last week I featured Meg, and today our blogger babe is another passionate blogger hoping to make change!

Valeria of Water Thru Skin is a traveler, vegan, yogi, and all around beautiful person. Her blog features her compassionate lifestyle, as she researches and reviews various eco-conscious, sustainable, and vegan friendly products.From clothing to make up, to eco resorts, she covers the compassionate lifestyle.

I love browsing her travel photos as well! She reviews various eco-resorts around the world, shedding light on sustainable tourism.

she found her niche, and she kills it! read more about her journey to becoming vegan, tips on blogging, and favorite dishes to whip up in the kitchen…


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K- Your blog is gorgeous! When I found your Instagram account I thought the photos were fantastic, until I read the content and realized that was beautiful as well. I was so inspired by your compassion and authenticity. I must ask, what is the meaning behind your blog name?

V- Thank you, beautiful! It means so much!! When I thought about the name two years ago, I was looking for something that represented the movement I am trying to inspire. A movement that is as purifying and cleansing as water and has the power to penetrate through skin.

K- When did you become vegan and was there a specific moment when you decided to change your lifestyle?

V- Before becoming vegan a little over two years ago, I was vegetarian/pescatarian for 3 years.

 

The trigger point for me was watching Paul McCartney’s PETA video, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls 

we would all be vegetarian.”

 

That short video changed my life completely. I gave up all meats, eggs and dairy but in order to avoid going to extremes in such a short period I decided to stick to seafood only. That made my transition a little easier until I began reading more about the devastating consequences of including sea animals in your diet. I also scuba dive often and swimming next to beautiful Nemo to then later see him on my plate did not make much sense to me.


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K- I was shocked to hear your background is in corporate banking. How has your life changed since following your passions and getting away from the corporate world?

V- I worked in Private Banking for 5 years but that career did not align with my passions or dreams so I started the blog two years ago as a way to vent and connect with like-minded people. I’ve been doing it full-time for one year now. It hasn’t been easy but it’s been totally worth it. Once you start working towards something that sets your soul on fire, you do not only discover new things about yourself every day but the entire universe aligns for you to follow your path.

K- Any tips for passionate bloggers like yourself?

 

“Be original.

There are a lot of bloggers out there today. Staying original and being yourself is key!”- Valeria

 

K- You live cruelty free. I love that! Can you share some of your favorite brands and beauty products for beauty that you love and are cruelty free?

V- I discover new vegan and eco-friendly brands on a daily basis but some of my favorite ones are:

Fashion: Melissa shoes, G-star raw jeans, Faircloth Supply, EcoPeace Swim, Harveys, Symbology.

Beauty: Baiser Beauty, Tarte, SpaRitual, Henne, IVO.

K- Your travels are incredible. What are some of your favorite destinations and do you have any tips on how to eat healthy in new places, fit in fitness, etc.

V- Every place I’ve visited to review eco-friendly hotels for the blog has been mind-blowing but some of the most special destinations that left a powerful mark in me are: Guatemala, Thailand, Bolivia and Galapagos.

K- You’re also a vegan chef! What are some of your favorite dishes to make when you’re back home in your kitchen?

V- I like getting creative in the kitchen and transforming any non-vegan recipe I used to love as a child to a yummy vegan one. My favorite ones so far are: brown rice+seitan+veggie bowl, and the avocado chocolate mousse topped with caramel popcorn and coconut cream.

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cacao pudding with coconut cream by Valeria/ www.waterthruskin.com

K- Lastly, how can we connect with you on social media??

V- You can find me on Instagram under @waterthruskin and Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube under WaterThruSkin.

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no time for child’s pose, people!

sometimes you want to kick it up a notch. some yogis think HOT YOGA when they envision an intense yoga class, but there are simple ways to add extra strength to any style class, or during your home practice. are you still developing your home yoga routine? check this post for my tips on making a home yoga sanctuary. or, head outside!

when I’m short on time I’ll roll out my mat, add these moves, and then check off both strength and yoga at one time. easy! be careful on hot humid days, if you’re practicing outside like I did, it’s practically hot yoga.

air conditioning, unlike child’s pose, is totally an option.


double chaturanga.
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i got my first dose of the “double chat” from Justin Reilley (ig: @thetattooedyogi), and it was killer. with each vinyasa, lower into chaturanga, back up to plank and do it again before moving to upward dog. you’re doubling your number of chaturangas in your practice this way and if you’re doing a vinyasa flow, those arm strengthening moves will add up!

more on Justin coming to the blog soon. I’m catching up with him about how the hell to handstand, what it’s like to open a yoga studio, and why he loves to practice.

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a glorified yogi squat. i throw in some pulses to work the bey-hind when in chair pose (as if it’s not intense enough, right??) this can also be achieved by raising up a bit from malasana and pulse, or even throw a squat (or 10) in after a relaxing “rag doll” forward fold when feet are hips distance apart.  just watch the knees, don’t go past the toes.

side plank dips.

side plank feels so strong and powerful. I reach through the fingertips of the raised hand and strive to pull the lower hip toward the sky.

leg variations like tree pose in side plank are great too. try alternating between dipping your inner hip down to hover over the floor, and back up. repeat 10x on each side before continuing your flow.

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forearm plank sways.

i love working the obliques. this has long been my favorite way to intensify forearm planks. sway your hips from left to right, keeping the booty down! maintain a straight back and move slowwwwly to really feel the burn in the side body.

bonus challenge? do this. side plank… to side plank dips…back to plank… lower to forearm plank…forearm plank sways, back to plank,  repeat. boom.

pick up the pace.

while still maintaining the integrity of the vinyasa, pick up the pace in your initial sun salutations. one thing that helps me is to choose a more upbeat, faster song. dance with the music and move with speed and confidence as you flow from upward dog to down dog. I bet you’ll be warmed up in no time at all.


there you go, strengthening (and sweaty) ways to kick up your yoga routine. have any other  to adding more strengthening moves to yoga? comment below pleaseeee.

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how gaining weight made me a minimalist kaleinit

 

 

woah, what is she talking about now??

yes, I ask you to please hear me out on this one. as you know i’m open (very open) about my recovery with an eating disorder.

i’ve gained weight over the course of my recovery, and it seems to have come in stages. the past six months have presented a new stage, with additional weight.  i recently disclosed on the IG how losing my thigh gap was pretty big for me- and felt big to me- but regardless, I know that I’m deeply rooted in my recovery because of my ability to take it in stride. some may believe that my thoughts about it or emotional reaction to it means I’m still struggling.

let me fill you in.

everyday that an addict chooses to abstain, everyday  someone with a compulsion fights it, every time someone with an eating disorder chooses a recovery driven action rather than unhealthy behavior, it is a success.

focus on the good. the positive. the progress.

my acceptance of my body changing? i’m going to celebrate it.  even if it was difficult.

i will get off my body image rant, and instead begin to tell you how I’m now into the minimalism craze- see this recent post of other trends I’m loving- and why minimalism and eating disorders are somehow connected.

a goal achieved.

when i was at my thinnest, I was obviously seeking some kind of unattainable goal weight. no matter what number showed, it wasn’t the end of the journey.

what I loved though, was being able to definitively go for the smallest size in just about any store, and know that I wouldn’t need to reach higher. I had made it. Made it in the sense that I had reached an admirable goal. wow.

and if you knew how much I shopped back then, you’d know I really took full advantage of this achievement.

here i was, a college student in a beautiful place with endless possibility and opportunity available to me, yet that had become of one my biggest accomplishments? i’m not happy to admit it, but at the time my mind was spinning so quickly and steering straight down a narrow path that anorexia had determined for me.

it sounds incredibly vain, and i’m so sorry for anyone woman wants to slap me right now, but i’m being very serious.

much like how my view of myself, my world, and my goals have now broadened, my choices of jeans size have too. i now fluctuate, are unsure of size depending on brand, and that is perfectly ok.


I decided to STOP. stop believing that my anorexic laden jeans are ever going to hug my new curves, bigger booty or thicker thighs with any form love.

the purge.

that heading has so many underlying connotations. please, everyone trust me when I say I purged clothing.

there was definitely a period of time where letting go of my sick clothes was a non-negotiable. a hard NO.

“when I’m not bloated I can fit into them.”

“I can still wear them with a looser shirt.”

“well, let’s be real, after the holidays I’ll be back in them.”

“no, really, i need to get my ass back in the gym.”

that inner monologue lasted for a while until I decided to STOP.

I decided to stop believing that my anorexia laden jeans were ever going to hug my new curves, bigger booty or thicker thighs with any form love.

so i tossed them.

which then trickled over into tossing a lot of clothes and other “stuff” I had been dragging around from college apartment to college apartment, then all the way across the country back to new jersey after graduation. I tossed out things that I had purchased when I didn’t feel good about myself, and was seeking some form of fulfillment. they were clothes and accessories and shoes and bags that were just available, well priced, served the purpose of short term gratification, and then ended up forgotten.

they weren’t really my style, weren’t quality “investment” staples. most of them were just mediocre and now ill fitting.

what did i do? i bagged them up. bags and bags to be donated. loaded them in my car and said “bye bye sick jeans!” phew.

i didn’t hug them goodbye or dramatically stare out my rear view mirror as I drove away either.

and there it was… a sense of relief.

that stuff no longer served me. they probably never had, but they certainly weren’t bringing anything positive to the table. like anyone who’s ever had a reallyyyy, really bad ex.. it was time to cut ties.

the outcome.

no longer did I look into my drawers feeling shame or mocked by jeans that pinched my sides when buttoned. instead, I invested in dark wash, well fitting, better quality jeans. I found one basic skinny, one great boot cut, and a distressed jean I love to wear cuffed up.

they’re my tried and true. no matter how much sodium filled sushi I have the night before, or what time of month rolls around, they fit. they’re good to me. they feel much more healthy.

so I keep it simple and I find not only is it amazing for my recovery, but it’s also just easier. less laundry, less mess, less choices in the morning. my attention can be channeled on other things in the AM than planning the perfect outfit- like “will my readers be at all interested in hearing how I gained some weight and threw most of my shit out.”

(comment below and let me know if you do.)

I know what I like. I like black, white, and earth tones. I like dainty jewelry. I like flats. I prefer solids to patterns. I really love a huge bag that holds my laptop and green juice.

do I ever dress up? of course!  I can bring on the sass. but for my everyday, rise and grind style, I don’t fuss with what makes me feel good.

I’ve found that having SOOOO MUCH, can become a distraction, eating disorder or not. challenge yourself to live with less. nurture yourself and those you value more. and please, if you’re doing a closet clean out- lose anything (ANYTHING) you haven’t worn in over a year. or anything you still have that is on this list.

then, see where else you could introduce minimalism in your life.

thank you for listening to my rant, and for allowing me to share how I made weight gain feng shui.

I appreciate you all, and keep me in the loop of your latest personal achievement worth celebrating. because they ALL are.

 

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ommmm. at h-oooooommmmm-e.

ok, yeah I went there. today I’m talking home yoga practice, and how to make yourself a cozy yoga sanctuary in the comfort of your hOMe.

I, like most females, enjoy when things are aesthetically pleasing. so I believe everyone should create a yoga space or workout space that feels clean, fresh and inviting.

a home studio becomes perfect for those days when you need a ten minute flow of sun salutations, or a quiet meditation to ground you. if you’re clueless on the meditation thing, check out this post.

did you know when I’m sitting at my computer for a while I take a short break and down dog, peddle out, and maybe add in an inversion in to get the blood flowing. yes, I know I shouldn’t just go right into headstand but it’s like a shot of espresso.

I actually leave my yoga mat unrolled and ready at all times. leaves less room for excuses, and when i’m walking past it’s asking me to throw it a chaturanga.

so here’s a list of a few home studio essentials- and why they help you get into the yoga state of mind.


blankies and pillows.

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my mama always says “blankies” and i’ll never outgrow it either. thanks, mom.

honestly sitting on a folded blanket or pillow just makes meditation way more comfortable. and more special. physically, ensuring your hips are higher is more gentle as well. it feels like you took the time to make your yoga spot a mini sanctuary.

also, folding up nice blankies and cute pillows on the floor makes your yoga room look legit.

 

appeal to the senses.

 

music is a must, but get the essential oil diffuser going too! my favorite is from Organic Aromas. it’s visually the most beautiful i’ve ever seen and is made with glass and wood rather than any plastics.

simply blend the essential oils with a carrier oil and ahhhhhh. for relaxation i love lavender. if i’m not feeling well, eucalyptus, and for a burst of energy during a mid afternoon practice, try orange or lemon. it’s refreshing and light.

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prepare with props.

have what you need available. if you use blocks, have them close by. i personally love the infinity strap. best yoga strap I’ve ever tried. the design is genius.

I use it for stability in forearm stand and it comes in handy when I need a good stretch.

when you’re in a class and don’t have the proper “tools”, the teacher typically comes to your rescue with what you need. not at home! so have it all close by your mat so that you make the most of your home practice and don’t shy away from postures because of lack of prop.home yoga studio kaleinit

 

other miscellaneous meditation things…

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yeah, because meditation “things” is the right word for mala beads,  extra candles, yoga mat cleaning spray, and crystals. add a book of meditations to read. honestly, sky is the limit, whatever helps you get your zen on!

it’s your home, it’s your shala! 

enjoy the tranquility of your home practice. did I miss a yoga studio essential? leave a comment below.

 

 

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5 tips to overcome medi (1)


5 quick tips.

 perhaps a bit ironic that i’m speeding through this topic seeing as the essence is slowing down

new to meditation? still think it’s too hippy-dippy for you? well, it’s not. in fact, before learning the benefits of meditation, I too was a non-believer. however, due to the amount of resources (guided youtube videos, apps such as headspace) and the growing popularity among celebrities and athletes, meditation is becoming more mainstream.

those monks were on to something…

but what if you are willing, ready and curious about meditation but can’t seem to figure out where to start? or you’re just beginning your meditation practice and feel you could use some hints to improve, here are mine.

it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by sitting still for an extended period of time and focusing on, well nothing.

but the amount of inner peace, increased productivity, and decrease of negative emotions will be well worth the initially awkward concept.

  1. pick a space. not just any space though, choose an area of the house that feels most peaceful to you. while it is true that you can meditate literally ANYWHERE. ask my therapist- she recently interrupted a man in the sauna at the gym- it’s nothing to be ashamed of if you need to clear your mind and come to your breath in public. as a beginner, you’re probably trying it in the comfort of your home. is meditating in a cluttered space going to work? nope. what about close to that desk piled with assignments and tasks? again, no. go where there is, energy, and is fairly tidy. you’ll feel more relaxed and will be able to meditate longer.

  2. start small, but don’t get comfortable. speaking of time, it’s important to set realistic goals for meditation that are not rigid. maybe starting with 5 to 10 minutes, and building your way from there. i say don’t get comfortable because i found i got in a meditation rut. i knew i could meditate for a few minutes and didn’t try to push for longer, didn’t go out of my comfort zone. but when you’re comfortable go for it. imagine what a 30 to 40 minute meditation could do for you if only 5 is able to make you feel that good!  and don’t give me the “i have no time for a long meditation” excuse,

  3. appeal to the senses. remember your senses to make your meditation more enjoyable. a noise machine, soft music, a small item to hold such as mala beads (find the meaning of these beads here.) and a scented candle are great examples. some find it more comfortable to sit on a soft blanket or pillow. i’ve been in a yoga class that provided eye pillows for the final rest- which helped me from looking around the room or being distracted. i love using soothing lavender or peppermint essential oils to help with meditation.

  4. visualize the breath, or use a mantra. the emphasis is the breath in mindful meditation. a simple way to keep track of the in and out of each inhale and exhale is to count them. sometimes counting frustrated me, and I found that visualizing a calming color leaving me on the exhale worked well. if you’re focusing on a mantra, pick a word that resonates at that present time. don’t over think it, allow the word or phrase that is meant to become abundant come to you. you can also find common mantras and their meanings here.

  5. test your theories. literally try trial and error.  you may find you’re more mindful when you hold something, like a stone or mala beads. for a while i only meditated on my back- in savasana pose- or the yoga pose with legs up on the wall. it took some time until i could sit without becoming distracted. maybe you like music. maybe you like the lights dim, or the windows wide open and bright. you may enjoy meditating in the evening much more than the morning. the key is trying and discovering. if you practice yoga, you’ve probably learned the style of class you prefer. even if not a yogi, you know the way your body likes to move and feels best when exercising, same applies for when you’re still. treat meditation like any practice and evolve, allowing it to become more beneficial and more powerful with each mindful breath.

i hope you’re feeling less anxious about the idea of meditation. comment below with questions, suggestions, or how you’ve benefitted from mindfulness and meditation! a healthy clear mind allows space for a healthy abundant life!

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30 day social media detox kaleinit

we live in an information OVERLOAD. the ringing, the binging, the notifying, the swooping in and out of emails. it’s enough stimuli to make your head spin. on one hand it is absolutely incredible. the knowledge that is easily shared, the connections we can maintain despite distance, the convenience is unparalleled.

but how do you find a balance between healthy, mindful living and this fast paced social media phenomenon.

to be honest, i wasn’t.

this post is to share my reasons for taking 30 days off social media and (almost) blogging. it’s also to fill you in on what happened when I did, and to present a social media detox challenge for all of YOU. (if you dare..)

prior to starting Kalein It, I was fascinated with mindful living. I had just spent a total of 3 months in an intensive therapy program for woman dealing with mental illness/trauma. the therapy was based in DBT principles, or dialectical behavioral therapy, which has shown incredible success in treating complex mental health diagnoses such as PTSD and bipolar disorder. for more on DBT read here.

it was heavy. it was a little scary. but it worked to rewire the brain and develop new thought patterns that focused on mindfulness. it started as intimidating, then became really interesting, then it worked. that feeling was something i knew everyone deserved to feel, and then the idea of “kale in it” was born. it truly led me to look at meditation, yoga and a healthy diet in a new light.

it taught me that going through the motions doesn’t make you balanced. living them does.

then i wanted to share. i knew other people struggled with anxieties and fears, perhaps mental illness or a history of an eating disorder like i did. so i started my instagram and i found so much joy in the creativity it sparked. doing things you enjoy – in my case yoga, cooking, photography, and writing – helps you construct a life that feels whole. when you do activities you love with intention and enjoy the experience fully, that is being mindful.

but social media is addicting. does anyone agree? there’s some kind of instant gratification from reaching X amount of likes. i know that the couple of months prior to going through my social media detox, sharing on social media was becoming a bit of a chore rather than an opportunity to genuinely share and connect with others.

in addition to hyper focusing on my news feed, i felt myself regressing to older patterns of behavior and thinking. i was no longer practicing what i had learned and what had propelled me to start a blog in the first place.

i felt pressure to bring great flawless food photos, to portray myself as a strict vegan, to put my best foot forward everyday. that’s not balance at all. that’s self critical and unnecessary pressure rather than behavior based in self love.

heres’s a glimpse of my reality….

somedays i just eat a bland dinner of pre-packaged tofu on some rice. sometimes my green smoothie turns out slightly brown from the  poor blueberry to spinach ratio. a lot of days, my yoga practice doesn’t benefit from taking flexi-bendy-perfect photos. sometimes i’m just sitting in child’s pose, which isn’t always the most impressive but can certainly be the most grounding.

i’m now going to say something that may piss some of you off….dun dun dun

i’ve decided to be label-less in my diet. don’t panic, plant based healthy food will still be a staple both here and on IG, but i want to be honest in saying i’m not perfect. i know in my heart that a highly restrictive diet filled with “good vs. bad” comparisons doesn’t nourish me.

am i running to eat bacon every morning. hell no, gross. but the focus here is health and balance as a lifestyle.

would you like to go meatless on Monday? good for you – come check out my recipes here. effort is effort, let’s be kind to each other rather than judgmental.  and if you have more pressing questions about my diet, feel free to comment and i’ll elaborate.

for those of you who are still with me after admitting i’m not the poster child for the vegan community… thanks for sticking around.

// here’s what happened when i took 30 days off social media // and what i believe will happen to YOU too.


i was present.

more present in conversations, at meals, even chilling out watching tv. i was doing one thing at a time instead of multiple. that is a huge part of being mindful, to focus your attention on one thing at a time and to do it with integrity and proper attention.

i read more.

books, articles on my phone, magazine, anything. i researched. i wanted to learn how to improve my blog, improve myself and become the healthiest and happiest version of me.

i slept more. 

yup, i did actually sleep more. i didn’t stay up for those extra 10 minutes (who am i kidding, sometimes 1 hour) of social media stalking. this brings us back to the theme of- you guessed it!- being mindful, it is easy to lose track of time when scrolling, and scrolling, and scrolling….

plus sleep is critical in keeping our moods stable and our body working its’ best. it’s self care to catch zzzz’s.

i was more creative. 

i noticed i had more ideas for topics, recipes, and overall branding for this blog. i wrote them down. they don’t all need to be implemented today, they are brewing in brainstorm land. i also took photos just to take them, not to stress over editing, captioning or posting them. instead of looking at things as “will this be instagram worthy?” i just let my imagination do it’s thing…

i remembered why i started. 

one of the most important goals i had when detoxing from social media, was to remember why i started in the first place. to regain a more genuine attitude toward the social setting, and focus less on likes and comments, and more on community. not to say that i had some massive following, i’m aware it wasn’t huge, but the issue was the fascination with gaining more rather than appreciating what had already come.

i appreciated more. 

due to the increase in presence and mindfulness i felt more gratitude and appreciation for things. i love gratitude lists, make one instead of scanning everyone’s facebook drama!


ready to challenge yourself? but don’t want to go cold turkey on your instagram?  i put together a 30 day challenge with daily detox goals.

if you’re having trouble remember, it’s only 30 days… you got this!

maybe journal about the experience. take the 30 days with less distraction as a chance to reflect.

i’m curious how it goes! please please let me know of your experience and good luck!

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5 ways yoga changed me kaleinit.com

i wish i could get everyone to try yoga. it’s becoming wildly more popular (woohoo!) + mindfulness is a hot topic as well. it’s amazing to see this shift as more people become accepting to try yoga.  i’m super excited (like,beyond excited) to be starting my yoga teacher training in 2016. i want to immerse myself even more in the practice + continue to bring the knowledge i gain into other areas of life. i really aspire to help others through teaching someday as well.

so, i wanted to share 5 ways yoga has changed me. all for the better. although i didn’t include the fact that i can stand on my head, or balance in asanas because of increased strength, those changes are pretty awesome too. here we go…

1. it helped my body dysmorphia. the most powerful gift of yoga was when i started to see my body through a pair of compassionate, loving lenses. throughout years of disordered eating + poor body image i had become jaded + distant from the reality of my inner + physical beauty as well as my body’s strength + shape. my daily level of anxiety determined the severity in which i criticized my body. with each practice i felt that criticism decease, + the weight on my chest become less heavy. 

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2. i feel peace on my mat. i have dealt with anger, distrust, uncertainty + fear getting in the way of my positivity + progress. no more. that is the past. my anxiety has greatly reduced since becoming a yogi + i encourage anyone who has experienced a mental health struggle or mental illness to give yoga a chance.

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3. yoga changed the way i saw others. less judgement. no hierarchy or competition between you + your neighbor. we are all just living, breathing beings doing what we can to navigate this life. when i began to empty the space where judgement used to reside in my brain, it allowed for more beautiful, positive thoughts. guess what was next? more happiness. i started showing compassion for others. the shift also encouraged me to make a change to a plant based diet, so i am very thankful. i also noticed new opportunities + better experiences began to appear in my life. call it luck, call it karma, i choose to call it yoga. 

4. yoga changed the way i saw myself. having compassion for yourself is never selfish. through my experiences + time in treatment, i met others who struggled like myself in providing themselves self love. i’ve mentioned it in previous posts, but self love allows for remarkable things to happen. this blog wouldn’t even exist. it took time + confidence to take a step like this. to start putting myself in a vulnerable space (the damn internet). yoga is about acceptance, of where you are in a pose as well as life. it’s about what you learn rather than what you look like, + the mat is a place to feel safe, serene + confident in exactly who you are at the present moment. don’t we wish every situation was like loving?? yoga gave me the confidence to accept inner peace.

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5. yoga taught me to let go of the past. the past is scary, the future sometimes even more frightening. but rather than continue to replay the past + fill it with resentment or “what if’s”- i decided to go with the “oh, well i’m here now” approach instead. being present makes the past go away. it really can be that simple. through various mindfulness exercises + a regular yoga practice the mind can begin to rewire itself to that state of presence + therefore, a greater state of happiness.

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i hope i don’t sound preachy, i’m just passionate. give it a shot. i had no idea what it would do for me. i look forward go yoga teacher training. i look forward to everyday on my mat, even if only for a few minutes. the flexibility + strength cultivated in my body has also shaped my mind. that’s a pretty remarkable thing, if you ask me.

what has your experience with yoga been? what do you love about the practice? what have you learned + continue to learn from yoga? feel free to share below! i would love to hear from fellow yogis who kale’ it in the studio as well as out in the world because of what yoga has taught them.

namaste, everyone!

 

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“recovery is not a destination where one day you will wake up and feel fixed but rather it’s a slow mending process that follows an imperfect line where progress is made over time. along the way your eating disorder will make it’s presence known as it fluctuates between being very quiet or very loud. use this as reassurance that you are healing by the mere fact that you are aware of the sounds it makes and in charge of the volume. “


 

finding this quote from Tina Klaus of Don’t Live Small was a sign from the universe, i swear. i have read it multiple times knowing how much i must remember that my eating disorder may flare+ fluctuate, but i remain in charge of the internal volume. i remain in recovery.

so i’m being a bit more candid in this post, less about tasty healthy treats + more about what i have experienced as well as continue to live with.

i’m curious who else had a difficult time with a “loud” eating disorder during this recent food-focused holiday? does anyone else find that their relationship with food + body image doesn’t feel stable? i know the stats- sadly i’m sure there are some nodding their heads at their screen.  View Post

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