Take The 30×35 Holiday Challenge!

School is in wind down mode, on a crash course straight into finals. I think I may have already mentioned the month of October and half of November was a small hell, to say the least. The amount of exams … Continue reading

Relieve the Traveling Blues by Getting Active with Yoga – A Guest Post

It’s always nice to hear from readers, it’s even better when readers contact me with guest posts!  Recently, Wes Vonn, a fitness and healthy living enthusiast, also writer and creator of “Wes’ Musingsthoughts on health, fitness and a fresh perspective on life”  contacted me with a great guest post that I could not resist.

Yoga as an everyday practice, while at home and especially when traveling is fantastic for the body.  Traveling can cause anxiety and also physically damage the body.  It is good to practice yoga for whatever time available, wherever you may be to quell the rigors caused by travel.  Though, regular and sporadic voyagers shouldn’t let this be an excuse to stop a regular yoga practice.  It’s actually quite easy to keep up the good work and Wes has some good insight on keeping up the good work while traveling and practicing yoga.  Here it is:

If you travel on a regular basis, you may have experienced the aches and pains that are commonly experienced by busy travelers.  Some people travel endlessly for executive meetings, sales conferences, school events, sporting events, and a myriad of other reasons.  No matter what the reason is you are traveling, consider taking up yoga as a way to relieve your body and your mind from stress and burdens.  Yoga offers numerous benefits that can provide you with a relaxed and rejuvenated feeling to help you tackle any task or challenge you may be facing when you travel.

Yoga Relieves Pressure and Stress for Travelers

Yoga is an ideal exercise activity for harried travelers to get involved with due to the flexibility of the workout – no pun intended.  Yoga requires only a simple mat that is portable and can be used practically anywhere.  Not only can you do yoga at the airport while you are waiting on your flight, you can also do yoga in the mornings at your hotel or even before you leave your home for your next trip.

Not only can yoga help you to relieve pressure and physical stress that is often associated with weary travelers, yoga can be a great health promoter.  Using yoga for exercise increases physical strength, improves sleep habits, and it also promotes a healthier circulatory system.  The Mayo Clinic has released an article that provides information on popular forms of yoga and how easy it is to begin doing yoga on a regular basis.  Following a few simple guidelines is all that is necessary to begin getting active with this relevant form of exercise and to begin nearly immediately enjoying the results of it.

You Can Do Yoga Anywhere

Many hotels offer complimentary yoga and aerobics classes for their guests. It is important to perform some due diligence to find these types of hotels if it is desired to attend yoga classes. On a recent trip to Las Vegas I researched what hotels have the best complimentary yoga classes by looking at reviews and commentary based around all the Las Vegas Hotels. Hotels that do not offer these free classes can typically instruct a person to a local yoga clinic or wellness center so travelers can enjoy group yoga if they are staying in a city for an extended amount of time.  Group yoga is ideal for people who want to turn exercise and a commitment to fitness into a social interaction that can be encouraging and motivating.

I don’t travel very often (though I have an insane wanderlust) but when I do, yoga is one of my favorite things to do while away from home.  It eases the stress of getting from here to there, stretches out the muscle kinks from sitting for extended periods of time, and subsides the guilt of eating out almost every day while away.  (My personal favorite, yoga on a beach :)).

SDo you keep up with your yoga or fitness regimen while away from home?  Let us know what you do to maintain your normal routine.   If not, try some yoga the next time you go away.  It will be a guaranteed perk to any traveling you may be doing.

Backyard Brooklyn Yoga – Because I’m A Yoga Guide!

I’m assuming most of you know what I have been up to but if not, I completed 200+ hour training at Strala Yoga in NYC and I’m officially a yoga guide!  I’m so incredibly excited especially after working my butt … Continue reading

100th Post!

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all doing well.  I have been very busy transitioning and settling into a new life so I have been a little quiet lately.  But today is my 100th post on The Food Yogi Blog!  Yaaay!  It’s so awesome and I still can’t believe how far this blog has come but I have to thank all of you, readers, for making it all possible.  You are the best!

Here’s the scoop to catch you all up: Last Thursday was my last day at work and I started back at school yesterday.  There was a lot going on involving settling everything in the office, registering for classes, enjoying the last few days with my coworkers, a two-day wedding over the weekend, cleaning the apartment (cause I have time to do that now!) and well, now here I am.  I’m settling into my school and yoga routine nicely.  I’m taking organic chem and microbio and yoga teacher training begins September 8.  It’s all exciting and new.

If you missed it, yesterday’s Strala Blog post was all about beets.  I’m a little beet crazed lately.  I was never much of a fan but I have come to realize how beautiful and light tasting they are.  I’ve added beets to my list of favorite healthy foods, under kale.  Check out the post.

In other news, I started a YouTube channel today.  I only uploaded one video that I took this weekend while on a day-trip in Cold Spring, NY.  It’s a cute little town about an hour and a half north of the city, right on the beautiful Hudson River.  I can’t wait to go back in the fall and see the leaves changing, it will be quite picturesque.  Anyway, I plan to upload more videos, do some vlogs, and once I am a full-fledged yoga instructor (in a few weeks!) I will post some yoga videos too.  Now…if only I could find my actual video camera so I won’t have to use my iPhone or web cam…. But I also have some new great ideas for blog posts and a few guest posts coming up at some point, so very excited about that.  If you are interested in writing a guest post for The Food Yogi Blog, let me know.  Leave a comment or send me an email.

So, below is the video I took while I listened to the crickets, grasshoppers and frogs all saying goodnight.  It was so relaxing, naturally had to share with you all.  Silence and peace is something New Yorkers rarely get to experience in the city, if at all.  I sat on the bank of the river and meditated for a few minutes.   Meditating in nature is one of my favorite things to do.  It makes me feel completely whole and one with the world.  Sounds hokie, I know, but it’s true.  Enjoy!

Book List

Hi everyone!

Today I want to direct your attention to a new page on my blog. 🙂

Sound the trumpets and the drums! ….dum da dum….

I give you my BOOK LIST located up above and next to the “About The Food Yogipage.  It’s an easily accessible listing of recommended reading, books I am currently reading, and books I have on my shelf, cued up to be read.

I am excited to share these with you all! Quite often, I write about what I am reading and learning from these books and this gives a better chance to put a face with a name (so to speak).  The page will be updated as I move on to new and interesting reads, so check back often.  But of course, I will also be blogging and sharing that information with you all too.

On the Book List page you will find pictures of the covers of the listed books.  Each cover is a link to each book’s Amazon page.  If you’re interested and would like to read more, click the cover and you can preview the book there, order yourself a copy, or download to your Kindle. Easy peasy!

Oh!  And feel free to leave comments with any good reading recommendations.  Nutrition, foodie-stuff, yoga, health, wellness, fun fiction…all are welcome.  Thanks!

Have a wonderful day and happy reading! 🙂

Get Out Of Your Head

We have all experienced times in our yoga practice where we might physically be in tree pose, for example, but find ourselves mentally drifting and making a list of the errands we have to run after class and wishing there was a pen and paper around so as to not forget.  Or sometimes, if you’re like me, you find yourself thinking, maybe even stressing, about the pose your in, rather than letting your body do the work and just being present.  Yesterday morning, as I was practicing yoga, particularly when I was in Warrior II, I found myself thinking a lot about the sensations going on in my body: whether I was deep enough in the pose, which muscles I could feel working, wondering if my feet were properly aligned, I could go on, but I think you get the point.  Basically, I was stressing and fussing.

Once I became aware that my mind was completely garbled, a voice suddenly rang out from somewhere deep inside saying “get out of your head!”  Aha!  This was like a yoga kick in the butt for me; a wake-up call from my subconscious to stop thinking.  I paused for a moment to understand what just occurred and magically felt my mind go silent.  The silence and stillness in the room became beautifully apparent. Those magic words bubbled up from the inside and made a world of difference for the remainder of the morning’s practice.  I felt my face ease up, my body lightened, the tension in my neck disappeared, and there I was, suddenly feeling like I completely embodied the Warrior II position.  And, I began to smile. 🙂  It was pretty cool.

It became my mantra for the day and it made me think that not only does this pertain to yoga, but to life in general.  When times are tough, it’s much easier think through a difficult situation if you take a deep breath and get out of your head, so you can stop stressing and act with clarity.  The next time you find yourself in a stressful, worrisome situation, rather than staying clenched and stressed, try to remember to get out of your own head.  Or maybe, if you pay attention, your subconscious will bubble up with a similar mantra.

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Love!