40 Day Personal Inspirations

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Twice a year Spotted Dog Yoga invites the community to delve into one of its most popular programs, 40 Days To Personal Revolution! Let the personal observations below inspire you to take on your own Personal Revolution!

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“Nick Clark you were talking about how the 40-day program has impacted your life. It made me reflect on how it has impacted mine. I have made great friends, improved my practice immensely (still a ways to go) taught me to think more about what I eat, and improved communication in my life outside of yoga. I highly recommend the program to anyone considering it. Thanks to SDY for all you do to make our lives better!”

-Julie Marcik, SDY Member

“The 40 Day program was such a mind and heart opening experience for me! I learned so much about myself and the people in the Spotted Dog Community (who are amazing!). It deepened my practice and left me feeling empowered and connected.”

-Joelle Conway, SDY Teacher

“This program is AMAZING. It propelled me forward in a way I had never imagined, not just on my mat…off my mat as well. What will it do for you?”

-Chantell Trumbell, SDY Teacher

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“Personal Revolution! I remember being unable to use those words to describe what I had signed up for 2 years ago. It felt like a tall order and a little boastful! Plus I didn’t really want to talk about it in depth with anyone outside of yoga. How would they ever understand and I felt there was no way I could explain.

It more than delivered a personal revolution! !!!! By challenging my prespective of myself, my diet, my yoga practice, my relationships, there wasn’t an area in my life that was untouched by my experience.

My favorite analogy is before my first 40 day experience I felt like I was carrying around extra luggage all the time. And not one bag but MANY!!! Each week I slowly put down a bag or two or three. They were still in my life but I didn’t have to carry them everywhere! I rediscovered that I was still me and though many things pushed me off center I could reconnect.

For the first time in 30 years I understood meditation and how to access the benefits. My yoga practice became insanely strong! I lost 35 pounds that year! Yeah I gained it back – like I said the luggage isn’t gone but I don’t carry it as much.”

-Emily Kendall, SDY Teacher

If you have thought about introducing yoga into your life, this is a great way to get started. This program is an opportunity to become aware of all aspects of your life through meditation, the physical practice of yoga and the inquiry sessions that allow you to reflect on things that are affecting you negatively and may need change.

I learned that being present was something that I needed to work on, and would encourage you to check it out if you have any interest whatsoever. You’ll be surprised at how you will feel !

-Jim Sweeney, SDY Member

This program is life changing! Learn how to live the life you want on and off the mat! Connect with SDY’s community and meet new friends. Join Stephanie Walker TiceNick Clark and myself as we take you through 40 days to Personal Revolution! Practice with us at 6:00 pm and then stay for the program at 7:30. Click on the link below to register. You won’t want to miss this!

-Jennifer Cox, SDY Teacher

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This program works! I have completed it a handful of times and each time I learn something new about myself. After years of fear and anxiety I have learned to be more present and to be okay with what is. I am so excited to not only be part of the 40 Days Program this time but to facilitate it along with the amazing Jennifer Vicari-Cox and Nick Clark. Join us on Wednesday nights so you can start YOUR Personal Revolution.

-Stephanie Tice, SDY Teacher

3 things I ❤️ about this 40 day thingy: weekly meetings where I get to talk about yoga with other yoga heads, set goals around yoga and figure out how to incorporate yoga in other areas of my life outside of the yoga studio and the free swag at the end that tells non-40 day’ers that they missed out! Spotted Doggies, if you’ve missed the chance before, you’ve got an opportunity coming up next week…

-Maribel Martinez-Wyatt, SDY Teacher

Are you seeking a bigger and improved way of being on or off your mat? This class WILL change your life . I have personally completed it several times 😁The commitment is so minimal compared to the knowledge and creation you will achieve. BE A YES FOR THIS

-Lena Morton, SDY Teacher

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Fruit Feast or Fruit Fast? By Emily Kendall

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Fruit Feast or Fruit Fast?

The Fruit Feast is this week! Even as a vegetarian I have an initial negative reaction, “You want me to limit my diet!” But I love vegetables: carrots, cauliflower, kale, spinach and broccoli. I have heard over and over, that your body smells according to what you put in it. Google it and you’ll get 2.6 M sites discussing this. I am sure each of has had an experience of eating something and our body not liking it and moving it out FAST! Occasionally calling in sick the next day due to last’s dinner exploration. We intuitively know what we put into our bodies has a huge impact and not just how we smell.

How do you define fruit?
Another form of resistance for me is to get technical and challenge the restrictions. Now, this is not your produce man’s definition – which is usually based on fruit bearing tree; avocado, apple, banana, orange, or berries. But fruit defined by the botanical definition:

  • In botany, a fruit is the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants (also known as angiosperms) formed from the ovary after flowering. Fruits are the means by which angiosperms disseminate seeds.

More simply, a fruit is the part of the plant that starts as a flower and disperses seeds. A good rule of thumb if it has seeds its likely a fruit. Some of my favorite fruits often categorized as a vegetable at the grocery store are:

  • Tomato
  • Peppers (hot and sweet)
  • Zucchini – any squash
  • Eggplant
  • Olives
  • Artichoke

Reality
Usually with a little planning and a fully stocked pantry my first day goes ok. The challenge of eating only fruit – inspires me to try new recipes and the idea of WINNING keeps me highly motivated. Then I hit the wall. Cravings, resistance to being told what to do…. This is where my plan and fully stocked pantry become key in my success.

Yes, I usually get a little cranky, especially when someone eats French fries around me but I stick to my plan and suddenly 3 days is over in second. At the end of the feast I am re-inspired to try new recipes and my perspective is altered in how I define “What’s for dinner”.

The first time I did the fruit feast I had a daily rule that I would have 1 piece of fruit a day. After the fruit feast, I realized my rule was limiting, and rewrote it – I can have all the fruit I want in a day!

Good luck on your fruit adventure. Here are some recipes that have been collected by our community. I hope they inspire you on your feast.

I am always looking for new ones so please share with us ☺

Resources – recipes I’ve collected and explored

  • Sweet
    • Medjool dates
    • Oranges
    • Recipes
      • Baked Apples – On cold mornings I love a warm breakfast but these can also be enjoyed any time of day and put more dates on it for a sweet dessert. When I make these for breakfast, I’ll bake a 3-4 apples in the evening or on the weekend and keep them in the fridge and heat them up each morning.
      • Poached Pears
      • Fruit salad
  • Savory (SALT)
    • Artichokes hearts
    • Olives
    • Roasted eggplant
    • Recipes and ideas:
      • Eggplant “parmesan”
  • http://allrecipes.com/recipe/236311/baked-eggplant/
      • I omit the cheese
    • Tomato soup
      • Rachel Pond contributed this recipe during the last 40 Day program and I give it 5 out of 5 stars – simple, fast and easy – oh and YUMMY!
        • Sautéed half a yellow onion (diced) with 3 cloves crushed garlic cloves in olive oil.
        • Pour 2 large cans of organic diced tomatoes into the vitamix.
        • Throw in a handful of basil leaves. Two handfuls of raw cashews. Toss in the sauté. Blend until hot… about ten min. So good!
    • Gazpacho
      • Jennifer Cox turned me onto this recipe during my first 40 Day fruit feast. It’s a great recipe that needs almost no modification ☺ You can adjust the coarseness of the vegies – I mean fruits to your preference.
  • http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/raw_vegan_tomato_gazpacho_soup
      • Apple Slaw
        • Shredded apple, pomegranate seeds, dash of vinegar, chopped red bell pepper, cilantro
    • NO TIME
      • Frozen Zucchini and eggplant in tomato sauce
        • Trader Joes has frozen eggplant and zucchini, place in microwave safe dish and defrost (1-2 minutes depending on the power of your microwave) top with tomato sauce (or puree diced tomatoes) and heat 30-45 seconds until warm
      • Wash and cut up fruit in advance so you have a quick and fast go to snack, especially if you are going to be away from home. Set yourself up for success.
  • PLAY! Play with textures, cutting fruits in different ways can dramatically change the mouth feel. A spiralizer or mandolin are great tools for this.
  • Ask – have a craving – want tips or help modifying a recipe – just ask together we are an amazing recourse.
    • Online community:
  • http://www.becomingformless.com/the-cleansing-diet/
  • http://butterflygirljackie.blogspot.com/2012/05/40-days-fruit-fast-day-1.html

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