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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How to Give Yourself the Space as a Couple to Decompress and Drop In

As parents and entrepreneurs, Adi and I get SO caught up in everything else in life from our children to our work to our friends and everything else we forget where it all began - with us. It’s so important for us to take time away from everything in life and be in it - even if that means having to actually fly on a plane and get the F away from LA and all that we know. But it’s so good, friends. It's so good to be in it with the person you love and reconnect to all you cherish together.


At the end of last month, Adi and I escaped to Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a weekend and the vortex was so powerful. The second I got there I felt so nurtured and released so much. The facilities, excursions, and activities gave us a weekend to truly decompress with my partner for life.


It took lots of years of being off balance, unconnected and working through a ton of shit before we as a couple could figure out this way to go off the grid for a day, a night, or a weekend and reconnect to one another. This is a bit of what we did to give you an idea.


Our weekend getaway at Rising Springs Spa Resort

When we arrived we both felt completely ungrounded and unsettled from all that we were leaving in our FULL as-can-be lives so we took that first day to decompress and create space for softening. That buffer time is essential to any kind of deep reconnection whether with your partner, parent or spouse.


We spent the first day relaxing and reading on the dock by the water - literally HOURS of reading. Which I haven’t done in such a long time. What a gift it was just to read; so pure, so simple. After hours of reading and a glorious nap we took a soak in their natural mineral spring and dove deeper in the vortex of nature.


By the end of day two, we were so IN it that I was offline for a full day! We went to a yoga class which we haven’t done together since before Noa was born. We lay under the stars. We took lots of naps and ate all the food. We both got CBD massages and had a 90 min. hypnotherapy session where we had the most incredible past-life regression together. We found ourselves several times in past lives and found all the gifts we have brought to our children - such a heart-opening experience. I opened up to it entirely and felt so much appreciation and gratitude for the life Adi and I have created.


We created this magic

I am so appreciative of how open-minded Adi was to the whole weekend. It was very much a spiritually-curated weekend including a healing session with a Shaman which was perfect for me and Adi (surprisingly) was all in.


This time together is so sacred. It reminds us of the magic we have created including our three little love beings full of pure light and wonder. So little we give this time to ourselves. We always have people over or go on double dates or have family events and Sunrise Springs gave us a weekend to pause and remember where it all began.


By Saturday night we were so filled up and ready to see our babies, we left SUPER early Sunday morning. Honest, that’s all we could ever want out of a weekend getaway - the chance to reconnect, recharge and come back excited and ready to embrace our full lives.

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How I’m Manifesting My Dream Home

I get a lot of questions about manifestation and how to work through it. I don’t believe there’s a step-by-step process to it but while I’m DEEP in it I decided to share the experience, what I’m feeling, and all that’s been going into MANIFESTING my dream home.


Manifestations are the sum of our intentions and aspirations coming into fruition. Manifestations identify goals, aspirations and desires, and are created through pure intention. I’m constantly in awe of the magic of the whole thing and the ability to step outside your ego. When you begin calling out your manifestations into the universe it’s important to be clear on your intentions. You want to make sure you have a clear and concise vision. If you keep flip-flopping on your dream desire the universe won’t know what you’re trying to bring into reality.


For manifesting my dream home, I had a very specific vision: 5 bedrooms, a good-sized backyard, a gorgeous kitchen for all my filming and recipe creations, private bedroom for our live-in au pair, room for both Adi and I to work, space for a pool and enough space to entertain and host small events.


With my intention clear and my vision set, it was time to put everything into action and I’m beyond grateful Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties entered my life to help the process truly unfold.


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Berkshire Hathaway has BLOWN ME AWAY with their professionalism and seamlessness, right from our very first meeting with our broker Yana (@yahahomesla) who is this super sweet and crazy smart human that makes house hunting a joy. Yana and her team were so great at curating the houses we went to and she quickly was able to adapt to us and our lifestyle which is just a tad on the crazy side.

Home hunting and viewings

We’ve gone on several showings with Yana and oftentimes they are all over the place and have to fit between a VERY tight time range. She makes sure to thoughtfully lay out the tours to work in our time frame. Everything has been organized and made sense from a point to point map view. It means so much us to us as we have businesses to run and kiddos + a baby to care for. She always makes sure we end up near our home after showings and adjusts the showings to our specific needs and desires.


All the homes we’ve been shown have been perfect for OUR family. We saw one home that had a wing with 3 bedrooms and a shared bathroom off to one side of the house (perfect for our 3 kiddos) and the master wing was on a different side but still close enough. It also had guest quarters on the outside with a separate entrance (we always have friends and family, and currently our au pair staying with us). She kept in mind that we worked from home and this home had little areas we could insulate for sound for the podcast, a lighted kitchen, spacious rooms for photos and video and, of course, a backyard.


Yana learned quickly what we did and didn’t like, so much so that she adapted in the moment if she realized we wouldn’t like something. We felt like we were really heard on all our desires for a dream home - bringing my manifestation further into reality. It’s been so easy to connect with Yana, whether over text or call, and she continues to make herself readily available to us and always carries a kind, thoughtful demeanor.


Where we’re at now

Originally I wanted a place by this spring but as I’ve learned you have to gracefully move through phases of expansion. Manifestations are the result of aligning with the universe and its divine timing. Our hunt has slowed a bit as we get our financials together for a preapproval. It’s a bit complicated since both Adi and I work for ourselves but Berkshire Hathaway has helped us connect to the right resources to get it all straightened out. The MINUTE that we are all set we know Yana will be ready to jump back in and find the house of our dreams.


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Turning 35: Beauty Secrets

I’ll admit that turning 35 doesn’t exactly feel (as Kai and Leo would say) “easy peasy lemon squeezy.” I’m definitely having some *feelings* as I (officially) transition into my mid-thirties. Other birthdays have flown by without even a blink. No biggie.


This one feels bigger, more permanent, and heavier in some ways.


Every year brings new challenges, new wisdom, new love and life. I’ve always felt honored to embrace every new stage of life whether it was 16, 18, 25, 30 and now, 35. In life, I practice transparency and authenticity in everything I do in order to remain completely honest to where I’m at in life, what I’m struggling with, what I’m in love with and finding the courage and determination to fight through the challenges that inhibit my growth.


Challenging and accepting growth also means embracing physical changes. In 35 years of life, I’ve been in both the worst and best shape. I tried extreme veganism, became a plant-based foodie, a hardcore yogi,  had three children and traveled around the world. Childbirth created skin pigmentation and years around the sun meant skin shifting, wrinkles and everything that comes with growing. I am proud of the way I view my body, as a woman, and especially during this age of social media and living in Los Angeles. The healthy, balanced relationship I share with it makes me feel confident but that doesn’t mean I’ve taken all the support I can to keep me feeling vibrant, beautiful and healthy.

One thing that’s helping me gracefully move into this next phase is certain beauty regiments that help my aging skin feel more youthful. As it turns out, the majority of my wellness friends have all been using these sorts of services for YEARS — some of them as maintenance in their late 20s, others more recently as they entered their 30s.


I’ve decided to share many of my secrets in this blog post in case you ever have any questions or ponder any of these services for yourself or a friend. I’m always here for open dialogue!


Here are some of my favorite beauty rituals and maintenance practices to keep me feeling confident and in LOVE with the body I’m in:


Shape House - I’m in love with this self-care center and have been going here for lymphatic drainage and a delicious detoxification sweat! Sweating is so healing for the body!


Facials and massages - I routinely get a facial for maintenance and as a general self-care practice. It’s “me” time whenever I go to get a facial or massage. It’s time away from kids, husband, friends and everyone in order to turn inward and reconnect with myself and feel amazing in my skin and body after! I get facials done at Beba Beauty for deeper treatments (mention my name for a discount!), HeyDay for routine maintenance facials and The Now for a 75 min. Massage with extra head focus and CBD cream.


IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment - I’ve been doing IPL (light therapy) for about 6 months now. I decided to omit the numbing cream and daily bleaching cream due to breastfeeding, but I definitely notice a difference each time I go. The results are quite mind-blowing, to be honest! I went to Lasky Aesthetics in Beverly Hills and was blown away by the center itself, care, concern, professionalism and RESULTS.

Eyelash extensions - I’ve been doing eyelash extensions for YEARS now and I love that I can wake up feeling put together with no makeup on. I go to Beba Beauty in Westwood and I really focus on the lashes feeling as organic as possible. I also go back and forth between eyelash extensions and keratin lash lift to give my eyelashes a break. Day to day my skincare routine is so vital to feeling bright and fresh. My favorite brands are AHAVA, Boscia and True Botanicals.


Endermologie and IV - I go to my girl at Embody Esthetics in Beverly Hills for Endermologie on my entire body. They also do IV which helps with hydration and vitamin C. I’ve noticed amazing changes particularly to my c-section scar with Endermologie. Highly recommend Embody!!


Glamsquad and Dry Bar - When it comes to getting ready for shootings, events, etc. I rely on the Glamsquad team to come help get me “camera ready.” They come to your home and give you the full treatment which is so great for a mama with a baby at home! When I can I also love getting a blow out done at Dry Bar. It’s such a relaxing and beautiful salon and the team really knows what they’re doing.

3 months ago I got my first ever Botox treatment (!!!!) with Dr. Rovelo and I honestly don’t know where I’ve been. Friends several years younger than me have been doing it and we just never talked about it because it wasn’t in my awareness of possibility. I did a little Botox around my eyes and forehead, where my smile lines and concentration lines form. Already, after 3 months, it’s almost completely gone but I like that because it gives me a chance to check in with my skin and face to see what level I actually want to continue at, if any.


I pumped and dumped all weekend after getting Botox on a Friday afternoon. I can’t believe how terrified I was and it honestly just felt like little teeny pinches and nothing more. The IPL was way worse. Within 7 days I saw the Botox completely show up - AKA all my teeny wrinkles were gone and the muscles in my forehead weren’t being used anymore when I frowned or concentrated in a yoga class.


Once I’m done breastfeeding Noa, I’ll be working with Dr. Rovelo for pigmentation and more treatments including bleaching creams, etc. I highly recommend her if you’re also experiencing these kinds of “growing pains”! She works with you and makes sure you feel comfortable and confident in any kind of treatment you pick!



So, here I am, approaching this new phase of my life journey EMBRACING my new growth edges and sitting in the magic of all I have created up to this point. I am abundant. My children are happy and that’s what matters.

 

What are some of your favorite beauty maintenance rituals and self-care splurges? I'd love to know! It's so important to stay open on this and share these conversations. Comment below or connect with me on Instagram!

Magical Moon Talk: Full Moon Bloom in Libra

Today we celebrate a Full Moon in Libra which is also commonly known as the Pink Moon because as a reference to all the blooming flowers that show up at this time. It reminds us that life is continuously growing + rebirthing much like the wildflowers and creatures that emerge and blossom this month. This Pink Moon in Libra also signifies a time of balance and harmony. This is time to look at areas of life that may be draining your energy or asking for more. It also encourages to focus on the collective and the relationships will nurture.


“With a second Full Moon Blue Moon in Libra, the cosmos is focusing our consciousness on our relationships. The sacred dance of the masculine and feminine is being recalibrated at foundational levels. There are greater forces at work moving us all into new evolutionary pathways, we must trust that ultimately these changes are leading us toward greater expansion and fulfillment.” - Mystic Mama


How can you show up more the relationships that align with you and fill your life? Can you let go of some that deplete you or drain you?




I shared an article on Chalkboard mag all about ways to improve your quality of life by harnessing the ability to DROP in. With all the Full Moon energy in the air, it’s easier to tune into the present moment but I also walk through my 5 ways to drop in on the daily.

Here's an excerpt:

"What does it take to drop in? Dropping in means to fully connect to that deep intuition within, to feel grounded energy and feet planted firmly on the ground, to channel all the sisters and mothers before you, to hear the wisdom within and let love pour out from the belly of your bones.

After years of working with my mind and body to be able to sink into the present moment better, my ability to show up, drop in and let go is much faster than ever before. There are many ways to get to that place of grounded-ness and presence, but I find the best way is to be alone. To connect inward and sink in."

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Magical Moon Talk: Aries New Moon

When the first Friday of a new month is also a New Moon you know is going to be a day full of magic and potent energy. New Moons are a beautiful time for planting intentions and speaking them out so you can begin to put steps toward achieving them in this new cycle. Most New Moons are full of quiet, introspective emotions—it’s days where I turn inward, meditate, take a long bath and stay inside, close with my loved ones.


This New Moon, however, is fueled by fierce and fiery Aries. She encourages to recognize our true selves and throw out anything and everything that doesn’t align with who we are and our life’s purpose. An Aries New Moon encourages us to be bold, daring, spontaneous and confident in all our actions.


“We are finding our courage in knowing that our honesty/vulnerability is our redeeming strength, what we feel deep down is valid, and we are valiantly moving forward with our hearts like lanterns guiding us through the darkness.” - Mystic Mama


Channel all this vibrant energy through a meditation to help channel your intuition and call your true intentions forward. I shared a guided moving meditation now live on my YouTube channel.




Grab a Magical Moon Satchel or “intuition kit” to help uplift your energy today and every day.


Happy New Moon!!


What are your intentions for this moon cycle? How do you plan to celebrate today’s New Moon? Let me know in the comments below!

Cleaning the Clutter in All Aspects of Your Life

Everything around you has the potential to affect your mood and energy just as much as what you put into your body. So while you’re cleansing it’s important to notice everything in your life and whether you’re filling your life with things, spaces and relationships that either uplift you or deplete you. Once you begin to take all that spring cleaning energy into the important aspects of your life - whether that’s your home and the physical space around you, the products you use, your social circle + relationships, or your digital devices - you’ll attract in more loving, more gentle and more aligned energy into your life.


Your home

The first place I always devote a lot of cleansing and decluttering to is my home and the space around me. Clutter in your physical space can create clutter in your mind, making you unable to concentrate on the things that actually matter in the present moment instead you’re focusing on the chores that need to be done, the work piling up or that box downstairs that was yet to be put away. You’re left uninspired and stressed.


I get help and support from my love, Dany of Spatial Soulutions. She comes in about every month to help me cleanse, reorganize and style areas of my home that need a little more love and positive energy. Dany is an intuitive space planner on a mission to help people create conscious, beautiful and functional spaces. She’s the real deal! I released my newest YouTube video in which Dany and I walk you through how to declutter and organize your wardrobe. She offers tips to make the process simple, effective and lasting. She reminds us to ask whether things are relevant to this next phase of your life and how to create a space that enhances your truest self. She allowed me to SIMPLIFY but also keep my home really beautiful and really inspiring.

The products you use

In a consumer industry, it’s SO easy to get caught up in the latest face masks, serums, hair care and beauty products. Everything is the latest and greatest, vegan, natural, organic, radiant, on and on and on. How much are you paying attention to the products you use and the things you buy? Becoming a conscious consumer and mindfully using the products you put on your skin or in your home can dramatically elevate your life. With two kiddos and a little babe, it’s so important that everything in my home is non-toxic and naturally-based so I don’t have to worry about my kids getting into something unsafe for their little bodies.


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Your relationships and social circle

This is big enough to demand a post of its own, but the people around you contribute to clutter as well. Like moons in orbit, their energy and ours create a push-pull effect that can be either positive or negative. Remember, the purpose of clearing clutter is to free your mind of everything that depletes it and ensure that only the uplifting remains. There are people who make us feel high vibe every day, but there are also people who stay in our lives and inhibit our growth because we don’t commit the time or energy to remove their toxicity. Consider the circles you keep and protect yourself from those who make you feel inadequate, limit you, or who extinguish your flame.

Digital detox

This is 2019, so when we talk about social circles, we must consider those that exist in the digital world. Phones, computers, and other electronic devices can be just as cluttered as our physical spaces - if not more. Do you have dozens of apps running simultaneously? Are there thousands of photos and videos from that party you went to months ago and have all but completely forgotten? Freeing up your digital space can improve your mental wellness while using your devices and has the extra benefit of boosting their performance and longevity.


Cleansing is more powerful than people realize. When there is no space for energy to move and flow, things in your life feel as though they are at a standstill. You carry a sense of heaviness with you.  Magic happens as you clear out the clutter that has been weighing you down mentally, physically and emotionally.



 

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