Top 5 Sacred Stones for a Mermaid

For thousands of years gemstones have been used in physical, emotional and spiritual healing. We chatted with Tamara Lee, owner of Mermaid Sun Yoga + Pilates in beautiful British Columbia about what gemstones are near and dear to her heart and why… 

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 2.52.52 PMAmazonite: Amazonite’s healing energy is as powerful as the river for which it is named. It is known as the stone of courage and truth. This captivating turquoise green stone soothes the spirit and calms the soul.  Amazonite promotes kindness, alleviates fear and anxiety, and provides balance and harmony. It also soothes the chakras and is particularly rejuvenating to the heart and throat chakras.

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 2.52.18 PMSmokey Quartz: Primarily associated with the root chakra this stone is known for its protective and grounding qualities. Smokey quartz is considered a stone of serenity because of its positivity and ability to overcome negative emotions. It aids in the process of letting go and brings wisdom and luck to everyday life!

Black Onyx: Black Onyx provides a strong stable energy representing self-control, intuition, and protection. This glamorous gemstone absorbs whatever energy you need from the Universe. Black Onyx is associated with the planet Saturn, the element fire, and the Leo zodiac sign. Determination, focus, and direction are traits that can be enhanced with this precious gem.

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 2.56.33 PM White Jade: Reach your highest potential with the purest jade stone. White Jade brings focus and concentration back to what truly matters. This stone assists in decision making by filtering distractions to achieve optimum results. White Jade guides energy to the most advantageous outlet. What a gem!

Moonstone: The moonstone is characterized by its enchanting shimmer of light.Its connection to the power of the moon surrounds it with magic and mystique. This gemstone is an amulet of protection for travelers, a gift of love, a channel for prophecy, and a path to inner wisdom. Being a perfect expression of yin energy, the soothing and mysterious energy of the moon, moonstone is the bringer of calm, peace and balance. This stone enhances intuition, promotes inspiration and benefits meditation. The peace and calm that moonstone generates has an other-worldly quality to it; it is infused with an enchanting, soft glow of optimism and creative energy.

mm2.jpgTamara Lee is a yogi, writer & fan of leggings dedicated to inspiring an active lifestyle. Her studio, Mermaid Sun Yoga and Pilates, is based off the beautiful coast of British Columbia and offers modern fitness and flexibility training with a playful lighthearted charm. 

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Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: My Easy Steps from Sand and Surf to your Perfect Patio Date!

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It’s summer time and that means special nights under the stars, freshly muddled mint mojitos and endless sun on your sweet skin. From June through to August there are just so many ways to plan perfect summer dates with your love, and that doesn’t have to stop you from spending the day soaking up salt and sand by the shoreline! We all know goddesses deserve long hot days on their paddle boards followed by evenings making wishes with their special someone, but you might be wondering how beach babes keep their glow from dawn to dusk. There are just a few simple tricks to look like a babe when you’re kicking up the sand all the way through to your patio plans with your honey.

Dry Shampoo: Don’t let date night stop you from diving into those big beautiful waves, gypsy girl! Salty beach locks are stunning on an evening out, and all you need is a touch of dry shampoo and your hands. Let the sun dry your hair naturally, spray some dry shampoo at the root, and enjoy the salty beach wave that will appear when your locks dry.

A Gorgeous Maxi: After a day cruising the shoreline, tasting lime gelato and laughing with your gal pals there’s no need to put a stuffy outfit on. A gorgeous maxi is the perfect piece, post beach. Toss your colorful maxi into your beach bag and pair it with some cute tasseled sandles for the perfect date night attire.

8e346e4b9e0f4de21c281ca47b1e4426Minimal Makeup:  You’ve spent the day at the beach, yoga gal. The sun has kissed your skin and you’re seriously glowing. This means you don’t need much for makeup. Put some coral pigment on the apples of your cheeks and lips, add a touch of mascara to your lashes, and you’re good to go for date night!

A Simple Scent: Scent is everything. Bring a sample of your fave scent in your beach bag to top of your gypsy goddess look. Choose coconut or fresh oleander to bring the feel of the beach with you on your night out with your babe. It’s the little details that count and this one is must-do, so don’t forget your special scent, boho babe!

Your Sweetest Smile: Above all else it’s your attitude that tops off your day to evening transition. Every fashionista knows that confidence is our best accessory and your smile can change a drab looking outfit into a perfect evening look. Remember your pearly whites and happy heart go a long way;)

These are my tips on the beach to date night transition, but I know you have some great ones up your gypsy queen sleeve! Share your easy steps with me in the comments below, I’d just love to hear them!

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Your Resident Boho Fashionista, Libby xx

How to Add a Little More Magic to Your Yoga Wardrobe

RNl66iZ5DDEI_Nt6t_DEEFYtNzQZpo81nmQEzNkdWEEIf you’re anything like me, you need to shake it up every once in a while. This is true for nearly everything in my life, from what I eat, to what I do for my exercise routine. The desire for a little something special infiltrates every aspect of my being. Naturally, you can be sure that this impacts my my life as a Boho Maiden! I spend a good bit of time making sure that I add a little bit of magic to everything I do. After all, isn’t that we are all put on this planet to do?

I believe that the boho magic should transcend all areas of our lives, including our wardrobe. It can be difficult to add a little glamor to the way we dress, especially when we’re on our way to get our sweat on. When I go to yoga, I love to add a little touch of something special to my wardrobe because, to be honest, it gives me a little boost in my practice. When you feel good about how you look, that feeling has a beautiful influence on your life. It’s only fitting that it should work your way into your yoga flow.

As with all things bohemian, you don’t need to break your budget to add that little “something-something” to your yoga wardrobe repertoire. Here are a few hints on how to add that touch of magic to your yoga class style:

1. Grab some pieces that you can mix and match. There are a lot of great companies who create wonders, including reversible shorts and tops (you basically get two looks in one). Do a little bit of research and pick up about five or six items that you can shake up. That way, you’ll never be wearing the same thing twice!

tiny-devotions-mala-beads-balance-stack-aventurine-rosewood-sandalwood_large-12. Add a little sparkle! Luckily, Tiny Devotions has everything you need to make your boho beauty shine. A piece of jewelry that inspires your practice is the perfect addition to your yogic journey. A beautiful mala can also be useful during meditations, working to keep you grounded on and off of the mat. Wear a stack to help you keep balanced in focus during your yoga flow. Take a look at the gorgeous pieces on our web site and have fun letting your heart decide!

3. Remember; comfort is key. When you’re heading off to a yoga class, it’s not as important to look your best as much as it is important for you to be comfortable in what you’re wearing. Whether you prefer something more loose fitting or something that is tight, choose pieces that are going to be comfortable, that inspire you get moving, and make you feel confident in your practice.

4. Make it colourful. Black is classic, but nothing adds a spark to your yoga gear like a thousand different flavors! Check out some of the colors for each season and decide on which ones would make you look most ravishing. Nothing makes you have more fun with your work out than a brightly colored add on!

5. Magic doesn’t need to cost a fortune; a little research will tell you all that you need to create the perfect yoga wardrobe without spending too much money. And of course, never forget about sale season! A lot of great shops drop their prices in the middle of the summer, so bide your time, and you may come across a fortune in cropped pants and OM-tastic tank tops.

When heading into your practice, you never need to leave your confidence out of the studio. You’d be surprised what a little boost in your wardrobe can do to enhance your practice. Enjoy the flow and let your true colors shine. Be bold, be beautiful, be you!

Namaste!

Lauren is a guest writer for the Huffington Post and Social Media Coordinator in Toronto.

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8 Bohemian Fall Fashion Must Haves

As the leaves change color, we are forced to take a look with-in ourselves. To gather perspective on the ways we’ve grown over the past season, and how we can take this growth and transition beautifully into the fall. Here are a few ideas to keep that inner beauty that you have cultivated over the summer months flourishing into the fall.

Set your intentions on embracing the changing seasons. Autumn brings an entirely new opportunity to experience the transformational beauty of the environment around you. The Tabula Rasa Mala sets your energy to welcome bold new experiences.

With your intentions set on embracing the new experiences brought on by the changing seasons you need to protect the energy you’ve accumulated over the summer. Hold on to the sunshine you’ve soaked in. Trap that warmth inside you and let it radiate outward with the Word for Word cardigan by Billabong.

On top of holding onto the warmth, you need to maintain your sense of adventure. There is a tendency to fall into hibernation mode when the wind starts to blow cold. The world is still very much alive, and full of beauty during the fall months. Protect yourself from the elements, and experience the beauty nature has to offer during this time of transition with the Goa Scarf.

You’ve set your intention on opening your self up to exploration and excitement. To continue to moving forward with your summer momentum, you need to keep your feet warm and protected. The Cozy Sweater Tall sock by Free People is a perfect first line of defense. Compliment your foot cozies with a pair of Double Fringe Tramper Boots by Minnetonka Moccasins and move with beauty and confidence through the autumn months. Accessorize this free moving bohemian look with an Escote Lasercut Scalloped Crossbody Bag from Urban Outfitters.

The only thing left to do is go out in the world and enjoy. Take a walk in the park, play in the falling leaves, and breathe in the essence of new beginnings. However, never forget the importance of reflection. After an amazing day take the time to curl up with people you love and share your energy in a Wildfield Quilt by Anthropologie.

Your inner radiance is safe, and your warmth has taken the place of the summer sun. Your intentions are set on ushering in the new season with openarms and a receptive soul. The Transition Stack puts your intentions on display. Your imagination and creativity will flow freely like the autumn leaf drifting gently to the ground. Embrace the changing season, and experience your true potential.

Daily Dose of Inspiration – Stay You, Stay Beautiful

Hey I’m Elle, a teacher who’s decided to use her education background to teach and inspire others online to live a happy, healthy and fashionable lifestyle!

I’ve have a passion for boho fashion because of its multifaceted potential. Whether I’m pairing a boho skirt & scarf with a structured blazer for business-casual, or an off the shoulder sweater, leggings and handbag for weekend errands, I find boho (or as I call it boho-chic) one of the most diverse and wearable fashions. 

In my online community, either on my YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/hairtwoheels) or other social media connections like twitter (@hairtwoheels) I like to inspire people to live authentically: to celebrate their unique individuality while honoring themselves by living a healthy lifestyle.

In the past I was very insecure, overwhelmed by lack of career path, and my anxiety had reached a point where it was suggested by my Dr. to consider medication for my anxiety/depression. By believing in myself, staying true to who I am at the core of my being and setting my intentions, I have been able to create a career for myself that I’m passionate about and that I find extremely rewarding. I love myself and I celebrate fitness and fashion as an expression of my joy rather than a fear-based/insecure driving force. When I receive tweets or comments on my videos or Instagram pics from subscribers saying that I inspire them to live a better version of themselves, it fills me with a sense of gratitude for being able to help others while doing something that I love.

I love Tiny Devotions manifesto, “set your intentions.” I believe that committing to your goals helps to turn your dreams into actuality. Sometimes we’re tempted to dream about the things we want out of life without putting forth any action. By setting your intentions you can turn your dreams into reality by visualizing success and creating smaller goals that help you obtain bigger ones! With your inspired heart and mind, you can make those dreams a reality!

My best advice for all boho beauties is a phrase I’ve coined on my channel, “Stay You, Stay Beautiful!” There is nothing wrong with looking at fashionistas and being inspired to improve yourself either physically or otherwise, but it’s important to remember that you were created beautifully. You possess unique gorgeous qualities and if you try to be less like you and more like someone else, there is a little less “you” in the world; which is a tragedy. I try to encourage my subscribes to see their inner beauty and out of respect for it, live healthily, live happily…and yes…maybe learn a few fashion flairs! 

My current favourite Tiny Devotions accessory is my adorable boho scarf! This is the perfect accessory to transition from summer to fall in the back-to-school time we find ourselves in! The colors celebrate summer while the added fabric will help to transition into fall seamlessly! Subscribe to my channel for an upcoming fall transition tutorial!

Stay You…Stay Beautiful,

Elle

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I believe in destiny. I believe that we all have one. The universe works in mysterious ways and guides us by its own instruments. It can be difficult to navigate the tough times and remain centered. It’s during times of perceived failure that lower vibrations seem most real. We can become our own worst enemy and impede our path to what we want most.

I was recently in this space. My mind created such powerful doubt that I questioned the universe, why is it so hard? Why are things not lining up? What are you tryingto tell me? Crest fallen and heartbroken I began to loose sight.

In 2004, bright eyed and full of euphoria from yoga teacher training I set out to start a yoga apparel line. I had never sewn a stitch, knew nothing of the process and naively thought, how hard could it be? I’ll just Google it right? I figured if this was my destiny than everything would fall into place as it had so many times in the past.

Initially things came easy, I had support and enthusiasm from friends and family. I met the right people and doors began to open, I was well on my way, so I thought. Slowly things began to derail and the road got bumpy, then really bumpy.

My faith was being tested, and I began to question. It started taking a toll on me, having to continually hoist myself up out of the hole I created daily by worry and doubt.

Watching the secret for the100th time wasn’t changing the frequency of my thoughts. I was faking it and therefore I wasn’tmaking it. I had resigned that my dream was but a dream and put it on a shelf. I would polish it every now and then reminiscing about the good old days when I was full of explosive possibility.

One fateful day I heard myself speaking. I leaned into the advice I was offering my students. Start from where you are. Work with what you have. Try again. Dig deep. Show up. Be all of who you are. Be seen. It was an Ah-ha moment.

I realized I was focused on the results, looking to the final product for confirmation. I was avoiding what the universe was asking of me. There was something bigger seeking to be expressed. I let my fear of not being perfect, of not being received, and not being accepted bring everything to a stand still.

 

It takes guts to go after your dreams. It requires vulnerability and a willingness to be cracked wide open, to let go of all that holds us back. You go to your edge to fulfill your destiny. In creating Oraa I realized my potential. I wear the White Jade Mala as a steady reminder of what is possible.

Orra Active is a USA made women’s active wear company based in Kauai. Orra has many sustainable practices and dedicates proceeds to the preservation of wildlife and habitat conservation.

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