Motivating Mondays

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Well it’s technically Tuesday here but still Monday in Hawaii! Yesterday flew by! I have a feeling that is how my week will look. And I am just fine with that, because next week is vacation! Easter break where I can read, nap and cook up yummy treats in the mountains. But to get us going this week I’ve got a bit of sugar toxicity, TEDx inspiration and a list of books that should be on everyone’s spring cleaning list.

+ Jack LaLanne

Jack LaLanne was a fitness, exercise, nutritional expert and motivational speaker born in 1914. He was a self proclaimed “sugarholic” and “junk food addict” until he turned 15 when he changed his life around and became known as the ‘godfather of fitness’. If he thought there was a sugar and junk food crisis back in 1930 I would love to hear what he has to say about 2013! He wrote numerous books and hosted plenty of nutrition and fitness shows. Recently I have been exploring the risks of sugar in our diets, and luckily this week my nutritional course will be exploring this very topic. The following clip is Jack LaLanne discussing how your life would change drastically if you cut sugar out for just 5 days. The fact that he addressed this back in the 1960’s and we are still being challenged with the same illnesses and issues is beyond me. I just hope we still wont be trying to convince people of the dangers of white sugar in 2060.

If you would like some inspiration on how to eliminate sugar from your diet and still enjoy the sweetness of life read everything Sarah Wilson has about sugar.

+ TEDx

Last week I posted this video clip on my facebook. I raved about it to everyone. I truly believe in the power of growing your own garden, eating locally sourced produce and  becoming more aware of our food products.  Ron Finley and his team are miracle workers when it comes changing small plots of land in South Central L.A and instilling food values in the community. I could listen to him talk all day. He captivated me with his first sentence.

If you are new to TEDx here is a  playlists to get you inspired and motivated.

New to Ted?

+ Spring Cleaning

Tomorrow is the first day of spring! Although Norway is still covered in layers of ice and a couple feet of snow, I will still be celebrating. And although I wont be cleaning out my closet just yet and bringing out the shorts and dresses, I will be spring cleaning my mind. And I have just the right books to get me clearing, releasing, forgiving and renewing.

-Anything Danielle LaPorte but more specifically the Fire Starters and the Desire Map.

Yoga Ph.D by Carol Horton

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Return To Love– Marianne Williamson

Lets just say I will be busy!

Monday Mantra: Open Body, Open Mind. That is the beauty of life.

Happy Monday/Tuesday! xox

 

Superfood Friday

Bee Pollen

The newest addition to my morning oatmeal has been bee pollen! These colorful, soft, fragrant granules have been a wonderful surprise for me to discover. Bee Pollen is a holistic remedy used throughout the word however the uses and benefits are often overlooked and ignored. Which I feel is such a shame; these little beauties are powerful suckers. Bee Pollen is not the same as allergy causing pollen which is dry and carried easily by the wind but is actually proven to help treat allergies! The pollen is the male seed of a flower blossom which is collected by honey bees and mixed with the bee’s digestive enzymes. Rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, carotenoids and bioflavonoids, scientists rave about this as being super nutritious and a perfect food. Pollen is also the only plant source that contains vitamin B12! Here are some of my favorite benefits :

+ Enhances our Energy – The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins help us to keep going all day by enhancing stamina and fighting off fatigue.

+ Soothes our Skin – Used in topical products bee pollen can help to treat common skin irritations like psoriasis or eczema and even acne. The amino acids and vitamins help to protect our skin and aid the regeneration of our cells.

+ Treats our Allergies – Studies have been done to show that 94 percent of patients that ate bee pollen were completely free from allergy symptoms. This included asthma, allergies and sinus problems.

+ Aids our Digestive System – The enzymes in bee pollen assist our body in getting all the nutrients we need from the food that we eat.

+ Immune System Booster – Bee pollen is great for our intestinal flora which supports our immune system. Bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that may help protect the body from contracting viruses!

+ Treats Cravings – Used holistically bee pollen is used to heal cravings. Bee pollen contains natural Phenylalanine which acts as appetite suppressants, along with Lecithin which helps to dissolve and flush fat from our bodies which is not only cleansing but a great detoxification for us.

+ Fertility Booster – Bee pollen restores and stimulates ovarian function, and can therefore be used to assist in accelerating pregnancy. It is also well known as being a hormonal booster which is a wonderful aphrodisiac!

+ Building Blocks – Fresh bee pollen contains at least 22 amino acids which are the building blocks of protein needed to build every single cell in our body! Just 100 g of bee pollen contains as much protein as 1.5 kg of beef or 7 eggs!

Not sure how to use it? How about in your smoothie, sprinkled on pancakes, waffles or granola, you can even top off some raw brownies with a few granules, or how about rolled into an energy bliss ball? There are endless possibilities, just explore and enjoy : )

Smoothie with Bee Pollen

Happy Friday! xox

Motivating Mondays

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+ Jivamukti

I spent this past weekend at a Jivamukti workshop in Oslo. Øystein and Niclas were here in January at the Yoga Festival and their class moved and inspired me. I loved the spirituality that was weaved in between the asanas, the challenging poses that were set to perfect tunes and the energy from the instructors that brought us all into the present moment. This past weekend did not disappoint me, the class was intimately small and gave us all time to enhance our practice with guided assistance.  Saturdays class left me feeling cracked open, vulnerable but alive, while Sundays class brought be back to earth, grounded and complete. They both give yoga the energy I search for, the presence I love and push me over my own comfort zone. They create an exhilarating experience filled with possibilities.  This clip was played to start off our practice yesterday, I feel it should be a clip that is played every morning.

+ Books Worth Reading

9a2374ac57ea59a8efefcb5e22e74135I love a good book. The comfort and enjoyment I get from those pages in a novel always bring me to a state of being grounded. Unfortunately I have been neglecting it recently and choosing short articles or blog posts, a quick fix and rushing along with my day. This week I will be slowing down and letting the pages and words soak in, settle and ground me. Here are a few of my favorite past reads:

+ Instagram

My Instagram is filled with yoga, food and beautiful friends. Here are a few of my favorite accounts:

Sweat and Oranges, Amy Landry and Sarah Pohl

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+ Monday Mantra: Restore. Renew. Relax. Restore your faith in Humanity. Restore yourself.

Motivating Mondays

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Monday Monday Monday! I was lucky enough this weekend to head up into the mountains and enjoy the warmish winter temperatures but a rather large storm decided to join us as well. Luckily I love storms as much as I do sunny days so I curled up next to a fire and indulged in naps, books, juices, and thought provoking shows. Hope you did something similar : )

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+ Bliss Energy Balls

Soak 2 cups of dried fruit (I love to use a combination of dates, figs, goji berries, golden raisins, and prunes) in a bowl of lukewarm water for 10 min. In the meantime place 2 cups of  nuts (I love to use a combination of walnuts, almonds and pecans), 1 cup raw cacao powder, pinch of salt and pinch of cinnamon in the food processor and blend until finely ground. Add soaked fruit until combined. The mixture may resemble bread crumbs but once you start to press them into the shape you wish they will easily stick together! Store in a glass jar or plastic container. Enjoy!

+ Makers

I stumbled upon this show last week and decided I would watch the first episode and see what it was all about. Well I ended up watching all 3. These women were the pioneers in the feminist movement that started after WWII, women who knew there was more to their lives, and who believed in nothing else but their dreams and the collective spirit of women who come together. I only wish these women had graced my history books in High school, hearing all their stories about change, the challenges women faced and how they overcame it all truly had me thinking about what my cause would be.

+ Yoga Causes

Speaking of causes I have this huge urge to go out and volunteer my time as a Yoga Teacher. I have been to both Kenya and South Africa and volunteered in the townships for two different non-profits. However I have this pull towards Africa and have always wanted to able to connect on a different level, be able to give my time, my passion with connecting to others and to be able to lend a hand in a healing process. Yoga is empowering and transforming, and all though  I don’t believe it will fix, or transform what is present in the townships today I would hope it could help someone for one moment in their day to step out of their mind and into their hearts. There are many organizations out there however I find these two very inspiring Mandala House and Africa Yoga.

 

+Monday Mantra : Breathe. Connect with the earth below you and show up for yourself. Breathe

 

Friends + Friday

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Two of my favorite things are friends and Friday. What better than to bring the two together! I met Najiah in Bali at our Teacher Training and I was immediately struck by her sense of calm, the beauty of her poses and how she challenged herself every day. Every fear we were confronted with during our month together Najiah did it with a smile and with grace. She comforted us who cried, and listened to those who needed to speak, she exemplified the most invaluable lessons I have learned in Yoga, the art of giving, being selfless and love. I am beyond thrilled she is my first Friday Friend post! If you are ever in Singapore be sure to reach out for the BEST places to eat. I was only with her for 5 hours but I must have had 6 meals, it was fabulous. If I was to name the one gem Singapore has it is hands down Najiah.

+Hometown: Singapore
+Favorite destination: London or Italy
+Favorite food: Oh God. Too many. But if I had to pick one, I guess it’s real fresh sashimi.
+Favorite Yoga pose: Dancer pose. Just because it’s just so beautiful! And requires an incredible amount of both strength and flexibility! It’s all about the balance (:

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+How did you discover Yoga? Through a friend at work when I was worried I was putting on the weight in a sedentary working environment
+Why do you practice Yoga? For the calmness and serenity it brings me during and after practice. And of course for its endorphins. (:
+What inspires you? Beauty. And people who are true to themselves and others and who pursue what they truly want to do. I find there is some kinda fire and beauty in that.
+Where do you go to find calm and serenity? The Yoga Shala.
+If you had an entire day to show a loved what would you show them in Singapore? Arab St area, the Esplanade, Robertson Quay, China Town, Little India, my home.

+Where and what would you eat? Too many things oh we’d be so stuffed. Dim Sum, nasi lemak, chicken rice, hokkien mee, black pepper crab. The list is endless. Go check out ieatishootipost.sg!

+What is the best kept secret in your current city? Me. Well, okay, I believe it’s my grandmother’s cooking.

Life in a nutshell:

My morning routine is…. Snooze till I can’t snooze anymore. ):
The world needs more…. Love.
I believe in…. Being true to myself.
Love is…. Selfless.
I can’t get enough of…. Learning. About myself, life, food, yoga, anything that interests me really.
Yoga is… something I’m really thankful I found in life for helping me find some balance in a crazy world.
In 2013 I want to…. Oh gosh, I just set my goals (thankfully) few weeks ago. One of them is to practise self-love. Many a time I think I don’t appreciate myself for who I am and am too self-critical, especially when my self esteem isn’t great due to constantly being told I was never good enough since young. So this year, I’m going to tell myself I’m beautiful and give myself little treats to show self-appreciation. (:
My mantra for life is…. to be a good person, someone I’d respect and can trust.

Thank Najiah : )

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