Oils for an Active Lifestyle

I’ve been chatting on Instagram lately about my LOVE for Deep Blue Rub, and a couple other oils for an active lifestyle. I’ve been upping my mileage and activity each week, so recovery is so important, and Deep Blue is a part of that. When my muscles are sore, I rub Deep Blue on them. When I had tightness in my feet this week, I did some exercises to stretch them out (heat, stretch, then ice—BUT IM NOT A PROFESSIONAL so talk to someone who is for your specific issues, because it may not be the same as mine and you don’t want to make things worse— whew. That’s my disclaimer)—and then I put Deep Blue on them, either Deep Blue Rub or Touch, and put socks on. My feet are doing much better now, gratefully, and I’m back to pushing on workouts.

I also started using the Tri-Ease soft gels which are supposed to help with seasonal allergies. I think I’ve noticed a difference, and I gave some to a friend who said he noticed a difference immediately with his congestion. * If you have a diffuser, you can diffuse lavender, peppermint, and lemon—one or two drops of each together and this can help with allergies as well.

And finally, Breathe. A great go-to for congestion as well. I either diffuse the Breathe oil blend or use the Breathe vapor stick if I’m feeling congested.

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DoTERRA is continuing their awesome Deep Blue promotion from last month JUST UNTIL APRIL 15!—free Deep Blue Rub and Deep Blue Touch (pre-diluted oil safe to apply directly to the skin) ($94.67 retail value) with any order of 200 PV or more. …And I know, if you don’t already use doTERRA, that means nothing! Ha! Basically, if you’re already enrolled with doTERRA (like a Costco wholesale membership, so pay $35 and get 25% off everything for a year + free oils + education + an awesome team of girlfriends + more!) you put in an order of over 200 Point Value (roughly $200, or a bit more), and get $94.67 of oils for free. If you aren’t already enrolled, there are a couple enrollment kits that are over 200 PV, so you’ll get the entire enrollment kit PLUS these additional products. Just such, SUCH a good deal. Here are the basic kits that this deal applies to:

Click here for more info on the perks of enrolling and to see what is in each kit!

Seriously, joining doTERRA has been such a blessing in my life. (I wrote about that here!) I have options now when I’m not feeling great. I can support an active lifestyle, and having these tools empowers me to do more. (PLUS, a thing I don’t talk about often, doTERRA is a great business, and I am part of a great team! I’d love you to be a part of it.) 

Contact me to chat oils, wellness, running, yoga… anything! I’m here, and I love this stuff.

Doing things that scare + strengthen me

Quite a few Sundays ago, I was anxious. Which isn’t uncommon for me, and I have my tools to work through it, but this particular week I wanted to really give myself something to be worried and scared about. So, I decided to go on a night hike.

Well, I didn’t decide right away to go on a night hike. It was more like, I’m going on this drive—which I often do on Sundays—and I’ll just dress for a hike and bring my hiking boots just in case. And then, as I often do, I arrived at the trailhead and thought, yep, I’m hiking tonight!

I started off around 5:30pm, if I recall. I saw one person on the trail the whole time, coming back to the parking lot while I was heading off into the mountains. I was quietly praying aloud (I usually either pray in my head or, in cases like this when I think I’m absolutely alone, pray quietly aloud) when I saw this guy walking toward me. I quickly stopped and smiled and played it cool. SUPER COOL. Haha! Then I kept going, kept praying, and kept trekking along. The sun went down and I kept going.

I got to a fork in the trail, where I usually hike to alone, and I think I walked just a few steps further before realizing that the darkness + trail conditions probably meant I should turn around. A few steps after turning around I realized that the ground became more slick and I could no longer see the details in the snow to watch my footing. Luckily, I had a flashlight in my car that I had taken for this exact reason. I took it out of my backpack, turned it on, and kept going.

That is when I realized just how dark it was, and that is when my prayers turned to quietly humming hymns in a marching beat as I carefully but quickly headed back down the mountain.

And that is when I finally gave myself a reason to be scared.

I got back to the parking lot to discover that my car was the only one there, illuminated by the glow of the moon. I laughed and happy-danced in the parking lot, because that night, I did something scary, and I felt crazy empowered.

I never posted about this, primarily to avoid the common responses (“A woman shouldn’t hike alone!”), plus the newer expected responses (“A woman shouldn’t hike alone, and DEFINITELY NOT IN THE DARK ON A SNOWY COLD MOUNTAIN, ALLIE.”) I know. Thank you for your concerns. But truly, no regrets. I always bring the appropriate supplies (including pepper spray) when I hike, and I always let someone know where I am and when they should expect me home, and what to do if I do not return at that time (panic, find me, avenge my death, etc). I make sure I am safe when I hike, and I could go more into this, but that is not the point of this post.

an enthusiastic, slightly scared, slightly chilly, and slightly blind person hiking in a forest at night!

The point is, I felt alive, and I did something scary, and I felt alive, and empowered, and strong. In a personal season of grief, fear, betrayal, heartache, and perceived powerlessness, I needed that night. I still need the memory of that night. I have no desire to go out and do another night hike at this time, but I am trying to be aware of those things that make me feel alive, empowered, strong, and all the good things, and I try to do those things regularly. And so my question for you is…

What do you do to help you feel alive, empowered, and strong?

Send me an email at alliebarnesyoga [at] gmail [dot com], or DM me on Instagram at @alliebarnesyoga and tell me! I’m always looking for ideas, and I’d love to share your experiences on here or on Instagram if you’re okay with that!

on doing 50 million things

Over the last few months my Instagram especially has been turning into yoga-run-hike, and yet is still entitled “alliebarnesyoga”. I’ve been thinking about that, and I’ve been thinking, maybe I should turn it into something more generic… alliebarnes… alliebarnesactive… alliebarneswellness… etc.

But, yoga is my profession. It’s the profession I want. Running and hiking are merely hobbies and where a lot of my recreational ambitions are. But yoga? Yoga is what I think about. Yoga is what tie those together, even in the process of breathing deeply, of pondering chakras while hiking, of meditation and stretching and all the things that tie energy together. Balance.

So, alliebarnesyoga! But I hope you enjoy hearing about the other things as much as I love sharing them. Any yogi-runner-hikers out there? Everyone has a niche, right? (Plus natural remedies and essential oils, occasionally. It all ties together in my mind, or at least I feel quite good with the balance in my life right now, and in what I share).

I had a conversation with a friend yesterday about this. We both have so many hobbies and at different times in our lives have felt like that’s a bad thing, that we need to find our one thing and stick to it. We both individually have had to learn that it is okay to do a lot of different things! I don’t need to just do one thing. I love that. She has a nice mix of the active and creative like I do. She’s someone I can talk for hours with because our souls are just so similar. It’s incredible. And speaking of…

I’m working on a new project and I’m quite excited about it. Part of it consists of interviews with very fascinating people (the friend I mentioned above is one of the interviews, so you will actually have the chance to witness some of those long conversations I have with her, haha!) — and people who are not only fascinating, but are wise and wonderful. Best of the best. I’ve done two interviews so far and it’s just the best. (Note: if you know anyone who is an athlete and cross trains with yoga, send them my way! I’d like to chat with them about their experiences).

Can you tell this is just a thought dump? But it sure feels good to just share.

It feels good to move forward, to do things. Honestly, a lot of things in the big picture of my life right now don’t feel right. It’s kind of the pits. But when I started remembering past ambitions and things that feel fun/good to do, and as I’ve begun pursuing those things… even if the big picture feels wrong right now, the little steps within it feel right. Or have begun to feel right. I have faith that they will lead to more— more ideas, more light, more joy, more connection, more life.

* I’d love to hear what projects you’re working on, what is bringing you LIFE right now. However, I’ve decided to get rid of comments on my blog— I got tired of getting so much spam! So find me on Instagram (@alliebarnesyoga) or feel free to send me an email (@gmail.com) to share your thoughts!

Testimonials! Thank you!

I have taught yoga for university organizations, church women’s groups, at libraries, event centers, and substance abuse rehabilitation centers. I love teaching, and I love working with so many incredible people as they work toward their own goals in yoga and in life. Here are some testimonials from some past students. Want your feedback featured on this page? Send me a message and I’ll add it in! Want to practice with me? Find my teaching schedule at the “Yoga” link above.

“Allie’s ability to reach all skill and physical levels in yoga makes her a very effective teacher. Her kind and knowledgable demeanor put all at ease and invite a sense of wellbeing and trust in all the classes she teaches.” – Kylie B.

“I loved doing prenatal yoga with Allie! She really helped me feel relaxed and connected to my changing body! Her voice is so incredibly soothing, and I love her peaceful energy. I definitely recommend her!” – Chantel S.

“Allie’s prenatal yoga was amazing for my pregnant body! After I took her class, I felt rejuvenated and I had more energy. I absolutely loved the way her class was structured and would recommend it to anyone!” – Jeni B.

“Yoga with Allie is both fun and relaxing! She provides a friendly atmosphere for her classes and is knowledgeable about what she teaches.” – Mic L.

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