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I am ready to have everything I want. I deserve it.
I am ready to revive my light.
I am ready to manifest my dreams.
I have realized my worth.
I am ready to tap into all the beauty that awaits me.

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5 Apps to Boost your Meditation Practice

Craving some calm? Need to pump a little zen into your daily routine? We’ve rounded up our favorite meditation apps to help you de-stress and do your best. Go and get your bliss on!

Screen shot 2014-10-07 at 4.22.46 PM1. Calm

Cost: Free, subscriptions begin at $4.99

Every day bring it’s own chaos. Between meetings, emails and deadlines it can be hard to find time to be still. That’s why Calm is so awesome.  Guided meditation session’s range from two minutes to 30 minutes and you can sneak them in between meetings, or settle in for a longer session if you can spare the time.

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2. Spirit Junkie

Cost: $1.99

Spirit Junkie’s are no stranger to Gabby Bernstein, a NYT bestselling author, life coach and motivational speaker who’s on a mission to teach the world about the power of miracles. The Spirit Junkie app allows you to wake up to a new affirmation every day. Set a reminder anytime to surface today’s affirmation or choose from any of the hundreds of previous affirmations to turn inward and shift your perception. Save your favorite affirmations, and share with friends to spread the love.

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Cost: $1.99

With meditation apps, as with life sometimes, the bells and whistles can get in your way. The Mindfulness App is straightforward and simple. Guided meditation sessions can span from 3 to 30 minutes. Silent meditation sessions alert you with gentle bells. You can personalize your own meditation session too. The app even reminds you when it’s time to meditate, so you can keep up a regular practice.

 

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Cost: $0.99

One of the biggest distractions when trying to meditate is the stream of thoughts running through your head. Pushing thoughts out of your mind requires skill and practice. Having someone — in this case, a calming voice from the app — guide you through your meditation session may help you find calm more quickly. With this app, you can pick a session length, choose to have a guide or not, and even add soothing, natural sounds to the end of your meditation session.

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5. Omvana

Cost: Free

What’s relaxing and calming to one person may be aggravating and irritating to another. That’s why Omvana lets you customize your meditation sessions with the sounds, noises, and quotes that inspire and relax you. This app contains thousands of audio tracks, beats, and sounds that you can blend together in the app’s mixing board. If a stranger’s voice is unsettling, you can even record your own voice and use it to guide your meditation sessions instead. This app is fully customizable to help you create a more relaxing, enjoyable meditation experience.

Did we forget to add one of your favorite meditation apps? Tell us what it is in the comment section below! 

How to Establish a Home Yoga Practice

yoga1 - Version 2What is a home yoga practice? Basically, it is committing to practicing yoga outside of the studio, i.e. on your own. One of the ‘hazards’ of being a yoga instructor is that I make it to class on my own way less than I did before simply out of lack of time. It is tough! Getting my butt to class has been a personal struggle since my teaching journey began, however it is imperative for my craft that I continue in progressing my own skills. Hence, the necessity of a home practice. Likewise, even if you are not an instructor and instead are a regular at the local yoga studio, establishing a routine at home will develop your practice faster and fulfill you on a deeper level than without one.

 One of the greatest complications in developing a home practice is the problem of distractions. I have three boys aged 7, 10 and almost 12, and believe me when I say that my house is crowded, chaotic, rambunctious, disruptive, frenzied and so un-like a yoga studio. From the outside it seems impossible place to find peace at home, let alone practice yoga. But I do it. I do it because it helps me as a woman, a mother and a wife. Sometimes I am on my mat 30 minutes, sometimes it’s five. But getting there restores a sense of determination when I need it, energy when I require it, and peace when I crave it. Some days I work on advanced postures I am trying to learn, some days I do repetitive Sun Salutations and other days I literally only lay in child’s pose. The goal is to get there. Here’s a short list of things I do that may help you create a home practice of your own.

1. Leave your mat out. I personally leave my mat out in the middle of the living room floor (unless my in laws are coming over). The boys walk all over it, my dog likes to nap on it for some reason and sometimes it gets pretty dirty. But leaving it out reminds me to get there. Leaving it out also gently reassures me that it is there for me when I need it. All which help me practice more often out of sheer frequency. Out of sight out of mind unfortunately rings true.. so keep your mat out!

2. Own headphones. Invest in a good pair! If you are a mommy, you know there are days that the noise decibel level inside is too much to bear and there are days your stress level can be at its peak. This is the time to plug in your headphones, put on a song that speaks to you (for me that is Jimi Hendrix, ‘Red House’), and do a few sun salutations. Maybe just breathe and sit in child’s pose. No matter what is going on around you, headphones will help you tune out the noise and take a few moments to yourself to center and recharge. You will feel better after a few minutes, I promise!

3. Ignore everything else going on. Barring an accident that draws blood, the kids will survive without your attention for ten minutes. The laundry, dishes, or checking Facebook can wait, you can DVR or pause the television, and your bedtime can be postponed a half hour. See suggestion #2 above (headphones), tune out the rest and focus on giving your practice your full attention. I use this tactic when I need a few minutes (a mommy time out if you will), and now when I am on the mat, my boys know that I will not answer any questions for the most part. It is my time.

4. Don’t worry about a plan. There are days I get on my mat and I stay in down dog for a long time before I decide where to go next. Other days, I am able to move between several poses without thinking, and even other days the creative juices are flowing and I am able to make up a series to teach for my next class. The point to remember is that it doesn’t matter. You don’t need a plan at all! That being said, if you are a person that needs structure, then start with a specific set of poses or try a internet class. I often take a class on YogaGlo to revive when I need to find new inspirations. Finding your way and doing it is more important than what you do.

 5. Establish a routine time, or don’t. What I mean by this is take into consideration the type of person you are when developing your home practice. Are you the type of person that if you set an alarm you are more likely to follow through, or are you a person that is better if you leisurely find your way to the mat during the week. For me, I practice whenever the mood strikes me, and since I keep my mat out, I can fold a few shirts in a load of laundry, turn around and practice five kick ups, and then finish folding the laundry and somehow it just works for me. For someone else, they may never make it to the mat unless they designate a specific time for it. So know yourself, and plan accordingly.

 6. Practice with the Seasons. Think outside the box! Is the sun shining? Move outside! Take a few vinyasas in the grass and get a tan while holding warrior 2!  Snowing perhaps? Practice by the fireplace! (not too close of course!) Full moon? Bring out your cushion and meditate on the back porch. Connecting the time of year, time of day and weather to your practice can help you feel a deeper connection to yourself. Plus it is fun and mixes it up! No one said you have to do yoga exactly the same way every time! You can also for the most part do yoga anywhere! Next time you are waiting in line at the grocery store- smile and practice tree pose. Forget the rules!

 7. Meditate. Yoga is not just about the asanas. The physical aspect is only one part of it. There actually is something called the ‘8 limbs of yoga’ which if you delve into yoga more deeply you can learn about, but getting back to the point, taking time to give your mind a break is a highly effective means to centering yourself as a person, and can enhance your yoga practice infinitely.

 8. Be patient with yourself. We all have jobs, long lists of responsibilities and different hats to wear. It is tough to make time for yourself and your practice in some part, because it can seem that you are being selfish to put aside all the things that need to be done to play on the mat. However, believe me when I tell you that your ‘self’ needs it! All of those things on the ‘to do’ list will still be there, the difference is, you will be better equipped to handle them.

I don’t always get on my mat.. but when I do, I always feel better. Stay thirsty my friends! 😉

IMG_8831Tiffani Shipman graduated from University of Oklahoma with degrees in Psychology and Sociology, received her RYT200 through Tiffany Cruikshank Yoga Medicine, and is currently studying Acupuncture, Holistic Therapy and Sports Medicine. She is a contributor to Misfit Yoga and Wellness and you can also find her blog, yoga schedule and more at www.tiffanishipman.com When she isn’t studying her craft or teaching yoga, you’ll find her playing practical jokes on her friends and family, restoring old cars, baking cupcakes, hula hooping, or enjoying a beer in the backyard. She resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with her husband and three boys.

7 Great Reasons to Do Yoga in the Comfort of your Home

10635954_814680641906049_4928240045228069362_nAlthough in-studio yoga classes are a must, there are several benefits to practicing every day at home, too. Why go the online yoga route? Check out seven reasons that are sure to get you inspired!

1. You can practice whenever you want, wherever you want. One of the advantages of using a platform like My Virtual Yoga for your practice is the flexibility it offers. Whether before work, during baby’s nap or right after dinner, you’re just a few clicks away from indulging in a bit of well-deserved yoga.

PSST: For those of you who are constantly travelling, know that online yoga can be done in a hotel room before a business meeting or right after a long flight. We love how yoga can be adapted to your busy lifestyle!

2. You’ll find a variety of styles in one spot. You like variety, and making new discoveries—we totally get that. Hatha on Tuesdays, Vinyasa on Wednesdays and Yin on Thursdays: anything is possible! With an online platform, you can easily switch up your practice. It’s simple!

3. It’s an excellent way of complementing your in-studio practice. Most of us have a favourite studio: a place where we gather with others who are passionate about yoga, too. This weekly meeting is necessary so your teacher can correct you, but online yoga allow you to really develop your practice and better integrate what you’ve learned in the studio. 1+1 = 2!

4. There’s something new every week. Are you always on the lookout for what’s new… just like us? Online yoga practice is a great way to test-drive new ways of learning, new techniques and new themes. It means allowing yourself to be in tune with what’s new and have fun, too. Oh, look: there’s something new to try!

5. You can take your favourite teacher with you everywhere you go. So you’ve fallen under the spell of a specific teacher who offers AMAZING CLASSES that seem perfectly adapted to your needs. With online yoga videos, you don’t need to wait for a specific time every week to take your teacher’s class: whether on your iPad at the cottage or on the TV in your basement, your teacher is waiting!

6. It’s a question of comfort. The weather will never make you miss your class, nor will you be able to make excuses for not wanting to leave your OH SO COMFY home. Yup: as far as yoga is concerned, you’ll never be able to use excuses like there being too much traffic, or the metro being late. From now on, it’s all about comfort… and nothing else.

7. There is a yoga class for all levels. Does your beau want to try yoga? No problem: there are videos for every level: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The yoga  videos are adapted to your body and what you’ve learned so far.

Namaste!

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