Yoga is a very important part of my life, and I love it just as much as I love cooking. I've been practicing yoga on and off since I was 17 years old (i.e., way back when in 2000). Throughout the years, I've taken several breaks from my practice; however, no matter how long I step away from it, I always find my way back. Yoga feels like home; a home within myself, my mind, my heart, and my soul. When I regularly flow, grow, and let-go on my mat, I find new space from within. A space that offers both comfort and clarity. I view my mat and my practice as a safe-haven that I can access whenever life deals a difficult hand; never to escape, but to find as much acceptance as I'm capable of finding in that moment. Beyond its offerings of peace during tricky times, yoga just makes me downright happy. I've been known to come home from a good flow, feeling high on life, and bound around the house with happiness. Dan likes to call my silly, post-yoga state "yoga zoomies." There's something so awesome about experiencing inspiration, contentment, and energy from something as simple as moving and breathing deeply. It's a wonderful reminder that love and happiness are found by activating life's simple pleasures over and over again. Breathe, flow, love, smile, repeat.
So what does all this touchy-feely chatter have to do with today's post? Great question. Read on, my fellow yogis.
Today, I'm partnering up with the amazing Yoga Journal to talk to you about two things:
1| A tasty and approachable 21-Day Vegan Challenge.
2| A fabulous Yoga Journal giveaway for one lucky reader.
First things first, let's talk about this challenge business. I've never been one to share my lifestyle choices without an invitation; it's just not my style. Living our lives the way we live them is 100% a personal choice. What works for me, might not work for you and vice versa. This is your life, and you have to live it with authenticity and in a way that promotes the best possible you. That being said, I'm going to gently toss this opportunity at each of you, but especially those of you who have already been considering a transition to veganism or have been wanting to dip your toes into plant-empowered waters.
Yoga Journal has launched a 21-Day Vegan Challenge in hopes of opening our eyes (and mouths) to the perks of eating plant-based. They take a balanced and flexible approach in their mission to showcase the health benefits of incorporating more veg-tastic meals into your diet. Whether your involvement means embarking on the 21 days and stopping there, incorporating a few more plantiful meals into your weekly routine, or even stepping fully into a plant-based lifestyle, this challenge is simply a platform of support and companionship in your lifestyle-experimentation journey. You can sign-up for the 21-Day Vegan Challenge newsletter here to receive tips and clean-eating motivation to bolster your vegan adventure. Cheers to YOU.
Now, onto the second part of this treat-laden post: a super exciting Yoga Journal subscription giveaway!
Why We Love Yoga Journal
Did you read the first paragraph of this post? I love yoga and pretty much anything related to it. Yoga Journal is far more than a magazine, it's a knowledgeable tour guide in my ever-changing yoga journey. From the newest yoga gear to poses that encourage restful sleep, Yoga Journal has it all. I recycle most of my magazine purchases after a few reads through, but not yoga journal. No way. I hold onto each and every one I've ever purchased because each overflows with valuable tidbits of wellness inspiration. I love every giveaway, but this one has a special place in my heart.
About Yoga Journal
Yoga Journal has been bending the minds of yogis since 1975, but its October 2014 issue marked the debut of a cover-to-cover redesign with a new focus on more accessible yoga instruction and additional lifestyle content, including articles on clean eating, conscious living, ethical style, and natural beauty. Its yoga content targets the intermediate practitioner while also offering inspiring and useful information for both beginners and advanced yogis.
Yoga Journal Giveaway
One lucky reader will win a one-year subscription to Yoga Journal. For a chance to win, simply enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below and comment on this post between October 18th and October 25th. The winner will be chosen at random when the entry period ends on October 25th. Please note: this giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada.