Yoga is having its time, and for good reason. This ancient practice of aligning mind and body helps foster focus, creativity, calm, strength, flexibility, awareness, and overall health.
A growing body of research strongly suggests that yoga improves the following for kids:
Yoga increases proprioception for kids and adults. Proprioception is your awareness of where your body is in space. A strong sense of proprioception is important in athletic activities, playing musical instruments, writing, etc. It also plays a large role in a child’s focus, speech, alertness, and self-regulation.
In adolescence, the mind and body develop at a rapid pace. When kids practice yoga during this developmentally pivotal time, it encourages an even deeper mind and body connection.
When the weather gets warmer, I find myself trading my usual breakfast of eggs and avocado for a beefed-up smoothie.
I love “smoothie season” for so many reasons:
Protein: This power macronutrient is made up of amino acids which are the building blocks for muscle, skin, bones, and blood. The average American consumes enough protein at dinner but gets very little in the morning, when it is arguably more useful. This is because protein intake is a precursor to the production of dopamine and...
Warm. Rich. Creamy. CHOCOLATY GOODNESS IN A CUP.
Who doesn’t love hot cocoa?
If you’re following a dairy or sugar free lifestyle though, you may have thought this indulgence was lost to you forever.
What’s even better? This recipe is as simple as opening up a packet of Swiss Miss. No crazy substitutions or chemistry experiments to make it taste like the real deal.
Of course you can get fancy if you wanted to. Add a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, a dash or two of cinnamon and nutmeg or even a dollop of coconut whipped cream (betchya thought you couldn't have whipped cream anymore either!)
So! Light a fire, turn on a Hallmark Christmas movie and sip on this delicious hot chocolate.