Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I just back from Hawaii yesterday – it was so hard to leave! The weather was perfect the whole time, and my mom and I had a lovely time. It was such a great treat after all that studying for exams in December 🙂

It has been surprisingly chilly and arctic here in Seattle this winter! Usually we get very little snow and just need to deal with plenty of clouds and rain. But this year it has snowed a lot! Such a change from Hawaii!

School starts up for me again soon and I must say that I am feeling refreshed and excited to get at it again. I got a really nice journal from one of my girlfriends for Christmas and I’ve been using it to set my resolutions and catalogue my progress at the end of each day. I think it’ll help keep me better organised!

This year my big resolution is to try to get out into nature more. It’s been hard to keep that up as things get busy with my studies and getting out into nature is the easiest thing to put at the bottom of the list. I’m thinking I might get myself a puppy to help motivate me to get outside and take walks!

What about you guys? What sort of resolutions do you have for 2017?

Until next time, wishing you health and happiness!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Hiya! I am in the middle of studying for exams and can’t talk long, but I wanted to take the chance to wish everyone happy, happy holidays! I am off with my mom to Hawaii for a week after my exams are done and then I will be back to blogging in January!

From my heart to yours, wishing you health and happiness! And see you in 2017!

– Estelle 🙂

My Life as a Naturopathy Student

Hello friends! I hope you’re all doing lovely today! Some of you have asked me about my naturopathy studies and how that’s going, so I thought I would write about that today!

Wikipedia has a really great discussion of the history of naturopathy, which actually started thousands of years ago from the teachings of some of the ancient Greeks. In essence, naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine which focuses on natural practices and self-healing. It also encompasses homeopathy, herbalism, and acupuncture, as well as diet and lifestyle counselling.

I decided to study naturopathy and become a naturopath for two big reasons. First, I love people and want to help those in need get better. Second, I have always been attracted to the natural side of things. I totally understand that traditional medications have their place (like in a life or death situation) but if the situation isn’t urgent we should be giving the body what it needs to heal itself.

Studying to become a naturopath is pretty intense! In essence, it’s like the training required to become a doctor, and includes a lot of the same curriculum. It’s sometimes hard to stay healthy with things so busy and I find myself cutting corners, which is sort of ironic given the area of my studies! 🙂

I am due to finish my studies pretty soon, and am super excited about starting my practice. My mom has some friends with established naturopathy practices and I have an opportunity to work with them and learn from them, which will be perfect for starting out!

What is your passion? I would love to hear from you!

Until next time, wishing you health and happiness!

– Estelle 🙂

My New Favourite Yoga Class!

Hello internet! I went to a great yoga class yesterday and wanted to tell you about it! The class was a combination of yin yoga, hot yoga, and assisted movements, and I thought it was incredible (in part because I am studying for my exams and it provided much needed stress relief)! For those of you who are new to yoga, let me tell you about each of these styles of yoga.

Yin yoga is a slow, contemplative yoga style that involves holding stretches for extended periods of time. The goal is to increase flexibility in the body by stretching the “fascia”, which is essentially a second skin which is like a sheath that envelopes muscles.

Hot yoga is basically normal yoga except it takes place in a hot or warm room, which is generally heated by a dry heater rather than steam. This can make for a very hot yoga class if the class involves plenty of movement, or it can make for a warmer but OK class if the class involves less movement. I have had classes of both varieties. Sometimes hot yoga classes can be overwhelming if there are plenty of movements – doing yoga poses is hard enough in a room with normal temperature!

In this case, it was a yin class so it involved whole lot less movement than a normal class. That made the heat quite welcome, not like a nemesis in a more strenuous class! The heat is also perfect for yin classes, since the heat warms up the fascia and helps the body stretch more than it could have.

Because there is much less movement than normal, the warmth isn’t overwhelming, although it does get pretty hot and sweaty in the room! It’s super important to stay hydrated during any sort of hot yoga class, and that involves drinking plenty of fluids before, during, and after class. My mom bought me a beautiful copper water bottle from Copper H2O for my birthday which I have been taking to class for a few months. I take a few sips from my bottle every few minutes to make sure I stayed well hydrated. Any water bottle will do, and make sure it’s filled to the brim! 🙂

Finally, assisted yoga is a class where the instructor actually helps push you into certain poses to enhance the stretch. This isn’t just a little adjustment here or there – it is full on in most cases! For example, the instructor pressed down on my lower back with most of her weight while I was in child pose, which helped open up my lower back (tight from all that studying) and actually felt great!

I think this style of yoga is my new favourite. It’s relatively low key, feels great, and the heat is great for purging the body of toxins via sweat. Just remember to stay really well hydrated or you might find yourself with a headache and dry mouth after class! J

What’s your favourite kind of yoga? I would love to hear from you!

Until next time, wishing you health and happiness!

– Estelle 🙂

I’m Estelle – So Pleased to Meet You!

Hello and welcome to my little place on the web! My name is Estelle and I live in Seattle, Washington. I’m 26, a busy naturopathy student, and a dedicated yogini! For my inaugural blog post, I thought I’d write about my adventures with yoga over the last few years and why I decided to name this blog Everyday Yogini. 🙂

I first started practicing yoga when I moved to Seattle for school a few years ago. I was immediately drawn to the physical aspects of the practice – I have always worked to stay in shape and yoga really helped keep my body toned and strong. In those early days, I didn’t appreciate the meditative aspect of yoga all that much. To be completely honest, sometimes the “corpse pose” at the end of class felt like naptime in kindergarten. I was keen to get out and be active!

As time passed, I grew to appreciate and value the meditation more and more. Looking back, I realise that it took time for me to learn how to do it properly. At the start I would always find that my mind wandered to all the things I wanted to do after class. As a result, it never did much for me. However, when I finally learned to let go and sink into the meditation by thinking of nothing, I immediately began appreciating the health benefits. Today, I can enter a meditative state quite quickly and 10 minutes worth of meditation can feel like an eternity when I emerge – which is a sure sign that I am getting much more benefit out of it!

Over the years I have participated in many yoga challenges over month-long periods of even longer. I enjoyed those a lot and so have made yoga an everyday practice – hence the name of my blog, Everyday Yogini! I can’t wait to share more with you about my love of yoga, my naturopathy studies, and my life!

Are you a yogi as well? How often do you practice? Here is a great discussion of how to mediate properly for those who are interested!

Until next time, wishing you health and happiness!

– Estelle 🙂