200hr YTT Fall 2018

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Super excited to let you guys know I am teaching the Yin section of this teacher training program hosted by my friend (and awesome Yogi) Steph! If you are looking to strengthen your practice or have been playing around with the idea of becoming a yoga teacher but are not sure where to begin, because for real, finding a YTT can be extremely confusing and overwhelming, come check out our seminar Wednesday, June 13th @7:30PM at Boone Studio in Montclair. What sets this teacher training apart from the others? You will learn and be certified to teach different styles of yoga such as chair, yin, vinyasa and pre-natal.  By having knowledge in multiple areas, instead of just one, will help set you apart in the vastly growing yoga community. Hope to see you there!

XOXO

CC

Beach Yoga

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Its FINALLY that time of year again and I am beyond excited to share with you that I will be teaching beach yoga again this summer in Lavallette through Breathe Life Sangha Yoga Studio. Classes will take place on the oceanfront at Trenton Ave, 7:30 – 8:30AM. We have a great line up of amazing teachers from the studio set up to teach. Classes are open to all levels and cost $10.00 for a drop in. Children under 13 are free.  (please bring cash)

To sign in online, more information or to view the schedule visit their website: www.BreatheLifeSangha.com

Dates I am teaching:

Friday July 6th 

Thursday July 12th

Saturday July 21st

Thursday July 26th 

Friday August 3rd

Saturday August 18th

Thursday August 23rd

Thursday August 30th

Tips:

  • Make sure your wearing waterproof sunscreen so if you sweat it does not run in your eyes.
  • Bring a large beach towel or sheet as a mat.
  • Don’t forget water for hydration
  • Bug spray incase there are flies
  • Bring your friends!

Hope to see you on your mat at the sea!

XOXO

CC

 

30 years of living

With getting older, the first thing that comes to my mind is ANTI-AGING and it kind of bothers me. Aging both physically and mentally is a funny thing. Instead of dreading it I have decided to embrace it. I refuse to be the person chasing after her twenty year old self.  Yes, I am a sucker for creams that make our skin look beautiful BUT I refuse to edit out or act like I do not psychically age. I have wrinkles and little puffs under my eyes now. I have trouble staying up past 10PM. I have more scars on my body now then I did when I was younger. And you know what? Thats all ok.  I may be getting into my thirties with out a house, kids and husband under my belt but thats ok. Everyones journey is different. If someone is reading this post who may be down and out about “aging” I hope you find confidence in your journey and realize that success looks different on everyone. Do not compare yourself to others, your doing a great job.

When I look back and see what I have accomplished, experienced, and learned in thirty years, it made me proud. All the friendships I have made with beautiful people all around the world got me thinking, you know, 31 aint so bad. The most important thing I am proud of is that I really pushed myself to “LIVE”.  I know that if today were my last day here on this earth, I could leave it being content, which sadly, most people can’t relate too.

I have zero wasted time. Every tough time was a lesson. Every change was a blessing and every relationship I have in my life is cherished to infinity and beyond- Because at the end of our road, the only thing that matters is how hard you lived and how much you loved. I am so lucky to have so many special moments in my life its hard to count. But, I put together my top thirty “moments” in my life where I was changed in some sort of way. (in no particular order)

Cheers to my 31st year, and cheers to a few more laugh lines! I can’t wait to celebrate with my loved ones with lots of hugs and kisses and some cake too.  #grateful AND #aging

  1. Becoming Auntie CC: If you follow me on instagram you have probably noticed by now its mostly posts about my baby. This little love muffin has come into my life and rocked my world. The love I have for this little human is indescribable. My little princess  makes me smile and laugh everyday. I can still remember the first time Elle told me she loved me and said “Auntie CC”, Which was November 9th, 2016. (Still have the recording on my phone) I love love love you!  23379886_10214599850012893_5649369662475197271_n.jpg
  2. My first Gondola ride in Venice 11694036_10207297497138635_1693994927820440017_n.jpg
  3. My first sunrise in Bali. I could not believe that I actually had the courage to travel across the world to start my new beginning in life at 27 years old. The beauty was overwhelming. To this day I do not think I have ever experienced sunrises like these, and will always cherish the memories. I can still smell the smells of Bali waking up, and hearing the waves of the ocean from my bed. IMG_7245.jpg
  4. Completing my yoga teacher training program. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life both physically and mentally. I look at this picture all the time to remind myself of this moment. This picture was taken at the end of my Bali journey. This picture shows a different person, with different perspectives. I fell in love with myself on this trip, gained confidence in myself that I literally can do ANYTHING I put my mind too, and learned the importance of forgiveness and letting go. So grateful for everything I have learned there and carry the knowledge I learned there with me everyday. (oh and that was my first beer in a month too so it tasted extra delicious!) IMG_8311.jpg
  5. Seeing “The Medicine Man”. Yes I totally had an “Eat Pray Love” moment! This man was insanely accurate and to this day things still happen that he said were going to! IMG_7567.jpg
  6. Being blessed and spiritually cleansed while visiting the Elephant Cave in Bali. The Elephant Cave is a sacred place dating back to the 11th century.  I can’t even describe how special this moment was. IMG_7779.jpg
  7. Holding a Koala in Australia. I specifically traveled to Brisbane since that is the only area you can actually hold one. How friggin cute is this little chub chub. He was heavier then expected! 12011185_10207673762145025_3933524761571571061_n
  8. My sunrise camel ride in the Outback in Uluru! 11998834_10207673793785816_7907976313071214470_n.jpg
  9. Experiencing a traditional BBQ in the outback. This photo was taken at sunset. (oh and thats the famous Uluru Rock behind me!) This night was full of magic. I tried authentic Australian BBQ food, even tasting kangaroo! A tribe performance took place under the stars. I will NEVER forget the stars. I have never seen so many stars so bright and so close. I remember wishing on a star to send me my love already. Fast forward a few more months after this trip-of-a-lifetime and I was granted my wish. Funny thing, Steve and I have a thing for stars and always take moments to look at the sky together when the stars are out. May sound corny I know, but dreams really do come true and I am a firm believer to this day on wishing on stars ❤ 12003011_10207673791025747_7811796380683273154_n
  10. Seeing the 12 Apostles on the “Great Ocean Road” road trip. This road trip will stay with me forever. Jenn if your reading this love ya and miss ya and will always remember our memories! 11205575_10207673810706239_5563078505679842081_n.jpg
  11. Bondi Baths: I will NEVER forget this moment. I remember taking a screen shot on instagram of the Bondi Icebergs pool thinking wow this would be amazing to see, but I will probably never get there. Well low and behold! Here I was!! Swimming like the mermaid I am in the Bondi Iceberg Pool. (and yes I cried when I stepped foot in it) 11150789_10207673827066648_893673832496948421_n.jpg
  12. This was the end of our “Great Ocean Road” road trip. My friend Jenn and I stayed at the cutest boutique hotel. We awoke at sunrise, ran across the street barefoot and jumped into the ocean. This picture will always be my favorite because the feeling I get when I remember that morning was so liberating. It is a moment I can’t really describe. It is a moment I felt so free. Its just a moment of a memory that moves me to this day. 11998911_10207673833306804_4178271864185747817_n
  13. My first trip to Italy! Not only was I proud of myself for doing the flight alone, I would up reconnecting with my friend Chrissy and we obviously have been BFFS since then 🙂 Italy is literally the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The people the food the culture, its just so special. I cried a lot (happy tears) my first trip and must say Italy still brings me tears to this day, its just that special! This was also my first “Trekking” adventure with Chrissy. We almost died on a glacier but getting to this view was worth it. 11742761_10207297463177786_2427549309481794058_n11755077_10207297509578946_7987126340863091004_n
  14. Falling in love with a little town called VV and Galletto<3 11753686_10207297423616797_5343841252077143628_n
  15. When my friend Chrissy surprised me and took me to THE vineyard to go to in Tuscany. It was my first vineyard experience and let me just tell you…NOTHING will top it. The first time I saw the rolling hills in Tuscany it literally took my breath away!11781634_10207297468817927_1873444842110060170_n.jpg
  16. Seeing Aushwetz in person. LITERALLY this was a moment. I have read, probably over 500 books regarding the Holocaust and have watched countless documentaries in all different languages. I never thought I would have the opportunity to not only visit the camp and have a private tour but visit the Warsaw Ghetto as well. This trip was truly a trip of a lifetime for me. And it was under 1000 dollars for EVERYTHING. #justsayin IMG_9711
  17. Moving to NYC with my BFF, a city people worldwide dream of visiting! This picture was on moving day! Loved my time living in the city but I also learned I need to live by the sea down the shore. Its truly where I am happiest ❤ 470699_4649911208714_833950391_o
  18. Visiting Casa di Giulietta in Verona Italy which was the home of Juliet and rubbing her boob for good luck in love. It worked! 11745583_10207297520939230_7599981838804451015_n.jpg
  19. Discovering this little medieval town when staying in Tuscany called San Gimignano. I was so so connected to this charming town, I know in a past life I lived there! Pictures do not do it justice but the beauty I saw is etched in my memory forever. They have amazing Gelato as well! 11148583_10207297457697649_1250951913432626319_n.jpg
  20. Our day spent together riding through Prosecco vineyards on Vespas. This was truly one of the best days of my life spent with the best people ever.12143328_10207815887458069_406567353085605804_n12107117_10207815882577947_858677986411224045_n
  21. My night in Venice by myself. So many magical things happened to me in that 24 hours thats a blog post in itself! This was the view from my room! Lets just say I was a super happy gal ❤12112265_10207815845577022_8779935476362107836_n.jpg12074979_10207815844576997_2681186902775927059_n12105785_10207815844977007_5487488485681450393_n
  22. The first time I visited the Amalfi Coast. No explanation needed! Oh and that was the view from our room. #unreal 12193479_10207994419961270_1942561029854334309_n.jpg12189172_10207994401720814_7334360008505495707_n.jpg
  23. Spain, this hike, this lunch, this town with these girls! One of my favorite funniest days! 1936284_10208319063037144_5238016220971237987_n
  24. The beach in Lagos Portugal and the time Chrissy surprised us with this adventure of ATVing through the cliffs of Portugal LOL and yes we had to sign out lives away. Oh the things Chrissy makes us do!14937312_10211102949752572_9166315864692312576_n14937201_10211103003713921_5787820170137401234_n.jpg
  25. South Africa. Everything about this trip was a moment. AND I can tell you one thing, I never in my wildest dreams have thought that I would go on a Safari in AFRICA. 17022503_10212208774717505_4946049538056830551_n
  26. Dancing the night away in a tiny town called Bari with my BBF Martine and her now hubby and his family. This was one of the best nights of my life, a dinner party with little english spoken full of amazing wine, food, company and dancing until the sun came up!12106911_10207815819736376_5298006770254381448_n.jpg
  27. My first New Years Eve spent with the love of my life and making wishes on lanterns ❤ 12439157_10208375815495920_7329145124430406140_n10623013_10208375825176162_1874208221374079539_n
  28. Floating in the sea in Italy with Steve. This trip in general was amazing between the watermelon dance, our new Italian friends and company. This was Steves first time to Italy and he got to see first hand why I am obsessed with it there. 22046132_10214243699749359_4081053532851837616_n21765070_10214243685589005_1934810647774323705_n21765077_10214243648348074_7513990811651027400_n
  29. My first ever trip out of the country by myself to Costa Rica to attend a yoga retreat hosted by Yoga Girl! It was the first time I have ever attempted to surf and I was beyond terrified! I was so proud of myself for getting half up on a wave, and being brave enough to be open to new experiences and accomplishing my first headstand! IMG_1997IMG_1959.jpg
  30. Teaching beach yoga at Lavallette boardwalk and mommy being one of my students.  Ever since I got my certification it was my DREAM to teach beach yoga on that boardwalk. There is something so special about that place to me. When I got the opportunity to do it I was beyond grateful. Im pretty sure I cried just a teeny bit during my first class. Thank you Regina for this experience! So looking forward to teaching again this year 🙂 IMG_123720245674_10213681739380701_7824755105323543316_n

 

XOXO

CC

Crown Chakra

Crown Chakra (Sahasrara): 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST!

The Crown Chakra is the meeting point between the body and the ego. It brings out our spiritual side connecting us to greater cosmic energy. It helps embrace gratitude for ones life, finding serenity, peace and joy.

Located: Top of the head.

Means: Thousand petal.

Organs/Area: Central nervous system, pineal gland, top center of the head, midline above ears.

Influence on the Body: Integration of your complete self, universal consciousness, physical knowledge, and wisdom.

Color: Violet or white.

Symbol: A thousand petal lotus.

If Imbalanced: Chronic exhaustion, brain disorders, coordination problems, mental sickness, learning difficulties, epilepsy, lack in ethics and purpose.

Cures and how to balance: 

  • Wear white or violet clothing or jewelry
  • Meditate/touch/carry quartz crystal
  • Light myrrh incense
  • Repeat the affirmation in your head “I cherish my spirit” during meditation
  • Eat Gotu Kola Herb
  • Diffuse or wear lavender or frankincense oil

What I do: I Light a candle, place my quartz crystal on my alter, and put frankincense oil on my wrists. I then set my timer for 12 minutes. I take a comfortable seat on my pillow, sit up nice and tall pressing the shoulder blades down the spine and close my eyes. I take 5 deep breaths and start chanting the affirmation “ I cherish my spirit” in my head. There are many different affirmations you can chant but this is my favorite one.

XOXO

CC

Third Eye Chakra

Third Eye Chakra (Ajna): 

This is an important Chakra since it is the key to learning and wisdom. It allows you to put things in perspective and helps differentiate between reality and fantasy.

Located: Forehead, in-between the eyes.

Means: To perceive.

Organs/Area: Neurological system, brain, pituitary gland, ear, nose, and eyes.

Influence on the Body: Sense of trust, intuition and coordination.

Color: Indigo.

Symbol: Descending triangle within a circle.

If Imbalanced: Discipline, sleep disorders, concept of judgement and reality, confusion, blindness, stroke, seizure, brain tumor, pride, arrogance, learning disabilities, and illusions.

Cures and how to balance: 

  • Wear indigo clothing or jewelry
  • Meditate/touch/carry amethyst stone
  • Light mugwort incense
  • Repeat the affirmation in your head “I trust my intuition” or “I know that all is well in my world” during meditation
  • Eat blackberries, blueberries, grape juice, red wine and poppyseed
  • Diffuse or wear frankincense oil

What I do: I Light a candle, place my amethyst stone on my alter, and put frankincense oil on my wrists. I then set my timer for 12 minutes. I take a comfortable seat on my pillow, sit up nice and tall pressing the shoulder blades down the spine and close my eyes. I take 5 deep breaths and start chanting the affirmation “ I trust my intuition” in my head. There are many different affirmations you can chant but this is my favorite one.

Stay tuned for next week moving on to the Crown Chakra!

XOXO

CC

Throat Chakra

Throat Chakra (Vishuddhi): 

This is an important Chakra since it is responsible for your willpower, communication, decision making and your faith. When the chakra is closed we will feel anxious about how others react to our views. When the chakra is too open one will be too opinionated. When the chakra is healthy you’ll be able to express your truth and will become a good listener, something that can be challenging at times.

Located: In throat, parallel to the thyroid.

Means: Literally means purification.

Organs/Area: Mouth, gums, teeth, trachea, thyroid, vertebrae, neck, throat, oesophagus.

Influence on the Body: Sense of security, independence, self expression, loyalty, communication, planning and organization.

Color: Blue.

Symbol: Circle with descending triangle.

If Imbalanced: Flu, fever, sore throat, swollen glands, thyroid imbalance, laryngitis, scoliosis, gum problems, poor decision making, lies, criticism and addiction.

Cures and how to balance: 

  • Wear blue clothing or jewelry
  • Meditate/touch/carry sapphire, blue agate or turquoise stone
  • Light frankincense incense
  • Sound: Ham
  • Repeat the affirmation in your head “I live an authentic life” during meditation
  • Eat tare and tangy fruits such as lemons, limes, and grapefruit
  • Diffuse or wear eucalyptus oil

What I do: I Light a candle, place my blue agate stone on my alter, and put eucalyptus oil on my wrists. I then set my timer for 12 minutes. I take a comfortable seat on my pillow, sit up nice and tall pressing the shoulder blades down the spine and close my eyes. I take 5 deep breaths and start chanting the affirmation “ I live an authentic life” in my head. There are many different affirmations you can chant but this is my favorite one.

Stay tuned for next week moving on to the Third Eye Chakra!

XOXO

CC

The Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra (Anahata): 

This is an important Chakra since it is responsible not only for the love you have for yourself but for the love you have for others as well. It helps you feel “unstuck” in this world.

Located: Near the center of the chest.

Means: Literally means unstuck. Moves love through life. Storehouse of your energy system and the center for healing and love.

Organs/Area: Lungs, blood, diaphragm, heart, shoulders, arms, legs, breasts and hands .

Influence on the Body: Compassion, forgiveness, passion, devotion, love for self, love for others, and circulatory system.

Color: Green.

Symbol: Crescent moon.

If Imbalanced:  Lung cancer, pneumonia, breast cancer, shoulder problems, confidence problems, envy, fear, hate, despair, and jealousy.

Cures and how to balance: 

  • Wear green clothing or jewelry
  • Meditate/touch/carry emerald or jade stone
  • Light jasmine, rose or lavender incense
  • Yam chant- sound
  • Repeat the affirmation in your head “I am open to love” during meditation
  • Eat broccoli, spinach, parsley, green tea, basil and thyme
  • Diffuse or wear tea tree, eucalyptus, pine or rose oil

What I do: I Light a candle, place my emerald stone on my alter, and put rose oil on my wrists. I then set my timer for 12 minutes. I take a comfortable seat on my pillow, sit up nice and tall pressing the shoulder blades down the spine and close my eyes. I then place my hands in Abhaya Hridaya Mudra. I take 5 deep breaths and start chanting the affirmation “ I am loved, and I am open to love” in my head. There are many different affirmations you can chant but this is my favorite one.

Stay tuned for next week moving on to the Throat Chakra!

XOXO

CC

Gimme all the muffins

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Looking for a quick easy satisfying snack with no added sugar? These mini banana chocolate muffins are to die for and they are super simple to make. Anytime I have to bake it usually turns out being a horrible mess but I think I mastered these! They were so good in fact I had to make another batch for my niece!

What you’ll need:

  • 1  1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/3 cups of melted butter
  • 3/4 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 ripe bananas
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mash bananasIMG_0211.jpg
  3. Combine all the ingredients in the bowl. If you can find this vanilla on Amazon I suggest getting it…it’s from Mexico and the bomb.comIMG_0213.jpg
  4. When your done mixing use a teaspoon to spoon mixture in mini cupcake pan
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until tops of muffins are lightly browned
  6. Shove

XOXO

CC

Solar Plexus Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura): 

This is an important Chakra since it provides pranic energy to the human body. Think of it this way, There is no life on earth without sun; it provides energy to this planet.

Located: Stomach area just above the navel.

Means: City of jewels, it’s the chakra of will power and assertiveness, deals with ego and identity.

Organs/Area: Digestive system, muscles, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, kidney and spleen.

Influence on the Body: Self confidence, growth, self-control, digestion, ego, self love.

Color: Yellow.

Symbol: Descending triangle.

If Imbalanced:  Diabetes, constipation, digestive problems, ulcers, oversensitivity to criticism, self-esteem issues, self image, fear, nervousness, poor memory, anger and shame.

Cures and how to balance: 

  • Wear yellow clothing or jewelry
  • Meditate/touch/carry a sun stone, tiger’s eye or topaz
  • Light cinnamon or ylang ylang incense
  • Repeat the affirmation in your head “I love and accept myself” during meditation
  • Sunflower seeds, milk, yogurt, cheese
  • Diffuse or wear cinnamon or peppermint oil

What I do: I Light a candle, place my topaz stone on my alter, and put peppermint oil on my forehead and temples. I then set my timer for 12 minutes. I take a comfortable seat on my pillow, sit up nice and tall pressing the shoulder blades down the spine and close my eyes. I then place my hands in Mantangi Mudra.  Place the hands in front of the stomach area, and raise both middle fingers to touch. Women cross the left thumb on the right thumb, and vice versa for men. I take 5 deep breaths and start chanting the affirmation “I love and accept myself” in my head. There are many different affirmations you can chant but this is my favorite one.

Stay tuned for next week moving on to my favorite Chakra, the Heart Chakra!

XOXO

CC

 

Elderberry Syrup

I am constantly fighting the fight with my immune system since I am a student surrounded by germs at school and a nanny usually around two sick kids all day long. This means any natural immune system booster I can take is being taken daily. Recently, I have been seeing Elderberry in every form; cough drop, gummy vitamins, tea, syrup etc. Since Elderberries are know to fight the flu and cold viruses, I wanted to introduce them to my diet, so I decided to make my own syrup. A friend shared a recipe with me to make my own.  Its super simple, less expensive than buying it at the store, and takes only a half an hour to make!

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What you will need:

  • 4oz of dried elderberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of honey

In one medium size pot add elderberries, cinnamon stick, 5 cloves, grated ginger, and two cups of water. Cover and bring to a boil. (takes about 4 minutes) Turn down heat to a simmer and leave covered for another 25 minutes. Strain everything in a bowl and mash with spoon to get extra juice out of the berries. Add your honey. Let cool for 10 minutes and store in a mason jar in the refrigerator. The syrup lasts for up to a month!

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XOXO

CC