Embracing the winter season with these new yoga bags!

 

I would like to share with you a couple of yoga bags I have been working on lately as a little inspiration to embrace the winter to come! : )

I am exploring stripes as I just love stripes!!

So the very first one I made with stripes is called “winter skies”.

Winter skies yoga bag
Thank you to my friend Alexandra who took this picture.

 

I couldn’t help but feel, hear and smell (as I was crocheting this bag) the crisp air with that squeaky sound that you get when you walk on the snow on one of those cold, clear sky winter days where the sky is as blue as blue can be against the pure white snow. There is something so fresh and rejuvenating about that!!

And since I am so pleased with this one, I have been feeling inspired to make another one with stripes, one that has been on my mind for a while now.

Here is a sneak peek at it in the making:

Yoga bags winter holiday season

And thanks to Monica for this picture! : )

 

Since I love navy blue and white stripes so much and own a few pieces of clothing with that pattern, I thought it would be fun to make a yoga bag like that as well.

I think it is a pattern that appeals to many people. I am not sure if it is in fashion right now but I get the sense that it is. This pattern has been around for so long and even though it comes and goes, it seems to remain a classic.

The holiday season is coming soon and I would like to add a twist of the Christmas cheers to this one. I have an idea in mind but I am not sure exactly how successful it will be until I actually experiment with it.

So I will keep it as a little suspense for now and if it all works out well, according to plan “or not” : ), I would love to share it with you when it is done!!

Have a wonderful Sunday evening!

With much love to you!

Sincerely,

Karen

 

 

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Today is as good as any!

It is Sunday morning and I am feeling a little antsy!! I think it means anxious…lol!!!

I have never used that word before but I like the sound of it and it just seems right and kind of fun to use a new word I have not used before ;-)

Yes, I am feeling anxious and I realize that this is not a feeling I need to find ways of covering up, numbing out or suppressing!!!

I am very anxious about moving forward with my life and I know that facing those feelings, or as a matter of fact any feelings I have is a crucial part of my moving forward. Not being willing to face my feelings is the most certain way for them to grow and get worst as they attempt to conquer my attention and another guaranteed way to stay in the same old, same old!!

Anyways, I don’t want to make this post too long!! I want to keep it short and sweet!!

I am realizing that this day is as good as any about coming out into the daylight with my blog, my dreams, my life…

I have had a few attempts in the past that were rather extreme and as result of that, I have always resorted to hiding back into my little cubby-hole.

I have kept the kid within me in the dark for too long now and as a good mother, I want to let her out and play; have some fun in the sun!!!

I want to start taking a stand and having a voice in my life instead of staying on the sideline by fear of being seen or bringing up some controversy.

I just want to have fun!!

And fun means being who I am, sharing my goodies with the world, sharing all the stuff I love and enjoy that makes my heart sing and my world rock!!

I want to sing and dance like a little kid inside!!

So today, that is all I have to say!!

And on a last note, I just couldn’t help but attach this link to my post!! It just feels appropriate and fun :) ))

Until next time!!

Love to you all and especially to the few people to whom I am sending out this little post too!! It’s me being willing to be seen a little more; me being willing to sing and dance in the sun a little more!!

Cheers to you all and thank you for the kindness and support you have brought into my life already!!

I  AM GRATEFUL TO YOU!!!

Love,

Karen

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Sprouted buckwheat waffles

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Here is a basic simple recipe I use all the time!!

I love it because it takes minutes to make and it is simple and healthy!!

There are many reasons why I like these grains and this recipe. It is nourishing, satisfying, healthy and gluten free.

I have struggled for many years now with my health and have had to make many sacrifices and adjustments with my diet over the years in order to feed my body in a healthier and kinder way.

One thing that I have noticed over the years is that eating gluten free as well as more wholesome foods does take a huge strain off of my body.

The gluten free options out there, in terms of bread, are in my eyes not so healthy. They have a huge list of ingredients and are made of many processed ingredients, and I have just never felt that great eating them. I see them more as an alternative than an actual health conscious choice.

I feel good and nourished when I eat these waffles. They are actually just more like a slice of bread that is in the shape of a waffle. I use them for sandwiches, as a snack like a toast with cinnamon and stevia sprinkled on top of it and in the morning with a fresh omelet over it.

I always feel satisfied and nourished when I eat them and love that it takes just minutes to make and that I am using fresh flour from a sprouted grain, ground right on the spot just minutes ahead of using it which is filled with nutrient that have been well preserved within the seeds.

And to top it off, they hold together so well,  just as good as a slice of bread. They do not crumble at all, and yet they are gluten, dairy, yeast, egg and sugar free!! That to me is amazing!!!!

So here is the recipe!! Hope you enjoy it and are grateful for them just as much as I am!!

 

You will need:

A magic bullet

1 cup of soaked, sprouted, dehydrated buckwheat

7/8 cup of water

1/2 to 1 tsp of baking powder (optional but nice to use as it gives the waffles more of a bread like consistency by rising it up a bit. It will still hold together just as well without the use of baking powder but will just be moister inside, more of a creamy like consistency but if you let it cool down on a cooling rack, it well harden nicely to a soft, tender and solid texture. The more baking powder you use, the more you will be able to taste it but it will also give it a nice bread like texture. You might want to experiment to find out what you like best in terms of balance between texture and flavor to determine the prefered amount of baking powder you wish to use).

Salt to taste

Coconut oil to coat your waffle maker grill

 

 

Turn on your waffle maker to let it preheat while you prepare your mixture.

Combine all the ingredients into your magic bullet. Mix to a nice a creamy consistency. If it is  still too thick, add a little water, just enough to make it a consistency that pours nicely and evenly onto your waffle grill without being too liquid.

When your waffle maker is properly preheated, coat your grill with a thin layer of coconut oil. Poor your mixture evenly over the surface to cover, close the lid (just drop the lid without locking it down) and let them cook for  about 10-12 minutes. Time may vary depending on the waffle maker you have, but this is the time it takes on mine. This recipe makes 2 waffles.

Enjoy!!!

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Real meaning weaving it’s way through me on my yoga mat

 

Intention ~ Awareness ~ Focus ~ Discipline ~ Courage ~ Samskaras ~ Mindfulness ~ Less is more ~ Breath, love, let go..   

These are just some of the words I am falling in love with as they weave their way through me on my yoga mat, and into my life.

Speaking of these words or reading books about them would have never had the impact on me as they have had through my yoga practice.

I lived my whole life being in my head which has had a tremendous toll on many aspects of my life.

So looking for solutions and understanding of things in my head only brings me deeper into my patterns, taking me further than where I really need to go, which is come home, into my body!

I have known to do things that bring me into my body for a while now as part of my journey to health and also wealth, yes I aspire and hunger for an abundant life! And I am finally gently surrendering to the goodness and truth of this inner guidance that we often receive in our life in the form of whispers.

I have had this whisper in my ears, to begin practicing yoga about a year ago, as I started to have some real health challenges rise to the surface for me. I have had this same whisper before but made the wise choice this time to gently surrender to it in the kindest of ways, taking it in tiny baby step, one at time!!

I discovered Melissa West as I was exploring and taking my baby steps and she has grown to be my teacher ever since!

Through practicing many of her one hour sessions for the last 9 months, I am in awe at what is taking shape and place deep within me in my life.

I am going through some very challenging times at all levels, from money to health and relationships!!

But it is as if my yoga practice and my life are working hand in hand! As I embrace the new and what is possible, more comes apart within me to make way and space for the new. You often hear this saying that things sometimes have to get worse before they get better, well that is the sense and experience I am having.

For example, my health is in a very fragile state at this time and as I experience it coming apart, I am knowing of good deep internal changes taking shape within me as I learn to better care for myself. I have abused my body for most of my life, not being there for myself and not properly taking care of myself. So this coming apart comes to me as no surprise. I must constantly remind myself to keep my calm as I move along this journey, and yoga is helping me do just that. It is helping me see the light when I am in the dark and find some peace in the stormiest of weathers.

I am aware as part of my healing journey that I must make some core changes in my life if I want to become healthy which for me translates as having to leave behind the person I have grown accustomed to be, with the comforts I have grown accustomed to cherish that were actually very detrimental, to make space and create this new healthy me that I aspire to be.

There is much pain, discomfort and grieving in that and thank you to Melissa, I resort to her and her yoga for support.

It appease my soul to do her yoga session even if there are times when I am only able to make my way to the mat for a few minutes and in the toughest of times just listen to a few of her words! It still changes me within! It must be the intention that is weaving its way through me as I lay on my yoga mat!! There is a little sunshine that unexpectedly rises within as I allow myself to be more present and feel my breath. And even if it is the tiniest speck of light I get to connect with, I am eternally grateful for it and I know to keep loving that, and focus on that. It shows me where the light is at times where everything seems dark.

I had no understanding of any of these words I posted above (Intention ~ Awareness ~ Focus ~ Discipline ~ Courage ~ Samskaras ~ Mindfulness ~ Less is more ~ Breath, love, let go..) as I lived my life, none!!! I was someone who lived on the run from a traumatic event I experienced as a little girl. I guess in medical terms, it is what they call post traumatic stress disorder though I believe probably many people live in this state at different extent in their lives, something that is probably what we translate as the fight or flight mode that I would say most of this world live in these days!

Everything in my life was about getting or experiencing a feeling I desperately wanted to have that would offer me a sense of relieve from any kind of stress, discomfort or pressure I was experiencing. I resorted to my own distractions, or you could say drugs of choice (food being a big one for me), to self sooth or numb myself out until all the good things in my life began collapsing on me!

I did not live by any of these mantras and when I  heard of them, when people would speak of them, they just sounded like hard work and a burden to me, like some impossible task or idea I could never even dream of achieving. I already felt I was carrying this huge load on my shoulders, so just the thought of adding more weight increased this feeling of exhaustion I was already living with.

But through my yoga practice, I am growing to love and cherish these words at my core, as they reveal their true meaning to me right within my body at a cellular level.

Their meaning comes to me deeper than words ever would. They come to me as they weave their way through me, through my life, getting me untangled from a mess I had found myself in. As I grow to become more aware through my yoga poses and as I am kindly and gently present on my yoga mat, it is as if my posture is being transformed in my daily life and this new awareness in my body helps me come into alignment within.

I get to experience and witness first hand my subconscious and my body reuniting through real meaning revealing itself to me. I can see how the real meaning of these words are truly our natural state, our natural way of being and yoga serves as a wonderful tool to UN-distort ourselves, helping us come into alignment with who we really are.

So for the sake of this article and my new found focus : ), I will keep this post at this even though I can already see that I would love to elaborate more specifically on how the meaning of some of these words have already translated themselves into some sweet delightful examples in my daily life.

Thank you to Melissa for showing me through her precious yoga sessions the true meaning of these words as I learn to embrace them and abide by them one baby step at a time…

Namaste to all.

In love and gratitude,

Karen

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My Sankalpa for the weeks to come!

” I am becoming forever more the real woman I truly aspire to be!”

I picked this photograph on Flickr which describes well the feeling in my body and spirit of my intention for the weeks to come!

Photo credit: Weisseespitze

 

Last night I did a yoga session on Sankalpa with my beloved teacher Dr.Melissa West.

A Sankalpa, as Melissa explains, is an intention that you set in motion like a seed that you plant in your own heart and being. It should really resonate with your core and align with your essence. As you begin to honor and focus on your intention, it begins to move and manifest in your outer world!

I knew I could really benefit from doing this session as a new week was just going to begin the following day and I felt the need to regroup and gain some focus in order to insure that I really move forward with what is truly important in my life!

Things often unfold and open up in ways I don’t expect them to when I do yoga. It is like I get out of my own way or you could say out of my head as I gently move my body and attune my body and being to the movement and poses required!

And to better express what rose up in this session for me last night, here is a few things I would like to share with you!

I hired some help this last week which is a big step for me. I have been very fragile with my health and doing all that I can to change my whole lifestyle; putting a really healthy foundation in place, something that I can stand on and build my life upon.

My days have been full with simply taking proper care of myself, attending the basic chores around my home and growing all my sprouts which is a huge endeavor as it is the main source of my diet.

But in all this I would end up exhausted at the end of each day and this left me with more of a sense of keeping up and copping with these awesome systems that I am putting in place rather than gaining real energy and healing from them which is ultimately the real goal in all this.

I know to be gentle and patient in this process of unfolding, transformation and healing but I also know that I need to be honest in assessing what is really taking place in order to insure that I am actually really moving forward with all the positive changes that I am implementing in my life.

It got clear to me that I needed some help to lighten the burden of those daily, repetitive chores if I wanted to insure that I focus some of my energy on what will actually propel me forward the most!

By lightening up the burden of these energy taxing, time consuming daily chores, I would gain time and energy to focus on things that would build energy and provide real healing. And I have been knowing for a while now that working on my blog is one of the things I need to focus on as an integral part of my transformation! As this represents to me: starting to really live by having a voice, taking a stand, following my passion, doing what I love, honoring my real vision and most importantly taking the real steps required to make this happen!

 

Today is Monday and the Sankalpa that opened up for me last night to love, focus on and cherish for the next several weeks came to me as follow:

” I am becoming forever more the real woman I truly aspire to be!”.  When I breath in this Sankalpa, I see and feel this woman in all aspects of my life; from the relationship I have with my body and food, to respecting and honoring my money and taking care of my financial future, to my relationships with others around me and my surroundings.

And during my yoga session last night as I was being, moving and breathing in my Sankalpa, we came to a pose where Melissa asked that we ask ourselves: “What steps will be required of you to take, to bring this Sankalpa into form?”

The pose was actually already a bit difficult and uncomfortable for me so it was interesting what opened up when she said that we needed to honor what was for us the steps we will need to take in order to bring our Sankalpa into reality as the days she says, where Yogis practice and live in cages is long over :) . Yes, we must first nurture and cultivate our Sankalpa within ourselves but then we must share it with others by coming out into the world with it for others to learn from, be nourished by and inspired by it just as we have been!

I know this is definitely a big one for me that hit home when she said this. You can’t just have a vision and acknowledge your Sankalpa like you would do a visualization!  You must really live it by bringing it into the world, once you have spent the time to love, care for it and cultivate it within yourself!!

So as uncomfortable as that was to hear her say this, what opened up for me is to focus on building and cultivating focus and core strength. And I know that for me, building core strength brings me to the place of living from my power center and from there growing a real ability to make decisions where I am able to move forward in the physical form with my real values in life!

On a more personal note here something I will share with you! I am currently living off of an a inheritance and I have never had a healthy relationship with money! As a matter of fact, it has been something that I have been completely numb to my entire life!!

Somewhat I managed to make it so far but this is nothing I could sustain at this point in my life considering the circumstances and just the stage I find myself in at this point of my life. I am saying this because it would be tempting and easy for me to delude myself with this inheritance thinking that the money will be an endless supply if I just don’t look at my bank account and that all is rosy and I can take the time I need to heal my body and just live in wonderland!

Well, having struggled with my health my entire life and being at a stage of my life where I really am on my own, it has become imminently clear that a big part of my ability to finally have real health in my life and a sustainable foundation to build a healthy thriving life upon,  I will need to honor what I am and allow this life force within me to thrive in this world!

I have the luxury right now to take care of all the important things in my life so I can build a solid foundation for my life and I have to really honor my money in this, which translates as valuing and honoring my time by insuring that I spend it wisely as this is a real investment I am making into my future!

And having been especially weak lately, having lost a lot of weight, hearing those words was rather uncomfortable but I could resonate with the truth of them!! I know they are what will bring me into my power center where I can connect with the REAL power of intention and have for once in my life real living will!!! I have never felt this strength and power from within that lays right at your core! Yoga as been so beneficial for me in connecting with that part of my body which as brought to me tremendous awareness like I never had before!

I did on a few occasions already, a yoga session with Melissa called Drishti that means “point of focus”, and I found it to be rather uncomfortable as well but I was also extremely delighted to learn and realize within my body what focus really is and means and how that meaning of it translates into my body. I know I can go so much deeper with it as I keep revisiting my yoga matt and applying all that opens up for me on my matt with this into my daily living.

I have been struggling completing tasks when it comes to bringing my vision of the Million Dollar Housewife into form!!! Even when I keep the goals and the tasks at a minimum, if they involve bringing something forward into the world to share, completing them at that point as been a real struggle for me.

When I noticed how just about impossible that has been for me, I knew as I always do, not to be hard on myself, that it can just mean that there is a lot for me to move through, be in and integrate, and that it can be much bigger than I think!!!

And it is so good and important for me to see that because the temptation to get distracted by getting busy with other things in my life when this happens is so easy!! It often just happens without me hardly noticing until I find myself down at the same cross road again where I must pick up the pieces I left off previously with then more time that has gone by and wasted!

What I know now when this happens, is to not give up and postpone as postponing leads to no progress, but instead, I ask myself what can I do to support progress and movement in this, in a smooth, gentle and kind way and that is when things like finding the “point of focus” session with Melissa just comes knocking at my door. It is like just what I need shows up as I gently ask for support in moving gently forward!

So yesterday the Sankalpa took me right to that opening and seeing and showed me that I needed to be with the concept of focus even more by doing this yoga session on a regular basis as well as practical exercise in my daily living to implement what I learn from it. And how I need to do some core strength building exercise as well to help me with my living will; taking action with what truly matters!

So things really are all tied up and interconnected and yoga has been a wonderful way for me to see and realize this, helping me bring all the broken pieces of my life together, weaving them as I mend them together into this beautiful and harmonious blanket just as my mother would have woven when she was alive!!

So this morning I woke up and it is Monday and as a new week began, before I grabbed my cell phone and, checked facebook and my email, I insured that I really let in what opened up for me last night in doing this yoga session!

And here I am writing an article that I intend to complete and share with you!!! :)

To the power of Sankalpa :)

Cheers!!

I hope you enjoyed this and learned something of value that inspires and supports you on your journey of unfolding and forever more, becoming the real beautiful and inspiring woman you are meant to be!!

Namaste!

Mdh

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Cellular nourishment and rejuvenation

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo credit:  ‘eindzel

 

“I do things that are deeply nourishing at a cellular level in my life!”

 

This is my new motto, something that I started to affirm initially with food and that has now turned into a life motto for me as part of my health journey to recovery!

I changed it when I started to notice that cellular nourishment was for me about much more than just proper nourishment with food!

And this morning I wanted to take a moment to share with you what I have discovered so far that has opened up for me in this as a means to express how grateful I am!

As this list grows, I will be adding more:

 

1.  Going for walks and getting some fresh air, even when I am feeling extremely weak in my body, is so rejuvenating!!

It gives me energy and it makes me feel good and happy. It is uplifting and I can feel how much my body loves to get some oxygen, the kind that you don’t get when you are indoors all day!!!

It is winter time where I live and it gets extremely cold here! And since I am very fragile at the moment and spending very little time outdoors, keeping the windows to my place shut, the contrast has been loud and clear!!

Though now, since I have discovered the undeniable value and benefits of fresh air and real oxygen, I am make a point to open the windows to get some fresh air recirculation into my home and I leave a sliver open at night time in my bedroom to breathe some real oxygen into my lungs as I sleep!

“Getting some fresh air outdoors as I gently move my body is deeply nourishing and rejuvenating!

 

2.  My body is uplifted when I drink my greens!!!

I notice my breathing and lungs opening up when I drink my glass of wheatgrass juice in the morning followed by my fresh cucumber juice and E3 live concoction.

All these deep greens nourish me at a cellular level!! I feel energy, clarity, vitality and a sense of openness when I drink them!

 

3.  I feel nourished at a cellular level when I come to my room, instead of resorting to my food addiction, finding comfort in listening to soothing music or a meditation.

It calms me down, soothes me and takes me deeper within, at levels I have not gone to before.

It is deeply restful and nourishing and it feels like cellular nourishment when I am being kind and gentle with myself!

 

4.  I feel change and transformation taking place deep within the cells of my body when I do my yoga.

It is like I experience memories that are stored in the cells of my body being released as I discover new ways of being within as I move and stretch my body; ways of being in my body as I be in this world!

I am deeply grateful for my yoga teacher Dr. Melissa West!

 

I will be adding to this list as I discover more!!!

Please do share with us what you have notice in your life that nourishes you at a cellular level!! We would all love to hear about it!!!

Namaste,

Mdh

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Less is more in everything!

I was standing in my kitchen overlooking my yoga space and I was inspired to take a photo as I was experiencing tremendous gratefulness for how much more there is in my life since I am learning to focus on less in every little thing from how I be, to how and what I choose to eat, to how I spend my time, to what I choose to keep and just everything else…

This approach as had a tremendous snowball effect and I was inspired to share this with you in the simple form of a poem, describing why it has been so good!

 

It opens up the horizon in your life for clear seeing

And for your real vision to be seen and cherished by you

 

It allows for more focus,

with clear priorities

And more ease,

with less time wasted on things that don’t matter

 

There is more beauty

More to see

Savor and enjoy

 

It turns the smallest thing into the most vibrant and precious gem

and makes you feel real gratefulness for the smallest things in life

 

It opens up the flow of creative energy

by making the very most out of the least

And creates a need and longing for ever less

as you strive for deeper meaning in your life

 

It provides guidance, inspiration and focus

 

It makes for less confusion

And more peace of mind

 

It creates more open space

Better flow

And less to do

 

There is less time wasted

And more quality time

 

It acts as an invitation for more change and transformation

As you unfold in this ocean of forever letting go…

Opening up as you discover forever more what you truly love and aspire for…

 

 

And the list goes on as you apply this to every aspect of your life!!

Stay tuned, as I am sure much more will come on this subject!

 

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