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Protein & Hydration.  Nuts & Water.  Perfect to get you through any day.

Protein & Hydration.  Nuts & Water.  Perfect to get you through any day.

SUMMER MIX 2014

Put on your shades and take a listen on your mat, the beach, or over some bubbles and enjoy!

DIGITAL DETOX - Take one.

It is time for a Digital Detox. Yes, you digitally read this correctly. After months and years without stopping, constantly attached to my iPhone, iPad and Air, I have decided to unplug for a bit, and want you to as well.
We all need to disconnect to reconnect, as I like to call it, and hope that at least once in the next couple of weeks you do the same. I promise you, it is possible, and you will not die. Trust me.


Here are 6 STEPS to DIGITAL DETOX and ensure you are always the best you you can be:


1. Turn the phone off or into Airplane mode before you go to bed.
2. Shower and get dressed before you check your email.
3. Resist the urge to check social media during a meeting or dinner, especially dinner.
4. Buy a real newspaper or magazine and get your fingers dirty from the ink.
5. Leave your phone at home or at the office on at least one walk or errand a day.
6. Stare into space and let your mind wander for at least 3 minutes.


Technology is amazing, but it can get in the way of our true self nature, from moods to creativity, productivity, sex drive, sleep patterns, metabolism and more. Sometimes we need to just put down the phone and be ourselves. Give it a try for a day, moment, week or hour and get ready to truly live epicly.
xx
L

Hold one breath each and just do.

Hold one breath each and just do.

Basque Breakie doubles as a snack / cantaloupe, almonds & hazelnuts. Baguette toasting in background & coffee brewing. #iamyou

Basque Breakie doubles as a snack / cantaloupe, almonds & hazelnuts. Baguette toasting in background & coffee brewing. #iamyou

Don’t let it get stuck in your head today.  Chase the smile and be you.

Zombie, Cranberries.

Focus on Doing, Not Posing.

I’ll be honest, I am not into this yoga posing trend of late. I find it, well, a bit tacky, and as constant cheapening agent to what is actually a very powerful tool for mind, body and life betterment. Does that make me a bad yoga teacher or yoga business owner? I hope not.

Unlike most people in my space, I was never a model or dancer, gymnast or actor. I was horrid in both drama and chorus classes, but loved, and excelled in athletics, sciences, maths, and liberal arts. I try to apply all these to my yoga business, I.AM.YOU., and the way I teach and lead yoga, so that you can always walk away with something useful and something real, something more than a dropped jaw and perhaps increased libido.

Yoga poses out of context are nothing more than modeling and artistry, one that is often quite seductive and borderline playboy material. This is not yoga, although, yes, I have struck them for various events, business shots, photoshooyts, and branding, but it is not the core of what I.AM.YOU. or yoga truly are.

Yoga is a process, one that combines movement with breath, anatomy with thoughts. The rest is modeling, or an audition for Cirque du Soleil. Neither of which are wrong - they just are not yoga.

The I.AM.YOU. yoga and wellness approach as a whole is about reality. It is a toolkit for the modern life you really lead, not a portfolio of things I can do that look cool, slutty, or sexy. I focus on down and dirty anatomical and philosophical tools rooted in science and tradition that can make you stronger, happier, successful, and more you. That’s it, plain and simple.

So next time you are thinking about snapping a picture of that pose, think about why, and the entire package, the one that will truly transform yourself and your life from the inside out. Maybe like me, sometimes you take the pic in the pose, but you understand the true purpose and true goal. Maybe other times like me you keep it quietly to yourself, as a secret tool for you.

No matter what, instead of focusing on posing, focus on doing. That’s where the change happens. In every aspect of life.

Xx
L

This week - get what you want. And use some #iamyou to help guide you.

This week - get what you want. And use some #iamyou to help guide you.

Did you know that salt is good for you when you are stressed? It in a nutshell, it replenishes your adrenal glands which are vital to your stress survival. Try some salted cashews this afternoon to relive your stress and be you.

Did you know that salt is good for you when you are stressed? It in a nutshell, it replenishes your adrenal glands which are vital to your stress survival. Try some salted cashews this afternoon to relive your stress and be you.

This week. Xx

This week. Xx

I.AM.YOU. Spinach Tacos: 
Sautée spinach in a pain with olive oil & garlic (optional one hot chili pepper as well). Warm up corn tortillas in another pan or in microwave. Place sautéed spinach on tortilla followed by a dollop of guacamole or avocado. Enjoy !

I.AM.YOU. Spinach Tacos:
Sautée spinach in a pain with olive oil & garlic (optional one hot chili pepper as well). Warm up corn tortillas in another pan or in microwave. Place sautéed spinach on tortilla followed by a dollop of guacamole or avocado. Enjoy !

5 signs you need A break & 5 things to do about it. 

Work. Friends. Projects. Errands.  Family.  Health. Repeat.   Life has put a lot on our plates, and it seems to be adding more and more. It is easy to get caught up in this plight of modern life, but you do not have to.  Here are five signs that I most typically notice and hear as signs of needing a break, and five ways to remedy them.
Signs It’s Time for a Break
1. You dread the alarm clock.  Your alarm clock goes off, no matter the hour or day, and all you want is to stay crawled up in bed.
2.  Your fuse is short.  No matter what someone says, it is not the right thing, irking to a minor, or major, explosion over email, text, phone or live, you for what is arguably no real reason.
3. You avoid what you know like.  You start making excuses for not going to yoga, to that class you love, or friend’s house you like and know always makes you feel great, claiming stress and tiredness. 
4. You diet starts to waver.  You start eating foods you know make you feel bad, and other foods you simply know are bad, saying, ‘just today.’
5. You simply do not care.  You start to spend more time surfing the web at work, flipping through channels at home, ignoring messages and invites from friends, and pretending your family does not exist, all in the name of ‘rest’ and silence. 

 
Ways to Give Yourself a Break
1. Get Offline.  Turn the internet off two hours before bed, and turn your handheld devices off for at least eight hours a day.   Let your mind rest, and spare it the endless stream of often unnecessary information.  (This one is hard, I know)
2.  Take a local adventure.  Take yourself somewhere new or unfrequented in your city, maybe through a neighborhood walk, proper restaurant dine, bikini picnic in the park, or museum wander, and explore.  Simply experiencing something new, with different people, air, and vibe, will refresh your mind and body.
3. Plan an Escape.   Plan a day, week, or weekend holiday for the next six months., anything outside of and away from your day to day routine.   Something to look forward to will add a skip to your daily step.
4. Laugh. There is really no better remedy.  Cures you from the inside, out, and on the inside, and out. 
5. Do something crazy.   Go to a seemingly ridiculous class, plan a one day escape to the beach, go out for a night on the town, or do something you think you never have time to do, or is simply nuts.  The thrill will rejuvenate you.

5 signs you need A break & 5 things to do about it.

Work. Friends. Projects. Errands. Family. Health. Repeat. Life has put a lot on our plates, and it seems to be adding more and more. It is easy to get caught up in this plight of modern life, but you do not have to. Here are five signs that I most typically notice and hear as signs of needing a break, and five ways to remedy them.


Signs It’s Time for a Break

1. You dread the alarm clock. Your alarm clock goes off, no matter the hour or day, and all you want is to stay crawled up in bed.

2. Your fuse is short. No matter what someone says, it is not the right thing, irking to a minor, or major, explosion over email, text, phone or live, you for what is arguably no real reason.

3. You avoid what you know like. You start making excuses for not going to yoga, to that class you love, or friend’s house you like and know always makes you feel great, claiming stress and tiredness.

4. You diet starts to waver. You start eating foods you know make you feel bad, and other foods you simply know are bad, saying, ‘just today.’

5. You simply do not care. You start to spend more time surfing the web at work, flipping through channels at home, ignoring messages and invites from friends, and pretending your family does not exist, all in the name of ‘rest’ and silence.


Ways to Give Yourself a Break

1. Get Offline. Turn the internet off two hours before bed, and turn your handheld devices off for at least eight hours a day. Let your mind rest, and spare it the endless stream of often unnecessary information. (This one is hard, I know)

2. Take a local adventure. Take yourself somewhere new or unfrequented in your city, maybe through a neighborhood walk, proper restaurant dine, bikini picnic in the park, or museum wander, and explore. Simply experiencing something new, with different people, air, and vibe, will refresh your mind and body.

3. Plan an Escape. Plan a day, week, or weekend holiday for the next six months., anything outside of and away from your day to day routine. Something to look forward to will add a skip to your daily step.

4. Laugh. There is really no better remedy. Cures you from the inside, out, and on the inside, and out.

5. Do something crazy. Go to a seemingly ridiculous class, plan a one day escape to the beach, go out for a night on the town, or do something you think you never have time to do, or is simply nuts. The thrill will rejuvenate you.

American Girl, Tom Petty. No better song today.