26 Sep 2013

DRAGONFLY

The dragonfly symbolizes change and adaptability. The kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.

On a blistering hot summer morning, I woke up too early to an unbearable ache in my stomach, and a yearning in my heart. The sadness consumed me for a minute, an hour, an eternity. When the tears ran dry, I got up; I needed a walk, to clear my head, to ingest a larger than life cup of coffee. I had a busy day ahead.

Walking up to my house after a healthy dose of fresh air, I noticed a dragonfly on my bedroom window. The mystic, ancient creature inspired me to take a minute to breathe. In that moment, my heart lightened. I was alive to enjoy this simple beauty of life, and needed to remember that that, in itself, was reason to be thankful.

My photo shoot that morning was at Yoga Public, Erica Blitz was teaching her final day of a YYoga teacher training. Following the photos, Erica invited me to stay for the circle of love: In this ritual, everyone sits in a circle around one person seated in the middle, everyone taking turns to share one word that describes that person.

Given that everyone there had known each other for a month-long intensive teacher training, the circle of love was beautiful and emotional. I assumed that when my turn came around, I would of course be skipped over. No one in the room knew me, except for some of those who had been followers of PYM, and I felt undeserving to be a part of the ceremony. But Erica insisted, and I sat in the circle and closed my eyes, having no idea what they could possible say after knowing me for all of 15 minutes.

The words began to pour in:

"Warm"
"Beautiful"
"Love-warrior"
"Wild"
"Dragonfly"

My heart jumped at the word. The creature on my window from that morning flashed in my head. My instinct made a note to learn more about this mystical connector.

A few weeks later, sitting on a grassy knoll in Parc Jean-Drapeau in la belle province, I was enjoying the musical festivities of Osheaga with good friends. Nick would have loved this. More than anyone I knew, he would appreciate this moment I was living. I missed him. The pain, reminiscent of that hot morning in June, began to rise within me.

Before the pain could consume me, a dragonfly came and landed on my arm. Out of instinct, I shooed it away, but it kept coming back, like we were playing a game of tag. Once I let it, it came and sat on my arm for a full minute, "you're it."

I knew it was here to tell me something.
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It had been seven months since the loss of my youngest brother Nick to a snowboarding accident, he died on the seventh anniversary of the day my father lost his life to cancer. My strong exterior had been hiding my anger at the universe, for having taken these men I loved so deeply and left me behind to carry on in a world without their wisdom, their heart, their sense of adventure. I couldn't fight it anymore, it was there, pulsating in my heart and in my every breath.

Instinctually, I knew what this mythical creature was appearing in my life to say: that it was time to let go... It was time to let go of the things that don't serve me, to understand that there is greater purpose in it all. This creature was here to tell me that it is time to live. Really live. For him. For both of them. Because I can; my life is a gift.

A few days later, I took in a sweaty Moksha Flow class in Montréal with the intention to let go: of my anger; my sadness; and my feelings of guilt for having being given the gift of another day on earth. There, on the mat I let it go. I felt every residual feeling of anger towards the universe melting away with each bead of sweat pouring out of me.

So I listened to the dragonflies... I let it all go. And in letting go, I created a space for a surprising new emotion: gratitude. For each and every day I am given, I am grateful, and I will show that gratitude bu making the most of each and every breath.



Rachelle Taylor is a love warrior born and raised in the heart of Canada. This gypsy searched far and wide for inspiration, beauty, and bliss only to return home to Winnipeg where she founded Prairie Yogi as an expression of her love for creativity, yoga, and community.



23 Sep 2013

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH YIN YOGA?


Control is a reaction from the ego, while surrender is a response from the heart. Settle into stillness, into quiet, into feeling, and into yourself.
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http://www.prairieyogimagazine.com/2013/09/whats-deal-with-yin-yoga.html
Yin yoga is the practice of becoming balanced. It is a compliment to active and hot yoga practices, it is an antidote to life’s frantic pace, it is rehabilitating to tissues and joints, and it is time for quiet self-inquiry and growth.

Where in your life do you need balance? Are you always pushing, are you always busy, are you stuck at a desk, or are you feeling lost?


Rooted in Taoism, yin yoga incorporates the ancient methodology of energy lines (meridians) in the poses and the sequences.  The poses are done for the most part in sitting position, with the use of props to offer stability so that we may turn our attention toward the act of allowing –  and away from the habit of performing.

In my classes, I love to delve into the emotional and energetic benefits of yin yoga as each pose provides a gentle self-administered acupressure treatment.The two-to-five minutes that we spend in the poses sets a unique tone to this practice – the practice of allowing. With as few as six poses (left & right side) per class, it isn’t fast-moving, but it is a deeply felt experience.  We are practicing stillness and we do our best not to fidget.


As we passively hold these poses we are safely exercising (stressing) our tissues, joints, and bones. What we feel with this form of exercise is gentle pressure, shearing or stretching and/or an achy sensation aka a juicy feeling.  In each pose, we settle into where we feel something, known as our edge; but, in yin, this edge is not one breath before too much.


It is the sensation of sensation – of marinating in your own juicy goodness!


Discomfort is normal in this practice; pain is not. At no time, in any pose, should you feel pain, electrical sensation, numbness, or tweaking. If you are, and only you know what you feel, ease out of the pose a bit (investigate - are you trying too hard?), take more support or move into the modified or alternate pose offered.


Allowing, rather than performing, is the key to a ‘successful’ yin practice.  Enjoy the opportunity to just BE. Don’t try so hard.


Control is a reaction from the ego, while surrender is a response from the heart. Settle into stillness, into quiet, into feeling, and into yourself.


Time being is time well spent.


Your head, your heart and your tissues will thank you.




Tiffany Barrett Eyamie is passionate about happiness and being authentic. She owns and operates Be Yoga located in the heart of St.Boniface at 130 Marion Street on the second floor.  At Be Yoga, students move through the other stuff and find their good, their blessings and their happy. Be Yoga offers flow, yin and restorative yoga. Be Happy at BE YOGA!


You can contact her at info@beyoga.com


21 Sep 2013

WHY 108 SUN SALUTES??

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In the last decade or so, I have heard many reasons for why we practice 108 Sun Salutations or other prostrations at the Equinoxes. They all seem to intertwine in some way with every thing from Vedic astrology and Hindu myth to the Sanskrit’s alphabet being 54 sounds x 2 to represent each sound in its whole (Shiva and Shakti.) 


The thing that stands out for me, in the many reasons I have been given over the years, is an offering of devotion and means of setting intentions. fall, autumn, yoga, lunge, asana, prairie yogi, becky watson, fall equinox

The Mala is a beaded bracelet/necklace containing 108 beads. It is often used in prayers, Mantra and other such devotional/intentional practices as a means of keeping count of the repetitions. When we link 108 Sun Salutations or other prostrations into our practice, we become the Mala. The practice is an embodiment of our prayer and Mantra; we are reminded there is no difference between our thoughts, bodies and the Supreme Grace with which we are offering our practice to.

We practice this yogic tradition at the Equinox because it is when light and dark are in even balance. These deeply Sattvic times hold greater potential in reminding us of our synonymous and never unbroken connection to Grace. The Equinox practice is a chance to become deeply aware of where our hearts and devotions lie. Each of the 108 prostrations a reminder our hearts guide our intentions, that lead to our thoughts, which lead to actions, which shape the world you live in.



Noah is the owner of Peg City Yoga in Winnipeg, Canada. Noah is also a 2200 hour graduate of Foothills College of Massage Therapy. He holds a diploma in Fitness and Nutrition as well as a Personal Training Specialist certificate through Can Fit Pro. Noah is accredited with a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and Personal Development program and working towards apprenticing with the Canadian Wing Chun Association.

20 Sep 2013

BLISS + BEATZ


We seriously cannot wait for this one. We've teamed up with Savannah Joy Yoga to bring you guys one of the coolest yoga events of the year: Bliss and Beatz.

Dj Mama Cutsworth will be spinning while yoga teachers Sam Manchulenko and Niki Trosky lead fifty yogis blissing out on the mat and to the beats at the Graffiti Art Gallery on Sunday, October 6th from 7-9:30pm

Chef Rob will be serving up some of his culinary creations, post yoga practice for everyone to enjoy. We'll be giving out a TON of sweet prizes like passes to yoga studios, an outfit from MPG, a Shirodhara treatment from Kalee Mund, Prairie Yogi goodies, gift cards from Fox and Fiddle, Hoop Infinite custom hoop and more! 



*Space is limited to 50 participants!

18 Sep 2013

ALWAYS A PRAIRIE YOGI AT HEART


Sasha Friess was a bonafide prairie girl, born and raised in Southeastern Saskatchewan, who decided on a whim to travel to Central America to teach yoga.

She fell in love. And never looked back. 

For three years, Sasha has called Nicaragua home but no matter where she goes she always carries the 'big sky' with her in her heart. 

"Until I started to travel I couldn't begin to realize the beauty of my own home in south eastern Saskatchewan. When I would return from wherever I had been I would see everything with fresh eyes and cultivate a whole new appreciation for the prairies, the land I love. Of all the sunsets I've experienced, although beautiful, none have been able to leave me in awe like the setting sun amongst the land of the living skies has." 

These images were created by the beautiful Danelle Ross during a visit to Saskatchewan this summer. 

"I wanted to create images that represent my roots. I am proud of where I come from."


Sasha and her fiance along with their three dogs, two cats and seven turtles own and operate Apoyo Lodge, a one of a kind vacation rental and retreat, in Nicaragua. The lodge is nestled deep within a protected ecological nature reserve on the shores of Laguna de Apoyo a crystal clear mineral rich lagoon created from a volcano that imploded thousands of years ago. Sasha is reiki practitioner and a yoga and meditation guide. She also coordinates wellness retreats at the lodge. 

16 Sep 2013

KEEP ON KEEPING ON


“What each of us believes in is up to us, but life is impossible without believing in something. “ Kentetsu Takamori

We are about to head into our third week of September and I wanted to follow up with our readers as to how the goals they set at the beginning of the month are coming along. I can relate to struggling to stay on track, but if it is something that is truly important to you it you will somehow find a way.

The third week of any challenge you are taking on is often the turning point, you either continue with it or give up. Which will you decide to do? I encourage you all to evaluate where you are at now and ask yourself some questions to decide how to move forward.



How do you feel today compared to 2 weeks ago? Do you feel more energetic, more powerful or perhaps happier?

Has it been easier or harder than you thought it would be? 

Have you had to overcome any obstacles? If so, how did it make you feel?

Have those closest to you started to notice a change in you? Whether it be negative or positive?

Have you fully committed yourself to the goal or not put forth a full effort?  

Do you need to set a new completion date for your goal?

Can you see this becoming part of your everyday life? 

Where you are at right now is perfect. Keep living in the moment and appreciate where you are at right now and reflect on how far you have come!

12 Sep 2013

THE BEAUTY OF CORRECTION


The first time I was adjusted in a yoga class was weird and exhilarating and awesome. It was exactly what I had expected from the yoga classes I had seen in the early 2000’s romantic comedies that had informed my world view of a whole bunch of things, yoga classes included. My first few classes had busted the illusion that I would morph into a graceful swan, pushing myself through sweatless and effortless down dogs immediately. But when the teacher went through the class and would pull our hips back or reposition our reaching arms in a warrior or triangle pose, it felt like a right of passage. I’ve been practicing yoga for a few years now at a variety of studios wherever my wandering and travels have taken me and have finally settled into a studio that feels like home. Every studio and every teacher seems to handle adjustments differently: some are liberal with their corrective touch, some verbally coach and give cues, and there are entire classes I have gone without hearing one student receive personal attention.

As a beginner, the attention and adjustments were welcome and helped to orientate me to poses that intimidated me and made me feel more secure. As my practice advanced, though, I got a major case of ego and started to despise that inevitable moment when my teacher’s voice would be getting closer over my shoulder and I could tell they were examining my pose to prepare to shift my body into a more ideal version. I felt like I definitely knew what I was doing, I was straining to go as far as I could, I was trying! Couldn’t they see that? I’d been utilizing my unlimited class passes and had felt like I was making progress in my practice. Surely I wasn’t deserving of all these adjustments, surely there were beginners who could use the attention more than I could. I began to feel smug when the instructor would pass me by and instead correct my neighbor.  When they would stand and vocally coach me on the way I was in a pose, I would burn red with embarrassment and anxiety that everyone was looking at me and seeing how terrible I was at yoga.


When we love things, we want to be good at them.  When we’re pouring time into something, we want to know that it’s worth it and that we’re making some kind of progress. Society hammers the importance of using our time wisely and the narrative of constantly and visibly improving into us constantly. We learn to crave approval and acceptance and acknowledgement. Our time on the mat should be a counter to this, but sometimes it’s too easy to drag the dominant narratives we hear all day onto the mat with us. I found my aversion to correction was then sneaking its way off of the mat with me. I got defensive about feedback at work, put up walls when friends had said something I did was insensitive or when my partner suggested that I do something differently.


So now I am measuring my success in a yoga class by how little I let my ego interfere with the way I experience the practice. I have learned that being corrected, both on and off the mat is a gift. 

When you’re all inverted in downward dog and looking at your bellybutton a teacher can offer you a different perspective. When you practice in a studio with no mirrors, it’s essential. They have spent hundreds of hours learning about our bodies – the muscles, tendons, circulation, fascia and other things many of us are not well-versed in. We need their expertise and they are willing to share it with us. When we get corrected or adjusted, it’s because the teacher knows something we don’t and they are sharing this with us. They do it because they want us to feel better in our bodies and prevent us from injury, because they want us to get as much out of our practice as we can and not to embarrass us. 


The same is true in the practice of our lives; people offer us genuine correction or adjustments to our perspectives, attitudes, and ideas because they care about us and the outcomes of our efforts.  They want us to succeed and prevent us from experiencing a different kind of injury.  Just like it can be hard to hear we haven’t nailed pigeon pose like we thought we had, it can be difficult to hear that something that we said was racist or sexist or otherwise offensive. It can be hard to hear that a project we’ve been working on still needs some polishing or needs to be started over.  But these things really are in our best interest and being able to accept corrections gracefully is a sign of a checked ego. A wise woman mentor I am lucky to have once told me that when people offer us correction, it’s a sign we’re on the right path more than anything else, it’s a vote of confidence that your voice and presence is valued and important:  “People are busy and someone wouldn’t waste their breath on you if they didn’t feel like you could change.”

So now  when I feel the teacher’s hands on my shoulders or hips, twisting or lifting, I breathe into the new space it creates and try to bring that sense of peace and openness and active receptiveness into being corrected when I step out of the studio. 



Jodie lives in and loves Winnipeg, Manitoba with her partner Jamil and dog Jackson. By day, she coordinates a youth program at a neighbourhood centre and by night she is a sex columnist, anti-street harassment crusader, freelance writer, and a vegan food lover.

11 Sep 2013

FALL COLLECTION - BIG SKY BIG HEARTS

Our fall collection is available here.

A huge thanks goes out to Kal Barteski 
who designed our Big Sky, Big Hearts concept.

Tanks $33 (s,m,l)
(coffee + cranberry)

Hoodies $78 (O/S)
(slate)

10 Sep 2013

30 DAYS TO 30: DAY 10 UPDATE



One third of the way into my challenge and I can already feel the positive effects daily yoga, journaling, and plenty of water are having on my aging body. I feel as though I am standing taller, yet more grounded in my thoughts. I feel lighter, cleansed, as if I have begun to create a space for something new to be created.

Strength and balance is the goal of this transition: to age with grace.


RECAP


DAY 1 
Yoga: Moksha 60
H20: 10 glasses
Journal: "In class, today's intention was acceptance: to accept your life and yourself just as it is. I had thought about weighing/measuring myself today for a "before & after" comparison but, with this intention in mind, I have decided against it. I have set goals for the next month, none of which are about any physical quantitative change.  I am only looking to affect my outlook and attitude. I accept who I am: what I am and what I am not. I love my body for what it is and what it is not. I accept this shift from the youth of my 20s to what lies ahead of me at 30."

DAY 2
Yoga: Moksha Flow 60
H20: 8 glasses
Journal: "It has been nice to return to Moksha, the studio where I deepened my practice 6 years ago, for this challenge. I felt flashbacks of some of the issues that I a dealt with and sweat out in this space so many years ago. All of those problems now seem so minuscule and ridiculous to have stressed over."

DAY 3
Yoga: Moksha 60
H20: 7 glasses
Journal: "Started off the day with a big ol' glass of water and a 6am yoga class with my man. Good way to start the day and so great to have his support in this challenge. <3"

DAY 4
Yoga: Moksha 60
H20: 9 glasses
Journal: "I can honestly say I feel leaner and lighter. My mind feels clearer. I know the daily practice is responsible for this bliss."

DAY 5
Yoga: Hot Yin - Yoga Public
H20: 8 glasses
Journal: "I have been making a conscious effort to roll my shoulders back in yoga, and in life, in an effort to stand up straighter. Had my second visit at Corydon Chiropractic Centre today. I can feel that I am standing straighter and my right shoulder isn't as tense as it was last week. Dr. Kristen was impressed with my results so soon. My efforts and practice are already visible in my posture."

DAY 6
Yoga: 30 min home practice + 30 min run outdoors + 20 min SUP
Water: 9 glasses
Journal: "Today finds me feeling very fortunate. Fortunate for great friends and a wonderful life that has presented me with incredible experiences. Today, as I was explaining my challenge, I couldn't help but notice my audience actively trying to sit a little taller, and drink some extra water as I emplaned my goals. Had a nice run outside this morning, followed by some juicy hip openers. I feel like I am shedding the past, and creating a space for something new, something wonderful to manifest within me."

DAY 7
Yoga: 60 min home practice
Water: 4 glasses
Journal: "Witnessed the most beautiful, fiery sunrise over Lake of the Woods this morning that coaxed me into waking up early and doing a solo flow practice on the dock. I love the water: how the sun glistens off of it; the sound of gentle splashing against the rocks; the fresh breeze that comes off of it. I am actively trying to see my thoughts from a birds' eye view, to notice them appear and simply let them go. I am feeling at peace."

DAY 8
Yoga: 30 minute home practice + 30 minute SUP
Water: 8 glasses
Journal: "It is days like today that this begins to feel like a challenge. A day where I would like a break. To be able to sleep until noon, be lazy all day and drink cans of Coca-Cola and eat chips all day. Ugh, this is another lesson of my twenties, that hangovers only get worse with age."

DAY 9
Yoga: Moksha Flow 60
Water: 9 glasses
Journal: "6 am yoga. Great start to the week. Feels like fall. Feels like change. Feels like a time to work hard."

DAY 10
Yoga: Warm Ashtanga @ Yoga Public
Water: 4 glasses (so far)
Journal: "Mind is racing, it's hard to calm my thoughts. A couple mixed up appointments and timing issues and I'm irritated. Couldn't concentrate on the mat. Feels like there isn't enough time in the day or the week. I'm afraid to fail, to disappoint. Inhale. Exhale. One breath at a time."


A big thank you to our 30 Days to Thirty sponsors:

Keep following Rachelle on her journey to aging with grace #30daysto30.

Rachelle Taylor is a love warrior born and raised in the heart of Canada. This gypsy searched far and wide for inspiration, beauty, and bliss only to return home to Winnipeg where she founded Prairie Yogi as an expression of her love for creativity, yoga, and community.

9 Sep 2013

I AM NOT MY THOUGHTS

   "I know but one freedom and that is freedom of the mind" - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We all have those off days in our yoga practice where we just can't seem to get it right, our mind wanders and we can't focus. I found myself in this space of mind during my yoga practice this week: every thought that came into my mindI gave meaning to and they began to take over my practice. 

I recalled something I read from spiritual writer Eckhardt Tolle. He says, "awareness is the greatest agent for change". 

Just being aware of my thoughts was enough, I didn't have to add meaning to them. I started to repeat the mantra, "I am not my thoughts," to remind myself that who I am is beyond my thoughts and my mind. They were just there...like clouds floating in the sky. After all, yoga is a practice. Just like how your feet may not touch the ground the first time you go into a downward dog, we also need to train our minds..which is often a more challenging process. 

Here are my top 10 meaningless thoughts that make their way onto my mat and distract my mind. I encourage you to read these out loud and listen to how silly it would be if we made meaning of them.

Do any these top your list?

"Their foot is in my face"

 "I will never be able to do it like the instructor demonstrates"

"I don't want to do this weird chanting thing"

"What should I eat for dinner tonight?"

"This class is too full"

"I could do this posture yesterday, why can't I do it today?"

"Bugger, I forgot my water bottle" 
(maybe I am the only person who still says "bugger", insert your word of choice)

"Ugh, he/she stepped on my mat"

"I am going to have total yoga hair after this"

"I wish I could stay in shavasana just a little longer"

Share your thoughts with us! What silly thoughts distract you from your practice?


6 Sep 2013

PRAIRIE YOGI OF THE MONTH- SEPTEMBER 2013


Meet Noah Krol. Handsome father of two, owner of Peg City Yoga studio in Winnipeg, Canada. Our readers have nominated Noah as your Prairie Yogi of the Month for September, 2013 and we couldn't be happier to have sat down with this three time Lululemon ambassador.

Come and join Noah (and us!) at his Body of Light Yoga Workshops on September 20-22nd, 2013 at Peg City Yoga in Winnipeg, Canada. Early bird prices have been extended to this upcoming Monday, September 9th!


4 Sep 2013

SPREAD GOOD KARMA: SEPTEMBER - THE MB LUNG ASSOCIATION


The average person takes over 20,000 breaths a day.  That’s an astounding 10,000 litres of air passing through your lungs every 24 hours. Regular breathing exercises tremendously increase the capacity to inhale and absorb life-giving oxygen. Imagine how difficult it is for someone with lung disease to breathe 20,000 a day.

The Manitoba Lung Association has been hard at work helping people with lung disease since 1904, because when you can’t breathe, nothing else matters. 


The Manitoba Lung Association, educates youth about never starting to smoke and supports Manitobans who want to quit. They create awareness, ensure health professionals have essential training on respiratory health, provide support in Brandon and Winnipeg for people with lung disease and support research.

The Manitoba Lung Association’s Just Breathe Yoga Challenge was designed in partnership with Yoga Public and Prairie Yogi with the intention to combine the lung-health benefits of Yoga, and the power of the yoga community to come together and raise funds for the one in five Manitobans living with lung disease.


For the month of September 2013, Yoga Public is offering donation-based Karma yoga classes to support fundraising initiatives in Manitoba where 100% of the proceeds donated will go to The Manitoba Lung Association.

The minimum donation for a Karma class is $5 for students and $10 for adults (regular drop-in rate is $22). There are Karma classes offered every day in September. Check www.yogapublic.com for today's scheduled Karma class.

The Manitoba Lung Association is challenging businesses and schools to hold yoga workshops in the month of September.

Schools and businesses that agree to take part in this fundraising initiative will be provided with a workshop package complete with the official Manitoba Lung Just Breathe Yoga Challenge DVD and information about how to collect donations for The Manitoba Lung Association.

And… We’re having a party! On September 26, 2013, The Manitoba Lung Association and Yoga Public will hold a Just Breathe Yoga Challenge wrap-up event. 

Join us for a one hundred person practice dedicated to lung health. After the class you are invited to join us for tea, a chance to meet our sponsors, and shop in our vendor village.

3 Sep 2013

5 TIPS FOR WRITING POWERFUL GOALS

Written by: Rachel Westman


It's that time of year, and even if you vowed not to make resolutions this year, goal setting can be powerful - Here are some tips for setting powerful goals to carry you into the new year: 

1. Make them SMART  
I like to consider this the golden rule of goal setting. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.  An example of a SMART goal is:

" I have completed a 30 day yoga challenge by September 2014"

It is specific in the way that it gets straight to the point, no explanation needed.
It is measurable in the way that you have set a date for the goal to be completed.
It is attainable in the way that it is a goal that is important to you.
It is realistic in the way that it is set in the present tense as if you have already completed the goal.
It is timely in the way that you have given yourself an appropriate amount of time to complete it.

**Make sure your goals are written in the present tense (as if you have already accomplished them) and positive!

2. Be Unreasonable
You don't always have to have all the answers when you set a goal. Sometimes just putting it out there into the world that you want to accomplish it is enough to push the stars to start aligning for you. Don't get lost in the 'how' it will come to be. Keep in mind we should only be reaching 50% of your goals, if you are reaching more than that, perhaps it's time to raise the bar a little higher for yourself.

3. Share
It is important to share your goals with your nearest and dearest and the people who support you in your life. It also opens up so many roads and paths. Perhaps you share your goal of wanting to complete a marathon in the next year with your Mom, maybe this is on her bucket list too and you can do it together. Or perhaps you have always wanted to work in Africa and share this with a close friend, maybe that friend knows someone who works in Africa that is looking for workers. You never know what can become until you start enrolling others in what you want in your life. 

4. Balance 
Setting balanced goals will make for a balanced life. For example you don't want to end up with a killer career but lacking in the relationship department. If you want to live an amazing life all aspects of it need to be amazing, don't settle for mediocre! Look at all aspects of your life including your family, friends, career, health, personal and finances. If you are actively setting goals in all areas of your life and recognizing where you need that growth in each respective area you will be on the right track.

5. Re-evaluate
Not every goal is destined to be accomplished, but can you honestly say you gave it your best shot? When you get to that goal deadline ask yourself a few questions:

Was it SMART?

Did I enroll anyone else in my goal?
How important is accomplishing this goal to me?
What changes did I make in my life to achieve this goal?
What held me back/pushed me forward?

Keep re-evaluating and pushing yourself beyond what you think you can accomplish!


Share your goals with us in the comments below, we'd love to hear what you are setting out to accomplish!

1 Sep 2013

30 DAYS TO THIRTY: THE CHALLENGE



They say your twenties are for learning. The days of being in my twenties are now numbered (30 to be exact.) In my reflection on this past decade, I realize that I have indeed lived my twenties fully and learnt a lot. I have seen the world; learnt about love; gotten a formal education in marketing; discovered yoga; experienced loss; started a business. Most importantly, I have learnt about Rachelle: what I like, what I don't, what makes me happy and what makes me feel good.

I have discovered the keys to my bliss, and for the next thirty days, I vow to do these three things everyday.

Follow me on my journey to thirty, from September 1st to September 30th #30daysto30

1- YOGA EVERY DAMN DAY


Discovered at the age of 22, yoga was a game changer of my twenties. To my surprise, breathing, balancing, and bending in a sweaty studio gave me a sense of bliss. More than that, showing up to the mat created a space for me to grieve, to heal, and to grow. 

Since discovering my practice as a form of exercise and release, I have noticed that when my showing up to the mat dwindles is when my life seems to get off track: I feel tired, squishy, lazy, and all around crusty. 

It is in times of daily practice that I reap the most benefits and experience the most growth, so for the next 30 days, I vow to make it to the mat every day, no exceptions. To maintain balance, at least once a week, I will do a Yin yoga class to blanace out the yang/power yoga that I most enjoy.

2- DRINK LOTS OF H20



In my teens, I loved pop. And I mean loved: I drank at least three cans of Coca-Cola a day. No joke. In my twenties, however, I began to realize that pop is not only bad for the body (a lovely spare tire crept around my waist in my pop-loving early 20s) but that it is truly toxic and incredibly dehydrating.

Replacing my high pop consumption with water immediately made my body leaner, my skin clearer, and my sleeps better. The great thing about drinking lots of water is that you begin to crave more water.

The benefits of being adequately hydrated are proven, and I vow to put into practice drinking a minimum of eight glasses of water a day, one as the first thing I put into my body when I wake up, and one before I go to bed.

3- WRITE



There is just something about putting pen to paper. There is no better place to sort out thoughts and vent out the bad stuff. And in my years, I have learnt that a journal is a better place for these thoughts to end up than on a Twitter feed.

My beautiful, leather-bound journal is my sacred space. It is the space I use to determine where I am at on a spiritual and physical level. It's where the small little details of day-to-day life get to become a part of history. I have daydreams of people reading my journal after I die and it being quoted made into books, à la Marilyn Monroe.

I vow to write in my journal every day, to write my intentions and feelings as this next decade approaches to remain clear in my thoughts and not forget the sweet moments that make up life.

In addition to these daily challenges, there are some weekly goals I have set as well: Stand Up Straight; Further my Yogic Education; and Take Care of my Aging Body. Stay tuned for all the updates!

A big thank you to our 30 Days to Thirty sponsors:
-Moksha Yoga Winnipeg
-Corydon Chiropractic Centre

Rachelle Taylor is a love warrior born and raised in the heart of Canada. This gypsy searched far and wide for inspiration, beauty, and bliss only to return home to Winnipeg where she founded Prairie Yogi as an expression of her love for creativity, yoga, and community.