Yoga Things I Love

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If you’ve seen some of my previous posts, you know I often share my yoga playlists on here. I used to only think that music for yoga meant meditative chants and nature sounds. I remember one of my first teachers incorporating songs that I listened to in my free time and thought that was pretty cool. Why couldn’t you practice to music you already know and love? Now I’m always changing it up, sometimes keeping in a few favourites. And I love finding great songs to zone out to in savasana.


Specifically Palo Santo. I absolutely love this wood and often burn it upon waking and before I go to sleep in the evening. The name literally means “Holy Wood’ and its known for cleansing the negative energies around us and can even be healing for when we feel unwell and to lift our moods. I’ve found it to be very helpful to burn a little just before I meditate as well as before I begin a yoga practice. To me, it has a lovely cedar-y citrus scent.

Before I discovered Palo Santo I was incorporating essential oils and often times still do. Lavender is wonderfully soothing for an evening practice while something such as bergamot is energizing during the daytime.

Mala Beads

It’s only been very recently that I’ve added to my mala bead collection. I originally had a necklace and bracelet that I brought back with me from Bali after I completed my first yoga teacher training. While I originally bought these because I found them pretty (and quite frankly, everyone I saw had some dangling on them!) they came to be much more than that. Having always struggled with just “being” while attempting to meditate I found that having the beads in my hand gave me a focus. They are similar to that of a rosary in Christianity and have all sorts of meanings depending on the beads used to create them.


Okay, I know it sounds hippie-dippie when you probably think of crystals and I was pretty skeptical about them in the beginning but now I love them. Much like my mala beads, I have found the crystals I have to be super helpful when meditating. Personally, I find having a focus even if that is a physical one, really helps me to relay that into a mental focus. The feeling of a crystal in my hand, the shape, the colour, the properties of each one really evoke a certain mood. My amethyst feels very calming and relaxing, the rose quartz very warming, and my favourite blue kyanite has allowed me to establish a more settled meditation practice.

Angel Cards

If you thought the crystals were going a little deep, you probably think even more so with the mention of angel cards but hear me out!

Despite their name, they do not hold a religious sentiment rather, they hold a spiritual element in however way you see fit.

For someone like myself you never quite grasped the whole “setting an intention for your practice” deal, angel cards have been really handy for that. They’ve also been very insightful in dealing with everyday things.

Sometimes we have bad days or even bad weeks, or we lose focus of things that are important or where we feel we should be going in our lives. Angel cards can be very beneficial in dealing with these situations. Some days I’ll simply use them before I begin my yoga practice while others, I’ll use them in the evening after a long day. Often times, I’ll pull them out when I’m feeling unsettled or anxious and find that whatever comes up is often exactly what I need. There is no right or wrong way to use them.

The above may seem like a lot of items and even indulgent in the practice of meditation and yoga. They are definitely not items you need in order to be able to practice. Some days we have an hour set aside for a session without distraction and other days we have five minutes before we go to sleep to stop and focus on the breath. These are ideas of things you can add to create a more nurtured practice no matter what time you have.

Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup

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Well I think the cold weather might finally be creeping in. The past couple of days have been rainy, windy, and cold (but still no snow!) although I’m not complaining. We’ve been blessed with the warmest weather I’ve ever known in November.

This recipe is perfect for right about now which is exactly why I’m sharing it. The nights are beginning to draw in quicker and we’re starting to get that feeling of wanting to hole up in the evenings to keep cozy and warm. It’s comforting and easy to make not to mention nutritious being full of beta-carotene and vitamins. Plus the ginger is great for your immune system to ward off the beginnings of any cold or flu.

You can just as easily make this without roasting the carrots and cut the prep time right down, but I love the flavor that you get from roasting these with fresh herbs and garlic.

The cashew cream is also optional but from someone who doesn’t get easily excited about soup, this takes it to another level and finishes off the bowl nicely.


For the soup base:

1 pound carrots (4 large, preferably organic)

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 cloves of garlic

2 stems of fresh thyme

Salt & pepper

Sprinkling of turmeric

1 tbsp fresh ginger (approx. 1 inch piece)

4 cups veggie stock

2 heaped cups white beans (Great Northern, lima, cannellini)

Fresh rosemary & thyme, chopped (to taste, I used about ½ tbsp. of each)

For the cashew cream:

1 cup cashews soaked (minimum 4 hours or overnight)

½-¾ cup water

1 clove of garlic

1-2 tsp coconut vinegar

½ tsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a baking dish with some coconut oil, allowing it to melt while the oven warms up.
  1. Wash and peel (if non-organic) the carrots, chop into pieces, and add to the baking dish with coconut oil. Smash the two cloves of garlic and add them to the dish along with the sprigs of thyme, turmeric, and salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes until they’re tender and ready to purée.
  1. While the carrots are roasting make your cashew cream. Add the soaked cashews to high-speed blender with the water and blend. Add a minced clove of garlic, coconut vinegar, and some salt and pepper. Taste and see if you need to add the lemon juice as well. Set aside.
  1. When the carrots are ready, remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before adding them to the same blender. Drain and rinse your beans and add with the veggie stock, fresh ginger, and fresh herbs. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender.
  1. When you reach the desired texture of your soup, bowl it up and swirl in the cashew cream.

Yoga Playlist III

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I’ve been enjoying some lazier days being back home in Canada. And while I realize I’ve been letting a few things slide, my yoga and mediation practice isn’t one of them. I’ve loved having the time to fully allow myself the entire morning to meditate, practice yoga and move however my body chooses, until relishing in a longer savasana. The songs on this playlist have been incorporated over the past month whether I have 15 minutes or 2 hours set aside to practice.

  1. Moonlight- Message To Bears
  2. Naked As We Came- Iron & Wine
  3. The Woods- Hollow Coves
  4. Hummed Low- Odessa
  5. Overcome- Tora Ft. Potato Potato
  6. Awakening- Aurora
  7. Busy Missing You- Frida Andersson
  8. What Do You Mean?- Justin Bieber
  9. Can’t Stop Now- Major Lazer, Mr. Vegas, Jovi Rockwell
  10. The Last Song- Tom Misch & Carmody
  11. The Last Ones Standing- Tep No
  12. Tenuousness- Andrew Bird
  13. Claire De Lune- Flight Facilities, Christine Hoberg
  14. Head Above The Water- Palace
  15. Angie- The Rolling Stones
  16. Twice- Little Dragon
  17. Blood- The Middle East
  18. Here Comes The Sun- The Beatles

As always you can find it all on Spotify




Healthy Halloween: Raw Chocolate Pumpkins

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Raw chocolate.

If you’ve never made your own chocolate, from scratch, you are in for a treat. And seeing as Halloween is right around the corner, I thought it fitting to make it into pumpkin molds.

I shared making raw chocolate a while ago on Instagram by making little cups full of the stuff, topped with chopped nuts, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. They are such a delicious treat and once you have a taste of making your own, you’ll find it hard to go back to anything else.

I used a lollipop pumpkin mold and this recipe made four of them. You can just as easily make this recipe and pop the chocolate into cupcake cases or even spread it out across some parchment paper.

Cacao butter is the main component in making chocolate. I’ve seen a lot of recipes that substitute coconut oil, but I find this is an essential ingredient in creating the right texture and taste. The smell alone reminds me of what chocolate is all about.

I found it easiest to grate the cacao butter, but I have also just eyeballed the amount and let it melt that way. I would recommend measuring everything out the first time round just to be sure. I grated out 2/3 cup of cacao butter, which equals just about 1/3 cup when melted.

You can also add vanilla bean (although it might create more of a grainy texture) but I quite like it.

Feel free to also mix in things such as bee pollen; nature’s sprinkles as I like to call them, are the perfect colours for Halloween with their purple and yellowy-orange granules.

Have fun with it!


2/3 cup grated cacao butter (approx. 1/3 cup melted)

4 tbsp raw cacao powder

4 tbsp maple syrup

Pinch of sea salt

Optional: ½ vanilla bean or ¼ tsp vanilla extract, bee pollen, chia seeds, hemp seeds, nuts or seeds to top


  1. In a double boiler over just simmering water, melt the cacao butter. Whisk until it is completely melted.
  1. Add the maple syrup and cacao powder (and vanilla if using) and whisk until everything is smooth.
  1. Remove from the heat allowing to slightly cool for a minute or two. Pour into desired mold and mix any additions through.
  1. Place into a fridge to set for a few hours before gently removing from the molds.

These are best kept outside of the fridge once they’ve set as the cacao butter begins to rise to the surface of the chocolate resulting in a white appearance. If you plan on storing them for longer I’d place them in a sealed container, although they never last that long!






Giving Thanks

IMG_4962“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie

What are you grateful for?

In Canada, we are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend.

There are many things I am thankful for. I see more. I care more. I appreciate more. I am grateful for more. Most of these are just little things but in looking closer and acknowledging these, we gain perspective on our outlook in life.
Be thankful for the sun shining through your window, or the rain pelting down and the fact that you have a roof over your head.

Be thankful you have a furry friend to cuddle up with on the days you aren’t feeling 100%.

Be thankful to feel a grumble in your tummy, knowing you can head into your kitchen and make some breakfast.

Be thankful for busy city noise, crowded transport, and long lines at the grocery stores, allowing you to appreciate silence, quiet time, and space for yourself.

Be grateful you have a bed to fall asleep in.

Be thankful you have an argument with a loved one, you have someone who is willing to fight for you and someone by your side.

Be grateful you have a job to worry about getting to on time.

Be thankful you can read this.

Be grateful for your family, your friends, your loved ones.

Be thankful for the people who have come and gone in your life and have taught you something.

Be grateful for the changing of seasons, to be thankful for summery days with sand between your toes, long evenings resulting in epic sunsets, and the coziness of a scarf and fuzzy socks when it turns cold.

There are things we wish away that others are praying for.

We all have something to be thankful for. To express gratitude for. We are here for a purpose even if we still don’t know it. You are here on this earth and there is so much to marvel at if we only really look. Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens FOR you.

Happy Thanksgiving x



Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

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I sometimes make this just for myself, roasting one or two peppers, then sautéing some kale with lots of garlic and lemon and eating it altogether.

This pesto is made with cashews and walnuts but you can change it up with nuts or seeds that you like or have on hand. It also contains nutritional yeast, which gives it a cheesy taste without using any dairy, and supplies you with protein, amino acids, and B-vitamins.

For a pasta dish that is entirely gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, it’s not only delicious and satisfying, but completely  nourishing as well. Top it onto pasta and you’re good to go!

Serves 4


4 red peppers, preferably organic

1 cup of nuts/seeds total: I used ½ cup cashews and ½ cup walnuts

3 tbsp nutritional yeast

6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon juice and zest

2 cloves of garlic

Salt and pepper

500g pasta (gluten-free, brown rice, quinoa, whole grain, etc.)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Place the red peppers onto a baking tray lined with aluminum foil- no oil, no seasoning, that’s it! Roast for 20 minutes turning once until they begin to blacken.
  1. When the peppers are done in the oven, remove them quickly and add them to a covered bowl to “sweat”.
  1. In a food processor, add the nuts/seeds and pulse until a crumbs form. Add the nutritional yeast, juice and zest of the lemon, garlic, and seasoning and pulse. Cook your pasta according to the package instructions.
  1. After about 10-15 minutes, take the red peppers, remove the skin and seeds and add them into the food processor blending well. Then with the food processor still going, slowly add in the olive oil until you reach the consistency you like.
  1. Drain and rinse your cooked pasta and add the pesto on top of it while still warm. Stir everything together until the pasta is well coated and enjoy!






Airplane Essentials

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Snacks– I’ve never been a fan of plane food (show me someone who is!) even more so now so I usually make sure to stock up on a bunch of snacks I can tuck away in my carry-on. This time I’m taking coconut chips, paleo granola bars, popcorn, homemade granola, and my favourite, chocolate! I also really enjoy grabbing my own meal at the airport from the best place I can find and taking that on board. Flying out of Gatwick, I usually head to Pret A Manger and grab one of their superfood salads and a green juice.

Water– I like to buy a big litre bottle of water once I’ve cleared security so that I can stay properly hydrated before flying. Airplanes play so much havoc on our skin and we dehydrate quite quickly so it’s always good to have water on hand at all times.

Lip Balm– I usually have more than one kicking about in my handbag and the same goes when on airplanes. I love my Nova Scotia Fisherman lip balm and I also love to take a little of May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon on board which not only smells heavenly but also doubles as a moisturizer and eye cream.

Rose Water– I really love rose water at the moment. It’s been really great for calming inflammation on my skin and keeping it hydrated before applying a moisturizer. Plus it smells really lovely and the size is acceptable to bring onto the plane.

Anti-Bacterial Spray/Gel– Hundreds of people, several hours, all cramped in one small space does not make for the most hygienic place! It’s good to carry something extra and I love this Dukha To Sukha spray (actually a yoga mat spray) because it’s multi-purpose and makes a great hand sanitizer.

Oregano Oil– Without fail, around this time of the year I tend to come down with a cold and I’ve been fighting this off by taking oregano oil. It doesn’t taste that great but it really is one of the best things I have found to take for the immune system. Any sign of sniffles or sore throats disappears when I take this and I’ve been having it everyday in the lead up to flying.

Essential Oils– I don’t wear perfume but I do love the scent of many essential oils. I find them a lot subtler and they’re really lovely to have either to relax before a flight or freshen up with just as you’re landing. I have a blend for stress and anxiety that I love from this little apothecary shop I found in the New Forest.

Eye Mask– I can’t always sleep on planes but I make sure to pack one of these anyway just in case! This one is from Saje Wellness and smells of lavender and chamomile.

Big Comfy Socks– I usually find myself getting super cold on airplanes so I always pack a big warm pair for the journey.

Books– If I don’t already have one, I really love going into the bookshop before boarding and seeking out a book I know nothing about to read with all the spare time I know I’ll have. If I don’t find a book, I often grab some magazines and even a word search puzzle book (which I secretly really enjoy!)

Notebook– I also take along a notebook to write down anything and everything that comes to mind. Being disconnected from technology and having so much time on your hands is a really good reason to keep this on hand.

Headphones– The in-flight ones just aren’t the same as pulling out my own pair that I know are guaranteed to work to watch movies and listen to my music.

Gum– This tends to already be in my handbag so I just pack some more for a longer journey; I love Pur gum.

Scarf– I love scarves and always have a hard time choosing which ones to take with me when I go anywhere! I always pack a bigger, warmer, cozy one like my cashmere one which doubles as a blanket.

Sunglasses– Always pairs well with jet lag and even works to hold up messy hair before you get the chance to grab a shower.

Tili Bag– I loved these bags from the first time I saw them. They come sized and ready to go through security and come in really cute patterns to carry all of your liquids. You can find them here.

Travel Documents– Of course you can’t go anywhere without these and they are the most important. I have a travel pouch that I keep my passport and tickets in so they’re easy to access.

I know all of this seems like a lot but it really isn’t when it’s all packed and in your bag. Traveling between the UK and Canada no longer feels like a huge trek to me and I find having these items tides me over and keeps me happy on my journey until I arrive at my destination.