Colbie Caillat “Try”

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I want to thank Colbie Caillat for producing this beautiful song and video. I’m an adamant believer and advocate of ‘not trying’ to look beautiful, wearing makeup, and spending money on things to change our appearance. The women in the video are absolutely beautiful without makeup. This video and song makes me cry every single time. Please share this video on your social network. Mahalo ~ Namaste

Make Your Own Sunscreen!

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Courtesy of Treehugger.com

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Homemade Sunblock – Waterproof Bars

(approximately 20 SPF)

Ingredients:
1.5 oz beeswax
1.5 oz shea butter
1.5 oz coconut oil
1 oz zinc oxide
optional: 10 drops of essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint

1. Melt the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil together. (use a bain-marie / double boiler until ingredients are softened)
2. Remove from heat and stir in zinc oxide (wear a mask). Pour into molds.
3. Let cool completely. Remove from molds – refrigerate until use.

 

Homemade Sunblock – Lotion

(approximately 20 SPF)

Ingredients:
2 oz shea butter
2 oz coconut oil
1 oz zinc oxide
optional: 8 drops of essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint

1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil together. (use a bain-marie / double boiler until ingredients are softened)
2. Remove from heat and stir in zinc oxide (wear a mask). Pour into container.
3. Let cool completely before use. Store at room temperature.

 

Yoga for Ocean Girls!

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Aloha! This week we held the year’s first Ocean Girl Project camp, from July 7th – 11th 2014. Unlike past years, we’ll be holding a second camp the following week! The ocean girls not only learn how to surf, they also learn how to be sustainable ocean girls, doing beach clean ups, making micro-plastic art found on the beaches of Hawaii, how to create mandalas, yoga and meditation (from me!), SUPing, and so much more! Here are some photos of one of our morning yoga sessions. On this day, we practiced pranayama: Ujjayi (Oceanic breath for our ocean girls), Sama Vritti, Nadi Shodhana and Bhramari, followed by some surf-specifc restorative asanas. ~ Namaste

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8 Anatomy Tips for a Safe and Steady Yoga Practice

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I posted about alignment and anatomy a few weeks ago (see: 4 Ways to Help You Find Your Alignment) where I recommended this article “8 Alignment Tips for Yoga Practice” by Karen Fabian. Now, I have something even better a VIDEO! Here Fabian gives you a visual of what she was talking about. Read the full article HERE and watch the video below! 

Sunrise Yoga with Ocean Girl Project

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Last weekend, April 26th, myself and the Ocean Girl Project crew gathered together for a sunrise yoga session at Baby Makapu’u Beach before diving into a thorough beach clean up, followed by a fun surf session. The weather was gorgeous and the elements were gracious. What a beautiful morning! Namaste~

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Ocean Girl Project Beach Clean up & Morning YOGA!

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Aloha! As surfers and beach-lovers we have a great responsibility to give love back to the ocean and it’s beautiful creatures as it has given us. This beach is beautiful, but plagued with micro-plastic and trash. If you’re on Oahu this Saturday, April 26th, come lend a hand and pick up some trash! I will be offering a morning yoga session at 6:45 a.m. before the clean up. The clean up will commence at 8 a.m. The clean up is at Baby Makapu’u Beach. Mahalo and Namaste ~ CLICK HERE for more info! 10295683_717665701623699_4080723791045109373_n

4 Ways to Help You Find Your Alignment

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Alignment in our bodies is one of the many goals of doing yoga. Having alignment in our bodies helps alleviate pain and helps keep us strong, especially in the spine – the root of our body.

To reach this alignment, however, we must be conscious of our bodies restrictions when taking a yoga pose (an asana). We look at photos in magazines or online, other students in the class, and our yoga teachers and we think that we should look like that, that one day we can do that asana, that we will one day be as flexible, too. This is exactly what is wrong with the yoga world.

Moreover, more and more people are taking classes alongside 20 to 50 to 100 or more other students! How is a yoga teacher to help each person find their personal alignment? They can’t. I have a hard time doing this alone with 5 to 10 students in my class.

So, what do you do?

1. Leave your ego at the door. Listen to your teacher’s instructions, try the first variation of a pose (asana), then if you have done this pose before try the next variation, or if you’ve been doing the first variation for a long time and you feel ready to try the next, go ahead. If you are pulling, straining, getting red in the face, listen to your body and take a step or several steps back. Everyone is concerned with their own pose, not yours: believe me. Listen carefully to your teacher’s instructions on where you should feel the stretch, and most importantly relax into their adjustments when they give them to you, and remain in that variation.

2. Attend smaller classes.

3. Take a few private classes with a certified instructor (because they have studied and taken classes in anatomy, while aspiring yogis likely haven’t) to learn more about your body and your alignment. I promise you, EVERYONE’S BODY is different and your instructor knows that. Now, you can go to your classes feeling confident knowing you are doing exactly what  you should be for your body!

4. Check out this awesome article: 8 Alignment Tips for Yoga Practice 

Namaste~