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5 Questions We Asked for #InternationalYogaDay

At Tiny Devotions we’re all about mind, body and soul. We know that yoga plays a huge role for us in maintaining our wellbeing and health. We’re so excited to celebrate #internationalyogaday with you by opening the discussion with some of favourite yogis.

What yoga pose do you do daily? And why?

[Koya Webb] I do pigeon pose daily when I wake up or before bed because it releases emotions, opens my hips and stretches my hamstrings.

[Sophie Jaffe] Every single day I go upside down. It may just be one handstand in the middle of a chaotic afternoon, it may be shoulderstand before bed or it may be a series of headstands and inversions. Going upside down refreshes my perspective, gives me a burst of energy and allows me to get out of my head and into the moment.

[Alexzandra Peters] I have 5 wonderful go-to yoga poses that I do every day and those poses are standing backbend, standing side bend (both sides), forward fold, frog pose, and upward facing dog holding all for 7 breaths or more. I usually do them all first thing in the morning right when I wake up because I love to begin morning with a refreshing start by energizing my spine and entire body.  These five pose not only energize you but they help you release old energy from the day prior and bring new space, openness, happiness and lightness into your entire being.

How do you meditate? (Sitting, app, mala beads, other, etc.)

[Koya Webb] I sit on a meditation cushion and light a candle.

[Sophie Jaffe] I use yogawakeup app (where I have some yoga wakeups recorded!), I use other meditation apps and I also meditate lying down by focusing on my breath.

[Alexzandra Peters] My favorite way to meditate is in a low-lit room, postured on my meditation bench using my Tiny Devotion mala necklace or mala rings.

What has been your most profound moment on the mat?

[Koya Webb] Healing my back and knee injury with yoga and meditation

[Sophie Jaffe] I’ve had many profound moments. Yoga has been my stability throughout the past 15 years. It’s been there for me through some incredibly trying times and has helped me to work inward to fix outward problems. Being pregnant on my yoga mat and facing my new body, a human life inside, experiencing yoga in a whole new way, was probably one of the most profound moments of my life.

[Alexzandra Peters] My most profound moment on my mat was the first time that I felt what letting go feels like. Letting go emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

What is the greatest life challenge yoga has helped you overcome?

[Koya Webb] Yoga helped me realize that I don’t need a gold metal to make a difference in the world

[Sophie Jaffe] Yoga helped me get through a very abusive and toxic relationship with my first boyfriend of 5 years. I found yoga right around when we were ending our relationship. I sobbed tears of fear, tears of enlightenment, tears of strength and epiphany in that time. Yoga was my friend and my mirror during that time, and always.

[Alexzandra Peters] Yoga has helped me overcome the challenge of self-acceptance and fully loving Myself just the way I am, just as I am – flaws and all.

What is the most important wisdom your mentor, teacher or Guru has passed on to you?

[Koya Webb] Chase your wildest dreams

[Alexzandra Peters] A wise teacher of mine was speaking to me about personal growth and this one sentence has been written on my heart even since. “You have to let go, so you can grow.”

 

 

 

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Why Is Gratitude So Important in Personal Growth?

There are so many ways for us to invest in our personal growth these days. Why is gratitude important in personal growth? As someone who has invested tens of thousands of dollars in the past decade in personal growth, I’d love to share my personal perspective with you.

Why Personal Growth?

Let’s start here. What are the benefits of investing in our personal growth? One of my favorite mentors is Jim Rohn, and he explains it with this quote, ‘The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.’ We all have goals and dreams and without an investment in our personal growth, these goals and dreams will always remain just out of our reach. In order to achieve success, we have to become a successful person. Personal growth is the best path to get us there.

How Do We Invest in Our Personal Growth?

The options are truly unlimited when it comes to investing in personal growth. This can be a challenge if we don’t know where to start. Here are few ideas that are free or cost almost nothing (except your time):

  1. Start at your local library. You can borrow books, audiobooks, eBooks for free and begin your journey. I recommend starting with some of the classics, such as Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill or The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell.
  2. Podcasts. Another amazing free option that has thousands and thousands of choices. We are very blessed to live in a time when successful people are open and willing to share their journey with us (for free!). One of my favorites right now is the Tim Ferriss Show, since Ferriss ‘deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas’. There is so much to learn from these interviews!
  3. Reach out to a local mentor. For example, you want to have a successful yoga studio? Connect with the owner of your local studio and offer to take them out for lunch. Ask them your questions and then listen carefully to their answers. Take good notes and use them to start your own plan. Create a relationship focused on collaboration, rather than competition.
  4. YouTube videos. There is a lot of great content on YouTube and it can be difficult know where to start. I recommend starting with Marie Forleo, whether you are an entrepreneur or not, she has amazing interviews and Q&A Tuesday.

Where Does Gratitude Fit In?

First, I’d start with gratitude that we live in an age where we can take the time to invest in personal development. Not too long ago in our human history, this kind of behavior would not be possible. There wasn’t the time or the disposable income to invest in this way.

Next, focus on gratitude for the abundance of options to choose from, many that are free or cost very little. It may seem overwhelming to have so many choices however this also means that we can be more specific in the kind of learning we’d like to do.

And finally, let’s express gratitude for all of the mentors and successful people that have come before us. More specifically, we are grateful for those who are willing to share their knowledge with us so that we can all learn. We have grown and evolved as a society partly because there is more and more free sharing of information. Instead of the old adage every woman for herself, there’s a global shift going on. Together, we are more powerful than the sum each part.

What are you going to do today to invest in your personal development? And how will you express your gratitude at the same time?

JJulie-128ulie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude throug
h her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole
food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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Creativity Without Fear

Ever since I can remember, I’ve enjoyed the act—the art—of making things. I’ve always considered creativity as a way of incorporating myself into everything that I do or create. From chalk murals on the driveway, to charcoal masterpieces in 5th grade art, to scrapbooking, drawing, and writing. Even before I could put into words what being able to express my creativity does for me, I knew that when I grew older that it would play an important role in my life.

Now, creativity and the art of making things show up in every area of my life. They have become a part of who I am. From my big girl job, to my side hustle of teaching yoga, to writing—everything I do, every conversation I have, I’m being creative.

My life-long dance with creativity hasn’t always been a smooth one, though; I’ve hit a lot of speed bumps and come face-to-face with countless roadblocks along the way. It took me years to even consider the idea of calling myself creative, rather than just someone who creates, and I still struggle with owning it some days. I don’t get paid to write, take photos, or draw, so who am I to call myself a writer, photographer, or artist? And if I don’t get paid, surely that means I’m not talented enough, right? I always think, how dare I? But that, of course, is just my fear trying to keep me small and inside my comfort zone where I know I won’t get hurt. When someone doesn’t recognize the value in my offering, it cuts deep because I’ve put some of myself into what I create. It feels personal, like they’re rejecting a part of who I am.

My creative offerings, they’re not for everyone. That’s something that I’ve realized after years of creating, often after tears or anxiety levels that shot straight through the ceiling. But just because someone doesn’t find meaning in or a connection to what I say or what I’ve created, that doesn’t take away from its intrinsic value. It’s still art. It’s still a beautiful act of creativity.

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Creativity Mala by Tiny Devotions

For anyone who is struggling with owning and fully stepping into his or her creativity, this is what I have to say to you:

Putting your heart and soul out into the world whether it’s a podcast, a book, a caption on an Instagram photo or a blog post, it can be just plain scary. When you hit publish or put the final brush stroke on your masterpiece you’re saying, Hey, world. See me. Hear me. It’s an act of vulnerability, of sharing yourself with others in hopes of making connections in some way, shape, or form. But when you practice vulnerability, you are inherently being brave. So. Damn. Brave. Without courage, there is no creativity. Your fear will try to trick you into thinking it’s not good enough, that you’re not good enough. Don’t listen to that voice—it’s wrong. There will be people who hate what you say, who don’t consider your work art, or who will try to tell you that you are not who you think you are—but they’re wrong too. If you write, you’re a writer. If you draw or paint, you’re an artist. If you take photos, you’re a photographer. Being good or getting paid are not prerequisites to being creative, all you need to do is create. That’s it.

Don’t be afraid to make things and share them with others. The world needs more of you and your creative expression in it, I mean it.

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Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life withurpose 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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New Moon Gemini: Let it Go, and Grow!

The World is a beautiful playground where you get to Play and Create as you wish to! Though, on the odd occasion Life may usher in a serving of lemons! So what is the best thing to do when life serves you lemons? My suggestion is to make a tantalizing Lemon Spritzer, and then sink into Surrender while sipping your spritzer!

Life is here for us to Grow! Grow in ways that we may not know! And each of the Lemons served to us, is perfectly aligned with learning how to embrace Life at its absolute best.

So in those times when Life serves you ups, down, parallels and reverses, with all kinds of movements that take you round and round, know, that the Universe is lovingly trying to teach you. When you are in the midst of a teaching, it is then where you need to dig deeply into your heart, so that you may continue to move forward and upwards.

The real question here is, how do you do this?

Well… I may not know all the answers, but I can share some light, and some interesting tips to support you through the excursion of Life!

Let’s take a step back and examine Life, and the Rhythms and Cycles of living on this planet. With this vantage point of stepping back and looking at Life, you shall notice that there is a definite Rhythm to the Universe.

And, then you may notice that you have your own personal Rhythm too. And, like every other human you may feel that your Rhythm is perfect. And, yes it is! You are perfect in every way!

However, imagine that you could align your Rhythm with the Universal Rhythm. That you could literally attune yourself to this Universal Rhythm; so that you can walk step-in-step with the Universe, versus feeling yourself being dragged along by some tether, which seems to have no rhythm or rhyme at all.

So, how do you gather your wits about yourself and tune into this Universal Rhythm? Well, first you need to realize that the Universe is working with you, and not against you. That the Universe, in fact, is attempting to guide you. When you realize this fact, and pay attention to the cycles presented to you, you will see that you can step onto the cosmic ebb and flow.

Your next question may be, “Well, how do I see, feel, or attune to this Rhythm?” I will share with you my experience in attuning to the Universal Cycles, so that you too may be able to step onto the Wave that is coaxing you into your own personal and unique realization.

Firstly, if you simply recognize that the Universe has a Rhythm, it awakens you consciously to this phenomena.

Secondly, acknowledging for yourself that you are ready to attune to the Universal Rhythms, will then already begin the attunement process.

Thirdly, now this is where you have to truly look at yourself in the mirror, and say out aloud, “I choose to surrender to the flow of the Universe!” Seeing yourself vocalize your surrender, you begin to reinforce the process of letting go of your attachments, and also to what you feel life should be like. In a way you are allowing your ego to surrender.

Fourthly, make this is a daily practice of finding time to listen to the Universe. Be prepared to spend a few minutes a day either in meditation, or simply being still (yes, without your phone or any other distractions). This allows you to “feel into the Universal Rhythm”.

Fifthly, re-instate your intention daily that you are surrendering to the Universal Rhythm, and that you are happy to do so.

Sixthly, every evening let go of your day! Take time before bed to honor yourself and let go of the day. So that no matter what occurred, you can allow yourself to rest well.

Seventhly, start each day with a smile! Consciously look for the beauty in the World. This will help keep you pepped up.

Eighthly, repeat all these steps often, and frequently!

Know in your heart that the Universe is here to support you, and that you are truly being shown the way to step into your fullest potential. When you align your heart and mind with this mindset, the World around you will begin to shift into a World of new possibilities.

I fully believe that when you choose to work with the Universe, the Universe 100% chooses to work with you! I also, and fully, believe that having a daily practice of tuning into the Universe will help pave the Way forward and upwards!

Each of you are powerful in your own personal and unique way! Start seeing yourself as that, and let go into the Flow of the Universal Rhythm. It is a dance of being in Rhythm daily. It will allow you to forge forward on creating the outcomes and potentials you are so dedicated to bringing towards yourself.

Honour yourself daily, as you step forward into the Flow and Rhythm of the Universe!

With Infinite Love Always,
Belinda Pearl

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She Believed… so she did!

When you awaken to the All Mighty presence within you, you realize that YOU are not just a human being, but a Spiritual Being. And being a Spiritual Being, we can tap into an infinite resource of Source energies that will fuel us upon an evolutionary cycle of living life Attuned to All possibilities.

Our greatest strength is not just our Will Power, rather it is when our Will Power taps into the Infinite Source that energy is created to fuel us in our everyday life!

So, how do we tap into this Infinite Source power? Well, there are many tales passed down by the great Seers that share light on how to purposely utilize the Universal energies that surround us everyday.

In my honest opinion, tapping in and fueling the Self is fairly easy. One, it requires a necessary desire to want to tap in, and two, a deep desire to continue to be connected to this infinite supply.

Today, I will share with you a few of the theories or methods that I have have learned along the way. Allow me share with you a quick story of how I have utilized and embodied source energy.

What seems like many eons ago, the Universe pointed me to a task that was seemingly greater than my worldly resources. Since the idea was presented to me by the Universe, I decided that there was a greater reason for me to follow through. However, the journey required financial and mental resources that seemed beyond my capabilities.

Each day, through this journey I simply asked to be guided, and I promised the Universe that I would follow through on anything that was given to me that would help me accomplish the entire journey.

As I set forth, little did I know that the Universe did endeavour to help me out. Each time a major step presented itself to me, amazingly, the Universe provided the right person or resource to help me take action. And, at times when my own energy or motivation waned; the Universe provided a little, or sometimes a large nudge to put me back on track!

In the end, all that seemed so much greater than myself or my resources was accomplished “quite easily”.

I acknowledge that I was supported throughout my entire journey of being a very lucky recipient of a very sort after gift. I basically won my green card in the green card lottery. I give all the credit to the Universe, and also to me absolutely believing in myself, and the process, by continuing to have faith and in following through on each piece of the puzzle. Because of my faith, the Universe ensured my success; even when others were naysayers to this journey.

Now, back to this present moment. The question I present to you is; what is it that you are creating for yourself or wish to create?

First take a moment to reflect. Then, be very clear about your intention, as the Universe listens to every word, and even to how you send out your intention.

Once you are clear on what you wish to create, follow the steps below.

  1. Step one, believe YOU can do it.
  2. Step two, ask for assistance. Not just from the Universe but, also from the World.
  3. Step three, give yourself the time to create. Have patience! All good things come at the right time. Divine timing is truth!
  4. Step four, ensure that everyday while on your path, that you give energy towards creating your desire.
  5. Step five, meditate! Meditation helps you open up to receive guidance.
  6. Step six, have unwavering faith! Believe in the process, if it is meant to be, it will be. If it is not, that means there is something else that is more important!
  7. Step seven, be detached from the outcome. How your desire may manifest, may look different to what you expect.
  8. Step eight, repeat steps one through seven daily!

Ok! In my mind and heart I believe that when something is meant to be ours, it will. Do not compare yourself to others. Hold your unique essence as a valuable commodity. And know that the Universe is your friend – ready, willing, and able to assist you always!

All things come to us if we hold faith and believe in ourselves!

Believing in yourself gives you the space to truly co-create with this great Universe.

From my heart to yours.
Go forth and create!

Belinda Pearl

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