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DolphinPhotoMatildaJuliette.net is a blog created in hopes of joining the conversation on nutrition, well-being, health, yoga, Satya, green living, low carbon footprints and everything in between. Where we put energy, is where energy grows and we manifest! This is my small offering to the world, desde el corazon. 😉 /|\ Thanks as always for sharing what resonates with you.

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Winter Driving Is Kind Of Like Skiing, Except With Skis, It’s Often Easier To Stop.

Winter driving in Colorado is kind of like skiing, except for with skis, it’s often easier to stop.

As a driver for lyft in Denver, I’ve safely braved many icy nights inside my tan Subaru. Snow tires and all-wheel drive are essential for safe winter driving, but actually, I’ve learned the best skills from the Responsibility Code of skiing the slopes at Vail.

Photo Credit : Conrad Moulton

Photo Credit : Conrad Moulton

Your Responsibility Code

Colorado is committed to winter driving safety. While driving on Colorado roads, you may be joined by rear wheel drive cars, front wheel drive, trucks with trailers, experienced cold weather drivers, those who have no clue, and even cyclists. Always show courtesy to others and be aware there are elements of risk involved with driving in slick conditions with low visibility that common sense and situational awareness can help reduce. Maintain a safe slow speed. Observe “Your Responsibility Code”—listed below— and share the responsibility with others.

  1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other vehicles or objects.
  2. Vehicles ahead of you have the right of way (they may not be able to stop). It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. Do not stop your car in dangerous areas where your car may not be visible to others.
  4. When conditions are slick and you are merging, check uphill and yield to others.
  5. Be prepared. Have snow tires, jumper cables, a shovel, water and a sleeping bag in your car.
  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Stay away from known problem areas.

Save skiing, riding and driving to all!


lyftheidiMatilda Juliette loves her pink fluffy mustache just about as much as she loves her yoga mat. She is a yoga teachin’ lyft drivin’ writer with flair.

Along with blogs on life, yoga, and nutrition, Matilda is also the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe — Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. She loves sharing great things of this world. Matilda’s articles can be found on elephant journal and her book can be found online.

 

My ElephantJournal Articles! —2014 Links—

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I love love love elephant journal!

The elephant journal blog has blessed my life with information on health and happiness for several years now. Seriously, just like elephant journal on facebook, read some of the articles that interest you in the newsfeed and see what changes happen in life!

Joining elephant journal as a writer in 2014 has expanded my horizons infinitely! 🙂 I am so happy to be a part of the beautiful exchange of information that happens through blogging on elephant journal.

Below are the links to the articles in order of popularity with views and shares! Please read and let me know what you think!

Remember, if you like some of the articles you will probably get a kick out of my book, Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe — Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. It is a really fun and easy to read the fictitious romance novel about searching for love in a mindful way and trusting our own individual unique path.

Thank you all so much. As the new year rolls in, I feel super fulfilled by creating something that most people enjoy—my writings! And I truly couldn’t have this profound joy if there weren’t readers or an audience to write for. It is thanks to you readers that I am experiencing such a wonderful life! I am filled with gratitude!

bebeautifulselfElephantJournal Articles:

10 Signs We Picked The Right Human To Love — 137,086 Views

How I Retired At 25 and Never Looked Back — 109,050 Views

Follow Up to How I Retired At 25 — 8,068 Views

What I Saw During Blindfolded Yoga — 580 Views

Organic No-Baking “Cookie Dough” *Vegan Options* — 526 Views

Best Vegan Mushroom Soup Ever! — 1740 Views

Thank you.Thats 257,050 Views in 2014!

Thank you & muchos Namastes for 2015!

xo ~Matilda


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Matilda Juliette is a true lover of life. She finds deep happiness in sharing positivity and ideas with others. As an international yoga teacher and writer, her articles can be found at elephant journal and on her website.

Matilda is also the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi.  Follow her on Facebook for more sweet stories, health blogs and yoga fun.

What To Get A ‘Non-Consumer’ For The Holidays.

R.R. Shakti made an amazing point in her December newsletter. Her words weaved together so beautifully and accurately I can’t even paraphrase it. Read this wonderful teacher’s words below and be sure to follow her for amazing insight on healing and life. Here’s what she said:

 

O.k. Picture this: 

It is your birthday/anniversary/favorite holiday and your mom/husband/best friend stands at your door with a GIGANTIC gift and a grinning face of joy-filled anticipation.
You say, “No way! I can’t possibly accept that; I’m not worthy.” And then: “Thanks, but no thanks—good-bye,” as you shut the door in his/her face…
Sad picture, right?
But isn’t that exactly like what we do to life, itself, whenever we close out opportunities to receive life’s infinitely abundant blessings? 
For many loving people, it is easy to freely give. receiving receiving 
But to freely RECEIVE…now, that takes practice!
And that is why I LOVE the holidays. 
The gift-giving season is an opportunity to fling the door wide open to every possible gift coming your way. And how you receive the small stuff will determine how you embrace the big, important, life-transforming stuff. 
So whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa‎, Jul, or the Winter Solstice, allow yourself to embody a beautifully balanced practice of giving and receiving.” 

xmasGift giving and receiving in my family has historically been an extremely fun experience. Our tradition has been to play Rock, Paper, Scissors to see what order we open all of our gifts. From childhood through university my parents have still given windup airplane kits, yo-yos, puzzles and remote control cars. Things we actually play with all morning, toys!.

Interestingly, as my brother and I are getting older we find ourselves not needing much and deeply appreciating everything our family has already done and continues to do for us. I live abroad and have to keep a light load, and my brother, an ophthalmologist, doesn’t have much free time to spend on material things. Because of that, our family rule last year was to only give one present and it’s got to be purchased at a thrift store.

It was by far the funniest holiday we’ve had!

As I mentioned in my article How I Retired at 25 and Never Looked Back, I like to think that I practice non-consumerism, which tends to result in a total life-clash during the holidays. Sometimes, it’s weird to receive and sometimes I still feel like I should give… for that reason, I’ve compiled a list of gifts for the holiday grey area and the in-between.

Know first and foremost just that you were thinking of us makes us shine! Sharing a meal together, spending time together, learning from each other and simply basking in each other’s awesomeness is such a gift. Continuing this community is already fulfilling more than we could ask for. Your friendship, support and shared energy already lifts us up so much. Thank you. These things are already enough, here are some ideas if you’d like to do more.

DIY Awesomeness (do it yourself)

Homemade stuff rocks! Some ideas are food, candles, jewelry, organic artisan soaps, Epsom salt and essential oil bath mix. There is nothing better than art or a poem from your kid(s). A letter or a handmade friendship bracelet means something so incredible! Receiving something new that we can hang up in our dwellings and think of you and your family would be perfect! Maybe a handmade scarf, oven mitts, dream catcher or try weaving a basket. I homemade clay bowl from my bestie in high school is still one of my most cherished gifts. Years ago I tried cross-stitching an ornament for my brother of the three Wiseman. The instructions made one guy’s sheep herding stick crooked, so I straightened it. Straightening the stick later made it so the same guy’s hand was no longer holding his cane. His empty hand literally turned out looking like the Wiseman was flipping the bird to everyone. With the dynamic my brother and I have, that made the gift even more perfect. I added antlers to the sheep to complete the masterpiece and he LOVES it!

Sometimes with the energy of consumerism flowing more than normal, and cross-stitch errors resulting in unintentional religious profanity, I feel like giving more. Giving something. Shopping for a self-proclaimed non-consumer can be tricky! Even more so if a non-consumer is shopping for another non-consumer. When searching online for gifts for yogis it is still really materialistic. Chances are they already have a yoga mat, plenty of leggings and workout DVDs. Here is a list of unique gift ideas, multipurpose and interactive are key. Hope it helps and post your ideas below!

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This awesome ancient tool is a kitchen must have. Jamie Oliver says it’s the most important kitchen gadget. A Mortar and Pestle is a bowl with a handheld tool for crushing. Earliest accounts date back to 35,000 BC. That’s right, the Paleolithic Era! Many home chefs believe it performs better than a food processor and exposes better flavor. For tea lovers and DIY herbs: Crush cinnamon, cloves, peppercorn, cumin, ginger or sage. Meddle mint for Moscow Mules. Make salsas, guacamole, dressings, marinades and pesto. Use for garlic, onion, oregano or basil. The possibilities are endless.

Tibetan Singing Bowl

All peace seekers will enjoy practicing this beautiful instrument. Similar to how some make crystal glasses sing with their moist finger, the bowl vibrates to produce sound when it’s wooden ringing stick circles the rim. Tibetan Singing Bowls are used worldwide for music meditation and relaxation.

Mala Beads & Incense

Mala Beads usually contain 108 beads including a Guru bead. They are used in meditation with mantra to keep track of counting so one can focus on the meaning or the sound of the mantra. They are made of many different natural materials from seeds to wooden beads, and stones.

bystumblingBook and a Journal

Journaling is a great therapy and practice to experience life profoundly. There are many great recommended reading lists for yogis to choose from. An empty journal is like a blank canvas, ready to be filled with creative expression!

Essential Oils

Essential Oils are especially wonderful if your non-consumer friend is into self-healing. Often these oils are used in Aromatherapy or Body Work (new age term for massage), but there are slews of health benefits to experience. The gift receiver should consult a doctor especially if pregnant. Proper research is necessary for correct use to benefit the respiratory system, treat stomach bugs including food born illnesses, serve as pain management tools, and act as digestive stimulants. Also, varieties of essential oils are very comforting during a cough or cold, headache and sleep. Some are antibacterial, antiviral and great for making your own toothpaste or putting on your dog so it won’t get flees or ticks!

Yoga Gift Certificate

Great fallback or addition to the gift giving options above. Your favorite yogi will be thrilled with the gift of practice time.

Happy holidays to all! We are so thoroughly grateful for you, your kind hearts, and wonderful friendships.

Que todos los seres de todos los mundos tengan paz y felicidad.

Love and Light!


LunaVashtiToeGrabMatilda Juliette is a true lover of life. She finds deep happiness in sharing positivity and ideas with others. As an international yoga teacher and writer, her articles can be found at elephant journal and matildajuliette.netMatilda is also the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. You should totally check it out. 😉 Follow her for more beautiful short stories, compilations of risky and seductive encounters, oh yeah… and health advice/yoga info/nutrition!

Author Photo Credit Luna Vandoorne.

OM Fest – Connecting with Ancient Spirituality

Fernando Molina of Ananda Yoga made an amazing observation in his enlightening lecture on “The New Yoga” during OM Fest in the Mayan Riviera. He pointed out that yoga festivals are where union is even more apparent because the variety of different styles of yoga come together creating a community of peace, healing and light!

OmFest3This is exactly the experience OM Fest delivered! From the most spiritual kundalini session I’ve experienced to waving our hands in the air and clapping during a vinyasa flow with MC YOGI, we truly saw many yogic methods from the hearts of mindful leaders united together as a community of love!

Similar to other yoga festivals I’ve been to, my spirit is on fire in the afterglow of OM Fest. Bliss shines through me, my smile is ear to ear, and I feel great about myself, my job, my relationships, and I have hope for the rest of the world’s crises, too!

OM Fest is the first international festival I’ve attended and the first festival I’ve taught at. Several very special elements made OM Fest unique.

map1The ancient civilization of the Yucatan are the Mayan people who created one of the most developed and sophisticated cultures in the Western Hemisphere pre-Christopher Columbus’s ‘discovery’. The Mayans were very spiritual beings worshiping primarily gods of nature. Their sun god, Kinich Ahau, their rain god, Chaac, and their earth god Ah Uuc Ticab.

What does this have to do with OM Fest? Our gathering took place at historically one of the most spiritual ancient regions in the world, and that divine energy was prevalent. For thousands of years the people of this area have been connected. Connected to nature, connected to time and space, and connected with themselves. They predicted eclipses and built majestic temples aligned with longitude and latitude lines that cast shadows of snakes only during the equinox. The Mayan ancestors were in touch with everything.

MC Yogi and I :D

MC Yogi and I 😀

Amazing teachers, spiritual healers, and peace givers came together with beautiful worldly intentions. Best part is OM Fest is a place where intimate connections flourish! Who doesn’t want a chance to get one on one time with amazing teachers?

Claudine Lecorre took us on a path through a striking visualization before teaching a Kundalini class on strengthening the nervous system. Someway, somehow in working Kundalini up the spine through breath we encountered Zen. Victor Varana taught Kalam-Balam— The Path of the Snake and the Jaguar tying the ancient knowledge both to the practice in our minds as well as for our bodies. Combining methods from two of his passions, yoga and Aikido, he moved us through honestly the most unique sequence I’ve probably ever experienced. Olga Lingard shared her sweet spirit and knowledge of Anusara in an astonishing workshop where hard energetic work pays off with deep relaxation.

Omfest2We practiced balance in Michael Gannon’s Ashtanga workshop, we practiced trusting each other in Marina Barberena and Eliu Flores’s Acro Yoga class, and we practiced connecting to nature in SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga with Kat Carroll and Itzel Olvera.

Paul King gave an enchanting Iyengar practice that freed my muscles and my spirit. Ayurvedic conferences taught us how we can heal our selves by living well. We gazed inwards with Antonela Roselli as she dug deep within Pratyhara, one part of the eight limbs of yoga that doesn’t get very much attention in North America. We opened hips and hearts. We played like children during laughter yoga, and we slept like babies after sound therapy by Shaman Ahau.

OmFest1Until living in the Mayan Riveria, I hadn’t given much thought to our ancestors or ancient spirituality. Another aspect I hadn’t given much thought to is the effect that music has on our bodies. Since we are such a huge percent water, vibrations have a subconscious effect on us. From beautiful ringing Tibetan singing bowls to the sweet lullabies from Paloma Devi, from Ale Sai of the musical team Moksha chanting ‘Om Namaha Shivaya’ to MC YOGI’s mantras—it was all there! Dancing barefoot in all areas is accepted, encouraged and inevitable. Inda and Yani’s angelic voices chanting mantra sent healing energy through the roof! Smiles twirled as hips swayed. Culturally, these people know how to have a great time. #IMoveLikeAGringa

Another great aspect accompanying the sacred tones was the captivating art! Amanda Giacomini, a remarkable artist was gracious enough to share a copy of three paintings of Shiva, Hanuman and Lakshmi with everyone. Mandalas of all sorts of colors and sizes were displayed. Siri Nath Kaur even taught a Kundalini class on Awakening our Creative Power. Positivity and love flowed freely. I still feel the energy of everyone giving and receiving!

International yoga with international students and international teachers brings international ideas. This kind of variety just doesn’t exist in the festivals I’ve participated in before. (Which is fine, they are aimed at different demographics, I loved those festivals too, and all yoga is good yoga!) OM Fest was refreshing, inviting, welcoming, healing and uplifting all at once! What an event!

All of the traits of OM Fest have made a lasting impression on my heart, and it’s already reflected so brightly in my life and my relationships! I feel it’s added a sense of being well-rounded to my yoga practice. I have found meditation easier to come by and more enjoyable to stay in. I couldn’t be more thrilled with this weekend and hope everyone gets the opportunity to attend such an event! Like OM Fest on FB to receive OM Fest 2015 information as it becomes available. And if you are looking for a spiritual escape close to home, please consider the Mayan Riveria for one of your next adventures. It’s sure to please!


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Matilda frickin’ loves sharing the positive things she stumbles across in life! In addition to silly blogsyummy organic recipes and reviews, Matilda writes for elephant journal and is the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. Check it out and follow me around ;). 

Eff You, Wikipedia, for Acting Like Free Media

Just hearing the nasty little word ‘diet’ makes my jaw tight with anxiety and my mind crave donuts.

I searched ‘diet’. The first page of results reveals an intense and lucrative industry. The Atkins Diet, The 3 Day Diet, Biggest Loser Diet, DHEA Supplements, South Beach Diet, Drop 30 Lbs in 30 Days. There is a plethora of diet related information available. We can learn anything from the 10 Skinny Cocktails to a list of the Best Diets in 2014.

One can find anything one wants to know on the internet, right?… Free media?

I was perusing the web, researching diets and the idea of dieting, fully prepared to state what’s already been stated. How it’s a four-letter word and the amount of misinformation available is saddening. Why diets don’t work and that the Diet Industry makes a lot of money with super magical weight loss pills or flavored shakes that serve only one purpose… to make money (continuously… if they succeeded in making someone thin they would lose that customer.)

This article isn’t about diets anymore. It’s about free media.

Wikipedia has an interesting perspective. In the introduction for Nutritional Diets, the top part that can’t seem to be edited displays a picture subtitled “A selection of foods consumed by humans.” Screen shot 2014-10-07 at 5.31.45 PM

Really?!? That’s the example we are going to give people who are actually trying to research nutrition? In addition to tulips, we see muffins, nuts, grains, more nuts, more grains, all carbs… Are the items in the bottom right corner yams, bread or fish?… I can’t tell. Yes, in the photo someone chose to be our example for ‘a selection of foods consumed by humans’ we see veggies and fruits as mere garnishes. Half a strawberry and several slices of lemon aren’t enough to provide the vitamins our bodies need.

Screen shot 2014-10-07 at 5.39.32 PMI’m going to click this picture and see if I can replace it with one full of a variety of fruits and veggies, I thought to myself.

Nope, sure can’t change it but we find that this terrible example of what humans should eat was kindly released by the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Hmmm, interesting.

Later, we read, “Proper nutrition requires ingestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals, and food energy in the form of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.” WTF?!? Carbohydrates, proteins and fats?! Now I’m kinda’ getting frustrated. We are supposed to absorb vitamins and minerals from just carbs, proteins, and fats?! Fruits and vegetables isn’t even going to be mentioned? What about ‘organic’ or ‘nutrient dense’ Seriously!? You’ve got to be kidding me. Who wrote this?Screen shot 2014-10-07 at 5.46.08 PM

“There is no consensus on what constitutes a healthy diet.” Shut the FRONT DOOR! How is there no consensus? Who was asked? I bet if you solicit about a hundred yoga teachers or practitioners of Eastern Medicine about nutrition you will get a frickin’ consensus. I call bull-shit!

Even free media isn’t free. Just as we have to be mindful of the things we consume as food, we have to be mindful of the information we consume. The lack of information and misinformation is vast because nobody makes profit off of people being well. I really enjoy the documentaries A Beautiful Truth and Hungry For Change, the information in these films jumpstarted my interest in nutrition.

Free media is the biggest joke of all. Regarding proper human nutrition, there is a consensus. Enjoyable articles on elephant journal and mindbodygreen often give excellent recipes, healthy ideas, and ayurvedic methods. Processed or not makes a difference. Chemical additives like msg, artificial colors and flavors, and preservatives are historically completely foreign to our bodies. No wonder we can’t process them. P.S. The chemicals in artificial food interact with our cerebral chemical makeup making us just a little (or a lot) crazy. Read about how diet effects ADHD here.

A nutritional ‘Diet’ is defined as the sum of the food consumed by an organism or group. When one speaks of a giraffe’s diet, they are speaking about what a giraffe eats throughout its life, not what the giraffe ate to get ready for swimsuit season or that family gathering where there will be tons of photos taken. Hazaa! It’s not supposed to be a three day, 4 week, year long or segmented regimen at all! It’s the sum of what we consume, the prana for life. Our cells regenerate with the nutrients we provide them… and I just don’t think tulips and carbs are gunna’ cut it.

Eff you, Wikipedia, for acting like free media.

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Matilda began introspection and soul work several years ago. She fell in love with yoga during a miserable low point in life. Job sucked, relationship sucked, and when push came to shove she didn’t like herself all that much. She felt she was on the fast track towards a mundane life. Searching for something positive to be a part of, Matilda impulsively purchased six months unlimited at the yoga studio. There she found something she didn’t realize was lost… herself. Yoga- something so simple, yet so complex changed everything.

Matilda is a sultry storyteller. In addition to silly blogs, yummy healthy recipes and reviews, Matilda is the author of the hit novel Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe – Dating and Sexcapades of a Yogi. Follow her for more beautiful short stories, compilations of risky and seductive encounters paired with tasteful karma.