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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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5 Reasons to Treat Yourself to a Daily Helping of Dark Chocolate

We’re all about maintaining a balanced lifestyle here at Yogi Surprise, meaning that we love encouraging our members and readers to adopt healthy habits that make then feel good without having to completely deprive themselves of their most beloved guilty pleasures—whether that involves indulging in an occasional piece of cheesecake, spending an entire rainy Saturday spent watching Netflix, or even splurging on some super chic yoga wear! Chocolate is one of those things that falls into both categories of healthy habits and guilty pleasures at the same time, which is why you’ll often find some pretty unique chocolate treats in both of our monthly Lifestyle and Jewelry boxes. While excessive amounts of chocolate is bound to do more harm than good, a reasonable amount of chocolate (specifically dark chocolate) can actually be extremely good for you. Here’s what the wonderful world of science has to say about the benefits of dark chocolate.   1. It can help lower bad cholesterol—especially if combined with almonds! A study found that eating one-third a cup of almonds every day either on their own or combined with a one-quarter cup serving of dark chocolate and 2 1/3 tablespoons of cocoa led to significant reductions […]

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5 Invigorating Things to Do to Prepare Your Spirit for the Season of Rebirth

Spring might still be about a month away, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start thinking about how you can prepare for spring a few weeks ahead of its arrival. Spring is the season of rebirth, so you’ll want to focus on rituals that cleanse, detoxify, invigorate, and energize you. After a long and hopefully restful winter, your spirit has had time to rejuvenate itself so it may guide your growth into the next version of yourself. Try some of the following rituals to help you step into the new season with ease.   1. Deep Clean Your Yoga Mat Spritzing your yoga mat with an all natural, cleansing yoga mat cleaner after every use is always a good idea, but deep cleaning your mat at least once or twice every new season (or more depending on use) is just as necessary. A clean, bacteria-free mat is just as good for you physically as it is for you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Take your mat into the bathtub so you can submerge both sides in water and give it a good scrub down with a gentle brush or washcloth before hanging it out to dry completely for at least a […]

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6 Beginner Yogi Tips for Working With Healing Stones

Gemstones aren’t just neat to look at. For centuries, they’ve been used for healing purposes and even today they can help to enhance the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your yoga practice. When it comes to working with stones, everything from color to chemical makeup influences their healing properties. By choosing ones with healing properties that suit your personal needs or desires and using them properly in your yoga practice, you can connect to them and harness their energies to benefit your performance and overall well-being. If you’re new to working with stones, here are a few tips to get you started with integrating the healing properties of crystals into your yoga practice.   1. Know Your Stones’ Healing Properties First things first: do your research on the stones you have or want to acquire. You don’t need to become an expert in stone healing, but you should at least known their main uses. For example, rose quartz is ideal for cultivating self-love and compassion while hematite can promote concentration and grounding.   2. Sit in Meditation With a Stone in Each Hand If you start or finish your practice in seated meditation, you can take two stones […]

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5 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Heart Chakra

The heart chakra is the fourth chakra in the chakra system, which represents the center of love, compassion, joy, and warmth. That might seem obvious, but the heart chakra goes far beyond just that. Check out these five interesting facts that will help introduce you to the power of the heart chakra.   1. Your heart chakra is not located in your heart, but rather in the middle of your chest. It’s easy to assume that the heart chakra is in the same place as the heart (the left side of your chest), but it’s actually located in the center of the chest, right beside the heart. The heart chakra is also the middle chakra where the three lower chakras of the solar plexus, the sacral, and the root meet the three higher chakras of the throat, third eye, and crown.   2. The heart chakra is associated with the color green. Modern depictions of hearts are typically associated with the colors red and pink, but when it comes to the heart chakra, it resonates with the color green. This is because all the chakras are energy centers that vibrate at specific levels, which results in specific colors (and also […]

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3 Beginner Tips for Using Aromatherapy in Your Home Yoga Practice

Many yogis admit that the biggest benefit of choosing to practice at home rather than in a class at a studio is the freedom. When you practice at home, you can tailor your practice however you want—right down to the look and feel of your yoga space. Aromatherapy is just one way you can personalize and enhance your home yoga practice. While many teachers do incorporate aromatherapy into their classes, doing it yourself while practicing at home means you have full control over the selection and/or blend of oils, the dosages, the type of aromatherapy tool or technique to be used, and when or how aromatherapy will be used throughout your practice. If you’re considering the use of aromatherapy in your own home yoga practice, but don’t really know where to start, here are a few simple tips to help get the ball rolling.   Choose Oils With Healing Properties That Match the Focus of Your Practice It’s worthwhile to familiarize yourself with how certain oils affect the mind and body. For example, if you’re doing an evening practice to help you fall asleep, lemon essential oil might not be the best choice since it’s known for helping to eliminate […]

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4 Practical Things to Do When It Isn’t So Easy to Love Yourself

Self-love is not a destination—it’s a continuous process that lasts a lifetime. And while it feels much easier to love yourself when everything is going right in your life, the truth is that it’s a totally different story when things aren’t going so right. The tricky part about genuine self-love is making it unconditional. If you only really love yourself when it feels like your life is in order or you’ve just achieved a desired goal, but turn on yourself when your make mistakes or face rejection—then you’re making self-love conditional. Loving yourself through the messiness of life does not mean that you have to like what you’re currently facing. It does, however, require you to stop judging yourself and accept that your current experiences are happening for a reason.   1. Give yourself permission to take a break from yoga or tailor your practice to what you’re going through. When life gets tough, you’ll only make things harder by expecting yourself to live up to all your normal responsibilities—and that includes yoga if you have a regular practice. Take some time off to process your emotions, focus on what you need to regain your sense of balance, and leave […]

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5 Creative Ways to Use Green Tea in Your Self-Care Regimen

Researchers have dubbed green tea “the healthiest thing you can drink,” thanks to all its rich antioxidants that fight against cell damage—as well as its abilities to improve blood circulation and lower cholesterol. Drinking a cup or two (or more) of green tea is the most common way to enjoy it, but there are several other ways you can reap the health benefits of this incredible superfood. Best of all, green tea can be used in some your favorite self-care rituals to help strengthen your sense of love and appreciation for yourself!.   1. Pre- or Post-Yoga Green Tea Smoothie Whether you’re gearing up for a vinyasa flow class at the studio or needing to refuel after your at-home practice, a smoothie is never not a great option! You can use brewed green tea after it’s cooled down in your smoothie or straight matcha green tea powder. Here are some recipes to try: Green Tea Pineapple Smoothie from Taste Abounds Banana Matcha Green Tea Smoothie from Epic Matcha Ginger Peach Green Tea Smoothie from Garnish With Lemon   2. Green Tea Desserts Believe it or not, green tea makes a wonderful ingredient in almost any type of dessert. From cookies […]

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February’s Theme: Love Yourself

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire Universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~Buddha There’s more to self-love than feeling good enough to spoil yourself with lavender bubble baths, luxurious massages, and generous spending sprees on organic/non-GMO foods. As a matter of fact, self-love is more of an active process than it is a “feel good” state. To love yourself means to appreciate your growth potential from the actions you decide to take in the current moment for the good of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Everyone loves themselves at the very core of their being because it’s simply nature, but the beliefs we form throughout our lives about ourselves based on social conditioning tend to draw us away from our natural state of self-love. Anyone can practice self-love. It might not lead to instant good feelings, but it certainly has the power to affect your thoughts and feelings about yourself with regular practice over time. Here are three big tips to always remember and prioritize in your self-love journey.   Practice Self-Compassion Until It Becomes a Habit When it comes to self-love, the old adage “fake it til you make it” isn’t necessarily the fastest […]

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Win a 3 Day, 3 Night Mindfulness AcroYoga Retreat in Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

How would you like to spend a weekend in one of the country’s most beautiful and breathtaking national parks? Known for its unique topographical, geological, and biological features, Ozark National Forest (located in the northwest of Arkansas) is the perfect getaway setting for any yogi who craves the healing powers of Mother Nature in her lushest forested landscapes and scenic rugged mountains. This February, we’re giving away not one, but two spots to an incredible Ozark Mindfulness AcroYoga Retreat that will take place this May. We’ve teamed up with Max and Liz Lowenstein of Max and Liz Acro for this 3 day, 3 night retreat in what’s considered the world’s most beautiful location.     This retreat is for yogis who are willing to unplug and activate their mindfulness muscle so they can calm their minds and rejuvenate their spirits. No Wi-Fi or reception service is available in the location so that all retreat members can be fully present. Max and Liz will take your healing and rejuvenation further than your typical yoga and meditation sessions with soothing sound healing techniques and the chance to try something new with a fluid style of yoga that combines yoga, acrobatics, and Thai […]

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