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 or most effective strategy. In fact, focusing only on what you like about yourself while ignoring what you don’t like about yourself could backfire on your self-esteem levels.

Research has shown that self-compassion—the practice of stopping all judgment of yourself, accepting yourself fully, and being kind to yourself regardless of what you do or don’t like—is the real key to feeling motivated to work on improving yourself. It starts with noticing that critical voice inside your head and consciously replacing it with a voice that sounds more like a caring friend.

 

Make Your Own Rules About What It Means to Show Yourself Some Love

There are countless books, articles, videos, and even courses you could use to learn how to love yourself more, but when it comes straight down to it, only you can know exactly what you need to truly cultivate more love. When it comes to self-love, there are no rules—only the rules you make uniquely for you and your needs.

Self-love can be cultivated in activities as basic as showering and making time to eat or as extravgent as going on a cruise and buying a whole new wardrobe. Just because certain actions work for one person doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily work for you, so be open to experimenting with various self-love rituals and take note of how they make you feel afterward.

 

Follow the Universal Law of Exchange to Cultivate Even More Love

When you love yourself a little more, you’ll naturally feel compelled to share it. The law of exchange states that the energy you put out into the world will flow back to you, so spreading the love that you’ve cultivated for yourself among others will undoubtedly help you cultivate even more love for yourself.

Simple actsof kindness like a smile here or a thank you there definitely count. Of course, the greater your acts of kindness and generosity that you genuinely feel compelled to express, the greater love you’ll feel for yourself not just as a separate individual existing in society, but as a unique expression of life connected to everyone and everything else around you.


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 massage—called called acroyoga. This is truly more than your average yoga retreat!

 

 

Retreat participants will be asked to check in between noon and 5 on Friday before the opening circle ceremony at 5:30pm and a mindful eating dinner at 8:00pm. Saturday’s itinerary starts off early with breakfast at 7:00am followed by a morning hike with meditation and yoga before lunch around noon. Acroyoga and other activities follow in the afternoon before dinner at 6:00pm and a sound healing session at 8:00pm.

Sunday morning follows the same schedule as Saturday’s, followed by a standing acrobatics and Thai massage session in the afternoon. The closing circle ceremony takes place at 5:00pm and participants may check out anytime before 10:00am the next morning (Monday).

All of the following amenities are included in the Ozark Mindfulness AcroYoga Retreat:

  • Room accommodations
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks (with the exception of Saturday night’s vegan potluck dinner)
  • All the tea you want to drink
  • Daily yoga and chanting sessions
  • Daily acroyoga sessions
  • Daily sound healing sessions with sound baths
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Lesson in personal photography/photoshoot
  • Morning hikes

 

 

This incredible Ozark Mindfulness AcroYoga Retreat is scheduled to take place this upcoming Friday, May 25th to Monday, May 28th. If you think you could use a break to reconnect with Mother Nature and renew yourself from the inside out, but don’t have the time or funds to go on a long or pricey vacation, why not enter for your chance to win this one?

With two spots to give away to our Yogi Surprise members, you’ve got a better chance of snagging one! Click the link below to find out how to win.

 

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