From LAX to JFK - Yoga From Coast To Coast

If anyone knows anything about me, it is that I love yoga. I have been fascinated by the yoga culture ever since becoming involved in the LA yoga scene in 2010. In light of webseries Namaste, Bitches and Amazon's Down Dog, my dear friend, New Yorker, and creator of Eat Drink Shrink, Gabrielle St. Claire and I began having conversations about yoga on both coasts. 

Noticing how yoga had become mainstream, we dug into how we initially found yoga and discovered what about our two cities (NYC + LA) yoga cultures differed and resembled one another. 

Huffpost Healthy Living Blog covers our conversation. 

Namaste' 

 

 

 

Mercury Retrograde

I was doing so well with my new intentions (my word for resolutions) over the last few days. And then today happened - Mercury Retrograde. Which is fine, it was expected, and to be fair, I'm still on track with my intentions ... it is just that my energy is a bit more "meh" today than the last four very productive days (it could also be the rain, ok the rain is most definitely a causing factor to this situation). Ebb and flow. 

I recently contributed a blog for Huffington Post's GPS for the Soul specifically about Mercury Retrograde. Now I am re-reading my own advice and applying it on this chilly, rainy, SoCal winter night (while laying around in my new One Piece compliments of Eat Drink Shrink!). Oh Mercury... no use trying to fight it. Again, ebb and flow. 

 



A Letter To 2015

As I look back over my choices and actions over the last year, I am humbled by, yet also proud of, what I have accomplished. Most of the choices and actions that made a difference in my life were personal, spiritual and self-growth related (which as my yoga practice teaches, these are some of the most important aspects in our lives - in other words, how you do one thing is how you do everything). 

My chosen word for this past year was "action" which, unknowingly at the time, manifested into writing letters. 2015 became The Year Of The Letter (Mary Louise Parker would likely agree). Writing letters felt authentic and honest, not only with myself but also with reciprocates, who got an opportunity to glance into my point of view. And talk about weight lifted off my shoulders! I recall two specific letters that I handed to people and physically felt lighter once they were out of my hands - like I've done my part... I can now peacefully move forward knowing I did the best I could do, with integrity. If we all practiced this kind of integrity and compassion on a daily basis, our world would be different - more authentic. Being authentic is no doubt very vulnerable, but for me, there is no other way of living. Looking back now, perhaps "vulnerability" was actually the word for 2015. 

Out of all of the letters I wrote, my very favorite letter was to my mother - for Mother's Day - for a brand and blog called A Letter To My Mom.  

Dear Mommie,

You are a beam of light, shining brightly to all you meet. I am so happy that my soul chose you and your soul chose me to play these parts of mother and daughter together. As a child, I watched you inspire women all around the country with your ambitious work in your association. Given that you laid such a strong foundation for me to follow upon, naturally it only makes sense that I desire to follow in your high heals to spread inspiration, as well (and maybe one day, I, too, will receive a lifetime achievement award for it!). You have taught me so many wonderful things about being a woman - not only how to put on my make-up and shop for the best dresses – but you also have shown me how to set a bar to accomplish whatever I put my mind to and then to raise that bar again, so that success may continue. Thank you for all that you have done to help me get to where I am today. You are my light and I love you dearly.

Love,
Heather


Eat Drink Shrink - Jane Iredale Review

Eat Drink Shrink - Jane Iredale Review 

Tantasia – Self Tanner and Bronzer

First of all, I am extremely fair skinned, so much so that I basically gave up on tanning and tanning products around age 21, just accepting my Snow White glow. However, I gave Tantasia a try and I’m not at all disappointed. The cool part about this product is that it worked instantly and also over time. I used on my legs when I wore a summer dress the other day and I had an instant bronze – yet it wasn’t too overpowered on my fair skin, it was natural looking. I continued to use it for a solid two weeks which built up a solid “tan.” The best part is that ingredients are so clean compared to other similar products out there as the last thing I’d want to do is add more fake to my fake tan. I was overall very happy with this product!

Absence – Oil Control Primer

Overall this product was alright. It did a fairly good job at keeping my oily skin at bay so I have no complains in the oil control department. However, I did find it a bit heavy at times, given it’s compact cream consistency.

Circle/Delete – Concealer

I was pleased with this product as I actually find it a rarity in the natural beauty products category. There are plenty of natural concealers from different companies but finding one that has an orange tone (to cover dark) and yellow tone (to highly features) has not been an easy find for me. I highly recommend and will for sure be adding this to my profession and personal kits.

PureBrow – Brow Gel

I have a love/hate with this product. To be very honest, if I did not have training in make-up application, I would have likely messed up on the initial application and called it a day. However, I knew to keep playing with it. The application wand is a bit big and I feel that it should come with a separate combing tool. However, the more I used it, the more comfortable I became with it. Each time I apply I do have to use a q-tip to clean up the edges due to the large wand hitting some hairs that most definitely do not need to be defined! I did begin to get many compliments on my brows so it was obviously doing its job. Overall, I recommend this product, but with a lesson or two on application in person with a make-up artist or an online tutorial.