F*ck What You Thought Was A Yoga Body

Shocker, another yoga post. Although, I suppose this piece could also be titled “summer body” or “perfect” body.

The truth is I wasted way too many years not attending a yoga class because of the way I thought I had to look before stepping through the doors. I thought I didnt belong because I had love handles and I had been loved myself with good food, which meant I had gained weight.

It was at the most crucial time in my life, when I really could have used yoga the most, that I felt too self-concious to walk through the door.

Also, I want to just stop here and say that I’m not hating on anyone for having a beautiful fit body, all I’m saying is that having one isn’t a prerequisite to attending yoga or even becoming an experienced yogi.

If you want better health that’s amazing. My favourite way to achieve that is holistically, by eating well, moving, and doing something for the mind. Meditation and yoga both have been scientifically proven to help depression, anxiety and mood stability.

If you do or don’t look like an Instagram model theres nothing wrong with that. Social media and society have both told us if we look different there must be something wrong.

Like Elizabeth says in Eat Pray Love “Let me ask you something, in all the years you’ve undressed in front of a man has he ever asked you to leave? Has he ever gotten up and walked out? No! Because he doesn’t care, he’s with a naked woman. He just won the lottery.”

Again here, not saying your perception of yourself should be based on what anyone else thinks of you whether they are a man or a woman.

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Back to the yoga. The practice of yoga is for you, for how you feel during and after, for the things it allows you to work through. Yoga is a way of life, a way of love – forgiveness – peace – non-judgement.. and acceptance. Mostly acceptance that we are human.

So with of of our human-ness we must just let go of whatever we thought was the yoga body and come to realize every body is a yoga body.

Don’t let anything stop you from trying something, from seeking inner peace, from practicing self-care. It’s not about flexibility…it’s about the experience.

The only way to transcend suffering is together.

Love,

Carlee.

Remember: You are Loved. You are Worthy. You are Blessed.

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You Gotta Teach Em’ How To Love You

My entire life I have witnessed women not exercising their own self-worth in relationships and being treated poorly. I myself am one of those women, I vowed to myself that I wouldn’t become one…but as the saying goes “history always repeats itself” and sometimes you become the thing you’re trying so desperately hard to run away from.

It can happen in any relationship – straight – gay – whatever. This isn’t a cheap shot at men, this is a post about what I’ve learned nearing three decades.

You don’t have to scream your insecurities from your mouth and tell the world with words that you don’t feel worthy of love. The world can see it in the way you look down at your shoes or shy away from any intimate conversation. They way you apologize literally 100 times a day and put everyone first before yourself – risking your own health to do so.

It took me my entire life up until now to even realize that the way you treat yourself is a direct indication to others about how to treat you.

It took me up until now to realize you have to teach people how to love you right.

You can’t teach them to be kind, or thoughtful or funny…that comes from themselves, that comes from God or the universe or whatever higher power you believe in. But you can teach them the way you want to be loved.

You have show them how to communicate by communicating in that exact way to them. You have to tell them…I like flowers and hugs and sunny Sunday’s with fresh coffee and a good book.

How could they possible know otherwise?

On the flip side you have to love them in the way they need to be loved. Listen and truly care. That’s the kicker…in order to love someone right you’ve got to care enough to actually do it.

Life is too magical and whimsical and precious to waste it with someone who doesn’t care enough to listen.

You gotta teach em’ how to love you right. And when your done teaching, if they don’t learn… well you’ve got some decisions to make.

 

Carlee.

 

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LET’S TALK CHAKRAS, the magic little energy centres that live within you (how f*cking cool)

I fell in love with the concept of chakras a few years ago and invested in the Complete Book Of Chakras, a 1005 page book that literally covers everything.

EV-ER-Y-THING. 

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What are chakras you ask?

They are worlds within worlds. (ooooh awwww) They are energy bodies that both absorb and extract energy and emotion.

Whenever I describe energy to anyone I use the example of being with two different types of people. The first is someone who leaves you feeling drained, exhausted and miserable, even if you were in a good mood prior. The second is someone who leaves you feeling energized, upbeat, motivated and happy! This is energy and how easily we can be affected by it.

We mainly talk about 7 chakras, but in fact their are tons of them all over the body.

 

(from the complete book of chakras)

Chakras perfom 3 main functions:

  1. Physical Processing: Many chakras have bodily locations, including an attachement to a nerve plexus and/or an endocrine gland, and all of them manage a certain part of the body. They can also be described as colours and sounds, which are related to the vibratory bands they both operate within and emanate, so they relate to our physical senses as well.
  2. Psychological Processing: Each chakra interacts with–and creates–psychological constructs that affect our well-being. This processing takes place in the realm of beliefs and feelings.
  3. Spiritual Processing: Each chakra contributes to our spiritual well-being and development, adding a layer of consciousness to our maturing sense of self. Every chakra also serves as a channel for specific psychic ability.

Chakras Remember

Chakras not only process energy related to these three roles, but they record or hold related information as well. For instance, a chakra will recieve incoming subtle and physical information about a friend and help your physical body, psychological self, and higher self repsond to this information. Then it will remember, as a mini brain might, what conculsions you drew and how your friend reacted. Because chakras start this role as soon as the body is conceived, they can be seen as memory banks for all aspects of your life.

Chakras Are Energy Transformers

Most of the time we go about the activities of our lives generally unaware that an extraordinary alchemy is taking place within us via the chakras. You see, chakras go a step beyond the exchange of energy. They are actually energy transformers or transducers, which means they can change subtle energy into physical energy and vice versa. Think about that! This means that a chakra could hold the key to blinking a tumor out of your body or turning that wish for a sports car you’ve been harboring into a red porsche.

 

The chakras play a role in how open or closed we are in our mind, bodies and personalities. They play a role in our health and our relationships with others. They truly do have a huge responsiblity within the body!

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The 7 chakras that most people speak of are: 

The Root Chakra

Instinct, survival and sense of security.

The Sacral Chakra 

Emotion, energy and creativity.

The Solar Plexus Chakra 

Mental functioning, power, control and freedom to be yourself.

The Heart Chakra 

Love, balance and compassion.

The Throat Chakra 

Speech and self expression.

The Third-eye Chakra 

Psychic abilities, intuition and imagination.

The Crown Chakra  

Spirituality, connection, knowledge and unity.

 

Through my own journey I have come to learn that by working with the chakras you can heal grief. Once the chakras are balanced and your energy is flowing more freely you will be able to accept what is more easily and feel lighter. Chakra balancing and energy attunment isn’t new but for most people yet it isn’t as widely accepted.

If you sit still in meditation and focus on your third eye chakra you will begin to feel a sensation. The chakras are there within you, helping you, healing you and guiding you.

All the best on your journey, if you’d like to know more or have questions or want to share your own knowledge let’s connect! There will lot’s more spiritual junkie posts to come 🙂

Carlee xoxo 

 

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A MEDITATION STRICTLY FOR HUSTLERS

HEY 🙂

This is a different kind of meditation…in fact it is an awesome badass meditation for the hustlers, the team builders, the passionate movers and shakers of the world.

It’s funny, it’s calming and it’ll get you in the right frame of mind for a Monday morning.

Grab your coffee & let’s get shit done.

Let me know how you feel & what you’d love to meditate on next.

Carlee. xoxo 

 

Hustle…hustle…hustle. LOL 

 

 

YOUR MONTHLY GODDESS HOROSCOPE SEPTEMBER 2018

Hey girl,

September is an awesome month that brings with it vibes of serious change. Summer turns to fall, the moons energy is magical as September 9th is the New Moon that comes with lots of new beginnings.

Aries March 21 – April 19: 

Collaboration is key this month. Don’t stress if you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s time to take a step back and simple…breath. Asking for help isn’t a weakness, it’s a strength, and it may be just what you need this September. Strong emotions may surface such as fear, anger or jealousy. Acknowledge that these emotions are stemming from the first, fear. Don’t let fear guide your decision making and stop you from doing something beautiful. Accept your fear but take a step forward anyway, you deserve it.

Taurus April 20 – May 20: 

Less is more this month for Taurus as you discover a deeper understanding of who you are. As the seasons change it is a month of shedding everything that no longer serves you. The beginning of the month will be rocky and you may have experienced a set back. Don’t worry as you steady yourself out and move forward “bull-headed” you will succeed. Practicing minimalism this month will serve you well, donate things that you no longer need and make room for the new gifts coming into your life. As you begin to shed a new you will form creating deeper longer lasting connections and relationships.

Gemini May 21 – June 21: 

This month you seem fearless! In reality you are ignoring your fears and finding a newly charged romance, lasting or fleeting, that’s for you to decide. As the twin star baby you are dynamic. This month means you’re not putting up with anyone’s shit. Why should you? Being fearless shows itself this month by you becoming extra open, honest and vulnerable (in a good way), allowing others to see a side of you they normally don’t. Show this side of yourself more and others will be drawn to your silly charm.

Cancer June 22 – July 22:

Great things are coming together for you! Ideas that have been on your mind for the last few months are starting to materialize, you’re setting goals and building something for yourself. Slow and steady wins the race this month as it is the best time for building a solid foundation of success. Don’t run before you can walk, a detailed list of goals this month will be your best-friend. If you take your time in building a solid foundation, nothing will be able to take you down in the months to come. In all areas of your life put one foot in front of the other, grow from the bottom up, in love and in business and success will be yours.

Leo July 23 – Aug 22: 

A strong warning this month for Leo, do not let jealousy take over this month and guide your decision making. What something is, is often not what it appears to be. What people seem to have, may not be fancy, it may in reality be a lot of debt. List the things that you can be grateful in your own life. In moments of resentment take time to be still, quiet your mind, connect with your heart and come back to your own personal path. You know where you need to be and you know where you’re going. Stay true to your own nature and September can be a month of peace instead a month of “keeping up with the Jones’ ”

Virgo Aug 23 – Sept 22: 

You’ve totally got this! Virgo, this month is all about you taking charge and owning YOU. September brings a fierce energy that allows you to be the boss, leader, decision maker and kick-ass chick you are. Your life is YOUR LIFE and this month you take full ownership. Say no when you feel like it and yes when you can. Your power comes from using your intuition to guide you as you navigate the coming weeks with ease. Don’t second guess yourself, and don’t live life on anyone else’s terms but your own. You’ve known the answers all along…now it’s time to act on them.

Libra Sept 23 – Oct 22: 

Be careful of playing the role of “personal therapist” to friends and family this month and remember that in order to be stress free, you first need to focus on yourself. Taking on too much of other people’s emotions can be debilitating and cause negative emotional and physical side affects. Take this month to sort out just what your relationships need, tough love may be the right approach…even if it’s just to save your own sanity. In order to have the balance your sign desires you’ll need to even out the scales once again by giving a few members of your inner circle a reality check, in the nicest way possible.

Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 21: 

Scorpios come with their earned loyalty and distinctive strike. Many don’t realize though that underneath a Scorpios tough exterior lies an inner soft side that runs deep. If you’ve been guarded for a while you may start to feel like isolating. There’s nothing wrong with taking time for yourself, but remember, there are people in your life who care about you and before you take time for yourself, let them know. Not only will it mean the world to them, it will also open you up to a deeper level of communication, honesty and connection.

Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 21: 

You distinctly know who you can and cannot trust. Let’s get real, people can be drama. There’s no need to get caught up in office politics. Show up, be a boss, do you and leave happy. Let the drama queens get to pre-occupied to cash in on opportunity. Keep your eyes wide open and you’ll be able to receive the rewards that come along with observation. Too much talk will drag you down, your self-worth is no one else’s but yours. Fresh fruit will also help you mid September.

Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 19: 

September is all about self-care for the Capricorn. You’ve learned the value of self-care this past year and now it’s time to truly incorporate what you’ve learned into your daily life. Staying in the now will keep you grounded, humble and self-aware as you make your way through this month. When you find yourself distracted or stressed out acknowledge the actions you personally took to put yourself there. Success is important to the Capricorn, but don’t get so focused on the end goal that you miss the entire game.

Aquarius Jan 20 – Feb 18: 

In order to be heard by others this month you must stop acting out of emotion and start truly communicating what it is you need from others. Generally, people won’t know what it is you need until you tell them. This is the month of “ask and you shall receive” Aquarius, so ask away, you might be pleasantly surprised. Progress not perfection is the key.

Pisces Feb 19 – March 20: 

Intention is the big thing for Pisces this September. Your intention will manifest itself in all areas of your life, what you choose to vibe with is important. Honor the space in your heart that knows where your emotions live, your vibe attracts your tribe. If you aren’t attracting people, places or things into your life that truly serve you, it’s time to switch up your intentions. Get real with yourself and what your looking for. Once your balanced the end of the month will bring with it an awesome new gift.

 

Love you all, you astrology loving spiritual junkies.

See you on instagram,

Carlee xoxo. 

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