self-love

Show Your Body Love

Melinda Parrish by Melinda Parrish | July 13th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: finding happiness, happiness, mind-body fitness, mind-body-connection, practicing happiness, self care, self image, self-love, Yoga, yoga_positions

photo by Melinda Parrish

Yoga isn’t about pushing, forcing, exerting, or trying to achieve the posture.

In fact, these are the very things that get in the way of you and your practice. A good instructor will tell you that monitoring your breathing is the way to tell if you’re pushing too hard. If your breath is strained, forced, or constricted, you’re not realizing the full benefits of your practice. Yoga is about allowing your body to go as far as it can on a given day, as a way to show your body love through movement.

Kindspiration

Melinda Parrish by Melinda Parrish | May 9th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: better-body, body, body-image, finding happiness, happiness, inspiration, love, love your body, love your shape, love yourself, mind-body-connection, practicing happiness, self-love, Yoga, yoga-therapy

When it comes to our bodies, we as women tend to place a great deal of pressure on ourselves to achieve certain results. We deprive ourselves and push ourselves in order to whittle down, tighten up, drop dress sizes, and increase our level of attractiveness. We exalt uber-thin (sometimes, dangerously thin) bodies through images of “thinspiration.” We put these images out on social media and tell the world, “This is what I’m striving for.”

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently and How To Get Started

by guest | May 9th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation | tags: compassion, compassionate, forgive, forgiveness, meditation, meditation practice, mindful, mindful eating, mindful walking, Mindfullness, mindfully, mindfulness, mindfulness practice, self-compassion, self-love, vulnerability, vulnerable

A guest post by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

The intention of being more present in our lives is continuing to grow and touch an increasing amount of people. I have friends who I never would have imagined practicing mindfulness who now sit in daily meditation. When I look at the Seattle Seahawks, think of our military veterans or politicians sitting in the “Quiet Caucus” room, I’m filled with a whole lot of hope. An increasing amount of apps like Meditation Studio are offering us simple paths to practicing anywhere, anytime. I’ll be launching a 6-month Course in Mindful Living soon where people will not only have the space and time to deeply integrate mindfulness into their lives, but get support in ways that haven’t been possible before. In creating A Course in Mindful Living, I’ve based it on 7 things I see mindful people do differently.

6 Young Women Yogis to Follow in 2016

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | March 23rd, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: body-image, inspiration, instagram, love, motivation, motivational, power yoga, self-love, social media platforms, social-media, Yoga, yogini

As yoginis, we benefit from a community of heart-centered peers who help us to grow toward wholeness. Social media offers the unique opportunity to connect beyond our inner circles to like-minded individuals who inspire us with their grace and grit.

Looking for some encouragement?

Look no further than these six beautiful yoginis, who each embody the spirit of presence in their amazing Instagram accounts:

Me, Myself, and I – 8 Tips for Enjoying Solo Travel

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | March 10th, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: alone, do it yourself, happiness, love yourself, practicing happiness, self care, self growth, self-control, self-love, self-reflection, solo, travel, traveling

Disclaimer: I’m a hardwired introvert. As a child, my solitary tendencies were so severe that they led me to avoid school events, birthday parties, and especially (gulp) team sports. Fast forward 30 years, and my reserve has eroded into a softer, more socially acceptable version. I’ve still been called “distant,” “hard-to-know,” and—one of my personal favorites—“pleasantly reserved,” but I now traverse the meandering path between poised conversationalist and social escape artist.

4 Ways To Brush Off Body-Shaming

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | January 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: better-body, body shaming, body-image, cyber bulling, cyber bully, finding happiness, happiness, love, mind-body, practicing happiness, self-love, social media platforms

If you’re a fan of social media, you’re probably getting used to seeing frequent stories about people innocently posting photos of themselves, only to find that “body-shamers” have come out of the woodwork to make negative comments about their looks, their hair, their clothing choices, their weight…you name it.

Self Love

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | January 19th, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: ahimsa, be-happy, deepen-your-yoga-practice, happiness, love, niyamas, self, self image, self-love, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, yamas, yamas and niyamas, Yoga

Self love.  It is the foundation of a happy life and yet, at times, is so hard to hold on to. So, what is self love? While some consider self love to be conceited, the Yamas and Niyamas of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras teach us that self love is a combination of ahimsa (non-violence) brahmacharya (non-excess), and santosha (contentment).

10 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | January 5th, 2016 | 7 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: deepen-your-yoga-practice, gratitude, gratitude journal, meditation, meditation space, self, self care, self image, self-love, sleep, walking, walking meditation, Yoga, yoga-practice

To be your most authentic self, you need to incorporate self-care into your daily life. Self-care anchors you in kindness and love, even amidst a whirlwind of stress or trauma. Dr. Kristen Lee Costa, a professor at Northeastern University and stress expert defines self-care as “being aware of a wide range of needs and deliberately taking action to support our own well-being.”

Finding Balance

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | October 13th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, balance | tags: balance, compare, crow pose, happiness, life transitions, self care, self confidence, self-affirmation, self-love, tree-pose, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-therapy

As seasons change and the beginning of another school year is here, most of the conversations I’ve been in lately have been about how busy life gets and how hard it is to keep everything in balance…emotionally, physically, and mentally.

5 Simple Steps To Cultivate A Beginner’s Mind

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | August 12th, 2015 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: beginners, breathe, breathing-exercises, Personal Growth, self image, self-compassion, self-love, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice

Last time I went to the airport, I saw a small boy with his hands and cheeks up against a large glass window. He watched the planes take off over and over again with a look of awe smudged across his face. His reflection held a sense of luminous possibility, as if he realized he could fly too. I stood there, tired and anxious to get to on my flight, witnessing something magical.