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Smile, Breathe and Go Slowly...Thich Nhat Hanh Posted on 22 Aug 08:31 , 0 comments

Reflecting on an incredible yoga class tonight (it was all about yoga and gene expression) and continuing with the yoga inspiration from the past three days, today's wellness series post is about our breath. 

There are two types of breathing: involuntary and voluntary. We would not be alive without the involuntary breath, however what makes us truly alive and living truly is voluntary breathing. That is, taking moments throughout the day to Stop and Breath. Inhaling consciously and exhaling fully while clearing your mind, if only for that moment, creates space, focus and awareness. Over time these moments of breathing and awareness can improve gene expression, telomere length (the longer the better, less aging) and risk of age-related diseases. Conscious breathing has been scientifically shown to relieve stress, help with depression, decrease blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and enlarge the brain (!). Echoing tonight's incredible yoga teacher, Douglas Johnson of Maha Patha Yoga, breathing can actually change gene expression, creating positive physiological responses and reversing the effects of aging. 

Some useful apps that can remind us to breathe throughout the day:

•Mind Jogger
•Breathe Deep
•Universal Breathing
•Insight Timer 

Oh, and don't forget about sleeping! Deep, controlled, conscious breathing can you sleep very well, beautiful friends. 

Nicobella Sunday Scoop Posted on 10 Apr 15:40 , 0 comments

Here is what we are reading this week in plant-based nutrition, animal welfare, meditation, and inspiration. 

Plant-Based Nutrition 

Onion Tomato Dal [Vegan] | One Green Planet

Cauliflower Bean Burger With Horseradish Slaw [Vegan] | One Green Planet

Explore the 5th Taste With These 10 Umami Recipes | One Green Planet

The Saturated Fat That Keeps You Full + Burns Fat: A Doctor Explains

Animal Welfare

Killing animals is killing the planet. Here’s why...


This is What We’ve Done to the Orangutan Capital of the World… | One Green Planet


My Mindfulness Practice: Sharon Salzberg Shares How She's Been Meditating For 45 Yrs

A Meditative Exercise To Help You Find Balance + Tap Into Your True Potential


The Politics of Me

Nicobella Sunday Scoop Posted on 27 Mar 20:03 , 0 comments

Here is what we are reading this week in plant-based nutrition, animal welfare, the environment and inspiration. 

Plant-Based Nutrition

Spring’s Here, So Let’s Eat All of Its Best, Most Sustainable Vegetables

Why The World Must Shift To Plant-Based Diets: A Doctor Explains

3 Ways Protein-Packed Peas Are Winning Over Hearts, Minds and Taste Buds Everywhere

Eat For Beautiful Skin With This Antioxidant-Rich Kale Salad 

The Environment

Want to Do Your Part to Tackle Climate Change? Go Vegan

California Bill Could Put a Big Dent in Food Waste

Animal Welfare

New Dog Cafe Lets You Adopt A Dog With Your Coffee

Detroit children rescue abandoned dog tethered with bungee cords

Endangered Hippos Are Being Poached for Their Teeth, but Incredible People are Working to End This


6 Steps To Create A Simple Home Yoga Practice

Yoga For Your Core: 1 Pose To Do Every Day This Week

5 Yoga Poses to Challenge Your Balance

What Are the 8 Limbs of Yoga?

Nicobella Sunday Scoop! Posted on 20 Mar 19:45 , 0 comments

Here is what we're reading this week in plant-based nutrition, animal welfare, the environment, yoga, and meditation! 

Plant-Based Nutrition

Spring Pea + Radish Salad With Minted Green Tahini

Why It's Time To Start Drinking Wild Herbs & Medicinal Plants

The Two Nutrients That Really Matter For Beautiful Skin

Meatless Companies Band Together to Counter the Big Food Lobby

Vegan Dressing Recipes: Smoky Cilantro Dressing

5 Ways To Spring Clean Your Body With Food

Animal Welfare

Dog Brothers Can't Get Enough Of Their New Duckling Siblings

Take Action: Ask the U.S. Sentencing Commission to get tough on animal fighting!

This Guy Just Can't Stop Adopting Senior Dogs And Farm Animals


As Climate Change Decimates Crops, 500,000 People Will Die Annually by 2050

4 Forms of Common Plastic Polluters and How to Ditch Them

Nets Designed to Capture Small Fish are Killing the Oceans – Here's How You Can Help!

Yoga and Meditation

Meditated For 365 Days Straight. Here's What Happened

Yoga as an Answer to Combating Climate Change

7 Kid-Friendly Yoga Poses To Avoid Morning Meltdowns




Nicobella Sunday Scoop! Posted on 07 Mar 10:06 , 0 comments

Here is what we've been reading over the past week! News in plant-based nutrition, animal welfare, the environment, yoga and inspiration...

Plant-Based Nutrition

Feeling Down? Nibble on this Superfood

Is the GMO Labeling Battle Almost Over?

Nosh on this: Gluten-free shopping and restaurant update - Atlanta

Is Africa’s Ancient Baobab Tree Growing the Next Superfood?

The World’s Poorest Cities Can’t Cope With Climate Change


Ikea to use packaging made from mushrooms that will decompose in a garden within weeks

Animal Welfare

Jon and Tracey Stewart Roll Out the 'Green' Carpet to Welcome Rescued Goats and Sheep to Their Farm (VIDEO)

Two Billion People Could Have More to Eat Thanks to Bees


The Scoop | 4 Yoga Poses for Healthy, Beautiful Skin | Abe's Market

Peaceful Practice: How Yoga Improves Mood

6 Yoga Poses That Help Reduce Anxiety

4 Yoga Poses To Stretch Your Hip Flexors


Jane Goodall Captures our Hearts in a Powerful 5 Minutes (video)

Using Meditation to Explore the Universe Within

The Brain Chemicals That Make You Happy (And How To Trigger Them)

10 Books Guaranteed To Make You Feel Beautiful From The Inside Out



Nicobella Sunday Scoop Posted on 14 Feb 21:30 , 0 comments

Happy Valentine's Day! Here is what we are reading this week in plant-based nutrition, animal welfare, yoga, and inspiration. 

Plant-Based Nutrition

Vegan In-N-Out Burger Knockoff is Making Dreams Come True

The World's Easiest Cookie (Only Four Ingredients!)

21 Three Ingredient Vegan Desserts That are as Easy as They are Delicious

Vegan Butter Chicken!

10 Highly Inflammatory Foods You Need to Know About

Roasted Winter Vegetable Bowl

Animal Welfare

Why is This Polar Bear Eating Plastic?

Dog Who Turned to Stone Never Knew She Could Be Loved So Much


If You Only Do 5 Poses Do These


8 Inspirational Books to Help You Embrace Self Love 

11 Wise Quotes That Will Change the Way You Think Forever

8 Ways to Fight Seasonal Effective Disorder

What My Mindfulness Practice Looks Like: Gabrielle Bernstein