We interviewed Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur, Meghan Kraft on her daily rituals with meditation and mala beads. You can follow Meghan as she launches her brand Chai Atelier on Instagram and Facebook @chaiatelier.
We launch into September with an intense Virgo Super New Moon and Solar Eclipse on September 1st at 5:02 am EDT with 5 ways to realign your routine:
1. Create Order and Healthy Habits.
Now that the summer is over, we can pick back up on routines that support our health and well being. Change up your physical routine, restructure your eating habits, take up a new class, get organized, clean out the closets, or whatever you do to focus on feeling healthy and being organized.
2. Restore Balance with Essential Oils, Yoga and Meditation.
3. Journal with the Full (Harvest) Moon
On September 16th to release, restore balance and create clarity.
4. Embrace your talents & passion
5. Celebrate #NationalCoffeeDay September 24th.
We ❤️ the smell of coffee + new beginnings.
We invited our dear friend, Nisha Moodley – Women’s Leadership Coach and founder of Global Sisterhood Day to share 3 ways you can find your freedom through intention.
When we choose to truly live with intention, that intention flows through everything we do. It impacts the big choices we make, from our work to relationships, and shapes our everyday decisions, from how we choose to eat and adorn our bodies.
As a Women’s Leadership Coach, one of the biggest challenges I see for big-hearted women is that even though we have the best of intentions – a deep desire to serve & do our part to make the world a better place through our everyday actions – we often get bogged down by our work.
We care so deeply and want to accomplish so much, that we devote ourselves to our work in the world, and can easily get burned out and overwhelmed. As a result, we often find our daily practices falling out-of-alignment with our true intentions.
As deeply caring women who want to make a difference, how do we make a positive impact in the world, while still creating lives we love?
This question is key, as it reveals the either/or mentality that we often get stuck in. The truth is, we are part of the world we want to make a difference in. When one of us suffers, we all suffer a little bit more. When one of us wins, it has the power to lift us all.
The world will be set free by women who are free.
The more we creatively discover ways to thrive in our lives, the more energy and joy we can bring to our work and relationships. The key is to nurture our own deep sense of freedom, knowing that it creates a ripple effect that positively impacts the world around us.
There are a few key things that nurture our freedom, as women…
1. HAVING A POWERFUL TRIBE
The power of a supportive sisterhood holding space for your intentions is like nothing else! Their intentions are that yours are fulfilled, and vice versa. How beautiful is that?!
2. CLARIFYING OUR VISION
So many of us get stuck beneath a mountain of tasks, in part because we’re not clear where to put our energy and attention. But it’s hard to have a map when we don’t know where we’re headed! It’s important that we cultivate a clear vision – a “North Star” – that includes both us, and what we want for the world. This helps us align our everyday actions.
3. HONORING THE “LITTLE” THINGS
Know that the little things count. Taking a 10 minute walk when you’re feeling stressed, doing a random act of kindness when you’re in a rush, and putting on your favorite mala before heading out the door….these seemingly little things can add up to a big impact in our lives and energy.
Living with intention isn’t something that we can put off until
after our work is done. It is our work. And it can start today…
This guest post is written by our dear friend, Nisha Moodley – Women’s Leadership Coach and founder of Global Sisterhood Day. Nisha’s free 14-Day Freedom Adventure starts today! Be sure to check it out.
“Effort and surrender are like two wings of a bird. Both are necessary for a smooth and joyful flight.”
In our modern, fast-paced world, we have spent the majority of our lives cultivating the skill of rapidly moving from place to place, or task to task. We are taught to view stillness as laziness, and surrender as giving up. But surrender does not mean weakness or powerlessness – instead it means meeting life where it is, without trying to change or manipulate it; accepting the moment as is. One of the best ways to learn this is by cultivating stillness of both the body and mind.
How many times have you been swept up in the drama of the past, replaying events that have already happened and cannot be changed? How many times have you found yourself filled with anxiety, short of breath, worried about future events that may never even take place? Often times it is the ego, or the sense of ‘I’ that wants to take us out of the present moment, the only place where life truly exists. We are taught from an early age for the need to control our surroundings, to control outcomes of situations, to even control one another. How wonderful would it be if we could begin to let go of this ‘need’ for control, this false idea that having control brings happiness or power? Your highest power lies in the ability to let go.
In Sanskrit there is a term, “Ishvara Pranidhana” which translates to surrendering to a higher source. For Patanjali, Ishvara pranidhana is an infallible practice for dissolving the endless agitations of the mind, and in turn a means to experiencing the ultimate unified state of yoga: samadhi. How? Because Ishvara pranidhana shifts our perspective from the obsession with the ego, with “I”—with our narrow individual concerns and perspective—that causes so much of the mind’s distraction and creates a sense of separation from our Source. Much like anything else, applying this practice is easier said than done, especially if one has never had much experience with something like this before. This sensation of surrendering your control can be experienced in simple exercises such as learning to listen internally to the sound of your breath, becoming an observer to the processes of the body rather than controlling the outcomes with the mind.
For many people, the idea of effort is easy to accept. “No pain, no gain” is a familiar saying. But too much effort can cause implosion. Think again of the flight of a bird. How could it make its journey south for the winter without surrendering itself to the directions and the power of the wind? It would never make it. Surrender is often defined as giving up completely to the power of another. But in yoga we find the “sweet” in the surrender. It is more of a softening to the moment, a release of tension, a belief in the idea that we are truly supported and cared for, an acceptance and love of our truest selves. We can’t fly without surrender. Effort without softening is over-effort. We need to accept that we cannot control everything.
When effort and surrender combine the result is pure ecstasy. If we approach our yoga with a playful attitude the balance of effort and surrender becomes second nature. The ego may want to perform a particular pose for show but the body or mind may not be ready. If we try to force the pose with our will, we may cause injury. It is easy to cling to physical ideals, but our bodies are all different. So instead of forcing your way into a pose, ease and explore your way into it with gentleness and compassion supported with a strong foundation of the awareness of your breath. Working from your center gives your pose its power. Playing the edges helps to rediscover your center. Yoga is dynamic. It pulses with the breath and with the beat of nature. There is always a new discovery, an awakening if you remain open to it. Bring this energy and attitude into your practice and feel your whole life blossom.
Michiala Ashkenazy has been practicing yoga since 2009, and teaching since 2010. Yoga has taken her all over the world, introduced her to mindful, spiritual people that were once far from her social circle, and continues to transform her life for the better every single day. Her teaching style is inspired by the many places she has lived and visited, and she is constantly drawing new inspiration from the various styles of yoga she practices. Although travel is a great passion of hers, currently she is living and teaching in Los Angeles, California. Check out her website and blog here.
Have you been seeking a greater sense of wisdom and awareness, but not sure where to start? No worries! This is totally normal and actually part of the journey towards growth and enlightenment. You’re on the right path, with a few small manifesting tips you’ll be growing + thriving beyond your highest potential. (you know… snagging that promotion you’ve been dreaming of, or landing a date with the hot dude from Hatha class)
Worn throughout history for it’s vibrational energy, beauty, super powers. Howlite is your go to Gem to guide you on the journey of wisdom and self awareness. This magical stone paired with powerful mantras will inspire inner awareness + spiritual growth to guide you inwards towards enlightenment.
Once you have decided upon the mantra, grab your Howlite Mala Ring and bring your desires to life.
How to Meditate with a Mala Ring:
Use the 18 dots around your Mala Ring to run your finger over slowly as you repeat your mantra, word or sound to infuse the ring with your intentions. Once you have gone around the ring 6 times you will have reached the auspicious 108.
A mala ring is much like a mala bead necklace or stack. These unique mala rings are not only a fashion statement, but great tool to use in your meditation practice. This ring’s guru stone is moonstone, which is said to bring out the best in people.
On the back of the ring is the sacred geometric engraving of The Flower of Life, symbolic of the connections life weaves through all beings. This piece of jewelry can be worn everywhere. Think of the number of things you come in contact with each day – your energy flows where intention goes.