In the small moments of your day that make you stop and remind you of the beauty in life, remember to be grateful. Remember to savour them and let them steal you away. Get lost in the stars, let your coffee warm your heart, be in awe of the mountains and let the tress whisper to you. Be grateful that you get to experience all of the small moments that lead up to the big ones. Bask in the highs of life and remember in the lows that they are only temporary. You will resurface and come back more in awe of this one precious life.
Have you ever considered that we all feel the same? We’re all in the same boat? And what your feeling all 7 billion people in the world have also felt or will feel? We all just want love and want to be loved. We want to be heard and seen. If you could remember this in every interaction you had with another human being would you soften? Would be more empathetic? Would you try to understand more? Deep down we’re all connected and we’re all trying navigate this crazy journey. I can guarantee that no one has it figured out. (I definitely don’t ) We’re all on the same path of feeling, learning and growing- just our scenery looks different. With this, remember you are loved, you are cared for and we are all the same. Take your loving kindness into the world and breathe in more understanding and empathy- we all need it and crave it.
Yoga it’s just about getting on your mat. It’s also about the other ways it affects your life, like the way you interact with others, the ways you talk to yourself or having tools to become more present. My yoga this morning involved getting outside and into the hills- there’s something about the tonic of the wilderness that soothes my soul. It’s one of the ways I feel more connected to my body and to my self. It forces me out of my mind and into putting one foot in front of the other. In Japan they call it forest bathing. Studies have shown the more we get outside and into nature, the less anxious and depressed we feel. It lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones and generates a feeling of wellbeing. No surprises there because humans aren’t developed to stay indoors for 24hrs a day 7 days a week. We were physiologically made to be outside, walking in our bare feet and living amongst nature. What does your yoga look like this weekend? Get outside if you can and just be in the trees - it will do your soul some good 💕
Where ever you are in the world, I hope your weekend has some time carved out just for you. Even if it’s just 10minutes, get your wriggle on, come into your breath and check in- what do you need to do this weekend to recharge and be okay for the week ahead? You deserve some chill time to wind down and find stillness. 💕
Journaling... who does it? 🙋♀️ I find writing(has to be pen to paper for me )one of the most healthy ways for me to process my thoughts.(shout out to all my over thinkers out there ) I also find it to be one of the most meaningful ways to show myself some love. Every night I write down everything that I’m grateful for that day. Sometimes I have super shitty days and the best thing about the day is the coffee I had that morning or that I was super grateful to be in bed and that I got through it. One of my favourite things to journal about are my top 5 favourite things about myself. It’s not meant to be a narcissistic thing, it’s meant to help me be by best friend. It helps me feel loved. Give it a go and see how you feel. Just 5 things - you can do it, even if you feel like you hate yourself. There has to be 5 things you can come up with that you love or like about your self. My favourite things about me: 1. My big sensitive heart that I wear on my sleeve. 2. I’m smart. 3. I care very deeply for people and animals. 4. I’m adventurous - I’ll go anywhere and I’ll try anything at least once 5. My smile- I think I have a nice warm smile. Let me know what your 5 favourite things are about you. #5favouritethings Also yes I’m still in my pj’s. I did yoga this morning and didn’t feel like changing until I had to because #realmotherfuckinglife Do some yoga in your pj’s today, move your body and feel some love. You deserve it x
Hi my name is Ellie and I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing about this account. I haven’t posted in over a month because I don’t really know what direction I’m trying to go in. I’m a self proclaimed white girl hippie(how cliche but who isn’t in 2019? ). I love my dog, tea, crystals, food(obviously ), yoga, walks in the hills and my fiancé. I’m trying to still figure out life and what I’m doing with mine- maybe you are too? I have yoga in my handle but I’m not just about yoga. I’m about self love, self acceptance, I’m passionate about human and animal rights and I want to help shift society in a more accepting and tolerant direction. I love yoga because it brings me peace and helps me work out my own shit on my mat so I don’t do it on others. I’m not perfect but I am doing my best. So maybe that’s where I’m going with this. Just trying to get the love out there, be vulnerable and be myself. Maybe if I can do that, you can too? Thanks for letting me word vomit on your feed. Sending love and light where ever you are 💕 P.s if you do one thing this week- check out Brené Brown’s show on Netflix and come and hang out in the vulnerability arena with me.
Its one week on from last weeks tragedy and I feel kind of weird posting this on social media as it was a time for remembrance, but it’s so important for all to see the power of a community uniting. I am so grateful to have been able to to take part in the call to prayer yesterday at Hagley Park. It was so moving to see so many(thousands ) come from near and far to show solidarity and support for the Muslim community, and honour the people who lost their lives to terrorism. We will never forget and we will always stand together for peace. We are not broken. Sending love and light. #kiakaha #christchurch #nz #weareone
The events that took place yesterday are heart wrenching. I still can’t believe that something this terrible happened here - somewhere so safe and peaceful. But it only takes one person to ruin this peace. It was one individual, not our community. I’m so sorry to all of the people who lost their lives, you weren’t safe like you thought you would be.(and should have been ) This act of hatred was done to shock and spread its evil roots. We will not let these roots spread, we will cut them out and stand in solidarity against these terrible people with these terrible ideals. The world only works when we love and soften. Christchurch has shown this again. We will not tolerate this, but we will meet people who are effected with love and understanding. We will hold space for those lost and feel lost. We will stand together and hold each other through these dark times. Hatred and violence has no place here. And thank you @jacindaardern for your words, you are the epitome of a true leader. Even if you weren’t directly effected but still feel like you need to talk to someone please call or text 1737 if you need to talk. It’s important we share so we don’t feel so alone. #christchurch #nz #westandtogether #kiakaha Thank you @radhashenna for the beautiful mandala ❤️
Kind of sup yogaing in the Able Tasman in NZ. Even though this doesn’t look like a super crazy yoga pose or is the best light, whatever I had fun trying it out! As I get older, I’ve also started to appreciate how sweet and fleeting moments are- special or not. I feel like half my life has been spent asleep. Someone who moves through life not totally awake, just going along with it all. I spent all lot of my teens and early twenties not fully aware of all that I have. Gratitude helps us open our eyes and stop to let the sweet ones sink in and let the not so great go. It’s important to savour the beautiful ones, cling to them like you’ll never experience them again- because you won’t. Just enjoy, the best you can. 🌞🐠🌊
Sorry IG went on a Insta hiatus! I need a break from the screen and needed to get into the sea! I was so lucky to travel up to the North Island of NZ and explore around the Matakana/ Leigh way for Christmas(just north of Auckland for those of you who didn’t even know that NZ has two islands- i.e me before I met my fiancé- sorry Kiwis! ) But let’s get honest and real. I’m not a fan of the New Year’s resolutions to loose weight or be a new me or making this my year- it just doesn’t resonate. This year I’m setting the intention to love myself wholeheartedly and I invite you to try this too. Im going to do my best to let go of what doesn’t serve me. I’ve been caught in the trap of setting a resolution to look a certain way or feel like I’d only be happy if I was a certain number on a scale. It just doesn’t work for me. It makes me anxious and I’m not very nice to myself as a result. If you want to loose weight to be healthier or you have a health risk, by all means go for it! But don’t make it something you HAVE to do to be accepted or loved by yourself or others because your unhappy with something. Your perfect just the way you are- and will your life change dramatically if you loose the extra kilo? Probably not. In 2019 I’m inviting more love and light into my heart. I’m open to positives vibes and changes coming my way. I can feel it in my bones that this year is going to be good! It’s also the year I’m getting married. I’ll actually get to have all of my loved ones in one room! This is so special to me, I’ve haven’t had this since moving overseas 7 years go. So let’s do this, love you for you and believe in the good things coming! 🌟💖🎉 #notfilter #loveyourself
My dog seems to constantly check in on me when I do yoga, “like hey mum, why are you in that weird move?” Sometimes she literally lays down under me while I’m in down dog and trying to do a sun salutation. Bless. But really today was a bit weird, I saw a friend that I feel like I’m drifting from and I didn’t feel that great after our catch up. I just felt weird. We’ve been friends for years but lately I feel like I’ve been growing out of her or maybe we’re just going through a odd patch. My controlling brain always try’s to pin point something as to why. I always need to find a reason as to why, but why can’t I just let it be? Yeah maybe it was weird, but so? Anyway, when I feel weird after an interaction like that i usually try to blame it on myself. Why I don’t know. It’s not like it’s my fault it feels weird or like I’ve done anything to cause this tension- hey maybe it’s only weird for me? Maybe she thinks everything is fine? So I’ve been trying to let myself off the hook. Today I let myself off the hook for thinking I’m weird, that I can’t sustain long term friendships(that plays in my brain a bit, more on that later ), feeling like I don’t have friends(lies ), that feel bad I ate a bag of potato chips today, that I’m not good enough(always boils down to that ). All of the above bullshit doesn’t serve me. So fuck that, at least my dog loves me and at least I love me. What can you let yourself off the hook for? What can you forgive yourself for? #happyholidays #namastebitches #yogaeverydamnday #loveyourself #excusethedogbuttphotobomb
Beautiful sky and beautiful moon makes me think about how life moves in phases. We go from happy to content to sad or angry. When we’re going through a tough phase and it feels like shit is hitting the fan, can we try to remember that it’s all just a phase? Can we try to remember that we’re not being punished, and that ‘bad’ thing we did that one time isn’t coming back to haunt us because we ‘deserve it’? When we feel like this can we hit pause and consider what the situation were in is trying to teach us? Can we try to lean into the shitty feeling and just feel our fucking feelings because it’s ok that they’re there? I’ve always noticed what we need to know comes back again if we don’t quite get it the first time. So lean in, feel it all and remember that we’re not being punished but potentially being given another opportunity to learn a valuable lesson. . . People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That's not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn't understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you're given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further. - Pema Chödrön
So how are you feeling right now? Take a deep breath in, right into your belly and sigh it all out. I forget to just sit with myself and ask what’s going on for me? How do I feel right now? If you can do this it’s such a healthy way to connect with yourself. Often I’m moving at such an accelerated rate and trying to tick things off my to do list(I feel like we all are these days ) that i forget to pause, process and find out how I am. Checking in with yourself is such a beautiful way to show yourself some love and take care of your mental health. Sometimes when we’re constantly moving at that warp speed, we all of a sudden crash and burn and can’t figure out why, and when we do we realise it’s because we never stopped to listen to our body or our heart when it was trying to tell us we need a rest. . Honestly, in this moment, I’m content. I had super sore hips from standing all day but I feel better after a stretch and some magnesium. I’m not super happy or super sad, I’m just in the middle- calm and ready for bed. 🌙
Right now I’m missing summer and I’m still working on my crow. It’s cold and wet in NZ at the moment , not our usual December weather and I’m a bit over it. I miss the sun, the warmth and the light. Lately though I’ve been experiencing a positive patch where I feel grateful, happy and light- despite the unusual temperatures. I’ve been listening to the @yoga_girl Podcast with @seal And that is one wise guy with some serious truth bombs. He coveys his experiences so beautifully and it hit such a deep cord. It reminded me how amazing it is that I get to be here, like right now. And when I stop and look around, no matter the weather, I’m so lucky that I get to be where I am experiencing this life in this place. I can hear the birds sing, I have my fur baby sleeping next to me and I get to live in this moment. Is there anything better? How are you feeling? Go check out the podcast and I promise his wise words will shift your perspective 💖 #gratitude #dis #workingoncrowpose #shiftyourperspective
It’s not always easy to talk about our short comings or sides of ourselves we don’t always like. I’m not perfect, and I don’t pretend to be. I do and say shitty things- not because it’s purposeful but because I’m a human who reacts- usually from fear. Usually when I get angry or say something I don’t mean, I don’t feel good after because I know I reacted in a way that isn’t my true self. When these emotions come out I don’t always stop to breath and sit with kindness or empathy because it’s really fucking hard not to give into them. And when I reflect on these moments I’m usually reacting from a place of fear. Fear of not being liked, fear of looking bad, fear of betraying my values, fear of loss... you get the picture. Even though I still react and get angry, I feel like I’m getting better at catching myself in the moment before I react. When I reflect to where I was a year ago to where I am now, I’m proud of myself because at least I’m getting to the point where I’m more conscious when the anger and resentment starts to surface. Don’t get me wrong I still indulge in these feelings and react, but now I’m able to breath more and create more space for myself to respond. In turn like 5% of the time I choose to react from a place of love. Being a human is really tough sometimes, but also so beautiful. We feel such a range of emotion and with that comes the good and the bad. I’m just over here trying to ride out the bad, be grateful for the good and learn from both. #gratitude #yogapractice #yogaoffthemat #fromtheheart #iamayogagirl
Settling into the weekend with a cup of tea, a podcast from @yoga_girl and some quality time with my mat. It seems the best way to unwind and relax after a tough week. Im not usually the kind of person who sets goals for the new year but I decided to set one for the year coming as I can feel a shift headed my way. I feel like some awesome things are going to happen and I need to be ready to embrace them when they do. My intention for 2019 is to love myself unconditionally and put myself first. I find I put others before myself and scarifice what I want to make others happy. Its not always big things that I sacrifice, and It’s not always a bad thing because I love to help people. I want to focus on my boundaries and practice saying no more because I deserve to be happy and I am going to do great things and great things take great love. 💕🧘♀️☕️ #loveyourself #manifest
Rainy days and self care days call for me getting in the kitchen and making some banana bread! I love banana bread and I love creating. I get such satisfaction from making something from nothing. It’s even better when it tastes great! it’s my favourite thing to have with a cup of tea. Let me know if you try it out! Vegan GF Banana Bread: 3 over ripe bananas(super spotty ) 2 cups GF oat flour 1/2 cup GF rolled oats 1/2 cup coconut sugar 1/4 cup almond butter 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 2 tsp rice malt syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp dark vegan chocolate cut into small pieces 2 flax eggs/ 2 tbsp ground flax seed and 6tbsp water Pinch of salt Oil to salt pan First make flax eggs by combining the ground flax seed and water and set aside for 10mins. Turn oven onto the 180c before getting started on the recipe. Combine all the wet ingredients, ensuring the bananas are smashed up. Then add the dry ingredients and mix it all up- I used a hand mixer to get it smooth. Make sure you add the flour a 1/3 cup at a time to make mixing easier. Spoon mixture into a bake tin(your choice on what you like to use ) and oil up your pan or use baking paper. Cover with tinfoil and bake for 60-750mins(depending on your oven ) In the last 10 minutes uncover and sprinkle a bit of coconut sugar and oats on top. When cooked through, let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then let cool on chopping board for another 5 minutes or so and spread whatever vegan butter you like and watch it melt. Yum! Enjoy 😊
Self care- it’s different for everyone. It takes time and exploration to figure it what’s best for you and what you need. This week I was desperate for a self care day, I have allot going on at the moment with work and my partner, and I realised that I needed a day just to me to recharge and clear my head. (I’m very grateful I can do this, have just a day to me ) My way usually involves a day by myself- not talking to anyone but my dog.(not that I don’t love people I just know that when I need to recharge I like my own company ) My self care routine usually goes like this: I wake up, take a shot of Aloe Vera juice, make a hot lemon water tea do some yoga(about an hour ), meditate with some Palo Santo, after I’ll make a green smoothie of some sort. Then I’ll have a shower and read or watch parks and recreation(I’m late on the band wagon I know ). I’ll then take my dog for a walk, come home make lunch, have a nap, do some more stretching and bake. That usually takes me up to the time when my partner comes home. By then I’m ready to interact and I feel more like myself. At the end of a self love day I like to take a hot shower and get on my @shaktimats - they hurt but in a good way... I’m not much into acupuncture but I can say that the @shaktimats have actually helped allot with my shoulder and upper back pain. I lay on it for about 20mins when it feels sore, and it always feels better than ever, and actually really relaxing once you’ve been on it a few times. It seems to really help with the blood flow and realising tension, which also helps me go to sleep. How do you like to relax and practice self care? ✨
Cool lazy Sunday’s call for vegan chocolate porridge and strawberries. 🍓 I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am that I can eat porridge again! I haven’t been able to for about 8months now, due to my ongoing stomach issues. But it really shows that with the right healing, however slow it may be, the gut does heal. I am just so grateful 🥰 #gratitude Chocolate porridge: 1/2 cup organic rolled oats 1 tsp cocoa powder 1/2 tsp cocoa nibs 1 tsp rice malt syrup 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk - add more to stop from sticking to the pan if you need 3 strawberries Add all ingredients into a small pot and cook together. Cook for 3-5minutes. Serve with strawberries on top. ⭐️
Today I am grateful for life. I am grateful that I opened my eyes this morning. I am grateful for my yoga and meditation practice. I am grateful for the sun and the rain. I am grateful for the mountains and the oceans that I love so much. I am grateful for my partner, fur baby, family and friends. I am grateful to know I’m loved and that I am able to love back. I am grateful for the highs and lows because they tell me I’m alive. I am grateful to feel this gratitude. There was once a time where I didn’t feel gratitude for these things. I didn’t feel gratitude for much because I was in a place where things felt so impossible that I didn’t know how. What got me out of this dark place? The practice of gratitude and meditation. I was introduced to this practice by a manager at quite a low period during that time. I started to write down 5 things I was grateful for everyday. It was sometimes just for my coffee and that my dog greeted me when I got home. It didn’t happen overnight, but eventually I started to feel lighter and my focused shifted to what I had, rather than what I didn’t and what I wasn’t. Going through this made me realise how lucky I was to go through it. It taught me that not matter how low you are, there is always at least one thing you can be grateful for. ⭐️✨🌕☀️ Try it yourself. Write down 5 things your grateful for each day and see how it can shift your perspective. #attitudeofgratitude #dis
Who doesn’t love vegan chilli for dinner? I swear I make this once a week. 🙋♀️ It’s filling, easy, nourishing and tasty! I love it because it only takes one pot to make and I have leftovers to take to work. It’s just the bomb 💣 Vegan Chilli: 1 tbsp high heat oil 1 onion diced 2 cloves garlic crushed 1 capsicum(pepper ) diced 1/2 zucchini diced/ or celery 1 can diced tomatoes 1/2 cup vegetable broth 1 tbsp tomato paste 1/2 cup of corn 1 can organic black beans 1 can organic kidney beans 1 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp cacao powder 1 tsp peprika 1 tsp cumin Pinch of cayenne pepper (depends how hot you like it ) 1/4 of and avo or guacamole to pop on top Cornchips on the side, because why not? 1. Heat up oil in a pot, then add in the onion and let it cook for a couple of minutes. 2. Next add the garlic, capsicum and zucchini- cook for a about 5 mins. 3. Add in tomatoes, broth and beans. Then mix in the tomato paste and spices. 4. Let it come to a boil, then simmer on low for 20mins. 5. In the last 10mins add in the corn. Voila yummy Chili goodness ✨💕✨
This is me in tree looking at some tress in my garden. Right now I’m going through a period of change and I’m finding that the more I’m on my mat the more I’m out of head and in my body. As these times can feel tough, I just keep telling myself that I love myself no matter what. I’m good enough and what I’m doing is enough.(wise words from @jenpastiloff / I love your classes on @yogagirlofficial 💕 they are so uplifting ) As the feeling of stress ebbs and flows, I really try to feel it out without it letting it settle in my body. I choose to not let it move in and make a home to the point where it feels like a weight that can’t be lifted. But it’s a conscious choice and effort. I literally tell myself “NO! you will not make a home here anymore.” So far its helping. Don’t get me wrong it’s ok to be stressed because life can be stressful, but it’s what we allow in and how it effects us that can make a difference. Anyway that’s what I’m working on this week. It’s a slow process reworking the deep pathways in the brain that no longer serves us. But if I can do it, you can to! 🌱🤙🙏
Let’s talk about crystals! 💖🔮 I’ve only just discovered them and only have one so far. I’d always thought they were a bit out there for me, but that changed when I was looking in a shop and found this one- it was just so beautiful. When I asked to look at it I felt like my throat chakra just opened and I couldn’t stop holding it. It’s called a Blue Calcite, it’s meant to be a crystal that connects to this area in the body. It can help with anxiety by sending out calming and soothing vibes. I now meditate and sleep with it under my pillow. I know some people might think it’s all bullshit, and I did too until I held one that connected with me. What are your thoughts on crystals? Do you think they work? Are there any others you think are great?
This chana masala from @deliciouslyella is to die for! It’s warm, hearty, healthy and has a real kick! Indian food is just the bomb 💣
Sometimes I do yoga to unwind, sometimes I do it to keep me fit, most times I do it to keep me from going crazy 😜 This week has been super full on at work and with school. I start to doubt myself that I can’t do it all. But then at the end of it, I arrive at the present moment and realised I made it through - and you can too. What you didn’t think you wouldn’t get through, you do. Hang in there and keeping going, this moment or situation won’t last forever. 💖
Smoothies are such a great way to get in gut loving fruit and extra greens.🥰🥬🥭 It can be tough to get your 10+ a day but smoothies make it so much easier, and their super yum! Mango Gut Loving Green Smoothie: A handful of spinach A handful of blueberries 1/2 a cup of frozen mango 1/2 a cup of coconut water 1tsp Good green stuff from @nuzestnz 1tsp digestive powder from my naturopath A handful of ice What’s your favourite way to get your fruit and veggies in?
I had a moment of, “I don’t look good doing this, I’m not that great at yoga, my arm looks fat, what if people think this is dumb” before posting this. I even went to other yoga pages to see how other people’s arms looked in downdog! Why we do this to our selves? Compare ourselves to others? Their story isn’t mine, we haven’t had the same journey so why am I focusing on what they physically look like in a photo? It’s so interesting how these thoughts come up and why we believe them. I then kindly took a deep breath and told myself to f*ck that sh*t and post the damn photo anyway. I reminded myself that I love myself no matter what and I created this page to connect with others. Yoga isn’t about comparing what you look like to others, it’s about learning to let it all go and recognising your thoughts do you don’t react to every single one. It’s about getting on your mat, mediating and feeling your feelings. So that was my rambling for the the day. Hope your week has gotten off to a good start, and if it hasn’t say f*ck that sh*t, I love myself anyway. 💖🤷♀️🤙
Vegan creamy garlic pasta! This shit is ligit! It’s so yum even my meat eating partner eats it! I make it about once week. 🤤 I like to use almond milk, garlic, shallots, nutritional yeast and arrowroot starch for the sauce. When the creamy sauce is ready I pop in mushrooms, spinach and roasted cherry tomatoes, it’s so yum! I’m gluten free as well, so I like to use @ceresorganics quinoa rice pasta, it tastes just like the real thing. Plant based for the win 👊 Inspired by @minimalistbaker
I am a vegan, yep I’m that guy🙋♀️, I eat like a bunny (kind of ). I find the easiest way to be vegan and be healthy is to eat at home. I do have stomach issues, which I’m dealing with, but it’s a long healing process. I find being vegan is the easiest way to manage my symptoms and the easiest on my conscience. Cooking at home can be time consuming and sometimes I end up eating after 7pm if I’m working that day, but eating at home makes me feel better and happy. This salad was quick, easy and healthy and only took a half hour! 🤗 My Happy Tummy Buddha Salad💖🧘♀️🥗: 1 cup pumpkin 1 medium potato cut up into small chunks 1/2 cup chickpeas 1 cup broccoli 1 cup rocket 2 tbsp olive oil 1/4 tsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp paprika Himalayan rock salt Roast the pumpkin, potato, chickpeas and broccoli in the oven at 180c on the same tray with the Himalayan Rock salt and paprika and 1 tbsp olive oil. Stagger cooking times as needed, starting with the potato and pumpkin and put in broccoli and chickpeas in last. Mix altogether the remaining olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Inspiration from @deliciouslyella ☀️
Hello instagram! My name is Ellie, I’m from Vancouver, Canada but I call Christchurch New Zealand home. I’ve lived here with my partner Scott for the past 5 or so years on and off, and we have beautiful dog named Bree(also known as my baby ). I started this instagram to connect with people across the world and share my passion and experience of yoga, trying to eat well and balance life. I’m no pro, I’m not a teacher and I’m not qualified in nutrition or anything of the sort. This is simply a space to share my story in hopes that it resonates with someone else out there. I hope your having a lovely day where ever you are. Here it’s pouring rain, and it’s the perfect day to cleanse the energy around me and get on my mat. 🤙💖🧘♀️