Take 15 Just for You!

The Holiday season has arrived with a season full of Merry Cheer and good times with all of the special people in our life. It also brings with it added stressors to our daily routine. I know many of us are caught in the chaos of Christmas shopping, holiday baking, and decorating. All of that pressure can create more tension, stress, and anxiety.

This is a simple yet effective gentle yoga sequence that is perfect for those moments when you just need fifteen minutes for you. It provides gentle stretches across the shoulders and into the hips to help alleviate a little of that holiday stress.

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season!

Also don’t forget I am  still seeking submissions for an upcoming compilation of essays focusing on positive leaders in your community.  Visit here for more information https://darciecameron.com/2016/11/14/call-for-submissions/ 

Healthy Holiday Dining Tips

The holiday season has quickly dashed upon us with Christmas Parties, Potlucks, and good times amongst friends. It can be difficult to maintain a healthy balance in our diet when cheese trays dance in front of us, cookies sparkle in the office staff room, and one more glass of wine is always good when laughing with friends.

I am very guilty of over indulging during the holiday season and in fact once upon a time  went up a pant size in one night.  So to spare you the indignity of waking up in the morning only to discover that none of your pants fit and no matter how hard you try to button those jeans while rolling across the bedroom floor. It becomes a sobbing realization that  your pants have reached limited capacity and there is no longer any room availability for you.

Take heart and learn from me! Just follow these  simple tips that still allow for you to indulge without having to wear your holiday stretchy pants.

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May you have a wonderful time over this beautiful holiday season!

Also don’t forget I am  still seeking submissions for an upcoming compilation of essays focusing on positive leaders in your community.  Visit here for more information https://darciecameron.com/2016/11/14/call-for-submissions/ 

Wake Up the Core

Some days I feel braver than others and today was one of those days.  I decided that I would get out of my comfort zone just a little bit more and share with you my first ever You Tube video.

It is a ten minute beginner core yoga sequence! The perfect way to fire-up the core and elongate your muscles in a short amount of time.

I hope you take ten for you and enjoy!

Also don’t forget I am  still seeking submissions for an upcoming compilation of essays focusing on positive leaders in your community.  Visit here for more information https://darciecameron.com/2016/11/14/call-for-submissions/ 

Call for Submissions

The United States Presidential Election last week moved many of us through a tsunami of emotions – shock, anger, grief, and fear.  As we begin to accept that Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States and that the face of politics will dramatically shift in the next four years. We have to come to terms that their will be factors that come into play that will be out of our control.

What we can control is our voice. We can use it to inspire, engage, and try to make the world better. As much hatred and bigotry in this world there is also kindness, compassion, and love. Good people surround us and they inspire us to be better.

I look at the people that surround me on a daily basis and in my social media feed all I see are kind, caring, smart, talented, and creative individuals. Maybe it’s time for us to collectively raise the voice that reminds us that good still exists in this world.

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I want you to share your brilliance, your light, and a story about someone who  created a positive impact in your life or community. As much as the world feels like it is spinning in turmoil we can control what goes on in our lives by inspiring others with our words.

I am in the early stages of putting together an e-book which will be a compilation of essays  that inspires, uplifts, and shows that positive change can happen. I am looking for 750-1500 word well-written essays about people in your life that have impacted and uplifted you, your family, or your community. Submissions will be accepted until December 14th, 2016 and emailed to darcie_cameron@yahoo.ca.

All of the proceeds from this book will be Donated to War Child Canada.

So much is happening that is out of our control but we can still have a small positive impact by focusing on the good in others. It is by focusing on this good that we can restore our spirits, find our voice, and maybe just maybe help a cause that means something to all of us.

The Importance of Continuous Learning

The past few months have been a whirlwind for me as I  took a chance and taught yoga up North this summer. As well enjoyed a fabulous yoga teaching trip in beautiful Cancun, Mexico. I can’t say enough about the wonderful experiences and people I connected with over the summer. It was inspiring!

I am now back home in Edmonton finding my grounding, reconnecting with friends, and teaching welcoming familiar faces. If there is one thing anyone knows about me is that if you have a question I will try to answer it and if I don’t know it – I will find out and get back to you.

I find with teaching yoga there is always questions after practice and sometimes those questions lead into nutrition. It is only natural as people begin to make that step to take care of themselves that they want to feel aligned with the mind, body, and spirit.

The next leap would be how the nourish themselves after practice and throughout the day. Unfortunately, I am not a dietitian and don’t have all of the answers.  In fact, food and I have a very complex relationship. After all of these years I am finally beginning to connect the dots on how to nourish myself and my family – it has been its own uphill journey.

I think it is important to consistently change your views, thoughts, and opinions. It’s about growing and making peace with your own ego (sometimes admitting your wrong.) In that shift I decided to take the next step on my learning my path and joined The Institute for Integrative Nutrition  to compliment my yoga journey as a health coach to better assist the people I meet with on a weekly basis.

I am excited about the new opportunities and knowledge that I will have to help further assist my clients.  As well I will be sharing tidbits of information, recipes, that will help to compliment your  lifestyle and daily yoga practice.

The season change is always bright and full of new opportunities – I look forward to having you join me on my journey.  If you are interested in learning more about a really great program stop by and visit The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

They have a great special on now this month for friends and family that are interested in pursuing their own career in health coaching.  Just mention this code below and tell them that Darcie told you to give them a ring and say “HI!”

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Managing Workplace Stress

 

In this fast-paced 24/7 technological world that more people at work are facing more responsibilities, longer hours, and are expected to be wired to their phones.  It is not uncommon for people to mention that they feel “permanently wired  to their jobs.”  This feeling  of  permanent wiring forces many people to take their work life home with them not giving them the necessary recovery from a busy work day adding more fuel to the fire

One of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself is setting aside the phone and making time for your loved ones. Work will always be there and waiting but the key is to make yourself a number one priority on setting boundaries on when you are willing to work.

If you are not on the clock then it can wait until the morning.

Make the time to breathe, smile, and laugh. 

Studies also show that for many shift workers who put in long hours are more prone to accidents and injuries.  One of the main reasons is that they are unable to catch up on their sleep. Some research has shown that night workers sleep less during the day, and less deeply when asleep. The accumulation of sleep debt can result in impaired judgment or delayed reaction time, which in turn can lead to accidents.

The fact of the matter is whether you work long shift hours or in a office you need to begin to take back the power of your own health and alleviate the daily stress of heavy workloads.  How do you make your health a number one priority when you are working long hours? It is by being proactive and taking small simple steps in changing your daily routine.

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It’s by making small changes to your daily routine that can make an impact on your daily work life. Small steps to positive change will make for a healthier you and help release some of the daily symptoms of everyday work stress. You have to make yourself a number one priority because when you take care of you it rises everything  in your life reaching you to your highest potential.

Finding Strength in Goddess Kali

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In the eight limbs of yoga one of the core values is Ahisma – the belief that to harm another is to harm oneself. In a world that contrasts light and shadows, how are we expected to defend ourselves in emotional or abusive situations? It does not mean to turn the other cheek, nor does it mean to fly into a fit of rage sometimes, which will only lead to more emotional harm to ourselves. But to stay in a relationship that consistently damages your spiritual well-being is a form of passive violence to oneself.

Many women are preconditioned to play nice with a smile and follow the societal norms that are preconditioned for us. It is when we are not given a voice or learn how to define our divine feminine than we begin to fall from thriving in our own world. The societal constrictions for many women keeps them in a haphazard state where it is acceptable to stay in a disheartened, abusive relationships because they are not defined by their character, but the roll of preconceived notions of how a woman should behave in society.

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A key to breaking these societal norms is for women to begin to connect to their own inner goddess. It is from tapping into their own core spirit, which enables them to keep their wings free from being broken and allowing many to soar even further in this world.

One such goddess to explore is ancient Kali, the mother goddess, as she defies all societal values with fierce passion and tenacious will.

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