10 reasons to go upside down

| simple living

i do a lot of handstands. i’ll kick up against a wall while my coffee is brewing, or do a headstand for a few minutes as a nice break from the computer. it probably makes more sense for me, as i grew up deeply rooted in gymnastics, then went on to be a collegiate cheerleader, and have since put my skills to a more healthy and sustainable practice: yoga. to say the least, i’ve spent a lot of time upside down. but there’s more to it than that. it makes me feel good. it refreshes me, and makes me feel strong. inversions are healthy for several reasons, and today i’m going to discuss a few of them. are you with me?

10 reasons to go upside down
 
want to set the mood? play jack johnson’s upside down!

first, there are several ways to invert, no matter what your skill level is. above, you’ll find a few of the more advanced inversions, but simply lying down with your feet up a wall will still give some of the same benefits (here’s a great beginner’s guide). find whatever is most comfortable to you, and don’t try anything you’re not confident with (that’s my disclaimer!). :)

in general, inversions cleanse as they squeeze and massage your inner organs and improve blood flow, efficiently flushing your body of toxins as they allow new blood to flow in. they leave you with a renewed sense of overall health and vitality.

10 reasons to go upside down:

    – calm the brain, help relieve stress and mild depression. the increased circulation helps to increase blood circulation to the brain and deliver a higher amount of oxygen which help increase our level of concentration and mental sharpness.

    stimulate the thyroid and prostate glands and abdominal organs. inversions upset gravity and the pituitary and pineal gland become activated as they synergize to balance hormone levels in the body. the result? a revitalized and rejuvenated body.

    stretch the shoulders and neck, which is why this is such a great practice for anyone who sits while they work (like me!).

    tone the legs and booty. squeezing, kicking up and balancing will help get you toned in no time.

    improves digestion. there’s just nothing like turning everything upside to get things moving again. ;)

    relieve the symptoms of menopause, as inverting invigorates the brain, regulates hormones and helps shift and lighten your mood.

    reduce fatigue and help to alleviate insomnia. muscle tension is reported to decrease by 35% while inverting, which helps with anxiety, tension, and insomnia.

    therapeutic for asthma, infertility, sinusitis and headache.

    strengthen the shoulders, arms, and wrists.

    improve your sense of balance.

      so are you ready to give it a try? you can do it! head on over to yoga journal to get step by step instructions on how to do each pose and find endless articles on the benefits of this kind of practice.

      resources: photography: rory earnshaw and david martinez via yoga journal, livestrong.com, yoga for hormonal balance

      tick tock cutesy clocks

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      handmade clocks

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      tick-tock cutesy clocks! i love to replace ordinary must-haves with intriguing conversation pieces. who says a clock has to be boring? turn it into something that draws attention and starts a conversation. who knows, maybe you’ll inspire others to buy handmade!

      design attractor

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      retro scandinavian home decor
       
      retro scandinavian home decor
       
      retro scandinavian home decor
       
      i just love this little bright and airy flat. it’s the home of designer jan skácelík and her style is right up my ally. wooden features and punches of color against a theme of white and gray bring this retro scandinavian style to life. if you love the featured artwork here, you can find similar works for sale in her etsy shop, as she’s also a graphic designer. head on over to her blog, design attractor, for more inspiration!

      smitten with: gloaming designs

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      gloaming design

      i have to say, i am simply smitten with this shop! gloaming design is a treasure trove of handcrafted and vintage pieces collected from all over the world. as she spends her time between the u.s. and paris, france, her treasures come from near and far- some even from belgium! oh, what i would do to rummage through thrift shops and flea markets in france! i guess for now, i’ll have to live vicariously through her and her beautiful shop and blog.

      sponsor welcome: lark and key

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      lark & key

      artist diy huynh and designer sandy snead created lark & key gallery as a way of showcasing their own work as well as the work of other emerging artists. with one incredible artist after another, i like to think of it as a porthole for talent. not only can you discover new artists, jewelry designers and potters, but you can shop their selections as well. there’s something for everyone!

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      inbox inquiry: healthy eating

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      inbox inquiry

      hello lovelies! a few weeks ago i got a great question pop up in my inbox from ashley of gilded house. i thought you all might be interested in my answer, so i’m turning our inbox covo into a post for you all. let’s call it an inbox inquiry!
       
      inbox inquiry: healthy eating

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      ashley’s question:

       

      “I love your blog and read it everyday so when I had questions in regards to simple, healthy eating I thought about you. I’m kind of ignorant when it comes to food…I can follow a recipe but I’m not creative in the kitchen. So, when it comes to healthy eating…I feel overwhelmed. Do you recommend any recipe books/blogs/websites that speak to easy, organic, healthy eating? I would appreciate any help with this!

      my answer:

       

      hi ashley! thanks for the great question, i would love to share my go-to resources with you! here they are:

      blogs:
      the kitchenist: written by a lovely gal named ele, this blog has a fresh from the farmers market feel and one beautifully photographed recipe after another.
      roost blog: another blog full of eye candy and delicious recipes, one you’re sure to love!
      the pioneer woman: a truly extensive library of online recipes from ree drummond.
      kath eats: kath logs everything she eats and several recipes. i use her meals as inspiration when i need a quick idea for a health dinner.

      cookbooks:
      simple vegetarian pleasures: with stained pages and doggie-eared corners, this is definitely my favorite cookbook. at first i was disappointed at the lack of pictures, but everything i’ve ever made from it has been absolutely amazing.
      simply in season: with meals categorized by which veggies are in season, i find this the most helpful cookbook i own. it makes the task of buying and cooking seasonally a cinch!
      everyday food: i also subscribe to martha stewart’s everyday food. i always find several new recipes to try every month, and also find most of them easy to adapt to a vegetarian diet.

      xox, bonnie

      so this is where you come in! do you have any advice? what are you favorite cookbooks, blogs and/or websites for easy, organic cooking? please share with us in the comment section!

      things i’m thankful for

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      laura george

      i know valentine’s day is over but love is still in the air, right? laura george’s shop is just oozing with love and i can’t get enough of it! with octopuses holding hands, squishy people being cute and beards full of love, it made my morning full of hearts and giggles.

      things i'm thankful for

      things i’m thankful for

      what are you thankful for? i’ll start by telling you what i’m most thankful for in the comments section. see you there!

      grilled artichoke hearts

      | seasonal recipes

      grilled artichoke hearts

      perfect for valentine’s day? i like the idea of meals cooked on a theme, so leave it to me to serve heart-shaped brownies and artichoke hearts on valentine’s day.

      ingredients:

      • -2 artichokes
      • -1/4 cup fresh parsley – chopped
      • -garlic salt
      • -1 tbs lemon juice
      • -1 tbs olive oil

      directions:

      bring 4 cups of water to a boil. cut artichokes in half from stem to top. trim the tips of the leaves using kitchen scissors to remove the thorns. boil until fronds are easy to peel off, about 20 minutes. remove and drain cut side down on a towel. brush with olive oil, lemon juice and sprinkle with remaining toppings. grill until blackened (i used a panini maker), about 8 minutes.

      never eaten an artichoke? here’s a great how-to article!