It’s been awhile since I’ve posted I know :), I’ve been busy learning new art and brewing alot of Kombucha – another healthy form of being creative!!
Wishing ALL my American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving and friends everywhere, I am grateful for being in my life, connecting with me here or anywhere else. I hope everyone is health, well and safe.
Black Friday goes from Thursday to Sunday – ALL my books are marked down, some I can’t mark down as they are free!!
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Matter is only Energy condensed to a slow vibration.
We are ALL one Consciousness experiencing itself subjectively.
There is no such thing as death – Life is just a Dream
We are the imagination of ourselves.
What we imagine ourselves to be is what we physically create!!
– David Icke
Question – what is your reality reflecting back to you?
What vibration are you living your life at?
Are you living in alignment with YOUR truth, loving who you are, what you’re doing, being and the life you are living?
If not time to change thoughts, feelings and beliefs!!
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It’s true! Why We Do Yoga is now available on Amazon kindle. Later this year it will be out in hard copy and it’s also available on my site in ebook fashion!
My intention behind this book was to create great awareness of why we do, you do, one does Yoga.
I know for myself it has transformed over the years and I don’t think I truly came to the mat with the right intention, space or even attitude as I was a busy person and doing, doing, doing. I wanted to truly get into a meditative state as I knew intuitively I needed it yet couldn’t get there.
As I have also shared it was such an honour to meet many of these Yogi’s, photograph them, talk with them, share stories or converse via email for ones further away – I have been touched by them all at a deep level.
How they shared their why’s and the pose they have chosen goes beyonds words – I keep hearing it’s touching people on a deeper level and opening their eyes up or wanting to go to the mat and go deeper in their practice or even start one!!
The first person who read the book and called me was the impact I was hoping this book would have – it made it all worth it even if it only touches one person!!
Yet I know it will touch many more!!
Here are a few from the book!
Why We do Yoga – Andrea Lewis
I do yoga to slow down my body and mind. As a type A person I am always on the go – from serving to training and coaching I am always moving my body – and my mind runs a long with it. Inner peace, appreciation and a heightened clarity is what yoga gifts me. Yin/Restorative yoga is my favourite.
Andrea Lewis (aka healthchick)
Why We do Yoga – Gabe Azoulay
Yoga continues to make me feel connected to the world and inspires me to give back as much as I can. Whether sharing the physical benefits with practitioners or the confidence opportunities with aspiring yoga teachers, I feel honored and blessed that I discovered
Yoga is the only thing that encompasses everything in one form of exercise for me. It builds muscle, enhances stamina, physical rehabilitation of injuries, and stress reduction to name a few of the important benefits. Plus, it makes you want to do better. To be better. To be the best version of you that you can be. On and off the mat. It’s the shit basically.
Yoga for me is my direct relationship with Source or Creator. This connection to source that I find in my breath is the most important, nourishing, self loving act throughout my day. In order for me to enjoy a clear and centered relationship with any one or anything else, my yoga practice is essential.
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Why We do Yoga came to me after a Temazcal one night in Mexico – Mexican sweat load ceremony.
After the ceremony and back home, I was sitting out on the patio in a chair hammock slowly moving around, it was dark and the stars were out, there was a gentle warm breeze on my skin and I could hear the pounding of the waves in the distance. Out of nowhere this idea came.
As I was in my teacher training I was asking myself it at a deeper level as well. For me it started off as a personal journey – and it’s incredible how it fit into my life at the perfect time for what I was moving through.
Why We do Yoga
When I started doing some research on the internet I knew immediately why this came to me.
The Yoga matt is where many people – mostly women but men too, come to further judge, compare, beat themselves up – not good enough, can’t do that pose, I’m not wearing the right clothing, I’m not thin enough etc
We need to stop this insanity.
This is only a glimpse – my persceptive on why I do Yoga – you will hear many other reasons.
Why We do Yoga
For me now Yoga has become more – since deepening the connection with myself, my mind, body soul and breath.
Since that moment sitting out that night I started sharing this idea – this book – with other Yogi’s and they kept saying Yes to it, to be part of it!
We all have different journey’s, perspectives, lives, stories, beliefs and awareness and that is why I knew it needed to have as many Yogi’s share as possible.
I have had the incredible privilege to meet some of the most beautiful, amazing, heart centred and present Yogi’s / people since embarking on this project.
Why We do Yoga
I spent the last several days going through the photos that I have been able to shoot and capture some beautiful moments – for that alone I am honoured. I have photographed over 50 Yogi’s and I then reached out to others who I knew would be a huge contribution to this book as well yet we were miles away.
Why We do Yoga is a book that will be out first in kindle format very soon like as in May!!
Why We do Yoga
My wish and hope is that through one of these amazing Yogi’s that a seed will be planted, a deeper understanding or awareness of of why you do do Yoga.
Maybe you don’t do Yoga – yet, maybe you do a little, maybe you do a lot – I promise you there will be something in this book for you!
Why We do Yoga
Stay tuned as it will be out shortly and Please feel free to share this with anyone.
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Quite the combination eh? You are probably wondering how that came about??
Over the years, with many modalities, workshops, reading and from experiences has come learning and growing. I have dived into consciousness and quantum physics off and on over the years not always understanding it. People use the words, yet I feel very few people truly embody it.
What I have and still am learning with an eating disorder it goes much deeper into the psyche than I ever realized, so it’s become more of my mission to dive even deeper in.
When I am going through some major life lessons I am always looking for what I can learn, how I can grow, what do I need to be aware of, the patterns and beliefs for things to have been created like that – as we are the creator of everything in our lives. What I am learning is exciting and I am diving deeper studying with Dr Joe Dispenza – this whole quantum field, consciousness and neuroscience is fascinating.
I still have a ton to learn and embody yet it keeps getting better every day.
Consciousness to me is personal growth, being willing to look at your stuff, open to letting go of ego and the way things should be, being more present in each moment as that is really all there is. Knowing that as being consciousness we effect matter therefore it’s so important to eat, think and feel high vibing food, feelings, emotions which I will keep going into!!
Some things need to be left in the past!
It’s about being present – not living in the past and anything that keeps us stuck in old emotions get looked at, released and healed. It’s about knowing and honouring who you truly are and not pretending to be someone else, competing, hiding yourself and doing things that aren’t you or you don’t like doing – even a job. leave the old crap in the past!
Breathing, meditation, love making, certain activities like surfing, yoga etc help greatly to be in the present moment!!
Surfer in Sayulita Mexico
I have had the pleasure of being able to de-program many things over the last couple of years of how I was living and what I was doing. Even yesterday I got called out by caring people twice on some bs I was doing to still not fully embody who I truly be!!!
I love it!!
Everything is Energy – which has a vibration. Anger and hatred and process foods have very low or even dense vibrations. Love, Joy, Gratitude and real, fresh foods especially when grown with love and sunlight have much higher vibrations.
Example of how the Universe can work and does work when we get out of the way and try not to figure out the how.
Yesterday I thought of some photos I want to take while here in Sayulita, they are with the water and I need to use a slow shutter release – so slow I will need a tripod, which I did not bring with me. This am I looked up a couple of photographers and called two and left a message about renting a tripod, then got busy with some other things and forgot about it. Low and behold later this afternoon as I went for a quick dip in the ocean, as I was walking down I suddenly realize I was behind 2 teenagers who lived here and spoke perfect English were carrying a tripod and yes he would rent it to me!!
Does it matter?
Consciousness to me is about all that we do, eat, feel and say – trust me I am learning every day where I am not or have not been conscious and it’s not a judgment of self, it’s awareness and once I have that then I can choose how I want to feel, be, say or do!
I’ve dived into Yoga off and on since I was in my early 20’s, yet saying that not for the right reasons.
It was more for the asana’s and work out, not the body connection, breath work or even meditation.
Yes it’s me – I keep evolving and learning! Photography by Cherry Bomb
After years of working out hard, my body said stop and I did very little for a couple of years (this is also when I was deprogramming on many levels). My body was tired and achy – first time I could truly feel being in my body after a in person session with Mas Sajady. People that have had an eating disorder or emotional eating work very hard to disconnect from their bodies. Yoga helps to reconnect to it IF done with being kind to self and not creating it into a fitness program, judgment about self, body, weight, what you can or can’t do, and what fashion you are or aren’t wearing.
It has helped me become more connected to my body, aware and kinder to it. Gone are the days of hitting the gym, long runs or any type of hard workout to look better or punish my body – it wants to be loved in many ways!
This truly is one of my passions and an art of mine that I have not allowed myself to do or found excuses why I couldn’t or shouldn’t do it. Plus I was programmed that I could never make money doing Photography – and I bought into it. All I know is I so enjoy doing it and there are tons of photographers who are better than me yet that is not what it is about. People have encouraged me for years to keep at it, yet I never felt like I was good enough to do it. So because it brings me pleasure and allows me to create and be / feel creative I want to bring in my Photography especially while travelling.
I have started working on a Photo Yoga project – where there is flow there is go. I am needing many Yogi’s for this project and so far everyone I have asked or talked to has said yes!! You will know more about it shortly and later this year it will be out! That is just one Photo project!!
Yoga Photo Project
We are moving in a direction of healing for many of us and embodying more of ourselves yet sometimes we just don’t know where to turn we just know it’s time!
Living this way does not numb us, it gets us back in touch with ourselves.
Real being therefore real conversations. Whole, plant based foods are true medicine. Sharing vulnerably is being authentic. Authentic connection is liberating. Singing, dancing, being creative and cooking is true medicine. Nature is grounding. Yoga is true reconnecting. Meditation is slowing down and going within.
I know for many of us, markets could be a thing of the past with summer ending and well into fall!
I don’t know if you take the time to shop at markets or not but highly encourage you to do so.
I have been hearing from many people similar things like – ‘It must have been hard eating healthy while travelling?’
And the answer is NO!! (a post on that is coming soon too)
David and I live this lifestyle and it’s part of who we are. We don’t just do it when it’s convenient, or get sloppy about our health – as once you lose it, it is so hard to get back. And once you pass a certain point of eating, doing and being the health things you just can’t go back – basically you are awaken and you see the light and truth – there is no going back.
What does all that mean?
Many people think they are eating healthy because they shop at Whole Foods (watch this great video by the Health Ranger, it will open your eyes up and save you money!), or eat packaged foods labelled organic or gluten free, go to a yoga class several times a week, wear Lululemon and eat brunch on the weekend at the latest ‘in’ restaurant. Now I’m being fairly general yet trying to paint a picture -to some it’s part of being in the trend. To others it’s a lifestyle choice.
That type of scenario people are doing better than most, but many do it to look cool…….does one really understand true health, eating healthy, thinking / meditating and being true health and empowered?
Lots of colors!
What I am realizing is that it takes more than grabbing a juice at your favourite local bar (or off the shelf which to be honest is better than juices in general but for optimal nutrition – juice needs to be drank within an hour of it being pressed fyi for any optimal nutrition) or doing a couple of yoga classes a week – it’s not as much about the body or work out as it is a moving meditation where one takes the practice of non-judgment out in their every day world.
Amazing Food Artisans
Most packaged foods are still processed even if the ingredients are healthier or organic. Please don’t get me wrong, I eat them too, I am not up on a soap box here, real health still comes down to eating mostly real foods, raw and alive foods, natural foods that aren’t loaded with lead or sprayed with other poisonous things, and of course non-gmo, adding in superfoods, minerals (not isolated ones), eating high quality proteins (yet not too much) from conscious sources, just to name some things.
Which brings me back to markets – this is where we can eat healthier – as most of it is real food. We can get to choose how we spend our dollars, support local farmers, eat what is in season and enjoy the creativity of who is there with some of their healthy food creations (outside of farmers growing organic, non-com foods). Connecting with people that love what they do (for the most part) , you can tell the difference by tasting their goods.
A lot if not most of the food these days I am finding at the markets is organic – woohoo!!
While on our travels we got the privilege of catching a few markets in different states and they were all great. All different, yet similar in that they have fresh foods grown by people who love what they do – they have to as not many will grow their own gardens – many also can’t today that I realize.
So if you live in an area where you can visit a market year round – do so!!
And for the ones that maybe missed the market this year – there’s next year – you won’t be disappointed.
We sampled (and bought) some of the best food I’ve ever tasted from the markets we went to while travelling and yes we have a cooler and I will post on ways to eat healthier and to make it easier while travelling !
Just arrived back after travelling for approximately 11 weeks, through 17 states and almost 7000 miles…………..it’s been incredible yet not always easy!! lol Oh the ups and downs of travelling!!
For the most part it’s been fantastic. Saw many places I’ve never seen before, met many new friends, connected with dear friends, wore flip flops lots, took many pictures, found lots of great markets, ate amazing foods (yes while travelling and I will post on that!) and then a few little hiccups that aren’t worth mentioning but some did prevent me from being on the internet like my hard drive crashing YET I did save most of my stuff!!
Amazing Old Old Building in Toas, NM
I will share more of our travels and photos in upcoming posts – I took so many photos as we had so many amazing adventures!!
Crystal in Santa Fe, NM
So many photos – I don’t even know where to begin. I know I probably could have posted more along the way, but while travelling we did stay at places with no internet often, which was a tad frustrating but also awesome – it allowed me to unplug more, be more present, get more into my creative juices and just be and create space where I could explore what I truly desire – not from a materialistic stance but one of feeding my soul, listening to heart, what gets my juices flowing type of space.
Yoga at Red Rocks, CO
I love travelling. There are so many places to see, people to meet, next experiences to have that life is just too short!!
My kids are off travelling and have probably seen more of the world than I have.
Yes I got the bug and I am very fortunate to be able to travel due to having businesses that allow me to work or not wherever I am.
While travelling this time, and having little internet access – which btw, I have found a great solution for and will be able to share more next month – has allowed me time to really dive into some things. Since meeting some incredible people – people who are out of the box thinkers, creators and livers – in other words they truly embody who they really are, live from the heart and their truth and live healthy lives truly inspired me to up my role in my life. I have been feeling flat lined in areas of my life and a sluggishness – it’s either what I added in to my way of eating or how I am thinking now and being or both – either way it’s great.
Quick snack on the border of 2 states!
I have always had an interest in the mystic side of things, health, alternative, quantum physics and it seems like now things are clicking faster and deeper. I am doing more yoga, currently on a 10 Day Transformation and allowing myself time each day to meditate, do breath work and have some creative fun – otherwise I get bored and bitchy!!
I am heading out again come December some time – possible house sitting gigs lining up and to do more travelling and get out of the grey rainy season that is now upon us on the West Coast. With my new phone I will have – posting and being on the internet will never be an issue again, I am so looking forward to taking many more photos and being on top of it better this time – this was like a trial run!!
Great Markets – Great Food!
I will be working on my Raw, Naked and Beautiful Project as that has become very clear to me that it needs to be finished and I will be starting another one to go along with it – which I can’t wait to share!!
There is nothing like feeling great, healthy and in love with oneself and life – not form an egoic sense but a true love that is deep and real.
Roasted Chilies – Taos, NM
There were many great things about this trip that all I can say is wow – can’t believe where the time went as it was incredible!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
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As you know I love eating healthy, and helping, guiding, inspiring others to do the same.
We have been so programmed and lied to by tv, advertising and hidden agendas from corporations that are for profits not health – that it’s confusing and overwhelming for the average person these days. I so get that!!
Our bodies are the biggest source and signals for what is truly going on inside, but we’ve been taught to ignore that, not to trust our inner guidance ( and many if not most people are shut off from that connection). If we need to go to the dr’s for some reason – the dr. may spend 10 mins with you, doesn’t ask about what you eat, how you live, if you exercise, mediate, laugh, get sunshine or how much water you drink, have a healthy sex life, if you like or hate your job or even your spouse and so on. Instead they prescribe a pill maybe several in many cases.. Don’t get me wrong, if I broke my leg I would go to the dr’s but not for other things.
Our bodies talk to us, when in pain they are literally screaming at us to pay attention (unless of course you broke your leg :)).
What we eat , put into our bodies can be reflected back in our hair- dry, brittle, shiny etc, our eyes – alive or dull, skin tones – dry flakey, dull or radiant, clean and clear or full of acne etc Also our thoughts and emotions reflect out from our bodies as well.
Most people that are eating healthy live foods, also have mostly healthy thoughts and feelings ( no one is perfect nor should they be) that are self empowering, self loving, vibrant, alive and have more life.
Chances are they are also taking time for life enhancing or healthy things like exercise, yoga, nature, laughter, good sex, water, (oops wrong order??? Lol) fulfilling relationships ( in other words loving not draining or drama causing relationships) and work that inspires them and that they love (notice I didn’t use the word job???).
I’m on my way to catch a ferry this am and was in rush hour traffic – I cannot imagine doing this every day, how much time does it take and suck from someone not to mention energy?? I look at people’s eyes and faces and see so much stress………..the body talks.
The point I am making here is we have been programmed to believe that these shampoos, or this skin care line or this product for acne etc etc will take care of things. How many times have you tried something and it didn’t work or only works for a little while and then stops? Or that we have to keep up with the Jones – who the hell are they anyways? Or we need to fit in – according to who? Trading time for money and at the same time letting someone else decide your worth. Or how it’s never new enough, big enough, fast enough,……..according to who????
I want to leave you with some questions to ponder……..
What is real health to you?
What is real wealth to you?
Are you feeling as good as you cold be?
Who’s programming have you boughten into – the dr’s, tv commercials, ads, collective consciousness or yours?
What feeds your soul and are you doing it?
When was the last time you laughed and laughed and laughed?
When was the last time your went for a walk in nature?
How much clean water (no not bottled) are you drinking?
How much fresh or live foods are you eating?
When was the last time you meditated or were fully present?
Do you love what you do or spend most of your time at? (i.e. work)
Are your relationships healthy, fun, empowering?
Do you have a healthy relationship and sex life with your partner?
Is there open and honest communication in your life?
How much tv do you watch?
Do you spend our free time doing things you love to do?
Do you spend any time on self care?
Do you exercise or do any body movement?
Keep is simple – eat real foods ( not from a package) as much as possible, use green foods and Superfoods, use body products that are free of chemicals, toxins and artificial additives, think and feel amazing – no matter what is going on. Yes we all have crap in our lives but it’s not what is going on around you it is what is going on inside of you that matters!! Find ways that nurture you!
Weed and tend to that garden of weeds daily (mind bs like judgement, criticism especially towards self, dramas).
Instead focus on
That is true beauty from the inside out!
Create an amazing day and a Life YOU love!!!
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I was awake for early this morning and finished watching episode 6 of the video documentary series The Truth About Cancer by Ty Bollinger – with 29 Doctors, 11 Scientists and 9 Survivors.
This episode was about diet, nutrition and what to eat to heal cancer and not feed cancer – yes feed cancer cells.
Guess what they live off of?? Sugar.
What is in most of our foods today especially packaged, man made foods?
Do you ever question why things have come about?
I have and not a lot makes sense to me.
Like today, being Easter, if you are religious it’s about Jesus rising from the dead ( and more).
It’s about Springtime,new flowers, new beginnings.
How the heck did an Easter bunny get involved and copious amounts of sugar??
Could it be a major marketing, promoting, buying for profits thing?
Just like Santa Claus – Cocoa Cola invented him, another huge profit making time of year and sugar, over indulgence feast on many levels.
Kind of makes you shake your head and wonder doesn’t it??!!
Anyways, I’ll step down off my soap box – just had to share this video – I think the information in these videos is important, crucial in this day and age and everyone should be watching them – so please share them!!
No there is no affiliate link – just a huge desire to help start waking people up – our bodies are an amazing thing – when the right environment is given!!
Have a Happy Easter – enjoy the moment, the day, the people and even the food – create memories that last, laugh more,love more and be a little kid like today!!
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Beauty is All Around – where are you focusing your attention and energy?
It doesn’t matter what’s going on around you only what’s going on inside of you.
That is healthy living.
Go and create a beautiful day!
I’m heading for the sun but still enjoying the scenes of the snow!!
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I didn’t get this right out on New Years Day as I have been taking the time to really reflect and set my intentions for a new year. What are the possibilities, what do I really want to create, how do I want to feel, how do I want to spend my time, how do I want to eat, what recipes do I want to create, what food habits I could still improve on, what foods could I let go of (like my morning Americano……..really!!) how could I or better yet when could I include some more yoga or exercise, where could I or where would I like to put my energy, who do I want to hang out with, where do I want to travel and with who and of course how would I like my business to grow and what kind of income would I like to create / have this year.
Remember anything is possible – one just needs to get clear on what it is, let go of attachment YET see it, feel it, believe it, live it as if it is already happening AND take action moving in that direction. Let go of figuring it out or the how’s and the doubts.
Getting clear, setting intentions is way different than New Year’s Resolutions – most people make the same top 10 every year but very few actually commit to them especially after January – change can be hard for some. Think back over the years and see if you have been making the same resolutions – you know, pay off the debt, earn more money, spend less, down size, lose weight, get into better shape – those seem to be the most common.
Write out a page or two , once you get really clear on your intentions of how living your life would be – describe it clearly, then read it, see it as you read it, feel it as you read it and start to take on that energy – read it each morning or evening or both or as often as possible if you choose or better yet just imagine it, feel it and take action – that will create the reality – just don’t ever give up or stop – your life, your living, your dreams are worth it!!
It may show up in a slightly different form than what you thought – but the energy of it will be there and you will know it!!
My wish for you is that 2015 will be YOUR Best Year Yet – I know that it is going to be mine for sure!!
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