As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.
A highly sought after yoga teacher, an Athleta Ambassador and a best-selling author (Where the OM am I?), Sara DiVello is the epitome of a balanced life. Appearing in multiple publications and tv networks (CBS and the Huffington Post Live, as well as in Forbes, The New York Times, ABC, CNBC, The Washington Post), and contributing articles to health minded websites (The Good Life Magazine, MindBodyGreen), Sara DiVello is what I consider a health and wellness guru. She will also be at this year’s Day of WELLness! Grab your tickets before they sell out!
How do you maintain a Balanced Life?
I ask myself 3 questions to stay on track and as balanced as possible. For the first time, I’m sharing them here:
1: Where in the OM Am I? (Helps you drill down to the real situation/issue at hand)
2: What do I really want? (Not what you would’ve assumed you’d want; not what others think you should want)
3: What would help me feel most supported in this moment? (As you go after what you really want, what would be most helpful/supportive in this pursuit?)
Do you have an AM and PM routine that contributes to your balanced life?
Yes! I start my day with a cup of green tea or chai and almond milk (YUM) to start on a calm, energized, balanced note.
Every night, I follow my night-time ritual to set myself for restful sleep. I unwind with a calming cup of Bedtime tea (I like the one by Yogi Teas), take a warm shower to wash off the day, apply lavender oil to my pulse points (I like Peacefull by Organic Bath Co) and set myself up in a restorative yoga pose I can fall asleep in: I place a pillow under my knees and an eye pillow over my eyes. Then I practice extended exhale breathing. It’s a lovely way to end the day segue into deeply restful sleep.
What is your definition of self-love and positive body image?
Self-love: Look around. See how your friends and family love you? See all the things they love about you? Accept these as truth. They can see you more clearly than you see yourself without the veils of self-doubt that we all have.
Positive body image: Notice how your strong legs carry you around all day. Notice how your creative brain problem solves all day. See your arms carrying, lifting, performing all these tasks for you. Your body is an amazing, incredibly efficient, pretty freaking fabulous machine. Think about how your heart rests only between beats. Think of all the work all your organs are constantly doing. Notice how nobody has ever invented a machine half as amazing as the human body. Now give your human body a shout out and some serious love.
Could we nit-pick our bodies under a magnifying glass of imagined or slight imperfections? Sure. I could sit here and say, “Oh, there’s some cellulite on my thigh. How horrific. I should work out more.” But the bottom line is, life is short and pretty magnificent—and there’s also a lot more important and interesting things than cellulite on my thigh. So move your body—whatever works for you. Get to the gym or hike in nature or walk to work or whatever you want to do, as often as feels healthy and happy for you. Thank your body for all it does for you.
Try to shift your thinking: You are not your body—you’re temporarily in your body, appreciate what it does for you and move on to creating a life that brings you joy.
What are some ways you stay active and foods you eat to achieve a balanced mind, body and soul (favorite work out routines, favorite healthy dish/ snack etc.)
I walk my amazing 13-pound rescue dog, Pelu the Wonder Puppy, every day. This gets me outside, gets me moving. I go to the gym or exercise for about 30 minutes 4-5 days a week. I drink water with lemon throughout the day because I love it. I also love to cook and I REALLY love to eat, so I cook almost every night. My favorite dishes are usually Italian (or Mediterranean). My favorite snacks are raw whole cashews, apples with almond butter, or leftovers from last night’s dinner.
Words to live by/ favorite quote that has to do with positivity, good vibes or positive body image
“Don’t ask what the world needs—ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” –Joseph Campbell.
I also love this by Maya Angelou: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”
I am booking a bunch of yoga classes and buying Sara’s book STAT. You can hear more of Sara’s inspiring words at the Day of WELLness in Boston on March 18th! Enter code: TSSB for $$$ off!