Tiny Devotions Mala Beads For Purchase

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsThey’re here… !!!

Like a kid on Christmas morning I was ecstatic to walk into my studio this morning to see the beautifully wrapped package from Tiny Devotions had been delivered! This precious cargo contained the gorgeous mala beads I had ordered just last week for Sacred Space. Oh what a treat it is to have these beauties here!

Having followed Tiny Devotions for quite some time, I was thrilled to be able to carry them in my studio. These treasured gems are handmade with love in Canada by their team of inspired mala makers using precious crystals and rudraksha seeds.

What are mala beads?

Also known as prayer beads, Hindu beads, or japu beads, mala beads are pieces that have been worn by individuals for thousands of years in traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Yoga, for their spiritual and healing qualities. They are worn around the neck or wrists, and often hung as ornaments on wall hangings or statues of buddhas and other deities.

While simply being in the presence of these malas is powerful, the beads are also often used for mantra meditation, counting through each one as you repeat your mantra, much like a rosary. This practice helps to train the mind and develop one-pointed concentration. They are also deeply devotional and can be used in the repetition of sacred names or words, like Rama, Krishna, Ganesha, Brahma, Om, and so on.

Mala Bead Creation

The team at Tiny Devotions crafts their malas using rudraksha seeds are grown on the Rudraksha Berry Tree. They grow in Indonesia, India, Hawaii, and a few other remote locations around the world, and Tiny Devotions gets theirs from Bali.

They have selected to use the traditional number of 108 beads plus 1 guru bead, around which the 108 turn like planets around the sun. There are many explanations for the number 108, such as it comes from the auspicious number 9, there are 108 sacred sites throughout India, 108 Upanishads, 108 gopis of Krishna, and so on. In the end, it is simply understood that there is power, perhaps beyond our knowledge, in this number. The tradition carries with it the sacredness of silent truth.

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Mala Bead Intention

Much as you set an intention in your yoga practice, by putting on your mala beads you are setting an intention for your life. Each mala represents a particular energetic quality through the gemstones it is made of, as well as how it resonates with you.

Choosing Your Mala, or rather, Allowing Your Mala To Choose You

Stones carry a large array of qualities and are not limited to just the few that may be listed with each piece, so it is most important that you choose the mala you feel most called to, trusting that it carries what you need, and allowing yourself to be open to the gifts that it will bring. Each of us experiences the sense of knowing differently, so as you see and feel each piece, be mindful of the sensations or thoughts you receive, and go with what feels the most right.

For myself, I did not even think I would be buying one at first, but in the moment I touched the mala I knew. I even put it back at first, I hung it to be sold, but the little beauty kept calling. I picked her up one more time just to see, and the moment I touched her gem I felt a surge of energy up my hand and over my being and I knew. I put her on and I was in heaven. She is the mala for me.

My Mala, The Goddess

The mala beads that chose me are the Goddess Mala. She represents earth, love, light, and healing (of course!!), and she supports the soul during emotional processes and assists with goals (oh my god!!). She is the connection to the heart (love!).

I just read that for the first time as I typed it. Perfection. Of course.

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Thank You, Tiny Devotions

I am so grateful to be carrying these magical pieces!

Thank you, Tiny Devotions, for putting such care and love into these pieces. It is truly felt in every aspect and they are absolutely singing with joy from their place on the shelf.

I so look forward to sharing them with you all when you are next here!

If you wish to book an appointment to view, please give me a call at 604-889-3342 or email me anytime.

The one for you is waiting.

Love,

Kim

Kim Gillet is a yoga teacher and the owner of Grace Yoga + Meditation

Oh Hey There Aquarius!

Celebrate your birthday with a little Amethyst, your lucky gemstone.

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4 Yoga Experiences to Try This Year

A new year means new experiences. Mixing a bit of travel, a dash of adventure, a little anti-gravity and a lot of flowing, I’ve narrowed down my top picks for yoga experiences you should try over the next 12 months.

tiny-devotions-mala-beads1. A Wanderlust Festival
Held in some of the most beautiful oases across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and the US, Wanderlust festivals are multi-day wellness events. Featuring world-renowned yoga instructors, live music, outdoor adventures, motivational lectures, organic foods and inspiring art, these festivals are colorful, creative, energizing and blissful. Not to mention, an incredible opportunity to connect with fellow yogis from all corners of the world.

A micro version of its festivals, Wanderlust 108 is a mindful triathlon, combining a 5k run, calming meditation, and a giant outdoor yoga class, hosted in cities across the US. Learn more by checking out my personal experience at Wanderlust 108 in Brooklyn, New York last year.

Helpful Tip:
The multi-day event can get a bit pricey (upwards of $500). To experience the festival but not break the bank, opt for

To Get Started:
Click here to check out upcoming 2015 Wanderlust Festivals and register at your location of choice.

2. An Intimate Yoga Retreat
Whether you spend one day om-ing at a safe haven in your home city or three weeks flowing along the beaches of Thailand, a yoga retreat allows you to take time away from your busy life to reconnect with yourself. I recently attended my first one-day yoga retreat in New York City with Exhale Spa. The 8-hour experience, filled with meditation, yoga, incredible teachers, healthy foods and relaxation, left me feeling entirely rejuvenated.

Click here to learn more about my experience at Exhale’s urban yoga retreat.

Helpful Tip:
Consider getting your feet wet with yoga retreats by first trying a one-day retreat close to home. If you love your experience, consider spending more on a longer, destination retreat.

To Get Started:
Visit Retreat Network to search for retreats across the world filtered by retreat type, location and timing.

Yogaworks: retreats offered in Mexico, India, Bali, Costa Rica, Arizona and more

Yoga for Bad People: retreats offered NYC (this January!), Nicaragua, Mexico and Brazil

3. An Aerial Yoga Classtiny-devotions-mala-beads
If you like swinging in hammocks or feeling like you’re flying, an aerial yoga class will be your cup of tea. Using stretchy, fabric hammocks attached to the ceiling, aerial yoga is a unique airborne yoga experience that every yogi should try at least once. In aerial class, you will explore yoga postures with your weight partially or fully support by the hammock. You’ll be suspended in the air, but never more than a few feet off the ground. Safe, relaxing and fun.

Helpful Tip:
If it’s your first time, be sure to sign up for a class using aerial yoga hammocks, rather than aerial silks. Also, drink plenty of water before class as you’ll be off the ground more often than the body is typically accustomed to.

To Get Started:
Visit aerialyoga.com to search for classes near you

tiny-devotions-mala-beads4. An Acro Yoga Workshop
I discovered Acro Yoga a few months ago and it has quickly become one of my favorite pastimes. Over time, I’ve learned I prefer flying to basing given my body type and skill set. However, trying both roles makes you better at whichever one you decide to pursue more regularly. I’ve found the best way to approach an Intro to Acro class is simply by being prepared to have fun and to trust your instructors. You don’t need an advanced practice to give it a try! Acro can seem scary at first, but with trained teachers and plenty of spotters, it’s an incredible experience.

Helpful Tip:
At an Intro to Acro class, you will try everything regardless of your size and gender: basing, flying and working with different people. You can bring a friend if you want, but don’t need to! You’ll have plenty there.

To Get Started:
Ask your local yoga studio if they offer Acro classes.

Visit Acroyoga.org to search for classes near you.

Sam Emrich is a corporate yogi, inversion junkie and zen-fueled creative. She is the Founder & Chief Content Creator of CatchingDragonfly.com, a NYC-based yoga & wellness blog; a creative strategist for a global communications firm; and a corporate yoga instructor. A proponent of the office yoga revolution, Sam believes in the power of living your yoga beyond the home and studio. Find Sam office om-ing and asana catching on Instagram.

Staying Present

Over the holidays, I worked on a campaign that reminded people to enjoy being in the moment with the people they love and to stay present. This campaign was a wake up call to me as to how much I really am attached to technology (phone, email, laptop) and how as a result, I am missing out on connecting with the people that matter to me the most. This lesson was hugely important to learn over the holiday season, but I am consciously working to carry this with me into 2015. Here are some tips to help you stay grounded and present in the moment for the rest of the year!

1. Give the phone a rest:

This is the most obvious one, but arguably the most important. It is sad to admit, but I know that when I am on my phone I am a terrible listener and miss out on beautiful moments I will never get back. While you may need to have your phone on you during work ours, think about setting it aside when you get home. For me, this literally means putting it on a shelf or somewhere I can’t see it. It is amazing how much more focused your mind can be without the constant distraction of texts, tweets, and Instagram.

tiny-devotions-mala-beads2. Rethink picture taking:

Another thing that keeps me tied to my phone is the constant urge to take photos and share them on social media. I love social media for so many reasons, but sometimes this pressure to share takes away from truly living in and enjoying the moment. Think about considering another option for picture taking. Polaroid cameras are fun and widely available now. My boyfriend also recently took up snapping photos on an old film camera. There is something so special about having to wait to see the results and the itch to post the picture immediately isn’t an issue.

3. Say no:

A new year is a perfect time to take control of your social calendar and workload. I find that I become the least present when I am committed to too many things. Five deadlines I imposed upon myself and a handful of coffee dates with people I only feel like I should see is a recipe for a scattered, distracted mind. In 2015, don’t be afraid to say no to plans or projects you don’t really want to dedicate your time to. Say yes to plans and tasks that light you up and make you forget to even bring your phone or think about your to do list.

4. Enjoy the process:

The pressure to nail down your resolutions has begun to set in. It may just be my personality, but declaring goals and resolutions for a new year starts a time clock in my head and I begin to feel that the race is on to achieve all I set out to do. Rushing from one goal to the next to tick off resolutions will not allow you to celebrate any success and ultimately leave you feeling anxious and unhappy. This is something I struggle with, but stay present in where you are at right now and enjoy every small win along the way to your ultimate goal.

5. Take a moment for you:tiny-devotions-mala-beads

Find an activity that helps you clear your mind and reset. Resolutions often center on getting active, so it could be something that leaves you feeling sweaty and focused. I am completely obsessed with spin right now (Ride Cycle Club). When I am in class I only think about the music (and how hard it is!), and I leave feeling clear and empowered. This time does not have to revolve around exercise. It could be reading, being outside, taking photos or meditating with a mala that remind you to be present. Cultivate peace, calm, and strength; anything to take you away from distractions and bring your mind back to the present moment.

I wish you a happy, healthy and present year!

Liz works in Digital at lululemon athletica. Books are her one true love, with Pinterest as a close second. Expressing her thoughts and wisdom through writing is what lights her up. Her goal is to oneday work as a freelance writer. See what she is up to on Instagram.

A Tiny Bit of Motivation

How to Keep Authentic and Heart-Centered New Year’s ReSOULutions

Be more patient. Have more fun. Find a new hobby. Learn a new language. Be kinder to myself. Achieve more. Work less. Do yoga. Get fit. Eat healthy. More time with friends. Less time in the office. Travel. Save more money. Make more money…

This is just a sampling of the slew of new years resolutions I’ve heard floating around over the past week or two. I love that this time of year elicits that go-getter, fresh-start, anything-is-possible mentality. It’s exciting and inspiring. But, all too often, it’s fleeting.

I was never very good at making resolutions, but whenever I did, they always felt a little superficial, a little empty and, to be honest, a little lame. As a result, by mid-January I had either forgotten about them completely or had already fallen off whatever bandwagon I had pledged to jump on.

Last year I picked up Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map, and this fundamentally changed the way that I thought about and set resolutions, goals and intentions. I started thinking about this as a creative process, and I shifted my approach so that setting intentions became about what I want to be and how I want to feel rather than what I wanted to do and what I wanted to achieve. This year, I dedicated a whole day to 2015 dreaming and intention setting. I put it in my calendar weeks in advance. I didn’t plan any meetings, any lunches, any classes, or anything else that day. Because I like lists and organized chaos, my process this year (inspired by the Desire Map) involved dividing my world into various categories (body and wellness, lifestyle, work, spirituality, relationships, etc), jotting down notes under each one and then turning this into a mind map of full of colourful words, ideas, dreams and doodles that reflect how I envision my 2015 to taking shape. It felt good, it felt fun, it felt authentic and it felt soulful. I’ve thought a lot about what made it so, and the below is a reflection of my humble experience. I hope you find some helpful guidance so that this year, your resolutions are also full of heart and soul.

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsMake the time

This first step is a crucial one. In order to make this a truly authentic and heart-centered practice, you must give it the uninterrupted time that it deserves. If you can’t afford an entire day, block out an afternoon. Or even an hour. The length of time isn’t actually that important, but it’s the act of clearing space and making this a priority that sends a powerful message to you and to the Universe that this is serious business. Because this isn’t about making flippant, sweeping resolutions. It’s about digging deeper, quieting the noise, and listening to yourself. So, make the time. Uninterrupted. No phone, no email. Not while you’re eating lunch at your desk. Not while you’re doing laundry and cooking dinner and cleaning the bathroom, all at the same time. Not while you’re in savasana. Not even when you’re meditating. You may get sparks of inspiration during these moments—and certainly, use that inspiration—but make time in your calendar where you will ONLY do this. And then put everything else aside and get to work.

Create the Space

We’ve established that this is serious business. But it’s not business as usual. So make this time that you’ve now created feel special. Create a warm and soulful space to do this powerful work. Light some candles. Put on inspiring music. Get comfortable. Put on comfy clothes, or something you feel great in. Sprawl out. Make a cup of tea or something equally nourishing before you get started. Create a space that puts you at ease and that inspires you so that your reSOULutions have every chance to float to the surface. This is the container for your dreams, so make it dreamy.

Make it fun

Now that we’re in a dreamy space, let’s make it fun, too. Get creative! This process of making new years reSOULutions should be a reflection of you, so there are many ways to go about this. You could create a beautiful vision board by cutting or printing out photos and phrases from the Internet or magazines and pasting them to a sheet of cork or bristol board. You could make affirmation cards based on phrases, quotes and ideas that inspire you. You could draw or paint. You could journal. You could Desire Map. Or all/any combination of the above. I encourage you to keep this old school (remember arts and crafts?!) with as many props as possible like scissors, markers, coloured pencils, paper, bristol board, etc, but if things like pinterest, collage apps or even spreadsheets float your boat and feel fun, inspiring and authentic, then by all means, do your thing.

Let it flow

Here’s where we go deep. Give yourself permission to think outside the box. Whatever words, phrases, quotes, images, dreams—however big, small or crazy—come to the surface, let them. This process isn’t about being cautious or careful, or even realistic. It’s about being free. Free to explore, free to entertain, free to be silly, without judgment or expectation. So, whatever your chosen method, whether vision boarding, desire mapping, journaling, etc, this is the part where you just let it flow. Out of you, onto the page, or the canvas, or whatever, and into the universe.

Make your reSOULutions

This is what you’ve probably been waiting for. Here’stiny-devotions-mala-beads where you get to make some practical and concrete goals and intentions. Importantly, these goals and intentions must be a reflection of, and inline with, what you’ve just created. They should be small steppingstones that support this beautiful vision that you now have for yourself. They may very well end up sounding like your typical resolutions: Drink herbal tea instead of coffee, cook at home more, work less hours, read more. The difference is that now these resolutions are rooted in something deeper. And they are part of something much bigger, small pieces of a big and beautiful puzzle.

Let it marinate & take inspired action

Once you’ve made your reSOULutions, wrap up your session but keep your creative product, in whatever form it exists, close by, top of mind and close to heart. Let all that goodness you’ve cooked up marinate; let it stew, both inside of you and out there, now that you’ve put it into the Universe. The point here is not to have a finished product, but to have started a process that will continue to evolve. Talk about it, dream about it, meditate on it or silently reflect on it. In whatever way feels right for you, let it brew, for about a week. And in the meantime, start taking inspired action towards your reSOULutions. Drink your tea. Start a new book. Try a new recipe. Be motivated and inspired by these things because they are in alignment with who you want to be and how you want to feel.

Let it go

Here’s the hardest part. Now, let it go. This is a lesson from my meditation teacher, Emily Fletcher, and I have to say, I don’t like it either. After all that work and play, there’s nothing I want more than to proudly display my mind map on the inside of my bathroom vanity and look at it every day to remind myself of all the amazing dreams I’ve dreamed for 2015.

But I totally get it. If we hold on to this vision, these resolutions, these dreams too tightly, we get attached. And then we start looking for happiness and security and approval and confidence and everything else, from things, people, and ideas outside of ourselves. And the truth is, it’s not there. We won’t find it. Everything you need to be happy, to be secure, to be accepted, to be confident, to be the very best version of yourself is already INSIDE of you.

So, take your creation—your vision board, your desire map, your list, your spreadsheet, whatever— and tuck it away somewhere safe. Pull it out every once in a while when you need a little inspiration, when you want a reminder of the vision that you’re holding for yourself in 2015, but don’t use it as a measure of success or failure.

It’s a powerful process to do what you’ve just done; to reflect, to ponder, to make goals and resolutions and plans. But the real magic happens when we let go. When we trust and surrender that we have everything that we need, and that we are exactly where we are meant to be.

Julie Mae Weber is a NYC-based yoga instructor and co-founder of Samana Health Retreats. Join her in Costa Rica this March 21-28th for a week-long luxury health and yoga retreat. Find out more about the retreat here and follow her on Instagram here.

I Failed At My Life Mission

In a world obsessed with selfies, filters, photo-shop, and limitless makeup I have become a victim of perfectionism. Each day I hide behind my precious gems, fearful that the world is going to see me for who I really am; a tiny, introverted, blonde haired, blue-eyed girl with a bold inner critic telling me to not let anyone down. My life mission of looking perfect, acting perfect, and being perfect, is my cover up to protect me from the world, from critics and judgment. It’s my protection mechanism to avoid shame and ridicule.

What if I’m not good enough?

What if I fail?

What will people think?

These questions are constantly swirling through my mind daily, with each task. The problem… perfectionism is holding back. It’s limiting my growth in relationships, friendships and business. Fear is the backseat driver and taking a risk is petrifying. By limiting mistakes and not taking the risks, I thought I was protecting myself from being hurt. What I’m actually doing is keeping myself from being seen.

Take down the shield; Let Your Imperfection Shine with these tips:

tiny-devotions-mala-beads1. Journaling
It’s heartwork through artwork. Use this time as an outlet for letting go. It’s a gentle way of looking at the past and finding inspiration to move forward.

2. Get Up Close and Personal
Take a photo of yourself with the reminder that “I am imperfect and I am enough” (No retakes – the first photo is perfectly imperfect.)

3. Meditate
Silence your inner-critic, the demon in your mind. There’s a voice in your head that can be a BI*@%!. Talk to yourself, like you would to someone you love. Change your way of thinking: remind yourself that you are enough, you are divine, and you are beautiful! I love using this Mantra: “I surrender to my inner guide”.

4. Give Yourself Permission To Be Imperfect
Get vulnerable by cultivating self-compassion and letting go of perfection. Leave yourself little notes + mantras throughout your home, on mirrors, in your purse, or pockets, that act as simple reminders of self-love and growth. Choose a gemstone that has powerful qualities to help you achieve your intentions. I choose the “Let It Go Mala.”

5. Look Fear in the Eyes
Treat fear as a guest, a messenger, a reminder that you are not in control. It may help find a way to free up the courage you need. There is no innovation or creativity without failure. Every failure and every mistake takes us to a new level. Journal your fears daily, watch yourself progress past them.

Remember, always find balance, and take it one day at a time. You can do anything you are brave enough to do, you simply have to believe in yourself and let go.

“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” – Brené Brown

Written by Dee Bailey. Dee Bailey is a sales and marketing power house. She is also Tiny Devotions’ product guru. She has a passion for fitness, yoga, and animals. When in doubt, she does handstands. 

Open a Magical Space



Rose Quartz Pendulum

Rose Quartz is the stone of love. It is believed to inspire affection, intimacy, compassion, and forgiveness. Known to awaken the heart + intuition.

Clear Quartz Pendulum

Clear Quartz is the universal stone. It is a pure + powerful energy source. Clear Quartz is associated with the Crown Chakra and is believed to bring harmony to the soul.

Turquoise Pendulum

Turquoise is the protection stone. It is believed to calm the nerves and promote healing. It is known to bring balance, peace, and serenity to those who keep it close.


How Do You Meditate?

I went to an Ayurvedic doctor in India and he gave me some feedback that I was a little disappointed to hear. While I needed to make a few small changes in my diet and daily habits to even out my doshas – the bodily humors that make up one’s constitution – he told me that I mainly needed to work more pranayama (extension of the breath) into my life and less asana (physical yoga practice). All I could envision was meditation, the kind that most envision when they hear that word; sitting with a straight back, legs crossed, eyes closed, quiet and breathing intentionally. I’m not great at meditation and with the chaos that I feel is my current life, practicing meditation seems to fall last on my list of priorities. My meditation and my mental escape has always been my physical yoga practice. I am able to completely disconnect from the physical world and lose myself in the dance of my vinyasa practice. A warm room, good music, my yoga mat, my breath. That’s all I need, that is my therapy.

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsA few days later, I met a Swami, a Hindu religious teacher who opened my eyes and calmed my mind about working on my breathing. Think of something you do, something you look forward to doing that requires your complete attention. A single activity that requires you to solely focus on that, and only that. Now here’s the secret: this is a form of meditation.

Let me give you some examples that the Swami gave to me: gardening, cooking, playing a musical instrument. These “exercises” are things we enjoy that help to calm our minds from the “chitta vritti” or mind chatter that we deal with every day. They ground us from the whirlwind of our present lives. “It turns out, stillness of the mind does not have to mean stillness of the body.” Once you realize how important these “hobbies” are, they become a priority.

I’d been debating buying a Ukulele the entire time I was in India, and this was my sign. I’d actually been wanting to play an instrument my entire life and didn’t feel like I could make time to devote to learning on top of all the other dreams I was pursuing. I bought a Ukulele. My story seemed to have inspired a few of my close friends since I’ve been back.

I asked a few more friends what their “meditation” is, and decided to share what they had to say.

What is your “meditation”?

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsDavid, Entrepreneur, 27Surfing. What could be more liberating than the support and ubiquity of water?  Floating among waves can serve to free us from our own bodily boundaries and tap us into a greater energy and source: the ocean itself.  At its highest level, surfing requires us to become a part of the ocean, to tap into the energy of the waves and flow congruently with them.  “We are all smaller than the sea and bigger than ourselves when we ride the waves.”

Sarah, Yoga Teacher, 29 – I craft. I make dream catchers. I get to work with my hands and let my creativity take control. At that moment, there is no room for any other thought. I disconnect. The only thing in that moment is my creativity and I.

Colleen, 24 – One of my meditations is having a good long conversation with someone.  Such as: a family member, a friend, my boyfriend, or even a stranger. I strive to be completely engaged in the conversation, not looking at my phone, not thinking about things I need to do.  Completely listening, responding, sharing and being present.

Alex (my brother and also a yogi), Business Development Officer in Commercial Insurance, 29Surfing or snowboarding. It allows me to focus on just that one thing. I forget about everything else. I’m focusing on experiencing what I’m doing as opposed to worrying about all of the other things going on in my life.

Meiko, Entrepreneur, 45- I have so many escapes but my absolute favorite one is snuggling in bed every night with my sons before they go to bed, and hugging and kissing them. We talk and laugh a lot (we sometimes do laughing yogi) and my entire focus is on them. Just thinking about these moments relaxes me and also helps me better focus on my purpose and why I do what I do every day.

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsAlison, 31Dancing around the house when no one else is around, a long hot shower, taking a long walk, having a great conversation with a stranger or a good friend, talking to my sister, dancing away the night.

Brandon, Executive Coach/Life Coach, 35Reading a Graphic Novel (Comic Book) and just completely disconnecting. It reminds me of my childhood and is one of the only things that allows my mind to stop spinning and going 100 MPH. I just disconnect and find some time and enter another world. I started it when I was a lawyer and while I need it less today, I still use it.

Gem, Photographer SE Therapist, 39 – I’ve recently started my morning practice again, lighting a candle, calling in assistance from my ancestors, guides and angels and taking a moment to ‘surrender to spirit’ as I breathe in the new day and ask for guidance so that I may live a soul satisfying life.

Lynette, Pilates Instructor, 45Travelling, the outdoors, teaching yoga. I have been taking guitar, I cannot tell you how fulfilling this is for me.

Kendra, 24I play guitar and write my own songs. The guitar helps me create something; I like taking something I like and recreating it as my own. The finished product is the most rewarding. Oh, I also rap.

While I’m now able to practice just meditation, I now have many things I do to calm my mind other than my vinyasa practice – riding my bike, working on my blog or Instagram, cooking – but I don’t look forward to anything more than sitting on my bed playing my Ukulele.

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsWritten by Nina Boost. Nina found her “yoga-calling” three years ago in a small studio in Southern California. She is a certified, 200 hr RYT in hot vinyasa and vinyasa yoga and seeks to inspire others to feel the way she feels about yoga – on and off the mat. With an increasing appetite for travel and the outdoors, you can find Nina camping, beaching, working on her yoga blog or planning her next adventure when she’s not on the mat or teaching. In addition to teaching yoga, Nina works for a powerful startup whose mission stands behind the advancement and empowerment of women. Nina is constantly working towards her goal of traveling the world and teaching yoga but is enjoying every minute of life along the way. Check out her blog here and her Instagram here

 

Blessed are the Flexible

It’s the new year, and we all know what that means: gyms are packed to the breaking point, love is in the air, cigarette and alcohol sales start to take a plunge (let’s be honest, this lasts for roughly 2 days), and everyone else is asking themselves, “What will be my resolution this year?” The truth is probably less than fifty percent of the people who set a resolution actually accomplish it. So why isn’t it one hundred, or more importantly, how can we make it one hundred percent? Today I will be giving you some of my favourite ways to conquer the new year without the added stress of sticking to a resolution.

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsFirst things first, don’t set a resolution. Now, I want everyone to calm down; I know your mind may be blown, but not having a resolution equals not needing to complete it. “But Brie, isn’t the whole point of a new year is to do something different?!” Yes, I agree and not having a resolution absolutely does not give you a free pass to “keep doing you, boo.” Instead of a resolution try setting an intention or theme for your year. Seriously, try it, and if it turns out you’re more of a resolution person, all the more power to you!

Setting the right intention or choosing your theme for the year can be hard, just remember that the intention or theme is there to help you take greater control of your life. One of my favourite quotes that has gotten me through the years is “Blessed are the flexible, for they may not be bent out of shape.” I love this theme because it can be related to my everyday life! If you are going to join me in this year-long experiment, make sure you choose a theme or intention that best suits your lifestyle. So if you’re not into yoga, maybe the above quote won’t work for you like it has for me.

Once you have chosen your theme or intention that best suits you for the following year, this is how you are going to remember it: at first, you can write it down on a sticky note and place it where you’ll see it the most—at work, on the fridge, or in your car. I decided to cut out letters and post them on my wall in my yoga room, so that every day when I practice I can read my intention and be reminded to live by it. For someone who is tech-savvy, you can make yourself a wallpaper and have it as your desktop or home screen on your phone. For all those writers out there, keep a journal and write it down every time that your intention had to be applied throughout your day.

Whether it’s a resolution or an intention that will kick off your new year, make sure that it will be something that will improve YOUR life. This year, focus on yourself! Treat yourself, and the more you improve, others around you will be inspired, and very positively influenced by your change.  I hope this year-long experiment will bring you all the positive vibes you need and a very happy new year!

Brienne Salango is a self taught yogi, handstand addict, and is currently in her 200 hr training through Yoga Medicine. Brienne has been sharing the art of her yoga to anyone around her and through her Instagram @briennejanae. If she is not on her trusty yoga mat, she is traveling, climbing mountains, going hiking, hanging out with loved ones, or simply seeing the world through her camera lens. You can learn more about Brienne’s yoga journey and contact her through her website here.