Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga

by Danielle Lauren


Make the most of your Summer with SUP Yoga!

 SUP Yoga will help you focus on your breath.  Ujjayi Pranayama, or Ocean Breath, is a popular yoga method for breathing because the "ocean" sound is believed to soothe your mind. And some researchers believe that listening to the sound of the ocean can help people to relax. The gentle sound of water lapping while on a paddle board will help you relax and key you in to the most important aspect of yoga: your breath.

SUP Yoga will help you focus on your breath.  Ujjayi Pranayama, or Ocean Breath, is a popular yoga method for breathing because the "ocean" sound is believed to soothe your mind. And some researchers believe that listening to the sound of the ocean can help people to relax. The gentle sound of water lapping while on a paddle board will help you relax and key you in to the most important aspect of yoga: your breath.

  Standup paddle board yoga brings a little fun and freedom to an otherwise earth- bound yoga practice.  BREATHE—when you feel yourself getting stressed out or worked up, take a moment, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Re-examine your situation, and remind yourself it’s summertime—and time for you to slow down and relax.  The physical, mental and health benefits of incorporating SUP Yoga into your lifestyle are insurmountable. As you move and flow on your board, in the ocean, you will experience pure bliss fill your entire being.


Standup paddle board yoga brings a little fun and freedom to an otherwise earth- bound yoga practice.

BREATHE—when you feel yourself getting stressed out or worked up, take a moment, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Re-examine your situation, and remind yourself it’s summertime—and time for you to slow down and relax.

The physical, mental and health benefits of incorporating SUP Yoga into your lifestyle are insurmountable. As you move and flow on your board, in the ocean, you will experience pure bliss fill your entire being.

 Make the most of your Summer - Try something new!  Even if you've never tried yoga or stand-up paddle boarding, it's a great way to get fit and enjoy experiencing the ocean at the same time.  If you're not near an ocean, there are plenty of places around the country that offer SUP Yoga classes in pools, lakes, and rivers!   Between breathing fresh air, soaking up Vitamin D and enjoying the natural landscape, SUP Yoga invigorates your senses making you feel calm and relaxed.   * All images by Rachel Brathen - yoga_girl

Make the most of your Summer - Try something new!  Even if you've never tried yoga or stand-up paddle boarding, it's a great way to get fit and enjoy experiencing the ocean at the same time.  If you're not near an ocean, there are plenty of places around the country that offer SUP Yoga classes in pools, lakes, and rivers! 

Between breathing fresh air, soaking up Vitamin D and enjoying the natural landscape, SUP Yoga invigorates your senses making you feel calm and relaxed. 

* All images by Rachel Brathen - yoga_girl


Watercolor for Mindfulness

by Danielle Lauren


Mindfulness is present moment awareness.

"Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience." (Psychology Today)

Watercolor is a surprisingly fun way to live in the moment.  Although, you can get lost in the moment when you paint, instead try to focus on the colors and the paint strokes.  Pay attention to detail and focus on what you are doing - this will help you become more mindful and be in the present moment. 

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Exploring mindfulness through conscious creative expression you enhance your experience by developing your capacity to think more creatively, become more solution focused and feel more empowered.

Benefits of Mindfulness and Creative Expression:

  • Stress reduction
  • Enhanced health & well-being
  • Enhanced creativity
  • More solution focused
  • Feel more empowered
  • Greater contentment
  • More positive outlook
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The practice of meditation has many similarities to creative work. The need to focus and become fully absorbed and present to the task at hand as well as developing the capacity to receive what arises, look deeply, generate ideas and develop solutions.  The capacity to stay present to, and hold difficult feelings and emotions is enhanced by mindfulness practice and together with artistic expression gives you both the a means to express what is difficult to verbalize and another powerful tool to see how the mind works.

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Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present to, and accepting of each unfolding moment of our experience. By bringing our full attention to our thoughts, feelings, sensations and emotions we become more aware of our responses to life. We begin to see our habitual way of relating to events as they unfold and where we may be blocking our capacity to be more receptive to change and open to the wonder present in each moment. This deepening awareness allows us to be more accepting of ourselves and life’s challenges leading to a higher level of contentment and the cultivation of a more positive outlook. We begin to see the glass as half full rather than half empty.

There are other ways to practice mindfulness, this is just one fun example that you can incorporate into your life.  Be creative, try something new, you might surprise yourself!


Stay Fit and Healthy this Summer Holiday

by Danielle Lauren


Summer is an exciting time of the year.  The warmth of the sun on your skin.  The fresh ocean air at the beach and the sand at your feet.  When planning a holiday this summer make sure not to forget about your healthy habits that you have been working so hard for all year long.  Summer is a great time to take a break, rest and relax, and enjoy each day. 

When on your holiday or summer break try to incorporate your healthy habits such as getting exercise in when you can.  If you are at the beach or pool you can stay active with swimming.  You can go hiking on that trail, or bike riding around the charming town you encounter.  Stay active and keep it fun!

Try new summer recipes to get you inspired for eating healthy and fresh.  Grill your fruit such as peaches and watermelon to add to your salad.  Try that spiralizer this summer and make zoodles.  Grill shrimp on the barbeque or make an avocado taco salad.  There are a number of delicious recipes you can find online.  Make a list of new and delicious recipes you would like to try.  If you are on vacation then try to maintain your healthy habits, and don't be afraid to explore and try something new -- you never know you might find something you love!

Allow yourself to indulge once in awhile, but make sure to have self-control.  Enjoy that mango sorbet by the pool, or that delicious ice cream cone by the beach.  Or try creating your own healthy version of that sweet treat.   Treat yourself, stay active, and think of maintaining your healthy habits!

 

Mango Sorbet Recipe:

Note: This recipe does not have sugar (if you would like it sweeter you can use 3/4 cups sugar or sugar substitute)

  • 2 pounds ripe mangoes, peeled and diced, 4 1/2 to 5 cups
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice, more or less to taste

Directions:

  1. Pack diced mangoes in blender with water and blend on high speed until very smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a large measuring cup, pushing purée through strainer with a spoon, until you have 3 cups of purée. Reserve remainder for another use.

  2. Transfer strained purée into a large bowl and whisk in lime juice (whisk in sugar in small increments if using).

  3. Chill purée in refrigerator until very cold, 2 to 3 hours. Churn in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions, then transfer to airtight container and chill in freezer at least 4 hours before serving.

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Summer Healthy Tips:

- Drink a glass of water before each meal

- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (hydration is important in the summer!)

- Sleep well (getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental and physical health, safety and quality of life)

- Eat fresh (reserve a place on your plate very meal for fresh produce)

- Stay active  (summer is a great time to try new exercises and outdoor activities)

- Stay in the shade (try to limit your time in the direct sunshine and wear sunscreen)

- Relax and rejuvenate (take time out for yourself to relax and reduce stress)

- Have fun!!!

 

 


Ride a bike or go for a hike.

by Danielle Lauren


Being in touch with nature can make you feel calmer instantly.  Although it can be a great feeling going to the gym and taking that hard core spinning class, it can feel even greater when you push yourself through the great outdoors.  

If biking isn't your forte then go for a hike.  There are a number of great benefits to hiking such as getting fresh air, reducing blood pressure, reducing stress and anxiety, boosting your mood, strengthening your core and improving your balance.

If neither of these activities suits you try finding an activity that you do enjoy or try something different.  The important thing is to remain active and keep moving.

 

 

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Think Positively

by Danielle Lauren


Make the most of the time you have now.  Life can be difficult at times and when you are feeling low the only thing that will get you back up is your attitude.  At the end of the day if you are feeling overwhelmed, tired, stressed, exhausted or depressed, go to bed and get a good night sleep for at least 8 hours.  When you wake up in the morning start your day with a positive thought such as today is going to be different and I'm going to make it a good day!  Don't think about the negative in your life, think of the positive.  Imagine yourself on a beautiful island or somewhere you love and take yourself there.  Live simply and appreciate what you have and don't focus on what you don't have.  

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Think of a serene place somewhere that makes you calm and happy.  Let this visualization bring you positive thoughts.  


It all starts with a thought.

by Danielle Lauren


 

Happiness comes from within.  The thoughts inside of your mind shape the way you feel about life.  If you want to be happy then think happy thoughts.  Look at life with a positive outlook.  Positive thoughts will bring you positive reactions.  

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Enjoying the Simple things in Life

by Danielle Lauren


What do you enjoy about your life?  Everyone has different interests and aspirations.  What do you want to get out of life?  Having a good life is about doing things that make you happy.  Creating a life full of enjoyment is about balance.  How do you create a healthy balance?  Write down the activities you do the most throughout your week.  Most people have work, family, gym, sleeping, hobbies, etc.  If you find that your work occupies most of your time and that you tend to bring your work home with you then you may have a work-life balance overflow.  Learn to separate yourself so that you do not become stressed and fatigued.  Make time for yourself and do things that you love. 

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