30-Day Summer Series Challenge – Week 1

At least twice a year, I like to shake up my workout routine and do a 14-Day or 30-Day challenge. When I take part in a challenge, I get to see how strong my body has become by doing things I normally wouldn’t choose for myself.

For this month, I will be following along a Fitness YouTuber named Rebecca-Louise and complete her Summer Series 30-Day Challenge. Please note that this series went live on her channel in May and has already concluded. So sadly, the live videos and prizes she talks about are past date!

Summer Series Trailer

Before we get into this month’s movement challenge, let’s get to know a little bit about our trainer.

Rebecca-Louise’s Story

I try my best do these challenges without focusing on gaining a six-pack, losing inches around my waist, or shedding some fat on my body. I do these types of things to see what my body can do, what my mind can adapt to, and just to feel good about accomplishing something. If any of those things listed happens, then cool, but it is simply a side effect of the process- not the goal. While what I said above is true, there is still another part of me that still feels conditioned to think I need to achieve more with my body.

Let’s bring attention to the thumbnails and words used associated with this challenge and so many others. As we all have learned, toned, half-naked bodies sell. Pair them with words like “sexy, tight, tiny, burn fat,” and you’ve struck gold. As we have learned, Rebecca-Louise has overcome A LOT and is on her healing journey. I 100% support that. It is, however, images and words just like mentioned above that are nailed into our minds making us believe we have to achieve that in order to be wanted, loved, accepted. And when you think about it, really think about it, that’s just plain silly.

Our bodies are made by perfect design with many complicated systems to keep us walking and talking. It knows how to heal itself. It knows how to give signals to the brain when the body needs food, water, rest, etc. But you know what gets in the way of all that? Us, more specifically, our thoughts, our perceptions, and our impressions. These all come from society, other people, and when we ignore the inherent trust within us all. So please, remember that whenever you get triggered by images of “thin” and “fit” people. Remember that your body is perfect, that it loves you and just wants you to live. It’s up to you to honor it by your thoughts and your lifestyle. Treat yourself with love and respect. Because you are worth all the happiness, love, and joy in the world. 

One last note before we start: I’ve gone through my first month of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coaching Program, and let me tell you, I have already learned so much. One of their concepts is bio-individuality, which put simply, is that we are all different. One person’s food, workout, lifestyle is another’s poison. So, when doing this workout and any others, remember that results are unique to you and you alone. Also, please , if applicable, consult with any physicians necessary before embarking on any fitness journey. Without out further adieu, let’s begin!

Week One

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Stay tuned next for week 2 of our challenge!

Love and light, 

Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 6

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday – UPPER BODY SCULPT & BUST BOOST (chest lift + shape)

Sweep Throughs – BUILD A BOOTY! day 1

Tuesday – Kundalini Yoga for Depression: A Very Subtle Exercise | KIMILLA

Bridges – BUILD A BOOTY! day 2

Wednesday – RELAXING Yin Yoga for Stress Relief – Full Body Calming Stretch

Thursday – Ultimate Butt Challenge ♥ Glutes, Hamstrings & Quads | Koh Kut

Friday – REST

Saturday – 20 Minute Morning Qi Gong Exercise by Lee Holden

Sunday – Breathtaking Yin Yoga Class | 7 Day Yin Yoga Exploration Challenge

Love and light, 
Ze 

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 5

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday – 30 Minute Full Body Workout for Strength – Total Body Dumbbell Weight Training at Home

Tuesday – REST

Wednesday – 30 Min Full Body Flow | Yoga To Stretch, Breathe, & Feel The Bliss

Thursday – Total Body Strength Training Without Weights for Women | Home Workout (No Jumping) | Joanna Soh

Friday – Kundalini Yoga: Complete Spinal Series

Saturday – Qigong Flow For Brain Optimization

Sunday – 30 min Morning Yin Yoga Class – Best Morning Yoga Stretches

Tip: It’s very important to listen to your body from the type of movement it wants to when it just needs to rest. I’ve been very sleepy this past week, which is why I chose to rest for one day. (I was sore from last week’s lower body workout and this week’s Monday strength video.) On Tuesday, I went to bed at 4 pm and slept for 15 HOURS. Then, I still managed nap later that day! Learning to not push yourself  to the point of exhaustion is integral for well-being- and something I’m still currently learning to do. 

Happy working out!

Love and light, 

Ze 

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 4

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday – Complete Upper Body Workout for Strength & Toning: Arms, Shoulders, Chest and Back Workout

Tuesday – Kundalini Yoga Kriya for Disease Resistance, Immunity, Metabolism and Thyroid Health

Wednesday – Stretch the day’s tension away with this yin yoga sequence

Thursday – LEG DAY | Strength Training For Women: 30-Minute Dumbbell Leg Workout + Pregnancy Workout (You can do this even if you’re not expecting. It will still hurt the next day…trust me)

Friday – Kundalini Yoga ” Kriya For Elevation” Express Version

Saturday – REST

Sunday – Yin Yoga class with Travis Eliot “Inner Dimension TV” (30 min.)

Love and light, 
Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 3

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday – 30 Minute Full Body Dumbbell Sculpt Workout!

Tuesday – Kundalini Yoga: Surya Kriya to Burn Fat & Build Strength

Wednesday – Yin Yoga Class ♥ Best Yoga For Slow Deep Muscle Release

Thursday – 30 Minute Quiet Low Impact Home Workout | Strength, Cardio & Abs Low Impact Workout

Friday – Kundalini Yoga for Intuition and Healing: Laya Yoga Kriya

Saturday – QIGONG FOR LOVE

Sunday – Yin Yoga Deep Stretch Class | Release All That No Longer Serves You

TIP: you can drop any weight and use just your body weight. You will still get a good workout and work towards using additional weight.

Channel Spotlight: Boho Beautiful

A channel created by partners, Juliana and Mark, who travel the world with their pet dog. Together they film workouts and vlogs in exotic locales to raise awareness of social/economic issues affecting the earth and her inhabitants. 

I love this channel because:

  • Even though the workouts use bodyweight, they are challenging.
  • Being a wonderluster myself, I admire the scenery and beautifully shot videos.
  • Juliana and Mark’s point of view on the goings-on in the world offer a different perspective that is refreshing and inspiring.

Happy working out!

Love and light, 
Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 2

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday – 25 Minute Full Body Cardio & Strength Workout

Tuesday – Kundalini Yoga For Prosperity: Kriya For Energy And Prosperity

Wednesday – Upper Body Yin Yoga – Yoga Stretches for Back & Shoulders

Thursday – 20 Minute FUN Strength & Mobility Movement Workout | Low Impact QUIET Bodyweight Workout!

Friday – Raw Kundalini Yoga Video with Yogi Emmanuelle

Saturday – Bioenergetic Exercises for Neck and Shoulder Pain – Qigong for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Sunday – 1 Hour Yin Yoga Class Without Props – Full Body Yin Yoga Class

Happy working out!

Love and light, 
Ze 

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

At-Home Fitness Routine – Week 1

An at-home fitness routine featuring free content from YouTube. Each week will provide new workouts and moving meditations following this guideline:

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

For an in-depth explanation of the type of each workout, please visit My At-Home Fitness Routine.

This is a personal routine and things are subject to change if I feel my body wants to move differently than the prescribed day or needs to rest.

Monday30 Minute NO REPEAT Standing Abs & Cardio

TuesdayKundalini Yoga: Sex Energy Transformation

Wednesday Yin Yoga to Release Anger – Liver Meridian Yin Yoga Affirmations

Thursday 20 Minute Real-Time LOW IMPACT Full Body Workout w/ Dumbbells

FridayKundalini Yoga Set: Kriya For Becoming Enchantingly Beautiful

SaturdayKundalini Yoga Kriya – Prana Apana Balance

Sunday30 min Yin Yoga with Affirmations for Self-Love & Healing

Happy working out!

Love and light, 
Ze

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

My At-Home Fitness Routine

Fitness isn’t something that is limited to a gym, studio, or a group class anymore. Thanks to grand ol’ YouTube and people’s passion for fitness, we don’t even have to drive anywhere. So no need to worry if you forgot to bring a change of clothes!

I have always found ways in my life to do things affordably and from the comfort of my own home. With that being said, at-home fitness became an anticipated part of my morning routine.

Through lots of trial and error of trying different workout styles and exploring numerous YouTube Channels, I have created a schedule that best suits me.

What My Routine Looks Like

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga
  • Thursday: Strength
  • Friday: Kundalini Yoga
  • Saturday: Qi Gong
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga
  • 2x a week: Krav Maga with a local studio. Substitute with at-home Boxing/ Kickboxing workouts.

My At-Home Equipment

  • 5lb Dumbbells
  • 10lb Dumbbells
  • 12lb Dumbbells
  • 15lb Dumbbells
  • 8lb Kettlebell
  • Bosu Ball
  • Equalizer Bars
  • Yoga Mat
  • Yoga Blocks
  • Strap

Some (but not all!) of the workouts may include the usage of the equipment on this list.

Why I Do These Styles Of Workouts

There is more to fitness than just building muscle and burning fat. It takes cardio, strength, flexibility, and mobility to help you function well in day-to-day life. Each aspect complements the other, helping you to up your fitness game and try new things.

Also, we have more than just a physical body. We are made up of an emotional, mental, and energetic body as well. Kundalini Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Qi Gong use kriyas, postures, and positions that aid in the release and circulation of our energy through moving meditations. It’s not uncommon to feel anger or sadness during your practices nor is it uncommon to laugh or cry.

Personally, this combination of workout styles has helped me go through everyday life with a certain ease and I attribute it all the different modalities I partake in. If any of you choose to follow along, I hope you find joy in the routine as well.

What It Comes Down To

Not everyone likes to do the same things. While one person might love HIIT, another might despise it. I encourage you to experiment with different styles of moving your body until you find what you enjoy.

My goal with posting my workouts week-to-week is to offer you all an alternative routine that isn’t constantly strenuous, and one nourishes all the bodies, not just the physical one. Plus, I love supporting all of the channels and their free content as well as the people creating it!

  • Click here to learn more about Kundalini Yoga
  • Click here to learn more about Yin Yoga and Kassandra Reinhardt’s channel
  • Click here to visit my previous 4-week workout plan that offers a different set of workouts and where to buy equipment
As always, I wish you love and light,

Ze ❤️

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

Kundalini – The Yoga Style You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

“The subtle thread of the spirit can expand and contract within the body. When it expands, it passes through the brain, heart and body to experience life, and when the same subtle thread of the spirit, is taken inward, it contracts itself into the soul, to experience the bliss from within.”
Roshan Sharma

According to the article “What is Kundalini Yoga?” written on Gaia, one of the top streaming services for spirituality, Lisa Fierer states, “The purpose of Kundalini Yoga is to provide a modality by which people can achieve their maximum creative potential, free themselves from Karma (the lasting effects of past actions) and realize their life purpose.” If Hatha Yoga strengthens major muscles and Yin Yoga strengthens connective tissue,  Kundalini Yoga strengthens the energetic and spiritual body.

Brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini Yoga is meant to stimulate the serpent at the base of our spine, or in laymen’s terms, stir up the energy within us. This energy is said to be our “Shakti”- our life force. By awakening the snake, it removes any stagnant or blocked energy allowing it to move through each of our 7 chakras with ease. Kundalini is a combination of:

  • Bhakti Yoga (the yogic practice of devotion and chanting)
  • Raja Yoga (the practice of mediation/mental and physical control)
  • Shakti Yoga (for the expression of power and energy).

What happens during a Kundalini practice?

You begin by tuning in. You first rub the palms together to stimulate the thousands of nerve endings, balancing the two brain hemispheres. Then, you bring your palms together in prayer position, breathe in, and chant “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo”. This helps you to attune into the divine energy. Some practices may or may not rub the palms together, but the chant is always a must.

After that, there will be a series of poses done sequentially that form a kriya– meaning “completed action”. Yogapedia describes kriya as a “set of practices, mainly breath control techniques and exercises, that are practiced to achieve a specific outcome.” Some examples of these specific outcomes are relieving a heartbreak, becoming radiant, and invoking prosperity. These poses will also incorporate specific mudras to stimulate different areas and functions within the body. To conclude the practice, you will bring yourself into a cross-legged pose and your hands into prayer. With a final breath in, on the exhale you’ll chant a long “Sat” and short “Nam”. I am truth.

Sounds simple, right? Nope. Kundalini Yoga is one of the most physically challenging yoga practices I’ve ever taken. It requires a lot of  muscular strength to hold the poses on average from 3 to 5 minutes. Why do it then? Because it is one of the most rewarding yoga practices there can be. 

Kundalini Yoga has become one of my favorite styles of yoga. Admittingly, I enjoy it a lot more now that my strength has improved and I’m able to actually hold the poses. Don’t let your fitness level deter you though! It helps move through energy blocks fast and the results are almost instantaneous. I have definitely cried in several practices. When I’m down about living as a human, I turn to Kundalini. It has its own way of putting life into perspective.

Kundalini Yoga seems to be a lesser known form of yoga which means there is limited access to it. You can, however, like everything, find it on YouTube. Kimilla Grace and Brett Larkin each have numerous free Kundalini classes. There is a larger library on Gaia, but you need a subscription to view it. Below are two videos, one a beginner practice and the other a more intermediate practice to show you how involved it can get.

I highly recommend Kundalini Yoga to all of my fellow metaphysical, esoteric and occult lovers out there. Having this tool in your arsenal on the path to spiritual and personal growth is a must. It’ll leave you feeling more connected, rejuvenated, and divine.

“Awakening into the God state makes all the perceptual limitations of the mind disappear, just like a bucket of muddy water turns crystal-clear once poured into the ocean.”
Abhijit Naskar

To view Kimilla Grace’s channel, click here
To view Brett Larkin’s channel, click here
To view Lisa Fierer’s full Gaia article, click here

Love and Light,
Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only. All images are obtained from Google search engine.**

YouTube Fitness Review – Yoga with Kassandra

When I am not working on strength and cardio with Kat, I go to Kassandra Reinhardt’s YouTube channel, aptly named “Yoga with Kassandra”. Kassandra has a calm and soothing energy. Her videos contain just the right amount of educated explanations of the poses, and she has a wide assortment of videos in styles such as Power, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga.

Yin Yoga is a slow-moving practice where you typically stay in poses anywhere from a minute to 5 minutes. Because of this, it’s not for everyone. Some people can find it boring. I have found Yin Yoga to be an integral part of any fitness routine. While strength and cardio focus on main muscle groups, Yin Yoga focuses on strengthening the joints connective tissues. This is important for increasing flexibility and mobility, which in turn, improves any other workouts. The 10-minute video below is Kassandra going into depth about Yin.

One of my favorite series of hers is Chakra Yoga. In a Yin style sequence, Kassandra aims to balance each of the 7 chakras with specific poses. She couples this with affirmations that pertain to the respected chakra. I personally like this because my mind tends to wander during my practice, but when I am silently repeating an affirmation, it’s easier to stay centered. If you are unfamiliar with the chakra system, I will briefly summarize. The chakra system is one of many energetic systems in the body, originating from India. There are 7 nodules, wheels, or energy centers,  that house specific types of energy. These centers can become blocked or unbalanced which causes certain emotional reactions. You can click here to read what those reactions are. You can help balance the chakras with color therapy, sound therapy, yoga, food, and more. This series offers a well-rounded approach to balance the chakras in a relaxing and healing way.

Another great thing about Kassandra is she just launched an Online Yin Yoga teaching program, and she hosts international yoga retreats.

To try Yin Yoga out and have 30 minutes, I recommend this one here
If you are super short on time or want just a snippet, I recommend this 10-minute practice here

To view Kassandra’s channel, click here
To view the Chakra Yoga series, click here
To view Kassandra’s Instagram, click here

-Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only.**