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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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It Feels So Good to Give

Don’t you love a win/win situation? I sure as hell do. I seek them out and aim for that mathematical equation to make up the majority of the circumstances in my life. Everything can’t be even. Sometimes you are simply the receiver. When it’s your turn to give, the only pay off might be that you feel good about what you’re doing and offering. And that’s most certainly no small thing. In fact, I believe it’s the entire point It feels incredible to give to others. The giver benefits as much if not more than the receiver  There is no shortage of ways to give. Giving is ubiquitous and everyone has something wonderful, helpful, and insightful to offer. It’s so cool that the way it works is the more we give, the happier we are. Win/win baby! When we feel a deficit in our lives, often the inclination is to feed the well. And it’s a great instinct. The distinction is in how we go about doing that. We inherently know we’ve made a great choice in the way giving makes us feel. If you feel good, super decision. If you feel uncomfortable, regretful, begrudging, insincere, or anything along those lines, the […]

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4 Signs You Seriously Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

How can we get out of our comfort zones, you ask? David Lee Roth, formerly of Van Halen, said it best: “Go ahead and jump, JUMP.” Ah Dave, if only it was just that easy. Sure thing, just jump in, go for it, take a chance. Sounds sublime, but stepping out of our comfort zones really isn’t so easy for most of us. Um, they’re called comfort zones because that’s what they offer us and we dig that. We’ve heard it hundreds of times. Getting out of our comfort zones is scary, necessary, hard, exciting, and it’s the well-worn path to growth. We got it. We understand. We’ve even experienced it whether we tried to or not. Having to move for a job. Dealing with surprising health issues. A long-term relationship that ended abruptly. An exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that scared and thrilled us. And sometimes we make the conscious choice. Anything from going to a Muay Thai class to eating blowfish. We know it helps us and it makes life more exhilarating. But how, HOW do we not just make friends with getting out of our comfort zones on the regular, but genuinely embrace the action? How do we move past […]

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Not Cooling It: The Doshas, Featuring Fiery Pitta

Do you know much about the Doshas? If that word ‘Doshas’ doesn’t ring any bells, they are the three systems in our bodies that make up Ayurveda, “the science and knowledge of life.” Ayurvedic practitioners treat symptoms with nutritional and lifestyle changes versus medication. Take this quiz to learn more about the three Doshas: Pitta, Vata, and Kapha, and where your imbalance lives. Each of us possesses all three, and we all have a predominance in one, sometimes two, of the Doshas. The point is to know ourselves better. When we gain knowledge, we acquire tools that allow us to see things differently and, therefore, make alternate decisions based on this new information.  Once you learn where your predominance is, you might decide to not add hot sauce to everything or maybe you’ll commit to getting more than 6 hours of sleep each night. If you learn you’re predominantly Kapha, it may reinforce to you things you already knew about yourself while also alerting you to the pitfalls if the imbalance becomes too great. Kapha characteristics include warmth, nurturing, high energy but manifested in a slow, steady pace, laid-back nature, loving and affectionate, forgiving and non-judgemental. Damn, I wish I had more […]

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Celebrating Failure 

I love to fail. No, now c’mon, that’s not exactly accurate. But I do genuinely feel it’s merit and it’s not something I shy away from. What, exactly, is so profoundly scary about failing for you? We know that failure offers valuable information. There are memes galore about fear of failure and how it’s the number one thing that holds us back from greatness. So why do we try so hard not to fail and regard a specific version of success as the only acceptable outcome? If I try and fail, then…..what? The sun ceases to heat the earth? All the good you’ve ever done becomes undone? Is there not something so beautiful about just trying things out and not attaching to the outcome? When is the last time you did this? What happened? Are you glad you tried, even if it didn’t quite work out the way you might have envisioned or hoped for? A friend of mine bought a very popular boutique a few years ago. By most people’s definition, she was a big success. She tried her best. There were certain things she liked, but too many that she didn’t. And once she understood she probably shouldn’t be […]

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The Low Down on Dharma: 5 Questions to Ask and Answer to Own Your Passion

An inquisitive mind is a busy, active, reaching mind who loves to solve mysteries and develop destinations. Determining our dharma only asks that we continuously seek our deepest understandings of ourselves and what drives and impassions us. While various religions and philosophies embrace and utilize the concept of dharma, there is no definitive definition. The overall idea is that our dharma is our passion and the reason we exist. Heady stuff, but most importantly, it’s the most exciting knowledge we’ll ever gain. Not certain what your dharma is? You are far from alone, and we want to help! Asking questions, owning the ardor and zeal we feel for certain things and people, and trusting our truths are how we land with feet firmly walking along the path we’re meant to follow and love. If you’ve already developed an understanding here, these questions and answers many coax an even more extensive and heartfelt commitment to your passion. It’s crucial for each of us to understand our dharma is not necessarily how we make money, nor is it anything anyone can determine outside of ourselves. No one knows you the way you do. And this is the very best news. However, surrounding […]

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7 Easy Ways to Spend More Time Outside

We all make the same excuses for why we can’t spend as much time outside as we’d probably like to. After all, we have to work, clean, commute, and take care of all our daily tasks — leaving little time in between for us to simply get out and enjoy nature. The truth is that what we’re really doing is prioritizing everything else over our connection to nature. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with prioritizing things like work or family above anything else, but it’s important to be aware that this is what we’re doing when we catch ourselves falling into the “not enough time for it” excuse trap. Those of us who want to make our connection to nature a bigger priority can do so by combining some of the things we already do (or want to do) with outdoor activity. Here are just a few easy ideas to get you started. 1. Practice yoga and meditation in an outdoor environment. There’s perhaps no greater way to enjoy the great outdoors as a yogi than by rolling out your mat in your own backyard or by taking your meditation practice to a bench in a nearby park. Your senses will be […]

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5 Creative Ways to Reuse Food Scraps

No matter how conscious we may be of how long certain foods last, our portion sizes, and our efforts to eat up all those leftovers, the reality is that food often still gets wasted. Unsurprisingly, it’s often in the form of scraps. Food scraps are especially difficult to minimize for plant-based foods. Preparing all sorts of fruits and veggies means that inedible parts such as leaves, stems, stalks, skins, and cores end up in the trash. With a little creativity, however, practically anyone can scale down their food scraps to very little or almost nothing. Here are just five great ways to do exactly that. Make your own compost pile. It’s spring, meaning it’s the perfect time to start composting. The nutrient-dense soil produced by a compost pile is ideal for enriching indoor plants, outdoor plants, lawns, gardens, and whatever else you want to grow. Composting is as easy as gathering enough material for a 3-foot deep pile and then laying down alternate layers of green materials (such as food scraps) and brown materials (such as dead leaves). Nourish your body. Believe it or not, food scraps make great ingredients for DIY beauty regimens. Old coffee grounds, for example, can be used […]

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Finding Peace in Nature

It’s impossible not to notice the burst of energy that Mother Nature rekindles for us in the spring. April is one of those months of the year where the active wildlife and blooming plants draw our attention to the miracle of rebirth as every living thing around us grows stronger and fuller each day. Reconnecting to nature helps keep us grounded. Though it may feel good to get swept up by the lively energies of the spring season, staying present and calm is what we need to maintain balance. Finding peace in nature is as simple as using your senses. Used mindfully, your senses will help ground you and keep you where your feet are when your mind wants to pull you into your thoughts. Look April is a wonderful month to pay close attention to the visual beauty of nature while everything around us begins to grow. Look for those few blades of new grass poking up from the earth, the budding leaves on nearby trees, small animals scurrying around, and even some varieties of flowers starting to show that they’re ready to bloom. Really look at these elements of nature and notice everything from the purity of their regrowth, to […]

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5 Steps to Build Long-Term Eco-Friendly Habits

Whether you’ve signed up to participate in our Eco Challenge or gone off on your own to try developing more eco-friendly habits in your everyday life, chances are you know how tricky it can be to maintain those habits over the long run. This is especially true when life gets in the way, when time is of the essence, and when sticking to a budget is super important. Making eco-friendly choices for a day or two is a cinch. Making them stick over the course of your lifetime, however, is much harder. Despite the difficulty, just think of how much of a personal difference you could make with a lifetime of eco-friendly habits. With this in mind, you can use the following tips to help integrate newer, greener habits into your lifestyle for years and years to come. 1. Start by Committing to One Change Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to make too many eco-friendly changes all at once. While you may be enthusiastic to simultaneously start eating more local/organic foods, turning off all your electronics, commuting less often by car, plus a hundred other new and exciting things, you’re far more likely to throw in the towel too soon once you realize […]

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