I am in the middle of a little project I call "conscious, mindful living" I will write about soon. Amongst other things, my project involves plastic free living, or plastic free to the extent of my abilities. This means that, if I have a choice, I will choose not to buy anything packaged in plastic no matter how 'inconvenient' that may be for me at that particular moment. So, when I was shopping for a lip balm and a new deodorant I realised both had plastic packaging and decided to look for the alternative.
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I remember those times when not everything was on the internet; for more knowledge and inspiration people read books, or were waiting patiently for that first Monday when their favourite monthly magazine filled the newsstands. In those times I really enjoyed flicking through the pages of a crisp new Yoga Journal looking for Julie Gudmestad’s always insightful anatomy article followed by Sally Kempton’s inspiring words of wisdom. I would spend the next few days reading the articles which were, as I recall, both informative and inspiring.
Today and this weekend we are celebrating Earth day (April 22-24). Of course, we should be celebrating the wonder and beauty of our home every day, but this weekend we are reminded to do so even more. We should all make a point of spending a day or a full weekend somewhere in nature, reconnecting to our Mother Earth, teaching our children the importance of being in the nature, of loving and preserving our home.
Some of us live such fast pace lives that we don’t have much time in between events to let it all sink in. I was in London this past weekend only to fly to Istanbul less than 24 hours after I came back, taught a class maybe four hours after I landed… So, I took this morning to reflect on these past days. If I don’t do this I am left feeling like some things never happened. It will not be easy to slow down my life at the moment, but what I can do is take some time to sit down and reflect.
It’s wild blueberry season and even though I didn’t go look for them in a nearby forest this year, I was happy to buy them at the market. Today after my practice I made his tasty desert I called Purple deliciousness. Apart from being tasty it is super healthy and rich in antioxidants.
It takes only a few minutes to prepare + 15 min to cool down in the fridge (tastes better when chilled) and voilà!
To continue my Hashimoto story which I am so happy I finally wrote - I got great feedback, support and advice from many of you. Thank you. For all your emails, fb messages and comments. Also, I forgot to mention a book that helped me understand much about Thyroid in general. It's called 'Why do I still have thyroid symptoms (when my lab tests are normal?)''. Thank you Lea for reminding me:)!
Just a heads up… The title of this post might sound a bit misleading. It’s not another post on yoga or pranayama, but actually on something much less fun – an autoimmune disease called Hashimotos thyroiditis that I was diagnosed with little over a year ago. So, if you’re not into reading about diseases you don’t have, stay tuned for the next one. I promise I’ll pick a happier subject.
I lived in Miami for a while and did my teacher training there. One of my teachers was a raw foodist. After attending his workshop on raw food diet, where he gave some very good arguments as to why go raw, I decided to try. So, I stocked up on raw Lara Bar's (cashew cookie!) found few places I could go and have lunch, and visited Saturday's raw food market regularly.
I have been a vegetarian since I was 18, or 19 years old. I never liked meat, so the decision wasn’t a big surprise to my family. As a child, I often pretended I have to throw up after I had to finish the peace of meat on my plate hoping that next time it won’t be on my plate. I was persistent, but so was my mum.