You live to see the world. You collect experiences and travel from place to place. You long to feel the sunshine on your face and do handstands on the beach. Your tote is always packed, always ready. You retreat to advance. Bright colours represent happiness. The happiness you feel when you set foot on new land. Aztec patterns remind you to always be free. The Limited Edition Retreat Tote.
Like every yogi fashionista’s fine collection of gemstones and sacred silk scarves, a girl has got to have her go-to group of gal pals to lean on. From the wild haired bestie you’ve known since you were crackling pop rocks in grade five to the golden goddess you went road tripping with in college, we’ve all got a special collection of friends who help us through the peaks and valleys of life’s journey. There are a few types of magical boho friends that a girl has just got to have by her side to fulfill all of her auspicious dreams, create a life of wonder, and live completely fearlessly.
Here are the top five gal pals you should have in your life, right now!
The Big Dreamer
She’s writing her next novel, starring on a local television show, gets up every day at 5 a.m. and she’s seriously driven. This goddess has known her sweetest goals and aspirations since she was six, and she’s worked hard to make them a reality. She’s a staple in your life because she encourages all of your life’s hopes and dreams. She’s never jealous or catty, because she’s secure in her own dreams and trusts in yours.
The Soul Sister
You met her when you were a little girl and she’s pretty much your family. You could spend months, even years apart but your spirits are connected like sisters, so it never feels like it’s been long. You’re intuitively connected—she can tell when you’re feeling blue, and she knows how to make it right. If, by chance, you didn’t meet this gal long ago, the stars aligned when you met and you knew somehow that in another life you must have danced together barefoot on a beach somewhere. This goddess is a serious gem. She is your soul sister.
The Mama Bear
You go to her when mercury is in retrograde, you tell her all of your secrets, she’s your shoulder to cry on. This mama bear is wise beyond her years. She’s got all of the answers; from avocado cacao mousse recipes to the sacred stories of Kali, she knows it all. She’ll pick up the phone when no one else does (you’ve got her on speed dial.) She’s a special force to be reckoned with-she holds the moon up and keeps all of her besties safe.
The No Bull, A Type, Let’s Get This Done, I’m Talking Right Now, Kinda Gal
This fiery friend has your best interest at heart. She knows all of your magic and won’t take ‘can’t’ for an answer. She’ll tell you her loving, stone cold, honest truth, if she thinks it will help you achieve your highest potential. She doesn’t believe in ‘no’, and she’ll always find a way. She’s a light worker and power mama, who will have you help you to unveil anything that’s blocking you from seeing all that’s good in you.
The Barefoot Babe
This barefoot bella is your very best friend. You take her on all of your most magical adventures, throw dance parties with her below the honeymoon, and share secrets that are never told. This babe is your bestie because there’s a childlike wonder that’s unwritten between the two of you, which will never grow old! You both know that life is for unabashed, full-out living, and you do it together with arms wide open, face a-glow.
All friends are precious, just like the sacred Malas and stones with which we adorn ourselves. These are just a few of the rare and important types of gals you should have in your life to keep it whole, auspicious and full. I know you have a friend-type that helps you to stay sane and golden, and I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!!
I like to say that magic happens when you take yourself upside down. A calm buzz of energy and happiness radiate through us when we flip our perspective and find balance in our body and mind. Here is why I love inversions so much and do them everyday!
When your mind is happy, your body is happy! When we put our head below our heart to invert, we experience changes at the emotional and cellular level.
Inverting literally flips our perspective and allows us to break away from habitual patterns of thinking and being that we hold in our minds. The patterns may simply be “I can’t,” or ”I’m not strong enough.” With time and practice these beliefs will begin to fade and we will experience a shift in our thinking and move in the direction of empowerment. As possibility begins to unfold in our bodies, we will see that we are stronger than we ever thought possible! This exhilarating boost of confidence is something we can take with us to every area of our lives; there are less limitations, which makes more room to see our own amazing potential!
Inversions will help tone and strengthen your core, arms, shoulders, and back, but the benefits extend so much deeper! On a physiological level, inversions can have many benefits such as increasing circulation, supporting the immune system, and stimulating our body’s parasympathetic nervous system. Many of us run on our sympathetic nervous system full time, which depletes the body of energy and leaves us feeling chronically tired and prone to illness. We make little time for relaxing, though our bodies and minds desperately crave it! However, when we learn to activate the parasympathetic response, blood pressure lowers, the heart rate slows down, stress hormones decrease, and we experience relaxation.
Being upside down increases blood flow to the brain, which is thought increase mental focus, clarity, and memory.
MY FIVE FAVES!
(Remember that practicing these poses under the guidance of a qualified teacher is recommended!)
1. Legs up the wall
This is considered a restorative inversion. It provides a sense of calm and relaxation and can help alleviate mild back pain and headaches and is a great pose to do after a long day or before bed. Turn off all electronics and find a quiet dimly lit spot and listen only to the sound of your breath.
2. Dolphin pose
This pose helps relax the neck and can relive mild back pain. Dolphin pose begins to warm the body and is a great stretch for quads, hamstrings, calves, and arches, and tones your shoulders, arms, and core. Dolphin pose is a great starting point for balancing inversions. Start facing the wall and lift one leg at a time and practice mini hops.
This is often considered the quintessential yoga pose. It helps you feel calm, strong, and balanced. Providing you with mental clarity, and a sense of well being, it’s a great pose to do before you have to make a big decision, or have a stressful event coming up.
4. Forearm balance
This pose is one of my favorites for feeling strong and empowered! Dolphin pose strengthen and tones the arms, shoulders, and core. It’s one of my favorites for when things get too serious and I need to bring a sense of playfulness back into my practice or day.
Handstand is completely invigorating and fun! It’s my go to pose for a burst of energy. When I’m dragging in the morning, or find myself in a mid-day slump, nothing, not even coffee, picks me up like a handstand.
The benefits of inversions to your physical and mental health are incredible! Practice them as often as you can, but keep in mind that it may take months or years until you can find the magic of balancing on your hands, your forearms, or your head. There is a great lesson in patience and being present that can be found here that is magic of it’s own. We never stop learning, and we never stop growing, so enjoy the process and make sure to have lots of fun along the way!!
Rachel is a registered nurse and yoga instructor living in the Pacific Northwest. Besides being upside down, some of her favorite things include vegan cupcakes, juicing, beaches, good music, and traveling the world.
First things first, being a beach babe doesn’t mean you have to live in Malibu, drive a Jeep, or be named Barbie. Having that sun-kissed look is a must, though! Brunette with caramel undertones will definitely be turning all the heads towards you this summer. For the babes rocking blonde, you really want a natural look; play around with highlights and lowlights, while still sticking with neutral colors.
So you want to be a beach babe? Have you ever tried a natural look? My choices for skincare and makeup all come from the same label—Lush. Lush is a cosmetic brand that is handmade with fresh ingredients. Plus, all their products smell insanely delicious. In this heat no one wants to see your caked face melting off due to summer sun. If you need foundation, be sure to stick with light foundation. Take advantage of shades and tones that bring out your personal eye color, add some mascara, and BAM your face is ready for the day! Going simple on your makeup will also help with easier touch-ups throughout the day, which is always a bonus in my mind. Another helpful tip to keep in mind: no one waiting on you to apply your face always equals happy friends!
Now, dress the part! Beach babes have a laid back, low maintenance, and down-to-earth kind of style. If you show up to any summer get together with your high heels, hair done to the nines, and your little accessory you call a dog stuffed into a purse it will definitely remove you from people’s “I want to invite her back” books. Relax; go with light fabrics in your shorts, tank tops, hoodies, and sundresses. This is what we’ll refer to as your new go-to-look. I know you’re fighting that princess inside screaming to let her out, so yes, accessorize (just not with a purse pup). Be sure to use minimal jewelry; a couple bracelets, stud earrings, some sweet shades, and your own personal mala will do just fine.
Are you with me so far? Yes? Good.
Now, don’t think you can merely dress up, or make up your “beach body” for the summer. Living fit, having a routine workout, and setting up a healthy diet should be part of your lifestyle. Not only will you be a hit in a bikini this summer, but also a hit for many summers to come. It is key to find a routine that works for you. I pair a daily yoga practice with a regular gym routine and rock climbing. Maybe you have trouble sticking to a routine? Find a challenge (i.e. 30 day yoga challenge), stick with it and you’ll develop a routine in no time. Get to it, and most of all, have fun enjoying your beach-ready bods!
Last, but certainly not least, have the attitude.
Being a beach babe isn’t all about how you look. It is how you present yourself to others. Beach babes have the attitude of approachability. Go out there and be outgoing, fun, and friendly—maybe even a little flirtatious. Smile for no apparent reason aside from the fact that you are you. Above all, be yourself. Beach babes own who they are and are not afraid to flaunt it. So go out this summer, grab a cold one, and dance to your own beat!
Aren’t weekends wonderful? Afternoon yoga classes, a tall glass of iced tea after a long day of surfing, hours and hours to meditate or journal or hike through the foothills with your friends.
And then Monday rears its ugly head and you’re back to meetings and conference calls and reheated leftovers eaten at your desk.
No matter how much you like your job, we can all acknowledge that there are moments we’d rather be in bed/at the beach/in sukhasana than at the watercooler. But with a few tweaks and a good attitude it’s possible (really!) to enjoy your work week.
Here are five of my favorite ways to enjoy Monday-Friday, 9-5.
1. Really, actually take your lunch break
Raise your green juice if you’re guilty of working through your lunch break or eating some hummus in front of your computer while you mindlessly trawl Twitter. (Don’t worry. I’ve been there, too.)
You’ll be floored by how inspired and rejuvenated you’ll feel if you take advantage of your lunch break. Pack something delicious that you’ll actually look forward to eating and then munch on it in a park. Check out new cafes near your workplace. Go for a walk and listen to podcasts. Sneak in a quick class at the gym or meet a friend for a super quick bite. Really, just about anything other than sitting at your desk will help you power through the afternoon.
2. Make a list of things you love about your job
If your current job isn’t your dream gig (and for many of us, it’s not) it can be extremely easy to get hung up on the negatives. If you don’t love your job, by all means look for a new one, but while you’re doing that, remind yourself of the good things about your current workplace. Maybe you’ve got a flexible schedule or a boss who appreciates you. Maybe there are always good snacks in the break room or your coworkers make you laugh. Even something as simple as “I’ve got a great view from my office and my work doesn’t stress me out” can help you appreciate where you’re at.
3. Get to know a coworker better
Do you clock in, clock out, and make small talk during meetings without really listening? A lot of us do. But what would happen if you got to know a coworker a bit better? You’d probably enjoy your work a lot more if you had someone to split break room cupcakes with. This week, ask a coworker about her funny cat calendar or his plans for this summer. Invite someone to join you at lunch or send them a funny email on their birthday.
When you work in a corporate environment, it’s easy to feel like you’re a cog in the wheel of vague job titles and sensible black blazers. Regardless of your job, you can add a bit of personality to your work attire and work space. Bring in some potted plants and photos from your favorite travel destinations. Download a screensaver that inspires you and drink out of a coffee mug that makes you laugh. Wear bangles you bought in India, some cute hipster glasses, or a necklace passed down from your grandma. Even the most stringent dress code can’t complain about a locket from 1920!
5. Remember the good you’re doing through your work
If you work in an office, it can be very easy to lose sight of what you and your company actually accomplish. But buried under all that paperwork and business jargon, you’re probably actually helping people. Strip away business speak and think about the good things that you’re doing through your job. If you write grants, you help deserving agencies do amazing things. If you work in marketing, you’re introducing a problem-solving product to people who have a problem. If you work at a restaurant, you’re feeding people, making them happy, and helping friends and family reconnect over food.
See? You’re doing amazing things – inside and outside of the office.
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Confessions of a Boho Fashionista: A Boho Bridal Shower-How to Create the Most Magical Day for Your Best Gal-Pal!
When your bestie decides to tie the knot, it’s a serious must to throw her the best boho bridal shower of the season! Every gypsy goddess who grew up dreaming of floating down the aisle adorned in flowers, feathers and sunbeams also hoped for the perfect bohemian bridal shower. This season, bohemian bellas are throwing the sweetest backyard showers for their gal pals and besties alike, with the most special DIY boho décor, gift bags and menu options. Let’s talk about my boho bridal shower checklist to make your best gal pal’s heart shine!
1.Fresh Flower Crowns: Every goddess wants to feel like one, so purchase beautiful flowers from your local fresh florist and make crowns for the bella bohemians who will be attending your shower. These crowns can serve as a beautiful take home gift, they feel so special when they’re worn, and they’re great for photo opts!
2.Backyard Soiree: Set up your backyard like a modern-day, chic, bohemian slumber party! This means lots of outdoor pillows for gab sessions and laughs, organic candy stations, and beautiful Aztec blankets galore!
3.DIY Pastel Tassels: Adorn the backyard in pastel tassels that are beautiful and easy to make! These are seriously on trend right now, and they look great in pictures so add as many as you like to really make the backyard look like a fantasy.
4.Dream Catcher Station: Have an area where your pals can make dream catchers. Set up the beads, weaving materials and hoop and give some brief directions for your goddess friends. This is a great activity to do at a shower, because it’s all about new beginnings and dreams! When the girls have their finished result, share them with one another.
5.Pink Grapefruit Mimosas: Every shower needs a little extra something, something! To really make your mimosas special, pre-slice your grapefruits and freeze them. Use the frozen grapefruits as ice cubes in the mimosas for a serious hit!
6.Wish Jar: Have a special wish jar with beautiful, pre cut organic paper and feather pens for your guests. Then have your guests write their wishes or intentions for the bride and drop them into the jar. At the end of the afternoon, take all of your gypsy bellas and yogi friends and sit with pillows and candy and read all of the sweet wishes aloud!
These are my top tips for a successful boho bridal shower, but I know YOU have some magical ones too!! Share them with us in the comments below!!
I just can’t wait to try some of these ideas out at all of the bohemian showers I’ll be attending this summer. Remember boho bellas, there’s always a new way to set your intention, get inspired, use your creativity and harness all of the gifts you have!!
There are a lot of things that every Boho girl needs to know. When she’s not out experiencing her favorite yoga class, catching some waves at the beach, or taking in a summer stroll, she’s with her friends, enjoying the best parts of life with the ones she cares about most. Though these are always the sweetest of times for any Boho beauty, they can be a big drain on the wallet, if you’re not careful.
The greatest knowledge that any Boho girl can possess for a night of fun is how to have an incredible time without blowing your budget. Finances can be tricky, but hey; truth, beauty, freedom, and love don’t have to come at a pretty price. It’s possible to spend a night with your closest girls and keep it simple. Simplicity is the greatest gift in life, and when we stay mindful of this practice, we can achieve anything (especially a sweet party).
In honor of the bohemian tradition of fun and fancy-free, here are ten ways to have a girl’s night, the boho way:
1. In the beginning, make a plan. Get together with the gals and decide on the type of outing you’d like to have. Create a foundations of a perfect night and start building!
2. Agree on a budget and chip in together. If you want to do something that requires a little extra cash, come up with an idea of how much it will cost per person and put your finances together. Sharing the cost will definitely lighten the load.
3. Public transit it up! If you’re going on a getaway, meet up at the subway station, streetcar, or bus stop and travel together. Better yet, if it’s within walking distance, get your exercise on! This will not only cut down on costs, but it’s environmentally friendly and safe, should you choose to enjoy a glass of your favorite alcoholic beverage together.
4. Pack a picnic. What better way to cut down on costs than to bring some delicious snacks and enjoy them together at a park? After all, everyone loves a potluck!
5. Share your musical talents. Concerts can be super expensive these days, so grab your guitar playing, drum beating friends, and create your own concert! You’d be pretty surprised at how talented people can be when there are no judgments around them.
6. Have a game night. Who doesn’t love delving into childhood territory and enjoying some of the boardgames you used to play when you were kids? Get everyone to bring their favorite boardgame to a pre-disclosed location and watch the hilarity ensue! (Hint: ‘Twister’ is a solid bet at any age).
7. Three words; outdoor yoga class. Check out a class online and get ready to vinyasa in the open, evening air. If you have a friend who’s an instructor, that’s even better.
8. Remember to be open to new ideas. Creativity is the seed of any great discovery. Be open to ideas, and be open to changes. A simple journey can result in the most incredible adventure, if you allow it to.
9. A movie night is never a bad thing. Bring all the girls together and choose some of your favorite flicks, enjoying a night of snacks and laughs without bursting your bank accounts.
In a society that values money so much, we tend to forget that the best times in life are free. The Boho way, fortunately, will never let us down. Focus on the time spent with those you love, and you will be always be rich, regardless of your wallet’s girth. The rest will come in time. Namaste!
Lauren is a guest writer for the Huffington Post and Social Media Coordinator in Toronto.
Yoga lovers unite!
It’s my greatest honour to be teaching at Wanderlust Whistler this year July 31 – Aug 4. I am so excited to be there to lead classes and have also started filling my schedule with all the amazing things that I want to do.
Like some of you, it’s my first time to Wanderlust and it can seem pretty overwhelming. But, all the stories I have heard and the experiences everybody tells me just reaffirms the fact that it’s going to be spectacular!
I’ve consulted a few of my fellow yogi friends (Alice H, Derek M, Don S and Melissa H) and their wise advice for an amazing and transformative Wanderlust weekend, with so many like minded individuals include the following…
Kick it all off with the opening parade and join the party that follows. It is quirky and amazing all at the same time and the perfect way to initiate into your Wanderlust experience.
Get yo’ groove on with a bunch of peeps in a spontaneous dance party under the sun! DJ Drez will be spinning it up outside Lululemon so get your booty on the dance floor!
Bring some walking shoes and make your way to a morning hike where your hard work will pay off with the beautiful mountain scenery of Whistler as well as having one of the many talented musicians play for you.
Find your way to the peak of the mountain for a class for the best scenery, the freshest of Canadian mountain air and the experience of a lifetime!
Practicing with several hundred yogis at the main stage will connect you into that greater whole. The energy will be incredible and you’ll get all the sunny goodness while you do it!
Wanderlust gives you a fantastic opportunity to practice with some of the greatest teachers and pioneers of the yoga world but don’t overlook the teachers you’ve never heard of. They are going to be hidden gems!
When it’s time to slow down the physical body, then head to the unique lecture series Wanderlust has put together called the Speakeasy. They’ll have inspiring talks on mindful living with a fantastic line up that spans all cuts of people.
And finally… (and sadly not gluten free friendly). Get your way to pick up some really amazing and interesting artisan breads made fresh daily at PureBread (PureBread.ca)
Can’t wait to see you there!
Can’t wait to take in the experience myself!
In love and always in your service,
Kate W. Mak
Intentions and Creating Your Wildest Dreams: My Top 7 Tips on Creating the Life of Your Hearts Desire.
My best friend and I decided we were going to make a movie. Together, we wrote the script when we were supposed to be filling out worksheets in science class. I borrowed my dad’s old video camera – the one with the mini bungie cord wrapped around it to prevent the tape deck from popping open. We climbed up the hills behind my house and trekked through the riverbed taking snapshots of scene locations. She made dolls out of puff balls to represent each character. We were twelve years old.
As adults, we don’t need to go in search of our wildest dreams as much as we recover them. The seeds of our heart’s desire were always there with us. Yet, without cultivation, so many have stayed tiny seeds and we have forgotten about them or misplaced them. Or perhaps, they started to sprout and turned out to be something different than we expected – oak trees instead of tomato plants, thorny roses instead of delicate poppies. So how do we find those seeds buried deep within us and make sure they get the nutrients they need?
Dream like a kid:
Give yourself time to flop down on the grass and watch the clouds.Make a mess for the fun of it.
Do anything you would’ve loved to do as a kid: When we practice being limitless and free, our thoughts become limitless and free as well. When our thoughts become limitless and free, our lives become limitless and free.
Make it visual:
Get out your glitter and glue.Finally make that vision board or any kind of visual representation of what you want out of life. Perhaps, you make a single 3D object or only post one quote. Remember: no rules or limits. Just put together a visual reminder of what is possible in your life. Think of it as your north star. If you can’t imagine where you want to go, you won’t know what direction to start moving in.
Do something wild everyday: We can get so hung up on how our dreams are too big or too impossible. We start living from a place of lack and fear – a place of “I can’t do that.” Be a little naughty. Be a little nutty.
Do something you’ve always wanted to do but you were afraid that it wasn’t sensible:
Eat a dragon fruit.Read a teen novel. Buy a hammock. Paint a wall orange. You don’t have to go jumping into the deep end of your dreams.Dog paddle out. Little risk by little risk. You’ll still get there.
Let go of the outcome:
Decide right now to love the process of moving in the direction of your dreams. My best friend and I never finished that movie. But it is still one of my most cherished memories. And, this year, I optioned my first screenplay and she became an amazingly creative elementary school teacher. Who knows what will happen? You will never lose your experiences. You will not be lesser for trying even if things don’t end up looking like you expected. Even if your roses don’t grow this year, enjoy getting your hands dirty in the rich, moist earth. Kids know the mess is half the fun and who cares about the result. So, remember what you already know. Reconnect to passion, not expectation.
Forget what other people think:
Following someone else’s path will lead you to fulfilling someone else’s dreams. Remind yourself that you are unique. You have your dhrama and other people have theirs. This is not a post on fulfilling your most vanilla dreams, your safest dreams, the dreams your mother approves of. This is a post about wild dreams. Wild dreams should ruffle a few feathers and raise a few eyebrows. Wild dreams should go tearing through the house. These dreams are not hemmed in by the captivity of convention. They’re not worried about being polite. They were born to run free and all you need to do is enjoy the ride.
Danielle Orner is a Cancer survivor, yoga teacher, vegan, actor and writer. She has explored yoga, veganism and living authentically to heal from cancer and see beauty in a completely different way. See more of her powerful life below!