Browsing Category

My Favorite Things

easy homemade blender hummus
My Favorite Things, Recipes

Delicious Homemade Blender Hummus

I literally can’t believe I’ve been buying store bought hummus for so long.

I was under the impression that I needed either a food processor or a Vitamix blender in order to make this stuff and for some reason I thought it would be a pain in the ass to make, take forever and make a huge mess.

Turns out I was able to make a legit batch of this Mediterranean deliciousness with my $25 blender from Target in less than 15 minutes. Seriously?!

Needless to say, my addiction has now worsened. Are there 12 step programs for hummus addicts?
Not only is it delicious and nutritious, it’s gluten and dairy free, making it a huge staple of my diet! So…

Without further adieu, I present you with the simple-ass recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (540 ml) can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 2 tbsp good quality olive oil
  • 2 tbsp good quality tahini
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 small garlic cloves, chopped (or use roasted garlic for a sweeter taste, this is my fave!)
  • 1/4 cup water as required to process (you may need a bit more, just keep an eye on the consistency as it blends)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or pink salt
  • Additional olive oil, paprika, & parsley for garnish


Raw Organic Kosher Gluten-Free Vegan Superfoods

Steps:

  • PREP YOUR INGREDIENTS
    • Chop and squeeze fresh lemon juice into a bowl
    • If using fresh garlic, chop it
    • Chop a bit of parsley for garnish
delicious easy homemade blender hummus

Get your ish together…

THROW IT ALL IN THE BLENDER

  • Dry ingredients first!
  • Add water slowly, as needed
  • Blend it up – I take the lid off once it gets going and stick a spoon in there around the edges while its blending to make sure it gets as mixed up as possible
  • Transfer to a bowl, add a sprinkle of paprika and chopped parsley, and drizzle olive oil
easy homemade blender hummus

Mix it up yo…

Have fun and experiment with different variations, like adding jalapeno for some spice or doing avocado or black bean versions. The possibilities are endless!

Serve with tortilla chips, or my favorite lately is just baby carrots and mini bell peppers!

Full disclosure: this does in no way mean I do not want a Vitamix blender!

Hummus lovers unite!

Enjoy! Feel free to share the love and make sure to subscribe to my blog to stay updated with more healthy and delicious recipes, yoga inspiration, and wellness tips.

 

With Love,

Loren

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Manduka yoga mat home practice
Health + Wellness, Lifestyle, My Favorite Things, Yoga

The best yoga gear & how to start a home practice

Why would you practice at home when you can go to a studio? What are the benefits of practicing at home? Where do we start?

Practicing in a heated studio is always great… there’s nothing like being led through a sequence, feeling the group energy, and getting a total body workout. But what if you could reap these same benefits at home? What about the days you just don’t have two hours to do the whole process of going to a studio to practice? What if you could create a special space in your own home where you could gain these same benefits in just 20 minutes? Well, guess what? You can.

I’ve been practicing vinyasa yoga since 2009 and teaching since 2010. Here is what I’ve learned about home practice: it takes commitment and discipline, but the benefits are huge. Follow these simple steps to set yourself up for success and carve a path to creating a mini yoga sanctuary in the comfort of your own home.

IMG_6890

The Benefits

  1. It can be short and sweet. Or it can be long and strong. For so long, I used to avoid home practice because in my mind I thought I “had” to do a full hour or 75 minutes. I’ve learned to let go of that. Sometimes my home practice is a simple 15 or 20 minutes. It might be a relaxed, yin style practice with no music, or it may be a jam packed 20 minute session of powerful sun salutations, arm balances and inversions with some kickass beats blasting. Regardless of what you do, the point is that you carve out the time and do it. Try to let go of expectations or judgments around what you do on your mat. Not only will you feel good physically, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually too.
  2. New creativity arises. Without the guidance of an instructor, your practice becomes a work of art as you connect with stillness and hold space for yourself. I promise you will be surprised and delighted at the movement your body makes all on its own. Just let your breath be the guide.
  3. Mindfulness practice. You may choose to just sit and breathe and do a few simple postures. Or you may kill it with a strong sequence. The cool thing is you get to check in with what your body needs that day. The idea is to simply set aside some time for yourself, to be with yourself, meet yourself right where you are, enjoy your breath and body, and get centered. Yoga is a moving meditation practice!
  4. Gain confidence and connect with your intuition. When you take the time on your own to sit and listen to your inner voice, a whole world of possibility opens up as you allow this voice to guide you.

Loren Boyd Home Yoga Practice

What to do:

  1. Create a sacred practice space. It can be inside or outside, depending on the season. I love practicing outside in the summertime. On a hot day it can feel exactly like being in a heated studio. Wherever it is, make this place somewhere you want to go. Place things nearby on a mini altar like candles, mala beads, incense, oils, crystals, a vision board, photographs… whatever inspires you. Get a space heater to recreate the hot studio atmosphere and work up a good sweat!
  2. Get a good yoga mat and blocks and a strap. Manduka products are my favorite:
  3. Set a realistic goal for yourself. I like to do a combination of studio practice and home practice. I shoot for five practices/week. Usually two or three of them are at home and anywhere from 15-45 minutes long.
  4. Roll out your mat, put on some music (or not), and go! Give yourself the first couple minutes in a simple seated posture, child’s pose, or down dog to just practice breath awareness. Simply place attention on your breath and allow yourself to shift from the mindstuff to the simple experience of feeling your breath and body on your mat. This is what brings you to the present moment. The movement will come naturally and your body will do what it needs to do once you connect with breath and body sensation. If you don’t know what to do, throw on a YouTube video! There are also some great subscriptions you can get through Gaia and also oneOeight with tons of awesome teachers, different styles of yoga and free trials. Also check out the free podcast collection from The Yoga Project where I teach!

The more you practice, no matter what length of time you spend on your mat, the more connected you will be to your inner voice… the easier it will be to hear it on a regular basis. Yoga is simply a mindfulness practice. When you get into what you are doing – and take it back to the basics – concrete breath and body sensation – you allow yourself to slow down and awaken to your inner knowing. Then you really start to dance with life.

The more you do it, the easier it gets.

You will discover a new rhythm on your mat practicing at home vs. practicing in a studio. Keep at it long enough to really allow yourself to feel the benefits.

Please comment below with any questions, I am here to help you!

Make sure to subscribe to my blog for more inbox inspiration, workshop offerings and tips on how to live a healthy, vibrant life!

-Loren

Save

Save

malas manifestation
Health + Wellness, Lifestyle, Mindfulness, My Favorite Things, The MALA Shop

How to manifest what you really want

With 2016 coming to an end, it’s a powerful time to set some intentions for yourself going into the new year. What do you really want? Are you ready to manifest your heart’s desire? Guess what?  You can have it all. Here’s how…

Six Steps to Manifest

  1. Understand that you are the creator of your own reality. You get to shape your life through your very own unique perspective via a combination of your outer and inner world. The way you choose to see things greatly affects your ability to manifest what you want.
  2. The Law of Attraction states that the more you focus on something, the more you will draw it back to yourself. Know that the Universe is working on your side if you choose to step into the flow! Take a moment and realize the sheer size and power of the cosmos. You are merely a teeny tiny speck on planet Earth circling around a ball of fire in one of millions of galaxies… Feel the pulse of the massive energy surrounding you. Step into the flow and use the pulse of all creation to your advantage. This energy is here to support you on your journey.
  3. VISUALIZE. The more vivid, inviting image you can paint in your mind of what you want, the easier it will be for the Universe to deliver it to you. This is where daydreaming actually comes in handy!
  4. JOURNAL. Paint a clear picture in your journal with words of what it LOOKS like and FEELS like to have this thing. The clearer you can get here the better. Detail is key.
  5. SHARE your vision with someone close to you. Vocalizing what you want is key in manifesting it. Allow this person to uphold your vision and help you bring it to fruition.
  6. ACT AS IF IT’S ALREADY YOURS. I can’t stress this enough. Any time I want something, this is what I do. I know the thing will come to be eventually, it just becomes about focusing on the STEPS to get there. Focus on the next indicated step rather than whether you can actually do it or not. Own it. Be empowered by your vision and the life you create for yourself and others.

More than ever, now, it is time for us all to own our heart’s desire, follow our intuition, and come together in honoring ourselves. The more we can do this on a personal level, the more we will come together as a people and ride into the future with the best setup possible. Do your part by increasing your own self awareness. Turn off the TV. Go outside. Practice mindfulness. Bring yourself into the present moment. Get quiet. Listen to your inner voice. What the world needs now is MORE PEOPLE FOLLOWING THEIR HEART. Unity through self love. It is your duty to take care of yourself first.

Now, let me ask you again, what do you truly want?

xo,

Loren

P.S. Malas are wonderful tools to hold your intentions. They can help you manifest through simply holding the energy you provide them with. Check out The MALA Shop to see what’s new.

Photo Credit: Megan Kathleen Photography

Sage
Health + Wellness, My Favorite Things, The MALA Shop

Smudging 101: How to Cleanse with Sage

Kill airborne bacteria, cleanse negative vibes.

A recent study proved smudging to have major health benefits. The 2007 study titled “Medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria” found smudging to have life saving implications by purifying air of harmful bacteria. Smudging consists of cleansing something with the smoke of sacred, medicinal herbs. Traditionally, this practice is said to rid a space or aura of negative energy. When burned, sage releases negative ions, which scientific research links to a more positive mood.

Sage

Enjoy the process.

To prepare, get a Sage stick in The MALA Shop.

Open all windows and doors in the space you want to smudge.

Light end of stick with flame and place herbs in an abalone shell or clay bowl.

Gently blow out flames, let material smolder.

Metaphorically wash your hands in the smoke. Take it over your eyes, face, chest, and head. Breathe it in and waft it over your body. During these moments allow anything to release that needs releasing. Breathe deeply and feel the whole experience with all your senses.

For smudging a space, start on the left side of the room and work your way around. Repeat a mantra or prayer as you slowly take the Sage to all corners of the room.

You can leave it to burn and let the smoke fill up the room, or you can put it out.

Be mindful with the ashes that remain. Native American tradition says they symbolize what is left over from the ceremony and it is best to take them outside and place them on the Earth… what you clean off should be put out.

Sage

When & What to Sage…

Some of the most common reasons for smudging a space would be moving into a new home or work space, general changes in the home environment, or an argument that took place in the home. Most importantly, trust your intuition. If something needs cleansing, you will know…

In addition to cleansing a space, you can also cleanse objects, like crystals, mala beads, used clothing or other used items. Smudging is also seen as an aromatherapy practice due to the soothing smell of the herbs used.

Sage

Make this ancient practice part of your lifestyle to find a deeper spiritual connection with yourself and the world around you.

Thanks for stopping by! If you need a sage stick, visit The MALA Shop.

Good Vibes Only,

Loren

Music, My Favorite Things, Yoga

Music to raise your vibration…

Get Inspired.

Music inspires me through my own yoga practice, & creating playlists for my time on the mat is one of my favorite things to do. Nothing like practicing to beats that soothe my soul & raise my vibration. I am constantly listening to music, old & new, of all genres. Lately I have really been into chill house, mellow electronic, peaceful ambient & indie sounds. I made this 30 minute mix recently for my own home practice but it’s great for just straight chillin’ too. Enjoy! Namaste.

Ready to pump up your day? Check out my sweet electronic mix called The Roller Coaster. A guaranteed energy boost!

Music, My Favorite Things, Yoga

Mix up your morning!

ALL UP IN THE MIX…

Music mix for when your coffee kicks in… A short 15 minute mix I made to jam to, out of some of my fave electronic songs. So fun!
Put it on for a round of intense sun salutations, some kickass core work, or for just straight pumpin’ up your day. Namaste!

For a more chill ambient vibe, check out Acceptance Flow.

Morning Mix Up