Happy New Year!
Time to make all sorts of New Year’s Resolutions … and work on them for a hot minute before promptly moving on to something else! Just kidding (hopefully). I know that “Resolutions” conjures feelings of stealthy anxiety, so I’m not going to suggest you make any brash commitments this year… but I will happily suggest 5 things that make my life happier, healthy, and more whole. Lisa’s tried and true: 5 things to try in 2017.
It’s not free, but the CalenGoo app is worth its weight in gold. This alternative to the ubiquitously incomplete and unhelpful iPhone calendar app is a life saver. It shows you the whole month’s calendar at first glance with a blessed white box for every day filled with your events. You know exactly what’s on your schedule and can toggle between month mode, week mode, day mode, or list mode. My life became infinitely more organized the day I downloaded this app. Find it on iTunes.
Rawxies Smoked Paprika Crunch
Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free and full of flavor, these awesome Raw snacks are a must! Smoked to perfection and spicy enough to satisfy by salsa-cravings, these little babies come in handy when I need something to crunch in the afternoon. They are seed based, so not a low-calorie snack, but pack 7 grams a protein per serving and are actually delicious. Plus, creator Callie Edwards is a KC Girl, so you are supporting local entrepreneurs and our growing health-food scene! Find them at grocery stores in KC like Whole Foods and Hy-Vee.
Guided Meditation with Lisa
It’s the most productive and refreshing five-minute break you’ll ever take. On days when the clock is travelling at breakneck speed and your brain is complete mush from laboriously checking off your to-do list, pop on your headphones and listen to a guided meditation. It’s easier to stay focused when you have someone else telling you what to think about, how to breathe, and what to imagine. Listening to an audio file is indiscreet: you can do a guided meditation in your car, at your desk or on a walk around the office. Find them on my website: lisaashyoga.com/guided-meditations and on the Free downloadable App ‘Insight Timer.’
Human Planet Documentary Series
These beautiful documentaries are “Planet Earth meets This American Life.” Each episode features humans living in the harshest environments on earth and their struggle to survive in the unpredictable and often dangerous environments. You’ll follow a young Brazilian boy learning to kill spiders for snacks in the Amazon Rainforest, an Ethiopian farmer protecting his grains from invading monkeys and Polar Bear Police protecting the residents of a Canadian town in arctic conditions. Don’t be surprised if your daily stresses seem like mere annoyances compared to snake fishers in Indonesia and cow herders in Nigeria. The footage is absolutely spell-binding and you’ll want to watch a few episodes at a time, so grab some snacks and take a night in with your family. Find it on Netflix.
If you’re “the active Yogi” who considers your yoga class part of your daily Fit Bit movement quota, then I implore you to take a gamble on Restorative Yoga. Restorative Yoga is a gentle, contemplative, relaxing style of yoga that takes all the pressure off you to perform, do, or be the best. It’s low-to-the-ground and looks a lot like ‘enforced nap-time’ with its myriad of blankets, pillows, straps, and heavy sandbags. You’ll experience more keenly the effects of the breathing techniques in yoga which calm and renew the nervous system. There is nothing more beneficial for you and your stress level than taking a moment to slow down, enjoy life, and emerge refreshed. Try it at Westport Yoga Wednesdays at 6 pm and Saturdays at noon.
Ok, readers go for it: Happy, Healthy and Wholesome Living for 2017. Love!