Nurture (verb): to support and encourage

Bliss (noun): supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment

A blog chronicling my journey to take the bliss and peace I have found in my yoga practice off the mat!

Nurture Your Bliss

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John Mayer - Born and Raised

He has a bit of a well-deserved reputation for putting his foot in his mouth BUT his talent is undeniable. I tend to like his live or acoustic versions of songs better because I love his voice so much. I have purchased every album of his since his first “Room for Squares”.  The whole album is amazing, but this is my favorite so far..

This Week in Yogi Land…

Lady Gaga = INSPIRING!! I first saw this on YogaDork and then of course registered to be a “little monster” on her website :) The title includes that she is responding to her “fat” criticism. "Fat" in quotes is right…it’s pretty scary when this body is considered fat. So impressed with her response, in true GaGa form, to face the criticism instead of shying away from it. From GaGa’s Body Revolution Page:

My mother and I created the BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION for one reason: “to inspire bravery.” This profile is an extension of that dream. Be brave and celebrate with us your “perceived flaws,” as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.

YOGA VOTES: a bipartisan campagin to get people “off the mats and into the polls”. It may seem far off, but November is right around the corner!

Lululemon Athletica on Facebook from the Lululemon Athletica Park Royal, BC storefront! I’m not very into football, but it is hard to ignore all of the NFL ref lockout airtime! And I think it’s ok to joke now that it’s over. AND it’s true…no contracts or refs in yoga :)

Quote from Yogisanonymous Facebook page. In line with Gaga’s Body Revolution.

My insanely talented cousin, Kayt Collins, took this picture at my parents house last weekend. We were worried that the chance of storms/rain would ruin the sunset pictures, but the “ominous” clouds really made the pic!

Yoga Jams

Last night I led my first 1 hour class! 60 whole minutes… AH I was SO nervous, but I made it through my sequences (without forgetting anything!) and I had a lot of fun too!! Practice makes perfect. I was also pretty VERY excited about my playlist:

  1. Coldplay - Charlie Brown
  2. MC Yogi - Jai Sia Ram
  3. Mattafix - Big City Life
  4. Phantogram - When I’m Small
  5. Little Dragon - Ritual Union
  6. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Never Go Back
  7. Handsome Boy Modeling School & Jack Johnson - Breakdown
  8. The Lumineers - Big Parade
  9. Brandi Carlile - Hard Way Home
  10. Citizen Cope - Sideways
  11. John Mayer - Free Fallin’
  12. Ray LaMontagne - Jolene
  13. Alexi Murdoch - Orange Sky
  14. MC Yogi - Shanti (Peace Out)

I haven’t been feeling very well for the past few days so I left work early :( Hoping some tea, kombucha and extra sleep will help me feel better!!

Chia tea from American Provisions

Bliss-Berry Katalyst Kombucha

Paleo Coconut Shrimp

Will has been eating paleo-ish - no grains, whole unprocessed foods - for a while now. I initially reacted negatively to the concept of eliminating food groups (addveryto the negatively). But I was persuaded by how great he felt and how little I missed the grains and other foods “missing” from the meals he cooked. This is not the way that I eat all the time, but who knows, with delicious food like this someday I may!

Last night we made paleo coconut shrimp from a recipe I found on The Ascent Blog. The recipe was super simple and reminded me of making breaded chicken for chicken parm with my mom when I was younger. Except this time my fingers were caked with almond flour and coconut instead of breadcrumbs!

We started by doubling the recipe to use 16 frozen shrimp that we bought at Whole Foods on Sunday. So we started by 1. defrosting and deshelling the shrimp.

2. Dip shrimp into 4 whipped eggs

3. Coat in mixture of Coconut Flakes (2 cups) and Almond Flour (1/2 cup)

Get ready for sticky fingers! And there was quite a bit of the coconut and flour mixture so could probably do 1 1/2 cups of coconut and 1/3 cup of flour

4. Place coated shrimp on large skillet covered with heated, liquified coconut oil

5. Flip on skillet after 1-2 minutes on each side and transfer on to paper towel to absorb any extra oil

6. Serve and enjoy! Zucchini is kind of an odd accompaniment, but it was going to go bad so we didn’t want it to go to waste.

7. Shrimp close up! I “drizzled” a little Frank’s hot sauce for flavor…YUM!

Garden to Table

This weekend I went to visit my parents in Stockbridge, in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. It is always nice to get away for the weekend. Of course I managed to make a few “plans” (a few I broke!) but it was mostly full of relaxation and lounging. And I don’t think you can find a view like this in Boston!

Stockbridge, MA

My mom loves to cook…and she is incredible at it. So we had a lot of yummy eats all weekend.

Paleo Pad Thai from The Clothes Make the Girl Blog. We subbed shrimp for chicken. The spaghetti squash came out more sticky, less stringy, but it was still delicious.

Pumpkin Oatmeal. Not the prettiest picture, but what it lacks in visual appeal it makes up for in deliciousness! And perfect for fall!

Spinach, sausage, onion and goat cheese frittata! I have been dying to make a frittata, but needed a hands on, walk through tutorial from my mom first :) It was super easy so hopefully I will actually make one now!

Most of the meals we (she - I mostly watched and chopped when needed!) incorporated something from her garden in the backyard or our favorite local market, Guidos. Like these brussel sprouts from the garden. 

I had NO idea that brussel sprouts grew on a branch like that. And they were really fun to just pop right off the stem.

We are indeed much more than we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.

I found this “thought” while flipping through an old Real Simple Magazine. It seemed fitting for this weekend and the idea of nurturing a physical practice - yoga, running, crossfit…anything. It can help us be much more than we are…I definitely felt better after a weekend of healthy, clean eats.

MONDAY (MORNING) MUSIC: Phantogram - When I’m Small

oops it is NOT Monday morning, but it is still Monday!

Shit Yogis Say

Breakfast @paramount44 with @willysfh #TGIF (Taken with Instagram)

Breakfast @paramount44 with @willysfh #TGIF (Taken with Instagram)

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Taken with Instagram

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