Week 2 wrap-up of 31 Days of Mindfulness and Meatless October….Day 14….

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Mindful Minute

Move everyday. Moving heals. Sitting kills.

~ Candice Maria ~

Kind of self- explanatory. You know the old adage, if you “don’t use it, you lose it”? Well daily mindful movement is no exception. The same as skipping out on strength and resistance training causes loss of muscle mass, strength, and a slower metabolism. Not moving at all, or living a sedentary lifestyle causes even more drastic health problems over time. In the book Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Simple Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death — and Exercise Alone Won’t, Dr. Joan Vernikos, a former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division, presents a comprehensive scientific explanation for why Americans are so unhealthy. Numerous medical studies have proven that sitting too much shortens lifespan, even in people who exercise regularly, but what’s the reason? Dr. Vernikos explains in the following video:



So even if you are not a “gym” person, mindful movement everyday, whether its taking frequent mobility breaks at work, especially if you have a desk job like yours truly (insert side eye #thestruggleisreal); stretching or doing yoga frequently throughout the day, or whatever small movements you can do outside of walking to and from your car at the start and end of your workday, or going to the gym before and/or after work, is beneficial to your general health and well-being.

So during your mindful mobility yoga practice today, think about creative ways to add more movement into your daily routine!

Again, if you are keeping a journal during this journey, you may also want to jot these ideas down for future reference.

Mindful Mobility WOD

Today as you did yesterday, you will complete a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio and at least 1 Round (or as many as your body needs) of the Sun Salutation A sequence as prehab before and/or after or even during your other resistance training or athletic activities today.


Meatless Meal of the Day (MOD)


Today’s featured Meatless MOD is Candied Walnut Quinoa from the Trifecta Nutrition System organic meal delivery Vegan/Vegetarian meal plan

Ingredient List:

  • Quinoa*
  • Onion*
  • Cauliflower*
  • Brussel sprouts*
  • Asparagus*
  • Cranberry*
  • Walnut*
  • Extra virgin olive oil*
  • Balsamic vinegar*
  • Coconut sugar*
  • Grade B maple syrup*
  • Garlic*
  • Parsley*
  • Thyme*
  • Marioram*
  • Coriander*
  • Turmeric*
  • Mustard seed*
  • Cumin*
  • Fenugreek*
  • Paprika*
  • Cayenne*
  • Cardamom*
  • Nutmeg*
  • Cinnamon*
  • Clove*
  • Black pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Filtered water


Nutrition Facts (The Macros):

Serving Size: ~ 160 grams


This concludes Day 5 of 31 Days of Mindfulness and Meatless October Challenge…see you on Day 6.

Until next time ~ I AM CANDICE MARIA ~





Welcome to the October Challenge: #31DaysofMindfulness and #MeatlessOctober! This challenge is a collaborative project to promote the implementation of mindful self-care practices and health conscious nutritional choices.

So what exactly is Mindfulness you ask? In its simplest definition it is “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.”

During this challenge you will be challenged to become more aware or conscious of three things: 1) your daily mood and state of mind, 2) how you treat your body physically, and 3) what you feed your body nutritionally.

Mindful Minute

Beginning with the ‘Mindful Minute’. This “Mental WOD” is designed to be a self-reflective moment in the course of your day to promote positive self-talk, daily inspiration, and inner peace in the chaos of your day to day life. Each daily reflective thought is very personal in nature as they come straight from the heart of yours truly. So get your heart strings ready for a reflective journey into the source of your daily moods, attitudes, and thoughts towards yourself and the world around you. Challenge yourself to incorporate these reflective thoughts into your daily mindful mobility yoga practice to help you focus your intentions for the workout and the journey ahead.

Mindful Mobility WOD

The next component of the challenge day involves mindful movement with the mindful mobility WOD. In this part of the challenge, we will embark on a daily flexibility and mobility journey to promote daily physical self-care using a basic yoga sequence to help you cultivate a routine flexibility conditioning practice.

Why yoga? There are numerous health benefits to a regular yoga practice outside of general flexibility and improved mobility. The following link from Yoga Journal outlines a long list of about 38 Health Benefits of a regular yoga practice.

Prehab vs Rehab. Practicing prehabilitation helps to prevent the need for rehabilitation from injuries caused by not being mindful of your body’s imbalances. Prehab, as defined by National Institute of Health, is used by doctors to prepare a patient for the inactivity associated with post surgical procedures. However, prehabilitation (prehab) goes much further than that and into everyday life. Many physical therapists and athletic trainers use prehab as part of a daily program to help prevent nagging injuries in clients that are caused by physical imbalances as well as the larger ones that can be caused by athletic injuries and require surgery. 

Cultivating a consistent personal prehab self-care routine can help to prevent injuries by allowing you to discover and focus on correcting your body’s imbalances. In general a good prehab program consists of warming-up, stretching to full range of motion such as in a regular yoga practice, a cardiovascular component like walking or swimming, and a resistance training component mixed with functional movements that relate to everyday life. All in all regular yoga and flexibility/mobility practices are an important key component to any personal prehab program.

Meatless Meal of the Day (MOD)

Why Meatless you may also ask? Studies have shown that a plant-based diet has many benefits to an individual’s overall well-being and the only  two commonly associated risks with a plant-based diet are inadequate protein intake, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies, both of which can be remedied with proper protein, vitamin, and mineral supplementation, such as through products from Garden of Life brand, which provide organic, raw, certified vegan and gluten free protein, vitamin, and mineral supplements. So don’t let the ‘risk’ of missing protein and nutrients scare you from this journey.

Each day will feature a Meatless Meal of the Day (MOD) idea to try at home if you like getting creative in the kitchen. I personally due to my hectic work-life schedule order my meatless meals from a meal delivery service called Trifecta Nutrition , just choose the Vegan or Vegetarian meal plan depending on how meatless you are ready to be.

Trifecta nutrition Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad

As you know there are differences between Vegan and Vegetarian, as well as differing forms of Vegetarianism. Veganism omits everything from animals, the meat of animals and their products (eggs, milk, cheese, etc.) True vegetarianism is similar to veganism, however, there are variations and exceptions that some use for individual reasons and preferences, such as ovo-vegetarianism which allows for the consumption of eggs, lacto-vegetarianism, which allows for the consumption of milk and dairy products, and pescatarianism which allows for the consumption of fish and seafood.

So whatever route you choose to take in this Meatless October journey, choose what works best for your personal health goals and overall well-being. The goal here is to make health conscious and physically nourishing decisions about the foods you choose to consume on a daily basis. 

So welcome to #31DaysofMindfulness and #MeatlessOctober I look forward to enjoying this nourishing journey with all of you!

See you all for Day 1….until then ~ I AM CANDICE MARIA ~

Wake up and fall asleep into your practice. Live your practice on and off the mat.

Yogis in India

Sleep like a yogi, wake up like a yogi,  and live life like a yogi. I find it interesting how connected the ancient yogis seemed to be with the ground,  sitting on the ground,  the floor, etc. was an everyday part of life in Ancient India. This concept has always fascinated me to the point that I had begun pondering a challenging personal experiment of my own. Plus since graduation from my yoga teacher training,  my biggest desire was to have space for a yoga room.


So after I recently relocated all of my furniture to my “apartment” at my parents home, I blatantly decided, after arranging the furniture in my bedroom, that I wasn’t going to construct my bed. A beautiful robust mahogany wood Ralph Lauren queen sized bed, still sits in pieces unbuilt against the walls of my bedroom. 

The bed I won't sleep in for now

So where do you sleep you ask?…. I had an epiphany about a month prior to the move that I had an empty bedroom with nothing but my yoga mat in the center of the floor that I slept on and practiced on. So to answer your questions,  I sleep on my yoga mat.


Sounds crazy I know however,  I sleep great,  it’s like savasana every night.  I added some extra padding and a pillow and favorite stuffed animal from childhood for comfort,  but all and all the experience has been invigorating.  I wake up feeling vibrant,  creative, enlightened,  and ready to journey into my yoga practice, life, and beyond.


So my yoga nidra lifestyle may come across as a little extreme,  but it’s a test run of a vision I had, and proof that it’s okay to test out the random thoughts in my head, they’re not so scary in real life and truly are attainable!


I’m definitely not suggesting that you empty your bedroom and sleep on your floor on your yoga mat in order to invigorate and enlighten your life, that’s just my trip at the present moment, but I do dare you to find that awkward habit that hankers in  your inner being yearning to come out, and test it out, and see where it takes you!

Until next time Practice Strong,  Practice Often. Love and Light to all.



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Week 5 - Shoulder Stand

About this week’s photo: #NourishingMyThroatChakra balancing my #GuruAsana after teaching and talking all day! 🎓📝📖📈 #shoulderstand #LStand #inversionpractice after my last class of the day for this week’s @auracacia #chakrajourneyphotocontest #chakrajourney

“The strength behind communication is in its quality, not in its quantity. Your talk should be that of quality, not of quantity. You should use small sentences which say a lot. Or you should say a lot in small sentences.” ~#YogiBhajan

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Until next time,  #StopDropandDoYoga #GoHardandGoOM #OntheMat, #OffTheMat, and in life! #Namaste



It’s Week 3 of the #AuraCacia Chakra Journey and we are now visiting the fiery energy of the #SolarPlexus!

solar plexus chakra

solar plexus chakra

The solar plexus chakra, known as the Manipura in sanskrit, helps invigorate healthy metabolism, while minimizing the stagnating effects of couch potato syndrome.

Location midway between navel and base of sternum
Sanskrit Name Manipura
Color yellow
# of Petals 10
Element Fire
Mantra Ram
Mind personal power
Emotion expansiveness
Spirit growth

Also, I am once again rallying votes for my photo entry this week in the Chakra Journey Photo Contest! Please visit this link to vote: Candice’s Chakra Journey!

“#WildThing ….. you make my heart sing…..!” #Camatkarasana ~ “The ecstatic unfolding of an enraptured heart!” #flexyourplexus balancing my #solarplexuschakra #backbending #coreenergy #confidence #yogagirl #yogalife #yogapractice #yogalove #yogadogs #dogsitting #wildthings #gentlegiants #standardpoodles #goldendoodle #puppypoodles #puppykisses #puppylove #curlygirl #curlydogs #Shanti #OM #Namaste

My yoga mat is not only my teacher, she’s my friend! Supporting me as I learn and catching me when I fall! For many years, my relationship with Adho Mukha Svanasana, or downward facing dog posture has been a rocky one. Tight hamstrings, shoulder frustrations, and then some. To hold this posture for 5 breaths in practice or until the teacher stopped talking in a class was an uncomfortable mental and physical battle for me! I’ve grown to get along with my downward facing dog asana, since beginning my yoga teacher training this past January and today in my personal practice we even played a little game! I MADE THAT DAMN DOG FLIP! LOL! And it felt so liberating! He’s my new best yogi friend now! 😉

~Love and Light~

~ ♡Namaste ♡~