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Why moving is THE WORST, but doesn’t have to be…

The entire internet can agree on the fact that moving is THE WORST.  Google the words “moving is” and you’ll find a plethora of responses revolving around why…  moving is stressful, moving is hard, moving is exhausting, moving is expensive… it goes on and on. And let’s be honest, they aren’t lying, moving is all those things. In case you’ve missed it, we are in the final stretches of preparing to move to a new head office. It’s been challenging, frustrating, and at times overwhelming.  But (and there is always a but) it has also been one of the most exciting and enlightening processes.

We understand how easy it can be to get consumed by the drudgery of a project like moving. However, if we can pass along one nugget of advice, it would be to take a minute and try to find the silver lining.  Instead of focusing on the annoying things on your plate, try and change your perspective. We bet you’ll be surprised by what you see.

Here are the top 4 things we’ve learned about ourselves through this process

      1. As yogis, we have to be flexible

We’re leaving our current home to move into a brand new, modern space. Big surprise, construction was behind. As a result we’ve had our moving date pushed back multiple times.  We’ve literally been working out of boxes for the past few weeks, which sounds super inconvenient… but miraculously it’s worked out just fine (funny how that happens). It was such a good reminder that not everything is going to go to plan, but it’s still going to work out exactly how it was supposed to

      2. We’ve grown… A LOT

You know the saying you can’t see the forest for the trees? Yeah… it’s amazing how true that can be sometimes.  When you’re in the thick of it, laser focused on your goals, it’s hard to take a step back and see the big picture.  Prepping for this move has really forced us to do that. We’ve had to stop and take a good hard look at our product offerings, our old samples, our design and inspo boards and decide if they were still valuable to us. That can be a really uncomfortable process, and you have to let go of things that were once super important to you, but it’s necessary and ultimately so good for you.

    3. We’ve got a great community

Our friends, families and TD Tribe have been unreal during this.  They’ve helped haul stuff to the women’s shelter. They’ve offered to come uninstall our appliances to avoid hiring a plumber. You know all those things on the to-do list that never seem to get checked off until the last minute when you’re panicking? We’ve had offers of help for all of them.  Moving involves a ton of tedious tasks that no one wants to do, and if people offer to do those things for you, hold on tight to them and never let them go

      4. We’ve “failed”… and then we’ve flourished

Not every idea we’ve ever had has been a good one.  One of the hardest parts of moving is going through your old things and deciding what is coming with you, and what’s destined for greater things. Finding old samples and design sketches of products past is a bit like finding your grade 10 yearbook. It’s totally cringeworthy to be reminded of ideas that you were convinced were going to be AMAZING (ie those gemstone wine stoppers) that turned out to be complete duds.  But it’s also really motivating to take a big picture look at just how much you’ve learned from those “failures”, or how they were just the catalyst for your next great idea.

So yes, we do agree with you that aspects of moving are THE WORST.  But next time your wrestling with that awkward tape dispenser thing trying to avoid your 1000th cardboard cut (no.. just us?)  try to remind yourself of what an amazing opportunity to completely re energize your life this is.  Use this chance to shed everything that isn’t serving you, and start the next chapter with fresh intentions that match the fresh coat of paint.

 

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Money Bootcamp with Denise Duffield-Thomas

Are you ready to feel confident in your ability to make money in your business, to charge what you’re worth, and to freely allow abundance into your life in exchange for doing work you love?

In case you haven’t heard yet, Money Bootcamp is THE money mindset program for women who want to transform their money stories and finally earn the income they deserve.

This is a game-changing experience that is about much more than just money. Yes, when you join Money Bootcamp you’ll gain the tools, mentorship, and community to drastically increase your income.

What’s really great about Bootcamp, though, is that Denise’s mission is to empower women to step into their roles as the leaders they’re meant to be — in their lives and businesses.

This program will touch every aspect of your life in a positive way — and Denise has thousands of happy Bootcampers who are living proof of that.

So here’s the once-in-a-lifetime bit. As a proud affiliate partner, when you join Money Bootcamp through our link we’re thrilled to offer you this incredible FREE bonus package, valued at over $700!

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>> Go here to get all the details of the program, reserve your spot, and take advantage of that once-in-a-lifetime offer

We’ve shared with you that Denise Duffield-Thomas is a total rockstar. She’s an incredibly down-to-earth, yet inspiring role model for empowering women with wealth and abundance.

And guess what? When you enroll in the 2018 LIVE Round of Money Bootcamp right now, you get Denise right alongside you during the program, walking you through each and every lesson live.

Denise runs a 7-figure business she created from nothing in only a few short years. She’s raising a family. She has a happy marriage. She genuinely cares about the women in her community. She’s seriously a great role model for what it means to be a successful, fulfilled woman in business today.

Believe me when I say, you could do no better than to have her as your personal money mentor while you transform your money mindset and learn to attract more abundance into your life than ever before.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join Denise and a global community of thousands of brilliant women united in sisterhood and a desire for greater abundance (for themselves and the world), for the next 6 weeks in her 2018 Live Money Bootcamp.

Click here to get all details and to register.

P.S. Denise is even offering an extended 6-MONTH payment plan and a Money Back Guarantee. Your registration must come through before MIDNIGHT Eastern US time on Friday 20 April, that’s only a few days away!

>> Click here to reserve your spot in Money Bootcamp LIVE 2018!

Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Tiny Devotions will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

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5 Strategies to Upgrade Your Money Mindset with Denise Duffield-Thomas

When you look at your life, what does it tell you about your money mindset?

Do you see thriving financials? A lifestyle that matches your desires? A deep impact on those you’re meant to serve?

Or do you find yourself playing small, feeling scared about money, constantly overworking and undercharging — and asking yourself when (if ever) you’re going to get your “money situation” figured out and start creating the business you envisioned when you first started out?

There are a LOT of women who find themselves in that second category (so if that’s you, please don’t feel bad about it).

The great news is, if you’re ready to change all that, then we have something very special to share with you today.

Our friend Denise Duffield-Thomas is holding a free live online class this Tuesday, April 17 at 6PM Eastern — and we REALLY want you to be there.

There are three reasons why.

1 -Denise Duffield-Thomas will totally transform your money life for the better.

That’s no exaggeration. She’s widely regarded as the go-to money mindset mentor for women entrepreneurs (or boss babes) who want to ditch their old money stories and habits and start succeeding financially — while having an easier lifestyle AND a bigger impact on the world.

In only a few short years, Denise has created a multi-million dollar enterprise from scratch (while raising a family!). She’s an award-winning speaker, bestselling author, and has influenced the lives of tens of thousands of online entrepreneurs through her books, programs, and other transformational materials.

2- This is not your ordinary webinar.

Denise’s down-to-earth style is incredibly refreshing, especially considering she runs a 7-figure business and has a following in the hundreds of thousands. One of the things we love about Denise is that she lays everything out in a very transparent, easy-to-understand way. Plus, she really walks her talk and walks alongside those she teaches.

3- What you’ll learn could be the difference between success and failure in your business + financial health

We’re not saying that to freak you out or be overly dramatic. You may have noticed, however, that not everyone is financially successful. One of the key factors that Denise has identified (and built her work around) is that your money mindset can absolutely determine whether you’ll be one of the ones who “makes it”  or not.

That’s why she’s created this live event, where she’ll unpack her “Top 5 Strategies To Upgrade Your Money Mindset.”

>> Reserve your seat right here (it’s happening this Tuesday, April 17 at 6PM Eastern time). 

We had to share this special event with you because we suspect that, like many other women, you want both financial success AND to make a difference on the planet.

And Denise’s message is pretty clear: when you’re doing well financially, then you can help more people. It’s not just about the money (though her strategies will definitely help you make more of it!) but about stepping into your role as a wealthy, empowered leader in your life.

This message is so timely for where we are as a society right now, and it’ll apply directly to you in your business, too (whether you’re already successful and want to get to the next level, or are struggling with overworking and underearning).

>> Click here to reserve your spot in this game-changing live webinar

You’ll discover the 5 strategies female entrepreneurs like you can use to upgrade your money mindset — AND you’ll learn how you can get Denise’s help along your money journey, and join a movement of thousands of women as we change the way we think and feel about money – forever.

Go ahead and register for the webinar even if you can’t join live, because there will be a replay (but you can only get it if you register!).

Get Denise’s “Top 5 Strategies To Upgrade Your Money Mindset” by registering here.

Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Tiny Devotions will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

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Raising the Next World Leaders

I’m just going to come right out and say the thing that every parent in the world is thinking (but is too afraid to say out loud)… THIS IS NOT WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR.  This parenting thing, being solely responsible for producing a couple fully grown adults who are going to contribute to the world in a very real and meaningful way, is soooooo much harder than I thought it was going to to be.  

I have to make sure they are kind and loving but not a pushover, strong and courageous but not overbearing, confident and ambitious but stay humble.  They need to be able to experience and process the full gauntlet of emotions without imploding. They must be trustworthy, dependable, respectful, disciplined. I could go on and on and on. Basically they need to be physically, emotionally and mentally prepared for every single thing that could possibly happen to them over the next 60-80 years. No pressure.

The first few years of this journey were relatively easy for me (I can’t even believe I’m now in a place where I can say that).  I grew two humans, pushed them into the world, nourished them with my body, and with the help of my husband taught them the basics of life.  It was difficult, exhausting, at times even frustrating, but we all came out stronger.

Now that my kids are a bit older, and I can officially say goodbye to the infant stage, I am faced with the reality that I am now charged with the task of raising people… real people who are one day going to exist in the world separate from me.  The decisions we make as parents are potentially going to impact the lives of our children for the rest of their lives, so clearly there isn’t a ton of room for error.

I used to stress about everything, and I mean every single thing, when it came to my kids. I was wound so tight, I was one diaper rash away from completely falling apart.  I knew that I couldn’t continue living like that, nor did I want to model that type of behaviour to the little human sponges I was spending all my time with. So, after one particularly bad day, I opened up my computer and did a 15 minute yoga flow before bed. And I felt better for it. So the next night I did the same thing, and the day after that I went for a walk outside with the kids.  I said hello to my neighbours as we passed them on our walks, and said an ernest thank you to my husband for taking the garbage out. And I even sat down while my kids were playing and read a book that had no pictures, just because I wanted to… I basically started living my life as the person I hope my kids will be when they are adults. Kind, considerate, grateful people who do what they can to serve their community while still recognizing the importance of their own needs.    Not only did I end up happier, but my kids started modelling that behaviour instead of the stressed out, hypersensitive example I used to set for them.

Now, almost a year on from that day, I am constantly amazed by the actions of my tiny humans.  Granted they are still young, but they are already showing signs of being ready to conquer this big scary world one day.  There are a few things my husband and I do as parents to make sure we are raising strong, empowered and mindful kids.

  1. We practise gratitude every day.  We often talk about how lucky we are, both in regards to our material possessions and our emotional wealth.  Love is a blessing and we have it in abundance, it is important our kids grow up understanding that.
  2.  We do yoga.  Yup, all of 4 us do yoga.  Sometimes just for a few minutes, and not always as often as we need, but we get together to stretch, laugh and grow together.
  3.  We’ve replaced the traditional time out with a 1 minute meditation.  When things inevitably head south and someone needs to hit the reset button, we sit down in a quiet space, and for one minute repeat the affirmation “I am calm”.  Sometimes we use a sensory bottle, or a strand of beads as something physical to focus on.
  4.  We prioritize time spent with our extended family and friends.  This is so cliche, but it really does take a village, and we are lucky enough to have a pretty awesome one. Everyone has a story to tell, or some wisdom to impart about a lesson they learned the hard way.
  5. We have regular dance parties. Music is such a powerful tool that can elevate your mood and your endorphins. We tell the kids to really pay attention to the sensations in their body while they move, teaching them about the importance of caring for and nurturing their bodies

A house without a strong foundation isn’t going to last long in a storm… and the same goes for our children.  I’ve learned it’s important to teach them from a young age how to be strong, kind, independent, compassionate, loving, and courageous people.  

If you’re looking for a way to introduce an intentional lifestyle to your little ones, check out the new Tiny Devotions Kids Mala Collection.  They are recommended for kids ages 6 to 13 years old.

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Bold Devotion Program with Diana House

Are you ready to uplevel and make your Bold Devotion a reality? Tiny Devotions is committed to helping the women of our community create their most successful, intentional and abundant lives.

We’ve developed the Bold Devotion Program, providing you with 1 on 1 coaching, that will empower you to move forward, develop a clear strategy, and execute like a boss so you can create and grow a business with intention.

A Letter from our founder, Diana House

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“When I started Tiny Devotions over 8 years ago I felt very alone in the world. I had disappointed my entire family by deciding not to pursue a career in law after finishing law school. People would literally tell me I was crazy for creating a mala bead company. Guys, you have to understand that at the time, malas were NOT a thing and there was no one creating mala beads or intentional accessories out there in the marketplace. Because no one else was doing it, people thought that there was NO WAY that this would work.

I had no mentors and didn’t know any other entrepreneurs at the time. I didn’t have the entrepreneurial support system that every #girlboss needs. I would go to family dinners and leave bawling – actually I would be crying at the table because everyone spent the whole meal trying to convince me to try to go back to law. I had to dig deep and find inspiration and believe in myself.

One of the things I did to encourage myself was wear these awesome spiked BCBG high heels. These shoes were like my armour – I would wear them anytime I went to an important business meeting and would channel my inner badass. So, when it came time to design our new #girlboss malas I knew I wanted them to capture the fearlessness and courage that I felt when wearing my (now well worn) spiked heels.

xx Diana

 

Why Diana? Here’s what a few of our fave #girlbosses are saying about working with her

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“One of Diana’s gifts is providing insight to what you already know inside. It’s not that she figures things out for you, but she helps you realize what you’re already capable of. She’s so amazing at coming up with an action plan to help make your goals a reality”

Rita Catolino is a certified personal trainer, online coach, motivational speaker, fitness writer and cover model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I always love listening to Diana as an inspiration and for her infinite business wisdom I feel like I’ve cracked the acne code with all my extensive research and studies. I’m excited about launching my business because even though it’s uncertain and terrifying, I am jumping in head first. Whether I succeed of fail it will always be a success becauseI did it!”

Natasha is the founder of Derma Greens, and is a Certified Plant-Based Nutritionist + Certified Esthetician + Acne Therapist + Skin Transformation Program + Raw Natural Topical Solutions

 

 

 

 

If you’re feeling stuck… reliving the same story of self doubt and poor self esteem, you will be amazed by how much an outside and unbiased perspective can change the trajectory of your thoughts and subsequent actions. The Bold Devotion program is designed to help break you out of those negative patterns, and provide real insight into what should be the next phase of your growth.

If fear is holding you back, be it a fear of the unknown or a fear of failure, let Diana give you clear guidance, drawing from her 8+ years of successful entrepreneurship,  that can provide you with the clarity, action steps, and the framework you need to uplevel

 

What’s included in the Bold Devotion program? 

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  • Two 30 minute coaching sessions with Diana
  • Your choice of our Girl Boss Mala or Ladypreneur Mala.

(Click here to learn more)

Here’s a little more insight into why we designed these spiked malas!

Our Girl Boss Mala features our favourite stone Rock Crystal, Hematite and Swarovski crystal night double spikes.

 

Below is our Ladypreneur mala, designed with sandalwood, Hematite, Black Onyx and jet black Swarovski double spike accents.

 

We can’t wait to connect with you! If you have any questions about the Bold Devotion Program you can click here, or email us at tribe@tinydevotions.com

 

 

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Use your intuition to find the perfect limitless mala

Hi! My name is Angie Aristone, I’m a psychic-medium, flow coach, and the author of Consciousness Becomes You. Today I want to help you intuitively choose the perfect limitless mala and amplifier. So what is intuition? It’s the subtle whisper of a vastly wise and intelligent part of yourself guiding your thoughts and actions when your thinking mind is quiet. The biggest obstacle to connecting with this part of ourselves is our convincing and opinionated egos. So, the question you might be asking is: how do I sidestep my ego and get in touch with my always connected, eternal and authentic self? With practice, we can summon the ego dropping experience and drop into a blissful connection during meditation. For others, quieting the monkey mind can be a little trickier, so I recommend doing what you love, or loving what you’re doing, to the point where you lose track of time and you feel like everything is right. If you can lose yourself in the perfection of the moment, your prefrontal cortex will quiet and you’ll slip into your connected, eternal and authentic self. I hope you will explore this experience often! Remember, how you get there, whether it was cooking or running, meditating or dancing is irrelevant. Be in your authentic connected self as often as possible!

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For simplicity sake, let’s say your intention is to balance and align your chakras:

  • Before you shop with intention, take a few minutes to cross your legs and meditate.

    • Play your favorite meditation music while you meditate and while you shop to anchor yourself in connection.

    • Start by witnessing your breath. Then imagine your chakras opening using all of your subtle senses – inner sight, sound, feel, taste, smell.

  • Notice which of them you may have struggled to feel or imagine to the color of. Notice also if there is another sense you use that informs you of an obstacle.

    • Ask yourself: Does one chakra feel flat? Off? Colorless or dull? OR conversely, is are there any that are too open?

  • Ask yourself: what would my energy and my life look and feel like when I’m in total alignment? Spend a few minutes exploring what your potential future looks like in total alignment.

    • Set the intention now to be drawn to, and to brighten, when you come across the limitless mala and amplifier that will help resolve to this issue or enhance your desire. In other words, we are not looking for the color we could not imagine in meditation, we are remaining open to what ‘feels’ like a remedy or like medicine to our energy system.

    • Time to tune into a solution! While your soundtrack is still playing, shift to an eyes open mediation while you shop. Continue to witness your breath..stay present. Let yourself flow through the website effortlessly and playfully. There is no try, think or effort here. Just gentle curiosity.

  • Notice if a particular mala or amplifier creates a sensation of brightening, sort of like a smile on the inside, the sort of feeling you get when you spot a familiar face in a crowd. In this case we brighten when we come across the solution to our desire or block.

  • Gaze and breathe as you tune in to one mala and amplifier at a time, paying attention to any subtle sensations that arise. Take your time exploring without any judgement or running commentary until you feel settled.

  • Your intuition has already found the perfect mala and amplifier for you, it’s okay if it takes your ego some time to catch up and trust the wisdom of your intuition.

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Angie has worked as a psychic medium and flow coach for 16 years. She holds workshops helping people learn to access extraordinary abilities in flow states of consciousness, and is the co author of the book Consciousness Becomes You.

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What it Means to be a Priestess in 2018

2018 is the year of the Priestess.  I know, that is a strong statement, but given our current social climate, and the momentum of movements like #metoo, #timesup and The Women’s March, females everywhere are starting to really feel the vibrations of their uniquely feminine energies. This is the Age of Aquarius (try and get that song out of our head now), an age of harmony, understanding, and trust.  The timing is ripe for women to shed their fears, let go of everything holding them back, and truly step into their power.

In Ancient times, a Priestess was a women who devoted her life to serving her Deity.  Often she would live at the temple with the other Priestesses, where they would fill their days praying, cleaning, catching babies, healing and  throwing temple celebrations for the community. These women would form a sisterhood of spirituality, and serve the Deity in whatever forms necessary.

In today’s world, we priestesses don’t live in temples surrounded by our spiritual sisters (although that sounds pretty magical), and we don’t worship our diety in the same way.  We may go to our temple of choice on a designated day, or perhaps we’ve created a worship space in our own homes, filled with crystals, candles, tarot cards, smudges and essential oils. We could also choose to serve by journaling, meditation or mindful living.

Being a modern day priestess looks much different than it did back then. We aren’t so much ethereal beings draped in robes anymore, as we are modern day warriors wielding our individual talents like shields to prove our importance. We are being pulled in more directions than we can count, and are often unable to devote as much time to our spirituality as we need/want.  We’re too busy planning our next career move, or our allergen friendly menu for the week, or that enriching yet educational homeschool lesson for the littlest members of our tribe.

Despite the differences, we still carry the core values of the ancient priestess inside of us.  We live a life devoted to our purpose. We make sure to serve ourselves, and by doing so we serve our Inner Divine at the same time. We believe in the power of rituals.  We use the moon as our clock, and our intuition as our compass.  We stand strong for what we believe in, and we aren’t afraid to challenge the patriarchy.

The feminine power is rising.  We are enlightened beings who know our value, and we are not afraid of the work ahead.

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Bad Yogi’s Secret to Ushering in the New Year

 Can I be honest with you about something? With 2018 right around the corner, I’m trying not to fall back on old habits. I’m pretty easily swept up in the obsession over making grand and mostly unattainable New Years Resolutions, but I’m not gonna do that this time. And honestly, I think anyone interested in improving themselves is bound to feel obliged to use the end of the year to evaluate where they’ve been and where they want to go, even before the official New Year.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make positive changes to your life, but usually the anxiety over finding just the “right” thing to change comes from a place of guilt rather than a place of empowerment.

So instead of vowing to make massively life changing resolutions this year, what if we all took a moment to give ourselves a high five for a job ALREADY well done?

In fact, I’m going to let you in a little secret ritual I implemented for myself last year that I plan on carrying over to every single year for the rest of my life. Before I make a list of goals or things I want to achieve in the coming months, I make a list of everything I’m proud of accomplishing in the year before.

I set a timer for 10 minutes and write down every single point of pride I can think of. Some things are small, others are huge, but writing each thing down brings my accomplishments to life. It drags them out of the closet and forces me to say, “WOW! LOOK WHAT I DID!” I know, I know— congratulating ourselves is hard to do, but we have to do it once in a while!

We don’t take enough time to truly reflect on growth we’ve made unless someone external points it out to us. It’s time for that to stop. Practicing true self love can mean pursuing growth and self development, but it also has to include praise and appreciation for your “wins” along the way, no matter how small. 

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The bottom line is no matter where we are in our journey, we’re already completely whole, worthy, beautiful, and badass versions of ourselves. So the next time you sit down to evaluate where you are and where you’re headed, take a moment to appreciate everything you’ve already done and give yourself some love.

 

Over to you! How are you going to show yourself some love as we get ready to close out this year? Did you accomplish anything big (or small!) in 2017 that you’re proud of?

badyogibioErin is the co-Founder of Bad Yogi and a voice of real yogis everywhere. She is also the creator of the Perfect Body Yoga Program, which is centered around the belief that the “perfect” body is simply the healthiest version of the body you already have. In her spare time she’s a wine drinker, cheese eater, and not-your-average yoga teacher. She may be a Bad Yogi, but if she’s being totally honest, teaching yoga has been one of her greatest pleasures. She practices to feed her teaching, but she teaches to feed her life.

website: http://www.badyogi.com

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twitter: https://twitter.com/badyogiofficial

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/badyogitv

 

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These are the most poplar gifts that our tribe is buying for Holiday 2017

              Priestess Necklace                                              Mermaid Limitless Mala

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            Clear Quartz Limitless Charm                                Clear Quartz Limitless Bracelet

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                             Mermaid Mala                                                 Amethyst Om Mala

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                         Unicorn Ring                                        Rose Gold Tiny Seed of Life Ring

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             Clear Quartz Limitless Mala                                   Lapis Intuition Amplifier

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The Holiday 2017 Guide to Gifting with Intention

 

It’s the time of year where party time tends to trump time spent on your mat! So…..  we came up with this holiday guide to help inspire your gift giving for the yoga lovers, wellness enthusiasts and meditators in your life. Here’s our favourite products to keep you and your loved ones focussed on your physical and spiritual health into the new year!

  1. Inner Fire

2G2A1838_2000xInner Fire creates beautiful, high quality, suuuuuper comfy lifestyle clothing that fosters connection and honours Mother Earth.  We basically live in these Flower of Life leggings and everyone we know has these on their Holiday wish list!

 

 

2. Tiny Devotions

We obviously looove our mala beads and Tiny Devotions  is the original creator of gemstone malas. They have stepped up their mala game this year with their Limitless Collection. The Limitless mala is the first interchangeable mala in the universe. We love that you can change up your intentions with your fave guru stones. There are hundreds of combos and Tiny Devotions is always adding new amplifiers to this growing collection.

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3. ToeSox

We love that the ToeSox intention is to create products that enhance and support natural movement! We rock our Sox during Barre and pilates classes, so this is perfect gift for your ballerina bestie or fit mama who is all about working her core on those reformers we love to hate.

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4. La Vie Boheme Yoga

Who doesn’t need (or want) a mat that’s both beautiful AND extra comfy.  La Vie Boheme Yoga has chosen every single piece of their collection to represent their love of beautiful prints, and colors as well as functionality and comfort for daily practice.  We are in hearts with the starry vibes of the Celestial Hot Towel Mat. One for a gift and one for me?

 

 

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5. Christine Russell of 889 and doTERRA

Christine Russell, founder of 889 Yoga Studio and a doTERRA Wellness Advocate can’t say enough good things about the doTERRA  Balance essential oil, and we are right there with her!
This warm and woodsy blend is perfect for grounding, calm and an overall sense of well being. It’s ideal for the oil junkies in your life who’ve always got their diffuser on! We will be slipping these into a bunch of stockings this year.

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6. Philosophie

Eating clean can be one of life’s biggest struggles (especially during the Holidays), but Philosophie by yoga superstar Sophie Jaffe  is providing us with food that makes life better!! Her Coconut Butters and Superfood Honeys make your avocado toast ooooh so much better. And don’t get us started on her Philosophie Powders …  your morning smoothie will never be the same! We are upping our dose of these healthy treats to balance out all those Holiday cookies. (Read: wine)Philosophie 3

 

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BONUS: For the Stocking
It’s high time yoKrisCarr-Collageu gave yourself (or your bestie!) a healthy dose of self-love with Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Love Notes.

This 52-card deck features gorgeous illustrations by artist Lori Portka that serve as gentle yet powerful reminders to help you care for and appreciate yourself at the deepest level.

 

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How to Choose your Mala Beads

One of the most common questions from our Tiny Devotions tribe is “How on Earth are you supposed to pick between all of these beautiful malas?

{sidenote: to any newbies reading this, “mala” is the slang or short form for mala beads}

Ok, back to helping you choose! We hear this story all the time. Your meditation practice is developing, your spiritual awareness is growing, and you’ve decided that a set of mala beads could be the tool that takes your growth to the next level. The question is…which mala?

We get it. You’ve hit a roadblock of decision fatigue, FOMO (fear of missing out on “the one” soulmate mala) and you don’t know where to go from here…

You might be wondering, do you choose by what gemstone you’re drawn to? Colors you love? Shapes you’re attracted to? Or just by the intention that you’re trying to manifest?  

The good news is, there really isn’t a wrong answer here. You can choose a mala by any one or all of these aspects. To help you make it over the hump of mala indecision, here are some factors to consider on your journey to finding the perfect mala for you right now:

Intuition

One approach to choosing the perfect set of mala beads is letting your intuition guide you. You know that gut feeling you get when you just know. That’s the best feeling in the world, because your inner voice is coming through loud and clear. When you hear this voice, LISTEN, it’s your intuition talking!  

Here are some questions to ask yourself to tap into your intuition when choosing a mala:

What was the first mala you were drawn to? This is most likely the perfect one for you! Never doubt your magic.

What set of mala beads can you just not get out of your head? This could be a sign that this is your best choice!  

Intention

Another key element in choosing your mala is connecting it to the intention(s) that you are looking to manifest.

Your intention is personal to your journey and only you can decide the goals you are working to accomplish. You may be looking to attract more abundance, find a soul mate or live a more calm and balanced life.

Ask yourself questions like:

What do I want to create in my life?
What am I working on professionally, emotionally or spiritually?
What am I struggling with or challenged by?

If you aren’t clear on your intention, these questions should help guide you.

But you might be wondering how your intention relates to mala beads? One of the coolest things about mala beads are their metaphysical properties. Everything is made up of energy and vibration and the sacred materials we use are no different.

  • Gemstones and Crystals: Our mala beads are made with semi-precious gemstones and crystals that  each have their own individual vibrations. So if your intention is to find more love, that aligns to an energy of a specific gemstones (ie. rose quartz in this instance). There are so many possibilities with intentions and gemstones (Check out our crystal guide for more deets).  When this energy aligns with your intention it amplifies and supports you in manifesting your desires!   
  • Sacred Materials: Similar to crystals, our sacred base materials including: Rudraksha seeds, Sandalwood + Rosewood are all believed to have their own unique healing properties.  Sandalwood is believed to have calming and meditative qualities, rudraksha seeds are believed to be healing and rosewood is believed to have protective qualities.

There is real power in physically wearing your intention by rocking mala beads each day. It makes your goal(s) feel tangible at every moment. Each time you catch a glimpse of your mala, feel its weight on your chest, or absentmindedly play with it, you are reminded to stay focused on your chosen path and connect with your intention.

Beauty

Finally, beauty is a key element to choosing the perfect mala beads for you. We believe that things that you are drawn to are integral in your healing. Whether it’s a beautiful landscape, a cute animal or a gorgeous mala. Surrounding yourself with beautiful and uplifting things is powerful.

  • Color: The colors we are drawn to tell us a lot about our inner world. It’s believed that certain colors are therapeutic and can contribute to our healing. There are so many colors in the world and each person has different colors they are individually drawn to – honor that.

Some things to consider:

What’s your favourite color?
Which colors give you a sense of calm or burst of energy?
What is your favourite room in your home? What color is it?
What colors do you like wearing the most?  

Take a moment to look around your most sacred environments and your most treasured belongings and figure out why you love them so much. Is there a trend with color?

  • Shape: Most of our mala beads, with the exception of tassel malas, have guru stones, or the 109th bead on them. There are a variety of different shapes of these key larger stones. Find a mala with a shape that you connect with like oval, pear or nugget. Or maybe you prefer tassels for their length and  flow of movement.

The bottom line is that shapes are sacred and important. Have you ever heard of sacred geometry? There are sacred universal patterns made up of interlocking shapes used in the design of nearly everything in our reality.

Selecting a mala is the perfect time to slow down and enjoy some personal reflection. We suggest lighting some candles, putting on your favourite album, comfiest clothes, and getting cozy in your favourite space.  Block out the distractions from the rest of the world, and really bring your focus inwards.

Try writing down your goals, struggles, dreams and intentions to see if there is a common thread. Often your subconscious has already started pushing you in the direction you want to be travelling, stop fighting it and listen!

Most importantly,  whether you choose your mala based on your intuition, the intention of the gemstones, crystals and sacred materials, or by how beautiful you find it,  remember to take your time, travel within, and be true to yourself!

If you need a little guidance, our gurus are always here to help point you in the right direction.  Reach out to us at tribe@tinydevotions.com

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Crystal Guide

Gemstones have some of the strongest frequencies in the Universe, and are worn for their healing qualities. Each stone is believed to radiate its own unique energy and positive vibes.

So, what are you manifesting next? Here’s our guide to what intentions are aligned with each gemstone:

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You can always shop by gemstone at Tiny Devotions here

 

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Life on Purpose

Do you ever have those days where you wake up in the morning, blink, and then all of the sudden it’s night time and you’re back in bed, tucked in and ready to turn out the light? Yeah, me too. In fact, I’ve had weeks—sometimes I swear even months—where autopilot takes over and I have a hard time remembering what I did the previous week, let alone what I ate for breakfast earlier that day. It’s hard to distinguish one period of time from another, and everything starts to blend together into one mediocre blob. Autopilot happens when we let habit take the wheel. Instead of actively participating in our lives, we let old ways of thinking and doing auto fill our days.

The best way to combat autopilot, or existing out-of-habit, is with intent. When we are mindful about who we want to attract, what we want to manifest and create, and we infuse purpose into even the smallest acts, we begin to live on purpose. And living on purpose feels so damn good. Don’t you agree?

When we are intentional about how we show up in our day-to-day lives, we can’t help but be present. Intention and presence invite big belly laughs, real connection, joy, a sense of purpose, bliss, creativity, mischief (in only the best way, of course), innovation, adventure, and so much more into our worlds. And living in the moment is where the magic happens, baby. There is nothing more precious than fully showing up—mind, body and spirit—for others. Our attention is the most precious gift with can give others, and for that matter, ourselves.

So, how do we set intentions to begin living on purpose? I always start by asking questions and getting curious about where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I want to go. Here is a list of questions I ask myself when I need to ground myself and refocus on living intentionally (try journaling!):

What am I grateful for? (Name 3 things…or more!)

Gratitude changes everything and helps to crush our feelings of scarcity, allowing us to appreciate what we already have and the incredible humans that we surround ourselves with.

What are my core values? (What I really believe in.)

Think of core values as your compass that keeps you moving in the direction of your own true north. Not sure how to figure out your CVs? Check out Rock Your Bliss’s 7 Weeks to Bliss Program to help you create your compass and get intentional about living.

In what areas of my life can I shift habit into ritual?

In the book Yoga Wisdom, a ritual is defined as: an action that we consciously choose to repeat with awareness and intentionality. Rituals create and hold meaning – they help us to appreciate and focus on the richest, most beautiful things in our lives.

What is working for me right now? What isn’t?

When we identify the things in our lives that aren’t adding value or bringing joy into our lives, it can give us insight that will help us to clear our space to make way for things that truly make us happy.

What are my goals? What is the vision for my life in X number of years?

Vision and goals are tools we can use to quantify what we are working towards in our lives. Helpful reminder: As we learn, grow, and evolve, allowing our vision and goals to do the same keeps them fun and exciting rather than restricting and feeling like ‘shoulds’.

What are my three intentions for the month? If looking at an entire month is a little overwhelming, try setting an intention for a week or even a day.

This is a little exercise I picked up on from the badass goal boss, Jacki Carr. If three intentions for the month seems daunting, break it down into smaller periods of time or focus on one or two intentions you would like to focus on.

Cheers to living more mindful, intentional, purposeful lives.

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Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life with purpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl

Think about the amount of time and energy many of us devote to keeping our skin looking young and wrinkle-free. Could that time be better spent? Do we really need to spend $100 on the latest age-defying, wrinkle-reducing skin cream?

We sometimes forget that the food we eat, the ingredients that come from mother earth, has a tremendous impact on how we look from the outside. Nature is full of ingredients that can support our skin, hair and nails, and keep us looking young, naturally!

Today I’m showing you to make a magical smoothie bowl that is packed with beautifying ingredients. This smoothie bowl not only tastes incredible, but it will fill your body with nutrients, nourish your cells and make your skin glow.

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Here’s a quick look at our beautifying ingredients:

Spinach. We all know that dark leafy greens are an integral part of a healthy diet, but do we know why? Spinach, and dark leafy greens in general, are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and antioxidants. Spinach also contains high levels of lutein which helps keep your eyes healthy and give them that little sparkle!

Blueberries. Blueberries are one of the highest sources of antioxidants on the planet, which helps protect against premature aging. They’re also high in fiber which helps to keep you fuller for longer.

Mesquite Powder. You might recognize this from labels on dressing and marinades, but this superfood powder not only has a sweet, nutty flavor, but it’s also high in protein, fiber and B vitamins which helps support our metabolism and skin.

Ashwagandha Powder: While not directly helping your beauty routine, ashwagandha powder has been shown to help regulate hormones and stress levels. So for all those times where you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed? You’re probably doing a lot frowning, rubbing your forehead and not eating properly, which all contribute to those fine lines and wrinkles we so desperately try to avoid.

Maqui Powder: These rich, dark purple berries have been found to contain more antioxidants than any discovered food on earth, which means they’re superstars at protecting our cells from oxidative stress, and supporting healthy aging and immune function. They’ve also been shown to support healthy cardiovascular function and regulate blood sugar levels.

And the natural beauty of smoothie bowls? They make an ultra filling, super hydrating meal that will keep you fueled all day long!

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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach
1 cup frozen cauliflower
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop vegan protein powder (optional)
½ teaspoon mesquite powder
½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder
½ teaspoon maqui powder (or acai)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ – ½ cup non-dairy milk (or coconut water)
Toppings: kiwi, blueberries, sliced almonds and bee pollen

Instructions:

  1. Add everything into a blender in the order listed. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, smooth with a back of a spoon and add your toppings.
  3. Enjoy!

Alyssa-Rimmer-Headshot-SquareAlyssa is the CEO & Founder of the healthy food and wellness website, Simply Quinoa, which is focused on nutritious recipes with an emphasis on plants. My passion is to create healthy solutions for women through plant-based food and it’s important to me because when I first started to eat a plant-centric diet, these resources didn’t exist in a way I found to be helpful. My mission moving forward is to continue to create resources to help my audience enjoy nutritious and delicious foods, give them the tools to build lasting, healthy habits, and show them how to make health and wellness a lifestyle.
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Bija Manifestation Meditation: The Seed of Life

Seed of Life

The Seed of Life’s sacred geometry is composed of seven overlapping circles. The number seven channels the powers of the universe and vibrates with the energies of spiritual awakening. Representing cycles and infinite possibilities, it holds a fertile energy which initiates new beginnings.

The Seed of Life ring holds the energy of creation, manifestation, and wholeness. Wearing the pattern reminds us to tap into the extraordinary creation energies that surround us and ignite our inherent manifesting powers.

Tune into your heart’s truest dreams and desires and welcome them to the surface.

Bija Mantra

Bija is the sanskirt word for seed. It represents the origin and cause of all things.

Made up of 7 seed syllabus, the bija mantra holds a highly powerful fertile + creative energy, much like the seed of life itself. Each mantra is also associated with a chakra, and a mudra (hand position). By reciting these mantras and holding the mudras, you can channel the seed energy of creation in order to manifest your hearts truest dreams + desires.

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1. LAM

Root Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to pointer finger

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2. VAM

Sacral Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to middle finger

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3. RAM

Solar Plexus Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to ring finger

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4. YAM

Heart Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to pinky finger

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5. HAM

Throat Chakra

Mudra: Thumb to base of pinky finger

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6. OM

Throat Chakra

Mudra: Hand open

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7. OM (or silence)

Crown Chakra

Mudra: Hand open (or pause)

 


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Jamie Diana is our in house ambassador & inspiration guru. She is a yoga teacher + writer who is dedicated to empowering women to live magically and experience their best lives through yoga, meditation, goddess work, moon manifesting, and natural wellness.

Channel the energy of the Taurus Supermoon

The energy brought on by the upcoming supermoon in Tarus packs a cosmic punch. I’ve written this post to help you to tap into this energy + go with the flow.

I am by any definition a moon junkie. I follow the moon cycles and use the power of different phases to create my most intentional life. People always ask me if I truly believe that the moon has any effect on our lives, and my answer is YES!

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The Full Moon

The full moon is the peak of the lunar cycle, it’s the time when the moon’s energy is at its most powerful + her gravitational pull on us is strongest. During the time of the full moon, the waves will begin to grow, not only in the ocean, but in our lives. By tapping into her energy, we can harness her power in order to “go with the flow” + create our best lives.

The Supermoon

This will be the closest the moon has been to earth in over 60 years. heightening the energy of the already extraordinary full moon. A supermoon is a phenomenon that occurs when the new or full moon is closest to earth on its orbit, amping up the power of our intentions. The moon will appear bigger and brighter in the night sky.

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Here’s how to channel the energy of this supermoon:

Allow your intuition to guide you

All of the answers you seek can be found within.

The energy of the moon is highly feminine, encouraging you to tap into your inner wisdom. Know that you have the ability to move through this time with mindfulness. Channel the ebb and flow energy of the moon + the ocean in order to discover exactly what it is you need in this moment. Trust yourself.

Tune into your manifesting magic

It’s time to claim your rewards.

The peak of the lunar cycle, the full moon’s energy allows our heart’s truest dreams + desires to manifest. Recall the intentions that you’ve set and allow them to flourish. Know that you are abundantly provided for + indulge in what you want. The sign Taurus is all about allowing yourself to experience the extravagance of life. You deserve it all.

Stay grounded

Feel the power of who you are.

As we work with the themes of manifestation and indulgence, it is crucial to remember your stable foundation. You are safe and secure. Ask yourself, who would you be if you were not limited by your fears? Now is the time to become that person. This supermoon in Taurus will be a powerhouse to say the least. Channel the strength of the bull + find your authentic self.

My TD picks for this moon:

I’ve chosen these super mystical gems to work with for this full moon. Each of these pieces has specific characteristics that will assist in channeling la luna’s powerful energy.

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The Supermoon Mala – Black Labradorite, Rose Quartz, Cherry Quartz , & Rudraksha Seeds.

The Grounded Mala – Zebra Jasper, Labradorite, Pyrite, Rainbow Swarovski, & Sandalwood.

The Rise Mala Ring – Moonstone & Sterling Silver Plated Brass.

The Fox Bracelet – Black labradorite, rock crystal & palmwood.


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Jamie Diana is our in house ambassador & inspiration guru. She is a yoga teacher + writer who is dedicated to empowering women to live magically and experience their best lives through yoga, meditation, goddess work, moon manifesting, and natural wellness.


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    This is crazy! I have been dreaming for months that I can shift into fox form, like it’s just another aspect of myself. I also keep seeing foxes everywhere, even before Fall hit and stores went fox crazy. I had been planning for weeks now to get the mermaid spirit animal bracelet, I love mermaids and feel a deep connection to the ocean, but when I went to check out Fox was in the basket! I went with it and it will arrive tomorrow, the day of the Taurus super moon (I am also a Taurus). A day I will also be signing up to start college in pursuit of a dream I never thought I could go for as a single mom. Fox then shows up in this post. I’m not sure exactly what it means but I think I’ll be paying more attention to the things fox is said to teach from now on! Thank you!!

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Yoga Poses + Gemstones for Grounding

To be grounded means to be centred within yourself.

To be rooted deeply in the power of who you are.

To trust in a higher power.

To feel  balanced + stable.

To feel safe + secure.

Have you ever felt like you were swirling or spinning out of control? Like you’ve lost the essence of who you are, or like you need to reconnect? These are signs that you aren’t grounded. In order lead a well balanced life where we feel centred + at peace, it is crucial to stay grounded.

Connection to the earth is an important part of all grounding practices. The root chakra (Muladhara) is one of the best ways to ignite your connection with the earth. The root chakra is a centre of energy in the body which resides at the base of the spine. It rules feelings of safety + security, grounding + balance. The sanskirt word for root chakra, Muladhara breaks down into two parts: Mula = root, Adhara = support or base. There are many ways to connect with this chakra, keep reading to learn more!

Yoga is an amazing way to stay grounded, especially if practiced outdoors, close to the earth. Below are three of our favourite poses for grounding. These poses focus on the root chakra.

 

Grounding yoga poses that support the root chakra:

Malasana, Squat pose

A symmetrical pose, Squat keeps you close to the earth and inspires you to be centred + balanced.

As you inhale, visualize yourself drawing up earth energy,

As you exhale, visualize yourself sending roots into the earth.

Utkata Konasana, Goddess pose

Another symmetrical pose, Goddess pose gives you a strong foundation.

Feel the powerful energy of who you are.

Fierce + Strong.

Hug to your midline as you expand.

Natarajasana, Dancer pose

Any balancing posture is a great way to ignite your root chakra. Encouraging you to send down deep roots so that you may rise to great heights.

Find your centre.

Root to Rise.

Gemstones for grounding:

Carrying or wearing gemstones is simple yet effective way stay grounded. These sacred stones hold earth energies within them that can bring balance + security into every moment of your day. Tiny Devotions has just launched a new Grounding collection, each of the beautiful malas within this collection are said to assist the wearer in staying grounded. They are also deeply protected, supporting your root chakra and encouraging you to feel safe + secure.

Check them out here.

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Planting Seeds of Intention with the New Moon

Sunday’s new moon marks the start of the lunar cycle, the ideal time to cultivate new beginnings and create your best life.

For this new moon, we are planting seeds of intention so that they may bloom into an abundant future. Check out the step-by-step guide below on how to plant your seeds of intention and manifest your heart’s truest dreams + desires.

How to plant your seeds of intention:

 1. Be Present

Presence is one of the best gifts that we can give to ourselves, especially in times of new beginnings. In order to be present, you must release what’s no longer serving you. Letting go of the old will clear up space for what you hope to manifest. Turn your energy inward and focus on yourself; move into the here and now.

 2. Discover your intention

Take a moment to meditate and discover your heart’s truest dreams + desires. Pause in stillness with eyes closed and begin breathe deeply. Ask yourself: “What do I want?” + “How do I want to feel?” This will help you to establish a clear intention.

 3. Find clarity + “Plant” it

Once your heart reveals your intention to you, grab your favourite journal and write it down.

image1-3Writing down your intention will increase vision and clarity. It will also allow you to come back and revisit exactly what it is that you’ve set your heart on.

This is also like sending your intention out into the universe so that it may be manifested, or in this case, planting the seed of your intention so that it may bloom.

Questions to consider when journaling:

  • Are there any specific feelings tied to this intention?
  • Are there any goals or achievements you’re working towards with this intention?
  • What steps can you take to move yourself closer to this intention?
  • What will it mean to you to fulfill this intention?

 4. Keep your intention with you + Nourish it

Carrying your intention with you is a powerful way to fill it with heartfelt high vibes, allowing it to manifest + bloom.

I’m infusing my intention into my presence mala necklace. With with it’s silver-dipped Rudraksha seed, its the perfect spiritual forget-me-not,  serving as as symbolic reminder of the seeds that I’m planting … and I want you to have it too! 29/10/16 only, its free with all orders of $108+ 

Rudraksha Seeds are believed to guide spiritual journeys and are known for their protective + healing elements. They are said to increase abundance and prosperity and they hold the perfect high vibe energy to help your intentions come to life.


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Jamie Diana is our in house ambassador & inspiration guru. She is a yoga teacher + writer who is dedicated to empowering women to live magically and experience their best lives through yoga, meditation, goddess work, moon manifesting, and natural wellness.

Your Spirit Animal is Calling you

 

A spirit animal is a teacher that is with you on your journey. It is an overseer that provides you with guidance and protection. Do you know what your spirit animal is? If you aren’t sure, then trust your intuition. If you are drawn to a specific animal, its likely for a sacred reason. The symbolism of the animal thats calling you will hold a meaningful message for you.

Discovering your spirit animal’s message

If you’re drawn to the giraffe, your message is:

Be honest with yourself. Set your sights on a clear intention and move towards it with grace.

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If you find the flamingo beautiful, your message is:

It’s important to immerse yourself in what lights you up, but don’t forget to find balance.

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If you feel a connection to the hummingbird, your message is:

It’s okay to slow down and take a rest. You will always be abundantly provided for.

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If you find the fox alluring, your message is:

Set clear goals and be aware of whats happening around you.

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The giraffe, flamingo, hummingbird, and fox are in the spotlight today as they are the new editions to our spirit animal collection. If you’re still searching for your guide, click here to view the entire collection.

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21 Day Challenge: Intentional journaling

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We’ve created a 21 day intentional journaling challenge to help you lead your best life. Why 21 days? This is the amount of time it takes to break old habits & create new patterns.

These journal prompts aim to tap into your heart’s true desires + allow them to manifest. When you start to love your life, life will love you back. Use your intuition to chose a journal that you’d like to get intentional with and place aside a few moments each day to be mindful.

Print yourself a copy of the challenge to store in your journal + enjoy!

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Spread the love (Free gifts inside)

We at Tiny Devotions live in tune with the universe. We surround ourselves with high vibes, and we believe wholeheartedly in leading a life of love. We’ve created a list of 4 simple things you can do today to spread the love, check it out below.

Want even MORE love? We’re gifting it forward today, your free gifts can be found at the end of this post.

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Here are our 4 simple things you can do today to spread the love:

 

1. Practice self care

You can’t pour from an empty cup, in order to send love out, you must also send love IN. Recharge that heart chakra and do something for yourself today.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Get on your mat for some yoga and/or meditation
  • Treat your skin to a face mask
  • Light some candles and slip into a warm bath
  • Dive into a a book or your fave Netflix series

 

2. Leave a kind + inspiring note for a stranger

Next time you’re about to leave the house, grab a pen and jot down something encouraging. At some point throughout your day leave this note for someone to find. Maybe you leave the note near someone’s desk, or tuck it into in a library book … the possibilities are endless! You could change someone’s day!

3. Put your walls down

It’s time to let love in! The wall that you may have built around your heart to protect you from pain is also what’s blocking the softest, sweetest, most gentle, healing energy from finding its way in. Wouldn’t it be great to feel the love you’ve been yearning for? Trust that all will be well.

4. Claim your gifts + send this offer to your tribe

We appreciate you and we want to give you tons of love! We also know that your friends will love this offer just as much as you do. Here are the free gifts we are giving to you today:

  • 21 days of intention e-book
  • Crystal grid colouring book
  • Manifesting with the moon digital download
  • $10 gift card to put toward your favourite product

Free Gift Card and Book Bundle

*$10 Gift Card code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Offers expire 10/17/16. No order minimum. Valid worldwide.

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Change your life with tonight’s Black Moon

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Tonight’s moon is a rare lunar occurrence … we are being gifted the SECOND new moon of the month. And double the new moon magic means double the manifesting power.

The moon holds within her the essence of the divine feminine, and just like us, she has her own cycles, her own ebb and flow. It’s time to tune into her. This point in the lunar cycle marks a new beginning, what are you moving forward into? By tuning into the moon and her cycles, we can channel her powerful energy to create change in our lives.

 

Here are 4 things you can do to channel this energy:

 1. Dream Big … Like MASSIVE!

The new moon presents us with a time to get intentional and put our dreams and desires into action … and a second new moon means a second chance to make something happen that you’ve been hesitant about. Your dreams are realistic, no matter how big. Put this moon magic to use and get to manifesting! Release your fears of failure out into the universe and know that all will be taken care of. 

 2. Discover a balance between energy in and energy out

The moon tonight resides in the air element’s sign Libra. Tap into the vibes of this moon by embodying the wind … Flow through all areas of your life with ease. It’s time to recognize when you need to draw energy inward and sail gently vs when you need to extend energy out and sweep with passion. Life is all about balance, and Libra calls on us to acknowledge this. Move forward from a place that honours your different paced winds.

3. Shine your light + Speak your truth

The black moon receives its name by not being visible in the night sky, the side of the moon that is lit by the sun is facing away from the earth, making the sky darker tonight. When there’s no moon illuminating the sky, the stars appear to shine brighter. Take this as the moon’s message to you, she’s giving you the opportunity to shine as brightly as possible. Unsure how you can shine a little brighter? Start by speaking your truth. Tap into your throat chakra and unleash your authentic voice.

 4. Establish harmony and equality in your tribe

Who are the people that support you? Do they encourage you to be your best self? Do they urge you to follow your dreams? And do you do the same for them? It’s time to evaluate your treasured relationships, the ones you hold closest to your heart; you need to ensure that you’re giving as much as you’re getting (and vice versa). Surround yourself with people who align with your dreams and desires. You are amazing, and it would be a shame to lose yourself in the ones you love … find a balance between leaning on others and makin’ it work on your own.

Intentional tips & tricks for today’s moon:

Essential oil: Bergamot – Use this delicate citrus oil to soothe your soul. Add it to your bath, apply it to your pulse points, diffuse it, or burn your crystal candle.

Yoga pose: Camel Pose (Ustrasana) – Allow this pose to fill you with expansive energy as you open your throat chakra and bend that beautiful back of yours

Mantra: “I am limitless!” Go ahead – declare it to yourself (and to the universe). You have the ability to manifest your heart’s desires; remember that now and always. 

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Peace Berry Acai Bowl Recipe + Morning Intention Setting

Today’s post is guest written by Seana of The Bohemian Blonde. Watch her video below and read on to learn how she makes this delicious Peace Berry Acai Bowl recipe + see how Seana sets her intentions for the morning!

1) Set aside time in the morning to set the intention for the day. I picked a card from my Tiny Devotions intention deck to always set the tone. Today was, energy speaks louder than words” which was all I need to get the good vibes going!

2) Gather all of your ingredients from the recipe below (or hang on the pin for later)

3) Chop your fruit, blend your ingredients and play artist as you create your fruit masterpiece

4) Mindfully reconnect with each ingredient as the superfoods serve your mind, body and soul

Click the image to pin-it + save for later!

 Bowl Mixture:

+ 1 frozen packet of sambazon acai

+ 2 frozen bananas

+ 1 cup frozen mixed berries

+ 1/4 cup unsalted cashews

+1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

+ 1 tsp of cacao powder

+1 tsp of maca powder

Toppings:

+ strawberries

+ blueberries

+ kiwi

+ dark chocolate

+ bee pollen

+ mango

+ unsweetened coconut flakes

+ granola

Place all of the bowl mixture items into a blender and blend until you reach a sorbet/ice cream consistency.  Pour out into bowl.

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It helps to keep the bowl in the freezer so it stays nice and cold while you eat your acai.

Next, Add on your toppings + Enjoy!

Seana The Bohemian BlondeSeana is a Health + Wellness Coach who believes in living a powerful life where you are the driver of your destiny. She shares clean eating ideas, workouts, meditations, holistic wellbeing and more on her blog, The Bohemian Blonde, and currently helps over 200+ members in an online community called Motivated Mavens.

Intentions and Creating Your Wildest Dreams: 7 tips for being Limitless

My best friend and I decided we were going to make a movie. Together, we wrote the script when we were supposed to be filling out worksheets in science class. I borrowed my dad’s old video camera – the one with the mini bungie cord wrapped around it to prevent the tape deck from popping open. We climbed up the hills behind my house and trekked through the riverbed taking snapshots of scene locations. She made dolls out of puff balls to represent each character. We were twelve years old.

As adults, we don’t need to go in search of our wildest dreams as much as we recover them. The seeds of our heart’s desire were always there with us. Yet, without cultivation, so many have stayed tiny seeds and we have forgotten about them or misplaced them. Or perhaps, they started to sprout and turned out to be something different than we expected – oak trees instead of tomato plants, thorny roses instead of delicate poppies. So how do we find those seeds buried deep within us and make sure they get the nutrients they need?

Dream like a kid:

Give yourself time to flop down on the grass and watch the clouds.Make a mess for the fun of it.

Do anything you would’ve loved to do as a kid:

When we practice being limitless and free, our thoughts become limitless and free as well. When our thoughts become limitless and free, our lives become limitless and free.

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Make it visual:

Get out your glitter and glue. Finally make that vision board or any kind of visual representation of what you want out of life. Perhaps, you make a single 3D object or only post one quote. Remember: no rules or limits. Just put together a visual reminder of what is possible in your life. Think of it as your north star. If you can’t imagine where you want to go, you won’t know what direction to start moving in.

Do something wild everyday:

We can get so hung up on how our dreams are too big or too impossible. We start living from a place of lack and fear – a place of “I can’t do that.” Be a little naughty. Be a little nutty.

Do something you’ve always wanted to do but you were afraid that it wasn’t sensible:

Eat a dragon fruit. Read a teen novel. Buy a hammock. Paint a wall orange. You don’t have to go jumping into the deep end of your dreams. Dog paddle out. Little risk by little risk. You’ll still get there.

Let go of the outcome:

Decide right now to love the process of moving in the direction of your dreams. My best friend and I never finished that movie. But it is still one of my most cherished memories. And, this year, I optioned my first screenplay and she became an amazingly creative elementary school teacher. Who knows what will happen? You will never lose your experiences. You will not be lesser for trying even if things don’t end up looking like you expected. Even if your roses don’t grow this year, enjoy getting your hands dirty in the rich, moist earth. Kids know the mess is half the fun and who cares about the result. So, remember what you already know. Reconnect to passion, not expectation.

Forget what other people think:

Following someone else’s path will lead you to fulfilling someone else’s dreams. Remind yourself that you are unique. You have your dhrama and other people have theirs. This is not a post on fulfilling your most vanilla dreams, your safest dreams, the dreams your mother approves of. This is a post about wild dreams. Wild dreams should ruffle a few feathers and raise a few eyebrows. Wild dreams should go tearing through the house. These dreams are not hemmed in by the captivity of convention. They’re not worried about being polite. They were born to run free and all you need to do is enjoy the ride.

danielle-orner-robin-roemer-1Danielle Orner is a Cancer survivor, yoga teacher, vegan, actor and writer. She has explored yoga, veganism and living authentically to heal from cancer and see beauty in a completely different way. See more of her powerful life below! 

Web: www.danielleorner.com
Facebook: Danielle Orner
Twitter: @DanielleOrner

5 Ways to Reset + Rebalance in September

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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.

Yoga poses such as camel pose, cobra, eagle, triangle pose, and cat/cow poses help open restrictive energy within the heart and restore flow. Wear your essential oils over the heart prior to yoga.

3. Journal with the Full (Harvest) Moon

On September 16th to release, restore balance and create clarity.

What healthy habits & routines do I want to create?
Where do I need to be more organized?
Where do I need to create space in my life?

4. Embrace your talents & passion

Discover what it means to Aim True in our lives with Tiny Devotions Ambassador Kathryn Budig at Yoga Journal Live, Colorado Sept. 22nd – 25th.

5. Celebrate #NationalCoffeeDay September 24th. 

We ❤️ the smell of coffee + new beginnings.

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Waning Crescent Moon | Gratitude Crystal Grid

The final phase before the next New Moon symbolizes the removal of negativity and the power of gratitude. You should feel complete and rested. Tap into your hidden gems that have become uncovered from the shedding of things that no longer serve you. Your heart is open and now that you’ve tapped into the needs of your soul to find what ignites you, you can direct that same loving energy forward onto everyone who crosses your path. Practice gratitude relentlessly and you’ll experience happiness beyond your wildest dreams. When you are grateful, fear dissapears and abundance appears.

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Print the Gratitude Crystal Grid below. Place your Mala in the middle and place gemstones that align with your intentions facing inward (to attract that energy) or outward (to drive that energy out).

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The Ultimate Guide to Self-Love

With the Waning Gibbous Moon, your energies and thoughts begin to turn inward. Remember during this moon phase that rest is just as important as taking action. Listen to your body and make sure to set aside “me” time.

Check in with yourself. This is a good time for self-reflection.

  • What does your body need right now?
  • What are some ways you can pamper yourself?
  • Are you on the correct path + living in authenticity?
  • Are you doing things that make your soul happy?
  • Are you working towards the manifestation of your dreams?
  • Are you living your life with the proper intentions?

Nurture your body to strengthen your soul

Take the time to nurture, align, love + nourish your body. Turn off your phone and shift your focus to the most important person in your life – YOU! Click here or on the checklist below to download + print some of our favorite ways to cultivate self-love.

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3 Ways to find your Freedom through Intention

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.

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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.

We want more freedom and adventure in our lives, but instead feel the weight of our neverending To-Do lists.

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.

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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 – NishaWomen’s Leadership Coach and founder of Global Sisterhood Day.  Nisha’s free 14-Day Freedom Adventure starts today!  Be sure to check it out.

It’s Full Moon! Let’s create space

This Full Moon takes place on August 18, 2016 at 2:27am PST, 5:27am EST.

IT’S TIME TO SHINE

“[The Aquarius Full Moon] is a lunar peak to revive your Leo light, the natural confidence that pulses from within. To get there, we take a risk (Leo’s forte) to let go of past insults and injuries to our self-image.  To risk shining again, and this is supported by the higher vision of Aquarius, to put it all in perspective” says Molly Hall from Astrology.About.com

Here she shares 5 simple rituals to celebrate the Aquarius Full Moon…

  • Sit with a lit candle or near a fire (when safe) at sunset, a powerful time as the Sun (Leo) gives way to the Full Moon (Aquarius).
  • Spend time recalling what’s made you hide your light, the shaming moments or falling short of your own standards. Click on the image below to print + write what’s in your heart on paper. The most important step comes next…

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  • Purify and release what’s stuck by lighting your paper, and watch it rise as it becomes feathery light, and dissolves….”

Molly recommends  “A river or other body of water is a fine place to take a moment for meaningful ritual… Aquarius currents break things wide open, and jar us awake to the possibilities.  But there can be fixed ideas to overcome, that keep us ‘playing small.”

  • Throw a river stone into the water, and watch the ripple of energy.  Now imagine what you radiate out (Leo Sun) and the ripple effect it has in the world.
  • Invite guidance to align your heart’s natural passions(Leo) with a need of humanity in its time of crisis.

“This isn’t an ‘easy’ Moon” acknowledges Sarah Varcas of Astro.Awakenings.co.uk, “but it is a liberating one for sure, with gifts galore for all who commit to seeing life through fresh eyes, not allowing the tyranny of a ‘tried and tested’ past to jeopardize a creative and fulfilling future.”

She reminds us that “The changes approaching now require bold commitment and creative courage which seeks new solutions to old problems and dares to challenge the very foundation of our life”

But rest assured Brave Soul Searcher! There are new perspectives just waiting to be seen, something we simply haven’t perceived about our situation which can revolutionize the path ahead.

CLEANSING FOR YOUR SOUL

Shed your fears, anger and self criticism, and make room for new intentions + a more positive outlook. Now is the time to eliminate anything that isn’t assisting in the manifestation of your dreams + smudge your heart out!

  • What are the things that are no longer supporting your journey?
  • What is making your soul smile?
  • Is what you are doing powered by intention and leading you in the right direction on your path?

HOW TO CLEAR SPACE USING SAGE + PALO SANTO

Choose a space with spiritual significance to you. This might be a small quiet space with some of your favourite gemstones or adornments. For the Full Moon you may want this space to be outside. To clear unwanted energy, protect the space + prepare for setting fresh intentions, you’ll want to use Sage + Palo Santo from a Clearing Kit.

This Clearing Kit combines the essential tools for your Full Moon Ritual.

  •  Palo Santo Sticks: This aromatic and healing wood has been used by Shamans for thousands of years for its sacred, medicinal and mystical properties. Harvested naturally from the Palo Santo tree, its soothing aroma has hints of citrus and frankincense. It’s said to raise your vibration in preparation for meditation + allow for a deeper connection to your Higher Self, enhancing creativity + abundance. Use it to cleanse your space + purify your intentions.
  • Signature Smudge Stick: Smudge your heart out! This Mini Mountain Lavender sage stick will cleanse your aura + clear your space to provide protection, clarity + healing. Perfect for intention setting ceremonies and to purify the air of negative energies. Sustainably wildcrafted by Native Americans.

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Use the gemstones for meditation, crystal grids, altars, to make elixirs, carry them in your pocket or store them by your bed. Each Clearing Kit includes 3 Palo Santo Sticks, 1 Signature Smudge Stick + 4 Tumbled Gemstones. The Release + Renew Clearing Kit is ideal for the Full Moon.

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Release + Renew Kit Gemstones: Amethyst for Spirituality, Amazonite for Peace + Calm, Moonstone for Dreams, Smokey Quartz for Protection.

Happy releasing + happy manifesting!

Finding Balance: Effort + Surrender

“Effort and surrender are like two wings of a bird. Both are necessary for a smooth and joyful flight.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 1.17.26 PMMichiala 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.

Ready, Set, Grow with the Waxing Crescent Moon

The word “crescent” comes from the latin meaning “to grow”, which is exactly what this time is all about. Start relaxing into the new intentions you’ve manifested with your New Moon ceremony, and playing with the ideas of how you can bring them into fruition. The Waxing Moon brings a perfect time to begin a new venture, experiment with new ideas, explore your creativity and turn over a new leaf.

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This phase is prime for doing the work that will lead you to fulfilling your vision. By using visualization during this energetic time, you’ll feel creatively fueled to explore new paths and discover your true self. With growth as the theme, this moon phase has also become a symbol for fertility and love. It’s also the time to clean up and eliminate anything that no longer serves you. This might mean discarding excess material items, or eliminating relationships in your life which may be sucking energy.

Click here on the image below to save + print your Ready, Set, Grow Bucket List.

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5 Mantras for Manifesting with Howlite

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.

Click the image at the end of this post to download + print your Intention card with 5 different Sanskrit mantras to manifest your desires with your Howlite Mala Ring.

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.

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.

How to cleanse your Tiny Devotions Mala beads

When is it time to cleanse my mala beads?

There is no right or wrong time to cleanse your mala, it’s all about following your intuition. If you feel your mala hasn’t been sending the right vibrations, or is misaligned with your intentions, it’s probably time to cleanse your beads. As you wear your mala beads they can pick up different vibrational frequencies given off by those you spend your time with, from how you personally have dealt with a situation + from the environment that you are in. If you feel that your mala isn’t giving you the positive energy that you need, it might be a sign that it is time to cleanse your mala beads and realign them with the proper intention in mind.

 

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How do I cleanse my mala beads?

Here are a few of our favorite ways to cleanse mala beads of their vibrational energy:

  • Place them under the sunlight or moonlight. This will help to recharge them and release any of the unwanted vibrations (don’t leave them too long – to avoid fading only place them in the light for a couple of hours). Leaving them in the sunlight/moonlight can also help to kick up their energetic qualities. Some say that to lay them out under the full moon can help to give a more natural, long lasting recharge.
  • Burning sage in the presence of your mala will also help to cleanse out any energies that don’t serve you.
  • Surround your mala with some of your favorite gemstones and allow them to give off their energy to your mala.
  • Chanting or other sound vibrations can also help to release negative energy.
  • Rinse your Mala in a bowl of warm water with a touch of sea salt.
  • Cleanse your Mala Beads in the ocean if you’re lucky enough to have the sea by your side! Our friend Natalie MacNeil shows us her favorite way of doing this here:

 

What’s next? Resetting your intentions:

After cleansing your mala, it’s time to reset its intention. It might be the same intention as before, or it may be a completely new one. Be sure to focus your energy into the mala of what it is you are trying to manifest. Do you need some more calm + relaxation in your life? Do you need guidance on your journey of motherhood? Are you looking to add more love + light into your relationships? Whatever it is you are trying to manifest, be clear with your intentions.

Happy cleansing + happy manifesting!

Packing for a Yoga Retreat

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She’s one of the raddest and most aspirational gals we know. Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer and hiking yogi. She is the co-creator of the Rock Your Bliss Mala, designed to inspire you to create the life of your dreams through clear intention setting, mad love + truth and radical positive energy. Check out what’s in her Yoga Retreat bag below, then print your own checklist!

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How to use your Mala in a Yoga Practice

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1) Grounding:
Inhale, exhale… Grab your mat, blankets, bolster and blocks. Find a comfortable seated position with a straight spine rooting yourself into the mat. Gently close your eyes or soften your gaze allowing yourself to dive inwards.

2) Choose Your Mantra:
Take a moment to choose your mantra to guide you through your meditative practice. What brought you to your mat today? What intention did you set this morning when you awoke? What emotion does your mala evoke within you? Your intention is personal to you- it can be a thought, a word, a sentence or song. Once you have chosen your mantra chant it aloud or silently.

3) Japa Meditation:
Hold your Mala Beads in your right hand allowing it to drape between the thumb and middle finger. Starting at the Guru Bead or the sacred stone- gently roll each bead while repeating your mantra. Repeat this 108 times, or until you are back at the sacred stone.

4) Yoga Practice:
Place your Mala beads at the top of your yoga mat. Allow your mantra and intention to flow through you guiding you through your asanas. If you feel yourself getting lost in the physical practice, use the intention you set with your Mala Beads to bring yourself back to the present.

5) Savasana:
Finish your yoga practice on your mat with a juicy savasana. You may choose to end with another round of Japa Meditation bringing your practice full circle.

How to gift the perfect Mala

Do you have someone truly unique in your life? Someone that inspires you? The gal pal that’s been by your side, or yoga instructor that’s encouraged you beyond words. Mala beads are spiritual forget-me-nots, carrying an abundance of vibrations, energy and intention. Choosing for a friend can be overwhelming, but not to worry! We’ve put together a simple way to make choosing easy and fun.

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Let’s first focus on the basics of your gal pal in mind.

  • Is she into yoga?
  • Is she a mama?
  • Does she live a fast and crazy life, or travel to find her next great adventure?

Knowing the answers to these questions and similar ones will help you to determine how she will use her new mala beads.

Looking at her lifestyle will help begin to narrow your focus. Try to find a mala that is in line with what your friends intentions are.

Energy
Mala beads help us to hone in on what is important in our lives, right now.

  • What’s she got going on in her life right now?
  • Has she just landed a great new promotion at her job?
  • About to embark on a journey?
  • Becoming a mother?

Perhaps she’s looking for a new beginning. What is your friend trying to manifest? Reflect on some conversations you’ve had in private, where she might have mentioned an area of her life she’s been struggling with, or is simply trying to improve.

Gemstones emit their own unique vibration and healing energies and are to be worn near the chakras, which are the energy centers of the body. Find a gemstone that is believed to carry an energy which aligns with her intentions.

Intuition
The most important aspect of picking a mala for your gal pal is to follow your intuition. You know her best! Keep her in mind as you look through your options.

  • Which pieces speak to you?
  • Which ones remind you of her?

Reflect upon her energy, her lifestyle and her intention. If you need any additional help contact someone from our team for some further info. Each mala necklacemala ring and stack is lovingly wrapped and shipped in a beautifully printed intentional box to hold your piece in. We’ll even include a little love note if you request. Happy shopping + happy manifesting!

Remember, it’s coming from you with heart, inspiration and connection. She’ll be sure to love the story behind your choice as she adores her new precious gem (just as much as she adores you).

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Manifest with the New Moon

Channeling the Flow of the New Moon

What does this mean? The New Moon and the week leading up to the New Moon is a magical time to spark exciting beginnings, energetic projections and clairvoyance. It’s the perfect time to create space to reboot, renew and reset your desires + intentions. This is your time to journey inward.

New Moon rituals allow one to connect with their inner being, cultivating new goals + plans, while reflecting upon what no longer serves them. It’s your time to recharge your energy, create clarity, grounding and alignment.

6 New Moon Rituals that will Amplify your Intentions

Get Your Sage Ready
Sage your space to push negative energy out and make room for positive, fresh energy. Say out loud: “Dear Universe,
I welcome transformation, growth + abundance.
May I now clear this space so that my intentions can flow clearly from my heart onto paper.
I know what I need. I am ready.”

 

Have Crystal Candles on Hand
Light your Crystal Candle and write down what you are wanting to attract; hopes, dreams and desires, with a strong will  + meaning.

 

Bring Your Yoga Gear
Chandra Namaskar: 108 Moon salutations to honor our connection to the cooling, nourishing qualities of soma, the Moon. Get ready to flow.

Pick Your Manta

Choose a Mantra and guide yourself through a cleansing meditationChoose 5 cards from the Intention Deck that resonate with your feelings at this present moment and your intentions you’ve written down.

Set your Intentions

Feel them in your body. Read this list aloud to the New Moon, and thank the Gods + Goddesses for listening. Fold the paper you’ve written your list on and keep it in a sacred place so you can read it again when the Full Moon makes it’s next appearance.

Click here or on the image below to download + print your July 2016 Lunar Calendar. 

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How to Choose a Mala

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More than just accessories, Mala beads are meditation tools that have been used for thousands of years. They encourage us to pause, breathe and realign with our deepest intentions. They motivate us to invest in moments of self-care and compassion. They’re our spiritual forget-me-nots, and they’re also beautiful. One of the questions we get asked most is “How do I choose a Mala?”. Choosing by intention is a great way to get started, there are other factors you should also consider when choosing a Mala.

Intention

Hold the vision and trust the process. This is the most personal part of the process. What do you want to create in your life? What are you working on? What do you truly desire? What are you struggling with? Ask yourself these questions and see if they guide to what you want to create as your intention. Once you get clear on what you want your intention to be, you will create a clear path. Intentions are all about you + what you want to achieve in your life!

Beauty

Things that you are attracted to are an integral part of your healing process. Whether it be a beautiful landscape, a cute animal or a gorgeous mala; stop and take a moment to observe the things you find beautiful. Develop your own personal aesthetic. Meditate on this and strive to see beauty in everything. Surrounding yourself with beautiful and uplifting things is very powerful. Reflect on the power that beauty has over our attention; when something is so aesthetically pleasing it takes over your consciousness and moves you to a new place.

Color

What is your favourite color, and what colors are you typically drawn to? What colors of clothing do you wear most often? What colour are your favourite foods and scents? Life is full of color, and like other things on your spiritual path it has meaning. You want to choose a mala that you will use and wear often, so it’s important to choose a stone color combination that you are drawn to and can see being a staple in your wardrobe.

Shape

Find a Mala guru stone with a shape you connect with. Some Gurus stones are circular, teardrop, or oval shaped. Others have a raw edge. Ever heard of sacred geometry? The strands of our DNA, the galaxy we spiral within, the air we breathe, and all life forms as we know them emerge out of timeless geometric codes.

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Energy

Each gemstone that we use in our Malas are believed to emit their own special vibration + healing energy. There are gemstones for every mood, trouble or desire you can imagine. Gemstones are to be worn near the chakras, which are energy centres of the body. Make sure that this energy aligns with your intention! A lot of Malas will assist everyone on some level – see if you can find something that you connect with individually.

Intuition

When in doubt, trust your vibes! Which Mala were you originally drawn to? Which mala do you keep thinking about? Which one jumps off of the page? This is most likely the perfect mala for you! The more you trust your intuition, the stronger it gets. Choosing a mala is a combination of all of these factors – most importantly follow your intuition and follow your heart.

Timing

What’s going on in your life right now? Maybe you’ve just come out of a breakup and could use a reminder of self-love. Maybe you’ve just left your office job to pursue your career as a yoga teacher and you’re seeking the confidence to push forward in the direction of your dreams. There’s a Mala for that! Our Malas are created and named with the combination of properties within each gemstone in mind to best help guide you in your life journey – whatever that might be!

 

Full Moon Releasing Ritual

This Monday, June 20th brings a Full Moon, which is a time in the Lunar Cycle that is best for letting things go. Whether they be emotions, compulsions, or just things that no longer serve you, we want to assist you in clearing your life of these negative energies + making room for new intentions that will come with the New Moon.

Let’s start with a run down on the moon phases. There are 6 different Moon phases each with their own magical astrological significance.

FullMoon1The New Moon: Represents fresh starts and new possibilities. A great time to set new intentions for what you want to manifest in your life. Set new routines, change up your yoga practice, or develop new affirmations.

First Quarter: often referred to as the Half Moon. This is often a trial + error period, but keep your vibes positive, this testing time is helping you to realign yourself in order for your intentions to manifest.

Waxing Moon: This is a time when you will likely experience the most growth and action. Results will come about in this time, keep your arms + heart open to these changes.

Full Moon: When the moon is completely circle. It is an excellent time to release the things that no longer serve you. The things you no longer need, the things that are getting in the way of the manifestation of your dreams. The things that are no longer supporting your journey. A perfect time to let go of the aspects of yourself that you have outgrown.

Waning Moon: As the moon wanes your energies and thoughts begin to turn inward. This is a good time for self reflection: are you on the correct path, are you doing things that make your soul happy? Are you working towards the manifestation of your dreams? Are you living your life with the proper intentions?

Third Quarter: A good time to rest and recuperate, wind down before the next New Moon. A good time to get your intentions in order, a good time to clear out the “dead weight.” To tap into your hidden gems that have become uncovered from the shedding of things that no longer serve you.

What does the Full Moon mean to us?

We want to shed our fears, anger and self criticism, and make room for new intentions + a more positive outlook. We want to reconnect with our inner goddess, re-establish our strength and get in touch with our inner wisdom.

Why is it a good time to release things from your life that no longer serve you?

By this time you have gone through the trial + error period, and it is becoming clear to you what is working for you. What is making your soul smile? Is what you are doing powered by intention  and leading you the right direction on your path? By this point in the moon cycle you should be clear on these answers. You will find that you want to let go of the things that aren’t working for you.

Everyone’s Full Moon Releasing Ritual is different, but here is what works for us.

We invite you to follow along with our full moon releasing ritual to help you let go of the things that no longer serve you. Here is what you will need:

1) Create a sacred space that has significance to you. This might be a small quiet space with some of your favourite gemstones or adornments, for the Full moon you will want this space to be outside.
2) Have a candle or materials to make a small, controlled fire. (as well as a fire resistant dish to place the paper in)
3) You will also need a paper + pen, on this page you will write down what it is you want to let go, it can be more than one emotion, or thought that you are trying to release. We have provided a printable page perfect for writing what you want to release on.
4) Add your name and the date on the page.
5) Take a deep breath and announce to yourself that you are ready & allowing yourself to let this go.
6) Throw the folded note into the fire, or light it with the candle and place it in the fire resistant bowl.
7) Watch as the paper burns. Sit in silence for a few moments, once the paper is completely burned this will allow room for creativity and inspiration. Allow these ideas to flow freely as you begin to prepare for the New Moon.

This ritual allows us to truly let go of the things that no longer serve us, and open us up to new opportunities. Follow your intuition and your energy. Happy releasing + happy manifesting.

Click on the image below for your own Summer Solstice Releasing Ritual downloadable!

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How to activate your Mala Beads

Our friend + soul sister Natalie MacNeil shows us how to activate your Mala in this short meditation video in order to manifest your deepest desires.

Natalie MacNeil is an Emmy® Award-winning media producer, Bestselling author + Founder of Soul Seconds.

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Possibility

The magic of possibility is knowing that you can do anything, be anything, or heal any part of your life that needs mending – simply by believing in it.

It’s opening yourself up to allow for greatness.

At times we become so fixated on a certain end result, that we miss the cues life is giving us. Look at what is necessary to do or let go of in your life currently to allow for more peace and happiness.

Here’s how:

  • Let go of the tightly held ideas you think you must be.
  • Loosen any grips on unwillingness to change.
  • Observe your doubts and fears, and take action despite them.
  • Use failures as guides and life lessons.
  • Move into action on your big ideas.

You have to remember that you can do anything.

You can change your mind.

You can start over.

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.

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Mercury is in Retrograde

Feeling a little off recently? It’s not you, it’s Mercury Retrograde.

From April 28 to May 22, Mercury appears to pass the Earth backwards to join in Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Pluto for the grand total of 5 planets currently in retrograde – that’s the most in over a decade!

Get ready to observe odd occurrences in all things involving communication, contracts, and computer codes. Do not fear, this is a wonderful time to press pause, tie up loose ends and review everything going on in your life. It’s important to pay close attention to your job, budget, spending, self-care and intentions.

Each sign is affected by retrograde differently, but generally things can become tangled and move backwards for the next three weeks. Get checking those Horoscopes and make conscious choices in all areas to avoid spilling green juice all over your laptop or your ex-boyfriend popping up again! xx

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An essential oil for every intention

Your sense of smell is probably something that you take for granted. We don’t spend much time thinking about it, but when we put on a spritz of perfume in the morning, light an aromatic crystal candle, walk past some peonies on our way to work, or sip a cup of peppermint tea as we check our emails, these scents are interacting with our emotions and wellbeing.

There are many ways to use aromatherapy to enhance physical wellness, inspire a positive emotive state, and purify your home. The most powerful aromas come from essential oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant components, formed by distilling with steam. Most essential oils are not safe to ingest or apply topically, so you must use a diffuser.

Each essential oil’s complex and unique scent activates the emotion and memory centers of your brain differently, creating a different feeling with each fragrance. 

If you want to manifest peace + calm in your life, try chamomile or lavender essential oils; these scents have relaxing and stress-reducing properties.

For grounding, try eucalyptus, patchouli or sandalwood essential oils; these scents have a cleansing effect that can help you focus on connecting to your center.

For a boost of energy, try peppermint, grapefruit, or lemon essential oils; these scents naturally stimulate the mind and can increase mental alertness.

Amazonite is a tranquilizing stone said to bring a peaceful energy to it’s wearer. The Calm Diffuser Bracelet blends the soothing and calming energetic properties of Amazonite with the grounding qualities of White Lava Stone and Essential Oils.

The Strength Diffuser Bracelet with Lava Stone, Fuchsia Agate + Black Onyx mala bracelet is your little reminder to keep your head up and heart strong. Blend the powerful balancing properties of these precious gems with your favorite oils to ground and strengthen your spirit.

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Meet our Goddess Friends

A few months ago, I went to an epic yoga studio called White Peacock in Encinitas, California. They were leading a workshop by Audrey and Belinda all about tapping into your Goddess energy, specifically focused on Kali and Durrrrgggga (as Audrey pronounced it haha).

It was incredible. There was a beautiful altar, with candles and flowers where we were invited to place our mala beadsjewelry or special items on to be charged with the energy we created in this class. We did ecstatic dance, we chanted goddess mantras and did a gorgeous kundalini practice of meditation and postures that made us all feel like …. well, Goddesses.

Tiny Devotions had already started developing our Goddess collection months before and I partly went for “R and D” (Relaxation… I mean Research and Development) while also curious about what tapping into this goddess energy would be all about. Being in the 2 hour workshop was magical, and it solidified in my body that our Tiny Devotions goddess collection had to come to life. Annnnndd that we as women had an opportunity to really align with, and tap into these mystical energies to bring us more joyprosperityfire and love.

So why are we focused on these mythical characters? There is so much to learn and apply in hearing the beautiful stories that have been passed on for so many generations – the goddesses tell us stories that are drenched with lessons and values that we can bring into our normal life – whether we are stay at home mom’s needing to tap into Durga‘s 18 arms or corporate executives needing to tap into the empowerment of Kali.

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An Interview with Katie Brauer

With 20 years of coaching experience, Katie Brauer has mentored thousands of people just like you to live more joyful, abundant, and connected lives. Katie guides you to create a new sense of normal that inspires your personal power by improving relationships with yourself and others. We connected with her for an interview to learn how you can grow with possibility to create abundance in all aspects of your life:

What does it mean to connect with your true self? Connecting with your true self takes a willingness to feel, openness, courage and a guide can be incredibly beneficial and supportive in this process. Often times we are on a certain trajectory that has all the makings of “a great life” only to realize that deep down we are not truly happy and that the path you are on  is not the path you want to be on. Connecting with your true self enables you to get clear on what your inner truth is, and begin taking baby steps toward greater alignment and a deeper sense of fulfillment and peace.

What lights you up? What personally lights me up is supporting and guiding people in transformation, witnessing them stand in their power and embrace their gifts as human beings, it is the ultimate.

Why is growth within our lives important? Growth is a must, very simply because if you are not growing your are dying. Life has an inherent desire to thrive, and it is instrumental to continually take yourself out of your “norm” to ensure that growth can take place.

What are some of the excuses that people have that hold them back? Fear of not being good enough, not enough time, money, energy, fear of change, resistance to feeling. Also fear of not having support, for growth to happen you need to get out of your comfort zone.

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How do you help people break down these barriers? I have been fortunate to lead  thousands of people in transformative experiences and honed the skill of ensuring participants feel supported, heard, seen and felt, this “safe and sacred space”  that I create in combination with awareness building exercises and course content, enables them to tap in, cultivate a greater sense of self and feel the support and desire to shed layers emerges.

How do you know when you have connection to the heart? It is a felt sense that is undeniable. Incredibly powerful.

We read that you’ve been coaching for 20 years, what are some stand out experiences your clients have had? The list is long, honestly the craziest thing is seeing people literally transform, physically, emotionally, mentally – it is mind-blowing and heart filling.

What do you tell those looking for help to take the first step towards lasting change in their lives? If you are curious, follow that impulse and commit to the journey. There are a ton of courses and people out there doing this kind of work, if you feel curious that is your intuition giving you a nudge that this particular course, with this particular group of people is your calling.

What’s the importance of the power of community? Community is supportive, creates a sense of “I’m not doing it alone”, gives the opportunity to connect with others on the path, and is incredibly powerful. Life long friendships have been created through community learning that I have been a part of, and that is incredible!

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Why 108?

The number 108 is an auspicious and spiritually significant number. Ever done 108 sun salutations during a yoga class? There’s a reason why…http://tinyurl.com/oy4wsea

HEART CHAKRA: Chakras are the intersections of energy lines in the body, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to self-realization.

UPANISHADS: It is believed that there are 108 Upanishads, texts of wisdom from the ancient sages.

1, 0, AND 8: Some say that 1 stands for God or higher Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity.

DESIRES: There are said to be 108 earthly desires.

TIME: Some say there are 108 feelings, 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and the 36 related to the future.

PLANETS AND HOUSES: In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.

GODDESS NAMES: There are said to be 108 Indian goddess names.

SUN AND EARTH: The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.

Our 108 Bead Collection: http://tinyurl.com/plzv9x2