Whew! When did it become Wednesday? This week is flying by and deadlines just keep piling up - and the weather is absolutely gorgeous here in San Diego, which is make it even harder to focus! I spent this past weekend in Mexico with my husband and 7 of our closest friends doing what one does in Mexico - eat lobster, drink tequila, surf and just chill. It was awesome to get away and reconnect with them and it reminded me how grateful I am to have supportive, loving friends in my life. But, this is no accident. I have had to "weed out" toxic friends and distance myself from ones who didn't always have my best interest in mind. I actually now find myself constantly re-evaluating the people I allow into my life. As my beautiful friend Shabnam puts it - Be your own gatekeeper.
If this is what you need more of in your life, take a moment to re-set mid-week with this powerful intention: I surround myself with only positive, supportive people who want to see me SOAR ♥
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly be that kind of a friend for your friends.” - Mark Twain
Bored with seeing the same walls and mirror during yoga? Take advantage of the beautiful weather and get outside to try some yoga on a paddleboard. You will LOVE it! After every SUP Yoga class I teach, students walk away feeling excited, strong, relaxed and proud of themselves for trying something new.
In this video, I teach you how to get in to Camel Pose (Ustrasana) on a stand-up paddleboard - remember to keep those toes tucked if you are trying this for the first time!
Join me this Monday, July 2 for another magical Full Moon Yoga at Law Street Beach in PB. For all you San Diego locals, this is an incredible way to experience your city from another angle. If you are just passing through, practicing yoga under the bright full moon while watching the waves crash in front of you is not to be missed!
Bring a friend, a mat & a smile ~ see you there!
$10 suggested donation, benefitting Yoga for Hope.
Last winter, my husband and I went on our honeymoon to Thailand. We spent New Year's Eve in Bangkok (wild!) and on the first day of the new year, we headed down south to amazing island called Koh Chang. There was only one yoga studio on the island and it was a 90 minute drive by motorbike each way. The studio is located at The Spa Resort Koh Chang - a super secluded Health and Wellness Sanctuary, where people from all over the world go to participate in their famous 7 day cleanses.
We took a lovely and much-needed (after the 18 hour flight!) Hatha yoga class and then went to lunch at the The Spa Restaurant, which is mostly raw and voted one of the "50 Best Restaurants in the World" by UK Magazine.
Their raw energy balls are not only delicious and full of protein, but also adorable, which makes them a fun dessert to bring to a dinner party. This recipe is a must-try! Take some time this weekend to whip these babies up - you will have a new favorite healthy snack :)
Raw Energy Balls Recipe
Ten dates One cup of raw pecans Heaping teaspoon of cocoa powder Dried coconut shreds (optional) Raw cashews (optional) Goji berries (optional)
1. Soak the dates in water. If you think to do this an hour or more in advance, it's fine to use room temperature water. If you're pressed for time and only have a few minutes for soaking, use hot water. The idea is to soften the dates so that they are easily blended into a soft paste.
2. Measure out a cup of raw pecans and put them in a food processor. A strong blender might also work, but for this recipe, a food processor works best. 3. Process pecans on low or using a pulse setting until they're nicely ground. You don't want to make pecan butter here - you're looking for nicely ground pecans.
4. Add a heaping teaspoon of quality cocoa powder. If you don't enjoy chocolate, it's fine to skip this step.
5. Blend or pulse for another few seconds to bring ground nuts and cocoa powder together.
6. Add six soaked and mildly crushed dates to the mix. It's best to add a little water to this recipe to create proper texture. A good way to add just enough, but not too much water is to lightly shake the dates as you get them out of their bowl of water, give them a gentle mush with your fingers, and add them slightly wet to the ground pecans.
7. Process on low or use the pulse setting until the dates and pecans become together into one mass.
You want the texture to be such that you can pinch off teaspoon-size chunks and roll them up with your palms into bite-size balls. If need be, add another mushed up date or two, but always be conservative in adding extra dates, as once the mixture gets too moist, it's very difficult to fix by adding more nuts. * For some variety, roll balls in dried coconut, cocoa powder, and consider adding raw nuts and dried berries on top before serving.
Koh Chang (Elephant Island) will always have a special place in our hearts.
Here we are enjoying a magical Thai sunset on the island - January 2012.
Each month on The Zen Girl Chronicles, I feature a woman that lives an inspired life, following her bliss every single day. For June, I chose the lovely Rachel Brathen as our "Zen Girl of the Month" because of her courage to live out her dream. As a teen, Rachel left her native Sweden in search of a better life, and found yoga - which helped her find herself.
Rachel is now living in Aruba as a yoga teacher, SUP Yoga pioneer, Yoga Director of Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa and professional beach bum. Rachel's outlook on life is beautiful and simple: "Go where the happiness is, and screw everything else."
Read my full interview with her on MindBodyGreenhere!
I am getting SO excited to lead the Paddle Into Fitness SUP YOGA Teacher Training in just two months! We have a super fun group of water-loving yogis coming from all over ~ Iowa, Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas, even Canada! So stoked to spread the SUP Yoga love :) If you or someone you know wants to take their yoga onto the water, let me know! There are only 5 spots left, submit your application here: www.paddleintofitness.com/certification
Last Sunday morning, I woke up with a burst of energy, ready to do something "active". I immediately called my bff Kristy to see if she wanted to tackle the Mt. Woodson hike, something we've been talking about for months. Last spring, we hiked Cedar Creek which ends at a beautiful waterfall in the middle of the country and it is still one of our favorite San Diego memories. Armed with four PB&Js, four Tiger Milk bars, about 800 liters of water, and one excited pitbull, we grabbed our guys (who were NOT happy to leave the beach on a big surf day) and headed East.
It turned out to be a....memorable day, that's for sure! Long story short, it ended up being an almost 9 mile hike (a little over 4 miles each way), and Devin and I never made it up to the famous Potato Chip Rock. Our dog Sammy kept overheating and he collapsed 5 minutes from the top :( Our friends made it top and took this awesome pic.....
If you live in the San Diego area and haven't made it out to Mt. Woodson in Poway yet, I highly recommend it! We found this cool flat rock to take some partner yoga pics on to make up for not making it to the top :)
While we love to take our pup absolutely everywhere, this is definitely not a dog-friendly hike. Poor Sammy had to get carried down :( Well, more like poor Devin....
It turned out to be an amazing day in the sunshine, basking in the beauty of San Diego's countryside. You gotta try it!
Just got official word that I will be teaching at the first annual Yoga Journal Conference here in San Diego. Part of me can't believe what I am typing. Me. Little ole me. Teaching. At Yoga Journal Conference. Alongside my yoga super heroes: Kathryn Budig, Bhava Ram, Aadil Palkhivala, Cyndi Lee, Seane Corn.....sigh....thanking the yoga gods for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
If you are coming to YJ Conference, reserve a spot in my 2-hour Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga clinic. Paddle Into Fitness will be teaching our signature Nautical Flow class at Session 2 on Saturday 10:30am and Sunday 10:30am. live ~ laugh ~ paddle
Every Monday morning, I try to set an intention for what I need out of these next 7 days in my life. Ways that I can push myself to grow, encouraging things to remember and/or motivation I need to stay focused. I will always try to share them with you in the hopes that we can journey together. So here goes: First week of June, I intend to.....
Push myself to be SPONTANEOUS and try 3 new things
to enhance my mind, my body and my soul.
"Don't be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone.
That's where the joy and the adventure lie.” - Herbie Hancock
Come watch the sunset, then experience Full Moon Yoga as we flow through moon salutations, heart openers and an extended savasana under the stars. This lunar flow will leave you feeling restored and ready for the high energy surrounding the full moon each month.
Meet at the park above Law Street Beach in PB. Bring your mat and make sure to wear layers! We look forward to seeing you on Monday. $10 suggested donation - proceeds benefitting Mama's Kitchen.