Top 5 Calming Foods, Scents, and Drinks to Bring Yoga into Aspects of Your Everyday Life

August 19, 2014

Sure, we all try to bring yoga into our everyday lives anyway! But with the hustle and bustle of school, work, and family, sometimes it’s helpful to have a calming yogic aspect not just in our practices, but in the practice of the foods we eat, drink and smell.

Check out the recommendations below to add that extra dose of tranquility to your life!

1. Sniff and Eat: Green Apple

Green Apples

The smell of green apples (actual green apples, not an artificial scent!) can offer headache relief, and is an easy way to de-stress and alleviate any head pain you may encounter during your day.

2. Drink: Tea

Tea

Need to focus up? Try drinking some caffeinated green, oolong, or black tea to keep your mind sharp! Researchers at the Journal of Nutrition have found evidence that an amino acid called “theanine” paired with caffeine may be the culprit in strengthening focus and alertness.

3. Sniff, Eat, and Drink: Lavender

Lavender

The smell of lavender has been shown to significantly reduce anxiety and induce a calming, soothing effect when inhaled. Why not try some foods with lavender too (again, real lavender, not an artificial scent)? We vote for lavender iced tea or trying a lavender cupcake. Plus, if you smell the genuine lavender scent of what you’re eating or drinking, you’ll still reap the relaxing rewards.

4. Sniff and Drink: Peppermint

Peppermint

Do you tend to overeat when life throws a curveball your way? If so, try inhaling the scent of peppermint or brewing a cup of peppermint tea (and no, this doesn’t include peppermint candy!) During one study, researchers found that those who inhaled peppermint had significantly fewer food cravings and were less likely to overeat.

5. Eat: Whole Grain Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates

Have a case of the blues? Try incorporating more complex, whole grain carbohydrates into your diet! Researchers have found that those who regularly eat more whole grains are likely to be happier due to a serotonin release your brain triggers when processing complex carbs such as oatmeal and whole wheat bread.

If this list has got you thinking about adding even more zen into your life, check out our variety of relaxing products – lavender scented eye pillow anyone? – today at BarefootYoga.com!


Mindful Eating

August 15, 2014

Mindful Eating

Mindful eating can help us focus on staying healthy, relieve stress and get rid of any hang-ups we may have about eating. You do not have to deprive yourself of your favorite food. You do have to take one bite, and notice its texture, smell and flavor. Think about what you are feeling at that moment. Meditate on the purpose and give in to the experience.

Mindful eating is based on ancient Buddhist teachings that strive to expand the consciousness by meditating while eating. It focuses on awareness, not only of the food, but also of oneself. It is not what you eat, but what you are thinking while eating. Pausing to savor the morsel in your mouth will become second-nature, and with your senses fulfilled, you may decide that you do not need the next bite.

It might be difficult at first as we are a society of instant gratification, so be encouraged with every small step taken. Practice mindful eating one meal a week or do something simple like unplugging from your phone at your next dinner. Try eating in silence or enhancing the area where you eat. Take note of the fresh blooms outside your window at your breakfast table. We may surprise ourselves how eating mindfully could change our perspective on eating and our body image.

For meditation supplies to focus your mindfulness in other new ways, visit www.barefootyoga.com!


Lauren’s Pick of the Week:
OMgirl Mindful Tank

August 13, 2014

OMgirl’s Mindful Tank is a sleek, sexy and versatile top that works great as a layering piece. Wear it over a bra top for a little extra coverage during your yoga practice, or layer it under a sweater for a casual, polished look. The tank’s Pima cotton/Modal blend feels luxuriously soft yet strong, and in a variety of colors – from muted greys to daring pinks – you’ll want a bunch of these tanks to mix and match!

Mindful TankMindful Tank

To browse our collection of OMgirl yoga clothing essentials, visit www.barefootyoga.com!