Tips on How to Deepen Your Yoga & Meditation Practice

Self-care and self-love are vital to living a beautiful life. As much as it is necessary to be kind and love others, we must first put ourselves at the top of our priority list. Yoga and meditation are my way of showing my mind, body and soul some nourishment. Getting into a daily routine for yoga and meditation is not as easy as it may seem. It requires a lot of patience, dedication and compassion. Here are some tips to help deepen your practice:

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  1. Set an intention. What are you looking to get out of your practice? Is there something in your life you want more or less of? Think about how you can actively make these changes in your life by setting them and practicing them. What benefits can these intentions serve for yourself and the rest of the world? Be the change you wish to see, as told by Gandhi.
  1. Do your research. There are SO many books out there that are really helpful in creating more self-awareness. Perhaps there is an area you’re having difficulties fully understanding. Take the time to check out your local bookstore and see if there are any that specialize in the area you’re most curious about. “How to be Compassionate” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a recent one that has helped change my thoughts around.
  1. Practice breathing. Breathing during yoga and meditation is key to getting the most out of your practice. It’s also very important to remind yourself throughout the day to be aware of your breath. You can easily catch yourself with short inhales and exhales. Take the time as much as you can, whether you’re driving, reading or walking around, to ask yourself if you’re really lengthening your inhales and exhales. Fill your lungs up with as much fresh air as it well deserves.
  1. Be mindful. Before taking any actions or answering any questions, take the time to really observe where you are and what you’re surrounded by. Enjoy the little things in life. You have five senses, so use them! Throughout your day, take a little time to observe yourself. What do you feel on your skin? What do you smell around you? What colors do you see? What sounds are you hearing? What tastes are in your mouth? FullSizeRender-5
  1. Practice compassion. Compassion for self and compassion for others will really help you be a better you. Stop yourself before judging others. Everyone in the world deserves a chance at a happy life, so rid yourself of jealous thoughts. Appreciate you for who you are and what unique qualities you bring into the world. Be kind and generous. Let your heart expand into the universe and love as much as you can.

What are you waiting for? Start manifesting the best YOU.

Guest Post By: Aerial Cetnar aka Mermaid Yogi

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21 Days of Intention: Day 4

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Day 4: Read an Aspirational Book

If this is your first time entering the self-help section of the bookstore, congratulations!

You’ll find plenty of soulful reads designed to inspire and motivate you to live your best life.

Reading aspirational and inspiring books is an awesome way to feed your soul. Books can flip your perspective and motivate you to live your healthiest, happiest life.

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Weekend Vibes

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21 Day of Intention: Day 3

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Photo by: Richelle Hunter Photography

Day 3: Start a journal

Keeping a journal has tremendous benefits for your mind, body and spirit.

Whether you’ve been writing in a diary since your childhood days or are just starting to explore the art of putting your thoughts and feelings onto paper, treat yourself to a beautiful new journal as you start to make intention a part of your daily life.

Make journaling a ritual.

Start your day with a few minutes of writing, or use it as a way to wind down in the evening. Putting your thoughts down on paper helps you get clear on what it really is that you want.

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21 Days of Intention: Day 2

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Day 2: Clean up your digital clutter

Everybody lives online these days.

If you’re like most people, chances are you’ve got a laptop and smart phone, maybe even a tablet.

In the same way clutter in our physical space can block us, clutter in our digital space can hold us back from reaching our highest potential. It can slow us down and disconnect us from what truly matters.

Take some time today to clean up your digital clutter.Download your own gifted 21 Days of Intention e-book here for some ideas to get you started on cleaning up your digital world.

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21 Days of Intention: Day 1

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Day 1: Creating physical space!

To live an intention-based lifestyle you have to let go, mentally, emotionally and physically. You’ve got to clear out and release the junk that’s holding you back, so you can make room for more positive energy and love in your life.

The first-step? Combat your clutter.

Clutter cleansing is one of the most transformational elements of Feng Shui.

Clutter blocks the free movement of energy, stifles creativity and stops the good vibes from flowing.

When your environment is blocked, you are blocked. That’s why it’s important to create some space in the places where you spend the most time.

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10 Ways to Let Go

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Today we ask you to leave behind the things that no longer serve you. When you let go you create space for the new and wonderful to come in and fill your life. Make space for love, acceptance, happiness and bliss.

1. Let go of clutter + excess.

2. Let go of stress.

3. Let go of complaining.

4. Let go of comparing.

5. Let go of busyness + multitasking.

6. Let go of negativity.

7. Let go of the plan.

8. Let go of fear.

9. Let go of anger.

10. Let go of trying to let go.

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Clean Quinoa Salad

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsYou know that feeling when you know you really like something (enter quinoa), but when it comes down to making it you’re overwhelmed by all of the options. Well this is me when it comes to two things, quinoa and kale. Between Google, Pinterest, and Instagram, I literally can’t choose a recipe! It gets me every time, but this week I decided to call it quits and make this Quinoa, Black Bean, and Mango Salad from The Best Mexican Recipes cookbook. I don’t know about Mexican, but I do know that this was a major win over at TheWholeTara.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1½ cups prewashed white quinoa
  • 2¼ cups water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 Tbsp lime juice (3 limes)
  • ½ jalapeño chile, chopped
  • ¾ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ? cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 2 scallion, sliced thin
  • 1 avocado, sliced
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Toast quinoa in large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring often, until quinoa makes popping sound, around 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in water and ½ tsp salt and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until water has been mostly absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 20 minutes.
  2. Process lime juice, jalapeño, cumin, and 1 tsp salt in blender until jalapeño is finely chopped, about 15 seconds. Add oil and cilantro and process until smooth.
  3. Add bell pepper, mango, beans, scallions, and dressing to cooled quinoa and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve and top with avocado.
Written by Tara Milhem. Tara has a Bachelor’s Degree in Food and Nutrition and is a board certified holistic health coach, registered yoga instructor, and published author. Tara is the creator of The Whole Tara where she shares her talents as a recipe developer, food stylist, and food photographer. She pairs her nutrition knowledge and culinary techniques to develop whole recipes that are not only a beautiful addition to the kitchen table, but will also become lifelong household staples. Follow Tara on social @TheWholeTara and visit her website here for more.

What’s Your Spirit Animal


spirit-animal-collection-tiny-devotions-1Calling all goal digging tigresses + magical unicorns: inhale courage, exhale roar. Release your majestic mind and embrace your untamed inner spirit.

11417403_820948851320086_165454128_nWhat’s your Spirit Animal? Click the phrase that resonates with you the most to find out.

1. You’re curious and have a very playful spirit.

2. You’re a social butterfly and love to be with your tribe.

3. You’re fun and unconventional. You love to be by the sea.

4. You are determined and a bit of a goal digger.

5. You embrace everything you get your paws on.

6. You are vocal, strong + fearless.11378351_1416032998723793_1868891132_n

7. You are a daydreamer and a night thinker.

8. You long to be somewhere you feel free.

9. You see the world through Rose Quartz colored glasses.

10. There is fire in your soul and adventure in your heart.

11. You are playful deep + intuitive.

12. You always have a gemstone in your pocket.

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