The Four Agreements

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i recently finished reading the book: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.  its a super quick read & i highly recommend it.

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally

3. Don’t Make Assumptions

4. Always Do Your Best

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MACA MILKSHAKE !!

this is a seriously powerful protein shake ! it has a lot of health boosting ingredients. yet it tastes like a reese-cup milkshake ! i enjoy this as a pick me up after yoga- its a great breakfast substitute !

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how to make:

start with a base of 1 cup almond milk < unsweetened >

start by adding a cup of ice–  add more ice depending on the consistency that you prefer !

add one tablespoon of: Flax Oil

add one heaping tablespoon of: RAW ORGANIC MACA POWDER < the star ingredient*>

add a tablespoon of: Chia Seeds <ive mentioned why there so great before, here >

add half a cup of: organic peanut butter

add a banana < break it up into smaller pieces >

& then top with a scoop of Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Powder, Chocolate

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BLEND WELL & ENJOY!

a little more on…RAW ORGANIC MACA POWDER : it’s an ancient Peruvian superfood highly prized by Incan warriors to increase stamina, boost libido, & combat fatigue- adds a thickness & mild root flavor. It increases ENERGY ! & is said to help balance hormones

REMINDER: Remaining Present

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walking into work i usually have my head in the clouds & i’m dreaming about being somewhere else.

but sometimes its good to practice yogic behavior, & remain present.

its always good to:

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& i might have just missed this little enjoyment if i hadn’t remained present & in the moment:

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a birds nest- a beautiful sign of life amiss the chaos of miami beach & the hussle & bussle of my office.

inspiration on remaining present:

+ “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”  — Buddha

+ “Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find you’re here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. — Eckhart Tolle

+ “The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.”  — Paulo Coelho

Guest Post: In the Kitchen with Marisa Jankowski

Name: Marisa Danielle Jankowski

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Location: NYC

Interests: traveling like its her job. men’s fashion + styling, health, nutrition, & being a  social butterfly.

Typical fitness regimen: Works out 3-4x a week. Barry’s 2-3x weekly. 1 day- 4 mile run or spinning at Flywheel. Working on adding yoga to her schedule, she recently found Laughing Lotus & loves it !

Typical AM ritual / Smoothie Recipe: a glass of hot water + lemon & cayenne with a probiotic. Next, works out. Post work out: Total Vegan (Plant comprehensive protein blend), glutamine powder, almond milk, berries, & 1/2 a banana. <only adds 1/2 banana on days with a work out>

What’s a typical healthy dinner that you make?: For example last night for dinner I had 4oz. Grilled Salmon- lightly marinated with olive oil, lime juice and chipotle powder. Broccoli– steamed then mixed with EVOO and raw garlic. Carrots, fennel and onion sauteed with coconut oil.

I have to ask….. Fav place in the city to indulge?: Nothing beats 4th Generation in Boca Raton !! I wait to travel to Boca to indulge in sweets !! They’re all amazing !! The apple crumb is to die for !

Yum ! Sounds like you’re a great cook ! What makes that dish so healthy?:

  • I chose Salmon because the health benefits are endless and there’s far too many to ignore!
  • The  benefits include speeding up your metabolism. This facilitates your sugar absorption rate and can lower your blood sugar level.
  • If you want shiny hair, bright eyes and healthy skin salmon consumption can provide that as well.  You can credit those Omega-3 fatty acids and selenium in the salmon for that.
  • Four ounces of wild salmon gives you a full day’s required amount of Vitamin D. That same amount of salmon also gives you more than half of the B12, niacin and selenium that you need daily.
  • It is power packed with disease fighting acids, minerals and vitamins.
  • So whether you bake it, broil it, grill it or eat it raw salmon is a powerful addition to your healthy lifestyle.
  • Broccoli nutrients provide many health benefits. It is a great source of vitamins K, A, and C, in addition to fiber, potassium, folate, and lutein. Some people love broccoli and some people hate it, but there’s no denying that broccoli is a nutritional wonder.
  • Carrots are linked to prevent cancer, improve vision, prevent heart disease, nourish skin and anti aging. In addition to good sources of vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin K, biotin, fiber, potassium and thiamine.
  • Fennel is a personal favorite considering I’m a female in my mid 20’s. On top of all the amazing vitamins fennel contains a plant hormone that is thought to aid with female reproduction and menstrual cycles.
  • The seeds and oil may reduce symptoms caused by these cycles including cramping and water retention as well as regulate cycles. Menopausal women have also found relief with changing hormonal levels by using fennel.
  • Fennel tea has also been used by nursing mothers to increase milk flow for many years without complications. However, many experts do not recommend fennel be used by nursing mothers, young children, or anyone with epilepsy as they can be toxic in large doses.
  • Onions are a very good source of vitamin C, B6, biotin, chromium, calcium and dietary fiber  In addition, they contain good amounts of folic acid and vitamin B1 and K. In addition they contain a large amount of sulfur and are especially good for the liver. As a sulfur food, they mix best with proteins, as they stimulate the action of the amino acids to the brain and nervous system.

Marisa’s Healthy Salmon Dinner — Pictured Below: 

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DETOX JUICE + RECIPE

im lucky to live 3 minutes away from JugoFresh so i go there a lot to get juice when im busy busy & on the go ! but i prefer anything homemade & its just as easy to make at home with a juicer.

try the Ashram Juice-

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+ grapefruit                + lemon               +h20                     + turmeric                              +cayenne                           +raw honey

this is a really good detox juice that actually tastes ok. slighty bitter, but healthy nonetheless.

+ MY TIP: i know making juices & smoothies at home can be tedious <washing, drying, chopping>  & the mess can be monumental ! but i try to simplify the process by sorting my greens ! as ive said before, im in a local organic co-op so i get my produce for the week in a big box on Mondays- i usually go ahead & get the hard work out of the way so its easier la

sortedgreens+ ANOTHER TIP:

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did you try the ashram juice? what are some of your fav juice combinations ? 

MEETING DHARMA MITTRA + SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

i felt like a kid on Christmas Sunday morning on my way to Dharma Mittra’s workshop ! i wrote about him earlier here– & i feel so lucky to have attended !!

this is the only picture i was able to get with him !! & its blurry- but making it b&w sorta helped to see it !!

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after the workshop i enjoyed miami by water with my close friends & family, the city really is so gorgeous.

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so titanic of us.

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i had an amazing weekend. i feel so blessed.

what did you do this weekend ? 

More of THIS, Less of THAT

thanks to NYC dr. frank lipman for breaking it down:

  • More Real Food, Less Food-like Substances
  • More Fruit and Vegetables, Less Sugar, Gluten and Dairy
  • More Plant Foods, Less Animal Products
  • More Organic, Less Chemicals
  • More Clean Products, Less Toxic Products
  • More Chewing Food, Less Eating
  • More Water, Less Alcohol
  • More Walking, Less Driving
  • More Exercising, Less Sitting at the Computer
  • More Music, Less Noise
  • More Recycling, Less Waste
  • More Outdoors, Less Indoors
  • More Meditation, Less Worry
  • More Slow, Less Hurry
  • More Smiles, Less Anger
  • More Love, Less Hatred
  • More Fun, Less Serious
  • More Letting Go, Less Holding On
  • More Being, Less Doing
  • More Presence, Less Absence
  • More Generosity, Less Greed
  • More Forgiving, Less Blaming
  • More Inclusion, Less Exclusion
  • More Health Care, Less Disease Care

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& the wise wise words of buddha…

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Friday.

its SO cold here in miami beach today !! which  i love ! because i get to dress cozy & pretend i live somewhere cold ! burr

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it was hard to get out of bed this morning when my option was to spoon with my cuddle bug, Cella.

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man, sometimes i wish we could trade places !! this is what she’ll be doing the rest of the day…..

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& remember:

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Kapotasana Practice !!

YAY. today i practiced Kapotasana ! it was my first time… & im almost there .. !!

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then i worked on Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana … def still not there, but progress has been made ! <one leg straight up in full wheel >

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then i worked on coming half way down in headstand– still stuck slamming my feet back down.. oops

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& while in the process of messing up — i made up some really weird pose.

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hmmm looks interesting- what should i name it !? 😉

are you practicing today?

THE PERFECT WAY TO START THE DAY

after mysore practice early this morning,

i went to the beach to meditate:

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i brought along some good reading:

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& i was surround by great company 🙂

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perfect way to start my day !!

Johanna gave me some Sandalwood Incense that she brought back from Mysore, India ! Cant wait to light them !!

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& that Buddha sculpture was given to me by my grandfather a few days ago : ) one of his cousins in Columbia made it by hand ! sooo special & sentimental- i love it.

*if you want to start meditating this is a great video to begin with:

how did you start your day?