Hi 🙂 I’m Amanda, creator of Mindfully-Active.
I created this blog to help motivate, and inspire others to live a healthy, active and environmentally conscious lifestyle. Here are a few things about me.
I’m an Esthetician
I’ve been an esthetician since 2010, working to help others feel more confident in their skin. I’ve learned so much over the years about the skin and the ingredients that are used in skin care and cosmetics. Carcinogens and toxic chemicals are widely used in the products that are available to us, from baby wipes and tampons to skin care and makeup. For this reason, I prefer to support natural brands that steer clear of toxic chemicals.
I’m a Certified Fitness Instructor
Exercising is probably my most favorite thing to do. I love the rush of an accelerated heart-rate, the burn of resistance training session, and the deep stretch of a sore muscle. The happiness that physical activity has brought into my life is something that I want to spread to every person I meet. Physical fitness is not about looking a certain way- its about being able to thrive in any situation life throws at us.
I’m a Kinesiology Student
If an exercise is not safe, it’s not effective. I’ve had to learn this the hard way many, many times. I have scoliosis, a 20 degree curve in my spine and I am very prone to injury since my whole body is off balance, so exercising in a safe way is a priority for me. Remember this: your movement is only as good as your form. This goes for everything not just exercise, even bending over to pick something up, how we get up out of bed, how we walk or how we stand. The body is one long kinetic chain and we just have one for our entire lives so we must use it frequently and safely. I am continuing to learn more about the way our bodies are meant to move.
I Love Yoga
Everyone on earth can benefit from deep breathing and mindful movements. Yoga breathing (pranayama) expands lung capacity which allows us to absorb more oxygen and the physical poses (asanas) improves mobility, strength and balance, just to name a few. Flexibility is one of the 5 components of fitness and its is probably the most underrated. Moving painlessly through full range of motion can add ease and comfort to our daily lives.
Animals are not ours to use, their lives are not ours to take. Its true that we are all conditioned to think it’s normal to use animals for food, clothing and entertainment, but we need to educate ourselves and take an objective look so that we can see the truth. The truth is that using animals is not a necessity and therefore, it is fundamentally wrong.
These are some of the things that I am most passionate about and I am full of information that I will be sharing through my blog posts. Stay tuned.