DAY 21: THE END

11/21/2015

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DAY 21: THE END

During this #beinspired challenge, you've done many things. You've walked with loved ones, practiced yoga on your mat at home and at the studio with friends, listened to classical music and belted out classic rock songs in your car, knit scarves, watched speakers brave the stage to share their stories, swung on the swing with your children, started a book, finished a book, and started another book. And so much more. 

But what you've really done over the last 21 days is to create your own catalog of activities that nourish and inspire you. 

So on days when you there's a pause in your daily routine and you find yourself wondering, What can I do now?, take your dog for a walk, or watch a Ted Talk and learn something new.

And on the days when life feels tense or uncertain and you ask yourself, 'What should I do now?' return to this same list. Instead of trying to solve it all right away, ask yourself, 'what do I really love?' and do that.

Do more of the things that make you feel more really alive, the things you really love. That's what yoga--and really, life--is about.

#beinspired #borealis21daychallenge #move #read #watch #write #listen

DAY 20: THANKSGIVING AND THE PRACTICE OF GRATITUDE

11/20/2015

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DAY 21: THE END

"Just because last year’s holiday was a bust doesn’t mean things will go awry this time."


The holidays can be interesting. Being around family can bring out things in us we don't experience the rest of the year. 

Remembering the best moment of each day can help it feel like a new beginning and bring awareness to the abundance we have in our lives.

Check out this article on Thanksgiving and the Practice of Gratitude and write down 3 things you're grateful for today.
#write #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

DAY 19: THE ART OF BEING YOURSELF

11/19/2015

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"Most of us don't take up nearly the amount of space the universe intended for us." - Caroline McHugh

Something happens between our early years, when we don't know how to hide our true colors, and our older years when we don't care what people think. Caroline McHugh talks about the different versions of "you" and how, as Gandhi said, your life if your message.

Watch the video now.

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Day 18: Rock out!

11/18/2015

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Rock out to this incredibly talented duo from Mexico. #listen #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

DAY 17: READ

11/17/2015

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DAY 17: READ

Reading is like yoga. Much like the feeling I get when I haven't taken a yoga class in a long time, I can tell when I haven't been reading; I feel more easily agitated and fidgety. Reading helps reduce stress and calm the mind and body. 

But did you know that reading may even lower blood pressure and slow the progress of Alzheimers? Click here for a list of 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Everyday.

And here's another reason to read everyday: it's FUN! Reading, particularly fiction, takes us out of our everyday life and transports us to a different place, time and focus, helping us to not get overwhelmed by the myriad of tasks, people and responsibilities vying for our attention.

Open a book...and go somewhere fun!
#read #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

Day 16: Drop and give me 20!

11/16/2015

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The variety of exercise regimens and equipment available has grown exponentially in the last 20 years. Yet somehow there is no replacement for push-ups. This basic exercise if one of the most common and has been around probably as long as we have.

Push-ups recruit several major muscles groups, including biceps, core muscles, triceps, pectorals, and deltoids making it a very effective way to increase upper body strength and overall tone. Done consistently, they can also help to prevent shoulder injuries. (Remember to bring the knees to the floor if you're working with sensitivity in the lower back.) Besides the physical benefits, push-ups are a very easy way to get rid of nervous tension or stress and get an ego boost. 

So go ahead. Wherever you are, drop and give me 10 of your best...20 if you're feeling brave. And if you feel as if the classic push-up is not entertaining enough, check out the video below for some creative variations.

#move #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

Day 15: The Coolest Thing About Gratitude

11/15/2015

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Did you know that cultivating gratitude can literally have an affect on your heart?!

Right now, write down 3 things you're grateful for today. Grab a post-it, anything.

For more on how gratitude affects the heart, check out this article from Elephant Journal here.
And if you're looking to cultivate more gratitude in your life, join Linda for a special workshop "Gifts of Gratitude" next Saturday Nov. 21st at Borealis. 

#beinspired #write #borealisbeinspiredchallenge #yogainreallife

Day 14: Stroke of Insight

11/14/2015

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A neuroscientist watches as she herself experiences a stroke and lives to share her insight. 

Watch this inspirational video now.

#beinspired #watch #borealis21daychallenge

DAY 13: VIBRATING STRINGS DRAW US IN...

11/13/2015

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Immerse yourself in the rapture of music.
You know what you love. Go there.

Tend to each note, each chord,
Rising up from silence and dissolving again.

Vibrating strings draw us
Into the spacious resonance of the heart.

The body becomes light as the sky
And you, one with the Great Musician, 
Who is even now singing us
Into existence.
-Lorin Roche, The Radiance Sutras, # 18

Listen to the strings in this classic song. #listen #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge 

Day 12: It only takes a minute (cue the Take That song from 1992)

11/12/2015

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DAY 12: IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE (CUE THE TAKE THAT SONG FROM 1992)

There are many ways to calm the mind. And it only take a minute.

In his book "Quiet Mind: One Minute Retreats from a Busy World," David Kundtz, author also of "Doing Nothing," presents a series of 2-page reflections on aspects of daily life, such as drinking tea, road rage and teeth brushing. It's a great book to pick up, read a chapter, and then put it back down until you want another little break from your daily routine.

So it's perfect for those of us who have trouble reading a book from start to finish, or have 5 unfinished books on the night table. 

For those of you who were hoping for the music video from the 90s song "It only takes a minute, girl," I won't disappoint you. Click here for a flashback in time that may make you want to dance instead of read. 

Either way. #read #move #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

DAY 11: GET GROUNDED IN ONLY 4 POSES

11/11/2015

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DAY 11: GET GROUNDED IN ONLY 4 POSES

It doesn't take a lot of yoga poses to make a difference in your body. Here are 4 poses that are great anytime, but are especially helpful this time of year.
The natural world around us is usually a direct reflection for what's going on inside. For many of us this is a busy time of year and it's normal to feel less grounded.
Practice these 4 postures here to help you regain and sense of groundedness throughout the fall and holiday season. 
Bonus points for doing the meditation as well.
#move #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

DAY 9: HOW NOT TO BE IGNORANT ABOUT THE WORLD

11/9/2015

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In this hilarious video, Swedish statistics guru Hans Gosling asks us to reconsider how we think about the world.

Watch the video now.

#beinspired #watch #borealis21daychallenge

DAY 10: THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT

11/9/2015

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DAY 10: THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT

Check out this great alternative to a Gratitude Journal...it's an app called Gratitude Journal

Then write 3 things your grateful for today. 

#beinspired #write #borealis21daychallenge

DAY 8: A CLASSIC

11/8/2015

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#listen #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

DAY 7: A GREAT AUDIOBOOK FOR NATURE LOVERS

11/7/2015

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DAY 7: A GREAT AUDIOBOOK FOR NATURE LOVERS

The audiobook version is really the only way to read this book. Read by the author himself, John O'Donohue's thick Irish accent adds such magic to his words filled with poetry and images. It's one of those books where there's a memorable quote in just about every paragraph. 

The book: Beauty: The Invisible Embrace by John O'Donohue

Audible.com gives you a free audiobook when you first sign up. Check it out at Audible.com.

If you need some convincing, have a listen to this interview with John from OnBeing.org.

DAY 6: WALKING SOLVES EVERYTHING

11/6/2015

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DAY 6: WALKING SOLVES EVERYTHING

"Solvitur ambulando." It is solved by walking. So the Latin saying goes. 

And it's true. Many of life's and possibly the world's problems can be solved by simply taking a walk around the block. 

Perhaps it's the simple break from a task, or the change of scenery, or being closer to the natural world around us. Who knows exactly why it works, but it does. In studies, walking has been linked to improved mood, boosted creativity, and better sleep. Arianna Huffington noted that many of the famous thinkers had good things to say about the power of a good walk in her article in the Huffington Post.

So what are you waiting for?! Grab a jacket and head out for a few minutes. Who knows what world mysteries you'll solve before you return.

#beinspired #move #borealis21daychallenge #yogainreallife

DAY 5: WHY GRATITUDE IS GOOD

11/5/2015

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DAY 5: WHY GRATITUDE IS GOOD

Write it down.
Robert Emmons is one of the world's leading experts on gratitude. He's studied thousands of people and the effects that keeping a Gratitude Journal has on their lives.  

Some of the benefits, to name a few:

For the full list of benefits, check out Emmon's article here.

#beinspired #write #borealis21daychallenge #yogainreallife

DAY 4: THE WORLD IN 6 SONGS

11/4/2015

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Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin talks about how music has evolved to bring communities together, inspire emotions, convey knowledge and more in this fun video that includes music and dance.

Watch the video now.

#beinspired #borealis21daychallenge #watch

DAY 3: BEST I-CAN'T-GET-THIS-OUT-OF-MY-HEAD SONG EVER

11/3/2015

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DAY 3: BEST I-CAN'T-GET-THIS-OUT-OF-MY-HEAD SONG EVER

Cielito Lindo. Promise it'll make you smile. 

Listen now.

The best part is if you leave YouTube playing after you watch the video, it will play a string of Mexican Mariachi music to keep you smiling all day long.

#beinspired #listen #borealis21daychallenge

DAY 2: TO INSPIRE THE COOK IN ALL OF US

11/2/2015

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“There is a prevailing theory that we need to know much more than we do in order to feed ourselves well. It isn’t true. Most of us already have water, a pot to put it in, and a way to light a fire. This gives us boiling water, in which we can do more good cooking than we seem to realize."

-From An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
DAY 2: TO INSPIRE THE COOK IN ALL OF US

For the reluctant cook
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler

Tamar Adler writes with a wit and frankness that are surely to entertain as much as she inspires. With chapters such as "How to Boil Water" and "How to Teach an Egg to Fly," the author reminds us that some of the best meals are made simply and don't require a lot of effort. 

She also explains why buying a whole chicken at a farmers market is money worth spending. 

Tamar even addresses the therapeutic effects of preparing your own food. "If you happen to have a friend shaken by heartache, hand over a bag of raw artichokes. Once she has relieved them of their leaves, encourage one brave bite. Between the meditative peeling and the bitter taste, she should be completely healed."

DAY 1: IT'S ONLY TAKE A FEW MINUTES

11/1/2015

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DAY 1: IT'S ONLY TAKE A FEW MINUTES

Check out this 15 minute energizing yoga sequence with Kripalu teacher Larissa Hall Carlson.
Unroll your yoga mat wherever you are. Get up and #move your body.


Watch the video now.

#beinspired #borealis21daychallenge #move