My Top 4 Must-See Documentaries

Who doesn’t love a good movie paired with popcorn (with Earth Balance and nutritional yeast!)? Today was a gray, stormy day on Kauai, which always makes me want to curl up on the couch with the cats and my hubby and watch a movie. I especially love movies that inspire me to live a better life.

The films below will help you to learn more about where our food comes from, what we’re really eating, and the health of the world we live in. They’ve made a big impact on my life and I hope they do the same for you.

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New class! Release and Restore Yoga in Kapaa!

Yoga in Kapaa - Release and Restore

I am excited to share that I will now be teaching yoga in Kapaa at the Golden Lotus Studio! I am thrilled to be able to share my Release and Restore class with the east side of Kauai! Release and Restore is a delicious blend of Restorative and Yin Yoga with some extra special Reiki added into the mix! It’s the perfect class for anyone who is looking to relieve stress, increase flexibility and strength, and support their body’s natural healing ability. We will combine Yin postures which help to stretch your connective tissue, with Restorative postures which allow you to relax, let go and find peace which is often elusive in our busy daily lives.

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IIN Health Coach & Kauai Vegan Meetup

WOO HOO!!!! I’m back!!!! After a long blogging hiatus, I am back in action and plan to post on a regular basis. YAY! I am really excited to do so and can’t wait to share what’s new and good with you. The first piece of news to share is that I am about halfway through the school year at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I am studying to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. My passion for health and wellness and helping people to find their way to both, is mirrored by this amazing school and the beautiful teachers we are so fortunate to have as part of the program, like Deepak Chopra, Mark Hyman, David Wolfe, Howard Lyman and Neal Barnard. I am so fortunate to be learning from these amazing visionaries as part of this life-changing program. An IIN Health Coach takes a holistic approach to wellness and so not only will I help my clients with their diet, but we will also look at what is going on in the rest of their life, with relationships, work, exercise, and spirituality, as all are essential to building good health. To learn more about why I am doing this, check out the video below.

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waterfall Kauai hiking kayaking

The Optimist Creed

waterfall Kauai hiking kayaking

Gorgeous Sacred Falls (Uluwehi Falls) that we kayaked and hiked to on Kauai.

I wanted to share “The Optimist Creed”, written in 1912 by Christian D. Larson, that my wise and beautiful teacher shared with us during class last night at True Flow Yoga. It so supports the law of attraction… what we focus our attention on is what we manifest. If everyone picked even just one of these and integrated it fully into their lives, the shift that it would create in our world would be spectacular.

The more I focus on the fourth one as of late, “To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true” has brought about a full awareness that I truly have the power to create my own reality. There is always fun to be had, love to share and light to shine in each and every situation we encounter.

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Live each day to the fullest

The video below has been going around again lately, so I felt compelled to share it here. What would you do with your life if money truly wasn’t a factor?

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Wouldn’t it be so amazingly wonderful if we could all leave our current worlds behind and start living our true passions today? It’s true that we definitely can do that, but with bills to pay, debt and/or major responsibilities, it’s just not possible for everyone to walk away and follow their heart’s desire. We each have our own path and timing is everything. It’s always inspiring to hear the stories of those who just quit their day jobs and are now making their dreams a reality and changing the world for the better! Their inspiration is a necessary light for all of us.

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A shining light

Brilliant sun shining in Laguna Beach, CA

Brilliant sun shining in Laguna Beach, CA

“Take back your light. Know that when you’re in awe of someone else’s greatness, you’re really seeing yourself. Identify what you most admire or love about others and see how you can nourish those qualities and bring them out in yourself. Instead of fixating on someone else’s brilliance, find ways to develop and demonstrate your own.”~Debbie Ford

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Be the captain of your sea of emotions

sitting on the boat in Bimini

On the boat in Bimini searching for our dolphin friends

I wanted to share one of Peggy Black’s Morning Messages that really resonated with me. These messages always provide such wonderful insights and loving guidance.

It’s easy to let our emotions get the best of us sometimes. This message really helps to bring into focus how we can maintain awareness and ride these emotions, rather than getting lost (or even drowning!) in them. (I love the use of the analogy of riding on a boat on the sea of emotions!) It’s sometimes hard to take a step back and see a situation for exactly what it is, but your breath can be an amazing tool that can help to bring you back to a state of awareness. Taking a deep breath (or many deep breaths!) when you feel overcome by emotion can return you to a place of conscious awareness, helping to illuminate exactly where those emotions are coming from. It can make even the most difficult situation manageable, because it gives you the chance to step back and see things from the outside. Being proactive yields so much better results than being reactive.

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You are love

fire heart valentine

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ~Lucille Ball

I stumbled upon this beautiful video meditation from Lee Harris today that is the perfect treat for all of us on the eve of Valentine’s Day. (Or any day you need a reminder of how spectacular and deserving of love you are!)

“You are love. Celebrate the love that you are.” <3

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Kauai showing lots of love at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens

Love and accept yourself

Kauai showing lots of love at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens

Mother Earth showing lots of love with triple hearts at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Kauai, Hawaii

“You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy. You yourself, as much as anybody in the universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Buddha

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