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Meet Your Kula: Krystal Prout

Part of what makes us so unique are the amazing members of our Yogi community, our kula. Each month, we’ll feature one member of our yogi community, chat with them about their practice, learn more about what draws them to yoga, and get to know each other a little more. Meet our Prajñā Yogi, Krystal […]

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7 Undeniable Signs You’re Connecting With Your Higher Self Thanks to Your Yoga Practice

Yoga is the practice of self-exploration, which allows us to discover our true selves. As you climb higher and higher up the levels of human consciousness, certain changes in mood, attitude, thought processes, behaviour, and and more are bound to occur. Here are just seven signs that you’re moving beyond the limitations of living a low consciousness life and closer toward true happiness and peace.   1. You feel happier and more positive—even though nothing in your life has really changed. One of the clearest signs of reaching a higher state of being is that your mood is no longer quite as reliant on your external world in order to feel good. Changes are occurring at an inner level if you begin to feel content with life as it is, regardless of whether or not you’ve acquired material items, been recognized and praised by others, or accomplished any big goals.   2. You begin to appreciate yourself more for exactly who you are in this moment. Most people have things they wish they could change about themselves. People living high consciousness lives, however, question their beliefs about how they ought to be and begin to see themselves as a continuous […]

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4 Simple Ways to Awaken Self-Realization Through Your Yoga Practice

Yoga is many things to different people. It’s exercise, it’s stress relief, it’s a social activity, it’s a mood booster, and it’s even an effective way to cope with chronic pain. What yoga truly is at its very core, however, is a journey into the self. By diving deeper into the self, the practitioner learns to distinguish between what’s real and what isn’t through knowledge, selflessness, love, devotion, and self-control. This is called self-realization. Self-realization is the experience of oneness with truth. The word “yoga” actually means “union” or “connection,” and it is through this system that anyone, anywhere can realize their truth and full potential through integration of the mind, body, and spirit. There are many things you can do to promote greater self-realization through your yoga practice. Here are just a few practical suggestions to really focus on.   Practice standing poses to ground yourself and set your foundation. Standing poses bring your awareness to your connection with the ground beneath you, demanding involvement and cooperation from all parts of the body. Poses like Warrior I, Warrior II, high lunge, side angle pose, chair pose, and others teach you how to create a steady foundation by firmly grounding […]

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3 Simple Ideas for Reinventing Your Sense of Self-Love

So maybe you already have a daily yoga practice, or you make sure to feed your body with nutritious foods, or you make sleep a priority in your life. Perhaps you even do all of the above and more! Despite the incredible benefits of engaging in self loving practices like some of those mentioned above, it’s true that they can begin to feel less engaging over time as they become automatic habits that are simply part of your routine. This, of course, is not necessarily a bad thing! The goal of self-love after all is to make it a habit. This however doesn’t mean you shouldn’t switch things up once in a while and try something new. Here are just a few simple ways that you can add on to your existing self-love practice and give yourself a little extra dose of novelty.   1. Spoil yourself with small, healthy rewards more often. The easiest way to strengthen your sense of self-love is to treat yourself to small rewards that you don’t get to indulge in very much on a regular basis. Whether it’s because of time constraints, lack of resources, or the simple fact that too much of a […]

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3 Meditation Tips for Tapping Into Your Inner Wisdom

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” ~Buddha You might have heard that the answers to all your problems and questions already lie within you. And those who make spiritual practices a priority in their lives almost always experience this to be true. Through meditation, anyone can get deeper in touch with their own truth. Living your truth means living with unshakeable purpose, selflessly serving yourself and others simultaneously for the greater good of everyone and everything. If you already have a meditation practice in place or are interested in starting one, there are various techniques you can use to gain clarity about your true self. Here are just three to try out.   1. Breathe into a place of “what is” to reach a state of non-resistance. Oftentimes we have limiting beliefs that prevent us from getting to know our true selves. So before we do anything, we have to learn to accept who we are and where we are right now—even if we don’t like it. (Especially if we don’t like it!) To do this, consider one aspect […]

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4 Ways to Heal Your Crown Chakra by Spending Time in Nature

The crown chakra is your gateway to the spiritual realm and your state of oneness with the Universe. Letting go of your ego is one of the most important things you can do to maintain a balanced and open crown chakra, and what better way to do that than by spending more time in nature? Nature grounds us when we’ve become a little too lost in our egos—and this is exactly what we need to be able to move beyond low-consciousness thought and into a higher state of love and purpose. Here are are five ways to put yourself deeper in touch with nature so that you can regain your footing on the path you need to take toward greater spiritual growth.   1. Trade sitting meditation for a meditative walk through a green or wooded area. Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sit still. Taking your meditation outdoors—even in the winter—is a wonderful way to combine the benefits of physical activity with the therapeutic effects of nature. As you walk down your chosen path, trail, or sidewalk, focus on your senses like your feet hitting the ground with each step, the coolness of your breath as you breathe […]

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3 Simple Ways to Unblock and Open Your Heart Chakra

With the start of a new year and Valentine’s Day well on its way, it’s natural to feel a strong desire to seek out connections with other people now perhaps more than ever—even if the task seems daunting and you fear the potential risks of vulnerability, awkwardness, disappointment, and even rejection that come with getting close to someone (and letting them get close to you too). The heart chakra is the energy center that governs your sense of love, compassion, and beauty. Signs of a blocked heart chakra include relationships that feel draining, shyness, loneliness, difficulty forgiving, and difficulty empathizing with others. By learning to heal and open your heart chakra, you’ll slowly begin to radiate more love, compassion, and beauty from the inside out—in addition to attracting these energetic qualities back to you from the people you surround yourself with. Here are some things you can do to start clearing those blockages and opening your heart chakra, just in time for the eventual arrival of spring!   1. Accept your emotions, express them, and them let go. At the root of a blocked heart chakra is emotional repression, so if you want to learn to love freely and openly, […]

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5 Essential Tips for Creating a Self-Care Bath Ritual

In a world that demands so much of our time and energy to get things done and nurture the relationships we have with people who are so important to us, it can be downright difficult to prioritize our own wellbeing. Self-care is essential to maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional health—and the way we choose to take good care of ourselves can be as basic as taking a shower in the morning or as elaborate as spending some serious dough to go on a week-long yoga retreat! The following self-care bath ritual strikes a nice balance between basic and elaborate—offering you the freedom to tailor it your needs in the best way that works for you.   1. Schedule it. Whether you can carve out 20 minutes or two full hours of your time for a good soak in the tub, make sure you put it in your calendar so you don’t forget. It might sound silly to schedule your self-care rituals, but believe us when we say you’ll probably find some excuse not to do it if you know you have other things to do!   2. Tidy up your bathroom. If you want to feel calm and relaxed […]

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Win a 3 Day, 2 Night Elemental Yoga Retreat in Mexico

Imagine yourself relaxing on the beach, practicing yoga, and connecting deeply to nature in a private tropical oasis on the Pacific Cost of Mexico. For yogis who are looking to let go of all their stresses and attune themselves to Mama Nature, a short trip to Primo Tapia in Mexico’s Baja California would do the body, mind, and spirit some good! This January, we’ve partnered with yoga ambassadors/retreat hosts Cheyanne Abolt and Regina Calvario to give one of our Yogi Surprise members a free spot in their 3 day, 2 night Elemental Yoga Retreat. This retreat will take our lucky winner off the grid to connect with the four natural elements of wind, earth, fire, and water.     Scheduled to take place in mid-April, your first day at the retreat will be focused on honoring the wind with a a sacred smudging ceremony and a dreamcatcher making workshop. The second day, which just so happens to be Earth Day, will be all about honoring the earth and fire elements with a vineyard tour, wine tasting, and a ceremonial bonfire. On your last day, you’ll honor the element of water with an adventurous visit to Rosarito Beach. Between elemental honoring […]

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5 Ways to Cultivate Your Passion Through Your Yoga Practice

Whether you’re embarking on a new career path or seeking out a creative hobby to fill your spare time with, discovering what you truly are passionate about can prove to be as confusing as ever. While it can be frustrating to know that you must be passionate about something, yet not have a clue what that something might be, there’s reason to embrace this unknown. Contrary to popular belief, passion does not typically arrive out of nowhere. In reality, we become more aware of what we’re passionate about by exploring a variety of interests, experiencing new things, taking risks, making mistakes, learning, and readjusting what we think we could do better or what we think might bring us more joy. The meditative and self-explorative aspects of yoga make it an ideal practice for cultivating your passion. Here are five things to focus on in your practice to help move you closer to what you’re truly passionate about.   1. Breathe Your Way to Calm To find your passion, quiet your mind. It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s the key to connecting to your Higher Self—that part of you that knows what will bring you utmost joy and satisfaction in life. Consider […]

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