The Hot Yoga Experience

Part 1

Right now, I’m going through a stressful time in my life. Not to mention…it’s also the holiday season.

Getting through the holiday season is one thing but adding life’s obstacles can make it even tougher.

So, to stay sane and calm through all of this, I have turned heavily to three things:

While I have good moments and tough moments all within a day, I’ve relied heavily on just trusting my instincts and focusing on my breaths at moments of frustration. But, a few weeks ago I discovered a healthy outlet that is so beneficial if you’re going through some hard times.

Here’s the first part out of three, of my story about Hot Yoga…

On a cloudy Sunday morning I was at home, in my office, sitting crosslegged on the floor. Earbuds in, listening to a 45 minute guided meditation about how to connect with my spirit guides.

I felt like I was completely hypnotized. My imagination ran wild and I envisioned three spirit guides plus a coyote.

Okay, I know that this might make me sound crazy. Trust me, a few years ago I would’ve thought this would be all nonsense or a really active imagination.

But after months of practicing mediation I hit this weird place where I could feel myself going deeper and not overthinking things. So, when this happened, (even though I know it might sounds crazy,) I decided e to accept it and take it for what I feel it was.

When I came out of the mediation, I immediately had one of the strongest urges to go to a hot yoga class.

Hot yoga is something that I’ve always heard of, always wanted to try…but was always hesitant about.

I would hear people say, “It feels like you’re going to DIE! But then afterwards….you’ll love it!”

The part, “feels like you’re going to DIE” is the part that made me hesitate to commit to a class. I didn’t want to be that sweaty girl who ran out of the class because I couldn’t handle the heat.

Years before, I had been to a few yoga classes. I know, it’s a chill environment but I’ve never been in a situation where I would feel like I would die.

So, I’ve always been curious…but honestly never felt I would actually do it….until this day.

As I was still sitting on the floor of my office, and the urge to go to hot yoga entered my brain. The vision of the road side sign of “$5 Yoga Class! Sunday Morning!” popped into my head. I saw this sign about 2 weeks ago, as we were leaving the neighborhood pizza joint.

“It was nearby…maybe they still have that $5 class going on!” I thought as I picked up my phone to google it.

 Cooper Moon Yoga Studio appeared in the search results. I clicked on it, went to the calendar and the $5 class was over.

But… low and behold a hot yoga class was starting in 20 minutes!

I didn’t give myself time to talk my way out of it. I didn’t care about the price, I didn’t care about what it would be like. Instead, I just cared on making the class on time.

I frantically dug around my dresser drawers for workout clothes to put on. I grabbed my old and worn orange yoga mat from my office, slipped on my sandals and went out the door.

5 minutes later, I was in the parking lot, with my car idling. My anxiety was beginning to rise to the surface. My heart was loudly pounding, vibrating throughout my chest and beating in my ears.

I had 10 minutes. So I decided to spend one of those minutes calming my body down.

I relaxed my shoulders and breathed.

In. Out.

In and out.

In…..Out….In…………Out……….

I tried to not think about anything other than the feeling in my chest and making it slow down. After the minute, I was still felt anxious…but not as bad as before.

“Don’t think about it. Just do it.” I thought to myself as I pulled myself up out of my car. “Just breathe and relax” I thought again as I walked towards the front door of Cooper Moon Yoga Studio.

You know you might have a huge anxiety problem, when you have to calm yourself down to walk into a yoga studio, right?

Behind the counter,stood a smiling woman and a smooth skinned square jawline man, who looked like he was the yoga instructor. After pleasant greetings, I found myself admittedly blurting out, “I haven’t been to a yoga in years!”

They welcomed me back and Tina, the woman behind the cash register (who I would later find out was the owner) gave me a towel and explained to cover my mat with it, so I don’t slide from the sweat dripping.

And with that, I put my shoes up on the shelf next to the yoga room, slid open the heavy wooden door to the hot room and stepped in.

To be continued….

Join Me for a New Years Experiment

A few weeks back, I watched a movie on Netflix called, Game Changers. It’s a documentary about how supreme athletes have become game changers due to eating a plant based diet, making them stronger and healthier than ever.

The term, “Game Changers” doesn’t just apply to their performance but also changing the game at how we think about consuming protein.

Wait! Don’t turn away!

This isn’t a post trying to make a food argument or trying to persuade anyone of anything. All I’m saying in this post….is that I’m going to try this and I would love it if you would join me.

The Experiment

Here’s the plan:

  • Eat an all plant based diet…for 4 weeks.
  • Take a before and after picture.
  • Take a before and after body measurements and/or weight
  • Experiment and get excited for new food and recipes!
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself and stay positive.
  • Have Fun.

Let’s see what happens.

I Need Your Support

I need you to join me. Yep! This isn’t a want…it’s a need.

This is all easier said than done.

Right now, I’m in the planning stage, so it feels exciting! But God knows, by day three…day 23 or maybe hours into this experiment…I’m going to have a break down and I’ll need support.

This is where we can be there in this together.

By leaving comments on my posts or by following each other on Instagram, we can support one another.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m going to need a lot of support and accountability for this one.

Game Changers

One of my biggest take aways from watching Game Changers was that you don’t need to eat a lot of protein in order to gain strong muscles.

I mean, if you watch this movie…you’ll see athletes of all types eating this way. Even big muscular crazy strong men!

Now, I’m not wanting to look like a body builder…but I’m just curious. What would happen if I ate a plant based diet for 4 weeks?

So with the New Year’s almost here….why not start this on January 2nd? (You know, you have to use the 1st as a recovery day)

So, if you want to come along for the ride, please subscribe and comment below.

Let’s see what happens when you eat a plant based diet for 4 weeks!

Bored of Drinking Water? Try These Substitutes Instead!

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Not a fan of drinking water? I get it. Sometime the blandness of water can get you down and make it hard to drink, (especially when we live in a world of vast drink options).

When this happens, I have a few water substitutes that I go to and thought it would be useful to share. This is also really helpful for those who are looking to stay hydrated , especially during the summer months!

Water Infused with Fruit

Okay, adding fruit to your water may not add a TON of flavor, but you will notice a taste difference. There’s a never ending number of combinations that can be delicious for infusing water. Here are some suggestions:

  • Strawberry, Blueberry and Lemon
  • Orange and Lemon
  • Orange and Blueberries
  • Mint leaves and Cucumber
  • Lemon and Cucumber (my personal favorite)

The combinations are endless! That’s what makes infusing water so fun! You can…

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In the Darkness There is Nothing Worth Fearing

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A Journey through Flagstaff’s Lava River Cave

The blue steller’s jay birds dance around the big and empty dirt parking lot, greeting us as we pull our stiff bodies up and out of the car.

Steller’s Jay Bird

It is early morning and although the sun came up two hours ago, the tall ponderosa trees are completely saturated in sunlight.

I pull out my day pack from the back of the car and unzip
the pocket, retrieving my trusty and worn headlamp. I leave my sunglasses on
the seat. It’s been a few years since I’ve done this trail and I remember to
not let the sun or its warmth fool me.

We follow down the familiar wide and worn dirt path leading into the forest towards the main event we came see. Shortly, upon our right side, a big brown trail sign greets us. Carved and painted in bright…

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What Happens If You Get Dehydrated?

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Have you ever been dehydrated before? It is not a fun ride to be on.

When you are not replacing the fluids in your body, you will become dehydrated. This is extremely easy to do in Phoenix, especially for us hikers.

Along the trails we can be sweating without even realizing it, seeing as it instantly evaporates off our skin.

When our bodies start to begin to become dehydrated the
first thing that happens is we feel thirsty. Yep! That’s right! If you feel
thirsty then you already dehydrated.

As we keep losing fluids our blood will actually become thicker, which tells the kidneys to start saving up any water left, stopping us from urinating. Your kidneys are literally holding on to what it can.

Due to our blood being thicker, our heart has to pump much harder than normal. This puts stress on our system, which causes it…

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Leave No Trace

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Besides me, who else on the trail has hiked past litter? Ugh. It can completely ruin the hike.

Right when you feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere and one with nature, you look down to find a bright white used Kleenex laying on the dirt ground. Or a plastic water bottle. Or a Circle-K cup. Or candy wrappers. Or a variety of these items all scattered around. Nothing can take you out of the feeling of being in nature than seeing litter along the trail.

green trash bin on green grass field

I can’t understand why people would litter in the first place, but then especially while on a hike.

Along the Phoenix hiking websites and trail signs you may have noticed signs informing hikers of the “Leave No Trace” policy.  This policy is exactly how it sounds. Leave No Trace that you were ever there.

Keep nature wild, right?! Right.

So, when…

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Before Pitching, Do Your Homework

I don’t know about you but for me the thought of actually being a freelance writer fills me up with so much excitement that I feel like I’m going to explode!!! My immediate reaction is to jump in and take action. Although before the real action can take place, you need to organize and do your research of who it is that you want to write for.

The best tips are to write what you know and what you are interested in. So, if you don’t know, then you need to sit down and really think and imagine about topics that you are passionate about writing about.

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What topics peak your real passion?

Once you have narrowed down your niches then you want to start researching publications that you would want to write for. Before you begin pitching away, you need to make yourself familiar with the company. Spend time learning the tone and topics that they are covering. This way you can send a more personalized pitch and that demonstrate you understand their company.

As a writer you need to know who your audience is, right? Getting to know the publications readers is also a high priority.

The best method to research who the readers are, is to pay attention to the publication ads. If there’s a car ad, is it a Mercedes ad or a Ford Focus ad? If it’s a clothing ad, is it selling young people clothes or older peoples clothes? By looking at the ads you can tell which demographic the company is projecting to.

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So, while at first you’re excitement level may might want to begin the pitch process, the first real step is to get organized. You need to figure out your niches, the publications and the readers.

Then you can get started with the pitching process!