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How Yoga Helps With Addiction Recovery by David Wilcox

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This month we have a guest post from David Wilcox, a yoga instructor and creator of HeroinAddict.info, a resource for people and their families who are struggling with heroin addiction. David teaches yoga classes at community centers and rehab facilities and attributes much of his recovery to yoga.

It took a lot of time, sweat, and effort, but you finally did it. The proverbial monkey is off your back, and you’re now in addiction recovery. The hard part might have been getting here, but that’s not to say your life will be easy from now on. As an addict, you will continue to face struggles and trials.

Thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone. Not only can your family and friends give you support, but there are a myriad of holistic methods (like these) that can bolster your recovery. In fact, researchers are turning towards the ancient practice of yoga as a solid way to fight your addiction.

There are many different kinds of yoga out there, but they’re all based on the same principles. It’s an ancient form of discipline, exercise, and meditation that leads to a healthier lifestyle. Although doing stretches and difficult poses is a big part of yoga, it’s more than that.

Yoga helps improve your overall wellness, for both your body and your mind. There are some major physical benefits, such as increased flexibility, stronger muscles, and better breathing. But because yoga aims to balance the mind and body, there are mental benefits as well. Even if you’re not in addiction recovery, yoga can help reduce anxiety and relieve stress.

This is not a sudden change, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, the physical and mental wellness you gain from yoga begins to build as you continue to explore the different poses, breathing, and meditations.

Why Yoga Helps With Addiction

Those physical and mental benefits can help you stay sober. One of the biggest problems recovering addicts face on the road to recovery is the dreaded relapse. When you become overly stressed and anxious, years of work can be ruined by falling back into your old habits and patterns. This is where yoga can help.

Yoga stretches and meditation can help bring you feelings of peace and comfort. As you reduce your stress level, you are less likely to turn to whatever high became a problem in the first place.

And yoga helps with much more than anxiety and stress. As your mind and body get used to yoga, it begins to draw your attention inward to your own self. That means you have less need for an artificial high — the natural “high” from yoga exercises and meditations begins to replace it. And because you’ll likely do yoga with others, it can even give you a sense of community.

Yoga Poses That Help

Because there are many types of yoga, all the different methods can be overwhelming.
Which ones can help your addiction recovery the best? Try these.

  • Spinal Breathing Pranayama: A combination of meditation and breathing that calms your mind.
  • Fish Pose: The name might be silly, but it’s a great way to stretch muscles deep within your body to release some tension and stress.
  • Downward Facing Dog: One of the more famous poses, this exercises your muscles but also releases mental tension.

You Need All The Help You Can Get

Addiction recovery is something you can work on alone at times, but there will be plenty of days when you’ll need additional help. Again, friends and family are great sources for help and support, but consider trying something new, and look at yoga as a way to relieve stress, calm your mind, and help you maintain your sobriety.

Author: David Wilcox

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Learning to Listen to Yourself and Move On by Nicole D’Angelo

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Inspiration to write comes in many forms, some very unlikely or unexpected. Some of the most difficult situations we go through can actually open our eyes and show us everything we are blessed with or may have forgotten during our dark days. This past week I have done some soul searching about relationships and making new friends and I’ve come to a few conclusions that I want to share and hope they resonate with you.

New York City is exciting and scary and absolutely spectacular; I wouldn’t live anywhere else. It is an environment that forces you to take a look at yourself, your life, what scares you and why and how you relate to other people. The city can be lonely and it can often be challenging to make friends and/or form long lasting relationships. People move to different cities, people grow and change and NYC is often a temporary place for people due to their job situation.

When I meet new people, I tend to dive in right away. If I click with someone, I embrace them with all I have. I want to spend alot of time with them, I seek them for inspiration and just generally want to appreciate them for who they are. Recently, one of my friendships ended and in looking back, I realized I ignored myself when I was wrapped up in the newness of this person. And, sadly, realized it wasn’t a friendship at all.

I always think about what kind of friend I want so that I can try to be that kind of person to someone else. A friend should be someone you can count on to be there for you when you go through dark times. They should be someone you can be yourself around, someone who supports you and, ultimately, is loyal. I recently tried to be a very supportive friend but there were too many issues that I was trying to ignore.

Some red flags when you find yourself in a relationship with someone, a friend or a lover, that you must pay attention to:

  1. If you are neglecting your own self care to be with this person, you need to reassess.
  2. If you feel like you can’t be yourself, say what you feel or show your true personality, this may not be the relationship for you.
  3. If the relationship is one-sided, if you are always doing something the other person wants to do and not what you want to do, you must reassess.
  4. If there is another aspect to the relationship such as you work for the person or the person works for you, don’t mix business and personal. It won’t work. Don’t do it. You must somehow be friendly with the person but also not a friend.
  5. If you are constantly worried what they will think of you, you must reassess why you are in this relationship.
  6. If they say things to demean you or overly criticize you, that’s not a friend.

During the reassessment process, you need to ask yourself if any of the 6 points above applies to your relationship. Another part of the reassessment process is stopping and getting back to yourself. Meditation is a wonderful way to listen to your breath, get quiet and refresh your mind, body and spirit. If you have a hard time getting started with meditation (more about that in my next article), turn on some relaxing music and listen to a song or two with your eyes closed, seated in a comfortable position. Breathe in and out deeply 4 times and you will begin to feel more relaxed.

In hindsight, it all seems so easy and something I wish I had practiced. I latched onto this person and tried to be their friend and ignored so many red flags; it did not end up to be the relationship I thought it was and that hurts…alot.

As a woman, my female relationships are so important to me. I find my female friends engaging and stimulating and supportive; my closest friends from college are women who I have known now almost 20 years and who I could never be without. When I moved to NYC, I needed to find friends here. It’s more difficult to make friends when you get into your 30’s, at least for me, because you become more set in your ways, you don’t compromise as easily and you know who you are a little bit more. And as a single woman who is focused on her small business, I look to other (usually older) single women who have had amazing lives as a source of inspiration. I thought I found a friend who embodied this idea of a strong, independent, amazing women and it turned out not to be true. It was my need to find someone to look up to that ultimately caused me to lose myself in this relationship. To make me forget that I’m already a strong, independent woman and that maybe I need to look to myself for inspiration. I put people on pedestals and they always fall off.

We all must find ways to cope with lost friendships, broken relationships, rejection, deception etc and they need to be healthy coping mechanisms. Find an outlet for your emotions; today I poured out all of this here as a way to begin to get over this person. To think about what kind of friend I was and was not to her and to get back to myself. Yoga, meditation, exercise, talking to a friend, crying to a friend, these are all healthy outlets on a pathway to healing.

There is nothing worse than finding out someone doesn’t feel the same way about you. You kind of lived in a little fantasy world for a while and then the bubble bursts. But even as you feel hurt, you feel almost a sense of relief. Relief that you can be yourself again, that you are free from the drama (even if you created some of it in your mind), and free to get back to yourself.

Leave the situation behind you as much as can…with love. Think of the other person with love, send them love from your heart and try to leave any anger or resentment behind. And focus on building a relationship with yourself again.

XO,

Nicole

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The Forgiving Meal by Jen Whinnen

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Another amazing blog post from Jen Whinnen, Founder and Director of Three Sisters Yoga, the yoga school we are so lucky to host at our little studio. Jen’s words come at a perfect time when some of us feel helpless and angry in the midst of all the chaos. Enjoy!

One morning over winter break I found Jack with his head buried into his Dad’s chest, choking back tears. When I asked him what was wrong, he said “Jai said he wishes Z was his brother instead of me.”

Ouch.

These are harsh from any sibling, but it’s especially harsh coming from a little brother whose adoration has always been absolute. My boys have, for the most part, enjoyed a pretty close friendship. The bedrock of this friendship is Jai’s unwavering belief that Jack is the world’s greatest big brother. Jai identifies himself as “Jack’s Brother.” That’s how he introduces himself, how he knows himself. To Jai, Jack knows every good thing in the world, has shown him every good thing in the world, and always has his back. Because of this, Jai has always been happy to step back and bask in his brother’s glow.

That is, until recently. Lately they are like two little tributaries, diverging off in different directions. Jack sometimes just wants to be left alone. Jai never wants to be alone. Jack finds himself annoyed and frustrated by his little brother. Jai is constantly being hurt by the rejection. My hope is that some day they will merge back into the same river, that they will find the same flow, but right now they bicker. They pick on each other. They yell and fight a lot.

Over the break Jack’s best friend spent a few days visiting us. Jack didn’t want to share his friend.  He was mean, telling Jai to go away, not including him. To someone who’s always been included in every activity, who sees Jack as his best friend, this hurt. It hurt a lot. So, Jai went for the jugular.

“I wish you weren’t my brother! I wish Z was my brother instead!”

Jack was crushed. And then, of course, he got mad back. “Jai is the worst brother in the world! I will never forgive him! Never!”

My older son is at a (highly dramatic) crossroads. He can choose to retaliate, to say something cruel, to punch his brother. He can go on excluding him, tell him he’s a terrible brother, that he never wants to see him again. All the anger options were on the table. And they all looked pretty good. Anger and Revenge always come ready to party. They bring the dishes with the best sauces and most delicious toppings. Dripping in buttery pools of contempt and sugary indignation, they are so very, very appealing.

That is why, when I pointed out the small, steamed, unadorned plate of empathy and forgiveness, Jack gagged. Where’s the sweet satisfaction of retribution in a small plate of humble pie? I want to carbo load on gooey piles of hot, steaming anger! Where is my righteous heartburn if I put myself in someone else’s shoes?

I tried to reason with him, “Try and understand where Jai is coming from. How would you feel if you were being excluded?”

As Jack railed against my logic and I continued to try and reason with him I thought “oh man, I sound just like my dad!” and I groaned a little inside. My dad had this “empathy and forgiveness” lecture/sermon that he usually delivered after I’d had a fight with one of my sisters. I would sit on my bed, staring at the bedspread patterns, twirling a loose thread around my finger, and meow out while he droned on and on and on about how important it was to let go of your anger, to try and put yourself in someone else’s shoes, to forgive.

Of course he wasn’t wrong. To give in to rage, passionate anger and indignation is a kind of suffering. We are the ones who have to struggle through it and if we don’t let it go, it stays with us. It compromises our peace. It wears us down.

In my years of recovery after my dad died, I spent many a bitter thought lambasting my dad’s philosophy. I saw it as his manipulative way of not taking responsibility for his past, for forcing us into “forgiving” him and never taking responsibility. But, what I understand now is that he wasn’t telling me “just forgive me so I feel better about me,” but “forgive so you feel better.” He was trying to tell me that he couldn’t do it for me. I had to make that choice. I could hold tight to my anger forever, nurse it for as long as I wanted, or I could chose to forgive. Either choice is viable. But, either way I must choose.

My little pep talk with Jack yielded exactly zero empathy result. (I totally get why my dad held me hostage for so long – kids are stubborn!) I let him go and an hour later all the boys were playing together just fine. Such is the memory of a child!

However, I am still here thinking about anger. Anger is a force, a power. It’s not bad per say. There are times when it can be useful. But it is a powerful force. It can rule us or we can choose to master it. I know that I often use it to distraction. I get mad for petty reasons, I punish unnecessarily. I use it as a default in many ways for dealing with the day-to-day mundane things I don’t like.

And that’s an abuse of power.

With the inauguration less than 24 hours away many of us feel pretty angry. Understandably so. It’s important that we remember why we’re angry and remain vigilant in our support of those working for social justice and our public health.

It’s also important to remember how much that anger and frustration taxes us, how much it takes from us.

So what to do? I’m not entirely sure. I do know that I need to lean into my practice more. Yoga teaches us to be comfortable in the uncomfortable. It shows us how to engage while disengaging from the ego. It helps us remain calm and practical. These practices are going to be vital in the years to come.

Since I can not control anyone other than myself, I will offer you my own personal “treatise” for the coming administration in hopes that it might help you too:

  1. I will continue to try and engage in political discourse with those who do not share my views respectfully and with an open mind.
  2. I will continue to resist social injustice and support those organizations that align with my morals and values.
  3. I will continue to teach my children the importance of empathy, sympathy and compassion (whether they like it or not).
  4. I will try to do all of this with as little anger as possible.

When I step up to the emotional table and take a look around at all of the offerings, I will try and remember to choose the healthier, lighter options. I will aim to take small portions of the gooey stuff and go easy on the gravy. Hopefully by the end of the meal I will be able to walk away from the table less bloated and a little lighter.

I hope the same for you.

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Resilience by Three Sisters Director, Jen Whinnen

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Hello my friends,

Whew, what a season this has been! This past week in particular has been quite the doozy!

I’ve sat down a dozen times to try and write the opening of this newsletter and I keep getting stuck. I find myself just sitting, staring at a confused screen full of jumbled thoughts and messy sentences. I don’t have adequate words for what’s been happening in this country and in my own personal life. I am entirely inadequate. I feel completely incapable of completing the tasks set before me. Where do we go when we feel there’s so much to do, and so many people to protect, and we’re so full of worry and doubt that we just want to flee? I don’t actually have an answer for that. Oh how I wish I did!

However, I do know that we have to keep plugging along. We have to keep trying to be the best, most loving, most supportive people we can be. And to do that, we have to refine our resilience skills. Because resilience, the ability to accept that things are going to be hard and uncomfortable, but to keep doing it anyway, will fortify us.

Resilience can be learned. And I know this because I was in my late my 20’s before I had any resilience skills. Before that every time something got uncomfortable, I quit. I simply didn’t know how to be uncomfortable. When I was “bad” at something, I assumed that meant I was bad at that thing forever and gave up.

So how did I learn otherwise? Yoga, of course! The routine of a regular yoga practice, of teaching myself to just show up regardless of how “bad” I was at it, slowly changed my mindset and taught me how to try again. This seemingly basic skill, learning how to start all over again, created the conditions for success and wellbeing. Thanks so much yoga!

Now, I’m not going to say that yoga will fix the current state of affairs. It won’t. We can’t fix community problems by going to a yoga class. But, yoga can calm the mind. It can help unbind bound emotions and give us a moment of pause. And in those moments we find a path, a way of being of service, a way to hold down the fort, to protect others. The practice itself won’t do the big things, but it will direct us to ways that we can. So, get on your mat again and again. Use it to reveal the path you need to take to muddle through these murky waters.

And then, get off the mat and do the things. Use the practice to teach you to be flawed, but dogged in your pursuits. Don’t give up, but also know that you are going to have bad practices. And then get up and do it again. Be redundant in your effort. Show up every day and stick with it. You are proficient, powerful and have so much offer.

So now to my lead in! We have three great workshops coming up this winter. All three of these workshops are great building blocks for refining your resiliency skills and assisting you in creating great communities so come join us!

First up – this weekend we have the ever amazing and talented Nick Demos’ workshop on creativity. Creative problem solving is the cornerstone of successful people, so come learn how to channel that creative energy in your yoga practice. Then in December we have Erin Moon’s anatomy and restorative workshop – yum! What better way to recover from all the crazy than learning how to understand and relax your body? And lastly, we have Dana’s therapeutic fundamentals. You don’t need to be a yoga teacher to take advantage of these workshops. See below for more descriptions or click here to sign up.

Wishing you lots of love and support this season my friends. Let’s do this!

Jen

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Finding YOUR Yoga Practice

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Yoga is so much more than asanas. It’s a focus on caring for yourself in all aspects of your life. It’s meditation, eating well, getting enough sleep, moving your body, giving back to others. You don’t have to be doing a 75 minutes vinyasa class everyday to be doing yoga. Yoga every damn day…it means yoga in whatever form feels good in that moment.

Yoga is everywhere on social media and usually in the form of a super toned body doing a handstand with legs in split. I’m not super toned, I can’t do a handstand without a wall and I’m still working on my upper body strength. So, it’s hard sometimes not to feel like a failure when you flip through Instagram and see all of these perfect poses. If you feel pressure to do someone else’s yoga, you need to come back and reconnect with yourself. What can you do? What is your favorite pose and why? Do you feel strong and tall and brave when you’re in tree pose? Do you connect more with meditation? Is your yoga practice 10 sun salutations every morning? Be happy and grateful for your own, unique yoga practice and banish the word “should” from your vocabulary.

I usually go on and on when I write blog posts but I want this message to be short and sweet. If you constantly compare your yoga practice to other people’s practice, you will become frustrated very quickly. Then you will start forcing your practice and then it becomes a chore. Trust me, I’ve been there. Yoga and meditation can bring out all of our shit that is buried and can cause us discomfort. You may find yourself in savasana with tears streaming down your face or you may find it difficult to sit still during meditation. Embrace the difficulty and work through it or move to another yoga practice. Focus on yourself and your practice will blossom.

To those of you reading this, thank you for stopping by our humble website. We feel truly blessed to have this beautiful yoga studio for you to be creative and cultivate you and your student’s yoga practice.

Namaste,

Nicole

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Welcome Fall!

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I took a break from blogging in August because it seemed most appropriate since everyone is away and recharging their batteries. I hope your summer was incredible and that you are ready to take on the fall with gusto and confidence. The four of us at the Yoga Collective NYC hope to see you in the studio teaching your beautiful classes or taking a class from one of our creative and energetic teachers. We have a wonderful and packed fall schedule and hope to book even more classes.

This past Saturday we had our first open house event and we could not have asked for a better night. We welcomed so many prospective teachers and students into our space and invited them to enjoy drinks from Organic Avenue, food from Jungle Cafe in Brooklyn and fitness goodies from Athleta and Lole Women. What an inspiring night talking with fellow teachers and networking. We also had a professional photographer who took incredible photos which are now on our Facebook page. We started out the night with an amazing guided meditation by Cassandra Bodzak, a wellness coach and kundalini meditation teacher. She led almost 30 of us in an inspiring meditation, dedicated to manifesting the life we want to live. That set the tone for a lively two and a half hour open house that left me feeling energized, grateful and happy.

Yoga can be practiced in so many different ways off the mat; smiling at a stranger, connecting with a friend, leaving animals off your plate and loving yourself. I felt the love in the studio on Saturday and realized that this is why I do what I do. Our studio makes me happy, it makes me happy to connect with fellow yoga teachers and draw inspiration from their classes, their yoga clothes, their asanas and their beautiful human spirit.

Fall is all about turning a new leaf, so to speak, so if you’ve always wanted to teach yoga, what are you waiting for? Our studio is here, our prices are affordable and the love we have in our studio is felt far and wide. Teach YOUR yoga! And look for our next open house after the new year. If you can’t wait that long, email us and drop by the studio to check out the studio and chat with us. Be well.

Namaste and XOXO,

Nicole, TYC

Photo: TYC owners left to right: Schatzie Vincent, Mary Clark, Nicole D’Angelo and Michele Favale

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Guest Blogger: Jen Whinnen, Three Sisters Yoga Founder

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It was a year on July 20th since I graduated from yoga teacher training and I was privileged enough to be a member of the Three Sisters Yoga sangha. Together we practiced yoga four days a week for six weeks for many hours. We learned asanas, meditation, the history of yoga and, mostly importantly, we learned more about ourselves and each other. During our graduation party, Jen shared her story of how she started Three Sisters Yoga and talked to us about the business of yoga. It was an eloquent and uplifting story and it inspired me. Now I am one of the owners of The Yoga Collective, something that seemed impossible a year ago, and this blog post rings true for me. Jen’s post below about the business of yoga is a powerful read and I just had to pass this one on. To my wonderful, fellow yoga teachers, this one is for you. ~Nicole

The Schism of Yoga and Capitalism, by Jen Whinnen

I am a professional yoga teacher. This is my career. I use my philosophical and spiritual practices to make a living. As such, I live in an irreconcilable paradox. By profiting from my spiritual work, I willingly participate in the system of capitalism. Capitalism is in direct contrast to the principles of yoga. Capitalism is an economic and political system that is interested in profit, in gain. Yogic practices aim to free oneself from the things capitalism relies upon to thrive; desire and attachment. Capitalism aims to produce an experience in the material world. Yoga aims to release the consciousness from the material world. Capitalism does not care about yoga. Yoga cares not for capitalism. They are irreconcilable.

However, I do not feel the need to bring these two systems to a peace accord. I do not believe, as is often touted in yoga circles, that I can make my capitalistic career yogic. “Conscious Capitalism” is an oxymoron. It places morality upon a concept, a thing. Things are not moral or amoral. They are things. A natural disaster is a disaster in name only. Nature shines and produces, rages and destroys. That’s what it does. Our feelings about destruction are not shared by nature. Capitalism produces and consumes for profit. That’s what it does. Therefore, conscious capitalism is a distraction. It takes the responsibility of consciousness off me. It anthropomorphizes a thing, giving it a moral compass it does not have. This is the antithesis of the yoga practice. I can not rewrite the terms of capitalism because it makes me uncomfortable.

I can, however, get comfortable with the fact that, in terms of my yoga practice, choosing to participate in capitalism is an imperfect choice. I, being a sentient being with a mind and body to govern, must acknowledge that I am making an imperfect choice.

Imperfect however, does not mean “bad.” It simply means not perfect. Perfect Love, Universal Consciousness, the Ultimate, is a concept that is nearly impossible to conceive, let alone achieve. How many of my day-to-day actions reflect this kind of experience? Very little. Probably none. But that doesn’t mean I am bad. It simply means I am not perfect. I am not fully realized.

Ironically, this imperfection is the thing that assists in revealing the Perfect to me. This is the yogic paradigm. We have to be in the world, to use the world, to reveal the truth that is beyond the world. Accepting my imperfection, my limitedness, accepting that my experience is skewed by my misconceptions is the thing that will afford me an opportunity to change. Understanding my actions as being imperfect calms down the constant babble of “Oh no I am right for doing this because I want it. And because I want it, it must be the thing I need to do!” These thoughts keep me furiously racing in the hamster wheel.

However, when I start to think “Wait, do I need this? Do I want this? Does the thing need to change or do I need to change?” then I slow down. Once I slow down, I see that I can also moderate my pace. I can get off the wheel if I want. It’s not until I come to the point of realizing my imperfection that I can even conceive of the notion that I made a choice. I choose to run fast or run slow. I choose to stay on or get off. The wheel is just a thing. The wheel is there, but I choose my participation. If I stay, according to the yogic paradigm, I am doing so consciously. I am here of my own free will. I am participating in my own experience. I can not change the storms or stop the rains, I can not change the wheel. But I can change my relationship to the wheel. I can change the way I think. That is the only thing I can do.

Making money as a teacher is not a yogic act. Giving away my teaching for free is not a yogic act. I can be just as invested in my generosity as I can in my greed. Both are actions. What is yogic is how I manage my mind when I act. Krishna tells Arjuna “You have the rights to action, but not its fruit” (2.47). How easy is it to act without wanting a reward? This is No. Small. Task. This is a Big Idea. A big concept to wrangle with and work on.  In order to do so I must accept that I willingly make imperfect choices. In doing so I become aware of my desires, my attachments to the fruits of my actions.

As a “householder,” a mother, a wife, lover of chocolate and cheese, a teacher, a writer, I work trying to let go of my desires for romantic love, praise, stuff and try. Invariably I fall short, but that is not a reason to bemoan the effort. The efforting is the thing. Consciously accepting that I miss the mark keeps me from getting distracted with useless attempts at justifying my choices as valid or invalid. It liberates me. It allows me to be forgiving of myself and forgiving of others for doing the same stuff. I am in it too. Being imperfect opens me to the Perfect because I see that we are all, everyone one of us, doing the best we can.

I often joke with my students that I have no misconceptions about my place in the cycle of samsara (the cycles of reincarnation). If reincarnation is real, I accept that I am coming around again. I tell them, “So, I’ll see you next time. We’ll get together and have a coffee!”

My treat.

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Pre-Yoga Smoothie Recipe

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I try not to eat anything before I take or teach a yoga class so that I’m not doing asanas on a full stomach. My best yoga class happens when I eat very healthy during the day and my stomach is almost empty before class. I usually have a healthy green smoothie before and sometimes after a yoga class; smoothies help me feel nourished and light during class. The best smoothie I make includes a ton of green, a little bit of fruit and lots of vegetables. I did a blog post on my vegan food blog around the winter holidays where I talked about how to avoid overeating and what to do if you do overindulge. I also included the recipe to my “reset” green smoothie. Now that the 4th of July is right around the corner, this is a perfect time to avoid overindulgence, continue eating greens and practicing mindful eating. So, without further delay, here is a great pre and post yoga green smoothie recipe:

Green “reset” smoothie recipe:

A handful of fresh organic spinach
A handful of organic romaine
5-10 slices of an organic cucumber
1 small avocado or 1/2 of a large
Juice from 1 lemon
1 organic pear, chopped
1 organic apple, chopped
1 frozen banana
2 cups of coconut water

Slice up the pear, apple and cucumber into small pieces. Add everything to your blender and blend well; blend for about a minute. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy. Add more water if you had alot of alcohol to help replenish your body. This smoothie fills a pretty big mason jar which was about 6 cups of smoothie so you will have plenty leftover.

Before a yoga class, I suggest drinking 1-2 cups of this and saving the rest for after yoga. Or if you are very hungry, drink the whole smoothie an hour before class so you don’t go into class full. All of these ingredients help flush toxins out of your system, especially if you’ve had too much salt or alcohol, they help hydrate you and the fat in the avocado is the good, healthy fat. Click here for my full blog post about eating healthy during the holidays.

Namaste,

Nicole, TYC