannot hold onto these things forever.
Yesterday I did full dancer for the first time ever. (Big moment) but there were thousands of bridges, pigions, wheels and practices (little moments) before that. And then today I couldn't do dancer, non attachment. Our body and practice teaches us this lesson of non attachment. In the same way we cannot own a pose, we cannot own another. We as humans can be measured by our ability to let things go gracefully.
Every day is different in our practice and in our life. Which is a huge complex for the humanimd. We always want to own to HAVE ,people, poses. Whatever it is.
Like Osho says; If you love a flower, let it be. If you pick it it dies and ceases to be what you once loved. Love is about appreciation not possession.
But the more we let things come to us with an open palm without trying to close it, the longer they will stay.
When we realize life is just these little series of moments , well stop worrying about the big moment.

Most of today's class was played to an artists who's songs resonate with me especially recently as I contemplate Nonattachment.
Hozier. He's so amazingly talented. This is the point when if Nellie is reading she will roll her eyes at me about how I'm six months late on this obsession. If you are reading, I'm sorry my musically informed friend. One day I will be as artsy and different and hip as you but for now I always appreciate your guidance and suggestions even if I don't listen for about three months . ❤️
Every song speaks to me but I think my favorite will have to be cherry wine about appreciating what you have when you have it and letting it go with an open hand.

"It looks ugly, but it's clean
Oh mamma, don't fuss over me
...
The way she tells me I'm hers and she is mine
Open hand or closed fist would be fine
The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine
Calls of guilty thrown at me
All while she stains
The sheets of some other
Thrown at me so powerfully
Just like she throws with the arm of her brother
But I want it, it's a crime
That she's not around most of the time
And it's worth it, it's divine
I have this some of the time"

So when we learn to live in the present moment and enjoy the journey, we realize the absolutely rarity of every moment and appreciate it. There will never be another moment like the one you are in right now. This helps us to enjoy love when we have it, enjoy solitude wen we have it. Enjoy days our body wants to work hard, and enjoy days our body needs a rest.
Stop trying to make things the way you want them to be , stop resisting, stop trying to control, stop trying to make the world turn your way, and instead flow with life and the way things are.

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Posted by rachaelob 19:30 Archived in USA Tagged yoga health open spirit new_jersey gratitude rumi zen_den Comments (0)

Health

whatever that means

overcast 30 °F

Having a week back in New Jersey gives me a nice opportunity to detoxify before I leave on another adventure. I also have a very slow work week so I am going to seize this time to really concentrate on my health. I generally live a healthy lifestyle but I have been lacking a discipline I used to have. So its time to get this mani pura chakra fired up!

Something that I need to keep in mind when going through a cleansing period is that I workout because I love my body and want it to be strong and healthy, not because I hate it and want to change it. I used to motivate myself with unrealistic pictures of other women and put myself down in order to motivate myself to lose weight. All that did was make me miserable and put me in one of the most unhealthy stages of my life. So I remind myself now, that when striving for discipline and self improvement it is important to remember that you are still absolutely perfect just the way you are.
I found this nice reminder yesterday on the internet in an article called ’15 Damaging Myths About Life We Should All Stop Believing.’ that a friend posted on facebook.
Number 9. There is something wrong with us.
We are plagued by feelings of inadequateness and worthlessness, postponing self-acceptance and self-love until a day in the future when we're thinner, wealthier, more confident and more popular.You are perfect and complete exactly as you are. Even when you are striving to improve and grow, you are complete. As the Buddhist saying goes, "We are all perfect as we are, and we could all use a little work."

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6324636

So for me, health and body image is something I am constantly exploring and looking for a balance in but I always love myself first, and remind myself that I live a healthy life and I am a beautiful healthy individual. Healthy doesn't mean hours at the gym. Healthy isn't how shredded your Abbs are or how big your muscles are. Being healthy involves your mind spirit and heart just as much as it involves your body. Sometimes it might mean getting to a more balanced state of being, maybe taking care of joint health, managing stress or starting a mediation practice. And each persons version of healthy is different.
And so I ask myself what does health mean for me right now? What do I need? Of course my fitness star cute mother had a diet program ready for us to try together the moment I got off of the plane. And so I agreed, it is always nice when you have a training partner to hold you accountable. We are cutting out sugar and carbs for the next week and going on a mostly lean protein and veggie cleanse. Not my usual choice of diet as I love fruit but I can try it for one week as its good to beat the sugar addiction and you are allowed a glass of red at the end of the day. Ha ! Its rather similar to the paleo diet, which many people think this is wrong and a vegan diet is right with lots of fruits veggies and grains, for others it’s just whatever doctor oz is putting out that week. Everyone has their own version of health, each persons variation is different. And occasional sweets or pizza or drinks, don’t make you ‘unhealthy’ but sadness and negativity will. Instead I try my best and stay positive, if I mess up, I forgive myself and choose the present moment. It takes time and effort to be disciplined and healthy, but it also is rewarding and worth it. Find healthy foods you like, find exercise that makes you excited, find a lifestyle that keeps you happy, and change it up whenever necessary. Find a version of health that works for you =).
Super Bowl Sunday may test me, but it feels good to feel dedicated again. Missing the warm and sun, but breaking out some old workouts, dedication to my daily yoga practice, and clean eating has me feeling very sore but good.

Todays Bahasa Indonesia word : Delicious - ENAK

Posted by rachaelob 13:40 Archived in USA Tagged love energy yoga body fitness health dedication chakra Comments (0)

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