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Embracing Self-Love via Self-Care

Posted on February 24th, 2016 by Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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To Care For Yourself is to LOVE Yourself

By Sabrina Samedi

The month of love, or rather the month of being visually stimulated with an abundance of oversized heart-shaped and bright pink color-coated candies and balloons in almost every shop you walk into nationwide is coming to an end, but that does not mean you should stop showing yourself true love! Love is always in the air with us. Between modern-life schedules, responsibilities, chores and deadlines we are often putting on our own Cirque de Soleil juggling act; thus, setting aside time for ourselves gets lost in the shuffle. We are here to help you slow down (even if it is for five minutes) and prioritize self-care because to care for yourself, to nourish your mind, body, spirit and soul, is to practice self-love and such a graciously manifested affection cultivates nothing but healing powers.

Have an Appetite for Life.

Yes, sometimes we think of routines as the monotonous and soul-crushing enemy to creativity, but let’s shift our focus away from any preconceived notions and stereotypes and remind ourselves of the importance of balance. The routines act as the skeleton, strong foundation of our days and how we build ourselves up from there is OUR choice. This is where you can tune in, listen to the truth of your heart and even let your inner child play. Perhaps your day is occupied with domestic chores- we all eventually have to attend to such housekeeping responsibilities and it has to get done, so why not make it enjoyable instead of using the presence of such tasks as the fuel to the cranky attitude fire? Play your favorite song while you’re folding the laundry, dance around the house as you put the clothes away or dry the dishes. Let your movements be playful. If you have to be up early for work and are more of a night owl, rather than lament the world for your sleep-deprived state of mind, why don’t wake to song of mother nature-the sound of ocean waves or birds chirping- I promise there is an app for that! Wake up to something that will remind you that you are grateful to be alive. Stuck in traffic? Not a problem, use the time to call a loved one you haven’t heard from in a while (while using a hand-free device of course) or use the time to practice breathing techniques that keep you calm and centered. It’s all about how you look and treat the situation more than the situation itself and once you overcome an obstacle or previously-identified frustration, you gain more appreciation for your demeanor, your character, your learning process and wisdom. Noticing growth and appreciating the learning process is an act of self-love.

Nourish Your Mind, Body and Soul with Goodness.

Let your perspective push you or rather help you stand strong in believing in the beauty of life. Our thoughts have the ability to root us down into our intentions and help us grow or push us down into the light-deprived dungeons of our doubts and fears. Therefore, the direction we go in simply boils down to our sense of gratefulness: start and end your days by reminding yourself of all that you are grateful for. Empower yourself by being grateful for your brilliant mind, compassionate soul, warm heart and strong body. Gratefulness is a game-changer as it shifts our scattered and sometimes rushed movements into feats of mindfulness. In all that we do, let us remember to be mindful- be present in that moment, be cognizant of how such a mental-body awareness in our attitude and our perspective is cultivating an empowering rather than a defeated stance. You are capable of achieving your dreams, living authentically to align yourself with your intentions, but honor yourself by being grateful for your efforts each and every day. While you nourish your mind and soul with compassion, nurture your physical body with the same state of presence. Eat the rainbow, the gardens and all the treats that sustain you; be kind to your body by tuning into how you feel. If you over-indulge in a few too many chocolate chip cookies, then be mindful of the after-affect feelings to prevent such discomforts and forgive yourself. Forgive yourself almost immediately for the bumps along the road to well-being because guilt and shame are not invited to join you on your self-guided self-care retreat. Nurture your spirit by keeping the internal dialogue with yourself kind- you are enough, please remember that. Compassion along with gratitude can not only help you survive the tough days, but such vital essences give you the strength and determination to thrive going forward. Tune in to see what you are craving and why and feed yourself soulfully: consume what feels good and does good for your body.

Keep Up to be Kept Up.

The old adage is true: a body in motion stays in motion and let’s keep our bodies moving and grooving to the best of their abilities. However, let us first ask ourselves what type, style or level of motion is good for us in this present moment (as the day before or the day after your body might feel and move differently; thus do not judge yourself if how you move today is more or less energized than yesterday). If you are suffering from an injury or your mind is cluttered with scattered thoughts about your to-do lists for the next week, then maybe it’s time your movement reflects your needs. Tune in and take note if the voice you are listening to is that of the inner self, the soul or the ego: yes, you’ve identified that you want to move, but are you honestly too drained for a 90-minute sweat fest? If so, then honor your body by stepping away from the ego and move from your heart instead. Clear your head and soak in some vitamin D by taking an energizing walk outside or maybe a stroll in the crisp air and under the moonlight is better served for you to get the creative juices flowing. Cleanse your body of any tightness and stretch or perhaps let go, release and surrender into a Viniyoga practice. Allow the breath to guide you- not just in the physical yoga practices, but as often as possible in daily life. Let such a powerful and vital life force cleanse the toxic stale air out of your lungs and flourish your mental and physical body with rejuvenated energy. To help get you started with your practice, we offer the timeless wisdom of master yoga teachers such as Gary Kraftsow and Paul Grilley via DVDs and online courses to not only enrich your practice, but deepen your yoga education.

Slow Down and Smell the Roses. (I prefer Sunflowers, but you get the gist)

Yes, it might seem counter intuitive to my suggestion to get the body moving, but remember, life is filled with balance. I’ve mentioned tuning in quite a bit, but what is tuning in? Tuning in is self-discovering, it is listening to your inner self, it is trusting your intuition and that ‘gut feeling.’ To begin to deepen the journey of self-discovery and become more familiar with what we truly need and desire, we oftentimes have to slow down, close our lips and open our ears and our minds to receive the energy and intuitive voices from within. Close your eyes, deepen your breath, still your physical body, let go of your thoughts and let your subconscious body guide you in the right direction. Even if it’s for a few minutes every morning before devouring a delicious latte or a few simple moments before slipping away into your dreams, take the time to mediate. Not only does meditation aid in helping you feel more connected to yourself and appreciate life more, but such a mindful practice reduces anxiety caused by stress and makes you happier. We are here to support you on your journey within; thus, we have meditation courses and DVDs available to get your practice started.

 

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Yoga Therapy Tip of the Day

Posted on February 23rd, 2016 by Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Vajrasana

 

Vajrasana: Kneeling or Diamond Pose

By Sabrina Samedi

Advancements in technology are not only coming at us from both left and right field, but are competing for our attention on a daily basis- cue the introduction of the new slew of gizmos, gadgets, smart phones, watches, glasses and TVs that all promise to know what we really need in terms of communication, entertainment, relaxation- you name it and there is an app for that. Hence, there is no wonder that it is often challenging to let go in this modern age and invest in listening to our inner selves, trusting our intuitive truth and unplugging from the tech age by plugging into our soul’s desires and meditating.

Need a little boost to help you slow down, focus on your breath and surrender into a meditative state? Rest assured- there’s an asana for that! Vajrasana or diamond pose is an ideal yoga therapy asana for pranayama and concentration as it helps in stabilizing the mind and body. Vajrasana also serves as a wonderful alternative to sukasana as a meditative pose for those suffering for sciatica and severe lower back problems. While most asanas are recommended to practice on an empty stomach, diamond pose is an exception as it is aids in proper digestion, making it most effective after a meal. Thus, preventing acidity and ulcers. The benefits of this calming pose are limitless; vajrasana modifies the blood flow in the lower pelvic region: the blood flow to the legs is reduced and the blood flow to the digestive organs is then increased.

To practice vajrasana, begin by standing on your knees, as always in viniyoga, the flow of the breath is the primary focus. Therefore, we do not want to sacrifice pranayama to achieve a physical stance nor should one endure pain and discomfort while trying to breath into the releasing qualities of an asana. If standing on your knees is in any way uncomfortable and distracting, please place a blanket or two underneath your knees to ensure comfort and ease. Standing on your knees, on an inhale raise your arms up over your head and as you exhale, starting with a count of 4, use the entirety of the breath to bend forward bringing your belly to the thighs, your forehead to the mat and your arms behind you while your buttocks gentle rests upon your heels in child’s pose. As you inhale, again to a potential count of 4, lift your arms up over your head as you come back to stand on your knees. Continuing within the breath-centric rhythm of this asana flow, exhale the breath for the same duration as you bend forward, releasing your arms behind you, buttocks to heels, belly to thighs and forehead to the mat. Allow the breath to guide you through this subtle yet powerful movement. Upon the fourth cycle of repetition, to really surrender into the asana and open yourself up to the relief from anxiety,  as you exhale, bring your arms out infront of you, palms facing down and forehad to the floor as the belly once again comes to gently rest and let go on the upper thighs as the buttocks come to rest on the heels and remain in this restoring child’s pose for as long as you need.

Master teacher Gary Kraftsow diligently transitions you into this restoring as well as releasing dynamic modification of vajrasana in Viniyoga Therapy for Anxiety.

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Yoga Therapy Tip of the Day

Posted on February 18th, 2016 by Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Urdva Prasarita

Urdhva Prasarita Padasana: Upward Stretched Legs

Despite our best intentions, we often need an extra nudge of willpower to help us carry through our daily mission statements and to-do lists. Well the good news is that support is just a few cycles of breath away- yoga therapy to the rescue!

Urdhva Prasarita Padasana or upward stretched legs pose strengthens willpower by activating the uddiyana bandha. A bandha is an energy lock or seal in the body and the uddiyana bhanda represents an abdominal retraction lock. When activated, the abdominal muscles pull up and in creating a natural upward flow of energy from the naval center. Thus, upward stretched legs pose simultaneously builds the strength of the core muscles of the body while improving posture. Urdhva Prasarita Padasna promotes muscular harmony between the lumbar spine and the hip flexors. If you suffer from lower back injuries and or sciatic pain, keep your knees bent and be mindful when coming into the pose by listening to your body to take note if any acute pain arises as a sign of backing off.

As core strength directly relates to strong back muscles, Gary Kraftsow’s Viniyoga Therapy: Complete Back Care helps to undo the damage of tight muscles to reignite energy in the body while promoting strength and stability throughout the back.

To perform urdhva prasarita padasana begin by lying supine on the floor with the arms relaxed alongside the body. Bend both knees as you bring them into your chest and on your next inhalation, simultaneously keep the left leg bent towards your chest as you raise the right leg upwards, flexing the foot, and pressing the lower back firmly onto the ground while also raising your left arm over head, palm facing the sky. On your exhalation, bend the right leg to meet your left leg bending in at the chest, relaxing the feet and lowering your arm right. On your next exhalation, repeat the same movement on the opposite side of the body. Thus, extending the left leg through the heel towards the sky while the right knee remains bent the and right arm extends overhead. Using the entire exhalation breath, bend and return the left leg to meet the right, relax the feet and lower the right arm alongside your torso.

For a symmetrical variation of the pose, bend both knees into your chest with your arms, palms facing down, resting alongside the body. On your next inhalation, raise your legs upwards, flexing the feet, and pressing the lower back firmly onto the ground. Reach over head with your arms and try to straighten the knees completely stacking the joints one on top of another: heels reaching upwards, thighs directly over the hips. As you exhale bend both knees into your chest, relaxing the feet and lowering the arms down by your side.

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Strawberry Cheesecake: A Recipe for LOVE

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by Both comments and pings are currently closed.

By Sabrina Samedi

Everyday is a reason to celebrate love and rejoice in the magic of soulful and good intentions, but for some of us we loose sight in showcasing gratitude for LOVE on a daily basis and guess what? That’s fine…we are all human perfectly flawed and constantly gravitating from confusion to clarity while transforming and growing more aligned with our inner self on a daily basis. The true measure of our compassion, accomplishments and self-love should be in our efforts. Hence, let’s celebrate the beauty of love for those whom we care for- our family, our friends, strangers with a kind smile, for the universe- the ether world around us, the trees and flowers that glorify our days, the night skies that illuminate our dreams, and for our selves- our bodies that keep us moving, our minds that seem to juggle a million things at once and our hearts and souls that transcend logic and keep us feeling more than thinking.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here is a scrumptious recipe for a Strawberry Cheesecake that will satisfy your sweet tooth and good conscious.

If you’re in the mood for a delicious dessert that is a cinch to make and packed full of real fruit, powerful herbs, and a touch of chocolatey goodness, you’re in luck! Rich Rolland his wife Julie Piatt, who is a plant-based chef, whipped up the best strawberry cheesecake recipe you can get your hands on, and not only is it featured in their ground-breaking family lifestyle guide on the importance of plant-based eating, titled The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for the Whole Family, but it is revered as the best strawberry cheesecake recipe right here at Pranamaya!

For all of the yogis out there, it’s reassuring to know that all of the recipes featured in The Plantpower Way are coming from one yogi to another—that’s right, Julie isn’t just an amazing chef, she’s also a spiritual guide and a yoga enthusiast. Not only will this recipe make your mouth water, but it will also help you on the path toward creating your own pure and balanced lifestyle.

Let’s Get On With the Recipe!

Strawberry Mint CacaoTo set the stage for the best strawberry cheesecake recipe, you will need a 9” springform pan, a food processor, a freezer (that’s right, no baking!) and the following ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 ½ cups of raw walnuts
  • 1 cup of cacao nibs
  • 8 dates, pitted and soaked in water (preferably filtered) for 30 minutes
  • ½ teaspoon of Celtic sea salt

Filling:

  • A single 15oz. can of whole coconut milk
  • 8 dates
  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup of raw coconut meat
  • ½ cup of cacao powder
  • ½ cup of fresh mint leaves, packed
  • 1 tablespoon of soy or sunflower lecithin
  • ¼ cup of agave, raw honey, or maple syrup (based on your own preference)

Garnish:

  • 2 pints of fresh strawberries
  • Fresh mint leaves or edible flowers

Once you have all of the ingredients intact, you still have one more step before you can begin preparing the best strawberry cheesecake recipe for your get together: you want to make sure that you chill your can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least two hours.

Preparing the Crust

Coat the sides and bottom of your springform pan with the coconut oil and set aside before pulsing the walnuts in your food processor. Once they reach a mealy texture, add in the cacao nibs and pulse again until they are thoroughly incorporated. Next, drop one date at a time into the processor until all 8 are incorporated and the mixture forms a ball (you may have to pause and use a spatula to redistribute the mixture if it isn’t mixing right away). Take the mixture out of the processor and place it in the previously coated pan, and use your hands to create an even layer of crust. Sprinkle the “dough” with the Celtic sea salt and place in the freezer.

Preparing the Filling

To start the filling, open the chilled can of coconut milk and spoon out the hardened cream at the top, leaving the liquid in the bottom of the can. Combine the hardened coconut milk, strawberries, coconut meat, mint, cacao, and dates in a high-powered blender—and if you think there will be leftovers, add the soy or sunflower lecithin as well as it will help the filling stay firm even after you’ve cut slices. Keep on high until blended smoothly. Once combined, taste the mixture, and adjust for your preferred level of sweetness. You can add in the agave, raw honey, maple syrup, or a few more dates if you have them on hand! Take the crust from the freezer and pour the filling mixture on top, and then freeze again for at least two hours, or until the filling is very firm.

Adding the Garnish

To finish the best strawberry cheesecake recipe off with a bang, slice up those extra strawberries lengthwise and take the pan out of the freezer. Make sure to run a knife along the edges before releasing the buckle, and carefully remove the rim—it’s okay to go slow. Once free, start at the outer edge and place the berries on top of the cheesecake with the tips pointing out from the center. As you finish one layer, make sure to overlap a little bit with the next so that the entire dessert gets covered. For an added touch, you can add an edible flower or mint leaf at the center of the strawberry swirl.

Make sure to thaw your new favorite Strawberry Mint Cacao Cheesecake for 30 minutes to an hour before serving, and don’t forget to tell your guests where you first learned about the best strawberry cheesecake recipe: Pranamaya!

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Yoga Therapy Tip of the Day

Posted on February 9th, 2016 by Both comments and pings are currently closed.

 

Virabadrasana

Yoga Therapy Tip of the Day

Virabadrasana I: Warrior 1 Pose

Somedays we need to repeat our daily affirmations and morning mantras more than usual. Constantly reminding ourselves that we are enough, we are strong, we are compassionate souls deserving of wholesome love and undeniable respect. Whether it is one of “those days” or even a triumphant day where your to-do list didn’t stand a chance: every task was crossed off the list with a grin and confidence, practicing, embodying and surrendering into virabadrasana I or warrior one pose is ideal to accentuate a balanced sense of grace and strength. When practicing virabadrasana I, you are a warrior against your own doubts and fears, rising above your self-set limitations. You are fighting the good fight: confronting your own bodily, emotional and/or mental frustrations with ease and concentration on the breath. The breath is the forefront and main focus of any asana sequence in Viniyoga and as such, be mindful to not compromise the natural and soothing rhythm of the breath to hold the pose or go deeper into a pose that your body is simply not ready for or not accepting.

Gary Kraftsow, founder of the American Viniyoga Institute, considers Warrior 1 a go-to and all purpose asana, being one of the core poses for all human beings. Benefits of Warrior 1 include strengthening the legs and back, realigning the spine, stretching the psoas, opening the hips which is vital in cleansing and releasing emotional turmoil, achieving stability in the hip joints and deepening respiration. Emotionally, when practicing virabadrasana 1, you are reinforcing, if not increasing, self-confidence and courage.

Moving Into Virabadrasana 1

As seen in Gary Kraftsow’s Viniyoga Therapy Complete Wellness Series, one can go into virabadrasana I by starting in tadasana or mountain pose. Afterwards, on an exhalation, step the right foot forward to create a long-enough stance between your feet, but be sure you can easily shift your weight back and forth. Feet are to be hip-width apart. On your proceeding inhalation breath, simultaneously bend the right knee as you draw the shoulders up, back and down your spine while lifting the arms forward and overhead. If it is comfortable for you, interlace the fingers with the palms facing upward. The uppers arms are in line with your ears, but if that causes you to hunch your shoulders up towards your ears, consider releasing your interlaced fingers, increasing the distance between your arms and slightly bending the elbows. In order to bring a gentle arch into the upper back, if appropriate for your body, move the chest slightly forward, displacing it in front of the hips. As your chest moves forward, lift the sternum farther away from the navel while maintaining an even stance on both feet; thus your body weight is evenly distributed. Maintain a soft drishti and keep your chin parallel to the mat.  On your next exhalation, lower the arms, straighten the right leg, and return to the starting point. On the next inhalation, bend the leg and reenter the pose.

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Conscious Gift Giving Guide

Posted on February 4th, 2016 by Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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by Sabrina Samedi

There is something magical about this time of year, maybe it’s the million volts of electricity that light up Main Streets around the globe and ignite our hearts. Perhaps it’s the euphoric sensation about gathering around those we love the most, but the essence of gratitude and generosity is deeply rooted in our intentions, our actions and our emotions. With the holiday season upon us, the ritual of gift-exchange is a major component of rejoicing in the holidays offering incredible emotional benefits as well! There is a positive lift in our emotional relationship to ourselves and the recipient of our gifts as we search for the perfect token of appreciation for those we care so deeply for. When we give without expecting anything in exchange- we are paying it forward as they say- setting in motion a positive karmic chain in the universe inspiring others to radiate as well as attract positivity into their own lives.

As such, let’s start a shopping and giving revolution! The next time we decide to hit the malls and boutiques or indulge in a cyber-crazed shopping spree, let’s re-shift our focus from the clearance racks to the mission behind each product and give from our intention and our hearts; thus, living through our intention of gratitude not just during the holidays, but all year long. Let’s ask ourselves, what is the intention behind the gift I am giving? Beyond bringing temporary bliss, will my gift offer lasting sentiments geared towards growth, happiness and hopefully, usefulness. We express ourselves, our tastes, our interests, and sometimes advocate our principles via the products we utilize, give, wear and embody. Below is a list of gift ideas inspired by products, hard-working, soul-driven people whom we believe in supporting their cause, their mission and spreading the beauty of the gifts they have to offer. Happy Holidays!

Of course you can use the PROMO CODE SACREDCOW for 10% off of any item at www.pranamya.com Including EGIFT CARDS but here are some of our favorite finds.

Gifts that Give Back

krochet kids

 

Krochet Kids: A non-profit brand that empowers people in Uganda to rise above poverty by creating, selling apparel knit & crochet hats for babies men and women. Stay warm this chilly season with an intrinsic and heart-felt beanie because every product is hand-signed by the person who made it, giving it a wonderfully unique touch. View more of their creative designs at www.krochetkids.org.

roma boots

 

Roma Boots: Everyone needs a favorite pair of boots this winter season! For every pair of Roma Boots sold, a new pair of boots, along with school supplies, is donated to a child in need. Slip some on at www.romaboots.com.

 

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                                                                                                                                                                             Esperos Bag: The perfect bag to carry all your  daily    essentials. Esperos Bag believes that literacy plays a vital  role in one’s future success. Thus, with each  bag purchased,  Esperos helps send a child in need to school for a year. To  support Esperos’ mission check out www.esperosbags.com.

stone and cloth

 

 

Stone and Cloth: Every purchase of a Stone and Cloth product helps to provide scholarships for students in need. To learn more and check out their rad products, visit www.stoneandcloth.com.                      

 

Intention, Divination and Tarot

Empowered Life 14 Empowered Life: The Empowered Life Activation Kit includes  The Empowered Life CD download of 7 Guided Meditations and  a set of 72  Soul  Cards to assist the reader on a journey towards  self-knowledge,  healing and  empowerment. The cards and  meditations can be used  together as a 40 day  Empowerment  practice, as daily inspiration for  contemplation or as a  compliment to one’s meditation and yoga nidra  practices. The kit is perfect to jump start and guide one through a 40 day empowerment practice to create change and understanding within one’s self. For more information about Empowered Life visit www.empoweredlife.yoga.

 

yantra wisdom

Yantra Wisdom: The Yantra Wisdom deck of 39 cards, as inspired by Chanti Tacoronte-Perez, offers you a quick way to shift your perspective as well as to engage with your intuition and creative self which can provide clarity. The Yantra Wisdom deck gives readers an insight to the symbol of the yantra as well as an affirmation to repeat. For more information about the wisdom shared amongst this deck visit www.yantrawisdom.com.

 

wild unkown

Wild Unknown: Committed to the inner quest and the journey of  transformation, Kim Krans illustrated the The Wild Unknown  Tarot  Deck. The deck includes 78 cards filled with magical and  mysterious  imagery. Perfect for seasoned as well as new readers,  the cards come in a  beautiful box with a lifting ribbon and fold-out  guide to get you familiar  with the cards. Kim Krans invites  potential readers to open their minds,  draw a card and enjoy the  journey. To learn more about the tarot deck  visit  www.thewildunknown.com.

 

 

Feel Good and Look Good

purusha peoplePurusha People: Founded by Hayley Elliot and motivated by the belief that what we wear next to skin along side the creative process to make such clothing is sacred, Purusha People aims to help YOU tell your story via their expressive and stunning designs. Humbling respecting all aspects of the creative production process, Purusha People sources the most organic and softest fibers while using non-toxic water based ink and low impact dyes, and paying workers a livable wage locally in Los Angeles. To view and shop their apparel visit www.purushapeople.com.

 

zen nomad                                                                                                   Zen Nomad: Committed to the belief that luxury and  sustainability can  successfully coexist, Zen Nomad  manufactures each and every piece of    their clothing in  Toronto sustainably sourcing the highest quality fabrics.  Zen Nomad aims to help you move through your day  with ease and comfort  investing in the philosophy that  peace in your body is peace in our minds  and peace in  our spirits. To shop their look book visit  www.zennomad.ca.

 

aya papaya

                                                                                                  Aya Papaya: Designed for women who are in movement, Aya Papaya clothing as manifested by founder Aya Iwaski is meant to make the goddess wearing such pieces feel comfortable yet stylish. Aya wants you to be able to dance, play and work in her creations. To view the essence of grace and strength behind all her designs, visit www.ayapapaya.com.

 

Sacred Jewelry
The Sattva Collection: Rooted in the intention of awakening to our innate wisdom and connection to our inner trthe sattva collectionuth The Sattva Collection is a global lifestyle brand committed to supporting treasured communites around the world and creating jobs for local artisans. The Sattva Collection uses precious and semi-precious stones sourced globally and akin to all their hand-crafted objects, each gem from their collection holds within itself an intrinsic meaning that can have a profoundly positive impact on the wearer. For more information on the communities The Sattva Collection supports and to view their product gallery, visit www.thesattvacollection.com.

 

Seeds of Remembrance: Shop owner Alexa Webster offers you her heart through her love-infused works of heart in her Seeds of Remembraseeds of remembrancence etsy shop. Her collection of high vibration, one-of-a-kind genuine gemstone, hand-tied, prayer malas are designed to support awakening through intention adornment Japa mediation. Alexa identifies the prayer malas as a magnificent tool for connecting and an opportunity to tune in and recognize the internal mystery unfolding in each moment. To shop her malas, visit www.etsy.com/shop/SeedsofRemembrance.

 

earth bands Earth Bands: Earth Bands want everyone to take, embrace and share  the message that by simply wearing an Earth Band you can empower  yourself  and elevate self-awareness. Earth Band’s mission is to raise  humanity’s vibration by connecting us to the things we love- Mother  Nature, our favorite sports and important causes we can’t wait to rally  behind. Earth Bands gather earth and sand from special places and  create unique, handmade, 100% American-sourced Earth Bands. To  shop through these Eco-Ethical products visit www.earthbands.co.

 

Artists Treasures for Your Home

vine and thistle                                                                                                           

Vine and Thistles (Etsy): Send a trinket of love to your dearest friends and family this holiday season. Alicia Schultz, owner of etsy shop Vine and Thistle offers custom hand lettering art and designs included personalized wooden stamps, gift tags, adult coloring book calendars, hand-lettered quote cards and personal stationary items. To shop through Vine and Thistle’s inspiring products visit www.etsy.com/shop/vineandthistle.

 

j drew carpetry

J Drew Carpentry (Etsy): A second generation carpenter with  a love  for hardwoods, oil finishes and structural planks, Drew  Silvers finds  beauty in re-purposing and bringing new life back  to the old charm of  barn wood and materials which some  would consider useless. To shop  Drew’s creative and reclaimed  works of art, visit  www.etsy.com/shop/JDrewCarpentry.

 

 

Self-Care and Nurturing

aromabliss Aromabliss Ayurveda: Aromabliss is a botanically infused, artisan quality skin and body treatment line of elixirs based on the profound nature-based wisdom of Ayurveda, Aromatherapy and Herbology. Aromabliss products are individually hand mixed in small batches and scented with the highest quality organic, wild-crafted and environmentally sustainable herbs, plants and oils. To see if these physically, mentally and emotionally enhancing products are right for you, visit www.aromabliss.com.

 

vital yogi Vital Yogi Herbals: Owner of Vital Yogi Herbals and educator of the  Science and Philosophy of Tantric Hatha Yoga, Herbalism and  Flower  Essence Therapy, Brook Sullivan is on a mission to empower  people to  take control of their health naturally. When it comes  balancing the  mind, understanding the psyche and transforming  emotional baggage  into wisdom, Brooke feels that flower essences  the optimal remedies.  Flower essences are vibrational remedies akin  to homeopathy and  work on the subtle layers (psycho-spiritual and  emotional realms) which in turn bring wholeness to the physical body and life. To learn more flower essences and botanical therapies, visit www.botanicaltherapies.com.

 

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Yoga Therapy Tip of the Day

Posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Bhujangasana

Yoga Therapy Tip of the Day

Bhujangasana: Cobra Pose

Too many lunch breaks compromised for dates with your keyboard? Feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders which is physically causing them to ache and sag? Feeling like you could use a little more self-love in your life? There is always a wonderful reason to introduce, integrate and invite heart-opening asanas into your practice on a regular basis with poses such as bhujangasana or cobra pose. Yes you are physically curling your chest opening, but more so you are activating the prana vayus.

The prana vayus indicates forward moving air; therefore, directing the vital life force energy into the body. Governing the intake of vibrations, frequencies and external energies, the prana vayus directs the reception of all types from the consumption of food, drinking of water, inhalation of air to the reception of sensory impressions and mental experiences.
Practiced on its own or as an integral part of sun salutations, cobra pose is known to strengthen the spine, stretch the chest, lungs, shoulders and abdomen while also soothing sciatica. As bhujangasana reintroduces a gentle pep in your step by relieving stress and anxiety, traditional texts also indicate that cobra pose increases tapas: the body’s natural heat, destroys disease and awakens kundalini.

Renowned teacher Gary Kraftsow does a wonderful job not only sequencing asanas to lift your mood, but he also invites a safe and energetic environment for self-exploration in Viniyoga for Depression.

Bhujangasana in Action

To go into bhujangasana, begin by lying prone on the floor, stretching the legs long towards the back of the mat keeping the ankles close with your toes, thighs, and pubis pressing firmly into the mat. Make sure your shoulders are over your wrist as your hands are close to your torso and evenly spread out on the mat and your elbows are snuggled back into your body. Using the strength of your back, on an inhalation, begin to straighten the arms to lift the chest away from the ground, keeping the chest expansive and shoulders relaxed down the back.  Remain in cobra for a few rounds of mindful breathing as you open your heart thought this gentle backbend. As gratifying as this pose is, please proceed with caution if you are pregnant or are dealing with back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome and/or headaches.

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