Friday, October 4, 2013

Yoga: Why You Should Start

Hello friends. Excuse my absence these last 6 months, but I hope to be back in the game as life has taken such a positive turn.
Today I will be attending a new yoga studio and with that I will be applying to their Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) that begins in January. I am beyond excited to follow my yoga dream and become a certified yoga instructor. With that said, I have had many friends come to me with yoga questions and shared interests--and that makes me SO HAPPY. I firmly believe everyone should practice yoga. Why? Well here are a few reasons to start (if you haven't already..and if you have a few reasons to continue on the yoga path)
It is very beneficial. To your body, to your mind, and to your soul.
It is FREE. Yes, I said free. No gym memberships required, no money. Unless you purchase a DVD, but that is a one time purchase. It outweighs the monthly payments any day.
You can practice ANYWHERE and at ANY TIME. Home practice I feel is necessary, helps you gain confidence within your practice and you can tweak your practice to your likings.
MOST studios offer a FREE or $5 class each week. That is a bargain, especially for professional tips. You can take what you learn to your home practice and in turn balance your yoga.
Yoga is about YOU. It is NOT about competition, about personal records or time. It is about YOU and YOUR mat. Remember it's YOUR practice, no one else's. Yoga instructors are there to give you alignment advice and peace of mind. They are unlike any other coaches or trainers; whom tell you which goals should be met in certain timely manners. Or weigh you every so often..... yoga has no scale.
Yoga heals all. It will help you MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY and SPIRITUALLY. You do not have to be religious to practice yoga, it is for EVERYONE.
The earth is your mat. Meaning use WHATEVER "prop" you want to help advance yourself. You will see an advance in your practice when you take it off your mat. That one tree, graffiti wall or sandy beach is just waiting for you. :)
It helps all disorders and ailments. Have depression? Anxiety? Or how bout scoliosis? Try yoga, I promise you will not regret the way you feel after stepping off your mat. Its a 5000 year old practice; there is nothing older than yoga when it comes to "exercise". Yoga exercises the body, the mind and the soul. Trust me :)
Yoga, yoga, yoga. Just know it is waiting for you and whether you're a male or female, obese or skinny, depressed or WILL help you. Trust yourself.

That place I am so grateful to know and experience. It heals me.

I never thought I would advance so much in my practice. I also never thought I would want to become a yoga instructor. But with my passion for helping others and passion for the practice, I know it is the path I should take. I cannot wait to begin helping others within their practice, and helping them ease their minds. I cannot begin to express my love for yoga and what it has done for me. I love yoga, and am SO happy to finally follow my passion for it.

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.

Namaste Y'all :)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tuesday's Treasure

Before you SAY anything, I know it has been a long time...and I know I always say this...BUT I had good excuses. You know like the weather being a total drag and working like a mad hatta! But hey, I didn't say I was perfect, nor did I make you a promise to post every week; but I do try..and that's all I can do :) Now onto this week's...or maybe this month's Tuesday's Treasure (its just darlin')!
I have gone thrifting a couple times in the last few months and have gathered up some pretty adorable outfits (If I do say so myself :P). This week is especially adorable and found at a great price. There is a store here called "Thrift Store". Original, I know...but they have some pretty good finds. And I found this whole outfit there, and one piece happened to still have its tags on it; so either the original owner didn't care too much for it, or this thrift shop gets thrifted newbies...which is rad.
The top is a cute lace crop top, with a peplum edge. The pants are red, floral, and so girly! I'm in love with both of these pieces and of course don't think of them together until I come home and put together some outfits. I hope you enjoy today's treasures because they were such great finds and I am DEFINITELY going to wear them OUT! :)
Happy Tuesday and Happy Thrifting...ENJOY! :)

Lace Crop Top: Thrift Store, $0.99
Floral Red Jeans: Thrift Store, Wet Seal, $3.99

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tuesday's Treasure

Happy happy Tuesday everyone! I have a very girly outfit for you all today. :) Girly, because there is pink involved, girly, because there are flowers involved, and one more girly...just because, and it's a fun winter outfit.
When you combine floral, black, combat boots, mint pollish and a fringe get this! :) Not quite sure what genre of style one would put that in, but when I put it together in front of the mirror I instantly fell in love. This skirt was a great buy, and the boots I might as well wear with everything. Who says you can't have bright colors and combat boots in one outfit? Hopefully no one, if they do...their dumb, because I have discovered that combat boots pretty much go with everything, especially girly pieces. :)
Ladies get out your girly pieces and try them on with a sweet pair of boots, especially if their combat boots, and doll up your outfit. I think combing any outfit with combat boots makes you look badass. I dunno, just something about them and their kick ass kind of look. :D I did keep it girly with a floral high low skirt and long pink cardigan. I mean, I am a female ya know . Finally, I added a scarf given to me by my mom last christmas (it goes with everything too mom, thank youuu :)) Enjoy! :)

Floral High Low Skirt: Plato's Closet, H & M, $3.00
Long Pink Cardigan: Ross, American Buddha, $2.99
Happy Tuesday! :)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Yoga Ramblings: Negative Thoughts

Ahh negative thinking, something we ALL do. No one can deny that, and if they do, ..well they're in denial obviously :) There is absolutely no way to not have negative thoughts. However, there are ways to forego those thoughts, and that's something we are rambling about today.
Truth be told, negative thinking does lead to negative happenings. Ask anyone, and you'll see a pattern that usually involves someone thinking negative about something, then that something happens, and because of the negative impact it goes wrong. Well, duh! Of course someting is going to go sour if you think badly about it, that's pretty common sense right? Ughhh, something I know we humans struggle with (trust me, I'm guilty). We are all subject to negative thinking, it's just the way our brain functions. However, because of our awesome and very functional brain, we do have ways to ignore it. Yes I said, ignore. .
First, we must understand that again, no one is perfect. There isn't a single human on this earth that doesn't have negative thoughts. It is a completely normal function of the brain, and we all encounter them. So when we scroll through our social media feeds, just remember those people portraying perfect lives , with their new houses and brand spankin' new cars, they think negative too..they just choose not to show it. And that is okay, it just makes the rest of us who believe we should have those things, and don't...become a negative Nancy. For example, something like these thoughts may come to mind after seeing a feed: "I need a house to be happy" , "Look at them, so successful, I'm going no where if I don't own a house, or car", or "That person looks great, I'll never look like that". Stop it, you are happy, successful, and look great too :) :) :)
Second, those are thoughts produced by our own brains! So guess what, we can make our brain do something else when this happens: ignore, ignore, ignore! Ignore the thoughts of bashing, and push it to the back. It might come back, but just see how long you can ignore it for. See if you can make it go away by busying yourself up; doesn't matter what it is as long as it involves not thinking of that thought! So turn on the tv, or if it's already on, grab the remote and change the channel. Get up and walk around and your mind will focus on someting else. Just try your best to ignore those nasty, negative thoughts. You were feeling negative in the first place because of some silly negative thought, so stop it. :)
Third, stop believing those ugly thoughts. Ask yourself: They aren't true are they? Are they something that defines YOU ? Do they make your day any better? Is it doing you any good dwell on the negative thiking? Does the negative thought bring about a positive happening? Don't you know you're awesome? :) Seriously, stop listening to them and eventually they will go away. Know you're beneficial somehow in this world, and don't analyze those ugly thoughts anymore, they do ya no good... no good at all. :)

Lastly, stop comparing! I am probably the biggest culprit of this :/. I am working on it, by comparing I think we should own a house by now, have 3 kids, and successful jobs with well paying incomes...just because half of my social media feed is that. But, I am realizing we don't need those things to be happy. I'm in the process of stopping myself from comparing so much, and remembering our lives are pretty sweet; and we live pretty happy and healthy lives.  And I think love IS the key to happiness. So without love, there is no happiness. And there is absolutely no love in those nasty ugly comparison thoughts. :D

~Happy Ramblings!~


Yoga Ramblings: Keek Stream

It's Sunday morning and the birds are a chirping away again, so I'm just going to assume that spring is coming early this year :D I'm stuck inside doing taxes and blogging....but nothing wrong with that bc this post is very exciting! :)
I have been asked by several people about my yoga practice, and one lovey from my Instagram world has suggested I start an IG class for those who might be interested in beginning yoga. Of course I was immediately humbled by it and excited, because someone wants to watch me practice and learn from that??? Very cool....and awesome.
 So consequently I have started a yoga video channel. However, it's not a channel, its a keek. The lovely app Keek that has been taking over, and I just discovered it. (way to keep up with the times, I know) It's a fun FREE video sharing app, and similar to Instagram. You can like and comment on videos, and follow/subscribe to people as well. It is SO much easier to upload vs a You Tube channel.  I am going to start my posts tomorrow, so if you're interested download the app (Android, Apple and Google + compatible) and look for my future yoga beginner's posts. :)
Keek name: MaryJVandy
I was just testing it out and posted a snippet from my practice yesterday here, and a funny video of sweet Lola playing dead here :)
Hope to see some familiar faces, happy keeking! :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday's Treasure

It's Tuesday and let me tell ya it feels awesome outside. Is it sad that I now get excited for 35 degree weather? Well I do, and its no its not sad because now I get it--I get what Michigander's mean by 55 degrees is shorts weather, because it totally is. Never thought I would walk outside to 35 degrees and not be freezing cold, but I have. Gooo me, its like I passed a Michigan citizen test or something. :) I've passed a test and the birds are already chirpin' along outside; hopefully it's a sign that spring is just around the corner (and yes I'm hoping for spring, because winter has been a drag: its no fun if the snow is not snowman makeable :P)
So since it was soooo warm outside today, I was able to wear something a little closer to spring but still winter-ish. :) When I went thrifting this past weekend I came across some great blue jeans, literally they are cobalt blue. I also found a pretty flowy hippy dippy shirt, together they make a very blue, da bu dee, outfit. I wanted to include the blue hat too, just because I can...and y'all know me and my love for hats.
"I'm blue da bu dee, da bu dahh..."
(not really, but c'mon you know you loved that song back in the day)



Cobalt Blue Skinny Jeans: The Goodwill, Lei, $3.69
Blue & White Flowy Top: Plato's Closet, Forever 21, $3.00
Blue Felt Fedora: Forever 21, $6.99
~Happy Tuesday~

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Yoga Ramblings: Acro Yoga

Happy happy Wednesday everyone!!! It is beautiful here in Michigan today, and almost the weekend! Yippee :)
Today's ramblings I am going to talk about acro yoga (thanks to my co-worker for her awesome Valentines Day inspired post). Acro yoga is just yoga with 2 or more people to help theraputically and physically. It is pretty awesome, and I have yet to try it (unfortunately). However, I am going to make that soon as I get home today :D. Gonna have to force the hubs to do it with me, but since he loves me so much he shouldn't mind right? Right. :)
Since I have never done it before and just started reading articles about it, I am going to share a nice exerpt from It goes into details and explains it in lamens terms. :)
{AcroYoga is a form of partner yoga where two yogis work together for therapeutic release and acrobatic fun. Founders Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauer-Klein met in San Francisco in 2003 and began practicing together soon after, combining their backgrounds in yoga and acrobatics to create supported versions of traditional yoga poses with the intent to build human connections and create community.
One partner (called the base) supports the other (the flyer) in a series of aerial postures. The necessary personnel is rounded out by a spotter, who makes sure everyone has good alignment, so the flyer doesn't fall. The base most often lies flat on his or her back and supports most of the flyer's weight with his or her extended legs. The legs, when properly aligned with the ankles over the hips, can support a lot of weight, so that a small person is capable of basing a larger flyer. The base can support the flyer's hips with their feet for backbends or their shoulders for inversions, among many other possible combinations.
A therapeutic approach uses gravity to release the flyer's spine with supported inversions. An acrobatic approach allows for a dynamic partnership between flyer and base as they work together to discover creative ways to join their bodies in supported flight. After coming down, the flyer thanks the base with some Thai Yoga Massge (passive yoga stretches). While there are a number of established poses that are taught in AcroYoga classes, enthusiasts also get together for extracurricular jams, which encourage freeform acrobatic play.
Yoga can be a very solitary practice. Though many seek out a common experience by attending group classes, it can still feel like you are practicing with a bubble around your yoga mat. Partner yoga bursts that bubble, forcing an interaction. AcroYoga goes a step further by requiring cooperation and trust. AcroYoga co-founder Jason Nemer believes that it is this desire for personal connection in the face of an increasingly cyber-based world that has made AcroYoga so popular. "This practice has created a safe way for strangers to play and support each other," he says. "These are steps towards a more fun, peaceful world," he adds.}
And since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, you should go and try this with your loved one, your best friend, or anyone you love for that matter. As long as they are willing to try, it will definitely be a fun experience! Remember, falling is ALWAYS part of the practice, just try not to knock each other out if you happen to fall on one another. Don't forget to smile and have fun!
All about love :)
Involve your kids mamas!!!
I'll be sure to post a picture or two if I do get my hubs to try it with me tonight :)
~Happy Ramblings and Happy Valentines Day~


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday's Treasure

Top of the day to ya! It's Tuesday, and time for me share my lovely treasures :) Hope everyone is having a decent week so far, can't believe its the middle of February already! Man does time really fly. ....So in honor of mid-February, this weeks' treasures are a Valentines Day edition. Meaning, there is going to some pink and va va voom. Can't have a Valentine's Day outfit that doesn't catch the eye, the eye of your Valentine, now can we? :)
This outfit has three main pieces, bought at three separate times, and not planned to be put together....until now. The pink midi top I found on sale and couldn't resist the sass with the price tag.  I bought the skirt for Christmas. Probably one of the few piecese I have that is not thrifted, and paid full price (believe me it is hard for me to fathom, but I had to have this skirt) The jacket I found thrifting, and couldn't believe my eyes because at first I thought it was Chanel. Of course, with my luck, it wasn' that's okay. I'll take faux Chanel any day, not like I'd be able to ever afford the real thing.
 Together, they make this cute outfitt, perfect for a lot of outings..especially Valentines Day. 

Nice face huh? ;)

Black Tweed Chainlink Jacket: Goodwill, Forever 21, $4.99
Pink Midi Top: Charlotte Russe, $4.99
Brocade Metallic Peplum Skirt: Forever 21, $19.99
The most I've ever spent, but remember it wasn't all at once. Sometimes the clothes you already have are just waiting to be made into a great outfit. :) Give it a go, and you never just might surprise yourself :)

~Happy Tuesday~

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Yoga Ramblings: Tunes

 This week's ramblings we are going to discuss some great background music that will help really your flow through! Well, at least it has helped mine and I would NOT be where I am today in my practice if it were not for music.
 As Frederick Neitzsche said:
And boy was he right. Seriously, music makes my life. You will always catch me listening to music , unless I'm watching TV or at work. I combine it with everything and it makes those things THAT much more enjoyable. Music is LIFE; something we all need to remember :)
When it comes to yoga I have found many great artists--and a big thanks to Pandora's lovely awesomeness. Your practice will be enlightened with the right music of your choice and that steady consistent breath. Increasing not only the blood flow to your brain, but using the creative side with a a great tune. Great yoga music, to me, is definitely something I need--something that makes me feel love and want to open my arms to the world. A sound that is so rich in love that it makes you smile from ear to ear while deep in flow (which is an awesome thing to do, but everyone should always smile while practicing:D) Let the love you have for music guide your flow through.
"Feel the earth, move, under your skin"--literally.
I am going to give you a list of my favorites, so try them out on Pandora and see if it meshes with your flow. If not, pick a station you already love on your Pandora, or iTunes and start practicing. Eventually you'll find just the right sound that fits YOU. Remember its YOUR practice, so you don't have to like my choices, just have something (dead silence is okay too, remember your choice :D )
1) First love was the music background of Namaste Yoga by Kate Potter. I loved the music so much from the DVDs, that I bought the soundtrack on CD (probably available on iTunes nowadays lol). It is awesome for practice! Has no words, only instrumental. So if you're looking for a soft instrumental sound, Namaste Yoga sounds are for you.
2) The second artist I love is Benji Wertheimer. He is by far one of my favorites for practice. I use him as the "station" and it brings up other great artists as well; but I've noticed I enjoy more of his music. He has a very Indian (India the country, not Native) sound to his music, even though he is American. It really soothes my soul and I absolutely love practicing to his music. Seriously, its the BEST. :) Definitely a MUST check out. :)
3) The third artist I have become slightly obsessed with is Moby and his Pandora station. It seriously...takes me away (Calgon style) Ever seen the movie, The Beach (with Leonardo DiCaprio)? Well if you havent, you should, because the song Porcelain by Moby is on it and it will make you DREAM, smile, and probably be jealous of the island they are showing in the movie. BUT, it is fantastic for flow and in general! :)
4) And last, but certainly not least is Imogen Heap. Thanks to the studio I have been attending every week, I now have another great Pandora station to play for my practice. She is a very cool artist and the artists that are on the station aren't always similar to hers, so you may have to hit next a few times to get to a tune you like; BUT she is pretty chill in her own :)

 I hope you all check out these music recommendations! And have a happy happy day!
~Happy Ramblings~

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday's Treasure

Well I missed last week's treasure, but I was able to come up with something to share for you all this week. I can't believe I haven't shared this one with you all yet; could be because I wear it so much, so I have to wash it more :) It is definitely my favorite outfit lately, and I just can't get enough of it!
The jeans I had already and a few months ago decided to give them a face lift. I got a fabric marker, stencil of my choice, and went to town. Now I have a great pair of DIY print jeans, that I adore. And that I need to make more for spring and summer, but short style. :) You know and my love for DIY!
The hat I got on our shopping outing at work, and it too is my favorite lately.
Managed a smile, thanks hubs :)

Maroon Felt Fedora: Forever 21, $6.99
Black Fringe Shawl: FREE, Christmas Gift
DIY Print Jeans: Ross (originally), $10.99, $8 to make aztec print
~Happy Tuesday~

Stay tuned for tomorrow's Yoga Ramblings :)