The Best Gifts We’ve Every Received #giveintention

 

 



 

Dee: Friendship
Friendship is kind of like a party. Your energy draws people in. BFF’s that are always down for an adventure, sisters to soul speak with, besties that light a spark within us + a tribe to keep us grounded. Friends make us smile + allow us to be our authentic selves. They will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
 

Katie: Intuition
I’ve learned that although following your gut instinct on something might feel scary or wrong, it always leads you exactly where you need to be. I like to remind myself of a quote which has stuck with me since I read it: “If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t!”


 

Amy: Perspective
Volunteering with senior citizens and disabled adults at a nursing home made me realize the importance of valuing each moment – each day that we wake up healthy and free and surrounded by friends and family. It makes daily annoyances and minor issues seem really petty!
 

Renee: Travel
Exploring not only everything this beautiful world has to offer, but also exploring what you are capable of. Wake up, have no plan at all, get lost in foreign spaces and discover new things. Traveling has taught me to take nothing for granted. To stop, take a minute and appreciate everything around you.




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Calling All Yogis! Take the Quiz

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What each Sacred Identity type does at a Yoga Class

 

The Boho Child (ENFP): Becomes besties with everyone around them in 5 minutes or less.

The Shaman (INFP): Calmly lights sage sticks ? cleanses the space.

The Truth Seeker (ISTJ): Just here for the Savasana.

The Yogi (ESFP): In the corner concentrating on nailing that Handstand Scorpion.

The Guru (ENFJ): Making friends with first-timers and teaching them the moves before class even starts.

The Life Coach (INFJ): Hosts a counselling session in the bathroom.

The Goddess (ESFJ): Calmly people watches ? learns.

The Light Worker (ISFJ): Walks around helping classmates nail down their poses.

The Gypset (ISFP): Crushing on the hot dude beside her.

The Risk Taker (ESTP): One-Handed Tree-Posing.

The Student (ISTP): Takes the advanced class on their first go.

The Warrior (ESTJ): Makes slightly inappropriate jokes for anyone who will listen.

The Planner (ENTJ): Somehow networks the entire class and wakes up with ten job offers.

The Creator (ENTP): Secretly wishes she was teaching the class.

The Sage (INTP): Accidentally wandered out of class and ended up in another town.

The Manifester (INTJ): Takes scheduled hydration breaks and basks in their happy place.

What’s your Sacred Identity?

Take the quiz here to find out, and share your results below!

 

Finding + Following Your Intuition

 

As spiritual beings having a human experience, we are all born with the gift of intuition; it is our birthright. As babies and young children, we are accepting of our intuitive abilities, recognizing our “sixth sense” to be just as common and matter of fact as our five physical senses. It isn’t until we start to grow up and out of our soul, knowing and identifying more with this world and our mind-thinking, that we lose touch with this innate power.

For many of us, returning to this state is simply a matter of unlearning these limiting mind thoughts and beliefs around our intuitive abilities. We must come back into our higher self’s knowing that we have access to divine knowing and insight at all times. While only some of us are able to be psychic and intuitively dialed in for others, such as myself, ALL OF US have the potential to do so for ourselves. No one is more connected to you, your higher guidance and spirits than you are!

What I have found over the years in cultivating and strengthening my own intuitive abilities, is that I’ve had to constantly address my head/heart conflict. Often times what my head is telling me conflicts with what my heart feels to be true. I used to struggle with which one to listen to and obey. Every time I followed my head, it got me into trouble or made things a lot harder than they needed to be. Whenever I listened to and honored the guidance in my heart and soul, however, I was validated with answers, solutions, and outcomes that unfolded with grace and ease. It doesn’t mean the path was always easy or care-free, but it always resulted in me becoming wiser, stronger, and braver as a result of having followed my heart.

My Spirit Guides have taught me that what it really comes down to is getting out of our heads and into our hearts. Our “monkey minds,” as the Buddhist refer to it, create endless thoughts, opinions and judgments that often times are based in fear and come from our egos. This cuts us off from our intuitive guidance and knowing, which is based in truth and love.

The heart’s guidance, on the other hand, is simple, direct, and there’s no need for a lot of words. Our feelings are our best guidance, which stem from our heart center.

As a Spiritual Medium, I tune into the heart of both my client and the spirits, getting into the “heart of the matter”, thus obtaining a clear read on any person, spirit, or situation. Rebecca-Tiny-Devotions-Mala-Beads

A simple way to put it is this: the mind projects, while the heart directs. With that in mind, make it a point to retrain your brain into letting go of any and all fear-based thinking, surrendering these lower self thoughts to God and your Guides. Then, simply tune into your heart, checking in with your feelings, and paying attention to what these emotions are telling you in the moment. As you honor and follow the guidance in your heart, you will feel empowered and connected to a higher energy directing and acting as a guiding light in your life. You will walk in wholeness and complete alignment with your highest potential and highest guidance, thus creating endless opportunities to live and be your highest and best self!

Rebecca Rosen is an internationally renowned best-selling author, spiritual medium, teacher and inspirational speaker. You can follow Rebecca along on her journey of changing peoples lives, on her newest show, The Last Goodbye on LMN.

 

The Top Five Ways Being A Mama Made Me See Love Differently, With Mindy Willis-Menard.

We caught up with one of our favourite Mamas to chat about motherhood last November, and she had some amazing insights on Malas and Mama-hood. Check out our goddess gal pal Mindy Willis-Menard talking about Mama Malas and the sacred beauty of motherhood below.

After she gave birth to her precious boho bella, Mayla, we had the opportunity to ask Mindy what was so special to her about being a mother. Here is what she had to share with us.

Mindy:

What did I “LOVE” in my life before recently becoming a Mother?  I loved yoga, spontaneity, road trips, cooking, studying, going for long bike rides and runs, rock climbing trips, wine, going out to dinner, quiet time to meditate, and most of all getting a good night sleep.

It’s one in the afternoon but somehow it feels like 1am.  It could be sleep deprivation that has finally grabbed hold of me after 12 weeks of trying to cope broken bits of sleep here and there.  The last 3 months of my life has changed in every way possible.  Who knew?  Any mother that has been on this journey knows what I am talking about and they also know that no matter what comes up there is this undying love for their child that can not ever be fully expressed through words.

My vision of love has changed, how I see love is different after she (Mayla) came into my life.

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  1. A smile.  I waited for a few weeks, through lots of full out ball fests for the moment that changed everything for me.  Her smile.  I have tears in my eyes as I type that because one smile from my daughter brings me to the depth of my heart and the love that I feel for her.
  2. Breastfeeding.  If I may be truthful there was really nothing natural about nursing, in fact I was very sore after the first few days.  I cried about not being able to feed her but with a lot of help from my midwife, doula and lactation specialist I managed to keep it up.  Now the fact that I am solely responsible for nurturing our baby and keeping her alive comes from a place of the deepest love for her wellbeing.
  3. Cooing.  Who knew that the innocent gurgle from our baby could blow me away.  Listening to my child learn the very first part of what will be her voice has me head over heels in love.
  4. A new love for my own Mother.  Years ago I realized I had some apologizing to do.  I was not an easy child.  Thinking about what my mom went through with my sister and I have only made me love and appreciate her even more.
  5. My Husband.  During the labour I was surrounded with love and support.  My husband has also been such an amazing supporter of me and my bright ideas since we met. Watching him with our daughter and how he supported her into the world makes me love him even more.

I’m happy to announce that Motherhood has indeed changed the way I see, feel, experience and give love back.  It has also made me realize how much I Love to sleep but that will come back one day I’m sure.  Everything I do now has a deeper meaning.  I think about how I want to be a role model for her, teach her about compassion, share what I love with her and hope that she loves it too and most of all to teach about what is most important in this world, love!  The love of friends, family, nature, animals and good food.

Mindy is a seasoned yoga instructor and health coach based in Ontario, Canada. She’s a proud Shining Shakstar Ambassador and a valued member of the Tiny Devotions community.

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Web: www.alignandshineyoga.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/mjyoga
Twitter: @mindywillis

How to Create the Life of Your Dreams with Papaya Wellness

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Our bohemian pals at Papaya Wellness recently told us a little bit about how to live your bohemian dream lifestyle. Check out what they had to say to our team.

Let your true self shine, find your natural alignment- act from a place of balance, and calm- and joyfully expand from that place! Create the life of your dreams and do it with a smile from ear to ear, a smile from the heart.  Allow the bright fire within the center of your being to guide you along your path.

These are our mantras; happily recited with our favorite Mermaid Mala in hand (we are surfers of course)! From that perspective, our yoga practice has blossomed.

For us yoga is a lifestyle, a way of being that trickles into all aspects of life, relationships and work. We are easy breezy surfer girls and gypsy globe trotters, who have found home in a foreign and tropical land.

Yoga practice has become the constant, steady force of grace in our lives and in our business~ Papaya Wellness! Our daily practice keeps us on track. Sometimes the yoga is soft, and nourishing, offering some respite from the more stormy waves of life, and sometimes our yoga is fiery and challenging, bringing us to a place of vulnerability and ultimately a deeper sense of strength and self confidence.  Always our yoga is blissful, and with a sense of humor, a part of each day to be savored completely.

IMG_1096fxThrough regular practice slowly we begin to quiet our minds. We tune into the deeper and more subtle hum of our spirit- our inner wisdom, allowing that to be our guide through movement and actions.  Slowly we learn to listen, and to give our bodies what they really need.

We see the benefits of daily practice manifest in all things. More focus in our work, more mindfulness when relating to loved ones, and more compassion in our community, more love to share! And of course, our favorite piece of the puzzle- yoga provides us with more fluidity in the ocean. Our yoga practice allows us to flow with the waves. Not fighting the ocean and Mother Nature but rather connecting, and yielding when needed. In the ocean’s embrace we connect the body + mind + breath, it all becomes so simple.

Through our practice we learn daily to be present, mindful, and to embrace the bliss of each moment.  As our eyes begin to open to all the joy and abundance around us, we feel a deep sense of gratitude. We take time to make daily offerings of gratitude, for the small things~ for all things.

Waking up first thing, for deep and delicious yoga flows, we spend our days surfing in the waves, connecting with our community and allowing the ocean to dictate our rhythm, letting the warmth of the equatorial sun kiss our skin. We are grateful- for yoga, for our lifestyle and for the opportunity to live our dreams everyday!

With Love~ Namaste, Papaya Wellness!

radianceAbout Papaya Wellness:

India Reinartz and Carly Chivers joined forces resulting in Papaya Wellness Yoga and Surf Retreats. They are a dynamic duo of beautiful and strong surfer chicas pioneering a remote Nicaraguan village with world class waves on all sides.

A note from India & Carly:  ”We aim to deepen your well being through movement and breath, nourish your body with healthy balanced meals, and introduce you to new cultures, new people and new destinations.”

In hosting retreats Carly and India bring all elements together through yoga, community involvement, philanthropy and of course infectious positive energy. Check out their upcoming retreat dates here: www.papayawellness.com

 

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

Confessions of a Boho Fashionista: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

 

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Last May I moved into my dream apartment. Something about it just oozed magic. It was my first time living without another person. Before I’d rented the place, which sat under oak trees and always smelled like maple syrup, I was dreading spending the summer solo.

But it didn’t take long before I realized that I’d created a sanctuary for myself. It was my own personal palace that I’d subconsciously designed in which to celebrate and support myself.  I’d unpacked plush throws, adorned the place in vanilla candles and hung flowing satin curtains. There was something sparkly about this space that was much different than any other home I’d lived in.  Every morning I rose, feeling excited about all of the synchronicities that might happen throughout the day, and late in the evenings I was inspired to write all of my greatest stories.

Friends from near and far would appear with gifts and stay late to drink wine, laugh and dance long into the night.  We would share stories of all of the places we’d been and the exciting people we’d met there.  One night in the thick of the summer, after cooking the largest fresh salmon I’d ever laid eyes on, we sat doe eyed around the stone fire.

“Your home is enchanting,” said one of my pals. “I noticed though, there’s something is missing.”

“What’s that?” I replied.

“You don’t have any mirrors,” she said, “None in the bathroom, no mirrors anywhere. What’s the deal?”

I looked around. She was right, there were no mirrors in my apartment. May had rushed into June and June shifted smoothly into July. Here we were smack dab in the middle of August and I’d not placed a mirror on any of my walls. I looked around the glow that lit up this circle of my closest friends. My gaze shifted lovingly from pal to pal: Their wide eyes, their open hearts, their curious minds.

Then it hit me: I had many mirrors.  The mirrors I’d placed around my home were much more valuable than any picture of myself in a glass reflection.  The home I’d created and the beautiful gal pals in it were the best mirrors I could have picked out.awakening

Next time you’re self-reflecting, pop on your Awakening Mala and remember that all that you have created in your life is a beautiful reflection of who you are, no mirrors required.

 

Peace, Love and Magic from Bohemia xx

Confessions of a Bohemian Fashionista – Going Boho… It’s an Inside Job!

Hey Boho Beauties,

When you remember something sweet, it’s a crime not to share it.

A couple of years ago, I did a 30-day challenge. Attend yoga every day for 30 days straight. It seemed simple—all I had to do was plop my yoga mat down (back row, center), do some downward dogs and try not to wobble too much in tree pose.

It happened one evening, mid-challenge. I was sitting there post sweat, one eye open, wondering what all of these ‘yogi’s’ could be thinking about (other than grocery lists, next weeks to-do’s, or that fight they had last week.) They all just seemed so relaxed, so together.

As I left the studio, there she was.  I thought I’d seen her here before—or maybe it was at that café or in the market. In a glimpse she flashed me a crooked smile, shot a peace sign my way and danced off.

She didn’t have to say it. There was a glitter from below her eyes that told me she’d walked along the ocean’s edge, kissed an elephant in Bali and Om’d until her voice went soft. You could tell she was a light-worker. She’d been through tough situations and come out lighter and shinier.

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She was so Boho.

It’s been years since I saw that girl who seemed like a real live goddess. She was practically wearing a crown. Since that sweaty night I’ve mastered my tree pose, learned to keep both eyes closed in my favorite yoga poses and most mornings I sing to myself.

It was one of those mornings today; I could feel it in the air.  Something stopped me in the mirror before I left for work. There she was staring back me, the soft glitter under her eyes, the divine intention in her smile. It hit me, hard—that boho girl is me, that boho girl is you.

I’m wearing my Divine Wisdom Mala as I think back on that night, and remembering that going boho is an inside job. So go ahead, boho goddesses, flash your beautiful smiles at a stranger and remember you’re divine.

Peace, Love and Magic from Bohemia – xx

There is beauty in vulnerability

DSC02574Hey there! My name is Dana and I’m the founder of YogaBabeLife.com. My mission is to help women to celebrate what sets them apart, and absolutely adore their life and the body they’re living in.
I’ve lived with Crohn’s Disease for as long as I can remember. Just over a year ago, I was told by my doctor that I would need to have my entire colon (large intestine) removed because it had become so severely diseased. So much so that not removing it would be fatal. This was an extremely scary situation, it meant that I’d be living with an ileostomy (a bag attached to my stomach that the you-know-what comes out of!) for the rest of my life. I don’t like to admit it, but at first, I thought I’d rather die than live with an ostomy. How would anyone ever want to be around me, how could anyone ever love me? It was paralyzing.  The hospital had become my second home, and my desperate attempts to resist surgery only made me more weak. On December 7th, 2012, I had my entire colon removed.

There are no words that can come close to describing the process that I have had to go through in order to accept and love my body again. It’s been a roller coaster. But, I find comfort in my faith, in returning to my mat, building my strength through working out, and feeling how much stronger my body has become without the disease weakening me. I am so passionate about helping other women to love and accept their own bodies no matter what they think their biggest imperfections happen to be.

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I felt such a strong call to launch YogaBabeLife.com within months after my surgery. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to lead an amazing international community of women. I’ve found that allowing myself to be vulnerable is what heals me. Opposite of what we think, vulnerability draws us closer together than setting us further apart.

My yoga mat has become a sanctuary, a safe place, for me to begin to love my new body. My practice helps me to cultivate compassion for myself, my body, and for the community that I serve. I’ve found that yoga and meditation force me to be present, to push through the tough feelings that come up, and to be grateful, rather than resentful, of the obstacles I’ve faced.

There is beauty in vulnerability. Allow yourself to step into who you truly are meant to be, and  you’ll give others permission to do the same. Embrace your scars and express gratitude to the challenges in your life. Wisdom is a shift in perspective, and challenges arise as opportunities for growth. Allow each of your obstacles to soften your heart and expand your love.

“What shames us, what we most fear to tell, does not set us apart from others; it binds us together if only we can take the risk to speak it.” –Starhawk

All my love,
Dana

“I choose to say yes”- Gypset Goddess

We connected with the buddhaful Gypset Goddess to show our community why this yogi is so amazing + inspiring!

What brought you to your mat for the first time?

Simple, I said YES. A friend invited me to a yoga class, and I said yes. Life is all about choices. I choose to say yes to new experiences as often as I can. A chance to try something new? Yes. An opportunity to make a new friend? Yes. A chance to go to someplace that I’ve never been before? Yes. It’s so easy to say “no”, but it’s so rewarding to say “yes”.

What is your favorite mala, and why?

My favorite mala is the Babe Mala. I connected with the intention behind it, and the combination of colors and materials, immediately. One of my mantras is: “Believing in possibility makes everything possible. I believe that everything is possible.” Sometimes my insecurities speak louder than my heart, and I am susceptible to fear and self-doubt. The Babe Mala reminds me to listen to my heart, and have the confidence and knowledge that I can manifest my goals and dreams to become my reality.

Who and what inspires you?

I am inspired by courage. This can manifest in many different forms. Trying new things, going new places, meeting new people, conquering fears, rising above adversity. It’s not easy to leave your comfort zone, but a full life waits on the other side. People who have the courage to try, to risk failure, to fail, and to try again, are the people who change the world. Changing the world can happen on a very small or very grand scale, but if no one ever had the courage to try, nothing would ever happen.

How do you set intentions in your life?

This makes me think of a sang that always makes me smile: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” I don’t eat elephants, but I always think of this sang when I think of intentions. I set them one hour at a time, day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time, etc.

What advice do you have for all the boho yogis out there?

My advice is this: If you believe that anything is possible, then it is.  Follow your heart, and you’ll see some amazing places.

Links to my social media sites:

www.instagram.com/GypsetGoddess
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