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Letting Go Isn't as Easy as it Sounds

Letting Go Isn't as Easy as it Sounds

Just let that sh*t go. We hear it all the time. This simple phrase meant to be a symbolic releasing of our problems. Surrendering our worries into the universe and trusting it will all work out.

I was one of the people that said this so often. It was a motto I thought I lived by, but when I actually thought about what I've "let go" of in my life, it was way more complicated than just a single moment of release.

A Master Guide to Practicing the Yamas & Niyamas

A Master Guide to Practicing the Yamas & Niyamas

Surprise, another post on the yamas and niyamas! I know I said last week that we were wrapping up the Yama and NIyama series, but I decided to include a bonus post. In completing the individual posts, one for each tenant, I thought it might be really useful to have one final post that provided an overview of all ten, creating a master list that you can come back to as you practice these tenants in your daily life.

So, what I've done below is provide a list of all ten tenants with short descriptions and what practicing each tenant will bring into your life. Each one is also linked to its corresponding full post; this way if you'd like to be reminded what a certain tenant is all about you can easily get to that post to refresh your memory. I hope this can be used as a guide for the whole series and your continued practice in living out the yogic philosophy. 

Svadhyaya | How We Can Heal Through the Power of Witnessing

Svadhyaya | How We Can Heal Through the Power of Witnessing

Happy Spring, my lovelies! It is finally starting to feel like spring here in Iceland, and we celebrated the first day of summer this past week, which is a national holiday carried over from the Viking calendar when they only had two seasons, winter and summer. I hope wherever you are, you're feeling the warmth of the longer, more sunny days.

Today, we're going to dive into the ninth tenant of the yama and niyama series - Svadhyaya. Svadhyaya, while a very interesting and fun word to say, means self-study in Sanskrit. Svadhyaya is all about getting to know our divine self and understand all the "boxes," or layers, we've created around ourselves through our belief systems, sense of wrong and right, and the stories we tell ourselves about the world. Through the process of learning about ourselves and understanding our layers, we create a pathway to freedom.

How a Sugar Cleanse Changed My View on Food and Happiness

How a Sugar Cleanse Changed My View on Food and Happiness

Hello Friends,

Recently, I decided to take on the challenge of a sugar cleanse. This wasn't meant to be a following of fads but rather an attempt to change some unhealthy eating habits I had found myself in. Leading up to the cleanse, I had gotten to a point where I was having at least one can of soda almost daily, as well as eating way too much candy, chocolate, pastries..all the sweets. I was feeling heavy, tired, and held back in achieving some of my health goals. So, when I saw some people on social media post about sugar cleanses, it seemed to be just what I needed. 

For me, I decided to make it two weeks and cut out all soda, candy, pastries, sweets, and tried to cut back on sneaky culprits of sugar, like cereal, bread, and condiments.