7 Steps to Adding Intention to your Yoga Practice

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 12.13.16 PMWe all come to our mats for different reasons. Some of us for just a moment to breathe, some to sweat, some to sit, and sometimes, well sometimes we’re not quite sure how we got here.  While we may find ourselves chanting and flowing mat-to-mat, so close its not clear whether thats your sweat or your neighbors puddling beside you, but the truth is that even in a studio, yoga is still intensely personal. By cultivating intention in our practices we can start to bring the real yoga back into focus.

 1. Set one. You’ve probably heard the often used “set your intention” promptly followed by a few Sun Salutations. On days of, lets say, less than enthusiasm for the physical practice, my own lovely little internal voice has replied with a snarky “to get through this damn class”. It may not sound like a very yogic intention, and it’s certainly not the stuff of Namaste’s, rainbows, and unicorns, but it is authentic. Even if you’re first thought isn’t of gratitude or forgiveness, don’t discount what your body and mind are telling you. Intention doesn’t have to be grandiose and you certainly don’t have to think of your sick grandmother every time you jump back to chaturanga. Try to remember why you stepped on your mat in the first place today. If your find yourself praying just to make it through class, its likely your really trying to tell yourself to listen to your body. That in these moments your intention is to simply be mindful and take only what you need regardless of whats happening around you.

2. Turn off your phone. It feels crazy to even have to say this, but turn off your damn phone. It’s amazing how that little whistle, a soft vibration, even the imagination of one, can completely pull you out of the moment. Your emails will still be there, Instagram won’t flag your account for inactivity, and you brain will thank you for it.

 3. Create a safe space. It may mean exploring every teacher in town until you find the one. It may also mean putting in a little extra effort at home to set up a distraction free zone. Think about those practices you’ve had that have been truly wonderful or transformative. Where have you felt safe and supported? Maybe its the lighting, music or no music, props, or aromatherapy? How can you inject that feeling into your own practice space?

 4. Listen to your body. We simply can’t be mindful if we’re fighting ourselves the whole time. We’ve all been there, quit pushing on that door that clearly says PULL. Set aside what you thought your practice was going to be, what you think it looks like, and start stepping into the reality of what it is. That doesn’t have to mean settle, or don’t work hard. It just means that everyday is different, why would we expect our practices to always be the same?

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 12.15.00 PM5. Remember pranayama. It’s easy to roll out your mat and jump right into a flow. Try slowing down as you start practice and notice your breath. Notice it in down dog, notice it in Tadasansa, notice it in handstand. Counting the breaths can often be very helpful to gently crowd out unrelenting thoughts. Kapalabhati can be powerful heat building breath work to stoke the belly fires and focus the mind early. Let your breath do the focusing for you.

 6. Savor savasana. Five  minutes of Savasana is a gift. Ten minutes is winning the lottery. Allow yourself to revel in this time sans outside stimulation and see where it takes you. If you find yourself making grocery lists or rehearsing imaginary conversations, try not to force it. Just come back to where you started. Soften your muscles, soften your breath and give yourself the gift of ease.

 7. Remember that its a practice. Every time we step onto our mats is a new experience, and a new opportunity. Resist the urge to berate yourself if you find your mind wandering or miss a day of asana. Cultivating intention is just as much of a practice as Surya Namaskar B.

CarlingHarpsheadshotCarling Harps is a yoga doer & teacher, move maker, kick aficionado, sloth & kitten enthusiast who loves helping students build a strong foundation to explore their practice through alignment, self inquiry, and being rooted in the present moment. 

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Styling Intentions with the Babes at Skinny Fat Girl Diary!

We here at Skinny Fat Girl Diary, are so thrilled to be featured on Bohodaily.com… A place that celebrates green juice, a healthy lifestyle, and agrees that the best way to explore life… is in your yoga pants! We discovered this community of goddesses after falling in love with Tiny Devotions’ scarves; handmade works of art, both stylish and practical. But more than fabric, they inspire us to focus on our intention. The scarf is a colorful reminder during a hectic day, to breathe, enjoy the moment, and reconnect– just what we need at the SFG Diary.

We are three health fanatics living in LA, with crazy work schedules – all while, cooking, yoga-ing and bedazzling for our blog. It’s overwhelming what we strive to accomplish in an hour, day or week… and we know we aren’t alone! That’s why we created a space to find the silver lining along life’s journey. Why cry, when you can bake vegan-inspired carrot cake and laugh together?

Here’s three different ways to style your intentions…

Jackie, the brunette amongst blondes, embraces the bohemian look… it’s sexy, laid-back and looks fabulously effortless.  When I saw their hipster scarf, it was love at first sight!  My first fashion rule is “comfort,” so any way I can jazz up a simple outfit with something stylish… I’m in! The Hipster scarf makes me feel like I can conquer anything, and not to mention look pretty chic while doing it… it even makes my yoga pants look inspired!

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Lauren seems to never stop running… that is until she saw the Prana Del Mar scarf. I’m absolutely obsessed with bright colors this summer. Until recently, I never really embraced my body type and used to hide it behind lots of dark colors. Something shifted after a couple month in hot yoga rooms and I became grateful to be strong. So, I’m embracing my sense of adventure with bright teal jewelry, pinks, cut-offs and my Prana Del Mar scarf in tow.

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Valorie never sleeps. Seriously… this girl is like the energizer bunny– she does it all (until 4 am) and still looks fabulous! Summer is usually hotter than Haiti but thankfully in Los Angeles, summer evenings tend to get pretty chilly– especially close to the water! I’m all about laid-back California style—splashes of color and a white jean are the perfect beach-side combo. This Sanibel scarf is seasonal perfection, glowing with hues of pink and orange… Colors are a reflection of your attitude; I’m staying in the spirit of summer by staying happy and active in bright, light colors!

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Love at First Sight? How I Found My First Mala

photo1 (61)I first saw a mala on social media while browsing my home feed filled with inspiring yogis.  It didn’t take me long to find the Tiny Devotions website and start dreaming of buying a mala of my own.  A couple of weeks passed and I still had the shop open in one of my tabs.  I had been thinking about which mala to choose…what should my intention be?

What have I been trying to achieve lately?

Taking a step back and looking at who I am now, I realized that one of my major goals in life is to be true to myself above everything else.  Being a sophomore in college means that I’m part of a generation of people that are constantly bombarded with media and ads that portray the “ideal lifestyle” and the “perfect person.” I go to a huge school where trends are very prevalent and lots of students get sucked into them.  All of those things combine and make it easy to lose sight of who you are.

My search for a mala that would inspire and remind me to always be myself ended with the Authenticity Mala.  I was amazed by it’s beautiful beads and mesmerizing grey stone.  It’s description was inspiring and I really identified with it, and I knew then that it was the one for me.  I couldn’t agree more with the statement, “genuine character is hard to come by”, and I believed that wearing and admiring it would help me remember that the best thing you can ever be is yourself.  Flash forward a week or so and I wear my mala almost daily and am constantly feeling empowered, grounded, beautiful, and most importantly, like myself, in it.

DSC_0061Katie Lienhard is a yogi, runner, college student, and blogger.  She’s studying nutrition and loves everything about food.  She even works at a farm-to-table restaurant and a café that finds its home in a holistic health center!  Some of her goals are to become a Registered Dietician, a certified health coach, and a yoga teacher, though she’s not rushing to reach them (all good things take time!).  Katie loves writing about her experiences and passions and learning A LOT along the way.

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The Gypsy Girls’ Guide to Intention Setting

If you haScreen Shot 2014-07-02 at 12.37.13 PMd told me a year ago I would be writing an article about my dreams and intentions, planning, hosting yoga-based events, and supporting my community with the resources I now have, I wouldn’t have believed you, not in a million years! If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, some of these tips may sound familiar. If you have never taken a yoga class then maybe it’s time. . .

1. LET IT GO: This is a mantra that I say to myself, several times a day, seven days a week! If it isn’t serving you, if it’s holding you back, giving you negative energy… Let. It. Go. That monkey chatter telling you that you can’t do something because of xyz excuse? You do not… I repeat, DO NOT need it. Need a reminder? The Let it Go Mala is an excellent way to keep this intention in the forefront of your mind.

2. BREATHE:  Throughout our days we may encounter something that stresses us out – whether that be hitting snooze one to many times and running late, or our kids talking back to us, or our boss telling us we aren’t performing to our standards. Don’t forget to breathe – several inhales and exhales with or without an intention (“Stay Present”, “Let It Go”, “I Am Loved”, etc.) can make a difference.

3. DREAM (BIG): What makes you happy? What makes you excited and scared all at once? What are you passionate about? If you’re anything like me, you may not have known what you wanted to be when you grew up. I DO know that I love helping people, sharing things I’m passionate about (yoga), and supporting those that are closest to me! If you follow what makes you genuinely happy, you are on the right track.

4. MANIFEST AN INTENTION: Sometimes things happen organically without planning or putting much thought into it (or maybe I’m getting better at this manifestation?)… but sometimes it takes a little more! Your manifesting be as simple as staying positive or as huge as teaching a yoga workshop to 300 people at a large festival. It doesn’t have to be scary or set butterflies in your tummy… but it should be something positive and worth thinking (and dreaming) about.

5. WRITE IT DOWN: Seeing your dreams and intentions on paper can help you visualize them when you’re feeling stuck in life or literally stuck in traffic. What are your hopes and fears? What is holding you back?

87nQv5qmqauLkfKtV57TJXRcgbmkucXFGtKfahvEuwI,wVTPPAWleJW9CZbwvxtYvm2zyUIHMXAGSwk8o9J7AZM6. SHARE: Dreaming about something and thinking about it is great… but to be able to keep yourself accountable and on track, you should be sharing these thoughts with your trusted tribe. These are people who believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself, who keep you motivated, tell it to you straight when your random idea isn’t going to work, and will help you map out a new idea. Sharing helps solidify your intentions!

7. GATHER YOUR TRIBE: Surround yourself with people who will support YOU! Maybe you have one or two people that will walk through hell and back with you, but maybe you don’t. The law of attraction is “likes tend toward likes”. Your friends should have similar intentions for themselves personally and may not understand your crazy ideas, but they GET you and still support you. And just like your friends support you, there should be some level of support going back to them. Be the person you want to surround yourself with!

8. DO SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY: For myself, I love doing yoga – it makes my mind and body happy. I like to set aside time – even if it’s 10 min during my day to myself. It isn’t selfish… it will help you be a better person to yourself and for the people you surround yourself with.

9. COME BACK TO YOUR INTENTION: What is your intention? Maybe it’s simple and you can just remind yourself throughout the day. Maybe it’s bigger and you need more reminders – like putting an image on your lockscreen of your phone or posting a note by your mirror or door so you see it daily. There is something about reminding ourselves about what our intentions are that helps keep us focused and centered.

10. BELIEVE: Believe in yourself and you’re halfway there – Theodore Roosevelt
Get rid of the negative self chatter and honestly see yourself doing what you’ve only dreamed about.  You will be happier for it.

By – Ayami Hiroshige

Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: My Top 6 Baby Step Tips to Maintaining a Clean and Green Summer Lifestyle.

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If you’re a yogi fashionista, beach babe or gypsy goddess, you’ve probably already got a green lifestyle that would make Kris Carr and Gabby B proud! Your lunch is filled with avo-toast and you go to hot yoga on the regular. You know where to find all the best fresh, local and organic produce, and you’ve got your fave kombucha tea on special order in bulk from Kombucha Wonder Drink.

When the sun begins to light up the bohemian sky and warm our skin for longer and longer during the summer, and there are so many more fun adventures to go on, sometimes we loose sight of our clean and green routines. Have no fear, boho bella, it only takes a couple of tricks to get and keep your green on in the summer. Every gal deserves to keep their green glow on!

Here are my top 6 baby step tips to maintain your clean and green summer lifestyle.

444eb06646e1b718702249038b0e5e711. Write it Down, Boho Girl!
Pull out your fave moleskin and pop down all of your healthy meal prep ideas. Being mindful and prepared for the week ahead keeps a goddess’ mind clear and her heart open to all the magical things that might come her way! Take a sweet Sunday evening and write down what you prepare to consume the coming week. This works like a charm and will keep your health plan in check. Don’t fret if you fall of track, the best friend a girl can ever have is herself, so be kind to yourself and check right back in with your plan if you had one two many Ahi tuna tacos or an extra green margarita last Saturday!

2. Move Your Fine Self
Find special and creative ways to get moving, all the time! You don’t have to join a gym to stay active, there are great ways to move everywhere. Whether you’re dancing in your kitchen, taking a jog through the local park, or checking out a new ecstatic movement class downtown, your heart rate is up and that’s all you need! See if you can get creative and find ways to keep moving when you can. Keep moving that beautiful bod, boho girl!

3. Take Adventures to Your Local Farmers Market
The farmers market is home to all things green and clean, so if you haven’t yet checked it out now is the time! From fresh dark green leafies to special healthy tonics, the farmer’s market has you covered in all avenues of health. The best part about the farmer’s market is that it’s totally magical. You may meet a new friend, hear some live music or get to taste test some uber healthy dark chocolate! This one is a must-do, especially in the summer, so go find the nearest one to your home on the double.

4. Flip Things Upside Down in The Morning
Headstands have been known to change a girl’s perspective, reduce stress, increase core, thigh and arm strength, and help with overall happiness. We’ve all got to wonder why everyone doesn’t do headstands every day! Ask your yoga instructor to demonstrate a headstand to you if you’ve never tried it, and start practicing it every morning. The morning is a great time for this super dynamic and wild pose because it starts your day off positive and playful.

5c1918c4fcdd899f048c1defa42e28235. Walk in the Sunshine with Your Gal Pals
If you’re planning on catching up with your besties for tea or coffee, why not turn it into a walk to somewhere new and adventurous? There’s always a new place where the sun is shining and the birds are chirping to explore with your greatest pals. Pick up a sweet iced chai and break free to the pathways with your girls. You’ll be pumping up your endorphins and getting in a gab sesh all at once.

6. Guzzle Lemon Water in the Morning
Every morning we have a new chance to start fresh, cleanse our beautiful bodies and put fresh, wholesome foods into them. The best way to start your healthy routine off right is to drink lemon water before anything you’ve consumed. This yummy, tart water will cleanse your pipes and leave your body ready for all of the healthy things you will be nurturing it with!

There’s so many ways to keep your lifestyle clean and green in the summer. The best way to do so is keep it fun, light and adventurous. I’m sure you’ve got some great ways that you stay glowing in the summer, and I’d love to add them into my bohemian routine! Tell me all about them in the comments below 😉

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Your Resident Boho Fashionista, Libby xx

10 Ways to Get-Over a Break-Up

If this article caught your attention, chances are you’re part of the heartbreak club (HC for short). Congratulations! We’ve all got tattoos and secret handshakes.

sad-hippie-breeze But in all seriousness, being part of the club really sucks–at first. I feel sick thinking back to that period of my life where I vacillated between feeling numb, vacant–like a shell of a human being, and feeling shattered, wounded, disbelieving that I might ever heal my physically excruciating heart. And don’t even get me started on the anxiety, anger, or suicidal thoughts (yes, that’s normal). Or the insomnia. Or the inability to do anything. Anyhow, I could go on, but given that you probably know what it’s like, here are some tips for getting over it the yogi fashionista way.

1) Find a balance between grieving and distracting 
When we experience heartbreak, we’re going through grief, and grief mimics depression. It’s natural to lose concentration and motivation, experience disruptions in sleep and appetite, and feel like you’re functioning at 20%. The only way out of grief is through, but you can’t do that 24/7. As a result, it’s important to find a balance between distracting yourself from the pain, and going through the pain.

If you distract yourself from the grief 24/7, you won’t adjust to what’s actually going on. Grieving happens naturally, so you don’t necessarily have to structure. However, sometimes having some structure can help temper the process. Here are some ideas for “actively” grieving:

  • Throw on some Adele, Whitney, or Leona and dance (or lie on the floor and cry—both work!)
  • Get a big poster board and some paint, and throw down your emotions in whatever form they take (do it for the process, not the product)
  • Write how you’re feeling: write poetry, write your story (again, process, not product)
  • Talk to a therapist, a friend, a parent
  • Pay attention to your dreams. We generally grieve through them..
  • Do yoga and breathe through the sticky spots, pain, and blockages, physically and emotionally

2) Change up your environment and make new memories
I remember a freshly heartbroken friend telling me she’d taken part in a biathalon the previous weekend. Surprised, given biathalons aren’t exactly common weekend activities, even in Canada, she said “It’s now one memory that doesn’t involve Aaron.” Transitioning out of a relationship is very challenging when every memory you have–every part of your identity–is tied to your former. If you can afford it, travel. Join a team. Take up a new hobby. Start volunteering somewhere. Start making memories that aren’t tied to them. Similarly, change up your environment if you can. If moving is totally unrealistic, change your bedroom around. Throw away reminders. If you aren’t ready to throw them away, put the pics and jewellery and whatever else into a box and ask a friend if you can store it at their place. Or store it in your closet and tape it up. That way, you can choose to look through it if you’re feeling particularly ready to take that step in the grieving process. Either way, being surrounded by reminders is not helpful for the process.

3) Find validation for your story
In the midst of my pain of the breakup of ’11, I asked everyone I met if they’d been heartbroken before. If their answer was yes, I asked them to tell me the story. I asked my friends and family members the gory details of their stories (there’s always a worse one out there…), but I didn’t stop there. Cashier at Whole Foods? Sure. Bartender? Why not? And what did I learn? Our club is pretty inclusive. Billions of people out there have been through it, survived it, and will often tell you it’s the best thing that ever happened to them. So ask people to tell you their stories and tell them yours (although maybe be more selective than me when deciding who to tell…or at least skip the Whole Foods cashier unless there’s no line).

Other ways to find validation for your story? Speak to a therapist. Listen to songs about heartbreak. Empathize with your own feelings.

4) Make friends with your emotions
I distinctly remember the morning I decided to stop telling sadness to “Eff off.” I’d just woken up, from yet another dream that I was back together with said heartbreaker, and I’d experienced that familiar sinking, sickening feeling that accompanied my sobering reality. I felt so weak. So tired of fighting my painful feelings. I sighed and actually said out loud, “Hello, Sadness.” There’s a poem called “The Guesthouse” that I often think of when I’m feeling difficult emotions. Couched in Buddhist philosophy, it suggests that we invite all our emotions in–the good, the neutral, and the bad. We don’t judge them. We serve them all tea. We let them stick around and do their thing because, realistically, telling them to leave doesn’t work anyway. Now, you might not get to a point where you actually befriend sadness, or anger, or regret, or whatever it is that you’re feeling, but do try to make space for it. Acknowledge it. Sit with it. Breathe into it. Practise self-compassion while you explore it. It will come and it will go.

5) Connect with others
When we experience the ultimate rejection that is heartbreak, our self-esteem takes a major hit. I remember one of the first things I did was make a consultation for breast implants and a nose job. Because…that was why he left me, right? It’s natural to feel underconfident, insecure, and undesirable following the big break. Even though you might not exactly feel spritely, try to go against your instinct to isolate, and surround yourself with others. It’s important for you to be reminded just how awesome, worthy, and loveable you are. Each hangout doesn’t have to be a therapy session. Just be in the company of others.

 6) Find Meaning
This is a really tough one to enact right away. You won’t be able to find meaning in your suffering until you begin to experience happiness and positivity again. Until you begin to say things like, “if Voldemort hadn’t broken up with me, this (positive thing) wouldn’t have happened/I wouldn’t have learned (enlightening knowledge). If your heartbreak is fresh, just trust that down the road, you WILL be able to find meaning. Heartbreak is one of the great (almost) universal experiences, and it’s in this suffering that we learn, grow, develop, and become more whole human beings. HC 4 lyyyfe!

7) Keep in mind nonlinear process of healing; Remember you are not your thoughts or feelings; Remember impermanence. 
This isn’t so much one tip, as a few reminders: Remind yourself that healing and grieving are nonlinear processes. It’s 2 steps forward and 1 back, or sometimes 3 back. So don’t beat yourself up if you feel like you’ve taken a “slide.” Remind yourself that you are not your thoughts, and you’re not your feelings. If you feel unloved, it doesn’t mean you are unloveable. If you feel like your life is over, it’ doesn’t mean it is. Remind yourself that emotions are impermanent and transient; they will come and go, and come and go again. Breathe through the discomfort. Give yourself permission to feel it.

 8) Keep up with basic needs/take care of yourself
It’s pretty common to forget about minor details of your life such as eating and sleeping. You might find you’re overeating or undereating, oversleeping or undersleeping, drinking too much and skipping the gym. In the moment, it might feel like those things will make you feel better, but they generally make things worse. Try to keep to a routine (write it down, put a , as grief might suppress your appetite in the moment and cause you to binge later, stay up all night and feel like a crazy person during the day, and give up on the gym because you don’t have the energy, when you could really use the endorphins right now!

9) Delete them from Social Media; delete their closest friends (at least temporarily); Delete their number out of the phone.
You might think “But when s/he sees me after I’ve lost weight/gotten my new haircut/travelled the world” s/he’s going to regret it!” Maybe. But is that possibility worth the TORTURE of seeing them with another partner, having fun, moving on? Being reminded of him every time you go on Fbook or Instagram? No way jose. Do the delete. You can always add him later if things turn around. As for their close friends who will be posting photos of them, send the friend a message and let them know why you’re unfriending. Even if they’re not part of the club, they’ll probably understand. And, as for their phone number, prevent potential drunk texting disasters by giving a friend your ex’s number for safe-keeping, and delete for now.

10) Be your biggest support
 I think this is the most important point of all. When you’re already in so much pain, the last thing you need is judgment from yourself. Practise self-compassion, try not to judge yourself (this includes judging yourself for thinking or feeling, or judging yourself for “not coping properly”). Soothe yourself. Lower your expectations for performance. Ask for help. Be patient with yourself.

Additionally, let yourself feel hope until hope is no longer serving you. Hope is necessary for some time. Some people might say it’s denial, and sure, maybe it is, but it serves a purpose. You just can’t comprehend what things would be like if this truly were over. So hope for them to come back. Hope for things to work out. It’s OK to do that… to a certain point. When you’re ready to move towards acceptance, you will. And you can go back and forth between acceptance and hope. Sometimes dozens of times a day. Be kind to yourself as you go through this process. Don’t’ beat yourself up for having the thoughts or feelings that you’re having. Say to yourself what you would say to a friend going through a similar situation.

You can’t generally speed up the process of healing heartbreak. You can slow it down by distracting yourself from the grief 24/7 and keeping your ex around (creeping them on Facebook counts), but the only way out is through. The good thing, though, is that it really does (generally) get better with time, and all you have to do is survive. So hit a Vinyasa class, surround yourself by people who make you feel loved, and take this as an opportunity to make your best relationship the one with yourself. Namaste from a fellow HC Yogi!

meganMegan Bruneau is a Registered Clinical Counsellor at a post-secondary institution in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Family Studies. Previously involved in personal training and yoga industries, Megan practices psychotherapy using cognitive-behavioral therapy grounded in Buddhist philosophy. 

Web: www.oneshrinksperspective.com

Twitter: @MeganBruneau

The Wellness Wonderland: My Top 5 Tips on How to Get Well and Stay There

Ilarge wanted a community of like minded people where I could be my authentic, radically real self, so I made one. This beautiful place in now more than just my corner of the internet. It has become my home. I’ve come to realize that The WellnessWonderland is more than just a blog, rather it is a state of mind where we are vibing high and life is supporting you. This is a place any of us can access anytime and here are my top five tips for dwelling there.

1) Nourish Your Body & Mind: You can’t give what you don’t already have, meaning you can’t take care of your family and friends, much less the world, if you’re not taking care of yourself. So the first step on the road to Wellness Wonderland has to be taking care of your own body. Nourishing it with self-care, healthy relationships, whole foods, enough sleep and watching your stress levels. Incorporating your own version of a meditation practice is crucial. Meditation doesn’t have to mean sitting on a pillow in silence. Meditation is merely mindfulness and can be done by being fully present while you’re at spinning class, grocery shopping, driving or chopping vegetables. Meditation doesn’t have to look a certain way. It can be as easy as a single pointed focus and becoming aware of your breath. Here’s a video I did on how to get started with meditation.

2) Be Fearlessly Authentic: Being your true self is crucial to living in your Wellness Wonderland state. When you’re not being real and you are being what society dictates you should be to get people to like you, you will feel drained. It is refreshing to be exactly who you are and trust that the people who are meant to be in your life will be drawn to the authentic energy you’re giving off and those who aren’t will fall away naturally.

3) Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes: When someone tests your patience or frustrates you, recognize their perspective and realize their actions are a direct reaction to their unique circumstances that day. Meaning if someone cut you in line or overcharged you, instead of flying off the handle, return to your breath and handle the situation with the kindness you wish for when you’re having a bad day. You never know their situation and being mean back will only create more negativity. Don’t allow it to take you out of your Wellness Wonderland. Staying in your Wellness Wonderland will inspire them to get back to theirs. Like a boomerang, the more kindness you give, the more comes right back to you.

Humans are social creatures hard-wired to help each other. Instead of waiting for someone to need or ask for your help, actively seek ways you can be of service in your daily life. Whether it’s holding the door for a stranger or calling your grandmother, a random act of kindness (no matter how small) can drastically change a situation for who you help and also improve your mood. I love the quote, “When you’re feeling helpless, help someone.”

4) Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: Anything significantly positive that has happened in my life happened outside of my comfort zone. Playing small is comfortable, easy, and feels good, however the magic only happens when you step out. No one ever feels like changing the world and doing something new, however if you can forces yourself to try you’ll be blown away by what you can achieve. Challenging yourself everyday is a requirement of living in your Wellness Wonderland. This looks different for everyone. It could be putting yourself out there and meeting people or starting a blog or trying a new exercise routine. Whatever it is, it won’t feel great to begin but just like jumping into a cold pool the fear of jumping takes more energy than actually doing it and once you do you’re cold of a second and then you get used to it.

5) Know How To Return When You Step Out of Wonderland: Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, the truth is it rains and sometimes it pours. Ups and downs are a beautiful part of life, so you’re bound to get tossed out of your Wellness Wonderland state here and there and that’s okay. True happiness  isn’t about never leaving WWonderland, rather it is knowing how to return quickly once you do. It’s common to give up when something goes wrong and spiral out of control into complete breakdown when just one thing goes wrong. For instance, you eat something you didn’t want to eat and that gives you the open door to stand in front of the fridge and eat until you feel sick and then you feel so guilty and bad about that that you do the same thing in an hour and so on. What truly having a Wellness Wonderland state of mind allows you to do is after eating that first thing you didn’t want to, coming to awareness and changing the pattern by instantly forgiving yourself. Instead of beating yourself up which perpetuates the situation, simply say to yourself, “Oh you just did your old thing again, that’s okay now you can choose to do something different.” By forgiving yourself immediately, you allow change to happen immediately not when you’ve taking yourself so far out of WWonderland that it’s much harder to return.

Katie Dalabout is the creator of the Wellness Wonderland, an infinite collection of authentic inspiration & thoughts in real-time.

Web: www.thewellnesswonderland.com

Twitter: @KatieDaleabout

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Three Healing Affirmations Perfect for Summer

Summer is a great time to use healing affirmations to build a stronger, healthier and more loving relationship with yourself and your body. I have personally experienced the amazing power of healing affirmations in my own life, after having lost over 60 pounds naturally and healed my body of chronic health issues.

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Psychologists estimate that you have over 60,000 thoughts a day but the interesting thing is that 95% of them were the same thoughts you had yesterday!
In my experience, affirmations always work best when you first set a healing intention.
So, if you are ready to create a healthier body and mind for the summer, let’s first take a look at the power of setting a healing intention.

Setting your healing intention
Think of your healing intention as the general direction you want your life to head in. It doesn’t need to be specific. In fact, your healing intention can be quite broad. The important thing is to let your healing intention be something that brings you real joy and delight.  Mala beads are a great way to focus and grow your intention.

Examples of a healing intention might be that you want

  • To follow your dreams
  • To listen to your heart
  • To love your life

After you have set your healing intention, now is the time to turn your attention towards the quality of your thoughts.

What are the thoughts that you say quietly to yourself?
Within all of us, lives an inner voice, like a record player, that plays away in the background. It offers a ‘live commentary’ on you and how you are living your life, (amongst other things!)
When your thoughts are disapproving, critical or negative, this voice acts as your ‘inner critic’.
But, with awareness of your mind and your thoughts, you can learn how to transform it from your inner critic to your inner cheerleader!

How to befriend your inner voice.
If you catch yourself saying something negative about yourself, just stop mid-sentence .
Congratulate yourself for noticing. Quickly ask yourself, ‘what is something kinder and more loving that I could say to myself?’ And then repeat that thought instead. Let this replace old, repetitive negative thinking. Critical thoughts transform effortlessly into healing affirmations when you flip them into more supportive, kind and loving ones that make you feel good from within.

Here are 3 healing affirmations to start using…

Affirmation #1: Today, I am choosing to be kind and gentle to myself.

Affirmation #2: Today, I am learning how to express my creativity in the world.

Affirmation #3: I am feeling healthier and stronger with each day that passes.

Use the power of healing affirmations this Summer!

To achieve your goals and dreams, transform negative or sabotaging thoughts into new, empowering and healing affirmations instead. Trust in the process and know that transformation and healing happens naturally within the space of conscious awareness. To get your Free e-course called ‘5 Steps to Transformation’ and find out more about how to transform any area of your life, please click here

Katrina Love Senn is a Healer, Teacher & Author of “Losing Weight is a Healing Journey” & Founder of Yoga Girl Revolution.

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Magical Mornings: My Top Ten Tricks to Create a High Energy Morning and Make it Last!

Yoga luluEvery yogi fashionista and chai drinking gal should know how to create a magical morning that can last all day long! Here are our top ten tricks to create a perfect morning that last all day long, from Deidre Siranni, Yoga Instructor and Wellness Enthusiast.

1.The Night Before
Have a hot bath to relax and allow yourself to forget about the “to do list”
Once a week, make it a detox bath which includes (baking soda, apple cider vinegar, Epson salts, Himalayan salts)

2.Wake up to an alarm clock that plays music (your favorite genre of course) rather than that dreaded beeping sound.

3.Get out of bed and in to your running shoes.  Go for a 15-20 minute walk or run to get the blood flowing and breathe the fresh air.

4.Cool down with a 5-10 minute stretch and create an intention for the day.

5.From your shoes and in to the shower.  Turn on your favorite upbeat playlist, start up the hot water, and add a few drops of eucalyptus.  Sing along to your favorite tunes while you enjoy an uplifting and clarifying eucalyptus steam shower.

6.Oil pulling with coconut oil.  Put a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swoosh it around for a minute before spitting it out.  What I say about coconut oil….”I put that s*** on everything!”

7.Make breakfast your favorite meal of the day.  Choose 5 easy breakfasts that work for you and make which ever one suits your mood for that day.

8.Throughout the day, look for opportunities to try something new.  After all, everything awesome happens outside of your comfort zone.

9.Make a point to say hi to people who you cross paths with whether they are coworkers or total strangers.

10.Do a random act of kindness; you could make the day magical for someone else as well.
Deidre is a Lululemon Ambassador, Yoga Instructor, and Corporate Wellness Enthusiast based out of British Columbia.

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Web:www.yogarush.ca
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