5 Poses For In-Flight Yoga

Practices for airline flights (or any cramped quarters)

When we’re ready to go on retreat or vacation, we’re ready! We’ve prepped. We’ve packed. We’ve boarded the plane. Yet the experience of actually flying can leave us cramped and cranky, just the opposite of being ready for the retreat experience. The remedy? Try 5 poses for in-flight yoga.

 

As someone who loves traveling and leads a number of international retreats throughout the year, I make it a point to begin my retreat while I’m on the airplane. Practicing yoga on the plane allows me to arrive in a calm and collected state, fully prepared to open up and delve deep.

You can also utilize these techniques to land ready to be the boss on business trips.

Here are my five favorite yoga poses to practice on an airplane:

1.    Parsva Tadasana (Side-Bending Mountain Pose)

Try practicing this pose when you’re standing in line for the bathroom instead of watching a movie over someone’s shoulder. This provides relief from long periods in airline seats; when you’re sitting on an airplane for a long time, your spine can get crunched and compressed, so it feels great to elongate and stretch it out.

Find a comfortable place to stand with your weight evenly distributed between your two feet. Raise both arms overhead and gently bend toward the right, feeling the stretch in the right side of the body. Take a few breaths and enjoy the sensation of decompression. Come back to center and repeat on the other side. If you don’t have enough room to extend your arms overhead, then keep your hands on your hips while you bend to one side and then the other, focusing on the extension in the side of your waist and chest.

Sophie Jaffe in standing side bending pose photographed by David Young-Wolff

2.    Eka Pada Galavasana (Standing Figure Four)

This one is a little bit risqué for an airplane stretch, but I like to live on the edge! My butt physically starts to ache after sitting on long flights, and this stretch relieves the pain a little bit.

Stand with your knees slightly bent and place your right ankle on top of your left thigh, just above your knee. Bend both knees a little—or a lot if you have the space—and you can even fold forward to play around with the stretch and the sensation. Take a few breaths and slowly ease out of the pose (making sure not to bump into anyone) and then switch sides. You can also try this pose in front of or next to your seat, especially if you are sitting on the aisle.

Try a variation of this pose while actually in your seat by placing your ankle on top of the opposite thigh just above the knee. Sit tall and slightly fold forward to vary your position and feel the stretch in your glutes. (This is where I love to have comfy socks so I’m not doing it in shoes or bare feet.)

Sophie Jaffe in Standing Figure Four Pose Photographed by David Young-Wolff

3.    Padahastasana (Hand Under Foot Pose)

This is a super compact stretch that you can practice by the restrooms or in the aisles. If you arrange yourself just right, you might even be able to practice it standing up in front of your seat. I love this pose because it does double duty by stretching the hamstrings and wrists. I know my wrists are usually sore from furiously typing and trying to get work done on my computer in close quarters during the flight.

Begin with a simple forward fold and place the palms of your hands under the soles of your feet for the wrist stretch variation. Please make sure not to strain yourself. remember you want to arrive refreshed! So bend your knees or modify this pose as needed.

Sophie Jaffe in Standing Hand Under Foot Pose (Forward Fold) Photographed by David Young-Wolff

4.    Standing Dancer’s Pose / Quad Stretch

The quad stretch is a no-brainer to counteract the seated position. Start out standing on one foot (remember to connect the sole of the foot with the floor to find steadiness) and bend the opposite knee while lifting the foot back toward your glute. Reach behind you for the ankle or foot (wherever you can comfortably grasp). Stay here and enjoy the stretch in the front of the thigh or quadriceps muscles; if you’re feeling bold (and aren’t at risk of kicking anyone else in the face!), go for a variation of the full expression and extend to dancer’s pose by drawing the bent leg behind you and even lifting up the opposite arm. Fortunately, even the simple standing quad stretch feels great.

Sophie Jaffe in Standing Quad Stretch Photographed by David Young-Wolff

5.      Practice Deep Breathing in Your Seat

Between negotiating traffic to the airport to make your flight on time, getting through security, and standing in long lines, traveling can increase your blood pressure, to say the least! Meditating and breathing with intention can help reduce stress and anxiety so you arrive at your destination cool, calm, collected, and ready. Sometimes the best yoga pose of all is taking a deep breath and simply paying attention to how you feel in the moment. Repeat this simple breath practice: Inhale fully, hold your breath ever so slightly at the top of the inhalation, and then release the exhalation slowly. Focus on the exhalation, which creates a calming effect.

A few simple poses practiced on the plane can help relieve the stress of flying, keep our blood flowing and our bodies flexible, and can kick-start our restoration even before we land, allowing us to take full advantage of every moment of our travel.

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Creative Ways to Stay Hydrated This Summer

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We are big believers in connecting deeply to your body to maintain overall health, vitality, bliss and abundance. This relationship begins within and makes sure you nourish and fuel your body with everything it needs.


Our bodies are made up of about 60% water and it’s found in every one of our trillion cells so remaining hydrated is a top health goal in life. Water helps regulate our body temperature, lubricates joints, and aids in a healthy digestion. Without water, our organs and body systems do not function at their absolute best. 

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Here are our favorite creative ways to stay hydrated this summer.


To start your day!

The best way to stay hydrated over summer is to start your day with a big glass of water. Try adding Sunshine Drops or lemon to stimulate digestion and cleanse your system. 

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SMOOTHIES

Make a yummy smoothie with high water content fruits like blueberries, oranges, peaches, pineapple, plums, raspberries, and watermelon. Add water instead of dairy or non-dairy milk. Don’t forget your superfoods


Try out this Coconut Watermelon Slushy or  Watermelon N’Ice Cream!


Take a reusable water bottle with you everywhere. 

Hydroflask, emotional support bottle, whatever you want to call it! It’s a great idea to take a reusable bottle with you everywhere you go so you are never without your water. Take some packets of Hydrating Dream with you and make your water even better.

Herbal Water Infusions

More fun with Herbal Infusions

Herbal infusions are an exciting and Pinterest-worthy way to enjoy a nice cold glass of water. It’s so simple that you can do it in batches as we did at Philosophie HQ and make them for the whole week. Mix and match herbs depending on your favorite flavors or desired nutrients.


Grab all the details in this post.

 

Some of the other benefits to stay hydrating especially during the hot summer season are -


A major shift in positive, increased energy

An increased sense of focus

Better digestion

Stronger immunity (this is an absolute MUST during the cold season)

Glowing, soft skin

A deeper and more restful sleep


Challenging yourself to up your water intake and add more superfoods into your diet are very simple changes you can make right now! They don’t require you to dramatically change or modify your routine. It’s about supporting the journey + transformation you’re already on by making it easier!

 

What are some of your favorite ways to stay hydrated over summer? Share in the comments below!

The Magic of Superfoods: Spirulina and Camu Camu

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What can we say, we can’t get enough of superfoods! If your mood or energy has been suffering lately you might want to explore the ingredients you’re flooding your body. Stress, poor sleep, and a lack of nutrition can drain your energy but there are magical superfoods that can give you the boost you need. 


Check out these two incredible superfoods found in our Green Dream and Berry Bliss superfood blends and how these potent foods can help you achieve a glowing state of optimal health.

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SPIRULINA

Spirulina, an ancient, single-cell, blue-green algae (technically classified as a cyanobacteria) is considered one of nature’s most perfect foods. 


At 50-70% protein, spirulina ranks as the highest source of protein in the plant kingdom. The algae is able to quickly synthesize concentrated amounts of protein and is in itself a “complete protein,” which means that it’s able to provide all the essential amino acids that our bodies need! Spirulina receives its beautiful bluish tint from phycocyanin, a water soluble antioxidant that helps protect our cells against radiation and provides the blood with more oxygen.Spirulina is a DENSE with nutrients—it's full of fatty acids (including sulfur gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that promotes healthy skin and joints), polysaccharides, vitamin B-12, and minerals, including iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium, and chromium! ‘Nuf said.   


The algae is supportive of healthy brain function and aids in the production of tryptophan, an amino acid that makes serotonin, a critical mood stabilizer! Spirulina is bursting with antioxidants, including zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, phycocyanin, betoa-carotein, superoxide dismutase, and lutein. These free-radical fighting molecules bolster the immune system, combat invasive viruses and pathogens, and promote healthy vision and beautiful skin.

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Like all plants, spirulina contains chlorophyll, a pigment that collects sunlight and transforms it into energy. In addition to this essential job that fuels life on earth, chlorophyll also purifies the blood, cleanses the nervous system and liver of toxins, and is a rich source of iron, which prevents anemia. 


I’m a big fan of spirulina and use it in all our Green Dream products.

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CAMU CAMU

Acai, Goji berry and Camu Camu are all exotic, enchanting fruits that are extremely high in vitamin C and A, giving them lots of antioxidant superpowers. Antioxidants help prevent aging and disease by combating the effects of oxidation in our body tissues. Camu Camu is a small red berry that grows in the Peruvian jungle, and has the highest vitamin C content of any fruit on the entire planet – over 20 times the C found in two pounds of oranges (wow)!  You’ll find that these superfoods come in many forms including powders, pills and frozen. All can be added to juices, smoothies, or even added to oats or greek yoghurt. 


Camu Camu is an exotic, enchanting fruit that is extremely high in vitamin C and A, giving it lots of antioxidant superpowers. Antioxidants help prevent aging and disease by combating the effects of oxidation in our body tissues. Camu Camu is a small red berry that grows in the Peruvian jungle, and has the highest vitamin C content of any fruit on the entire planet – over 20 times the C found in two pounds of oranges (wow)!  

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Our blend, Berry Bliss, is SUPER high in antioxidants, vitamin A, and protein, and also contains camu camu—one of the most abundant sources for vitamin C in the world!

A fruit that’s native to the Peruvian Amazon, Camu Camu is a potent source of vitamin C (one serving contains 1100 percent of your daily required dose, which is more than nine times the amount found in a medium orange) and may be able to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. Mix it into smoothies, oatmeal or yogurt or even add it to your tea (so long as the water isn’t boiling hot).

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Celebrate Summer Solstice with These Soul-filled Rituals

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On Sunday, June 20th we welcome a solstice, an earthly transition. Change is happening. Energy is shifting and we enter a new cycle and season. 


For us, in the Northern Hemisphere, we are drifting into the heart of summer - longer days and shorter nights. Physically and energetically we experience more light. This is a time of celebration, to honor the fire within. When lightness feels heavy and all you can see and feel is darkness, follow precious moments and experiences that make you feel light again.


Go to the light. Live in the light. Love in the light. Decide, this season, to be the light.


We are also entering feminine, watery and motherly Cancer season. Astrologically, the Sun is associated with masculine energy. Cancer season rules the feminine energy and is ruled by the Moon. This is a divine time of balance. 


Use this season to reflect on ways you can balance the masculine and feminine within. Where can you be more gentle, open and receptive? Where can you be more fiery, action-oriented and decivide? We all contain both energies within us, the solstice is a beautiful moment to widen what this means to us. 

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On the summer solstice rituals are performed all over the world to celebrate Earth’s abundance and remind us of the fullness of our lives. We’re sharing some of our favorite rituals to help celebrate this transition and maye make some of these rituals into a daily recurrence. 


Celebrate the summer solstice with these soul-expanding rituals!


Set intentions and manifestations for the season ahead. At every new season we begin again. Summer is a season of letting go, of ending to start new. Set out intentions and manifestations for how you want to feel at the end of summer. What do you want to create?


Toast to the season with a Sunshine Drops Mocktail. Make it a season of hydration and elevate your water with herbal infusions, superfoods and chlorophyll. Take water, lemon, mint and of course, Sunshine Drops then pour over ice and enjoy!


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Gather with others and celebrate. This is a season of gatherings and reunions! Exchange songs, stories, and poems with loved ones. Dance, sing and celebrate.


Light a fire (or burn candles). You can make a big fire like a bonfire with friends or a small fire in the form of a candle and it can be just as powerful.


Start your day in a HIGH VIBE way. Start your day with this Creamy Green Chlorophyll Smoothie and Summer Cacao Lemon Toast to nourish your body, elevate your energy, and balance your mood.  


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Journal. On the solstice, the sun is at its peak. Use the following prompts to inspire you and reflect -

  • Write about a time you recently felt at your peak? What have you accomplished recently that you feel proud of?
  • This is a time of letting go. What has reached its end in your life? What no longer serves you? How will releasing this allow you to change and grow?

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What are you currently manifesting for summer ahead? Share below and make it come true!

The Benefits of Filtered Water in Your Superfood Coffee

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We LOVE starting our day with superfood coffee. It has all we need to energize us and fuel our body for the day. But there’s something about a fresh cup of coffee at your local coffee shop that tastes SO good. Curious why that is? It’s hard to brew coffee that tastes as good as coffee brewed in a shop. That is, if you normally use plain faucet water.


The reason why coffee shops have a better-tasting brew is that they use filtered water. Many companies either have filtered water faucets or use filtered water coffee brewers. While you may not have coffee shop grade machinery, you CAN produce quality coffee at home, simply by using filtered water.


Here are a few reasons why using filtered water in your homemade superfood coffee makes it 10x better! [SHOP OUR SUPERFOOD COFFEE BUNDLE AND SAVE!]


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The coffee tastes much better.

Since water makes up 98 percent of your coffee, it’s safe to say the quality of your water makes a huge difference. Companies like Berkey offer some of the best countertop water filters on the market for instantly providing clean water. Installing one of these can dramatically improve the taste of coffee you brew at home, regardless of the method you use.


It makes your water healthier.

When you drink tap water, the weird taste is because of toxins and bacteria that naturally occur in standard faucet water. So, when your coffee has a metallic aftertaste, it’s because you’re ingesting whichever metals are in your faucet.


When left unfiltered, these toxins and metals begin to negatively impact your immune system. Perfluorinated compounds, or PCUs, reduce your body's amount of healthy immune cells. This makes you vulnerable to a number of health conditions that can even be fatal.


Other compounds like chlorine can also be found in tap water. While it does help to disinfect your tap water, chlorine can be dangerous for your immune health when you inhale or ingest it.


These toxins attach to your filter, leaving you with healthier, cleaner water. So. you won’t have to feel guilty about harming yourself if you choose to have an extra cup of coffee during a stressful day.


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It’s a cost-effective alternative to buying filtered water.

Whether you drink multiple cups of coffee throughout the day or have more than one coffee drinker in your home, buying filtered water to brew coffee everyday gets expensive. Statistics show that the average coffee drinker consumes three cups per day. Having to buy enough water to drink and make coffee everyday can add up relatively quickly.


Obviously, there are some upfront costs to purchasing a water filter. However, you will save money and time in the long run because you won’t have to leave your home when your bottles run out. In addition to cutting financial costs, you’ll also reduce your environmental footprint.


It maintains your brewing equipment longer.

Some people argue for using tap water because certain compounds in it improve the taste of coffee. However, the same minerals and compounds that bring out the flavors in your coffee damage your brewing equipment over time.


Limescale can gather in your coffee brewer without you being able to see it. Eventually, your coffee won't get as hot and your brewer will stop working. When you use filtered water, your machine stays cleaner and produces quality coffee for longer.


Even if you do use filtered water, you need to clean your coffee brewer occasionally. Descaling a coffee brewer removes excess mineral buildup. To clean your coffee brewer, you need to clear any excess water or coffee grounds from your machine. Follow up by adding equal parts water and vinegar into the water chamber and allowing your brewing cycle to run halfway through.


Turn it off and let it sit for an hour before finishing the brew cycle. Pour your vinegar mixture from your coffee carafe and repeat the process with only water a couple of times so your coffee won’t taste like vinegar.



From now on, you can ALWAYS enjoy your favorite cup of superfood coffee. With a water filtration system, you'll also never have to compromise the quality and taste of the coffee you brew at home. Be sure to do your research and find a water filter that fits your home and your budget. Both your wallet and your taste buds will thank you.



This post was written in collaboration with Big Berkey Water Filters but entirely our own thoughts and opinions!


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How do you drink your morning coffee? Share with us in the comments below!

Fun + Simple Ways to Exercise and Move Your Body

 

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Exercise doesn’t have to look like completing some sort of strenuous activity while your body drips in sweat. It also doesn’t mean spending hours at a gym 6 days a week or running a mile every morning. It doesn’t have to “look” like anything as long as you feel GOOD doing it.


I used to be a personal trainer and would push my body to new extremes to be in the best “shape” of my life. I was exhausting myself and I never felt awakened or energized as one would expect after getting in shape. Instead, I felt depleted and weak. I decided to change the rules about how I exercised and fell in love with yoga. Until then I had only really moved my body for athletic purposes, so yoga really felt good for my skin and soul. Yoga helps me connect with my inner nature. It helps me to tap into my core, my truth and provides me with insights of who I really am. Yoga always brings me back to my truest essence.


After having Noa and then experiencing the global shutdown the idea of a strict exercise regimen has been nearly impossible. Instead, I’ve followed my intuition in every aspect of my life and that includes how I move my body.


That’s the beautiful thing. Exercise can be as simple as walking around your neighborhood and doing some at-home HIIT exercises in your living room. Exercise can look like a new workout class you’ve never tried before like pilates, barre, or hot yoga. Exercise is falling in love with the way your body moves and finding new joy in moving it and challenging yourself to new growth. It’s finding vibrant energy because of the way “exercise,” fuels and ignites you.

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Some of the biggest obstacles we face in motivating ourselves to exercise are mostly internal blocks. Maybe you think that no matter how many crunches you do or how many miles you run on the treadmill, nothing changes and you still look the same. Or you’re frustrated because you don’t know how to work your way around a gym, do yoga or run properly. These internal blocks are our biggest enemy and can easily be conquered with a change in perspective.


Exercise is NOT about how much or how long you can “work out,” it’s about feeling unapologetically good inside your body and having so much vibrant energy it radiates from you. 


Here are some of my favorite and simple ways to move your body!


Energize your body with high vibe nourishment! Starting your day with a superfood smoothie is a great way to fuel up and energize before getting in some movement. You could sit down and do thousands of situps and if you still eat unhealthy foods, you absolutely will not feel the way you want to feel. Make an energizing pre-workout smoothie with Cacao Magic or Berry Bliss then refuel post workout with Coconut Magic and Sunshine Drops.


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Start small. Experiment a little. For me, it really depends on the season. During the warmer months, I love outdoor workouts where I can enjoy the beauty of nature while getting a good sweat. A sandy beach yoga practice or a long hike in the mountains near my home is ideal when the sun is shining, but on cold and dreary winter days I like to take my workouts inside with some solid sessions in the gym.


Get creative with your daily habits and chores! For as long as I’ve been active I’ve found CREATIVE fun ways to do so all day long. You don’t have to do a classic / long form workout every day to be in shape/fit or healthy. Sometimes it’s jump squats while I brush my teeth, other times it’s push-ups while my kids build legos, maybe it’s calf raises or squats while I wash or dry dishes. A few leg lifts while I watch a TV show with Adi or doing 2-3 min of yoga/handstands during the workday when I’m feeling stagnant. It all *COUNTS* + IT ALL ADDS UP.


Track your movement and count your steps. I’ve challenged myself to walk 10,000 steps every day which may seem crazy but when you track even just walking around her home picking it after your kids it starts to add up! I’ve found the best way to motivate myself is getting a simple fit tracker off Amazon and being more conscious about walking. Craving a coffee? Walk to your local shop. Need to mail a packing? Walk to your local post office. There’s so many fun ways to get in your movement without even stepping foot in the gym.




Once you tell yourself that it’s not about how you look or the number on the scale and instead about how you feel during and after then you slowly begin to fall in love with exercising. It always comes back to loving yourself. 


Finding what really works for you whether that’s yoga, cycling or outdoor running can dramatically change the way you approach exercise. You’ll be motivated to go out and challenge yourself. You’ll notice immediate changes in how you carry yourself and the kind of relationships and opportunities you bring into your life because you begin to fall back in love with YOU.

5 Reasons Why Raw Honey Should Be Part of Your Diet, Beauty Routine and Medicine Cabinet

Raw honey is one of our favorite ways to sweeten up our tasty kitchen creations. And when our superfood + protein blends are swirled into jars of raw honey, you have a low-glycemic, high-vibrational, nutritionally-dense nectar that is pure bliss.


It’s one of the oldest and most versatile natural remedies. Raw honey has been used to soothe sore throats, sweeten tea, and contains powerful antioxidants that help reduce signs of aging. Who knew that little jar of liquid gold held so much! When we combined our nutrient-rich superfood blends with healing raw honey, we created an incredibly powerful superfood product that is just as delicious as it is nourishing


Today, we’re sharing 5 benefits and uses of our favorite supercharged raw honey. 


It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals

Raw honey contains an assortment of vitamins including Vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid, along with minerals like copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium AND zinc! This definitely makes it one of the most nourishing ways to sweeten your eats + drinks.  


Try adding 1 tsp of Berry Bee Honey to your next smoothie or Green Bee Honey to a matcha latte.



It can help you ease into sleep

If you struggle with falling asleep or insomnia, try adding superfood raw honey to an evening herbal tea. The natural sugar found in raw honey raises your body’s insulin levels which releases tryptophan where it gets converted into serotonin, which becomes melatonin. 


Try adding 1 tsp of Cacao Bee Honey to an evening cup of chamomile tea. 


 

It’s the best cold remedy, especially for your little ones!

When it comes to preventing and promoting recovery from colds, honey is a powerful multi-tasker. It is rich in phytonutrients that boost immunity, is packed with methylglyoxal (MG), a substance that has naturally antibacterial properties, and is an excellent throat-coating cough suppressant thanks to its thick consistency. You can add superfood raw honey to all of your favorite foods and drinks to boost your immune system and heal your body.


Try a spoonful of Berry Bee Honey when you feel a cold coming on!


 

It's full of antioxidants. 

Micronutrients called polyphenols in honey contain antioxidants, which are SO essential for radiance + wellness. Antioxidants help combat free radicals, those bad atoms that contribute to cellular damage and can lead to disease.

 

Try adding a drizzle of Berry Bee Honey or Cacao Bee Honey on your post-workout toast.

 

It beautifies the skin and makes the perfect face mask.

The healing benefits of raw honey have been recognized for centuries. Ancient Egyptians and Ayurvedic traditions used honey to treat skin infections, burns, and wounds since this sweet gift from nature possesses antibiotic properties. I love mixing it into a hydrating DIY mask with aloe and cucumber since it reduces both redness and swelling!  


Try this DIY Green Bee Honey face mask!



What are your favorite ways to use our supercharged honeys? Tag us on Instagram @philosophielove!