Movin on…

Movin on…

April 18, 2013

I love writing and connecting and I have decided to focus my efforts at my business site so you can find everything in one place. Please visit me at BeautyThatMovesYoga.com   Love and Thanks, Tali

MHFA Certificate

I’m a Mental Health First Aider!!!

March 21, 2013

Yeah, it’s true. There is a First Aid training entirely dedicated to Mental Health. I was really surprised when I learned about this program from my friend. Then I thought, “Well I technically don’t work in the Mental Health industry so I doubt this class is for me.” However, still curious I went to the website and discovered this certification class might be perfect for me. Having experienced depression, alcohol abuse, and disordered eating in my lifetime I always wondered why once in recovery I would hear from friends “Oh good, I’ve been worried about you, I am glad you’re getting help”. This makes me angry and I mean it took all the self-control I had not to scream at these friends and my own father “THEN WHY DIDN’T YOU SAY SOMETHING? WHY DIDN’T YOU TRY TO HELP ME?” Now I know the answer. They’re not like me. I am a bit of a Mental Health Geek. Maybe it began when […]

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Mudita on My Mind

March 5, 2013

We (hopefully) teach our children not to be sore losers or to get mad when someone else accomplishes something first.  We teach them to be happy for other people and celebrate their successes rather than to be anchored in jealousy. There is a word for this vicarious joy, mudita. This practice of mudita is not always one that comes with ease. Some have a more organic aptitude to celebrate the success of others where as some of us are more inclined to be envious of others’ joys and achievements. However, it’s something that we can develop through practice. In yoga and meditation we are given ample opportunities. When we first come to these practices it may be hard to not compare ourselves to others. We may be frustrated that everyone else seems to be able to get into a complex asana or perhaps that meditation seems to come so easily. Through our time on the mat or the meditation cushion […]

Vivekananada

Cultivate Your Attention to Intention

February 7, 2013

I came across this quote in the February issue of Yoga Journal and my heart fluttered and my mind immediately began to think of how I would weave it into my next Anjali Restorative class. I recently made a giant-shift in my life moving away from an unsustainable model of over-scheduling and multi-tasking to a more simple way of life. It wasn’t easy at first. I had to let go of the desire and the determination to do everything at once and ask myself “What do you really want?” The answer is simple, I want to be happy. So the question I ask myself daily if not multiple times a day is two-fold, “What will make you happy right now and will that decision make you happy a year from now?” Ultimately what I discovered is that focus is what makes me happy. I turned email, Facebook, and Twitter notifications off on my phone. I keep a list of the projects I […]

Overnight Oatmeal Love

Overnight Oatmeal

January 15, 2013

Part of having PCOS means having a really hard time managing weight and sugar cravings. I’ve begun to adapt with medication but also by switching to more of a clean-eating model. I spend a lot more time preparing food and it’s a lot of fun. However, if you run out of time to prepare and pack your food for the day it can be quite frustrating and hard to make good choices. I’ve been doing a lot of breakfast smoothies but I needed a change. I went online and found quite a few recipes for Overnight Oatmeal and it is amazing. It’s filling, easy to make and you can make enough for the whole week at once. Here’s the basic recipe and you can adapt it to make your own.   1/4 Cup Quick Oats 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or any milk of your choosing  but this keeps it lower in calories and vegan) 1 tsp Chia Seeds […]

Wishes, Intentions, and Gratitude.

When a tree is not just a tree…

December 17, 2012

“I think looking forward will be better than looking back.” ― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus   One of my favorite novels is ‘The Night Circus’, it is written in such a way that your mind paints beautiful images to match the author’s words. A glorious tale of magic, love and a circus that only appears at night. The tents of the circus are filled with illusion, emotions, and artistry and one tent is home to the Wish Tree. In the novel the tree has sleek black branches and patrons of the circus make an offering for their wishes in the form of a votive candle, one wish ignites another. This was the first I had heard of a Wish Tree but a little research showed me this was not unique to ‘The Night Circus.’ Many cultures have used candles and trees to send their hopes and dreams out into the Universe (or to a specific deity). People have also offered coins, […]

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