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Meet Your Kula: Mel Douglas

  Meet Your Kula: Mel Douglas 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 […]

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3 Important Life Epiphanies You’ll Have During a Vipassana (Silent Retreat)

Even if you’re a quiet person, (which I’m absolutely not) it’s no small feat to spend a few days not speaking. The value of unplugging and getting quiet is vast and really difficult to explain until you’ve gone through it. Vipassana lessons abound and don’t all unfold in front of you at once. It’s an unraveling effect and it will undoubtedly change you. Whether it sounds like heaven or an impossibility, there are deep healing reasons each of us should consider taking a silent retreat and possibly doing this on a semi-regular basis. Meditation first If meditation eludes you, begin there. Start by meditating daily. It allows you the time to get quiet and go inside. Silence is something many of us have to practice to embrace. Once it doesn’t feel so foreign, we can be more open to the gifts and lessons offered. Vipassana, or “to see things as they truly are” is the Sanskrit term for a 10-day silent retreat. If discovering and unearthing your truths is something you know you want and need to do in this life, it’s one of the many silent retreat lessons you’ll receive. There is no talking and no external entertainment allowed […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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