19 Jun 2017

June Favorites 2017

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I’m excited to start a new monthly series about stuff I’m loving right now. Whether it’s products, practices, or events, there’s always something to be pumped about. I want to share with you what’s going on in my world. And I want to hear from you! Comment or message me about what you’re loving right now, and I might feature it on next month’s blog.

Note: I don’t receive compensation for any of the products or services featured on my Monthly Favorites. These are things I genuinely love and stand behind.

Skincare

I’m a skincare junkie. I love taking care of my skin and making sure I look as healthy and glowy as possible. For me skincare equals self-care. Here are some products I’m into right now.

Radha Beauty Products

I bought a couple of Radha Beauty products off Amazon on a whim, and I couldn’t be more happy with them! Their Vitamin D Serum and Retinol Moisturizer have become daily necessities. I use them both first thing in the morning. Since using them, I’ve noticed my skin looking brighter and firmer all over. Bonus points that they’re both under $20! These will definitely be staples in my skin care routine for a long time to come.

SPF

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to wear SPF protection on my face every single day, no matter what. Sun protection is so important for overall skin health and anti-aging. Lately, I’ve been using Olay’s 7-in-1, which has an SPF 30, perfect for every-day sun protection. I keep it in my purse and reapply throughout the day.

Books

I’m an avid reader. I always have a book going, and sometimes two or three at once. Last month I read couple of really amazing books I wanted to share with you.

Fierce by Alice Connor

I loved this book so much more than I expected to. In FierceReverend Alice Connor tells the stories of the women of the Bible from a modern-day, feminist perspective. She breaks down the social and cultural factors that may have led to their decisions and highlights the ways in which they showed inspiring, bad-ass strength. Part Brene-Brown-style vulnerability, part snarky we’re-all-in-this-together feminist critique, with just enough modern day application, this book is a total winner. I hope first-time author Connor writes more soon.

Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is a staple in spiritual circles, but for whatever reason, I’d never explored her work until recently. Hallelujah Anyway discusses the ways in which we can feel gratitude and joy in the face of immense challenges. Lamott’s writing style is accessible and self-deprecating, which makes for an enjoyable read. This book definitely caught me in a moment I needed it. I recommend it for a shot of inspiration and centering.

Exercise

Yoga is my primary form or exercise, but it’s certainly not the only thing I do. I love to move my body in different ways and like to explore new outlets often. Here’s how I’ve been moving lately.

Rock Climbing

If you’ve talked to me at all in the last few months, you’ve heard me at least mention how obsessed I am with rock climbing. A friend introduced me to it in February, and I can’t get enough. I love the mental challenge, how strong it makes me feel, and how I can see progress almost every time I get on the wall. I usually climb a couple of days a week at High Point Climbing & Fitness in Birmingham.

Dancing

Most folks know I grew up dancing, long before yoga became my primary outlet. Every few years, I reconnect with my love of dance in some way. The last couple of months, I’ve been taking a Sh’Bam class at the Levite Jewish Community Center. It’s a fun mix of hip hop, salsa, and jazz styles that’s easy to follow and definitely gets my heartrate up. For this cardio-challenged yogi, it’s the perfect way to sweat while getting my groove on.

Food

Great food is a must. I love simple, fresh, healthy eats. Here’s what I’m digging right now.

Kale Chips

I discovered kale chips during a short-lived vegan phase years ago. I still circle back to them every now and then as a yummy, crispy, healthy treat. I just take curly kale, coat it lightly in olive oil, and bake it in the oven at about 275 until it’s crispy, not brown. Cover it in sea salt after it comes out of the oven. So delicious.

Garlic-Parsley Tilapia

This simple fish recipe has been a go-to for me this summer. Just take a couple of tilapia filets and cover in minced garlic, parsley, lemon juice, and a mix of olive oil and butter. Bake at 300 until the fish flakes on a fork. A super easy crowd-pleaser that pairs great with a simple summer salad.

Yoga Stuff

You know I had to include yoga loves, right? No matter what else is going on in my life, yoga is there. I’m on a constant hunt for inspiration for both my practice and my teacher. Here’s what has me excited on the mat right now.

Teacher Training

I love leading a teacher training so much. Every year, the group of folks who join me on the journey enrich my life immensely. This year is no exception. My 2017 group is thoughtful and curious, and they have a sweetness that I can’t get enough of. I’m so proud of their progress and excited to see how they continue to develop as yogis and teachers. Info about next year’s training will be out later this summer. If you’re interested in joining me for the journey in 2018, stay tuned!

Asheville Yoga Fest

The Southeast’s premier yoga fest is back and better than ever… and I’ll be there! I had such a blast teaching at Asheville Yoga Fest last year, and I can’t wait to teach again this year. This year I’m offering two workshops: Chakra Psychology 101 and Arm Balances & Inversions from the Core. Some amazing yoga teachers from around the country will be there sharing knowledge. The fest also includes a concert by MC Yogi! Don’t miss the best yoga party of the year!

Thanks for checking out my June favorites. I’ve got a couple of exciting series coming up on the blog, so stay tuned this summer for more on yoga, psychology, and healthy living.

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