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Why you need to review your year before planning the next

Goal setting.

New Years Resolutions.

Intentions.

We have all heard these words on repeat recently. We might dislike this seemingly random pressure as we begin another year. We already have so much on our plates. A list of things to be more perfect doesn’t help. Or we might love the chance for a fresh start.

No matter how we approach the new year, the end of the year is a natural time of reflection, whether we embrace it or not.

Where I fear I have failed, I have an opportunity to reflect, learn, and grow. Where I fear the year has been less than I hoped. Reflection allows me to see that there are so many things to celebrate.

Taking time to intentionally reflect and write allows me to see and recognize growth I might otherwise have missed.

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Let’s use this time to celebrate the victories no matter how small. Let’s look back on our year not with a harsh hand but with kindness.

We can use this as an opportunity to check in with what went right, what didn’t, and what just went.

Let’s review lessons learned. Gleaning what will benefit us as we move ahead.

Take a moment to truly soak in what brought you joy. What resonated. We can use this to enter the next season with more purpose. Aligning our lives with our greatest desires.

Why is it so hard to hold on to the good that happens in our lives?

The hard things are like super glue. Our old brain were so useful in keeping the human race alive for generations when most threats were life and death. However, for most events in our modern day life, we don’t need that super glue. We need something lighter. Like a sticky note. What we do need is super glue for the good stuff. The reflection exercise below can help us reflect more lightly on the hard things and more powerfully on the good.

Check out this list below as you take 15 minutes to reflect. I will join you all for this in Instagram and Facebook LIVE and link it here. I can’t wait to hear how it goes for you.

To get started, take a few grounding breathes. Inhaling through the nose. Exhaling out the mouth. Now, let’s rewind together.

Happiest new year. Be well beautiful friends.

Stop the hurry with this simple, heart-centered yoga

Hello wonderful people.  I hope this finds you well.  As we head into the especially busy season of the year, I wanted to put together a practice for myself that would feel accessible even on crazy days.  I thought maybe you all would enjoy it as well.

Remember, even little bits of yoga add up and have benefits of lowered stress, feeling calmer, and allow space for authentic joy and appreciation in our lives.  Let me know how you are doing with your practice and how I can support you.

You can practice these asanas individually or in a sequence.  Let’s get started.

1. Breathe.

I always start with my breathe when I feel busy or overwhelmed.  It is always with me and I find myself unconsciously taking a deep breath all day long.  My boys have started doing it as well.  So cute!

The easiest method to use in any situation is simply learning to slow down your breath.  Inhale to the count of 4, hold for a count of 4, exhale to the count of 4, hold for a count of 4, repeat. Over time, you can play around with increasing the count. Practicing controlling your breath will help calm your nervous system, relax your body, and quiet your mind.

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Before you get out of bed, take a few moments to find a happy baby or a reclined cobblers pose.  I especially love Happy Baby to start the day. It’s a good reminder to go out into the world feeling playful, happy, and in touch with your inner child.

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3. Forward Fold.

Whether we spend most of our day seated or on our feet, we can all use a little stretch, a little release of the lower back, and a lengthening of our hamstrings. Take a few short breaks each day to stretch and release physical tension. Standing up with your feet flat on the ground, just fold forward as far as you can, bringing your hands down to the ground, to your shins, or to a block. Allow some bend in your knees if you prefer.  You can even rest your forehead on your knees, giving yourself a little nervous system reset.

4. Savasana.

On the days when I skip my mat, I always say, “Well, at least I practiced Savasana in bed.”  When I go to bed, instead of just getting into my usual position for sleeping, I get into Savasana.

To try this, lie flat on your back, allow your arms and legs to extend and relax. Breathe deeply at first, and then forget about your breathingSurrender. Feel as if you are melting into your bed. Dissolving. You might fall asleep. Give yourself a few minutes here before switching your brain to sleep mode.

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5. Live your practice.

Yoga isn’t just about the movements or breath. It’s what we learn on the mat. The lessons of strength, focus, perseverance, awareness, self-acceptance ultimately take us into our lives.  When you feel too busy to hit the mat, consider one lesson you’ve learned on the mat and challenge yourself to carry what you learned off the mat and into your day.

Regardless of how busy you are, you can always choose to live your life in a way that reflects the principles and purpose of yoga. In that way, you are weaving yoga into your daily life.

As we barrel towards 2019, what are your yoga goals? What feelings do you want to grab a hold of with both hands next year? And how about today? Let me know in the comments below or send me an email.

Namaste my friends.  Take care of yourself in this season.

Yogis Choice: The best unique gift ideas this year

Finding great gifts for yoga lovers can be tough if you don’t practice yoga, so I’ve made it super simple for you!

1. Manduka Yoga Mat:

Best of the best.

2. Manduka Unblocks:

I just discovered these gems recently.  They are amazing. Check out that curve. These blocks make so many asana more accessible and comfortable.

3. Mat Carrier:

A simple method to take a mat to class or outside is always appreciated.

4. Mat Carrier:

This is a good one for people who are also out doing other errands or off to work in between yoga sessions.

5. Mat Cleaner:

I use this and it smells amazing. This is an awesome stocking stuffer for the win.

6. Mat Bag:

If anyone is on here shopping for me…hint…

7. No Slip Towel:

A pretty no slip towel is always a good choice.

Ethical Gift Ideas That are Sure to Delight Your Partner

Hello Lovelies,  Have I shared about my incredible friends recently?  These amazing women have taken ethical purchasing to the next level.  They use their dollars to support what they believe in.  That is our power ladies!  One of these beauties does not succumb to fast marketing or fast fashion.  She always looks incredible and she can walk through Target and not buy any clothing.  She is my hero.
My friend Amy is gorgeous, pregnant with her second baby, and is helping all of us shop more ethically all the time not just during the holidays in her Noonday Shop.  Amy and I have known each other for over a decade.  We both found our passion for yoga together.
For several years, we had an intimate little studio in my living room that met every Monday night.  Some of my fondest memories of those years is our practice together.  We would follow our ritual each week lighting candles and brewing steamy cups of tea to make the space perfectly hygge.  We were into self-care before it was a trend.  Amy is an incredible woman inside and out.
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Here is a quick interview I did with her about Noonday, an online shop filled with unique jewelery and accessories handmade by Artisans across the globe.  Yay for unique items, but the best part for me is that they are committed to fair trade.
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Bex: How did you find out about Noonday?
AFB: I work in international development. I was at a conference giving a presentation and was distracted by my colleague’s earrings. After the meeting, I confessed that I had been coveting them during the presentation. It turned out that she is a Noonday Ambassador and got me hooked on the organization’s mission to build a better world.

Bex: What made you decide to join the Noonday team?

AFB: Jewelry is such a great entry point for people in the U.S. to learn about other countries and to help on a micro-level. After working in international development for over a decade, I’ve come to believe that helping individuals on a small scale is the most effective way to lift communities. The fact that it also helps families in the U.S. who are in the adoption process is an additional bonus!

Bex: What is your favorite thing about Noonday products?
AFB: I love that everything is a little different and has a story. You can feel connected to the people who made it. Also, I love unique earrings, of which Noonday has a wide selection!
Bex: How can people shop the collection?
AFB: Lots of ways! Shop my website anytime or contact me through the website to host a trunk show. There are so many of benefits to hosting, but mostly its an excuse for a great afternoon with friends playing adult dress up 🙂
Ok friends.  It’s that simple.  Fun, friends, ethical gifts, using your money to support positive business.  This is an awesome chance to source some incredible, unique gifts.  I highly recommend checking Noonday out during your holiday shopping.
I can’t wait to hear what you think of these ideas.  Stay tuned for a few more leading up to the New Year.
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Is the pressure rising for a perfect holiday season?

Hello beautiful humans. How is this week treating you?

Have you been feeling increasingly overloaded, overwhelmed, and an intense pressure to make sure the holiday season is wonderful for your people?  Truth? I have felt it.  Hard.

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It’s almost a cliché to say that the holidays can be stressful. Not everyone gets along, planes are delayed, and dinner gets burned. Any picture-perfect image of the holidays we build up in our minds, filled with expectations of how life should be, rarely gets met. And it can feel extremely disappointing.

I encourage you to take the time to keep yourself grounded. Try to plan what needs planning and then focus on whatever you value most this time of year.

Here a few practices that have helped me relieve stress and tension in busy seasons.

Spending time in nature. Studies show that spending time in green spaces can reduce stress. “Blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the level of ‘stress hormones’ all decrease faster in natural settings,” reports a summary published on Science Daily. Spending time in nature is a balm for our nervous system.

Yoga.  Pressed for time?  Legs Up the Wall pose, for 10 minutes after work or at bedtime. This pose is the perfect antidote to stress.

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Meditation. Even if it’s in short stints.

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Alternate-Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana) This is a deeply calming breathing technique that works to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain.

Eating in a loving, relaxed environment. The kind of company we keep—and the conversations we have—during meals can positively or negatively affect our ability to digest and assimilate our meal. Your stomach, and your spirit, will thank you.

Drinking tea. Try adding another hot beverage to your morning routine.  This ritual has added so much joy to my days. If you are a coffee drinker, no need to quit. Just add another drink to your day.

Get connected with like-minded people.  Connection with authentic humans who care has been so important for me in busy and stressful seasons.  Join me in the Empower You this winter to make deeper connections, increase fitness, and destress.