It’s that time of year again - summer is coming (at least for those in the Northern Hemisphere) and many of us feel that annual pressure to slim down and tone up for the season of bathing suits, shorts, and sundresses. While it’s lovely to dive into summer feeling strong, confident, and beautiful, sadly many of my clients feel they can only achieve that through rigorous workout classes and starvation diets. While excessive cardio and crash diets can yield fast, noticeable results, those results are too often fleeting. We gain the weight we lost right back because that kind of lifestyle just does not work long-term as our bodies can’t withstand intense deprivation for long.
Are you feeling overwhelmed about what to eat every day to stay healthy, nourished, and energized? Exercise is SO important, but it’s only part of the equation because as I always say “you can’t exercise your way out of unhealthy eating”. A healthy diet is essential for glowing skin, weight loss, and a nourished mind, body and soul. So if you are looking to step up your kitchen game and implement a healthy eating schedule and menu into your 2021 regime, I have a meal guide for you! Just keep scrolling for a few of my favorite tricks and tools for creating a schedule and menu filled with colorful, nourishing foods that help me feel strong and satiated.
Are you searching for the secret to deep, restful, sleep? A good night’s sleep is incredibly powerful - it can be the key to glowing skin, a positive mood and even maintaining a healthy weight. But it’s not always easy to turn off the “monkey mind” and sleep well. If you have been lying awake at night, unable to relax, unwind from your day, and fall asleep, I have the solution for you: magnesium - or as I like to call it, the miracle mineral.
You know I’m all about flushing toxins out of the body, whether it's through a workout, a detoxifying ingredient in a meal, or a foam rolling sequence. But detoxifying the body isn’t just about what we putinsideour bodies - it’s also important to pay attention to what we putonour body’s surface: in other words, what you put onto your beautiful skin.
Are you looking for an easy AND tasty way to lose weight and boost your immunity? I have the perfect, pickled solution for you: try incorporating naturally fermented foods into your diet. You will notice a glow from the inside out, and you will justfeelhealthier! Amazing, right?
Have you ever been in a workout class, or maybe you are sweating it out on a pilates reformer or a yoga mat, and your instructor is constantly reminding you to breathe? You might find that you were actually holding your breath and clenching your body as you completed the workout, but what’s the big deal? We naturally breathe whenever we need - I mean, it’s a survival instinct, right? So why do fitness instructors and wellness experts constantly remind people to breathe during a workout? I know I am always tell our Aligned Tribe community to keep breathing whenever I am filming new content for the Aligned Life Studio, and you are probably wondering why.
Are you looking for a quick, easy workout that allows you to let loose, shake your stress away, AND strengthen your body all at once? I have the perfect workout for you: rebounding! I like to call rebounding the youth-boosting workout because it doesn’t just help you burn calories, it can support your pelvic floor (for sexual health), ease your stress - all while having fun and helping get your groove on. And having fun is crucial to staying young!
It’s the start of a New Year - and for many of us, that means revamping our diet, workout regime and mental health routine so we can start the year off healthy and glowing. Many people prioritize their bodies during this time with a new fitness plan, but it is SO important to make sure you are also nourishing your mind and soul - and a beautiful way to take a breath, clear your mind, and set intentions is to try practicing meditation.
Firstly, I want to give you a huge warm welcome to‘ELEVATE’, my guided introduction to the Aligned Life Studio.
The main reason I created ELEVATE is because I know it can be confusing when you first sign up and log into the Studio.
Where do I start?
What workout or sequence is right for me?
What order should I do things in?
So the first aim of ELEVATE is to take all the guesswork out so you know exactly how to use the Studio. You’ll start with an Introductory week and then follow a program that I have carefully curated to take you through the full variety of workouts in the Studio over the course of the following 10 weeks.
I’ve recently shared a lot about my Clearlight infrared sauna -- the newest addition to our backyard and a veritable mini wellness sanctuary where I can rest, rejuvenate, and detoxify my body. The intense heat the infrared sauna produces is fabulous for the body, and just a few minutes in the sauna can give you a GLOW from the inside out and ease the worries of the day (or year - I’m talking to you 2020!) But beyond the incredibly calming and relaxing benefits of the infrared sauna, the heat can also tighten the skin, ease muscle and joint pain, aid with weight loss and cellulite and even boost the immune system - and these days who doesn’t want a little immune boost?
Are you looking for a way to kick off 2021 feeling energized and revitalized? So many of us are on the hunt for the perfect workout - something that gives you a cardio boost without beating you up. But it is SO challenging during these times of studio and gym closures. Don’t worry - you don’t need a spin studio or HIIT class to get a sculpting, full body cardio-boosting workout. You don’t even need any special equipment. Just throw on your workout wear, grab your comfiest pair of sneakers, turn on your favorite song, audiobook or podcast, and go for a walk.
If you’ve been a part of this community for a while, you know how much I appreciate cleansing, healing and grounding daily rituals to help us find balance, peace and alignment. Now it’s incredibly important to create time for Yin practices of “BEING” to help balance all the Yang of “DOING” and especially during this unprecedented year.
Trying to eat clean and even sustainably on a tight budget? I know - it sometimes seems like an oxymoron, right? You know I love healthy, fresh, organic foods - I support my local farmer’s as often as possible, and my favorite recipes are filled with leafy greens and fresh fruit. But let’s be real, buying farm fresh, organic produce is NOT cheap. If you want to keep your diet healthy, fresh, and delicious on a budget, I have the solution for you. Check out my two essential lists for shopping organic: The Dirty Dozen (these are foods, that if you have the choice, you should really invest in the organic or Non GMO option) and the Clean 15 (this is produce that is safe enough to buy conventionally grown).
‘Tis the season to be giving - it’s safe to say, we’re all in need of some extra festive cheer this year along with a bit of wellness fairy dust too! Our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide is fhere with a curated list of sustainable, healing, thoughtful, cozy and beautiful gifts - these are gifts that keep on giving.
Oh the power of denim - they feel like sunshine or an old friend! They can be so many things: sexy, flattering, edgy, comfy, long lasting, hardworking, and even get better with age and wear. Our jeans truly take on the spirit of the body that wears them.
One of my absolute favorite ways to clear the residue of the day, unwind and detoxify physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically is to do a session in my Clearlight infrared sauna. We’ve made our home into a wellness sanctuary and I highly recommend doing it. I love infrared saunas because they use infrared panels to heat up the body’s core at a cellular level where the toxins are stored, meaning they are more efficient at mobilizing those toxins so you can sweat them out. But the benefits of the deep penetrating heat that the infrared sauna produces goes well beyond just detoxifying. It boosts circulation, oxygenates the tissues, eases muscle and joint pain and even tightens the skin. Plus, it’s so deeply relaxing that it eases any anxiety and tension and feels so incredibly healing and calming that I’ve never slept better than when I take a sauna before bed.
Looking for an eco-friendly way to care for your swimwear? It’s summertime, and one of my absolute favorite things to do during the summer is throw on a suit and cover up and head to the beach, soak up the earth's energy, take a dip in the salty water and bask in vitamin D. I’ve always loved being active in the water - in my 20’s I was a collegiate swimmer and water polo player - and I think summertime is the best time to go outside, be active, get sweaty, and dive into the ocean and wash my system clean.
Practicing daily self care rituals helps you check in with your goals and priorities. And while massages, dry brushing and salt baths offer up some major R&R for the body, conscious language can work wonders for the mind and ego. Our daily communication with others and our own self-talk has a huge impact on our daily realities and can leave a negative or positive stamp, depending on the route we choose to take. Becoming conscious of the way we communicate and the language we use helps us get to the root of what is blocking us from our own authentic joy. And when we become more aware of how we speak about ourselves on a daily basis, we become more aware, present, and empowered to focus on making true long-lasting change from the inside out. The best part? You don’t need to squeeze this ritual in between your daily to-do’s. It all comes down to awareness!
Are you tired of performing endless squats and lunges in the hopes of shaping your booty, but instead just ending up bulky thighs - beyond that, never quite getting the peach lifting results you’re hoping for? Don’t worry, I have a sequence for YOU that will help reveal the toned, strong and lifted tush you’ve always wanted, minus the squats and lunges! Plus these moves will help smooth away cellulite, build a proper foundation to stabilize your body and ease compression on your joints.
Are you looking to remove toxins from your body, your energy and your immunity? If so I want to highlight a simple, effective ritual that will help you say goodbye not just to toxins, but also to cellulite, and dull skin. It’s called ‘dry body brushing’!
The morning is such an important time because it sets the tone for the entire day. When we practice morning routines that get us grounded, inspired and glowing, we’re set up for a beautiful and successful day. So, I’m going to share with you the morning rituals that get me going and help me start my day off rejuvenated and radiant.
All of us feel the need to reset and reboot at times, whether it's after a vacation, a particularly busy or stressful time in life, too many glasses of wine or maybe after the summer holidays. And while it is normal and happens to everyone, it's important to try and approach this feeling or need to reset in a healthy and positive way. I've found that being kind to yourself and moving forward with positivity is the best and most impactful way to start fresh.
If you frequent yoga classes you’ve probably heard your teacher use the term “vibration” – and you might have wondered “what do they reallymean by vibration?” It sounds pretty ‘woo woo’ right, but it’s actually all about quantum physics. The thing is everything in the universe is made up of tiny particles of energy vibrating at different frequencies. What’s crazy is that even things that look solid - like your house, car, pets, and even yourself - have vibrational energy fields at the quantum level. So when your teacher talks about “vibration” they are really refering to your overall current state of being.
The old saying “you are what you eat” is SO true. Research shows that the foods we eat not only have a huge impact on the health of ourinternal bodies and digestive systems, but that they can also have a massive impact on the health of our connective tissue - and even ourexternal bodies, specifically our skin, nails and nair. That’s why eating a healthy diet filled with what I like to call “Fascia Foods” is a really important part of my lifestyle - and I hope you can make it a part of yours.