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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The Art of Happiness with Kate Mak.

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We caught up with super inspiring Calgary based yoga instructor and foodie, Kate Mak, to chat about all things inspirational. The Wanderlust instructor and oh-so-lovable lady had some great insights on gratitude and living life with intention.

The Art of Happiness

Life within the present moment is always such a beautiful thing (even through tears and even heartbreak sometimes). I know, that there are days when we wake up and we just feel… off.

On those days, I encourage and invite you to quickly list off 5 things that you are grateful for.

The celebration of life, your mini and large successes, the things that made you smile or laugh that day or even the thoughts that reminded you of great memories you have with special people.

They can be really simple things like this…

 

  • The way the first sip of coffee tastes and dances in your mouth.
  • How your friend’s eye seems to sparkle while you enjoy each other’s company and conversation.
  • An amazing laugh of a loved one that can shake the room and make it sparkle.
  • For the warmth a fuzzy scarf can offer you on a cold day.
  • Sights and sounds of nature all around you (a sleepy sunset, a bird that sings, the sun upon your face)

 

happiness_gratitudeThere is science behind expressing gratitude and it can very positively change your day in increasing your happiness. Gratitude is one of the biggest contributing factors to happiness! You can change the course of your own day by starting this exercise early in the morning on your way to work, school, errands or off to coffee with friends. And if you want to take it one step further… then you reach out to somebody you are grateful for. Send them a text, an email, call them up or even send some good ‘ol fashioned snail mail (people love snail mail). Not only will you change the course of your own day, you’ll change the course of their day too. Being an instrument of positive change is an astounding and really lovely thing.

I love the Create Mala because it’s a reminder to one that the life that you want is created and shaped by nobody else but you! You are in control of your happiness and your destiny.

Get out there.
Smile. Laugh. Eat. Practice. Love.
xxx <3

Kate

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