The Sanctuary of Yoga with Amanda Christian.

AmandaHeadshot2CropWhether I’m soaring through the trees on my mountain bike or carving some turns in fresh power on my snowboard, I can’t help but feel at peace in nature.

Nature is where I go to heal, listen and come back to myself over and over again. It’s my sanctuary, guru, temple, teacher and a place I feel inspired, or put another way, I feel in-spirit.

I feel the same way when I’m practicing yoga.

When I was doing my 200hr yoga teacher training, my teacher said, “yoga is about using the body to go beyond the body” and for some reason, that sentence deeply resonated me. That idea has helped me to set an intention for my yoga practice, which is to be in-spirit. One of the most beautiful gifts of yoga is when you find freedom from all your thoughts about yourself, even if it’s just for an instant.

With each class, each breath, each pose, I have an opportunity to express the most authentic version of myself right now. I crave those moments of freedom and I find them often in my yoga practice and in nature.

In my weekly Soul Workout videos over on my blog, I share simple practical techniques for how you can live in-spirit. As I mentioned, yoga is one tool, but I also share many subtle mind shifts that can create miraculous changes in your life.

So whether you spend time in nature, practice yoga, study other spiritual teachings, or practice a combo of them all, it starts with an intention. Let the intention light your spirit and guide you to a place of freedom.

I am definitely drawn toward the White Jade Highest Potential Mala as a gentle reminder to concentrate on the things that truly matter in life and to help you focus on living in-spirit.

AmandaCYogaPose2Learn more about Amanda here:

Web: www.amandachristian.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/amandachristiantv
Twitter: www.twitter.com/amandalece 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/amandalece


You can also catch Amanda guiding yoga treks at Wanderlust California this summer!

Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: Mala Break-Throughs

TDbohodailyEvery gypsy goddess, yoga fashionista and boho gal who wears a gemstone Mala knows how magical they are. Maybe you didn’t fall in love with them the first time someone told you about the 108 stoned treasures, but when you finally laid eyes on the unique beaded jewels, you knew you had to have one. They weren’t just a beautiful statement piece that enhanced your oh-so-natural stunning appearance; they helped bring out your inner beauty by pulling you back to all of the important intentions you set everyday.

I fell in love with the first Mala I adorned myself with. The African Jade Mala. It was gifted to me by a yoga teacher of mine right before I set out on journey west that would lead me to a series of big, boho girl life lessons. The Mala had a beautiful jade guru stone and dark cacao rudruksha seeds. Right before I left the studio to go West, my teacher told me that this Mala would give me strength in challenging times and the courage to follow my dreams.  I wandered west, as gypsies do, and kept The African Jade Mala close to me.

There were moments when all that I had planned for on my journey had fallen into little tiny pieces, and I wondered how I would ever pick them up again. I’d cross my fingers over the seeds of my Mala and remember my teacher when I looked at the precious jade guru stone. The Mala she’d given me was a reminder that I was always safe, even when it didn’t appear that way.

When my trip in the mountains finally came to a close, and I made it back to the summer humidity of the lake house that I call home, something remarkable happened.  July’s air was thick, and I moved heavy as I straddled bags, yoga gear and gifts to the front door. When I reached the front porch, I heard a gentle snap: 108 small beads and one beautiful jade stone danced in front of me, off of my neck and onto the sand.

“You’ve had a Mala Break Through” My instructor said, as I listened in tears.  “This is fabulous. You know what this means, darling? It means you’ve come to a new chapter! You’ve learned your lessons and you’re ready for what’s coming. Fantastic!”

whitejadeSince my first “Mala Break Through” I’ve had plenty more, and several exciting chapters in my life, each with unique intentions. Today I’m wearing a Jade Mala, but this time the White Jade Highest Potential Mala, because through all of these karmic break throughs and sweet little lessons, I’ve realized that I have bravery of a goddess to reach my highest potential (and you do, too!)

Peace, Love and Magic from Bohemia xx