It has been DORMANT.

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It’s a dormant growing season at the moment, in New York at least. And frankly, this blog has been pretty dormant. The definition of dormant is:

In terms of flora, many trees lie dormant during winter, i.e. not growing, just like seeds remain dormant until they are given the stimulus to grow (soil, water, sunlight).

The reason I shared that little ditty is because the sentence referring to “stimulus to grow” hit home with me. And so did the photo above,“Take time to Live Life.”

Why? The one thing I promised myself that I wouldn’t DO is blog unless I felt strongly about something, enthusiastic and jumping for joy about it (i.e. like when I have a cupcake in my hand) or completely inspired. Otherwise, writing to just write is not my kind of gig. Do I dare say I had a twinge of writer’s block? Hence, that’s why it’s been awhile. 

p.s. I AM NOT STOPPING THE BLOG, only I’ll be away for a few weeks. 

So what’s been going on? 

Actually, a whole lot! There have been many positives things going on in my life which have taken me away from the computer screen and dealing more with people. Well, that’s cool cause I like people. If you didn’t notice, I’m a people person.

Duh, I teach yoga and talk about food when I can. 

So, I have some cool stuff to share right before I LEAVE. 

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LEAVE?

Yes, I’m heading to INDIA for a 2 week yoga retreat with my mentor and teacher Mona Anand from ISHTA yoga (where I trained and continue my studies). I simply said,”YES” when asked,”Would you like to come as an assistant teacher?” Who would say NO? Well, I guess some would. We’re headed to Mumbai, Jaipur, Rajasthan and Goa. I’ll be away from March 18th-31st! Yipee! Spicy food and UV water filtration here I come! 

TEACHING YOGA: 

I teach yoga. I love it, it inspires me and making others FEEL GOOD simply puts a smile on my face. On an exciting note, I’m teaching it more and more. I’ve joined the team at Equinox Fitness and Pilates and More (aside from ISHTA yoga) and am nothing less then thrilled to share the love, passion and a few backbends with new students.

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Well, other then the fact that I’ll be dodging malaria and typhoid in India and at the same time embracing the culture, beauty, food, daily yoga and workshops! Perhaps some Indian cuisine will enter this blog, or more on Yoga, but in the meantime:

I wish you all, my lovely followers, a lovely day, and a warm welcome to SPRING in the next few weeks. SEE YOU SOON!

As some of you know, music fuels my soul, it’s in the genetic code if I had to guess. So here’s a few songs that have been inspiring me lately, whether it be for a long run, sitting peacefully and practicing yoga, cooking, or creating a playlist for a class I hope you ENJOY!

Love me some citizen cope. Went to a live concert recently. Awesomeness.

Javier Colon, gorgeous voice, huge talent. Old Cindy Lauper song.

That’s right, Flo Rida and Sia. Going for a Run? This song gets played at least 3 times.

Walela. Found them from my teacher Jean Koerner. Beautiful, Peaceful, perfect for a yoga class.

Foster the People. Just love this song. That’s all I got.

SO, if you’re a fellow blogger, what keeps you INSPIRED?

If you’ LOVE MUSIC, got a favorite song you’d like to share?

-Shanti (Peace)

JEN

WARNING. Do Not Do’s in the New Year.

I just love blurred xmas light photos and I'm here to shed some LIGHT. Pun intended.

Time to toss some serious words of wisdom your way as I’m feeling quite yogic. Straight from the NURU herself. What’s a nuru you ask? Well my yogini friend just called me that. It equates to: nutrition guru DUH.

MOVING ON.

I think you all know I have a passion for vegetables, oh and helping others feel good. Feel good about YOURSELF that is.

So, If you’re one of those people (you know who you are) who make some absurd resolutions (or just want a laugh or know who you should share this post with), sit back for a moment and put the leftover christmas cookies down (wipe the crumbs off your lap first) and become….ENGLIGHTENED.

DO NOT DO LIST. 2012

 

DIET. 

That dreaded word. First of all, take a peak at the word DIET. The first three letters are D-I-E. Yup. Now let me be the smarty pants I am and tell you why you shouldn’t do it. Cause this is what happens when you diet: You start out super psyched and motivated. You even pack the fridge or clean the fridge so it’s naked to fit all those fresh pressed juices for your 7 day detox (which I’m not opposed to, but…). Then you lose weight. Then you can’t handle the restrictions anymore and frankly you need a carb. Next thing you know you’re off the diet.  You possibly gain weight back.Then you decide it’s time to try another diet.  Then you come see me cause you need a diet for the diet that didn’t work in the first place. Does this sound vaguely familiar?

This recent article was spot on about setting the right goals. the NYT (New York Times: “The Fat Trap.” I suggest you read it. 

With a third of the U.S. adult population classified as obese, nobody is saying people who already are very overweight should give up on weight loss. Instead, the solution may be to preach a more realistic goal.

p.s. don’t be the AVOIDER.

 

BASH YOURSELF.

Yogis believe you are perfect as you are. And the word YOGA means “to yolk” or “union.” In english, this means to connect with who you really are and then….drumroll… “accepting it.” (p.s. if you’re a cat burglar that’s ok to cause you’ll probably keep coming back as a snail)-these are the yoga jokes people. But really, Isn’t there enough self bashing going around? Statistics say that 86 percent of people report the onset of their eating disorder by the age of 20. Sad. It’s exhausting to worry about what you look like all the time and frankly, it’s unnecessary. Happiness is way better! (p.s. this is not meant to be a joke re: those who suffer with Eating disorders).

CREATE UN-AWESOME GOALS.

Goals are good. In fact they’re likely necessary to get you over habits and hurdles to “feeling good.” However, it’s the type of goals (as mentioned from the NYT article) you create that will help you keep your sanity. So expecting yourself to lose the 30 pounds in 2 weeks, train for a triathalon that launches in 1 month when the most physical activity you’ve endured is lifting your finger to change the channel on the remote or type something on your new fabulous iPad does NOT a good goal make.

Oh, and if your idea of energy booster consists of chomping on a snickers bar or having 3 shots of espresso, you’ll need to start with something like “replace daily dose of sugar shock with a veggie.” Need some help? I wrote this article on goal setting and just read my colleague’s (Danielle Omar) 3 Words post. Not a resolution person? Love her thoughts.

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BE A CONSTANT CRANK PANTS

We all know em. There’s likely one person that you high tail it out the door from or screen phone calls cause they suck the blood, I mean are sources of constant negativity for you. The people who look for something bad to say about anything and anyone. Are you that person? Do you want to be that person?

One word: GRATITUDE (will change your attitude-yeah I really just wrote that).

You can’t avoid everyone. BUT, you can change your response to them. It’s that response, or lack of response that will leave you with peace of mind. Also, start giving more then you receive and relish in the moments of others happiness….you set yourself up for joy. And JOY is rooted in… MY BLOG amongst other things (hee hee). Oh, and I found this to be a very informative article on creating positivity. 

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JUDGE OTHERS

Why? Cause it ain’t cool. And frankly can you imagine how you’d be better off by refraining from commenting on that woman’s shoes, that guy’s hair, the homeless person on the street, celebrities, the Kardashians, the choices a friend has made in their career path yadayadayadayada I can go on and on with this one. We all do it, some more then others. But take a moment and reflect on something you’ve done lately that might’ve been JUDGE-EE.

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

 Carl Gustav Jung quotes

So, tell me how do you FEEL after reading this and what are you going to do or NOT do in 2012? 

p.s. if you do have awesome resolutions, share them!

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Namaste and Have a Happy Healthy New Year! -Jen