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A Quick Experiment To Connect to Your Intuition

I don't know if I'm the only one, but there are times when my head is completely puzzled by itself. I sit to meditate and ask for guidance, yet I can't tell the difference between intuition and anxiety. Sometimes, the thoughts can sound so similar. 

Do you feel this way too?

Intuition is a tool that we literally all have within us. It just needs to be honed, honored, and respected because ultimately, the more you listen, the more it speaks up - and vice versa.

I've tried quite a few strategies for "tapping into my intuition" and some have worked, while others have left me questioning if I even have the ability to be intuitive (I do). I'm so excited to share with you all today this tool that I found that, in my opinion, gets you connected faster than anything else.

The best part? All you need is a pen, paper, and some headspace. And I'm not talking about the app, although meditation is involved so if that's your meditation technique of choice then, by all means, grab your...

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My Bali Bible - A First Timer's Guide to Bali

Instagram has done an excellent job at conveying the laid back island vibes of Bali. From the moment we touched down after 24 hours of flying from LAX, I felt instantly at ease. My thick hair matted itself to my back and my leggings were certainly too hot for the humidity, but when our driver greeted us I knew we were in for an incredible vacation.

Throughout our trip, we stayed in Seminyak, Canggu, Nusa Penida Island, and Ubud. I’m sure my photos of yoga poses scream “Eat, Pray, Love,” and my experience was certainly inspiring, but the guide you’ll find below is for those that are looking for the ultimate relaxing, indulgent, and balanced vacation you can get in Bali.

Let’s start with things to do and places to eat in Seminyak.

I was warned that I should get out of Seminyak as quickly as I could, but we actually had a great time in this city. It is very busy, but the great food, our amazing villa, and the shopping made up for the rampage of...

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I Still "Kick Asana," but it isn't everything I'm doing.

I remember the day I purchased the domain www.kickingasana.com. It was exciting, it felt like a opening a new chapter of a book that was ready for a plot twist. 

And plot twist it was.

Kicking Asana has completely changed my life. From traveling to South America to writing and working with major wellness publications like MindBodyGreen and Wanderlust, the past two years have been unlike anything I could have ever imagined. What started as a way for me to find friends online and travel for free (yup, that was my initial and not very strong "why") has turned into something much, much deeper.

So that is why Kicking Asana is no longer the best representation of who I am, what I am doing or why I am doing it.

I love yoga, don't get me wrong. It was the catalyst that opened my eyes to this entire world. I love teaching it more than anything and the principles and philosophies that go past asana are where my true passions lie.

WHILE I STILL KICK ASANA EVERY DAY, I AM DOING...

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Cultivating Community with Alo Yoga's Natasia Lutes

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know about my Alo Yoga obsession. What started as a love of ultra-comfy yoga clothes developed into a deep appreciation and connection to the community that Alo Yoga has built. From Masterclasses at their Los Angeles locations to Alo Gives - their non-profit dedicated to bringing yoga to kids and underserved communities - I am infatuated by their consistent desire to teach the world the principles of yoga - on and off the mat.At the beginning of the year, I made it my goal to learn as much as I could about this company and set out to connect with their regional community manager, Natasia Lutes.

Bright, bubbly, and infectious happiness exuded from Natasia when I met her at the Alo Grove launch party in January. She stood at the front of the studio next to Koya Webb and graciously thanked each and every one of us for being there, for supporting Alo Yoga, and for being an essential part of Alo Yoga’s mission to bring yoga to the...

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What Wanderlust Festival Taught Me

“You need to get a degree if you want to be taken seriously.”

This, among many other slightly condescending normative statements, was a proclamation I heard dozens of times. Whether it was coming from the mouth of my freshman year Spanish teacher, my college counselor, or my father, it was ingrained in my subconscious and influenced many of my decisions throughout my early twenties. 

In fact, I didn't stop believing them until the book Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self sparkled in front of my eyes as if it were a cherry red stop sign.

After devouring Jeff Krasno and each contributing author’s words from cover to cover, I sought out to attend Wanderlust Festival. What lay in front of me, I had never even dreamed of. 

PRAGMATIC WISDOM FLOODED MY BRAIN CELLS

Sure, throughout my academic studies I gained knowledge on how to execute a SWOT Analysis or the Marketing Mix, but has a day gone by where I implemented it? Student...

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Wanderlust Oahu: Festival Recap

I sit with the soles of my feet glued together and knees wide on the plane back from O’ahu as I write this. Corey and I just wrapped up ten days in O’ahu and I am still overflowing with pure bliss from our time at Wanderlust Festival O’ahu. With festivals across North America sprinkled throughout the rest of 2018, I feel a burning pull to share my experience with you and invite you to attend the next Wanderlust Festival as soon as you can.

If you’ve never heard of Wanderlust, head to their website to learn more about their mission as a leading wellness and yoga brand on our beautiful planet. I first discovered Wanderlust when the book Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi's Guide to Discovering Your True North sparkled in front of my eyes begging me to open it up and experience it’s pages.

After devouring Jeff Krasno and each contributing author’s words from cover to cover, I sought out to attend Wanderlust Festival in Oahu. What lay in front of me, I had...

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Alohilani Resort Review: The Preferred Life in Waikiki Beach

Stepping off the plane in Honolulu, we were greeted with a traditional lei welcome. It had been ages since I last flew to Hawaii. Plus it was mine and Corey’s first time spending time in O’ahu. The humid air frizzed my hair instantly. My anticipation and excitement grew as we made our way to our Uber. Of course, I had done tons of research on outdoor activities throughout the island. And I was eager to check into our hotel in Waikiki Beach, Alohilani Resort.

Alohilani Resort in Waikiki Beach

Regardless of where we go, I always look for hotels that have sustainable initiatives. So it was much to my excitement to find Alohilani Resort and their luxurious offerings when searching online. Alohilani Resort is located steps away from the emerald waters of Waikiki Beach. It boasts the most Insta-worthy saltwater infinity pool overlooking the beach. Even better, Alohilani Resort has absolutely everything a wellness-junkie would need when traveling. From the tennis courts, TRX,...

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Our Green Engagement Party - Eco-Friendly Party Tips

The months leading up to your wedding day are the most special of all. Each and every detail you can plan to perfection curating your own unique fairytale. While blogging about weddings isn’t necessarily my niche, I did recently get engaged and can’t wait to share all of the details of this experience with each of you. Why? Because I’m throwing a green wedding!

With the average wedding price in America  around $35,000and a majority of decor, food, and clothes chosen for the occasion only, I wanted to ensure that the elements that went into everything from the engagement party to the wedding are as friendly to our planet as possible. Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing all the vendors I use so you can plan for a green wedding yourself!

Our Green Engagement Party

To be honest, I completely forgot that engagement parties were a thing until my dozens of relatives and friends started asking me when it was happening. Being that this is my first (and...

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Hot Yoga Beauty Benefits On The Skin + An Aesthetician Approved Skincare Routine

The moment I stepped inside a heated yoga studio, I knew I could never go back to the days of humidity-free classes. There’s something so gratifying about taking a hot yoga class. Maybe it’s the way my muscles open with ease or the way my breath deepens almost automatically. Whatever the case, I’ve been hooked on hot yoga since day one.

What Is Hot Yoga?

Hot yoga has been an amazing addition to my practice and has truly allowed me to deepen my relationship with the body and breath. The benefits of hot yoga are plentiful. From heavy sweating that flushes out the toxins in your body (goodbye hangover!) to cardiovascular intensity, heated yoga has made a name for itself as a preferred practice across the nation and, if your skin is taken care of correctly, can be amazing for achieving a radiant glow.

What Are The Benefits of Hot Yoga?

I met with certified acne specialist and owner of Spa Kingston in San Diego, Renee Maloney, to learn the best practices for...

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Yoga Teacher Training: Social Media Edition

Coming from a digital marketing background, social media was probably the easiest part of becoming a yoga teacher. Sanskrit and remembering my left from my right, on the other hand, was a bit more challenging.Lucky for you, today, I am going to teach you the DOS and DONT’S of social media for a yoga teacher - namely, Instagram and Facebook - and share with you some accounts that are KILLING it online.

Not a yoga teacher? No worries, these are all concepts that can be applied to whatever industry you are in.

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING TIPS FOR YOGA TEACHERS:

First, Lets Talk How To Market Yourself As A Yoga Teacher

Once you finish your 200 hour teacher training, you are thrown into a big ol’ ocean of healers and teachers vying for jobs at studios around the city. While you are certainly given the tools to teach a sequence, I’ve found that you are rarely equipped with the tools to market yourself, land teaching gigs, or develop a brand that doesn’t rely on studio...

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