The Magic Of Intention

Before I started teaching yoga and would go to class as a student, the teacher would talk about “intention setting” at the beginning of class. Until recently, I didn’t fully understand what that meant.

How the “intention” process works:

  1. Think of a clear path, a concept for where you would like to see yourself.

  2. Listen deeply to your heart and start making moves towards satisfying your hearts intention.

  3. Once you start moving down that path, the universe begins to recognize which direction you are moving and miraculously you start to see the pieces come together.

  4. This is when manifestation begins.

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This all sounds easy right? Not so much, but it is real. Most of  the time it requires a huge leap. I understood this process when I took the leap to get certified as a yoga teacher. I had been asking the universe for more ways that I could bring yoga into my life. And bam! just like that, as soon as I took the leap that lead me to get certified (read my post about that here), these things that I had been seeking started to unfold.

I have spent a large portion of my life trying to control each and every facet. Trying to see, exactly where I want to be. I have struggled at times when things haven’t worked out, but I’ve always tried to remember that this is part of the process. As Deepak Chopra says “detach from the known, step into the unknown, and surrender our desires to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe.”

This process takes courage and now that I have seen it in action, I want to help others understand it. We can never fully know what will happen, but if we listen close, the path will unwind.

Photos By: Casey Fyfe

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Color Your Energy

When someone says, “you have a great Aura” what does that really mean? Scientifically, the human Aura is defined as: “the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place.” This energy field is also called the Subtle Body. This energy has been studied not only by spiritual practitioners such as energy healers and acupuncturists, but also scientists. There is no doubt, that we as living things, possess an energy that we send out into the world. This energy could be seen through a certain color, or simply by exuding one’s own general state of being onto those around them.

We all have come into contact with a person who seems to “steal” our energy or make us not feel so good. You can look at this as their aura being off balance. Alongside, we come into contact with the opposite - people who bring us joy or a sense of calm. This is another's energy working for the greater good or their aura is in balance. In my understanding of Auras, the colors used to define what we interpret as the Aura energy that we see/feel, are the  colors radiating through our Chakras. Chakras are the energy fields inside of the body, located in 7 different parts of the body. For instance, someone's Aura may radiate a calming open feeling and maybe they seem to have a cooler color tone to their overall appearance, they may be radiating from the heart Chakra that is the color green.

I have always been told that I have a sunny personality, and that my bubbly personality can bring a contagious joyus feeling with the people I am around. In the last few years, I have grown to love different shades of yellow, along with the citrine stone which is yellow in color. Though, I personally cannot see aura energy fields, I know I can feel them. And I believe that my aura is yellow and I my overall energy field comes from a place located in my center which is my Solar Plexus Chakra. The Solar Plexus Chakra is often depicted as yellow as well, thus supporting the energy field that I am most connected to. We should always try our best to put out the most positive vibrations into the world and while you're at it, It's fun to think about what your color might look like.

 

Dress from Reformation

Photos by Felicia Lasala

18 days of turning inward

In life, we must nourish the many parts of ourselves. By honoring the different sides we help ourselves to become as  whole as possible as we move forward in this existence. For years, I have been creating my life in Los Angeles, paving the  path towards my dreams and doing my best to follow that path.. However, one major pursuit still stands; my yearn to nourish my yogi heart and become certified to be a yoga instructor.

A year ago, while doing research for an article for WOMN Magazine, I discovered Shivakali Yoga and their 18 day desert retreat/teacher training. The retreat caught my eye because of its modern, “cool” and yet totally spiritual way of talking about what the retreat has to offer.. I reached out to one of the founders Serge and  we arranged for me to come for 4 days and 4 nights to write an article for the magazine. I went with eyes and ears of a journalist, planning to just observe, not get too emotionally invested into the whole experience. You can read about what I learned and ended up experiencing here. Long story short, I had to come back this year to experience the full 18 days.

 My mantra for my 18 day journey: “change is crucial for growth, we must take risks to experience change.” As we all know, however, risks and change are scary.  There is the fear of life after the change. There is also the fear of trusting yourself during the experience. Part of this process, is knowing how to evolve, honoring all of the  aspects of our being in order to create something that is whole within ourselves.

 I am diving into this incredible experience tomorrow. I will be without social media, no service completely disconnected but entirely connected to myself and the other yogis that will be attending this journey with me.

 Wish me luck and stay tuned, I will be back in 18 days.

 The song that really sums up my feelings is  Changes by Longhorne Slim & The Law from their album The Spirit Moves.

Photos by Memry

Baring Skin In The Urban Landscape

As we know, Los Angeles and New York get hot in the summer. And while I love warmth and sunshine, I have to confess,  I don’t love the clothes that come with heat. For the most part, I dress relatively conservative and find it can be uncomfortable to bare one’s skin when  walking in congested city scapes with tons of people staring at you as you walk down the street. In warm months, I’m always torn between  wearing comfortable jeans and a white tee, or letting myself show some skin!

This amazing dress by Keepsake, is just the right amount of sexy for me. It is more boho and doesn't reveal too much. However, it does let me show off my favorite parts of me and is still fun. It flatters my shape but also isn’t tight, so I’m not uncomfortable in the heat.

For me,  it is just about balance and also about finding pieces that really fit you well in terms of what fits your personality, if you feel good when you wear it!

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Dress from Keepsake

Photos by Felicia Lasala