Cool Down!

Looking for sea turtles in Hawaii

Hot summer temps getting to you?

  • Get wet! Run through the sprinklers, jump in a lake, SUP Yoga, float down a river, swim in the ocean, bathe under a waterfall!
  • Hydrate! Add electrolytes like a pinch of pink himalayan sea salt or juice of a lemon or lime.
  • Blue! Wear and look at colors in the cool blue spectrum, that look like the ocean.
  • Listen to my latest podcast episode Cool and Calm Down: Soothing Cooling Waterfall Meditation (to cool down when you’re feeling hot physically and emotionally)
SUP Yoga in Alameda, CA
When it was 100 degrees inland, temps were 30 degrees cooler on the Bay.

Stay cool friends!!

Amelia Andaleon,

Spiritually Fit Yoga

How to Gain More Energy?

As I prepared the theme for today’s yoga classes the word “energy” kept popping into my mind. When I reflect on who is showing up to yoga, meditation, or reading posts like this you might be feeling:

  • Exhausted
  • Depressed
  • Imbalanced
  • Sleep-deprived
  • Or simply curious about what I have to say ๐Ÿ™‚

I arrived to two simple questions and a call to action: START or STOP

SELF-INQUIRY: START or STOP?

Close your eyes, take 5 breaths and ask yourself two questions:

  1. Right now, what do I need I STOP today?
  2. Right now, what do I want to START today?

CALL TO ACTION

  • Commit to STOP what is draining your energy.
  • Commit to START what gives you energy.
  • Write and recite positive affirmations to STOP and START.
  • Be honest with yourself if it’s time to seek counsel from a friend or professional, including reaching out to me.

I could have written an article suggesting you eliminate gluten or sugar, or get to your yoga mat and meditation cushion every day, or do what lights you up like going to the beach, dancing, book a ticket to a sporting event, or call a friend to play Scrabble. There are plenty of articles and books telling you what to do. Instead, I invite you to discover for yourself the answers by experiencing Svฤdhyฤya, the yoga practice of self-study, self-inquiry, and discovery.

My offer to you is to look within, to trust your intuition, listen to your inner guide, who always has your back, and trust that you have the answers. Weed out what’s sucking the energy out of you and bring in what will allow you to thrive and feel alive! It’s a practice my friends, to know which thoughts to pay attention to and which ones to dismiss and ignore.

In my personal experience, when I feel low-energy I also tend to feel sad, depressed, brain fog, physically weak, unmotivated, anti-social, tendency towards negative thinking. As opposed to feeling high-energy I am enthusiastic, smiling, laughing, physically strong, awake, alert, alive, vibing high with positive thoughts, willing to connect with others. Observe your energy levels, they are an important barometer to signal what is requesting your attention and self-care.

As someone who was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), adrenal fatigue, gluten sensitivity, iron deficiency, and menopausal mood swings, I have first hand experience of low energy and all of the other symptoms which emerged from my physical challenges. I 100% am NOT saying that low energy is all in your head, that it can be simply solved by asking two questions and writing in a journal AND I am also 100% saying, for me, discerning between what thoughts and actions drained me vs. energized me has been a huge part of my healing process and discovering what it takes for me to gain my energy back and experience life with vitality. I practice what I teach.

Of course, a situation can be complicated, I know mine was, and yet, the power of paying attention to my symptoms and choosing STOP or START every day is a simple, powerful framework to prioritize what is needed for your particular circumstance. Shift your mindset from impossible to possible and you will experience an increase of energy.

I was diagnosed with CFS almost 20 years ago and I am no longer trapped in an experience of chronic low-energy. I manage my symptoms with those two questions, “What do I need to STOP and what do I need to START?” Yes, for me that means, I cut out gluten, sugar, coffee, toxic relationships; I add whole foods, yoga, meditation, extra sleep, alone time, gardening, etc. All informed by reflecting on my STOPs and STARTs, my YESes and my Nos.

Give my latest Spiritually Fit Yoga podcast episode a listenYoga to Support Immunity

There is hope on the other side of doubt. There is joy on the other side of fear. I believe in you. Keep the faith. Stay spiritually fit. I am grateful you are here. I’d love to hear from you! Comment below, DM me on instagram, email me. I care.

Blessings,

Amelia Andaleon

p.s. As others have supported me in my journey, I am here to support you. Please reach out if you are interested in a free initial consult if you’d like to work with me as your Wellness and Energy Healing Coach!

Rest, Reset, Recharge!

School’s out and it’s time for the summertime 3 R’s: Rest, Reset, Recharge!

In California, life is opening up again and for my family that means beach days, vacationing, and all the logistics to make getaways happen. One thing I’m learning is to avoid feeling like I need a vacation to recover from my vacation!!

Remember why you needed that vacation? Because you needed a break from the hustle and bustle? Make time for fun, play time, a beach read, naps, extra sleep; make time to feed your soul, make time to do nothing. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโ˜บ๏ธ

Do yourself a favor and SLOOOOW DOWN. During your getaways, make sure to REALLY get away from feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

Tune into my podcast: “Take a Pause: Box Breathing Meditation.” Practice a simple deep breathing technique followed by a quiet meditation…17 minutes to take a seat or lie down. Click here to give it a listen.

Self care is the best care!

Amelia Andaleon,

Spiritually Fit Yoga

FREE 7-day Love Yourself Challenge! June 7-13, 2021

๐Ÿ’š FREE Love Yourself Challenge! ๐Ÿ’š

I realized I wanted to recommit to self-love and wanted to offer what I have been practicing for myself! Please join me!!

Sunday night you will receive your first email to start your daily practice on Monday June 7th using:

  • Daily affirmations
  • 10 minute meditations with me
  • Journal prompts
  • And, various tips on self-care and self-love with essential oils, crystals, and nourishing teas.

๐Ÿ’š Register here for free! ๐Ÿ’š

See video in Instagram about the challenge with my sweet pup, Kobe! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿถ If you’re on instagram and want to share your participation, please tag me at @spirituallyfityoga and use #LYchallenge2021 so I can repost in my stories. I will mention the challenge on IG but, the full content is only available by signing up to receive the daily emails.

It’s absolutely ๐Ÿ’ฏ OPTIONAL to participate on social media which is why I’m sharing my offerings via email. Sometimes loving yourself looks like unplugging from social media!! I do that myself!

I look forward to connecting with you soon!

Smiles,

Amelia Diaz Andaleon

World Meditation Day – May 21st

Do you struggle to meditate?  When I started, I found meditation impossibly uncomfortable and stressful. I was experiencing the OPPOSITE of what meditation promised me.  For my yoga teacher training, I committed to it.  I dropped it.  I started off and on.  Then, I finally stuck with it.  It became a habit.  And, now meditation is a part of my daily ritual, like brushing my teeth.  I say it’s my favorite addiction.  I love the calm I experience when I meditate, and how it helps me in my life.  Like anything else, it takes practice to condition your muscle of mindfulness. 

If you haven’t tried it, or it’s been awhile, I highly recommend it! 

Press pause, breathe deep, even if just for 5 minutes a day, relax the body and mind.  

Top 10 Benefits of Meditation

  • Reduced Stress.
  • Emotional Balance.
  • Increased Focus.
  • Reduced Pain.
  • Reduced Anxiety.
  • Increased Creativity.
  • Reduced Depression.

Here are a few offerings for you this week:

Hummingbird – the symbol of Joy and Happiness!

I meditated with this hummingbird this morning. He visited so often I thought it would be easy to capture a photo or video. Ha…this 33 second video took me 2 hours of back and forth playing a game of him hiding every time I returned outside to try again. While I sat still meditating he was mostly a constant companion. Then, he started teasing me. Could he feel my energy…that I wanted something from him? Instead of being in the moment, did he sense I shifted from allowing what is to wanting what I could have? He taught me patience. He taught me to let go of wanting and getting. He taught me to walk away and let go. I set up my Nikon D7000 on a tripod, and walked away. I came back and found this. The journey was both frustrating and funny, mostly funny. I’ll see him again. He visits often. Hummingbirds bring happiness, joy and blessings. He made me smile and laugh and, I welcome that any day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Look for symbols of joy and happiness in your day. Have you seen a hummingbird lately? Consider yourself blessed! Share what makes you smile and laugh in the comments below.

Meditation: Setting Your Intention, Sankalpa

Thailand
Thailand

Three years ago, in 2018, I took this picture above in Thailand after assisting a yoga teacher training with my master teacher, and a community of amazing teachers and students. This picture looks almost exactly like what I pictured in my mind for years, as I set an intention and visualized a dream, a hope, a vision, a connection to imagined sensations of what it would feel and look like when my dreams and intentions became realized and manifested.

You’ve probably heard of vision boards or meditating on an intention and repeating affirmations in the present moment as if that intention has already manifested, as if it is happening right now in this present moment.

Or, maybe this practice of sankalpa, setting an intention, is new to you. If so, I am writing this specifically for YOU.

I am grateful you are here. It’s not a coincidence that you are reading this post today.

Setting Your Intention

  1. Find or create a picture of your dream. Print it, draw it, create a visual representation of what you manifest and post it in a prominent place. You might post it in your kitchen bulletin board and/or make it your wallpaper on your phone. Keep what you want to manifest present in your mind…where you attention goes, energy flows.
  2. Align your intention with being your highest and brightest self, serving a highest good.
  3. Create a specific affirmation and write it in the present moment. For example: “I am teaching yoga and surfing in Mexico to a full yoga retreat in Spring 2022.” vs. “I hope to do something fun sometime next year.”
  4. Repeat your intention every day. Use my guided meditation here.

Observe what you experience, and what happens. Using my guided meditation, create a habit of setting your intention with a relaxed mind and body. One thing I promise you: this daily practice will keep you focused on what matters to you. As you continue to visualize and see your intention already manifested, the action steps needed to realize your dream, will present themselves to you. Set your intention from your highest and brightest self, offered up to serve the highest good.

May you be your highest and brightest self and serve the highest good.

I am setting my own intention, visualizing you attending one of my workshops or retreats, in person or virtual, where I lead you through a full practice of creating your sacred life on purpose and setting your intentions. Until then, enjoy these simple steps to practice on your own.

I’d love to hear what you experience. Share in the comments below.


The highest and brightest in me, honors the highest and brightest in you,

Amelia Andaleon

Rainy Day Haiku Time!

๐Ÿ’šโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ
compassionate rain
wash away what taunts and haunts
unveil love-filled eyes


HAIKU TIME!

Rainy days bring out the writer in me, how about you? Want to give a haiku a try? Kinda’ fun way to get creative and express yourself! Share your haikus below, DM me! ๐Ÿ˜Š

3 lines, 17 syllables total:

line 1: 5 syllables
line 2: 7 syllables
line 3: 5 syllables

Get deep or not so deep! ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคฃ

5: thank you rainy day
7: for a good excuse to sit
5: on my butt all day
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๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธโœ๐ŸฝIt’s been awhile since I’ve done a yoga and poetry workshop/retreat! I’m feeling inspired! Interested? Let me know! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Your Story is Your Signature Inspiration – (yoga off the mat)

Vinyasa Yoga Livestreams on Insight Timer this week:

“One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide.” ~ Brenรฉ Brown

My stories of being ridiculed for the color of my skin and the shape of my eyes as a young child and into adulthood equip me with empathy, resilience, and an inner fire to advocate for those unjustly treated and underserved.

My health struggles with chronic fatigue starting almost 20 years ago set me on a path to amass an abundance of knowledge, tools, and personal experience to overcome, thrive, and hone my deep listening for self-care. This path led me to yoga and eventually becoming the impactful yoga & meditation teacher and, wellness coach I am today.

You can choose to let your past define you and be the end of your story or it can be the beginning of what propels you towards your purpose, and bear witness to your unique human experience of transformation and triumph. Let your pain become your purpose. Allow your story, intuition, and insight to be your signature inspiration.

What is your story? Your story is packed with energy. Check in. Listen. There’s a power in your story. Let it move you towards your sacred purpose.

๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž.
๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ.
๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ.
๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฏ๐จ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ.
๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐š๐ง ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ญ.

Feeling stuck? Contact me to book a free 10 minute consult. Stay tuned for my Discover Your Sacred Purpose workshop. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’“