As well as honoring our Mama Earth, this weekend is a great way to honor and be grateful for the Mothers or Mother figures of every type in your life - be that a "mama" friend, sister, grandmother or aunt. Below are some sustainable and nourishing ideas from my heart to yours to help you celebrate the gift of those who nurture you with care and affection.
I am so thrilled to share thatlaunching this May, we are welcoming a new face to the Aligned Life Studio— and a new way to get aligned. This month, the incredible Amber Stephens is joining the studio with barre classes to get your heart pumping and your energy flowing.
The topic of fascia has become a buzzword in the wellness industry in recent years. This is mainly down to studies and scientific research that has shown a direct correlation between the health of our fascia and our physical wellbeing and mental health.
Every year many of the health and wellness websites publish their lists of trends to watch and, if you pay attention to these, you will most likely have seen sound healing as something that is currently noted as ‘trending’. It’s a little ironic given that sound healing is actually an ancient art and has been practiced for many thousands of years to help realign the body’s vibration, improve mental health issues and emotional wellbeing and even heal physical ailments. But there is no denying that with all the chaos going on in the world right now, we all could do with a little healing. And sound healing happens to be one of my favorite healing modalities (which is why I’ve now added sound healing sequences into theAligned Life Studio). So I wanted to give you a little primer on sound healing – what it is, how it works, how it can help and whether it is for you.
February is a super exciting month for the Aligned Life Studio and our community as we are introducing several new ways to get aligned and flowing. This month, the amazing Charlie Morgan joins the Aligned Life Studio with classes in yoga, meditation, and breathwork.
I am so thrilled to welcome Charlie to the Studio as she not only is a fantastic world-class yoga instructor with a beautiful personality that I know you are all going to love, but she is also trained in one of my loves, myofascial release. Charlie incorporates fascia-focused techniques into her yoga practice, so her teaching perfectly complements the existing workouts in the Aligned Life Studio. Plus, Ilooooveyoga and have practiced it for years (as well as having some basic yoga training).
People have begun to invest in their health and wellness - especially in practices that boost the immune system - more than ever. And, one movement practice that has grown in popularity is the rebounder, aka the mini-trampoline. Those of you who have been part of the Aligned Life for some time know how much I love the rebounder as a tool for getting things moving and grooving. And, you might even have one yourself. Jumping on a mini-trampoline is not only a super fun way to get your sweat on, but it’s also incredibly beneficial for overall well-beingand, even better, those benefits are anchored in science.
Cheers to all the new in 22! And here we are in mid January already and it looks as if this year is shaping up to be another crazy ride! The pandemic continues to disrupt many aspects of our lives and if you’re feeling overwhelmed or finding it hard to be positive, don’t worry – you are not alone. and through this discomfort comes growth and evolution.
Are you searching for the perfect holiday giftthat gives extra love and elevated wellnessthis season? Or, do you want to nudge a loved one to a gift you wouldreallylike to receive so you can enhance your daily rituals stepping into 2022?
It goes without saying that the metabolism is an essential function of your body - after all it is how we process food and create energy. So obviously it can also have a profound impact on how we look and feel within. No matter where you are with your wellness routine, giving the metabolism a little extra love and attention can enhance your overall health and give your body a delicious reset.
All too often we’re told that to get the body (and life!) of your dreams we need to beat ourselves up doing all sorts of crazy cardio or intense gym workouts and deprive ourselves to within a calorie of our lives. I’m here to tell you that is just not the way the body works. Attaining the body and life of your dreams might seem like a far-fetched fairytale, but I have developed a holistic and joyful approach to health, fitness and well-being that emphasises balance and a holistic approach that really works. It’s based on what I call the 4 Pillars - Move, Nourish, Cleanse and Connect.
Are you looking to create some healthy, grounding practices so that you can start each day with positivity, intention and a feeling of well-being? That first half hour after you wake upis a key time of day and I’m a huge fan of developing a grounding, empowering morning routine that incorporates movement medicine, nourishing food and positive affirmations. If you’re needing a little inspiration to get develop your own morning routine then please check out myblogfor my favorite morning ritualsthat keep me glowing all day long. But for now let’s dive deeper into affirmations.
It sure isn’t easy to stick to your healthy eating habits during vacations and Holiday season - and let’s face it, after a year like these past ones, we all deserve a little indulgence. But, September is a great time to start looking at our goals and think about prioritizing rituals like self care. It’s ‘back to school’ and when our planners actually begin. This is the time to take charge and get inspired. So if you are looking to shed a little bit of that extra weight, banish your bloat, and wake up feeling lighter and rejuvenated, I have seven simple tips that will leave you with a flatter stomach!
Summer is here (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and as always I am SO ready to get my glow on. For a Cali girl, ‘tis the season: a healthy tan, sparkling skin and salty hair from hours spent swimming in the water and soaking up the sun. But summer can take a toll and with the vital importance of looking after our skin, this is a great time to restock your beauty cabinet with a new body oil or lotion so you can keep your skin glowing.
As we are now starting to immerse back into this new world, staying on top of our mental health game is more important than ever. We all need to focus on taking time to nourish the mind, even if it’s just for a few minutes every day. If you are looking to boost your meditation and relaxation regime, look no further because today I am sharing one of my favorite self-care rituals, which helps me sweat out toxins AND get my daily dose of meditation.
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?