A Reason, A Season, A Lifetime: Top 3 Mantras for Every Chapter of a Boho Girl’s Life

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From adolescence to adulthood we are taught to ignore our natural born intuition because the rest of world holds the potential to harm us. We are conditioned to act a certain way by constantly hearing things from our elders like:

Don’t talk to strangers!
Don’t touch anything!
Don’t run!
Be CAREFUL!

 

One of the most important mantras that I have had to realize and re-learn time and time again because the world has tried to teach me otherwise is: I will return to my inner sense (innocence.) This is SO important. A boho’s intuition is almost always correct. We can tell if someone means to harm us, if we should feel something, if and when our bodies need to move in a specific way…we know what is good for us! Mantra #1: I will return to my inner sense. 

 

Mantra #2
Often times when something unfortunate or unpleasant occurs we believe that it’s someone or something else’s fault. We continue about our lives and the same unpleasant thing happens to us again, and it’s STILL NOT OUR fault! Then it happens again, we begin to recognize a pattern but are stuck in the habit of our actions…and so the unpleasant thing happens yet AGAIN. Finally we realize that it is our fault and that our actions enabled the unpleasant thing to happen, so we begin to change our ways. We realize that in order for the unpleasantness to go away, we must make a change. Boho mantra #2 is this, simply put: I am responsible for and in control of my life. 

 

Mantra #3 
As boho girls, we are naturally inclined to LOVE. We love a lot. We love hard. We can be emotional about that love, attached to it, expect things from it. In order to recreate our reality and approach our relationships from a place of PURE love, we must learn to give, to love freely and without any sort of expectation. Once expectations are removed, we can give more, be more, and do more for others. The love that sprouts from those relationships will change the world! Mantra #3: I will LOVE without expectations. 

 

Boho girls, return to your inner sense. Be responsible for and in control of your own life. Love without expectations!!!
Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 3.56.51 PMCaley Alyssa is a Yogini & Holistic Health coach in Santa Monica, CA. She’s also a traveler, hiker, bikini lover, bullshit caller, avocado eater, & snuggler (little spoon.)

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Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: Me, My Passport, and My Yoga Mat

8c4fadd830c30b6544ff46fae6f5245fIt’s no secret that a goddess has got to break free, bust out her passport, and hit the open road (or air) from time to time.  It’s our innate, bohemian right to see the sun kiss the sand on the shores of Kauai, snack on coconut gelato in Sorrento, and ride wild palominos through the Peruvian jungle. But there’s one small catch I know you fashionistas have all got on your brains: How do I keep up my yoga practice when I’m searching for my soul on the road? It can be tough to keep a daily practice when magical distractions are hiding behind every corner of your journey, but yoga comes in all shapes and forms, so let’s talk about some easy tricks to fuse it in where you least expect it!

Here are My Top 5 Tricks to Fuse Yoga into Your Next Boho Vacay. . . 

1. Stay Open
 Just because you’re not in a yoga studio with an uber toned, soft voiced yoga babe highlighting how to get your vinyasa on, doesn’t mean you can’t get into the flow. There’s so many ways to practice yoga sans the studio. Your hotel bedroom floor, the beach’s edge, or poolside, are each highly appropriate studio substitutes, and you don’t even need a mat! Just spread your fingers wide, take a deep breath and roll into your fave pose. Something else to consider is that you don’t need to practice a full-length class to receive all of the benefits. Just get intuitive with what you’re body and mind need that day and choose a few appropriate postures! For example, if you’re feeling super tight, take some hip openers like pigeon or fire log. Or if you’re stomach is aching from all the rad food you’ve been divulging in, take some twists and call it a day!

2. Sneak Off
The most magical places exist on our wildest adventures, so sneak off and find them! Go, gypsy babe, and find somewhere that really vibes with your soul. Set up your spot and start some pranayama, right there! You’ll be in awe of the seriously soulful vibrations you create when you sneak off to a secret place.

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 As I mentioned before, yoga can happen anywhere and you don’t need to take an entire class to reap all of the benefits! If you’re really needing a yoga fix, but can’t find some alone time, pop into a gentle baddha konasana and do a five minute yoga nidra meditation. Even this practice will untangle any stress and tell your body that it’s cool to chill out! This can be done anytime, anywhere, yogi babe!

4. Gather the Group
 If you’re travelling in a group, round up the crowd, take them to a pretty spot and guide them through some of your fave poses! They’ll be sweating, giggling and super grateful—I promise! The beauty of moving and breathing with a group is indescribable, especially if your travel group is bagged from the journey.  You’ll be Zen’d out and connected to one another in a special way that you weren’t before you started your practice. Pick out some simple poses and move through them with your gal pals and fam!

5. Visualize and Set Those Intentions, Boho Babe!
 Many of my greatest teachers have told me that even visualizing yourself moving through your most favourite, relaxing postures will put your heart and bod in a state of ease. If you’re really in a pinch and there’s no place to practice, pick a meaningful intention, start some pranayama (low, diaphragm breath), and move through your vinyasa in your mind.  If you have your most beautiful Mala nearby, roll your fingers over it’s beads, close your eyes and visualize yourself moving through each posture with grace!

Your sweet and soulful journey should always be met with an open heart (and relaxed bod!), boho babe 😉 Take these easy tips with you on your next adventure and remember that you’ve got all the tools that you need!

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You’re Resident Boho Fashionista, Libby