Get in touch with your intuition and never look back with Tami Apland.


My whole life has been based on one leap of faith after another.  I grew up in a relatively small town outside of a relatively small city in central Virginia. From a very early age I knew that I felt out of place there and was always planning my escape. Not because I had a horrible life, in fact it was quite the opposite. I have a wonderful family and I adore them very much, but I know in my bones that I am an adventurer, a wanderer and a free spirit of the truest kind.  Once I finished high school, part of college before deciding it wasn’t for me and landing a sufficiently paying office job I felt as though I had hit a wall. Where would I go from here? Without having a grand vision of the bigger picture, I followed my heart and took some steps.

I’ve had a passion for movement I believe since I was in my mother’s womb. I danced for 10 years before sustaining a gnarly ankle injury that required reconstructive surgery at age 15, I found yoga at 16 and decided to complete a teacher training at 22. I put said training on a credit card, racked up a pile of debt and three months after I finished the training I quit my “safe” job, packed up my Volkswagen and headed West to be with the man I had fallen in love with years earlier.  I was the first in my family to do something so drastic. They were nervous for me, but I felt solid in my decision. What’s that saying? Oh yeah, you only live once!


tami2My new life became about falling in love all over again, snowboarding, hiking, meeting new people, creating meaningful relationships, exploring new places and essentially finding out who I really was at my core. It was, at times, terrifying, but also incredibly liberating. I didn’t always have money, but I was following my dreams and that, to me, was invaluable.


My advice to all of you beautiful, free-spirited boho yogis is this: Get radically in touch with your intuition, learn to trust it and never look back. Remember, you’re not going that way! Speak your truth with bold confidence and don’t be afraid to go against the grain or popular opinion. Get clear in your purpose. If that’s too overwhelming, start with getting clear in your purpose for right now and go from there. Practice yoga everywhere! Meditate on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Find something that makes you feel wildly alive, and do it often. Breathe deeply, love hard and keep both your heart and mind wide open to your own powerful potential.

My favorite mala is the Freedom mala, for all that it represents. It reminds me that I am in charge of my own life and the choices I make. I am free to do and be whatever and whomever I want. And let’s be honest, what could be better than that?


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