Holiday FULLY RAW PUMPKIN PIE !!

yes i know its december. yes i know its weird that we made a pumpkin pie today… however, when you’re in an organic buying club or a co-op you basically have no choice but to get creative with whats local, in season, & whats in the share they choose to give you ! its basically a mystery every week !

i had 2 sugar pie pumpkins in my share & they obviously didn’t mix well with my holiday decorations ! so we made FULLY RAW PUMPKIN PIE !!

i had the help of my sister, Ellie, today ! that’s her in the picture below ! we had soo much fun !!

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she chopped the pumpkins & i pitted the dates ! we were watching Kristina from FullyRawOrganic.com ! we used her recipe to make this– & you can get all the details : HERE

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2 simple ingredients :: dates + pecan’s = the world’s best raw crust !!

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last step ! chill the pie in your freezer for 2-3 hours … & ENJOY 🙂

… its seriously the BEST pie ever !! i think im going to make a couple more to give to family !

happy holidays to all ! ❤

Day 2- Juice Cleanse

hii ! i  wanted to share with you what a typical day during a juice fast looks like ! im doing this strictly for health reasons & NOT to lose weight. im improvising as i go- & listening to exactly what my body is telling me.

if you need some inspiration a great film to watch is: Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead– its instantly available on netflix & i think watching it is the best way to jump start your motivation !!

it makes it a lot easier when you have someone doing it with you ! accountability partners help with so much in life ! for this cleanse it’s my boyfriend & after months of crazy talk & begging he finally decided to shut me up do one with me 🙂

i woke up around 6 am & made him a juice for breakfast (rainbow chard, kale, celery, & 1 apple) next, i made him two additional juices for a snack & lunch. (romaine, celery, spinach, apple, beets, & a carrot) i put them in glass jars & packed a cooler for him to take them to work.

i went back to sleep & when i woke up i had a tall glass of warm water with 1/2 of a fresh squeezed lemon + a pinch of cayenne pepper to wake me up !! + 1 probiotic (i suggest this kind)

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i waited 1 hour & had a juice for breakfast —

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i enjoyed it on the balcony before heading to lay out at the pool to get some much needed vitamin D !!

this is what was included in my first juice:

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( rainbow chard, romaine, celery, kale, 1 apple + vibrant health green vibrance ) the supplement is to insure i am receiving my maximum nutrients through out the cleanse !!

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i wanted to take it easy during my cleanse so i planned it perfectly ! my sister is on break from school so we spent quality time together !

then we decided to go to in the sauna

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& then we went into the steam room !

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the sauna & steam room are wonderful ways to compliment juice cleansing ! i also use a dry brush before i shower- it helps circulate your blood & helps reduce & eliminate cellulite- both great benefits !!

up next another juice for lunch ! < apple, cucumber, celery, spinach, parsley & kale >

& lastly, my dinner juice:  < carrots, beets, cucumber, green apple, & kale >

ps- a show called Bacon Paradise was on the Travel Channel tonight… i couldn’t even believe it !! yes, sadly, its exactly what it sounds like !! bars were even coming up with ways to mix bacon into the drinks — YUCK. what is this world coming to ?!

Interview with South Beach Yoga Teacher Johanna Rodriquez

This morning I had the pleasure of sitting down with the lovely Johanna Rodriquez who runs South Beach as one of the most sought out private yoga instructors ! I consider her an inspiring teacher & a close friend- shes beautiful inside & out ! if you live in Miami or are visiting make sure to book a private with her on the beach !!

Me: Choose 5 words that you think describe you the best?

Jo: I’m Outgoing, Witty, Versatile, Communicative, Youthful, & very Lively !!

Me: I think that’s one more than 5 😉 but its cool we’ll let it slide… so where are you from? tell me a little about yourself ??

Jo: I was born in West New York, New Jersey and raised in Sunny South Beach. I have Colombian and Cuban roots – I grew up in a household where being spiritual was normal and encouraged. My mother was very influential in helping me grow into my own style and shaped me into the fashionista I am today while helping me maintain being grounded through my yogic lifestyle.

me: Wow you’re very lucky to have been introduced to this world at such a young age & to have grown up in a supportive household.. tell me whats your favorite green drink combination & what do you add in ? 

Jo: juice- spinach, cucumber, kale, lime, ginger, pineapple, coconut water. smoothie- almond milk, avocado, kale or spinach, banana, bee pollen, macca powder

Me: bee pollen & maca powder are great suggestions- you got me hooked weeks ago ! They both really help to increase my energy ..so thank you ! What is your typical breakfast?

Jo:  Ginger shot, Green Tea, 16oz Juice/smoothie, Greek yogurt with fruits and granola. Plus a cup of coffee when I need extra prana !!

Me: What is your typical lunch?

Jo: I have a lot of snacks during the day (nuts, berries, veggies with hummus). I eat whenever I feel hungry. I noticed that I eat the most after practice. For lunch I usually have another juice with a vegetarian salad or wrap.

Me: What is your typical dinner ?

Jo: I love soup and anything spicy… So I might eat Japanese or Thai. I’m not a picky eater necessarily.. I just don’t eat animals.

Me: It sounds like you eat very clean & healthy which I’m sure helps you in your practice.. What is your favorite yoga pose & why?

Jo: I love urdhva dhanurasana! Especially the drop-back sequence of the pose it opens my heart and back. And it shows me that when I fall back I’m letting go and by picking myself back up that I’m firmly grounded.

Me: What do you typical wear when your practicing yoga ?

Jo: I love practicing in Kino Yoga shorts, Lululemon bras… Laundry days I use bikini tops… I like to use color & prints and love headbands from yogitoes. Oh, I also love one piece suits and can’t wait for my friends organic yoga clothing line “YoGiiZa” to launch next year.

Me: What’s the last trip you took, where did you go ?

I just got back from Mysore, India where I stayed for a month practicing Ashtanga yoga in the source with my guru R. Sharatha Jois. I can’t wait to go next year! India has a beautiful energy that only you can experience there.

Me: I loved all of your pictures from Mysore their gorgeous !! I can’t wait to go there either !! Sounds so amazing .. How did you find yoga and how has it changed you?

Jo: Yoga found me when I was 16… I was reading the local newspaper and saw an add for free yoga at a seniors home. I went the following week and was hooked ever since. Yoga has changed me from the inside out! Everyday I awake I give thanks for yoga, I wouldn’t be who I am now if it wasn’t for the beautiful magic of yoga.

Me: I feel the same way about my path to yoga.. so what’s the best advice you have for someone new or wanting to begin yoga?

Jo: Go with the flow & don’t ever judge your practice.

Me: Do you have any spirtual or yogic quotes that you live by ?

Jo: My favorite is “The time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here.” I have it tattooed going down my spine. I try to always live my life in the present moment.

Me: What are the best places to practice yoga in Miami Beach ?

Jo: Miami Life Center is my yoga home for my daily personal Mysore practice. I love The Standard Spa Hotel, Miami Beach when I want to practice Jivamukti with my teacher Jaya & take the whole day to relax at the pool or steam after practice. We can’t forget Synergy Yoga on Espanola Way; they offer everything you need from thai massage, kundalini yoga, and even sexy yoga 😉

Me: Miami Life Center is my yoga home too.. I can’t wait to try some of the detoxing hot yoga classes at Synergy. And I thought that your morning class at the Standard was great out on the deck ! Whats your favorite healthy Miami Beach Restaurant? 

Jo: I like Juice & Java and Under The Mango Tree for juice/smoothie and acia bowls

Me: So what are your other hobbies & interests?

Jo: Beside yoga, I love fashion & art. When I’m not teaching or working at Avant Gallery. I enjoy attending volunteering, art, fashion, music events. I paint and reconstruct my clothes/jewelry whenever I have time off (not often)

Me: Any ALL NATURAL beauty rituals or secrets that you follow?

Jo: I love coconut anything! I do a coconut hair mask for 24 hours once a week. And right after showering I use pure coconut oil all over my body.

Me: I still use that coconut oil you brought me back from India, thanks so much ! I love it too ! How did you know that teaching was the next step for you?

Jo: I started by teaching kids yoga (it never crossed my mind to work with kids before) after working with kids for a while I wanted to get deeper into my practice and spread the word of yoga to everyone in the community.

Me: How do you connect with your students and what do you like to do differently? 

Jo: My classes are meant to connect with the now and your inner self. I use uplifting spiritual tunes, scented candles, incense, and essential oils. I’ve been told I give the best savasana in town 😉 .. I fan and massage my students at the end.

Me: I LOVE your classes their the best !! So when your not teaching private lessons or directing Avant Gallery where can people take your classes? 

Jo:

Synergy – South beach

Mon kids yoga at 5pm / Gentle yoga for parents with Kiki at the same time

Wed kids yoga at 5pm

Sat kids yoga at 9:30am / Jivamukti with mateo at the same time for the parents

Sat Ashtanga at 11:15

Coming in January Fight Club– Downtown Miami–  vinyasa flow at 7pm

Free hand hotel – beach yoga Sunday 11:30am–  coming soon

Karma Yoga – south point park coming soon donation base

connect with Johanna:

https://www.facebook.com/JoasanaYoga

https://twitter.com/Joasana_Yoga

http://www.joasanayoga.com

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You’re Invited !

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side notes-

i finally caved & bought a pair of toms ! im not into super hipster trendy things.. but i had to have something comfy & casual to walk to yoga in ! & my havana flip flops aren’t really cutting it anymore because it gets a little chilly here in the mornings..well to me at least.. these are the pair i got & they are super cute !

even though its miami beach – the suns not really up at 6am.. but im obviously not going to wear a full blown winter jacket around the beach- so i like to improvise by wearing tanks with cute scarves- my favorite & most versatile one to wear to yoga is the Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf  !

drishti’s + essie

if you practice yoga, particularly ashtanga yoga – then you may be familiar with the term “drishti” if not let me break it down for you :

Drishti is a point of focus where the gaze rests during asana & meditation practice. Focusing on a drishti aids concentration, since it’s easier to become distracted when the eyes are wandering all over the room. Each yoga pose has a specific drishti, which also aids in alignment.

in ashtanga these are the 9 dhristi’s:  & it changes depending on what pose you’re in

  • Nasagrai : tip of the nose
  • Nabi Chakra : the navel
  • Hastagrai : the hand
  • Padayoragrai : the toes
  • Angusta ma Dyai : the thumbs
  • Urdhva / Antara Drishti : up to the sky
  • Parsva Drishti : far to the right
  • Parsva Drishti : far to the left
  • Ajna Chakra / Broomadhya : the third eye / between the eyebrows

Don’t expect to just memorize these right off the bat & don’t worry if you cannot remember all the relevant Drishti points, any good teacher will consistently direct your gaze to the appropriate one in each posture practiced in class, & before you know it the drishti’s will become second nature & you will naturally gaze in that direction during your practice.

i dont know about you- but i personally find chipped nail polish highly distracting during yoga- ultimately my goal is not to be concerned about things like that- but nobody’s perfect & it takes a lot of time.

i saw this cute essie display at CVS : stock up & paint your nails zen 😉

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[ boxer shorts. spinning again. pilates hottie. marathin. gym dandy. yogaga. ]

Trip Time

My last significant travel outside the states was in February to St. Barth’s- it was everything I expected & more ! (bahamas on the weekends doesn’t count- I don’t even consider it leaving the country because I live a 1.5 hr boat ride away !!)  .. I was just reminiscing over pictures from the trip & that made me think where do i want to visit next !!?

My mother was born in Columbia & so were both of my grandparents ! I’m so intrigued to visit the beaches & farms where I still have family ! I’ve been outlining my ideal Colombian vacation & all of the places I’d love to go-

then I remembered something I’ve had on my bucket list- Hiking the Andes Mountains !

Look how gorgeous-                 <Machu Picchu in Peru>

i think its absolutely breathtaking ! have you ever been ?! any other south american stops i would HAVE to make ?!

in the mean time check out your Horoscope for the month of December HERE  ! does it suggest traveling away somewhere soon ?

& remember today is  12/12/12 — make it special !

green tea + book + sunset = best way to unwind

im watching the breathtaking sunset –

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while sipping Tulsi Green Tea. <Stress Reliving + Slimming>

Enjoy the health benefits of Tulsi & Green Tea:

  • Reduces Stress
  • Rich in antioxidants and other nutrients
  • Guards against cough & cold
  • Enhances stamina
  • Builds immunity
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Stimulates and revitalizes
  • Enhances respiratory functions

While reading the book: “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz.

I’m reading the book as part of an online book club (dorky i know) but if that sounds interesting to you then check out The Simple Salt !

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have a great night 🙂 ! ❤

xo,

tayler alexis