Using Mala Beads for Meditation



Mala beads can be used in a variety of ways to help you manifest and achieve your dreams + desires. Our NEW Meditation Mala Collection features 6 Malas, each designed to keep you focused and on track during your practice on that specific intention, affirmation or mantra.

Originally used for japa meditation, mala beads are a great addition to any modern meditation practice. Wear your mala around your neck or clasp it firmly in your palms as you tune in and focus on your breathYou can also bring your mala beads to your mat during your yoga practice as a way to focus and bring awareness to your intentions. This is a great way to infuse your mala with the energy of your practice. We recommend placing your mala beads on the corner of your mat and using them as a focal point during your practice.

 



Peaceful Meditation Mala

Instill a calming, patient peace of mind. Perfect for those who find it difficult to have patience and trust in the right timing. In the midst of noise and hard work, you still carry calm within your heart. 

Strength Meditation Mala

Bring forth an energy that is courageous, confident and full of strength. You are independent, intelligent and capable of whatever you put your mind to. Keep your vision on what’s ahead, and let go of thoughts that don’t make you strong!

Radiance Meditation Mala

Your inner strength is radiant. You are a strong, confident, and vibrant beacon of light; a magnet for all that is good. Share your wisdom. Radiate love. 

Intuition Meditation Mala

Your intuition is your soul speaking, and it knows your truth. Trust your own voice, and believe in your heart. See with your own eyes, speak your own mind

Awakening Meditation Mala

Awaken your conscious mind, provide inspiration + assist in personal development. You see the light in everyone and everything. Your spiritual vision is clear. Awaken your truth.

Gratitude Meditation Mala

Appreciate life, freedom + love. Take the sweet shortcut to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. Wear this Mala to enhance abundance, acceptance and appreciation.

We’d love to hear how you use your mala beads for meditation. Comment + Share below.

 

 

 

How To Host a Full Moon Party

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…By hosting a Full Moon Party!

 

The energy of the new moon brings about a perfect time to energize your crystals, set new intentions, and cast away anything that no longer serves you. Full moons are symbolic of turning points, manifestations + closure.

 

During a Full Moon, the Moon is on the exact opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, bringing us a brightly lit spectacle. People used to plant, hunt, fish and even move by the seasons and cycles of the moon.

Living by the natural cycles of the universe and can keep you grounded and in a flow of abundance. Here are some simple steps to throwing your own Full Moon party:

 

1. Pick your venue:
Are you hosting the party in your home or outside? Lanterns, fairy lights, sparkly tinsel and starry decorations add moon-vibes to your indoor space. Drape your space in silver + white accents to bring light to outdoor settings. 
Tealight candles or a burning fireside will add a soft glow until the moonlight shines upon your party.

 

2. Recruit your Full Moon crew:
Rally together friends + family who motivate you, spark your soul and bring awareness. Invite those who may not be as spiritually advanced, too. You might be surprised and impressed by their Full Moon manifestations. 

 

3. Gather supplies:
Make sure you have everything you need for you + your guests to feel comfortable. Grab some note pads and pens for guests to manifest their intentions – or release baggage – by writing it down. After writing your intentions down, go around your circle of friends and share. Set up crystal grids with gemstones to direct cosmic energy towards a certain goal.
Cleanse your gemstones by placing them outside in the moonlight, or burn candles + smudge sticks to symbolize something you’re letting go of. Tarot cards are also a fun, spiritual activity you might wish to include.

 

4. Set the mood:
Cushions, blankets, incense burning, fire crackling. Play some soft, inspiring music and snack on fresh, detoxifying foods. Take your tribe on a stroll to watch the moon (or howl away!)

 

5. Place your written intentions somewhere sacred:

Perhaps it’s under your pillow, or placed neatly within a spiritual crystal altar. By writing your intentions down and verbally sharing them with friends, you hold yourself accountable to achieve them. The best part of this? It’s proven you’re actually more likely to achieve goals set this way. Take the time until the next New Moon or Full Moon to reflect upon how far you’ve come and what needs work.

We’ve put together the perfect kit for cleansing your gemstones! Check out the Full Moon Party Activation Kit

 

 

Tiny DIY: Blanket Ladder

Predating the age of Pinterest I could justify my décor because I couldn’t exactly afford the corner section of Anthropologie. You know the one that makes your bedding seem like old newspapers when you get home. The dawn of the Pinterest era has had a way of making me feel like anything is possible. Pallets are coffee tables and decorating ensues purchasing 100 mason jars and using them for literally everything. Here is an easy way to make a blanket ladder. These guys go for about $200 at Pottery Barn. I was able to make this one for $26.

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Decide how tall you want your ladder and get two pieces of identically sized wood.

Decide how wide you want your ladder and get 3-4 identical thin wooden steps.

Simply measure out the ladder and evenly place the steps.

 

Nail them in and voila, you have a blanket ladder.

If you like the look of unfinished wood like I do, simply secure the corners of the ladder steps with jute twine to achieve a rustic look.

You can also easily make a natural stain for your ladder with coffee or black tea.

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Written by: Nina Sijakov.

8 Ways to Start Loving Yourself TODAY

_q3agBem04Ae1YewWttNb48Qy1gH11qk0bqJVAkO-poI remember as kids, my sister and I used to wake up to love notes on our bathroom mirror.    My mom would use dry erase markers and write us messages to help us start our days in good spirits. Sometimes it was fancy for a holiday or just simply “Good morning, I love you”.   Over the years, I have kept this tradition in my own daily life to set reminders for the things I am currently working on.   Last year, I was working on “Self Love”.

Self Love is becoming more popular term these days with the growth of the health and wellness industry.   It is so vital and important to take care of yourself and to love yourself so you can authentically share your love with others.   It’s quite magnetic and I believe it is the root of all health.  The more love you can embody, the more you can share your love with others.  One very important note about the gift of love is being able to receive love.  Many of us know how to give it away, but then we resist allowing it to come in.  By falling in love with your self you can start to feel the love within, then sharing and receiving becomes part of the natural ebb and flow.

Here’s are 8 of my many favorite ways to start loving yourself more today!

1. Write yourself love notes! 
Write yourself love notes every day.  Notes can be written on your bathroom mirror or even on sticky pads placed around your workplace, car or home.  I used to look in the mirror in the morning and hear the voice of my inner critic, “you’re too pale, you’re not trim enough, bad hair today, and on and on and on.”   Now I can look in the mirror and hear “you look beautiful today”.   The note completely shifted my perspective and attitude towards my self, making me much brighter and confident throughout the day.   This tool can help you begin to catch your inner critic and shift gears towards a more positive, loving self-image.

2. Pick a mantra
Last year, my mantra was simply “I am self love.   The more I told myself “I am self love” the more love I began to radiate from within.  Love is eternal and beautiful in nature.  We all have it.   Not just some.   So pick your mantra and start working with it.  Repeat it 3, 10, 50 times a day until it really starts to sink into your psyche.

3. Bathroom Rituals
Pick one that works for you.  For me, I love a nice, long bubble bath.   Nothing says rest and restore like 30 minutes soaking in a tub full of my favorite salts and essential oils.   If you do not have a bathtub, then perhaps you use the shower as a way to cleanse and refresh.  Or find your favorite moisturizer to lather all over your body.  I recommend saying your mantra as you dry off or apply your moisturizer.

4. Get dressed up!
Put something on right now that makes you feel sexy, cute, confident, and essentially you.  Don’t go for the worn out black t-shirt you always wear (that was the old me!) instead try on something new, even if it is just simply adding a mala or a scarf to your ensemble.  Wear something that dresses you up in your confident self.  Allow it to be comfortable and flowing so you feel free the whole day and observe as your body language starts to change.

5. Make yourself a meal
Skip the drive through and head to the grocery store.  Pick up all of your favorite items and spend some time making a meal that sounds delicious to you.  I would even encourage experimenting with your own recipe rather than looking one up online.  Once you have gathered all of your favorite produce, make sure you spend time washing and cleaning the food.  This cleaning process is not only good to keep it healthy and fresh, but you can get your loving hands all over it.  So when your body goes to digest, it knows that it was prepared with love.  It will help shift your relationship towards food how your body processes the energy.

6. Take a Yoga Class
Yoga is a great way to take some time for introspection.  In Yoga, we use the breath as a tool to get back in touch with your body and quiet the chatter of the mind.  Yoga helps to center, balance, and calm the nervous system. If you have a little more energy, then perhaps get a little cardio exercise.  Physical activity can help decrease stress and increase the number of endorphins in the body.  Endorphins help to alleviate the feeling of pain while stimulating the feeling of joy.  This will not only reinvigorate your mind but also give you a sense of empowerment to take on your day with strength and ease.

7. Connect with nature
I have found that even for 5 minutes, that feeling the rays of sunshine over my face really replenish my soul.  Going outside for a hike or taking a walk on the beach can be just as rejuvenating as a 2-hour nap in the middle of the day.   Practice a little bit of gratitude as you walk around the neighborhood and recognize that there is so much beauty in the world.   Place your hand on a tree or roll around in the grass.  Reconnect with your inner child and play…skip, run, jump, explore.   Remember those days of pure joy running around with your friends?  Come back to that feeling and spend some quality time with Mother Nature.

8. Sleep
Last but not least, and perhaps the best. . . Your body needs rest!   A restless body is usually not a happy body (at least not this body!).   If you find yourself constantly sleep deprived it cannot only affect your mood but also your metabolism and energy levels.  I suggest 7-8 hours per night.   It may seem like a lot to the working professional, but your body with thank you for it.  You will feel more alive and empowered to take on the day, and you may skip on that afternoon crash when you feel tempted to take a nap or sneak in another coffee.  Getting the proper amount of sleep is essential, for you and all those around you!   Ladies this is especially important for us as we lack the amount on testosterone that men have to power through the exhaustion.  Get your rest and fill up your tanks for the next day.

Enjoy every moment.  Be patient with the process.  As I mentioned in the beginning, self-love and personal care is not something that happens overnight.  For many of us with tainted backgrounds in judgmental environments, we need to rewire the brain to come from love rather than from fear.  Usually the root of negative conversations comes from this idea that you are “not enough”.  And I am here to reassure you that you are enough.  You have endless, boundless amounts of untapped loved stored right in your body.   Go digging and start to uncover some of that gold lying within!

Ali Owens is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher based in Manhattan Beach, California.he is a passionate artist, culture enthusiast, and fan of outdoor activities. Her classes are lead in an uplifting and challenging Vinyasa flow, linking movement with each breath in a continuous sequence

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Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: My Top 6 Baby Step Tips to Maintaining a Clean and Green Summer Lifestyle.

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If you’re a yogi fashionista, beach babe or gypsy goddess, you’ve probably already got a green lifestyle that would make Kris Carr and Gabby B proud! Your lunch is filled with avo-toast and you go to hot yoga on the regular. You know where to find all the best fresh, local and organic produce, and you’ve got your fave kombucha tea on special order in bulk from Kombucha Wonder Drink.

When the sun begins to light up the bohemian sky and warm our skin for longer and longer during the summer, and there are so many more fun adventures to go on, sometimes we loose sight of our clean and green routines. Have no fear, boho bella, it only takes a couple of tricks to get and keep your green on in the summer. Every gal deserves to keep their green glow on!

Here are my top 6 baby step tips to maintain your clean and green summer lifestyle.

444eb06646e1b718702249038b0e5e711. Write it Down, Boho Girl!
Pull out your fave moleskin and pop down all of your healthy meal prep ideas. Being mindful and prepared for the week ahead keeps a goddess’ mind clear and her heart open to all the magical things that might come her way! Take a sweet Sunday evening and write down what you prepare to consume the coming week. This works like a charm and will keep your health plan in check. Don’t fret if you fall of track, the best friend a girl can ever have is herself, so be kind to yourself and check right back in with your plan if you had one two many Ahi tuna tacos or an extra green margarita last Saturday!

2. Move Your Fine Self
Find special and creative ways to get moving, all the time! You don’t have to join a gym to stay active, there are great ways to move everywhere. Whether you’re dancing in your kitchen, taking a jog through the local park, or checking out a new ecstatic movement class downtown, your heart rate is up and that’s all you need! See if you can get creative and find ways to keep moving when you can. Keep moving that beautiful bod, boho girl!

3. Take Adventures to Your Local Farmers Market
The farmers market is home to all things green and clean, so if you haven’t yet checked it out now is the time! From fresh dark green leafies to special healthy tonics, the farmer’s market has you covered in all avenues of health. The best part about the farmer’s market is that it’s totally magical. You may meet a new friend, hear some live music or get to taste test some uber healthy dark chocolate! This one is a must-do, especially in the summer, so go find the nearest one to your home on the double.

4. Flip Things Upside Down in The Morning
Headstands have been known to change a girl’s perspective, reduce stress, increase core, thigh and arm strength, and help with overall happiness. We’ve all got to wonder why everyone doesn’t do headstands every day! Ask your yoga instructor to demonstrate a headstand to you if you’ve never tried it, and start practicing it every morning. The morning is a great time for this super dynamic and wild pose because it starts your day off positive and playful.

5c1918c4fcdd899f048c1defa42e28235. Walk in the Sunshine with Your Gal Pals
If you’re planning on catching up with your besties for tea or coffee, why not turn it into a walk to somewhere new and adventurous? There’s always a new place where the sun is shining and the birds are chirping to explore with your greatest pals. Pick up a sweet iced chai and break free to the pathways with your girls. You’ll be pumping up your endorphins and getting in a gab sesh all at once.

6. Guzzle Lemon Water in the Morning
Every morning we have a new chance to start fresh, cleanse our beautiful bodies and put fresh, wholesome foods into them. The best way to start your healthy routine off right is to drink lemon water before anything you’ve consumed. This yummy, tart water will cleanse your pipes and leave your body ready for all of the healthy things you will be nurturing it with!

There’s so many ways to keep your lifestyle clean and green in the summer. The best way to do so is keep it fun, light and adventurous. I’m sure you’ve got some great ways that you stay glowing in the summer, and I’d love to add them into my bohemian routine! Tell me all about them in the comments below 😉

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Your Resident Boho Fashionista, Libby xx