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Laura Loewy

Backcountry Yoga Founder

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Why You Should Stop Dreaming and Start Doing

Posted by Laura Loewy on Jan 12, 2018 2:08:53 AM

I discovered my passion for the outdoors from a very young age. As a child, I was wildly excited by nature. From building forts to climbing the tallest trees I could find, it was always deep inside my soul to be one with the earth.


I look back and laugh at how obvious it always was that my life’s work would be within the wilderness, but if you had asked me five years ago what I thought I’d be doing today, I would have had a very different answer.


People always talk about how children are the purest form of themselves and how the world we live in teaches us to push away that truth of who we are. So, as I was molded by my world and the people around me, I got further away from myself each year I grew older.

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Topics: wellness, goals, livelifepositive, blog, blogger, food, health, healthy

Finding Joy in Every Season

Posted by Laura Loewy on Dec 26, 2017 3:22:54 AM

If you live in a part of the world that experiences four seasons, you know the sense of impending doom the fall equinox can bring to those who dread the cold, dark winters. As a New England native, I have experienced this swing in the collective consciousness for nearly 30 years. But what if I could tell you that winter doesn’t have to be dark and dreadful? What if you could view winter from an entirely new perspective? I love to view winter as the birth of something new: the birth of snow.

As an avid skier and aspiring mountaineer, I chase snow – across the country, across the four seasons, up into mountains, down into valleys...if it’s there, I’m hoping to find it. I chase it for as long as I possibly can until finally, I give in to the comforting, warm sunshine of a New England summer. I see summer as the reincarnation of snow – a new birth of flowing rain, rivers and ocean. I reframe my intentions and start to follow the same trails that were once filled with packed snow and ice with a newfound excitement for the earth’s incredible cycles.

I believe the key to loving any season is to find an activity you can do that makes your soul come alive. For me, it’s action sports and hiking, but for you, it might mean cozying up on your couch and reading a good book, hot yoga, seasonal sports or cooking new recipes. If you can connect your passions to different seasons, then you’ll always have something to look forward to in the same way that you anticipate an exciting vacation that’s off in the distance.

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Topics: wellness, livelifepositive, blog, health, healthy, superfoods

Science Says: Get Outside!

Posted by Laura Loewy on Oct 9, 2017 7:21:00 PM

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

We’ve probably all heard this famous quote by John Muir and felt it resonate deep in our body and soul. But why do the mountains call to us? And why is it so important that we go when we hear that call?

When you’re stressed out by daily life, I’m sure you’ve experienced how beneficial a simple walk in nature can be. And if you’ve been outside for a few days to camp or hike, you know that it can completely rejuvenate you. It’s not just anecdotal evidence that nature is good for us. Scientists across the globe are now studying the benefits of nature, and they are proving that incorporating time amongst the trees, in the mountains or on the water is beneficial in a variety of ways.

For example, spending 15 minutes in the woods reduces your levels of cortisol (NY Times). And what does that actually mean? Well, according to Psychology Today, “[t]he stress hormone, cortisol, is public enemy number one.” High levels of cortisol cause all sorts of health problems, from lower immune function to increased weight gain. Elevated cortisol is also a factor in depression, mental illness and shorter life expectancy. High levels of cortisol are detrimental to our health, and nature is a fantastic way to lower those levels almost instantly.

Spending time in nature has also been scientifically proven to increase creativity. A 2012 study showed that after a few days on the trail immersed in nature, backpackers were 50 percent more creative on a word association test than those who were given the test without spending time outside.

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Topics: wellness, livelifepositive, nature, blog, blogger, health, healthy

The Power of Presence

Posted by Laura Loewy on Sep 12, 2017 1:49:27 AM

 


Lately, I've been really focused on staying present, as I've realized that no matter what reflections I have on my past, it doesn't change what has happened. No matter how much I hope for certain things in my future, life doesn’t always go according to plan. So, when I step back and realize that the only parts of life that I can "control" are how I live in this precise moment – even as I write this post – it creates a profound shift in how I want to move throughout my day.

I think there is a lot of hype around living in the now – often mistaken as a call to action to quit your job, move into a van, follow your wanderlust across the world and show it off through vibrant social posts. I mean, don't get me wrong, there are incredible people who follow that path of presence by flowing with uncertainty every minute of the day and truly allowing themselves to be open to endless possibilities. But that's not the type of presence that I'm talking about right now.

I'm more interested in the idea of blooming where you're planted, making choices that build upon one another to bring you to the next incredible place in your life that is only minutes, maybe hours, ahead of you. I think, subconsciously, I've loved this concept for a long time and only recently put a label on the feeling.

I believe this living in the moment is why I'm called to get outside and participate in outdoor recreation. I love how hiking on a rocky open trail makes my mind go blank with soft fascination, or how I experience that immediate gratification of staying in the moment and making tricky choices to complete a hard climb when I'm rock climbing. When I'm backcountry skiing, all I can do is focus on my body rhythm in anticipation of the incredible ride down. Even with that anticipation, I'm forced to stay in the moment, step by step, as without the concentration on my physical journey, I'll never make it to the top. I even notice my need to stay present while packing for a backpacking trip! It’s times when I'm on my phone and only giving my packing 50 percent of my attention that I usually forget something crucial.

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Topics: livelifepositive, mindfulness, blog, health, healthy

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