A Day in My Life

Wake up. Be awesome.

A sneak peek into my yoga practice:

 

The reason I’m so happy everyday (best job ever!):

 

Grateful to be raised in abundance of love:

 

Feeling blessed to be living bliss!

 

I believe that everyone should be given the tools to live a healthy, empowered lifestyle. Yoga and joy is a gift meant to be shared, so let me know: What can I make to serve you? 

Do you want strength-building flows? Meditations? Beginner or advanced poses? More videos of my practice? How long would you want to do a yoga video for? The more I know, the better I can cater to your needs!

Please subscribe here for upcoming videos made in love for you + share with one friend who is ready to choose healthy too! ;)

Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL, blessed day! xox

~ Sufey

 

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Dear Universe:

for the high, high heights we strive to reach,

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for soul songs, kindred spirits and serendipitous days,

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for those who smile despite their circumstances,

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Thank you.

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Gratitude is the key to happiness.

I am thankful for who I am; for what I have seen, felt, and loved. It’s easy to lose ourselves amidst the chaos of life. Through Dear Universe posts, I remind myself to take time every day to slow down, appreciate, and enjoy the beauty of each moment.

I post often on Facebook here and here, and Twitter as well. Do join in the conversation!

All my love, joy & happy thoughts to you! <3

~ Sufey

Cocoa-chini Papa Pie

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For papa’s birthday, we made a pie. A mere sliver of our love for him and mama.

There are no words to describe how grateful I am for my parents, for they have given me everything. It’s my parents who inspire me to do what I love, to work my tushy off, to dream big… and they lead by example. 

All I really want to say today is thank you to all the incredible parents out there. Happy, healthy families are the foundation of happy, healthy societies. Raising love is the most important job in the world, and you’re killin’ it out there.

Love, love and love always,

~ Sufey

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

  • 2 cups almonds or pecans
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup dried shredded coconut

Filling:

  • 1.5 cup raw cashews (soaked, 1 hr)
  • 2 zucchinis, chopped
  • 2 ripe bananas, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup maca powder (optional)
  • 1/8 cup cinnamon (optional)
  • 1″ ginger (optional)
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup or pinch of stevia (optional, to taste)

Decor:

  • maca powder
  • almonds
  • chia seeds
  • smiles!

DIRECTIONS: 

Blend nuts & dates separately in food processor, then blend together with shredded coconut. Sprinkle coconut on bottom of pie pan (to prevent sticking) and pat crust in.

Blend cashews in food processor until smooth. Add zucchinis & bananas. Add cocoa, maca, cinnamon, ginger & sweetener of your choice. Pour overtop crust.

Decorate with maca, chia seeds, coconut, almonds, or whatever you want! Go wild. :D

Lick the bowl. Freeze overnight or until solid. Smile, share, give thanks & enjoy! <3

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Blog Gratitude II & Yoga for YOU

Wowza! What an incredible flavour-burstin’ kinda year so far!!

Life has been absolutely insane (in that head-spinnin’, beauty-chasin’, abundance-flowin’ way), but I’m HERE and alive with exciting new projects on the go!

First off, a very grateful (and way overdue) thank you for the blog awards from Ute Smile, Second Half Woman, Our Life in 3D, Lilly Sue’s Bites and Brews, Fictional Machines and Sustainably Single Parenting. Check out these delightful sites yo!

Second, I’m going to talk ’bout myself today- hope that’s okay!

As you might know, I’m a little yoga addict on a perpetual yoga high. Teaching joy is my life and passion. And in spirit of following my heart, facing my fears, and a hot hot desire to spread this bliss, I’m dying to ask- what can I do for YOU?

Are you interested in yoga? Would you like free videos? What would you like to learn? 

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I’ve been absolutely thrilled by the interest and commitment to health ‘n’ happiness in my community, and I would love to share this love with YOU too!

So… *shameless self-promotion-but-this-is-totally-worth-it alert*

As a newly available private online teacher, you can do yoga with me whenever you want! Email me first at smile@sufey.org  so we can customize an epic class together!

And if you enjoy all this lovin’ energy, please spread the love by rebloggin’, Facebookin’ (art page), Facebookin’ la deux, Twitterin’ or subscribin’ to my e-newsletter for updates on retreats, classes & yoginspiration!

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Last but not least, SHARE your health goals in the comments below!

I’ll start whippin’ up yoga vids made with love as soon as school’s out- let me know what you want!

Cheers to radiant, sparkle-filled, dream lives for us all! XO <3

~ Sufey

Blog Gratitude | Guest Posts | Photo Story

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Holy avocados!

I’ve been blogging with gusto for about two months now, and wow, what an exciting adventure. This incredibly beautiful blogger community has re-affirmed my belief that loving, inspiring, crazy-awesome people exist everywhere!

I feel like I’ve stumbled into a magical new virtual world a-sparkle with treasures. I’ve giggled, cried, gasped, empathized, drooled, aweeeeee-d, and sang along with your stories.

What wonderful, wonderful stories.

So even though I’m not usually one for games, I do believe in saying thank you. I thereby extend a grateful gracias to Spiritual World TravellerUtesmileSilkannthreades, Vini Cooks VegThe Eclectic Eccentric ShopaholicSown in Peace and 1901 Skinny Love for the mention in their well-deserved blog awards, to Healthy Glow NutritionLovely Seasons Come and Go and Butterflies and Bunny Rabbits for the re-blogs, and a big hug to all of you for reading and leaving such thoughtful comments!

Because I have a hard time picking favourites, I’m just going to nominate all of you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, the Liebster Award, the Sunshine Award and the Beautiful Blogger Award (I am working on a more comprehensive “Blogs I Love” page though, stay tuned)! I appreciate each and every one of you for spicing up my life with your delicious flavours. Thank you!

I’m also excited to start sharing fabulously written guest posts (like my dear friend Deidra’s thoughts from last night!). I love looking at the world through new eyes. So if you’re interested in publishing your creative masterpieces here, feel free to e-mail your articles and biography to smile@sufey.org.

Lastly, I made you a little photo story of my life instead of the written “things about me” as per the blog award rules. Cause I felt like being a rebel. ;)

Sending kisses, as always.

<3 Sufey

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This is me as a baby.

This is me now.

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This is what I think my life is.

But in reality it’s a lot more like this.

And sometimes this.

I fall a lot.

And this tattoo isn’t real.

But this bliss is.

I’m obsessed with green juices.

And climbing things.

Lots of things.

Like, seriously. Obsessed.

I take too many pictures.

My kitchen’s a mess.

And I get my yoga on everywhere.

I like to go places.

And see things.

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And make music.

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And be upside down.

But I also like to stay in and read a good book.

I worship my brothers.

(They’re superstars.)

And my students, who continuously inspire me to learn.

And all the insanely awesome friends I’ve made along this journey.

Sometimes I’m sad.

And sometimes I’m angry.

And I’m always hungry.

But mostly life is pretty good.

So I give thanks every day.

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And pray that I may bring a smile to those who look my way.

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Namaste. <3

I Am Thankful

I am thankful.

I am thankful for mama and daddy, who have given me life, and for the entirety of my family, who teach me to be alive. I love you.

I am thankful for air to breathe.

I am thankful for the kindness of strangers, like the businessman who bought my cart-full of groceries last month when I ran out of cash on hand. “I was a student once too,” he chuckled, “consider it my donation to the university.”

I am thankful for old ladies who invite me in for piping hot tea and freshly-baked cookies. For college students who give their bed to me and sleep on the floor instead. For unmet relatives who travel across the country to take me out for dinner. For everyone who takes care of me, feeds me, dresses me, and loves me as their own.

Because it has taught me to do the same.

I am thankful for the hugs and giggles of pretty little girls, for the way they twirl soft chubby fingers through my hair.

I am thankful for cotton-candy swirls in the sky at sunrise.

I am thankful for my man. For the notes you leave me every day. For the way we sing wordless songs that ebb and flow, intertangling into each other. For the way you trust me with your fears, and the way you understand mine. For being my someone to love.

I am thankful for street children who slip blue beaded bracelets onto my wrists and say to me: “Friend, friend. Free for friend.”

I am thankful for friends who wait long waits in waiting rooms to see that I’m okay. For nice nurses who squeeze my shaking hands extra-firmly.

I am thankful for soul-songs.

I am thankful for silence.

I am thankful for baby brothers that won’t let me sleep alone when I’m sad. For the time I woke up to crayon-penned notes tucked ’round my room that all started with “I love you because…”

I am thankful for sadness. Because how else to fully appreciate joy?

I am thankful for yoga. For living mindfully, soulfully, gratefully, blissfully. For constant challenges that push me beyond my edge. For daily shavasanas.

I am thankful to feel lonely, sometimes.

I am thankful to not be alone. I am thankful for kindred spirits who move me, hug me, and stand me up when I trip over my own two feet.

I am thankful for my feet. They walk me many places.

I am thankful for God, who is here in me and around me every day. I am thankful for magic and miracles.

I am thankful for sweet oranges and cucumber juice.

I am thankful for cute little piglets to feed.

I am thankful to know nothing.

I am thankful to learn from everyone I meet.

I am thankful for puddles of side-splitting, pants-peeing laughter.

I am thankful to have so much to be thankful for that I can’t write it all down.

I am thankful to stop now and go outside to soak up the sun.

I am thankful.

Gratitude

Prana serenades me with her lush, expansive voice, and inhales me deeply in. She owns my body, caressing it with elements of her energy: the wind, the water, the sun. Mortal imperfections disintegrate into raw Earth below, and as I become nothing, I become the universe.

I shake, shake, shake, wild, glorious, free. I am frothing ocean foam, tumbling and tumbling into sea rock. I am a ragged palm frond stroking soft despite cracked angel wings, the worn fingers of a great-great-grandfather. I am pantyhose escaping a clothesline, gleefully giggling away on a windy day.

The sun falls into shavasana with me. His dying rays infuse my soul with a bubbling, ecstatic gratitude. I am a prayer in motion, in dance, in play, giving thanks for the joyous state we are meant to live in: this bliss, this ananda.

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