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Namaste and Slay : Choosing The Right Yoga Mat

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Any yoga practitioner whether they are a beginner or a seasoned professional needs a yoga mat. I have already mentioned the numerous benefits of yoga in my previous post: Yoga Is for Everyone. Have I  convinced you ? 

 

 I have purchased a few mats in the past; none of which I was particularly in love with. I decided it was time for a change and did some research. I never knew there were so many options out there.  Investing in the right yoga mat will enhance your yoga practice ten fold. Everyone has their own style and unique flair so you definitely want to choose the mat that will cater to your specific needs. Did you know that there are different mats for hot yoga versus regular yoga?

Here are a Few Factors To Consider When Choosing A Mat 

Thickness 

Durability 

Your Type Of Practice 

Price 

Eco-friendliness  

 

When making a purchase deciding which product to choose is always one of the most difficult factors. Need some help choosing your dream mat?  Reviews . com compared 30 of the most popular mats on the market. This comprehensive article took into account several variables including durability, material, composition, thickness, yoga style, price and so much more!  Check out their full guide here … http://www.reviews.com/best-yoga-mat/ You won’t be disappointed.

 

I hope you find the perfect mat for your needs. Let’s Namaste and play together. Let me know in the comments which one did/would you choose?

Here’s to a happy practice and a more beautiful , balanced and blissful you. Love and Blessings Tachi . 

 

 

 

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12 Big Benefits of Meditation

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I first decided to try meditation about a year ago. I was feeling totally stressed and really out of it. I tried it on a whim really. I thought what do I have to lose? I took to YouTube to search for a meditation video.They were so many but I was looking for something short and to the point, to begin with.

Patience is not a virtue that I possess.(work in progress) I tried the first video that popped up which happened to be Bexlife . One short meditation and I was convinced.There really is a meditation for every one of life’s issues.All it took was four minutes. It is so simple anyone can do it! Not a lot of time but a whole lot of benefits. So, of course, I had to buy her book You Have Four minutes to Change Your Life. I can’t wait to read it. It only came today. Hey, I am late to the party it launched in February. If you have not given meditation a try I would encourage anyone to try it.20170808_182118 (1)

Afterall it only takes a few minutes to get in touch with yourself and find your bliss
I’d ask you to trust me on this but hey; I’d rather you decide for yourself.

Improve your emotional well-being

It reduces stress caused by worry, fear, anxiety.
It helps you to relax which will increase your levels of optimism and self-awareness.
It improves your mood and promotes happiness. A happier you will have better relationships. Those closest to you will directly benefit from your new-found emotional intelligence and stability.

Need a mental boost? 

Mediation improves mental strength and focus. It grounds you to the present moment and allows you to heighten your consciousness.
The repetition of mantras and the focus on your breath can improve concentration and memory.
With time and practice, you will learn to ignore distractions and focus your attention on what is important. A definite plus of this is not feeling overwhelmed when you are swamped with several tasks on your to do list.

Need a healthier body?

Meditation increases immunity. Since meditation fosters a positive environment in the mind it significantly improves immune functions within the brain and the body. It can boost antibodies.The result? A healthier, stronger you.
Improves breathing and heart rate
Lowers blood pressure
Improves sleep
Aids in the management of chronic pain
Improves metabolism which can help with weight loss

Think of meditation as your mental, emotional and physical detox.
A few minutes a day can help you lead a better, more balanced and happier life.

These are just a few of the benefits of meditation. The wonderful advantages of having a meditation practice really are too many to list. So what are you waiting for ? Give it a try today.

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Soothing Saturday : Beach Meditation

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This my attempt at a little beach meditation. For those who need a little bit of calm and relaxation in their day.  The health benefits of salt water are endless. Today I want to focus on mental well being.  Magnesium-rich seawater purportedly can also relax your muscles, reduce stress and help induce sleep. Magnesium depresses nerves to relieve nervous irritability for an increased sense of calmness, according to wellness pioneer and author J.I. Rondale. excerpted from livestrong.com

Having said this I have included a video to help with visualization. If you need a short break or a pick me up here is your small dose of Vitamin SEA.

 

Find yourself somewhere comfy where you won’t be disturbed. Take a deep breath in and out. Feel your body relaxing. Feel yourself letting go of everything weighing you down. Listening to the waves, imagine them washing all of your cares away.  Today’s mantra will be: I am Calm. I am soothed. I am safe. You can repeat this phrase as often as you like for as long as you wish. Just listen to the sound of the waves and let them take you away.

Have a Soothing Saturday. Love and Blessings

Tachi

 

 

 

 

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Favorite 8 self care tips

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For me, self-care is the ultimate expression of self-love and self-acceptance. Life can get so hectic that we forget to take a minute just to take a deep breath, relax and think about what nice thing we can do for ourselves. Just ask yourself what can I do today to bring me joy?

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I don’t know about you guys but I love keeping it simple. These are easy and effective and as simple as they are they keep me sane … Well, kinda Sanity is overrated anyhow.
Hydrate . Infused waters are the best. Try whatever you like, fruits, herbs, spices. Mix it up. Let’s face it water alone is kind of blah.Infused-Water3-Infographic-741x1024
Coloring . I bought myself an adult coloring book and some crayons. Something about getting in touch with my inner child. Sparking my creativity.😬 It’s very relaxing.

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Yoga and Meditation. YouTube is my best friend. I usually do five or ten-minute videos. Just a few minutes of pause can make the world of difference. Here is a link to a simple five-minute video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MSGYsyI0t4
Smoothies . Green smoothies, fruit smoothies, veggies, herbs. This is how you can squeeze in some of that boring healthy stuff lol . Experiment . They literally take a few mins to make. Your body will thank you for it. Pictured a beet and berry smoothie that I made.

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Walking . A good way to get the blood pumping, get some fresh air, clear your mind. I prefer a good beach walk whenever possible. I mean who can resist the ocean?

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Listening to music. Get up and dance. Shake a leg. Sing out loud. Music just soothes the soul. Something you can really have fun with.
Reading . No, I don’t mean the news. Let it be something positive. Some positive affirmations. Subscribe to an uplifting newsletter. Check out my post on five inspirational newsletters here 🙂

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Beauty Ritual.Pampering is always a pick me up. I am a nail polish junkie. Pretty nails just make me happy. I also do an at home mask and facial scrub once a week .the ultimate is a foot soak. Epsom salts, warm water, and any essential oil. My favorite is lavender. Aromatherapy plus soft tootsies. Multiple treats at once. Below is the masque I am using at the moment it’s $19.95 on Amazon. I absolutely love it.

Stress is the thrash of modern life- we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly , it will  pile up and overtake  your life 

What’s your favorite self-care or beauty ritual?IMG_5037

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Reflections

My theme for the week seems to be letting go of what no longer serves me . It’s amazing how much junk we hold on to . Old hurts , old feelings and outdated beliefs . I just got so tired of the heaviness of it all. Letting go like life is an evolutionary process.  We all have to remember the importance of being here now . To me being here now means observing the past , learning from it but not letting it steal our present joy . Sometimes we just have to set it all on fire and let it burn and and let the ashes fly . We can not run from the trials and tribulations or the pain . We must grow through it , learn from it . Boy in life do we learn . I appreciate what I have and from appreciation more will manifest. Hating where you are now will only make you miserable . Misery is most definitely our purpose for being here . There is no right or wrong way of life . Life is just that .. it is what it is  . There are no mistakes in the universe . The more we fight the worse it will be . Now time for a little rest and relaxation . Let the future take care of itself . Trust the process .img_3104img_3106