Relaxing breathing technique!

Let’s talk about Alternate Nostril Breathing!

Imagine having a tool in your wellness toolbelt that is always with you and helps you feel relaxed, focused and balanced! Learning a breathing technique is easy and so rewarding. You always have your breath with you! And if you don’t have your breath, then we have bigger problems! 

Breathing is the only body function that we can control, so why not take full advantage of it?

This breathing technique is called Nadi Shodhana (nah-dee show-DAH-nah) and it helps you feel calmer, relaxed and balanced.  The literal translation from Sanskrit is Channel (Nadi) cleansing/purifying (Shodhana). 

Benefits of using Essential Oils with this technique!

When we combine this breathing technique with the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, we create an extra tool for ourselves. This technique is great because it only requires your breath so it can be performed anytime anywhere. But when we add oils – Frankincense for grounding, Lavender for calming, Peppermint for uplifting and focus, Valor for courage, Peace&Calming for inner peace and Stress Away to release those stressful feelings – we link the scent of these oils through our sense of smell with our limbic system of the brain. The limbic system is refered to as the “seat of emiotion” so when we smell that scent the next time our brain will link it to the emotion of calmness and balance. If you don’t have the oils yet – here is where you can get yours https://oily.life/katieyev/

Ready to learn this awesome technique! I got a video ready for you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw8BS0Twlu8


Self-care for moms!

Hey, MAMA! Happy International Women’s Day! I know you are awesome and pour so much into your family! But I am here to remind you to pour into yourself!

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Take that perfect piece for YOURSELF! You know when you are cutting cute perfect veggie pieces for your kids to snack on and eating the imperfect pieces yourself? Or washing those beautiful plump strawberries just to snack on the one that looks like it’s had a rough day? STOP! Take that perfect veggie piece for yourself. Go for that plump perfect strawberry! YOU DESERVE IT! No one will benefit from this sacrifice but what you are telling your subconcious is – I am not worthy of great things I am only worthy of those that no one else will want! NO! First take care of you and then everyone around you will benefit. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MINDSET! Affirmations are great for that! This goes for things other than veggies and fruit! But I think you know that!

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Set time aside to focus on yourself. Nope, that’s not selfish this is SELF-LOVE! We are pouring into family, into tiny humans, into new generation – how are we going to do that if we are running on empty! Focus on YOU! The best way for me is morning affirmations, meditation, and putting my moisturizer on. MOISTURIZER? What’s that about? Self-care of course. I use to slap that moisturizer on and run downstairs to tend to lunches and breakfast and folders that have to be in the backpack. And now I am intentional with applying my moisturizer. Really, Katie, are we still talking about moisturizer? Yup! And here is why – when I apply my moisturizer I do it intentionally. I massage my face the way it needs to be massaged – because I am in my mid-30s and apparantely gravity plays a role! I spend time looking at myself in the mirror and admiring my skin, my smile, noticing my eyebrows that need some care! SELF-CARE doesn’t have to be SPA – ALL DAY – NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN! ROUTINE IS KEY! It has to happen every day and this is what works for me!

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Essential oils!!! These bottles of joy help me set intentions, focus my attention on things that are important, energize me, ground me, and raise my vibrations! Every month I do a zyto scan for my family (Zyto technology is like a lie detector test for your wellness and gives you suggestions on oils and supplements that your body can benefit from). This month my scan was all about emotional wellbeing! I scanned for Motivation, Awaken, Nutmeg, Bergamot and Cortistop! Let me backtrack for a second! I should share that I have been feeling low – creativity has been low, desire to try new things have been low – pretty much full hybernation! Due to all of that energy has been pretty low too. And everything has been done in overdrive mode! So what do these awesome Zyto scan results tell me? One – get your oils on, girl! Put that Motivation, Awaken and Bergamot on! Diffusing Bergamot is uplifting and just brightens everyone’s mood. WHY nutmeg and cortistop you ask? Because those are fantastic for energy! Nutmeg helps support adrenals and cortistop helps support normal corstisol levels! I am sticking with these for the month of March and adding them to my self care routine! It’s jus the SUPPORT I need!

CONCLUSION

Everyone’s self care will look different! But it comes down to MINDSET (doing something you desire for yourself) ROUTINE (creating one that makes you slow down and focus on you) and SUPPORT (finding things that support you whether it’s oils or journaling or calling a friend!) EASY PEASY! HARD PART? Sticking with it! But you are worth it! And everyone benefits from it!

Happy WORLD Compliment Day!

Internet tells me that every March 1 is WORLD Compliment day!

I did go and Google it and love that we have celebration days for everything even for things like popcorn and margaritas! GIVE ME A REASON TO CELEBRATE and I WILL BE THERE! So this World Compliment Day got me thinking – Do people realize that they have limiting beliefs that manifest when receiving compliments. The best way to know if you have this belief is to pay attention to how you respond to a compliment – “Hey, Katie, you are so good with words!” and you respond “Well actually in high school I would always do so bad in English that I never thought I was good with words?” WHAT? That is a true indicator that a limiting belief exists! If you are new to the term limiting belief – let’s define what that is…

WHAT IS A LIMITING BELIEF?

Limiting Belief – a lie that someone told us about ourselves and we believed it at some point in our life or a story that our mind made up to protect us from getting hurt. At some point in our lives, we had an experience which our brain decided to adopt as truth and we began to live our life with that lie being our compass! But we are not tied to those beliefs we can always change our mind and our course if it doesn’t serve us. We are not practicing self-love if we are dismissing the compliment due to our limiting belief.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE AWARE OF OUR LIMITING BELIEFS?

It’s so empowering to realize what’s holding us back. Yes, that means we need to change our mindset and do some personal growth but it also means that we are peeling another layer to operate from the heart and create a life full of purpose! It ties right into self-love! When you practice self-love and someone gives you a compliment it has to feel radiating, put a smile on your face, make you think “I am so grateful for this acknowledgment of my talent, dress, family etc. that I am proud of”

HOW TO RELEASE LIMITING BELIEFS?

Step 1: Realize why you can’t except the compliment?

Step 2: What created the limiting belief that prevents you from accepting a compliment?

Step 3: Ask yourself – Is that the belief I want to keep?

If the answer is NO, create a positive affirmation that shifts your mindset from that limiting belief. Choose an oil that helps you tie the feeling that you want to move towards! Yoga poses and chakras will depend on the limiting belief that you will uncover. Feel free to reach out to me to help you figure out what poses and chakras to focus on!

So I leave you with this – “You are beautiful! You are unique! You are enough!” Accept this as your truth! Smile, radiate, be in complete joy of feeling so much self-love for yourself!

How to find strength during hard times

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I have been working a lot past few months! I love what I do SO MUCH and have a hard time turning it off! As a recovering perfectionist who is finding the courage to be imperfect, I find it hard to step back. I have also been dealing with a feeling that stepping back and taking time to recharge will make me lose control over my work! I have been turning to my meditation and pondering if I am working too much and suffering from burnout?

Here is what came to me – there is an abundance of time to reach my goals. And I won’t be able to reach them if I push my body and don’t let it rest. So this Monday I rested – as much as a workaholic and recovering perfectionist can. I created some new mindsets to turn of the negative voices and grabbed some oils – Joy, Envision and Dream Catcher – to recharge! This is the best way to find strength during hard times!

Another observation I had with hard times – they are so valuable! They build us, give us an opportunity to use the tools we have learned or to identify areas where we need to grow. Here are affirmations to help reset your mindset:

I am enough

I am right where I am supposed to be

Challenges are opportunities to learn and grow

I am getting stronger every day

I have the ability to overcome every obstacle

I learn from today for a happy tomorrow

Yoga poses to let go of a hard day

Forward Fold – as you are in this pose, envision all your worries coming off your shoulders

Baby Cobra / Cobra / Upward dog – focus on releasing your shoulders down your spine, elongating your neck and opening your heart

Baddha Konasana (bound angle pose) or Easy Seat – the grounding of these poses provides calming benefits

Savasana – just letting it all go, taking time to rest

Young Living Essential Oils (buy your Oils here)

Frankincense – grounding and calming

Stress Away – relaxing and releasing

Citrus Fresh – uplifting and happy

Valor – courage and strength

Peace & Calming – calming and relaxing

Chakras to focus on and balance

Root chakra – our grounding and foundational chakra

Sacral chakra – our ability to accept others and new experiences

Solar Plexus chakra – our strength and ability to create our life

How do you combine all these?

Write down your affirmations on a piece of paper or in a journal. Grab oils that resonate with you. Find 10 minutes of quietness. Get into a comfortable seat and apply your oils where you are called to apply them. Close your eyes. Cup your nose and take 5-10 inhales to inhale the oils. Say your affirmations out loud 5-10 times each. As you are breathing begin to focus on your Root chakra, located at the base of the spine by the tailbone, as you become more grounded begin to focus on your Sacral chakra, located in the lower abdomen about two inches below your navel, as you feel your energy shift move up to your Solar Plexus chakra, located in your upper abdomen (stomach region). As you have sat and focused on these chakras, begin to open your eyes and moving into forward folds, backbends, and savasana. This quick self-love practice is sure to bring you calm and shift your mindset when you need a break!

ENJOY!

~Katie