Saturday, September 26, 2015

EFT Workshop

EFT Workshop at Lokavindu Yoga

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Workshop
Saturday 9/26 2pm to 4pm
at Lokavindu Yoga
2802 Juan St. Old Town San Diego California

Friday, September 25, 2015

Life Goals Visualization and Dream Board Workshop

at Lotus Fitness and Wellness 331 E St. Chula Vista California

Create The Life You Want! Life Goals Visualization and Dream Board Creation Workshop
Friday 9/25 6pm to 9pm
at Lotus Fitness and Wellness
331 E St. Chula Vista Ca.
$20 per person (bring a friend 2 for $30)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Meditation 101 at The University Club

Meditation 101 with Tania Franco
Meditation 101
Saturday September 19th
10am to 11 am
The University Club Atop Symphony Towers

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

My Favorite Yoga Poses Right Now

Images by Dante Morales and Edgar A. Morales

There have been different times in my life in which certain yoga poses resonate more with me than others. I have been practicing yoga for 17 years, so I have gone through many phases.

When I first started, Tree Pose and Warrior II fascinated me.

With Tree Pose I could work towards having greater balance. The more I practiced this position I gained more balance and it felt like it could spill over into the rest of my life. I felt great hope each time I held it for a couple of breaths longer.

In Warrior II I connected with an inner strength I had not felt in years, or ever. It brought me in contact with my personal power. It was thrilling.

I went through enamored phases with Child's Pose, Camel, Supported Shoulder Stand, Wheel pose and many more, and what I realized was that my body would let me know which were the poses I needed most. I tried to listen and incorporated them into my regular practice.

 Right now my favorite yoga poses are Headstand, Dancer's and Monkey Pose.

Headstand is known as the king of yoga poses and has many mental and physical benefits. I am interested in it because for years I feared it and consciously chose not to do it. I even had an Ashtanga yoga teacher coax me many times into doing it in spite of my whining. I am now fascinated with it because I have lost the fear of it... sort of. Don't get me wrong, it isn't easy. But every time I manage to do a headstand I feel like I can conquer my goals, or at least take a step closer to achieving them.

Dancer's Pose feels like I am venerating life in the most graceful way. I feel joyful and deeply grateful when I practice this pose.

I enjoy hip openers because I feel like I am cleaning out negative memories and feelings from my body whenever I do them. It is believed that painful feelings are held in the hips. Monkey Pose (split) is a very challenging hip opening pose, but each time I do it I can find a way to relax into it. I'll admit to be a bit surprised and in awe of my body whenever I do this pose.

I find it amazing that I can fall in love with yoga over and over again, and always discover something new through my practice. I wonder what pose I will cherish next.

Positive Affirmations Workshop

Positive Affirmations Workshop With Tania Franco

Sunday September 27th
10am to 12:30pm
at Lotus Fitness and Wellness
331 E St. Chula Vista Ca.
$20 (bring a friend, 2 for $30)

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Beauty Is Everywhere

Photo by Tania Franco
Today I am grateful for the moments when I am able to see the beauty around me. There are times when I easily see the grace in others, in experiences and in myself, and there are times when I don't. How you see the world is how the world sees you. When I am flowing with a positive perspective, I get a similar response back. It also applies to a negative view.

I enjoy life and those around me most when I choose to see life through admiring eyes.

Beauty is everywhere, all we have to do is choose to see it.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizzas

I feel grateful for homemade pizza.

A friend of mine taught me how to make it a few years ago when my son was a newborn. It's funny how it had never occurred to me that I could make my own. After realizing I could easily make it, it opened me up to making many dishes I loved but only ate at restaurants.

My son and I made the pizzas shown in the picture above (left one is his and right one is mine). I enjoy baking and cooking with my 6 year old because it is a time to bond and he also learns about math and chemistry. We make pizza together a few times a month.

I use Trader Joe's Pizza Dough which needs to be left out at room temperature about 20 to 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat your oven when you take the dough out of the fridge.

Son's homemade pizza recipe:
1/2 Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
A couple of Tablespoons of Marinara Sauce
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese as much as you like
Crimini Mushrooms
Sliced Black Olives
Spinach cut into small pieces

My Pizza Recipe:
Other half of Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
A couple Tablespoons of Marinara Sauce
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Ricotta Cheese (a few teaspoons)
Red Bell Pepper
Crimini Mushrooms
Red Onion
Sliced Black Olives
(I will add as many veggies as I can depending on what's available: tomatoes, zucchini, squash,etc.)  

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.

Then voilá! Pizza is ready. Let it cool down a few minutes, slice and serve. I like to accompany mine with arugula or avocado slices on top or a side salad.

Gratitude creates happiness. What are you grateful for today?
Tania Franco