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Mermaid Leggings - by Purusha People

If you’ve never checked out Etsy.com, then I highly suggest you go take a peek at a few things! There are some really unique artists and stores in their handmade sections - you can literally browse the categories for hours! I’ve found a lot of my favorite pieces of clothing on etsy! Like the pants featured today!

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One late evening when I was lazily browsing for a new pair of leggings, I found and fell in love with the ‘mermaid II yoga leggings' by purushapeople! For starters they looked uber comfy and the design was just perfect for my water-loving bod! I did a lil reading and found out that the company was founded by dyer and screen-printer Hayley Elliot in 2009. Purusha focuses on what they call “fashion for freedom” - remaining super passionate about the ethical and humane production of their clothing, using organic and natural fibers, low impact dyes, and water-based paints. 

 ”We firmly believe that a clothing brand existing in 2013 must be sustainable, transparent, and of course fashionable. Our ultimate goal is to manufacture clothing from field to factory to wearer in the most beautiful respectful way possible, protecting all people and life involved. Fashion for freedom is a right not a privilege!”

Purusha is also part of the 1% campaign to fix fashion, pledging to donate 1% of all sales to the clean clothes campaign. The clean clothes campaign works to improve working conditions in the global garment industry. To learn more visit : http://cleanclothes.org/about-us.

With commitment to quality and a bottom line like that I couldn’t resist! And to be perfectly honest with you they are fantastic pants! Totally worth it! They’re stretchy but not clingy in all the wrong areas like some yoga pants can be - I don’t feel like the pants are ‘holding me in’ or impacting my movement. They’re like a second layer of skin. A nice silky layer that happens to be part mermaid - even as the chilly weather sets in, my mind is on the beach! ;) 

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For more info or to take a look at their line you can check out Purusha @: 

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How I Became a Morning Person

I used to hate mornings! Getting out of bed was a chore in itself some days. I remember trying to ‘get a run in’ before class and by 10 am my mind was just done. I’d be sluggish throughout the day and since I’m not a coffee drinker, I never relied on caffeine for a pick-me-up, but I’d resort to fast, cheap foods to numb me or alcohol (not in moderation) practically every evening. My morning’s sucked. And so the rest of my day suffered. I’ve come to believe that the way you start your day can have a huge impact on how you spend your next 23 hours.

When I started changing a few things, a few habits and behaviors, I began to notice that my morning’s got a little brighter, a little less painful and as a result my positive mood and actions carried on into other aspects of my life during the day. And no -  I did not start drinking coffee! ;) Check below for why coffee is not a healthy addiction. I started incorporating these 5 things into my life and suddenly instead of just rolling out of bed each morning, I noticed there really was some shine to my rise that continued throughout the day. 

  1. Stretch - Usually our first instinct when we wake up is to stretch out a little bit. Don’t you? For some people it’s the mega-yawn accompanied by full, wide arm and leg extensions (with or without sound and/or hair ruffling) and for other’s it’s a quiet squeeze of core, chest and back muscles before rolling out of bed. It feels good and gets blood flowing. I decided to focus on making stretching a part of my wake-up routine. I began by practicing a minimum of 10 sun-salutations every morning and it not only improved my flexibility, but it gave me this serene, calm awareness as I continued my morning. (For those who don’t know what a sun-salutation is check the beginner’s video by Kino, here to learn how to do this properly.) Maybe just start out with 5 every morning for a week and see how you feel - I guarantee you’ll feel a difference! 
  2. Drink More Water - This sounds like a no-brainer, I know. But I cannot stress enough the significance of water for weight-loss, health and just general happiness. Nearly 75% of North Americans are chronically dehydrated and that’s a serious issue. Water is our life force; it’s essential to all aspects of our digestion and absorption of nutrients. It deters hunger cravings, and makes our hair, skin and nails look healthier and juicier! To start the day off on the right foot, I began drinking a minimum of 1L of water (preferably lemon-water or a herbal infusion of some sort) within the first 15 minutes of rising. It’s not as much as you think, and I’ve seen frat boys who can chug-a-lug way quicker than that! ;)  Now let’s talk toilets for a second: take a peek at your wee a couple times a day, if you’re hydrated, it should be clear or very close-to. When you first start increasing your water intake, you will probably have to visit the bathroom a little more frequently, depending on your body and level of toxicity, activity level etc etc. Get used to it, a frequent flusher is a healthy flusher! 
  3. Move That Body - Turn on some beats, pick-up some weights, do a few push-ups, walk, run, whatever! Just get the blood flowing! You’ll be nice and warmed up after those sun-salutations and if you’ve got a passion for dance or a goal to hit in the gym, there’s no better time than the AM to focus on what’s important. For me, it’s different nearly every day. This morning I took my dog for a 20 minute jog, yesterday I tried learning how to bellydance via youtube and the day before that I threw around some dumbbells. It doesn’t have to get boring and stagnant, pick something you enjoy or have always thought you should try. There are countless workout vids online and if you liked the sun-salutes, try a morning yoga class or a full at-home practice!
  4. Eat Fruit For Breakfast - If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: fruit is the best food you could possibly eat to start your day. Smoothies and/or juices are fantastic ways to get more nutrients and more calories into your belly. I aim for a minimum of 700 calories from fruit for breakfast to feel satisfied and energized. Some days it’s just a bowl full of 7-12 pieces of fruit, and other days it’s a mega-smoothie or a funky green juice! Fruits and veggies digest so clean and quickly in our bodies,  immediately fueling the cells in our brain and body with glucose. If you want to kick-start your day with clean, healthy food that will GIVE you energy and not take it away, then start eating fruit for breakfast and notice how quickly your whole day improves! 
  5. Maintain a Positive Mind - This can be as simple as writing an affirmation on your bathroom mirror and repeating it to yourself, or making a quick list of the things you are grateful for each morning. Do you ever notice how stubbing your toe or losing your keys in the wee hours of daylight can totally change your attitude for the rest of the day? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Take each moment as it comes and let it go. Maybe take 2 minutes to check yourself out in a mirror and take note of all the things you love about yourself. What can you look forward to? What awesome creation can you come up with today? 

If you try to incorporate these 5 tips into your morning routine I personally guarantee that you will notice a difference, probably lots of little differences, even in the first week! If you’re just sick and tired of being tired all day long, a morning-makeover is just what you need! Give it a shot, worst case scenario is you lose a little weight and learn how to touch your toes! ;)  Let me know how it works for you and what your morning habits are! 

Why You Should Give Up Coffee

"Think about how widely accepted it has become that people need coffee to wake up. You should not need anything to wake up. If you can’t wake up without it, it’s because you are either addicted to caffeine, sleep deprived, or a generally unhealthy slob… But it’s not heroin and you’ll learn to live without it!" - Rory Freedman

It seems like everyone I know is addicted to their coffee. Their Tim Horton’s double double or the Starbucks syrup concoction of the season, there are so many options in today’s fast food world. I’m here to give you a few reasons why you should give it up, for GOOD! 

Caffeine increases stress hormones and causes indigestion and digestive discomfort. Not to mention heartburn, dehydration, decreased insulin sensitivity and elevated urinary excretion of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. Does that sound like a healthy way to begin your day? Pissing out nutrients and giving yourself a stomach ache? I don’t think so! If there are other natural ways to be bright-eyes and bushy-tailed in the mornings and throughout the day, then the negative side effects and health problems caused by coffee really outweigh the claims of "but it tastes good" and "I’m addicted". Need more reasons to give up the ‘jo? How ‘bout peptic ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, headaches, anxiety and depression? And you’re PAYING for it! Ditch the caffeine for water, juice or herbal tea and watch how quickly your mood lifts and body brightens! If you’re worried about withdrawal, don’t sweat it, after the first 3-7 days you’ll be through the worst of it and you’ll never have to have a caffeine headache again! ;) 

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The 100 Squats a Day April challenge is whooping my butt into shape! I missed one day, I’m not going to lie, but I’m adding an extra day onto the end of the month to make up for it - nobody’s perfect! ;) My usual time is between at 3 to 4 minutes depending on the day. Yesterday’s was 3:02! :) 
This weekend I also went to an advanced yoga workshop with the founder of  Pranalife Yoga; Asia Nelson. I have to say I learned a lot about discovering and engaging those deep abdominal muscles and how to use them properly and effectively in a variety of balancing and strength postures. I also took another baby step towards conquering my fear of inversions and I rocked my first Sirsasana or headstand during the class with Asia’s guidance and assistance. I fell once, it was pretty funny actually. ;p
I’ve now tried twice to gracefully lift my legs from the preparatory sort of dolphin pose up into the full, and man alive I am never doing a boring old crunch again! I have never in my life had such a great, deep ab workout as just TRYING to lift my legs into headstand! Hahaa, I’m glad I’m enjoying it though, handstand is still an fearful pose for me, so I’m going to enjoy experimenting with the Queen of yoga poses first!  
Hope you guys all had a great weekend too! Happy Monday! :D 

The 100 Squats a Day April challenge is whooping my butt into shape! I missed one day, I’m not going to lie, but I’m adding an extra day onto the end of the month to make up for it - nobody’s perfect! ;) My usual time is between at 3 to 4 minutes depending on the day. Yesterday’s was 3:02! :) 

This weekend I also went to an advanced yoga workshop with the founder of  Pranalife YogaAsia Nelson. I have to say I learned a lot about discovering and engaging those deep abdominal muscles and how to use them properly and effectively in a variety of balancing and strength postures. I also took another baby step towards conquering my fear of inversions and I rocked my first Sirsasana or headstand during the class with Asia’s guidance and assistance. I fell once, it was pretty funny actually. ;p

I’ve now tried twice to gracefully lift my legs from the preparatory sort of dolphin pose up into the full, and man alive I am never doing a boring old crunch again! I have never in my life had such a great, deep ab workout as just TRYING to lift my legs into headstand! Hahaa, I’m glad I’m enjoying it though, handstand is still an fearful pose for me, so I’m going to enjoy experimenting with the Queen of yoga poses first!  

Hope you guys all had a great weekend too! Happy Monday! :D 

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Getting a little fresh air with the pup this afternoon, we stopped for a few minutes of practice. 

Getting a little fresh air with the pup this afternoon, we stopped for a few minutes of practice. 

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Really had a serious face for this one apparently. I used to hate any and all variations of Boat Pose. Now I almost enjoy it. ;)

Really had a serious face for this one apparently. I used to hate any and all variations of Boat Pose. Now I almost enjoy it. ;)

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This has been my afternoon in a nutshell. Been getting my om on in the blue room today. Also a little sad that in a month or two I won’t be able to practice in it anymore. :( But on to bigger and better things, and bluer rooms! ;) 
Namaste ya’ll!

This has been my afternoon in a nutshell. Been getting my om on in the blue room today. Also a little sad that in a month or two I won’t be able to practice in it anymore. :( But on to bigger and better things, and bluer rooms! ;)
Namaste ya’ll!

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New Year? New Resolutions!

I’m not a big New Years party kinda person, but I do think there is great value in making a resolution for the year to come. Back in January ‘11 my New Year’s Resolution was to lose a little weight, and here I am a few years later, 43 pounds lighter and on the best health kick of my life! That one little resolution changed my whole outlook on life, and I think even if it’s just silly wishes and it’s all in your head, it’s still a good idea to get your head in the right place. ;) 

This year I traveled back home north to bring in the new year with my boyfriend and his two little cuties! We shared our first new year’s kiss (yep it’s a big deal) and drank some bubbly by the fire (d’aww :p)

I hadn’t really given much thought to my resolution this year until I woke up the next morning and the sun was shinning - I just felt really good and ready for change. So, here’s a sort of impromptu list of things I want to do for myself this year: 

  • commit to continuing with 100% raw breakfasts (juice/smoothies/fruit) & aiming for 70% raw vegan foods throughout the day. Sounds easy sure, but lots of things can get in the way and meal planning is something I don’t do well with on the go. More prep time, more focus, that’s all. 
  • ten sun-salutations minimum a day.
  • learn to accept others for where they are in their own health journey and to inspire instead of argue my way to their hearts and minds.
  • I want to blog more and get to know my readers. You all seem like cool shit & I want you to know that I care about you too! 
  • get another tattoo (really fresh idea, still playing around with concepts in my head)
  • read more & write more

That’s all really. Just basic things to keep my head in the health game and my vibrancy going up. What are some of your resolutions for the new year? Did you succeed in making last year’s goals a reality? :) 

Much love & hugs! 

- Abby

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So - this is me in a nutshell for the next few days. I’ve been kinda stressing my body out lately, just letting usual day to day stuff build up and take over, so I’ve decided to start a detox of sorts. I don’t know how long it will be for or exactly what it will consist of, but for the next few days at least I’ll be focusing on raw foods, lots of juices & enjoying time in my favorite yoga poses. For some people this might not even be a detox, but for where I’m at with my diet & my body, it is. 
I’ve done fasting before (water & juice fasts on separate occasions for 3-5 days) and I’ve found it to be a very useful tool. After a fast or when I eat only raw foods for a period of time, my digestion is 100x better, skin problems like dryness or red spots disappear, and my hair is thicker & more bouncy! Naturally, it’s a goal of mine to eat mostly raw on a day-to-day basis but lately the cooked & unhealthy meals have grown in frequency. So at the very least, this will be a transition period to clean up my mess and ease my way back on the raw train! 
Today I fasted for most of the day. Started with organic mango & orange juice this afternoon & I’m going to be sticking with that for the rest of the day. Tomorrow will be all bananas, coconut water and tea if I want something warm. An hour of silent practice each day and no television. I think that’s a good start at least. 
Hope you are all having magical & seasonal adventures wherever you are! Sending lots of Love & Good Vibes your way! :) 

So - this is me in a nutshell for the next few days. I’ve been kinda stressing my body out lately, just letting usual day to day stuff build up and take over, so I’ve decided to start a detox of sorts. I don’t know how long it will be for or exactly what it will consist of, but for the next few days at least I’ll be focusing on raw foods, lots of juices & enjoying time in my favorite yoga poses. For some people this might not even be a detox, but for where I’m at with my diet & my body, it is. 

I’ve done fasting before (water & juice fasts on separate occasions for 3-5 days) and I’ve found it to be a very useful tool. After a fast or when I eat only raw foods for a period of time, my digestion is 100x better, skin problems like dryness or red spots disappear, and my hair is thicker & more bouncy! Naturally, it’s a goal of mine to eat mostly raw on a day-to-day basis but lately the cooked & unhealthy meals have grown in frequency. So at the very least, this will be a transition period to clean up my mess and ease my way back on the raw train! 

Today I fasted for most of the day. Started with organic mango & orange juice this afternoon & I’m going to be sticking with that for the rest of the day. Tomorrow will be all bananas, coconut water and tea if I want something warm. An hour of silent practice each day and no television. I think that’s a good start at least. 

Hope you are all having magical & seasonal adventures wherever you are! Sending lots of Love & Good Vibes your way! :) 

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