San Diego Favorites: Healthy Eats

San Diego Favorites: Healthy Eats

Through Instagram I’ve get a lot of messages asking for San Diego recommendations, whether it’s for the best latte, a healthy brunch, or a yoga studio to go to. I’ve been responded in many one-off long messages with as many suggestions as possible before finally realizing that maybe it would both be more efficient for me and more helpful to all of you if I compiled my top suggestions in one place that everyone could access.

I’ve been in San Diego for almost 3 years now (time flies!!) and have created my own mini cheat sheet of all my favorite places. It’s a color-coded google spreadsheet that’s organized by neighborhood, meal type (coffee, brunch, veggie friendly, etc.), and also tracks which places I’ve visited and which are still on my bucket list.

Since this might be a bit much / slightly embarrassing / also not as helpful to share, I’m picking my top 5-10 for each category and will highlight a bit about each place. This should hopefully provide a super easy to follow guide whether you’re visiting San Diego or are local and looking for a new spot!

Phewf! Ok, now to dig into the good stuff, first category:

Favorite Places for Healthy Eats

  1. Trilogy Sanctuary*, La Jolla

Connecting to a yoga studio and boho boutique shop, Trilogy Café is an all vegan restaurant that has everything from cauliflower “wings” to big bowl salads, to all kinds of creative vegan tacos. Everything I’ve tried here has been nothing short of delicious and their servings are generous! Bonus: their outdoor deck has ocean views and is a great spot to cozy up to do work.

Order: the Green Power Bowl if you’re feeling healthy and hungry (I sub the lemon tahini dressing onto it), the Mac n Cheeze if you’re feeling decadent, or the Vega-Nachos if you’re sharing with friends.

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photo credit: Trilogy Sanctuary
  1. Donna Jean*, Bankers Hill

Donna Jean is another all vegan place but you’d never know it by looking at the menu. The menu features comfort food classes like cast iron mac and trees (vegan mac with broccoli), cheese tortellini, gnocchi Bolognese, and spaghetti puttanesca. Great date night spot for a place that never crazy loud. Order: the hot shrooms to start and the Thunderkiss pizza (or any of their pizzas really).

  1. Goodonya, Encinitas

Goodonya’s menu focuses on REAL food, putting the emphasis on getting ingredients of high quality. They have options for meat eaters and vegans alike. I also love this place because their founder is unbelievably nice. I gushed about the cashew herb spread on Insta and they reached out to me with the recipe (I cannot make it like they do!! but that kind of of service to their customer is UNREAL!!). Order the Grilled Chicken Pesto (if you’re a meat eater – all their meats are organic), the Sprout Probiotic Salad for that CASHEW HERB SPREAD (sub ranch for vinaigrette dressing if you’re vegan), and get a kombucha on tap to wash it all down.

  1. Second Nature, Pacific Beach

One of my favorite go-to restaurants, Second Nature is always a crowd pleaser. Their staff is always really friendly, they have a great outdoor space, and they allow dogs. I’ve tried almost everything off the menu (that doesn’t have meat) and have loved almost everything (the chipotle lime cauliflower tacos were not my favorite tbh). Order: the Coconut Thai Curry bowl, the Grass Fed burger with a side of truffle fries, or the Mediterranean Salad.

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My go to order at Second Nature: Coconut Thai Curry bowl
  1. Eve*, Encinitas

I only recently tried Eve and DANG do I wish I had gone sooner. It took me forever to choose what to order because they have such a big menu with the most creative and decadent, yet healthy, vegan menu. I’m not even sure that I can narrow it down to tell you want to order but here’s a couple: the Jackfruit tacos (anything with avo crema really), the Legendary Hero bowl (braised kale, Brussels sprouts, beets, carrots, hemp seeds, brown rice, walnuts, with a tahini sauce…I mean……), or the buffalo ranch cauliflower flatbread if you’re trying to convince someone vegan food is delicious too 😉

  1. True Foods, Westfield UTC & Fashion Valley

San Diego now has two True Foods, one at the Westfield UTC mall and one at Fashion Valley mall. Don’t be fooled, this is no Panda Express mall food court kinda food. True Foods is founded by Dr. Andrew Weil (aka the integrative nutrition guru) and focuses on using food as medicine, while also making it delicious. The space is light and bright and welcoming and the menu has everything. Order the Ancient Grains bowl (vegan), the grass fed burger (very non-vegan), with a pizza to share (would recommend the spinach and mushroom for a vegan option and chicken sausage for non-vegan).

  1. Café Gratitude*, Little Italy

I used to live within walking distance to Café Gratitude and those were the days! Parking is always a little limited in Little Italy but Café G is WORTH IT. An all vegan restaurant that even the staunchest anti-vegan eater (aka maybe your bf?) will find something they love. The space is super cute (insta worthy for sure) and the menu has a little bit of everything. While they have brunch food as well, I prefer to go for dinner. Order: the Eclectic Buffalo Cauliflower to share, the Mucho Mexican bowl for your bf, and the Whole Macrobiotic Bowl. Other favorites: Magical Black Bean Burger, Pure Asian Kale and Wakame Salad, and the Ecstatic Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

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photo cred: Cafe Gratitude
  1. Flowerchild, Del Mar

A very insta-worthy restaurant space, FlowerChild has brightly painted walls with peace signs, flowers, and fun designs. Their food is just as cheery. This is a great place to go with a group, especially if people have different eating desires because they have everything from all vegan salads, to build your own plates, to familiar (but fun) items like a smoked turkey sandwich with gouda and avocado hummus. My favorite / suggested order: the Forbidden Rice or Mother Earth Bowl with your protein of choice if desired (grass fed steak, chicken, non-gmo tofu).

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photo credit: FlowerChild
  1. Kindred*, South Park

If you’re feeling like a hipster, Kindred is the place for you. Located in South Park the restaurant has pink wallpaper, wolf skulls on the walls, marble tables and black seating – it’s a vibe. Their food is all vegan but no basic kale salads in sight. They serve dinner here as well but brunch is really where it’s at. Order: Pancakes (comes with unreal whipped coconut cream) and the Benedict (a vegan remake that’s so worth trying).

  1. Freshii, Downtown & Pacific Beach

Ok so this isn’t really a sit down place, but we’re all busy and we’re all lazy sometimes too. Freshii to the rescue, this place has literally everything and anything you could want salad, wraps, or bowl wise. It’s an easy, inexpensive meal in a pinch. Order: really whatever you want because they have everything, but I love the umami bowl that has brown rice, avocado, edamame, mushrooms, cucumber, cabbage, carrots, hemp seeds, and a ginger miso dressing. SO good!

Ok so those are my top 10. San Diego has SO many healthy places so this list could have easily been 5x the length. Have any San Diego specific blog requests? Leave em below!

xx

* = all vegan restaurant

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Why I’m Anti-Recycling

Why I’m Anti-Recycling, World Oceans Day Post

Ok I’m not really anti-recycling – I’m pro recycling over throwing it away in the trash, and I’m definitely pro-recycling for more efficiently recycled materials (aluminum and glass). However, when it comes to plastic I think recycling is a crutch that makes us feel better about using a material that’s responsible for major pollution of our oceans.

Here’s the scoop:

Plastics are a major issue. During WWII a need for synthetic materials supported the growth and production of plastics. After the war, plastic production continued to surge and has been expanding ever since. In the last 70 years, over 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced globally.

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Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean, or roughly 1 garbage truck full of plastic EVERY MINUTE. This plastic comes from many sources; it can be carried by the wind or washed into the storm drains by rainwater, eventually finding its way to the ocean. The problem here is that this plastic doesn’t go away, it’s not compostable, it just accumulates. Prime example: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive floating island of plastic that is THREE TIMES the size of France. YIKES. By 2050, it is estimated the oceans will contain more plastic by weight than fish. NOT OKAY PEEPS.

Over time, plastic will break down into micro-plastics, tiny particles less than 5 mm in diameter, that remain in our oceans, in our water systems, and in the food we eat.

Plastic in the ocean is a problem for a lot of reasons.

1) Plastic impacts over 800 species of marine animals and kills 1000s of seabirds, sea turtles, and other marine animals each year from ingestion or entanglement. Consumption of plastics can cause blockages of the digestive tract in sea turtles and whales, leading to death. In fish, micro-plastics have been shown to alter behavioral patterns, like ignoring the smell of predators.

2) You’re eating it too. It’s estimate the average person consumes more than 74,000 particles of plastic each year. The micro-plastics make their way up the food chain, are present in our bottled water, and are even in the air we breath.

3) It’s really freaking hard to clean it up and remove it from the open oceans, so the less we can continue to add to the problem, the better.

I know this isn’t so cheery to think about but here’s an uplifting thought – WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS! Awareness is already spreading – plastic bans are becoming more common, big companies like Starbucks have stopped using straws, and it’s becoming more hip to bring your to go cup with you. There are so many personal choices we can make each day that can contribute to less plastic pollution worldwide. In honor of World’s Ocean Day today, I’m sharing my top three ways to reduce your plastic use. I chose these 3 because they are easy, simple, and make a difference. I’m sure you’ve heard them before – but are you doing them? Here’s a nudge to start 🙂 I’ve also linked a few of my plastic reducing products below to get your started!

  • REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE. Save money, save the planet – stop using plastic water bottles. Get your own, carry it with you. I keep one at my office, in my gym bag, and in my car so I know I always have one close. Be mindful of your other drink purchases as well – opt for drinks in aluminum cans or glass bottles instead of plastic ones.
  • NIX TO GO COFFEE CUPS. If you’re meeting a friend for coffee or hanging out for a bit, make sure to request your coffee (or tea!) in a mug. On the go? Bring your to go mug with you. Bonus – most coffee shops will give you a discount! Forgot your cup? Say no to the plastic top and take your coffee topless – once you finish your drink give the cup a quick rinse and recycle the paper.
  • GREEN GROCERIES: Ok so I’m sure you know you should be bringing your reusable bags with you (store em in your car or keep them by the door so you can’t forget!) but what about the plastic in the grocery store? Get reusable bags for your produce, buy in bulk when possible, and be mindful of how your food is packaged – can you get a similar product in less packaging or not wrapped in plastic (why are all cucumbers wrapped in plastic?!).

So I’m not really anti-recycling, I just think we need to focus more on reducing first. Less plastic, more reuse, recycling as a last option.

Thoughts? What actions are you taking to reduce your plastic use?

Want to go minimalist? 5 ways to get started!

I wanted to share something that has been close to my heart recently, and a pretty big lifestyle shift for me: going minimalist.  

Now, I am by no means a strict minimalist (aka living with 100 things or less) but I have made some major steps to simplify my life and transition to a more streamlined way of living. When I shared this on my instagram, the number one question I got was:

How did you get started?

So, that’s what I’ll be sharing with you all! Here are my top 5 ways to get started on your minimalist journey!

1. Decide Your Why: 
Why do you want to go minimalist? Is it to have less to clean up? A clearer space to work and think in? To have less stress? To be more environmentally friendly? There are so many reasons to go minimalist. Get clear on what it is specifically for you; this will help guide you through the process and be something to come back to.

2. Break It Into Pieces:
Depending on how much stuff you have already, streamlining your materials may take awhile. Tackle your things category by category. For example, maybe start by going through all your kitchen items, or all your skincare and beauty products. Marie Kondo, aka the Queen of simplifying and organizing, suggests gathering all things from one category (e.g. all sweaters), placing them in a pile, then sorting through them. By going category by category it helps you see how much you actually have that serves the same purpose. 

3. Be A Little Ruthless:
If there is something that truly holds sentimental value – keep it. However, if you find that every item you come across is extra special and MUST  be kept…you probably need to be a bit more ruthless. Ask yourself: How often do I use this? Do I have another item exactly like it or very similar? Would someone else appreciate this item more than me?

4. Give To Those In Need:
Building off the last point – when it gets a little bit difficult to think about giving something away – donate it. When I felt a little hesitant to give something away, I would think about giving it to someone who would really appreciate it and really use it, then the decision was easy.

5. Progress Over Perfection:
Going minimalist isn’t something that happens overnight and that’s OK! I am still in the process of embracing a more minimalist lifestyle, and I feel like I might always be in the process #alwaysgrowing. Take it in bite size chunks, give yourself a pat on the back for the progress you make, and enjoy the journey!

Vegan Lasagna (GF)

I made Minimalist Baker’s vegan lasagna this week (slightly modified) and wanted to share it all with you because it is SO easy and SO good. Her pictures are way prettier than mine (definitely not a food stylist here) but it was delicious all the same.

The whole thing takes only 20 minutes to put together, requires less than 10 ingredients, and only dirties a couple dishes. It really doesn’t get easier.

I followed her lasagna recipe but instead of using macadamia nuts for the ricotta filling, followed her tofu ricotta recipes from her eggplant roll ups. Other than that I made a few tweaks for personal taste preferences.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3-4 medium zucchini
  • jar of your favorite marinara
  • 12 oz block extra firm tofu
  • heaping 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 3-4 tbsp EVOO
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • vegan parmesan cheese
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Sauce of choice: Dave’ Gourmet Spicy Heirloom Marinara (has a kick, but so good!)

Steps:

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Using a cheesecloth or towel, squeeze any extra liquid out of tofu.

3. Add tofu, nutritional yeast, oregano, basil, lemon juice, EVOO, handful of vegan parmesan, and salt and pepper to blender. Blend until semi-pureed. You’re looking for a ricotta esque texture. Add more nutritional yeast or vegan parm to up the cheese flavor.

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Aim for ricotta esque texture for your tofu mixutre

4. Thinly slice zucchini lengthwise.

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Zucchini sliced lengthwise

5. Spoon sauce on bottom of 9 x 13 pan, enough to cover. Begin to layer zucchini on top to cover. Scoop spoonfuls of ricotta over the zucchini. I left mine in globs but you could spread evenly out if you wanted to 🙂

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Layer sauce, zucchini, and tofu ricotta

6. Continue to layer sauce, zucchini, and ricotta. Finish with a top layer of zucchini, thin layer of sauce, and sprinkle of vegan parm.

7. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 10 min. Turn over to broil and bake for 5 minutes (makes cheese golden and crispy).

8. EAT & ENJOY!

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Photo cred: Minimalist Baker. Clearly far more photogenic lasagna.

Would you try vegan ricotta? To weird? Or freaking delicious? LMK.

xo

Yoga Mat Review: my favorite mats & eco friendly finds

Alright friends, it’s here: my favorite yoga mats to practice on! I got a resounding YES from you all that you wanted recommendations. There are a LOT of yoga mats on the market and I’ve gotten to try out a bunch. These are my personal preferences, broken down by the type of yoga & its eco friendliness:

Lululemon: This was the first “nice” mat I bought for myself and it was kinda a big deal for me. I had only used cheap $15 mats from target before so this was quite the upgrade. If I had to pick one, the Lulu mat is my favorite. It’s nice and thick so my knees and joints always feel cushioned throughout practice, has a great grip that holds even in the sweatiest classes. I’ve used this in hot yoga before without a towel, and been fine! Lululemon uses trademark Luvea rubber that is natural, sustainably sourced, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and is PVC free!

Price: $88

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Joi Yoga Mat

Joi Yoga: Joi Yoga mats are made of 100% sustainable rubber, are PVC free, and have a microfiber top layer that acts as a yoga towel – perfect for hot classes! I also like this mat for traveling because it’s lighter than some of the other mats. I brought this mat with me to Bali and it did wonderfully in the sticky heat (re: sweaty yoga). Bonus: these mats can be rinsed clean or thrown in the laundry machine.

Price: $65

Liforme: Easily recognizable with their AlignForMe system, the Liforme mats have markers on the mat to help yogis find correct alignment in the posture. These mats have great grip even during a sweaty class. They are PVC free, non-toxic, and biodegradable in 1.5 years in a landfill. I received this mat when hosting a challenge and became a fan of it right away. I love this mat for a power yoga class! I also love that their company really runs on the values of being eco-friendly and ethical. They also give back to various charities!

Price: $140

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Liforme Mat

Manduka: If I’m being fully honest (which I am, duh), I’m having a hard time with this one because I love my manduka Pro mat – it has been my favorite mat for at home practice, with good cushion and enough grip (but not too much – too much grip and I feel like I don’t have to engage my muscles as much), for my day to day yoga. The Pro mat is made to last a lifetime, meaning you won’t have to replace it (less production) and it won’t be dumped in a landfill for a long time. However, the mat is Oeko Tex certified emission free PVC – meaning it you won’t breath in PVC emissions, but it does contain PVC and won’t break down in a landfill. If I was getting a new mat, I would go with Manduka’s eKO Mat that is made from sustainably harvested tree rubber and is PVC free. While I do love the Pro, I prefer a mat that is PVC free and biodegradable.

Price: $88

Other Eco-friendly Mats:

These mats I haven’t tried, so I can’t speak directly to them, but they were recommended to me and I wanted to share with you all as they are great eco-friendly options!

Yellow Willow Yoga: These mats are made from 100% recycled materials, are PVC and latex free, and are biodegradable! Definitely a winner if you’re looking for an earth friendly mat. They also come in really pretty patterns J

Price: $98

Tiny Yoga Company: I shared these mats on my stories after the owner reached out to me to share her product. I so appreciate her hustle and love that she’s created a product that is eco friendly (100% natural rubber), biodegradable, vegan, and affordable! This mat has the lowest price point will still checking all the eco-friendly boxes!

Price: $55

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Tiny Yoga Company

Bali Blogs: Feeling Comfortable Traveling Solo

I spent the first half of November traveling solo around Bali. It was magical, blissful, invigorating, and rejuvenating. I love to travel and while there is something so special about traveling with a friend, partner, or family and getting to create and share memories together, there is something really empowering and relaxing about traveling solo.

I know for many people traveling solo can feel a bit overwhelming. I’ve gotten many messages on Instagram along the lines of “You’re doing that alone?!” or “I could never do that!”  If traveling solo holds no appeal to you, read no further. But if it’s something you’ve thought of doing but aren’t quite sure if that’s too far out of your comfort zone, keep reading, I’m sharing my tips for making traveling solo accessible and most importantly – FUN!

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eating solo at Crate Cafe

I’ll start with saying I didn’t wake up one day and decide my first solo trip would be halfway around the world to Bali. I’ve been traveling abroad since high school when I decided to take Spanish for a year so I could spend the summer in Cadiz, Madrid, and Seville. In college, I went abroad twice, first to Australia and then to Copenhagen, and since then I’ve traveling both throughout the States and abroad as much as my bank account and vacation days allowed. Getting comfortable traveling takes time, and like anything, the more you do it the easier and more natural it becomes.

Leading us to tip 1: start small. take a day trip to a nearby town you’ve been wanting to visit. wander around, take yourself out to eat, see the sights of the place. Then maybe take a weekend trip a few hours away, then maybe fly to a different state, etc. etc. Whatever feels accessible to you right now, start there. As you get more comfortable traveling in general and on your own, expand your horizons and the distance you go.

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waterfall showers

No matter where I am traveling to I like to have a plan in advance and do a bit of research. The less I know a place, the more I prepare. For Bali this meant reading up on the culture a bit, reading blogs to find out what other people enjoyed or didn’t, searching for restaurants, researching hotels and Airbnbs, and noting all the sight seeing or activities that I wanted to do. There is so much information out there in the digital age, with a bit of patience and time you can find everything you need to know! Once I have my favorites I save them in a list on google maps. These points stay available even when I don’t have service so I am able to navigate to and from places without worrying about roaming or Wifi. Before I leave I have a rough outline of what I plan to do each day. This also helps me to fit more in because I’m not spending time on my trip trying to figure out where to go or what to do.  Tip 2: Do your research. Pin your favorite places.

Contrary to Tip 2, Tip 3 is to deviate from the plan as necessary. A plan is great but so is spontaneity and being flexible. Opportunities may arise to do something new or you may feel incredibly jet lagged and taking a nap sounds way better than a strenuous hike. Let your plan provide the framework, from there go with the flow. Traveling is your vacation time after all, the less you worry about changes along the way, the more you will enjoy your time.

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swinging over the jungle in Bali

While you’re traveling solo, keep in mind that that doesn’t mean you have to do everything alone. Tip 4: ask for help! If you need a recommendation of where to go or how to get there, just ask! Hotel concierges and Airbnb hosts typically know the area well and can provide great recommendations of where to go. Or ask a stranger. I’ve only had positive experiences with asking people. Be kind, courteous, and grateful, but definitely reach out when you need to!

Tip 5: Be safe; Trust your gut. I operate on the theory that all people are good people and that the universe will keep me safe. That said, no matter where in the world you are traveling, the later you are out at night and the more you drink, the more likely you are to get into an unsafe situation, get lost, etc. When I’m traveling solo (and honestly really all the time) I’m back home early and avoiding the club scene. If going out & drinking is something that you want to include in your travels, be mindful and careful just as you would in any city. Along with some caution, trust your gut. If something doesn’t sit right with you – listen to that, don’t do it. I’ve canceled Airbnbs and plans because something felt off to me. There might not be a concrete reason but if my gut tells me no, I head that.

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Walking the Campuhan Ridge

And lastly, make the most of the time to yourself. Not only does this mean you get to determine what the day holds for you, but it’s really precious time to take to reflect, journal, meditate, and simply be.

Have other questions about traveling solo? Leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you 😽

Countering Cube Life: top yoga poses to open the hip flexors and relieve back pain

Monday through Friday I work a typical 9-5 cube job, meaning, like so many people, a lot of my day is spent sitting. While I am lucky enough have a stand up desk which allows me to move up and down throughout the day (this is seriously the best invention) I still spend WAY more time sitting than I’d like to. One complaint I hear all the time from co-workers is how their bodies ache from sitting all day.

Sitting compresses our hip flexors, causes us to hunch our shoulders over our keyboards, and has been linked to a whole bevy of negative health impacts. Coined “the new smoking”, studies show that office workers may be sitting up to 75% of their waking day. Such a sedentary life is linked with increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. In the body, sitting for such extended periods of time can also lead to joint stiffness, low back pain, and tight hips.

So, how to combat this?

  1. Get up and MOVE throughout your day. Take walks during your breaks, walk over to someone’s cube instead of sending them an email, look into if your company will support a sit/stand desk, or stand when appropriate during calls or meetings.
  2. Try my top yoga poses to counter cube life! These focus on getting mobility into the joints, opening up the hips, and creating movement and strength in the spine. I’ve also included a few poses to counter the keyboard hunch by opening up across the chest.
    • Forward Fold – Forward fold stretches the backside of the legs, the hamstrings down to the calves. This pose also helps to keep the spine strong and flexible. Remember to keep as much bend in the knees as you need, you want your focus to be on creating length through the spine. IMG_3002.jpg
    • Spinal Twists – Twisting poses help to maintain mobility and range of motion in the spine. If the natural motions of the spine are not used, the joints start to harden. Spinal twists can be taken reclined (laying on the ground), seated, or in an energizing pose such as chair or crescent lunge. For all twists, first create a long spine with each breath in, then find a deeper twist with each exhale.Processed with VSCO with e8 preset
    • Crescent Lunge – This pose is amazing for stretching the hip flexors. You can also add a gentle backbend to open up across the front of the body. Be careful to keep the front knee stacked over the front ankle and not to let it track any further towards your toes. Processed with VSCO with e8 preset
    • Three-legged dog – From downward facing down, lift your right heel high to the sky and then stack the right hip on top of the left. Continue to press down into your right palm to keep the chest square to the earth, and begin to draw circles in either direction with your knee. Repeat on the opposite site. This brings mobility into the hip joint. IMG_3011.jpg
    • Warrior 2 – This powerful pose will open up the chest, stretch the hips and inner thighs, and can help to relieve low back pain. Keep the heart lifted, extend long from fingertip to fingertip, and press down through both pinky toes.IMG_3006.jpg
    • Lizard Pose – Lizard pose is great for stretching out the hamstrings, groin, and hip flexors. This pose also opens up the hips and creates length in the spine. Let your hips be heavy towards the earth, keep the spine extended long, and let the head fall easily towards the mat – releasing any tension in the neck.IMG_3001.jpg
    • Yogi’s Squat – Malasana, or Yogi Squat, helps to open the hips and groin, stretches the ankles, and is keeps the hip joint healthy. This is one of my favorite preparatory poses for deeper hip openers. If your hips are feeling tight, place a block beneath your sit bones for more support.IMG_3004.jpg
    • Camel Pose – Camel pose aids in opening up across the chest; focus on the lift through the sternum in this pose, as if a string was gently tugging your heart upwards. This pose is also a deep stretch for the hip flexors, extending them long after a day of sitting in flexion.Processed with VSCO with e8 preset
    • Pigeon Pose – Pigeon pose can help ease low back pain, open the hip joint, and release stress or anxiety. This pose is advance and an intense stretch for the hip; you can always take this pose lying down: start with knees bent and both feet on the earth, then cross the left ankle over the right thigh and begin to draw the right knee towards your chest. Repeat on the opposite site.IMG_3009.jpg