Energy + A Giveaway

DSC_0045There’s a lot of talk about energy in the yoga world. It’s a realm I want to delve into more, and something that people describe as something you ‘just feel’, or ‘sense’. I generally feel I can sense peoples energies. But I am not particularly attuned (at least not on a conscious level) to the energy of my surroundings and the spaces within which I walk. But it’s an area I want to grow and develop for myself.

Being at Horseshoe Bend I felt the energy; an overwhelming sense of beautiful energy and peace looking out over the Colorado River. Practicing yoga and sun salutations here was such an amazing experience, and one that makes me want to appreciate my surroundings more. To respect and to feel the energy of where I walk. Definitely something I will be paying more attention to.

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Top: c/o Hyde Yoga // Pants: c/o Hyde Yoga

DSC_0057Hyde Yoga graciously offered my yoga gear for my trip, something that made the experience even more beautiful. As a brand that uses organic and sustainable materials in their production, they embody the yogi spirit in so many ways. Be sure to check them out and enter the giveaway below!

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Khloe Thompson, who lives in Southern California, sews together durable bags and fills them with essential items for homeless women in her community. These “Kare Bags” are created as part of her charity called “Khloe Kares,” which is done all outta love, she wrote on her GoFundMe page. What makes this even cooler? She is just 9 years old! Check out the full story here.

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Salvation Mountain

DSC_0389I first discovered Salvation Mountain somehow via Instagram a few years ago and have dreamt of checking it out ever since. Photos never quite do the location justice, but it was beyond impressive. While there we walked around and talked with artists who have been continuing to grow and maintain Salvation Mountain.

The project itself was conceived by Leonard Knight in 1980 and is made of adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of lead-free paint. The project has grown immensely, been featured in films, and draws thousands of people each year.DSC_0315 DSC_0377DSC_0403 Top: Free People // Pants: Urban // Boots: FREEBIRD // Sunglasses: TargetDSC_0422

gnotdOn April 26, General Mills announced that the farms that supply oats for Honey Nut Cheerios will plant approximately 3,300 acres of habitat for bees and other pollinators by 2020. It’s a size of land that is equivalent to “3,000 football fields,” Tom Rabaey, principal agronomist for General Mills, said in a video for Cheerios. With the bee population struggling in recent years this is awesome news!

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The ‘Real’ Desert

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Let me start by saying that my expectations of a desert were clearly influenced by Disney and the movie Aladdin. I absolutely believed that all deserts looked like this; that this is what a desert was. Moving to California and experiencing desert climates where plants grow and animals roam – not what I expected.

Just when I was shifting my desert schema, we stumble across the dunes. Excitement overwhelms me, and we have to stop. I throw on a dress and some boots (a look I’m not crazy about but..it was functional) and start running through the sand.

I don’t know if you all know this or not, but deserts are hot. Like, insanely hot. Like, 90 degrees feels like 200 hot. Probably sounds dramatic, and I can be dramatic, but this time, I’m SO serious. After about 20 minutes out there I actually thought I was going to pass out from heat exhaustion. Any moments that weren’t being shot I was wearing a sweater and a hat for protection.

Heat aside, it was definitely well worth the experience..

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Dress: Target // Belt: Thrifted // Boots: FreeBird

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