Yoga and Social Media – Reflecting on 1 year of posting

Hi guys! So, I am really trying hard to get back on the blogging front but I am most definitely not pressuring myself into writing stuff. It seems to be coming to me lately so I ain’t gonna complain 😉

Today I wanted to focus on the subject of my Yoga journey on social media. I hope you enjoy the read and that you may find inspiration, or that you feel the same about certain aspects of your social media life. Whichever it is, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I wrote in a previous post that it had taken me a while and several blogging attempts to truly find my voice and while I feel like this blog is the perfect result of the many previous blogs which I have abandoned over the years, I also believe that my Yoga journey had a lot to do with it.

Like many people, I’ve had a personal Facebook account for as long as I can remember (and officially stopped using as of January 1st 2017) and a Twitter and Instagram feed which I barely ever used. Again, my Yoga journey changed all of that for the better – at least for me 🙂

Although I’ve been practicing Yoga for years, last year I felt a call to practice more and most of all, I felt a call to start sharing my journey with the world. I had been following certain famous Yogini’s from my personal account and had felt so inspired by their journeys that I wanted to share my own and connect with people. So, I took the plunge with my IG account. Later on, I set up my current blog, followed by my Facebook Page.

Starting with IG was in my opinion, the best way to start my journey. There are so many Yogi’s and Yogini’s on this little platform and I thoroughly enjoy sharing my journey, reading about theirs, finding inspiration for new poses, tutorials, all the way down to reading inspiring quotes. I’ve hosted a few challenges now and I just love the idea of using them to bond even more with my community.

After a few months of Instagramming, I realised that I really wanted to get back to my blogging. In the past, I went through a travel blog, a photography blog, a poetry blog and I am probably forgetting about a few more that I must have tried out. My IG identity, NathalieYogini, felt like the perfect way to get back into blogging and use the philosophies around Yogic lifestyle to express everything that I am interested in and which all have the same core goal: sharing my thoughts, food and tools for a more peaceful life.

So far, I have posted 20 articles and I intend to post many more, always with the same promise of helping my audience work towards their own realisation of a peaceful lifestyle. My dream is to develop focused programs and workshops to help each person out there find an answer to the specific problems that stop them from reaching the highest version of themselves.

This leads me to the reason why I have added Facebook to my list of Social Media platforms. I am now growing that platform to share the content from my blog along with curated content to help my followers access more literature on the subject of living an aligned and peaceful life.

I have now finished working on the first program of the next phase of my mission. It was very important for me for this first program, to focus on a deeply traumatic experience, which is why I am drawing from my life changing experience with acne to share a FREE holistic program that aims to help any acne victim heal their skin with love and gentleness. I am now working on writing a full E-Book on the subject that will follow from the program and I intend to carry on researching into what my community is interested in to carry on with my mission.

Every single reflection that has led me to the above developments is in no small part thanks to Yoga. My practice is my meditation. Sometimes, nothing happens and I am just focusing on the more superficial things, like finding my splits. Other times, I get deeply into my practice and will get out of my practice with answers, ideas, even epiphanies!

A lot of things have happened over this past year of sharing my journey online and I am so happy that I made the decision to do so. I want to take a moment to thank every single person who will be reading this post and who follows my journey. I would name all of those that inspire me on a daily basis, but you already know who you are 😉

With Love,

Nat

 

 

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From the Pantry: Green Detox Smoothie

Autumn is now nice and settled and as the days get shorter and weather gets colder, it is important to make sure that we get our load of healthy nutrients to prepare for and stay healthy during winter.

I opened my fridge the other day and found that I had just the necessary ingredients left over to create a yummy green smoothie. It turned out awesome so I decided to share it on here! 🙂

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 big handfuls of spinach or kale
  • 1 Large Banana
  • 1 big teaspoon of fresh ginger
  • 1 cup of organic /home squeezed orange juice
  • 2 Ice cubes
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch cacao powder
  • 1 pinch baobab powder

Throw everything into a blender and voila! The ginger and turmeric work wonders for the health! they are great anti-inflammatory root and will give your immune system a great boost. The orange, spinach and baobab powder are Vitamin C gold-mines and finally the cacao depletes your body’s nutrition absorption capacity, meaning your body will absorb the nutrients much better and in much greater quantities than it normally does.

Enjoy!

With love,

Nat

Book Review: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

If you are on Instagram – and more specifically if you are a yogi or yogini on Instagram – then you will most likely have heard of the book ‘You are a badass’ by Jen Sincero. It is all social media influencers could talk about over the past year and while I am generally not one to buy into what influencers talk about – because more often than not, they are paid to sell products on their pages – when I saw this book being posted everywhere, I thought “ok, I’ll give this a try”. Little did I know that a few months down the line this book would help save my psychological state and therefore several aspects of how my life is shaping up to be like for now.

When I first heard about this book, I was in Boston. It was the beginning of my big 6 month long adventure with my boyfriend. A few days later, I was in NYC waiting to board my plane to Richmond, VA when I stumbled upon the book at the airport shop. I bought it straight away and started reading it. Fast forward to a couple weeks later, I had gone through about 1/3rd of the book and out of nowhere just stopped reading it. For the rest of our South American trip, I never looked at it again. I now know that the reason for that was simply that I wasn’t ready to receive everything that the book has to offer…

When we came back to the UK, we had a whole lot of readjusting to do. We didn’t realise it at first, but a couple of months down the line and we were constantly at each other’s throats. We were having a very hard time settling back into a ‘normal’ life. I was lost with what I wanted out of my life and what direction I was taking and the fact that we were both finding ourselves in that situation simultaneously, became very toxic for our mental states and as a result, for our relationship. And as if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, some of my friendships also took a downhill direction and I found myself deeply disappointed by certain people. At one point it felt like everything around me was falling apart.

This is when the book reappeared in my life. I was finally ready to receive all that it had to offer. I started it over again around mid-august and finished it only within a couple of weeks. I’ve re-read it three times already and have bookmarked a lot of passages that I like to re-read before going to bed, like affirmations. Thanks to that book, I am now in a much better place. I worked through my issues with my other half and found the strength to put some distance between me and the toxic friends. In some cases, I even managed to say goodbye when it was necessary.

So, what are the key takeaways from Jen Sincero’s book and who is it for?

Well, let me put it simply, it is for anybody who feels like their life is somewhat off. Jen approaches the problem like this: we were born innocent and open to the world and as we grew up, society taught us made up truths about ourselves and our world. Because of that, each and every one of us has their own perception of life and that perception has a direct impact on how our lives actually develop. That perception is our comfort zone and it is sometimes a very negative, consuming and completely untrue perception.

For example, if we were taught that money is bad or that it is rare, then chances are we won’t find a job that pays very well. Not because we’re stupid or incapable, but because we are subconsciously yet deliberately setting ourselves up for failure and therefore not aiming as high as we should when looking for a job or asking for that promotion that we deserve.

If we were taught that we are unlovable or to the contrary that nobody will ever love us enough, then chances are we’ll struggle to find the right person for us because again, we are deliberately setting ourselves up for failure to prove ourselves right and stay within our comfort zone.

In her book, Jen Sincero applies that same theory to the key perception patterns of life that really affect us: love, family, friendship, work and money. And after demonstrating the theory on each pattern, she draws the corresponding conclusions and offers the appropriate tools to solution and change each pattern.

I have no idea whether any of what I just said makes any sense to you so I will let it sink in and encourage you to get yourself a copy. I cannot believe how much it changed my perception of the things that used to block me from really moving forward with my life and I am fairly sure it will have the same effect on you!

If you have read the book already, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

With love,

Nat

Beginner Bouldering: What to expect

Hi guys!!

My gosh I can’t believe how long it has been since I last posted on here 😦 This summer has been a little difficult for me, for many reasons which I am not yet ready to share online. A lot of traveling has also been involved so I’ve found it hard to keep up with everything. But I am back! Hopefully more regularly as winter is approaching 🙂

A few weeks ago, I visited some friends in Switzerland, near Geneva and for the first time in my life, I went bouldering. I had been told by quite a few friends that it was the perfect complement to yoga, especially when you practice inversions. But here is my problem: I am scared of heights. But only when climbing. You could put me on a balcony at the top of a 150 story hight building, I’d be fine. But when I climb, the feeling is a whole other story. This is why I had never tried bouldering before. But when my friends suggested it, I thought there’s my chance to give it a try and you know what? I friggin LOVED it!

So, I thought I would share my experience and early learnings on here so that if like me, you are pondering with the idea of trying, you will start off with a bit of useful beginner information.

1/ Cut your nails!!!! 

I know it sounds weird to put this as my first piece of advice, but as a person who likes to grow her nails, I will have to kiss goodbye to that if I want to practice bouldering often. When I went in Switzerland, my nails were fully grown, which wouldn’t necessarily be an issue if there was more space between the wall and the grips but there isn’t! So you end up scratching the front of your nails, or worse, risk flipping them (I cringe just by writing that word). So give your nails a good cut before heading out!

2/ Wear clothes that you don’t really care about and start with leggings – i.e. don’t wear shorts if you are just starting! 

Bouldering gets messy – the use of chalk to avoid blisters on your hands will get you dirty. Also, as a beginner you most likely will fall more and wearing shorts just increases the risk of scratches on your pretty legs 🙂

3/ Pick your shoes wisely and wear thin socks

Now, this is one of the biggest learnings for me. Bouldering shoes are supposed to be tight – literally your toes need to curl up inside the shoe for better grip. However, the shoes size very small. So get a good size above your normal size to feel comfortable and to avoid bruises on your nails. Make sure to wear thin socks as well to fit inside of the shoe without discomfort. Ideally if you are going to practice several times a month, just get your own shoes. I got mine from Decathlon – they have a wide range of shoes from beginners to very advanced and the beginner ones cost £30 – they will literally be paid off within the third session.

Bouldering Shoes

4/ Bring adhesive bandage and plasters

These are both for your hands and feet. As mentioned, the shoes are small and especially if you buy them, they will be tight at first and rub onto your heel. On my first session with my new shoes, my heel ended up bleeding. So, instead of winding up like me, make sure to have your adhesive bandage so that you can strap it on to your heels before anything happens. The bandage can also come in very handy for your fingers, but that is something you will work out after your first couple of sessions. Once you know where the blisters are likely to appear, you can prevent by wearing your bandage straight away.

5/ Bring snacks and water 

It may not look like it on the videos, but it is an intense sport and your body will get tired fairly quickly. Have a protein bar at hand if you wish to stay longer and of course, drink plenty of water!

6/ Warm up and Rest when necessary 

Before you start, make sure you warm up your fingers, wrists, arms and shoulders thoroughly. You will find out throughout practicing that your legs and abs need to work a lot too, but we naturally tend to hang on to dear life with our hands and arms at first so it’s best to avoid not being able to pick up your toothbrush after your session. You may find that your fingers are in pain too – this is when I suddenly became very aware of the muscles inside my fingers :p Don’t be afraid to take a few minutes break when you feel it’s getting a little too intense. As I said, your body will get tired fairly fast and you will feel it. Go sit down for a few minutes, take a sip of water, relax and breathe and go back to the wall when you are ready.

 

7/ Have fun and don’t be scared to fall!

Bouldering is about having fun monkeying around so enjoy! You will find that in every club there is some sort of coding so that you know which routes are easier or harder. It most generally is colour coding. That way you will be able to assess what level you are.

Don’t forget to use your abs and legs! Don’t only rely only on your arms, especially when climbing up! It is very hard as it is totally unnatural but it will come with time.

Bouldering rooms are always “carpeted” with thick mattresses on the floor so that you don’t hurt yourself if you fall. When you get to the top of your route, either come back down by doing the route in reverse, or if you aren’t too high, jump by turning slightly to your side, letting go of one hand and then pushing on your feet to get away from the wall. Make sure to fall feet first and if necessary, roll onto your back.

I hope this little article will help if you ever wish to try bouldering for the first time. I will try to write more posts as I keep on learning throughout this journey on my latest love affair with bouldering ❤

With love,

Nat

Why MSM is changing my yoga game

Hi guys!

After a couple of weeks not being able to find the time to post anything, I have finally taken an hour to write down this article regarding MSM, aka “the miracle supplement”.

As you know, I am against protein supplements. However, when it comes to micronutrients, I very much encourage supplements. You see, 99% of the people on this planet experience some sort of micronutrient deficiency, some of which can lead to real problems for the body.

But first of all, we need to define exactly what a micronutrient is and what it does for the body.

“Micronutrients play crucial roles in human nutrition, including the prevention and treatment of various diseases and conditions, as well as the optimization of physical and mental functioning. Understanding micronutrients is critical for anyone seeking to maintain or improve his or her health.”

What Are Micronutrients?

There are two types: Vitamins and minerals. While only needed in small amounts, they play very important roles in human development and well-being, including the regulation of metabolism, heartbeat, cellular pH, and bone density. Without proper consumption of micronutrients, humans can suffer from many diseases.

Types of Micronutrients

Vitamins are available in two forms: water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble vitamins are easily lost through bodily fluids and must be replaced each day. They include the B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. Fat-soluble vitamins are not lost as easily as their water-soluble counterparts and therefore tend to accumulate within the body and are not needed on a daily basis. The fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E and K.

Minerals are also available in two forms: macrominerals and microminerals.

Macrominerals are needed in larger amounts. They include Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium and Potassium.

Microminerals are only needed in trace amounts. They include Iron, Copper, Iodine, Zinc and Fluoride.

What are MSM Supplements?

MSM (aka: methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic compound that’s used to improve immune function, lower inflammation and help restore healthy bodily tissue. MSM provides biologically active sulfur, which is the fourth most plentiful mineral in the body and needed for many different critical bodily functions every single day.

Benefits of MSM Supplements

Commonly used topically on the skin and also taken by mouth, MSM is especially popular as part of an arthritis diet and supplementation plan to treat arthritis or osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease since it helps form connective tissue and repair joints, tendons and ligaments.

MSM is especially popular as part of a supplementation plan to treat arthritis or osteoarthritis but it is important to note that it also does the following:

  • Improving flexibility and restoring collagen production.
  • Helping the body form new joint and muscle tissue while lowering inflammatory responses that contribute to swelling and stiffness.
  • Helping rebuild the lining of the digestive tract and lower inflammation/allergic reactions to certain foods.
  • Helping improve skin’s tone, reducing redness, easing sensitivity, treating symptoms associated with rosacea, preventing wrinkles, scar formation, dark spots and sun damage… I know, right?!?!? Where has this been all my life? :p 
  • Helping prevent and treat muscle aches and pains, throbbing and swelling while improving range of motion and mobility. It’s also been shown to help muscle recovery after exercise, injuries and even surgeries
  • Restoring the flexibility and permeability of cell walls within muscles, which means nutrients can pass through the tissues more easily, facilitating repair work faster and removing lactic acid, which causes that “burning feeling” following exercise.

MSM is originally naturally present in our food, however it is very likely that the sulfur compounds get weaker as the soil quality is unfortunately worsening and as the foods lose their freshness with time. Hence why supplementing can be very helpful.

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MSM Dosage Recommendations

The FDA doesn’t recognise a recommended dietary allowance for an MSM supplement or for sulfur (which it contains), because there’s no proven symptoms of sulfur deficiency described in medical literature as of now. Therefore the dosage you’ll want to take depends on what you’re using MSM for and your current state of health. Please consult if unsure.

Make sure you buy MSM from a reputable seller, and always check for the correct chemical compound name “MSM (methylsulfonylmethane).” Keep in mind that many MSM supplements contain synthetic byproducts and fillers. You want to look for an organic brand that sells “100% naturally derived MSM.”

See the chart below for more information

MSM supplement dosages - Dr. Axe

 

I hope that you have found this article useful and look forward to hearing your views on MSM! Have you tried it?

With Love,

Nat

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My Very First Blogger Recognition Award

Never in a lifetime of a blogger did I ever think I would be nominated for an Award! Blogging is one of my passions and although a very time consuming one, I like to think that it brings a little smile or a touch of help to my readers.

First of all, I really want to thank the beautiful Neelie (blog: Neelie’s Next Bite), who owns an amazing blog all about travel and lifestyle, for her nomination. Girl, you are awesome and I am so happy that your blog is turning into your professional activity!

Before I pass on the nomination to my 15 favorites, here are the rules of the award: 

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Write a short story on how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Choose 15 bloggers you want to pass this award on to.
6. Comment on each of their blogs to let them know they have been nominated and provide a link to this post.

I have actually been blogging for a long time but only found my true voice very recently. I went from writing poetry, to sharing pictures, to travel writing to my current blog, Nathalie Yogini. People often say I am quite a creative person, which is why I tried lots of things before I decided I would just regroup it all into one single blog. I don’t write much poetry on here but I do try to keep my love for travel and photography alive. I have also added yoga and nutrition sections, two passions of mine which have always been buried deep inside but officially surfaced almost a year ago now. I try to help my readers find their healthiest and most peaceful selves by giving advice on how yoga and good nutrition can literally change your life. I am also currently working on a program and an E-Book that will help people with skin issues heal themselves from the inside out.

My advice to new bloggers would be don’t listen to other people’s advice too much (I know, it’s a little paradoxal but hear me out 😉 ) What I mean is: when I first started blogging, people would tell me ‘you need to find a niche or a specific subject and just stick to that’ I also heard a lot of ‘there are thousands of travel blogs out there, you need to pick something more specific’. At the end of the day, your blog is a reflexion of YOU and only YOU. It is not created to make other people happy, it is first and foremost created for YOU to share what YOU are passionate about and there are bound to be plenty of people on the planet who are passionate about those same things. So don’t overthink it too much and follow your instinct and your heart. ❤

Now onto my nominations! They are in no particular order, but I love them all because they are so unique to their owners – some of which I have already met physically. I love the blogging community and I thank each and every single of my readers and followers for their ongoing support!

LeeAnn from LeesHealthyLife

Mara from She Smiles Yogi

Flora from Flora the Explorer

Tracy from The Feminine Code 

The Nubry Sisters from Nubry

Danielle from DB’ZKNEEZ

Pascale from Pascale Gibon

Christy from When Women Inspire

Pearl from The Pearly Life 

Gabi from Cooking without Limits

Jyothi from The Friendly Epicurian

Niki from The Richness of a Simple Life

Tamara from The Purple Almond

Sascha from The Stylish Dreamer

Bea rom Beafreee

 

Congratulations to all of you!

With love,

Nat

How to decrease stress

2 Easy and Effective Ways to Decrease Stress

We all get stressed. Whether it is because of our job, school or because of personal problems, we will all go through a stressful period at some point in our lives.

Today I want to share with you my top two tips to decrease your stress levels and turn them into something positive for your mind… and your body! You will need to:

– Re-learn how to breathe

– Incorporate hormone balancing infusions into your diet.

 

Re-learn how to breathe

Here is one breathing exercise that I would like you to incorporate into your everyday evening routine, 15 mins before going to bed.

Sitting cross legged on a hard surface, place your hand onto your knees, palms facing the ceiling. Make sure your back is straight and the crown of your head is extending towards the sky.

Close your eyes. Take a big inhale through your nose. Feel your lungs filling up with air until they’ve reached maximum capacity. Hold the air in and slowly count to two. Gently release the air through your mouth until you feel your lungs “collapsing” inward.

Repeat the steps 5 to 10 times and go to bed shortly after.

Incorporate Hormone Balancing Infusions into Your Diet

There are plenty of infusions available on the market, but I found that the one that works best for me is Rooibos.

Rooibos means “red bush”. It is mainly produced in South Africa and is caffeine free. Rooibos tea is rich in many mineral contents such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium and alpha hydroxy acid. It also contains antioxidants.

Rooibos tea functions as both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, protecting your cells from damage by free radicals and reducing inflammation. Rooibos tea has been shown to be an easy way to begin to slow down the conversion and depletion of many stress-inducing hormones.

I suggest you try incorporating two cups of Rooibos into your daily routineone upon waking up and one before bed – for at least a month and see how you feel.

If you find Rooibos to be too strong, try adding a slice of lemon or half a teaspoon of honey to it.

How to decrease stress levels

With Love,

Nat