Advice on Intentions from a B.C girl in a Yoga World.

Juliana1We sat down with Juliana Lavell, native of British Columbia, yoga instructor, writer for the Elephant Journal and artist, to chat about what keeps her inspired and how she sets her intentions. Here is what she had to share with our community.

What inspires me? 

The sound of little birds singing in the morning, deep conscious breathing, vibrant colours on my paint brush to name a few. I have a 5 year old daughter who is like a magical absorbent sponge, she looks to me for grounded, strong and soft energy. She is a daily reminder of my own innocence and inspiration to keep coming back to my mat. Knowing it is my inward journey to wholeness that will ultimately shine sparkles of light into the lives around me.

That is the essence of my teaching and purpose in life; to continue to unravel the layers of myself, make my way back to my highest sensation of truth and ideally let my offerings come from that space. Whether it be an expression of art, cooking, breathing or teaching a yoga class. Meditation, and embracing all parts of myself, the light and the dark, and settling back into the space where I can be at peace with it all.

I host a yoga inspired art workshop called “Finding Your Inner Artist”, I often tell my students to forget about an idea of perfection and go for what resonates, whether its a shape or colour.  That is where we find our yoga or union!

My intention always roots back to loving kindness towards myself, what the yogis refer to as Ahimsa. Some days that means taking rest, some days that means acknowledging and moving through things I resist, in a pose, a relationship or something I’m procrastinating about.

My advice for the boho yogis out there? Let go of the need to seek approval from others. Be the raddest, baddest, truest expression of your authentic self. Seek teachers, friends and hobbies that resonate with you. Take opinions from others as well-intending gestures but integrate into your heart and your life only what resonates with you on a deep level. Your are the pearl making itself beautiful inside your oyster.

Stay connected with your inner compass, knowing that sometimes it is the places we resist the most in our selves and in our lives that tend to lead to the spaces of greatest growth; rich fertile ground for yourself to blossom!

juliana2My favourite Mala right now is the “Serendipity Mala” with adventurine. I love the quote “The best things in life just happen”. Be open to the universe and you will be a magnet for unforeseen opportunities to come your way.

See more of Juliana here: 

Web:  www.julianalavell.com
Twitter: @julianalavell
Instagram: @yogijewlz


 

Comments

  1. Paul M says:

    Juliana Lavell is aways such an inspiring person!

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