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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March #YogaEveryDamnDay Challenge

 March Yoga Collage

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Day 60: Lizard Pose-Utthan Pristhasana.

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Day 61: Double Toe Hold- Ubhaya Padagusthasana.

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Day 62: Sage Pose B-Marichyasana B.

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Day 63: Unsupported Shoulder Balance-Niralamba Sarvangasana.

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Day 64: Upward Staff Posture-Urdhva Dandasana.

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Day 65: Seated Staff Posture-Dandasana.

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Day 66: Head Beyond the Knee Pose-Janu Sirsasana.

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Day 67: Goddess Pose-Utkata Konasana.

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Day 68: Wild Thing/Flip the Dog Pose-Camatkarasana.

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Day 69: Bird of Paradise-Svarga Dvijasana.

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Day 70: Sundial Pose-Surya Yantrasana.

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Day 71: Half Squat Pose-Ardha Malasana.

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Day 72: Hero Pose-Virasana.

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Day 73: Butterfly Pose-Baddha Konasana.

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Day74: Reclining Bound Angle Pose-Supta Baddha Konasana.

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Day 75: Mountain Pose-Tadasana.

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Day 76: Tree Pose (Variation)-Vrksasana.

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Day 77: Revolved Chair Pose-Parivrtta Utkatasana.

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Day 78: Extended Puppy Pose-Uttana Shishosana.

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Day 79: Double Leg Forward Stretch-Paschimottanasana.

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Day 80: Revolved Goddess Pose (Revolved Fierce Angle Pose)-Parivrtta Utkata Konasana.

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Day 81: Embryo Pose-Pindasana.

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Day 82: One-Legged Upward Bow Pose-Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana.

I’m still working on getting my extended leg fully straight in this one.

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Day 83: Sugarcane Pose/Half Moon Bow Pose-Ardha Chandra Chapasana.

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Day 84: Dolphin Plank Pose-Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana.

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Day 85: Dolphin Pose-Makarasana.

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Day 86: Warrior 1 Pose-Virabhadrasana 1.

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Day 87: Easy Pose-Sukhasana.

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Day 88: Warrior 2 Pose-Virabhadrasana 2.

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Day 89: Double Leg Raises-Urdhva Prasarita Padasana.

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Day 90: Squat Pose-Malasana.

I have been incorporating my Essential Oils into my Yoga and Meditation practice, and since doing so, it has turned my Yoga practice upside down. Sometimes even literally. By using oils to encourage and bring out my determined and fierce side, I have found the strength to attempt poses that I would’ve never tried before (see Days 63, 64, 70, 82 & 83 to know what I’m talking about). I have been practicing Yoga for over 6 years. In all that time, I have never gotten up the courage to try some of the more difficult…and downright scarier looking poses. I really do attribute my newfound inner strength, focus, mental balance & bravery to my Young Living Essential Oils. I incorporated different oils this month into my practice.

Here’s how they have helped me this month:

Grounding™: is a relaxing and balancing blend of essential oils that provides a stabilizing influence. It is in my diffuser every single time I flow and/or practice my postures.

Stress Away™: is a natural solution created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. It helps to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Featuring powerful plant constituents, such as the Cedrol found in Cedarwood and the Eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension*. It gets applied behind my earlobes, my temples and my wrists. Stress Away is my most favorite essential oil honestly. It goes EVERYWHERE with me.

Wintergreen: contains the same active ingredient (methyl salicylate) as birch and is beneficial in massage for soothing head tension and muscles after exercising. It is fabulous when applied to my achy muscles are practicing my flows and postures.

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If you are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils, please contact me at: zoe.the.stitch.witch@gmail.com. If you would rather not contact me, but want to go ahead and sign up, or purchase essential oils, you can go HERE. I don’t think you’ll need my member #, but in case you do, it is 2173554. To read some amazing essential oil testimonials, click HERE. You will have to register, but it is free.

I am still LOVING this challenge! I can’t wait to compare pictures at the end of the year. I hope you are all doing well, and if you are interested in joining our Yoga For Every Body group on Facebook, you can join by clicking HERE. It is for all levels…from “I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m interested” to “I own a Yoga studio”. Head on over there and introduce yourself! We love making new Yogi and Yogini friends and finding new inspiration!!!

To see January’s Yoga Challenge, click HERE. For February’s, click HERE.

Namaste.

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*The information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information represents what I, an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products. Information found on this site is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with your health care provider. It should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or courses of treatment.

Monday, March 30, 2015

8 Months Dreadiversary

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First off, we’ll just go ahead and get all the Yoga dreads out of the way now.

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Now, back to the beginning of the month…my epic updo. Look at those babies!!! They’re coming along nicely!

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I put in a permanent wrap. I won’t be taking this bad boy out ever.

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Showing my sections.

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A wild dreads, no makeup kind of day after working out.

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Dreads. On. Point.

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Showing off the back of them off halfway through the month.

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They’re getting so shrunken and short!!!

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Bath time dreads soaking in Peppermint & Tea Tree Young Living Essential Oil and my super sexy Uni-brow Dread.

They smell soooooooo good after soaking in the oils AND my dandruff is GONE now. Thank you Tea Tree!

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And then this guy…my curly dread. (I can’t pull it straight.)

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My fantastic dreadlock shower cap for the days I’d rather not get them wet. Yea, that’s a grocery bag.

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Just some random shots.

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Gettin’ dolled up for my Hubby. He finally came home after being gone in New Mexico a whole MONTH for work.

I even put on JEANS. Yes. Jeans are “dolled up”…compared to how I normally dress.

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I can’t even remember the last time I wore jeans…

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We were all ELATED that he was finally back. And for good.

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The next day, we played in the snow for a while. Nic built the girls a snow fort, complete with windows…here I am in it.

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Curly and out of control.

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It’s been 4 months since my last soak, so I went ahead and did another one. I’ll do one again on my year dreadiversary, then I’ll go down to every 6 months, then every 8 months, then hopefully just once a year. The baking soda can be incredibly damaging if used too frequently. I already wash with it, so I followed this soak up with a hefty dose of an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse. They were nice and silky soft afterwards.

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Soaked and ready to be shown off for my 8 Month Dreadiversary!!!

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If you are interested in purchasing Young Living Essential Oils for your dreadlocks, your non-locked hair, or even for you and your family’s health…please email me at: zoe.the.stitch.witch@gmail.com to discuss all your options and to learn more! You can sign up for the 24% discount by clicking HERE and choosing the Wholesale Member option. The only starter kit that includes essential oils…and is not a waste of money, is the Premium Starter Kit. It is $150, but you get a $100 diffuser, ~$177 worth of 11 essential oils and a bunch of other goodies included in that cost…it really IS a great deal!

As always, thanks so much for reading and for following my Dreadlock Journey!!!

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