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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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!

 

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!

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Web: www.nutritiouslife.com
Facebook: @KeriGlassman
Twitter: @KeriGlassman

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

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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


 

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.

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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