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The Very Best Yoga Gifts: Thoughtful, Simple, and Loving

No one needs another mug. I promise you. Did you catch that, Andrea? We are yoga lovers. It’s never boring for us. There’s no cajoling or coaxing us into rolling out our mats to practice. We’re psyched to spend a Saturday night going to a sound bath class or doing yoga with a DJ in […]

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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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Achievement or Experience: What’s Going to Make You Happier?

I want to be happy. Don’t you? I’m going to take a leap here and suggest we’d all appreciate being happy and content, yet we pretty consistently get in our own way. I can give you at least 17 examples every day of things I do to get in my own way. Can you relate? In yoga, we practice the state of being present and non-attachment. Lovely, yet lofty goals these are. It’s too easy, even in the midst of our practice, to get bogged down by anxieties and the pressure of feeling we aren’t doing enough. We’re not enough. We haven’t achieved or experienced enough. And I believe it boils down to priorities. That and how we define achievements and experiences in their relationship to happiness. Are you game for a short questionnaire? Answer the questions below to determine if achievement or experiences are more important to you currently.  *Side note: we change our minds. Sometimes it’s achievement, sometimes it’s experience. But knowing where you are right this moment and connecting it to your overall sense of well-being might help enlighten you to some shifts that may be beneficial. And also, sometimes it’s both. We really can have it […]

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Why You Really Do Need to Go Hug All of The Trees

I knew the second I spotted her that she was the one There she was, just as majestic and impossibly beautiful as a living creature has the capacity to be. She beckoned without paying me any attention at all. With zero chill, I raced in her direction and hurled my body fully against her’s. We became one, me and that Quaking Aspen, and the feeling of our full embrace will never quite leave me. Or leaf me. And speaking of leaves, I took one from the ground as a memento of our brief but impactful time together. There’s quite a lot of evidence that tree hugging has many benefits Not only are you fully aware that you feel better after getting in that snuggle, but you may not notice some of the more subtle yet highly impactful benefits tree hugging has to offer. In his spellbinding book, Blinded by Science, Matt Silverstone explores the health benefits of hugging trees and the vibrational healing powers that this simple act has to offer. Trees offer specific vibrations that trigger positive responses in our biological behaviors when we commune with them and tap into their restorative powers. If all it takes is just one tree […]

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