Princess Lessons from Fibro

If you want to live a beautiful, relaxed, stress free life, get an autoimmune disease.

Here’s why:

Autoimmune diseases that put you on your butt and in bed for x amount of time usually show themselves because of stress. Some sort of mental or physical trauma that our bodies are like “ok- we have to unleash. We can’t contain it anymore. Body and mind are too stressed and can’t function enjoyably/properly so it’s time to rest until further notice”.

Ring a bell?

People (blessed with autoimmune stuff) are not supposed to live this way of “high stress”. Sure, fight or flight is really what humans are bread for, but, it’s just not for us, and some higher power- or our subconscious- KNOWS this. So we are put on our beautiful asses to REFLECT about how we live our lives, what’s important, what’s not, learning boundaries, limits, and when and where to power through. Until this happens, (for me anyway), we will stay where we are, in pain and confused.

If we only have so much time on this earth, in the midst of sleeping and dealing with brain fog and other weird stuff, it becomes crucial our thoughts are focused on the good things and our lifestyle is focused on things that matter to us (beautiful relationships, purposeful work, love, nourishment, sunshine etc.)  I’d argue this applies to any human who wants to live life with abundance.

✨I’ve learned it’s not worth living a high stress life because I’ll FLARE UP.✨

If I don’t communicate clearly, say what’s on my mind, take time for myself, let things go, take things personally, don’t have routine, don’t get enough rest, etc., my body will tense up and I’ll be in a buttload of pain. If I don’t set up my days to be peaceful, fun, purposeful… it’s bad news!  And hey, that’s a good lesson if you ask me. I know fibromyalgia is a blessing and a wake up call. I am thankful I’m learning these lessons now.

In the magical world of princesses, you have a beautiful life full of butterflies and pixy dust. Relaxed, Simple, Peaceful, On Purpose, Loving, Success, Working on what matters, Spending time on what’s important to you.

Know you can live a magical life under most circumstances between jobs and families and obligations. It comes down to how you choose to respond to these things 🙂 (That’s a totally different post.) This princess life is magical and made up, just like your life. It’s all a #CHOICE and perspective of how you want to live. How you respond to the world IS YOUR WORLD.

So, please don’t actually seek out an autoimmune disease or a breakdown. Stress isn’t worth it. Be proactive and do some reflecting about where you are currently. What stresses you out? Can you change it, or your relationship to it? What’s working? What’s not? What’s important to you? Are you living life on purpose? What can you change that’s in your control? Ask away, and you shall receive🧡

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Love,

Fibro Princess Kyla

2 mindsets that set you up for failure

We’ve all had that “aha moment” when our mind literally shifts and the light bulb turns on. How haven’t I thought about it that way before? My whole life has changed from this! SO powerful, right?

Here are 2 mindsets that set you up for failure:

1) Blaming external circumstances and 2)Taking things personally

These are sure ways to make your time on earth, hell on earth, and they go hand in hand. If you feel the shift, your time here will be aaaaamazing, if not, it’ll might probably be dark. 🌧

1.BLAMING EXTERNAL CIRCUMSTANCES

You may want to blame other people for your feelings. You may want to blame your family for giving you bad genes. You may want to blame your wall color for your bad moods, your dog and the garbage man for being loud so you can’t sleep, the fact that you have to work at 6am and don’t have money to eat healthy, or can’t workout because you don’t have enough time, and all these other external things that are making you sick, depressed, anxious, and just not happy. Sounds effing exhausting.

The secret sauce here is knowing you have control over your life and perceptions are everything. You CAN change your perception if you’re open to it.

If you blame the universe for your lack of money even if you work really hard- is it the universe or do you spend frivolously or simply don’t save or invest? Is it your deep seeded mindset that you will never have enough money or get a break? Hey, if that’s your mindset, that’s what you’ll get (or lack thereof). Of course, actions & other things come into play. I’m saying if you think you’ll never have money then you will likely not have money.

If you blame your spouse for not being able to lose weight because they cook too much or eat unhealthy or don’t go to the gym- honay, you don’t have to eat those cookies. You can go to the gym. I doubt your spouse is putting a gun to your head if you go to the gym- maybe you can even ask them to get fit with you.

If you blame your ADD on being shitty at time management, and don’t work on it, and you’re a victim to it, you will have bad time management and have a “great excuse” for it. Trust me 😉

You have the power to make shifts. It’s your perception. It’s how you act and react. We all know the saying “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you deal with it”. Are you blaming others or current situations if things aren’t going your way? You can change it and it starts in the mind!!! “I’ve got the powerrrrr!”

2. TAKING THINGS PERSONALLY:

This ones easier said than done. 2 things here. Usually the things that upset us most about others is a mirror of what we can’t stand about ourselves. Second is that people insecurities come out in weird ways…

So, you get in an argument and you blame blame blame – how could you do this to ME HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME. I’m so mad why do you do this every time you suck I don’t like you anymore *say hurtful things, throw things, scream* 💡 wait- I’m upset, maybe I should take a step back and ask:

  • Why did what you said or did hurt me so much?
  • Do I actually do this too and that’s why I’m upset?
  • Have I set some expectation for you?
  • Does this person do this to everyone?
  • Is this THEIR insecurity coming out and I happen to be the one experiencing it?
  • You have two options- you can realize the weird shit people do are usually because of insecurities, habits, or being unaware- OR you can take it personally and battle and cause drama and resentment
  • I’m not saying don’t communicate with them, because communication is key, but think a few steps further and ask yourself questions. Ask them questions. People are probably not out to get you. Half the time people don’t realize what their deep insecurities are because they don’t let themselves think about it. Sometimes people aren’t even aware, including you. Including me. It’s really great to be open to different perceptions and put yourself in their shoes. I know. But it’s true…and it can be a hard truth.

Wayne Dyer once said Change The Way You Look At Things And The Things You Look At Change”. He was so right. When you change the way you see the world, when your intentions are positive and powerful, when you search only for the good, then your life transforms into the amazing adventure it was designed to be. (Fearlessmotivation.com)” Amen. Rest In Peace and I’m so glad I got to see you in Portland with my mom and aunt.

So here we are.

Recap

  1. You have control over your life and perception of life
  2. Blaming the external does not get you anywhere
  3. If you think the world is out to get you, the world is out to get you. Change “I’m fat and will never lose weight to” “I’m loving my body and shedding the weight so I can be healthier and feel better”
  4. Taking other people’s actions, words, and behaviors personally only holds you back
  5. It can all be as simple as a mindset shift. “This person is just the way they are, and they’re not doing it to hurt me personally, it’s their insecurity.” “And maybe I can help them”. Trust me, we all have them, and they call come out in different ways.

LOVE YOU THANKS FOR READING. AS LONG AS YOURE TRYING TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF, put in the work, and realize you have the power. You will thrive EVEN MORE!

Love,

Kyla

@lifebykylarose

“Reflection” and “looking inward” are buzzwords in the wellness realm. Next week I’ll touch on HOW to do it with some tools and easy exercises

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mental health awareness + my fibro story

This year has been a wild one- A roller coaster of ups and downs, pushing, resisting, loving, crying, sleeping, and freaking blossoming. With mental health awareness being today, I find it appropriate to share a little bit more than usual.

If you takeaway anything from this, it’s that people are good at hiding their struggles and WILL hide until the absolute last second possible.

Just remember that. No one wants to admit their tired and feel like complete crapola. We’re supposed to be perfect af, right? 👻Be there, be supportive, ask how your friends, family, acquaintances are doing. Call them just because. Love them just because- and don’t doubt or question their mental state. I’d like to think most people would not make things up about what they’re going through, and if they are, even more reason to be there for them.

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia this year. It was a long time coming for sure. Everything about growing up in pain makes so much sense. Wow, I’m getting a little teary eyed writing this. Living questioning if the pain is real or normal is kind of weird. Asking your mom to get massages because your back hurts when you’re 13 is kind of odd. Starting acupuncture when you’re 17 because your body hurts, even though you’re healthy, in shape, look great, your xrays and MRIs come back normal- yet feel like shit- prob isn’t normal, but it’s real.

I GOT USED TO FEELING CONSTANT PAIN IN MY BODY. It just was. And it’s how I thought I’d live the rest of my life. The pain moves around. One year it’ll be in the shoulders, one year the lower back, one year the hips, movin and groovin. It was constant. I’d cry and cry in my teens and twenties (still am in my twenties) because it just HURT. When I was stressed in college my body would be so tense I’d cry because my bod hurt. Poor little bod. Then I’d be so frustrated my body hurt that it would hurt more because I didn’t have answers. I just thought “damn I’m this stressed and anxious?” Looking back, yes, I was, and some of it was due to not understanding why I hurt.
I was on every sports team, did lots of yoga and pilates, ran, walked, ate well, and it was just life. I always thought “does everyone else’s body hurt? I swear this is a different kind of sore”. It was just a thing and it was fine.

Filling out the forms at PT, chiro, doctor, “Onset of injury” “how did it happen” “onset date” uhhhh forever? “No car accident? No fall? Wtf are you here then?” Cuz my bod hurt bro. Lol.

Fastforward to when I met my husband 3 years ago. He’d come to yoga with me and I’d go to the gym with him. We had a freaking blast. We got to know each other in the hot room moving our bodies and lifting weights and being sweaty together. It was awesome and raw.

We both shared how our bodies hurt from previous injuries and such, but we were both used to it. He’s really strong like Hercules so can lift really heavy weights so he tears things and I’m hyper mobile. Meh- that was that. Sometimes we’d say nice things to our bodies like, “I love you body. I love you shoulder. I love you back”. Ya’ll know we still do and we laugh every time. (Update- Mat is healing his body and feels tremendously better also! Yay 🙂 )

There’s a lot in between what happened during those years, such as my grandfathering dying who I was very very close with, getting married, working out, eating different diets to feel better (vegan for 2 years). Nothing made me feel better. Everything actually made me feel worse. I lost a bunch of weight. I called in sick for work, a lot. I felt like a zombie and my brain didn’t’ work. I was tiny at my wedding. I remember getting my makeup done in my parents bedroom and asking someone to bring me 3 ibuprofen because my body just effing hurt so bad. But- that was normal, I took ibuprofen on the reg baby.

Got married to the love of my VIDA!!! My dreams came true. Our wedding was off the chain and our honeymoon was amazing. Beach life holllaaaaaaa

Then, I was in bed alllllll that summer. ALL SUMMER. And if you know me, I’m a sun bunny and love doing yoga and being outside so the fact that I wasn’t outside and was in bed until 4pm most days was… weird af. Fast forward fast forward, did a little hot yoga here and there, did a little pilates here and there. Came home and cried here and there. Went on a few trips to hang out with Mat’s family on the East Coast. Was worried that his family thought I was a bit… slow or disengaged because my brain literally did not work and all I wanted to do was lay in bed on Thanksgiving day. And I did. And I felt effing terrible about it.

Boom.

Woke up new years day 2018. Felt. Like. Shit. The drinking didn’t help. My New Years Resolution was to NOT WORK OUT for FOUR MONTHS so my body could heal, because “it was just tendonitis” that was giving me all my pain. Ok- cool. Let me rest so I can heal and get back to living my life. My mind was in a weird place because I do love working out. We went to Turkey to see my fam, I tried to play it cool, I was so tired. I blamed the jet lag. When you wanna hide something you can do a really good job. Trust me.

Got back from Turkey April 1st, then April 3rd I went to a slow flow yoga class. I felt great. I was like this is it. I’m back baby.

April 4th, I cried. I cried and cried and cried and layed in bed all day. I just couldn’t understand what was going on. WHY did I hurt? Me? I do freaking hot power baptiste yoga. Slow flow can’t hurt me… SIKE. I was dead to the freaking world.

I was like naaaaaaw this can’t be. Took my friend’s hot yoga class the week after. Not a good idea. She suggested I go to her chiropractor (thanks Ash). She told me I had scoliosis- voila! The answer to my struggles! Mmmm… not so fast. The treatment hurt and I eventually stopped going after a month.

That was the onset of being in bed for months. The only reason I’d get out of bed was because I knew Mat was coming home at 5pm and I didn’t want him to think I was lazy. So maybe I’d make some food, or shower, or go on a walk, then go right back to bed. It got to a point where I couldn’t hide it anymore. It was a mind eff, Excuse my FRENCH.

Then

I went to

The

Endocrinologist. Who told me I had low thyroid and Hashimoto’s disease. My naturopath already told me that. Old news. The meds I took the year before gave me insomnia and didn’t give me more energy so that was also short lived.

Anyway, I was in so much pain I cried in his office. I literally cried. In his office. He gave me some amazing magical NSAID anti-inflammatory in the world. Holy shit. I had never felt better in my life. He told me I had to see the… RHEUMOTOLOGIST. OH NO.

BTW: During this time I couldn’t even walk a mile on the track without feeling like I was going to topple over. One or two laps around the track was a victory. This is effing weird because I am like one of the most active people you have ever met lol.

I should have seen the rheumatologist years ago. I was scared. I was so effing scared because arthritis runs in my family, on both sides. And Fibromyalgia on at least one. My aunts have mentioned since I was a young age that it sounds like I have it. I’ve been in denial. I think denial is a totally different post here. Anyway. That is the doctor I did not want to see but I knew he had my answer. Tests and tests and tests and tests and tests. Everything negative.

Dun dun dun. Fibromyalgia it is. Tears of joy and sadness.

And there it is. Let’s say about 15 years later I got my answer. The diagnosis is just the beginning. That was in June I think. It’s now October. I did physical therapy and it saved me. I have a wonderful spiritual coach who helps me. I don’t yet do yoga, because I don’t yet know my limits there (recently did a few photo shoots and felt OK after). I walk now, I take dance classes now, I’m starting pilates again next week, and gonna start doing some light kettle bell flows with Mat, too.

So much more I want to say. I know this doesn’t have much to do with mental health, but, I was in a weird and kinda dark place. I’m used to being a pop of sunshine and full of energy and all the fun things. I didn’t hang with my friends much, they prob just thought I was busy. It hurt physically so bad, was so frustrating, it turned mental.

The thing I can say I did EVERY SINGLE DAY while feeling like death in bed, was meditate and journal. AND instead of ibuprofen which can be bad for your liver I take magical CBD. Thank GOD!

I have a great support group and I’m surrounded by lots of love- INCLUDING THE LOVING THINGS I SAY TO MYSELF. Give your love and attention to those who need it. It will help them. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. It’s hard and scary and makes you want to cringe sometimes. However it’s one of the first steps. A big shout out to my husband family friends acquaintances for da love. All the love. There’s enough love to go around. Because love makes love 🙂

Reminding myself it can always be worse, it is manageable, la vida is buena, and the universe or God or whatever your higher power( (if any) gives you only what you can manage and break through. I have done a complete 180 from even just 2 or 3 months ago.

Not saying everything’s perfect, but I’m over here learning about my body and mind and all other beautiful gifts

It’s all Gucci baby.

Thank you for reading

Love,

Kyla Rose Rocchi

*forgive any misspellings I’m on my phone

Kyla’s Kitchen 🌹 Şam Börek

Hey ya’ll. As promised, Meyme is the star in this one. She is teaching us how to make Şam börek (or şan börek) originating from Mardin in Southeastern Turkey 🇹🇷 yum!! My grandparents are originally from Mardin, so there’s a lot of Arabic influence in the food we eat. Very simple recipe and easy to make. Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients:

Uncooked flour tortillas (usually we would make the dough from scratch, but in this modern day and age, tortillas work just fine. DM if you want dough recipe).

1lb ground lamb

1 cup finely chopped onions

Salt

Black pepper

Red pepper (if you like it a little hot 🔥)

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients

2. Grease pan or griddle

3. Lay out tortillas, fold in half so there’s a crease (so you know where to put the meat), then flatten back out to a circle

4. Put a fine layer of the mixture on one half, leave about 1/2 inch on the edges, then fold in half so you have a half moon 🌙 and push down to seal. If you want to be extra fancy, cut along the edge so it’s even

5. Cook both sides until golden brown (on griddle or stove pan) about 5 min each side (flip a few times so it’s even) or until golden brown.

6. Enjoy & afiyet olsun 🙂

PS it goes really well with tomatoes and a middle eastern yogurt based drink called ayran.

As always, if you have any questions, let me know and of course if you try the recipe lmk how it turned out. Thank you for all the love.

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Kyla’s Kitchen 🌹 Episode 5: Barbunya

Yooooo!

It has been a while since I’ve posted and I’m getting asked a lot about when I’m posting the next so here it is. As I know Meyme’s the Star, unfortunately only her voice makes a debut in this one. Not to worry, she’ll be back in the next one. This was recorded in winter.

 

Ingredients:

1 medium finely chopped onion

5-6 cloves of garlic

4 medium sized carrots chopped

2 cups pinto beans

1/2 can tomato sauce

grapeseed oil

salt

sugar 😉

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Directions:

  1. Heat oil on medium high heat, add onion, garlic, carrots, and salt. Stir and let sautee for about 10 minutes. Onions and carrots should be a little firm.
  2. Add tomato sauce + one cup of water. Add beans and sugar. Bring to a boil then turn heat down and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Typically it is served cold so put it in the fridge for several hours! Goes great with rice and salad 🙂

 

 

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FibroFeelz

The intent behind this is awareness & to educate 🙏I was diagnosed with 2 autoimmune diseases this year, Fibromyalgia & Hashimotos hypothyroiditis. The symptoms of fatigue & pain literally put me on my butt for MONTHS & my days consisted of sleeping, meditating, crying, work & wondering what my body was telling me?! Energy one day, zombie the next. I felt like💩. My physical passions can leave me feeling depleted & hurting even more. Yoga and pilates hurt, and that’s a hard pill for me to swallow . Sometimes I don’t have the energy to even talk 🤨

This is where awareness & understanding matters: I look healthy and fit. I look the same as before… Talk about (🧠 & 💪🏼) health & how someone “looks” on the outside. You just never know 🦋 We’ve been surprised w/tragedies of ppl who look “happy” & “have it all”. Stress kills 🙁 Self love is important & needs to be a focus. Love is also success💕

I know I can heal my body with energy work, relaxation techniques, meditating, journaling, reflecting, really looking inward. This IS a wake up call that I have a lot to work on & let go of. I have this feeling that one can heal their body with their mind. I’m not saying you can get rid of all terrible diseases, but you can work on the relationship with your experience & try to manage it. The less stress you have, the less physical & mental hurt. I can only speak about my body mind & experience…I know many of you agree if you’re stressed anxious sad or upset, it shows up in your body.

So my posts about CBD, oils, herbs, meditating, acupuncture, anti inflammatory, diet, routine, relaxation techniques, self love, acceptance & peace stem from my experience & experiments. I share as I go. I’m on a journey of inner PEACE, FORGIVENESS, ACCEPTANCE & SELF LOVE. Start from the core & radiate out✨
I’ve been on the fence of sharing this online. I have this FIRE inside of me urging me to bring awareness to& educate about stress & having a beautiful relationship with yourself. You can be your best friend.
I’m here for anyone who has questions or is struggling. I have so much to learn. This journey for me is just getting started. Thank you for reading & all support from my Husband❤️ Fam & Friends 💕💕You Can Heal Body & Mind & Soul 💕✨🌹🌈☀️🦋 PS I’m HAPPY 🙂

 

 

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A Little Gem of a Day in Seattle

If you are looking for something that will feed your soul and nourish your body and you have a couple hours to spare in Seattle…keep reading

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I just had such a fun loving playful day with a sweet friend of mine, Mr. Michael Bentley. We felt like kids and I can’t tell you how many times we said, “I’m so happy! I’m so happy we did this.”  Carefree, insecurities set aside, giggles, being in awe of little crabs, shells, gooey ducks, our newfound moon snails, warms rocks, feeling the slimy seaweed and soft sand on our feet, reflexology, Vitamin D, good convo, walking sticks, cute wildflowers… bliss! All while getting 5 miles of walking in!

 

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The subject of simplicity came up. It doesn’t have to take much to make one happy, or at least content and appreciative and grateful.

We were so happy from nothing… just being outside in the nature.

How simple is that. It’s free and literally just outside. Nature is so rejuvenating, we are all one and we were born to be outside. Of course great company and the Seattle Sunshine helped 😉

I always feel like I need to hop on a plane to go to a beach to get that “beach fix”, when really we are surrounded by water in Seatown… everything we need is all right here =)

 

The itinerary for an amazing half day of fun/date/solo adventure

-Discovery Park

-Nikos Gyros – A lovely Greek restaurant. I’m Turkish and it was up to par 😉 SO YUMMY

-Starbucks – lol

-Magnolia Garden Center – Little beauties everywhere!

-Good music on the ride home 🙂

Our walked turned into a grounding beach adventure at Discovery Park in Magnolia. Everything about Discovery is beautiful. You get the satisfaction of nature and it’s right smack in the city. You look off the cliff to the Puget Sound with glimpses of West Seattle and if you’re lucky, Glorious Mount Rainier. Beyond the water is Bainbridge Island, and beyond that are the Olympic Mountains and Oly Peninsula… such a breathtaking view. The tide happened to be at -3.8 (that’s what a lady told us, apparently a low tide that’s rare). We noticed the tide was low from above and got excited and took the trail down the beach.

Found some walking sticks per Michael’s idea and got friendly with the Ocean things. It’s a whole other world down there…IMG_2688IMG_2701

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If you’re lucky you might even see a whole family of SEALS. We did and they’re SO CUTE bobbing their heads up and down in the water! Their little shiny heads are so cute hehe.

 

Peace & Love & Light

“CALM DOWN”… WTH Does That Even Mean?

It means don’t get worked up, duh!!! Great, but how?

We are flooded with stereotypical quotes of how to live our lives. BE CALM. CALM DOWN. BE HAPPY. BE ORGANIZED. BE TIMELY. Be mindful. Eat mindfully. Have better time management. Have a clean room. Don’t be late. Stop procrastinating. Smile. Laugh. Don’t cry. Don’t be upset. Stop yelling. Speak up. Don’t do that. Be aware. Lose weight. Gain weight.

Wonderful, a list of things to do, without any tools to do so. Remind me again how success will flow after telling someone to “Calm down”, when they don’t have any tools to help them get there? YIKES!

Imagine…

you’re in an argument with your significant other and s/he tells you to just calm down. You’re like WHAT DO YOU MEAN CALM DOWN HOW COULD I COME DOWN ARE YOU CRAZY. *Yell yell scream scream bang doors cries and don’t talk for three days feels terrible* You feel out of control and don’t even know what you said and don’t mean the hurtful things you screamed. What a monster.

OR…

You remember a video you watched about how to actually calm your mind and body down. You say, “ OK…I just need a minute”. You close your eyes and start breathing. 5 deep breaths in and out. *I know this will calm me down from the cellular level. I know this will calm my brain down. I know this will get my heart rate down. I know I’ll open my eyes and be able to either say I need some space or time to think or the conversation will naturally come to a civilized pace and tone. I’ll feel in control of my emotions*.

Whoa. Which one sounds better? I’d say option #2 tickles my fancy. Lol.

And Lord knows I’ve experienced #1 and #2, though #2 seems to be a lot better for my mental health, my relationships, and my life as a whole.

I think tools for success are lacking. We have expectations and goals without the “how”.

Next time you tell someone to calm down, or better yet, need to calm down yourself, BREATHE.

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If you find yourself worked up over whatever it may be, Stop. Drop. And breathe. You don’t have to drop but definitely stop, let your eyes close if you’re in an environment where it’s safe (aka not driving), and take 5+ slow, deep breaths. Keep breathing. The breath calms down your nervous system. Breathing lowers your blood pressure, reduces anxiety, slows the heart rate, relaxes the body, releases endorphins, helps you be in control. When you take step back as a form of self respect, you’ll come back to the situation with a new perspective. 

Even if you don’t need to “calm down” per sey, incorporating deep breathing throughout your day is healthy. If you have a life where you have deadlines, drive, have a cell phone and access to social media and technology… it’s good to take a few moments to yourself, cuz self love is where it’s at.

To try at home: You breathe every second of every day, it won’t hurt to experiment with a few mindful breaths throughout the day. It’ll take a total of 2 minutes to complete these exercises.

In the morning: Before you go on social media, take a full body stretch with a few breaths! 5-10 mindful and aware breaths as a 1 minute morning ritual. I can only say from experience it will start your day with a sense of ease.

When you’re driving: Traffic is to be expected. Distract yourself from the stress by taking a few breaths here.

Another fun one (lol) is every time you somehow end up on social media scrolling through your Instagram, exit out and take 1 big deep breath. You may be surprised how often you automatically open up those apps! Instead of getting mad at yourself, you do something good for your bod and mind 🙂

 

PEAVE LOVE LIGHT AND BREATHE

<3 Kyla

Shoulder opening 😍

Here are some of my favorite shoulder/chest opening stretches. As HUMANNSSS we hold a lot of stress in our shoulders and sometimes it can feel like we carry the weight of the world. Be gentle with your body and take a few minutes to release some tightness and tension! Use the power of visualization to inhale where it hurts and where it’s tight, and imagine the tension disappearing with every exhale… YUMMY

Get settled in an easy seat and take a few breaths. Exhale all air from your lungs, fluid inhales and exhales 5 seconds each. 

Circle arms up to the sky. Grab left wrist with right and lean to the write, opening through your side body. Switch sides.

Child’s pose……… so good. Bring your toes together to touch, knees out wide, upper body down. Reach arms forward. Stay for a few breaths then walk your hands to the right, then the left, 

Flow through cat cow. Start in table top position then drop your belly, lift your chest, look up.

Cat pose- drop your belly lift your shift and look up

Open twist- From a table top position place your right hand under your nose and lift your left hand to the sky, twisting open.


Thread the needle- from open twist, thread your left arm between your right arm and body (weight is now on your left shoulder/upper arm). For a deeper stretch find a half bind by grabbing your left thigh with your right hand behind your back.


Puppy pose with arms on blocks… intense. Start in child’s pose and walk hands forward until hips are stacked above knees. Stay here, or for a more intense stretch grab two blocks or use a chair to place your elbows on. Let upper body relax down. 

 

Peace and much love!!