Yoga Teacher Training: weighing the pros and cons

Like most yoga enthusiasts, I’ve often contemplated getting my 200-hour yoga teacher training. It’s become almost a status symbol, or a mark of honor. As if all “true” yogis have gone through this rigorous, structured training.

I think I would enjoy it. I can picture myself forging deep bonds with the other students in my class. Opening up about my personal experiences with yoga. Allowing my heart to open more and journey deeper into my spiritual practice.

And, of course, there are obvious physical benefits. Although I practice frequently, doing the training would force me to practice even more. I’m convinced that I would come out of the yoga teacher training being able to do handstand and maybe even getting close to scorpion pose.

But every time I look into it more, there’s a piece of me that thinks it’s a little ridiculous. $3,000 and a few months of my life, all for a hobby? Would I even want to teach at the end?

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Resolution Refresh: 3 tips to get back on track

How are your New Year’s resolutions faring?

Still going strong? Or have you started to waver?

It turns out a whopping 31.6% of resolutions don’t last more than two weeks and 41.6% don’t make it past one month.

But while a lot of people fail each year to accomplish their resolution, people who make resolutions are still 10 times more likely to reach their goals than those who don’t. Basically, resolutions are important and they can help us reach our goals. The trick is sticking to them.

And since it’s the time of year when those good intentions start to fade, I decided to hit refresh on my resolutions and share some tips to help stick with them. Hopefully this inspires you to revisit, refresh, and recommit, too. Read more

3 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Happiness

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How many books do you think there are on happiness?Over 12,982. (According to a “happiness” search on Goodreads, anyway.)

Happiness is even written into the Declaration of Independence: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Philosophers love to philosophize about happiness: Aristotle wrote, “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”

And scientists too: check out The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

I think it’s safe to say that people are kind of obsessed with happiness. I kind of am too (it’s in my site’s tag line for goodness’ sake).

But new research is showing that the active pursuit of happiness may actually be making us more unhappy. Huh?

There’s a few reasons that this can be the case.

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4 Easy, No-Prep Freezer Meals

4-easy-no-prep-freezer-mealsDo you ever feel like cooking, especially healthy meals, is hard? I do. Especially if you’re only cooking for one (which is how I started). And honestly, while I like leftovers, I can’t just prep on Sunday and eat the same breakfasts, lunches, and dinners all week. I just can’t.

When I was first cooking for myself (as a junior in college, living off campus), I didn’t really know where to start. I knew how to cook – my mom had taught me the basics. And I’m pretty good at following directions from the internet. But actually buying the right groceries, making healthy stuff without breaking the bank, not having a ton of food waste – all that was hard.

One of the first things I did to make it easier for myself to cook more often without wasting food, money, or too much time was what I call freezer meals. Read more

The Ultimate At-Home Yoga Guide

Source: Kukoon Yoga
Source: Kukoon Yoga

My New Year’s Resolution back in 2014 was to do yoga once a week, every week, no excuses. While 2014 has long since come and gone, my yoga habit has remained.

But unfortunately yoga classes can be super time consuming. Let’s say you’ve got 10 minutes to get there, you want to be at least 5 minutes early, then the class is an hour to an hour and a half, and by the time you get home basically two hours of your day is gone.

Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy going to yoga classes. They definitely offer perks that yoga at home can’t bring you. The community and hands-on instruction are necessary to advancing your yoga practice. But sometimes it’s just not gonna happen.

When you’re pressed for time (or $$), doing yoga at home using online yoga videos can be a great solution. Here’s the tools you need to get the most out of your practice: Read more

Need More Motivation? 5 TEDTalks to Inspire

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Some days (weeks… months…) you need an extra jolt of motivation and inspiration. Whatever you’re trying to work on, whether that’s a side hustle, fitness goal, or a work project, sometimes the energy fades, and we need an extra push.

If you’re not feeling motivated, you basically have two options:

  1. Fall off the tracks and never accomplish anything
  2. Pop in your headphones and listen to one of these awesome motivational TED talks

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Home Workout Equipment Showdown: Resistance Bands v. SelectTech v. TRX

Home Workout Equipment

For anyone who works out at home or would like to work out at home, choosing the right equipment to invest in can be a big decision. And while there are many workouts and programs you can do equipment free (like this one), the right equipment can help you get the best results possible and open up a much wider variety of workouts. Unfortunately the equipment can be expensive, and there are a ton of different options out there.

Of all the options, three of the best tools for a full-body workout in a small space are resistance bands, select-tech weights, and the TRX. I’ve used all three of these (and successfully completed p90x3 and Chalene Extreme with this equipment), so I’m here to weigh in on the pros and cons of each so you can get your best workout – all from the comfort of home. Read more

3 Step Process to Become a Morning Workout Person

Morning Exerciser

I have never been a morning person. I love sleeping in late, hitting snooze, and setting my alarm for the last possible minute (I often set alarms for 7:18 – somehow that extra 3 minutes is really going to do something for me!). But if you read much about working out, time and time again you hear about how people who work out in the morning are more likely to workout consistently.

And it makes sense! How many times have you been planning to workout after work and something comes up? Friends want to meet for dinner, you forgot you have to go to the post office, or a million other different things. It’s so easy for other commitments to pop up throughout the day, so working out first thing ensures you always have time for it.  Also, willpower gets weaker throughout the day – after a long (sometimes hard) day at work, sitting on the couch binge-watching Friends reruns may seem a lot more appealing than a workout.  Read more

Simple Green Smoothie 30-Day Challenge: Review and Recap

Simple Green Smoothie 30-Day Challenge_ Review and Recap

A while ago I joined the Simple Green Smoothie 30-Day Challenge – you can read about why I decided to do it here. But now that the challenge is said and done, it’s time to recap. I want to talk about my thoughts on the challenge, as well as if I met my goals that I set up in the first post.

The Challenge

For those of you who have never heard of this challenge before, I highly recommend you check out their site. Basically, the idea is to have a green smoothie (all smoothies include 2 cups of vegetables) every day for 30 days. They send an email at the beginning of the week with all of that week’s recipes and the shopping list. You can also buy all of the recipe cards ahead of time for $5 if you need more time to plan. I chose not to do that since I always go grocery shopping on Sunday anyway.

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The Importance of Trying New Things: 4 Ways to Move Outside your Comfort Zone

Move Outside Your Comfort Zone

Many of us often get stuck in a rut of doing the same things and activities day after day, week after week, year after year. We go to the same gym, talk to the same people at work, read the same types of books, and go to the same restaurants and bars every weekend. Routine is great – it creates stability and reduces stress – but novelty and forcing yourself outside of your comfort zone is also a really important part of life. 

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