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Fun 7 Chakras Guide

The first time I heard the term 'chakras' I was mostly concerned with how to pronounce it

I was new to yoga and taking a class where the teacher was discussing the chakras meaning. She zeroed in on the root chakra, Muladhara, and explained this was where everyone needed to begin. Without stabilizing and balancing this first chakra, she clarified, a secure and sound foundation could not be laid. This terrified me. I was certain my root chakra was a mess and I was doomed to have a low-functioning chakra system. I'd never become enlightened or experience less suffering.

So I started to do some research. A lot of research, actually.

Question everything and know that everyone has a slightly different interpretation of the chakras meaning and how the system works. And our various chakras shift in balance constantly because our lives do.

We are always evolving and growing. We change our minds, hearts, and beliefs. The main thing is to consistently be in the role of learner and remain endlessly curious. Sure, balance is a damn fine endeavor. But when life creates a tsunami, your system just may experience a bit of turbulence. Studying the chakras gives us an emotional framework to connect to our bodies and the indicators something is off so we can address it. That's all. The goal is not perfection and maintenance is required.

So where to begin? That's what I wanted to know too

Let's begin with the basics. Just a few clutch pieces of information offering you a 7 chakras guide to tiptoe into the meanings, functions, and practices to find more balance. For now, wrapping your minds around the vital components will allow you the time to process and scratch just a little below the surface.

7 Chakras Guide: quick and easy

Root (Muladhara) Chakra

The root (first) chakra is located at the base of the spine (the pelvic floor). To be clear, the indication of where each chakra lives is about our subtle body, not our actual physical form. Our root chakra's main job is to provide a strong foundation and offer us a connection to our most basic needs and a sense of security that these needs are being filled. Our survival is our most basic need and the instinctive urges we feel, hunger, thirst, sexual satisfaction, sleep, and safety are all indicators of this chakra being in balance and offering us a strong infrastructure on which to build the fortitude of the ascending chakras.

Root chakra basics: 

  • Element: Earth
  • Sense: Smell
  • Color: Red

If you're looking to strengthen your root chakra, try this guided meditation for healing. To stay grounded, practice yoga postures that help you stand in your truth and strengthen, such as Tadasana, mountain pose.

Sacral (Svadishthana) Chakra

The second chakra is positioned in the lower belly and associated with the sacrum.  The sacral chakra is about our emotional and sexual connection to ourselves and others. This chakra is where our creativity lives and thrives. When this chakra is in harmony, we feel joy, expressive, and energized.

Sacral chakra basics: 

  • Element: Water
  • Sense: Taste
  • Color: Orange

To really connect with our sacral chakra, we have to remain open and flexible to change and acknowledge where fear arises and possibly holds us back because we don't want to fail. Connecting to ourselves with passion and enjoying pleasure without guilt or too much need is an incredible way to find balance in the second chakra. Try nurturing the second chakra when eating, truly tasting and savoring your food, enjoying every morsel without hesitation. Spend time with loved ones and give into being fully present, putting down the phone, turning off the TV, and avoid multi-tasking. Just be with that person and enjoy the time you have with them.

Solar Plexus (Manipura) Chakra

The solar plexus chakra is the third primary chakra. It's located between the belly button and sternum. The solar plexus chakra is all about our self-worth and personal power. In a balanced third chakra, we have a sense of willpower and self-control. We aren't afraid to speak our truth and we own our success with confidence and an understanding that we've earned it.

Solar plexus chakra basics: 

  • Element: Fire
  • Sense: Intuition
  • Color: Yellow

To balance our solar plexus chakra, we need practices that help us to accept ourselves and love ourselves unconditionally. Practice yoga poses that make you feel peaceful and glorious, happy to live inside your own body. Use mantras to stoke the internal fires that bring you alive and continue to feed your inner conviction.

Heart (Anahata) Chakra

The heart chakra is the fourth in our system and its location, you guessed it, is by our heart and lungs. Compassion, connectedness, joy, and transformation govern our center chakra. Our heart chakra is a bridge between earth and spirituality. It's where we foster happiness and connect our sense of self with absolute love and beauty.

Heart chakra basics: 

  • Element: Air
  • Sense: Sixth Sense (Higher Self)
  • Color: Green

 

To find a greater sense of stability in the fourth chakra, connect fully to a pranayama practice and devote more time to meditation to center yourself. Practice loving acts and thoughts and commit to self-care rituals and random gestures of kindness.

Throat (Vishuddhi) Chakra

The 5th chakra is located at the throat. This is our communication center and affects our voice box, speech, hearing, thyroid and parathyroid glands, which regulate our metabolisms. We develop our ability to both speak our truth and communicate effectively as well as hear others utilizing the throat chakra.

Throat chakra basics: 

  • Element: Space
  • Sense: Sound
  • Color: Blue

There are many ways to create symmetry within the throat. If you have trouble talking, practicing chants and speaking up for yourself are the practices for you. If the opposite is true, a silent meditation retreat could do wonders for you. Get outside and enjoy nature, noticing the details and astounding beauty all around you. Being with yourself and quietly contemplating your good fortune is another way you can find an energetic shift here.

Third Eye (Anja) Chakra

Our sixth chakra is located near our eyebrow line. This is our command center, where our senses and intellect meet. Growth, stillness, intuition, clarity, and openness are the qualities that exist in a balanced third eye chakra. Self-knowledge and consciousness are fully realized.

Third eye chakra basics: 

  • Element: Light
  • Sense: Sight
  • Color: Indigo

Alternate nostril breathing (nadi shodhanam) is a helpful practice here for finding mental clarity and insight by balancing our subtle energies and opening us up to a more profound level of consciousness. When we can find stillness in both our bodies and minds, we are free of distractions that keep us from the continued pursuit of truth and knowledge. Meditation and calming restorative practices that allow the subtle shifts to happen are best utilized to encourage balance in the third eye.

Crown (Sahasrara) Chakra

Finally, the seventh chakra. Our crown chakra is positioned beyond the realm of our bodies and mental functioning. It's beyond our physical selves yet it's also the height of where we can reach with our consciousness. Some refer to the crown chakra as the state of enlightenment. When we as human beings can reach beyond ourselves and our individual experience to live on a higher plane far past what we could previously imagine, our seventh chakra is balanced.

Crown chakra basics: 

  • Element: Oneness or Transcendence
  • Sense: Beyond Consciousness
  • Colore: Violet

The practices here encompass all of the other 7 chakras. To celebrate and encourage ourselves to go beyond and become inspired. Gratitude for everything and affirmations steeped in our spiritual connection are how we encourage this chakra to open and flourish.

There is a vast world to explore when delving into the realm of the chakra system. Keep learning and seek out information and practices to assist you with alignment and sense of your place in the universe. For a more in-depth look at a 7 chakras guide, visit The Chopra Center to continue your studies.

For more information about each of the chakras, see the complete guides:

 


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Chai Tea: Why We Need to Drink it Every Single Day

Oh my stars do I love chai tea

I remember the very first time I had chai. It was quite different than the delicious, sugary chai tea latte I had enjoyed at Starbucks. It's rich aroma, spicy yet sweet qualities, and milky goodness filled me up with a sense of happy healthiness. I know from that first sip I wanted this to be apart of my morning routine every single day, but I didn't understand that I would benefit in a myriad of ways other than the feeling of satisfying contentment that first cup offered.

A little intel about the magical ingredients in chai tea

We should know what we're putting in our bodies, ideally, agreed? Hell, I can't say I always know every single ingredient I'm ingesting, but chai tea kinda begs it of you. As you sip and each flavor unrolls itself like a cascading parade of tasty sumptuous love, you find yourself needing to dissect exactly what's causing this introduction to your system to sing and dance.

There are variances between the different types of chai tea around the world. In India, chai is the general term for tea and the recipes are all over the place. From country to country, you'll find variations. Some use milk, others don't. Some keep it simple while others make it strong and spicy. So if no agreed upon recipe constitutes chai, why exactly should we drink it everyday?

There are certain spices that offer us inarguable health benefits. And there are some very common ingredients that one will find in chai tea across the globe. These ingredients include:

  • Ginger (An incredible aid in digestion and helpful with nausea)
  • Black tea (Don't get me started. Too late. Black tea is incredible as an anti-inflammatory because of the variety of antioxidants. Some of these groups of antioxidants are called flavonoids. Flavonoids are known for reducing several of the risk factors for heart disease. The list goes on and on including improved gut health, better focus because of the level of caffeine (more than most teas, less than coffee), and reduced cholesterol levels. Drink black tea is the overwhelming message here.)
  • Cinnamon (I'm starting to think cinnamon could bring world peace with how many healthy attributes its able to claim. Cinnamon is delicious, lowers and stabilizes blood sugar, and it's packed with antioxidants. Add it to everything.).
  • Fennel (Not only is it's licorice taste really wonderful, but damn, what doesn't this spice include? Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin A, calcium, B-6, and fiber just to name a few.)

If reading the above list doesn't make you crave a cup of chai right this instant, then nothing will. I'm drinking a cup right now of Justea African Chai and I'm beside myself with glee.

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Not only do the health benefits appeal, but the ritual of making tea is as ancient as the beginning of time for a reason. It feeds the soul to prepare something so simple and so deeply satisfying. It's just as lovely sipping it alone and pondering your thoughts or sharing it with a loved one, knowing you're offering them something caring that will sustain and nurture their good health.


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Three Lesser Known Crystals for Attraction: Bring the Magic Your Way

What attracts you the most?

Don't be shy. Make a list and do not edit yourself. What do you really want out of life? Who are you now and what are you doing to continue to become the person you most want to be?

Heady stuff, I know. But as the brilliant Robin Williams said, "Embrace that little bit of madness within. It's all we've got and we can't deny our true nature. It's what propels us towards our greatness. Go be extraordinary."

Whether you believe in the power crystals possess or not, one thing is for sure - whatever power we believe any object to contain is a power we have within us, even if we have yet to tap into the fullness of it's potential.

Crystals have gained so much popularity and momentum over the last decade because those who use them in meditation manifest the things in life they desire the most. They go the extra mile. These individuals embrace and embody every tool at their disposal. They are as open as a fully bloomed lotus and they radiate their intentions into every space they inhabit.

No, there is no scientific evidence that crystals can do any of the highly charged magic their various meanings promise. But could placing a labradorite crystal on your root chakra open you up to your true dharma with a brilliant and illuminating light because of your intention to see the truth? There's only one way to find out....

Using crystals for attraction helps us be clear about our truest intentions

This is how crystals work. Every time you see, touch and utilize a given crystal, you'll think about its attributes. They provoke us to look within and both realize and truly recognize all that we are and everything we really want.

Make a list. Don't edit. Just begin. I want...

  • love
  • excitement
  • unexpected adventures
  • happiness
  • success
  • acknowledgment
  • insight
  • inspiration
  • joy
  • passion
  • devotion
  • to impact the lives of others positively
  • compassion
  • empathy
  • connection

This is just to get you started. Don't hold back. And if you're open to utilizing crystals for attraction to bring all that you want your way, here are a few extra powerful gemstones to add to your manifestation arsenal:

  1. Rhyolite has properties that help us wade through the waters of old muck each of us carries around. It assists in purging old stories and releasing past mistakes and choices that lead us down paths of rumination and steer us away from our current lives and purpose. Does your self-esteem need a little boost? Right, who among us couldn't benefit from feeling as wonderful about ourselves as we deserve to feel? Crystals for attraction of self-love and appreciation need to be easily reachable. Touch it many times throughout the day as a reminder to be present and embrace the incredible human you are and all of the possibilities waiting for you to explore them.
  2. Kambaba Jasper is a compass. When fears hold us back, this crystal is on the ready to point us in other directions. And even when these new directions scare us, listening to that not so little voice inside telling us to go for it and side-step fear is the north star we need to follow. Wear this gorgeous stone as an amulet protecting you from holding yourself back.
  3. Fluorite offers tranquility. Are you looking for ways to calm your mind, balance your chakras, and renounce negativity? Meditate on these qualities and feel the magic of intention flourish first in your heart and then to the world around you.

We go back to ancient remedies and time-tested natural healers over and over because we want to feel good. No, we want to feel empowered and to know ourselves in ways that better the world. Let's practice together.

 


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Muladhara (Root Chakra): Heal Your Anxiety with This Guided Meditation

DO YOU FEEL ANXIOUS, UM, BASICALLY ALWAYS?

It’s something so many of us are totally used to and we don’t even realize that we’re walking around in a constant state of stress and worry. And that it’s not ‘normal’. It’s our normal. Damn.

If you smile at a stranger and they don’t smile back, are you deflated?

If you text a friend and they don’t reply that same day, are you convinced the friendship is dead and maybe you imagined it after all?

Okay, aside from the melodrama, these are indications that anxiety is a driving force in your life and it’s a really tough way to live second to second. There is, thank the stars, a deeply practiced and proven solution for the relentless stress of anxiety.

Choose to heal

Oh, okay, super easy. I’ll get right on that. Healing only takes ALL the energy and tools at our disposal. Healing means we have to get up and over what stands in our way and change, even positive change is scary.

But it’s totally worth it. Once we heal. We don’t have to go back and do it all over again. It’s not like our hamstrings. They need constant attention and diligence. Healing old wounds means we can move up and on. We’ve shifted our chakra system and we’ve started at the root.

Always start at the root of the issue, not the symptoms

Muladhara is our first chakra. Its located at the very base of our spine and it’s main responsibility is offering us a sense of security and safety. So much can happen throughout our lives as a result of shocks to our sense of security and what we believe we can rely on in this world.

Muladhara is all about grounding. Our upbringing can offer us a deep sense of this or quite the opposite. And if the opposite is our basic understanding of the world – that security is an illusion and everything can fall apart at any given moment, it’s pretty darn difficult to feel any sense of peace and surrender to trusting that the universe will provide.

Anxiety is powerful, but so are we, and we’re stronger than any one emotion. Every emotion only has the depth of power and intensity that we attribute to it. Grounding and developing a sense of rooted support from the earth and those around us as well as the ideas and moral compass we’ve created help to dissipate this sense of instability.

Try this guided meditation to put your anxiety in perspective and work in the direction of healing your root chakra and creating the foundation for grounded strength that you both deserve and has been there all along.

(Muladhara chakra is connected to the color red, associated with the earth element, and to our sense of smell. Fear is the roadblock in bringing balance into this chakra. Anxiety is just another name for fear. Let’s go.)

Lay down on the earth, preferably outside to create a more keen sense of being connected to the earth’s floor. Find a grassy, dry spot that lets the sun peak through the trees. Press your hands directly into the grass or dirt. Dig in. 

Make sure the color red is represented either in the form of jewelry, clothing, a blanket you’ve placed under your knees or a crystal such as red jasper. Red jasper is powerful in its ability to create a more receptive and open sensation within the root chakra. It also connects the root to the sacral chakra, stimulating connection there. Place the crystal right at on your pelvis about 3-4 inches below your belly button.

Choose wise words of encouragement Breath in serenity, breath out fear. Breath in empowerment, breath out insecurity. Continue to pursue your breath feeling it become wider, more vast and offering a stronger sense of clarity. Keep finding more words to represent who you are right now and who you continue to become Defy old, destructive identifying words that do not serve you or your purpose and desire for security and a strong foundation. 

Visualize an image that offers you comfort. Color this image red. For example, if that image is a lotus (the symbol for the root chakra), on the inhale allow the color of the lotus to get deeper and more vivid in your mind. On the exhale as you’re sending the old thoughts away, see the color of your image waning and dissipating in depth. Take away it’s power. Send your energy to the new ideas and thoughts you’re cultivating as present truths. Breath and be.

As you complete your meditation. Move slowly away from the space, being mindful to touch the earth meaningfully. Perhaps you even bring a little with you to serve as a reminder as you move through your day. Namaste. 


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The Triumphant Return of the Hip Pack

Do you remember when hip packs were called fanny packs?

I sure do. When they first came out, people used them because, um, how great to not have anything hanging off your shoulder and bumping up against your hip while walking. And if you don't need to carry much, why wouldn't you choose a hip pack over a cumbersome and heavy bag?

But alas, as with most accessories, even the ones that obviously have so much utility, it went out of style and eventually became passe.

You can't keep a good accessory down though. Hip packs don't carry much, but that's absolutely fine because we keep the essentials there. The ones we need on the constant and can access easily.

Most hip packs are lightweight, durable, waterproof, and not expensive. The last time you went hiking, did you have one? Did you wish you did?

Thankfully, we've moved into a realm of people not feeling they need to follow anyone else's fashion cues

Sure, trends will always come and go. And it's true what they say; everything does eventually come back. But what I love about fashion and utility accessories today is that people aren't afraid to stand out, be bold, and wear whatever the hell they want. Yes, Doc Martins, Converse, and Vans have prevailed and never lost favor. I've been wearing Levis since 5th grade and still do. High-waisted jeans are back, thank the stars. All those years of wearing low riding jeans and trying to keep your tush crack hidden are in the past.....for now, at least.

We want comfort. We want cute, and we want accessories that just make sense and make our lives a little more convenient.

It's fun to not care. It's become very cool to be unique, creative, different, and be the trend-setter. We all love people-watching. Who do you like to watch, the woman who is only wearing what's currently hip or the maverick who doesn't give a damn and wears whatever she wants. I appreciate wearing what makes sense. And hip packs always have and always will.

Big cheers for the hip pack. I'm wearing mine now and it has my license, debit card,  Burts Bees all-natural lip balm with SPF, and keys. My back and shoulders are so much happier. I don't accidentally lay down my bag and absent-mindedly meander out of the studio or coffee house forgetting it until I get to my car and can't get in. It feels more secure and it's less obtrusive. Whenever I can get away with carrying less, I do, and it's liberating.

Whatever works for you is what's cool. Whatever makes you smile is the perfect thing. We dress for ourselves. We don't want to fit in. Even though hip packs are now hip again, we understand that their utility and usefulness are what make them so great. The fact that they look cute is just gravy.

Suggestions for hiking or camping necessities that fit nicely in a hip pack:

Put it on. Rock it out, and enjoy your day!

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Camping Versus Glamping: The Beauty Each Experience Offers

Camping is its own universe

There are definitely some mighty strong opinions about the best tents, lanterns, cooking stoves, portable coffee makers, sleeping bags, insect repellants, sunscreens, and lanterns. Hard-core campers who've spent years acquiring the perfect accouterments love to exchange advice and tried and true methods for setting up the perfect campfire. Cautionary tales abound regarding bears, forgotten tarps that would have come in super handy during the downpour, and what happens when a fire isn't properly extinguished.

Those dedicated to the craft of camping love every aspect and consider setting up their tents and organizing the site to be a giant part of the entire experience of sleeping outdoors and communing with nature. "It's a form of meditation. And I love knowing I can be so self-sufficient and provide myself with everything I need with no one's help," said Danielle, a true camping-lover I spoke with recently who has started taking solo camping trips. "I really challenge myself and love being alone in the woods."

As much as I admire Danielle and others who feel the way she does about the roughing it experience, I can't say I feel the same. Now, showing up at a campsite where everything is already set up and all I have to pack is clothing and a toothbrush sounds beyond dreamy. And because so many of us don't quite relish taking on carrying the abundance of gear and doing a whole lotta hard work, Glamping was born. And it's glorious.

Let's Glamp

 

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Glamping can be interpreted either as glamorous camping or a luxurious outdoor sleeping experience. Everything is provided for you, and both the accommodations and provisions are top notch. Most glamping destinations have staff there to serve your meals and do all of the garbage disposal. It's like staying in a 4-star hotel but you get to sleep outside under the canopy of trees or stars.

Some people can vacillate between the two experiences. And others land firmly in one 'camp' or the other. Personally, I enjoy both, but if given the choice, I'll glamp every single time. There are many incredible companies now offering a variety of glamping destinations. You can go anywhere to enjoy this. Outside of the U.S., Asia, Africa, Central America, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, and the Carribean, they all offer this exceptional and fabulous experience. Glamping is an event. Do you want to sleep outside in luxury with Zion National Park as your view? You can absolutely do this. Would you rather enjoy sleeping next to one of Colorado's nurturing and transformative hot springs? Done. Is sleeping in a treehouse being lulled to slumber by the gentle breeze and slight swaying of your temporary digs super appealing to you? Go do it!

As with everything, there are benefits and deficits to each experience

There are so many incredible things to feel and learn by camping and if you've never been, consider trying it. Here's why:

  • You will build confidence. Oh yes, if you can pull off this experience, have a blast, sleep soundly and comfortably, challenge and build your skillsets, and protect yourself from the elements, you absolutely will receive a surge of self-knowledge and big-time ego boost that you did this and did it well.
  • You will learn a lot. Not only will you learn about yourself by communing with nature, but figuring out how to set up camp and provide all that is necessary reminds you that you're both a survivor and a thriver. It feels wonderful to know you are capable enough to safely and enjoyably create this experience for yourself and others.
  • There's a whole community of campers you'll now be a part of. Camping is a way of life for so many. It's their vacation from the stressors of life and bustle of home and work. And it's a unique and phenomenal way to see the world and connect with others who love it as much as you do.

Glamping has a hell of a lot to offer too. Clearly, there is the overlapping experience of sleeping outdoors and being in nature. But the benefits here are a bit different:

  • You don't have to work. You get to be nurtured and taken care of in the lap of luxury.
  • You don't have to purchase all of the stuff necessary to make a camping experience comfortable. Everything is provided. You just show up and enjoy
  • There's no dealing with forgetting something pertinent and necessary. They've thought of everything. You won't have that distraction to contend with and can simply have a blast being outside in beauty with fresh air and the great outdoors.

Both camping and glamping offer so much. But they both have challenges to be considered as well in making your choice the next time you want to sleep outside.

  • Building your camping gear takes time and lots of money. Glamping is also expensive. If you want a relatively bare-bones glamping situation, you could pay as little as $79.00 per night. But it can go as high as $2,000.00 a night, and that's not including airfare if that's a consideration.
  • As satisfying as all of the hard work is that goes into camping, it's still a lot of work, contending with the elements, and poses the potential to be less than enjoyable. Glamping will protect you from the elements a little more effectively since the structure is more forgiving, but it doesn't eliminate the threat and effects that harsh weather can bring.
  • Unexpected variables will always come up. Whether you're camping or glamping, you'll still have to deal with the x-factors that nature promises. This can be a benefit too in helping you become more resourceful, but still, it's something to consider.

Overwhelmingly, the pros outweigh the cons of both camping and glamping. Get going planning your trip, whichever experience you choose.


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How Committed Are We to Our Priorities?

Have you ever taken vows?

I'm not talking marriage or religious vows, but internal promises of commitments you've made to yourself.

And these commitments are the ones that really matter to us. We hold them, dear, like loved ones. They are the lining of our souls and the crux of our character.

Things happen, drama, strife, rock-bottom occurrences that propel us right back to where we need to be. Committed to our priorities, seeing them more clearly than we do our faces in the mirror.
And sometimes these enlightenments come from moments on our yoga mats or interesting conversations with wise individuals who know things we don't. They've lived lives we can't even conceptualize. This sends us right back to our foundation. Commitment reminds us of who we were put on this earth to be.

So once we land there, what do we do? What happens when we renew our commitment to our biggest priorities?

First. we acknowledge them. We call them by name and place them in order.
Next, we identify how to put them first. Maybe it's meditation, doing good deeds, spending time correcting behaviors that hurt us, and nurturing our most important relationships.
When we step right up to the firing line of truth and don't back peddle or shy away from it, we can embrace it with wide-open and excited arms.
We make an action plan. Sleep more. work less. Love harder. be brutally honest. We get fierce. Beyonce-level fierce. And we feel our commitments rise to the top of our being. Our priorities present themselves as crystal-clear images that become engraved on our brains.

We set out on new paths, deleting the garbage that has become strewn all around us and we start the clean-up process.

We practice yoga daily. We cook nourishing meals. We put away our cell phones when we are with others. We choose to avoid distractions and ruminations. We dedicate to positive self-talk and sharing hopeful messages and supportive words with others. I've said it many times, no action is too small. There is always space for growth. Committing to that is everything.
Commitment is the only way we can find our way. It's the only thing that brings us all the good and meaningful that comprises our lives. Think about all you are and everything you have. Where and how does commitment show up? Once we start to evaluate it, we see it's the veil and it's also the thread.
All the rancor creating battlefields within our minds and hearts dissipates as we hone in on what's really important.
You matter. We all matter. And what we do has positive and negative consequences.
Determined commitment staves off suffering. It leads us in the direction we are absolutely supposed to go.
Commitment is everything. When we are non-committal, we've acknowledged that we simply don't prioritize that thing, concept, person, and activity. But when we go all in, miraculous things occur and that commitment pays off over and over.
This is freedom. This is living our best lives. Commitment to our priorities and not wavering or second-guessing what really is important.
Make your lists. Look at this list every day. Many times a day until it's indelible and it feeds us even more than food and water.
We must rebel against the thoughts that lead to habits that don't make us whole. We have to hold on to our commitments to our priorities that let us be good, even great. Washing away regret and moving forward is the only way to go.
Go boldly after what you really want. This is our dharma. This is our liberation. Go forward and be fantastic.

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Yoga Sequence to Improve Your Sense of Direction

Do you know how to get where you're determined to go?

If you answered, 'sometimes', welcome to the club! Often we are more focused on the arrival to our destination. We can see the finish line so clearly, it's like we're already there. Except we're not. Nope. We need a compass, GPS, an old-fashioned map, something. Yet, those things can be very elusive if we don't have a strong sense of direction. I can visualize a breath-taking island where the locals are lovely and the music, food, yoga, and all-around revelry are abundant. But I haven't the first clue about how to actually locate it. Can you relate?

I envy those who have a strong internal sense of direction

Maybe you're one of the lucky few who always seems to understand the directional pulls and instinctively comprehends not just where to go but also the best pathway and most direct route. But if you're more like the majority of us, you often veer down roads that lead to dead ends, forcing you to double back and try another way. Hey, we're all in this together. And sure, we can see that taking wrong turns or roads that lead nowhere is all apart of the journey. But it sure is nice to feel that sense of direction and inherently know it's leading us directly where we want to land.

Try this yoga sequence to develop your sense of direction and plant yourself firmly on your path to greatness

We all have a dharma and once we've determined what that is, we're in a really big, damn hurry to get going. This yoga sequence will not only help you develop your inner compass, but chances are it will shake loose the information that, up until now, has felt elusive and evasive. Give it a go and let us know any awakenings you have. We'd love to see you execute it on IG. If you decide to go that route, please tag us so we can tag you back. As I said, we're all in this together, yo.

  • Begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Get oriented to your crown being north, your feet being south, your left side being west, and your right is east. Visualize a bright compass sitting directly in the center of your chest. Feel its presence guiding you.

  • Reach your arms wide (east and west). Bend your knees and lower your hips (south) into Chair Pose. Wrap your left arm over your right arm, hugging yourself tightly. Position your palms together, then wrap your right leg over your left culminating into Eagle Pose. Pull everything towards the center of your body, stimulating your inner compass. We can always come back here if we get lost.
  • Unwrap everything and find the four corners of your space. Arms are out in a V-shape and step your legs into a V as well landing in Star Pose. Take up space while feeling grounded. Breath deeply, filling yourself with a sense of clarity and strength. Hop back to center, Mountain Pose.
  • Fold forward into Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend). Invert so that everything is moving south. Take advantage of this perspective shift by noticing the change in your breath and reorienting your focus.
  • Step back into Plank Pose. Look forward (north). Feel your heels reach back (south). Come onto your shins into tabletop. Move your hips toward the ceiling or sky and your heart forward into Cow Pose. Dome your upper back and point your hips down pulling your ribcage into your spine, Cat Pose. Take a few rounds to massage your spine and enjoy the directional pulls motivated by your breath.
  • Come back to tabletop and extend your left leg straight back landing on the ball of your foot. Now step your left over to the right side of the room (east). Feel the radiation in your hips and you move along a diagonal plane. Your leg is straight. Now bend it and move your left kneecap behind your right knee crease. Move your shins as far apart as you can and walk your hands further to the left, maintaining a diagonal line (northwest). Sit back if your hips allow for it, possibly all the way to the ground. Breath here for as many moments as you like. return to tabletop and repeat on the other side. Each time you shift directions, enjoy the reorientation process always knowing you control the direction.
  • Once you've completed both sides and returned to tabletop, sit back in Child's Pose (Balasana) and rest, coming back to your center.

Even when we change our direction, we can always find our way back. This eliminates the fear of going the wrong way. We can undo and reverse our direction whenever we feel the need. But even when we do this, we are still moving forward with new knowledge and a better understanding of where we want to be. Being still isn't being stagnant. Enjoy everywhere your mind and body go today. It all serves a purpose.