Special thanks to Amber for this yummy recipe from amberleak.com
Marni Wasserman’s life is rooted in healthy eating. Culinary Nutritionist, Health Strategist and owner of the first plant-based food studio in Toronto, Marni uses passion and experience to educate individuals on how to adopt a realistic, plant-based diet that is both simple and delicious. She is dedicated to providing individuals with balanced lifestyle choices through organic, fresh, whole and natural plant-based foods.
What do you do to inspire your community?
I dedicate everyday of my life now to empowering the people around me to take control of their health and lifestyle by eating the best foods that nature has to offer. This means predominantly adopting a plant based diet that is stemmed from whole foods -nuts, seeds, grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and healthy oils from avocado and coconuts.
I tell people to start simple, go back to the basics and “play” from there. Of course most people are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, so I teach people how to prepare simple and delicious recipes with simple ingredients in their home. Most people don’t realize that they attain optimal health right from their very own kitchen.
What brought you to the mat for the first time?
I took my very first yoga class out of my love and desire for keeping my body moving. I had always entertained the idea, but it was just a matter of time. It was actually a Bikram yoga class that I first attempted almost 10 years ago. Now I have merged through so many different kinds of yoga and I think that Iyengar is now my favourite!
Who and what inspire you?
As a result of being so passionate about health and well being, I am totally inspired by helping others reach their goals. Engaging with my community is always pushing me forward to keep me motivated. My family, friends and my dog are also a huge inspiration to keep smiling and striving for what I want!
How do you set intentions in your life?
This is an area I have definitely been working on over the last few years. Now I make it part of my routine to set intentions for each day so that I can live passionately, lovingly and with gratitude. I try to journal, meditate and keep a vision board of all my hopes, dreams and aspirations.
Follow your heart! Only when you trust your true self, can you achieve what you want. It is about being real with yourself and really trusting that you know best! Also to keep trying new things and to keep an open mind! Life has a way of keeping you on your toes!
What is your favourite mala and why?!
My favourite mala is the mermaid mala. The contrast of the blue and brown is dynamite! Of course the message has so much meaning to me as well and it looks good with just about anything I put on!
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In the last couple of months since we launched Tiny Devotions in Touch The Toes, we’ve had so many oohs and aahs… it’s been so encouraging.
We’ve had girls who fall in love with the scent from the sandalwood beads, boyfriends who buy for their better half, and a variety of customers who are drawn to a particular mala stack because it speaks to them. How much better it is to wear something that not only looks beautiful and gently guides you on your life journey! A tangible reminder of your intent each time you look at it.
If our little store could ‘wear’ beads, we’d wear the Limitless Mala (confidence, creativity, potential) round our neck & the Ocean stack (dreams, heart, potential, releasing) on our wrist. The confidence and energy to see our dreams through, the creativity to take us to our highest potential, and the heart to embrace and love each new experience that comes our way!
Maybe this Christmas, we’ll wake up to a Tiny Devotions stocking with these, and more.
-Eliza, Kelly, Wuen-
Yoga liberates the creative energies that stir and rise inside each one of us. This creative energy is called Shakti. Every human being has a valuable gift for the planet. Yoga helps us to remember this truth and our divine life purpose. Yoga sets us free from our limited thinking so we can make a real difference in this world with our authenticity and genuine presence.
The spiritual practices of Tantra, called sadhana, are effective tools to unleash the vital forces of creativity within each of us. This creative energy is limitless. Yoga is the skillful means of tapping into this energy and organizing it for the manifestation of our dreams.
Every single day is a perfect day for our wishes and unbounded dreams. We must remind each other that this is the truth because we will each forget along the way. This is why we have each other. This is why community is essential. This is why giving with intention matters.
When we give with intention, another person’s life changes. They feel the intention at the root of our act of kindness, in the gift we give them, in the way we hug them or hold space for them as they move through a rough moment.
Each of us must learn to hold our vision, anchor our thoughts in a clear way and pay attention to the patterns of self-affirmation and self-sabotage. Chanting mantras, praying, offering blessings to nature and people, writing our dreams down, expressing our truth, and being aware of our motives are all ways to help activate our heart dreams into the world. We are creating our lives in every moment. Let’s do it fully and with LOVE as the center of our intention.
No more holding back, break the dam and let the river flow.
Open the floodgates of Love!
Photo Credibility – Bill Tipper
Happy Manifesto Monday!
All orders today will receive a Boho Blend Coffee, a Signature Tiny Chai Soap & a copy of the NEW Tiny Devotions Manifesto.
What’s the Holiday Council?
Over 21 days in December, the Holiday Council allows you to reflect on your last year (both the good and the bad) and helps you really tune into your dreamiest desires for 2014.
By joining up with like-minded women for 21 days, you’re truly creating time and space to connect to your own wisdom, in the company of others who are doing the same.
How to participate:
There’s several different ways to enter this giveaway using the widget in this link. Do one, do them all.
Up to you, gorgeous.
Molly will be drawing a random winner on Monday, December 2nd. Which is an incredibly awesome day because the Holiday Council starts on the 2nd too.
Love and Mala Beads
The most meaningful relationships in my life have been the ones that have challenged me to grow. Yoga has been a sacred space where I have been confronted with my tendencies to disconnect and close down. Every day I step onto the mat I have the opportunity to excavate these spaces with the light of my awareness and understanding so that I stay open to the flow of life.
I grew up riding horses. I would be out in the hills for hours by myself. I learned a lot by being alone and connecting with animal energy, but I also recognized my comfort in disconnecting from the world. It was often a challenge to stay present. Dance became my safe haven where I could connect through music and movement. Still searching for a way to truly connect to my inner voice, I journeyed on. Then a friend led me to yoga. It wasn’t love at first sight, but it was a platform to dive into the depth of what I had been searching for.
What I found was a place where the chatter of negative self talk quieted and I could tune into the sounds and rhythm of my soul. It helped me summon my warrior side that was willing to face my deepest fears and cultivate the intuitive feminine side that opened to self-love and self-acceptance. Through this process, I discovered who I AM and found my purpose as a yoga teacher and life coach.
Creativity is what keeps me inspired. Every feeling, thought, and action I choose to engage is an act of creation. We are all weaving the tapestry of our life with the energy we put out into the world. Everyday I ask myself how do I want to show up? How can I contribute my light? Staying open, receptive, and vulnerable by knowing my worth and living in my personal power is the gateway to my bliss.
The Sand & Sea Limited Edition mala is what I’m drawn to… turquoise has been a healing stone in my life since I was a kid. It’s helped me connect to my throat chakra and find my voice in the world by listening to my intuition. The beautiful blue and green hues harmonize my body, mind, and spirit. There’s something about turquoise that feels ancient and modern, linking my past with the present. There’s a rugged beauty that reminds me to stay open, through a balance of strength and vulnerability.
My advice to all the boho yogis: Love yourself, own your gifts, share your beauty and always keep it real. Be courageous and find your own path, create a life that is authentically you. Speak your truth even if it’s not popular and know you’re worthy of all the beauty life has to offer.
I do a lot of things light me up and encourage others to do the same! We all have different desires and needs, so I encourage people to listen to the voice of their soul aka their intuition; so they can take care of their own, unique well being.
I also surround myself with people who inspire me to do what makes me come alive and that alone has changed my life. I love being active through yoga, hip hop, walking, etc. I am also a big foodie, so I adore enjoying a gorgeous meal with people I love. Lastly, writing and speaking are my favorite sources of creativity at the moment, so I dive into those every chance I get.
What brought you to the mat for the first time?
I was inspired to try yoga in my early twenties. I had always been very athletic and was sick of the gym scene for more reasons than I can count. I was craving a different kind of connection with my body and was strongly desiring a more spiritual practice. Once I experienced the mind, body, spirit connection I was hooked.
Who and what inspires you?
My husband (Andrew Cebulka) inspires me everyday, his creativity, compassion and love for life keeps me excited and always ready for an adventure. My incredibly supportive and brilliant soul sisters (Danielle O’Hara, Kathryn Budig, Elli Boland, Kris Ward) inspire me by simply being who they are. They are creating amazing art in this world, in all their different forms and it encourages me to do the same.
My parents have always inspired me to listen to my intuition and follow my dreams, they are both rockstars in my world. I love my community, yoga, nature, the beach, travel and cooking all of which inspire me, to be brave, get out of my comfort zone and live life fully.
How do you set intentions in your life?
I set intentions daily, I love doing it with a cup of coffee after meditation. First I check in with intuition and think about my life purpose; from there I set intentions based on what lights me up and feels good. I think about all the areas of my life, relationships, career, fun, health, community, financial, etc. Then I write out the steps that need to be taken in order to get where I am wanting to go, with feeling good at the forefront of every intention.
What advice do you have for all the boho yogis out there!
Be a rebel! This is my definition…
Rebel: One who stands up for what they believe in, despite the good opinions of others. One who takes action based on what feels good to their intuition and makes decisions based on their unique purpose in life. Have fun and don’t take life too seriously.
Oh yeah… and what is your favourite Mala and why?!
My Favorite Mala is the Connection Mala, for several reasons. One of my biggest desires in life is to consistently feel connected to source, to myself, the people I love and to community. I’m also a huge fan of agate!
Surrender. Total and complete surrender.
I realized I was overly attached to outcome. Particularly the outcome I decided was the “right” one – the only possible one. I’d decided I was on this journey by myself and that life happened (or didn’t happen) based on my efforts. The world spun on its axis because there was a crank at the top that I wound.
I believed that if I wasn’t in the driver’s seat at all times, controlling the outcome then traffic would screech to a halt. Planes would fall from the sky. I’d gain seven pounds. And my business would crumble and fail on an unattended Saturday afternoon.
I was rigid. And as a result, life was binding and small. There was anxiety and stress – so much of it - because when you’re overly attached to outcome the result is always fear. They are undeniable bedfellows.
I tried managing the weight of the world. Then I realized I only had two hands. How dare I think that it was all up to me? How dare I think that I am in this life alone? I decided to believe there was a higher force at work holding things together and this force loved me, cared for me, and protected me. I choose to believe I could afford to relax. The Universe was in my corner – and despite thinking I had all the answers – IT actually knew what was best for me.
I considered slowing down and letting progress + contentment come to me.
My mat became an altar. I come to this altar on a weekly basis to remember my birthright: pure love. I come to surrender my human desire to control outcome.
An affirmation I use often: “I surrender my over-attachment to outcome. I know I can relax and I trust that what is in my and the world’s highest interest will manifest.”
Does it work every day? Am I completely without anxiety or stress? No. Of course not. Just like all of us, I’m an (wonderfully, joyfully, lovingly) flawed human. But I can breathe a sigh of relief and hand over the reins to The Universe occasionally. I know it has my back.
“I’m here to help you create your best life ever. I adore inspiring brilliant women to lead inspiring lives.” www.Danielle-Dowling.com