Ginger, Lemon & Honey Tea To Help You Fall In Love With Your Yoga Practice

There is nothing more tranquil then waking up before the sunrise and starting my day off with a meditative yoga practice. Even if the practice is an intense one, the environment is absolutely serene. It is completely still and silent, stress has not crept in my mind from my job, and I find that the physical practice paves a smooth path to the spiritual practice.

Practicing at this early hour creates a pattern of stillness in my mind so that I can conquer any obstacle the day has in store for me. 

Look! I put myself inside the moon!

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Before I started practicing Ashtanga Yoga, I was a big time night owl. I am still a lady of the night by nature, and it is easy for me to fall back into that habit if I let it happen. Of course, the most important thing is to get your practice in when you can, but one of the traditions of being an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner is an early morning practice. I don’t question it. It’s just the way it is, and I love the simplicity of it. 

If you have been practicing or teaching at a Mysore Shala for awhile, the transition is obvious. Most people start off during the night session, and when someone has decided to dedicate themselves to the practice, they start to show up in the mornings. It is pretty fabulous to watch!

You’re going to think I am absolutely nuts, but at one time I was teaching an early morning 6am class, and this meant that I had to get on my mat by 4am to finish my practice. I had to be awake at 3:45 am at the latest! If you think that is crazy, you are right. But, good crazy!  

I treat myself to warm ginger, lemon, honey detox tea right after I practice, so it is one of my biggest motivations for getting out of bed and onto the mat. This tea cleanses the liver and sparks digestion, so it is a great way to keep your body hydrated and balanced throughout the day. 

Some of the benefits of Ginger Lemon Honey Detox Tea:

  • Ginger: Aids  in digestion, helps prevent colds and flus, keeps normal blood circulation, reduces pain and inflammation, and strengthens immunity. 
  • Lemons : helps flush out unwanted materials and stimulates the liver, balances pH Levels, enhances enzyme function, freshens breath, clears skin, and helps fight viral infections
  • Honey: boosts the immune system, reduces the risk of heart disease, is an antiseptic so it helps sooth the stomach, clears your skin, and is good for coughs and sore throats
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Ginger Lemon Honey Detox Tea
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A cleansing and comforting tea to help you fall in love with your yoga practice
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Prep Time
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Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger chopped (no need to peel, but make sure to clean)
  2. 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  3. 1 Tbsp. honey
Instructions
  1. Put the ginger and water in a tea pot.
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Turn down the heat and let sit for 3 minutes
  4. Squeeze the lemon juice and the honey in a large mug.
  5. Strain the ginger tea into the mug.
  6. Stir to dissolve
Notes
  1. This is a basic recipe to follow, but I honestly make a full tea pot and might have two cups before I hit the road to work. It is also okay to add water to the fresh ginger if you want another cup that you didn't anticipate for. As you start to get used to making this tea, you might just start to chop up the desired amount of ginger instead of measuring it all out.
  2. I also enjoy adding the lemon rind to the teapot and letting that soak in the water.
  3. Enjoy the yumminess in your mouth and happy detoxing!
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Happy Sipping! Namaste!

Do you have a morning tradition? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Why Practice Yoga, Part 1: How Do I Progress In Yoga Practice?

There are endless amounts of benefits of practicing yoga. I think one of the most confusing thing for people is understanding the difference between yoga and exercise, and that progression in practice does not mean progression in advanced postures. 

So……….

What Does Progression In Yoga Asana Practice Really Mean?

I made sure to use the words, asana practice because yoga is a 24/7 practice of awareness, consciousness, and unconditional love. It should be taken off the mat, and into our every action and thought. When we practice yoga postures, we’re actually using the physical body to understand what is going on internally on a spiritual level. 

Progression in practice doesn’t have to do with how deep you can get into postures, if you can stick your leg behind your head, or how long you can hold a handstand.  It is inevitable that if you practice long enough and challenge yourself, that stuff will come, but think of it more like a side effect of consistent practice. 

The commitment to a consistent yoga practice will create humility, compassion, patience, and a sense of stillness in the mind that grows over a long period of time. It grows slowly, which is something that is hard for people to understand or accept. When you can accept the irony that yoga is not about postures at all, then the frustration due to the physical abilities will start to fall away. 

It is  important to push the limits and challenge yourself in yoga practice, but that does not mean creating pain or hurting yourself. It also does not mean pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion. It is a balance of firm yet relaxed, which is stated in yoga sutra 2.46. 

2.46 Sthira Sukham Asanam:  “The posture (asana) for Yoga meditation should be steady, stable, and motionless, as well as comfortable”

How can you perform that really difficult posture while finding a steady breath? How can you find space in your spine in a deep backbend? How can you deepen your breath in a constricting Marichyasana A? 

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Accept that your body is different everyday, and that going deeper in a posture will come when something clicks internally, no matter how many YouTube videos you watch!

There will be days of total surrender where you will be able to get into postures that you’ve been working on for months, like this:

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I was told by a senior teacher that my arms were too short to do Supta Kurmasana (below). It took me two years, but it happened. Don’t let the opinions of others be an obstacle. Keep BELIEVING in yourself and you will see that anything is possible….

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Then the next day, because of whatever you are holding in your body (stress, anxiety, anger, sadness, frustration), or maybe even because of something you ate, you might not be able to do it again, and it might look like this...

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 Some days you might have a little extra energy to push the limits and try something new….

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Some days you might feel so heavy that you’re only able to do this….

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…and then sometimes, the challenge might just be stepping on the mat:

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Depending on the day….

The intensity of just rolling out the mat might be just as intense and challenging as Kapotasana was the day before. 

Remember that exploring the limits and the challenges is the yoga. When you do not feel like doing a posture, that is when you need it the most, even if you just do it in its most basic form. If you skip around, then you are avoiding something, and giving into your own strengths and weaknesses.

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Look past the excuses, and then all of this prana & energy that you create in your asana practice will benefit how you react to difficult situations and avoidance in other areas of your life. You’ll become empowered, stronger, happier, and confident inside and out. 

Just do your best, and treat yourself with compassion. 

Remember to forgive yourself

That is yoga practice

Namaste

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Creating A Pinterest Widget For Your Blog

Wow! This weekend has flown by! Finally made it to Sunday which is Techie Tip day! Hooray! Today’s Techie Tip is all about Pinterest. I am excited to share this because because Pinterest has become of my favorite ways of organizing and quickly saving good ideas from how to organize my home, helpful articles about yoga, to vegetarian cooking. I like to think of it as a more efficient way of using “file –> save as.” Rather than right clicking and saving these ideas to a folder on my hard drive, i’ve organized my favorite articles and links on the Internet. And even though I can create a secret board if I want, I love that Pinterest allows me to share and learn from others from all over the world.

If you want to have a Pinterest Widget on your blog, I find the best way is to embed the code from the widget builder Pinterest provides. You can embed a preview of your profile like this:

A. Create A Pinterest Profile Widget

CLICK —> Head on over to the Pinterest Widget Builder HERE

You’ll open up to a page that looks like this:

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You can see all of the sweet options for embedding your widget. Let’s start with the Profile Widget highlighted above.

  • Click where it says, “Profile Widget”
  • Copy and paste your Profile URL in the section that says, “Pinterest User URL.” I pasted mine in there as an example. 
  • Choose Your Custom Size: Square, Sidebar, Header, Roll Your Own: You can click on each one to see an example of how it will look…See Below

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My personal favorite is the “roll your own” because then you can play with pixel sizes to see how it will fit perfectly on your blog. However, the other options work just fine and are a great framework to start from. 

Once you have you have made your decision, click “Build It!” Then you will see an example, and a code generated for you. 

Now it’s time to import this into your WordPress:

  • Open Your Dashboard
  • Go to Appearance —> Widgets
  • Drag and Drop the “Text Widget” wherever you want your pinterest widget to be displayed.
  • Copy the code that Pinterest provided you
  • Paste into the Text Widget
  • Save & You’re DONE!

B. Create A Pinterest BOARD Widget

You can also Embed specific boards the same way. You would just click on the Board Widget Option instead of the Profile one. Instead of your profile URL, you’ll need to click on the board and highlight each board URL. For example, the board URL for my vegetarian recipe board is: http://www.pinterest.com/monicayogini/vegetarian-vegan-recipes/

Here’s how they look:

Follow The Yogi Movement’s board Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes on Pinterest.

Follow The Yogi Movement’s board Yoga Postures & Practice on Pinterest.

Follow The Yogi Movement’s board Vision Boards on Pinterest.

Follow The Yogi Movement’s board Inspirational Reminders on Pinterest.

Follow The Yogi Movement’s board Blogging on Pinterest.

Follow The Yogi Movement’s board Books & Videos: Yoga & Inspirational on Pinterest.

I want to embed them all, but I have so many! Check them out by clicking one of the boards! I’m always looking for new vision board ideas & vegetarian recipes!

If you have any questions or need some extra guidance, please contact me! I’d love to help!

I would also love if you would comment your Pinterest URL below after you hop on over and follow me! I could always use some inspiration! 

 

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Friday Mixtape: Inspiring Posts From Influential Bloggers (And One Just For Fun)

It’s Friday Mixtape day!  I’m not sure how you feel, but I sure am happy it’s Friday! What a busy week it’s been! I have had to work a little late, and wasn’t able to stick 100% to my editorial calendar (sorry!), but I have so many great things coming up that I’m excited about.

My weekend pretty much started yesterday when I got the most amazing green facial from Room Of Beauty in Winter Park. I can’t wait to tell you more about it in the upcoming weeks. If you decide to check it out, mention you heard it here! 

I want to end this week with a fun round up of some great and influential articles from some AMAZING bloggers in the health, yoga, and social media world. 

Health & Yoga

1. YOGADORK: Why Every Entrepreneur & Startup Should Practice Yoga

This particular post was especially helpful to me because right when my blog started to pick up, I got a promotion at work, and I have had to juggle blogging with work and teaching & practicing yoga! It’s incredibly amazing and I would not change it for the world, but I have had to restructure and relearn how to manage my time. My yoga practice has been my biggest mentor and best friend through this whole transition, so check out the link above if you need relief from too much going on syndrome!

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2. KINO MACGREGOR: Strength Lessons in Yoga from a Circus Trainer

This post came out last year, and I wanted to circulate it if you haven’t seen it. Kino Macgregor is one of my biggest influences in yoga. Her story is about strength. She discusses how she did not start off naturally strong, but the practice of Ashtanga Yoga helped her discover strength within that she had no idea existed. She just completed the 4th series of Ashtanga Yoga (There are only 6 & I bet she completes them all this lifetime), and being so far along in the practice she continues to find ways to challenge herself and push the limits. Read about how she hires a circus trainer as she strives to learn a one armed handstand. 

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3. HEIDI SWANSON: Miso Soup Recipe from 101 Cookbooks

I religiously follow Heidi Swason’s food blog for easy healthy vegetarian recipes. I love her stuff because it is all really simple to prepare, and she leaves room for so much variety. This Miso Soup recipe is one I have gone back to over and over, and I am always trying new things with it. It NEVER gets old. She uses soba noodles a lot in her recipes, which I love, and she’s a photographer, so I could just look at her food pictures all day long. 

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4. FOOD BABE: Are You Being Tricked By These Food Industry Marketing Tactics?

Food Babe seriously rocks my world. She focuses on investigating what harmful ingredients are hidden in your food at local chains and on food labels. She has actually been pretty groundbreaking. She brought Subway down by starting a petition to remove azodicarbonmide from their food because of their misleading marketing on being healthy and nutritious. She talks about that in the link above, and also some other tactics that you could be falling for. 

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Techie Nerd Stuff: 

5. MY CRAZY GOOD LIFE: Set Up Mail Chimp Like A Boss

I found about about this blogger through The Sits Girls, and this post was like a goldmine to me! I am in love with my my emails now that I have Mail Chimp set up. I can build a template and list a few of my most recent articles for my readers to click on. I can add some links to categories on my blog, or my favorite products.

One thing that frustrated me about the WordPress mailer is that it did not support javascript. Well, unfortunately Mail Chimp does not either, but if I do decide to place javascript in a post then I can arrange my email as an excerpt to be clicked instead of a full post so it looks all neat and clean. This was a great framework to start from!



Just For Fun

6. BITCH TAPES: We Love Whistling Songs 

My first job ever was at Camelot Music. Do you guys remember that place! Then, I worked at Blockbuster Music. After that, I worked at Best Buy in the media section. From there, I moved to Peaches Music & Video. And then finally, I worked at this little independent record store called Sonic Boom located across from the University of Central Florida. I look back on those record store days as some of the best moments in my life. I made some of my best friends, I was able to get into concerts by getting on the guest lists, and I got all of the promotional albums before they came out. Life was so easy going back then.

After I graduated college and left the record store business one of my biggest challenges was keeping up with current music. I read a lot of music blogs, but this one caught my attention a few days ago over Twitter. I love everything about whistling songs and I’ve been listening to this playlist nonstop for a week!

We Love Whistling Songs from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio.

 

Let me know what some of your favorite blogs or posts are! Have a great weekend & Namaste!

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The Boy In The Striped Pajamas & A Bunch Of Book Recommendations From YOU GUYS

A few weeks ago I gave away a gift certificate to Audible.com as a way to say Thank You because I’m so grateful for all of your support and friendship! Part of the entry was to write a comment about your favorite book, and last night I was finally able to get this amazing list together of your suggestions. 

First a quick book review:

In the last post, I mentioned I was reading The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, which turned out to be an incredibly moving book. I actually had no idea what it was about or what to expect when I purchased the book. The description through Audible was so intriguing, so I had to purchase it:

The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it’s important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

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Audible was brilliant to describe it in this way, and I was not disappointed. Here’s a brief description to what it was about:

A child named Bruno relocates with his family from Berlin because of his fathers career. He has no idea why he has to relocate and then he starts to notice that everyone around is wearing striped clothing. He realizes that some people are not being treated right, but doesn’t really understand why. He’s a really loving and compassionate kid and when his dad, who is a Nazi soldier, doesn’t treat people kind he feels deep sympathy for these people.

He goes on his back porch one day and notices a kid with the striped clothing sitting across the fence. He meets this kid everyday on the other side of the fence. They become great friends. The other side of the fence is a concentration camp, but Bruno (the main kid) does not know or understand what that means. The kid in the striped pajamas tries to explain it to him, but Bruno just cannot believe this is real, so he continues to just misunderstand what his friend is trying to tell him.

They meet everyday and become best friends. It was really moving to find out what happens to them and their friendship. I’m not going to give away how it ends, but I can tell you I was listening to it at work, I had to stop what I was doing, I got chills all over my body, and had to take a walk. 

The end of the audiobook has a small interview with the author, and I had no idea but this book has been a #1 seller in other parts of the world and has been highly controversial.  I thought it was interesting that the parents were using this book as a way to open up the dialogue about the subject of the Holocaust with their kids. The interviewer asked the author if he felt this was a children’s book, and his response was, “No, I think of it as a book. I’m not entirely sure I know what the difference is between a children’s book and an adults book.  A story is a story.” He also said this wasn’t a book about his experience from being Jewish, but about being a human being, and he hopes that it will be read by as many religious and ethnic orientations as possible.

The interviewer ended by mentioning, “This book has seemed to hit people right in the solar plexus.”  

I highly recommend this Audiobook, which you can link up to here

I also went ahead and put together a list of all of the book recommendations from everyone who entered the giveaway. If the book was available on Audible, then I linked it up. Some were not available, so if that was the case, I linked you to the Amazon book.  

1. Stephen King (All Stephen King books)

2. Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee was not on Audible so this is linked to Amazon, however here is a link to alTanith Lee books available on Audible. 

3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

4.The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo

5. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

6. Return To Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives by Jim Tucker

7. Shakespeare (All Shakespeare)

8. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

9. The Stand by Stephen King

10. In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

11. One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp 

12 .A Girl Walks Into A Bar - Rachael Dratch

13. Clifton Chronicles By Jeffrey Archer 

14. You Can Heal Your Life Louise Hay

15. Living, Loving & Learning Leo Buscaglia - This was a life changing book for me. I was a bridesmaid in my friends wedding and she gave this to us as our gifts. I knew it came into my life right when I needed it. I was upset there was not any Leo Buscaglia on Audbile, so I linked you up to Amazon. You can’t help but feel loved and embraced in a big hug when you read this!  

16. Surprised By Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker - This book looked awesome! I was going to reccomend it to all of my mom friends, but I can’t wait to read it myself! What really got my attention was this line:  poignant memoir of one woman’s dawning realization that being a mom isn’t about being perfect—it’s about being present.

17. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

18. Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron . I was so annoyed I couldn’t find this on Audible, especially since it was a recommendation from my dad! The link above is Amazon.

I am so excited to read or listen to all of these over the next few months! What will you read next?

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