Love and All is Coming: Five Ways to Open your Heart

mala-beads-yoga-tiny-devotions-photographer-photographer-richelle-hunter-photography-summer-of-soul-1231. Get outside of your comfort zone. I’ve broken my fair share of hearts. My heart has been broken so many times; I’ve decided to just let it stay open. Let yourself FEEL (everything).

 2. Notice your surroundings. Where are you? In your room? On the subway? In the park? Take in the space around you and embrace it. Use your senses. As you embrace the space, you will be able to see yourself and the others inside of it more clearly. Once you see the space, feel for its vibrations and breathe with them. It’s possible that because of certain experiences in the past, you might enter a space with preconceived ideas. Preconceived ideas automatically block the heart.

 3. Listen with both of your ears. Watch yourself listening and as you watch the listening, you will be less likely to be in your head, calculating and comparing. Listen to everyone like they’re about to tell you the deepest truths (they are, even if they don’t know it). If you listen like this, every sound, every word you hear will bare its full weight and you will be able to connect with ease and your heart will be happy.

4. Give & Forgive. If an instinct tells you to give something- give it! It could be an object, a conversation or a hand. Most likely it will be an act (no matter how small) that will make a deep impact. True giving comes from the heart; it’s a feeling, an instinct. It is not a trade (nothing wrong with trades because they’re useful and practical but don’t confuse them with giving) giving is never attached to a motive or an expectation. Forgiving is an extension, a branch of giving. Resistance to forgive is calculative work that will lead to more confusion and misery. Confusion and misery are actually highly addictive because they satisfy a need for “right” and “wrong”. Only in our truest, unconditioned states (of divine love) can we give and forgive to others and ourselves.

 5. Love is one. Know that love does not know the difference between a grain of sand, a fly, yourself, or the sun. You are a part of a whole. Breathe that in. There is no small love, medium love, or big love. There is only love.  One love fits all. #loveandalliscoming.

WHO_5762Talia Sutra is a New York based yoga teacher, urban hippie, vegan foodie and body artist. 

Instagram: @Talia_Sutra 

#PracticeIsPerfect: 5 Tips to Keep your Attitude Sparkling when the Going gets Tough

_P9A04251. Unplug. Seriously. As I type this in a local, busy coffee shop in New York, I find myself at the same exact time wanting to scream at the top of my lungs because of how BUSY this life is. Or, how BUSY we make it. If you are like me and at any given time have Instagram, Facebook and Gmail open and available, it’s time to check yourself. Unplug for a while. Unplug when you start to feel like this whole world is about to rain iPhones and Androids. Let go. Close your eyes and just practice silence. Be still. Perhaps it’s the hour right before bed. Brilliant idea. Why let your mind go nuts with social media right before you are trying to reconnect with yourself and your dreams. Tip number one: unplug for at least one hour a day

2. Get selfish. That’s right. Start doing something for YOU. This might be exercise,  a morning latte, or a good book. And if you one of those people who just thinks “how can I possibly find time to be selfish with three kids and a dog!” then this tip is really for you! The busier we get, the more frustrated and mundane our daily lives become. Look at it this way: That 75 minute yoga class was not just for you. It was for your loved ones, your boss, your dog…it was for everyone in your life that you care most about because essentially it helps you become a more peaceful, more passionate human. It helps create a better version of you. You may think you are being selfish but if you realize that time outs for yourself is exactly what you need to become that peaceful person, than just do it! Tip number two: it’s okay to be selfish sometimes. 

3. Find nature. A simple walk in the woods or the beach is the perfect escape to get grounded when the going gets tough. Nature teaches us many things- one of the most important being patience. Walk through nature and you will instantly be reminded that there is no rush. Go get some salt-water time, some mountain time, or even try opening a window to remind yourself what life is truly all about. Tip number three: go outside. 

 4. Eat. No, I am not saying go buy a box of cookies and eat your feelings away. What I recommend doing is take a little time out to check your diet. Some foods will actually create more stress on our bodies and if our mind is already in a funk, then why suppress our system even more with the wrong foods? Start slowing down the way you eat. Just because your mind is running a mile a minute, doesn’t mean your mouth should! Check out your diet and make sure you are getting adequate nutrients. When stressed, foods loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, zinc and omega 3’s are all good choices. Tip number four: eat with intention. 

 5. Journal. Even if you don’t actual write anything down, start “mind journaling” in your head every am/pm. Start with gratitude. Once you remind yourself just how blessed you really are, even the biggest problem will seem smaller. You are so loved. So start telling yourself that! Every day: three things you are grateful for. I do it while still in bed. Seriously, it helps! Tip number five: start a gratitude diary. 

katie boho blogAlbany native Katie Collins teaches a strong vinyasa flow with a focus on foundation and alignment, making balancing and inversions more accessible, mindful and most importantly, fun! Katie completed her 200 hour YTT in the summer of 2013 under the guidance of Justin Wolfer and quickly learned what it meant to embrace her practice with mind, body and SOUL! Along with the physical practice and teachings of yoga, Katie also has a passion for holistic living and will be entering her second year of nursing school in fall 2014.  Her classes are a dynamic flow that will incorporate human body awareness with a sprinkle of strong core work, flexibility, and the journey towards inversions. Katie is also a regular blogger for Elephant Journal, an ambassador for BOGA paddleboards, Jade Yoga Mats, and a representative for GTS clothing and her own personal journey. 

Twitter: @katietheyogi 

Instagram: @katietheyogi 

David Good on Dharma: That without which nothing can stand

633501560dcd11e39f1222000aeb0ea1_7We can go though life set on auto pilot. Waking up at the same time every day, hitting snooze twice, commuting to work with our ear buds shoved in to dull out our boredom or worse, what if you had to talk to someone we see everyday. We work, head home, watch NetFlixs and start all over again the next day. But what if we stepped off this carousel and asked ourself what do you stand for? What is our Dharma? Does life have a purpose?

This question is a big one that can sometimes induce fear because most of the time we know we are not living a life full of purpose. We sell ourselves short by compromising just to get by. What if you started with baby steps by asking ourself some valuable questions?

What if you saw fear as an opportunity to grow? 

When we look fear in the eye and realize we don’t have to react in a fight or flight response we can start to develop a capacity to handle more of life’s stresses. We can withstand anything because we know its a true opportunity being given to us to grow and get to know ourselves deeper.

Can you speak the truth?

Its going to take all your courage to stand tall and always speak the truth to everyone all the time. No more white lies. Take a deep breath and do it. If you find yourself reaching for a lie, tell the person you have to get back to them with your answer and then make sure you do. Its going to be a little rough and bumpy but people will soon value you as a person they can count on for the truth. On the flip side some people aren’t looking for the truth so be ready for that.

What if you always kept your word?

This one is big, you are going to have to learn to say no if you know you can’t do it. Practice it right now, say NO. You can’t say yes all the time and become the canceller. Soon you will get less and less invites, people will learn they can’t depend on you. Keep your word, think about it before you say yes, can you actually deliver. Become a rock in your life and others. s

Do you have teachers and mentors you can look up to and learn from?

Having teachers and mentors we set our sites on a higher value system. I am not saying teachers and mentors are perfect, actually its better if they are not. But its great to have someone to learn from. Find someone who’s values are close to what you aspire to and spend sometime with them. Successful people hang out with successful people.

Are you willing to keep learning?

Become a student of life. Gobble up books, articles, you tube videos, and take a course you always wanted to take. To really get to know what you stand for you need to get out there and discover the world a bit. Try stuff, make mistakes, learn stuff and find out what your values are. The world is waiting for you.

When we start to get clearer we can stand up a little taller because we know what we stand for. Life is going to get a lot more interesting and you are going to have to be okay with being a little uncomfortable. Living your dharma is not the safe route but its going to be a whole lot more fun.

Screen-Shot-2013-04-24-at-4.37.55-PM-250x378David’s passion is sharing his love for the practice of yoga with over 500 hours YTT, Restorative, Therapeutic and Meditation training under his belt. He asks you to meet yourself on the mat everyday. David’s teaching style is fun, inclusive and accessible to every level. Whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned enthusiast you will walk away learning something about your practice which is bound to enrich your life. Based in Toronto, but never shy to travel around the world  to share his love for yoga with as many people as he can.

Website: http://www.davidgoodyoga.com

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Peace, Love Wanderlust! ?

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Don’t forget to pack your Wanderlust Mala + bracelet before heading out to have the time of  your life. . . xx.

Q&A with #BohoSelfie Winner, Tiffany!

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1. In your #BohoSelfie you’re sporting the Full Moon Mala. What was it about the Full Moon mala that captivated you? And what intention did you give your mala? 
I had a connection to the Full Moon Mala right away. I’ve always been fascinated with Full Moons, so the name was my initial attraction. Turquoise, a protection stone was very important. Amethyst, allows me to overcome fears and attracts positive energy into my life. Since starting a new chapter and journey in my life (new hubby, 5 years cancer free, new house & new job!) —it was the perfect piece. And pairing the Full Moon Mala with my Soul Stack, is absolutely harmonious.

 

2. You’re a newlywed! Congratulations. What’s the best love lesson you’ve learned on the road to marriage? 
Find your best friend and marry them! It’s just as important to truly like someone, as it is to love them. Open communication needs to happen constantly. Find time for your relationship every day. Give more. Set dreams together.

 

3. What’s your favourite yoga pose and why do you love it? 
My favorite yoga pose is the ending pose, Savasana. It’s my time—to enjoy that sacred place, a place for stillness, quiet and reflection; to live in the now.

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4. Your wedding day was on your five year cancer free anniversary. It must feel awesome to be a full-fledged cancer survivor. What wisdom can you share with women currently going through their own cancer journey? Some things I’ve learned along the way: You MUST be your own advocate, because no one else is going to do it for you. Remove all negativity from your life. Remember that bald is beautiful. Find your inner peace. Dig in your heels and keep fighting—you are a force to be reckoned with! Smile, carry positive energy, eat veggies, breathe and do yoga. If you see a fellow cancer pal, give them a high five and tell them how cool the world is because they’re in it. Finally, you’re a survivor every step of the way.

5. What intention are you going to give your brand new mala and why? 
My intentions: I am Strong. I am Awesome. I am Present. Why you ask? Well, now, that’s a secret :)

8 Ways to Stay Wild at Heart

_P9A8582Several years ago I hit rock bottom. Since then, I’ve made tremendous strides to reach happiness – leaving my corporate job after burnout, overcoming depression, and ditching troubling addictions.  Through my experiences, I’ve come to realize that being and staying happy is no small feat.

Happiness is something we all want, but with life’s pressure and the demands of being an adult, it can be overwhelming at times. That’s why I created the play with the world mentality. Play With The World, is more than a website – it is a mindset and a refreshing approach to life intended to help each of us stay grounded and focused on living life fully and with our hearts wide open.

Here are my top 8 tips on keeping your heart open and free, everyday.

1. Don’t take it personally
Most of what others say and do is about them and their own perceptions, and has exactly nothing to do with you. Instead of reacting, simply go inward and align with your own true self. Being confident in your own skin is the best way to combat disapproval from others. When you are aligned with your own true self, others can’t mess with you.

2. Connect with your joy route
Finding what you are passionate about and doing it daily is the best way to live a happy life. My mantra is to stay close to EVEYTHING that makes me feel uber alive! I love baths, nature and collecting journals. When I am stressed out I get back to my joy route and find happiness in playing with what I love. What is your bliss? Tap into that daily.

 3. Compliment yourself
Most of us don’t give ourselves any credit for doing good deeds. We need to remember that little victories are important. On our journey to happiness and inner peace, it is essential to wrap ourselves up with love. Do this by complimenting yourself for a job well done.  Try looking in the mirror and saying, “I love you, you are beautiful.” The more compassionate you can be to yourself the happier your heart will be.

4. Drop from your head to your heart
Once I stopped over-thinking things, and dropped from my head to my heart, things began to shift. I lightened up, I felt more inner peace and my dreams came true faster. Be unapologetic about your desires and needs and allow your heart to guide you.

 5. Press the play button
Are you stuck? Try playing. Anytime I feel burdened or stressed out I press the play button on my life. Some of my greatest ideas have come from inspiration I gained while playing…including my next book title, Mental Makeover, and many of my article ideas. Albert Einstein said play is the highest form of research. You will be able to solve any problem, by taking a life recess and playing your way to happiness.

 6. Gratitude your attitude
Being thankful for what you have and where you are is the catalyst to everything. When you can appreciate what you have, happiness can happen. I wake up every morning and say thank you to the universe, and throughout the day I say thank you multiple times in appreciation of everything. From my morning coffee to my nature walks with my furry fella, to the work I do each day, I’ve found that feeling grateful can increase my abundance, happiness, and inner joy.

7. Express yourself
Part of living an adventurous and fun life is to express yourself authentically. I love headbands; I have over 150 of them and I wear them all the time. Things can become valuable when you use them as an extension of yourselves. My sister in law always has the coolest painted finger and toenails. She has glitter, school colors, designs and hip icons, which extend her sweet personality and are a visible expression of her outlook on life. Being a girl is fun, so play it up by using accessories to express your gorgeous self.
Do you love scarfs, headbands, nail art, or shoes?  Or do you prefer no makeup and walking around barefoot on the beach, what’s your thang? Discover it and express yourself to the fullest.

8. Enjoy the ride
Whatever your goal is…to lose weight, to travel more, to increase the romance in your life or even to find your purpose and passion…getting there can only happen when you accept where you are. Enjoying the journey is the sweet stuff of living a real rich life. Yes, we all have goals and dreams, but the journey to manifesting them is just as rich and juicy as the end result. Enjoy the process and have fun. Life is a dance, so shake your groove thing.

ShannonShannon Kaiser has been labeled a modern thought leader on the rise by CafeTruth. She is the bestselling author of “Find Your Happy, an Inspirational Guide to Loving Life to Its Fullest,” and the founder of the website playwiththeworld.com, which was awarded Top 75 Best Personal Growth Websites and top 100 Self-Help Blogs on the internet by The Institute for the Psychology of Eating. 

Website: www.playwiththeworld.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShannonKaiserWrites 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shannonLKaiser

How to French Kiss Life, A Yogi Fashionistas Guide to Falling in Love with the World

This week I was blessed with the opportunity to move into a new home. As the universe works in silly and mysterious ways (and certain planning aspects slipped through the cracks), we found ourselves playing house for a few days. With our mattress on the floor, make shift tables from boxes and Game of Thrones Season 1 rented from the library, laughter and joy filled our home. All this good cheer lead to staying up too late and waking up with a huge headache.

In that moment, I had two choices: fight it with a venti cappuccino skim milk & 2 raw sugars, or revel in gratitude and fall deeper in love with the world. I will ALWAYS fall deeper in love and I have a handful of tips to help you do the same.

1) Always choose gratitude.
As a yogini I rock mala beads, drink green smoothies and post adorable yoga photos on Instagram, but yoga is so much more than looking the part. It is walking the walk and embodying a yoga lifestyle daily. I always count my blessings. Currently I am participating in the Happy 100 Days Challenge, keeping a gratitude journal and always remembering to say thank you. It’s a simple gesture that reminds us of all the goodness in life.

 

2) Feel the sunshine on your shoulders and the sand between your toes 
Almost all boho babes crave the ocean. She runs deep in my veins, octopi are my spirit animal and I’m 100% sure I was a mermaid in a previous life. The ocean is my safe haven and I love the feeling of the sun on my shoulders and the sand between my toes. The beach, the sun and the sand are ALWAYS there in my heart even during a cold New England winter. I have learned to embrace every season and feel the sunshine throughout the year. As boho babes, we must French Kiss life by feeling the ocean in our veins all year round and living life OUT LOUD when summer finally arrives.

3) Always pack your crystals and malas 
As a self proclaimed “woo-woo” I am part of a beautiful tribe of women who believe in spreading love & joy through yoga and energy healing. One of our favorite things to do is tote crystals for good energy, especially Rose Quartz for LOVE!! Throw on your mala beads and choose the crystals that suit your mood for today.

 

4) Always be up for adventure

Being a yoga studio owner can tend to take a toll on my body. There are often days when I need rest and puppy snuggles. But when a friend calls for a last minute lunch date or my grandmother needs help finding a birthday present, you can bet your asana that I’m out the door with my good attitude in tow. Leave room for adventure and be open to spontaneity.

5) Look for the heart rocks and listen to the librarian
This week has been chock full of life lessons for me. My favorite librarian told me to let a book go after I explained I didn’t enjoy my current choice. She told me to only read to my age in pages because there are so many books, so why would I read one that doesn’t speak to my soul? I try to keep my eyes and ears wide open everyday. Keep your eyes open for signs, look for heart rocks, falling stars and 11:11. Listen to the wisdom of strangers on the street. Look up from your phone and be present. The world has so much to say to you.

 

Falling in love with the world is easy when you’re open to love, gratitude and surprises. Always be open to change, flow and the beauty of a new direction. Open your heart, count your blessings, wear your mala beads and bask in the sunshine. And remember to always listen to the librarian.
Jenny Ravikumar is the owner and a yoga instructor at Barefoot Yoga Shala.

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Happy Fathers Day! xx

Destination Summer: A Recipe for the Best Summer Road Trip Ever!

1677bd175bd152342e6b6911a71f5d03Ingredients:

Sun kissed locks blowing in the breeze
A partner in crime riding shot gun
An ipod fresh with oldies, favies, newbies, indies and maybe some 90’s 😉
2 bare feet on the dash board
Tattoos showin’
Sun tan glowin’
Lungs expanding with some fresh mountain air
A lake for dippin’
Your favourite song for singin’

Buckle up and mix it all together with a whole lot of love, a dash of mystery and the rest is history!

Being a BC girl, road trips have been a staple in my vocabulary for adventure since I was 16. No matter the destination there is something freeing about concrete rolling swiftly underneath you, trees and lakes blurring beside you and a total surrender to the gorgeous mountain pathways, no cell phone signal, nothing but crisp clean air to take in and maybe spotting some antlers or a bear!

Once you have taken a nap, stopped for some roadside yoga, indulged in some farm stand peaches and cherries; you are about ready to take your road trip cupcakes out of the oven for destination indulgence. You may end up at a music festival, a cozy lakefront cabin, the Calgary Stampede or some other magical, bohemian, cosmic galaxy!

Hop in and enjoy the ride!

Namaste, Juliana

Juliana Lavell is a yoga instructor, writer, and artist based out of Kelowna, B.C. Find more of her below!

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Cook Your Ass Off with Keri Glassman

Keri Glassman (6) - WebsizeShe’s a nationally recognized nutrition expert, published author and serious goddess. We sat down with Keri Glassman to talk about the things that inspire her to live a healthy, soulful life and here’s what she had to say!

What have you done recently to inspire people to live a more nutritious life?

I recently was the nutrition judge on the show Cook Your Ass Off  on upwave on HLN. When I first heard of the show, I thought “I LOVE this idea! How has it not been done before?!” People seek out health information everywhere – tv, magazines, online, apps, professionals etc. And people love cooking competitions. Yet the concept of adding the health element to the competition had never been done. I’m a nutritionist – my passion is teaching health – and food of course – so this format I fell in love with. My message on the show was simple – healthy does not mean deprivation or lack of flavor. The healthiest, best foods for you are naturally incredibly tasty. I loved being able to help show America how real and healthy food can taste amazing!

What brought you to the mat for the first time?

I am naturally a quick-paced, high energy type of person who like everyone else has to confront stress (and I own it!). I always say out of all the pillars of a nutritious life, stress is the pillar that I’ve had to work on the hardest. I’m not naturally a calm person; I’m naturally a revved-up person. So learning to take it down a notch with yoga was not inherent for me.  I’m naturally more of a runner, spinner kind of person. But, it was definitely something I needed in my life.  Exercise was always my therapy and I also meditate. I usually do my own little quick mini-meditations, sometimes just an 8-count breath. It only made sense to marry the two and start practicing yoga.

Who and what inspires you?

My kids, Rex and Maizy!! It may sound cliche, but I think once you have children there is this constant, reminder and reason to always raise your bar. Simply, they keep you in check.  They inspire me to be and do my best in everything from work to parenting and everything in between.

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

Healthy living is not just about eating and exercise. I always say that there are 8 pillars of a Nutritious Life that are all equally important to overall health and wellness. These pillars encompass everything from food to hydration to sleep to sex.  They work together in harmony to create a healthier mind and body.  If you skimp on sleep, you might be too tired to work out, and you might also make poorer food choices, and so on. Everything from your environment to the liquids you put in your body to the food you consume to your relationships to pampering yourself work together from a behavioural aspect and also a physiological aspect to create the best “you” possible.

Oh yeah… and what is your favourite mala and why?!

Hands down, my favourite mala would have to be  the Rock Your Bliss Mala, it’s all about creating the life of your dreams through clear intention setting, mad love + truth, and radical positive energy.  So, if you need me, I am here rocking my bliss right now!

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Web: www.nutritiouslife.com
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Twitter: @KeriGlassman