Photo: Sarah Alice Lee Photography

Photo: Sarah Alice Lee Photography

Commit to Bliss is back!

Thanks to the fabulous Eoin Finn and his Blissology Project, emergencyoga is back for a second year with our Commit to Bliss series. This is two full weeks of yoga combined with the six easy Bliss Commitments which enable us all to be part of creating an upward spiral of positivity. It’s a great way to boost your practice and to set yourself up for a fantastic year. We’ll be diving deep into yoga, meditation, gratitude practices, food and nature appreciation with a special daily wild card just to keep us all on our toes. From 11 - 24 February, 2019 you can check in here and find a daily updates, new classes and prana filled recipes to keep you in blissful shape and state of mind. If you’re in Geneva there will be live classes at the ICRC pop up studio from Monday to Friday with a specially discounted Commit to Bliss class pass for the full two weeks. Email me now to let me know if you’re in!

Commit to Bliss: Day 14 (24 Feb)

Well incredible people you have made it!  Here you are at day 14, the final day of Commit to Bliss and I want you to right this minute give yourself a hug or a high five to celebrate your awesomeness.  It takes a lot to stick with anything for two full weeks but you’ve done it so please take a moment or two to revel in how amazing you are.  It’s been an incredible journey and one that has filled me up with prana and all kinds of goodness.  I have so loved receiving all your messages of gratitude and encouragement as they have also kept me going throughout this time together – thank you so so much!

So on our final day here’s a fab yoga class for you (complete with happy dance moment). You can add to this class by hitting pause and extending your savasana with a beautiful reflection meditation. In savasana place one hand on your heart and the other on your belly. Allow space for any feelings and emotions of the last two weeks of Commit to Bliss to arise. Offer appreciation and gratitude for your commitment to creating this upward spiral of positivity in whatever capacity you were able to contribute. You are more than enough!

Bound side angle pose at the Pranarama Retreat in Sri Lanka.

Bound side angle pose at the Pranarama Retreat in Sri Lanka.

Today make a special effort to express gratitude and thanks to Father Sky for watching over you and to Mother Earth for holding you up.  You could add to this by planning a special day or weekend out in nature, arranging a trip to a local park or a hiking trail or beach, whatever kind of nature fills you up most.  Make sure to schedule it in your diary and invite fellow bliss buddies and nature loving friends with you on the trip.  One easy way to do this is to join me in June on retreat where you’ll find all those things and more combined.

And finally for your wild card combine it with fabulous food by taking yourself out on a foodie date to your favourite healthy restaurant or grabbing amazing take out food and then preparing it on a beautiful table with candles.  Whatever you do, take a moment before you eat to give thanks to all the nourishment and energy the food gives you and then mindfully enjoy each bite.

CONGRATULATIONS YOGIS!!!! And remember that whilst this might be the end of our two weeks of Commit to Bliss, our journey together continues and there are plenty of opportunities to continue that upward spiral of positivity with me whether that be live classes, festivals, retreats or my brand new yogic coaching offer and you’ll find all the details here on Emergencyoga.

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana x

Commit to Bliss: Day 13 (23 Feb)

Welcome back fabulous yogis and I’m so happy to see you here on day 13 because this means you’ve been super motivated with your practice and your bliss commitments to make it this far – hurrah for you!  Here’s a really lovely grounding yoga practice for today.  It’s a great one to use any time your mind feels a little scattered or you feel like you need to calm down so feel free to repeat it any time you need it.

To add to your physical practice today, try this beautiful heart chakra meditation from Mind Body Green and allow yourself to feel full of love and happiness.

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If possible eat a meal outside today to give yourself a double boost of prana by not only filling yourself up with good food but appreciating the planet and all it has to offer at the same time.  Find yourself a sunny terrace or park to take your picnic in or if it’s cold wrap up warm and bring a flask of hot soup with you.  Here’s a recipe for a hearty carrot soup which is cheap and easy to make.

If you find yourself with a negative reaction to any situation today, ask yourself ‘what can I learn from this?’  At the end of the day look back at this moment more objectively and feel gratitude for what this learning brought into your life.

And as a wild card you have full permission to get wild by turning up the music loud on your favourite song and dancing around the house.  Make sure you give it your all with your wildest dance moves, letting the body and soul dance free.

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana x

Commit to Bliss: Day 12 (22 Feb)

I hope you’re all feeling amazingly fit and healthy after almost two weeks of putting a whole lot of prana into your bodies.  Some of you might also feel tired from doing so much yoga so just know that this is completely normal as well and with some rest you will find your energy very quickly.  Here’s your yoga for today so practice on and enjoy yogis!

See if today you can meditate on the qualities you want to embody during the day and going forward in your life. Do you want to feel less self-doubt? Envision what you look, feel, and even smell like when you’re full of confidence and empowered in who you are. Choose a state of being that most resonates with you and spend 10 minutes visualizing and feeling that state of being while breathing smoothly and deeply.

Do everything you can to protect this beautiful planet

Do everything you can to protect this beautiful planet

The best way we can possibly appreciate nature is by protecting it and our planet needs that more than ever right now.  Today spend some time getting informed about how you can reduce your carbon footprint and your waste, which are two of the most effective ways to slow down global warming and climate change on an individual level.

Whilst you’re investing in the planet also invest in yourself with a good meal.  Here’s one of my comfort food recipes.  It takes a bit of effort in getting hold of the ingredients because it really is better with real Italian Taleggio but this herb polenta with mushrooms is A-MAZING!

Gratitude requires humility, which the dictionary defines as being “modest and respectful.” Take some time to reflect on how you’re already a humble being and maybe aspects of your life where you could improve.

For the wild card, make someone laugh by telling a good joke. Really take some time to research and find the perfect one. Then deliver it with skill and flare!

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana x

Commit to Bliss: Day 11 (21 Feb)

Amazing to be on this journey with you gorgeous people – thank you thank you for all the energy you’re putting into you bliss commitments because I can personally feel the upwards spiral of positivity growing day by day.  Here’s a great little flow for your yoga today complete with meditation.

If you want to build on this then check out some of the great meditation apps out there.  Most are free or at least free for a trial and some of the most popular include Headspace (free for ICRC staff), Insight Timer, Buddhify (I met the guy who started this!) and Calm.  Try them out and see which one you like best, maybe even sign up for the trial or a subscription and enjoy a regular practice in creating a calmer and happier mind.

For your nature appreciation take a moment to hug a tree or care for your plants, any way that you can connect your body with the textures of nature.  If you have  grass around, take your shoes off and feel the earth under your feet, maybe just feel the wind in your face.

Keep filling yourself up on pranic food and to inspire you here’s one of my favourite gluten free cookie recipes.  This was inspired after buying some beautiful fresh lavender from a market in Sri Lanka and asking the stallholder what I should do with it.  He told me to make biscuits and so I created this shortbread like recipe fragrant with fresh lavender.  This is definitely one you’ll want to try!

This gorgeous little warrior Nina needs your help - wild card today is giving!

This gorgeous little warrior Nina needs your help - wild card today is giving!

Make a list of three ways you can show your gratitude more regularly, including something you haven’t tried before.  See if you can bring these into your life for at least the last days of our Commit to Bliss journey.  I’m practicing saying thank you very intentionally every time someone gives me something, whether it be feedback, a compliment or a nice message.

And finally for the wild card give some money away.  It doesn’t have to be much, whatever you can afford but give it to someone or something that would really benefit from your contribution.  It could be the person who is homeless that you pass on your way home from work each day or your favourite charity.  If you don’t where to give then I’m going to point you in the direction of little warrior Nina who really needs all the good vibes and generosity you can give right now.

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana x

Commit to Bliss: Day 10 (20 Feb)

Beautiful yogis can you believe we’re pretty much half way through out second week together?!  I hope you’re feeling fabulous and whatever you’re doing remember to just do what you can and feel great about it.  Here’s your little yoga ‘prescription’ for the day so practice on!

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For your meditation today try opening up Google or You Tube and typing in ‘guided meditation’ and then listening to one of your random finds.  You may love or hate what you find but you’ll definitely get to try something new!

Can you get up early today and watch the sun rise?  Drink you tea or coffee watching the sky lighten gradually – even if it’s overcast.  I promise you I don’t manage to catch the sun rise every day but when I do, it gives me a greater sense of being connected to the planet and feeling like I know what the day has in store for me.

As for prana filled food here’s my favourite recipe for Sri Lankan dhal which is one of those wonderfully filling comfort foods that makes you feel good about life no matter what’s going on.  It’s also a great antidote for a sore belly – a few days of eating just dhal will make you feel lighter and happier – which is a pretty potent result for such a simple yet tasty dish.

Have a look on your phone or on Facebook and see which of your friends is soon celebrating their birthday then send them a birthday message reminding them why you are so grateful to have them in your life.

For the wild card today practice some eco karma by picking up trash on your morning walk or recycling any plastics you find.  Anything you can do to make the planet cleaner and protect wild life from the negative effects that rubbish has on animals is a win for today.

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana x

Commit to Bliss: Day 9 (19 Feb)

Welcome back to day nine you incredible people and thanks so much for continuing on this journey with me and all the other amazing yogis joining us today.  Here’s your yoga for today which includes a fun inversion – upsidedowning as I call it is like nature’s free happy pill without all the side effects of Prozac :-)

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Today you can bring your meditation and food awareness together by preparing yourself a healthy meal (check out some of my favourite recipes from Kimberly Parsons who wrote the Yoga Kitchen).  When you sit down to eat take extra time for your food, chewing each bite carefully and mindfully, noticing all the tastes and textures and feeling real gratitude for the good food you are eating.

Tonight go or look outside and gaze at the full moon. Take a moment to watch the moon’s light through the clouds or let the full light of ‘la lune’ fall upon your face – something I always find feels very spiritual wherever you are in the world.  The Power Path website is a wonderful place to read more about this particular full moon which is apparently full of creativity and inspiration.

A little bit of a gratitude challenge today.  See if you can spend this entire 24 hours without griping, complaining, moaning or criticizing others.  Put only positive energy out into the world today and if you’re tempted with negative thoughts see if you can find the lesson to be learned from the situation or turn it around as something to be grateful for.

And the wild card today is to cook or share a meal with a loved one – maybe you could even combine your mindful eating with your partner or a friend and up the high vibe even more.

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana x

Commit to Bliss: Day 8 (18 Feb)

Amazing yogis!  Thank you so so much for practicing with me the last week and I’m thrilled we are back together for week two of this incredible Commit to Bliss series.  I hope you’re already feeling the benefits of this upward spiral of positivity we are creating together.  I have felt my gratitude practice especially expand to new horizons and it has made me more alert to the people that I am so lucky to have in my life – and that includes all of you!  I’ve also felt super relaxed about getting out of bed early to practice every day – ‘cause let me assure you that does not usually happen and in fact I had shifted my practice to evenings prior to our Commit to Bliss series but this has really given me a lot of energy practicing with you all – thank you!  So on that note here’s some more yoga for you and hope you enjoy this practice for the start of our second week.

Bonus points for practicing yoga outside!

Bonus points for practicing yoga outside!

For your combined meditation and nature appreciation today see if you can get outside with your bare feet touching the earth but if you not you can also do this at home or even at the office, still barefoot and feeling your feet connect with that’s underneath you.  Come into horse stance (sometimes called goddess pose) with your feet wide and turned out and your knees bent.  Close your eyes and connect to the sensation of your breath inhaling and exhaling, imagining that the breath extends all the way to your hands.  Allow your fingers to be soft as you gently move your hands around your body in whichever way feels good for you – kind of like you’re doing a slow motion Tai Chi class but in sync with your breathing.  Notice how you might feel a tingling sensation or a sort of energy in the palms of your hands.

I’m not sure where you are in the world but if you’re Australian then you know that beetroot is almost a national food and you can buy these fresh in Europe right now.  Here’s a recipe for the best looking (beetroot) hoummus I’ve ever seen and it’s so so easy to make.  Whether you eat it fresh immediately with sticks of celery and cucumber or add it to your lunch box salad the next day, the fact that it’s bright pink is guaranteed to make your day happier.

See if you can play your own gratitude game today by noticing things or people or actions that you wouldn’t normally notice and feel grateful for.  For example a colleague who always says good morning, or a beautiful tree that you pass each day on your way to work.  You can add these to your gratitude journal at the end of the day.  

As for the wild card….it might take a week (or more) to figure this out which is why we are starting with it on Monday.  Today’s wild card is to proclaim your life mission in one sentence, describing how you want to serve the world and what your reason for living is.  If you’ve never thought about this before, today’s a great day to start.  My life mission is world peace, for people and the planet – but it took some years and a few different iterations before I figured this out.  Good luck and let me know how you get on  - I’d love to hear more!

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana x

Commit to Bliss: Day 7 (17 Feb)

Hello beautiful people!  It’s amazing to see you here on day 7 at the end of our first week together.  Huge congrats for all the efforts you’ve put in and I so hope you’re finding that whatever you’re doing around the six easy bliss commitments is creating that upward spiral of positivity for you and those around you.  I cannot thank you enough for being part of Commit to Bliss with me – hurrah for us!

Our yoga class today is a few minutes longer – I so wanted to give you a little extra in savasana to make sure you get the rest you need.  I hope you enjoy this slightly slower and more restful flow and that it nourishes you at the end of this first week.

Today see if you can find someone to meditate with, whether that be getting a group of friends together to sit in silence or with a guided meditation.  You can also do it through your existing Facebook or Whatsapp friends groups if you’re not physically close by to your meditation buddies.  All you need to do is pick a time that suits you all and start and end your meditation together.  This works really well if you use an app like Headspace, (free to ICRC staff by the way!), Insight Timer or Buddify where you can choose to do the same meditation together.

For your nature appreciation, see if you can draw a picture using whatever nature you have around you.  It might be a stick in the sand, a light coloured rock on a dark coloured rock or even creating something more more complex out of leaves, flower or stones you find.

For more prana filled recipes have a look at The Blissologist’s Guide to a High Pranameter where you’ll see my latest foodie posts and where you can also post your own recipes and photos of all the good food you’ve been eating this week. Don’t be shy - share the food love with all those around you.

For our gratitude practice call or write a letter or card to your parents telling them how grateful you are to them for bringing you into this world.  If you’re parents are already gone, you can still write to them and express your gratitude for the role they played in your life.  Even if your relationship with your parents isn’t / wasn’t great try and feel gratitude for the lessons they taught you – even if they weren’t so easy to learn at the time!

And finally for today’s wild card download or make yourself an uplifting music playlist that you can take with you wherever you go.  For the ultimate mixed tape inspiration make sure you watch John Cusak in High Fidelity (one of my ultimate fave films).

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana x

Yoga with friends works well too! Remember you don’t have to practice alone .

Yoga with friends works well too! Remember you don’t have to practice alone .

Commit to Bliss: Day 6 (16 Feb)

Ok gorgeous yogis prep up for a sweaty little practice today with a challenge pose – side crow!  If you’re already quaking in fear, (and who doesn’t just a little bit when we find ourselves balanced only on our hands?), then have plenty of cushions on hand so that you can use these as a crash pad underneath your face.  It’s the ultimate way to practice arm balances because it takes the fear out of falling and increases the fun - I mean it’s hard not to laugh when you find your face in a bunch of pillow!

If possible head outside for a combined mediation / nature appreciation moment, and find yourself a natural soundtrack of birdsong or a babbly brook or wind in the trees.  Not an option?  Then here’s a beautiful nature soundtrack which you can sit and meditate too wherever you are (this one is from one of my favourite beaches at home in Australia).  Just set a timer for however long you’ve got and enjoy tuning into the natural world.

To fill yourself up on prana today try one of my super easy but highly nutritious quick fix dinners. Roast yourself a whole sweet potato (it can also be a regular potato if that’s all you’ve got in the house).  This is as simple as stabbing a fork in the potato a few times then putting it in a medium oven for about 15 – 25 minutes (check on it regularly and turn as needed).  Once it’s cooked, cut a cross in the top and squash the potato down a bit.  Then top with some spinach, seeds, bean (or other) sprouts, and whatever other veggies or yummy bits you’ve got in the fridge.  A dollop of sour cream, butter or cheese tops this off nicely – nomnomnom.

This is Max in savasana - maybe he’s your spirit animal :-)

This is Max in savasana - maybe he’s your spirit animal :-)

To up your gratitude levels today, send a text to three people you feel really grateful to have in your life and tell them why they make such a positive difference to you. 

Finally this is one of my favourite wild cards – proclaim your spirit animal!  What animal did you dream about lately, or what animal do you feel especially connected to these days?  Need inspiration?  Have a look here to find out which spirit animal speaks to you most right now.

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana x

Commit to Bliss: Day 5 (15 Feb)

Hello awesome yogis and welcome back to day 5 of our Commit to Bliss series.  Before I say anything else I want to say a HUGE thank you for all the beautiful love messages I’ve been receiving, not just on Valentine’s Day but throughout this week. It means so much to me to have your feedback and to know how much we are all loving the bliss vibe and creating our upwards spiral. Rest in that beautiful gratitude you are all creating and allow it to uplift your lives dear ones.

I’m thrilled as ever you’re still with me so here’s some gorgeous yoga to keep you going.  You’ll find some strength building opportunities in class today as well as some lovely cleansing twists.

For your meditation today I’m gifting you a beautiful yoga nidra class – or yogic sleep from a truly gifted teacher Elena Mironov who is based in Zurich..  Apparently 20 minutes of yoga nidra (which you can do any time of the day) is the equivalent of around 4 hours of regular sleep – and seriously – couldn’t we all use a bit more of that!  I regularly take a short yoga nidra meditation – sometimes even before I head out the door in the morning and I find it so refreshing. If you join one of my retreats this is something we do a lot of to make sure we really rest and nourish ourselves.

One of my all time favourite sunrises in my little home in the Swiss Alps.

One of my all time favourite sunrises in my little home in the Swiss Alps.

You’re nature appreciation is a night time gig this evening as you take a look up at the stars (or the clouds) and take a moment to contemplate the idea that perhaps we are all made of stardust and that the universe is so much bigger and magical than what we can comprehend.  And as you look up take a moment to say ‘thank you Father Sky’, something I do each morning as well.  You can record this feeling of gratitude in your journal and maybe add to it by thanking people around you more intentionally throughout the day and the evening.

To make sure you’re nourished and full of prana today here’s the recipe for an Ayurvedic tea given to me by a wonderful Ayurvedic doctor in Geneva.  It’s the only thing I’ve ever found that gives you the same energizing effects of a good coffee but without the negative side effects of caffeine.  Grate a little fresh ginger and add this to almost boiling water along with a dash of powdered cardamom, cinnamon and clove.

And for the wild card today? I challenge you to look in the mirror and throw yourself a complement or two.  Speak these out loud and tell yourself how fabulous you are or remind yourself of all the great things you’ve achieved or what a fantastic friend / parent / son / daughter you are.  It might feel weird but I guarantee you’ll feel great as you go about your day.

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana x

Commit to Bliss: Day 4 (14 Feb)

HAPPY HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY gorgeous souls and no matter how commercialized this day might be, any excuse for more love is just fine by me. Fabulous yogis you’re half way through the first week and I’m feeling super proud of you!  Just know that this is about the time the body might start to get a little tired and you might be tempted to skip your bliss commitments. Remember  that this is normal, give yourself a break and do what you can and feel great about it.  So if you’re with me, here’s your yoga for today and to accompany it a very special meditation from the Gratitude Podcast that always leaves me feeling really calm and relaxed.

Malas with 108 beads are a great way to meditate.

Malas with 108 beads are a great way to meditate.

 If there’s any possibility for you to get outside today and get sweaty, whether that be with your yoga, a run, a hike or even biking to work then go for it and whilst you’re there make sure to really appreciate the ability to feel the wind in your hair, noticing the different kinds of nature around you.  I get that being outside isn’t possible for everyone so even if feeling the wind in your hair means rolling down the car window and sticking your head out or doing some tree staring out a window then I personally count this as serious nature appreciation. 

You can link this with your gratitude practice today by noticing or imagining three things in the natural world that you feel super grateful for.  It could be as simple as clean air to breathe (if you’re not in Delhi or Beijing!), a lone flower on the side of the road or something more spectacular like a mountain view.  Whatever it is, take a moment to write this down in your gratitude journal and breath gratitude into your heart.

 To fill yourself up with prana today I’m including a link to one of my all time favourite Ottolenghi recipes – aubergine with everything fabulous on top.  Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi are two of my best loved chefs who started out in my favourite London location of Angel-Islington before it was hip and cool.  Ottolenghi (who is not vegetarian) used to write The Guardian’s vegetarian recipe column, often with a last minute recommendation as to how good such and such a dish would go with a rack of lamb – to the horror of his dedicated veggie readers!

 And finally the wild card! Forgive, forgive forgive – such a powerful practice.  You don’t have to go big, maybe you can do it face to face but you can also forgive through ritual, saying it out loud in an empty room or visualizing the moment in your mind.  Give it a go and you might be surprised as to what new space opens up for other things.  (PS I think I shall take my own advice especially on the wild card today!)

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana x

Commit to Bliss: Day 3 (13 Feb)

Hugs are also an awesome way to find and share your bliss

Hugs are also an awesome way to find and share your bliss

Yogis you’re still with me!  Fantastic news as we hit Wednesday and our third yoga class together.  I want to add on to our physical practice today with a beautiful meditation by my teacher Eoin Finn – I think you’re gonna love this! All about putting down your smart phone and tuning into our heart phone as he says.

Wherever you’re going today and however you get there can you practice being intentional about it?  So instead of what is often our usual mindless commute to the office or school or the café can you notice what’s going on around you (even if it’s only a short distance), smell the air and all the aromas within it, notice the light of the sky or the stars or the clouds?  Make your travels more connected with the planet today in any way you can.

Food wise I would love you to continue filling yourself up with prana.  I love to cook but I love it only if it’s easy, I can make it in one pan and eat it out of a big bowl.  So tonight see if you can pick up some greens on the way home – bok choy, Chinese cabbage, spinach, or even cabbage leaves or kale work well.  Fry them in a little hot coconut oil, add some sesame seeds (or any other seeds for that matter) and then a dash of tamari or soy sauce.  If you like it hot sprinkle with chili flakes and you’ve got yourself a 15-minute dinner full of flavour and goodness.  You can always add quinoa or rice to make the meal more filling. Recipe here if you want more deets and options.

Today we have an awesome gratitude practice – sometimes called pivoting as well. Think of three things you are not so excited about in your life and see if you can ‘reprogram’ your thoughts to feel gratitude.  For example maybe you hate your job right now but you can create a sense of gratitude for the fact that your job enables you to pay your bills and feel financially secure.  Even if you’re stuck inside due to the security situation, see if it’s possible to cultivate gratitude around feeling protected or being able to work from ‘home’.  This is not always easy but it’s a really powerful practice when we manage to hit the gratitude button on the things that generally get us down.

And finally for the wild card see if you can find an opportunity to pay it forward.  Surprise someone with a small gesture by paying for their parking, or their coffee or even buy a friend or colleague lunch if you have the chance.

Enjoy that upward spiral yogis and see you tomorrow.

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana x

Commit to Bliss: Day 2 (12 Feb)

Welcome back fabulous people and so great to see you again.  Let’s kick off with your 20 minutes to awesome (i.e. yoga!) and then complement it with a short nature inspired meditation that I recorded on the wild south coast of Sri Lanka – you’ll even hear the waves crashing in the background.

The view on Ithaca and the Pranarama Island Retreat this June - a few spots still available!

The view on Ithaca and the Pranarama Island Retreat this June - a few spots still available!

In fact you could create your own mini-meditation moment by sitting on a rock or the grass outside, getting real quiet as you begin to listen to your breath.  As you allow your gaze to soften you might even begin to feel your senses become super aware of the world surrounding you.  If you’re stuck inside you can try pulling up one of your favourite nature pics on your phone or computer as it’s scientifically proven that looking at photographs of nature (especially if they’re your own personal fave moments) has similar benefits to being out in nature for real.

I’m not sure what you had for breakfast this morning but in case it was only coffee I highly recommend trying my all time favourite smoothie recipe.  You literally just whizz up all the ingredients in a blender, pour into a glass and drink this powerhouse of vitamins to get you through the day.  My favourite combination is banana, spinach, frozen berries, coconut milk, ground almonds and chia seeds. Nom nom nom nom.

And for today’s gratitude practice, tell someone you love them – and do it in a moment where you are fully present, meaning it with every cell of your body, looking into their eyes.

Finally for the wild card today (it’s one of my favourites!) – sing loud and proud in the shower or whilst getting ready for work today and belt out those tunes.  I promise you’ll feel great.  You can also post your favourite tunes on the Emergencyoga Facebook page and maybe we’ll even make up a playlist to share the love.

Have an incredible day yogis wherever you are in the world.

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana x

Commit to Bliss: Day 1 (11 Feb)

Awesome yogis, what a thrill and a privilege to welcome you to the first day of this incredible Commit to Bliss series, created by my teacher Eoin Finn.  This is just the start of our collective effort to create an upward spiral of positivity and I’m so grateful you’ve joined me.  Each day you’ll have a chance to try out the six easy bliss commitments which are guaranteed to bring more positivity, grace and gratitude into your life.  This means that for the next two weeks we have a daily menu of yoga, meditation, gratitude, nature appreciation, prana filled food and a special wild card to look forward to. 

So there’s no better way to get started than with your first yoga class which also includes a brief meditation.  For a longer meditation check out my 6 minute meditation designed especially for people who don’t meditate (and isn’t that all of us some days?)

If you have a chance to get outside today wherever you are in the world and even if that means just into the courtyard of your compound (because I know some of you are living and working in crazy places), take a moment to stop and look up at the sky, put your hand on the trees or a wall and notice the texture and sensation of this connection with your palm.  Breath easy and slow down your breath.  Say a silent thank you to mother earth for holding you up and give a nod to father sky for watching over you.

Photo credit: Sarah Alice Lee Photography

Photo credit: Sarah Alice Lee Photography

Today’s also a great day to start feeding yourself right so here’s my favourite gluten free granola / breakfast muesli recipe.  I can’t claim it as my own as it was given to me by a wonderful friend and teacher Fiona from Sanasuma Yoga.  It’s super easy and you can sub in whatever ingredients you have in the cupboard.  You can also join The Blissologist’s Guide to a High Pranameter where I have many of my favourite recipes uploaded.

I highly recommend keeping an easy gratitude journal throughout these two weeks.  Writing down three things each day or at least taking a few minutes each day to say what I am grateful for has changed my life completely and really helps keep me happy and sane.  I do this each morning at the end of my meditation or before walking out the door and I really recommend trying to do this at the same time every day so you quickly build a nice little habit that feeds into the upward spiral of goodness.

And finally the wild card for today? Compliment a stranger or tell them something nice to brighten their day – this way we share the love and the high vibe with all those around us. 

Practice on yogis and have an amazing day!

Love and hugs,

Donnaprana