Hoppy Easter EveryBunny!

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I wish you all the happiest of Easter’s today!

Eat what you want. Do what you can. Be with who you love.

xoxo

Becky

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Easter Seals

Ok, this isn’t quite the Easter Seal you may have expected, but I just had to share my boyfriends recent digital art piece. He asked me to choose a photo for him to draw, and I am a sucker for animals with the dreamy eyes. They make me all warm and fuzzy inside.

He came up with this. One of the cutest darn things I’ve evah seen. That boy is so talented and I am so proud of him.

Good job, dollface 😉

xoxo

Becky

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Yoga.Rinse.Repeat.

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I’m the kind of girl that knows what she wants. I want what I want and if I think it’s possible, I go for it. I never usually struggle with knowing what I want but that just isn’t the case this time.

Yoga teacher training. I’ve been wanting to do this for years now and something has always come up and it just hasn’t worked out for me. I won’t get into exact details, but let’s just say that the trainings I’m interested in taking and I haven’t had great timing with each other… yet.

There are SO many options when it comes to teacher trainings out there that I tend to get lost within Google because of it. Do I want to go away for a month intensive somewhere like Hawaii (yes please!), or do I want to stay closer to home? Should I do an intensive or should I do an extended training over 6 months? Can I afford to do all of this right now? Should I maybe wait a little longer? Should I study hot yoga or regular yoga? What styles do I want to ultimately teach? Ahh! The questions I have are endless. Which is fair I guess. This isn’t just a simple decision I’m trying to make. This will hopefully be my career. So I’m taking it pretty for serious guys.

I’ve loved yoga for years now and I really can’t imagine a better job for me. I want it very much and not to brag, but I think I’d be damn good at it 😉 I have big dreams of opening up my own studio someday. I even have all of the decor already picked out in my head and I’ve thought of names and all that jazz! First is first though… I need to narrow down my decision and pick the right teacher training for me.

That’s where you lovely people come in! (Flattery gets you everywhere… I hope.)

If you’re reading this and have gone through or are going through or will be going through what I am, please comment. Let me know what your thoughts are. I know that in the end, this decision is my own and nobody else’s. Which I am very much ok with. I just would like to hear from those who know what I’m feeling right now, is all 🙂

Thank you! You’re wonderful.

xoxo

Becky

Gasp! I’mma Disney Princess!

A friend of mine’s little girl chatted me up this morning on Facebook and told me I’ve just GOT to try this “make yourself into a Disney princess” website. Normally, I wouldn’t do something like this (unless it involves creating a character on a video game). But she insisted and really wanted to turn me into a princess. So, with her help, here I am! A rock star of a Disney princess 😉

Eat your heart out, Ariel…

xoxo

Becky

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Little Black Dress

Ahh, the little black dress. I know you have at least one in your closet. I have a few. My favorite being my little Guess number with the cap sleeves and cute cut out back. I got it forever ago, I don’t even remember when! And that’s the wonderful thing about little black dresses, they never go out of style.

Look at Audrey Hepburns famous LBD in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. That is timeless. Even now I look at that movie and think to myself, wow I want to wear that dress on my next date night. Elbow high gloves included! That dress is cited as one of the most iconic items of clothing in the history of the twentieth century and perhaps the most famous LBD of all time. (Sorry I keep saying “lbd”. I’m normally not too lazy to write the whole thing, but I think I’m on to something here. I hope it catches on.)

The little black dress is one of those things that will always be in fashion and will always be a go-to piece of clothing for anyone wanting to exude style, sexiness and elegance. There are many variations of the LBD, and we all rock our own versions wonderfully. Here are a couple photos of myself (back in my brunette days) rocking my little lovely frock I mentioned earlier. On that particular day, when the photo was taken, I was going to a really good friends wedding and was giving one of the speeches so I wanted to look extra special and lovely. I paired it with a lace headband, cute printed tights & sexy little black heels. Classic.

Now, even though those photos were taken a couple of years ago, I know for a fact that I could go out tomorrow in the same outfit and get the same compliments I got the day I bought the dress.

So rock on, little black dress and don’t ever change 😉

xoxo

Becky

Dreamy Coconut Bars

Mmmm, coconut. Creamy, dreamy, delicious coconut. I don’t know about you, but I adore the stuff. Lattes, desserts, piña coladas. All of it. And these bars are no exception. Also, they are crazy easy to make! So next time you have a few minutes and are craving a yummy little treat, whip up a batch of these bad boys.

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Becky

Dreamy Coconut Bars 

Makes 6-8 bars

  • 1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or by hand. Squish into any small container (about 7 x 5) and refrigerate for an hour before cutting. (Or freeze for 15 minutes.) Enjoy!

Strike A Pose

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If you’re like me, then you were slightly confused by all of the different flavors of yoga’s out there too! There’s alot of them, so don’t feel bad. Or dumb. That’s not how a yogi should feel.

I’m going to dumb down the list to the top 14 types of yoga styles out there. Hopefully this makes it easier for you on your road to yoga bliss.

(One that didn’t make the list but is another yoga flavor is Tantra Yoga. To those of you sexy people that know what that is, then good for you! Also, wink. To those that don’t (or those that just want to hear me explain it…) Tantra yoga is a practice that can be used to expand the connection and awareness between a couple, creating a deeper bond spiritually with each other. Think of, tantric sex. That’s basically what it is but with yoga. Meow.)

xoxo

Becky

Yoga Flavors

Anusara

Anusara is often described as Iyengar (a purist form of yoga) with a sense of humor. Created by the aptly named John Friend, Anusara is meant to be heartfelt, and accepting. Instead of trying to fit everyone into standard cookie-cutter positions, students are guided to express themselves through the poses to their fullest ability.

Ashtanga

Six established and strenuous pose sequences—i.e., the primary series, second series, third series, and so on—practiced sequentially as progress is made. Ashtangis move rapidly, flowing from one pose to the next with each inhale and exhale. (Each series of poses linked by the breath this way is called a vinyasa.)

Bikram

This is probably my favorite. I’m a hot yoga kinda girl 😉 Yoga poses in a sauna-like room. The heat is cranked up to nearly 105 degrees and 40 percent humidity in official Bikram classes. If it’s called “Bikram” (for inventor Bikram Choudhury), it will be a series of 26 basic yoga postures, each performed twice.

Hatha

By definition: a physical yoga practice, which is pretty much all yoga you’ll find in this hemisphere. One of the six original branches of yoga, “hatha” encompasses nearly all types of modern yoga. In other words, hatha is the ice cream if styles like ashtanga and Bikram are vanilla and chocolate chip. Today, classes described as “hatha” on studio schedules, alongside vinyasa and prenatal, for example, are typically a basic and classical approach to yogic breathing exercises and postures.

Iyengar

Purist yoga named after founder B.K.S. Iyengar. Props like blocks, straps, harnesses, and incline boards are used to get you more perfectly into positions and have earned the style its nickname, “furniture yoga.” Appropriate for all ages and abilities, Iyengar yoga is all about precise alignment and deliberate sequencing. (Don’t take that to mean easy.)

Jivamukti

A physical, edge-pushing practice that reintegrates yoga’s traditional spiritual elements in an educational way for Western practitioners. Expect a theme for each class, Sanskrit chanting, and references to ancient scripture. Created by Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1984 in New York City, jivamukti translates as “liberation while living.”

Kripalu

A three-part practice that teaches you to get to know, accept, and learn from your body. It starts with figuring out how your body works in different poses, then moves toward longer held postures and meditation, before tapping deep into your being to find spontaneous flow in asanas, letting your body be the teacher.

Kundalini

Constantly moving, invigorating poses. The fluidity of the practice is intended to release the kundalini (serpent) energy in your body. Weren’t aware you had any? Well, just think of it as an energy supply, coiled like a sleeping snake at the base of the spine, waiting to be tapped; the practice aims to do just that – awaken and pulse the stuff upward through the body.

Power

An active and athletic style of yoga adapted from the traditional ashtanga system in the late ’80s to appeal to aerobic-crazed Westerners. After having studied with Pattabhi Jois, Beryl Bender Birch and Bryan Kest simultaneously pioneered this westernized ashtanga on the East and West coasts, respectively. Power yoga doesn’t stick to the same sequence of poses each time like ashtanga does, so the style varies depending on the teacher. Classes called “vinyasa” or “flow” in your gym or studio can be vastly different but, in general, stem from this movement and from ashtanga as well.

Prenatal

Yoga postures carefully adapted for expectant mothers. Prenatal yoga is tailored to help women in all stages of pregnancy—even getting back in shape post-baby. When you keep your muscles strong through your term, they will still have the strength and energy to return to normal.

Restorative

Less work, more relaxation. You’ll spend as many as 20 minutes each in just four or five simple poses (often they’re modifications of standard asanas) using strategically placed props like blankets, bolsters, and soothing lavender eye pillows to help you sink into deep relaxation. There’s also psychic cleansing: The mind goes to mush then you feel like new. It’s something like group nap time for grownups. Better not to fall asleep, though.

Sivananda

An unhurried yoga practice typically of the same 12 basic asanas or variations therof every time, bookended by sun salutations and savasana (corpse pose). The system is based on a five-point philosophy that proper breathing, relaxation, diet, exercise, and positive thinking work together to form a healthy yogic lifestyle

Viniyoga

A highly individualized practice where yogis learn to adapt poses and goals to their own needs and abilities. Vini actually means differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application. Instead of focusing on stretching to get strong and flexible, viniyoga uses the principles of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). PNF simply means warming up and contracting a muscle before stretching it. This decreases your chance of injury.

Yin

A quiet, meditative yoga practice, also called taoist yoga. Yin focuses on lengthening connective tissues and is meant to complement yang yoga—your muscle-forming Anusara, ashtanga, Iyengar, or what have you. Yin poses are passive, meaning you’re supposed to relax muscles and let gravity do the work. And they’re long—you’ll practice patience here too.

Happy Crash-A-Versary

Dear March 18/2012,

You have some nerve. Turning what should have been a pretty uneventful day into a whirlwind of chaos and pain. We were bored. We were just looking for something to do when we were driving that day. What did my boyfriend and I do to deserve what happened to us that day? We are, generally, good people. Things like that aren’t supposed to happen to people like us. We had no intentions of ever having a semi truck smash into the side of us, but it would seem you had different plans.

Just what was it that you thought you were accomplishing? Were you expecting to break us? Expecting to turn our lives completely upside down? And for what? For plain curiosity in simply seeing how far you could go? Perhaps you were bored. Perhaps you were just wanting something to do.

I hate to break it to you, but you did us a favor that day. You made us realize that we are not untouchable. But that we are stronger than we thought. Sure, we’ve been through pain the last year but we’ve also grown in a way that I don’t think could have been made possible without the events that happened that day.

So thank you, March 18/2012. Thank you for all that you did that day. But I’m glad you’re behind us.

Sincerely,

Me

Happy Crash-A-Versary Mike 😉 I love you sweetie. You are my happy place, even in the most un-happiest of times.

xoxo

Becky