Coconut Core: Yoga Ab Workout

Today I want to celebrate my students.  I have this awesome group of ladies that have been coming to class with me consistently since about December.  I have watched them grow and gain strength like nobody's business!   I'm seeing solid chatarungas, planks, and arm balances in every class!    The best part is seeing their excitement when they're flying in crow pose for seconds longer every week.  Fear of flying conquered.

I've almost forgotten what that magic felt like! Until this morning...

I rolled outta bed and onto my mat to do my daily practice.  I just felt like playing and I felt like trying to grab at some of that magic for myself.  This time last year, I would fall flat on my face trying to do side crow and flying pigeon.  Today, I decided "Why not try again?!"

To my surprise and joy, I had no trouble flying!   I tried both poses multiple times just to make sure it wasn't a fluke... and yep, I'm a bird now!

What had changed in a year?  Strength.  Confidence.  And just a "why not now? why not me?" kind of attitude.  A connection to that wild inner power that just says "Yes I can!".

You are so wildly strong and getting stronger every day!  Sometimes to fly all we need to do is believe that we can do it!

Where else in your life are suffering from a fear of flying?  Where are you more afraid of falling on your face than excited and positive about the possibility of flying?

Let your positivity outweigh your fear! Let a sheer love of your rock star self propel you onward and upward.

Why not you?  Why not now??

To help you connect to your inner strength and power, I've created a short core workout.  My Coconut Core Yoga Ab Workout is all about getting in touch with your strength-- and that strength is SOLID like a coconut!

Do something today to make you feel strong: either mentally, physically or emotionally. Go to that bad ass kick boxing class.  Stand up for yourself at work.  Write that mermaid affirmation on a post it over your computer.

You've got this.  Don't hesitate to use your strength.

 

xoxo

Jenna

Vegan Walnut Tacos! (Plus Cashew Sour Cream Recipe)

Ingredients:

FOR THE WALNUT MEAT (makes 2 1/2 cups):

  • 2 cup walnut pieces, toasted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Optional: 1 cup cooked green lentils! (If I'm cooking for my man or I'm really hungry, I add these)

FOR THE TOPPINGS/WRAPS:

  • 2 bell peppers, thinly sliced (I like to use 1 red, 1 yellow)
  • 1/2-1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • Diced tomatoes or salsa (Trader Joe's Cowboy Caviar is DELICIOUS with this recipe and has black beans, corn and chipotle peppers in it. Or use your favorite salsa!)
  • 2-3 green onions chopped
  • lettuce wraps (large romaine, Iceburg, or Butter lettuce leaves)
  • Other topping options: homemade guacamole (I'll share my recipe one day!), hot sauce, lime

FOR THE CASHEW SOUR CREAM (*Requires earlier prep!)

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups of water, then 1/2 cup water
  • Juice from half a fresh lemon
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste

Directions:

  1. Toast the walnuts: Preheat oven to 300F. Add walnuts onto a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 10-13 minutes, watching closely, until lightly golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Saute the pepper + onion filling: Add 1/2-1 tablespoon of coconut oil into a large skillet. Saute the onion and peppers over medium heat for about 15 minutes.  Stir frequently until onions are translucent and peppers soft & slightly bruised. 
  3. Prepare the Taco Meat: In a medium to large bowl, combine the toasted walnuts, oil, chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne pepper.  Chop and mix until coated well.  If you want to add more substance, stir in & mash 1 cup of cooked green lentils!  If you add in the lentils, you may need to add a bit more olive oil and up to 2 tablespoons of water.
  4. Prepare Cashew Sour Cream:
    1. In a bowl, pour boiling water over the cashews until covered and let soak for 2 hours.  (Or make the night before! Just soak cashew in water overnight...I usually forget the night before and boiling the water speeds up the process)
    2. Drain the cashew and transfer to a high speed blender.  Add 1/2 cup of water and blend on high speed until smooth.  If needed, add more water. 
    3. Add the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and salt and blend on high until well incorporated and smooth.
  5. Assemble your tacos! Place a lettuce leaf onto your plate, add taco meat, sauteed peppers + onion, and salsa, guacamole, cashew sour cream, hot sauce, and a sprinkle of green onions. 
  6. Take a big, messy bite and enjoy!!! Make as many as you want then save the leftovers for a taco salad lunch the next day. 

Leave a comment and let me know if you give the recipe a try! Play with it, add something new-- there are so many ways to make an awesome taco!

Gratitude Meditation

This week, I took advantage of the sunshine and recorded a Gratitude Meditation for you at Main Beach in East Hampton!

Gratitude has an amazing way of unlocking your dream life.  When you are grateful for what you already have you invite in more of your desires.    Feel gratitude today The meditation is only about 10 minutes long, so take a break to get those gratitude vibes rolling :)

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Your purpose in this world

You have a great, great purpose.

You are here on this earth because you are incredibly needed.  There is something here that only you can do. 

YOU.

You alone.

You are 100% unique.  You have something 100% unique to offer. You have a purpose.

Your purpose is love.

Your purpose is to be love, exactly as your unique soul expresses it.

Your purpose is to love, love, love the world as only you know how.

Your purpose is to heal the world as only you know how.

Your purpose is to serve the world as only you know how.

Let what you love lead you.

Love is your purpose.

The FORM of this love is up to you.  You cannot go wrong with love.

So let your intention be love. 

Love the world with all you are.

Let what you love be the form, the shape, the physical expression of your love in the world.

Be the love.

Some days you will feel tired. Some days you will want to stay in bed. And try as much as you can, you won't budge. Some days you will think what you're doing doesn't matter-- that you don't matter, that all your efforts are going unseen -- or worse being seen and criticized. Some days you will want to give up, Stop trying, Do something easier, Tune out---

Don't. Tune IN. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Feel your heart beat. Feel the life and energy swirling within you. You are here. You are needed. You matter. What you are doing matters.   Take a deep breath and fill your spirit with your inner strength--- your inner strength to love when love isn't being returned, to see with eyes of compassion when compassion isn't being given to you, and to continue with your work when it goes unseen or unappreciated.  This is the work and this is the practice. The more you tune in... The more you realize what is at the core of who you are and what is REALLY going on here-- the more you are able to endure, to be present fully, and to shine in very dark places. Because what's really going on here is just a call for love. You need love. They need love. The world needs love. The bottom line is always love.

Be the love. Be the light-- in every situation, in every moment.

You <3

You are perfect exactly as you are. So beautiful and so, so perfect.  You do not need to change to fit a mold; you do not need to change to live up to someone else's expectations.  You do not need to be skinnier, or prettier, or blonder, or tanner, or more creative--- you are already so wonderful.  You already have such a light at the center of your heart, and love at the center of your soul.  You need nothing else to shine.

You are strong.
You are beautiful.
You are creative.
You are lovely.
You are perfect as you are, right now.

Love what you have. Use what you have.
Do what you can. Love with what you can.

Lift your gaze... Look around! Isn't it all so beautiful, right here and right now?  YOU are beautiful right here, right now.

Love, love, love with all your heart.
Shine, shine, shine from the depths of your heart.

Child of God,
You were created to create the good, the beautiful and the holy. Do not forget this.

— A Course in Miracles

Feel fresh from the inside out

  •  Start your day with a cup of hot water, lemon juice & honey. It hydrates you, wakes you up and cleanses your organs.
  • Eat clean. Eat fresh.  For a few days, eliminate processed foods.  Eat delicious whole foods like veggies, proteins, nuts and fruits! Processed food can weigh us down.  Try eating clean and see how much better you feel!
  • Let go of what's happened over the last few months.  Maybe you've had a very stressful, difficult winter.  Maybe you have some relationship troubles, or someone is driving you crazy.  Try to release any tension from the last few months. Start new today.
  • Declutter!! I have been going wild with this one.  I've been clearing out old clothes, jewelry, books I haven't used in years! It feels sooo fantastic to clear that space.  Get rid of the excess.  Simplicity is beauty & ease.
  • Open the windows. Do yoga.  My studio has a beautiful cross breeze that just feels glorious.  Fling open those window and hop into ardha chandrasana.  Soak in the fresh feelings.

How do you get yourself feeling fresh?  Share with me in the comments! I'd love to give it a try!

5 Steps to Make your Dreams Come Alive

dream
dream

5 Steps to Make your Dreams Come Alive:

1. Allow yourself to dream.

2. Get a clear picture of what you want to bring into your life.

3. Believe with your whole heart it is possible.

4. Write it down 3x a day!

5. Take inspired action daily.  {I'm super serious on this one!}

Self Love

10 ways to love

1.  Take a bubble bath

2.  Drink herbal tea

3.  Try out a new vegan recipe

4.  Do yoga

5.  Spend time with people who make you laugh

6.  Buy a delicious smelling candle

7.  Meditate every morning (or at least a few)

8.  Write in your journal a list of all the love in your life

9.  Curl up with a heartwarming book

10.  Start your day by setting a self loving intention

Have another self-love idea? Please share it in the comments so every one can benefit! :)

Share & Declare

sharing your goals
sharing your goals

Ok so I toootally get it.  It can be SO scary to share your goals with people.  You are sharing something so YOU.  You risk being judged, criticized, or told "it's not possible".   It is such a scary thing to put yourself out there!

And that is exactly why you should do it!

Stepping out in this way builds awesome amounts of self confidence. You stand a little taller AND you learn to articulate what it is you want {and sometimes what we want is very hard to articulate.}

When you are {finally} able to articulate clearly what it is you want, people can help you get there!

I see it over and over at workshops I've held.  The scene usually goes something like this:

A participant quietly raises their hand to share a goal.  Some what timidly, he or she shares their idea for a business {or a non profit, or a project or you name it}.  I enthusiastically nod  over and over "Yes that's so possible!"  Then another participant jumps in to tell them exactly how to do it!

Works. Every. Time.

I want to see this magic happen more often.  So I've created a Facebook group to provide you with a FREE place to share, connect, dream and grow.  I'll be in there helping out and answering any questions that pop up!

This is your chance to connect with women all over the world. This is your chance to share your wild idea (and I'll be there nodding enthusiastically that it's possible).  This is your place to learn to articulate what it is you truly want for yourself and your life.

To join the group, find me on Facebook!  Once you're in, please share your vision with everyone!

born into color
born into color

Your way begins on the other side! So step out. Take action.  Live {and share} a life you truly love!  Live in color.

Do it now!

See you on the other side!

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The Secret to Living Your Dream Life

the secret to living your dream life You are on the brink of something wild and full of heart.  As you continue to connect to your true desires and dream in a fearless way--you start to wake up this magic inside of you.

This is the secret to living the life of your dreams:

There is a magic that is nestled in the heart of your dreams. Your wild desire is filled to the brim with you.  It's made of that spark in your soul.  And that spark is about to start a fire.

Let it.

Dive deep into your soul and learn what's possible for you.  {everything. anything.}  You are a gleaming light, a spark of the divine, a child of God.  Anything is possible for you and for your life.  The more you journey inwards, the more your heart will be illuminated with this truth.  Let your past be in the past.  Kick it to the curb and don't let it stop you from taking a new step forward today.  Start today and know that all possibilities are waiting for you.  Open your arms. Open your heart.  Open your soul.  Receive all that goodness.

Be bold.  Dream audaciously.  Far fetched, can this actually happen?  Scary {but exciting}, heart pumping, palms sweating.  This is your life.  Why not try something wild? Why not try an adventure? Why not leave tomorrow and go to Bali? Why not quit your job to start your own business? If nothing {absolutely nothing} was holding you back, what would you do? What would you attempt? What would you risk?  Risk it all.  Try it all.  Go for it and don't look back.  This is your moment.  This is your life.

Make it yours. Make it beautiful. Make your mark.

Get into action. Get things moving.  Make the call. Send the email. Don't stop until you get that response.  Don't stop until you've made it there.  Book your flight.  Write your letter of resignation.  Create it.  Paint it. Write it.  Tell someone. {Tell anyone}.  Do something. Do anything. Just get moving. 

It's as simple as that. 

Live in possibility.  Be audacious.  Take action. 

Your call to action

I want nothing more than for you to live the life you dream of and that you imagine.  I fully believe that when a soul is living her dreams, she is fulfilling her purpose on this earth.  Your dream is SO powerful and so huge.  You need to be doing that thing that you dream of doing!

Would the world be better without Meryl Streep?! NO! Absolutely not. We need her to be the amazing actress that she is! We also need YOU to step up and be the amazing person that you are and to work your buns off to get to your dream.

Illuminate 2015 is your first opportunity to take some serious action and to get super clear about your life's purpose.  This amazing 4 week experience will take you on a journey through all aspects of your life.  You will live in possibility.  You will think audaciously and you will take action.

There are only a few days left to join the course at the early bird rate.  After that, it will jump up to $199 USD.   Girl, save yourself some moolah and join today!

Click here to join the course now & save.

I know that everything beautiful is waiting for you in life.  I know, deep down, your journey is your own and you will learn the things you need when you need them.  I am so happy to be a part of that journey in the smallest way possible! {In your inbox, each week :) }

Joining Illuminate 2015 will only add another degree of accountability, clarity, and momentum towards your dream life and I do hope you'll join us soon!

Open your heart this week to all possibilities and dare to dream wildly! To living on the wild side of life,

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Feelin like Cinderella

There is only a little bit more time before the clock strikes midnight and we're diving head first into a bright new year! So much magic, promise and hope lingers in the air! (Hence...why I'm feelin like 'ella.) ;)I love fresh starts and I know that 2015 will bring a number of surprises and joys into your life.  You can (and will!) create a life you love this year.   The only caveat is that you must take some time now to prep for it.

Before you raise your glass of champagne, take some quiet time with your favorite cup of tea, a journal, and the fuzziest blanket you can find.

Relax. Take a deep breath.  Begin to write. 

How was 2014? What worked? What didn't work? What heartbreaks are you still holding onto? What pains, what mistakes, what guilt are you clinging to? Who are you not forgiving? What failures are haunting you?

Acknowledge each and every one.  Get it out in the open. Get it all out.

Then let it go.  Forgive them. Forgive yourself. Declare it to the universe--boldly and clearly:

I release ______________. I let go of _____________.

Write those two phrases as often as you need to until it's all out--- until nothing lingers under the surface.

Then choose one word that describes how you want 2015 to feel. Choose one powerful, positive, juicy, delicious, feel-good word.

There is so much power in your words. Declare this intention for 2015:

In 2015, I feel _________________.

Write this wish, this intention, this declaration every and anywhere you might see it day to day.  Write it in your journal. Write it beautifully. Display it on your nightstand, your fridge, in your car, on your bathroom mirror.

Let your goals in 2015 be motivated by this declaration.  Move towards people, experiences, and activities that bring this declaration to the surface.

ENJOY this beautiful year ahead. Enjoy this sweet fresh start. 

Wishing you everything wonderful, good, and lovely in 2015!

xoxo

Jenna

Soul & Goals: 3 things to ask yourself before you set any goals for 2015

soul&goals 2015 is right around the corner and with it comes a flood of resolutions, good intentions and goals.  But before you sign up for that gym membership or resolve to finally quit your job, take some time to ask yourself these three questions:

How do I want to feel this year?

Our emotions, our "heart-sensor" is a very, very powerful tool for helping us to determine the right path.  There's a reason people say, "I had a gut feeling about that" and they're usually correct.  So before you dive into the new year, sit quietly and take a few deep breaths.  Listen to that quiet inner voice as you ask yourself  "How do  really want this year to feel?"  Do you need a year of peaceful healing? Or are you ready for wild & free adventure? Do you want to feel immensely nurtured or fully alive & spontaneous?  Maybe you want to feel gratitude daily? Pure bliss? You set the tone for your year ahead....but use your inner compass to guide you.

What makes me come alive and how can I do more that this year?

What do you LOVE to do? When do you feel you are utilizing your God-given gifts? What come easily to you and what is the most fun? When do you feel like your fully contributing and have a sense of purpose? It could be the tiniest moment of your day.  It could be when you genuinely connect with a stranger on the subway.  Or it could be when you're playing with your camera outside.  It could be when you're taking a walk, or when you're around people--any moment you feel a burst of life & joy within you.  How can you bring MORE of these moments [and the emotions that they conjure] into your life this year?

What fearful or limiting thoughts kept me from my dreams in 2014?

Did you tell yourself you weren't good enough for the promotion? Did you silently sabotage a relationship? Think back to your goals and your inner monologue for 2014.  More often than not, we are the ones that stop ourselves from success.  If any limiting beliefs still linger, do the work of releasing and letting them go.  As you set new goals for 2015, be aware of the thoughts that begin to stroll through your mind.  Counter them with positive mantras and affirmations.  You are worthy of all good and your dreams, visions, and goals can and will come true.  You have a beautiful soul, and beautiful gifts to share with the world. Get out there and shine!

Looking for some more help setting goals and intentions for 2015?

I'm giving away some of my best goal setting tools & techniques in The Soulful Girl's Guide to Goalsetting training video & workbook.  Grab yours by clicking on the image below!

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