Did you hear the rumor about SNOW coming in the next 48 hours?
If so, we can only assume your mind conjured up these three thoughts, just like ours did:
- California yogis don’t have to deal with this. How will I get my Sunday practice in?
- I need food and drinks, but I am definitely NOT buying milk, eggs, and bread. (Well actually I am buying bread, but it will be organic, locally baked, and gluten-free, so in my mind it’s barely the same thing).
- I do not want to clean my house, so what should I do?
We’ll give you a moment for the anxiety (what are you talking about?! I do yoga. I don’t get anxious!) to set in.
And now, SOLUTIONS! Here is our plan for a zen AF, deliciously vegan, and soulfully soothing snow day.
- Bake vegan banana bread. Best recipe ever, right from the Baking Fairy. If you are making your egg-less, cow milk-less, enriched flour bread-less shopping list right now, be sure to include: 4 or 5 medium ripe bananas, veggie oil, almond milk, light brown sugar, pure vanilla extract, unbleached all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
- Meditate with April Puciata. When our minds start to wander all over the place, we reach out to April and ask/beg her to bring us back to Mother Earth with a grounding meditation. She never, ever disappoints. Why meditate? We are glad you asked. April once told us, “The nervous system needs soothing. When we meditate it is like stilling the waves on a lake and we can see the true reflection of who we are. As we connect to that part of ourselves we become more aware, intuitive and filled with gratitude for the beauty around us.” So sure, we flow hard. But we make ample time for our cushion too, often with April’s voice helping us stay seated.
- Learn what LARLAR means from Jillian Pransky, join her for a five-minute flow, and then listen to this interview, where Jillian deep dives into the topic of somatic listening; what it is, why it is important, how to do it, and the benefits you can expect.
- Practice online with Lara Heimann. You know her from YogaStream, her studio in Princeton, NJ, the VibeWell Yoga Festival, where she presented to a room of 100 NJ yogis, and Instagram, where she is an international yoga-lebrity with legit street credit for her incredible knowledge of anatomy. Now here is what you NEED to know for your snow day: Lara has classes online at the amazing yoga channel, oneOeght. We recommend trying her class titled “Creatively Hip” first, and then perhaps follow it up with a few handstand drills, also on oneOeight.
- Buy celery, ginger, lemons, and a juicer, then spend way too much time researching the Medical Medium. We recommend buying the juicer and all your produce first, because you will want to start sipping celery within 20 minutes of perusing all the social media posts about lives changing after just a few weeks of juicing celery. In our humble experience, the lemon and ginger helps for the first few days, as you get used to the celery. A green apple doesn’t hurt either.
- Listen to one (or two) of Bailey Frumen’s podcasts – and then sign up to come to Puerto Rico with us in March 2019! Why? Simple. You want to take a leap of faith and do big things this year, but you need some guidance and – maybe – a little push. Bailey will guide you into a transformational mind space, to gain awareness of your inherent strengths, unique talents, and the elements needed to create a life you love. Together, you will define a personal roadmap so that you can effortlessly step into your ideal lifestyle design. And Puerto Rico boooooonus – you get to do yoga everyday with me!
- Plan to fill your Buddha belly with a Vegan Buddha Bowl. Essentially, it’s a colorful bowl of goodness using whatever you have in the kitchen. The Minimalist Vegan will break down three go-to recipes in her post; we recommend the rainbow version, with quinoa, chickpeas, cucumber, and avocado. Because, well, avocado.
- Start the process of brewing your own kombucha. This one takes some advanced planning, but it will be well worth it if you are regularly spending $3.99 per bottle at your local health food store. No, you won’t be drinking your booch by the end of the snow day (the process takes anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks), but you will be on your way to harvesting your very own SCOBY – and that is pretty cool.
- Plan your outfit(s) for the VibeWell Yoga Festivals. Okay, this might not be necessary. But snow days get long and boring, and you might want to do a leggings purge with purpose. Find a few pairs that are no longer getting any wear and donate them to charity, then design your ideal ensemble for 6 + hours of yogic amazingness on May 11, July 20, and October 27. And maybe a few more dates too.
- Do Jivamukti with Jess Stickler in New York, sort of. Obviously you will be in your own house, but you will FEEL like Jess is there with you when you tap into her podcast. This description of her podcast came right outta Yoga Journal’s list of the 10 yoga podcasts every yogi needs to download right now: “Popular New York City-based yoga teacher Jessica Stickler records her live classes, giving listeners an opportunity to catch her inspiring dharma talks and chanting at the start of class and even follow along if they want to practice. “Jessica is a wonderful teacher who discusses yoga philosophy in a way that brings it direct to the heart of humanity,” says Daphne Lyon, a top yoga and meditation teacher in Portland, Oregon.”
- Take a walk outside. Period.
- Give yourself the gift of yoga as art and schedule a session with Robert Sturman for October 26 and 27, 2019. He is visiting NJ as a part of the VibeWell Festival (YES SERIOUSLY) and we are already booking sessions for his visit.
Alright! That’s our plan.
That, and a few episodes of whatever we decide to binge-watch on Netflix, of course. Suggestions are welcome!
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