Learn How to Meditate with Ashley Turner (It will change your life!)

M101_Ashley_SQ600Our buddhaful Ambassador, Ashley Turner, is hosting an amazing free meditation summit that begins this April 21, 2014. Some of our favourite goddesses and yogi gurus are going to be there, so we just had to ask her all about meditation and what it’s all about. We were blessed to learn  her secret skills. Here’s what this modern day Urban Priestess had to teach us.

Meditation is one of the most crucial aspects to cultivate more peace and happiness in life. It is literally the first thing I recommend to all my students and clients to build self-esteem and intuition, hear your truth, make wise, skillful choices, improve communication, increase creativity and productivity and let go.

We can be in one of two states – either the mind is running us or we are running our mind.

My mentor, Dr. Ron Alexander, speaks of MIND STRENGTH and the changes that can occur as we begin the process of training the mind. Mind strength is one of the most empowering tools we can employ to impact and improve all aspects of life.

Here’s the breakdown of how meditation works.

There are five major categories of brain waves, each corresponding to different activities we do. Meditation enables us to move from higher frequency brain waves to lower frequency and calm the mind.

Slower wavelengths = more time between thoughts = more opportunity to skillfully choose which thoughts you invest in.

5 Categories of Brain Waves: Why Meditation Works

1. Gamma State - In the Gamma state, the brain waves are at frequencies ranging from approximately 30 – 100Hz. This is the state of hyperactivity in the brain and active learning. Gamma state is the most opportune time to retain information. This is why Tony Robbins and other educators have audiences jumping up and down or dancing around – to increase the likelihood of permanent assimilation of information and lasting change in one’s “state”.

If overstimulated, it can lead to anxiety.

2. Beta State - The Beta state, which is where we function for most of the day, is associated with the alert mindstate of the prefrontal cortex. Brain wave frequencies in this state range from 13 – 30Hz and this is a state of the “working” or ‘thinking mind’: analytical, planning, assessing and categorizing.

3. Alpha State - Brain waves in the Alpha state range from 9 – 13Hz. This is the state where brain waves start to slow down out of thinking mind. We become more calm, peaceful and anchored. We often find ourselves in an “alpha state” after a thorough yoga class, a walk in the woods, a pleasurable sexual encounter or during any activity that helps relax the body and mind. We are lucid, reflective, have a slightly diffused awareness and at peace. This is often accompanied by an inner and/or outer glow – sometimes felt as “spacey”. The hemispheres of the brain are more balanced (neural integration).

4. Theta State - When brain waves range from 4 – 8Hz in the Theta state, we are able to begin meditation. This is the point where the  verbal/thinking mind transitions to the meditative/visual mind. We begin to move from the planning mind to a deeper state of awareness (often felt as drowsy), with stronger intuition, more capacity for wholeness and complicated problem solving. The Theta state is associated with the 6th Chakra (3rd eye), so in this state we are able to practice visualization.

5. Delta State - The final state is the Delta state, where brain waves range from 1 – 3 Hz. Tibetan monks that have been meditating for decades can reach this in an alert, wakened phase but most of us reach this final state during deep, dreamless sleep.

A Simple Meditation: How to Meditate

A simple meditation to use to begin the transition from Beta or Alpha to the Theta State is to focus on the breath. The breath and mind work in tandem, so as breath begins to lengthen, brain waves begin to calm and slow down.

1.To begin the meditation, sit comfortably in your chair with your shoulders relaxed and spine tall. Place your hands mindfully on your lap, close your eyes and as much as possible eliminate any stimulus that may distract you.

2. Watch your breath. Simply notice your breath flowing in. Flowing out. Don’t try to change it in any way. Just notice.

3. Silently repeat the mantra: “Breathing In. Breathing Out.” As your mind begins to wander, draw it back to your breath. Notice that as your breath begins to lengthen and fill your body, your mind begins to calm.

4. Consistency is Key. Try to do this breath meditation for 10 – 15 minutes first thing in the morning and/or at night. Be consistent with your meditation practice, particularly if it is difficult to sit still as you begin. Shorter meditation sessions on a regular basis are more productive than long sessions every few weeks.

Meditation is the #1 Tool I recommend to ALL my clients + students!

images-1Find Ashley online here:
Web: www.ashleyturner.org
Twitter: @AshleyTurner1
Facebook: @AshleyTurner
Instagram:@AshleyTurner1

 

How to set your intentions with Erica Rodefer Winters

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We’ve all heard it at the beginning of yoga class: “Take this time to set an intention.” When I hear this instruction at the beginning of class, sometimes my mind goes totally blank, and I become stressed before the asana part of class even starts. My mind starts spinning… I can’t even think of an intention!? Seriously?! That should be the easy part.

Other times, I sit there and think to myself, My intention is to be healthy–no, happy!… or more mindful? Wait! Is that selfish? Maybe I should be a vessel for world peace? Or dedicate my practice to orphans.. Yeah! Orphans! But what about the cancer patients?… and so it goes.. What can I say? I’m either a blank canvas or ideas (and guilt) come spewing so fast they can barely be contained. It doesn’t have to be this way. In my heart, I know that an intention can be a simple, beautiful truth about you and why you practice.

Here are a 5 simple tips for intention setting during yoga class and beyond.

1. Don’t force it. It nothing immediately pops into your head, that’s OK! It enough to just breathe and be at ease in the moment. (Isn’t that why you come in the first place? That’s a perfectly lovely intention!)

2.  Go with it! When something does come up, go with it! Intentions don’t have to be grandiose or selfless–it’s much better to be authentic and honor the thoughts that come up naturally.

3. To-do lists are not welcome here. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking about what you “intend” to get done later in the day, but intentions are more about connection than completing tasks.

4. Jot it down, and revisit it often. When an intention comes to you, write it down the first chance you get. Then, revisit it often and make adjustments as necessary. Lather, rinse, repeat. This is a great way to get clear about who you want to be and what you put out into the world.

5. Consider making your intention your mantra–something you come back to when you feel overwhelmed, stressed out, or any time you need a reminder that you are a beautiful, talented, capable, strong person who is loved by many. You’ve got this! And the world is a better place because you’re committed to staying true to you.

And, yes, wearing a symbol that reminds you of your intention is also a lovely way to help you focus on it as you move about your day. One of my favorites is the Kris Carr I Am Love mala because my intention right now is to infuse my every action with love for myself, for those I love easily, and especially those who are hard to love.

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Cook Your Ass Off with Keri Glassman

Keri Glassman (6) - WebsizeShe’s a nationally recognized nutrition expert, published author and serious goddess. We sat down with Keri Glassman to talk about the things that inspire her to live a healthy, soulful life and here’s what she had to say!

What have you done recently to inspire people to live a more nutritious life?

I recently was the nutrition judge on the show Cook Your Ass Off  on upwave on HLN. When I first heard of the show, I thought “I LOVE this idea! How has it not been done before?!” People seek out health information everywhere – tv, magazines, online, apps, professionals etc. And people love cooking competitions. Yet the concept of adding the health element to the competition had never been done. I’m a nutritionist – my passion is teaching health – and food of course – so this format I fell in love with. My message on the show was simple – healthy does not mean deprivation or lack of flavor. The healthiest, best foods for you are naturally incredibly tasty. I loved being able to help show America how real and healthy food can taste amazing!

What brought you to the mat for the first time?

I am naturally a quick-paced, high energy type of person who like everyone else has to confront stress (and I own it!). I always say out of all the pillars of a nutritious life, stress is the pillar that I’ve had to work on the hardest. I’m not naturally a calm person; I’m naturally a revved-up person. So learning to take it down a notch with yoga was not inherent for me.  I’m naturally more of a runner, spinner kind of person. But, it was definitely something I needed in my life.  Exercise was always my therapy and I also meditate. I usually do my own little quick mini-meditations, sometimes just an 8-count breath. It only made sense to marry the two and start practicing yoga.

Who and what inspires you?

My kids, Rex and Maizy!! It may sound cliche, but I think once you have children there is this constant, reminder and reason to always raise your bar. Simply, they keep you in check.  They inspire me to be and do my best in everything from work to parenting and everything in between.

What advice do you have for all the boho yogis out there!

Healthy living is not just about eating and exercise. I always say that there are 8 pillars of a Nutritious Life that are all equally important to overall health and wellness. These pillars encompass everything from food to hydration to sleep to sex.  They work together in harmony to create a healthier mind and body.  If you skimp on sleep, you might be too tired to work out, and you might also make poorer food choices, and so on. Everything from your environment to the liquids you put in your body to the food you consume to your relationships to pampering yourself work together from a behavioural aspect and also a physiological aspect to create the best “you” possible.

Oh yeah… and what is your favourite mala and why?!

Hands down, my favourite mala would have to be  the Rock Your Bliss Mala, it’s all about creating the life of your dreams through clear intention setting, mad love + truth, and radical positive energy.  So, if you need me, I am here rocking my bliss right now!

keriglassman7See more of Keri below:
Web: www.nutritiouslife.com
Facebook: @KeriGlassman
Twitter: @KeriGlassman

Today and all days, you are resilient. Today, you are love.

We love sharing Malas with our friends! Most of all we love sharing Malas with friends like Kris Carr.
The I am Resilient Mala and The I am Love Mala.

Go share your Intentions & fave Malas with your sweetest pals!

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Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: Get Moving and Get Meditating!

tddanceHey Boho Beauties,

It’s not all pretzel shaped seated positions, quiet yoga rooms and closed eyes. Meditation can happen anytime, anywhere. And get this, goddesses: it’s a serious game changer in so many ways.

My favourite way to meditate is when I’m moving. That’s right gypsy babes, I meditate when I’m cutting up collard greens, brushing my teeth in the a.m, and cruising to class mid-day.  You see, meditation is all about breathing, slowing down your thoughts and turning inward, so get ready to move and make meditation fun!

Here are my top 3 Fav ways to meditate while I move:

1.Dancing

Bohemian fact: most gals love to dance (hip-hop, freestyle, interpretive, you name it!).  Next time your breaking a sweat in your living room or at the studio, match your breath to those sweet movements and think about two things that you are seriously grateful for. Turn this into a gratitude meditation so that body, breath and mind are all connected in a big boho dance.

2.Cooking

Preparing food for yourself and the ones you adore is a spiritual practice on it’s own. You’re making food from your hands and offering it to yourself and the people you care for. Combine this with some loving thoughts and deep breaths and you’ve got yourself a recipe for relaxation. Next time your prepping in your kitchen, match your movements with slow inhales and longer exhales. Think of who you’re making this divine dish for and the nutrients you’ll be providing for them.

3. Big Walks in the Great Outdoors

Think of the last time you took a walk outside. Felt fab, right? That’s because we were meant to be in nature! Find a friend, go outside and get to your breath. Think about what makes you thankful for that friend and infuse those thoughts into your long breaths in and slow breaths out.  Walks outside are super rad because you get to drink in all that’s good for you in nature. So go, beauties, grab a pal and breathe big on your walk outside.

visionarymalaI’ve made moving and meditating a staple in my life. It’s such a great way to keep close to my intentions and stay grounded.  All of this breath talk makes me want to get moving, so I’m heading off to do just that. Next time you’re in the mood to get connected, put your Visionary Mala on and start moving!

 

Peace, Love and Magic from Bohemia xx

Advice on Intentions from a B.C girl in a Yoga World.

Juliana1We sat down with Juliana Lavell, native of British Columbia, yoga instructor, writer for the Elephant Journal and artist, to chat about what keeps her inspired and how she sets her intentions. Here is what she had to share with our community.

What inspires me? 

The sound of little birds singing in the morning, deep conscious breathing, vibrant colours on my paint brush to name a few. I have a 5 year old daughter who is like a magical absorbent sponge, she looks to me for grounded, strong and soft energy. She is a daily reminder of my own innocence and inspiration to keep coming back to my mat. Knowing it is my inward journey to wholeness that will ultimately shine sparkles of light into the lives around me.

That is the essence of my teaching and purpose in life; to continue to unravel the layers of myself, make my way back to my highest sensation of truth and ideally let my offerings come from that space. Whether it be an expression of art, cooking, breathing or teaching a yoga class. Meditation, and embracing all parts of myself, the light and the dark, and settling back into the space where I can be at peace with it all.

I host a yoga inspired art workshop called “Finding Your Inner Artist”, I often tell my students to forget about an idea of perfection and go for what resonates, whether its a shape or colour.  That is where we find our yoga or union!

My intention always roots back to loving kindness towards myself, what the yogis refer to as Ahimsa. Some days that means taking rest, some days that means acknowledging and moving through things I resist, in a pose, a relationship or something I’m procrastinating about.

My advice for the boho yogis out there? Let go of the need to seek approval from others. Be the raddest, baddest, truest expression of your authentic self. Seek teachers, friends and hobbies that resonate with you. Take opinions from others as well-intending gestures but integrate into your heart and your life only what resonates with you on a deep level. Your are the pearl making itself beautiful inside your oyster.

Stay connected with your inner compass, knowing that sometimes it is the places we resist the most in our selves and in our lives that tend to lead to the spaces of greatest growth; rich fertile ground for yourself to blossom!

juliana2My favourite Mala right now is the “Serendipity Mala” with adventurine. I love the quote “The best things in life just happen”. Be open to the universe and you will be a magnet for unforeseen opportunities to come your way.

See more of Juliana here: 

Web:  www.julianalavell.com
Twitter: @julianalavell
Instagram: @yogijewlz


 

Intentions and Good Vibes with Tom Hardless from iamvibes.

tomhardless2How do you set intentions in your life?

There are a few ways in which I set intentions in my life.

In the evening before I sleep I write down in my manifesting journal how I want the following day to pan out or how I want my big dream items to come into fruition. After writing each positive intention down I take a moment to meditate on it. I close my eyes and enter into the quantum field where i place myself in the center of my heart . From here I send ripples of light into the field with pure intention to create my perfect day and “physical” dream. The further i place myself into my heart and tune into what I truly want to create in my life, for the greater good, the greater the manifestation of creativity and magic. I also use this same technique in helping others when in need of energy and healing, to share intentions of love and healing on a metaphysical plane is far more powerful than some people can image. Tuning into pure intention in our lives is what will bring us personal and global peace.

The second way I set my intentions is through looking after the well being of my body and mental health. I make sure to train at the gym every day and practice yoga. This keeps my body aligned and tuned into its strengths and weaknesses . To follow this, every day I stop what I am doing for 45 mins to an hour and meditate and disconnect. I feel it is important to have full understanding of every thought and feeling within you and take that beyond the stars .Here you can clear and release negative thought patterns within yourself to find peace and bring that back into your day .

The work that I do with my brand and the music I create, I can and could over work myself so putting these intentions in my life keep me balanced in mind, body and soul. To cultivate magic it takes practice and knowing what patterns you need to break to evolve and tune into a higher frequency.

Peace & Light
tomhardlessTom Hardless – iamVibes
Twitter: @iamvibes

Photography : Christopher Baker 

 

Miracles Now with Miracle Worker, Gabrielle Bernstein.

 

 

gabbybtdpicWe caught up with one of our favourite mala wearing, boho fashionista who is the queen of intention setting and has a thing or two to share about miracles. New York times bestselling author, Gabrielle Bernstein is just about to release her new, inspiring, book Miracles Now, and we got to chat with her about everything miracles! In light of the beautiful new book she’s releasing this month, we thought we’d share what she had to say about this life changing guide to miracles.

 

miraclesnowcoverTell us about your new book, Miracles Now.

I love this book and I’m so psyched to share it with you. Miracles Now helps readers lessen stress and find peace—FAST! I handpicked 108 techniques to combat our most common problems—from addiction and anxiety to burnout and resentment. The exercises are inspired by some of my greatest spiritual teachings. Throughout the book, I offer up spirit-based principles, meditations and practical tools to help readers bust through blocks to live with more ease. I break down each technique Spirit Junkie style—with meditations, assessment questions and step-by-step guidance—while incorporating lessons from the metaphysical text A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga. This book is meant for the busy, stressed person who simply wants to feel better fast.

How is Miracles Now different from all of your other books?

Each of my books has a unique format but a shared intention, which is to offer readers tools for releasing all the blocks to their true happiness and peace. Miracles Now shares that core intention through 108 short exercises that can be done anywhere, any time. This book is less self-reflective and more action oriented. I want it to put people into practice immediately so they can experience Miracles Now!

What made you write this book.

I write my books based on what I feel my readers need. I realized that so many people have packed schedules and lots to do, but they want to carve out a little time each day to create positive change and find peace in ways that are easy to follow and put into practice. In addition, I continuously witnessed my audience members and social media followers ask me for more practical tools to release their stress and boost their moods. People want to get to work and they want to feel better fast. This book is my response to that call.

The higher purpose of this book is to contribute to a greater global change. I believe that when more and more people begin to feel better, the positive collective energy supports the energy of the world. I believe that it is our collective energy that can save the world. This is the higher purpose for Miracles Now. I reinforce the book’s mission in its introduction, excerpted below:

Right now we’re in a special and powerful position, because the world is having a spiritual awakening. When energy speeds up there is no space for playing small, and nothing can remain hidden. At some point all lies are brought to the surface and truth comes forth no matter how hard we try to hide it. Cynics are filling the yoga studios and the spiritual choir is growing larger. There is a massive call for more lightworkers, and now is our time to rise up and bring more positivity to the world. When the masses begin to vibrate with an energy of love, the world will no longer be a container for war, violence and lies.

There are great Kundalini meditations throughout the book. Can you tell us more about them?

For this book I chose twelve of the most powerful Kundalini meditations for shifting your mood, changing your energy and reducing stress. I was mindful to include meditations that are easy for newcomers as I expect many of my readers may be new to meditation. A great meditation for beginners is what I’ve nicknamed Peace Is in Your Pulse. It improves your concentration and brings calm to even the most scattered mind.

Sit in Easy Pose (comfortably cross-legged on the floor) with a slight neck lock, which means your chin slightly down and your neck is straight.

Lightly close your eyes and focus on the space between your eyebrows (the third-eye point).

The mantra is Sat Nam (which means “truth identified”).

The hand position (mudra) is simple. Place the four fingers of your right hand on your left wrist and feel your pulse. The fingers are in a straight line, lightly pressed on the wrist so you can feel your pulse in each fingertip.

On each beat of your pulse, mentally hear the sound of Sat Nam.

This meditation is suggested for 11 minutes, but you can experience great benefits in just one minute. Practice it daily to develop your intuition and calm your mind.

Who is this book for?

This book is for anyone who wants to create positive change in their life. If you’re stressed out, anxious, fearful, stuck or simply ready to play bigger in your life, this book is for you.

If you have the slightest willingness to feel better, this book is for you.

It doesn’t matter where you are on your spiritual path. You can be a dedicated yogi with a 20-year practice, a hardcore cynic who thinks this stuff is woo-woo, or anywhere in between: No matter what, you’ll benefit a lot from these teachings. What’s most exciting about the book is that you can simply use one of the exercises on a daily basis and it WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. I say that with conviction.

How should the reader use the book?

This book is fun and interactive. You can read it from start to finish and soak up the concepts, but there are other ways to approach it. I feel that book can also act like a tarot deck. You can set an intention for yourself and then open the book to any page. Mark my words: You will ALWAYS get the guidance you need most in that moment.

I think the best way to use this book is to surrender to the exercises. Let your intuition guide you through each page. When you land on exercise that excites you, DO IT. Practice it for 40 days and master it. Then share it! These tools are meant to be shared. The last lesson in the book is that you are the guru. Miracles Now empowers you with life-changing tools that you can share with the world. When these tools become yours, they are yours to share.

What are the spiritual teachings that influenced the lessons in the book?

As a student and teacher of  A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga and meditation, it has become my mission to translate these life-changing spiritual truths for all seekers. A Course in Miracles is a metaphysical self-taught curriculum based on the principle that when we choose love over fear we experience miraculous change. The Course emphasizes the practice of turning our fears over to the care of our inner guide and places strong emphasis on forgiveness. The Course teaches us that through the experience of forgiveness we will know true peace.

Kundalini is the yoga of awareness, which focuses on enhancing one’s intuition and strengthening the energy field. Kundalini aims to draw forth the creative potential of an individual to have strong values, be truthful and focus on compassion and consciousness.

It is a great honor to share the principles of both A Course in Miracles and Kundalini throughout this book. These tools helps the reader release everything that blocks their connection to their inner power. When you practice these techniques, fear melts away, inspiration springs up, and a sense of peace sets in. Most importantly, you build a relationship to the power within you — and this power connection is essential. The power I speak of is your connection to love. The more we tune into our own frequency of love, the more love will spread. When love is the trend there is no room for violence and war. Trust me when I say: Your practice is crucial in the awakening of the world. Each person’s energy matters.

gabbytweet1In the book you use social media in a really cool way. Can you share about this?

I love this part! I boiled down each lesson into a 140-character description — or Miracle Message — which can be tweeted, pinned on Pinterest, posted on Facebook, or shared on Instagram. Each Miracle Message ends with the hashtag #MiraclesNow so readers can connect, share miracles and spread inspiration. And e-book readers can share right from their devices.

If any readers want to share the instagram/Pinterest quotes from the book they can download them here:

http://gabbyb.tv/miracles-now-assets

How can we become a Miracle-Worker?

The moment you invite miracles into your own life you become a miracle worker. It’s as though you accept a spiritual invitation to live a life beyond the fear and doubt that you once knew. Stay committed to your desire to live in love and strengthen your faith in miracles. Then share your story with those who are in need. Your miraculous story has the power to save lives.

Share with us your journey and how it led to where you are now

In my early twenties I ran a nightlife PR firm in NYC. On the outside everything looked great, but on the inside I was a mess. I was seeking happiness, security and self-worth outside of myself. I regularly stayed up till 5 or 6 a.m. partying, and thanks to cocaine I weighed about 98 pounds. My friends had tried an intervention, but it didn’t work. Then, one night, I finally let it go. I wrote in my journal, “I need help. God, Universe, whoever is out there … I surrender.” The next morning, October 2, 2005, I woke up to a loud inner voice that said, “Get clean and you’ll have everything you want.” I knew I had no other choice than to listen.

I am happy it happened the way it did. I found God in my own way. I got clean. My conscious surrender was when I asked for help in my journal. I received an answer right away, and I have been sober since that day. I was desperately looking for happiness, and I was seeking everything good—peace and happiness—outside of myself.

For the past eight years I’ve been on a powerful journey inward, expanding my intuition and shifting my perceptions of the world. Through my own personal journey I have been guided to teach others to do the same.

stillnessgabbybOrder Gabby’s new book, Miracles Now TODAY, and get these three gifts from gabby:

Her ½ day workshop on Manifesting Miracles

  •  Her lecture on Living a Miraculous Life
  •  The audiobook intro to the book!

Click here for the gifts: www.gabbyb.tv/miracles

Find our soul sister, Gabrielle Bernstein here:

Web: www.gabbybtv.com
Facebook: Gabrielle Bernstein
Twitter: @GabbyBernstein
Instagram:@GabbyBernstein

 

 

 

The Sanctuary of Yoga with Amanda Christian.

AmandaHeadshot2CropWhether I’m soaring through the trees on my mountain bike or carving some turns in fresh power on my snowboard, I can’t help but feel at peace in nature.

Nature is where I go to heal, listen and come back to myself over and over again. It’s my sanctuary, guru, temple, teacher and a place I feel inspired, or put another way, I feel in-spirit.

I feel the same way when I’m practicing yoga.

When I was doing my 200hr yoga teacher training, my teacher said, “yoga is about using the body to go beyond the body” and for some reason, that sentence deeply resonated me. That idea has helped me to set an intention for my yoga practice, which is to be in-spirit. One of the most beautiful gifts of yoga is when you find freedom from all your thoughts about yourself, even if it’s just for an instant.

With each class, each breath, each pose, I have an opportunity to express the most authentic version of myself right now. I crave those moments of freedom and I find them often in my yoga practice and in nature.

In my weekly Soul Workout videos over on my blog, I share simple practical techniques for how you can live in-spirit. As I mentioned, yoga is one tool, but I also share many subtle mind shifts that can create miraculous changes in your life.

So whether you spend time in nature, practice yoga, study other spiritual teachings, or practice a combo of them all, it starts with an intention. Let the intention light your spirit and guide you to a place of freedom.

I am definitely drawn toward the White Jade Highest Potential Mala as a gentle reminder to concentrate on the things that truly matter in life and to help you focus on living in-spirit.

AmandaCYogaPose2Learn more about Amanda here:

Web: www.amandachristian.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/amandachristiantv
Twitter: www.twitter.com/amandalece 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/amandalece


You can also catch Amanda guiding yoga treks at Wanderlust California this summer!

Boho Love from Fashion Editor Michelle Christina

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We had the chance to chat with native New Yorker, writer and yogi, Michelle about her experiences with gemstones, writing and how she gets inspired. Here is what this uber boho goddess had to share with us!

What do you do to inspire your community?

Through my blog, Hey Mishka, I explore the various ways life can be illuminated with creativity and aesthetics. I’m a big believer in the little things: moments where the universe funnels beauty right down in front of you. I believe this is translated physically into things like beautiful design, songs that make you want to cry (or dance), a chance meeting on the subway with a soul mate…

I often refer to this as “festivity”, which I feel is an undervalued term many of us associate with dollar store holiday décor and birthday cakes.  Really, festivity is a way of life. It’s about gratitude and infusing love into everything you touch. Life is a holiday, isn’t it? Check out my definition of “festivity” on my blog if you’d like to investigate further: http://heymishka.com/fashion-festivity/

Who and what inspires you?

 As an overtly romantic Libra, I’m inspired by emotions and dreams and little moments that feel special. It might be a performance I’m watching, an incredible conversation, or sitting front row at NYFW (I freelance as a fashion writer). Life is constantly giving us gifts in the form of inspiration.

Immediately my recent trip to Peru comes to mind. I traveled between three cities and I honestly felt like I was going to short circuit from all the beauty.

How do you set intentions in your life?

 I dig deep!  When an idea sets my soul on fire or scares the crap out of me, I know I’m onto something. As an aesthetic person who falls for the “idea” of things pretty often, I have to do some investigating inside my heart to stay true. I’ll be browsing Instagram, see a pretty photo, and restructure my whole life in my mind. Then I’m like, “Woah, slow down, tiger.”

What advice do you have for all the boho yogis out there?

 Life is a DIY project! None of us are ever “complete”. We keep collaging, keep adjusting, keep adding layers and taking them off again. Accepting evolution on both physical and spiritual levels is a must for staying sane and letting your creativity shine.

What is your favourite mala or jewel and why?

I have to go with the Rose Quartz Mala. It’s the love stone! I’m all about love, passion, romance, even heartbreak. We learn so much from love, and at the end of the day when the world seems to be splitting at the seams with bad news, I recite this to myself: “Go the way of love.” Even when things feel dark and heavy, real, pure love won’t lead you wrong.

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About Michelle:

Michelle Christina AKA Mishka is a fashion editor, festivity coordinator, DIY-lover and Libra to the core. She  launched her blog during fashion school to cheer herself up during long bleak nights of hand-tailoring. Since then it has grown into a little extension of her heart. She’s a native New Yorker. She lives in Brooklyn but wanderlust is in her blood!

http://instagram.com/heymishka
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