Learn How To Protect Your Energy

Learn How To Protect Your Energy

If you are surrounded by people who bring you down, you’re very likely to succumb to their negativity. But that shouldn’t be the case! 

1) Accept that you’re not responsible for other people’s behavior.

But you’re responsible for your reaction to what happens around you. Forgiving injustice doesn’t mean you condone it. It means you choose to protect and honor your sanity. You forgive in order to set yourself free from grudges! Forgiveness is an act of self-care. 

2) Accept that suffering often drives progress. 

Think about it: if your job makes you miserable, your relationships don’t fulfill you, or your body doesn’t deal happy and healthy — that in itself is a baddass motivation for moving on and changing your life! If it is unbearable to remain stuck in unhappy life, it becomes bearable to face your fears, seek help, and move on. 

3) Accept that reward is on the other side of sacrifice.

What happens after a sweaty exercise that kicked your butt a hundred times in a row? You brush off the sweat and feel amazing! The endorphins kick in and you forget about how hard the workout seemed in the beginning. Now you’ve entered the joyous state of victory and self-accomplishment. 

Yes, hard work is hard. Change is hard. But it pays off!



Ask yourself: do you prefer to pay the price of stress and misery or do you prefer to pay the cost of changing your mindset, and to improve the quality of your relationship to yourself and others?


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Overview Of The 7 chakras In The Body: What Are They, And How To Know If They Are in Balance

Overview Of The 7 chakras In The Body: What Are They, And How To Know If They Are in Balance

Overview of the 7 chakras

Root Chakra

Shapes our sense of security

 “I am safe, grounded and connected”-Muladhara Mantra

In the first chakra, to be aware is to be tactile. Nothing happens until it happens in the first chakra; and nothing has happened until we sense it, until we feel it in a tactile way,
until it touches us…

Rosalyn L. Bruyere,  Wheels of Light
  • Located in the hips and genital region
  • Defines our relation to the Earth and impacts our vitality, passion and survival instincts
  • Governs safety: do we feel safe in our home, relationships, work, etc
  • Is very transformative: can transform anger into passion, but also can become stagnant
  • When balanced – it cultivates healthy sexuality, stability and security 
  • When in Imbalanced –  it can result in psychical aches, pains, eating disorders, financial difficulties and other addictions

Sacral Chakra  

Shapes our creativity and desires

 “I allow sweetness, sensuality and passion into my life”-Svadhisthana Mantra

  • Located in the lower abdominals and digitals
  • Holds our sensuality and sexuality
  • Represents our passions and desires
  • When balanced: we connect and create easily
  • When imbalanced: we deny our creative energy
  • Developed in childhood when we start to form our belief system
  • When we block this energy, we feel dissatisfied
  • When we unleash it, we feel “enough” and connected 


“We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotionswe also numb the positive emotions.”

Brene Brown

Solar Plexus

Shapes our sense of stability and empowerment 

“It is safe for me to be powerful. I can, I will, I do”- Manipura Mantra

  • Located in the abdomen (it symbolizes the bridge between the 2ndand 3rdchakras)
  • Governs the digestive organs 
  • When we question our beliefs, we question our identity
  • We first understand the physical world in this chakra
  • The place where we store our judgments (the second brain, “the gut”)
  • When balanced: it helps us express our decisions and power to decide
  • Represents the power to create the life we desire 
  • When imbalanced: we lack compassion or enough self care and feel helplessness, co-dependence, disempowered
  • The place where we store our judgments

If you want to learn more: continue exploring this blog

To have a healthy heart, you need to practice forgiveness and compassion – check out this article to learn a very easy method to release old fears and forgive those who wronged you.:)

Heart Chakra

 “I am loving and I am loved, I embrace the world”-Anahata Mantra

  • Located in the heart region (the bridge to emotional, physical and spiritual worlds)
  • Symbolized the pulse of life and our childlike joy
  • When balanced – it represents our natural ability to feel joy, compassion and love
  • When imbalanced –  it can show up as heart problems, disorders of the respiratory system like asthma and bronchitis, allergies and pneumonia
If you wish to learn more about how to build unstoppable confidence – check out this guide.🙂 ❤

Throat Chakra

“I lovingly speak my truth, clearly and positively”-Vishuddha Mantra

  • Located in the throat region
  • Expresses our uniqueness and our authentic truth
  • Resonates to a place of full expression
  • What we desire to speak versus what we say 
  • It governs how we communicate our thoughts and feelings
  • When balanced –we speak our truth with confidence
  • If imbalanced – it results in feeling of victimization and fear of standing up for yourself and owing your words
“The More I look. The More I see. The More I feel.” – Depeche Mode

Third Eye

 “I trust my intuition and dreams, I am clear”-Ajna Mantra

  • Located in the space between the eyebrows (Control center of all other chakras)
  • Master control center for the Pituitary gland
  • Governs the way we create our life through our senses
  • It stimulates our intuition and higher wisdom 
  • When balanced – we trust our intuition and have the clarity to “see” 
  • When imbalanced- it results in distractions, hormonal imbalance, headaches, distorted vision, inability to plan for the future
In order to connect to your intuition, you need to practice self-awareness and no-judgment. Here are some tips that might help!

The Crown Chakra

“I am open to receiving the limitless abundance of the universe”

-Sahasrara Mantra

  • Located in the ethereal space above the head 
  • Governs the pineal gland
  • The seventh chakra is responsible to awaken us to our higher purpose in life
  • When balanced – we feel awaken into our spiritual beliefs and capable to express our free will 
  • When Imbalanced –  it may result in overabuse of spirituality or meditation and disconnection to the physical experience 

I really hope this (general!) overview is helpful and gives you some insights. If you wish to learn more, contact me directly or – even better – sign up for the dancefitideas`s newsletter! My team and I will be releasing a lot more information and guidance soon, so make sure to stay tuned!

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~ With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

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Nourish Your Intelligence Daily

Nourish Your Intelligence Daily

In this post I share with you my must eat brain foods 

Neurogenesis is the process by which new neurons are formed in the brain. The process is increased by mental stimulation, exercise, intermittent fasting (new blog post coming up; make sure to subscribe), foods rich in flavonoids, DHA and curcumin, and supplements such as Ginko Biloba, Folic Acid and vitamins C, D, B1, B6, B12,and Folic Acid. You may find more information here.

The foods I eat daily and recommend you to consume as well are the following:

  1. Blueberries. Different studies have shown, and continue to demonstrate, that the flavonoids found in blueberries protect brain cells from oxidative stress and inflammation. Furthermore, according to this published research (1), the regular consumption of blueberries increases the working memory, protects our vision, promote levels of a growth factor called BDNF, which enhances brain cell growth and repair, and fights oxidative stress directly, providing an important layer of additional protection for our brain. (Berries tend to be pricey so I recommend you buy them frozen in bulk.)
  2. Omega-3 rich foods (avocado, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp, flax); you may also consider supplementing with DHA. Docosahexaenoic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary structural component of the human brain, cerebral cortex, skin, and retina. I personally prefer to obtain it through daily consumption of seeds and greens. Just one ounce (28 grams) of chia seeds (2) can meet and exceed your daily recommended intake of omega-3 fatty acids. If you are pescatarian you may also consider eating fish but, if you do so, I recommend you to consume high-quality seafood in order to avoid the absorption of Mercury from coal burning and mining of iron that can contaminate water sources. Fish ranked with the least amount of mercury is light tuna, salmon, pollockcatfish, and shrimp. Supplementing with fish oil is another possible alternative. The company I recommend is1stphorm (their fish oil is ethically resourced). The vegan/vegetarian option is linked down below.
  3. Green Tea (The theanine in green tea is showed (3) to increase levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin, dopamine, and alpha wave activity, helping to reduce mental and physical stress and produce feelings of relaxation. Theanine may also help to prevent age-related memory decline, and has been shown to affect areas of your brain involved in attention and complex problem-solving. Furthermore, catechins in green tea could help protect you against glaucoma and other eye diseases, as research found that the compounds travel from your digestive system into the tissues of your eye.
  4. Dark Chocolate (The flavanols in cacao are a form of flavonoids, plant-based substances that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect. According to studies (4), these substances display several beneficial actions on the brain. Flavanols enter the brain and induce widespread stimulation of brain perfusion. They also provoke angiogenesis, neurogenesis and changes in neuron morphology, mainly in regions involved in learning and memory Important to note that, aside of chocolate, many fruits and vegetables are also very rich in flavanols: including apples, red grapes, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, beans, kale, and onions. But a piece of dark chocolate does bring an extra boost of magic and serotonin, I agree!:) I love adding it to my desserts. )
  5. MCT Oil (As the name suggests, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil contains medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. Due to their shorter length, MCTs are easily digested and many health benefits are linked (5) to the way your body processes these fats. including quick source of energy that be used to fuel our brain. On mornings when I need extra boost of concentration, I add a teaspoon of MCT to my coffee, and it does make a difference! I’ve listed the instructions how to use it in my morning hacks article.)
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Supplements I recommend

Algae Omega-3 is a 100% Vegan DHA made from algae
New studies show low vitamin D levels may impair cognitive function. The data show that those people with lower vitamin D levels exhibited slower information-processing speed
Vitamin B12 is involved in the function and development of the brain, nerve cells, the myelin sheaths that protect nerves, and blood cells. The only vitamin derived from the soil; it is very likely that most of us need to supplement with it due to overall loss of nutritional value in today`s age produce. .
You only need a teaspoon!
You may add to smoothies, bulletproof coffee and salad dressings.


Thiamin diphosphate is cofactor for several enzymes involved in glucose metabolism whereas thiamin triphosphate has distinct properties at the neuronal membrane.
Used to support focus, memory & mental performance by increasing concentration, improving cognitive functions, and, maintaining eye health.

How To Deal With Criticism And Avoid Judgment

How To Deal With Criticism And Avoid Judgment

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Those words of eternal wisdom are credited to Aristotle who spent his lifetime pondering upon the variables that can create a better structure for a thriving society. One of the postulates for a harmonious life, according to his teachings, is one`s conscious liberation from dependence on other people’ thoughts and opinions.


Criticism and judgment are usually co-dependent. When we get criticized we tend to judge back and get defensive. Conversely, when criticizing others (in a non-constructive manner) we project our own inner judgment and insecurities. 


We are going to receive criticism no matter what we do, or not do.

The only leverage we have to disallow it to affect us is our own self-perception. The way we see ourselves is mediated through the energy we project to others. If we have healthy self-esteem and empathy for the people who don’t agree with us this gets emanated through our body language and poise.  But if we lack the confidence to stand up for our choices and decisions we start to become fickle and too prone for self-doubt and uncertainty.  Ironically, when we meet criticism with defensiveness and reciprocal judgment we are mirroring the same energetic frequency we are trying to avoid.


Ultimately, it is our ego that simulates the fear of separation from the collective consciousness. Therefore, what you think of yourself is vibrating in the energy you project to others. If you are confident in your skin and firm in your actions you start to attract more people who support you on your path than those who don`t.  Others` judgment and criticism is a reflection of their own struggles and insecurities. Judgment in itself clouds compassion (for ourselves and for others) and creates a false separation between the ego and the compassion of our heart center.

 

We often judge what we don’t understand.
We often judge those who have judged us for judging them.
We often judge ourselves for holding judgments around our insecurities.
We often judge situations that test our patience.
We often judge those who are exactly like us.



We can’t stop judgment from entering our minds but we can monitor and align it to a place of understanding, tolerance, and respect for the others` point of view. Even in the situations where their opinion is exhibited through a lens of harsh criticism or unjustified scorn and denigration. Because it has nothing to do with us. *Unless it is well-meant advice constructively pointing to areas of our life that we can/and should improve.  

Knowing your truth and purpose will not prevent criticism from coming, but will shield you from absorbing it. Living life from a place of love and harmony creates the space we all need to honor our truth and not judge back those who don’t share it.


 

 

 

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