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The Sun is Out and Anklets are In

Anklets are having a moment right now, and we couldn’t be happier about it!  Now that the sun is slowly starting to warm us up (at least up here in the Northern Hemisphere), it’s time to pack away the boots, dig out the sneaks, flats and sandals and let those ankles BREATHE. We are soooooo excited to amp up our accessory game with anklets this season!

The anklet dates back to Ancient Egypt, where they were worn by all classes of citizens, from royalty to street merchants. The Egyptians were alllllll about adorning themselves from head to toe, and their anklets were made out of everything from simple braided rope, to metals covered in precious and semi precious stones.

In India the anklet is steeped in tradition, and actually has it’s own fable! Shilappadikaram is a fanciful story of an unfaithful husband who briefly falls in love with a woman who wears a magic anklet.  They even had customs about what ankle you were supposed to wear your anklet on, left for married women, and right for the single ladies. Today elaborate and intricate anklets are worn by brides during their marriage ceremony.

In North America, the anklet made its debut around the 1950’s, when the sock hoppers would wear anklets to jazz up their white socks, but the 70’s is when women really embraced the anklet as a statement piece. They became a jewelry box staple, with everyone from bohemians to business women accessorizing their ankles.

Anklets have become one of our favorite warm weather pieces of jewelry, and after reflecting on what our awesome community loves, we thought introducing mala ankles would be the perfect way to marry our fave boho style with our fave way to connect with our intentions!

We all know the benefits of having a physical representation of our commitment to our intentions, it’s so helpful with keeping you focused on what your manifesting! We also understand that sometimes you don’t want to wear a bracelet at work, and that not everyone wants to wear their mala during their daily yoga flow. That’s where the anklet comes in! We’ll be wearing our anklets all spring and summer to remind ourselves to really stay grounded, connected and committed!

Check out the Tiny Devotions Anklet Collection here

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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.

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Using the Breath to Uplift Your Energy

The breath is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal for altering negative thought patterns and staying centered in the present moment. Simply taking a moment during the day to close your eyes and breathe deeply makes such a difference in terms of your mood, mindset and even your productivity levels.

There are endless yogic breathing techniques you can try to engage your parasympathetic nervous system and feel more peaceful within minutes. Breathing truly is one of the most effective methods for calming the mind and uplifting your mood, and the best part is that you can seamlessly incorporate these exercises into your day without disrupting your schedule.

To get you started, here are five tips for using the breath to uplift your energy and stay focused:

1. Add a mala to the mix. Using your mala beads during your breathing or meditation practice image3can add a grounding, calming method as it gives you a tangible object to hold onto as you find your zen. All the Tiny Devotions malas make for lovely meditation tools, but the Amethyst Om Mala is especially useful for opening and clearing the mind during your practice.

2. Keep the spine long and erect. While you can choose to lie down during your breathing practice, this often leads to accidental nap time! Instead, try sitting cross legged, propped up on a block or a pillow, with your spine erect, shoulders down and the crown of th
e head leading up towards the sky. This will ensure the energy is flowing freely throughout your body and lead to a more effective practice.

3. Set the mood. While you may be at the office or in a public washroom during your breathing practice, do your best to find or create a space that feels peaceful to you. If you’re at home, light candles and keep elements of nature nearby like crystals, plants or water fixtures. This will help to amplify the healing powers of the breath and really set the tone for your meditation practice.

4. Inhale slowly through the nose for four counts, hold the breath for four counts and exhale for four counts, then try counting each inhale and exhale up to ten. As you focus on counting your inhales and exhales, you’ll find your mind beginning to slow down and the relaxation response kicking in. If you give the mind an occupation other than worrying, fretting or making endless to-do lists, you’ll find yourself feeling more zen in no time.

5. Meditate on the breath. Think about the coolness of the air coming in through your nostrils and the warm air coming out to stay centred during your breathing practice. Or, imagine the breath coming in through the bottom of your feet and leaving through the top of your head as you exhale. You could also imagine the breath as bright, white light travelling through your entire system, cleansing the organs and tissues in your body and bringing peace to your entire being. Get creative and think of a few visualization techniques that work for you to support your practice.

How do you use the breath to uplift your energy? Let us know in the comments below!

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 10.59.47 AMBorn and raised in Toronto, Kenzie is a writer, blogger and yoga teacher. She loves all things beautiful, magical and free-spirited, and she’s passionate about seeking inspiration everywhere.

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Auspicious Encounters

I am in love with people I have not yet encountered and cities I have yet to explore. I am a wanderlust-er down to the bone. And as much as I’m drawn to the other-worldly beauty of mountain ranges, jagged cliffs that tower over the oceans, or cities bursting with art and architecture spanning back centuries, it’s the people that fuel my travels all around the world.

I do not believe in coincidences; I believe that we do not mean anyone by accident. We are meant to cross paths with exactly everyone that we do—no ifs ands or buts. And with my entire being, I believe that everyone we encounter can teach of something if we are open and willing to listen. I can honestly say that every person I have met – that I have gotten to know beyond a simple hello – has contributed to who I am in this very moment in some way, shape, or form.

Reflecting on all the people I’ve gotten to know over the past several years of travels, and throughout my entire life, I can pick out something very specific each person has taught me—whether they were aware of it or not. Some of these things are simple and seemingly small, like how to be a good roommate, how to plunge a toilet, or to smile at strangers when I walk down the street. Other things have been more significant like how to unconditionally love someone else—or myself, for that matter.

There have been people who inspired me to be a better person, and there are people who have shed light on how I don’t want to be. There are individuals who have made small (yet impactful) marks on my life, and there are people who have shaken my shit up. These movers and shakers have forever altered the future I’ve always envisioned for myself and they have transformed the way I fit into this world. A quote by one of my favorite writers perfectly sums all of this up:

“You are going to come across people in your life who will inspire you, love you and change you, and that is a rare thing, but every once in awhile you will come across someone who will completely rob you from your sleep and those are the people who are just too beautiful to put into words.” – R.M. Drake

So, here’s to all the people who have inspired us, loved us and changed us; here’s to being fortunate enough to have had a few of those rare humans who have robbed us of our sleep. And here’s to all those extraordinary humans that have yet to cross our paths. Cheers.

Never stop exploring, TD tribe. Stay curious.

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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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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 Appreciate the Body?

In yoga, the self-reflective question “Who am I?” is often posed as an invocation of personal meditation, or deep contemplation, on the critical query of discovering one’s true Self. It is an invitation for each of us to reflect, in detail, the meaning behind the “I” that we so strongly identify and associate with. Or rather, have mistakenly been conditioned to believe is who we are.

How difficult can it be to answer this 3-worded question?

I am… my name. Am I not?
I am… my nationality; a patriotic representation of my country. Am I not?

I am… this human being that you see and that I, too, see reflected in photographs and the mirror; I am the unique composition of my physical features. I am this body. Am I not?

I am… the voice behind my thoughts; a combination of my intellect, opinions, beliefs, and personality. I, therefore, am my mind. Am I not?

One must not be fooled with the simple sounding nature of this question by responding so simply when recognizing and acknowledging our Self. Then how to begin answering this undoubtedly vital and personally intricate topic?


It is important for one to first differentiate and shed light on this pivotal misconception: You are not this body, you are not the mind. I myself, was not told this differentiation so plainly and clearly until I was sitting in a Vedic philosophy class in Toronto, in 2013 – and how I wish I knew this sooner! Well, I believe as I child I knew, but then as we age we often forget our inherent disposition. But if we are neither the body or mind, who are we? Who am I within the body? And here begins the journey of discovering ourselves as a Spirit Soul.

A Yogic Perspective

Yoga values the science of self-realization. Literally, to bring awareness to one’s Self. In the West, physical yoga is very popular… you may even do it yourself. Did you know that this physical (or Hatha) Yoga is meant to prepare us for long periods of meditation? To use our bodies as a tool to engage in transcendental meditative practice, for self-realization. There are many beautiful ways in which the body can aid us in discovering who we really are. This leads me to what I wished to share today, as it is something I have had a hard time understanding over the course of my own life time: how to view the body as an instrument in facilitating Spiritual growth. But how do we acknowledge we are not the body, yet not consequentially be frustrated with it for ‘containing’ us, this Spirit Soul? I, myself, for many years felt trapped inside my body, angry for feeling limited within it. I quite literally picked my skin as a form of expressing this negative view of my skin encasing me. Of course, only furthering hyper body awareness, which many people experience.

Changing Pain to Appreciation

How to switch my perspective, while remaining respectful to the truth and science of yogic wisdom? That we are Spirit that is not born nor doesn’t die with our bodies. This is what I concluded. The body houses the Soul, gives it opportunity to experience this life and LIVE. Our one of a kind, beautiful body is the physical, material manifestation of our unique Soul. Therefore, our bodies truly are a temple of God (whoever God/Source may be to you).

Appreciating the body, yet not identifying with it, takes practice and patience. It is interesting to observe and feel how we are so closely bound to our attachments, especially regarding the body. As a young girl who was taught from others’ comments to hate her body, I can personally state from experience that revering my body as a ‘temple of God’ was not my idea of fun. Though the perspective of this ancient knowledge has undoubtedly been a source of liberation from the chains I once felt were comprised of this skin.

Celebrating the Body

Let’s talk about meditation-specific ways to appreciate the body. There are countless customs in a myriad of various cultures for how we can adorn and celebrate who we are, where we came from, through using our bodies to glorify our true and authentic selves within. For example, a devotee of Lord Krishna decorates the body with tilaka (sandalwood paste), as a reminder of Krishna, as well as to receive protection from the Lord. For us in the West who are inundated with societal pressures and expectations: instead of causing harm and destruction to the body (guilty), sabotaging it – even if that’s simply by comparing it to others or the initially innocent habit of emotional eating, etc. (again, guilty), or despising it for it not working properly for us as a result of injury or the inescapable course of aging… here is what we CAN do. We can respect and care for it as a residence of God. The Soul lives within the body, as well as the Paramatma, what is translated from Sanskrit to be called the ‘Supersoul’.

The 5 Senses

In addition, we can also employ the different senses our body already has for spiritual advancement. The tongue, for instance, can be used to chant or do mantra meditation, performed on mala beads. Tiny Devotions carries a beautiful variety of mala beads with semi-precious gemstones, created with the highest intentions of healing and peace. Wearing mala beads on your body is a useful and positively helpful method because, of course, you regularly see the mala on yourself, thus it cues you to stop and take time throughout your day to meditate and quiet the mind. They act as a great self-reminder and guide in this way, so that no matter what stress may be accumulating in your day, you can quickly and easily access the mala that is adorning your body – engage the sense of touch, connect with its strength and intrinsic potency – and dive inward. Expanding further with the senses: the nose can smell beautiful incense or candles or essential oils; we can hear scriptures or classes from learned, enlightened beings/Gurus/monks, and so on. I hope these ideas expand your current concepts and make room for new, simple and highly effective techniques you can try out and adopt into your daily life. After all, we are creatures of habit!

We All Seek Connection

To conclude, let us not forget that the word “yoga” means ‘union’, or to ‘connect’. I encourage you to remember as often as you consciously can, that in order to connect our Spirit Souls to that which created us, we must be in union with the manifestations of our Spirit Soul, including our beloved bodies. Our bodies are unique and sacred. Let us set some goals to implement into our personal practice as well as mindfully throughout our days as best as we can from here on, toward treating our bodies as our own best friend and have them assist us, versus deter us, from our inherent disposition of being happy, kind, and free Spirits. I wish this helps you view your body in a mode of goodness, with love and self-respect. You deserve it!

Namaste, With love and light,

MM0602Melinda Michael is an active pursuer of discovering the root of knowledge and the best methods that lead us on paths of discovering eternal happiness (not temporary). It has really been a calling of hers throughout her life to seek the oldest sources on any topic matter, though spirituality, religion, language, culture and history have been of keen interest. She has spent the past 5 years specifically searching and engaging herself in an abundant number of techniques from around the world for meditation (listed below). She has come to find a beautiful harmony between music and meditation, and her favourite activity is playing her harmonium while singing in group Kirtans. Melinda’s mindset is one of determination and resilience for overcoming obstacles, especially out of the throttles of anxiety and depression and chronic digestive disorders. She hopes to share her story and the information she has accumulated over the years from her own, personal journey toward serving others to attain a happy and health mind, body and Spirit.

If anyone is curious about any of the following practices, feel free to reach out. Melinda is happy to guide you as best as she can.

  • Reiki – Melinda is a certified Reiki practitioner and is available for in-person or long distance healing sessions.
  • Mantra Meditation or Chanting
  • Musical Meditation (Kirtan)
  • Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free Nutrition
  • Manifestation
  • Brainwave Optimization
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy, or “Tapping”)
  • NDT (New Decision Therapy)
  • TMS (Trans Magnetic Stimulation)
  • CBT (Cognitive Beahvior Therapy)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • NES Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodrama
  • Bach flower remedies
  • Osteopathy
  • Acupuncture
  • Cranial Sacral Therapy
  • Ozone Therapy
  • Colon Hydrotherapy
  • More Meditation Methods, like: The Lester Levenson Love Technique, theHeadless Way by Richard Lang, Direct Inquiry, Noting Meditation, and Group Awareness

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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.

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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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! 

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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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Meditation for Letting Go

Before you practice this meditation, I want you to consider this:

You’re not just letting go, you’re also letting in.

When we experience a loss, our fear programming can really get us into a headlock and we can allow it to blind us from the excitement.

Yes, there is loss, grief, and sadness with letting go.

But what about the freedom, excitement and the anticipation and the endless possibilities that await you? That is real too! Letting go is truly about giving yourself freedom and space.

This meditation will help you clear your attachments, and THIS is what will help you let go with ease and live a life of personal freedom.

For the best results, practice this meditation for 40 days – the time it takes to create a new neural pathway and habit.

Heather-WaxmanHeather Waxman is a beloved spiritual mentor to women all over the world, offering new thinking on how to implement spirituality into everyday life. She is an Amazon best-selling author, spiritual life coach, and meditation guide + musician.

Through her deeply healing meditations, powerful vlogs, and strong presence on Periscope, Heather helps women develop a strong spiritual practice – a strong spiritual foundation – so they can create a life of personal freedom.

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.

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.

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.

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Strengthen your meditation practice by incorporating a Mantra to recite 108 times with your Tiny Devotions Mala.

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!

 

Meditation + Diffusing Essential Oils

What is meditation?

For those of you who are new to meditation, it is a term that includes a variety of different techniques that promote relaxation, internal energy, development of compassion, patience, gratitude + forgiveness.

There are several different ways to meditate but generally it is the process of sitting or laying, in a quiet space. Focusing on your breathing + clearing your mind of your anxieties and fears. Allowing your mind to wander, but coming back to your breathing, seeing how your mind works + getting to know yourself.

Meditation in the simplest form is the development of self. It’s about giving attention to your thoughts, creating a connection with your spirit to live your best life. Meditation is about renewing your body, mind and soul.

There is so much power behind scent. We all have certain memories tied to scents; that perfume that reminds us of our ex, or the candle that reminds us of our childhood home.  Each essential oil carries its own essence. Some help you to relax or sleep, some improve your skin + digestion, the list goes on and on.

So, how can we add essential oils to our meditation practice to get what we are desire? The use of essential oils during meditation can help to enhance the experience by grounding you + creating calmness. It is important to choose an essential oil that relates to what you’re trying to manifest in your practice.

Popular oils we diffuse during meditation are: Myrrh, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Neroli, Rose + Sage.

What types of diffusers are there you can use?

Vapour Essential Oil Diffuser: When you add water to this gadget + your fave essential oils and then turn it on, the cool diffused oils fill the room with a fresh scent that will help to infuse your practice with its benefits.

Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet: A mala bracelet that has lava stone beads on it.
Rub some essential oils on the lava stone beads and throughout your meditation practice the beads will begin to diffuse the scent of the essential oils.

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What are Mala Beads?

Mala is the Sanskrit word for garland. While simply being in the presence of these Mala Beads or Malas as they are called for short is powerful, these magical beads are commonly used in the spiritual practice of Japa Meditation. Malas have 108 beads to count while reciting, chanting, or repeating a chosen mantra or intention. They are also deeply devotional and can be used in the repetition of sacred names or words like Om, Om Shanti Shanti Shanti, I am Love, I am Peaceful, etc.

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When we select a word or series of words to repeat in the form of a mantra, we’re affirming it to ourselves, allowing its meaning to sink below the surface into our subconscious, helping to shift negative vibes into positive ones. Simply the practice of asking the universe for what you want is the first step to making it into fruition.

Malas can and should be worn by anyone and everyone. They’ve beome a beloved and
intentional statement piece, inspiring their wearers to connect deeply with their inner being. They are known for their unique appearance, vibrational healing properties and ability to serve a daily reminder to live a more intention based life.

Our Malas have 108 beads, made out of Rudraksha seeds, Sandalwood or Rosewood, plus one guru stone made out of a beautiful crystal known to have many healing properties.

The 109th guru stone symbolizes gratitude and our connection to the divine. It is a way to say thank-you to all the yoga teachers, friends, family or guides who have helped us on our path to enlightenment (or at least knowing ourselves more). We also use the Gemstone Guru to set specific intentions and goals.

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Using your Japa Mala for Meditation

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Japa meditation is the repetition of a Mantra. We use it as a practice to focus the thoughts and quiet the mind. The next time you’re thinking of meditating, try incorporating Japa into your practice using the following steps:

1. Choose the right mantra for you & your MalaBe clear on what your intentions are. Use your intuition over your intellect. Don’t be afraid to pick a mantra, repeat it a few times, and if it doesn’t feel right, choose another, until you find the one that resonates with you.

2. Focus the mind on the mantra. Let go of your thoughts, breathe slowly & deeply. Hold your mala in your right hand, and use your thumb to count each bead in sync with the repetition of your chosen mantra. The index finger should not touch the mala. As you repeat it gently pull the beads towards you as you release the mantra. It is best to repeat each mantra 108 times, 1 full time around a mala necklace.

3. Reflection. Once you have reached your 109th bead/gemstone, this is a time for reflection. To look at where you are in your journey, how far you have come, to open your mind to the possibilities the future holds.

4. Carry your mantra with you. The use of your mala in Japa Meditation practice, allows the mala to house the energy brought to it through your practice. Wearing your mala throughout the day allows you to bring that positive energy with you, as a reminder for when you need it most.

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Ways to Increase your Vibrational Frequency

Vibrational-Frequency

We all vibrate energetically at a particular frequency.

The higher the frequency of your energy or vibration, the lighter you feel in your physical, emotional, and mental bodies. You experience greater personal power, clarity, peace, love, and freedom. You have little, if any, discomfort or pain in your physical body, and your emotions are easily dealt with. Your energy is literally full of light! Your life flows with synchronicity, and you manifest what you desire with ease. Overall, your life takes on a positive quality.

Try the above tips next time you’re looking to increase your vibrational frequency!

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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The Gypset guide to Ubud, Bali

I don’t remember if I went to Ubud (the spiritual centre of Bali, Indonesia) before or after reading Eat, Pray, Love…. but I really think this place has the divine opening for a spiritual journey for anyone who goes there. It’s heaven on earth. It’s special. It’s a manifesting vortex….

Much like Elizabeth Gilbert (who I adooooore by the way), I had a novel worthy experience when I sold all of my belongings after law school 6 years ago (car and surfboard included) and ran off to Bali for 2 months with no plan and an open heart. I found myself in a yoga teacher training, a craniosacral training and…
Tiny Devotions actually NEVER would have come to life if it wasn’t for me taking a giant risk in following my intuition when like 20 people in a week told me I haaaaadddd to go to Bali. I started making mala beads in Bali over 6 years ago now – who would have known!?

Whether its on your bucket list to roam through the beautiful rice paddies and lotus flowers of this town filled with devotion or if you just want to hold the mystical sacred energy of Bali on your wrist… we have you covered with our travel guide to Ubud and our Ubud bracelet.

p.s. my favourite thing about Ubud, Bali is that amazing little “devotions” that the Balinese put on the streets with flowers and Ritz crackers as gifts to honor the divine. It’s actually where the name “Tiny Devotions” came from 😉

YOU have the power to create your own inner paradise, use your creativity,

become an artist of your thoughts.

YOU have the power to chase your dreams.

YOU are sitting on top of the world.

Let your mind transport you to the white sand beaches, picture inhaling the lush scents of a botanical paradise, the mist wrapping you in a warm embrace.

Azurite Malachite is said to encourage new perspectives, expanding your mind and cleansing your emotions. It’s a powerful conductor of energy, healing any hidden negative emotions.

Crystal is said to help you let go of certain feelings that have been bringing you down. It’s believed to help maintain your inspirational sense of well-being and happiness.

Top things to do in Ubud, Bali: 

1) Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest. This forest forms a sanctuary for the monkeys, who are considered sacred and well protected; there’s even a temple inside the forest where people go to worship. Visitors can stroll through it and see the monkeys up close, watch them play and eat, there’s even a woman outside the entrance selling bananas to feed them!

2) Locavore takes a different approach from most restaurants in Bali. It’s rare to find local seafood dining, but as the name suggests, Locavore uses only sustainably sourced ingredients from the island itself. Even the plates and silverware are made locally. Interested in buying that cocktail glass made from fragrant cinnamon wood? Just head to the workshop next door and grab one.

3) Stay at the Uma Ubud. In recognition of Bali’s powerful spirituality, they have developed a COMO Shambhala retreat, designed for those seeking greater health and mental quiet through yoga + wellness treatments. Simply listen to the life – animals, birds and people – that exudes from Ubud’s enchanted forests and mist-wrapped paddies.

4) Visit the BaliSpirit Festival. An annual celebration of yoga, dance and music in Ubud, BaliSpirit is one of those festivals that will inspire and energize you for months to come – and you’re likely to make a handful of new best friends!

5) Elephant Cave, Goa Gajah, is one of the island’s most impressive archaeological sites. Down a flight of stairs, you will discover a relic-filled courtyard and the main 11th century ‘cave’ in which you can enter to view rock-wall carvings and a meditational site, while out on the perimeter are a Hindu temple and an impressive bathing pool with fountains, excavated back in 1954.

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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!

Don’t miss your chance to join tomorrow’s FREE webinar!
Discover: Passion. Creativity. Love. Abundance.

Connect with your essential self.
Create space for new experiences.
Grow with possibility to create abundance in all aspects of your life. Join Katie Brauer and take the first step in letting go of who you think you should be, to embrace who you truly are with Flourish.

Click here to Join us for a FREE live webinar on Wednesday, January 27th 2016 at 7:00 p.m. EST (4:00 p.m. PST).

“When Katie came into my life, everything started to shift. Almost as if a fire were under my feet, daring me to stand still. Katie inspired some of the most challenging and rewarding choices I’ve ever made in my entire life and I have never looked back.” – Micaela

Flourish Registration Closes: February 16, 2016. Limited Spots Available.

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Everything is Possible

What do you do to remind yourself that everything is possible?

It’s tough to resist letting the days pass in a dull, habitual manner sometimes. You might need a reminder that you’re on the brink of possibility. Your responsibility is to discover, explore + practice things every day which seem to defy that possibility. Move thoughts and ideas into action. The right idea will motivate you, inspire you and add new dimension to your life.

Some things to try to remind yourself of endless possibility:

  1. Say YES to something that you never thought you would be able to do.
  2. Hang out in headstand or a challenging yoga pose
  3. Book a flight (this pretty much does it every time)
  4. Read the autobiography of a legend
  5. Give something really big away (your heart, a cheque, a gift, your time)

Draw inspiration from your aspirations. The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. Tremendous things happen to the believer. Ignore the facts and opinions of others, and trust that you are capable of doing anything.

May you spend as much time as possible in a state of wonder, awe and possibility. ?

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Breathe

Breathe. The power of breath. Pranayama.

It’s sooo simple but somehow tends to be so difficult for so many of us to do. We forget. We disconnect from our breath. We leave our body. We stay in our mind.

Take a second and focus on your breath. Notice your inhale, notice your exhale. Is there tension in either? Is it difficult to inhale deeply? It is challenging to exhale fully?

How we breathe can be so indicative of so much that is going on within our bodies, minds and spirits. When we focus on our breath so much is revealed to us about where we are on our journey, where we need to heal and the thoughts that we might need to shift.

We can use our breath for so much healing:

To surrender to a situation, to let go of a hurt, to clear our mind, to detoxify, to go in with a cool calm collected confidence and to gently push through grief, challenges and sadness. Our breath can also help as step into gratitude, into joy, into bliss.

So are you listening to your breath today? What is your breath telling you today?

Lots of love from tinydevotions.com

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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.

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