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 Prout.

Tell us about yourself!

Hi, I am Krystal, mother, yoga practitioner and instructor. I currently live in Alberta, Canada teaching yoga and raising two amazing kiddos.

What started your yoga journey?

Yoga had always been a whisper and for years I had wanted to try a class. In the fall of 2015 I had two small children when a local yoga studio opened in my small town. I was looking to gain strength and flexibility and also get a little bit of “me time” in too. It only took two or three classes before I started to feel an inner shift. I fell in love with the physical practice all while unknowingly beginning an internal healing journey.

When did you decide to become a yoga instructor?

After an on again off again practice for about a year, I decided I was going to get serious about the practice. A little over six months after that, about two years into my yoga journey, is when people began to ask if I was teaching classes and suggested I should. I had never even considered the thought of being a yoga instructor. In the span of a couple weeks several people, including my mentor & teacher recommended I take my yoga teacher training. I took those nudges as a sign from the universe and enrolled my RYT200 in the fall of 2017.

What type of yoga do you teach? What drew you to this particular form of yoga?

Though I have training in Hatha, Yin and kids yoga, my heart beats for Vinyasa and Power yoga. I prefer to practice this style myself so naturally I’m drawn to guide it as well. There is something very powerful about these styles and watching students get stronger, playful and pushing themselves during their practice is very rewarding for both them and myself.

How has the practice of yoga affected your life? Spiritually? Mentally?

As I began to do “the work”, (the physical practice), it simultaneously began to start the work internally. My teacher would always say in class “we’ve opened up the front side, the backside...but the hardest part to open is the inside” and this is exactly what happens when we continue to go deep in our practice.

After taking my training and learning so much about the yogic concepts, I really wanted to begin to live true to myself. Taking responsibility, honoring myself and how I choose to speak and behave. Of course I still have a lifetime of work to do but yoga has pushed me to explore my values and lean into virtue.

What does the concept of Prajñā mean to you? How do you see this embodied in your practice?

Prajñā to me is wisdom. This concept, for myself, is about listening to my body. Knowing that my body is so wise and it will guide me if I simply listen. Embodying this in my practice means; listening inward. It means; if it feels good to push then I’ll push and if it doesn’t feel good, knowing when to let be. It also means being okay with where I am in my practice and letting that space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me.

Has this understanding changed throughout your yoga journey?

It definitely has changed throughout my journey of practicing. When I first began I was always pushing never wanting to find softness or stillness in the poses or in the mind. As a beginner, I was perhaps a bit aggressive in wanting to advance. I also had no idea of the capabilities of my body. Five years into my yoga practice and I'm continuing to surprise myself with what my body is capable of doing.

As you look back throughout your yoga journey, what advice would you give to other yogis?

Consistency is key. Don’t give up so soon on whatever you’re working on whether that be a meditation practice, the physical practice of yoga or some thing else entirely. Small changes over time become big changes. And try not to put yourself into a box of limitations. Knowing that your practice can look different each day, will feel different each day and that’s OK and to embrace that. Boxing yourself into limitations of “not being naturally flexible” or coming in with an injury or not loving your body type can mentally block you from moving forward in your practice. Each time you step on your mat enjoy the process and if you are not loving your practice, know that it’s ok to switch it up.

Are there any mindfulness practices or techniques that you use to center your practice? To open your mind?

I am a big fan of breath work. Incorporating breath work into my practice literally transformed it. I typically begin my practice with mind-body connecting. I will focus on feeling my body connecting physically with the mat (feeling heavy and grounded, then I begin to imagine my body extremely light - like I could float!) then I move into breath cleansing (retention breath and big sighs out to clear and create fresh energy), and finally calling in my ujiyi breath (this is my favourite prana) starting to create heat, sound and focus for my practice.

Where can we find and continue to support your work?

You can find me on Instagram at @krystalsyoga .This is my favourite place to share my practice and connect. I also have online classes that you can find linked to that account and in 2021 I’m looking forward to creating more virtual spaces for yogis to connect with me online!

You can also practice alongside Krystal with our Third Eye Opening Asana: 

I open my mind to all that I have learned and all that I do not yet know. I seek to deepen my understanding of both myself and others with non-judgment and a free heart.


Meet Your Kula: Mikaila Cruz

Meet Your Kula: Mikaila Cruz

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 Drishti Yogi, Mikaila Cruz.

Tell us about yourself!

I was born and raised in New York City. Both of my parents had backgrounds in finance, and belonged to a military family. I learned to be an independent thinker early on, yet followed the straight line of attending school, then attaining a good paying job.

What started your yoga journey?

When my Dad arrived in Manhattan he learned Ashtanga Yoga, and when I was five years old he taught me how to come into a headstand. I knew nothing about the yoga philosophy, but thought it was fun to come into an inversion.

When I was 16 I started running, and when I hit my goal of 12 miles a day I began feeling pain in medial part of my right knee. I went to see an orthopedic surgeon who gave me the option of surgery or practicing yoga. Being that all I knew of yoga was a headstand I thought that was it. The surgeon recommended I look online for various yoga poses. After a few days I decided to begin my yoga practice.

When did you decide to become a yoga instructor?

While at a friend’s house one morning she asked how to come into Urdhva Dhanurasana (wheel pose). I thought about it for a moment, and guided her through the breath first, then the pose. Afterwards she exclaimed, “You should totally be a yoga teacher!” I returned home and looked up various yoga teacher programs in the area. Nine months later I became certified.

What type of yoga do you teach? What drew you to this particular form of yoga?

The yoga teacher training program I was accepted into specialized in Vinyasa yoga, which I teach Vinyasa Yoga. My classes incorporate various postures from the Ashtang method as well. I do have students who are fellow runners and athletes, so I also teach restorative yoga and focus on alignment and flexibility.

How has the practice of Yoga affected your life? Spiritually? Mentally?

Spiritually, the yoga practice enhanced my view of the world. After my survival of 9/11 my mind was lost, but the yogic path found me once again.

My mind still experiences triggers from 9/11, so from a mental standpoint yoga in the form of meditation helps me stay in the present moment.

Tell us what Drishti means to you - how do you practice this in your day to day?

I view Drishti as a focal point found not only on the mat, but when focusing on daily tasks as well. A mentor once said that one needs to be laser focused on what is important, and put 100% of effort into it. When the mind is overwhelmed with thoughts it is imperative to use the Drishti to attain mindfulness.

How has this understanding changed over the years?

My understanding of this not changed but broadened my knowledge of the importance of Drishti.

Looking over your own journey, is there any advice that you would give to someone struggling to find their focus or footing in their practice?

I myself have struggled in finding focus and footing in my practice. Practice ahimsa whenever possible. Be kind to yourself, as the yoga journey is a path of oneness and not to be compared with another.

Do you have any inspirational quotes or mantras that you use to center yourself?

The quote that helped me along my yoga journey is by Lao Tzu: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

Where can we find and support your work?

You can find my blog, yoga teaching, social media platforms and other works on my website.

You can connect with Mikaila and follow along with her journey at @mikaila_nyc

You can also practice alongside Mikaila this month with the Chandra Namaskar or Moon Salutation and our mantra:

I am enough, I focus on the perfectly imperfect fullness of my self with utter love.

 


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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 of the highly charged magic their various meanings promise. But could placing a labradorite crystal on your root chakra open you up to your true dharma with a brilliant and illuminating light because of your intention to see the truth? There's only one way to find out....

Using crystals for attraction helps us be clear about our truest intentions

This is how crystals work. Every time you see, touch and utilize a given crystal, you'll think about its attributes. They provoke us to look within and both realize and truly recognize all that we are and everything we really want.

Make a list. Don't edit. Just begin. I want...

  • love
  • excitement
  • unexpected adventures
  • happiness
  • success
  • acknowledgment
  • insight
  • inspiration
  • joy
  • passion
  • devotion
  • to impact the lives of others positively
  • compassion
  • empathy
  • connection

This is just to get you started. Don't hold back. And if you're open to utilizing crystals for attraction to bring all that you want your way, here are a few extra powerful gemstones to add to your manifestation arsenal:

  1. Rhyolite has properties that help us wade through the waters of old muck each of us carries around. It assists in purging old stories and releasing past mistakes and choices that lead us down paths of rumination and steer us away from our current lives and purpose. Does your self-esteem need a little boost? Right, who among us couldn't benefit from feeling as wonderful about ourselves as we deserve to feel? Crystals for attraction of self-love and appreciation need to be easily reachable. Touch it many times throughout the day as a reminder to be present and embrace the incredible human you are and all of the possibilities waiting for you to explore them.
  2. Kambaba Jasper is a compass. When fears hold us back, this crystal is on the ready to point us in other directions. And even when these new directions scare us, listening to that not so little voice inside telling us to go for it and side-step fear is the north star we need to follow. Wear this gorgeous stone as an amulet protecting you from holding yourself back.
  3. Fluorite offers tranquility. Are you looking for ways to calm your mind, balance your chakras, and renounce negativity? Meditate on these qualities and feel the magic of intention flourish first in your heart and then to the world around you.

We go back to ancient remedies and time-tested natural healers over and over because we want to feel good. No, we want to feel empowered and to know ourselves in ways that better the world. Let's practice together.

 


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Meditations for People Who Think They Can't Mediate

I feel you.

Meditation can be exceedingly challenging for some of us. It's incredibly hard to direct our thoughts in a way that helps us clear out minds. Being still is the opposite of calming. I know it comes naturally for some, but that ain't me, and if you're reading this, it's probably not you.

So let's redefine meditation. Let's make it something we look forward to and really find value in

Traditionally, meditation is done in a quiet room. The practitioner takes a comfortable seat, closes their eyes, and clears their mind. Mantras and chants can and often are a part of the equation. Dim lighting, no distractions, and comfortable clothing are paramount. Sometimes, it's a guided meditation taking us on an internal journey.
You've tried all of it. And you've tried again. It's not clicking and you wonder if you simply can't meditate. You peek at others in the room seemingly enjoying their own experience and appearing to not struggle in the least. You feel like a failure and trend towards thinking meditation just isn't for you. It's so easy to buy into these thoughts, but they're simply untrue.

Let's throw out tradition and get to the heart of what meditation offers us:

  • peaceful feelings
  • clarity
  • mindfulness
  • self-awareness
  • compassion
  • the ability to be present
  • appreciation
  • simplification
  • kindness
  • stress reduction
  • relaxation
  • calm
  • groundedness
  • gratitude
For those of us whom more traditional meditation practices don't quite land, let's think way outside the box about what a meditative practice can be. What alternate types of meditation practices besides sitting in silence can offer all of these benefits?

1. Try a walking meditation

Take a walk. It can be in the woods, on the beach, or even just around your neighborhood. Focus on your breath and surroundings. Make a conscious effort to notice everything around you. The wind, cracks in the road, leaves on the trees, the song of the birds overhead. Drink it in and let yourself absorb your surroundings. Count your steps. Focus your drishti. Choose positive thoughts. Take deep, aware breaths.

2. Meditate in a crowded space

It could be a coffee shop, library, train station, or even your workplace. Find the least conducive to meditation environment you can. If you can find a calming energy and peaceful feeling even with eight-seven distracting things happening all around you, then you're really onto something. The meditation here is all about blocking out the noise and finding focus amidst chaos. Even if you can find it for a moment, that's really something. Use the tools at your disposal. Breath, Making the choice to not look up or all around everytime a new noise arrives at the scene. When you learn to block the noise, a truly incredible thing happens. You stop hearing it. It ceases having power over you. You can feel serenity anywhere.

3. Practice meditation via conversation

Have you ever noticed your listening abilities evaporating when you're talking with someone and there's a feeling of disconnect? You can change that by applying meditative properties to every conversation. Whether you're talking with someone you really vibe with or someone you have trouble connecting to, the same meditation principles align. Practice self-study, svadhyaya, as a means of witnessing not just the other person with whom you are participating in dialogue, but yourself being present, open, compassionate, and more aware than you were moments before.

4. Create a daily mantra

This one is SO much fun! If you like to write, then write it down. If that's not your jam, mentally create one and come back to it over and over throughout the day, revisiting your chosen meditation. Use a bracelet or crystal to help you remember to come back to it throughout the day. Today, I'm working with, "Cultivate listening by utilizing economy of words." I talk a lot, so today, I choose to listen more, therefore talking less and fostering this as my meditation. Tomorrow I'll choose something different to focus on, but this meditation will stay with me.
Once we broaden the scope of how we view meditation, everything starts to show up as a meditation opportunity. This in no way negates the incredible value of more traditional meditation practices. But if your resistance to that is strong, begin here and stay here as long as the value continues to surface for you. It might decrease your feelings of opposition, and if it doesn't, that's really okay. As long as we each find ways to cultivate awareness and a reduction in our stress levels, our meditation practice only needs to speak to us.

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Utilizing Amethyst in a Guided Meditation for Contentment

Many of us love various crystals for their vast and intensive properties offering us anything from the attraction of money, healing, and protection to enlightenment, love, and creativity. We believe in their power and they've become an integral tool for our yoga and meditation practices.
Amethyst is one of the most interesting and potent stones on earth. I remember being very envious of my sister growing up because she was lucky enough to have amethyst as her birthstone. The deep purple hue is dazzling and as a child, I associated it with royalty and beauty. It's shine and magnetic energy are seductive in a way that makes it difficult to shift your eyes elsewhere.
Beyond its beauty, amethyst holds space for something many of us consider intangible: contentment. 
 
Amethyst shares its shade with our crown chakra, making it a conduit for the obtainment of enlightenment. And isn't this the path to contentment?
When I think of people I would describe as content, few of them are extremely wealthy, not monetarily. None of them are famous or super-models. Only one of them holds the title CEO or President. And when I think of their energy, it's always purple. And I can't get enough of them. They have the kind of wealth I hold so dear: gratitude and genuine appreciation for the present moment.
Amethyst has long been considered a crystal that holds the ability to calm the mind and encourage a meditative state. A calm, focused mind is much more inclined towards the state of contentment than an overactive and distractive one. Contentment means you feel whole, complete and satisfied with what you have. It doesn't mean you don't have goals or pursuits. It just means you can be present with what is without believing you should have more or be more right this moment.
How can you use amethyst to bring you closer to contentment? Simply being near it and thinking of your association with contentment is a beginning. But there's a more connected way to utilize its power.
A Guided Meditation Starring Amethyst
 
This meditation can last anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Best time of day is in the early morning so you can feel the lasting effects throughout the day.
Light a lavender candle and place tea lights in a circle around your meditation space. Lay down. Consider using props to make your body as comfortable and still as it's capable. Place an amethyst stone first at the base of your throat, right at the center of your clavicle. It all begins with communication, and our throat chakra is the center for fostering communication and bringing it into balance.
Begin by creating a visual room in your mind. Picture the lighting, temperature, size, and features. Begin building this space so that it offers you all you need to feel content. Maybe it's you and your dog, a book, a bathroom, and a glass of wine. Or perhaps it's all of the important people in your life, music, food, comfortable furniture, art, and laughter. Only you know everything you need to be content. Fill the room, don't hold back. Keep adding until it feels completely full.
Spend Time Dwelling in this Space
 
Really live and breath in this space. Drink it in.  Now that you've added everything and everyone you feel is necessary to feel content, begin to notice what you can subtract and still feel that same level of peaceful calm and happiness. Subtract until you are down to the only things and living creatures you need to sustain this feeling. Breath deeply into that sensation and move the amethyst stone to the center of your third eye. Keep breathing, visualizing, experiencing, and cultivating this all-encompassing sense of contentment.
You've now created your own mental living space that embodies contentment. You can visit and revisit anytime. It's always with you, waiting to console you any moment you feel out of whack or unsettled. It's yours.

3 Meditation Tips for Tapping Into Your Inner Wisdom

3 Meditation Tips for Tapping Into Your Inner Wisdom

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” ~Buddha

You might have heard that the answers to all your problems and questions already lie within you. And those who make spiritual practices a priority in their lives almost always experience this to be true.

Through meditation, anyone can get deeper in touch with their own truth. Living your truth means living with unshakeable purpose, selflessly serving yourself and others simultaneously for the greater good of everyone and everything.

If you already have a meditation practice in place or are interested in starting one, there are various techniques you can use to gain clarity about your true self. Here are just three to try out.

 

1. Breathe into a place of “what is” to reach a state of non-resistance.

Oftentimes we have limiting beliefs that prevent us from getting to know our true selves. So before we do anything, we have to learn to accept who we are and where we are right now—even if we don’t like it. (Especially if we don’t like it!)

To do this, consider one aspect about yourself or a situation in your life that you can’t change and use your meditation practice to explore your relationship with it. Are you struggling to work with it, or are you trying to ignore that it exists?

As you gain awareness of your own resistance, harness the energy from your core through your breath to combat these resistant thoughts. Continuing to breathe through this process will bring you close to a state of acceptance of what is.

 

2. Meditate on simple questions related to your spiritual dharma.

Your spiritual dharma is your purpose in life. As you sit in meditation and bring yourself to the here and now by spending a few moments focusing on your breath, try asking yourself one of the following questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I want?
  • How can I serve myself and others?
  • What am I grateful for?

Now here’s the hard part: Let your heart answer rather than your logical mind. Your answers could come through in the form of bodily sensations which you might have to spend some time interpreting until they reveal themselves through the soft, subtle voice of your inner guidance (your intuition) that lies beneath the constant chatter of the monkey mind.

 

3. Call up compassion, abundance, and longevity through mantra chanting.

Mantra means sound, and it's used in meditation to activate a certain type of energy throughout parts of the body. When chanted (silently or aloud) with full awareness, mantras are powerful enough to lead to higher states of consciousness.

To nurture your inner wisdom through meditation, you can chant the Green Tara Mantra “om tare tutarre ture soha” to relieve physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering. Known as “the Mother of all Buddhas,” Tara offers you protection while awakening sources of great compassion, abundance, and longevity from within.

Here’s a Green Tara Mantra video you might want to check out to familiarize yourself with the mantra or practice chanting along with through your meditation.


9 Things Yogis Can Do to Prepare for a Good Night's Sleep

9 Things Yogis Can Do to Prepare for a Good Night's Sleep

Making sleep a priority is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. By making sure you get enough good quality sleep every night, you not only set yourself up for a great next day, but a long and healthy life too.

Whether you’re an aspiring yogi, a beginner yogi, an intermediate yogi, or even an advanced yogi, you can take advantage of the following tips to improve your sleep naturally.

 

1. Refrain from Stimulating Devices and Activities

The earlier in the evening that you can turn off the TV, put your smartphone away, stop working, or finish any vigorous exercise, the better! Plan to do this an hour before turning in at the very least.

 

2. Snack on Sleep-Friendly Foods

If you’re hungry before bed, light snack can actually help you sleep better. Go for complex carbohydrates combined with lean protein that ideally contains the amino acids tryptophan (such as chicken/turkey breast, tuna, cheese, nuts, seeds, and beans). Tryptophan is known to boost serotonin levels, which helps promote sleep.

 

3. Darken Your Environment

You don’t have to sit around in a pitch dark room, but less light will certainly help your body adjust and get the signal to prepare for sleep. Instead of simply dimming the lights, try lighting some candles for enhanced relaxation.

 

4. Listen to Soothing Music or Sounds

Classical, ambient, and smooth jazz are perfect music genres for winding down. Alternatively, you could try listening to some sound effects like ocean waves, rain, thunderstorms, birds, or frogs to help you get in touch with nature.

 

5. Mindfully Prep for the Night and Next Day

Without any stimulating devices or activities to indulge in before bed, you can take the extra time you have to carry out your evening routine and plan for tomorrow. Take a relaxing bath, moisturize your entire body, brush your teeth extra well, pick out what you want to wear, make your lunch, and do whatever else you need to do while practicing mindfulness.

 

6. Do a Bit of Journaling

The evening is the perfect time to do a bit of a mind dump through writing. Grab your journal and and a pen to write what simply comes to mind. You may wish to reflect on your day, write about how you feel, or plan for what you want to do tomorrow.

 

7. Lower the Thermostat (Or Crack a Window)

Cooler body temperatures help promote sleep, so set your thermostat to adjust the temperature to somewhere between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the hours you plan to sleep. During slightly warmer weather in the spring, summer, and autumn months, you can even leave the window open.

 

8. Settle Your Mind With Aromatherapy

Essential oils have natural healing properties that can relax the mind and help you prepare for sleep. Whether you choose to gently inhale the aromas or put a few drops on your pillow is completely up to you. Here are seven essential oils known to have calm and soothing effect on the mind.

 

9. Get in Touch With Your Breath and Body

Last but not least, don’t forget about the practice of yoga itself to help you sleep. Poses like legs up the wall, supine spinal twist, reclining goddess pose, child’s pose, and happy baby are just a few to consider trying—many of which you can do directly in bed. If meditation is a better alternative for you in the evening hours, try these three deep breathing techniques to calm your mind and body in preparation for sleep.


8 Simple and Practical Ways to Enhance Your Meditation Space

8 Simple and Practical Ways to Enhance Your Meditation Space

You can certainly mediate almost anywhere that’s relatively quiet and free from distraction, but making a welcoming space for meditation can help you relax more easily whenever you sit down for your practice.

Here are a few good tips for creating a meditation space that soothes your mind and gets you in touch with your true self.

 

1. Pick a space that makes you feel calm.

Most people don’t have an entire room to dedicate to meditation, which is why it’s fine to pick any space in your bedroom, living room, guest room or other room that is easy to relax in. During the warmer seasons, you could even take your meditation outdoors to your backyard or patio.

 

2. Consider the sound you want to tune into while meditating.

Quiet spaces are best for meditation, but if you like a little background noise, you could choose a space near a window if you like listening to the traffic in the distance, in front of an analog clock if you prefer the ticking noise of the second hand, or somewhere near a sound system so you can put some ambient music on low volume.

 

3. Remove clutter.

Physical clutter will make it more difficult to detach from thoughts, so make sure to consider finding a new home for anything that doesn’t serve your meditation practice. Since your meditation spaces might also double as a regular living space, however, you can certainly get away with leaving a few items—as long as they don’t distract you or trigger negative thoughts and feelings.

 

4. Make sure you have something comfortable to sit on.

Some people like to meditate on their couches or in their lounge chairs while others like to meditate on their beds or on the floor. Pick a seat you know you’ll be comfortable sitting on, taking into consideration your poster, the softness/hardness of your seat, and whether you want to have your legs straight out in front of you or bent.

 

5. Bring a few elements of nature into your space.

Nature will help ground you as you prepare to sit down to meditate, so decorating your space with natural items can enhance this effect. You could try adding a houseplant, a piece of driftwood, a few stones, some seashells or even some artwork of a natural landscape.

 

6. Use a blanket, throw, quilt, or scarf to help keep yourself warm.

Resting in one spot without moving, slowing the breath, and calming the mind can have a cooling effect on body temperature, which is why it can be worthwhile to keep something around to cover up with before you start. Yogi Surprise members of our Lifestyle Box will receive a gorgeous drape scarf from Rising Tide this November to help stay warm during meditation.

 

7. Add a little aromatherapy.

Certain essential oils can be used to calm the mind, improve focus, and boost concentration—making them perfect for meditation. Consider investing in a simple essential oil diffuser or creating an aromatic lotion by combining your favorites with some carrier oil (like coconut oil). Among the best to use for meditation include lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, bergamot, cedarwood, and rose.

 

8. Put a mantra somewhere to remind you of what you want to concentrate on.

This one allows you to get as crafty as you’d like—perhaps painting a one-word mantra like “love” or “gratitude” and framing it or carving it into a patch of bark you found on the ground outside. Or you could simply write it out on a plain piece of paper and keep it in your space just like that to keep it super simple.


Win an 8 Day, 7 Night Soundscape Yoga & Sound-Healing Retreat in Panama

Known for its famous canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific, Panama is a tropical rainforest and beach oasis that attracts all sorts of travelers and yogis from across the globe. The country has the largest rainforest in the Western Hemisphere behind the Amazon Rainforest and is home to some of the most exotic and diverse wildlife and plant species in the world.

This November, one of our lovely Yogi Surprise members will win a spot at this incredible 8 day, 7 night Panama Soundscape Yoga & Sound-Healing Retreat led by Yogi Surprise ambassador Cassandra Justine. With a focus on healing through the senses, you’ll walk away feeling refreshed and transformed in ways you never imagined.

 

 

During this retreat, you’ll tap into the power of nature to explore the five koshas—layers of being that all humans have—through sound and meditation. By doing this work, you’ll come closer to discovering your true, divine nature beneath all those layers.

This retreat will take place at Eco Venao, located on the South Pacific Coast of Panama. You’ll get to stay in one of the lodge’s luxurious guest houses (La Casa Espave, La Casona, or La Casita)—all with air conditioning and breathtaking views from their terraces. There are also pools all around the beach, bars and entertainment (including live music), plus yoga props available during yoga sessions.

 

 

Eco Venao features a gorgeous yoga deck called La Salsa right on the beach with a 180-degree view of the ocean and surrounding rainforest. Its palm roof, high ceilings, and tweak floors make it an ideal space for everything from yoga and meditation, to sound-healing and dancing.

 

 

The following amenities are included in this retreat:

  • Room & board accommodation
  • Three daily meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner from locally sourced foods (GMO-free and vegetarian)
  • Half-day island tour with opportunities for snorkelling, swimming, and seeing whales or turtles (includes road transportation, boat ride, lunch, drinks, umbrellas)
  • 20-minute waterfall hike on property
  • Shuttle transportation to and from the airport

Airfare is not included. Surf lessons and horseback riding are also available for additional charges.

 

 

This Panama Soundscape Yoga & Sound-Healing Retreat is scheduled to take place this upcoming February 3rd to 10th, 2018. If you’d like to bring a friend or partner along, you can specify whether you’d like to have a private room or a shared bed.

Don’t miss out on this unique experience in one of the most beautifully exotic places on Earth. Click the link below to find out how you can enter for your chance to win.

 

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