Virgin Tuesday: Kinky Chicks 


Ok, so I’m on Instagram browsing through pics, and I see this shirt. If you know me, you know that Erykah Badu is my favorite human ever!

I purchased this shirt through KinkyChicks.bigcartel.com.

Kinky Chicks has so many dope, printed shirts and sweat shirts, made especially for the one who embraces Afro/melanin-enriched culture!

Browse their site and get you one!

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#VirginTuesday: Yuna & Hannah Banana Smoothies

 

I’ve been playing Live Your Live by Yuna on repeat all day! I first heard of Yuna about a year ago, and I still hadn’t explored her music thoroughly enough to give any reviews. While listening to Yuna’s station on Pandora, Live Your Life came on, and instantly I fell in LOVE. It’s such a right on time song for me, especially with all the miracles I’ve purposely been in alignment with. Not many people would know this, but I’m actually kind of shy. Live Your Life came to me as confirmation to continue to step out my comfortable zone, and be comfortable with being imperfect. Live your life like you really want to, is what’s repeated in this song, and serves to be a really great mantra!

As a bonus, here’s another great song by Yuna, Lights & Camera first heard in Yin Yoga, taught by Belem Acosta at Big Power Yoga.

So now that I’m officially on Yuna’s music, I suggest you get into it, too! You know I know my music, and won’t steer you wrong!

*Check out my playlists on Spotify, Chill Flow Yoga & Love Goddess Yoga Groove Mix

 

 

Big & Juicy!!

   

If you have not made your way to Big & Juicy in Houston, you’re totally missing out! There’s two locations for Big & Juicy (Montrose & Memorial). The Big & Juicy I frequently go to is located at 1014 Wirt Rd #290, inside of Big Power Yoga Studio!

On a side note–You’ve gotta try the yoga at BIG, hella awesome!

So, I’ve decided to try every smoothie on their menu, every Tuesday, especially for Virgin Tuesday. Today, I tried the Hannah Banana! Made with apples, almond butter, hemp seeds, bananas, strawberries, vanilla, and almond milk, this smoothie will definitely fill you up. The Hannah Banana is very creamy and smooth. It was very good on the taste buds, and great if you’re the type of person who likes to play it safe with smoothie flavors. It’s not too exotic, and it’s not too bland, it’s just right!

Pros: Awesome, creamy, and fulfilling! Keeps you full for awhile!

Cons: None

On a scale from 1 to 10

Smoothie: 8

Service: 10

Ambiance: 10

 

#VirginTuesdays: Book Review – Who In The Hell Do You Think You Are?

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Who In The Hell Do You Think You Are has come at great time on my spiritual path. It’s beautiful and rewarding when you can recognize what you need to work on in life and actually apply these awesome universal laws/tools to your daily life. In my experience, when applying these spiritual tools, you get the results you are looking for, without allowing yourself to get in the way. That’s what this book has truly confirmed for me. I know that I’m on the right path, and hearing the truths spoken through Denika Penn-Carothers, gives me just the right amount of insight I need to continue on my spiritual path.
Who In The Hell Do You Think You Are, gives me access to removing all that layers my soul, a guide to really deeply see myself for who I am, and my inspired plan for this awesome journey, we call life. I believe that we have soul contracts and lessons we are given before coming to earth, and with all the distractions on this earthly plane, it’s easy for our egos to distract us (with invalid negative self-talk) from the real reasons why we are here.
Who In The Hell Do You Think You Are, gives solid answers and examples for beginning and sustaining your spiritual growth, while living with these distractions, eventually creating a positive habit of designing the life you desire. We are spiritual beings having a human experience and Who In The Hell Do You Think You Are, guides you into identifying your souls purpose and living fully expressed in it.
There’s sooooooo much I would LOVE to share, and I don’t want to give up all the details and spiritual gems of the book away. Just know that we are on our own journeys of self-discovery and self-growth. What you get out of Who In The Hell Do You Think You Are, is going to be specifically formatted for what YOU need on YOUR journey. You will definitely finish this book knowing who the hell you are, and fully equipped with living in it!

Virgin Tuesdays: Vanilla Chai Chia Seed Pudding

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 Namastè y’all!

So, I LOOOOOOOOVEEEE food, and I’m a snacker! No full meals for me, I’m a total snacker! On my journey, I’m finding that although my body craves unhealthy foods, I really wanna go hard with finding and upgrading my unhealthy snacks to healthy snacks! I’ve been playing with chia seed pudding for awhile now, playing with different flavors. Because of my everlasting LOVE for chai flavor, I chose to perfect vanilla chai flavored chia seed pudding.

What’s In It?

Vanilla Almond Milk

Chia Seeds

Raw Honey

Cardamom

Vanilla Extract

Ginger

Ground Cloves

Cinnamon

*Optional Topping: Blueberries

OMG! Delicioso! It’s so good, you don’t even realize it’s a healthy snack! Jam packed with nutrients such as fiber, protein, and antioxidants, this low-carb treat is a for sure way to get your mind off what you think you’re missing in that unhealthy pint of ice-cream.

It doesn’t take long to make either! Just mix in the ingredients, stir and chill for about an hour!

Happy Healthy Snackin’!

© Copyright 2015 – Goddess Mena Love. All Rights Reserved

Virgin Tuesday: Torchy’s Tacos

Who: Torchy’s Tacos

What: One of the best taco restaurants I’ve ever been to in my whole entire life!!!

When: Torchy’s Tacos is open Monday -Thursday 7am -10pm, Friday 7am – 11pm, Saturday 8am – 11pm, and Sunday 8am -10pm.

Where: Located in the major cities of Texas (Waco, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Lubbock, College Station and Fort Worth).

 Rumor is Torchy’s Tacos are the best in Houston!

“The first menu was filled more with experiments than meals, so whenever Mike heard his customers holler ‘Damn these tacos are good!’ they were added to the menu. Soon, ‘Damn Good‘ became a rally cry at the trailer.” –Torchy’s Tacos

My Experience:

After hearing one of my yogi friends rave about how “damn goodTorchy’s Tacos are, I had to see just how “damn good” they were! I’m told they have another location in Houston, one in Rice Village, but I went to their Heights location, off 19th St and Ashland.

The restaurant has such a cool vibe, I wish I had time to enjoy my tacos there! Nonetheless,  with an array of choices, I decided to stay on my vegetarian and pescetarian path, and ordered,

The Fried Avocado

(Hand-Battered Avocados Fried, served with vegetarian refried beans, pico, lettuce, cheese, poblano sauce, on a corn tortilla.)

The Baja Shrimp

(Hand-Battered fried shrimp, cabbage slaw, queso fresco, cilantro, chipotle sauce, on a corn tortilla)

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**The Independent is my favorite!!!!

(Hand-Battered fried portabella mushroom strips, refried beans, roasted corn, escabeche carrots, queso fresco, cilantro, avocado, on a corn tortilla)

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**Mr. Orange, another one of my favorites!!!

(Blackened salmon, grilled corn, black bean relish, queso fresco, cilantro, avocado salsa, on a corn tortilla)

**Sorry about having no pic for this taco, it got devoured in the car on my way home! It was so “damn good“!

Of course, they have other “damn good” meat (pork, barbacoa, beef, chicken) tacos, as well! Your whole damn family can go, because there’s a taco style and flavor for each individual! I’m gonna make my way back for breakfast someday, because I heard their breakfast tacos are “damn good“, too! Torchy’s Tacos is definitely a restaurant you can’t pass up, if you’re visiting Houston!

For more information on Torchy’s Tacos:

http://www.TorchysTacos.com                                                                                                                                                                                           @TorchyTaco                                                                                                                                                                                                     Facebook.com/TorchysTacos

Shout out to Marco for being awesome in helping me decide exactly what I wanted! I’ll be back for the green chile queso and chips, very soon!

© Copyright 2014 – Goddess Mena Love. All Rights Reserved

Virgin Tuesday: Texas Yoga Conference 2014

WOW!!!

I have no idea where to start!!! I had so much fun! I learned so much! I met so many great people! I connected with so many enlightened souls!

The TYC (Texas Yoga Conference) kicked off on 1/30, and was a full weekend of exploration, fun, and awareness!

Let’s just get out what I didn’t like from the TYC, because everything else was soooooo supremely awesome and I wanna hurry up and talk about it!

  1. I didn’t like the fact that there weren’t enough food vendors! There were only two food trucks, that were not there the whole part of the day. The only business that had a vendor table was the Hare Krishna Cultural Center. Don’t get me wrong, the food served was awesome, but 3 days of the same type of food was not one of my favorites. Hopefully next year, more food trucks can come through!!!
  2. All of the best classes were scheduled all at the same time!!! I soooo wanted to check out more than 1 class per 2 to 3hrs, and didn’t want to leave out of the class that I was so enjoying! There were so many great classes to choose from, it kinda sucked that I couldn’t participate in more of them.

So what should you expect from being at the TYC?!

To be honest with you, the TYC is an event that must be experience for yourself. My review, is just that, my review of my experience. You know the saying, “you gotta be there”? Well, you really have to be there, to get the full on experience and over stand  my experience!

I walked in an immediately, vendors everywhere, happy hippie souls, smiles every where. Every one there had the best spirit! Every one  spoke to was such a delight, and really seemed to honor the meaning of NAMASTE!

Nineteen Eleven

I couldn’t pass up the table with the fashionable, patent-pending custom yoga mat straps! If I could, I would’ve bought at least 4! The style patterns of the straps are so cute and unique. Nineteen Eleven’s straps are hand sewn and very durable. I haven’t had a problem with carrying my mat at all with Nineteen Eleven’s adjustable elastic straps. I’m buying more, I promise!!

The Buzz Bus

Kate Sornson, Director of Logistics & Wellness Lifestyle Promoter was such a sweetie! And the cute contemporary modern decor on the tour bus, definitely made me want to jump aboard and do some traveling! Kate travels  the U.S.  on a  Wellness Lifestyle Tour, giving exposure to wellness lifestyle living, foods, and events. If you don’ t bump into the bus tour in person, you can surely track their destinations on BuzzBusTour.com!

I’ll start another post with all the vendors that caught my eye! Support the vendors! 😉

Yoga of Relationships presented by Renu Namjoshi

This was a must class for me! Renu spoke about LOVE relationships, intertwined with yoga and astrology. The four types of LOVE she spoke on were Optimization LOVE, Divine LOVE, Unconditional LOVE, and Universal LOVE. Principles to sustaining a long-term committed relationship were covered using Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, & Yoga myths and rituals. Also, recognizing the masculine and feminine principles in all of us, brought awareness to exactly what type of person we are, and our expectations in a relationship. I learned that all relationships start off, optimal. We are all looking for unconditional LOVE. Renu, step by step, broke down the types of relationships by their meaning, which in return, causes us to re-evaluate what type of relationships we’re currently in, and what types of relationships we desire to be in. The most I learned out of Renu’s workshop is you must not expect LOVE from your mate. Give LOVE, the more you give, the more it’s reciprocated, and if it’s not, then it’s clear you must do what you need to do to make yourself happy.  I know this much, Renu makes me want to study my birth chart to check out how I pick out certain men in relationships! Knowing what sign is in Venus and Jupiter, and all the planets matter, when on this spiritual journey.

Reconciling Faith & Practice: A Guide For Teacher & Students presented by Monette Chilson

I LOVE the fact that Monette lives in Houston, easily accessible!! Monette spoke on merging yoga with any religion and being open-minded enough to not subject God, to just HE. If GOD is within us all, should’t there be some type of spiritual duality? We can connect to spiritual gods & goddesses through exploring your personal relationship with GOD through yoga, this totally deepens your spiritual connection and practice. I was glad to be in a class where the exploration of ancient goddesses were examined more. I do intuitive readings with a goddess oracle deck that really speaks volumes to me, and to be receptive of the feminine energy in spirit helps me to be more aware, well rounded spiritually, and have a greater understanding of who I am, and where I come from. Monette Chilson is the author of Sophia Rising, a book written about the the spiritual side of yoga and connecting with the feminine energy of your spirit. Examining life lessons on and off the mat, from a spiritual perspective, and knocking down the barriers on traditional beliefs systems, aligns you with a deeper connection to merge yoga, and all of the world’s faith traditions. I just received my copy of Sophia Rising and will be doing a review of the book, along with an interview with Monette Chilson in the near future! Stay tuned for those spiritual gems!

Romance The Shakti….Turn On The Juice presented by Raye Lynn Rath

I had no idea what to expect from this class, however anything that has romance and LOVE in it, I wanna be all in the mix of that! Raye Lynn Rath, a sweet Houston yogi, that’s been practicing yoga for more than 20 years! That’s impressive! All I could think about while sitting in her class, was

“I wanna be in my 50’s practicing yoga just like her!”

As we practiced,

I learned to be present in every asana and to be conscious of my breath, in every move.  My yoga practice has shifted my focus into self-LOVE and self-care. I learned that moving slowly in my positions instead of trying to keep up with others, is my natural flow, embracing my flow.

What Every Yoga Studio and Teacher Must Know About The Law! by Garry Kissiah

 So, I think of myself as my own little yoga teacher, and play with ideas that I can create something beneficial to the mind, body, and soul, while still keeping my original awesome personality! Studying the law and how yoga teachers should protect themselves seemed real clear for me.

This.

Will.

Be.

An.

Ongoing.

Lesson.

Gary dropped so much knowledge in that 2 1/2 hour workshop, and the class could’ve went 3hrs longer with everything there is to know! He talked about students with injuries, teaching yoga classes outside of the yoga studio, lawsuits, self-care, running a successful business, websites, blogs, the importance of taking your own photos, and playing music in the studio from Pandora vs your own playlist. I urge all yoga teachers to get to know Gary Kissiah, he has wealth of knowledge on this subject.

Kundalini and Bhakti LOVE by Moses LOVE

What is Kundalini?

Awesome-Bad-Ass feminine energy that lies coiled & dormant at the base of your spine! When activated through meditation,  pranamaya breathing, and asanas, you’re in for a enlightened treat!

What is Bhakti?

            A devotional worship practiced by the Hindus.

I had the pleasure to meet Moses LOVE, at his vendor booth, before taking his class. A woman I was speaking with urged me to meet him because we share LOVE in our spiritual names! I was extra interested in meeting him as well, I wanted to see the LOVE. His energy was awesome!

He was cool,

and suave,

and centered,

and present,

and wise!

He’s very likable!

Moses shared an interesting story of his awakening and how he was led to be the person he is today, beautiful story. He has such a giving heart.

I’ve always been fascinated with Kundalini Yoga, but never try it. The word kundalini sparks something in me when I say it! Moses LOVE led us through this fast paced breathing (pranayama) that took me somewhere else. I kinda felt like I had an outer body experience. I could feel my body swaying from side to side, and I felt real good, LOVED and at peace. Afterwards, I felt like I met another part of myself that I didn’t know existed. Weird, but cool feeling! I felt very in tuned to my goddess energy, and limitless. I am so amazed by the abundance of LOVE you tap into through yoga. I wish more people would get into yoga, it’s such an awesome peace-enhancing devotion, made especially for you. His website is ILoveYoga.com, beautiful tapestry and harem pants to browse and buy!

Use Baptiste Yoga To Access Your Biggest Life Possible! by Nancy Sheridan and Laura Calcaterra

I was such a proud student sitting in Laura and Nancy’s class!

You know the yoga studio I keep talking about?

Big Yoga

3115 Allen Parkway

Houston, TX 77019

Yeah, so I already knew what I was in store for when taking this class! It felt like being at home!

For me, Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga has really gave me access to being empowered, and relating  real life to the mat. I’m so into yoga for the spiritual gems, and allowing me to get to know my authentic self! I don’t know how many people practice yoga with just focusing on the physicality. I do know that for me, I gain so much more out of my practice when I’m empowered, either from somebody or myself. When old tapes run through mind, and I’m able to strengthen myself while letting go off what’s no use to me, is makes me aware of being someone I like. It all goes back to self-care and self-LOVE, at least for me and my journey! Laura and Nancy guided us to dig deep, finding the old tapes that negatively replay in our minds that keep us stuck, to  acknowledging our tapes,  giving us access to making new positive declarations! We all practiced yoga, and courageously shared our declarations in a supported and LOVING space. I left feeling empowered and a little more focused on what I want my life to be like.

The experience, lessons, and spiritual gems I found at the Texas Yoga Conference was a bundle of surprises! In every class, I felt like I was opening a present of something I’ve been wanting for a long time! I will totally be at the Texas Yoga Conference next year, see you there!

***For pictures and videos from the event***

#MenaLoveTXYogaConf  #TXYogaConf on Instagram!

© Copyright 2014 – Goddess Mena Love. All Rights Reserved

Update!!

I just started training, Special Needs Kids Yoga Training! My schedule will be a little off for the next 7 days. The review on Being Mary Jane S1E5, will be posted by Tuesday morning. May Cause Miracles week 3 recap will be posted  on 2/25/14 and May Cause Miracles week 4, will begin 3/4/14.  The review on the Texas Yoga Conference will be released on the first Tuesday of March (3/4/14), to be featured in “Virgin Tuesday”.

Bare with me, while I concentrate on this very special yoga training!

Miracles & Blessings,

Namaste y’all! 😉

** Sooooooo, after long contemplative thinking, I decided to stop reviewing Being Mary Jane. I’ll still be watching, however I can’t give the attention to it, when I have so much to share about other things!

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