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How to Create Real Life Practical Magic

Over Thanksgiving, I dug in to instances of what I call Practical Magic (for more on this concept, you’ll love Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear). After a particularly dramatic day, my fibromyalgia went haywire and I felt myself becoming overwhelmed, unable to stop it, and furious with myself for this inappropriate timing. What did I do? I got a hot shower, the release the water allowed me was striking. I was able to let go of all the effort I had made to keep it together all day long. The liquid hitting the top of my head felt exactly like a spell designed to remove the tension. Real life magic. I was so happy by that comfort that I cried. Practical Magic Method #1: Engage with the elements in full vulnerability Water, fire, earth, air. Dare to depend on them for comfort. Humanity has always done this, and we

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Spending a Day with Fear (And Why We’re Now Friends)

For awhile, I thought fear was a real asshole – one of those toxic people that I just couldn’t have terrorizing my life anymore. Like, here I am trying to dream all these big dreams, do all this cool shit, and take big leaps, and fear’s gotta be all, “no you can’t”, “you’re not good enough”, “you’re going to screw everything up” and “get a real job”. And we’re not supposed to give those negative voices in our head a turn to speak, right? So I just shut fear up, which didn’t really work out so well because covering fear up is not only exhausting, but frustrating – like the pimple that no matter how much concealer you put on it, it just keeps breaking through, ugh! Then, in October I had the opportunity to attend the Fearless Warrior Yoga Conference. “Perfect!” I thought. “Teach me how to ditch my

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When It Comes to Thinking About Your Intuition: Don’t

Intuition. I used to really hate intuition. Everyone can agree that intuition is a subconscious sense of knowing. Knowing where to go, what to do, who that person is, or what will happen next. I used to think some people were blessed with more intuition than others. I used to think I had a gimpy one. How completely unhelpful… Then I began living and studying yoga more intently and a certain amount of fog lifted, but most of it just changed colors. I could still hate intuition, but it’s kind of like shooting yourself in the foot. Hopefully, if you follow me down the rabbit hole here, you’ll join me at the end in a healthier perspective on the whole intuition-thing. As a yoga teacher, we reference chakras a lot. These spinning wheels of spiritual energy located in our bodies which correspond to physical nerve clusters and major organ centers,

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Activewear Designed to Nourish Your Mind, Body & Free Spirit

To be honest, owning a business doesn’t leave me much time (or funds) to shop these days. So, when I do make retail purchases, 9 out of 10 times they are to buy activewear… I have teaching yoga and the current athleisure trend to thank for that. I’ve always lusted over Free People‘s carefree, relaxed, and bohemian vibe. Continuing to expand from the initial yoga line that launched in 2012, FP Movement brings comfortable and practical clothing with effortlessly chic styles to your favorite activities. Whether you are a (or want to channel your inner…) surfer, yogi, dancer, runner, or overall movement enthusiast, the variety of pieces certainly cater to all types of fitness tribes. Free People workout clothes hug the body in all the right places and are made for movement, making them go-to pieces for my daily routine… which is normally a mix of business activities and nonstop motion – whether it’s teaching yoga, heading to a barre class, or

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9 Yoga Poses to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Stress is slowly killing you. 10% of strokes are caused by work related stress. 1 in 5 Americans suffer from extreme stress. This includes heart palpitations and depression. Of all the human illnesses and disease, stress is the root cause of 60% of them. That is madness! We must make a much larger effort to reduce stress in our lives! Entrepreneurs know all about stress. Getting up early and staying up late (do we even know what the word “sleep” means?). Being the boss and the social media manager. Pouring yourself into your business. Thinking always, “if I can just get this done then I’ll relax”. But one thing leads to another and when you finally look up, it is 10pm. Where did the day go? RELATED: How Are You Doing Today? When you have your own business it’s hard to unplug. We feel like we’ll miss something important or people

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Gem Gift Guide: For the Fitness Fanatic

We’ve taken lots of guesswork out of putting together your holiday gift guide! Here are our favorite Gem Finds fitness fanatics are sure to love! 1.) The YS Yoga Towel (by Kulae) in Purple from YOGASMOGA – $36.00 The ultimate yoga town – antibacterial, antimicrobial, 100% recyclable and super-absorbent! 2.) Allegro Socks in Midsummer Turquoise from Tucketts – $16.00 Perfect for barefoot exercises such as Yoga, Pilates and Barre. Tucketts™ allow your toes to roam free while keeping your soles dry and clean. Designed with grippers on the sole and elastic trim to help you and your feet build confidence while exercising, without giving up the barefoot sensations of freedom and balance. 3.) Delicious Half Zip Top in Seafoam from Graced by Grit – $86.00 From your early morning run, to a skiing base layer, to pulling on after a yoga class, this is a must have. It keeps you warm and as you start to turn up

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The Benefits of Applying Yoga Principles to Your Business

Are you an exhausted, overworked, irritated business owner? You’re not alone. Even the most passionate business owners (like myself) experience burn out. You probably know that yoga has changed my life. Now, it’s changing my business and it can change yours too! Always Persevere The days where you just can’t bring yourself to go to class and get on your mat are surely the days when you need yoga the most. The same thing applies to your business. Whether or not you want to admit it, owning a business is a practice. We never know what the day will bring and there’s only so much you can do to prepare yourself for everything that comes with being an entrepreneur. By utilizing our skills each day and continuing to learn, we improve and get better, but no one on the planet is ever going to be the perfect business owner. You have to show up

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Printed Activewear Leggings to Inspire Your Workouts

Out with the old and in with the bold! Take your workout to the next level with these incredibly gorgeous pants. Everyone can wear loud prints and they are more flattering than you might think! It’s just a matter of finding the best patterns and styles for your unique body. So dare to be a little adventurous and try a pair of these funky styles to enhance your figure and take your workouts to the next level. [masterslider id=”3″]

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