Don’t talk to strangers!
Don’t touch anything!
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Don’t talk to strangers!
Don’t touch anything!
I consider myself an introvert. I tend to be quiet, an observer. I prefer smaller, more intimate gatherings and would certainly not put myself in the category of ‘social butterfly’. I would not say that I have a lot of friends, however, the friends I do have are friendships that are rooted in strong foundations of loyalty, love and kindness. The relationships that I hold so close to my heart are ones I cherish and ones I know will last a lifetime.
As I get older I have learned that it’s not about the quantity of friends I have but more the quality of each of the relationships I invite into my life. I tend to have deep conversations right off the bat and feel very foreign when I am in a situation where I am surrounded by individuals who look past me when they ask me a question, inquiring about surface matters such as the weather.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that the weather is nothing to speak of. I Love talking about sunny days and warm summer evenings, however, I’m talking about ‘filler’ conversation. You know, the more superficial conversation that you seem to inevitably find yourself in from time to time. I like to cut to the chase and if I feel a connection with you and feel as though the Universe has bought us together for some special, sacred reason –which is most always the case- I’m the type of person who will jump right in and ask you about, You. I’ll ask you about who you are, where you’re from and I don’t mind getting deep with the nitty-gritty straight away. I realize that’s not for everyone nor is everyone comfortable with that, however, the people I am drawn to seem to always be on the same wavelength as I am and that can make some pretty remarkable, memorable get-togethers.
When I find myself longing for the connection of these beloved friendships, I always plan our dates consciously, keeping in mind that the space and time we are going to share is one that needs to nourish both body and mind. Because I don’t get the opportunity to see my gals on a regular basis, we plan our dates with as much love as we can to make our time together truly special and meaningful. From the clothes I decide to wear to the food we eat, these times are planned with the nourishment of body and soul at the forefront.
When planning a night out with my girls, I always pick a place to eat that is vibrant and rich in both taste (Indian and Ethiopian are a few of our favs!) and energy yet quiet enough that we can hear one another speak. The times are rare that we can all meet so we like to gather in a setting where we can chat, discuss and share stories without too much strain. We laugh over dinner and catch-up, talking about how we need to get together more often. Enjoying a tasty treat is also top priority so we all dig in and share a few yummy desserts and more convo over tea. Our girls night is not complete without a nice glass or two of vino and a little letting loose on the dance floor, laughing the evening away and feeling as though only a day has passed since last we were together.
The evening ends as quickly as it started and even though they may only happen a few times a year, these moments we share with one another are sacred and are ones that I will carry with me for a lifetime. . .
Megan Casten is a lover of life and adventure. Creator of www.megancasten.com, she gains strength and confidence in sharing her own life experiences with others in hopes that she might touch someone’s heart who may need it. Megan’s passion is to inspire and motivate others and being able to do this full-time is, well, a dream job come true! Her adventures are far from being over and she embraces each day with arms wide open, all while doing so with compassion, love and grace.
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We can go though life set on auto pilot. Waking up at the same time every day, hitting snooze twice, commuting to work with our ear buds shoved in to dull out our boredom or worse, what if you had to talk to someone we see everyday. We work, head home, watch NetFlixs and start all over again the next day. But what if we stepped off this carousel and asked ourself what do you stand for? What is our Dharma? Does life have a purpose?
This question is a big one that can sometimes induce fear because most of the time we know we are not living a life full of purpose. We sell ourselves short by compromising just to get by. What if you started with baby steps by asking ourself some valuable questions?
What if you saw fear as an opportunity to grow?
When we look fear in the eye and realize we don’t have to react in a fight or flight response we can start to develop a capacity to handle more of life’s stresses. We can withstand anything because we know its a true opportunity being given to us to grow and get to know ourselves deeper.
Can you speak the truth?
Its going to take all your courage to stand tall and always speak the truth to everyone all the time. No more white lies. Take a deep breath and do it. If you find yourself reaching for a lie, tell the person you have to get back to them with your answer and then make sure you do. Its going to be a little rough and bumpy but people will soon value you as a person they can count on for the truth. On the flip side some people aren’t looking for the truth so be ready for that.
What if you always kept your word?
This one is big, you are going to have to learn to say no if you know you can’t do it. Practice it right now, say NO. You can’t say yes all the time and become the canceller. Soon you will get less and less invites, people will learn they can’t depend on you. Keep your word, think about it before you say yes, can you actually deliver. Become a rock in your life and others. s
Do you have teachers and mentors you can look up to and learn from?
Having teachers and mentors we set our sites on a higher value system. I am not saying teachers and mentors are perfect, actually its better if they are not. But its great to have someone to learn from. Find someone who’s values are close to what you aspire to and spend sometime with them. Successful people hang out with successful people.
Are you willing to keep learning?
Become a student of life. Gobble up books, articles, you tube videos, and take a course you always wanted to take. To really get to know what you stand for you need to get out there and discover the world a bit. Try stuff, make mistakes, learn stuff and find out what your values are. The world is waiting for you.
When we start to get clearer we can stand up a little taller because we know what we stand for. Life is going to get a lot more interesting and you are going to have to be okay with being a little uncomfortable. Living your dharma is not the safe route but its going to be a whole lot more fun.
David’s passion is sharing his love for the practice of yoga with over 500 hours YTT, Restorative, Therapeutic and Meditation training under his belt. He asks you to meet yourself on the mat everyday. David’s teaching style is fun, inclusive and accessible to every level. Whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned enthusiast you will walk away learning something about your practice which is bound to enrich your life. Based in Toronto, but never shy to travel around the world to share his love for yoga with as many people as he can.
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It’s summer time and that means special nights under the stars, freshly muddled mint mojitos and endless sun on your sweet skin. From June through to August there are just so many ways to plan perfect summer dates with your love, and that doesn’t have to stop you from spending the day soaking up salt and sand by the shoreline! We all know goddesses deserve long hot days on their paddle boards followed by evenings making wishes with their special someone, but you might be wondering how beach babes keep their glow from dawn to dusk. There are just a few simple tricks to look like a babe when you’re kicking up the sand all the way through to your patio plans with your honey.
Dry Shampoo: Don’t let date night stop you from diving into those big beautiful waves, gypsy girl! Salty beach locks are stunning on an evening out, and all you need is a touch of dry shampoo and your hands. Let the sun dry your hair naturally, spray some dry shampoo at the root, and enjoy the salty beach wave that will appear when your locks dry.
A Gorgeous Maxi: After a day cruising the shoreline, tasting lime gelato and laughing with your gal pals there’s no need to put a stuffy outfit on. A gorgeous maxi is the perfect piece, post beach. Toss your colorful maxi into your beach bag and pair it with some cute tasseled sandles for the perfect date night attire.
Minimal Makeup: You’ve spent the day at the beach, yoga gal. The sun has kissed your skin and you’re seriously glowing. This means you don’t need much for makeup. Put some coral pigment on the apples of your cheeks and lips, add a touch of mascara to your lashes, and you’re good to go for date night!
A Simple Scent: Scent is everything. Bring a sample of your fave scent in your beach bag to top of your gypsy goddess look. Choose coconut or fresh oleander to bring the feel of the beach with you on your night out with your babe. It’s the little details that count and this one is must-do, so don’t forget your special scent, boho babe!
Your Sweetest Smile: Above all else it’s your attitude that tops off your day to evening transition. Every fashionista knows that confidence is our best accessory and your smile can change a drab looking outfit into a perfect evening look. Remember your pearly whites and happy heart go a long way;)
These are my tips on the beach to date night transition, but I know you have some great ones up your gypsy queen sleeve! Share your easy steps with me in the comments below, I’d just love to hear them!
I believe little kids are gurus in disguise that wander around teaching us how to be mindful and live in the present moment. They live with an open heart and mind, have no fear, do not judge and tell the truth.
That is, until they start feeling anxious because they absorb our stress. Kids don’t know how to control their emotions. Their behaviour reflects how they are feeling and they mirror our emotions like a lake reflects a mountain. Kids have the ability to be unstoppable but as they grow up society shuts them down with consumerism and conformity.
Positive affirmation and mantra can be taught to a child from a very early age. What we tell our child becomes their inner voice. If we tell they are always naughty, they will grow up thinking this. They are not naughty, it is their behaviour that is. Our job as a loving mother is to guide them so they become their best self. We teach them what it means to be a good person, to be kind, to have empathy and to be grateful for what we have.
I am a yoga teacher, mother, author of “Mother Om” and founder of www.yogamamata.com I teach yoga and mindfulness to kids and families and I believe in the power of positive affirmation because Buddha tells us “what we think, we become”.
POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS FOR KIDS
Children can be taught that they have control over their thoughts, which affects how they feel. They can step away from negativity and choose to be positive and this can bring out emotional, physical and mental changes in them. Positive affirmations help us to feel better and happier about ourselves. This will help children grow into successful, fulfilled adults. Here are some simple positive affirmations to do with your child:
Put some simple affirmations on the wall in your child’s room as a reminder for them to be a good person. Give them gentle guidelines and rules to follow. Paint the fridge with chalk paint and get them to write down their affirmations so they can see them every day. Repeat these with your child, you can make your own ones to suit your lifestyle. These are our favourites:
MANTRA FOR KIDS
Mantra is the secret language of the heart and these can have such a powerful effect on not just our life, but also our child’s life. When your child is feeling nervous stressed or frustrated, repeat a mantra with them to help them feel calm.
SING THEM TOGETHER
My son, Lael (5 years) and I sing this happy song by Kundalini yoga teacher Snatam Kaur from her album “Feeling good today”.The song “I am happy” resonates with all the kids I teach. We sing the mantra “Sat a Nam” and use the action of connecting each fingertip to our thumb as we sing the mantra which engages kids and promotes focus.
You can whisper the song with the actions and also sing the song with no voice just using the actions and this teaches kids how to use a mantra by repeating the song in their mind.
DRAW AND READ THEM TOGETHER
Kids learn through stories so read them books with themes of gratitude, kindness, happiness, mindfulness, confidence and resilience. Get your child to draw what the affirmation means to them. What does happy look like? Can you think of a time when you felt happy? Who were you with, what were you doing? Display the drawings in the kitchen or their bedroom so you are all reminded of these positive experiences and emotions.
I created a range of positive affirmation t-shirts for kids to wear. These also act as mindful reminders for us in our busy world. I print these on mugs, stickers and candles. Also consider purchasing your child a mala. Teach them to set an intention and use the mala as a reminder of positive experiences and emotions.
There is nothing more beautiful than hearing your child say the affirmation “I am love”.
Leonie is a loving mother, author and founder of Yoga Mamata.After her marriage suddenly ended, leaving her a single mother, she turned to her yoga practice for guidance. For over 15 years, Leonie has been practising Hatha yoga. This path took her on a life-changing journey as she bought her first business YogaBugs in 2010 in Sydney and became a qualified yoga teacher in 2011. As a single mother, Leonie struggled with motherhood. In 2012 she combined her degree majoring in psychology and passion to keep families connected to create Yoga Mamata where yoga and mindfulness programs and retreats for mums, kids and families is offered. Yoga Mamata believes in creating a connected, compassionate community of like-minded families that are committed to making a difference in this overstimulated world. Leonie wrote Mother Om – Connect with yourself and your child in one mindful moment a day hoping to motivate, inspire and empower other mothers who find motherhood stressful. Written from her heart, Leonie shares meditations and mindfulness tips on how to be a connected, content and calm mother. “Mother Om” is available to purchase for $24.95 at www.yogamamata.com.au $15 shipping to USA.
If you’re anything like me, you need to shake it up every once in a while. This is true for nearly everything in my life, from what I eat, to what I do for my exercise routine. The desire for a little something special infiltrates every aspect of my being. Naturally, you can be sure that this impacts my my life as a Boho Maiden! I spend a good bit of time making sure that I add a little bit of magic to everything I do. After all, isn’t that we are all put on this planet to do?
I believe that the boho magic should transcend all areas of our lives, including our wardrobe. It can be difficult to add a little glamor to the way we dress, especially when we’re on our way to get our sweat on. When I go to yoga, I love to add a little touch of something special to my wardrobe because, to be honest, it gives me a little boost in my practice. When you feel good about how you look, that feeling has a beautiful influence on your life. It’s only fitting that it should work your way into your yoga flow.
As with all things bohemian, you don’t need to break your budget to add that little “something-something” to your yoga wardrobe repertoire. Here are a few hints on how to add that touch of magic to your yoga class style:
1. Grab some pieces that you can mix and match. There are a lot of great companies who create wonders, including reversible shorts and tops (you basically get two looks in one). Do a little bit of research and pick up about five or six items that you can shake up. That way, you’ll never be wearing the same thing twice!
2. Add a little sparkle! Luckily, Tiny Devotions has everything you need to make your boho beauty shine. A piece of jewelry that inspires your practice is the perfect addition to your yogic journey. A beautiful mala can also be useful during meditations, working to keep you grounded on and off of the mat. Wear a stack to help you keep balanced in focus during your yoga flow. Take a look at the gorgeous pieces on our web site and have fun letting your heart decide!
3. Remember; comfort is key. When you’re heading off to a yoga class, it’s not as important to look your best as much as it is important for you to be comfortable in what you’re wearing. Whether you prefer something more loose fitting or something that is tight, choose pieces that are going to be comfortable, that inspire you get moving, and make you feel confident in your practice.
4. Make it colourful. Black is classic, but nothing adds a spark to your yoga gear like a thousand different flavors! Check out some of the colors for each season and decide on which ones would make you look most ravishing. Nothing makes you have more fun with your work out than a brightly colored add on!
5. Magic doesn’t need to cost a fortune; a little research will tell you all that you need to create the perfect yoga wardrobe without spending too much money. And of course, never forget about sale season! A lot of great shops drop their prices in the middle of the summer, so bide your time, and you may come across a fortune in cropped pants and OM-tastic tank tops.
When heading into your practice, you never need to leave your confidence out of the studio. You’d be surprised what a little boost in your wardrobe can do to enhance your practice. Enjoy the flow and let your true colors shine. Be bold, be beautiful, be you!
Lauren is a guest writer for the Huffington Post and Social Media Coordinator in Toronto.
As we unrolled our mats for another day of yoga teacher training in Montanita, Ecuador, the floor became covered in stripes of black, gray, some blues and a hot pink.
As I unrolled my multi-colored chevron mat my teacher took notice and commented on how different and beautiful it was. I told her I’d wanted a mat that was bright and uplifting. Although we were on a beautiful beach, it was rainy season and I needed a lift away from the gray clouds. She hadn’t given much thought to using our mats as a tool for stabilizing our mood or self-expression and it inspired a conversation about beautifying our space and specifically where we practice – our mat.
We use clothing, like our bright, patterned yoga pants, and accessories, like scarves and mala beads, to represent or to remind ourselves of our intentions, passions, attitudes, and beliefs. Some take it further and get beautiful intricate – and permanent – tattoos of mantras, yogic symbols, and deities. So I ask, why not bring that same expression to the mat?
Thankfully, companies like Yoga Design Lab are pushing the envelope with stunning designer mats and yoga accessories aimed at inspiring that beauty in us.
It’s refreshing to see a company applying the same logic to such an integral part of yoga. Color is at the very core of yoga…just look at our chakra rainbow. I love practicing color meditation working upwards through all seven or focusing where I feel unbalanced. Yoga clothing embraced the rainbow a few years back, stepping away from a white linen clad gurus and black yoga pant clad western yogis.
Like all of you, I spend a lot of time in Adho Mukha Svanasana and having something beautiful to set my gaze upon definitely lifts my spirits and tailbone a little higher.
Michelle Hurley is yogi and world traveller. She has been traveling South America consulting with emerging companies and non-profits the last two years. She is currently taking a month off to do her yoga teaching training in Ecuador.
My grandmother was a wise, understated woman of modest height and build, with a beautiful smile and warm nature. She was the quintessential lady with no air about her. Able to make those around her feel at ease, my grandmother had a way of comforting others by her questions, her words or even presence.
As a long time yoga practitioner and meditator I like to think that I bring mindfulness both to the mat and to my life. I learned early on from living in New York that it’s easier to move yourself than to ask someone else to move and paying attention to one’s surroundings is not just a daily practice, but a moment by moment practice. I always figured it was all of my yogic training and part of being a city dweller. But lately, I’m finding myself looking at others in both in yoga class and outside and as my grandmothers words ring so loudly in my head, it’s almost as if I have to hold my mouth to stop them from coming out. I’m not sure if it’s age, or just that mindfulness and etiquette are one in the same.
Here are five examples of how my wise grandmother was a really Buddhist all along…
1. ”Not everyone was born with good taste or a sense of humor”
I LOVED when my grandmother said this. I would see someone in a crazy outfit or chew gum like a cow, and I would make a face or a comment to her. My grandma would turn to me, not even crack a smile; she would just touch my hand gently and say, “not everyone was born with good taste and a sense of humor” and move on.
Why this is mindfulness? Love everyone equally for who they are and what they have to offer. In short, Lora, who put you on this earth to judge others?
2. Never put bottles, cans or take out containers on the table
To this day I cringe when I see a bottle on the table. I can’t do it. I just cant! When I see others, do it my inner OCD monster emerges and takes control of the situation.
Why this is actually mindfulness? If we take the time to set a table properly, even if it is taken out, it makes us feel more connected and present with the food we are eating and who we are eating with. We also honor the food that we have in front of us.
3. Always take a plate even if it’s just one cookie.
My brothers and I would so often grab a cookie or something from the fridge, and my grandmother would hand us a plate and a napkin. Of course, we would say “but it’s just one” and she didn’t care.
Why this is mindfulness? Walking and eating is one of the most mindless American things we can do. Not only does it not look good, but there is no way the body can register what you are eating. Taking a plate and sitting down to eat helps the body realize when it is satisfied.
4. Sit down and send a thank you note, before you go to bed.
Who wants to write a thank you note at all let alone before you go to bed! My grandmother was not militant about this, she merely “suggested” I do this.
Why is this mindfulness? Being grateful for what you receive when you receive it and acknowledging it not only presences you to the gift, but makes room for more.
5. Dear, uncross your arms and stand up straight.
Hunching is not only poor posture, but is rude body language to send out to the world and not a good look for anyone
Why is this mindfulness? Body language and posture is not only how you present yourself to the world, but its how you speak to yourself. Shoulders rolled back gently with your arms to the side is like saying, ‘yes” to the world and “yes” to new opportunities. Crossed arms are quite the opposite.
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