‎Yoga Gives Back – Week 1 {Yoga Challenge}

So far this has been a wonderful challenge. It has had different types of poses for each day, and they are such that you really have to focus and be mindful of what you’re doing. Here are the first set of poses for the Yoga Gives Back challenge.

Ardha Matysendrasana, Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
Day 1: Ardha Matysendrasana, Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
Parsvakonasana B, Twisted Extended Side Angle Posture
Day 2: Parsvakonasana B, Twisted Extended Side Angle Pose
Prasarita Padottanasana A, Wide-Legged Forward Bend
Day 3: Prasarita Padottanasana A, Wide-Legged Forward Bend
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose
Day 4: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose
Pasadena, Noose Pose
Day 5: Pasadena, Noose Pose
Gomukhasana, Cow Face Pose
Day 6: Gomukhasana, Cow Face Pose
Bakasana, Crane Pose
Day 7: Bakasana, Crane Pose
Bakasana, Crane Pose
Day 7: Bakasana, Crane Pose

Leave me a comment on Instagram if you’re doing the challenge too!

Related Links:

June Yoga Challenge – Yoga Gives Back

May Yoga Challenge – May I Begin Yoga 2015

April Yoga Challenge – Detox Yo Body

March Yoga Challenge – Journey to Handstand

February Yoga Challenge – Let’s Get Flexy in 2015

Raw Review – Raw Rev Glo Bars

Raw Rev Glo Bars I recently got a sample of Raw Rev’s Glo Bars and I’m pretty much drooling just thinking about them. I have always liked other Raw Revolution bars, and these have a bit more protein. These come in 3 flavors:

  • Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt
  • Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt
  • Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

Raw Rev Glo Bars

Things I love about them:

  • They taste really, really, good.
  • Most of the ingredients are organic and raw.
  • There aren’t crazy ingredients. The ones with chocolate chips in them do have sugar, but it’s a pretty small amount.
Raw Rev Glo Bars
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  • The overall nutrition is great. For such a natural bar, they pack between 10-15 grams of protein, and only 2-5 grams of sugar.
  • They are decent size bars. They are either 180 or 190 calories each, but they are a normal size. (As opposed to other mini 100 calorie bars that are the size of my thumb.)
  • The chocolate chunks are tiny (and the sugar is low). I don’t care for bars with huge chocolate chunks because it tastes more like a candy bar and is usually not very healthy

Raw Rev Glo Bars

  • They taste like a candy bar without all the sugar and weird stuff. Why is this a con? Because I went through a box of 12 in a little over week. (I did share a few with my husband though!)
  • My favorite is the Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt bar (it is SO good), but it has the least amount of protein, 10 grams, and the highest amount of sugar at 5 grams.
  • They are a little bit oily, so they’re not ideal to leave in the car as an emergency snack if you’re out running errands all day.
Raw Rev Glo Bars
My favorite

Generally, I keep a handful of these kinds of bars in my car or bag in case I’m out all day and need a quick pick me up. I’m definitely adding these into my rotation of bars. You can find these on Amazon, but you can get 20% off your order from http://shop.rawrev.com/ using code “contact”.

If you try these or other Raw Rev bars, let mo know what you think!

NYC Weekend

A few weekends ago I took a trip to New York City. I really wanted to visit my friend Mallorie’s popup shop, and other than that, I basically just planned to eat my weight in delicious NYC food. When I got into the city, the first thing I did was head to a raw vegan restaurant, Pure Food & Wine. It was kind of a bucket list item for me. I always wanted to go but kept putting it off. When they temporarily closed over the winter, I knew that when they reopened I needed to get my butt there. It did not disappoint.

Pure Food and Wine Garden
Pure Food and Wine Garden

I got a Spicy Sesame Salad, a Mint Ice Cream Sundae, and a pot of white tea. The salad was huge, the sundae was incredible, and the tea was perfect since it was a little chilly sitting out in the (gorgeous) garden.  I wrote about the visit here.

Mint Sundae
Mint Sundae

Next up, I stopped at SmartGlamour, a women’s clothing shop owned by a friend I grew up with. She designs everything herself and everything is handmade. SmartGlamour makes clothing for every body type and size, and they promote a strong message of empowerment for women. I picked up an incredibly beautiful dress. Read more about my experience with SmartGlamour here.Smart GlamourI asked Mallorie if there were any vegan cafes in the area of her shop. She wasn’t sure but pointed me in a general direction. Right around the corner was a sign for…vegan ice cream! It was a little shop that had natural goods and some vegan food. Not everything was vegan, so I just grabbed a cup of maple cone ice cream and went on my way.

Vegan Ice Cream

I ate my ice cream and relaxed in Tompkins Square Park. I day dreamed a little that that’s what I’d be doing if we lived in the area. I always tell my husband we need an apartment in NYC to get away to. He’s okay with it, or will be after I hit the lottery.

Caravan of Dreams, NYC

I still wanted to find a place to get some food for my mom (other than the desserts I grabbed from PF&W) so I wandered in the general direction of the subway station I was headed to and found Caravan of Dreams. I think I read on the sign (or on my phone) that it was an organic, kosher, live (raw), and vegetarian restaurant, and when I was asking the host what vegan dish he would recommend for takeout, he said (very politely) that everything was vegan. I cannot tell you how awesome it is to hear that and know you can order ANYTHING off the menu. I wish I had time to sit and eat in because it was really cute inside, and there were a bunch of things I’d love to try off the menu.

Caravan of Dreams

I ordered the Tempeh Ruban (grilled onions, Russian dressing, tomato, rye toast, house sauerkraut and pickle) for myself, and a Rosemary Shiitake Burger (tomato, grilled onions, tarragon ali-oli, olive ciabatta and house-made pickle) for my mom, both came with  salads. We ate them later that night when I got home, and I have to say my ruban was out of this world. My mom loved her burger too. 

Grilled onions,Russian dressing,tomato,rye toast, house sauerkraut and pickle
Grilled onions,Russian dressing,tomato,rye toast, house sauerkraut and pickle

I had an incredible time in the city and cannot wait to go back. My mom and I are excited to go to Chloe Coscerelli’s new cafe when it opens.