29 Dec 2015

5 WAYS TO MAKE WINTER WONDERFUL

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Winnipeg winters are legendary. My hometown, affectionately dubbed Winterpeg, boasts one of the harshest climates in the world. Not only do we confront temperatures as cold as Mars in the winter months, but we also live with only a small window of daylight to help us through it. With extremely dry air, freezing cold temperatures and a sun that sets at 4:27 pm, it can be hard to find bliss within a Winnipeg winter.

Here are five Love Life tips to keep you sane through the deep freeze:

The Conservatory

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People always say a great cure for the winter blues is to ’get outside’ or ’get into nature’, but what happens when nature feels like it’s punching you in the face? Go to the Conservatory! In the midst of our white ice cold desert Winnipeg has a lush green humid jungle! Why isn’t there a line up to get in this place?! Are you kidding me? It’s FREE and it’s like walking into an instant tropical island. You can sit with your favorite book or simple settle into stillness and breathe. The colour therapy alone is enough to re­set you into balance. Vote green, vote conservatory!

Get Steamy

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I have two words that will change your winter: Steam Room. This is a super fast way to defrost your frozen body into a blissful blob. The instant the steam hits your skin you will remember what it’s like to be fully relaxed and open. Not only does it defrost your core but it softens your skin and will give you a nice pink healthy glow. It is an instant trick to make you look and feel younger. For those on a budget hit up the YMCA for an $9 drop in fee. I also recommend you treat yourself to a day at Thermëa. For $55 you can spend an entire day drifting in and out of steam rooms and outdoor pools. It’s pretty much magic.

Yoga 

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When it’s cold outside we change the way we walk. We tend to hunch our shoulders and look down. We scurry instead of saunter. Hot Yoga ­ or any type of yoga for that matter is a great way to open our bodies back up. Even while you read this you can straighten your spine, take a deep breath in, lift your shoulders up back and down and raise your chin. This simple movement helps keep us happy in the coldest months.

Where your body goes, the mind will follow...


Aromatherapy

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Never under estimate the power of our senses. Aromatherapy is fun way to beat the winter blues. Try infusing a hot bath with some lavender or putting some on your pillow case for a great night sleep. This wonder scent is useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. This means lavender can help you relax, unwind and sink into your warm beautiful self. You can get fabulous essential oils at Hollow Reed Holistic on Corydon ave.


Eject 

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Another way to beat the winter is to hit the eject button! If you feel like the core of your soul needs a break then gift yourself one! There are some fabulous Winnipeggers hosting retreats in warm climates this winter. Travel Roots is a great resource for this. Or you can join me for a luxury retreat at La Vita Bella Soul Spa in Mexico. Imagine hot thermal waters, warm sunsets and king size beds with fluffy comforters. If you can’t afford to fly away then indulge in a retreat experience here at home - the Snowflake Winter Wellness Festival, it will be a one day oasis for your soul in the middle of our vast prairie winter.



Step into Niki's Good Vibrations workshop at Prairie Yogi's SNOWFLAKE For to enliven your senses and spirit this winter. Single workshop tickets now available!

Niki Trosky is a pleasure seeker who believes the path of self-exploration can be paved with decadence. She is hosting luxurious healing retreats in Mexico this winter titled "As You Wish."  She believes there is great healing power in giving yourself permission to be happy. Niki recently self-published her first book called "Love Life"  which is about her doing exactly that.



5 Dec 2015

5 Simply Blissful Winter Wellness Rituals

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Well it's finally December and winter has gracefully arrived in this beautiful Prairie wonderland. 

A time of family, celebration and seemingly endless to-do lists!

And you're a wise, gracious and conscious woman. You know that there is so much to be grateful for in your life. So many amazing experiences to be had. Love to be shared. Friends and family to enjoy. 

But sometimes it doesn't feel that way. 

Just like most women, you get busy. Stressed. Tired out and disconnected from the things that bring you joy. The holiday season and winter months start to take a toll when there is so much to do and even less time in the day to get it all done. 

And I know exactly how it feels to get distracted with the holiday cooking/shopping/doing list that the well intentioned self-care list flies straight out the window. 

In fact, sometimes it gets so bad that I can't even focus or even imagine what could go "right" in my life. Gratitude what?!

Then there are those days when everything seems to fall apart. I've skipped my yoga practice,  lost touch with my like-minded soul sisters and traded my green smoothie for a morning dose of cookies and self destructive guilt. 

The reality? It's on those days that I've ditched the most precious and sacred things on my to-do list in exchange for being "productive, busy & high acheiving". 

It's the mornings I hop out of bed and skip my blissful me-time. I miss out on eating my favourite breakfast (A huge green smoothie, avocado on toast and Yerba Mate tea + travel magazine in hand).

I pass on my yoga pracitice and forget to meditate. And by dinner time I am so exhausted that I can't even remember what day it is. 

All of which leaves me feeling moody, drained and totally unable to bring my best self into the world.  

In those moments, I become less like who I want to be, and more like someone I would rather not know at all.   

The truth is that lack of meaningful self care + not enough time to breath = inner and outer chaos. 

And this is NOT how I enjoy living my life. In fact, it's the exact opposite to what I want for myself and for you. 

I want you to take time out for yourself. To listen to your body. To honour your heart. To be connected to your truth. 

So today I invite you to set out a plan. Yes. Another plan. But this time a plan for simple bliss & freedom...all winter long. 

Here are 5 Blissful Winter Wellness Rituals to calm the chaos and keep yourself lit brightly all season long. 

1. Wake up with your (inner) Light! 

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This means sooo much more then just getting up early. Because I am NOT an early riser. It really means waking up early enough to cultivate your INNER light. To meditate. To draw. To write in your journal. To lay and simple just be. The way you would on an endless holiday with your love. 

2. Give yourself a (loving) massage. 
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I discovered this from my incredible Mentor, Dr. Deb Kern. You see, our body craves touch. Not just food and exercise. So take some time each morning before your shower to massage your body with a delicate oil. Or before bed with some luxurious organic lotion. Your feet. Your legs. Your belly. Soothe, surrender and settle into your being, exactly as you are.  

3. Enjoy your (delicious) breakfast. 

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The easiest of all to skip. But oh-so-powerful. My greatest advice for making this ritual a habit? Choose at least one go-to meal that you can easily make every morning. It's not that you can't change it over time. But if oatmeal with all the fixings will get you up in the morning 15 minutes early, then make it happen every day. Instead of wasting time in the morning wondering what to make and missing out. 

4. Move your body (blissfully).

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This is one of my favourites! I love to dance. I love to practice yoga. But most of all, I like to move in my own way. Seriously. So give the exercise obsession a break and take a daily walk or stretch before bed. Do what feels good and enjoyable. Without guilt or force. Your body will thank you all day long!

5. Surround yourself with (loving) inspiration!

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People. Places. Things. You are not meant to be isolated from the world my friend. So even if you can't get away from the snow cave you call home - then make sure everything you are doing/reading/watching/following is filled with love. Skip the violence. Ditch the negativity. Find friends that lift you up. And let go of the need to please. Go to places and events that inspire and uplift you and skip the situations that stress you out! 

Every single day. Without question. Without doubt.

Why? 

Because there will be days that you need that extra nudge to move forward and be your best self. To smile when you feel like crying. To run when you feel like slowing down. 

And this isn't about changing who you are into somebody else.

This is all about honouring who you are so that your real, true, LOVING self can shine through. 

Without the distraction of low blood sugar, a tired body and a heavy heart. 
 So go right ahead. Take some time out for you, and notice the shift. The change. The evolution of your day. 
Want some more inspiration me and other Prairie lovers? I invite you to join me on January 24th, 2016 at SNOWFLAKE Winter Wellness Festival at the Fort Garry Hotel & Spa in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I’ll be leading a self honouring yoga class and workshop on creating your very own liberated lifestyle.   

So if you live nearby (or are up for a little travel!) then I can't wait to see you in person. There will be lots of yoga, incredible music, community and workshops that will teach you everything you need to know about self care in the winter months. 

Until then...take care of your body as though it was precious, powerful and beautiful. Not just as an after thought. 

Even when it craves the quiet. Even when it slows down. Even when it doesn't look exactly the way you want it too.

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Amber Chalus, founder and creator of The Liberated Woman™ is a Free-Spirited Explorer, Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Teacher and Podcast Host. Her mission is to help and inspire women to nurture their physical and spiritual health through yoga, mindfulness and radical self love. She believes that every woman deserves to feel connected to her body, radiate with confidence and live the life of her dreams - naturally and with love.

She currently lives in Nipawin, Saskatchewan with her charming British husband and adorable rescue dog, Indiana Jones. Exploring even more ways to empower women to Escape The Ordinary, Embody Their Bliss & Find Freedom Within.

Join her community at // follow her adventures on instagram at instagram.com/amberchalus // Take in one of her workshops at SNOWFLAKE winter wellness festival in Winnipeg.