Category: Recreation

The Best No Equipment Workout Videos

When I was 14, my sister decided to become a yoga and Pilates instructor and brought me to some of her classes at the local gym. I remember thinking how unnecessary all of the weights and machines were when it was perfectly grueling to exercise on a mat just the size of a pool floaty.

As many buff dudes used to weight lifting learn while they struggle through their first Pilates class, using one’s own body weight as resistance can be murderous, depending on the position or pose. It’s also great for your back and, most likely constricted body, due to all this time we’re suddenly spending at home.

Over the years of equipment free workouts in hotel room spaces, these are some of the best equipment-free workout videos I’ve found. Best of all, they’re all free:

Blogilates

The first YouTube workout I found was Blogilates by Cassey Ho. She’s

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What It Is & Why It Matters

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You may have seen me talk about chakras on the blog before. Maybe you’ve read some of my other posts about them (on the seven Earth chakras and on meditations for each of the main chakras), or maybe you have no idea what a chakra is! Either way, keep reading to learn about something I’ve never talked about before: the earth star chakra.

What is a chakra?

It’s all about energy!

In a nutshell, a chakra is a center of energy in the body.

Anodea Judith, a spiritual teacher, therapist, and author of nine books on chakra healing, describes chakras as “organs in the energetic body,” “the architecture of the soul,” and, “an energetic expression of who we are.” Similarly, New York Times bestselling author and master energy healer Deborah King explains that “the chakras hold the secrets to how you feel about yourself and your

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15 Wonderful Things to Do at Home

I’m sure most of us would rather be doing anything that being stuck at home (or maybe not? Maybe you’re loving being a homebody?), but regardless, spending large amounts of time indoors and solo requires a certain level of creativity to keep things interesting.

Challenge accepted, though, because I’m determined to make this time fun, productive, and worth it. You too? Let’s dive into some of the best things to do at home that are healthy, engaging, and worthwhile:

15. Try New Recipes

I used to think I cooked a lot, but I’m realizing now that never in my life have I eaten so much at home. Cooking is a pain for many people, but it can be very therapeutic and even relaxing once you simplify it.

Batch cook: I find that soups and pasta sauces do pretty well batch cooked. I tend to make two times the recommended recipe

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How to Be Alone

I used to get depressed if I was alone for more than a few hours. I found solo time difficult, boring, and pointless. This was back in my 20s, when my view of myself was entirely constructed from the reflections of other people.

Imagine my aversion to traveling solo. It was only when I was confident I would easily meet others that I decided to actually go for it. My biggest fear had always been being alone.

8 Years of traveling alone later, I savor my alone time and seek it out purposefully. I know it’s strange to say, but I’m having a nice time during isolation! If you’re going crazy because you’re alone right now, you might think I’m insane for holding this perspective. Though I resisted it at first, over the past eight years of traveling solo, including camping, backpacking, and hitchhiking totally alone, I came to

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The 10 Most Relaxing Videos to Watch Online

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Hey there, long time no talk. Lately my dreams are almost impossible to detangle from reality because reality is so damn weird. And so are my dreams.

I deduced about a week ago that I might go insane if I didn’t stop looking at Facebook and the news. It’s day 7 of my detox and I almost feel human again. But it does beg the question, how does one fill the leisure time when we can’t go outside and do normal human things?

While I enjoy Netflixing and chilling (like literally, you animals), I start to take issue with every series and movie because it’s showing me a life I can’t have right now. People leave their houses often and interact, like, in person. 

And since I’m living in a bubble I just want to watch things that make that feel normal. Ergo, all of these videos fall

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24 Hours in Mandalay: The Best Things to Do in 2020

If you’ve been dreaming of white temples and friendly locals, a bustling city, that for most, is a portal to Bagan, then you must be envisioning Mandalay.

I liked Mandalay. My expectations were low after reading online reviews where people called the city chaotic and busy, but I came out loving it. And while I can see where they’re coming from, there’s something about that chaos that reminds me of adventures in my 20s and ignites my soul.

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With a short 24 hours in the city, this is how I made the most of it and did the best there is to do in and around Mandalay:

U Bein Bridge for Sunrise

I learned about this famous bridge after seeing its photo on momondo while looking up flights. Hey, a girl’s got to get her inspiration wherever she can. It was a sight to behold.

The bridge is

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