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Live Light Practice
Do you ever feel like you are going and going? That you are moving quickly and can’t find time to slow down?
Sometimes I find my self speed walking for no reason. Once I realize it I stop and ask myself what is the rush?
Yesterday I took a beginner yoga class and it was so nice to go back to the basics, to be with each posture. In traditional vinyasa classes we flow from one pose to the next, and sometimes way to fast. In class yesterday we wouldn’t move on from a pose until the teacher had explained in fully and we were each settled in and able to breath for at least ten breaths.
The teachers cues to slow down the breath and be in the posture were refreshing. For beginners in the room they were learning the alignment of the postures, and for me I was able to dig deeper into the pose. It wasn’t about hanging out in the postures, but breathing and being present.
By slowing down we are able to be mindful and present. There is an alertness and power that comes from being fully in the moment.
Live Light Practice:
Take a slow walk. Methodically take each step. Breath.
Mindful Monday Knits
Knitting can be very relaxing and a great practice in mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a calm and present awareness of ones body, mind, feelings, and breath. It is attention and awareness to the current moment without judgement.
This weekend I found myself unable to quiet my mind or sit still. So I decided to bring out my knitting to practice mindfulness and be present. My weekend project was these adorable and super soft hand warmers from Purl Bee. The moment I started the project I found my mind quieting down.
It is the repetitive nature of knitting that allows it to be a mindfulness practice.
Live Light Practice:
If you are a knitter take out your knitting and be present. If you are not a knitter sit with mala beads in meditation and use the repetitive motion of moving the beads as your mindful practice.
Sexy Valentine and Top 5 Reasons To Have Boudoir Photos Taken
This Valentine’s Day I wanted to do something special. I wondered what is the ultimate gift of self-love and sexiness for my husband and me? Boudoir Photos.
When I set out to have boudoir photos taken of myself it was under the guise of a Valentine’s Day gift for my husband. Leading up to and after the photo shoot I discovered that it was even more an act of self-love for me.
Like many women, I struggle with body image issues. My thighs are too fat, my belly too big…and so on. So of course I was nervous about the shoot and wanted to lose weight beforehand. However, in order to time it properly to have a wonderful gift for my hubby I needed to bite the bullet and get them done.
I searched the Internet for boudoir photographers and stumbled upon Katherine Henry Boudoir. I was so excited to find her because she made the entire experience playful and easy, and she helped me feel awesome.
In preparation for the photo shoot Katherine had me fill out a questionnaire to find out what I wanted out of the experience and get an idea of what my best assets were. I was so glad she had me fill out the questions. It made me stop and think about why I was really getting the photos taken as well as had me look at my body through my husband’s eyes. That is why boudoir photos are so wonderful – instead of looking at myself with an overly critical eye, I saw how my husband already sees me as perfect.
One key that made me feel so beautiful and special for the photos was getting my hair and makeup done. Tara from TADA makeup & weddings is the most amazing makeup artist I have worked with. She took me from feeling like plain-Jane to a sassy vixen.
While having my photos taken I didn’t feel insecure at all, just the opposite, I felt so confident. It helped that Katherine is amazing and she made it easy to pose and play.
Now when I am feeling not so great about my body I sneak a peak at my boudoir photos and am reminded of my confidence and self-love.
I loved the experience and can’t wait to do it again. Here are the top 5 reasons why I recommend every woman to get boudoir photos taken:
1. You are Perfect Right Now
You don’t need to change a thing, because you are already perfect. Having boudoir photos taken gives you a chance to experience that for yourself.
2. Fall in Love with your Body
Look at your body in a new sexy way. Before the shoot you will think about what outfits to wear to highlight your best features and during the shoot you may discover you have some hidden sexy areas.
3. Kick Ass Confidence
The photo shoot empowers you. The photos bring out the beauty that is always there. I felt so confident during and after my shoot for days!
4. Get Pampered
Leading up to your boudoir photo shoot get a mani-pedi, your hair color updated, get a facial, and treat yo’self to all your favorite pampering. Your nails, hair, and skin, will look amazing on camera and your confidence will already be boosted from all the self-care pampering.
5. It is FUN!
Getting your photos taken and playing girly dress up is a blast. Multiple costume changes and implied nudes is a recipe for a good time. Smile, laugh, and have FUN!
Peace and lots of LOVE,