The Last Post

Hello and thank you for stopping by (what was) my little corner of the internet world.

I started this blog as a place to be a part of a conversation on health and happiness. I now feel like I belong to both an internet and real-life community focused on these things.

Since starting this blog I’ve become a mother of two, a yoga teacher and a mentor. I got married, had a cancer scare, healed from ulcerative colitis and flared up again. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way.

What I have learned is that life is messy, motherhood is exhausting and health is not a linear journey. But my heart is bursting full of love and I get to choose how I view the world and how I create my own life. If you have a chronic health condition, know there are more options than ever before. Get curious! Some of my favorite things are walks in nature, yin yoga, veggies for breakfast, probiotics, essential oils, epsom salt baths, swimming in the ocean and coconut oil. I also love dark chocolate flourless cake and iced coffee. I still see specialists and follow most of their advice, but finding my own version of balance helps me thrive. What keeps you healthy and happy? How do you find balance?

I intend to keep this conversation going online in Instagram. You can always email me at veggievinyasa@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Photo: Allie Wilson Photography

30 Ways to Nurture Yourself

Are you ready to refill your cup?

The goal: Carve out whatever time you can for yourself. Pick from the list below or choose your own way to nurture yourself.

Post your pics and tag me on instagram or facebook @veggievinyasa. Each week I’ll pick a winner to receive amazing organic skincare products from Pangea! The more you post, the better your chance to win.

30 Ways to Nurture Yourself

  1. Take a nap
  2. Choose a delicious, healthy snack
  3. Relax with your legs up the wall
  4. Say no
  5. Spontaneously dance to an amazing song
  6. Take five deep breaths
  7. Walk in nature
  8. Take a break from technology
  9. Journal
  10. Pamper yourself with a home spa day
  11. Take a (yin) yoga class
  12. Snuggle under a cozy blanket
  13. Create or admire art
  14. Meditate
  15. Slowly savor a warm beverage
  16. Break a sweat
  17. Take a bath with a few drops of essential oil
  18. Laugh
  19. Do nothing
  20. Forgive
  21. Read an inspirational book
  22. Go for a bike ride
  23. Be your authentic self without any apologies
  24. Burn a candle
  25. Get crafty
  26. Create a daily ritual around an otherwise mundane task
  27. Be a tourist in your own town
  28. Lie in a hammock
  29. Wake up slowly
  30. Simplify

What would you add to the list? Post in the comments section. I’d love to hear your suggestions!

Empowerment & Community

Welcome to Veggie Vinyasa! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m Angela, yoga-lover, veggie enthusiast and mama to one adorable toddler.

These days I post fun pics of yoga, veggies and toddler life on Instagram. I teach Baptiste-style, Yin and teen yoga at Grow Yoga in Galloway, New Jersey. During the summer I teach yoga to children and adults at Belhaven Lake RV Resort in the Pine Barrens. I am passionate about natural health and choosing organic as much as possible. I’m crazy about Pangea Organics!

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I started this blog to connect with like-minded souls after finishing my first yoga teacher training in 2011 at Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia.

Since then I’ve moved to New Jersey, had a baby, gotten married and found an amazing community of yogis at Grow Yoga in Galloway.

Finding my community took a few years and a lot of effort. I started a Facebook group (South Jersey Crunchy Moms), attended meetings (La Leche League and a new mom support group), hosted play dates, threw parties, attended church and chatted with everyone I could on my lunch break at work. Along the way there were awkward friend dates and even a few no-shows at local parks, but I just kept putting myself out there.

Hard work and luck landed me a meeting with Tara at Grow Yoga (arranged by one of those Crunchy Mamas). It was love at first latte, we hugged and Tara hired me. I am forever grateful. Before I became part of the Grow community I spent my days in New Jersey dreaming of my next trip out of town. Now my husband can’t believe it when I don’t want to leave.

I share this story to empower you to follow your dreams. My dream was to have a local community of friends where I could feel loved and supported. I also dreamed of teaching yoga at a studio.

My dreams continue to grow. Now I aspire to empower others to follow their dreams. I hope to mentor beginning teachers and be a part of future teacher trainings. I dream of someday facilitating wellness retreats. I also want to teach yoga in a public school setting. I truly believe the sky is the limit!

What are your dreams? How can you empower yourself? Where can you find support?

My Grow Yoga YTT Group

Under Construction

Hello and thanks for stopping by Veggie Vinyasa! I am currently in the processing of updating this blog and giving it a fresh new look. In the meantime, come visit me on Instagram @veggievinyasa.

I’ll be participating in Dhyana Yoga’s Pose of the Day for the second year in a row. Last year Baby Max was six weeks old at the start of May. This year he is a walking, talking busy little bee which will keep things fun & interesting.

I will also be participating in The Pistachio Project’s Cloth Diaper Challenge on Instagram where I will be posting pics of Baby Max in his adorable cloth diapers.

I’m super-excited about Veggie Vinyasa’s facelift, and until then I look forward to keeping in contact through this month’s Instagram challenges.

Ciao!

~Angela