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Lower Back Love

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Flexibility, core stability, healthy alignment, and conscious breathing are all necessary for a healthy back. Join me for this Yoga For Low Back practice! In this 27 min session we address all areas that contribute to low back aches and pain, as well as provide preventative care, culminating in the ultimate low back love practice!

Practice actively engaging the core for support and then give some love to that lower back with the use of gentle spinal flexions, extensions, and twists. Take some time to tend to your body with care, awareness, and mindfulness.

Let me know how it goes for you in the comment section down below!

Namaste.

 

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Rose Yoga – Heart Opening Flow

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This practice is an invitation to open your mind (and your hips) and let your heart blossom. This vinyasa will get your breath moving and your blood flowing to help you build strength while cultivating ease.

Join me for Rose Yoga, a loving full length heart opening vinyasa flow!

Build strength. Breathe deep. Work with intention. Allow the beauty of your heart to unfold and guide the way!

This strong integrative yoga practice invites you to ride the wave of the breath and create heat in the body.

Allow your breath to blossom with each gesture. Open your mind as you open your hips and your heart.

Go all in for love. Start with yourself.

Let me know how this practice goes for you in the comment section down below! Who did you dedicate your practice to? I dedicate this one to my Mom and to Mama Earth.

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Namaste!

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Take 5 Yoga Break!

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Take 5! Go ahead! Take a five minute yoga break now.

Missed your workout or practice window? Fear not! Try this quick yoga break thoughtfully designed to connect you to your breath, fire up your core, and stretch your whole body! Perfect for when you don’t have much time, but you need a little pick me up.

Roll out the mat, press play and get some fresh energy moving. Every little bit counts!

Let me know how this session goes for you in the comment section down below!

Thank you for spreading love by liking and sharing this video!

Namaste.

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My Plastic-Free Life: Parties!

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Earth month has ended…or so the calendar says. In reality, though, it’s always Earth month, right? It’s Earth LIFE! Personally, I try to make small changes every day. Yesterday I learned how to make homemade pasta! Yes! No more plastic bagged pasta for me! Pair that with some fresh veggies from my local farmers’ market and we had ourselves a nice zero waste dinner, but more on food later.

Today, per the request of Adriene, I want to talk about PARTIES!

I love entertaining. I truly enjoy getting my house sparkling clean (with my homemade cleaners, of course), cooking all day and then inviting a bunch of friends over to destroy it all.

Kidding! Kind of…

BUT with parties come single-use plates, cups, forks, etc, and that makes me sad. Yes, it is easier to just throw everything in the trash at the end of the party and call it a day, but at what cost? I have found some easy ways to have a great party with little to no waste.

Instead of plastic, paper or styrofoam cups, try glass jars! Most of us don’t have enough glasses for a big party, but we recycle perfectly useful glass jars all the time. Jam jars, pepper jars, peanut butter jars. Clean those babies out, peel the labels off and you have some cute party glasses! The fact that they are all different sizes, textures and colors just adds to the charm and helps people remember which glass is theirs!

Instead of plastic or paper plates, try thrift store finds! I host a big Thanksgiving dinner at my house. We usually have 40+ people. I did not have 40+ plates, so I went thrifting! It was like a fun treasure hunt! Finding pretty plates that don’t have families and bringing them home made my heart happy. Now I have 50 beautiful, unique plates that I keep stored away until I need them.

Instead of plastic utensils, try real silverware! Why are we so afraid of real silverware?? I was guilty of this for years. I would hoard plastic forks and spoons from fast food restaurants to use for my parties. Y’all. Washing silverware is not hard. Glad I finally learned that lesson. I was lucky enough to be gifted two sets of silverware at my wedding, but if you find yourself short a few forks, thrifting would work for that as well! I display them upright in vases by the plates. Grab and go!

Instead of paper napkins, try cloth! I used to think that cloth napkins were only for special occasions or really fancy people. What a silly thing to think. Cloth napkins don’t have to be fancy. I have a hodgepodge of blue, green, white, patterned and plain napkins that I keep in a basket on my counter for easy access. I have another basket on top of my dryer for the dirty napkins. Once you get into the habit, cloth napkins work for parties and everyday meals. Shout out to YWA team member, Katie, for the cute indigo napkins! You can get your own at her Etsy shop, KatieElliottArt.

Finally, the worst of all offenders…kid’s parties. Plastic-wrapped candy, tiny plastic toys, disposable plastic table cloths. So. Much. Plastic. As the mother of a soon-to-be four year-old, I know that kids get very excited to be handed a goodie bag full of stickers and plastic toys. Then two days later, those plastic toys are added to the mountain of seldom played with party contraband and we’re left to figure out how to dispose of them years later when we can no longer scale the mountain. We’ve done this to ourselves, parents. I share the blame.

Instead of plastic bags filled with plastic toys, try DIY!

For my daughter’s third birthday, I was determined to hand out zero waste goodie bags. First, I started with the bags themselves. I grabbed some t-shirts with cute designs from a clothing swap my girlfriends and I had (A great way to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank or supporting fast fashion!) and I turned them into little bags with my super basic sewing skills. I used ribbon scraps I had laying around to secure them and had myself some unique cloth bags. If the idea of sewing scares you, there are some great no-sew bag making patterns out there.

Next I set out to fill them with non-plastic items. Some great ideas are bamboo flutes, small stuffed animals, small wooden toys, homemade candies or cookies in reusable containers, crayons and tiny succulents. I was at a party last weekend where they gave all the kids wildflower seeds! My daughter was so excited to plant them!

As I said in my last post, I am not a fancy gal. My plates, napkins and little glass jars don’t match and my handmade goodie bags were all different colors and sizes, but again, I say that adds to the charm! Besides the fact that using less plastic saves the planet, switching to reusable party supplies also saves you money. It’s a win/win. And, who knows? You may inspire some of your party-goers to do the same.

Party on, my friends!

-Michelle

Connect with her on Instagram @michellekeffer

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Kundalini Meditation – Sa Ta Na Ma Kriya

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Join me in learning one of my favorite Kundalini meditations for transformation!

In this FWFG session, I go back to my roots and early days of traditional yoga by sharing a mantra practice that I find to be potent and useful from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. Mantras are powerful tools for clearing and restructuring, so before you knock it, try it. It’s fun to learn something new, plus, I am telling you – they work!

You do not need to have any experience with meditation or with Kundalini Yoga to practice this kryia. In this session I teach it from square one, nice and slow. Through regular practice you can eventually start this session after the tutorial to practice with me. Or you can set a timer on your own!

Kundalini Tradition

I integrate a lot of Kundalini into my practices, but today we pay respect to the Kundalini tradition by learning one of the most well known Kundalini Kriyas taught by the father of the practice, Yogi Bhjan to reorient the mind and open us up to the possibility of transformational change.

Practice this meditation when you needing to move things along, when you feel stuck in a toxic thought pattern, when you are noticing addictive behavior, or when seeking a little energy to do the things that have been on your manifestation wishlist for some time.

Commit to doing this regularly and no doubt, you will notice a shift.

Mudras

The dance of the hand movements in this practice represent a full cycle, whether it be in a breath, a day, a life or in the journey of processing something meaningful or traumatic.

The importance of the mudras and sounds used in this practice are:

  • SA with index finger, represents the infinite, birth, the beginning, the totality of everything that exists!
  • TA with the middle finger, represents living life, the complexities, the “messy middle” and existence and creativity that manifests from the previous chapter.
  • NA with the ring finger, is death, inevitable change and the transformation of consciousness.
  • MA with the pinky finger, is rebirth, regeneration and resurrection which allows us to consciously accept and experience the joy of the infinite.

Yogi Bhajan once said that this is the most important foundation for students of meditation and that if you can do only one meditation, this is it.

Thank for always being willing to learn new things, keep an open mind, and continue trusting the process around and within Finding What Feels Good.

I hope you enjoy this session!

I’d like to thank my assistant, Benji, for bringing such a nice aura to set. 😉

Let us know how it goes for you in the comment section down below!

Sat Nam,
Adriene

PS: Here is a link to one “SA TA NA MA” tune on Spotify

 


This practice is available on the Find What Feels Good membership and FWFG app. If you’re interested, you can try it free for 7 days.

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May 2019 Yoga Calendar – OPEN

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This month, as a community, we focus on the theme of OPEN. The practices on this month’s free calendar are an invitation to open and find space in the heart, mind, and body. And you are invited to join us!

We will explore lengthening through the spine, find release in the hips and back, and open our hearts. Your practice and time on the mat influences your time off the mat. This month, we spend some time looking at the places where we might feel tight, where we might feel narrow minded. And in turn, we welcome ease, space and potential for fresh growth.

Drop in throughout the month or follow along every day. Check out #ywaOPEN and share your experience with the community by using the hashtag too. Invite someone you care about to join you this month.

Get your free downloadable calendar and playlist, plus the rest of the details for the month on the Calendar page here.

#ywaOPEN

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Meditation for Mental Balance and Grounding

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Meditation for Mental Balance and Grounding is a 17 minute guided meditation. This practice invites you to observe with loving kindness and bring awareness to your internal world. What are your patterns? What are your defaults? WHERE ARE YOU AT?

Settle in. Soften.

Find your ground.

This meditation welcomes balance and clarity to your mental and emotional self. Practice regularly to connect brain to body for mental health and optimal physical wellbeing.

Dedicate some time to your breath and receive the gifts of this sweet practice.

You’re worth it.

PS: In this session I share one of my secret weapons for tapping into relaxation and joy!

Please let me know how this session goes for you in the comment section down below!

Namaste.

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My Plastic-Free Life: Homemade Household Cleaners

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It is my great honor and pleasure to welcome another guest blogger to our happy online home.

Michelle is a YWA team member and a multi-disciplinary artist with so many talents it’s hard to keep up. She is also an incredible mother and my friend. Though Michelle and I have worked in the arts together for many years, when she signed on to help grow Find What Feels Good and support the mission of Yoga With Adriene – I knew we had hit the jackpot. Though the workload when she signed on was total chaos, we joked, that one of our goals was to get to a place someday where we shared a brain.

The truth is, I would be so honored to share a brain with this woman. She has my back, she has my heart and I have hers too.

And among many things, we have had our head and hearts focusing increasingly more on this one thing… PLASTIC. And, amongst our community here in Austin, my girl has been raising the bar high.

Below is a blog that Michelle wrote for our “Living Sustainably” group in the FWFG KULA. (Free to join here – if you want to check it out.)

Thanks the inspiration, Michelle!

 

Readers, let us know what you think in the comments down below!
Share with your friends and family too!

XX

 

Hello Sweet Kula!

I’m sure many of you do not know me as I am one of the YWA team members that hides behind the metaphorical curtain, but in the spirit of #ywaACT and Earth Month, I am popping in to tell you all about one of the ways in which I avoid single-use plastic!

For a little over two years now, I have been doing my best to avoid plastic…which is very hard to do! Especially with a toddler who needs snacks and gets handed little plastic toys from almost everyone we know. Despite that, I am making progress every day. Perhaps I’ll write several articles about the things I do to keep plastic out of my life, but today I am focusing on homemade household products.

It seems intimidating, but it is so easy!

Let’s start with floor cleaner. I love my Swiffer, y’all. I love it. I’ve been swiffering up a storm for 10 years. I don’t think I can ever go back to old-school mopping. I’m not saying you should go out and buy a Swiffer if you don’t have one (it’s plastic!), I’m just saying that I will be swiffering forever. The thing I don’t like about it is all the waste and all the nasty chemicals. When my daughter started licking the floor (is that weird?), I decided I needed that floor to be clean and organic.

Floor Cleaner Recipe (for wood floors):

1 part white vinegar

2 parts water

2-3 drops essential oil per gallon (I use lemon & basil)

If you have laminate flooring, you could also add rubbing alcohol, but that’s a no-go for hardwood. I mix it up and keep in it a flat glass container (I love picking up glass containers at thrift stores) with a lid. I put my rags in there to soak and just pull one out, attach it to my swiffer and go to town!

 

Next, I tackled my dishwasher. Again, not a necessity, but when you’re a mom with a full-time job and a healthy side hustle it’s nice to have a machine wash your dishes.

Dishwasher Detergent:

1 cup baking soda

1/4 cup citric acid

1 tablespoon dish liquid

I did try forming this into cute little tabs that I could display prettily and plop into my dishwasher, but that experiment was a failure for me, so I just keep it in a glass jar with a little scoop. One scoop’ll do ya! The problem I haven’t been able to solve yet is where to find citric acid that doesn’t come in a plastic container, but I’ll keep sleuthing!

If like me, you have a newer dishwasher, rinse aid is key to the functionality. Learned that lesson the hard way.

Dishwasher Rinse Aid:

1 cup white vinegar

1/4 rubbing alcohol

1/4 peroxide

2 tablespoons citric acid

I love my rinse aid so much, I keep it in plain site on my kitchen window sill! It’s so pretty in the little glass oil jar I store it in. And again, haven’t found peroxide that doesn’t come in a plastic bottle, but I bought the giant one two years ago and I still have it.

 

When I ran out of Pledge recently, I got a little scared. I made a pact with myself that I would make all my household products as I ran out of my store bought supply. But making Pledge? That seems impossible.

GREAT NEWS! IT’S POSSIBLE!

Homemade Dusting Spray:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon white vinegar

15 drops essential oil (I use lemon)

2 cups warm water

I put this mixture into an old spray bottle that I had cleaned out and saved for future use. You guys, my tables have never been shinier.

 

My latest endeavor is my laundry situation. I finally emptied out my last big bottle of detergent. I Cosco’d a couple years ago and have been working my way through the supply. #noshame

Laundry Detergent:

2 gallons water

1/2 cup washing soda (I like Nelly’s, but Arm & Hammer works, too)

1/2 cup baking soda

3/4 cup castile soap

30 drops essential oil (I used lavendar, naturally)

I mixed it up in a big bowl with my trusty wooden spoon and poured it right into my empy detergent bottle.

 

Pinterest is a great resource for finding recipes and inspiration. Most of these zero-waste blogs have photos of pretty bottles with cute little lables, but I’m not fancy, y’all. I just want to make my home and our planet a little cleaner. And if that means cleaning out my old Windex bottle, putting a piece of tape over the label and writing SOAP on it with a sharpie, then that is ok.

-Michelle

 

Connect with her on Instagram at @michellekeffer.

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Yoga to Feel Your Best

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This 22 minute yoga session designed to help you feel good! Hop on your mat to stretch your body, tap into conscious breath, and get your endorphins kicking!

Meet yourself wherever you are and embrace it! No perfect scenario or pre-requisite necessary for this session.

Looking and feeling our best sometimes requires checking in on our thoughts about how we see ourselves and how we work with our bodies. Experiment with these poses and find what works for you so that you can step into the rest of your day embodying your best self.

Let us know how you are feeling and where you are practicing today in the comment section down below!

Namaste.

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Respect and Replenish

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Welcome in some heat as you stretch, strengthen, and create space with this full length warming vinyasa flow dedicated to respect and replenishment.

Replenish your energy to restore balance in both mind and body. Respect where you are in your yoga practice. Continue to build a foundation and cultivate your inner support system – so that you can have a relationship with self respect that permeates all other relationships. Especially our relationship with Mother Earth!

You got this! Let me know how it goes in the comment section down below!

Namaste.

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