5 Reasons You Should Be Wearing A Mala

92101c960cf511e3949522000ae8002b_75 Reasons You Should Be Wearing A Mala
1. It is a reminder of the infinite in the midst of the mundane. When I wear my mala it is a reminder of something true and good, regardless of whatever else may be happening at that moment. It reminds me to take the high road, even during those times when let’s be honest, I would rather kick someone in the shins. It reminds me that there are forces greater than me working together for my good. That I am a spiritual being in this human experience. That even though I may not see it at the moment things are working out exactly as they should.  
2. They have healing qualities. My Tiny Devotions Mala is made of Rudraksha beads and the Guru Bead is an Amethyst. They say that crystals choose you, and in my case I am starting to believe it is true. This is the third Amethyst that I have been given this year. They are said to have a spiritual quality to them aiding in meditation, restful sleep, conquering addiction and healing of all types. 
3. They are stylish and beautiful and add a bohemian flair to any outfit you put on. I am constantly in yoga clothes, in fact without yoga clothes on people barely even recognize me. Sometimes it is challenging to look stylish and cute when you are constantly wearing some type of spandex and sweating all day. A beautiful mala is just the thing to add a little flair to any outfit whether you are teaching a yoga class or headed out for the evening. 
4. They are excellent for meditation adding a tangible and tactile way to count your breaths or chants. I am a bit of a baby meditator and have only been meditating now since last October. As anyone that has tried meditating knows staying present is hard work! One minute you are meditating and the next thing you know your mind has wandered and you are obsessing over what you are going to make for dinner later. Malas have  long been used to keep the hands busy and help to focus the mind by running your fingers over each bead as you meditate, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale…you get the idea.
5. Stones create a magnetic field that our body responds to. Crystal healing works on the electromagnetic field around the body, known as the aura.  Any form of disharmony or disease in our lives can cause blockages or other disturbances in our aura, which may eventually manifest as illness and dis-ease in the body. Wearing a crystal balances your electromagnetic field keeping your body happy and healthy.

To find your own beautiful mala check out www.tinydevotions.com!

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Yoga Retreat in Santa Barbara Oct. 3-6th with Angela Kukhahn and Aimee’ Donahue

Angela Kukhahn in Upward Facing Dog in the Tuscan sunflower fields (yoga pose) photo by Tara RiceJoin me & Aimee Thursday, Oct 3rd to Sunday, Oct 6th for a wonder-filled weekend at the legendary White Lotus Retreat Center nestled in the rustic coastal mountains of Santa Barbara

This Dynamic & Restorative retreat weekend includes:
* Gourmet vegetarian meals
* Kundalini Yoga (level 1-2) & Vinyasa Flow (level 2-3) classes daily
* Pranayama & Meditation Instruction
* Special Inversion & Thai Yoga Partner Massage Workshops w/ Angela
* Deeply Restorative Sound Healing & Relaxation with Crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowls w/ Aimee
* Group Discussions on how to apply Yogic Wisdom in Daily Life
* Hiking & Swimming in Clear Mountain Spring Watering Holes
* Relaxing in the Hot Tub under a canopy of Stars
* Meditating in the underground Kiva & more!
All levels welcome.

Decompress from stress, renew & take your practice to the next level in this dynamic and restorative weekend among like-minded friends in a beautiful & tranquil environment. If you are interested in bringing a good friend or partner and prefer private accommodations, see below* We welcome those who wish to accompany their loved one and do not wish to attend all or any of the classes or workshops. There are plenty of amazing alternatives; take a hike, get a massage, sit back and read a book, enjoy the mountain air and ocean sunsets…

Price per person is $795.00 which includes lodging for 4 days and 3 nights, all meals, classes & events. Lodging is first come first served. We encourage camping, the grounds are beautiful! We are extending a special price of $695, please let us soon if you prefer to camp as these spaces are limited. *For couples or anyone seeking more privacy, private cabins are available for an additional fee of $125-350 per person.

Massages may be scheduled, please reserve yours early, there are limited time slots.

We recommend placing your deposit as soon as possible as this retreat is expected to sell out quickly based on the interest we have received. You can submit your transferable deposit immediately to hold your space below. (If you are unable to attend for any reason, your deposit is transferable to a future retreat.)

Deposit:
A non-refundable $200 deposit holds your space. You can pay by cash or check or to make your secure deposit via PayPal. All major credit cards accepted. Please note that a 3% surcharge will be added if you pay via PayPal bringing the total deposit to $206. Click HERE.

Balance due September 9th. If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact me at (310) 985-0218

Keep Calm and Carry On: Equanimity of Interest

“To cultivate equanimity we practice catching ourselves when we feel attraction or aversion, before it hardens into grasping or negativity.”

What is Equanimity of Interest?
Equanimity of interest means we are just as excited about working the nuances of down dog as we are about working something we are really good at or the bigger, “grander” postures. (think handstand scorpion)
The difference between a beginner and an advanced yogi is the ability to stay focused, interested and calm no matter what discomfort arises.
Can you bump up against your limitations without running away? This may be the most important “yoga practice” of all.
Equanimity is the state of beingness where we are unattached and undisturbed. This does not mean we are aloof, on the contrary, we remain fully engaged in the present moment without feeling that we need to control the outcome.
We are not just interested in the postures that stroke our egos or bring us pleasure. At the same time we don’t avoid those either.
It is standing in the middle between avoidance and attraction. It’s neither heads or tails, it’s when the quarter lands on the edge and balances.
Our attention and interest in the “fine tuning” of the basic poses so to speak are the ultimately the building blocks we need build the bigger more “impressive” postures.
Patience, practice and dedication are the keys!
“When one is fully aware, one does not attach to the world, rather sees the world.” – The Bhagavad Gita