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Announcing a new brand at YogaHive.ca! Zara Terez of NYC!

We are stoked to welcome this brand into our collection of cool, purpose-driven yoga wear manufacturers. As part of our brand promise, we seek companies with strong values, to make your shopping experience memorable and on purpose.

Zara Terez is a collaboration between best friends Zara and Amanda who make their dreams come true every day by printing their wild imaginations on clothing and accessories that then travel the world on the kind of girls they’d love to hang out with.

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Made with love in New York City, Zara Terez original prints are as cool as you are. Zara Terez believes in freedom of expression, individuality, and empowerment. Be inspired, live your dreams and never blend in.

We’ve brought 3 hot styles this Fall for you to check them out! AND, we are offering an intro discount this week only. Sale ends on Monday, October 19th – so, don’t miss out!!!! 

Remember, we are in Canada, so you pay NO duties, and shipping is absolutely FREE!

Try them out and spice up your yoga practice with these unique, stylish and mega comfortable pieces!

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Keep moving, live the inspiration!

Namaste.

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Summer foods to fuel your body. Now in season. September!

Late summer is the perfect time to practice conscious eating and to show extra love to ourselves, by nourishing our body. Superfoods are all around and we are used to taking supplements and vitamins on a daily basis to fuel our bodies all year round. While we are so lucky to have an abundance of nutritious macas and spirulinas from a neighborhood health store, you can’t beat the nature’s health cabinet – fresh superfoods from a local farmers market.

September is truly a perfect month as summer is still here, with its long warm days and dreamy nights, gifting us the first treasures from early harvest. Visit your local farmer’s market, across Canada, for these delicious and nutritious super foods in season.

Tomatoes

  1. Tomatoes are an excellent source vitamin C. They are also a very good source of copper, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin B6, folate, niacin, vitamin E, and phosphorus.
  2. Tomatoes are rich in potassium, a mineral most of us don’t get enough of. A cup of tomato juice contains 534 milligrams of potassium, and 1/2 cup of tomato sauce has 454 milligrams. An excellent snack after a hot yoga class!
  3. Tomatoes contain a considerable amount of calcium and Vitamin K. Both of these nutrients are essential in strengthening and performing minor repairs on the bones as well as the bone tissue.

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Cucumbers

  1. Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to play an important role in brain health. In addition to improving your memory and protecting your nerve cells from age-related decline, fisetin has been found to prevent progressive memory and learning impairments in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.
  2. Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7 (biotin). B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress. A wonderful supplement to all that hard work you do in your yoga class.
  3. Quick pick me-up – Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.

Peaches 

  1. Peaches are the perfect snack food for losing weight. A peach makes you feel full and keeps you from overeating. The bonus: one peach only contains about 35-50 calories and no fat!
  2. Keep the skin healthy. Vitamin A and C make peaches a great natural moisturizer; they’re often used in cosmetics. These vitamins can help regenerate skin tissue.
  3. Peach flowers have sedative properties .  A remedy for restlessness includes boiling peach flowers in water along with some honey.

The list of superfoods is endless of course. Take the time this September to explore new ways of nurturing your body.

What’s your favourite recipe or superfood?

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Boundaries versus barriers. More love, less drama.

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Yoga teaches us to be patient and content with, first and foremost, ourselves. Most of the time we are more tolerant with other people than we are with ourselves – we are more loving and forgiving with other people. Oftentimes, however, our ability to be soft and understanding with other people turns against us, and what we thought was a loving relationship, in the end proves to be our inability to hold healthy boundaries. Such relationships usually don’t end well, and sooner or later, there’s more harm from the absence of boundaries, than there’s good.

How do you set healthy boundaries that are indeed healthy for everyone involved?

Understand the difference between boundaries and barriers

There’s a difference between boundaries and barriers. Boundaries allow us to define where we end and other people begin. Boundaries set “the rules of the game”, so to speak. Once the boundaries are set, you don’t need to question yourself again, you will know what is right and acceptable and what is not. Barriers, however, are constricting, defensive, limiting. There’s no need to create limits and be defensive if your boundaries are clear and everyone knows what’s expected from a relationship.

Be honest

Healthy boundaries imply honesty. Being honest with yourself and others is the beginning of a healthy relationship. When boundaries are clear, you don’t need to make reality better than it already is.

Trust yourself

Boundaries teach us to trust ourselves. Once you set the “rules” for a relationship you have to stick to your rules, no matter what other people say. Trust yourself that your decisions are worthy to stand up for.

Let go

Once the decision is set, let go of any second thought. Let go of doubt or expectations of other people. Know that your decisions shouldn’t be dictated by how people take them. Even if other people do not like your boundary rules, if you know that this is what you need in your life, let go of the temptation of changing your mind just because someone else has a different opinion.

Practice

People will always try to push your boundaries. It’s human nature. Just like a toddler loves his “no” game, we adults, also have our own ways of testing other people’s boundaries of how much we can get away with. Practice, practice, practice.

The more clarity you have in your life, the less time you will doubt yourself and the more time you will have to be loving towards yourself and others around you. Boundaries take a lot of effort and awareness (especially in the beginning), but once it becomes your second nature, you will notice more space, more contentment, more enjoyment and less drama in your life.

5 things to do before the end of summer

 

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Ahhh summer. I doubt there’s anyone in this world who doesn’t love summer. Summer is nature’s way to celebrate all living creatures, when the beauty of our world is in its fullest expression. Like all good things, summer has the tendency to end really fast. (At least this is how I feel about it every year.) And just like all good things, we simply must enjoy summer to the fullest, soak in every single ray of light. Here are five simple ways to do just that – make sure you enjoy this summer and take full advantage of this year’s golden season.

1. SUP yoga

If you haven’t tried SUP yoga yet, you must. Yoga practice on a surfboard, while seems to be an unachievable exercise, in reality, surprisingly very calming and satisfying in the end. Usually a gentle set of asanas are performed in low waters, following by a relaxing savasana, gently rocking on the waves. Perfect on a hot summer day to test your balance and to spend extra hours soaking in that vitamin D. Invite your friends to try it – it’s more fun to do it together. Even if they are not yogis just yet, they might be intrigued by the novice idea of SUP yoga, which could end up to be a perfect summer mini-adventure.

SUP yoga

Get in gear: Onzie leggings are perfect for yoga in the water – no need to be afraid of ending up in the water in your dolphin plank.

 2. Yoga in the park

Yoga means unity. Unity with oneself, and unity with everything around us. What better way to connect to your inner world, than outside amongst luscious summer surroundings? There’re usually plenty free yoga sessions in the park offered in each city across Canada. Perhaps, even your own yoga studio offers free yoga sessions outside in the nature, as a way to connect to the community and give back to the practice. Check your studio’s schedule or search for yoga in the park in your city. Look for a morning or evening session to start or end your day on the right note.

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Get in gear: Comfy Lole clothing or Hard Tail Forever are a perfect fit for a nice stroll before and after your yoga class. 

3. Sunrise intention setting

Nothing compares to a sunrise meditation. Starting your day with a meditation session proves to be one of the best ways to ensure your day starts and goes well. It is believed that the best time to meditate is before sun rises, but if you are not an early bird (literally) choose to find a quiet place in your house or better yet, go outside to greet the Sun in person. Soak in the warmth while setting an intention for the day. Choose (yes, choose) to be happy, and content. Observe how it’s done in nature and practice being your content self off the mat through the day.

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Get in gear: Mala Collective’s mala beads are a gorgeous companion for a morning intention setting. 

4. Sunset meditation

Sunset has so much symbolism in itself. The day is ending, and with it everything what happened that day. Practice letting go and non-attachment as the night falls over the city. Darkness replaces light, reminding us about duality of life – there are good times and bad times and they have the place in our life whether we want it or not. Accept things as they are – experience equanimity.

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Get in gear: Manduka travel mats and meditation bolsters will make your venture in nature a natural affaire. 

5. Farmers market gratitude session

Last but not least – be grateful. Summer teaches us to notice and appreciate abundance around us. It shows that it takes hard work to achieve anything (try growing that tomato or cucumber) – but then the results of our work is plentiful and well-deserved. Don’t forget to be grateful for everything you have in your life today – big or small, good or bad. It’s all work in progress. And if things are not shaping up the way you want them to be just yet, perhaps there’s still something to be grateful for? This summer.

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What are your favourite ways of honouring summer? Do share in the comments below or on our Facebook page! Tag us on your Instagram photos to share your ideas. 

Namaste

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Oh, the Sweet Ahimsa

Yoga allows us to learn so much about ourselves and our world. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with the deeper parts of ourselves and to be honest about everything we find there.

Ahimsa is one of the Yamas – a practice towards others – it addresses our non-violent attitude. Of course, most of us will immediately think that they are non-violet creatures. However, Ahimsa artfully reminds us that violence comes in various forms.

Every time we think or say something unpleasant about others is also considered violence. Naturally, as yogis we know that thoughts and words have tremendous energy, and with that any negative or judgemental thoughts come back to us in the form of self-judgement and feeling insecure in this world.

When we judge others – we judge ourselves.

Every time we sarcastically comment about the way someone likes using mala beads as a “jewellery” (while we know the original purpose of mala beads is for praying).

Every time we resent someones “fancy yoga pants” … (because yoga should be non-sexual).

Every time, we believe that those people on Instagram, standing on their heads, are just showing off. (because we know that yoga is not just asanas).

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and the freedom of expression of their thoughts and views on life. And Ahimsa is here to artfully remind us to do so non-violently.

Namaste

6th Chakra – Intuition, Focus, Peace

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau.

Third Eye Chakra - Yoga Philosophy

THIRD EYE OR BROW CHAKRA – AgyA, 6th Chakra

Agya = Command, Knowledge, Wisdom.

Why Yoga is amazing is because it goes beyond the mat. Yoga is movement, but it’s also stillness, and this very much could be the reason, why we stick with yoga and want to know more, beyond the usual asana routine. Some of the benefits of yoga include – increased concentration, focus, relaxation, and YES – contentment. Luckily for us – all of these qualities are initiated in our 6th Chakra! The development of our wisdom and humanity is located in the 6th Chakra. Agya Chakra or Third Eye Chakra is located at the upper end of the spinal column, at the point of transition from the spine to the brain. Traditionally its position has also been known to be between the eye brows – hence the name.

The 6th Chakra is the centre of our intuition and higher knowledge, but we can only access this power when our thoughts are cleared and our mind is still. We often experience this guidance in retrospect, when we knew we should have done this and that, but we did. It requires tremendous discipline and dedication to constantly tune in to that higher guidance (especially in the beginning, when you just start to go on the path of consciousness, and practicing being in the moment).

We do not need to “seek” truth – it’s already there, in front of us, if we listen to our inner compass, we already know all the answers.

“Be yourself, live happily and wisely, without dependence. Awaken your abilities and use them. Recognise your inner wealth. You possess everything. The entire Universe is yourself.”

Srī Mahaprabhujī

When your 6th Chakra is imbalanced:

  • anxiety
  • paranoia
  • poor concentration
  • inability to evaluate yourself and learn from the experiences of life
  • poor decision making – self-doubt when making decisions

Balance 6th Chakra:

  • Get quiet – meditate, turn inwards (listen to your thoughts, be with your thoughts – no music, no TV, no artificial distractions that cover up your thoughts)
  • Spend some time by the water, in nature
  •  Stargaze (connecting with something that is bigger than us opens our mind, and brings us back to the present moment)
  • Listen to your breath (try to focus on your breathing through the day, to stay present)
  • Yoga poses like child pose, downward facing dog, or head stand also help to balance the 6th Chakra

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Balance your 6th Chakra with us! Connect with us on Instargam or Facebook and share your photos with us of how you are balancing your Third Eye Chakra this week! Don’t forget to tag us @YogaHiveCanada #SpinMyChakras.

Namaste! Keep moving. Be…. still. 

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Throat Chakra – the centre of physical and spiritual purification

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.

Henry Brooks Adams

 

Throat Chakra - Yoga

 

Vishuddhi Chakra

Visha = impurity, poison Shuddhi = purification

The Throat Chakra governs the aspects of expressing and receiving. Expressing can be in the form of communicating what one wants and what one feels, or it can be an artistic expression, as an artist painting, a dancer dancing, a musician playing music, using a form for expressing and bringing to the outside what was within. This Chakra is a great source of balance as we often receive what we express – it is reflected back to us. Is could be as simple as being able to ask what you want or need, being able to ask for help, or being able to express your own desires. Very often, we are unsure of what we need or want, and this is where the Throat Chakra comes in to play – when balanced, it allows us to hear our inner voice, and to be able to act on our intuition (developing the skills of understanding ourselves first and foremost).

Metaphysically, this chakra is related to creativity, creating, manifesting in the physical world the fulfillment of one’s goals.

When this chakra is unbalanced:

If the throat chakra is out of balance, it can manifest in problems with decision making or personal expression, feeling unable to express yourself creatively, fear of speaking (or excessive speaking), the inability to listen, being critical or being dishonest.

Balance your Throat Chakra

  • Sing (use mantras in your meditation)
  • Listen to uplifting music, or play a musical instrument
  • Incorporate yoga poses that open your Throat Chakra (camel, wheel, fish, plow pose)
  • Watch your diet – opt in for healthy snacks, soups, juices – anything that nourishes your body, and lubricates your throat.
plow yoga pose
Plow Pose

 

Fish yoga pose
Fish Pose

SHARE YOUR CHAKRA BALANCING JOURNEY ON INSTAGRAM.

  • Follow us on Instagram – @YogaHiveCanada
  • Post at least one photo per chakra every week on Instagram, tag us and use hashtag #SpinMyChakras.
  • Each photo will get you an entry into the draw – the more photos you post, the more chances you get of winning.

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The Heart Chakra – Chakra Balancing – Week 4

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.  ~Zora Neale Hurston

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Green chakra located in the region of the physical heart.  Its Sanskrit name is anahata.  The heart chakra is the center of your spirit as well as the center of the chakras, making it a vital energy center for our spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. It is associated with love, compassion, safety, trust, adventure, self-compassion, forgiveness, and relationships.

The Anāhata Chakra is one of the most beautiful and richest Chakras. Being located  right in the centre of our Chakra System, The Heart Chakra balances out our emotions (the top level chakras) with being grounded (our foundation chakras).

Compassion, love, self-love, understanding and patience all come from this Chakra.

If the heart chakra becomes unbalanced, you may feel detached from the world around you.  Each breath we take that connects us to our physical and spiritual world is enveloped by the heart chakra, and if unbalanced or blocked can lead to a disconnection from the people we love, love for ourselves, and love for the earth.  Problems in relationships heighten and we tend to lose hope.  We lose sight of beauty, love, empathy, and compassion.

We all know the feeling when our heart is broken. Similarly we know when our heart sings. These vibrations initiate in your Heart Chakra.

When balancing our Heart Chakra during our yoga practice, we are invited to listen to ourselves – our body, our own movement without comparing ourselves to the others in the room. Starting with loving ourselves really lays a foundation of love for everyone around you. Just like the oxygen mask rules – you have to take care of yourself first, before you can (able) to offer any help to your loved ones.

The most important and most beautiful quality of the Anāhata Chakra is BHAKTI. Bhakti means love and devotion. Love and devotion manifest as understanding, acceptance, forgiveness, compassion and helpfulness. If all people developed these qualities there would be no further arguments or wars. (Bhakti Yoga – a devotional practice of surrendering yourself for a “cause” – a selfless act of support and love towards others.)

When your Heart Chakra is unbalanced:

  • You tend to put the needs of others ahead of your own (which leads to constant burn-out)
  • Clinginess in relationships
  • Jealousy
  • Chronic relationship failures / withdrawal from relationships

Balance Your Heart Chakra:

  • Awakening the Heart Chakra means feeling more comfortable being loved. This week – pay attention to how you receive compliments. What is your first reaction? Do you graciously accept it, or feel uncomfortable and try to immediately reciprocate?
  • Deep breathing and yogic pranayama exercises are essential  for your Heart Chakra. Remember, this chakra’s symbolic element is air, and breath is the aspect of the air element you can control. So breathe.
  • It’s believed the Heart Chakra is green. So surround yourself by the colour green, and its revitalizing energy. Go out play in the nature, eat green foods,
  • Practice Bhakti Yoga – surrender, forgive, send love to your neighbour (who might have broken your heart). Float in the beautiful, warm, loving energy of your Heart Chakra – allow it to wash away all fears and old heart wounds.
  • Move (of course!)
Heart opener
Bridge Pose
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Camel Pose

 

Supported Heart Opener
Supported Heart Opener

 

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Love your Chakras? Want to share your knowledge and inspire others? Join us on Instagram! 

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Follow us on Instagram – @YogaHiveCanada
  2. Tune in to our blog here every week, to read up about each week’s chakra, and the ways we are going to balance it through the week. Remember, practice makes it perfect – so we will practice together. One chakra at a time! (Connect on Facebook, too, so you don’t miss anything important!)
  3. Post at least one photo per chakra every  week on Instagram, tag us (@YogaHiveCanada) and use hashtag #SpinMyChakras. Each photo will get you an entry into the draw – the more photos you post, the more chances you get of winning (make sure to cover each chakra!).

Namaste!

Keep moving. Be… Love! 

Chakra Challenge – Third Chakra

Manipūra Chakra
Mani = pearl, jewel Pūra = place, city

No man is free who is not a master of himself.
Epictetus

Third Chakra

 

This is my favourite chakra!

It’s about your inner power, self-esteem, energy. It is our energy centre and it radiates vital life energy (prana) through-out our entire body.

The Manipūra Chakra is also called the “City of Jewels” in which we find the pearls of clarity, wisdom, self-confidence and wellbeing.

The position of the Manipūra Chakra is in the middle of the abdomen behind the navel; this is why it is also known as the Navel Centre. More precisely speaking, its area of influence radiates out about 7cm above and below the navel. Its counterpart in the body is the Solar Plexus.

The Third Chakra represents the development of your personality, self-esteem, and ego.

Organs associated with the Third Chakra include the area of your solar plexus: your abdomen, upper intestines, liver, gall bladder, stomach, kidney, pancreas, spleen, adrenal system, and middle spine.

Spiritual and emotional issues that can block energy in the Third Chakra are challenges with self-confidence, self-respect, competence and skills in the outer world, substance abuse, aggression, defensiveness, making decisions, and competitiveness.

  • When this Chakra is in balance you will be in complete control over your emotions and thoughts.
  • If your Third Chakra is over-active you may be  judgemental or critical – and you will easily find fault in others.
  • If this chakra is under-active it can cause severe emotional problems. You may have a lot of doubt and mistrust towards the people in your life, and worry too much about what other people might think about you.

Yoga Poses to Balance your Third Chakra:

side angle pose
Trikonāsana
Dolphin Plank Pose
Dolphin Plank Pose
Seated Twist
Seated Twist

If you like Crystals:

You can use these options in your “Crystal Therapy”, or have them in your wallet or have one of these rocks on your desk at work:

Malachite, Jasper, Tiger’s Eye, Citrine, Yellow Tourmaline, Golden Berly, Rhodochrosite.

Foods to balance your Third Chakra:

Bananas, granola, and grains such as bread, pasta, rice, flax, sunflower seeds. Dairy such as cheese and yogurt, and spices that include ginger.

Balance your chakra with us and share your experience on Instagram!

  1. Follow us on Instagram > @YogaHiveCanada
  2. Show us your favourite pose to balance the Third Chakra
  3. Tag us on your photos + use hashtag #SpinMyChakras to inspire yogis in your community
  4. Three lucky winners will get awesome prizes that will help you to balance your chakras! 🙂

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Crisis. Breathe. Meditate.

It is way easier to be a good yogi ON the mat, isn’t it? But what is true yoga? And most importantly, why do we practice yoga “on the mat”? Well, good yoga mats are nice and non-slippery, but metaphorically speaking: what’s the difference between our practice ON the mat, and OFF the mat in the real world? Why do we commit to our practice on the mat? Of course, to help us be better versions of ourselves “off the mat”. Yoga prepares us for all those tricky real-life situations, so we are equipped with solid tools to go through the storm, to fall apart if necessary, and to pull ourselves together in the aftermath of a disaster. That’s what yogis do. Right? Well, in theory, anyways.

We all have days when we feel like life is just awesome. We are grateful, and the sun is shining. The birds and chirping, and we can’t get that grin off of our faces. And of course, some of it can be rightfully attributed to yoga – yoga just makes people happy.

But we also have those, less pleasurable days, when nothing goes right, and everything goes wrong. It could be as simple as not having enough sleep, being tired in the morning, having coffee, and then in the afternoon, you start feeling that caffeine wearing off, throwing the rest of your day completely in the wrong direction. Sometimes, stepping on the mat, can fix the mood problem, as we know this could be just our perception, which is far from reality. So, we switch our gears after a good meditation, and brush that “bad day feeling” with a few omms, coupled with a soulful namaste intention for the rest of the day.

Now, this it is absolutely possible to shift your perception towards a happier reality with a good session of yoga, but what if it’s not your “perception?” What if the actual reality is stressful? What if your pain is real? What if a really bad thing happened in your life? What if your reality is crumbling and the storm you are in, is a … real storm you have to deal with?

Being a yogi for over 8 years myself, I do have a solid toolkit of yoga tricks to get me back to reality I want to see around me, but after I got stuck in a hurricane in New York in 2012, I desperately started to seek for something more….. (The name Sandy is never going to sound the same to me either).

I remember sitting in my Manhattan hotel, by myself, fear enveloping my whole being, not able to move, leave along do yoga or meditate. Frozen with fear. I tried. But the primordial instinct of survival took over me every time I tried to quiet my mind. Then noise in my head (literally, that I am going to die) was so loud that I needed something very powerful to shut it up.

I put my passport, a bottle of water, and a snack in the tub. I thought, if the building starts collapsing, I would just jump in the tub, duh. In a way, I guess, I came to conclusion, that I had to face the reality, and stop denying the situation. The hurricane was coming, and I had to accept that. With acceptance there came a subtle sense of relief. A little bit more control over my feelings, I guess. By accepting, and facing whatever situation we are in, we subconsciously turn to having faith. We know that we cannot control everything in our lives, but what yoga teaches us is to have faith, at all times.

I got my MacBook out and got my yoga tunes blasted in my hotel room. The music, the soft voices, steady calming vibrations of mantras, made me feel at home, and literally replaced the noise I was having in my head before. Meditation is awesome for quieting your mind, when your mind is passively accepting itself by getting you back to check Facebook, or instagram 10 times a day, but when something drastic is happening in your life, I found meditation was not working for me at all. Giving my mind something to focus on – music + mantra, was a wonderful way to get the stress level down in a natural way (drinking wine did not help either, by the way. I tried.).

The last thing, that got me through this – I was forcing myself to breathe. Consciously coming back to my breath, was my way of connecting my mind with reality, that I am still here, I am not dying, and as long as I can breathe, I should be ok.

Whatever might be happening in your life today – a minor shake up, or a real storm – remember – it’s ok to fall. Besides, your mat is always there to catch you, after the storm is over.

Namaste. 

Keep moving. Be real. 

Lessons from yoga: Gratitude

Gratitude turns what we have into enough

Of all of the amazing lessons our practice of yoga can teach us, perhaps the greatest single idea is gratitude.

In almost every aspect of our daily lives, we tend to push forward and try to find new avenues to achieve happiness. Within work or school, the pursuit tends to be one of attaining more. Yoga teaches us to ‘just be’ and reflect on what is.

Tweet this: “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Melody Beattie http://ctt.ec/HrPf8+ #yoga #canada @YogaHiveCanada

Through an appreciation for what already exists on earth and a strong understanding of how our bodies interact with the mother nature, we find the basis for increasing happiness through yoga. More so than almost all other challenges we take on in life, great yoga starts with appreciation. Appreciation for the amazing resources our world provides us, for our sense of community, for the great capabilities of our own bodies, and the list goes on..

Yoga is as progressive a practice as any, yet it must start with gratitude for what exists currently. As we master balance in the poses we do and move to more advanced asanas, we build on what we’ve accomplished, constantly reflecting on the path that brought us to where we are today.

Much in the same spirit as our recent post on yoga meditation, we can’t stress enough the importance of taking every opportunity to understand and express gratitude for each day we have to better ourselves. The next time you roll out your yoga mat and join your peers in preparing for a class, take the time to think of all of the incredible occurrences and interactions that have lead up to that moment. (From the physical to the spiritual, nothing is worth reflecting about more than our existence.) Then breathe, and use the momentum of your own gratitude to flow into each pose.

Most of life’s immediate and long-term obstacles can be alleviated with a better sense of gratitude. With enough positive self-reflection, it becomes extremely difficult not to be grateful — and in turn, happy. This is one of the most powerful and profound qualities learned through the practice of yoga.

Keep moving. Be grateful.

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Move your body. Still your mind.

When we were working on our branding, and name concepts with our marketing team, we set a vision of what we wanted to translate with this venture of ours. The main question we asked ourselves was – what is it that we wanted to bring into the world? Just another yoga clothing store? Or an online yoga store that inspires? We wanted to lift people higher. We wanted to inspire with movement and authenticity. We envisioned a business that connected others on their yoga journey – a purposeful business. When the Yoga Hive name appeared in front of us, we knew that was it…

Hive – the community of yogis.

We drew inspiration from bees –  you know, they are always moving. But, one of the most brilliant thing about bees is – their movement is always on purpose. They never fly around, just to fly around. They are super-efficient – they always know what their purpose is, and they are busy moving around, happily fulfilling their life’s purpose – to pollinate flowers, and make honey.

Just like bees, we humans, need to constantly move, to keep out bodies young, and our spirit happy. As they say, healthy spirit lives in a healthy body.

Move your body: however your body wants to move – yoga, zumba, pilates, dancing, running – your options are unlimited.

Now, just like bees, not all movement would bring us fulfillment. Just like bees, we need to stay on-purpose at all times, and that is possible only when our minds are still and light. When we are not going on “an autopilot”, but are 100% aware, completely present, in the moment – no matter what we are doing – that’s the moment we are connecting to our true purpose.

Still your mind – meditate: just a few minutes a day, in complete silence and stillness would make a huge difference to your day. Have the discipline to meditate at least 5 minutes in the morning, and 5 minutes before going to bed at night.

Namaste.

Keep moving. Be…

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