moving through the heaviness

There are a lot of things I want to build through this company, and sometimes it’s timing that prevents them from happening…

…and sometimes it’s just me, the situations around me, and I’m just trying to keep my head above water.

You know?

That’s been this season. Wins: I’ve been teaching two wonderful yoga classes a week (Mondays at noon at the Startup Building—which is WAY better than it’s original early morning time slot—and on Saturday mornings with BYU Women’s Services and Resources), have been asked to teach yoga more for student housing events or for Relief Society events around the Provo area, and have been given some opportunities to begin making an income with my doTERRA team. I was featured on the Braid blog [link], which was a huge honor. And there have been a few other little things that show me that I am right where I’m supposed to be.

But then there are the things that I want to do, but haven’t done yet: begin a monthly women’s hiking group, grow my Startup Building yoga classes to the point where I can start donating the $ from some classes to charity, and find ways to help individuals see how yoga can help them in their specific situations.

Then there are the things like realizing that I’m not good at daily blogging! I’ve always been a keep-it-to-the-point kind of person (usually…), as evidenced by my almost-always-shorter-than-requested college essays (why fluff it up?). In that way, I’m much better at Instagram. But even then, I could be better at it 🙂

I guess what I’m saying is…I’m learning to move through the heaviness. There are a lot of things I want to do, and I’m going to work to do those.

Most immediately:

– Yoga classes are still happening! We’ve had some new faces at my Monday noon yoga class at the Startup Building and it is the best. First class is free, $5/class after that. (Employees in the building + DevMountain students attend for free always, as a perk!)

– Essential oil BOGO’s this week with doTERRA. It’s a great time to enroll with a wholesale account with my team if you haven’t already. For today’s deal at least—buy an OnGuard and get a Lavender free—the free lavender itself usually costs $28 retail. A wholesale account costs $35. It just about evens out, and that’s awesome. There’s a new BOGO every day this week. Check out my Instagram stories for details, or send me a message to chat about essential oils. I use them every day (and happened to have used both OnGuard and lavender yesterday!). To read about why I finally decided to dive into oils and home remedies, click here.

– Next Wednesday, March 1 at 10am MST I’ll be teaching a Facebook Live class, Essential Oils for Emotional Trauma Recovery. Whether you have experienced emotional trauma, betrayal trauma, etc., know someone who has and want to offer them some love, or simply want to know how to use oils to help you feel good every day, this class will be full of information + my own and others’ experiences. If you join me live, you’ll also be able to ask questions at the end. On the Daily Essential Co Facebook page [here].

– And I do intend to host a local hike for women soon! It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for two months now, and I just hesitate to do so when the weather and trail conditions are sometimes so unknown with the ever-changing Utah weather. But this will happen soon. Follow me on Instagram for the latest updates on this, and all my other endeavors!

Let’s keep moving forward. <3

Essential Oils for Yoga

Every night this week I’ve been teaching Instagram Live mini-classes about different ways to use essential oils. Tuesday night was Essential Oils for Yoga, and, knowing my love for yoga, I decided to share my info here! Be sure to keep reading, because at the end of the post I’ll share how you can try all these oils for just $5!

Three of my favorite oils to use in my yoga practice are doTERRA* Wild Orange, Breathe, and Balance, + Deep Blue Rub at the end of my practice.

Wild Orange: Uplifting, energizing scent.

To Use: Can be applied topically (on the skin) with no dilution needed, but can dilute in fractionated coconut oil to minimize any possible skin sensitivity. Can diffuse with a diffuser or “self-diffuse” by placing a couple drops in your hands, cupping hands over nose and mouth, and inhaling deeply.

Breathe (Respiratory Blend): Opens and soothes respiratory system. Ingredients: Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Ravensara Leaf, Cardamom Seed essential oils.

To Use: Can be applied topically (on the skin) with no dilution needed, but can dilute in fractionated coconut oil to minimize any possible skin sensitivity. Can diffuse with a diffuser or “self-diffuse” by placing a couple drops in your hands, cupping hands over nose and mouth, and inhaling deeply. After inhaling the oil, I like to rub my hands on my chest and neck.

Balance (Grounding Blend): Calms, relaxes, and helps promote feelings of balance and grounding. Ingredients: Spruce Needle/Leaf, Ho Wood, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, and Blue Chamomile Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil.

To Use: Can be applied topically (on the skin) with no dilution needed, but can dilute in fractionated coconut oil to minimize any possible skin sensitivity. Can diffuse with a diffuser or “self-diffuse” by placing a couple drops in your hands, cupping hands over nose and mouth, and inhaling deeply. After inhaling the oil, sitting in Cobbler’s Pose, I like to massage the bottoms of my feet with the oil (Google “reflexology chart” for specific points to focus on). Perfect to precede standing and balancing poses, and savasana.

Deep Blue Rub: A topical cream infused with essential oils to help cool and warm muscle tightness and aches. Contains the following essential oils: Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus.

To Use: Massage into affected areas. For external use only. I prefer to use Deep Blue Rub after my yoga practice to help my body further relax and open. I don’t use it during my practice just so I can fully feel any areas of tightness in my body while I practice, but it can definitely be used as you begin your practice as well, if you’d like!

These are the oils that I use most often both while teaching yoga classes, and also in my own individual yoga practice.

Want to give it a try? From now until the end of February, you can get samples of all of these oils to try in your own yoga practice for only $5. Simply send me an email at alliebarnesyoga [at] gmail [dot] com and I’ll get the samples out to you!

If you love these oils and want to sign up for wholesale pricing with doTERRA, you’ll get your $5 back.

What are YOUR favorite essential oils to use in your yoga practice? Tell me in the comments!

* I trust doTERRA above any other essential oil company because I know exactly what is in each bottle. I’ve tried multiple brands and these are pure and potent, and you can tell just by the smell/touch. To show transparency, doTERRA does more testing on each batch of oil than any other company, and they share all of this information at Simply put in the batch number (found on the bottom of each bottle of oil) and all of their testing on that specific batch of oils is there for you to view. I love this. I trust them. I buy these oils then dilute them myself with fractionated coconut oil or any other pure carrier oil, so I know exactly what I am putting on/in my body.

Sacred Hiking

Every time I sit down to write about a hike, I stop myself. Of all the activities I do, I realize that hiking is probably the most sacred to me, and it apparently causes me to be very private about my hiking life! This all started probably two years ago, in a fit of heartache and hurt, finding that exercise—namely, pushing myself up Y Mountain in Provo, Utah multiple times a week and trying to beat my time each day—would help me feel better. I rarely listened to music, but instead listened to the world around me, said hello to strangers, and kept an almost constant prayer going in my mind. Y Mountain isn’t my go-to anymore, but the practice remains: when I need to feel strong, centered, and peaceful, I go to the trails.

VEGAN “Tuna” Melt Sandwich

I’m not a vegan, but between food allergies and general cooking preferences, I end up eating a mostly plant based diet at home. Or I aim to. So when a sudden craving for a tuna fish sandwich came on Monday night, I already had everything I needed to make it happen, and keep it vegan.

Secret ingredient: a can of Great Northern Beans.

You can also use chickpeas. Whatever you have on hand. This was just the rare day that I was out of chickpeas.

Going back to those food allergies I mentioned: I avoid cheese and soy. They both came back as oh no’s on an allergy test, and they also affect me in various ways, so best avoid them. This would conflict with a regular tuna melt. Behold, two more secret ingredients:

Vegan Mozzarella Cheese (I use the Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Shreds and find that it melts well)…

…and Just Mayo by Hampton Creek. Both are dairy and soy free. (Regular mayo is soybean oil-based). I love these products. (This isn’t a sponsored post, I just really love these products and they help me enjoy SO many comfort foods while still caring for my body).

A lot of this recipe is just eye-ing it and taste testing here and there. It’s like you’re making tuna salad, if you’ve done that before. Same idea, just with canned beans instead of canned tuna.


1. Open can of beans, rinse, and pour into medium sized bowl. Mash beans up with a fork, but feel free to leave it chunky!

2. Mix in mayo (I started with 1/4 cup and increased as needed to create the consistency I wanted), relish, onion salt (I use Redmond Farms brand), and pepper.

3. Let sit in fridge for about a half hour, if you have the time! This helps the flavors blend a bit.

4. Take two slices of bread (I used wheat), oil the outside of each slice (you can use regular butter, vegan butter, coconut oil, or even more mayonnaise. I used coconut oil). Place one piece of bread on a frying pan on low-medium heat, oil side down. Stack on it shredded mozzarella cheese (if you’d like to make it a melt!), some “tuna” mix, and I like to add in some spinach or spring mix. Top with the second slice of bread, oil side out.

5. When the bottom slice of bread is toasted and the cheese is a bit melty, carefully flip the sandwich over. Continue cooking until bottom is toasted.

6. Enjoy!


If you try this recipe, let me know what you think! Again, tuna fish sandwiches are pretty forgiving (vegan or not)—play around with ingredients and seasonings and see what you can come up with!

A Night Run

It had been weeks since I last ran. It’s surprising how quickly my mind went from “I love running! I can do this!” to, “Can I do this still?” I went from depression to inversion (bad Utah air between snow/rain storms in the winter) to snow and ice on the ground (I know, I have Yak-Trax, but I’d just rather not, you know?). I chose instead to exercise lightly in the comfort and warmth of my home, and to teach yoga.

But last night? Last night was the night. I had felt this vast unknown before me all day, the kind that weighs you down body and soul. It was 43 degrees and had just rained, so I knew there was less ice on the ground than there had been. I put on my fleece jacket, ear warmers, and gloves and off I went.

I ran in the dark streets of my neighborhood. I ran with my feet pounding on the wet streets, dodging lingering piles of snow and ice. I ran where I wanted to run, weaving up and down the streets. I ran with a prayer, and then with the tune of “To Make You Feel My Love” on repeat in my head (the Ane Brun version). I ran to let go.

And when I got home, two miles later, stretched and settled— only then did I realize that I didn’t notice the cold at all when I ran. I noticed everything else.

I can still do this after all.