They’re beautiful to look at, soothing to hold, and inspire intentions. Gemstones and crystals have been worn throughout history for both their beauty and healing qualities. Each is believed to emit its own special vibration and healing energy. When worn near the chakras, which are energy centers of the body, they inspire positive vibes + intention setting.
Here are our top 5 favorite gemstones. Which one do you find yourself drawn to?
If you’re drawn to Amethyst:
You are highly spiritual and connected. You often find yourself in tune with the emotions and moods of others. You are very sensitive to energy. You love to meditate and inspire good vibes. You love to inspire those that you meet, but you also enjoy time spent alone. You like to cultivate calm and tranquility after a long busy day.
If you’re drawn to Citrine:
You always have a smile on your face. It’s hard for you to not make light of every situation. You beam with positivity. You love spreading your joy. You’re a little bit of a social butterfly, and everyone loves you for it! You are a very strong individual and tackle all of life’s challenges with a happy heart.
If you’re drawn to Clear Quartz:
Your energy is inspiring! You lift the spirits of everyone you meet. You like to have fun, play and meet new people. When someone close to you is down, you will drop everything to cheer them up. You are very creative and insightful. You give great advice and your friends and family often turn to you in times of need due to your wisdom and clarity.
If you’re drawn to Rose Quartz:
You are very loving and giving. You love to be around other people. You’re very caring and show those in your life unconditional love and compassion. You are romantic and enjoy planning outings and events for your special someone. You are confident, sweet and very artistic. You have a wondrous imagination and tend to love wildly.
If you’re drawn to Jade:
You’re a total goal digger! You are very ambitious and truly believe that everything is possible. You’re a manifester, journaler and intention setter. You know that there is infinite potential available to you if you just set your mind to it. Your friends and family admire your drive and look up to you.
Grab your gemstones and get manifesting! Our exclusive Crystal Grid is now available.
Gypsets are creative optimistic goddesses who blend fashion and art. They rock bohemian threads and embrace a zen approach to life. They are festival-goers, fashionistas, travelers and yogis all at once. The way they dress is intentional. It reflects their spiritual beliefs, optimism and personality.
Here are our top 10 ways to embrace gypset style:
1. Wear loose-fitting, simple + soft clothing.
2. Layer whenever possible (mixing patterns is encouraged!).
3. Wear natural and organic materials.
4. Aztec and floral prints.
5. Mala beads + sacred crystal jewellery.
6. Lots of rings.
7. Long hair + wrapped braids.
8. Longline cardigans + maxi dresses.
9. Eyelet crop tees.
10. Light in your soul.
Welcome to our last Wednesday Chakra Series featuring yogis Cristen Barker & Kimberly Hise! Check out their Instagram page here.
The Crown Chakra is located just above the crown of your head. Just as the Root Chakra reaches down to the earth the Crown reaches upward into the spiritual world. Violet and the element of thought represent this Chakra. An open Crown allows in the energy from the universe giving us a sense of purpose and a connection to the Divine. Yoga poses like inversions that connect you with your higher Self and balance the energy of the lower and upper Chakras are beneficial to the Crown Chakra.
Yoga Poses for the Crown Chakra:
Wide Legged Standing forward bend
Foods for the Crown Chakra:
Pure Foods, Dried Fruit, Water
Activities for the crown Chakra:
Fashion For the Crown Chakra:
Wear the color white
Frankincense is one of the most spiritually-charged oils. It has been around for thousands of years, and brings us mental peace and clarity.
Affirmation: “I trust in the universal good. I receive the unlimited abundance of the universe. I am one with all beings. Universal energy flows through me constantly. Everything I need to know is revealed to me at the appropriate time. I am open-minded. My beliefs are non-violent.”
When a friend asked how I was recently on a tough day, I admitted things were feeling difficult and that I felt overwhelmed with busyness and fatigue on that particular day. You know what happened? She followed up the next morning to make sure I was alright. I’m fortunate, because she’s an amazing friend and such kindness is ready and abundant from her, but I’ve always established in this friendship that I am productive, abundant, and overall, I am good.
What does that mean exactly? It means that when people ask me how I am, I think big picture. I get macro and universal in my response, because in perfect honesty, when all things are considered – I am great! I respond this way because after I left my full time Other Life career to teach yoga full time, it dawned on me how I had succumb to the temptation so many people do: the need to tell others how busy I was. How are you? Busy! Yeah, me too. So busy. Commence schedule comparisons.
These answers are boring and expected, and we are all far too interesting to achieve such low heights of conversation. We’re much more fascinating than this implies! At the heart of the “how busy are we” culture are three things, I think. The first is well documented: we are so stimulated and connected that we feel busy even when we aren’t because we seek it out – our refusal to unplug, focus, and calm.
There’s also a cry for validation in this response: see how important I am? I matter! Whether you’re a parent, executive, or student, we all want our journey and effort to be recognized as valid. This work needs to be done internally though, we need to recognize our own validity and worth rather than cornering friends to offer it. This will potentially put our friends on the defensive to prove that they, too, are busy/needed/important and we get caught in the cycle.
Lastly, I think that it’s evidence of a disconnection with deeply felt gratitude. All things considered, we’re usually really good. Start big when considering how you really are, centre gratitude in your heart, and you’ll have space and perspective to speak your truth without fear that you won’t be cared for and recognized as an important piece of the universe.
And you want to know the coolest part? Once you start telling people that you’re good, you’ll feel it. You’ll feel better, happier, and calmer each time. Unlike the proverbial wolf boy, you’ll also be able to reserve your friends’ heightened attention and love for those times where you need to express a truth that’s getting you down. It will help them to help you lift back up.
Written by Kathryn Flynn. Kathryn Flynn is a smart, warm and occasionally humourous yoga teacher who lives in Ottawa, Canada and teaches everywhere that wants to learn her researched and passionate approach to all levels vinyasa yoga, movement, and meditation. Visit her at intelligent edge yoga or on Facebook for event dates, writing, and online yoga practices.
Sometimes, all you need is a fresh start. Here are our top 10 ways to embrace new beginnings!
Ways to Embrace New Beginnings
1. Try something new, even if it scares you.
3. Start that creative project you’ve been thinking about (get out those paintbrushes).
4. Be willing and open.
5. Create a list of 10 things you are looking forward to.
6. Book a trip, or a daycation.
7. Journal, meditate with your mala, repeat.
8. Learn a lot about something that interests you.
9. Make an effort to meet new people (smile at strangers).
10. If all else fails, wander west.
Photos by Bree + Makenzie of Two Little Birds Wander West. Two free spirited birdie bloggers from c a l i f o r n i a. They’re always seeking adventure while living a healthy + fashionable life style. Check out their blog here, or find them on Instagram here.
We’re approaching the weekend and we could all use a little extra pick me up. Sometimes it’s fun to substitute your green juice for a little sweetness. What’s your favorite fruit shake? Strawberry? Mango? Watermelon? Pineapple?
Let’s have some fun and mix it up! My favorite thing to do is experiment with different flavors and constantly reinventing new smoothies.
My favorite combination is mango and strawberry. It’s a unique blend of sweet flavors you’d definitely want to try! The best thing about this recipe is that is requires few ingredients! It is also vegan and healthy! The things you’ll be needing to make this perfect fruit shake is: 1 mango, 3-5 strawberries (depending on the size of your sweet tooth), 1/8 cup of water ( to maintain the consistency of the shake).
Cut mango into small pieces to make it easier to blend. Mangos are a little tricky to cut, check out some neat ways to do it on Pinterest. Clean + cut your strawberries up in half. When you’re done, combine the ingredients in a blender and add the water. Blend for 1 minute or until fruits are thoroughly blended.
Pour into a cute mason jar and enjoy! Stop and take some time to relax today with your smoothie.
Recipe by Lucia Escano. You can find Lucia on Instagram here.
Welcome to our Wednesday Chakra Series featuring yogis Cristen Barker & Kimberly Hise! Check out their Instagram page here.
Third Eye Chakra:
The Third Eye Chakra is located in the forehead between and above the eyes. It is the center of our insight and intuition. When this Chakra is open, you have a deep sense of connection to your inner voice, and feel guided in your choices. The color indigo blue and the element of light is associated with the third eye. We can manifest our full potential when we can focus and still the mind to connect with our own inner voice.
Balance poses that enhance visualization and focus attention will help the third eye Chakra. Meditation is a great practice to quiet the mind and listen for your intuition to speak.
Yoga poses for the Third Eye:
Downward facing dog
Activities for the Third Eye:
Cleanse and Detox
Wear the Color Indigo or purple
Lavender oil is incredibly calming and great for headaches; a common occurrence whenever your third eye is blocked. We can calm the active mind with lavender to reach a higher state of consciousness.
Affirmation : “My mind is calm and open. I am at peace with whatever is happening in my life. I open to the wisdom within and from others. I listen to my intuition“
Revolved Chair Pose: Parivrtta Utkatasana
Stand in Tadasana with your feet together and your hands by your sides. As you begin to bend both knees, inhale your arms up, and lengthen out through your fingertips. On an exhalation, bring your hands into Anjali Mudra and twist to connect the right elbow to the left knee. With each inhalation create space and length in the spine. With each exhalation, go deeper into your twist. Hold for 5 breaths, and feel the sensation in your abdomen. To come out of the pose, release the twist and fold into Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend). Rise up to Tadasana, and repeat on the opposite side.
Seated Spinal Twist: Ardha Matsyendrasana, Variation
Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your right knee and squeeze the knee into the chest. Step the right foot over the left leg and press the foot down on the floor outside your left hip. The right knee will point directly up to the ceiling. Place your right fingertips down behind you for support. Inhale the left arm up and as you exhale twist to connect the left elbow to the right knee. Begin to turn the gaze over the right shoulder and back behind you. With each inhale create space and bring length to the spine. With each exhale twist deeper into your pose. Hold for 5 breaths. Release the twist, and straighten out both legs. Repeat on the opposite side.
Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose: Viparita Karani
Option: Place a bolster, a block, or a stack of folded blankets parallel to and about 4 inches away from a wall. Sit on the end of your support or directly on the floor with your left hip close to the wall. Using your hands to support you, lean back onto your forearms and bring one leg up and then the other. Keep your buttocks close to the wall. If they’ve moved away from it, bend your knees, press your feet into the wall, and inch closer. If you have tight hamstrings and a tight back, feel free to have your hips away from the wall on an angle. Lay with your fingers extending in opposite directions, or place one hand on your belly and one hand on your heart. Close your eyes. Now completely let go and settle into your body. Feel the rise and fall of your breath. Stay in the pose for several minutes.
Supported Headstand: Sirsasana
If you’re new to this pose, sit facing a wall. Grab on to opposite elbow and lower your forearms to the ground. Keeping your elbows where they are, move your forearms and interlace your hands, creating the shape of a triangle on your mat. Lower the crown of the head in the middle of your triangle, and gently cup the back of your head with interlaced hands. Curl your toes under and press your hips up like in a downward dog. Walk your feet in as close to your face as you can. Lift your toes off the mat and tuck your knees into your chest. Press your forearms and crown of the head into the mat to lengthen and grow taller. Once you feel balanced, slowly begin to straighten both legs up towards the ceiling. Imagine you have a block in between your legs that you are squeezing into to activate all the muscles in your body. Hold for 10 deep breaths. Slowly bend the knees back into the chest, lower down to the mat with control, and rest in Child’s Pose.
Lie on your belly with your arms by your sides, palms down, and chin on the floor. Inhale and lengthen from the top of your head all the way to the tips of your toes. As you exhale, engage your core and press down through your lower belly and pubic bone. On your next inhalation lift your legs, arms, and chin off the ground. Arms can be down by your sides or interlaced behind the back. Hold for 5 breaths. Breathe deep into your belly to massage the internal organs. As you inhale, lift a bit higher; as you exhale, relax into the pose and allow the sensations of the breath to bring you deeper into your experience.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose: Supta Baddha Konasana
Come up to a seated position. Place the soles of your feet together and allow your knees to open outwards into Bound Angle Pose. Option: Lay down onto a bolster to support the length of your spine or lay directly on your mat. Close your eyes. Relax and stay here for several minutes.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose: Supta Baddha Konasana
Come up to a seated position. Place the soles of your feet together and allow your knees to open outwards into Bound Angle Pose. Close your eyes. Relax and stay here for several minutes.
Written by Michelle Garcea. Michelle Garcea is an international yoga teacher, SUP Yoga lover and instructor, blogger and fashion designer. At twenty years of age, she is the youngest certified FitYoga and IslandSUP teacher in the word. Growing up, yoga was always a huge part of her life. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Michelle offers classes, workshops, and retreats through Free Spirit Yoga, the studio she owns and operates with her mother. She has travelled Europe and the USA teaching and training, and plans to continue travelling the world doing just that. Her vision is to empower individuals to discover their greatness and live healthier, happier, inspired lives!! Check out her website here and follow her on Instagram here.