Do I have To Wear Spandex?

I am a huge advocate for recycled fashion, specifically vintage and consignment. I love the find of a great piece and the story that comes with it. I don't want to project any kind of negativity around the yoga-wear industry, but I have had a hard time connecting with the silhouettes and materials that are often found within yoga apparel. This got me thinking, what can we wear to yoga and in our spiritual practices that maybe feels a little more unique or individualistic? Once you think about it, there are endless possibilities. I am now on a journey to search for garments that I feel great wearing, can do yoga in, and are sustainable, fair-trade, organic or recycled.  

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When I found these vintage linen culottes from a local flea market, I was so excited because I knew I would not only be able to wear them to yoga, but also dress them up for other life activities!

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The top is also linen and a piece from Reformation. Reformation is one of the amazing clothing companies that is  leading the way in the fair-trade clothing movement. This way of shopping has created a more minimalistic and conscious way of looking at the clothes I wear and has expanded my creativity.

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As I experiment with my wardrobe and begin to expand this practice with others, I look forward to what the future holds!

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Clothing from: Reformation & Vintage

Photos by: Casey Fyfe

Practicing Santosha

In a society that pushes us to always be learning, striving and busy, what does it look like to simply be content with who we are and what we have?  What would being content with ourselves look like if we could take time each day to simply be? To live present in our surroundings, remove judgment of ourselves and others,  and to recognize all that we have right in front of us. How could contentment  help us to connect deeper with those around us? Would it look more bright? More kind? More joyus? More full of love?

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Santosha-  in Sanskrit translates to "complete or content" studied as one of the 4 branches of the Niyamas (observances). Read more about the 8 limbed system here. The concept of contentment is not typically something that is readily talked about or practiced in western society but is crucial in finding balance and peace within ourselves.

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To begin bringing more Santosha into our day, start with this simple meditation, saying: “I am content.  I am grateful for what I have and for what I don’t have.  I learn from the dark and the light that life brings me.  I honor the light in myself and others.  I refrain from criticism and faultfinding.  I accept life just the way it is.  I love my life.  I honor and practice loving kindness, and compassion.” When you feel your mind focusing too much on the past and future, escaping from the present, bring yourself back with this meditation.

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Through this shift in perception, we can begin to train our minds to see reality a little bit different. In practising this Niyama, I have begun to already feel more joy and peace coming into my life!

Clothing from: www.tobi.com

Photos by Felicia Lasala

 

 

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

Clothing: Between Ten 

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