Vegan comfort food alert: Croatian style! There is nothing more satisfying on cold European winters than a hot bowl of thick soup filled with delicious veggies. No cold no more ๐Ÿ˜š but I still crave soup on days raw goodies don’t hit the spot. And there is a special relationship between beans and mash potatoes! Green beans, carrots, corn in tomato based soup, with creamy mash. Soo good…. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Vegan comfort food alert: Croatian style! There is nothing more satisfying on cold European winters than a hot bowl of thick soup filled with delicious veggies. No cold no more ๐Ÿ˜š but I still crave soup on days raw goodies don’t hit the spot. And there is a special relationship between beans and mash potatoes! Green beans, carrots, corn in tomato based soup, with creamy mash. Soo good…. ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐ŸŒบMy dearest beautiful yogis! It is the very last day, day 31 of #shiftyourpractice! I hope this challenge has brought you as much joy, fun, health and inspiration as it has brought me! I feel like a completely new person. Vowing to dedicate to yoga, to yourself and your wellbeing guarantees a transformation - before you know it, you are surprised by your progress! 

๐ŸŒบWe are ending our practice, just like a yoga class, with a gentle reclined spinal twist! In my variation, start with your legs extended, and bend one knee into your chest. Take a few breaths, stretching your hip, and then turn your knee across your body to the other side. Maintain your shoulders on the mat, and twist from your pelvic floor and all the way up your spine. Maintain your extended leg straight, you can point your toes in the same direction of your twisted knee. You can turn your head in the opposite direction of your knee. Take deep conscious breaths, and slowly untwist, then twist on the other side. It’s a great pose to do before Savasana, so take a few moments to close your eyes and enjoy the conclusion of our challenge!!! 

๐ŸŒบMy co-hosts and I thank your from the bottom of our hearts for your honest participation. We wish we could give each and every one of you a juicy hug, and a yogi inspired gift. We will be announcing the winners of the challenge soon so keep your heads up!!! 


๐ŸŒบThis is just the beginning! We have another challenge in works with the #ahimsaalliance girls for September, starting with the beautiful fall season. Hope you will participate - we are working hard to get even more prizes, and the theme is one of my favorites ever (hint hint) - lot of opportunity to get creative, real and personal!

๐ŸŒบCheck @veganyogiunicorn @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @mindyvegan for more sweet words for the conclusion!

๐ŸŒบMy dearest beautiful yogis! It is the very last day, day 31 of #shiftyourpractice! I hope this challenge has brought you as much joy, fun, health and inspiration as it has brought me! I feel like a completely new person. Vowing to dedicate to yoga, to yourself and your wellbeing guarantees a transformation - before you know it, you are surprised by your progress!

๐ŸŒบWe are ending our practice, just like a yoga class, with a gentle reclined spinal twist! In my variation, start with your legs extended, and bend one knee into your chest. Take a few breaths, stretching your hip, and then turn your knee across your body to the other side. Maintain your shoulders on the mat, and twist from your pelvic floor and all the way up your spine. Maintain your extended leg straight, you can point your toes in the same direction of your twisted knee. You can turn your head in the opposite direction of your knee. Take deep conscious breaths, and slowly untwist, then twist on the other side. It’s a great pose to do before Savasana, so take a few moments to close your eyes and enjoy the conclusion of our challenge!!!

๐ŸŒบMy co-hosts and I thank your from the bottom of our hearts for your honest participation. We wish we could give each and every one of you a juicy hug, and a yogi inspired gift. We will be announcing the winners of the challenge soon so keep your heads up!!!


๐ŸŒบThis is just the beginning! We have another challenge in works with the #ahimsaalliance girls for September, starting with the beautiful fall season. Hope you will participate - we are working hard to get even more prizes, and the theme is one of my favorites ever (hint hint) - lot of opportunity to get creative, real and personal!

๐ŸŒบCheck @veganyogiunicorn @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @mindyvegan for more sweet words for the conclusion!

Smoothie bowl with @kindsnacks granola, superfood hemp seeds and loaded with natural vitamins from delicious juicy fruits! I threw in tons of frozen berries, enjoying the flavors of summer, and the cold refreshment - it’s still hell degrees in FL.

Smoothie bowl with @kindsnacks granola, superfood hemp seeds and loaded with natural vitamins from delicious juicy fruits! I threw in tons of frozen berries, enjoying the flavors of summer, and the cold refreshment - it’s still hell degrees in FL.

We are turning the big 3-0 here at #shiftyourpractice! Oh guys the time is just flying by, and I want to stay hanging out with you forever. 
From wonderful stories, to personal realizations, to physical challenges and overcomings, we have shared it all! And it’s been an absolute treat. I have learned and grown so much with you. ๐Ÿ™
We are winding down our mind long class with gentle twists. I am practicing #Marichyasana, a seated twist variation. 
๐Ÿ“Twists are incredibly healthy and rejuvenating, for a few reasons. They maintain the flexibility of our spine and can help bring it back to its proper place! I feel this specially in my upper back, where I have problems with rounding and slouching shoulders. It is great for lower back issues as well. But twists are most known for their digestive benefits! As we compress our inner organs, kidneys, liver, intestines, we are massaging them internally, and as we release, fresh new blood and oxygen is released, giving them new energy! 
๐Ÿ“Start with your sitting bones firmly rooted into the ground, and bend one knee bringing your heel close in. You can hug your knee into your chest to start. The other leg is extended and the foot flexed. 
๐Ÿ“Twist to the side of the bent knee, booking your elbow outside of your knee. Press you elbow into the knee and twist even deeper with each exhale. Your gaze is to the side or over your back shoulder. From here, you can work on getting into a bind! This pose has many funky variations, including a balance. 

๐Ÿ“Hold for a few long breaths, untwist and repeat on the other side! Twists are super claiming as well, great to do before bed (or Savasana). Check my co-hosts for many variations and options @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @veganyogiunicorn @mindyvegan !

We are turning the big 3-0 here at #shiftyourpractice! Oh guys the time is just flying by, and I want to stay hanging out with you forever.
From wonderful stories, to personal realizations, to physical challenges and overcomings, we have shared it all! And it’s been an absolute treat. I have learned and grown so much with you. ๐Ÿ™
We are winding down our mind long class with gentle twists. I am practicing #Marichyasana, a seated twist variation.
๐Ÿ“Twists are incredibly healthy and rejuvenating, for a few reasons. They maintain the flexibility of our spine and can help bring it back to its proper place! I feel this specially in my upper back, where I have problems with rounding and slouching shoulders. It is great for lower back issues as well. But twists are most known for their digestive benefits! As we compress our inner organs, kidneys, liver, intestines, we are massaging them internally, and as we release, fresh new blood and oxygen is released, giving them new energy!
๐Ÿ“Start with your sitting bones firmly rooted into the ground, and bend one knee bringing your heel close in. You can hug your knee into your chest to start. The other leg is extended and the foot flexed.
๐Ÿ“Twist to the side of the bent knee, booking your elbow outside of your knee. Press you elbow into the knee and twist even deeper with each exhale. Your gaze is to the side or over your back shoulder. From here, you can work on getting into a bind! This pose has many funky variations, including a balance.

๐Ÿ“Hold for a few long breaths, untwist and repeat on the other side! Twists are super claiming as well, great to do before bed (or Savasana). Check my co-hosts for many variations and options @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @veganyogiunicorn @mindyvegan !

๐Ÿ’œIt’s with a mix of sweet & sour feelings that I announce day 29 of #shiftyourpractice! Only one more day of our awesome IG yoga hangout left… But that’s only my opinion, you guys must be anxiously awaiting your PRIZES and the hosts are super excited to give them away ASAP!

๐Ÿ’œAs our yoga challenge class is winding down, we are taking a hip opener - and it’s my favorite pigeon pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana! And I bring you the first step, the reclined pigeon.
Now, we carry a lot of emotions in our hips, the area of the lower chakras, first and second chakra. All the emotions related to our existence, our job and security, as well as relationships with our partners (those are always a kicker). Therefore you will find a lot of hip opening poses in yoga! Working on releasing any tension, any obstacles that may prevent us from moving forward in life. 

๐Ÿ’œComing from down dog, bring your right shin forward into pigeon prep, opening the knee wider than your right wrist. Closer the heel is to your groin, the easier is on your hip, otherwise the goal is getting your shin parallel with the front of your mat. Work on maintaining your hips neutral, make sure your back leg is straight, parallel with the side of your mat, and the foot is not sickled. Now lower down to your elbow, or release your forehead down and stay for a few breaths, allowing your hips to relax and soften with each breath. 
Have fun and keep them coming! Check my co hosts for awesome variations @rima_danielle @veganyogiunicorn @yinandjuice @mindyvegan !

๐Ÿ’œIt’s with a mix of sweet & sour feelings that I announce day 29 of #shiftyourpractice! Only one more day of our awesome IG yoga hangout left… But that’s only my opinion, you guys must be anxiously awaiting your PRIZES and the hosts are super excited to give them away ASAP!

๐Ÿ’œAs our yoga challenge class is winding down, we are taking a hip opener - and it’s my favorite pigeon pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana! And I bring you the first step, the reclined pigeon.
Now, we carry a lot of emotions in our hips, the area of the lower chakras, first and second chakra. All the emotions related to our existence, our job and security, as well as relationships with our partners (those are always a kicker). Therefore you will find a lot of hip opening poses in yoga! Working on releasing any tension, any obstacles that may prevent us from moving forward in life.

๐Ÿ’œComing from down dog, bring your right shin forward into pigeon prep, opening the knee wider than your right wrist. Closer the heel is to your groin, the easier is on your hip, otherwise the goal is getting your shin parallel with the front of your mat. Work on maintaining your hips neutral, make sure your back leg is straight, parallel with the side of your mat, and the foot is not sickled. Now lower down to your elbow, or release your forehead down and stay for a few breaths, allowing your hips to relax and soften with each breath.
Have fun and keep them coming! Check my co hosts for awesome variations @rima_danielle @veganyogiunicorn @yinandjuice @mindyvegan !

I got tagged to #stopdropandyoga by #ahimsaalliance girl @veganyogiunicorn and one more yogi who’s name I can’t find now (sorry and pls tell me in comments who you are!) ๐Ÿ˜œ Too much yoga has been going on in the last few days I have lost track.. 
It seems I understand the concept of #yoga, but not of stop and drop apparently since it took me a few days! ๐Ÿ˜œ

I’m stopping and dropping in @barnesandnoble bookstore, reading a yoga book and decided to do some yoga on the way. 
Coincidentally (wink wink) this is also the pose for our day 28 of #shiftyourpractice - natarajasana or Lord of the dancer! Natarajasana is the name of lord Shiva, and and when he dances the universe shakes! 

Have fun and check my challenge ladies for more poses @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @veganyogiunicorn @mindyvegan !

I got tagged to #stopdropandyoga by #ahimsaalliance girl @veganyogiunicorn and one more yogi who’s name I can’t find now (sorry and pls tell me in comments who you are!) ๐Ÿ˜œ Too much yoga has been going on in the last few days I have lost track..
It seems I understand the concept of #yoga, but not of stop and drop apparently since it took me a few days! ๐Ÿ˜œ

I’m stopping and dropping in @barnesandnoble bookstore, reading a yoga book and decided to do some yoga on the way.
Coincidentally (wink wink) this is also the pose for our day 28 of #shiftyourpractice - natarajasana or Lord of the dancer! Natarajasana is the name of lord Shiva, and and when he dances the universe shakes!

Have fun and check my challenge ladies for more poses @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @veganyogiunicorn @mindyvegan !

Peanut butter & Jelly smoothie bowl! Made with sweet and refreshing strawberries & raspberries, banana, @PB2 powder and coconut milk. Skip the sandwich and enjoy the fruity version. Top with pb2 powder and granola for more crunch!

Peanut butter & Jelly smoothie bowl! Made with sweet and refreshing strawberries & raspberries, banana, @PB2 powder and coconut milk. Skip the sandwich and enjoy the fruity version. Top with pb2 powder and granola for more crunch!

Very berry smoothie bowl! Made with refreshing frozen raspberries & strawberries, naturally sweetened without any additives! With bana, peach and coconut milk, topped with vanilla granola! My favorite snack ever.

Very berry smoothie bowl! Made with refreshing frozen raspberries & strawberries, naturally sweetened without any additives! With bana, peach and coconut milk, topped with vanilla granola! My favorite snack ever.

One sure notices just how quickly time passes when doing a yoga challenge - it’s been almost a month!โญ๏ธ
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๐Ÿ“A few gentle (or so we hope) stretches left to go and we are wrapping up #shiftyourpractice. On day 27 pose is standing backbend or Anuvittasana,a pose often practiced in Surya namaskar or sun salutations series, both A & B, before and after tadasana or mountain. 
If you have dreams of drop backs (coming into wheel pose from standing), or you are already proficient in it, this is the pose to prep and warm up with. It may seem simple, but it is not an easy or comfortable pose for most people, specially if they are new to yoga, or aren’t used to backbends. 
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๐Ÿ“As we are standing, we are not constricted by the floor like in reclined backbends, but that also means gravity may pull one further back than they would like. That is why it’s important to maintain control and engagement of the muscles and slowly investigate your limits, gaining flexibility with steady practice. 
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๐Ÿ“Yet again I bring your the basic version, with my hands at the sacrum. Remember camel pose? Same principles apply. Start with feet together, knees together. Place your fingers facing down and engaging the gluteus, feel your booty muscles pressing into your palms and shift your hips forward. You can bend your knees slightly here. Bring your shoulder blades together on the back, elbows pointing back, and find your backbend from the heart! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’œ Tuck your chin in slightly, take your shoulders back, take your ears back, and bring your gaze behind you. Lift the chin slightly, opening the throat, but don’t let your head just hang. Use the hands to stabilize your lower back and always be sensitive - no pain or pinching! 
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๐Ÿ“Check my awesome #ahimsaalliance crew for more options @veganyogiunicorn @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @mindyvegan

One sure notices just how quickly time passes when doing a yoga challenge - it’s been almost a month!โญ๏ธ
-

๐Ÿ“A few gentle (or so we hope) stretches left to go and we are wrapping up #shiftyourpractice. On day 27 pose is standing backbend or Anuvittasana,a pose often practiced in Surya namaskar or sun salutations series, both A & B, before and after tadasana or mountain.
If you have dreams of drop backs (coming into wheel pose from standing), or you are already proficient in it, this is the pose to prep and warm up with. It may seem simple, but it is not an easy or comfortable pose for most people, specially if they are new to yoga, or aren’t used to backbends.
-

๐Ÿ“As we are standing, we are not constricted by the floor like in reclined backbends, but that also means gravity may pull one further back than they would like. That is why it’s important to maintain control and engagement of the muscles and slowly investigate your limits, gaining flexibility with steady practice.
-

๐Ÿ“Yet again I bring your the basic version, with my hands at the sacrum. Remember camel pose? Same principles apply. Start with feet together, knees together. Place your fingers facing down and engaging the gluteus, feel your booty muscles pressing into your palms and shift your hips forward. You can bend your knees slightly here. Bring your shoulder blades together on the back, elbows pointing back, and find your backbend from the heart! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’œ Tuck your chin in slightly, take your shoulders back, take your ears back, and bring your gaze behind you. Lift the chin slightly, opening the throat, but don’t let your head just hang. Use the hands to stabilize your lower back and always be sensitive - no pain or pinching!
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๐Ÿ“Check my awesome #ahimsaalliance crew for more options @veganyogiunicorn @rima_danielle @yinandjuice @mindyvegan