Love is Activism, So Let’s Make Sure We’re Still Practicing Self-Care

2020 was one hell of a year, but of the many things its revealed, was that when people were put under stress and fear that which made them no longer feel comfortable and contained – they woke up.

The world went through serious trauma. Many lost their jobs, were put in social isolation for far longer than humans can psychologically handle, and some lost loved ones to corona virus. We were already on edge, with little to no relief from our government. The lack of financial support felt highly ignored from the administration – an abandonment that proved to its people that our elected officials (in either major bipartisan parties) do not care about you.

Then, the final blow came, when our nation watched the murder of George Floyd in the hands of a police officer, all in 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Witnessing a murder is a type of trauma that can have serious psychological consequences and PTSD. Imagine a whole nation witnessing this together.

So it comes to no surprise that the following days into weeks of protests were serious. People had had enough. For once in a lifetime, there was mass hurting, rage, and sadness that was strong enough for people to come together to demand a change to the system that is full of racism and corruption. And as time went by and more and more murders of black people by police began to surface, people got angrier.

Now, what does all this have to do with yoga? The answer is actually, everything.

Yoga is about practicing accountability. You show up to a yoga class to meet your edge without exceeding it to injury. Instead of making goals, you set intentions that answer the “why” rather than the “what”. You practice radical self-love so that you don’t burn yourself out when you want to give it to the world in a genuine way. And loving yourself first is especially important to activism because it can separate sincere activism with performance.

The difference between genuine activism and performance is that you are personally drawn to addressing a change you want to see in the world (be the change you want to see in the world, sounds familiar, right?). There may not be much personal gain for you personally, but by collectively as a community.

In performative activism, one might gain social acceptance and attention, more likes on Facebook and Instagram, or even intentionally profit off of the struggles of others. Though it might be helpful in the short run to show up to a protest or make a social media post addressing racism, performative activism often leads to dropping off their efforts the moment it no longer becomes the flavor of the week on social media. Corporations are infamous for applying a rainbow to their logo for LGBTQ+ month while doing absolutely nothing to support the LGBTQ+ community. And not just big corporations do this, but people do this. As consumers, they buy the products and goods from corporations that massively harm the environment and take little to know accountability for, or steal from indigenous cultures, or use slave/child labor via third world countries as well as the prison labor system in the U.S.

Now, there are many secrets that large corporations keep that many consumers are not aware of. I only found out recently that, even though that for many years I’ve made an effort to avoid purchasing beauty products made from companies that test on animals – that these efforts were in vain because most “ethical, small-label” brands are owned by either one of two beauty brand conglomerates – Estee Lauder and L’oreal. In a market full of secrets, its easy as a consumer to be fooled, or just flat out not given any other options to buy from.

But in all, it goes back to accountability. We will make mistakes when practicing activism, its inevitable. But as long as we care, and that we are willing to accept our mistakes and are willing to learn, then it is not performance. But if we are in it to look more “woke”, or to support our ego, or for the likes, its probably not for the most genuine reasons. If we are so desperate to seek approval from others as to fake activism, there may be deeper issues with self-esteem that may need to be addressed. This is again why it is so important to practice self-love and self-care in activism. Its to balance the amount of love we put out there for a cause with the amount of love we have for ourselves. It’s also easy to give too much of ourselves away that we may face burn out, fatigue, or indifference – all of which is not helpful for anyone.

Health & Wellness | My Favorite Varieties of Avocado Toast

Avocado toast has a reputation of being a pretentious and overpriced brunch item in restaurants.  But at home its actually quite accessible, easy to make, healthy and satisfying.

Sardine Avocado Toast

  • Whole grain toast or sprouted wheat toast
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 can sardines in olive oil
  • cracked pepper
  • sea salt

Tomato Basil Avocado Toast

  • French bread or sour dough toast
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 4-5 sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1-2 shredded fresh basil
  • drizzle olive oil
  • cracked pepper
  • sea salt

Egg Avocado Toast

  • Rye bread toast
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 over-easy egg
  • sprinkle of fresh cilantro
  • option to add cherry tomatoes sliced
  • cracked pepper
  • sea salt

Applying the 8-Limbs of Yoga to Everyday Life

I recently went back to school to finish up some coursework and found myself in a moment in which I could apply the 8-Limbs of Yoga to my studies to set myself up for success in my best way possible.  The eightfold path of Patanjali’s yoga consists of a set of prescriptions for a morally disciplined and purposeful life, of which asanas (yoga postures) form only one limb. 

Here is one situation in which I found myself utilizing the 8-limbs of yoga in a moment of school-related stress:

Yamas (abstinences): Not causing harm by keeping my cool in the face of stress. Being honest with myself in dedicating enough time to study and making the commitment, and avoiding dropping this focus down to go for something easier or more pleasurable than drawing chemical equations and solving math problems.

Nyamas (disciplines): Taking a shower first so I feel clean, and not distracted.  Theres such a nice feeling of being clean that can help you be more present and focused and content with yourself. Taking lots of breaks when I can feel myself becoming overwhelmed or exhausted, and frequently checking in to see how present I am in that moment or if I need another break.

Asana (postures): Using the physical practice of yoga to help my body when its been sitting in stillness at a desk for several hours consecutively. Also making sure where I am sitting is comfortable, and rechecking with my seated posture to make sure I’m not slouching in my seat.

Pranayama (breath): Lots of breathing.  Controlling deep inhales and exhales to release tension every now and then.

Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses): Drawing my attention inward and getting into a mental flow into learning. 

Dharana  (Concentration): Knowing when I have lost that flow of attention when I become lost or confused, and trying again to get back into the mental flow.

Dyhana (Meditative absorption): Checking in with me to see if I understand the material, could I replicate it in an exam?

Samadhi (Integration): Becoming one with the content I’m studying.  Allowing it to integrate into my previous knowledge of the subject, and being knowledgeable enough on the subject to expand on it more. 

Finding myself utilizing the 8-limbs in life has really opened my awareness of how yoga eventually does weave itself into your life in one form or another. 

Health & Wellness | Banana “Nice” Cream Recipe

A common quarantine activity seems to be baking lots of things, especially banana bread. I know for me personally, prior to the pandemic, I notoriously wasted bananas by letting them spoil. Now that I am always home, I’ve made so much banana bread that I looked to making something new.

“Nice” cream is a great way to not waste bananas when they over-ripen, and I would argue is even easier to make than banana bread or banana oat cookies. All you need is a food processor or blender and whatever ingredients you’d like to make your flavors!


  • 4-8 over-ripened bananas
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (or almond milk, or any other kind of milk you prefer)
  • Flavorings (for chocolate, 3 tbsp cocoa powder, chocolate chips. For berries, 1 cup berries of choice. For cookies & cream, a bunch of crumbled cookies, peanut butter… pretty much anything you can throw in a blender)

To prepare your nice-cream, chop the over-ripened bananas into 1 inch pieces, and place into a plastic bag to freeze overnight. Then put frozen banana pieces in your food processor or blender until it reaches a “soft-serve” consistency. Then, add your milk or milk substitute and your flavorings, and blend together until you have an even consistency. You can either eat it then and there at its softer state, or refreeze for a firmer texture. Enjoy!