All posts by Lexi Ann

About Lexi Ann

ॐ Yoga Teacher, Beachbody Coach & University of Michigan Student who tailors to individual wants and needs a little motivation and inspiration at a time. My calling in alternative health has lead me to continuously strive towards spreading wellness, teaching yoga and sharing the same personal benefits I've discovered along my fitness and health journey accompanied by BeachBody. I first developed an interest for yoga in my early teenage years after struggling with an array of sports injuries and as well as chronic insomnia and thyroid issues. In time, these health concerns guided me to taking personal ownership of my health, something I believe all people are capable of with the proper push. Teaching yoga and becoming a BeachBody coach has been such a natural process and my passion to share with others is undeniably strong. I fully understand the pressures, busyness, and stressfulness children, teenagers and adults all face on a day-to-day basis which is why I strive to guide all age groups to lead a healthier life with me by their side and discover all of exercise, nutrition, yoga, and meditation's beautiful benefits. I provide Beachbody coaching and discounted products and exercise programs including kickstarts and Shakeology through my BeachBody website. I'm a member of the "Free to be Fit" team and we hold on-going group challenges to help everyone stay motivated with their fitness/health goals. Please feel free to contact me in regards to any and all questions! Namaste ॐ

The Year of INFINITY

2 + 0 + 1 + 5 = 8 or INFINITY

What does ^^^ mean? In angel numbers, 8 means a year of infinite abundance and prosperity for you and everyone. If you create space within to be an open vessel for the universe, you will receive many wonderful ideas. “You will have the courage to take a leap of faith to put these ideas into action. These projects will inspire you to work harder than ever . . . yet it will be joyful work for meaningful projects, which will create great blessings and abundance for everyone involved.” –Doreen Virtue

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Yup, that’s right! Buckle up yogis & yogini’s we have a blissful year full of opportunity ahead of us. But how do we create this space within to allow these blessings into our lives? We need to dump out our trash- duh! You know, old habit patterns and ways of thinking, oh and those damn expectations that we so easily grasp onto. When we practice yoga and meditation we are clearing and cleaning out this trash to create more SPACE to receive higher blessings. You can’t fill up an overflowing gas tank, right? Got it??? Good 😉

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SO! Lightworkers, the big question now is- what is it that you’re going to manifest?? Because I promise you, whatever thoughts you project out into the universe is exactly what you’re going to get back. Scary? It could be. Exciting? Definitely! This is why we have a regular daily spiritual practice- so we’re ready for whatever challenges come our way. Not only that- but so we concur them and learn to view everything in a positive bright white light!

Now, how do we manifest a life of our wildest dreams?

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  • Think abundance
  • Envision yourself thriving
  • Write down your dreams, wishes & desires
  • Make a vision board
  • Be creative & get crafty
  • Set intentions
  • Make affirmations
  • Create a space for healing
  • Surround yourself visually every day in this space of healing.

If you want guidance on how to approach any of the above, reach out to me via Facebook or E-mail. Also… dare I give away one of my big announcements for 2015? Maybe just a hint-

Stay tuned for our #lightworkers community to soon make an online presence.

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The universe is always watching so if you can remain consciously UPlifted into these higher ways of thinking the universe will have your back. So dream big everyone. Our planet needs lightworkers and to be saturated in higher vibration now more than ever before. Together we will: “reveal, heal, resolve and evolve.” -Katherine Austin (my teacher & owner of Karma Yoga)

Blessings,

xoLex

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SUNDAY MEAL PREPPING

If I’m being honest prepping all of my meals for the week isn’t a usual for me, but since nutrition is something I am focusing on improving in 2015 I figured why not start now???

Rather than setting resolutions I set goals and never give up achieving them. I am a thorough believer that if you fail to plan you plan to fail. Speaking from experience there’s no way I could’ve stuck to the workout programs I’ve completed without planning my support accountability groups. Likewise, I know consistent healthful nutrition is key to success body, mind and spirit. I’m on a Paleo kick avoiding wheat, gluten, dairy, processed foods, etc. because when I intuitively listen to my body (and a food sensitivity test I took) I know these foods are harder to digest and drain my energy.

This 2015 I’m focusing on balance! Portion control with the guidelines from the 21 Day Fix is how I’m doing it. Want to join me? fill out the contact me form or reach out to me via email, fb, or Instagram. I would love for more like-minded people to join my support groups so we can hold one another accountable.

Back to meal prepping… I questioned myself while cooking why it is I’ve never commuted the fully prepping out my weeks and I realized it’s because most prepped meals I see people posting don’t excite me… At all. Lol. Eat your baked chicke with lemon juice all you want but this girl needs some spice and variety in her life. So that’s exactly what I did, with simplistic recipes too. /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/260/57533696/files/2014/12/img_2638.jpgFrom left to right: Tuna with Greek yogurt, eggs, peppers and onion loaded with paprika, black pepper and crushed red pepper. Overnight oats with banana, cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Measured, washed and chopped romaine lettuce, grapes and spinach. “Fried” rice with egg whites, chicken, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic and Brags Liquid Aminos. Lastly sautéed garlic mushrooms! Not pictured are measured Bison patties spiced and ready for grilling. Delicious right? I will alternate between the bison with mushrooms and romaine with the fried rice for dinner. I will on occasion have a glass of wine or a piece of dark chocolate and adjust my intake accordingly. Wanna know what else? There’s ZEROS guess work with any of this. I’m simply following the portion control containers by Autumn Calabrese’s 21 Day Fix. I will also continue my Insanity Max 30 journey and my regular yoga practice. I’m excited to enjoy my meals this week, lean out the next couple months and cook up a storm of new things next week. Stay tuned…

XoLex

Wellness Accountability Challenge Requirements

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Yayy I’m so excited to announce that myy January 1st Challenge is now LIVE! That means that the spots are readily available to snag. As always, I like to keep these groups small so we can remain FOCUSED on reaching our goals. Did I mention if you’re involved in one of my challenges you have the option each month there after to continue in my challenges if you so choose! On the left you’ll see all the goodness included during my challenges whereas the graphic on the bottom left dives into the extra goodies I throw in completely optionally.

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Below you’ll find a video breaking down the 3 requirements in order to join my FB accountability groups:

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Leave a comment, msg me on Facebook or -mail me with any and all questions! Looking forward to kicking ass this new year and becoming a healthier & happier version of myself. It’s never too late to start. 🙂

xoLex

My Life as a Beachbody Coach

Before I dive into all about myself as a bb coach, let me answer a much more broad and commonly asked question.

Q: What does a Beachbody Coach Do?

A: Beachbody Coaches share with others products they are using themselves that they truly believe in and know get results from their own personal experience. They also provide support, accountability, and motivation to their customers and help them get the best results possible.

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Above is the short version. If you’d like a longer version and a more in depth explanation directly in relation to my career as a bb coach, keep on reading!

So What Do I do as a Beachbody Coach?

Being a Beachbody Coach goes beyond my career. It’s a lifestyle I live and breathe each and every day.  On top of being a coach, I’m also a yoga and meditation teacher striving to provide all-around lifestyle wellness. My ‘job’ is so personal to me. I think it’s because out of all things Beachbody provided myself as a customer (before I became a coach) the accountability group I was in thanks to MY coach is what truly played the biggest role in my success. Having so much support each and every day while being surrounded with like-minded people kept me on track with my goals. My dream of being healthier and fitter than ever didn’t just fizzle out like it has many many times before through efforts of other workout/diet regimens I tried on my own numerous times. Being a part of a team with this company is unique and nothing short of inspiring.

If you’re wondering what my life’s like now as a coach, why I became a coach and where I see my life going I highly suggest watching the video below:

If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to send me an email or ask a question below, I’d love to hear from anyone with feedback regarding beachbody or joining an accountability group.

xoLex

SHARE YOUR STORY

To build authentic relationships you must share where you came from, what you’re doing and where you’re going.Coaching Tip Tuesday1

I think it’s so important as an entrepreneur, yoga teacher, FFAthlete and beachbody coach to share with my clients, students, and teammates (AKA MY FRIENDS). If you’re thinking of becoming a coach or joining my team I encourage you to share your story. Here’s a tidbit of my own I felt called to write about today:unnamed-1

Feeling like myself again: healthy, energized, HAPPY, silly and full of laughter. I had a rough 2014 full of sadness, anxiety, panic attacks and not wanting to leave my bed. I haven’t shared this with many people because I worried about others perception of myself. I realized how others see you doesn’t matter if you’re miserable!! I decided to push excuses to the side and live the life of my wildest dreams. I’m stepping into my true self by following my true passion of helping others. Believe me  when I say you can live the life you’ve always wanted because if you decide & commit you will succeed. I truly believe living your dream-life begins with a strong foundation of good health. If this resonates with you and you would like more info on how you can get involved in my wellness team to become the best version of yourself be sure to leave your email or shoot me a msg via Facebook. Why Wait for 2015?

Blessings,

xoLex

Coaching Tip Tuesday: Devote a minimum of 15 minutes every day to personal development.

You have to show up for yourSELF before you can show up for anyone else.

Coaching Tip Tuesday2There are countless ways to engage in personal development, whether you decide to pray, practice yoga, meditate, read, journal or watch inspirational videos, etc. the most important thing is that you commit to some sort of PD each and every day:  consistently is key. Personally, I prefer starting my day with personal development before anything else (after brushing my teeth of course). This sets a productive tone of positivelty for the rest of the day. Although I recommend personal development to everyone it is especially vital if you’re a coach or apart of our #freetobefit team. For coaches, I highly recommend participating in the Coach Training Academy that’s on your beachbody coaching homepage. If you’re interested in more information regarding this shoot me a comment or e-mail! Everyone’s PD is different, and that’s okay, even if the type of personal development you engage in is different each day, that’s okay too- what matters if that you take time, every single day to take care of yourself, improve yourself and make strides towards growth!

For example: My own personal development consists of daily prayer, meditation and yoga- more recently I’ve expanded this to researching/acting on improving marketing and branding. Mondays are the National Coach Calls, so that is my personal development on that day. Either way, I hit my PD in the mornings with a cup of tea right after my workout + shower. Don’t be intimidated by my lengthy list of what I do for PD. It’s a huge part of my life but it hasn’t always been so lengthy- my PD started small and yours should too!

I’d LOVE your feedback on what you do for personal development. Do you consistently have something you work on, on a regular basis? If you don’t- what sort of personal development intrigues you- even if it’s something other than what I’ve listed? DO share and let me know what sort of PD peaks your interest.

xoLex

DECEMBER 2014 BEACHBODY BOOTCAMP

As some of you know, every 1st of the month my team runs a beachbody bootcamp where we come together to keep one another accountable for our health & fitness goals. If you want more information on our monthly (you can join late) beachbody bootcamps click HERE. So, you might be wondering what program I decided to commit to this December. I choose…

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As a yogi of course I love this program. The fusion between pilates, yoga, cardio and dynamic movements keep your body guessing and mind off everything else going on in your life while doing PiYo. I decided to commit to this program this December because with all of the hustle & bustle during the holiday’s I know I’m low on time, have cold joints, and a fluttered mind thinking about shopping, family events, parties, the new year, etc. Not to mention all the temptation to overindulge in poor food options and alcohol. With PiYo, most of the workouts are about 40 minutes, you’re improving joint mobility, building muscle and muscle flexibility with these low impact workouts.The emphasis on the breath is one of my favorite parts of PiYo . So if you’re interested in following my journey through PiYo this december definitely check out my instagram and Facebook that’ll contain daily updates! If you’re interested in participating with my PiYo Bootcamp or wanting to participate with another one of beachbody’s programs/supplements this December be sure to drop a comment below, visit HERE to fill out a form to join or simply email me at lexiannwellness@gmail.com

We have all tried different diets, taken off weight, put it back on, started new workout programs, quit them, joined gyms, stopped going, etc. This challenge right before the new year is meant to get you grounded and on track.  My team gives you the support that you need to make a lifestyle change and reach your full potential, why wait until January 1st? If you are ready to commit to change reach out to me. I am so looking forward to seeing everyone’s awesome results this month and can’t wait for mine, good luck!

Below you’ll find the descriptions of each workout on the program:

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 PiYo Reviews:

My Friend and fellow coach, Patrick 🙂

Why I listen to Mantra 24/7

When I wake up, when I drive, when I meditate, when I cook, when I eat, when I work, when I teach and when I sleep I play mantra. Okay, so it may not be exactly 24/7 but it sure is close! Why? This is a funny question as I type it because I feel as if you truly want to understand the why, you must learn by experience and saturate yourSELF in mantra.

hsmantras“Mantras are not small things, mantras have power. They are the mind vibration in relationship to the Cosmos. The science of mantra is based on the knowledge that sound is a form of energy having structure, power, and a definite predictable effect on the chakras and the human psyche.” ~Yogi Bhajan

My teacher’s teacher dives into the power of mantra in the video below. I absolutely love his perspective, especially on the bridge between contemporary music and mantras! Take a look:

Because I’m curious… Respond to the following questions with a comment below:

  • How do you use mantras in your daily life?
  • Do you have a favorite mantra?
  • Do you listen to mantras during the day?
  • What is the most profound thing you have experienced during chanting?
  • If you have any questions about mantra leave a comment below!
  • Do you have questions about mantras in Kundalini Yoga – their pronunciation, where they come from or what they mean?

xoLex

5 Day Jus by Julie Juice Cleanse

Jus by Julie 5 Day Cleanse

I decided to post a review of the five day Jus cleanse since most reviews covered are on the 3 day cleanse. I prefer the five days because I think it takes about 3 days to get situated and enjoy the process of cleansing. 3 days are certainly good for new cleansers however if you’ve done a cleanse in the past, I would definitely recommend challenging yourself with the five days.

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Before the Cleanse: I cannot recommend enough the importance of weening yourself off unhealthy habits i.e., eliminating meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, processed food, sugar and wheat. Simplifying your diet to consist of primarily plant based whole foods will make the cleansing process much more enjoyable.

During the Cleanse: Focus on self-love and follow your intuition. Your body and mind are releasing toxins while on a cleanse. You may find yourself irritable, having a short fuze or more tired then normal. These are all normal!!! Listen to your ego when negative thoughts arise and simply let them go.  Spend time in nature, meditate, get extra sleep (your body will want it during a cleanse), and drink half your body weight and ounces of water per day if not more! I also recommend daly self-massage (I do dry brushing in the morning and use sesame oil at night) and detox baths which I talk about in my Ayurvedic Cleansing Post.

Important things to note on Day 1 of your cleanse:Jus-by-Julie-Cleanse

Don’t plan on starting this cleanse the day your shipment is suppose to arrive. They estimated time of delivery ranges from 8AM-8PM. That being said, you can track the shipment information online but if it’s ETA is past 11AM I would wait to begin until the next day… That being said, day 1 is exciting! You get to enjoy 6 juices and if you’re like me new to each one! I enjoyed each jus. Your taste buds will change dramatically when consuming a mono-diet, cleanse, or plant based whole foods diet. Overly processed food we see so much today is loaded with sugar and chemicals making our taste buds are out of whack. The more ‘green’ you go, the better the taste becomes! I’m a regular juicer so my palate enjoys kale and the like. 🙂

Biggest Advice because I cannot reiterate enough: Drink lots of water, I drink 32 ounces right when I wake up (after brushing my teeth of course) and then rinse each Jus bottle and fill it up with water and drink after every jus. My second tip would be to ease into the cleanse. Third, get sleep! Your body is riding on toxins and this takes a lot of energy so you’ll need extra sleep the first couple of days on your cleanse. Fourth, take care of your SELF. What does this mean? Spend time in nature, turn off electronics after sundown, massage yourself, meditate, laugh, gentle twists/yoga, pray, read something uplifting, and recall all that your grateful for and finally make an effort every single day to smile.

After the Cleanse: Just as you eased in, easing out of the cleanse is an equally important aspect of having a truly successful cleanse. Adopting healthier habits then you had going into the cleanse will be very beneficial. You don’t want to shock your body with processed food, sugar, caffeine or alcohol. Try new recipes, get out your food processor, be thankful and enjoy feeling refreshed. You’re doing your SELF a favor by cleansing when the seasons change (fall and spring) but you’re also demonstrating to others the importance of self-care. Without even saying so, people will notice the shift in your energy and the new lightness you bring. With so many different cleanses out there, listen to what your body wants and you’ll be guided to the right path whether it’s an Ayurvedic cleanse, whole-foods cleanse, juice or smoothie cleanse, each of us have different bodily make-ups allowing each of our processes while cleansing to be unique. Enjoy the process, surround yourself in mantra, release and refresh.

xoLex

Internal Oleation: Setting the Stage for Cleansing

Internal Oleation is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual of taking ghee or flax seed oil (if you have high cholesterol) to provide internal lubrication and prepares impurities and toxins (ama) to be removed from the deep tissues through the gastrointestinal track of elimination.

ayurvedic-cleansing-with-ghee-430x550It’s important to note that while practicing internal orleation you eliminate all other fats so your body can fully metabolize the ghee/oil.

This is a pre-cleanse practice adding in stira sukka which is discovering the balance between effort and ease. The night before you decide to start oleation soak a small handful of black raisins in water over night. When you awake, discard water and blend in either a blender or food processor with ghee or flax oil, a small amount of hot water and add cinnamon or ginger to taste. Say a mantra, prayer, note your gratitude for this ritual, smile and drink!

Internal Oleation is recommended over the course of 4 days. Each day the amount of oil you consume increases! Take 2 tsp. on day one of the cleanse, 4 tsp. day 2, 6 tsp. day 3 and 8 tsp. day 4. In order to receive the full health benefits of the oleation it’s important you wait for ‘true hunger’ or a strong appetite to return before eating your first meal of the day. This is where intuition comes into play! In Ayurveda it’s important we give our digestion a rest. This is why 3 meals a day with little to no snacking is recommended.

In regards to receiving the most ‘bang for your buck’ while performing internal oleation is to simplify your cleanse! A mono-diet of kitchari is very traditional for Ayurvedia.10530879_742137855823745_4313188310103646190_n However, in our modern world today simply eating a whole foods plant based diet while eliminating meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, processed food, sugar and wheat you are bound to reap the benefits! Finally, my last note on the topic do not rush into this. Be kind to yourself. Cleansing should be focused on what you’re adding in rather than what you’re eliminating. Transition slowly to the mono-diet. Take your time and perform self-love daily through prayer, meditation, self-massage, light yoga, extra sleep, dry brushing, scraping your tongue or a detox bath. A cleanse shouldn’t be scary if you feel that way, slow down. If you do better your second week then your first- you’re doing it right. Good luck cleansers!

xoLex