Happy International Day of Yoga

How did you celebrate International Day of Yoga?

My community offered free yoga classes all day at the pedestrian bridge overlooking the Wabash River today.

I was so happy to greet the morning, sharing Sun Salutations with others.

To Your Health!

~V

30 Day Self Care Challenge 

I came across this on Pinterest, and just in time for Mother’s Day 😉

I love every one of these ideas except #6.

Number six, I just can’t relate to at all!  (((Laughs Out Loud)))
To Your Health!

~V

About Something Real

“Maybe it’s not supposed to be easy for you. Maybe you’re one of the rare few who can handle tough times and still choose to be a loving person. Maybe it’s going how it’s going because you’re built for it.”

– Rob Hill Sr.

Read the entire piece ‘About Something Real’ HERE


To Your Health!

~V

💫GratiTuesday💫 A Reminder That Gratitude *every day* Is Important 

“People’s dreams are made out of what they do all day. The same way a dog that runs after rabbits will dream of rabbits. It’s what you do that makes your soul, not the other way around.”

– Barbara Kingsolver

I have a post-it note on my bathroom mirror that is a shortened version of this quote – it reminds me to live my gratitude by doing something that makes me feel connected to myself every day. 

What is one thing you could do each day that is an expression of your genuine interests?

One of mine is getting my love and our dog to hit the trails with me – taking care of our bodies, enjoying togetherness in nature.

To Your Health!

~V


I share small tips with big impact that can help you start living a healthier life today in this Q&A with Caitlin Pickett, who  really got me thinking back to my ‘why’ in this fun interview.

Check out her BLOG and read all about how and why I began my work as an Integrative Health & Yoga Fit Instructor.


To Your Health!
~V

🌱💐 Hello Spring! A refreshing tea to welcome the Spring Equinox 💐🌱

The day of Spring Equinox is finally here!

Fitting that today, in the Midwest, it’s raining – we’re getting a cleanse…

The rain always makes me pause to reflect, slow down for a minute, and somehow tea always tastes better – like a special treat.

Being a tea addict, I have LOTS of various ‘flavors’ and I usually concoct my own combination blends.

Spring equinox, the rain..both were the inspiration for today’s settle in and sip some tea time.

I used 1 tea bag each of Yogi Tea’s ‘Soothing Rose Hibiscus’ and ‘Ginger’ brewed in 24oz of water.

All that I can end with is;

To Your Health!

~V

I Will Never Know The Answer “Why” And, That Is The Hardest Part…

One part of practicing yoga is beginning with an intention. This can be anything from a goal you have on the mat to a hope you have for the wide world.

Tonight, at yoga I was asked to set my intention before my practice – usually it’s for tight abs but, today is a notable day for me.
It’s the birthday of my friend John, who committed suicide 18 years ago. *That was really hard to choke out! That he committed suicide. I’ve spent years working on being able to say that, that is what happened. That is what he did. 

I thought about him all day today so when I was asked to set an intention, I’d thought about it.
My intention is that anxiety, depression, rock bottom isn’t so taboo of a subject that people feel weak, embarrassed, alone…and that they can’t say, “Hey, I’m having a really hard time right now.” 
That’s what I wish John had done.

 Understanding suicide, its prevention and preventative measures starts by talking honestly about it. 

I don’t know why my bestest friend took his own life – I had just talked to him and had tickets to visit him in the following weeks.
Suicide forces you to face being okay with not always having all of the answers. It teaches you in an “in your face” sort of way about shock and denial – how many times have I asked “Why?!?!” 

The answer is, I’ll never truly know why. 
I’m learning to be more at peace with that. But, for me it’s the hardest part.

 I’m able now to muse with my love, who knew him better than me and equally impacted, that in my next life I’m going to shake my finger in his face and ask..”What the hell, man?!?!”
Because the truth is, none of us should feel so lost that we can’t reach out when we experience feelings of hopelessness, confusion, or being unable to even think about the next day. 

Pleasure and pain are two aspects of life (e.g. “yin” and the “yang”) and they are inseparable. 
No, you aren’t alone. Yes, we all feel this way sometimes. No, you won’t always feel like this. Yes, the world is a better place with you in it.


To Your Health!
~V

Grow through what you go through.

When something (bad, unexpected, concerning etc) happens, you always have the choice to either let it define and/or destroy you or you can let it strengthen you.

Sometimes things out of our control that we can not change, end up changing us. 


To Your Health!

~V

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Mantras ARE Powerful 

We all have mantras, whether we know it or not. Words and phrases we always tell ourselves.
If we’re not mindful about them, they can quickly become negative. 
I can’t do that.
I’m too fat.
This always happens to me.
Nobody cares about me.
Mantras are powerful. AND you can change the negatives to positives by practicing gratitude every day. 
Gratitude isn’t something that just comes. It’s something you practice, like yoga. I’m still practicing, but it keeps getting easier.
I really like this Metta Mantra;

*May you be happy

*May you be healthy.

*May you be peaceful.

*May you live with ease. 

To Your Health!

~V

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For going out, I found, was really going in.

I’ve always loved that quote by John Muir. 

Today, some news effected me greatly. I was feeling down, and defeated and just an overall sense of gloom – it’s easy to say we’ll accept the things we can not change but, actually accepting…

I knew I couldn’t just sit and dwell. I needed to connect with my highest self by being in nature and with my gentle friend, Bear.


Our walk in the woods along the Wabash river gave me time to pause and reflect – to breathe in deeply and listen to my inner voice, trust the direction I’m going and, stay true to my path. 
To Your Health!

~V

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