Tuesday, December 10, 2013
1. Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution by Dr. Robert E. Svoboda: This book is meant to be an introduction to Ayurveda. Its focus is to learn more about one's prakriti, one's combination of doshas that they are born with. It's about learning to navigate life according to your true inner nature in combination with the natural world around you. This book goes in depth about the tendencies and characteristics of a dosha, basic Ayurvedic concepts like diet & nutrition, daily routines, balance & imbalance (disease), and philosophy from this thousand-year-old system. It is packed with Sanskrit terminology, which is great if you're a language/Sanskrit nerd, but be prepared to flip back and forth to the glossary or have Google handy while you're reading. Overall I'm glad to have read it and to keep it for reference, but it was a bit dry, y'know?
2. Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra: I knew this famous name wouldn't disappoint! Another work that is widely read for a reason. This book ended up inspiring dialogue in my yoga class, particularly this: he says that 'perfect health' must be chosen, that we must take responsibility for creating the body we live in - and maybe that's part of the reason we come to yoga. He stressed the importance and amazing effects of meditation, which inspired me to learn more about how to lead someone in it. I believe he is so popular because he is explains Ayurvedic ideas in a straightforward, concise, even scientific way and provides simple examples that are easy to relate to (coming from a Western culture, that is..). He not only explains the doshas and lifestyle choices, but he also gets into quantum mechanics of the human body, which...kinda lost me honestly, haha. But what I think he meant is that essentially: we are able to heal ourselves. If you are at all interested in Ayurveda this is definitely the best place to start!
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Hat and earrings: Thrifted
Green tunic: Target
Pants: American Eagle
Woven vest & blanket: Thrifted
Here's a super casual outfit I wore to spend a day visiting parents and friends with Mr. Blue Sky. It turned out to be really warm/functional, and I was just pretty dang excited to style this vest - as I seem to be drawn to this blanket-type fabric. These types of blankets are used for yoga classes, so I guess besides my constant craving for cheerful colors during wintertime, that may be part of the reason I'm so inspired by them. This blanket is kept in my car with a mat, blocks, and a strap as part of my little traveling yoga practice. It turned out to be pretty useful between shots during blog photo opportunities, too :)
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Rainbow cardigan: Modcloth
Pink tights: Target
Rain boots: Walmart
I wore these earrings first here, remember?
Here we have my first ever Modcloth purchase! I'm sure you're tired of seeing this dress, but it really goes with just about everything. So does this sweater! And it's perfect for working in an elementary school, I think. With the bleak weather approaching, it totally cheers me up and adds some much needed color to the Midwestern landscape without being over-the-top or clownish. Surely I'm not the only one reaching for hot pink and rainbows this time of year?
Monday, December 2, 2013
Here's another pair of earrings I've acquired recently. I'm kind of a sucker for cheap earrings and bracelets, so these babies fit the bill perfectly at $3 on sale. I really liked the size and simplicity of this pair, and the tinkling, feminine rings. I paired them with this brown sweater and enjoyed a futuristic/minimal look! If you're curious, you can see the last pair of earrings I featured on the blog by clicking here.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
A little introspection about my daily routine has led me to realize that I've always tended to keep journals. When I was younger I used the classic lock & key diary, and in high school I used livejournal online and kept a super fancy one for all my silly, sappy poetry. However, the journals I keep now are a bit more practical. Besides the regular ole calendar with important dates (the pink one in the photo), I also keep a lined notepad for things like grocery and to do lists, blog post ideas, keeping track of my bank account, and most recently - a food journal.
Keeping a food journal holds me accountable for what I eat. It helps me be honest with myself. Sometimes I'll be able to stop a craving because I don't want to add another item to the list. Bit of an overeater here! Remember I mentioned my tips to avoid overeating awhile back? I'm not the most strict person when it comes to healthy eating, but I do have a sense of what that means and I make small efforts everyday to maintain a happy, balanced life.
So, do you journal and keep lists? What kinds of things do you write about?