May Favorites!

I can’t believe we are already heading into June! This year is flying by, and it’s crazy to think we are already halfway into 2016.

I like to begin/close out months by reflecting on some of the things that made my month extra special. Whether it’s recipes, music, books, or beauty routines, this is when I like to share some of my favorite things with you all!

~THE BEACH~

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Since moving from the Utah mountains, May was finally the time to get out and enjoy the nature Florida has to offer. We’ve settled into he routine of going to the beach after church on Sundays, and I feel like salt water is perhaps the most healing thing on the planet.

~BOOKS~

Beauty Secrets of the Bible

This month I was introduced to the book Beauty Secrets of the Bible by Ginger Garrett and I have been enjoying her homemade honey tonic and advice for using natural products on your skin. My skin is ridiculously sensitive, so I have to be really careful about what I put on my face. This book uses primarily ingredients from the kitchen, which is my favorite way to create products.

The Book of Awakening

This book by Mark Nepo is a daily dose of inspiration. I look here when I need something to help inspire my yoga class themes, or just when I’m looking for an eye-opening read. I definitely think it’s a beautiful way to start or end the day!

~EATS~

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My favorite smoothie this month is a combination of spinach, almond milk, frozen banana, and flaxseed. The flaxseed really help to fill you up, and add some great brain-boosting omega-3’s.

This strawberry and arugula salad have been delicious (thank you Liz for the inspiration!)

~YOGA~

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This article was really inspirational to me. Especially the idea that yoga teachers ought to use a thesaurus to keep their words intentional and varied in each class. Definitely an important reminder for me!

I’ve also been thinking a lot about the “Instagram yoga” and that maybe we are missing what the purpose behind the poses are. I know yoga in the America has been highly motivated by gymnastics (and circus tricks), and so we think these crazy balancing poses are the “point” of yoga. That’s just not the case. maybe going upside down is great for perspective, but to be honest handstands can sometimes do more harm than good for people in terms of injuring wrists and shoulders if not built up to correctly. I love handstands, and I think they are stunning. I just also love that yoga is about so much more than the pose. This is a conversation for a longer blog post, but definitely something to keep in mind if you feel disheartened or stagnant in your practice. The pose is not the point.

What have you been loving this month? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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