Today Is International Yoga Day

Since 2015, thanks to the UN, Yoga has its international day: June 21st. And of course I celebrated it with tones of Yoga. Like 3 hours of Yoga, Mantras and Meditations. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to practice Yoga for 3 hours in a row. Or every day. Or any day. It keeps me in shape, sane, spiritual, flexible, inspired, rocking. It puts in in touch with me, myself and I. And the joy of it.

Because of it and much more, man, I love Yoga. And I am so grateful for it.๐Ÿ™

And this is coming from a person who up to a few years ago thought Yoga wasn’t her thing.

At all.

So thank Goddess I gave Yoga a second chance.

I don’t even remember why I did, just felt myself willing to try Yoga again. And so I did. First with a very light kind: Restorative Yoga. It blowed my mind away. Cause it was so relaxing, calming experience that even helped me to sleep better. So I kept doing it.

Restorative Yoga made me rethink my whole idea of Yoga. So, because of it I decided to give it a try to other types of Yoga like Hatha, another kind I love. To be honest I only practice Hatha every now and then but it is one type of Yoga I wanna practice more. And I will.

I also tried Kundalini. My first go wasn’t very successful. I just didn’t like it. So I passed for a little while til I gave a second chance to it and guess what? I loooooved it. And this has been my Yoga. I practice it every single day now. By myself. And everytime I have a chance I go and practice in a class. Both experiences are great. Each one on its own. Totally recommend both.

Kundalini in particular brought to my life two important things: joy and a spiritual sense or experience. It has been, indeed, a journey of my self, to my self, through my self.

And so much healing came from and with it…

And again, I am so grateful for this journey, with its ups and downs, goodies, baddies and uglies. Imperfectly perfect. Just the way it is.๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒธ

And if you were like me and thought Yoga wasn’t your thing, just give another shot. Just like me, you can change your mind. And you can only gain from it.๐Ÿ˜˜

Left Nostril Breathing Can Help You Relax, Calm Down And Curb Your Anxiety

When you feel that your mind is too active, with thoughts racing for attention, too plugged in that you can’t sleep, highly worried about a particular thing or just want to take a moment to relax you can try this Kundalini breathe called Left Nostril Breathing to bring some serenity and peace back to your state of mind.

This is how you do it:

Sit in Easy Pose (on the floor with your legs crossed). Close your right nostril with your right thumb while your other fingers are stretched straight up as antennas. Put your left hand on your left knee in Gyan Mudra. Close your eyes and put all your attention on your third eye (middle of your forehead). Begin to breathe long and deep only through your left nostril. Do this breathing for 3 minutes. If you can, you can increase the time for 5, 7 or even 11 minutes. Or 31 minutes if you feel up to.

And there you go.

Above you have a video that illustrates pretty well how to do it.

The left nostril breathing helps to calm you down because it activates the Ida Nerve Ending in the left nostril, which relates to calmness and relaxation. By the way, the left nostril is related to the moon energy, which is changeable, feminine, yin, giving, and cool.

Researching about this Breathing so I could make this post, I found this on GRDHealth:

“The benefits of left nostril breathing are numerous including sharper, clearer focus of the mind, and a deep, full relaxation or sleep. It is said in the Yogic tradition, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, that if a person breathes through the left nostril for 31 minutes a day for 90 days (the time it takes to plant a new habit into the subconscious) they will naturally change their metabolism in favor of relaxation and weight loss.”

I guess I just found my new Kundalini routine for the next 90 days… ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜

And if you want to check my past Kundalini routines, check this tag.

Try This Trick To Make Your Maca Powder Tastes Better

If you take Maca powder you probably felt its, let’s call it, peculiar taste. It is not something yummy to say the least. Au contraire. I hear you. But worry no more cause I have the perfect trick so you can have your Maca powder without ewing it.

How? Try mixing your Maca powder with cinnamon powder over a mashed banana. Yes, first pealed the banana and with a fork mash it all. Then add plenty of cinnamon powder, enough to cover the whole mashed banana. Then add the Maca powder and mash it all together till Maca and cinnamon blend completely.

This would be enough to enjoy your Maca powder without tasting it. But you can also add some Chia seeds, Flax flour and Oat Bran to it. That is what I do. I like it and I do believe my body needs the nutrients and fibers from them. You can skip the Chia seeds and the Flax flour and just add the Oat Bran though. Or just eat the banana with Maca and cinnamon. It will do the trick.

1. The peeled banana. 2. The already mashed banana. 3. The banana with cinnamon powder over it. 4. The banana with cinnamon and the maca powder. 5. The banana with cinnamon and the maca powder all blended. 6. With oat bran blended over it.

In any case, you will not feel the Maca taste at all.๐Ÿ™

And yes, if you don’t know yet… Maca is a good option for all of us who are going through peri-menopause, menopause or post-menopause. It can alleviate the symptoms related to it like hot flashes, low libido, vaginal dryness, interrupted sleep, poor memory, anxiety, stress issues and it can help with our bone health as well. It is also a good source of Copper, Vitamin C and Iron.

But when taking Maca be aware of this: If you have a low thyroid condition or it is heading towards it, bare in mind that Maca powder may interfere with the normal function of the thyroid gland because it containsย goitrogens. Having said that, there is a gelatinized kind of Maca which is boiled and pressurized in order to remove all the starch from it. Nothing else is added. Because of it, this kind of Maca is much easier to digest and because it is boiled, it can diminish the impact of the goitrogens in your thyroid.

Still, be careful and ask for your doctor’s help on this.

Why I Walk Every Morning No Matter What

Come rain, come shine, under a storm or not, every single morning I walk. For 40 minutes. At least. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. And I do it, not because I want to lose some weight (or keep it as it is), at least, this is no longer a reason for me, especially after reading this article. Anyways, I do walk every single day because it gives my morning boost. It is like my morning coffee. It wakes me up, put me on the right mind set, it helps me to think clearly and to have great ideas for my work while I am walking plus, afterwards, I do feel energized to start my day. In a good spirit.

I also walk every morning because I feel that it warms up my body, especially my knee, that I injured last year badly. And yes, I started this walking routine exactly because I wanted to heal my knee, by the way. I thought it was a good idea to help to put it back to its old good shape and I was right. In the beginning, when I started walking my knee was still a little painful here and there. However after a few weeks walking every day my knee felt great again. Almost brand new. I still have the scar (fading) but the knee itself is pain-free. And I am so grateful for it that is beyond words. ๐Ÿ™

And that is why I walk every single morning.

How about you? Do you do any exercise or activity that makes you feel this way every single morning?

Do This One Simple Thing After Meditating And Get The Most From Your Practice

And this one simple thing is… to rest. Yep, as in laying down, closing your eyes and just let it be. You can even take a nap if you have time for and feel like it. Or you can lay down on the floor on the Savasana (Corpse) pose. All possible.

For cats, resting is a serious business.
Photo by Ihsan Aditya from Pexels.

In any case you should rest. For at least 5 minutes right after Meditating. This seals your practice and make it more powerful, more efficient. This is when you let all the benefits from that particular practice sink in

Just give it a try and see for yourself.