Mindful 21

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What does being mindful mean to you? Would you consider your current way of living, a mindful way of living? Are you often scattered, not sure where to focus, feeling drained? I’ve been feeling such things, so decided to do something about it.

Life has a lot in it – work, taxes, homes, dishes, family, kids, doggies, friends, flat tires, sunsets. But everyday begins anew, with a clean slate, and you have 24 hours to make it count.

Introducing the Mindful21 challenge.

Co-hosted with my beautiful girlfriend, Sarah, this challenge invites you to participate in 21 days of mindfulness. They say it takes 21 days to adopt a habit and building positive habits into your repertoire creates mindfulness within. So, whether you want to reconnect with yourself, your health, your body, your environment, or start something positive, there’s no better time like the present. Join us for 21 days of mindfulness with meditation, meatless meals, and movement.

Here’s how our challenge will unfold….

Starting November 16th, we will kick off 21 days of positive, mindfulness, asking you to incorporate the following:

7 days of meditation

7 days of meditation, plus a meatless meal

7 days of meditation, a meatless meal, and movement

Meditation

Week one will begin with meditation. We challenge you to find 5 minutes of quiet to begin each day of this challenge. Sit with your thoughts, your intentions, your mind. Be still, calm, breathe. Finding 5 minutes to begin your day will allow you to enter into anything with a calm, mindful being. Meditation has so many health benefits, from reliving stress, to lowering your blood pressure, to grounding you. Being mindful begins with being present.

Meatless Meals

Week two will continue with 5 minutes of meditation and we’ll challenge you to add on a meatless meal into your day. Being mindful of what you’re putting into your body starts with the food we eat. A plant-based lifestyle has numerous health benefits and will leave your body feeling clean, energized and healthy. I’ll be posting recipes, plant-based tips and suggestions, and nutritional facts about the lovely fruits and veggies we eat. Living mindfully of what you eat can begin with a meatless meal.

Movement

Week three will incorporate movement into your day with a yoga flow. Building onto your 5 minutes of meditation and meatless meal, we will post a daily yoga flow that will get your body moving. Aligning your mental state with your physical is huge and by adding a yoga flow into your day will allow you to be more fluid, open, mindful.

Please join in on this 21 day journey to be more mindful. Follow me on Instagram to get daily updates on intentions, flows, and pictures of the meatless goodies I’ll be making. Use the hashtag #mindful21 when posting your pictures!

Happy minds, happy bodies!

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3 Steps to Take Control of Your Own Health

Nope, it’s not always genetic. You are in charge of you own health. Period.

I’m currently enrolled in the Nutritional Therapy Institute in Denver. The program relies heavily on the science behind the food we eat, what it’s doing to our cells, how it’s interacting within our blood stream, organs, intestines and how our environment and lifestyle choices greatly determines the state of our overall health.

My day job involves marketing to healthcare organizations, physicians and care managers, IPA’s (Independent Physician Associations). My company provides interoperability and practice management solutions, all in the name of better patient outcomes.

How in the hell do the two relate to one another? So much it’s scary!

50% of the healthcare costs are going to 5% of the patient population. In other words, the chronically ill are costing billions, while rising healthcare costs are felt across the board.

YIKES! But, what the heck can we DO about it?!

Start taking control of Your Own Health! It’s that simple. Just take control of it it, starting right now. Not sure how?

3 steps to Take Control of Your Own Health

1. Start making healthier food choices. Sounds SOOOO easy, but I know it’s not. Convenience, taste, time, availability all come into play here. Start small – incorporating one piece of fruit into your day, one vegetable. Cut out one soda per day. Work up to it, as opposed to just banning all of the bad cold turkey. Start small & start now (here’s a YouTube video from my Happy Kitchen talking a bit about this).

Colfax 1/2 Marathon!
Colfax 1/2 Marathon!

2. Start moving. Again, sounds SUPER easy to do, but all of the factors listed above (especially time) rear their ugly heads. Don’t overwhelm yourself with crazy, lofty goals you won’t accomplish. I’m going to run 10 miles 3 times a week! Well, if you barely run 2 now, that seems cray! (Above is me running my first 1/2 a marathon….that took me 16 weeks to train for! It was hard!) Start with a 10 minute walk everyday and build up to a mile. Give yourself realistic goals you can meet and feel good about. With our sedentary lives, it’s so important to start incorporating movement into every day. And lots of it!

3. Stop making excuses. It won’t happen over night, but the more you find excuses to not take charge of your health, not make healthier decisions, the worse your well-being will be. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day or miss a workout. Just make sure you don’t make that the norm. Every day you start new, make the most out of it!

Healthy is a lifestyle….live it well! Have questions? Feel free to reach out or comment.

Happy Health!

February Yoga Challenge: #ckyogachallenge

21 Day #CKYogaChallenge
21 Day #CKYogaChallenge

There’s motivation in motivating, so we’re back at it again! Katie and I have paired up again to present another Yoga challenge for the first 21 days of February. Here’s what you need to know about our 21 day #ckyogachallenge:
1. It starts February 1st, this Sunday, and goes through Saturday February 21st.

2. We’ll be focusing on seven major areas: Balance, Core, Arm Strength, Legs, Inversions, Upper Body, Back Bends. For the first 3 days we’ll do Balance poses, one per day. The next 3 days, Core poses…and so on!

3. Each day will have a pose or flow for you to focus on & we will ask that you participate by practicing the pose & tagging us in your picture.

4. Along with the Yoga, we’ll post a nutritional tip, fact, recipe daily – the yoga lifestyle is about taking care of your mind & body physically as well as nutritionally!

5. Follow us on Instagram to get in on the fun! @clawrencester & @mamasteyoga Not on Instagram? Like Mamaste Yoga on Facebook to see posts.

6. Have fun, take care of your body, stay motivated!!

Join us for 21 days and commit to a healthier lifestyle. Whether you want to deepen your practice, try yoga, gain balance & flexibility, strengthen your core, loose a bit of weight, or just incorporate a positive habit into your routine, this is a great way to do it! If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live!?

Namaste

Happy #ckchallenge!!