Hello hello! Today I can’t wait to dive in and talk about one of my favorite things — yoga. I began taking yoga classes back in college. When I first heard about yoga, I was immediately intrigued and had to try it for myself. Despite all of the information I’d read about how practicing yoga was all “woo-woo” and “anti-Christian.” So, I signed up for an Ashtanga class one semester and an Iyengar yoga class the next. I LOVED it. I knew I would…
As time passed and I graduated from Clemson, I got away from yoga classes and would occasionally do some flows at home with lots of sun salutations and heart-opening poses (still my favorite kind of flows today!) But, when we moved back to South Carolina from Wisconsin and Caleb was around two years old (nearly a decade ago now — Wow!), I had to (HAD TO!) try hot yoga. There was a month long special for newbies on Groupon or something like that for 90 Degrees Yoga — The hottest yoga in Greenville. So, nervously, I went to my first class thinking the heat was going to kill me. I even remember showing up saying how I was no expert at yoga, and they laughed that no one is! "It’s a practice. You just show up.”
Well, I showed up at least 3 times a week after that first visit for about two years before we moved to Charlotte. It was my home away from home, my safe space, my happy place. It calmed the mental monkey mind of mine and made me feel so so good. After moving to Charlotte, a lot of you know I became a Pure Barre teacher, and I absolutely loved it! However, it was a different love, but still a crazy good, strong and powerful love.
Fastforward (finally, right? I know!) to living in Syndey’s amazing Northern Beaches and of course, I was back at the barre. But, I also began a new and exciting yoga — Bikram. You guys, it’s so hot in there (104 degrees F, 40 degrees C). It’s an hour-and-a-half long. It kind of stinks too, I’ll be honest. And, it’s the same 26 poses every single class — you do each of them twice because it’s fun. Ha! But, it is AMAZING. Some days it’s so so hard and other days, it’s fine. But, no matter what, after class, I feel like I am back to happy, sunshine-y me again. And, I LOVE IT. #addicted
Just yesterday, I finally saw the floor behind me in my backbend. *happy dance* Backbends and heart openers make me feel so energized and happy to be alive. I do tend to get a little bit (read: fiercely) competitive with myself, and it was so nice for the teacher to remind the class (even though I’m sure he was speaking straight to me), “It’s just yoga.”
Ha, it’s just yoga. So simple. Like, this is just life. Have fun with it. Enjoy yourself. Nobody’s going to make it out alive anyway. And, the other gem: “Your smiling happy face.” That’s what they say when you’re forward folding and placing your face below your knees with your legs straight. Ha! But, it works. I remember that from Pure Barre. Michelle would always tell us to smile when we were in Waterski to trick our minds into believing we were actually having fun.
I love smiling. Laughing. And any opportunity I have to do it, I will. So, anyway, go to yoga. Find your smiling happy self and make this bowl of goodness after. It’s loaded with juicy fruit, antioxidants and real food goodness to make you glow from the inside out. The perfect whole-body hydration you will need! Especially for a practice in the hot hot summertime like we now have here in Sydney.
This bowl is typically my first meal of the day, and since I try to do my 16 hour intermittent fasting (meaning early dinner, eat again around 11am the next day for an early lunch), this bowl really brings me back to life and makes me so happy because it’s so pretty and it’s so good. Give it a try and let me know how you go.
(I think it goes without saying, but just in case, always try to use local and/or organic fruits and veggies)
1 cup coconut water
1 cup frozen berries
1/2 small frozen banana
1 tbsp soaked chia seeds
I’ve been using Radiance and Bliss elixir powders from Orchard Street. In the US, I highly recommend Moon Juice, especially the beauty dust and spirit blends. (If you’re feeling especially cheeky, try the Sex dust!) In this bowl, I’ve also added 1 tablespoon of tocos and 1/2 scoop of Raw Reserve. Use what you have if it speaks to you — think maca, acai, ashwaghanda, macqui, camu camu…
Raw granola (I love Go Raw cacao granola)
sliced fresh fruit like banana, blueberries, strawberries, pomegranate
rose petals or cornflower petals
whatever you’re in the mood for
Add all ingredients to your blender, except the toppings. I use a high-speed Vitamix and LOVE IT!
Blend on high, using the tamper as needed, until desired consistency
Pour into bowl, add toppings and ENJOY! xx
I hope you guys get a chance to make this incredibly thick, juicy and delicious Bikram Bowl! Let me know how it goes and if you tried out a new yoga class. I want to hear everythingggggg. :) xx, Julie