Our Top 5 Tips for a Shiny, Happy Soul with Christi Christensen.

d959fd0ea36c7394_cristi-christensen.previewAt your essence you are already a bright shiny soul!  You sometimes forget as life gets messy, complicated, overwhelming and bogged down!
Life will always ebb and flow; there will be good days
and bad, happy times and sad. All these experiences are what ultimately shape us, strengthen us, and make up the unique tapestry of our lives.

Think of these practices as nourishment for your spirit rather than something you “have to do”! If you can do this, I guarantee you will not only stick with them but you will start to shine brighter and be happier then you ever imagined possible.

 

 

Top 5 practices for a Shiny, Happy Soul.

1) Move your body EVERYDAY!
If you don’t take care of your body where is your soul gonna live?
Yoga, surf, hike, dance, walk, swim, run, make love!  It doesn’t matter ~ just get your blood pumping & your energy flowing.  By moving out stagnation you will have way more energy, you will think more clearly & you will feel more connected and empowered in your body!

2) Start loving yourself, and I mean really loving yourself.
How do you do this? Well, start by being kind to your mind & body; stop criticizing yourself. Try treating yourself at least as well as you would treat your best friend and see if you still want to be friends
with you! If you can truly do this practice you will be shocked at the inner transformation that starts to take place!

3) Connect with nature.
Hit the hiking trail, put your feet in the sand, or watch the sun rise or set. Nothing recharges you, grounds you or connects you more quickly to yourself and spirit. Nature has the power to inspire and heal.

4) Don’t take life, or yourself for that matter, too seriously.
You will never look back and wish you smiled, laughed, played, loved, sang or dreamt less!

5) Do more of what makes you feel most alive, most connected, and most inspired.  
Howard Thurman sums it up best with one of my all time fave quotes: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

christicI am Cristi Christensen and I am a shiny happy soul !

Find Christi here:
Web: http://www.cristichristensen.com/
Twitter: @christileesky

A Sweet Sweat with Lauren Hefez

Lauren Hefez, world vlogger, and uber cute bohemian babe, got her workout on with some of our swag and we think she loved it (p.s we love her!)

We’re popping on our Cali Road trip scarves and our fav intention bracelets, and getting some sweet sweat on with this gal!

To see more of Lauren check her out here:

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Web: www.laurenhefez.com
Twitter: @SweatwithLH

 

Finding your yoga pose personality with the Prairie Yoga Girls.

PrairieYogiYMCAThe Prairie Yoga Girls are taking the West by storm with their cheeky, hip, yoga inspired magazine Prairie Yoga Magazine.  These free spirited, imaginative gals know a thing or two about yoga, and they’re here to show us how to get creative through our yoga pose personalities! Check out what they had to share with us below.

To the naked eye, a yoga mat looks like an ordinary rubber workout accessory. But yogi girls know that our yoga mat is a sacred piece with endless potential. No matter where you roll it out, it can be your sanctuary from the daily grind, your journal with whom you share your secrets and fears, and the space you can achieve what you never thought possible.

Being creative gypsy spirits, we cannot help but appreciate how our yoga mats can act as a canvas, a place where personal expression is free, vulnerable, and authentic. The asanas you bring you to your mat, whether through personal practice or from the style of yoga class you choose to attend, are a reflection of who you are and where you are at in this very moment. So, what’s your yoga personality? We’d love to share ours with you!

Our yoga pose personalities are yin and yang, just like we are in business and in life!

Monique (Yin – Passive, Female energy, Moon)

I like to take my time to absorb. Experiences, feelings, people. My favourite kind of mornings are slow ones where I take my time to sip tea, stretch out on my mat and prepare for my day with meditation. My yoga practice definitely reflects my personality where I prefer deep, slow yin expressions. Restorative yoga is where I find I can recharge and connect to my creative, authentic self.

MountainMoniqueFavourite Asanas:
1. Water Fall orLegs Up the Wall Pose
2. Pigeon Pose

3. Savasana

Rachelle (Yang – Active, Male Energy, Sun)

I have a fiery, go-getter personality with a very active mind, full of ideas and opportunities that I actively spend my time chasing. Connecting each breath to movement on my mat acts as a moving meditation that focuses my monkey mind. I like to bring challenging arm balances and flowing mandala sequences to my classes and into my personal practice. By achieving silence through balance and strength on the mat, I am able to take that quiet, calm state off the mat and into my busy life.

Favourite Asanas:
1. Crow/Side Crow
2. Half Moon

3. Full Wheel

There you have it, in yoga (and in life) we are the yang to one another’s yin. Share in the comments below what your yoga pose personality is, we all have one!

Rachelle Taylor and Monique Pantel are the radiating beauties who run Prairie Yogi, an online community that believes in storytelling, creating experiences, and building community in the expansive prairie region and beyond.

 
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Instagram: @PrairieYogi

To the Boho Babes, Gypsy Gals and Goddesses, Happy Easter from Bohemia xx

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Happy Hunting, Boho Babes!

We believe in chocolate for breakfast, we also believe in sharing.
In honor of our favourite holiday, all orders this weekend will receive a delicious
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Yoga Journal Eco Gift Guide

We’re so excited to partner with our friends at The Yoga Journal this month! Check out our top five fav eco gifts with The Yoga Journal below:
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Urban Priestess Ashley Turner Sheds Light on Meditation one guru and goddess at a time!

 

 

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We’re popping on our Urban Priestess Malas and channeling some seriously divine Ashley Turner energy! We just can’t wait for this amazing event coming up April 21-25, where our Ambassador Ashley Turner will host a free, online meditation summit with 30 of the world’s best spiritual gurus and goddesses. Go put your fav Mala on and check out this amazing event, boho babes!

 

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!

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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