Yoga mat choices can be one of the trickiest things to discover along our yoga journey because there isn’t just one! There are hundreds! Ok, maybe not that many, but it can certainly feel that way as we search. When I first began practicing, I used a Gaia mat I purchased from Target, and it worked. For about 3 months at a time that is, until it would fall apart even with a Yogitoes on top of it so I didn’t slip and slide while I practiced in a 100 degree room. After my 4th mat purchase, I came home to a Mother’s Day gift that was pretty O’Mazing! My husband and kids had gotten me a Manduka Pro and I was elated! Even though it was heavy, I was happy, because I knew I finally had a mat that wouldn’t crumble underneath my feet.
One of the things I find myself missing the most sometimes is bread. Whether it be to soak up spaghetti sauce or as the base for a pizza, there is just something comforting about it. Even when we ate gluten free grains and things that contained eggs, there wasn’t a specific flat bread I fell in love with. They were all lacking a certain depth of flavor and more than anything else, a good texture. That was until the day I stumbled across this recipe!
We have tried tons of grain free recipes while trying to make them egg free too with not a whole lot of success (or flavor), so when I found this recipe from Primally Inspired www.primallyinspired.com/grain-free-pizza-crust-paleo/ I was elated! We of course skip the dairy that is an option and easily sub out the egg it calls for with flax seed. We add in the Italian seasoning and most often times double the recipe. We loved it so much that one night I was inspired to just make it alone as a flat bread to go with our grain and dairy free lasagna I was making. Talk about heaven! This turned out so good that you can even use it to dip into olive oil and balsamic vinegar or mozzarella sauce. It is soft on the inside yet chewy on the outside, it holds up well for pizza and is wonderful alone.
The Bandhas have always made such an impression on my practice, but truth be told it is very fun to say!! Try it a few times say Bandha, Bandha, Bandha really fast; now try to tell me you did not chuckle slightly. See, just by saying Bandha there is the ability to find a little peace within.
Many times in my videos you will hear me mention to engage your Bandhas, and sometimes I think they may be overlooked at the role they play in our practice.
Taking the time to understand all these interconnections, between breath (Prana), Chakras (Energy Centers), Bandhas (Body Locks) will strengthen our practice, and growth. The Bandhas are three main internal locking points within our
Yoga Pants, Yoga Pants, just plain Yoga Pants, at this point you probably know where this is going. With the explosion of the Yoga industries there is no shortage of companies offering their interpretation of yoga through the means of fashion. In many ways they are this this bridge from our mats to our daily lives; yoga pants. I know it sounds silly, but don't be shy! I know on occasion you have had the thought; " can I wear these yoga pants to this black tie event tonight???"
With that in mind I would like to introduce a newer apparel line I have become an ambassador for, Altar Ego Apparel -www.altaregoapparel.com , not only do they offer an O'Mazing array of product but their story is what drew me in. They are based just north of Boston, Mass. and they take the influence of art in their design to enhance the look and appeal of the clothing, all while expanding the depth of the body wearing them. They are produced locally, so yay for the USA. Also they are an all female run company; more yay!
I just received a few pairs the other day, and I'm in love. The print on the pants is absolutely stunning, and comfort is O'Mazing! Please check them out, if you are interested in a picking up something use my code ESSENTIALLYOM for a 15% discount off your purchase.
Take flight Ombre Legging pictured below - www.altaregoapparel.com/collections/leggings/products/take-flight-ombre-legging
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