Double Yoga Bliss: My New Commitment to Health- Day 172: 365 Radical Self Love Project

Last night I made a new commitment to myself.

I made a commitment to make my health and fitness one of my top priorities again.

In all honesty it totally has been slacking and I haven’t been doing what I know I need to to keep my body in top optimal functional levels.

Every new journey begins with a single step and I’m taking it day by day. I have found this is a structure that truly sets me up for success. When I get too far ahead of myself I freak myself out and become overwhelmed, and when I become overwhelmed I stop taking action in attempt to somehow gain control.

bikini-countdown-s3-photo-of-woman-working-outKnowing this about myself I can come at it from a space of flexibility and self respect. I know what works for me and that is taking it one day at a time. The commitment is to do some form of physical activity to strengthen my heart, my lungs, my muscles and detox the body. This could mean one day I’m at the gym, the next I’m at yoga or anything else that gets my heart rate up and my endorphins flowing.

Today it looked like a double yoga class. I headed to a hot hatha class and followed it up with a warm yin class a few hours later. This was exactly what my body needed. A nice workout then a deep stretching session.

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So there it is love puffs- I’m sharing with you all my new commitment and if there is a commitment of some kind you wish to share with the community let us know and we can all support each other in becoming our best versions!

A Return to Yin: Listening to the Body- Day 151: 365 Radical Self Love Project

After a short term back injury followed by a week away from home then a busy week back home, it was time for some yoga tonight.

My body was really craving some deep stretching and yin tonight was absolutely perfect. I knew I would have to take it easy as I re-integrated myself into the world of yoga and body movement. I could still sense a bit of tenderness in my back and so I surrendered.

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I surrendered into allowing my body to guide my practice instead of my mind.

At one point we entered into a quad stretch with the option of a slight back bend. As I lowered into the posture I felt some compression in my lower back. I eased off immediately. A former way of being would have just had me push to my edge to avoid looking bad or from drawing any attention to me what so ever- at the expense of my health and wellbeing of my back.

Seeing I was not lowering into the back bend my beautiful instructor came to offer some support. I was tested again- I chose to share the truth with her about my recent injury and my choice to honour what my body was guiding me to do- which was to ease off the pose and reduce the stress on the back.

This action tonight was a huge win for my levels of confidence and self love. I chose to honour myself, what I needed regardless of how it occurred or appeared to others. The funny thing about this is the only person tuned into my practice was me, no one else was watching me or judging me.

This is a solid life lesson to take forward. Often the threats we perceive to be real are purely constructions of our own imagination. Everyone is so consumed with their lives we rarely actually take the time to sit in full judgement or consumption of another person’s life experience. We think we are the centre of everyone’s universe when in fact we are only the centre of our own. This frees up a lot of time and energy wasted on worrying about what other people think- a solid life lesson from the centre of my universe tonight- my yoga mat.

Grateful to be back, grateful to be in flow and grateful for the infinite intelligence of my body and spirit who were clearly sync’d up tonight 😉

Radical Self Love to the MAX!!!

Kels

The Gloriousness of Being a Woman/ aka Taking a PD Day ;) Day 40: 365 RSL Project

This morning my period kicked my ass. Yup it’s true, my uterus awoke screaming in all her glory and getting anywhere other than my bed was just not in the cards.

After my 6 am 30 min crystal meditation this morning (yes I laid on the floor and covered myself in crystals) I stood up and made it as far as my bed- with the help of my man. At that point I made a choice that today was going to be a  KG personal development day.

I honestly love being a woman. Being a women to me has meant I’m hyper intuitive- I connect and understand other women and men just by being able to put myself in their shoes. I’m creative, passionate and fiery and by the same token I’m reflective soft and gentle. 941013_516963061702269_324638324_n

Part of being a woman is having a period. Plain and simple. Occasionally mother nature is out in full force in my body and what this means to me is, I am being called to really tap into my nurturing and intuitive nature, listen to my body and take the time to rest. My body always communicates what it needs and the more I get to know myself and love myself the clearer this communication is.

One of my mega passions for a long time has been learning the full complexity of a woman’s cycle, finding more and more effective ways of connecting within, understanding my body, honouring this incredible process, being in awe of the wonder of a woman’s ever changing body and to share what I’ve learned to help other women feel empowered about being a woman, their periods and reproductive health.

divine-feminineDuring the course of human history  many misconceptions, misunderstandings and some general not good shit has surfaced, in my opinion, as a way to separate women and men from the true magic of being alive AND through this separation provide the opportunity to evolve and expand our awareness of who we truly are.

375043_10200380541299763_442881674_nIn the realm of female reproductive health, periods and goddess tribes there was a time where as a collective we were really connected to the magic of this monthly cycle. We collectively went through another cycle of time where we became a little disconnected which brings us into the present time.

I’ve seen in the last 10 years of my journey some pretty incredible teachers, leaders and sisters step up to the plate and start shining their light into all of the information available when it comes to our cycles. I feel so incredibly honoured to share my path with such illuminated Goddesses who are ever encouraging women to question what they have been told and become more attuned at assessing what is truly in the best interest of their health as a woman.

The more I came to understand as a woman my body and brain are in a constant state of change all month long and this process of change will continue for a good majority of my life, I was able to start to learn my body, my cycle and then take actions accordingly to ensure I was taken care of during my time. Learning all of this allowed me to experience relief on many levels because at times I honestly felt a bit nuts with my fluctuating energy and moods. Educating myself really had lead me towards a feeling of greater self acceptance and radical self love.

photo copy 2Today was an opportunity to listen to the profoundly wise being within, rest, learn and be ok being still and silent. I read a beautiful book, made a huge batch of high vibin green juice and ate raw chocolate macaroons. In my stillness and silence I was able to accomplish a great deal of smaller tasks, book an interview with Olivia Keane with her new show ‘For the Girls’ and just enjoy the beauty of being alive in this vibrant gloriously feminine vessel. Which is pretty freaking awesome 😉

Radical Self Love to the Max!!

Kels

p.s. If you are looking for some great resources a beautiful friend of mine is an expert in teaching the gloriousness of periods and our monthly cycles to women internationally. Her name is Mia Lockhart check out her amazing project The Vibrant Woman and her Vibrant Month info! She’s such a gem!

Also here is a really funny period video I watched today;) 

Getting in Flow With Yin Yumminess Day 32: 365 RSL Project

imgresYin yoga is seriously my all time favourite. It’s such a beautiful slow practice that really allows me to get into my body and to also really observe my mind.

After a 32 hour journey back to Vancouver from LA my body was really wanting some solid stretching and release. As per usual the poses our amazing instructor had us in were exactly the ones my body needed the most. Tonight’s class was extra meditative for me as I had set an intention to ‘get the communication of my body’. Meaning where ever there was tension or a block of energy in any of my muscles or joints I was open to receiving the underlying message my body was attempting to get me to see and understand.

The most prominent message tonight: Get back into balance.

Pretty simple. The past few weeks have really been busy and full of incredibleness. However inside of that I’ve really let my health routines slip. I am clear after tonights loving practice, getting my body back into a regular experience of movement and exercise is fundamental for all the incredibleness on it’s way.

So tonight I am so grateful for the Chopra Centre where the energy is just purrrrfect for my yoga practice, to my amazing yoga instructor Annika who always intuitively knows what poses my body needs, to myself for listening to the infinite wisdom of my body and for the harmony between my mind, body and spirit.

I am so happy to be home in this beautiful city and to charge up to the next level to really ROCK life! Giddy up 😉

Radical Self Love to the MAX! xoxo

Kels

Cat Naps Rock and so Does Self Care. Day 24: 365 RSL Project

The Gloriousness of Self Care and Cat Naps

imgres-1Yup today I took a nap and it was absolutely amazing. Getting to the point of actually allowing myself go and laying back down this morning was highly interesting. Since yesterday afternoon I had been feeling a bit off. I went to bed early last night knowing extra sleep would help my body recalibrate. This morning even though I felt better, within about two hours of being up I wasn’t feeling all that well again.

For two hours I attempted to distract myself and make reasons why napping is ‘unproductive’ and not a good use of my day. The more I resisted what my body was attempting to communicate to me the worse I felt. After this long internal back and forth I finally surrendered and allowed myself the space to sleep.

Within 20 mins of falling asleep I was woken up by a really wonderful and creative idea for a video blog. It was at this point I realized I had been going against the flow this morning and blocking my creative energies. Once realizing this I was able to really relax into the request my body was making for more rest.

From there I had a gloriously wonderful nap and slept for just over an hour. Upon waking I followed my inner guidance to make a really healthy lunch wrap full of all the organic veggies in my fridge and drink half of my 1.5L bottle of water.

64128_444826245586587_5236253_nRight now I’m feeling pretty great and on the road to a full reset. I know the rest of my afternoon will be divinely guided and while I have a couple work tasks to complete, the rest of the day is dedicated to truly relaxing into what my body, mind and spirit requires to play fully 100%.

Sometimes Radical Self Love lovers, to play full out we need to recharge and re-set.

I love and accept this about myself and I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of the abundant blessings this beautiful day has to offer. From my heart to yours! 🙂

Kels

How to Shake off Shady Vibes Radical Self Love Styles. Day #17 365 RSL Project.

10 Ways to Shake off Shady Vibes Radical Self Love Stylezzz (in no particular order) 😉

Beauty-of-nature-random-4884759-1280-8001. Get outside– Fresh air, the beauty of nature and people/puppy watching always helps raise my vibes. Every time Im experiencing contrast and remove myself from the trigger environment by heading outside I almost feel instantly better. Nature is a miracle healer– must be all the fairies 😉

 

images-52. Slow down your breathing and do it deeper– When I experience emotional triggering or physical tension in my body my breath shortens. This signals my brain to activate my fight or flight response, to prepare for a percieved attack. This activation in the brain releases cortisol (stress hormone). When there is an over activation of cortisol things like anxiety, chronic stress, decrased thyroid function, weakening of the immune system and general dis-ease in the body appear. To return the body and brain to relaxed states rock the deep and slow breathing. It is one of the quickest ways to consciously signal to the brain there is no real threat on your life. Fact.

images-63. Have an orgasm– Orgasms release all kinds of sticky tension, yucky energy and feel good hormones. I recommend rockin this one in a super responsible way. Random sex with strangers is not going to make anyone feel better, so if you are with a kick ass partner make a request for some saucy time, if your rocking the single vibe invest some time and energy into rockin the solo fun train. 😉

images-44. Meditate- Much like the deep slow breathing tool, meditation serves to slow the breath, the body and the mind. Guided meditations are awesome if sitting in silence is challenging. Some of my favorite meditations are sound healing tracks which activate certain chakra centers in the body, helping me relax and come back into a state of inner balance. Mediation also serves as a great opportunity for me to connect with my guides, ask for help and assistance and allow the answers to float into my awareness. I love this time between me and the universe and when I’m feeling out of sorts a solid 20 minute meditation truly helps to bring back my positive state of being.

images-75. Gratitude journal- This one can be challenging depending on the degree of contrast I’m experiencing. However, the times when I really resist writing and acknowledging what I’m thankful for are the times I need it the most. The law of attraction ensures we get more of what we focus on. The act of gratitude illustrates to the universe I am aware of the abundant blessings in my life and is an unspoken request to send more things to be grateful for. How great is that?!

 

 

images-86. Move your body- Physical movement and exercise are wonderful clearing techniques. Working out automatically shifts my internal state and my point of focus. When my body and mind are focused on running there is no space to dwell on whatever was triggering me. Because exercise releases endorphines and other feel good brain chemicals into the body and also releases any stagnent or stored up energy blocks I may have going on, after a workout I’m left feeling lighter, happier and emotionally free.

imgres-17. Scream- Sometimes this can be the best release ever. When I’m super pissed I find screaming is one of the best ways to release the pent up energy in my body. Sometimes I scream into a pillow, do some lions breath (yoga breath work) or throw a mini tantrum. *NOTE* This is something I occasionally choose to do, and when I do it I’m responsible about it by not directing this energy at anyone or anything. I scream when I have the space and freedom to do so where it won’t negatively impact any one else. Honestly after I have my lil tantrum I will often be humoured by my ridiculousness which is a sign the energy has been released and I’m movin on up the energy ladder.

images-108. Do something creative-  Painting, writing music, singing, listening to music, cooking. Anything that gets my creative vibes flowing is a super sonic vibe raiser. Plus I usually have something wonderful to show for it when I’m done, either a new painting, a new song or a beautiful meal. Being creative is such a productive state changer. For real.

 

images-119. Laugh- Laughter is one of the best medicines. In order to laugh I must be present, to be present I must let go of whatever I’m triggered about. I find little humans particularly funny and enjoy how they have zero filter. I find their self expression so humorous and it immediately gets me giggling.

 

QLKxo10. Read over your high vibe reminder list- Let’s get real here, breakdowns happen, shit sometimes hits the fan and for me denying the contrast of life is pure absurdity. I’m really honest with myself with this one. I know contrast exists so I can learn, grow and expand. I also have some solid go to coping mechanisms. One of these is a high vibe list. It’s simple, when I’m in a state of high vibing possibility I create lists of all the things that make me happy and raise my vibes and then I read them when I’m feeling out of sorts to remind myself of the goodness all around.

The top 5:

1. Cats– pictures, in person, cartoons anything cat related always makes me smile.

2. Little humans– they are so entertaining, funny and wise.

3. Puppies– I love snuggling the neighbourhood puppies and luckily I live in a place where puppies are abundant.

4. Funny movies– laughing, silliness and art. Pure perfection.

5. Glitter, Unicorns and Rainbows. Enough said 😉

Radical Self Love to the Max!

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❤ Kels