Plants & Yoga: A 21 Day Challenge

#plantfueledyoga

#plantfueledyoga

 

Plants and yoga are quite similar if you think about it. They both help with breathe, have calming effects, and are used for spirituality and medicinal purposes. When you nurture either, you get growth and blossoming. Incorporating either into your life, you feel life around you.

Am I stretching the comparison a bit? Maybe, but I ask that you see the amazing benefits of both over the next 21 days. Starting April 1st, my soul sister Sarah and I will kick off a #plantfueledyoga challenge that introduces plant based nutritional facts, myths and recipes, pairing each with a complementing Yoga pose.

The Who’s Who of The #plantfueledyoga Challenge
Sarah and I came up with the idea during one of our soul connecting get-togethers. We both have much love for plants, yoga, and all things that awaken and ignite our passions. Our three-pronged approach to eating the way we do touches on the environmental impact, health impact as well as the compassion element. Eating plants = better environment, better health, & no one gets hurt. It’s all very hippy and wonderful.
For the past few weeks, we’ve been getting together on Wednesdays for an in-home Yoga session. An hour of pure bliss, spent together, on our mats. The only thing that beats that pure heavenly hour is the bi-weekly cooking session that follows. Every other week, we’ll alternate who cooks a delicious plant-based meal for our Yogi hunger (our boys join us for the meal as well!). So, after one of our sessions, we hatched up the idea for the #plantfueledyoga Challenge. And here we are! Won’t you join us!?

Details, details, details!
Our 21 day challenge will be broken into seven targeted areas, with three days dedicated to each area. One day, we’ll delve into the top 5 plant-based foods that aide your body in this area, we’ll then explain a myth around plant-based living and lastly, give you a recipe to put your plants where your mouth is! Each day will have a yoga pose or series to coincide with the nutritional piece of the day.

Don’t be confused, it’s simple! Here’s the breakdown of the first 3 days:

Protein & Strength
For the first three days of our challenge, we’ll focus on plant-based protein and yoga poses that make ya feel strong! Fueling your body with the right nutrients will help you thrive, give you the energy you need to concur anything, and of course pack you with the Yogi strength. Here’s a sneak peak of the first 3 days of our challenge….

Day 1:
Top 5 Plant Based sources for Protein
Daily Yoga Challenge: Warrior Series

Day 2:
Biggest Myth around Plant-Based sources of Protein
Daily Yoga Challenge: Boat Pose Sequence

Day 3:
Plant-Based Recipe packed with Protein
Daily Yoga Challenge: Plank Series

Sarah and I couldn’t be more excited to kick off this fun, challenging, educational, compassion-filled plant-loving, Yoga doing challenge! If you’re looking to incorporate more meatless, veggie-filled meals into your routine, join in! If you’re looking for motivation to make a change, create a good habit, fold-in a healthy lifestyle, come on!

Follow us on Instagram for awesome nutritional tips, recipes and of course poses:

@clawrencester 

@sarahjhensley

 

The challenge kicks off April 1st – turn over a green leaf with us and join the #plantfueledyoga Challenge.

Guts & Core: Day 5 of the #ckyogachallenge

I’ve been traveling this week, which can make sticking to a routine a bit tough. But not impossible and certainly not a valid excuse to get off track. The first few days of the #ckyogachallenge have gone smashingly, so I hope you’re enjoying it as much as Katie and I are. Yesterday kicked off Day 4 and began our Core Segment. Having had to travel and being in almost back to back meetings, I wasn’t able to write a blog post detailing the day’s Yoga Pose (Boat Pose) or talk about the crucial importance of hydration (yesterday’s nutritional tip). But, today’s a new day, so I’m getting a head start on my core!

So, beyond the six-pack abs strengthening your core with exercises such as Yoga improves your over-all health. How so? By strengthening the muscles surrounding your spine, you’re ensuring balance, better alignment and less likelihood to develop chronic back pain.

Today’s pose (Day 5) incorporates yesterday’s pose, Boat Pose, and adds the oblique muscles.

Crunch It

There are several different variations to the Yoga Crunch, so try a few different variations. Check out my Instagram post for one variation. If you have back problems, make sure your lower back is constantly supported here and if there is any pain, stop!

How Healthy is Your Gut?

How Healthy is Your Gut?

Today’s Nutritional Tip delves into tips that can help support a strong core (or gut). Chinese & Indian medicine focuses on the health of your gut – many of our ailments can be traced back to your gut! So, here are a few tips to help strengthen, heal, and maintain your gut health.

  1. One of your guts main jobs is to prevent foreign objects from getting digested into the body. Anything that the body can’t use or is considered harmful, will go straight out. If you’re having stomach issues, take note of what you’re eating (and what’s not serving your gut!)
  2. If you have gut issues, try to avoid beans and grains, as they are high in fiber and may be impacting your gut reaction. Stick to veggies, fruits, soups.
  3. Adding fermented foods (yogurt, kefir, miso, kimchi) can help with your probiotics. These help to regulate gut health, plus pull metals from the body. Win-win!

Your health begins in your gut, so be aware of what’s not making it feel great. Take care of yourself, your body and your well-being.

Happy Core Strengthening!

Day 3 of the #ckyogachallenge

Happy Tuesday & welcome to Day 3 & our last day of Balancing poses for the #ckyogachallenge! Which one’s been your favorite? Don’t worry, we kick off Day 4 with Core (rhyming is fun!)

Today’s pose is one of the most beautiful, elegant, and challenging balancing poses in my humble opinion. When done correctly, this pose takes strength, stamina, flexibility and of course, balance.

My girl Katie will give a beautifully described run-down of this pose over on her Mamaste Yoga page, so go check her out.

For the nutritional nugget for Day 3 of the Balancing portion of this challenge, I’m listing a number of balancing tips for your internal goings on.

  1. Balancing your PH levels can be done through a diet of leafy greens, essential vitamins, and low glycemic fruits. PH levels are important for digestive health, skin wellness and if your levels are off, inflammation can occur. Vitamins B-12, B-6 and folic acid can help maintain your PH, along with eating alkalizing foods.
  2. Balance your digestive track first thing in the morning by consuming two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (raw). In the raw form, apple cider vinegar gives you a quick energy boost, gets your digestive track going, and is an alkalizing agent.
  3. Balance the absorption of calcium with magnesium. Without magnesium, calcium isn’t fully utilized.
  4. Balancing recovery of your body from a nutritional perspective is often missed. You need to replenish the essential nutrients, protein, and vitamins you lose when you sweat and workout. Electrolytes, sodium, water, to name a few.

Happy Balancing!