When it comes to receiving amazing results in our bodies and in our lives there is one factor you can count on to bring you success. Without this one factor in place, you will go round-and-round and up-and-down struggling with falling short of where you want to be and how you want to feel.
However, with this one factor in place, you will maximize your potential, turn aches and pains into freedom, have more energy, enjoy a more intimate connection to yourself, and feel really good about you!
These are AMAZING benefits offered by putting just one thing into place, right?! Today I am going to share with you my personal secrets at how I stay CONSISTENT in showing up for my practices and why this is key to your success too.
This all-levels yoga class is sure to refine your practice and realign you to your highest intentions!
In this heart centered yoga series we will explore a wide variety of asana, open with a centering chant, utilizing the Universal Principles of Alignment to access our body’s greatest potential, theme our series around SELF LOVE, and bathe in the gifts these practices offer us.
Space is limited to 6 students, so register today to secure your spot! (more…)
There were 8 trainees, amazing beings to say the least that came from the Big Island and California. Karunamayi and I co-taught the 100 hours which made up Part 1 of our two part training.
Working besides Karunamayi in this offering has been nothing shy of amazing! Her dedication and devotion to serving Divine radiates from her practices and her day to day routine. Every morning she opened our day by leading us in kirtan and meditation. Every day we would close with chanting too. Beginning and ending our days exploring and honoring the space of supreme consciousness = awesome sauce! (“Awesome sauce” was a phrase Karunamayi said at times. I love it!) (more…)
If you recall in July of 2011 we did a yoga class fundraising money for little Carmen, whom at the time was battling Leukemia at the young age of 4 years young.
Carmen has recently left her body and passed on to the spirit world. I can not imagine the pain in her parent’s hearts, and at the same time I am in awe as I see their hearts remain open to serve the world and find a everlasting cure for blood cancers!
Heather and Chris, Carmen’s parents, are now on a mission. They are 2 powerful people, living in love and faith, and it is my honor and pleasure to help support them as they follow this heart calling to bring healing to their hearts and to the hearts of countless. (more…)
I will be hosting this yoga retreat that will infuse fitness, nature, meditation and nourishment into one grand, soul quenching experience. I am already super excited about the unique offerings that will be added to this special week full of yoga and a connection to nature and our hearts. The possibilities are endless. The blessings of Kauai and our deep practices will be flowing in abundance. Come play, connect and enjoy.
Included in this magical week long yoga retreat is: (more…)
“I can’t thank you enough for your knowledge and your talent and your ability to work with so many different kinds of body issues and make it all feel so good and enlightening! And your “heart” work is awesome as well.” -Patty Brown Allen, former student of Samantha Fox Olson
I dream of a planet where each and every one of us are lit up, living in our fullest potentials with our miraculous bodies. Take a moment and just image that! Wow! So fun, so powerful, beautiful and exciting!
I usually don’t make “New Year’s Resolutions.” Why? Because from past experience and from witnessing others, I had a belief that they were made to be BROKEN. So, I decided not to make them and simply live each day to the best of my ability. Sometimes I rock it, sometimes I don’t.
But the end of 2012 has been full of insights and growth for me. I have really been looking at the ways that I think about things, and have been unrooting the beliefs that are not true and that are holding me back from reaching my fullest potential in all areas of my life.
This has been so huge for me that I must share it with each of you. In the hopes to keep this post from getting too long, I will share just a little bit about all this right now, and I will be expanding on all of this in 2013. Yay!!! (more…)
I am excited to share this news with you because I personally LOVE green smoothies and know how much they have benefited me!
If you’ve been consuming one too many holiday treats, feel bloated from all of the feasts, and you are still in your pajamas, then this challenge will help you reset your body for a new you in the new year.
This Green Smoothie challenge will kick off the new year on January 2. Replace at least one meal a day with a nutrient packed green smoothie. We will share recipes, tips and challenges along the way. It’s free and a great way to change your diet. We’ll cheer you on, answer all of your questions, and make you a green smoothie rawkstar! (more…)
And when my body is ready for food, 9 times out of 10 I have a green smoothie or a shake for breakfast.
However, now that it is chilly in the mornings, a cooler drink just isn’t so appealing to my appetite.
So what’s a girl to do that likes getting her leafy greens in the a.m.? Why, GREEN SOUP of course!
This soup fuels me perfectly before an intense workout and is so satisfying yet still light in my belly making it a great boost at least a half hour before a yoga practice too!
My friend Carla from Living Vegan 101 shared this raw soup recipe with me and it is now my go-to breakfast whenever I have avocado in the house (which is often because I have a generous friend who has an orchard of avo trees that are dripping with ripe fruit right now). (more…)
In my last post, A Secret Tip That Will Have You Glowing With Vitality & Energy, I shared one of my secrets to keeping my energy levels up through out the day.
This tip also infuses anyone who practices it with more vitality, life force, positive energy and a more attuned connection to our amazing bodies.
I wanna make sure there is no confusion as to how you can reap benefits from implementing this profound tool into our day to day lives. Remember, in the last video I shared with you, I stated that some of the repercussions of sitting stagnate at a desk, in a vehicle, or even on a couch day in and day out can be:
Do you know how to burst forth your greatest potential in generating these potent energies in your body and life?
Let me share with you just one secret that I deliberately practice in my day to day routine that gifts me with exuberant energy and mana (Hawaiian for “life force”).
Oh, and although conscious breathing can be one way, that is NOT the secret I am going to share with you today. (more…)
When people are really gifted at what they do it is so delightful to let others know about them! So today I wanted to share with you… Joe Longo!
I had the pleasure of working with yoga photographer Joe Longo a few weeks ago, and “WOW.”
The experience alone of working with him was light-hearted, really fun and full of being in creative flow.
The end result leaves me with some of the most beautiful yoga images I have of myself! Every time I look at them I am in awe. The clouds, the ocean, the colors of the fronds, the detail in the grass.
You know those photos where the people’s energy has been captured and the elements that surround them pop with astonishing beauty too? Well that is exactly what my photo shoot with Joe gifted me with.
The images are so fun to share and I will have these memories now for a lifetime and beyond. (more…)
A few weeks ago I had a remarkable amazing flower essence session with Caitlin Naramore. The whole experience was profound in many ways. To use the essence of flowers, plants, places and such to reharmonize our being from the inside out really shines the light on how miraculous life is! Maybe that is a topic for another post. Today I want to share with you the recipe of a tea that she shared with me during our session. RAINBOW TEA! Yummmmmm. The following is from Caitlin herself….
This is Rainbow Tea!
A collective collaboration from a powerful team of magical minds co-created this recipe over the course of many years, at last landing it as “the one, the only Rainbow Tea”. A frothy, delightful, all-in-one brew for the sensualist and healthful of heart.
Big props to Amber Hartnell and Elijah Ray who coined the term Rainbow Tea and have made it the talk of the Garden Isle and watched it spread like wild fire to California, New York, and beyond. Be ready to behold and try for yourself the magic and wonder of Rainbow Tea.
A frothy, sumptuous blend made by me and my friends that carries us through each day deeply nourished, delighted and satisfied. Ingredients are subject to change based on fluctuations of moods and needs! (more…)
What if it isn’t you? What if those feelings of discouragement, frustration, dread and disappointment are simply inner compasses lovingly trying to guide you elsewhere?
What if you really do enjoy working out? What if you really do love stretching your body? What if you never gave up on yourself until you found that program that really was meant to move you in those ways?
If you have ever wondered if the fitness, yoga or wellness program that you are part of is right for you, then check out my 45 second video below. I hope my insights help you in finding all that your heart desires! (more…)
Happy Thanksgiving! There are just oh so many things to be grateful for and one of those things for me is my new friend Carla McCurry. She is a vegan, raw food expert who has a passion for living on vegan energy, and to invigorate, strengthen, and evolve your experience too! Yahoo! I met her in a challenge we are both partaking in where we are being encouraged to share ourselves on YouTube and such, through video. It has been SO FUN! More on that below, for now let’s get right into the treats….
This is a RAW Pumpkin Pie!!!! The raw version has a little extra step with the dehydrating but boy, is it worth it. But don’t fret, there is an addendum below if you choose to use a canned pumpkin for the pumpkin part. Obviously it won’t be fully live then, but still yummmmmmy!
Wanting a real pumpkin pie, but knowing that the challenge would be to get the starch out of it to make it palatable, my friend Carla dehydrated it and then, softened it up again by soaking it, and kapow, live pumpkin pie delight! Remember, by not going over the 116 degrees, the enzymes, vitamins and minerals in the pumpkin are still intact! Jai! (more…)
Did you know that conventional deodorants tend to be loaded with ingredients that are not healthy for your body? And I haven’t found one particular natural one I really, really love. But this recipe produces the most mind-blowingly effective deodorant ever!
At first I was hesitant to make one because I am so busy, why would I wanna add one more thing to my list. But it was so easy to put together and now I will never leave home without it!
There was lots of commenting and interaction going on over on my Facebook page when I inquired the interest if anyone else wanted to know about this stuff. Response was way bigger than I expected. So I made a video and it shares a funny story about why I started looking for other natural deodorant possibilities in the first place. (Ummmm, yeah, gotta love those keiki.) (more…)
The practice was inspired from a quote from Gabrielle Roth. A quote that I love so much!
A beautiful woman from our Tuesday practice said this after class, “I feel like I just got baptized in sweat!”
So I made this really short video to invite you into the yurt, into our practice, to hear the quote that inspired our practice and to gift you with a new perspective. Welcome and Enjoy!
We went to a fall festival here on Kauai, and I pulled this hilarious, and super fun costume from articles of clothing I had in my very own closet (and my daughter’s closet too actually). The evening was a crack up and I can’t wait to wear it again, ideally with roller skates!
My friend and I were feeling Richard Simmons coming through, and we tagged me as being his sister that night. The wig totally brought it home in that way! hee hee
So, I had to look up some quotes from Richard Simmons and oh my goodness, I never knew how totally awesome this man really is! What an inspiration and WOW, does he know how to bring his fullest, unique self to the forefront! (more…)
I use Tabata Intervals in almost all of my fitness fusion practices. They offer so much bang for your buck. Did you know that if done optimally, can be your FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, in just 4 minutes! Keep reading, I share some more of those glowing benefits below.
Why do I do tabata at least 3x a week? I love the intensity, I love the challenging pulse of high intensity and low! The intervals are fun and exciting, invigorating and effective, and you can get as creative as you like in designing your sets.
I love that for 20 seconds I am encouraged to bring my full-out self to the exercise. Just 20 seconds! I can do that, and you can do that too. Then there is a 10 second rest to recover. Do a total of 8 rounds of this, and you have just completed a Tabata Protocol.
You must get into high intensity mode in each of those 8 sets to really reap the immense benefits of this short, 4 minute circuit. This means you should be out of breath, big time, buy the time you are through, and even better if your muscles are burning. If you accomplish this my friend, you have to put your body into anaerobic training and this assists our body in releasing the “fountain of youth” hormone, the human growth hormone. (more…)
Tune into your body lovingly, enjoying each precious moment, in this sensual and slow yoga practice.
Really, when was the last time you slowed down and gave yourself the space to smell the roses or feel the warmth of the sunshine on your skin?
They are each truly a gift to this island and our planet as a whole!
Today I am happy to honor some of them by sharing with you who they are and what they do. It seems wild that we share precious space with one another each week, but some of us don’t really know how we can benefit from the gifts of the people right in our very own circle.
Use this post as a quick go-to when you are looking for local business to support and please spread the word to anyone you know who would happily use their services.
And my dear friend Jana Kilgore, who has magical super powers in the kitchen, is sharing her secret chai tea recipe with us today!
I have said it before and I will say it again, Jana brings passion to the palate! Her love for food goes into the way she prepares each meal and into how she creates each recipe. She lovingly prepared meals for us during our January, 2012 yoga retreat on Kauai, and what a sweet blessing it was!
The following is her deliciously, soul soothing chai tea creation:
The changing of the seasons is an invitation to align with our nature too. Looking at the rhythm of Fall, we see how mother nature is moving into a calm, sweet stillness. Leaves falling from the trees, the days cooler, and nights longer. She is slowing down.
By deliberately slowing down ourselves, we too can ease-fully rejuvenate, replenish and restore our every cell into a harmonized place of balance and well being.
So would you be willing to put down that to-do-list (it will still be there waiting for you when you are return) and nourish every thread of your being with a delicious restorative yoga practice?