Author: sunburntandsalty

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How Yoga Saved My Life

When I first started practicing yoga it was purely for the physical benefits. I had just come off of a knee injury (a torn MCL due to the dangerous combination of high heels and my 21st birthday) and I was looking to get myself back into shape – I really missed surfing and riding a bicycle – and I was hoping to gain a little extra flexibility throughout my body as well. I was hesitant to begin because I had tried other yoga classes before. In high school I dabbled with the practice, but found most of the classes to be too slow or too boring or not challenging enough. I had kind of written yoga off completely – that is, until a girlfriend urged me to join her for a Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga class. And I can truly say that that one single class was life changing (thanks, Callie!). My first Baptiste Power Vinyasa class was nothing like what I expected. It was the most physically challenging yoga practice I had ever experienced. …

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#VisualizeChange: Blue Planet Eyewear

As a surfer, I know it’s important that I take care of my eyes. While I love spending time outdoors and in the sun, I understand the damage that it can cause and honor the fact I need to be mindful about covering up. The glare of the sun off of the water can be brutal at times, and my sight is something that I’d really like to keep for a while… you know, it’s nice to be able to see when a big set is coming or to be able to navigate the reef line clearly as I make my way in through a 3-foot wide keyhole. And there’s nothing better than opening your eyes as you duck dive under a perfectly crystal, clear Caribbean peeler or watching the day and the night collide as the sun sets over the ocean. Man am I grateful for these two working eyeballs in my head! I was on Instagram recently (shocker!) when I came across Blue Planet Eyewear, an eco-friendly company based out of Santa Barbara, …

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Evening Rituals for a Good Night’s Sleep

Recently I wrote an article about morning routines highlighting seven positive and powerful ways to begin your day (you can read it here), but when it comes down to it, the best way to start your day is by making sure you get a good night’s sleep. Now, we all know that sleep is important for your health: physically, emotionally and psychologically, and that sleep is our body’s way of resting, repairing, and rejuvenating. A bad night’s sleep can leave you feeling weak, tired, cranky, and confused the next day, and overtime sleep deprivation can lead to many chronic health problems such as depression, heart disease, and obesity. Now knowing and doing are two separate things, and unfortunately in our “hectic” world, winding down at the end of the day is always much easier said than done. Many of us turn to alcohol and sleeping pills for a quick way to hit the hay – which in return make us feel even angrier and groggier the next morning. What a vicious cycle it is. So …

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When the Energy Just Won’t Flow: 5 Ways to Get Yourself Out of a Rut

Most of the time I feel fluid. Most days, that motivated, positive, creative energy inside of me flows naturally, with ease, like a river running towards the ocean. Then there are some days when it seems like that river gets dammed up, and the water runs dry, and I just can’t seem get inspired or productive or pumped up – I literally feel blocked. Some days are a struggle, but hey, that’s real life, and lucky for us through positive, mindful practices we can shake those humdrum moments and learn to tap into that motivated, positive, creative energy that lies deep within each and every one of us. Yes, each and every one of us. Whenever I’m feeling drab, unambitious, or like I’m stuck in a rut, I turn to these five practices to help get my gears going and to reconnect with my energy source. Try just one or maybe try all five. Let these be tools you can use whenever and wherever you feel yourself stuck or overwhelmed. 1 Get disconnected from your …

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Odina Surf – Chic & Sexy Eco-Friendly Swimwear

Odina, which means “divine creative inspiration” in the Hawaiian language, is company based out of Southern California focused on creating sustainable, highly-functional and fashionable swimwear made from recycled and reclaimed fabrics such as plastic and old fishing nets. Born in 2010, the creators of Odina were looking to fill void in the swimwear industry for active women that wanted quality, sustainability and fashionability (yes, I made that word up) in their suits.  Each suit is made using eco-friendly materials that compliment a woman’s figure, as well as her passions for an active, outdoors lifestyle. Odina is inspired by nature and sets the standard for eco-friendly swimwear by focusing on sustainability in every aspect of production: from the fabric, which is recycled nylon, to the tags, which are organic cotton, even down to the website which is hosted on a 100% wind-powered server! The primary goal of Odina is to inspire other companies to begin looking into how and where their products are being made and how this can positively or negatively impact the environment around …

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Some Advice on Building a Brand (When You are the Brand)

I’m fast approaching my two year anniversary as a registered yoga teacher. And although I am young in my practice, both as teacher and as student, these past two years have taught me more than I could have imagined – probably more than I can actually recall. I’ve definitely learned a lot more about myself, more about my practice, and more about working with other people. At 25 I feel as if I’m beginning to find my place in the world, I’m creating a life I’m excited to live, figuring out who I really am, finding out what’s really important to me, and building a brand – all while trying to have as much fun as humanly possible. Almost a year ago I made the leap from part-time to full-time yoga instructor, giving up my nights waiting tables so I could put all of my focus and all of my energy into this decision. Sunburnt & Salty Yoga Company had been a dream of mine for a while and I felt in my bones that …

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Vamos a Sur: A Day Trip to Puerto Rico’s Southeast Coast

It was early in the morning as we loaded up the truck and headed south on the 115. The town of Rincon was just beginning to wake up as we drove through the main square, past the grocery store, and through the tunnel of mango trees that shade the road to Mayaguez. We made it through the city before traffic got too bad and then we were off, heading south in search of adventure and hopefully some fun, little waves. Our goal was Playa Inches, a beach nestled in the town of Patillas, located on the southeast corner of Puerto Rico. My boyfriend Brian had been here before, but I had never been to this area of the island so I was excited to see something new. Patillas, which is the Taino (indigenous people of PR) name for a native type of watermelon that was grown in the area, is surrounded by San Lorenzo to the north, Yabucoa to the east, and Arroyo and Guayama to the west. This entire area is known for producing …

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My Morning Routine: 7 Ways to Positively Start the Day

How you begin your morning sets the tone for your entire day. How often do you hit snooze when the alarm goes off, dreading the work or school day ahead? Or with one eye open do you immediately grab your smart phone and begin checking your email and social media sites? Now, I’m all too aware of this song and dance, and the mornings I find myself caught in the routine of snoozing, browsing and Instagramming, I notice that it leaves me feeling agitated, drained, and straight up not good enough… all before I’ve even really begun my day. I started becoming more aware of “morning routines” during my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Each morning of the training began the same: meditation, journaling, verbal “let go’s,” and practice, all of which allowed us to get clear and grounded before we moved into our 8-hour day of study. Now before this, I never really had much of a morning routine… well except for hitting snooze, wasting time on Instagram, and chugging coffee as I’m rushing out …