The ocean naturally relaxes the mind and spirit. Taking yoga, specifically "yin" or restorative yoga, to the beach will help calm you even more–especially if you’re feeling stressed out or overwhelmed. The rhythmic crashing of the waves will actually ease your brain into alpha waves, slowing down the parasympathetic system, along with your entire body.
Sync your breath with the ocean waves while flowing through these 5 poses that will have you feeling oh-so-zen within minutes.
Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Standing as tall as you can in Tadasana (Mountain Pose), start with your hands in prayer at your heart center. Take 3 deep breaths, connecting to the powerful beauty of the ocean. Begin to think about an intention for your practice. What do you want to energetically invite into your life? What can you let go of to make space for more magic?
Inhale your arms up to the sky, reaching as far as you can. Reach your hands to the right, stretching your entire side body on the left side. Visualize your side body stretching, from your lower hips all the way to the outside of your left armpit. Exhale deeply and fully. Bring your arms back to center, and repeat on the other side.
Forward fold can be done on the sand or standing up. Knees can be slightly bent as you inhale your arms over your legs and exhale as you release. If you're sitting on the ground, rag doll your body over your legs, breathing deeply for 5 rounds of breath. Relax your entire body as you breath deeply. If you’re standing up, make sure your legs are hip width apart as you forward fold over your feet. You can hold opposite elbows or just let your arms hang long. Sink in.
Extend your torso forward across your left shin, walking your arms out in front of you and releasing your forehead toward the earth. Fold forward only after you've spent time checking your alignment and paying attention to your body. Your left knee will be to the left of your torso (with the left thigh at a bit of a diagonal), and your flexed left foot will be just alongside the right side of your rib cage. As you fold forward, turn your attention inward. We tend to hold this version of Pigeon longer than more active postures, so see if part of your practice in this pose can be to stay mentally focused once you have settled in.
Eagle Pose (with toes touching earth)
Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Bend your knees slightly, lift your left foot up, and while balancing on your right foot, cross your left thigh over the right. Point your left toes toward the floor, press the foot back, and then hook the top of the foot behind the lower right calf. Balance on the right foot. Stretch your arms straight forward, parallel to the earth, and spread your scapulas wide across the back of your torso. Cross the arms in front of your torso so that the right arm is above the left, then bend your elbows.
Snug the right elbow into the crook of the left, and raise the forearms perpendicular to the floor. The backs of your hands should be facing each other. Press the right hand to the right and the left hand to the left, so that the palms are now facing each other. The thumb of the right hand should pass in front of the little finger of the left. Now press the palms together (as much as is possible for you), lift your elbows up, and stretch your fingers toward the sky. Stay for 15 to 30 seconds, then unwind the legs and arms, and stand in Tadasana again. Repeat for the same length of time with the arms and legs reversed.
You can also take a more restorative pose here by placing your toes on the earth instead of wrapping them around your ankle again. This way, you’re focusing on balance without too much effort. Connect to the energy of the eagle: focused, determined, high-flying concentration. Where can you bring more of this energy into your life?
Savasana or Seated Meditation:
End your restorative yoga with the ultimate relaxing pose–savasana. Lay a towel or blanket down and completely allow your body to sink into the earth. Allow your palms to face the sky, symbolizing an openness of acceptance. Melt every part of your body into the sand, feeling the way your body is supported and held. Stay here as long as possible. 10-15 minutes is ideal!
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- 1 sliced grain-free bagel (I love Barely Bread!)
- 3 tablespoons Kite Hill Cream Cheese
- 3 slices of organic cucumber
- ½ cup of smoked salmon
- handful of goji berries
- ½ cup of Philosophie Pesto
- salt + pepper (to taste)
Toast bagel, slather on cream cheese, pile one side with salmon and cucumber slices on the other. Sprinkle on goji berries and salt + pepper! If you like, dip your dreamy bagel into our yummy Philosophie Pesto!
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- 1 tablespoon Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend
- 1 tablespoon Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 date
- 1 handful of organic raspberries
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Powder
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Bliss Coconut Butter
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
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Whether you’ll be out playing in the urban jungle or exploring quaint towns and nature dreamscapes, the best weekend getaways are the ones where you feel energized and balanced throughout AND return refreshed and glowing. To help you look and and feel like a goddess during and after your trip, here are 5 simple ways to get in high-vibrational superfoods—without bringing along your entire kitchen!
- Pack Filling + Nutrient-Rich Snacks
Before hitting the road or the airport, pack a bag of filling, nourishing snacks. Mix up your own trail mix with carob chips, almonds, and goji berries that’ll help ward off hunger and work as a real pick-me-up. Organic dates, prunes, and unsalted walnuts or cashews also make ideal sacks since they’re the same kinds of ingredients that you’d find in most energy bars, but are more natural and have far less packaging! You can also opt for bars with clean, wholesome ingredients like Elemental Seedbars, which feature dreamy superfoods like lucuma and mulberry.
- Map Out the Market
The minute you get to where you are staying, figure out where the closest market, farmers market, or health food store is and immediately stock your hotel, AirBNB, or campsite with fresh veggies and fruit, almond milk, and other nourishing necessities. It can be a fun adventure to find the local, fresh gems of your destination like those fruit stands or roadside vendors. If you're in a hotel or condo, you can also request a mini fridge and a blender. Sometimes they’ll bring them with no extra charge!
- Scope Out The Healthy Spots
Start to scope out the healthy places to go, like juice bars, cafes, or even yoga studios, which are known to have the best green juices and kombuchas on hand. While you can always check Yelp, the locals always have the best advice. And you never know–it could blossom into a new friendship.
- Order Colorful Food On The Menu
While you’re out discovering a new eatery or cafe, order various vibrantly colored fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Think a black bean kale salad, a side of roasted butternut squash, a carrot ginger soup, and a grapefruit mint juice. By making magical rainbows out of your meals, you provide your body with a variety of essential vitamins and minerals.
- Supercharge Your Meals with Superfood Blends
Bring along your favorite superfood blend, like Berry Bliss or Green Dream. If you’re at a restaurant, you can mix them into your yogurt or salad dressing for a detoxifying, immunity boost. If you were lucky enough to snag a blender for your hotel room or have one in your AirBnB, you can also whip up a superfood smoothie. And there’s always the option of supercharging your poolside cocktail with camu camu powder!
Tag us in your #PhilosophieSuperfoods pics on Insta while you're on your getaway–we can't wait to see them!
Conquering the handstand is WORK. To nail this pose, it takes A LOT of strength building. But that’s what makes it such a thrill to do. When you’re finally in it, you’re on top of the world, like you can take anything on–because you truly can. Beyond being incredible for your psyche, hopping upside down and flipping your perspective also boosts your circulation and promotes detoxification. By following these 5 tips, you’ll slowly but surely make your way into this empowering pose!
Create a strong core.
Building core strength is essential to landing that handstand. My favorite ways to strengthen my core are boat pose (navasana) and doing short circuits of slow and fast bicycle.
Do wrist stretches.
When you first start doing yoga, your wrists are always in pain. The same thing goes for handstands. Stretch your wrists out and give them some love as often as you can. Even a few minutes makes a world of difference.
Build your arm strength while also building core strength by doing plank pose. If your wrists are bothering you, go down to your forearms, and don't forget to breathe.
Get your chest to the wall.
Take a downward dog pose with your bootie towards the wall. Place your feet on the wall, and walk your hands towards the wall so that your chest eventually kisses the wall. Hold for 10-20 seconds. To get out of this pose, walk your hands back out or do a sideways cartwheel.
Have a friend support you.
When you're finally ready to take the leap, have a friend support you. Have her hold onto one foot while you attempt to hop up with the other. Then when you feel balanced, have her move her hand in between your ankles and make a fist. This will help you to connect internally and lock. Bandha is a Sanskrit word meaning "lock," "seal," or "bind." There are three bandhas, and they are essentially muscular contractions that help you to breathe, focus on your awareness, keep your body strong, and give you a sense of lightness as you move through postures.
Photos by @mikiash
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