IT IS AN ANCIENT, PURPOSEFUL AND SACRED PRACTICE. SOMETIMES, OUR SPACES CAN ACCUMULATE UNNECESSARY OR NEGATIVE ENERGIES. BURNING SAGE BUNDLES CAN HELP ALLEVIATE THIS “DEAD WEIGHT”. SAGE BURNING REQUIRES YOU TO CONNECT WITH YOUR BREATH, TO HOLD SPACE FOR SACRED REFLECTION, AND TO HONOR YOUR ROOTS.
BUT FIRST THINGS FIRST, WE NEED TO GET CENTERED. CREATING CONTENT REQUIRES YOU TO CONSISTENTLY "WATER THE GARDEN". IT'S VITAL TO FIRST PRACTICE EXTRACTING CREATIVE JUICES AND THEN ONE MUST KEEP THEM FLOWING. SO THERE'S AN ART TO IT. YOU WANT TO TRAIN THE MIND FOR STAMINA, LONGEVITY AND PATIENCE.
WHEN YOU'VE BEEN LET DOWN, FELT YOU WEREN'T RIGHT OR GOOD ENOUGH, TAKEN BLOWS TO YOUR SELF-ESTEEM, YOU REALIZE THAT IT'S NOT A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE TO LIE DOWN AND TAKE IT. THAT STRONG MINDSET AND SELF-ASSURANCE CAME FROM THE TUNNEL, AND NOT THE LIGHT. IT'S OUR DOWNFALLS THAT MAKE UP OUR STRENGTH AND ATTITUDE.
IT WAS MORE THAN A TURNING POINT, IT WAS AS THOUGH WE HAD COME TO A NEW CIVIL WAR IN THE NATION. AND FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR I SAT AND REFLECTED ON MANY OF MY OWN THOUGHTS REGARDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT, MALE-DOMINATED INDUSTRIES THAT SILENCE THE VOICES OF SO MANY WORKERS, HOW THE MEDIA PLAYS A PART IN THE WAY WE CONSUME INFORMATION, SOLUTIONS, IF ANY OF MY FRIENDS HAD ENCOUNTERED SIMILAR EXPERIENCES, AND WHAT ROLE WAS I PLAYING AS A YOUNG WOMAN IN THIS EVER-CHANGING SOCIETY.
THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN A YEAR AGO. SO MUCH HAS TAKEN PLACE SINCE THEN WHEN I LOOK BACK. I THINK ABOUT THE MANY UPS AND DOWNS OF 2017. SO MANY THINGS I'VE LEARNED ON MY OWN, IT'S MADE ME FEEL LIKE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT INDIVIDUAL. SOMETIMES I COMPARE MY PRIORITIES IN JANUARY TO WHAT I WANT OUT OF LIFE RIGHT NOW. ME SITTING HERE WRITING AND TALKING TO YOU HERE TODAY, LIKE I FEEL MORE CONFIDENT IN MYSELF.
THE PAST YEAR HAS BEEN A LOT OF TWISTING AND TURNING, A LOT OF SELF DISCOVERY. THERE'S MANY THINGS THAT I'VE HAD TO MAKE MYSELF AWARE OF, USING MY EARS AND EYES A LITTLE MORE. MY MOUTH, A BIT LESS. I FEEL LIKE LIFE LESSONS KEPT STACKING UP LIKE LEGOS, FORCING ME TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE WAY I REACT TO CHANGE.
It really is a balance between self-care, self-confidence, and self-love. One benefit of yoga is the idea that we should aim to become less critical of ourselves. To love ourselves means that we give ourselves space for improvement and quiet the judgement that we place into our lives.
If you didn't get any flowers last month on Valentine's Day, not to worry! I've got a fun, quick DIY project that will brighten your day and any room in your home! The Yogi in me believes that a handmade craft + flowers always add positive energy to the room.
How funny that today is #WCW! I thought today would be the perfect day to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day while learning about about the 5 Yamas of Yoga. You’ll see why they go together later. But firstly, as a woman...
This is a very special month for me, not just because it's my birthday month, but because I truly embrace and love the celebration of diversity for all people. I love that as a country, we take time to reflect on our history. We've made so much progress as a nation, but we still see injustices in our world and in our own backyard.
In life, the truth is, some people won’t understand you. Let me tell you that I have encountered a lot of backlash and pushback for simply being myself, a yogi that is. Sometimes I get funny looks or comments about why I practice yoga, eat what I eat, or believe in certain things.
I would like to take the time to send a positive message to all of the women in the world and all of the sister marches that have taken place worldwide. The Women's March on Washington is a grassroots effort, it's joint communities and individuals...
The Spartan Race was one of the best challenges of my life. It taught me so much about myself. I really proved a lot to my own doubts and insecurities, that I had nothing to fear. I was so nervous about it because I knew it would be a lot strenuous effort to get through it.
Over the last 6 months, I've spent a lot of time working on my own growth, creating a space for myself to explore, and just an overall happier approach to life. I've had the opportunity to see 8 cities this year and practice yoga in these places.
My journey in becoming the best yogi I can be has come through my experience learning from those who are better than me, who have practiced far more years than me. In order to get better, I have to learn from those who have been down the road.
About five years ago, I came upon something that was so beautiful and wanted to keep forever. Have you ever seen some part of nature or an animal that just spoke to you? Being a big nature and animal lover, I couldn't get over how amazing these creatures are: butterflies.