I’m all about healing modalities these days. Breathwork? Give it to me. Yoga? Let’s do it. Alcohol? Eh, I’ll pass for tonight. It’s no surprise that the Universe put me into contact with Janna Mauceri, spiritual teacher and Reiki Master, who asked me if I would be interested in joining her and one other woman for an evening of learning Reiki Level One.
For those reading that are like “Rei-what?”:
Reiki is a hands-on healing system that is deeply rooted in Eastern traditions, passed from Japan to the United States in the early 1900’s. It’s not tied to any religion and I think that’s why I find it to be so appealing to learn.
Reiki is based on five elements:
Gokai - Or, five spiritual elements Kokyȗ Hô - Or, breathing techniques Tenohira - Or, hands-on palm healing Jumon or Sirushi - Or, symbols and mantras Reiju - Or, attunements
Once you’ve learned the history of Reiki and how to...
Let’s get real.We all have those daydreams of traveling to a distant continent working remotely from our laptops as the sounds of waves crash in the background. Or maybe, you ditch the laptop altogether and find yourself traveling from country to country, meeting the locals, tasting new flavors, and experiencing life from a different lens.
Then, the daydream ends to the sound of your coworkers talking loudly about a new episode of Silicon Valley and you’re wondering how the hell to get out of there - for good.
We all have those dreams, but how many have actually made it a reality?
Quitting your job, working remote, traveling the globe, or even switching careers is a big step. It’s a life-altering choice that can push you outside of your comfort zone. You know, the unfamiliar place where the groovy fun happens. It can be a little scary, but it’s all about growth, baby.
When you get outside of your comfort zone, you are given an...
A year ago, I found myself glued to different shopping websites stuck in a pattern of filling some void with clothes, shoes, and accessories. I didn’t really need any of it, but I sure as hell convinced myself that just that one more thing would make me feel better. It was a vicious cycle that never really felt full - sound familiar?
Every day we're fed hundreds to thousands of messages from different brands. BUY THIS, BUY THAT permeates our vision and hearing. We’re constantly being shown how we can “improve” our lives just by buying something that will elevate us to the next level of living.
I get it - with a marketing background, I have to admit I’m guilty of constructing some of these messages, but what kind of damage is it doing to our planet - let alone our psyche?
The textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world. Yep, that’s right. Those clothes you are wearing are contributing to...
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Enter Miki Ash. Yogi, Creator, Influencer, and Superstah Photographer. With the thousands of messages, images, noise, and distraction we consume on a daily basis, Miki’s message always seemed to stand out most. Maybe it’s her incredible ability to create vibrant, personal visuals or her raw approach to writing, but Miki Ash has made a name for herself - and one that is hard to...
Do you ever get that feeling of immense guilt because you didn’t get out of your PJs all day? Yeah, me too. It’s like there’s a little voice in our mind judging us and belittling us for not giving “100 P” for the gazillionth day in a row. Then, of course, the next day that guilt spills over and has our mind running in ten different directions at once until our productivity level goes into the danger zone and we’ve gotten nothing done at all.
Well, gee thanks, mind!
What they didn’t tell you in “success school,” AKA the books that tell you to run yourself into the ground working towards a goal, is that it is entirely okay to take the day off. Seriously, I know you were changing out of your PJs while reading this, but slip ‘em back on, sister!
There is something so unbelievably profound in understanding your limits and respecting your headspace and body. It’s an...
“The wound is the place where the light enters you” - RumiI remember my first heartbreak vividly. It was the winter of my sophomore year of high school and my long-distance boyfriend chose a classy breakup text as his way out of our relationship. At the time, my mother and I were living with my grandmother because we couldn’t afford a home of our own. The compounded self-pity I felt destroyed me and I didn’t get out of bed for two weeks. Looking back on that memory, I wonder, what would I have done if I had yoga in my life?
The first thing that pulled me to yoga was the physicality of it all. I loved the way my body felt after a challenging Vinyasa class. It wasn’t until recently that I realized the light airy feeling was more than just a physical side effect of my practice. Yoga gave me a mental and spiritual high, too. With just sixty minutes of practice, I shed layers of worry, stress, and doubt. With just sixty minutes, I felt an abundant source...
A little over a year ago, it wasn’t uncommon to find me walking out of the office at sundown, eyes glazed over with anxiety and frustration. I would work nine to ten hours a day and absolutely hate it. It wasn’t the job or the people, I was making more money than I ever had and was surrounded by some of the most talented people I had ever met. It was my utter lack of self-care and the ability to maintain a work-life balance. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t able to keep up with this lifestyle of desk lunches (if any at all) and deadlines and ended up putting in my resignation. I had migraines every other day, my vision went from 20/20 to 20/40, and I made it to the gym maybe once a month.
Balance was not in my lexicon and my entire life suffered because of it.
Balancing work and life is important. We don’t realize it until we’re drowning in a stack of paperwork and invoices thinking about whether we...
I've just moved back to California after traveling throughout South America for the past three months. My boyfriend and I are eagerly looking for a space to call home and turning the page of a new chapter in San Diego. Naturally, part of this transition is to ask myself: What's next? I found myself debating what kind of person I am, what skills I have, and how I want to use them. After all of the mental debate, I found myself thinking, “I'm not good at anything.”
It was within that moment of awareness that I realized I am the only thing standing in my way of success. I am and will always be the only thing preventing me from achieving my dreams. Instantly, something inside shifted and screamed out, “YOU ARE GOOD AT ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO!” I just needed to set my mind to the right story, a skill I hadn’t sharpened since I returned home.
Self-talk, or self-concept, theorized by psychologist Carl Rogers, is not...
Let’s face it - yoga is misunderstood in Western culture. For those that have never practiced or don’t practice often, it can easily be seen as an egotistical version of stretching where what you wear and how you pose is the most important aspect. This is simply not the case, although Instagram could tell you differently. Yoga is the culmination of body, breath, mind, and spirit. It’s a way to check out, connect, and refresh your soul - in whatever way you please. Most importantly, yoga is your practice.
When it comes to personalizing a yoga practice, no one does it quite as good as Erin Motz, founder of Bad Yogi, who is single-handedly redefining yoga culture and proving that there is so much more to yoga than a cute pair of Lululemon’s. The girl just gets it. She’s unapologetically herself and has drawn the attention of upwards of 100,000 fans on Facebook, all feeling the same way as Erin - the yoga culture needs to...
One of the best parts about traveling is the cadence of movement from place to place. One night you may stay in a small hostel in an unknown town, the next you may find yourself at a Four Seasons in the center of a bustling city. It's a thrilling and captivating journey that always keeps you on your toes but can certainly leave you feeling ungrounded. It isn't uncommon for your home routine to be thrown off while traveling abroad. Yoga classes and time for asana isn't always available so often times you find yourself getting creative or missing out on yoga entirely. Since maintaining a happy and healthy mind is so important on and off the road, I set out to explore the different ways we can integrate yoga while traveling.
Meet Florence Shih - yoga teacher and world traveler extraordinaire. Born in Taipei and raised in Hong Kong, Flo has had the opportunity to travel the world while blogging, teaching yoga, and hosting yoga retreats. With countries under her belt such as Thailand,...
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