We train like an Athlete!

 

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Iara:Sports bra Nike, pants Zara; Sita: Sports bra Nike, Shoes Cortez, Trousers Zara

I have always been a big fan of sports and active lifestyle. Today I want to narrate a story I created through these pictures. We are 2 very different people but share one thing in common… active lifestyle!

Athletes are not necessarily always the ones with athletic carrier. I believe it’s everyone who lives a committed and active lifestyle. I am not a professional athlete and I don’t have a carrier in sports. However, I still train 6 times a week and love my morning runs. I have never trained with wrong intentions of body goals or punishing myself for what I ate. I train because I love myself and have got addicted to see what my body is capable of. And If I happen to get the best abs during this process than why the hell not.

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“Dancers are athletes of gods”

Meet Iara, a professional dancer and teacher. Who lives and breathes dance. She has the insane gymnastics that makes every move look so easy. Dance is a sport which takes strength and effort. For her dance is a way of living!

So don’t be fooled by all the glitter and fancy outfit it is still one of the hardest sport that only they can make it look easy.

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Dress Zara

LOVE YOUR SLEF FIRST AND EVERYTHING ELSE WILL FALL INTO IT’S PLACE

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It’s a new week with new possibilities. This week I am sharing my love for yoga and few thoughts about self love. These pictures were taken last year, and I have come far from then to now. Keep your eyes on the blog, I will be soon posting some progress pictures and the journey from then to now.

So here we go, let’s talk about Self Love.

My whole teaching is this ” accept yourself, love yourself and celebrate yourself “

                                                                                                                                                                               Osho

It sounds so simple ” accept yourself, love yourself and celebrate yourself” however it just until recently I came to realise that I did everything in the same oder but just for others.  Some time we act or do things without self awareness. I don’t understand why is it so hard for us to be gentle and kind to ourself? Until you don’t realise it you wouldn’t act on it. So here is something to get you started.

I believe practice makes anything possible. So let’s practice self love until turns into our habit or rituals we can’t live without.

  1. Write notes to yourself, AKA what I like to call it is “Love letters for myself”. Write how amazing you are, how great your health is, how happy you are with your life, write everything good what you need to hear on a bad day.
  2. Talk to yourself like you will talk to someone you love. This might sound very simple but it’s one of the hardest thing to do.
  3. Eat like you love yourself.
  4. Move, walk, exercise, yoga. Pick a activity that you enjoy.

Happy week 🙂

Sita ❤

 

 

How to keep your New Year’s Resolution!

 

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Nike Sports bra by Zalando, Nike boy shorts by Nike

Hello February!

I hope everyone survived the goals month. January is never an easy month for most of us. After recovering from long holidays and kicking your first month of the year with new goals could be a bit stressful. Well, the question is; Are you still on it? Today I am making a serious case about surviving post the goal’s month.

To be honest, I don’t even remember how and when it started with me. Initially, It was all about looking for some change and not giving a damn about achieving them. Well, all of that changed quickly since I started writing them down. I guess writing down makes it more hardcore, and means you are freaking serious. Every year we all get the chance to start fresh, set new goals and look froward to new year with new beginnings. I personally love the fact that once every year I get the chance set new goals for myself or push myself to try something new.

Since last month was all about achieving personally goals, I want to discuss about the most talked goal every NY #fitnessgoals. 

Everyone feels guilty after the holidays. Few weeks after NYE the gym is crowded with 2 types of people; 1)The regulars: They are dedicated individuals who always show up no matter what. That’s been said they are a bit arrogant and know it all people. Honestly, you can’t blame them, they are in the gym to get shit done. They do not like to stand around chatting or checking out who is doing what. They mind their business and expect the same from others.

2) Newbie / NYE goal seeker: Well this category is very popular for few days. Haha… Nay, that’s not true, there are exceptions. I really respect people who set their mind into something and really go after it. The regulars do inspire these people but honestly they scare them even more. Few years ago I had to go through this experience as well. The fact is I wanted to be as good as the rest, but I wasn’t. So I had to deal with it. Don’t let them demotivate you, remember you are their for yourself! If you really get intimidated by the regulars then find your gym buddy. Trust me the pressure is really off when you are tagging with someone. Pick a friend who is as dedicated as you’re or else you will end up exhausting yourself trying to push someone who doesn’t give a damn.

After two weeks into January people start loosing their interest and are tempted to skip the routine. After all, we are human and are bound to temptations. So don’t be too harsh on yourself. However, don’t take this as a defeat and consider this a cheat meal and be good. To be honest, I personally don’t believe in a diet. However, I do believe and follow a vegan detox. As I mentioned in my previous post, detox helps me restart and jumpstart healthy habits. Eating consciously with right quantity and interval is the key. A diet will give you temporary results, so altering eating habits and building healthy lifestyle is the life time goal.

I was done with my Vegan detox a few days ago. I am not going to lie, I had my bad days during this detox. However, I am still determined to eat Vegan and have cheat days.

So don’t quit, you got this!

Sita ❤

Queen of all Yoga poses! Shoulderstand or Salamba Sarvangasana

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Hola!

Hope everyone is ready to kickstart this week. Well, I am feeling extra excited after my holidays. Last 3 weeks were amazing and obviously it went by super fast.

Today I am talking about mother of all asana; Shoulder Stand or Salamba Sarvangasana. B.K.S Iyengar referred shoulder stand as the Queen of Asana or Sarvangasana. In Iyengar’s own words (book of yoga) ’Light on Yoga’ “The importance of Sarvangasana cannot be over-emphasised. It is one of the greatest boons conferred on humanity by our ancient sages. Sarvangasana is the Mother of asanas. As a mother strives for harmony and happiness in the home, this asana strives for harmony and happiness in the human system. it is a panacea for most common ailments.”

Do you know what Sarvangasana actually means? In Sanskrit, Sarva means “all” or “entire” and Anga means “organ” or “body part.” Translated, it means “full body pose” because of its benefits for the whole body. Since it helps the entire body you ca not ignore the benefits from this pose. In fact Sri Dharma Mittra states that “some yogi’s only do this pose,” and it can be held from 30 seconds to 30 minutes. So Sarvangasana is cure to all: from common cold to constipation.

Here are some of the positive effects of Shoulder Stand:

1) Answer to thyroid imbalance: This pose is proven to balance thyroid and hypothalamus glands. It brings blood to the thyroid and parathyroid, helping them properly secrete hormones.

2)  Strengthens the heart and lungs: Due to the inverted position, it reduces strain on the heart. It gives the heart a break from working so hard and helps to oxygenate the lungs. This pose has positive effect on people suffering from asthma, bronchitis and throat ailments may get relief.

3) Soothes and calms the nervous system: Sarvangasana is an answer to people who are easily irritated or prone to anger or nervous breakdowns. Daily practice of Sarvangasana will stabilise and make you less reactive to life’s circumstances.

4) Reduces constipation: Because of the inversion and change in gravitation the bowels move freely and constipation is relieved.

5) Activates throat chakra ( VISUDDAH): Shoulderstand is also practice to activate our fifth chakra. This chakra is associated with creativity and self expression. When this Chakra is open, our negative experiences can easily be transformed into wisdom and leaning.

6) Treats insomnia: Practicing Shoulderstand promotes deep sleep and therefore help cure insomnia.

7) Reduces wrinkles: Did you know that Marilyn Monroe was a yogi and practiced Shoulderstand daily? Well, Due to increased blood flow to the face, wrinkles can be reduced.

As with many yoga postures, there are contraindications.

  •  People with high blood pressure, detached retina, glaucoma, hernias, cardiovascular disease, cervical spondylitis, and/or slipped discs should not practice shoulderstand.
  • If you have or have had a neck injury, seek advice from an experienced yoga teacher before beginning to practice shoulderstand.
  • Avoid during pregnancy.
  • It is advised that women avoid inversions when menstruating.
  • To receive similar benefits in a more restorative way, try placing a block under the sacrum to elevate the hips above the heart for Vipartita Karani (or legs up the wall)

How to do Shoulderstand:

Place the heels of the palms at the small of your back with the fingertips pointing up towards the ceiling. Lift the legs up high into the air into Shoulder Stand.Move the chin away from your chest, pull in through the belly and tuck the pelvis under. You want the ankles to be stacked above the knees, knees above the hips and hips above shoulders in one straight line.Exhale to release the knees back to the chest and slowly roll down the spine. Keep the knees in and slowly rock side to side.

Note: Shoulder stand is considered to be an intermediate to advanced pose. Do not perform this pose without prior experience or unless you are performing under the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Some of you who know me personally know that I practice yoga in the morning before stepping of the house. Shoulderstand is one of the posture that I will do every single day. It has personally helped me in many ways. Hope you guys are inspired to practice and get on that mat everyday. Girlies, If you have no experience and are still curious to practice, then feel free to write to me. If I get few responses; I might invest my time and do a beginners guide to this pose.

Stop, Drop & Yoga.

Have a great week.

S ❤

Vegan Cream of Tomato soup!

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Cleansing is a well known trend in the wellness industry. During this short period you avoid all processed foods and eat whole plant and less cooked foods. Well, I have tried this cleanse almost a year ago. And it really works. This is the best way to get rid of toxins from your  body and jumpstart fresh. If you feel exhausted and tired all the time, easily catch a common cold. Than it’s the best time to start this cleanse. In few weeks it will boost your immune system and give a fresh start.

Well on that note, I would like to share my favourite 5 minute vegan cream of tomato soup recipe.  This delicious and fast recipe is all need to know during a busy week as well as on a lazy sunday evenings.

This recipe fits the following eating habits; Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten free, Low carb, Paleo, Refined free sugar,

INGREDIENTS

. 4 (375 grams) roma tomatoes

. ½ cup (85 grams) sun dried tomatoes

. ½ cup raw macadamia nuts

. 1 teaspoon sea salt.¼ cup (20 grams) fresh basil

. ½ teaspoon white pepper

. ¼ teaspoon black pepper

. ¼ teaspoon black pepper

. 1 clove garlic

. 4 cups hot water

. Handful of cashew nuts or almonds

INSTRUCTIONS

. Blend the Macadamia nuts in the high blender until smooth creamy texture.

. Now blend the rest of the ingredient with the macadamia paste in the high blender.

. In mean while roast cashew nuts/almonds

. Once it’s blended well transfer the soup on to the pot and boil it for 3minutes and adjust the seasoning if needed.

. Sprinkle some roasted cashew/almonds on the top for the added crunch & flavour.

Note: Macadamia nuts are the most expensive in the market. So if you looking to save cost than replace macadamia nuts to peanuts or do half a cup peanut and half a cup macadamia.

 

Nutrition Information Per Serving

  • Calories: 187
  • Calories from Fat: 143
  • Total Fat: 15.9
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 538 mg
  • Carbs: 11.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.1 g
  • Net Carbs: 7.7 g
  • Sugars: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 3.5 g

Note: This recipe is adapted from healthful pursuit. Check out her page to find more of these recipes.

Enjoy this dish and thank me later. Wish you all a happy and healthy weekend.

Love

Cocolett