How to Use a Yoga Detox for the Body After Summer Indulgences!

Well, summer is coming to an end. And naturally we tend to eat more in the summer. Why....because our bodies know that we need to store fat and extra warmth for the upcoming cold season. So it's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's definitely a real thing that happens!  So today, my lovely, Yogi friend Lora Hogan, from Florida is going to share with us how to use a Yoga Detox to detoxify the body after summer indulgences! 

Lora is passionate about life, joyful, and all about spreading the love! Lora has a passion for communication and expression which naturally translates to teaching, writing, marketing and public relations. For more of her inspiration and yoga posts, check out her blog or follow her on Instagram

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Ice cream, brownies, beer, wine, burgers, hot dogs, chips oh my!

This last weekend of summer leads to enjoying the sun, the family, the outdoors and ALL THE BBQ FOODS. MMMM.

But these tasty treats can wreck havoc on our digestion, leaving us more sluggish and icky feeling than after Thanksgiving dinner! (Go figure, right?!)

Here's my go-to three-day weekend evening routine. Even if you only have five minutes to yourself. Even if you practice in a sleeping bag, at a camp site, or on a hotel room bed, these poses can help you wake up feeling JUUUUUST a teensy bit better!

What, you ask, should you do?

Why, practice supine twists of course!

Reclined twists are great for aiding in digestion. The passive and restorative nature also helps to calm the nervous system--which can be great for when you've been go go going with friends and family! They also help to relieve discomfort in the back from sitting (car trip or long periods of time in lawn chairs anyone?). Drinkers take note: twists are also detoxifying for the kidneys and liver!

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How to practice:

Come reclined on the ground, a mat, a towel, or even your bed!

Plant your feet underneath your knees and bring your knees hip width apart.

Press into the feet to gently lift the back and buttock up off the mat. Scooch your back over to the right, this will help to relieve pressure on the low-back in the posture.

From here, drop both knees over to the left. Bring your arms to a t-shape or make goal post arms. Gaze can be straight up towards the ceiling or, if there is the neck flexibility, you can turn your gaze over your right arm.

Stay for at least five deep breaths.

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Come back to center. Bring the pelvis back to neutral. Pause here for a moment and notice the difference between sides.

Then, press into the feet, lift up and move your buttock etc. over to the right this time. From here, then drop both knees over to the left (shown below). Again, you can bring both arms to a t-shape or goal post arms. If you'd like to go deeper into the pose, it may feel good to take that right hand and help to drop the knees further over to the right! (Only if that feels good!) Once more your gaze can stay straight up at the ceiling (or sky outside), or if the neck allows, you may wish to turn your gaze over that left shoulder.














Stay here for at least five breaths or until this side feels even with the first. If you feel that your first side was tighter, you may want to go back and hold on that side until you feel a sense of equilibrium.

Do you make time to practice twists after a busy time? Do you remember to work-out at all? What's your go-to plan? Let me know in the comments below!

-Lora Hogan

I'm linking up to Fitness Friday with Jill Conyers

April...the best month for newness, wellness, and detoxing!

April..... It's probably one of the best month's out of the whole year! 

The weather begins changing, and let's face it. No matter where you live, coming off of the cold months, it feels good to have the sun on your face, see flowers everywhere you go, and know that a vacation is on the horizon. 

Plus, April just feels like a time of newness! It's the time when Spring Cleaning starts happening, physically in our home, sometimes mentally even. In April we tend to feel less stressed as the days are longer, and the overall feeling of life is just better! 

Plus, it's the month where we tend to take our healthy and wellness game up a notch.  This may be due to the fact that we will soon be wearing less layers, and getting ready for time by the pool. Or it is just because we have one time in the day to spend taking care of ourself. 

So like I said! April is the best month out of the whole year! 

(Okay, maybe that's just my opinion, but I'm sure some of you can agree!)

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 Here's a few things you can do to take advantage of the wonderful month of APRIL!

1) Try a new outdoor activity! No matter what it is, find something you enjoy but haven't been able to do during winter, or try something totally new!! 

2) Walk, Run, & Bike MORE! Maybe you are able to bike to it! Or maybe you can walk to the store or coffee it! Or maybe you don't live close to anything, that's okay, go for a walk with the family or to the park to walk! Just try to drive less, and use your legs more! 

3) Eat yummy in season fruit! Yep, Spring & Summer time just make you want to eat fruit! The warm weather, and cold drinks in the backyard go great with some ripe watermelon! And did you know, that it's our body's natural way to crave those foods during the summer because your body knows that they are in season. It's also why we have a tendency to put on a few pounds in the summer, because we are eating the sugary fruits that are in season, and storing up fats for the winter. (just a little lesson for the day!) Anyways, check out this post from a local blogger about which fruits are in season!

4) Do a little Spring Cleaning! It's the perfect time to downsize, get rid of things you not longer use. Whether you donate them to help others out, sale them in a garage sale or repurpose them, it's always good to clean things out during this time! If you are planning to get rid of some t-shirts, Jessica from The Fit Switch did a video blog on a great way to repurpose your t-shirts into headbands, plus some great workout hair styles! Check that out HERE!  

5) Detox the Body! Sure for some this means detox through a specific type of eating cleanse, but for now, I'm going to suggest using a few detoxing Yoga poses to get you started! Also, join me on Instagram, I'm currently participating in a #DetoxYoBody Yoga Challenge! TWISTING POSES are awesome for detoxing the body, so try these! 

Try these Detoxing Yoga Poses from @brittanysuell! Perfect for the new spring season!

Oh, and did I mention that earth day is this month!!! 

APRIL 22ND! and for all you locals, I've got an awesome collaboration planned with The Mill Winery of Abilene! We are hosting a Wellness Wednesday event!! 

Come to Wellness Wednesday for Earth Day on April 22nd and do Yoga with @brittanysuell plus a nutrition workshop and sangria!!

That's right! $15 gets you a Yoga class with ME!! A Nutrition Workshop, plus their yummy Sangria in a souvenir glass that you can take home! 

So who is making plans to celebrate EARTH DAY with me!?!? 


What's your favorite thing about April!? What plans do you have to make this a great month!? 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!




No Regrets and School Week #1

Today is ONE week since I have been off of facebook and I have felt so free! I realized as I sat nursing my little lady that the past week I have not once gone to bed with regrets that I didn't spend enough time with my boy. Quite frankly, it felt GREAT!

I want to thank those of you who have sent messages to my sister, husband, our email, and my phone with your support. I have only had two negative responses... from the people you would expect .. my mom and mother in law, lol! But they both understand and really do understand... but they certainly don't like not seeing pictures of our babies so much! It is so sad to me that I found myself on FB so much or checking my phone that I can TELL a difference while I am taking this break and it is AWESOME! Something I heard today that was a huge realization... is that I am not THAT important to anyone, lol. HELLLLOOOO! Life will go on even if I am not posting pictures of our kids, which I am sure some of my followers really get tired of!



So today starts Week 1 of our homeschool week. I am really excited and... well not really prepared. I didn't invest as much time over the weekend as I should have.. but I am eager to begin. This week we start talking about the Fruits of the Spirit. I though our Rooster head would be able to grasp these concepts pretty well, so this week we are going to focus on LOVE. So for the next 9 Weeks we will focus on the Fruits of the Spirit and THIS memory verse.

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" -Galations 5:22-23


I am alloting him 9 weeks to learn this ,but if he learns it sooner than that, then I will find other verses. This will be the first time truly working with him on memorization, so I am not sure how long it will take him.

When I ran a daycare last year, I bought a curriculum... and I still have it. I feel like before I invest in more I need to use this one. The issue last year is that it was above the kids heads... but now I am finding Noah is actually above most of it. It is focusing on the ABCs and 1,2,3.. but he knows all his ABC, can identify them, and write most. He can distinguish lower and upper case as well. HE also knows 1-20... and can count to them, leaving out 15 every time! :) We will start learning to write all of them. He knows 1-10 very well but the others not so much. So although I am using this curriculum, I will be modifying it for him.


So, please say a prayer for me this week as I go forward with another week with no facebook and limited computer. I literally only check my email, look for a recipe, or blog at night... it has been so nice. Also, please say a prayer for us as we are serious about our schedule!! 5am will come early, but I sure do enjoy those couple of hours with just me... as I can write to the Lord, read His word, and pray. This week my focus is praying for the people of SWELL CHURCH! Please, pray with me!

I hope you have a blessed week!