Day 2 – Earth Week Challenge

Hi Love,

Thank you for being here. I have to say how inspired and amazing I am by the community and sharing that is taking place in this challenge. What amazing humans you all are. Please use the wealth of knowledge that has been posted on Day One as a resource - so many recipes and just a wellspring of amazing ideas (and beings). Look through the comments. Find all of the amazing things. Not to mention the incredible ideas/brands being posted in our instagram community - even if you don't have instagram, you have to check it out: #earthweekchallenge2019

Day two's topic is all about the home and natural home cleaning products, how to lesson your carbon footprint, indoor air quality, powering the home, transportation, carbon offsetting, investments, junk mail and more. 

This video is also a little longer so you might listen to it while you make your morning tea or breakfast. Perhaps get your ear buds while you go through your morning routine 🙂

You will hear me talk about how Angie is going to post a FB live on Friday but we actually switched it to Monday so if you are interested to watch it! You can do that now 🙂 

I want to hear from you in the comments below!!! 

What is your takeaway from day two?

What have you been implementing or what are you excited to try? What on your favourite resources or products that you'd like to share? What are your favourite home cleaning recipes, blogs, books, brands and channels on this particular topic? I'd love to use this page a place that we can all come back to for a wealth of resources on home maintenance and carbon offsetting!

Post your comments, reflections and resources in the comments below! 

Reminder: For a chance to win one of our awesome prizes, post once a day on instagram or Facebook (using the hashtag #earthweekchallenge2019 so that we can all see what each other is sharing online!) 

If you post on instagram all 5 days, you could win a sweet prize pack from @rasa_ayurveda or @sweetfloweringyogaandwellness, as well as an awesome zero waste prize pack from @cntrycupboard in Fenelon Falls, a prize from Green Street Peterborough and a FREE RETREAT from @sarovarayoga and a free month of unlimited yoga from @livingyogalove (Peterborough Living Yoga!) 

Remember to use the hashtag #earthweekchallenge2019 

Day 1 – Earth Week Challenge

It's here! Day one of #earthweekchallenge2018 and today's topic is all about personal care and beauty products. This first video is a little longer so you might listen to it while you make your morning tea or breakfast. Perhaps get your ear buds while you go through your morning routine 🙂 

Personal care is where I got started with my journey to truly learning about sustainability. As I talk about in this video, it all started with learning about health when my dad and father-in-law both passed away in the same year of cancer. I started reading a lot, and realizing that even most of the "healthy" brands of personal care products that I was buying were full of synthetic chemicals and hormone disruptors. That's when I started making most of my own personal care products out of food grade products. This means that I am no longer pouring these chemicals down the drain and adding them into our water systems. Often times what is most optimal for our own health is exactly what is needed to restore the planet back to it's state of health as well! (Isn't it funny how that works?)

What is your takeaway from day one?

What have you been implementing or what are you excited to try? What on your favourite resources or products that you'd like to share? What are your favourite recipes, blogs, books, brands and channels on this particular topic? I'd love to use this page a place that we can all come back to for a wealth of resources on personal care!

Post your comments, reflections and resources in the comments below! 

Reminder: For a chance to win one of our awesome prizes, post once a day on instagram or Facebook (using the hashtag #earthweekchallenge2019 so that we can all see what each other is sharing online!) 

If you post on instagram all 5 days, you could win a sweet prize pack from @rasa_ayurveda or @sweetfloweringyogaandwellness, as well as an awesome zero waste prize pack from @cntrycupboard in Fenelon Falls, a prize from Green Street Peterborough and a FREE RETREAT from @sarovarayoga and a free month of unlimited yoga from @livingyogalove (Peterborough Living Yoga!) 

Remember to use the hashtag #earthweekchallenge2019 

Earth Week Challenge

Hey love! 

Thank you for being here and joining this challenge. This video is a little longer then I'd hoped but here's the gist of it:

The fact that you are here means that you are committed to the good of this planet. And what an incredible group of humans we have! My heart is actually bursting already with the people posting photos about cleaning up the environment before this challenge has even begun! Seriously, are you guys even real? So incredible.! You can check out all the things people have been posting here - #earthweekchallenge2019. We’ve got well over 100 people signed up and participating which is absolutely incredible. (Not everyone is on social media or instagram and THAT's OK! - you can participate right here on the blog!)

I wanted to post this video to welcome you to the challenge, to let you know what to expect over the next 5 days! My invitation is that you open the email each morning, click the link to the blog post, perhaps you listen to the video (each day) while you are making breakfast or making your morning tea. Contemplate the theme of the day and then get involved! Participate by commenting on the blog post, sharing resources, asking questions, posting about what you're interested in implementing, what you've learned or what might be helpful information for others in the community. If you have resources to share on a topic, let us know! Let's share resources and information with each other each day! 

For a chance to win one of our awesome prizes, post once a day on instagram or Facebook (using the hashtag #earthweekchallenge2019 so that we can all see what each other is sharing online!) Your post can be about anything to do with the topic of the day. Whether you're posting about what you've learned, what you'd like to implement moving forward, one of your favourite recipes or resources that you already love and want to spread that love. Whatever is relevant for you as we move through each day, it's such an individual journey for each person.

If you post all five days, you could win a sweet prize pack from @rasa_ayurveda or @sweetfloweringyogaandwellness, as well as an awesome zero waste prize pack from @cntrycupboard in Fenelon Falls, a prize from Green Street Peterborough and a FREE RETREAT from @sarovarayoga and a free month of unlimited yoga from @livingyogalove (Peterborough Living Yoga!)

In order to have a chance to win a prize you must be active and post on instagram (or Facebook) all 5 days using the hashtag #earthweekchallenge2019 (this is not a requirement to participate in the challenge, just to win one of our sweet prizes!) 

I'm really excited about this challenge and the positive ripple effects that each of us will make through space and time through this community and sharing resources. 

The challenge begins tomorrow! Take a moment to invite your friends or share it on your social media. The more people that join up the better! Thank you so much for being here. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you are most excited about for the challenge! 🙂 

Full Moon Yoga

Happy Full Moon!  Those of you who know me, know about my reverence for natures cycles and particularly the lunar cycle and seasons of the year. 

I wanted to share with you one of my favourite practices. A yogic salutation to the moon. This is not your regular cooling moon salutation (chandra namaskar). On the full moon, I like to invigorate the element of fire into this moving meditation. I hope that you enjoy this different style of moving with the moon. If you love this practice, please let me know how you feel in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you! 🙂

In my online course, I teach different styles of yoga to go with each phase of the lunar cycle (for instance, restorative on the dark moon) and also yoga nidras for each phase, Ayurvedic wisdom and practices for each phase as well as pranayamas. If you are interested in learning more about my online course "Moving with the Moon" please check out my wait list here: 

Meditation – Cultivating Hope

In this meditation, I wanted to explore the virtue of hope.

Through neuroscience we're discovering that what we practice, we become.

I talk about how I think hope is different from optimism, which I think CAN be about wishing. Wishing in a direction and then hopefully it will happen.

Hope is a choice; it's a courageous choice. Based in reality and based in action. Hope inspires action. It sees the darkness, it sees the struggle, and It also sees the good that is possible, it sees the fullest picture.

It inspires us into positive action. Hope is a muscle that we can strengthen.

This meditation is meant to cultivate hope and inspire action.

It's meant to help you continue to build up your hope. Then with hope to spare, help others build a future that is better than the present, safer, more kind, more symbiotic with our planet.

Our children deserve this from us AND we have the power to make great changes while we're on this earth.

Please if you feel called to join my earth week challenge, you can sign up here below

My Story: Healing from Anxiety & Panic Attacks

When I was young I had a severe case of asthma. Throughout my childhood, I had many experiences (a house fire, bullies, car accidents, death of loved ones) that lead me to develop an anxiety problem. This anxiety caused my mind to race and also caused frustrating insomnia. Occasionally, I became hijacked by my nervous system and panic attacks or asthma attacks would leave me worried and afraid. It was an unsettling feeling, to lose control of my breath. More then once I found myself in the hospital with blue lips, face and fingers from hyperventilation and lack of oxygen. I also experienced heart palpitations that caused me to worry even more about what was happening to my body. I felt helpless. What I could do to prevent these types of attacks from coming on? I had no idea.

Many people know what anxiety feels like, the way it controls the mind, produces pain, aches or nausea, the way it can create a sense of disconnect between mind, body, spirit, and the world around us. Under these conditions, relaxation is often a challenge; experiencing a sense of peace can be nearly impossible. Once anxiety takes hold, it can manifest in a variety of ways—from panic and obsessive-compulsive behaviours to post traumatic stress, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. Today, over 18% of North Americans are affected with anxiety disorders. At the time, I felt isolated but I now know that I was not alone in this battle.

My journey with yoga began in 2003 when I fell completely head over heels in love at my very first class. I walked out of that room as if I was floating on a cloud, I had never felt such peace. I had the best sleep that night, the best sleep I’d had in years! I began to practice yoga daily because I loved the relaxed feeling it gave me as well as the sense of inner stillness and peace. The more I practiced the more I felt a much needed sense of balance in my life as well as emotional resilience. Finally I had found something that was relieving all of my anxiety symptoms as well as healing my asthma.  Over time I went from worrying every night as I tried to fall asleep to drifting off  into a peaceful sleep easily and care free. I noticed the effects of this ancient science pouring over into every aspect of my life. I knew I was going to be a lifelong student of yoga and meditation.

I studied under Randal Williams of the Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health for my 200 hour training. In essence, the word Kripalu translates into ‘being compassionate’. Neither posture sequences nor instructions are standardized, so no two classes look alike. Because of the creative nature of Kripalu Yoga and being an art student myself, I found it was the perfect yoga teacher training for me.

I continued my yoga education, branching out into yoga nidra & integrative restoration, intensive meditation courses, energy medicine workshops, chakra intensives with Seane Corn & Anodea Judith, and studied my 500 hour training in yoga psychology under Ashely Turner and am currently enrolled in a 13 moon priestess mystery school.

Each class I guide includes not only asana (physical poses) but also pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation proven to calm the nervous system. Bringing awareness to the physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts that arise throughout the practice create a ‘meditation in motion’ style of class.

Nothing is more fulfilling than spreading the incredible benefits I have found in yoga with others.  I was a person who struggled with debilitating anxiety. Today I am not. In the future, as life brings more challenges, I know that I now have the tools to get through it. It brings me joy to spread these wonderful tools into the community. I am grateful that I get to do this work. Thank you for reading my story. I hope to see you soon on the mat.

Ally Boothroyd

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